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Since I've noticed many of my recent watchers are new to DeviantArt, I wanted to write up a little something about what I consider to be one of the most malicious and underhanded practices of art theft on this site. It's so frustrating because a lot of people, especially new deviants, fall for it. So I hope you are able to learn something from this journal.

First off, what is a render? Renders are typically images or other media generated by software. 3D models and data are "rendered" into 2D images by programs like Maya, Blender, etc. Videos are "rendered" out of After Effects. The word also refers to the act of making art. You "render" an image by hand. However, the term has been wrongly (but now widely) used to refer to the act of erasing the background of already existing artwork, making it transparent and, I guess, easy to slap onto other backgrounds to use as signatures, banners, etc.

There is nothing wrong with this, as long as permission is properly obtained and credits are properly given. But that's usually not the case. Some people will even slap their own watermark/signature on the image and ask that people credit them instead for erasing the background :/

How they get away with it

What I find most infuriating is when I see these so-called "render artists" end up with thousands of watchers and on the front page because they've basically deceived others into thinking they drew the art themselves. And here's how they do it:
  1. They provide no credits, or provide vague credits (no link, or simply "credit to the artist"<—wow, that tells me nothing!). Even if they provide credits, it's still wrong to use work like that without permission!…

  2. They count on the fact that most people don't read the artist comments. Even if you read it, vague credits are often assumed to be "oh, you used someone else's texture/brush," rather than "oh this is someone else's art entirely."

  3. They use the word "render" to trick people who don't know what it means. If you didn't know about this additional meaning, you'd think "render" meant they drew it, right? I've seen one guy respond to comments saying "It's so beautiful!" with "It's just a render, but thanks!"... If you didn't know the meaning, doesn't it sound like he's just being shy about his drawing abilities?

  4. Related to the last point: They reply to comments vaguely, never flat-out admitting they didn't draw the piece. When people praise them for the "amazing drawing," they thank everyone, never responding with "I didn't draw this!" Hmm...

  5. They make sure to steal only high-quality art from Pixiv, so their gallery looks like one of a skilled anime artist. Also, it's harder to get the work removed because the original artists have to report the violation and those original artists are Japanese.

What to do about all of this?

First off, please be aware of the signs. Be suspicious:
  • If it's labeled as a render, of course
  • If there's no background
  • If the person's entire gallery is full of anime art with no backgrounds
  • If the person's gallery is full of art with obviously differing styles
  • If the person is posting super polished, high-quality art at a rate that seems impossible
Check your favorites if you remember having come across a render. Don't support these people, support the original artists.

Inform the original artist if possible. That's the only way to get the stolen art taken down, unfortunately. I wrote up a rough guide of how to contact Japanese artists a while back: How to contact a Japanese artist about stolen art

Lastly, please spread the word about renders. The reason why these people are able to get thousands of watchers, favorites, etc. is because they have fooled and continue to fool people who don't know what "renders" are. You can share this journal, or make your own post about it.
I know I already made a status post but I wanted to write up an actual journal entry to talk a bit more about it (and for those of you who might not be on notifications for status posts).

After a million years, my Storenvy shop is finally open for business:

Store by driftwoodwolf

The main purpose of this shop (for now) is to sell leftover prints, buttons, etc. The prices are the same as my convention prices, and as you can see you can snag a discount print for as low as $3 (plus shipping, which I'll touch on next)!


Star! Cards: $2 to US / $3 to Canada / $3.50 to everywhere else

Star! Small prints: $2 to US / $3.50 to Canada / $4.50 to everywhere else

Star! Large prints + buttons: $3.50 to US / $10 to Canada / $12.50 to everywhere else

Shipping prices are based on estimates from my local post office and I've tried to keep them fairly low (slight adjustments may occur if I find out those estimates were a bit off). Unfortunately, there is a jump in costs for international shipments including large prints and/or buttons because USPS considers them to be parcels rather than large envelopes. However, parcel shipments come with tracking. It's not listed here but I've also set up an option to pay extra for tracking for small prints or cards. Basically this means paying the parcel price, so cards would be $3.50 to the US, $10 to Canada, etc.

