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Edea and Cake by NickBeja Edea and Cake :iconnickbeja:NickBeja 45 2 MoeComm - Mirai by penguin-pinpin MoeComm - Mirai :iconpenguin-pinpin:penguin-pinpin 164 9 Anna - Epic Battle Fantasy by atomicpengin-san
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A.I. Games by Kazenokaze A.I. Games :iconkazenokaze:Kazenokaze 830 20 Alice by sasucchi95 Alice :iconsasucchi95:sasucchi95 991 43 C :: Fallstreak Sprites by rimuu C :: Fallstreak Sprites :iconrimuu:rimuu 955 33 Adobtable 7 [CLOSED] by sasucchi95 Adobtable 7 [CLOSED] :iconsasucchi95:sasucchi95 2,074 72 Dancing - Commission by SpukyCat Dancing - Commission :iconspukycat:SpukyCat 53 2 Commission: Lexi 3 by ThaiChau
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Captain Africa
Artist | Hobbyist | Varied
United States
Youtube: CaptainAfrica (EpicImpotence)
MyAnimeList: PrincessGuardian
Steam: CaptainAfrica

For full animation shorts, see here:…

Here is my Patreon! Don't be afraid to donate, even a dollar would be appreciated:

While I am not literally *starving* yet it is difficult for me to balance a normal working life (and hold down 40 hr grinds) due to my overactive imagination, depressive spells etc.! Hopefully your help will help me delay becoming a street artist for at least a few weeks in the future...

I'm a lazy ass wageslave (2017 graduate)that don't do shit in real life, I just daydream do proletariat job and do muh artsy shit and dump them onto here, Youtube and Newgrounds
~5.5 yrs experience in Flash, ~2 years working in ToonBoom Harmony. I started using SmoothDraw in summer 2014, Krita late 2016. I've worked almost every day for Sept. 2013 to August 2015 and have always at least drawn regularly. My black and white sketches are usually just done with normal pencil and paper.

Drawing and flat out daydreaming of stories has always been a passion of mine. I probably drew more anime/manga stuff regularly since high school which means maybe 8+ years by now. Animation seemed to me as an ideal form of creative work as it requires tremendous patience even with talent, and since for the most part you get out what you put in.

Overall artists can't make much money at all unless working for a big company, and I didn't get an art degree either hehe.

Heroines by the years:
2009-2011: Rhyme (Hazel hair and eyes)
2011-2012: Hanabi Holbeck (black hair and grey eyes)
2011-2013: hard Homura fanboy (from Megucas)
2012-2013: May Sinker (messy blue-black hair, yellow eyes)
2012-2014: Zusa Karasu (Twintails, red eyes, red flames)
2014-: Maira Snow (white-silver hair, purple eyes, thick eyelashes)
2017-: Nila Straese (curly short black hair, vampire eyes)

If you want to look for any of my novels in the future, see Legend of Shade, Tales of Quinity, and Zusa's Misadventures.

Current Residence: United States
Favourite genre of music: Classical, J-Pop, Video Game
Favourite style of art: Anime/manga, Abstract, Surrealism
Operating System: Windows
MP3 player of choice: My mind, PC
Wallpaper of choice: waifu
Skin of choice: Fragile epidermis
Favourite cartoon character: Yang Wenli (muh democracy), Oskar von Reuenthal (the feelz) Girls -- Rem (Re:Zero), Miuna Shiodome (NagiAsu), Kyoko Sakura (Madoka)
Personal Quote: "Andy, your iceberg is completely submerged. It's touching hell; that's how deep it is."


23 me!

Well, not security guard after all. New job is alright so far and beats old one anytime, may have trouble paying pseudo-rent though as it pays less and uncertain schedule. It's social work so I'm not drying up in front of a computer, I'm interested in Psychology enough, of course some of the disabilities and issues I have to deal with will be severe.

Basic goals for next year besides publishing include... revising two more of my completed works, and just trying to be more active overall writing and animating. Easier said than done. Made a lot of mistakes over the years and it weighed heavily on me throughout 2017 -- sometimes I get so self-critical.

