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Good news! Thanks to the awesome people who support Suihira via Patreon, a milestone has been reached in which EVERYONE will see two updates per week during the month of November! This means there will be an update on Wednesdays in addition to the regular updates on Sundays!

November will be a very exciting month with nine updates as opposed to the scheduled four! Hope you guys enjoy it! Thank you so much everyone!

Need I say more?

Honestly, I've outgrown the username "RianaLD" several years ago, and I'm finally happy that I'm able to have a name that represents the majority of my social media presence! So now I have the same handle on twitter, Instagram and now here! 

Hope you dig!
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Hey guys! I'm not too active here on deviantART much these days, but I am very active on Twitter

At the moment I'm going full throttle on Suihira. For those who don't know, I'm usually a more than a month ahead of schedule with the actual drawing. For example, the page I just uploaded on Sunday was finished on June 25th. Though now I'm currently 2 months ahead of schedule because the scene I'm drawing happens to be one that I've been thinking about for a long time and am very excited to work on! As a matter of fact, the pages I'm working on will be published in early October...

Yikes that's a while from now, isn't it? :/

Anyways, I'm also working on getting Chapter 1 printed. I'm waiting on receiving a proof for approval and I'll make a journal when I'll be accepting pre-orders! They will probably be $10 incl. shipping anywhere in the world, so keep your eyes peeled! 

I also have a YouTube Channel in which I post time-lapse videos of me drawing the comic! 

I also don't think I announced it here but Suihira has a website that was made possible thanks to the awesome people who supported Suihira's Patreon! It updates on Wednesdays as opposed to Sundays so people who visit get to see pages a couple days early! 

Speaking of Suihira's Patreon, I have added some perks! In addition to seeing pages early (all those pages that I've drawn but haven't published), I have an option for sketch commissions every month, cameos of your characters (or yourself!) in the comic, and you get to see time-lapse videos before they're made public! You can also get similar perks if you just donate to the comic directly through Paypal, there's more info here

Thanks for the support, guys! :) 

Hey there everyone! With Chapter 1 finally to a close, I would like to officially announce the launch of Suihira’s Patreon

If you don’t know what Patreon is, it’s a crowd funding platform in which people can support their favorite creators on a monthly basis! Think of it as combination of a tip-jar and a subscription!

Although the comic is a labor of love, it is a heavy burden on me time and finance-wise. I have been fortunate enough to be able to have time to work on it during school because I had it count for a considerable amount of college credit. However, I am graduating soon, and my biggest fear is that I’ll have to put Suihira on the back-burner in order to pay my living expenses and pay back student loans. The reason I am doing a Patreon for this comic is to hopefully have it help me financially so that I can keep working on it. Beyond just paying bills, I also wish for Suihira to have its own website, more frequent updates, and have physical merchandise that I can sell directly to readers via online and at cons!

And if you donate, you will be able to see pages before they’re published online, high-resolution pdfs of chapters, sketchbooks, access to work-in-progress feed, livestreams and more! There’s also room for more perks in the future!

Though Suihira is a fairly young comic, I am in awe and utterly appreciative of every single person who has subscribed, followed, liked, or otherwise expressed their fondness of my work. If you’re willing to also toss in a buck or two to help keep me afloat, be aware that I am utterly grateful. 

Thanks for always checking it out, guys!

If you're interested in following my work on facebook, feel free to like my new fanpage! I will probably post there more frequently than here! See you there! :)
The journal I wrote last night was really vague but I wanted to clarify that I cleaned through my gallery. I feel now it better represents my growth as an artist and is presentable enough to not be totally ashamed to show people because it's been like that for the past like, year.

All I need to do now is to change my username and the transformation is complete! >8U 
Except for maybe "South Park 1501 Aftermath" because it was on display at Comic Con.
 South Park 1501 Aftermath by ArtByRiana

I might save a few others, but I thought about it and I now believe that South Park fanart contrasts too drastically with what I usually draw now. South Park is a topical, controversial show that deals with adult topics and I feel that my stuff just doesn't reflect that anymore. I regret to say that South Park for me, was merely a phase. I haven't even had South Park in my thoughts in over two years. I haven't seen a new episode, and I've forgotten a lot about the show already.

Despite my feelings for the show as of now, I cannot deny that it was a beneficial phase. Before, I had no interest in drawing people, and the course of events that occured suring my South Park phase lead me to starting to make Suihira... and it's hilarious how close the EARLY artwork is to the South Park style.

Case and point:
Sheet by ArtByRiana

But I digress.

So if you want to save the South Park artwork before I delete it, I'll be deleting them about 8 days from now. 

I will also be deleting some older works that I feel no longer is appropriate for my gallery for one reason or another. This includes commissions and general artwork I'm not particularily fond of.