There is an additional fee that Storenvy tacks on that ranges from $0.59 to $1.99 based on the total price which is unavoidable, but it seems like it doesn't go over that amount.

Why am I telling you all this? Because I want to encourage you to buy stuff, haha OTL

I've also made a post on Tumblr about it:…


On an unrelated note, I finished Final Fantasy XV today after playing pretty much nonstop the past few days. Maaaybe expect some fan art, eventually? Also, my senior project game is releasing sometime within the next few weeks on Steam and Xbox. I'll definitely make a journal when it comes out, but if you are interested, we do have our Steam page up already:…
  • Listening to: Soliloquy of The Boy who Cried Wolf by sasakure.UK
  • Reading: Peter Pan
  • Watching: Nothing
  • Playing: Final Fantasy XV
  • Eating: Oatmeal
  • Drinking: Aloe Drink
Hey, I graduated this past Friday! and nearly died on the bus ride back from the ceremony when a very heavy metal overhead air conditioning cover (?) became unscrewed and crashed down into the aisle right next to my seat (゚Д゚; ) But the important thing is I'm done with college!! No more stressing about grades. Now I can officially say I've gotten straight A's my entire life, which sounds cool but probably wasn't worth all the anxiety and my shortened lifespan from lack of sleep :'D

Anyway, I'm grateful to have been able to work with a good team for senior project. We will be releasing our game on Steam and Xbox near the end of summer. I'll make a post about it when the time comes.

As for what I'll be doing now, first I gotta clean my house and plan a lot for all the projects I want to do! You can reasonably expect some of the following within the next year:

-Merch! (button pins, charms, all that jazz)
-A Kickstarter (for enamel pins)
-A functional online shop (managed by me)
-A webcomic!?
-Livestreams/process videos
-Maaaybe a Patreon
-Other things I'm probably forgetting

Additionally, I want to play more video games, read more books, and watch more shows. I also want to get back into recording piano videos, and I want to finally try out that Vocaloid I bought a while back (Fukase) for some cover songs and/or original works. Also need to continue my Japanese studies and get some exercise in haha... Even though I have time now it seems like so much stuff :')

Thanks for sticking around!
  • Listening to: Kimi Datta by Toki Asako
  • Reading: Yakusoku no Neverland
  • Watching: Nothing
  • Playing: Pokémon Ultra Moon
  • Eating: Sashimi
  • Drinking: Shirley Temple

Belated New Year's Resolutions

Fri Jan 12, 2018, 11:32 PM
This is pretty late but I wanted to write up something! I'm graduating college in June so it will be a pretty important year. Anyway, here we go:

1) put my best effort into my senior project until the very end

2) improve my social media presence

3) work on drawing backgrounds and clothing designs

4) read more in Japanese

5) actually exercise haha

After college, I'm planning on taking some time for personal projects. I have some ideas for a Kickstarter, comics, etc. that I'd like to try out. Thanks for your support!

  • Listening to: Dramaturgy by Eve
  • Reading: Nothing
  • Watching: Nothing
  • Playing: Pokémon Ultra Moon
  • Eating: Chicken Katsu
  • Drinking: Thai Tea
**UPDATE! 11/9/18 With the help of a friend + observing the replies of Japanese artists, I have adjusted the template to include better terminology and read more smoothly.

While this method can only get one or two works removed at a time, dA has a three-strike system! With enough DMCA takedowns, dA will ban/deactivate the account. As of now I've used this to get 2 art thieves banned. It works, guys!


I'm sick of seeing art thieves get away with posting work from artists on Pixiv because the process to get a piece taken down isn't exactly easy. The original artist needs to be the one contacting DeviantArt in order for anything to be done about it, but when the original artist is Japanese the language barrier becomes an issue. I got really pissed off the other day when I saw stolen art nearly on the front page so I decided to take matters into my own hands. My weak Japanese skills might be useful for once haha...

