EDIT: So far we have 44/100 subs! HECK YEAH, we are almost halfway there and it's only been a few days!
I AM SO EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE THIS!
Why should you subscribe?
Why release this 2 weeks early?
- FIRST, MY QUEUE -
REMINDER, PLEASE COMMENT ON THE DEVIATION or SEND A NOTE!
is 50% off with code "HOLIDAYS" until December 26th!
You've won a free copy of Clip Studio Pro! I will note you with the Serial code and download links!
As a thank you to the community, Graphixly and I are giving away two copies (fully licensed) of Clip Studio Paint Pro!
What is CSP Pro?!
PENS, PENCILS, & BRUSHESCreate original sketches using your mouse or draw naturally with a pen tablet-pro
Powerful coloring tools make CLIP STUDIO PAINT your all-in-one manga and comic creation solution.
COMIC CREATION TOOLS
Use an assortment of comic and manga creation tools that will help maximize your workflow.
THOUSANDS OF INCLUDED ASSETS (premade things)
Download over 10,000 free assets to help get your project started quickly!
Breathe life into your existing art and make animations and moving illustrations in CLIP STUDIO PAINT.
CUSTOMIZABLE USER INTERFACE
Customize the user interface layout and switch the interface according to your needs. Move around your workspace.
3D OBJECT SUPPORT
Pose 3D drawing figures included with CLIP STUDIO PAINT and use them as an inspirational basis for your work.
VARIOUS IMPORT/EXPORT OPTIONS
Easily integrate your CLIP STUDIO PAINT artwork with your existing graphics tools. (like Photoshop)
My personal opinion of CSP is it is like a blend of Sai and Photoshop. It comes with a built in stabilizer and also pens that have varying TYPES of stabilization. This is great for inkers, comic/manga artists and well, anyone who uses lineart.
The assets are GREAT because they allow you to make things kinda like clip art or pre-made items and import them into your artwork. These assets are stored IN the program and are available at any time. You can go online and download MORE assets made by other CSP users. It is like a whole community banding together to make cool stuff.
For me, as a manga creator, the best tool is the SCREENTONE tool. Making a screentone is as easy as making a selection, or shading in a flat tone, then selecting the "screentone" button on the layer properties! From there you can make tones from dots, lines, hatching, TONS of options. The best part is you can completely customize the tone and if later you change your mind, just select the layer and change the settings! You don't have to make a new tone each time. Makes is SUPER easy.
Normally Clip Studio Pro is 49$ for a DL copy, however Graphixly has generously donated 2 copies for me to give away for free!
Thank you to those at CSP and Graphixly!
That's it! I look forward to reading your comments.
I will note the winner with the links and codes!
I will go to random list maker an putting in all the names. The top two names will be the winners. I will sent out a note with the instructions and serial numbers so that you can download and install your new CSP Pro!
So get out there and comment! Share your artwork! Thank you so much everyone for your support over the last 11 years! I hope we can be here for another 11 more!
I also found this dA Questionnaire that I completed 3 years ago, I will do it again as something fun to do. Feel free to do this in your own journals! hehe
1. How long have you been on DeviantArt?
2. What does your username mean?Ahk or Ahklut is the main character in my comic "Naor". Ahkward and awkward sound the same and usually is a good icebreaker. ouo Plus is it funny and memorable IMHO.
3. Describe yourself in three words.
DOTS, ink and caffiene
4. Are you left or right handed?
It depends! In most cases I'm right handed, however I am left-eye dominant, so when I do sports or use firearms, I'm left-handed.
5. What was your first deviation?
Well, the first deviation I ever posted I think I deleted honestly because it was so bad. The one I still have is this one:
6. What is your favourite type of art to create?
Anything with ink! I ADORE working in ink. I really love making manga and comic pages though. Something about telling stories in that way is just the best thing ever to me!
7. If you could instantly master a different art style, what would it be?
HNG Can I do a specific person?! I love Rumiko Takahashi and Hiromu Arakawa in terms of style! HasaBattle is amazing too!