My gallery is looong overdue for a nice clean-up.

Until next time~
And thank you to those who have read Suihira so far! I wish I can publish pages faster, but my current pace and schedule only allows me to post once a week! In between updates, I usually post relevant artwork on Suihira's Tumblr! 

Until next week!!! :)
Wednesday marks the beginning of my webcomic, Suihira! I know I said in the previous journal that I'll publish it on December 7th, but hear me out. THIS Wednesday, December 3rd, I will be uploading the first page, Thursday, Dec. 4th, I will upload the second page, Friday the third page, etc, until Sunday. After that, pages will be uploaded every Sunday. They will be uploaded here, Smackjeeves, and Tapastic! 

If you have a tumblr, you can follow the officual Suihira tumblr for more updates and related posts!

See you all on Wednesday!
Apologies for the lack of activity, ladies and gents, for I have been super super super busy with school and among my school work includes my comic Suihira. So any commissions that haven't been completed should be completed when I have a bit of time off during Thanksgiving break! 

But I've spent the vast majority of my energy on my comic--and I wanted to have an early official announcment here that it will be published on Dec. 7th on a couple of websites and possibly here as well either on this account or another one. There will be 5 pages on Dec. 7th and then a new page every week! So hang tight everybody! :)
First off, apologies for the inactivity. The past couple of years I've done more sketching than making presentable work that I feel is worthy to be in a deviantART gallery. But I can promise you, that it'll change very soon! If you follow any of my tumblr blogs, either personal or my art blog, you might know what I have up my sleeve! 

Anyway, I think I will take the opportunity to reflect on "my deviantART story," because I feel it appropriate given where I am now artistically and the role this website played to get me there. 

I joined here in 2003 (holy jeeze...) when I just turned 12 years old. My first deviation was this: 
Beach foals by Lightning-Duchess
I was really really excited about finally uploading my work to a website than a forum, as I did for a few months. That's where I got my real start, and that was when I discovered all I ever wanted to do was draw. I didn't even necessarily feel like an artist, I felt like a creator. Since then I've put all kinds of labels on myself, such as "prospective animator," "illustrator," "sketch artist," and what have you, but I have recently gone full-circle and I'm calling myself a creator again. But for the sake of clients, I usually use the term "cartoonist" and "sketch artist." 

Anyways, my interest at the time of joining dA was an even mix of Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, Sonic the Hedgehog, and The Lion King. I was a frequent fanartist, rarely making original content. From 2004 to 2007 or so, my artwork was nearly exclusive to Sonic the Hedgehog fanart, mostly work relating to my fanfiction I wrote at the time. Honestly, as much as I may pretend I regret that embarrassing project was published on the internet, I really don't. My Sonic fanfiction really got me into drawing, and I was drawing all the time. My skills in art vastly improved, because I had to think about character design, setting, storytelling, and drawing sequentially. Did I do them well? Maybe not? But I was making something, and I was making something that I considered mine. This horse drawing was done shortly after I decided to stop my Sonic fanfiction.   
Horsona lol by Lightning-Duchess
In 2007 my good friend jayfoxfire introduced me to my boyfriend of now 7 years. Because of that, a lot of positive things have happened to me artistically. Besides being fortunate and amazingly lucky to have this man in my life, he now is taking very good care of me while I go to school in Los Angeles to learn art in school to polish my skills. Thanks to him (and my family, as they pay for my tuition), I don't need to juggle a job and school, like so many people have to in this cruel college environment that this country has needs to do. I'm also eternally grateful that I live with him, too. He is the best person to have around all the time! 

Between 2007 and 2011 I spent a long time evaluating what I wanted to do artistically. I had invested my artistic "life," so-to-speak, making fanart. I hardly knew how to do anything else. I tried making a story with cats, however, it was missing an important human element that I felt I needed to express. I wasn't good at drawing people, and at the time, I wasn't interested.
Comic Page by ArtByRiana
Then I went to college and I knew right away I loved the illustration classes as opposed to the fine arts class. Currently I'm working on my B.F.A. in Illustration and I love it so much. However, between then and now, I thought I wanted to be an animation major, or at least a entertainment design major. I struggled a lot with what school I wanted to go into, but thankfully I found a perfect one, and one that even lets me adjust my illustration major to include pre-production animation elements into my curriculum. 