Some publishers seem pretty annoying, both time delay and some require hard copies. My sample isn't much of the story so far if I only get 10,000 words, I hope my sypnosis isn't too awkward either, the query letters (~1 page) have been easier for me. In any case, tried DAW (Penguin) so far given it's convenient and accepts full manuscript, but it means waiting 3 months before submitting to other publishers, so I have to cross my fingers for a quick reply? Hah!

Expecting many rejections because it's not normal and probably too weird for most readers. Realistically at least 10, probably 20, idk about 30...

Overall I was productive enough with my time off I think, although I'll never get back to full steam with animation like I did in my college years. I don't think I wasted that much time on Starcraft 2. Overall I don't think I'll enjoy games as much as I used to anyways.

Watched Mahou Shoujo Site which was alright, lost its edge, Nana was creepy, didn't really care for any of the characters. Aya's brother was amusing enough. Also watched Golden Kamuy which I thought was pretty good, shenanigans were decent even if not too funny, got to see new things with Ainu culture and the action was not bad either. So much 3DCG looked pretty bad to me though, I wonder if it was really that much cheaper than just drawing the bears. 3DCG usually doesn't look great in anime, with the exception of maybe Berserker from Fate/Zero... Although in many cases over the 12 episodes the plot progressed a little less than expected.

Also watched the first Heaven's Feel movie for F/SN ufotable, and never really was that great for me. Still like Kirei enough though, I guess this route shows Rider's full strength though -- even then I thought regardless of plot, Zero had better heroes and backstories to match their masters. The True Assassin just seems gimmicky and not that interesting.

Speaking of Zero, that made me think of Madoka and I still remember almost 7 years ago when I first watched it. 7 years passing seems ridiculous... And yet the story isn't continuing even after the Rebellion movie in October 2013. Just like after all those years they never bothered fixing Lost Saga or making a similar game.

Thinking about 7 years ago, I didn't think that it would take me over seven years to write and reach out to publishers (The prototypes for the story were started in 2011), but another part of me back then didn't even consider college, and I also thought that no publisher would ever truly bother with my work and that it was a possibility that I'd just be a dumb recluse... Of course back then I felt like I had plenty of time anyways and had enough fun things to do in high school.

Speaking of Fate I do feel a bit like Shirou from UBW, but at the same time I doubt I would've been much happier if I tried harder to conform to a normal life instead of going on seigi no mikata adventures in my own worlds.

Overall the past year has been disappointing for me, mostly because of the working grind. I didn't do 40 hours consistently through it but still. I remember from say, May 2015-2016 I wrote about 240,000+ words for my story and was active animating, drawing and playing vidya (SC2, SSBM, Guilty Gear Xrd, and TERA) while I was in college... Past year I only had slightly over 100,000 words after I had started my newest story in late July 2017, majority of which were done in my time off (the workweek really was that brutal), and probably less than half the time I got to spend on games compared to college, including Magic.

Deathrite Shaman and Git. Probe are banned in Legacy! First week I go 3-0 and win 2 bad matchups (Storm, Reanimator, Burn) with Goblins again. Trashmasters should be effective if I see a lot of D&Ts. Idk whether I agree with the bans that much but it does increase diversity in the format. Idk how excited I am for Guilds of Ravnica later this year though, I still remember liking the Izzet back in the old days. I'll probably go to Prereleases as well as Legacy events.
  • Listening to: Madoka OST in my head again
  • Reading: who knows soon?
  • Watching: LoGH rewatch, prob more moeshit
  • Playing: SC2, MtG
  • Eating: random food
  • Drinking: water to wash it all through ._.
Maira and Shade 2018
Still unsure bout ground shading, I think the trees turned out fine, clouds maybe could be a bit more colorful without distracting from the characters too much.
Zusa Flarey Stalker
Guaaa the chuuni lives on.

Weird ass angle I know, but that was just how I decided to draw her.

Not sure if the flames look that good overall, might've added too much details there.
Miss the past pretty badly. Been around a year since college graduation and this year has been one of the worst of my life. 11th and 12th grades despite the depression, boredom of teenage years I could go home every day and play freaking Lost Saga, even if that game had its issues, even if I raged at it I was interested enough in it to have fun, damn it, and I had both online and real life friends there. I still had much more social interaction at school than in work.