8. What was your first favourite?
:'D It's in storage, but here is the second one! Back from my InuYasha fangirl days. My cousin and I would die laughing this on repeat forever! XD
9. What type of art do you tend to favourite the most?
Interestingly enough.... not inkwork?! I love to look at new things and not just my own type of artwork. Gives me ideas on how to push what I already do even further to keep improving!
10. Who is your all-time favourite deviant artist?
OMG I have no idea, I hate picking favorites. ;-;
Some of the main ones as far as skill and art are:
NukeRooster (not biased what)
11. If you could meet anyone on DeviantArt in person, who would it be?
All of my watchers, all of them. Though if I had to pick one, I can't. I have so many people who have been supportive in all countries and it's impossible to choose.
12. How has a fellow deviant impacted your life?
WolfOfTheAlphakings has been incredibly supportive, helping me manage the pegramkre, talking to me at all hours of the night and listening to my doubts and fears all the time. We may not talk as much as we used to, but that's ok, she has life stuff to do. That doesn't mean she hasn't made a huge impact on me over the last many years.
NukeRooster and I have been friends for a number of years already, like what 6 or 7? When I was living in Florida we met up a few times, her coming to my place, going to an art museum and host a devmeet together, well TECHNICALLY two, but you don't make it to the first one. OTL We talk pretty much everyday and ACTUALLY we have some cool stuff planned for the future! More details to come on that but I am really happy that we are working together on this project and I'm sure it'll help us and everyone here on dA and hopefully the world! Props to you for putting up with me on that stuff until our launch date. XD
13. What are your preferred tools to create art?
Ink and pencils! Now that I have Clip Studio, I really love digital art now. I am still more of a traditional artist at heart, but the feel of CSP is pretty wonderful to me. Plus makes making manga SO EASY.
14. What is the most inspirational place for you to create art?
Outside in the parks or forests. I love take my books to the mountain reserves and parks and draw nature and things I see there. However since I am living in a hotel now, it makes it very hard to have any space to work. I am too far away from the mountains and I am limited to what I can do with the public transport system in Los Angeles.
15. What is your favourite DeviantArt memory?
I've had so many. People making a fangroup for my Naor comic, multiple devmeets I've helped put together, contests I've hosted and all the crazy streams! Streams I think are the best part about the community here!
Aha, I had to do this since it seems like a good way to get to know peoples. Have fun if you decide to do one too!
Anyway guys, THANK YOU so much for your support here on deviantART. You are all my heroes.
Ok, so I am going to explain this chart here:
The numbers are DATES!
Anime Expo was right in Downtown Los Angeles, and I live in Inglewood (south LA) so it was easy to get to everyday without having to put money out for a hotel. NICE! We got set up at Tokyopop the Day before which was totally worth it because Stu Levy was awesome enough to take us all out to Koreatown for lunch afterwards. ouo
I had a panel with the Wacom and Clip Studio Paint. We had a ton of people there! We tried to make a video, but the video recording equipment got a bit grouchy. XD No video sadly! We did get a photo from one of the panels.
Originally I was only supposed to be on one panel as a last minute addition to fill an empty slot, but I ended up moderating both panels! Here is a feature for all my cool panelists that were all fucking awesome!
Over the course of the next few days I hung out a lot at the Tokyopop table
and saw some great cosplays and outfits! lol
I finally found a sushi burrito truck and we also had a nice party for the exhibitors on a nearby rooftop.
The convention ended and then we all packed up. We took Monday off and rested before going back to work!
Thanks for reading and to everyone who worked with me during AX2018!
Hey everyone! I'll be at Booth 5336 during San Diego Comic Con.
See you there!
This month hit me hard with my tablet breaking, so I'm having to work extra to make that up. Budget didn't quite allow that. I do have a replacement, thank goodness, so I am working again. Sent out updates. Design updates are next as they often take the longest.