First off, find the original artist and contact them. You will probably need to make a Pixiv account to message them there, though some artists are operating on Tumblr as well. Check the artist's profile to see if they can understand English. If so, great, then you don't need any help. If not, you'll need to send them a message in Japanese.

You can use my example:

:star: Be careful of just copying/pasting because DeviantArt unfortunately shortens the wiki link even in the copy.

[Name of the artist you are contacting]さん、こんにちは。[Name of the artist you are contacting]さんの絵がDeviantArtというサイト無断で転載されたことに気づきました:[link to the stolen deviation here]


少し古いかもしれませんがDeviantArtについて日本語wikiもありますのでどうぞご利用ください:… そして、フォームの翻訳はこちら

(If your Japanese is at a level where you would be able to respond a bit, you can switch out the first sentence here for 下手な日本語ですみません。)

The translation:

Hello. I noticed your work has been posted without your permission on a site called DeviantArt. The fact is, unless it's a complaint from the original artist DeviantArt admin can't do anything about it. If you fill out this form you can report it. (In order to use this form you need a DeviantArt account. Even without an account, you can email DeviantArt.) It might be a bit old, but there's a Japanese wiki about DeviantArt you can use. Also, here's the translation for the form. Sorry I don't understand Japanese. I hope the stolen drawing will be successfully deleted.

As you can see, I made a simple translation of dA's DMCA Takedown Request form which the message links to:

DMCA (Japanese Guide) by driftwoodwolf

If there's anything I screwed up (I know there's probably a more eloquent way to say this) or you have a question about, let me know! Hope this was helpful.
It's been 6 years since I first joined dA. I became fond of "Purpllamas" even though it was one of those stupid names you come up with on a whim. Since I now have a tumblr and website under "driftwoodwolf" I figured I should eventually make the change. Was gonna do it after graduation but why not now, I guess...

As for things going on now, I've got one more year of school till I graduate. Which means the number of major group game projects are increasing. This quarter I also ended up with a very unreasonable Art History professor, so I ended up withdrawing from a class for the first time in my life. I don't know when I'll have time to draw anything major until break (I don't have summer break though, because of my school's quarter system), but thanks for sticking with me.

Hello from driftwoodwolf!
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  • Reading: Nothing
  • Watching: Nothing
  • Playing: Pokémon Moon
  • Eating: Girl Scout Cookies
  • Drinking: Root Beer
Hey guys! It's been an amazing 6 months interning in Japan. I got to go to so many places and do so many things! If I were to cover everything in detail, it would take around 40 pages (that's how long my journal for the trip is) so here are just a few highlights:

-Getting to see my name in the credits of a TV drama! :'>
-Going to Kyoto, Okayama, Hiroshima, Miyajima, Himeji
-Feeding the deer in Nara Park
-Going to a host club (was not on my to-do-list haha)
-Spending a day at Miyagi Zao Fox Village
-Hedgehog cafe, bird cafe, owl cafe, butler cafe, maid cafe, crossdressing vampire cafe (it exists), Alice Cafe, Square Enix Cafe, Capcom Bar
-Kamakura + Enoshima + Enoshima Aquarium
-Exploring Hakone, Fuji Five Lakes, Aokigahara
-Winter Comiket 91, Jump Festa 2016, Anime Japan 2017
-Seeing my favorite utaite Mafumafu in concert
-Watching the Noragami stage play
-Seeing Death Note: The Concert
-Getting to see capybara soaking in an onsen
-Going to DisneySea

I've been posting a few photos to my tumblr:

But I'm back now and school starts tomorrow! Just gotta last one more year... Also I've been letting my messages on here pile up, sorry about that! When I find more time I'll try and reply to old stuff.
  • Listening to: Boku no Ohisama by Humbert Humbert
  • Reading: Nothing
  • Watching: Nothing
  • Playing: Pokémon Moon
  • Eating: Sushi
  • Drinking: Amazake
Yeah, I'm in Seoul now! But I can't speak any Korean haha...