Going back to my deviantART, in early 2011, I suddenly became obsessed with South Park. This became a blessing and a curse. Because I had spent 4 years without a franchise to be enveloped with, and South Park spoke to me at the time. Plus, the characters were very fun to draw. However, my teachers looked down on my constant SP fanarting (as fanarting usually is in college, but let me tell you guys something real quick, fanart all you want, just don't tell people. I have a professor in my university that is a brilliant artist and obsessed with Naruto. She has a secret Naruto sketchbook hidden in her house. Also keep in mind, fanart is a great way for people to find your work--just don't let it be all you do.) This was absolutely vital for me to get me to actually be interested in human characters. 
South Park 1501 Aftermath by ArtByRiana
Plus it was really killer that a piece of artwork I made got into the South Park fanart gallery in Comic con. Oddly enough, that's what lead to the downfall of my obsession. I was planting seeds for my new obsession, a story that involved people, finally. I could finally express what I had been missing to express in almost four years. 
Charas by ArtByRianaBeatHollow 01 by ArtByRianaBeatHollow 03 dA by ArtByRiana

Buuuuut that still wasn't what I was looking for. I hastily put out a comic page of this new story I had. There was little to no writing involved. My friend Ayemae quickly stopped me in my tracks and thankfully told me that I should really put time into this project, especially the non-visual part of it--the writing. So, I then took the time between late 2011 and now to fabricate a story. I saved the writing portion of this project until this year. During 2012 and the early half of 2013, I spent a toooooooon of time sketching. I sketched places, characters, everything I wanted the story to be. Tree by ArtByRiana
That's where tumblr came in, really. Believe me, it has a big spot in my "deviantART" story, because tumblr doesn't have an efficient commenting system. I had to draw exclusively for myself for once and it let me take a break from the opinions of people on dA for a while. And I enjoyed every moment of it. Now I'm still in the middle of writing the story, but I feel I'm at a good spot to start. I uploaded the two test pages and I feel it was a success. 
Suihira: Test Page 1 by ArtByRiana Suihira: Test Page 2 by ArtByRiana
And for the future of my deviantART story? This website will probably be the first host of this webcomic! :clap:

I'm also going to make a new deviantART account, soon. I would just change the name of RianaLD to something else, however, I feel that this website has too much of a fanart legacy, so I will leave it be. 

Onward to the future! 

Oh, and for the sake of being able to put thumbs of artwork, here are the 5 pieces that I find amazing and very inspiring! These are the works that I didn't look at and later forget about, but they have been in my mind long after its initial viewing!

bahati by AMSBT Scorched earth by arcipello Bagheera's love story by barbarasobczynska Some Layouts by mhannecke fh4 by sandara

SOOO for the past 3 hours I've been digging around the internet for a image I can't for the life of me find.

It's this...I don't know, image from a deleted scene in the movie? It's fairly dark, almost in silhouette, of Little Creek holding spirit on a chain guiding him out of the water. I wanna say there's a tree in it? Idk.

I'm hoping someone would have it on their hard drive or know where it is, because I want to make art that pays homage to it. :X 
First of all after I finish a couple more commissions I'll have them open again with updated, raised prices. If you really want to take advantage of the current prices until then, check it out.

Second of all, I actually wanted to delete the tumblr dumps from this year because I think they're amazingly ugly and I hate seeing tall rows of drawings as their own deviations. I would delete last year's but that would be a loooooot of drawings to upload. But I'll be taking the time to upload the images from this year individually. Just because they usually don't take long to make doesn't mean they're not good enough to be deviations. I'm doing this also in an effort to be more active on here. :>

THIRDLYYYYY I start university in 26 days and I'm stoked! *dances* I'll be taking a drawing for animation class, illustration class, writing for art class, and a class covering the philosophy of literature and cinema. Raaaaaaaaaad.

Until next time~
  • Drinking: Tea
Now is actually the time I'm going to start making SCOW (my pet project that has concept art pop into my gallery at times) into a comic. Now, I do want to make a little money on it so it will be worth my time somewhat.

My idea will be to make issues (20-25 pages each?) and sell pdfs of them for $1 or so on maybe Etsy as a digital download. I know I can sell em for points here but I hate points... but there's a way to convert them to dollars I think?

For sure Etsy would be much more straight forward. I've already experienced their digital download system and have been very pleased.

Anyway I was wondering what you guys thought of the idea. Is selling it in the first place a good idea? Should I do the first issue free? Etsy or deviantART? Should I just sell physical copies down the line?

Etc etc. Now bring me to your opinions!!
  • Reading: Animation books
  • Drinking: Tea
I know I did this a jillion times but I've signed into MSN/Windows Live messenger for the last time (sad, I've been using it for 10 years but alas) and I'm making the move to make Skype my main thing.

Soooooooooooooooooo you can add me on Skype with or riana_ld . 'S good. I don't do calls though unless it's with good friends/family.

Off to do house cleaning and commissions, I'm pooped from going to universal yesterday with Steveo to do Jpark things. Aaaaa
  • Reading: Animation books
  • Drinking: Tea
I want to say that April of 2003, almost 10 years ago, was when I really started drawing. December of 2003 was when I joined dA.