*These slots are for ~Mid June.*
Rules for getting a commission: these are first come, first serve slots. Comment to claim a slot, I will OK you, and in a bit I'll send out a note with my (NEW)email and simple instructions on what to send me. Please do not e-mail me through the WIX site. I am changing my e-mail so it's relevant aha. Slots for previous commissions may continue to communicate with me through Tatchit/live. Patience is my numero uno client preference.
I am not taking any more design commissions for either Feonix or custom critters until the ones I have are completed.
I am, however, super interested in bigger stuff like full illustrations, but I'll b
I have taken down my creator page on Patreon.
I do not feel I am posting as much as I should, nor that I really have the time or energy to manage it right now. For anyone who I support, you will still get your pledges from me. I didn't totally disable my account, I only took down my creator side. I'll remain a patron.
This is in an effort to become more active here. I have stopped posting most here because I was trying to post everything Naor and WIP wise to Patreon. It will be much easier and hopefully stir up interest again as I post here more often. I haven't abandoned dA, I just became exclusive to Instagram and Patreon mostly. That will change.
DeviantART, while changing a lot in the last few years, is my largest following anywhere and it isn't fair to give you guys the cold shoulder like I have. I have mailed out a lot of what I owe to people, but I am still working on all the main I have.
In addition I also have a LEAVE and START date for my internship at TokyoPop in Los Angeles. I will leave South Dakota on the 5th of June and arrive on the 7th. I will be taking the train from Omaha to Sacramento, and then from Sacramento to LA will be 3 different bus lines. It will be a LONG trip, about 52 hours in total, but I'm not too worried about that. I'll live. lol
My start date will be the 11th of June, and with my birthday that friday, the 15th of June, I'm looking for some fun stuff to do. If you want to hang out that weekend let me know! Being with TokyoPop, I have found out that I will be going to various cons, which I will make a separate entry for, so if you can't spend the weekend with me, I might meet you at a con. I love doing sketches for people, and I do them pretty cheap at cons, so be sure to drop by for a visit once I get the announcements ready (after the con list is confirmed).
So with that I will head out to get some more artwork done. I have a lot to do and only 94 days to do it all. (before I leave for Cali)
February 14th has a VERY special meaning to me
February 14th was when my first project containing Ahk, my main character from Naor was due. I always have used this date as the first day I started working on Naor because that is the day my professor asked me to write more about him and his story. So I have been, for like, 8 years now!!! CAN YOU BELIEVE IT!?!!
8 LONG years on this project. Granted it is in the middle of a reboot
and conversion over to a manga, but hey, it has made a lot of
strides in only 8 years. I have a lot more updates on that, but I
at least wanted to get that out there.
If you don't know what Naor is, it is a comic/manga I have been working on for many years. It is essentially a murder mystery and supernatural themed story where the two main characters are not even human! I really enjoy making the series and if you want to read what I have done, please go here: ahkward.deviantart.com/gallery…
Please note I only started making pages a few months ago, and work in slow as I have been on hiatus off and on over the years, but it is in no danger of abandonment.
Have some Naor Art
You can also read Naor on Webtoons!
HEEEEEY guys! I'm still here, still alive, mostly. xnx
Here is stuff I will cover here:
1. Life update
2. Commission update
3. Naor update REALLY IMPORTANT
1. LIFE UPDATE
So I mentioned in a previous journal that I was promoted to Assistant Manager at my IRL job. That has pretty much taken over my life like I feared it would. I worked on every single freaking Holiday:
NewYear's Eve and
I finally got my first real day off on Wednesday the 10th, however now that I have health insurance I spent it mostly sleeping and at the hospital getting a general wellness check. They found some stuff and there are more tests tomorrow, so hopefully it isn't anything to worry about! lol I'm certainly not worried. XD
However that said I sincerely apologize for being absent. Now that the holiday season is over I can finally get some breaks. Yes, breaks AFTER the holiday because I didn't get days off, not even weekends. >n> So all you people whining about being back to school or back to work, at least be happy you got the time off. Because I was that person getting up at 430 am to clock in at 530am to open at 6am almost every day during the holiday season. So be grateful. In fact last week, the first week of the year, I pulled 94 hours in 8 days. I wish I was joking. That's JUST my IRL job, not counting commission, animation and comic work. Total was about 126 hours.