Some exciting news: at my fantastic internship, I was given the opportunity to draw stuff for a Christmas Special that aired on KTV! The drama is called Watashi ni Unmei no Koi Nante Arienai tte Omotteta (Watakoi for short) and features Mikako Tabe (from Kimi ni Todoke). It takes place at a company that makes otome games so I drew/designed various windows, buttons, backgrounds, and illustrations for fake otome games. I'm so happy that I was able to draw ikemen in Japan :')

Here's more info on the drama:

If by chance you are able to watch it in the future, here are the things I worked on:
-Tokugawa windows/buttons + bg illustration
-"Oresama" type windows/buttons + the dude
-"Falling into a river together" illustration

I was also fortunate enough to be selected to participate in the Virtue's Last Reward zine, so I'll be working on that when I take a break from tourism. Sorry for the inactivity and thanks for sticking around, as always.

Happy Holidays! I'll be alone this Christmas and maybe New Years too, can't be helped TuT

  • Listening to: Sign 0 by Chouchou
  • Reading: Nothing
  • Watching: Nothing
  • Playing: Pokémon Moon
  • Eating: Honey Butter Chips
  • Drinking: Water
Hi everyone! I've been living in Tokyo for two weeks now. My internship is exhausting, but interesting. I work 9 hours a day with a 2-hour total commute, so I kinda just pass out after getting back to my apartment and eating dinner. Don't expect me to be very active on here in the near future, haha. Even though I really want to draw something for myself again...

I also reached 600 watchers recently. Thanks for sticking around.

By the way, I made an INPRNT, if anyone was interested in prints (probably not):…
Shipping costs are pretty out there but they have free shipping deals every now and then.

  • Listening to: Onaji Hanashi by Humbert Humbert
  • Reading: Nothing
  • Watching: Nothing
  • Playing: KUFU-MAN
  • Eating: Sushi
  • Drinking: Flavored Water
Sorry, I've been pretty inactive these past few weeks, letting my messages pile up!
Due to finals at school and planning out a lot of stuff I haven't had much time...

I never made an official post about it, but in three weeks I'll be flying to Japan!
I'm really excited. I'll be there for six months, doing two game internships~
aaaaah I'm excited but nervous :')
  • Listening to: Ikanaide (Mafumafu vers)
  • Reading: Nothing
  • Watching: The Road to El Dorado
  • Playing: Fire Emblem Fates
  • Eating: Nutella
  • Drinking: Snapple
Hey everyone! I'm back from Otakon, running on two hours of sleep, and have class in about two hours, but I really wanted to write about this, get a few things off my chest.

General Overview

Otakon 2016 started off well—there was pretty much no line on Thursday for artists, quite a few people recognized my ZTD Akane cosplay, and after that I had a great time at the Lotus Juice + Shihoko Hirata performance at the Matsuri (the first rap was Noratan from Noragami!). Unfortunately, the shoes I wore really killed my feet. I think this has happened every year at Otakon.

On Friday, I went to Opening Ceremonies to see all the guests. After that, I spent the day at my table in the Alley. An artist at a table across from ours gave me a free Tekkonkinkreet print because I was wearing my Shiro cosplay! That night, I went to the Yui Makino concert. I really enjoyed it; she's such an amazing singer and played the piano too (and the first song was from Angel Beats!). I was glad I knew enough Japanese that I could understand what she was saying without the translator, haha. I think softer/quieter songs sound much better at concerts because I can actually hear the melody and not just a jumble of noise...

On Saturday, I went to the Zero Escape photoshoot. My friends who were originally planning to go kind of blew me off because of their Overwatch photoshoot, but luckily another friend from college stopped by just in time to take photos for me. Well, most of them turned out blurry, but at least I have some, haha. I want to see the photos that other people took but at the same time, I'm dreading finding myself in them because 9 times out of 10 I look absolutely horrible... I like cosplay but I don't like my face, such a dilemma...

On Sunday, I was exhausted but made my way around the Dealer's Room and went to the ALL OFF concert. They were very energetic, but like I said, I don't think rock sounds as good live (not in that place, at least) and I was also trying my best to keep my eyes open.

