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Kittyrinn
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Way back when I was still young, I loved art, but couldn't see how I could make a living doing it. I let life get in the way. I went years without doing much other then doing amateur photography. As for my sketches, and paintings, I've only just started in again.

I've had some people ask if I do requests, and while I am flattered, I really can't - not just yet. I really feel like I need to have a lot more art done before I am confident enough to start taking requests.

No doubt some have wondered about the name I'm using, KittyrinnAiko.
To be honest it was a throw away name I used when I set up the account, not realizing I'd have to pay to change it.
I'm too cheep to do that.
:D

The name itself originates from a character that was later redrafted and given an altered name for a story that was posted on Panhistoria.

Regarding what I sign my paintings with, I decided that I wanted to, as part of trying to teach myself to eventually be able to read Japanese characters, to write my initials in Katakana. Naturally I wanted to check on Google translate to make sure it didn't return something inappropriate. I got two answers returned, one being the phonetic equivalent of the characters I'd chosen, and the second being Nova [ノ エハ]. I now have another alias.

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Jim Fitzpatrick

A New Year and an New Decade

A New Year and an New Decade

I hope everyone has had a good New Year's celebration, and I wish you all good fortune in the future. Afraid that my own New Year has started on a considerable down note. I am saddened to report that the pride of the Inari faithful in the Pacific Northwest of the United States is no more. It is my understanding that the go-shintai (御神体, "sacred body of the kami") was stolen sometime prior to preparations for the New Year's festivities. To put it in Western Christian terms, think of the Shintai as a literal piece of the body of a saint, only, in this case, it is a piece of the Kami-Sama. To be true the shintai that had b

What the Eclips?!

What the Eclips?!

OK, I did a full cleaning on my computer this morning, and when I logged back in ... someone had turned the lights out and moved everything around. Ya, it's flashy. Maybe that's fine for a casual viewer, but from the perspective of an artist with dyslexia who prefers functional to flashy, it was a no-go. I switched it back just as soon as I figured out how. If they ever force me to use that black background I'll probably leave the site.

Those odd little babos

Those odd little babos

I imagine a number of people are wondering, what are those things? Ya, I don't know either. The original is a scroll that was on display at the Portland Japanese garden. I decided to go ahead and do my own interpretation of these characters, as a learning thing if for no other reason. And now that I've lined them up I see I missed one. Maybe I'll do that one later. :)

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INico General Artist
I have heard about you through somebody on Tumblr, who I believe calls himself Oroichonno. Is it true your father was a veteran? Until I came across this page, I knew fairly little about Ilbon munhwa aside from the tense history between us.
KittyrinnAikoHobbyist General Artist
I am a veteran, and serving in the Armed Forces has been something of a family tradition. My father served in the Pacific war against the Japanese, and I've a brother who was in the US Marine Corps, and stationed in Japan on more then one occasion.

I am unfamiliar with the term Ilbon munhwa. A few years back after many years of study, and contemplation I adopted Shinto, partly out of a love for Japanese culture, partly do to my seeing Inari as a deity I wished to emulate, and look up to as I'd grown weary of Christian double standards. My interest in Japanese culture did not simply manifest itself out of no where either. I'd been exposed to Japanese, and Chinese culture as a child. It became a part of who I am. It is deeply embedded in my psyche.

As for my art and photography, I simply want to share with the world the beauty I see. The cartoon drawings are a reminder to look and see the beauty of the world with child like wonder, because when we can do that, our eyes will be opened to wondrous things we never saw before.
INico General Artist
That's quite a story behind it, though the past of military service does seem rather conflicting. In your upbringing, do you happen to know anything of my traditional culture? I wonder if you guys have mandatory military service?
KittyrinnAikoHobbyist General Artist
Military service in the US is only mandatory during a draft. Right now it's all volunteer. 
PucksterVHobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much for the watch! <3
AmarynceusProfessional General Artist
Cheers for the watch! Ahooooy Matey!