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HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYBODY!

And what a way to welcome the new year...
I won the mascot contest!!
:iconiloveyouplz:

The theme this time was "Warrior".
This was my only entry this year (not including the three or so failed attempts 8P), but I worked really hard on it, tried to keep a balance of everything, and did a lot of research for it.

The outfit isn't as detailed or imaginative as some were, there's some things for it could be considered quite simple, but I tried to make up for it in other ways, such as: adding the pattern on the kimono, details in the folds and hair, just a little bit of perspective, etc. It ended up complicated in it's own way.

Like last year, I tried to take inspiration from the shonen genre, and made her into a feisty girl who could actually protect herself and others on any adventures~
I gave her long hair and the almost-flowery pattern on her kimono so she wouldn't be TOO boyish. :3

I also tried really hard to make it something that I could be proud of, so for the most part the line art and colour is nice and clean up close. Last year, I rushed it and it was messy by my own standards. >w<;;
Though I didn't really enjoy working in CMYK, so I think I'll stick to RGB when I can. |D;;

But anyway, thank you so much everyone. <33 ;w;
To the Ai-kon committee, my family, my friends, and everybody else too. I wish you all the best in the new year!! :glomp:

Character © 2012 the Ai-kon Committee/staff
Artwork © 2012 Sloan/designsbysloan.com
Do not use without permission.


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Last year's entries:
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:iconj3ss1e-1ynn:
J3ss1e-1ynn Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oi, you're so talented 8D
I have one of your bookmarks in all three of my books, hehe, what's special is they also match the book. Haha xD
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:icondesignsbysloan:
DesignsBySloan Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013   Digital Artist
ashdkajs thank you ;w;
That's so cool! And I'm glad you like them. <3
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:iconr0cket-cat:
R0cket-Cat Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congrats on getting first place!! I came runner up, so I will see your at Ai-Kon. :D
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:icondesignsbysloan:
DesignsBySloan Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013   Digital Artist
Thank you so much, and congrats to you too~ ^-^
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:iconfish-with-feathers:
Fish-With-Feathers Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Looks great mate! I can't wait to see what it'll look like on the 2013 t-shirts!
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:icondesignsbysloan:
DesignsBySloan Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013   Digital Artist
Thank you! I'm looking forward to that too.

Thanks for the watch and favourite as well! :3
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:iconfish-with-feathers:
Fish-With-Feathers Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
You're welcome mate! Keep up the great work!
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:iconoshawotta:
Oshawotta Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
Akjgdksdsg;

Congrats on winning! O: This is truly an amazing piece.
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:icondesignsbysloan:
DesignsBySloan Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013   Digital Artist
Thank you Kiwi! XD <3
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:iconvalerie-heika:
Valerie-heika Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Congratulations Sloan! I totally need a crash course or a few pointers from you with drawing hair and drawing with the tablet. n_n;
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:icondesignsbysloan:
DesignsBySloan Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013   Digital Artist
Thank you so much! ;v;

Uhm... for drawing with a tablet, it helps to use your tablet for stuff like gaming (even stuff like Neopets games. :3 and internet browsing, just so you can get used to it. If it's only used when you want to draw, it'll take a lot longer.
I'm not sure how to help with hair, though. You're off to a good start judging by your mascot entry this year, though. c:
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:iconallycatani:
allycatani Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist
whoa congrats on winning the contest *U*
its definitely a worthy entry, and her design is lovely. The coloring in this is amazing as well, lots of attention to detail uvu
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:icondesignsbysloan:
DesignsBySloan Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013   Digital Artist
Thank you so much Allycat! *w*
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:iconallycatani:
allycatani Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist
u welcome ovo
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:icondeadcobra:
DeadCobra Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
Pretty
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:icondesignsbysloan:
DesignsBySloan Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013   Digital Artist
Thank you. :3
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:iconthecasperian:
TheCasperian Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Professional General Artist
Wow Shika!! This is really impressive and I'm so happy for you!! You totally deserve to win with this beauty!! <3
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:icondesignsbysloan:
DesignsBySloan Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013   Digital Artist
Uwahhh thank you Tori!! <3333333333333 Thank you so much <333 ;v;
*hug*
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:iconthecasperian:
TheCasperian Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Professional General Artist
You're welcome <33333
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:iconprinceofpallet:
princeofpallet Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
waaa congrats, sloan!!
i really like her colors a lot hhh
cheers for you
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:icondesignsbysloan:
DesignsBySloan Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013   Digital Artist
Thank you so much Jasmin! ;w;
The colours were hard to choose. It was hard to find colours that wouldn't only appeal to one gender. >_<
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:iconprinceofpallet:
princeofpallet Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
hmm well i think you did really good!
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:icondesignsbysloan:
DesignsBySloan Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013   Digital Artist
Thank you! ;w;
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:iconmogstomp:
mogstomp Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Mega-congrats! You did a fantastic job on this! You made many good choices in terms of colour balances and well defined line art. I especially like all the shadows in her hakama to show fabric folds.

I guess you just got tired of runner up!
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:icondesignsbysloan:
DesignsBySloan Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013   Digital Artist
Thank you so much Benson, you have no idea how much I appreciate it. ;w; The folds in the hamaka was hard! I'd never drawn one before. ;_;

And yes.. yes I did. |D
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:iconlennette:
lennette Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
Congratz Sloan~!
Its so simple yet adorably beautiful~~ ;3;
I guess you just won yourself a free table for Ai-kon in July~!
:heart:
Happy New Years kiddo~!!
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:icondesignsbysloan:
DesignsBySloan Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013   Digital Artist
sajdhasjkdhk thank you ;w; And I guess I did!
I'm just looking forward to going to Ai-kon and seeing everybody (you XD) again~

Happy New Years to you too sis! Your card is still making me so happy, it's sitting on my desk right now. XD
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:icondashofcreativity:
dashofcreativity Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I SAW THIS 42 SECONDS AFTER IT WAS UPLOADED. I WIN. Also awesomest Aiko ever yupyup :iconhandsomeonionplz:
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:icondesignsbysloan:
DesignsBySloan Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013   Digital Artist
YEP, YOU WIN.
Thanks Shevu. :'3
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:icondashofcreativity:
dashofcreativity Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
dsjkfhsdlfdjkh My pleasure u_____U
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:iconhibiscusaconite:
HibiscusAconite Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
[[Oooh, this is really good I love it<3 You put a large and distinct watermark there xD]]
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:icondesignsbysloan:
DesignsBySloan Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013   Digital Artist
Thank you! And yes, I did... I have fought with art theft before, so I've found it necessary. Though I don't think it hinders the art as much as it COULD, though.
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