Artist Alley

This year, I sold more prints and took fewer commissions. Still didn't get much sleep, though, since I'm really not cut out for on-the-spot commissions. I actually sold out of my Junpei print (so many Zero Escape fans!) and almost sold out of my Persona print (I traded away the last one), which was very cool. In the end, though, I think it's kind of depressing how an artist's success at the Alley depends so much on drawing the right fan art. This year, everyone's obsessed about Overwatch, but I don't really enjoy those kinds of games. (My friends have been talking non-stop about it too, so I'm tired of it, to be honest.) The best feeling was when this one girl bought both color palettes of my painting of Luka because she liked them both and said she was going to put them up side by side when she moves into her dorm. And I did sell some other original pieces. But I wonder if those kinds of moments are worth the exhaustion and lingering unhappiness I have? Well, I'm grateful to everyone who stopped by and said nice things. I made a profit, but not very much. Sorry if I sound bitter, I'm just thinking about how my work lacks appeal from a business standpoint and wondering if I should even bother with AA again next year. Also, I'm kind of bummed that I never got a good picture of me and my friend sitting at our table.

Because my friends bought Overwatch body pillows, I decided to treat myself and get a double-sided Fire Emblem Fates Leo/Takumi body pillow. I didn't buy much else. After the close of the Alley, I traded prints with some nice people nearby.

All in all, I felt about the same as I did last year. Nothing will beat Otakon 2014, I think.
  • Listening to: Jonathan by Galileo Galilei
  • Reading: Nothing
  • Watching: Nothing
  • Playing: Fire Emblem Fates
  • Eating: Nothing
  • Drinking: Juice
It's our second year at Otakon's Artist Alley! We'll be at N-11, "Could Use Dragons"! I'll be taking some commissions, but definitely not as many as last year because I'm still taking classes... no summer break at my college ):

As for cosplay plans, I'll be Akane from Zero Time Dilemma, and maybe Junpei too! :>

Even if you're not going, you can help spread the word on tumblr by reblogging our post—>…

Table2 by driftwoodwolf
  • Listening to: Jonathan by Galileo Galilei
  • Reading: Homework
  • Watching: Under the Dog
  • Playing: Fire Emblem Fates
  • Eating: Nothing
  • Drinking: Juice
After another year, I'm still alive! Hope everyone is doing well? I thought I'd share my resolutions (posted to Tumblr as well but it can't hurt to write 'em twice, right?):

1) improve my attitude/self-confidence

2) draw more and draw what I like

3) learn to say “no”

I've been a real downer all year when it comes to art, and I know it's been pain to put up with. Maybe it's just the way I am, but I want to at least try to be more happy about the work I do. I also want to draw more for myself—that is, I want to stop this weird thing I've been doing lately where I just draw for the sake of cranking something out... because I feel bad about being inactive? Anyway, I want to diligently finish the million WIPs I've got already.

Thanks for sticking with me up until now! I did some watercoloring over break but my scanner's at school so expect that stuff up later!

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  • Watching: Durarara!!x2
  • Playing: Hakuōki: Shinsengumi Kitan
  • Eating: Nothing
  • Drinking: Nothing
Hi everyone! I'm excited to announce I'll be participating in the charity artbook DayDream-Artbook! The theme is "Gratefulness" and proceeds will be donated to Outreach International.

This is the first artbook I've ever been invited to work on :eager:

For more information check out the group and/or their social media links:
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  • Watching: my life fade away at college
  • Playing: The World Ends With You
  • Eating: Fruit Snacks
  • Drinking: Tea
First things first, the game I worked on is now available on the App Store in addition to Google Play! If you have an Android or Apple device, please check it out! It's pretty sweet, take it from me.

