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Journals were strangely a blast to make in the heyday here ... even if mini essays on tumblr took over that sort of blogging itch, I figured it wouldn't hurt to make a new one here.  : ]  Anyone got any fun meme quizzes/questionaires for old time's sake?

Somehow skipped right over my 10th anniversary on dA, too - been a wild ride, and if I'm completely honest, dA has overall been my favorite of the "social media" sites from day one.  Just enough carryin' on with high fives, plz accounts, and llama silliness, but also just enough focus on the art and works everyone posted on here that the creation-part never felt secondary.  In quite a few indirect ways, dA basically shaped my art career from a fan that drew too many Sephiroths and Ziharks (hah) to a full time designer that can actually afford an apartment (!!!) with a published webcomic on the side.   Bananas, innit?

Anyhow, there's a fair number of you that followed me from those early days, and so here's a shout out for sticking with me thick and thin.  :heart:  To many more years of creating cool stuff ... and maybe sliding in a fan piece every now and then.  ;)

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Super super excited to (finally) officially announce that IC has just launched on Hiveworks!!!!!  :]  

IRON CROWN is my new action-adventure webcomic about mercs, monsters, and a dictator’s daughter fleeing a coup …  with all of the above making a stand against a much darker enemy on the horizon.  There’s silly antics with an adorable pug, vain-villains-turned-very-reluctant-protagonists galore, and badass mercenary ladies that inadvertedly make a found family in each other.

Inspired by the question of ‘what would it be like for a dictatorʼs daughter to survive a coup, and … what happens afterwards?’, and likewise with ‘what makes a monster?IC has been the passion project lately, with myself as the  artist/writer~! (honestly feels a little unreal to be writing this now, haha.)

Interested? Start reading the 16 page completed prolouge on ironcrowncomic.com! ★

Warning for new readers:  please note this comic is for 15+ audiences for (gun-) violence, infrequent body horror, & language  - likewise it deals with general war themes. Specific tag warnings will be provided in the update posts here on tumblr, but not elsewhere.  While research has been done, sensitive readers might want to pass on this ~

A heartfelt thank you to y’all in the tumblr crew for the encouragement and support!!!  ;___; 



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HERE'S THE DEAL ...


Hey all!  Been a while since I've opened commissions, and due to a spike of life events coming, up, this will be the last time in a long while!  So, here's the deal: commissions are open - only through the Blue Valkyrie comic kickstarter that's going right now.

There's no undue complications, though; everything's more or less the same except for 2 things:
   (a) you get a [bleep ton] of cool physical & digital extras plus the commission (yay!),
   (b) and if it doesn't get funded, your money gets refunded, easy peasy.

If that sounds great, then here's the two tier options we're offering!

$70 - CELL SHADE COMMISSION


COMMISSION - el'i by kradeelav  i ran (so far away) by kradeelav Kashyyyk by kradeelav

  -> DETAILS: waist up, 1 character, moderately detailed background
  -> EXTRAS you get with it:
  • (shipped to you) 2 BV stickers + 1 button, BV t-shirt, poster
  • (digital) Exclusive BV wallpaper, .pdf download of Issue #1
  • (also shipped to you) the physical copy of Issue #1 (with your name as thanks on a page for supporting indie comics! <3), and a plushie!
  -> CURRENTLY ONLY 12 SLOTS LEFT
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$120 - PAINTED


  Hunter by kradeelav  COMMISSON - verojecsguard by kradeelav That'll keep them down by kradeelav COMMISSION - afterfire by kradeelav
  -> DETAILS: waist up, 1 character, moderately detailed background
  -> EXTRAS you get with it:
  • (shipped to you) 2 BV stickers + 1 button, BV t-shirt, poster
  • (digital) Exclusive BV wallpaper, .pdf download of Issue #1
  • (also shipped to you) the physical copy of Issue #1 (with your name as thanks on a page for supporting indie comics! <3), and a plushie!

  -> CURRENTLY ONLY 4 LEFT

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THE BASICS:

  • Time to complete these: 2 weeks to 1 month for the cellshade tier, 1-2 months for the painted tier.  This is my 4th-ish round of commissions and I always finish them within a reasonable time, barring extreme life circumstances - which I will refund you 100% personally.
  • I do not draw erotica, intense violence, mecha, or anthros (limited anthro/mecha elements are fine like horns, cat ears, tail, mechanical limbs, etc).  Otherwise, go for it!