Getting security card guard soon to get more job opportunities. (although that cost additional money) Probably will suck less than being hunched over and staring at boring shit on a screen, although the pay is lower. I don't have to do much fighting at all as you just stand there watching for suspicious things according to training. Krinkels (creator of Madness Combat) started his work as a security guard, although I dunno if he still has any day jobs now. When he releases his game it should give him more income though while I can't guarantee the same even if I get published.

Please donate to my Patreon! Need money, hah...

I'm not so much sure about whether or not I regret playing Smite and SC2 (and TERA) from 2014-2016, I did spend a good amount of time on them but didn't end up enjoying them as much as I did with LS. Smite had its MOBA issues and I just wasn't grindy enough to fully appreciate SC2 I guess. Overall was less depressed than I was in high school, but at the same time didn't enjoy my friendships in college as much either (of course part of that being because everyone just has less time).

Overall 2013, 2015-2016 were the worse stretches during those moments, but on average I don't think they were as bad as it was dealing with the average workweek and crappy Sunday evening feels. Animation, art and writing really is my coping mechanism for life in general and without it it's tough to function no matter how much I get paid from work. I suppressed so much hauling my ass to corporate buildings.

Fourth reread and more editing of my work is going well so far, had a decent stuff to add in as well. Overall it's still not going to read like a normal book though. I guess the last edits I was still unsure where to edit, maybe it just takes many times to be familiar enough with the work to improve it. New animation isn't going to be here anytime soon, I started it in late May.

Also have a more proper plan B if Shade doesn't publish or make much money, finished that novel in late May. Probably still overall going to edit a bit more though it's weight off my chest and another work of mine that I'm more proud of. Overall if I had more focus, ideas it would've been done by the end of last year.

Finished Iliad reread and the Witchwood Crown. Comments... Iliad has a lot of surprising animal metaphors during the fighting and Greek gods are still crazy. As for the Witchwood Crown I got quite into it, didn't realize how much I missed reading due to work. Favorite characters are Nezeru, Jarnulf, and Unver, even if Unver didn't get as much time on the pages. Simon and Miriamele seem a bit boring old ass, and Morgan was well-written and realistic. I also read the Heart of What Was Lost last year but it was pretty short though.

Norns have slavery but apparently the mortals don't? Realistically those in medieval times peasants labored in shitty conditions too though. (Serfs vs slaves?) and I'm pretty sure many cultures had slaves? Overall the mortals seem too "peaceful" to be realistically humans, but this also makes them look good compared to the Norns. 

I guess I had to realize to be authentically just honest with myself... In 2016 even though I generally did well enough in the law and legal classes my heart and mind were in my own fantasy worlds, even if those had their own shortcomings. It's a very strange way to put it. Still in 2017 I thought that the job wouldn't kill me as bad as it did but it turned out that if I kept it up for another few months I would've been squeezed dry.

It's likely that I'll never be neurotypical so that means jobs are going to kill me on the inside until I can make more sustainable income writing someday...
  • Listening to: Madoka OST in my head again
  • Reading: who knows soon?
  • Watching: Mahou Shoujo Site
  • Playing: SC2
  • Eating: random food
  • Drinking: water to wash it all through ._.
Shade Hanabi and Maira 2018
Aside from needing improvements w/ the clouds, Maira's hair might also be too messy huh. Oh well, still much better than my effects in 2014-2015. Think adding too much in the background would have cluttered it.


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spiralmaestro Featured By Owner 6 days ago
Happy Birthday!
Ifarisa Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much for the :+fav: :hug:
illbecomeyourheroine Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hello! You take anime requests?
Candor-Shade Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Lol -- well, a simple sketch isn't too hard for me but a full color drawing for me (even with no background) takes a while actually! I don't have a money system set up on DeviantART but I would if I could make cash somehow!

Also I am a student so in the case that it can happen I would have to delay/slow things down during midterms/finals week depending on what I have to do for school :P
illbecomeyourheroine Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
spiralmaestro Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2016
Happy Birthday!
krasblak Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2016  Professional General Artist
Thank you for faving :icontinadanceplz:
AikiYun Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I see what you did there.
Candor-Shade Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
idgaf if you mean well, choose your words carefully will you?
AikiYun Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very well. I tried to reconcile but its clear you don't care anymore.

Best of luck to you.
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