DAYUM gonna have a big fat paycheck tomorrow though! AW YEAH. I am STILL working on your commissions, please understand. I will talk about that next.
I am happy to issue a full monetary refund.
Please just note me. If you are waiting on multiple things, like some people waiting on art and a comic book, I am still getting those sent out. If you wish to cancel an order, that's ok too. Just let me know your paypal email so I can find your payment and refund you.
Now that I am getting my holiday pay, I have a lot more money to get all that mailed stuff out. I bought a ton more shipping supplies with my last check and ALL ACEOs are packaged up, I just need to get to the post office soon, as well as a bunch of other things.
It is hard because I work 530am to 4pm, not breaks, no lunch period and my post office in town is only open from 7am to 3pm.... So getting to the post office on a day I actually have time is really hard. I have been working every single day for 3 weeks with no day off. Yesterday and tomorrow is my first since the week before Christmas.
So I unexpectedly moved October 21st and 22nd. I was NOT prepared in any way whatsoever, so for the last week or so I have been scrambling trying to get all of my stuff to my new place and get unpacked and back to work on commissions and comics. I didn't do a very good job. ROFL
1. YES, Naor Chapter 2 is late. Sorry about that! I had planned to get the three pages I was supposed to release on the 23rd done and posted. Well that didn't happen. I haven't been able to really draw much due to the large amount of overtime lately. I WILL post new pages on MONDAY, IDK if I have to not sleep this weekend at all! OTL
2. I know 10 to 20 hours a week of overtime isn't very much compared to some people, but between unpacking and working overtime, I haven't had the energy when I get home (shifts are 10hrs of standing with NO breaks). For some fucking reason South Dakota doesn't have mandated breaks (not even for lunch). like WTF? How can this be true?
3. Commissions.... um yeah. 4/6 Sketchbook commissions are DONE. I have been doing those instead of my larger commissions (since sketchbooks are easy to hide in pockets while at work). ROFL I also have a few more smaller ones to scan and post once I get my scanner set up again. I finally got that over to my new place yesterday, so I should be able to get more scans done soon.... hopefully.
4. I have a huge ass backlog for the last few weeks
PLUS I got to take Miso. She had a horrid skin condition and she is doing SO MUCH BETTER now. I am so happy to see her improving. ouo Enjoy a photo of her.
I would use picarto and might start in about an hour...
I also fell down my stairs (21 steps) on Tuesday morning on my way downstairs to get ready for work. I am ok, not broken or anything as far as I can tell, but bruised up my arm back and butt. XD Super lucky, but I am pretty slow moving right now. Sitting is hard since I banged up my lower spine/tailbone really badly. I don't have insurance, so I can't go to a doctor and get checked or get medicine. So I'll be a bit slower to heal. Sitting to draw REALLY hurts right now, so I'm gonna focus on scanning stuff this weekend.
Thanks for patience. I have a TON of things to upload. I have the rest of a sketchbook commission (finally done for King), updates for the other sketchbook commissions. Some digital commissions and 2 comic pages as well as an update for the tutorial series regarding two page spreads.
I also was interviewed this weekend by PopComics and it will appear on the TokyopPop and PopComics blog on Monday the 4th! I am pretty excited for that and I will be sure to link everyone up once it is available to read.
Can anyone get me a membership for like a week or more? I would use my paypal but I just withdrew it all. It will take probably days to figure this out.
Whoever gives me any length of membership will get a free sketch or something in return. I need my page up since I use dA for business affairs. (Depending on gw much you give I will happily do something extra special and custom!)
Or I can send you the money for it / pay you back!
Please please and thank you!