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Hello everybody!

I’m excited to announce that I’m finally on Patreon! After much though and planning, I decided to open my official profile and invite all my followers to visit my page and consider becoming a supporter     :)

For those of you that don’t know, Patreon in similar to crowdfunding sites like kickstarter or indie gogo, the difference is that it’s an ongoing campaign and you decide with how much and for how long you support your favorite creator or project, also not only will you be supporting a creator, in this case me, but you will also get special rewards and perks for becoming my patron     :D

One of the many rewards and perks that patrons get will be access to my patreon feed as well as access to exclusive videos only for my patrons!
Not to worry, even though I might create exclusive videos for those who contribute, I will still be creating regular youtube videos for the general public.

So take a look and consider becoming my supporter today     :D … or tomorrow or whenever you like     :P

2014 In Perspective!

Journal Entry: Mon Jan 5, 2015, 9:06 PM
Happy New year everybody!
2014 is gone, and 2015 has many many adventures for me on a personal level as well a hobby level! 

So here's a quick look back at all the kits I completed last year, I actually did brake my own record on number of kits finished in a year so I plan to make even MORE this year :happybounce: 

So check out this video collage of all my kits, enjoy!! I am a dummy! 






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Just one of those days....

Journal Entry: Sun Sep 14, 2014, 9:46 PM
UPDATE 9/18/2014

I've read all the comments on my journal, I have to come out and say that I truly appreciate all your support with all my hear, I would wand to reply to all and just let you know that I feel the love.

All the thing everyone said is true, I think jealousy and ignorance are to blame for this french community to have that idea of myself.

I've never really say things "oh! I'm the best" at anything, because believe it or not, there are better artists out there that are not seen by the public because they keep their works in tight gk community forums, so they go unnoticed.

To tell you guys the truth, I started just like any other person in this hobby, having zero knowledge, it was hard for me to learn because I had to look up and see what I could find or have someone explain to me how to do things, that was the main reason I decided to share all this knowledge, but like someone said, it's like a magician giving out the secrets, the rest of the magician's community will be assholes about it, but since when has gk building been this big secret? I really don't know, but after this and analyzing the whole situation I simple decided to keep doing it, it doesn't matter if my community boots me out, I'll just make a new one.

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I'm been feeling a bit depressed today, I didn't want to post this on facebook or my website because I still use DA journals to vent a lot of my personal feelings, we're all artists here, so there's no one else that can understand my feelings the most than my fellow comrades at DA

Ever since I started to go public and share my videos with the world on how to paint and build gk's, I've gained certain "popularity" because from what I've observed, only just a handful of gk builders like to share their experience with people outside the community and just keep it to themselves or gk buddies.

I've done my best to convey my knowledge into all these videos, trying to do what I wish I would have been able to get when I started building, which was all the information in a single place without having to scramble all over the web to gain just a little grain of knowledge here and there.

Last week, a gk builder from France decided to tear me a new one, all because I told a person who commented on his gallery entry that the figure in the pictures was a prepainted figure that he may have repainted or repaired, as there was no description on the gallery itself and it let to believe that it was a GK.

This person believed that I insulted him, for whatever unknown reason, he lashed at me, and pretty much told me that he and the rest of the GK builders from the French community though that I was a bad person because I had declared myself a know-it-all and GK queen because of my videos and tutorials.
I was a bit shocked, this person said that I looked down on other gk builders because if it wasn't my work then it wasn't good...
Now I do forget somethings, but I would have remembered clearly if I ever talked down on another artist because it was not "my perfect work", but I've never had done it, that's the part the shocked me the most.

It was clear that this person loathed me and then another of his friends came in to add another insult and patting the other guy on the back for "putting me in my place".

I really don't know what's wrong with these people, the only thing I was able to notice was that many of the people from France don't care to learn English, and that's ok, but if you don't know the language and try to use an online translator, there are bound to appear a lot of things that don't make sense, if these people along with the rest that say that I'm this horrible person, use an online translator, they're misunderstanding a lot of things and imagining things in their heads.

I left it alone the next day because we still exchanged messages throughout the day, obviously not being able to understand half of what the person tried to say and guessing that he was misunderstanding my words even further for not having someone there to tell him that I never said anything bad about his work or his person.