Jesus me, 10 years is a loooonggg timmmeee. It really feels like forever. o__o It makes me wonder what's going to happen the next 10 or even 20 years! Seems like anything is possible, really. How exciting!

Also for those who've commissioned me, I apologize for taking a while, I keep underestimating how labor-intensive and time-consuming and just EXHAUSTING living on your own is. Especially since I'm used to a constantly maintained house and at the very sight of filth I freak out and clean it... haha least my apartment is always spotless 3
  • Listening to: Steve's computer making a ruckus!
  • Reading: Animation books
  • Watching: Walking Dead
  • Playing: Zelda games (OOT and TP at the same time)
  • Drinking: Tea
Due to the "tough shit" rule of life, I basically lost $1800 of financial aid money because I... took too many classes at my junior college apparently.


Yeah I know. Apparently the state doesn't like it if you take a lot of units and don't get your major/graduate (I'm 3 units over the limit apparently, and it counted the two college classes I took for high school credit back in my junior year of high school....ksjhd), even though I'm a transfer student and I was trying to get university level classes while they were cheap. :l Bah. And I love how my school neglected to tell me about this even though I visited the counselors and financial aid office frequently.

I spent two weeks trying to fight for it but I'm throwing in the towel. So, I must move on.

I would get student loans, but I'm hesitant to do so because a) obvious debt and b) I couldn't transfer to the university yet (long story) so I'm taking a couple classes at a local junior college, and if I get a loan, when I leave to go to university in the fall, I will need to start paying the loan back to the junior college.

But Riana you can get a job.

YES I KNOW I CAN but here's the deal.

I want to see if it's possible if I can try to make money with my art at home before I get a "job". (I don't have a car so getting a job is kinda hard and my school apparently won't hire any student workers who aren't already full time students............)


I'm not even making this journal to be like "I LOST MONEY SO BUY ALL THE COMMISSIONS PL0X" (even though I would be eternally grateful if you guys bought some), I'm just wondering if anyone has any ideas of what I can do. Once I'm in university I'll be able to get grants again but in the mean time it's a little iffy.

Thanks! You guys are the best.
  • Listening to: birds
  • Reading: Habibi
  • Watching: Walking Dead
  • Playing: Skyward Sword
  • Eating: cereal
  • Drinking: Tea
Good grief, I think I've been waiting months for this day: where I didn't have to pack, unpack, scramble, step over things, search boxes for my scissors, let everything know where I live now, uasdjfndsf. But seriously I'm so happy I'm at this point because all this is much more stress than I think it should be--though I did learn in school that moving is the most stressful thing people do. So if I conquered that, I can conquer anything!!

I cannot begin to say how freaking lucky I am to have a cheap (for Southern Californian standards anyway) apartment in an absolutely lovely, safe place. Not to mention the view from the living room is gorgeous, you can see the hills and the billion palm trees and various "landmarks" me and Steve sort of made up. :P AND A LIBRARY IS ACROSS THE STREET I WANNA GET MY CARD SO I CAN GET ALL THE BOOKS HEHEHHEHEEEHH

Oh right, Wreck-it-Ralph. As some of you know from the end of Steve's recent Q&A (and my little cameo te he), Steve said "it was pretty gay", which made everyone assume he hated it. That was mostly for comedic effect. Steve actually thought it was alright, but average at best--but since everyone thought it was the best movie ever, it gave him high expectations and he didn't think it lived up to it.

As for me, I thought the first two thirds were amazing. The characters were very fresh and Ralph was just the greatest, I thought. The last third however was pretty predictable, and it disappointed me because the first two thirds were so creative and fresh! Not to mention, Paperman was just gorgeous. *__* I'll accept 2D/CG imagery like that.

But me and Steve enjoyed ourselves watching it, and that's what going to the movies is all about.

After a couple days, I'll be redoing my commission prices because I need moneys to pay rent and to feed myself all the tamales, various asian soups, and pasta in the world. 8V

But in the mean time, I desperately need time off. My break has been on for a month and 4 days and the only real day off I've had was Christmas. I've been wanting to play video games, draw SCOW stuff (thinking about a name change again :V), goof around with Steve, sleep, watch TV (we got cable and my parents house didn't have any I'm going to cry ;_______; ) and just take it easy.

AND I'M SO FREAKING HAPPY because my old school starts next week, while my new school starts in 2 AHHHH if school started next week like seriously I would've died.
  • Listening to: traffic
  • Watching: The Ultimate Guide to the Presidents
  • Playing: Far Cry 3 (actually watching Steve play it lol)
  • Eating: scrambled eggs
  • Drinking: Tea