THE PROCESS:

  • Step one, mind-controlling y'all to get the Kickstarter to be fully funded! (That's on us, haha.)
  • We will then send a survey with a list of questions about your commissions - asking for a basic description of the character, a visual reference or two if you have ‘em, and anything else that you think is applicable!  (For example; a character’s basic personality, body shape, possible backgrounds if you’re doing that tier, etc.)
  • I will then give you a rough sketch to double check the direction it's going in; one revision is allowed at this stage.  After that, expect between 1 week to a month for the final product. (depending on complexity).
  • Final product will be a high resolution JPG and/or PSD.
All in all, even with the slightly increased prices, you're getting an even better of a deal than usual - so I'd recommend to snag these before they sell out.  : )

Toss me an email at kradeelav@gmail.com, or comment on the kickstarter if you have questions - and thanks for looking! 


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tldr; version of the past year:
  • krad got a swanky full time design job! (Whooho!)
  • krad also signed on with Hiveworks (a spiffy webcomics publisher) to make the webcomic-in-the-works: Iron Crown! (YEAH!!)
As mentioned elsewhere, IC is slated for release at the end of this year, so I'll be making a post (or few) about that as the launch date gets closer.  : )

In the meantime, have a mini FAQ:

Q: Give me the basics!

Iron Crown is an action-adventure webcomic written and drawn by yours truly, and published through Hiveworks as mentioned above - a platform with tons of comics from nearly every genre, all for free.  (go check them out!)   If you're a fan of shows and movies like Legend of Korra and Atlantis: The Lost Empire, you'll probably dig the angle of this as well.

Q: Cool!  What is it about?

"She’s a dictator’s daughter on the run after the country collapsed; he’s an ancient demon of war bound by the mystical dagger she carries.  Along with an colorful company of mercenaries hired by her late father, they join forces to hunt down the one menace that started the invasion: ex-Judge Abraxas.  Will they stop him in time before he unleashes an even greater danger?“

Take a look at the ongoing Iron Crown doodle-tag if you’re interested in seeing more!

Q: Where did it all come from?

IC was - in all honesty - started from my interest in the WW2-era/military history in general, and with the question of “what would happen to a dictator’s daughter after a coup?”  A large chunk of the themes are about her uncovering the really nasty crimes her father was up to, survival against political enemies who would have an _inconvenience_ removed (or worse, use her as a tool for their agendas) - and in general - finding her place in the world with solid companions at her back.

There’s also her quest for revenge, and slightly unhinged vain as heck demons and mercenaries as her allies because why not.

(that’s just how we roll, here.)

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I’d be happy to answer any other questions (that don’t fall into spoiler territory, naturally).   Otherwise, look for more updates here and on my tumblr/twitter - there’s an 13 page prologue that’ll be up (by the end of this year), so it'll be a lot to chew on at once!

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Good news, y'all - the anthology with my Zihark/Stefan comic is OPEN for preorders now!  You can visit the store here, and/or spread the word with this tumblr link.  It's 110+ pages of Tellius goodness with a ton of rad artists, so be sure to snag it before it runs out!

FE Anthology - Teaser by kradeelav 

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Was doing some house cleaning around here when it hit me that it's been nine years since I've joined.  There's a lot of things that have changed, but it's so rad that I've known a handful of you for that long, and vice versa.  (Not so rad that some of you probably know just how bad my first uploads were, haha!) 

Had no idea that getting into fanart on here would eventually lead to an interest in wayfinding/architectural design, go figure!  This past year was doing a lot of contract work and finding out just how much design actually covers; what a web designer does is literally a different industry altogether than what a toy packaging designer does (I may or may not have worked with some cool people who did packaging work for A Particularly Massive Sci-Fi Franchise that you're probably familiar with : D ), and so on.

Still not sure what exactly the future's going to entail, but it's fun doing design work with fandom shenanigans on the side; given a year or two to rebuild my print selection, and I might even go back to the con circuit.  (AWA and DragonCon were such good memories.)

Something to look forward to for you Fire Emblem peeps in particular: There's a Path of Radiance anthology that's being wrapped up and should be on sale soon - there's more information here and here

Y'all take care, and be sure to drink plenty of water!  (It's the details that count, okay.)
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So, yeah, hey all!

That was a hell of a hiatus, but it feels good to be back.  In short, had a thesis portfolio to do, ended up getting thrashed to a pulp by finals, GRADUATED (oh god I'm supposed to be an adult now??) and am working on a few contracts/projects/what-have-you.

Still not a proper explaination for the absence, but life happens  Either way,  I'm active on tumblr these days , so if you want a more or less weekly update (and new arts), head on over there!  (+! points if you're interested in a Hellsing relapse, haha.)

Also, currently in the process of cleaning up overdue things, so if i still owe you something, drop a note!  (Think I got everyone, though?)

How about you guys, what's been up?