Next, a brief summary of this year's con! Didn't get to do much because of the artist alley table, but I did get to go to the Draft King concert on Friday. My ears died a bit but the band members were so cute/cool (wish I had hair like that!). I was Yato for three days and it was fun handing out business cards to people who took my picture ehehe. As for the artist alley table, I think we did pretty well for our first one ever! I didn't sell many prints, but I did get a lot of commissions (some of which I still need to do, oops) so I made just about enough to pay off my expenses, but no profit (though I guess I'd have spent the hotel/badge money regardless of tabling). I've got a bunch of prints left over, so I'll be setting up a store online once I find the time :>

...I want to spend the rest of my last summer break ever relaxing!
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  • Reading: Nothing
  • Watching: Noragami
  • Playing: Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep
  • Eating: Noodles
  • Drinking: Soda
Before anything else, the game I worked on is out on Google Play—check it out!… (and we're currently under review for the App Store, releasing soon!)

I know I've mentioned this before but I thought I'd make one final official post, just in case any of my watchers here is going to Otakon (and I didn't already know about it haha). I'll be tabling with my buddy Magnum-Bug at E-11, "Could Use Dragons"! This is our first Artist Alley ever, so please come and support us!

Table by driftwoodwolf

I'll be selling weirdly-sized prints, bookmarks, small postcard-ish stuff, and I'll be taking some commissions! Kite kudasaaaaaaaai~
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  • Watching: Noragami
  • Playing: Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep
  • Eating: Sorbet
  • Drinking: Soda
Hey guys! So I mentioned in my last journal that I'm working on a game for iOS/Android. It'll be out really soon, around July 6!

It's called Starbright and it's got gravity and sparkles and a sweet original soundtrack and everything. I make the art for it.


Please spread the word! Tumblr | Facebook | More Info
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  • Playing: Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep
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My first year of college is over (and wow, I'm still alive!). So begins my last summer break ever (I'll either be on co-op or at school for the next three years). Here is the usual checklist that I make at the start of summer and never complete.

Stuff I need to do:
-work on prints for Otakon (Artist's Alley, be there!)
-work on cosplay (I'm gonna be Yato from Noragami haha)
-work on commissions
-work on my Japanese (I'll be doing a two-week study abroad in the fall)
-tackle my vidya game backlog
-write some stuff
-general self-improvement or something

Sorry I've been so inactive these past few months. Thanks for sticking around...

By the way, I'm working on a mobile game with some cool people and we plan on releasing soon! I'll make a separate post about that.
  • Listening to: Heart it Races (Dr. Dog ver.)
  • Reading: Nothing
  • Watching: Nodame Cantabile (J-drama ver.)
  • Playing: Fire Emblem Awakening
  • Eating: Panini
  • Drinking: Vita Coco
The funny thing about college is, I feel like making art more than ever but I have less and less time to do so and my skills have deteriorated so much as a result.

I'm constantly stressed out, doing homework, or worse, just thinking about doing homework, caring too much about stupid grades, or doing stuff for extracurriculars, feeling like I'm not going in the direction I want to. I'm so unhappy and busy all the time (and yes, I am writing this journal despite my lack of time). Sometimes I wonder what the point of it all is. If the one thing I had any chance of getting really good at was art, then what am I even doing with myself? I want to accomplish something with my life, not waste away. Right now, I'm so pathetic. Everyone else seems to be getting along just fine (I can hear them laughing in the next room over), so there must be something wrong with me. Maybe I'm trying to do too much at once, I don't know. I just want to feel (truly) happy again.

The only things I'm looking forward to now are:

1) Summer
2) Otakon (even though I probably won't have enough time to make all the prints I want)
3) The release of a game I'm working on (I do the 2D art, which involves planets/space)

Sorry to be all depressing, I just thought I'd share what I'm feeling right now, since there isn't really anywhere else to do it. It's also a little explanation for my extreme inactivity.
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Magnum-Bug and I got a table at Otakon's Artist Alley 2015! Our group name is "Could Use Dragons" (long-running joke from middle/high school) and yeah. Time to actually make decent stuff to sell as prints! I'm sorry I've been so inactive lately. Blame school and my horrible procrastination tendencies.

Also, some questions for you guys:

-If you could buy anything from my current gallery, what would you get?
-Does anyone have experience with selling at cons? Miranda and I desperately need advice for where to get prints, how to set things up, etc. and any tips would be appreciated!
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  • Drinking: College