It's clear that this French community of GK builders has this grudge against me just because they don't understand English, misunderstand me and just decide to judge me and say that I'm a bad person.

So I decided to block that country from viewing my facebook page, I wish I was able to do the same thing on youtube, but I can't do it at the moment...

It makes me really wonder, I give out all this information for free, and the thing I get in return is judgement, false accusations and just a bad rap for helping the community out, I say for free, because the only other tutorials you will see online will be from people selling them at $30-$50 dollars just so you can learn how to paint your own kits, I've come to understand that people are ingrates and other gk modelers will lash at me because to them, I'm the one in the spot light and they don't like it, well, NEWS FLASH! Everybody can start making their own videos and put themselves out there in public just like me, but they decide not to do it.

This whole situation got me thinking... is it still worth it to keep doing my videos and showing people who to do things?
Is it worth being "the popular one" in exchange for the rest of the gk community to look down on me because they feel that their work is inferior to mine because of so many people commenting and praising my videos?

Ever since I started my channel and gotten more subscribers, the members in my gk community have pushed me away, ignoring me, not commenting on things, just passing me for a ghost whenever I leave a message in the forums...

It actually does hurt, to not be acknowledged most of the times by your own colleagues, sure... the fans are always there, they say... but being pushed away from the very people you started with is heartbreaking...

Makes me wonder....




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GK Workshop @ Anime Expo!!!

Tue Jun 17, 2014, 6:32 PM


I just saw the New schedule for AX was uploaded a few hours ago, I'm extremely excited to see that my workshop panel was approved!

So for those interested in checking out something different, I will be giving the "
Intro to Garage Kit Building" workshop!

If you're attending the con, be sure to drop by and say hi! 

It's on Saturday @ 5:15 pm SW2 501 Room

www.anime-expo.org/assets/2014…



Personalized Coaching/Assistance

Sat Jun 14, 2014, 9:01 PM


Hello everyone!

I hope all of you are doing well! I wanted to let all of you know that I have started to provide a new service.
This is for people who are interested in receiving a personalized coaching and/or assistance on how to build their own Gk's.

You could probably say I will be a teacher to those who wish to learn how to build their very first GK step by step until the end, and I also can be a coach to those who aren't really beginners but still have the desire to learn about techniques, certain products, even on how to achieve a certain project they had in mind but didn't know how to approach it.

More information is provided at my website leonasworkshop.com/how-to/pers…

Be sure to fill out the form and I will get back to you with more info on pricing :)

Commission slots for 2015 are now OPEN

Journal Entry: Sat May 24, 2014, 7:49 PM


Hi guys!

Good news! I've opened new commission slots for 2015, so for those interested in getting a figure (or several) commissioned, check out my Quote form here leonasworkshop.com/commissioni…
This is a first come, first served basis, so please take this into consideration when contacting me.

No inquiries via DA message will be attended, please use my contact form to request a quote. 

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  • Watching: The nostalgia critic

New Video WIP: 1/4 Super Sailor Moon!

Journal Entry: Thu May 8, 2014, 9:31 PM
Hi all!

I recently finished part 1 of this monster of a figure, if you have some free time, check out this new video wip!!

Part 2 will follow shortly in a few weeks :D



Episode 2 of GK talk with Leona and Seraph

Journal Entry: Sun May 4, 2014, 12:18 PM
We're back!

This week we're talking about primers and also acrylic base paints galore!

So sit back, download the audio file or stream online :D

Join us for an interesting session or rambling and have a few laughs with us too!

soundcloud.com/gktalkwithleona…

New GK Talk Podcast!!!

Journal Entry: Tue Apr 22, 2014, 7:40 PM

It’s been a crazy week!

First of all I want to present the first ever podcast episode with myself and my friend Seraph Phoenix from Of The Ash Tree, in addition to my video tutorials, this will be a new segment to my presentations, we will talk about a lot of things that I don’t exactly touch in my video tutorials so if you’re working or doing whatever it is you do in your day, you can either download the audio file or stream it     :) It’s more laid back with personal stories and experiences, so it’s something different but fun ^_^

Link to the podcast can be found here

This will be a weekly podcast premiering every Friday!



  • Watching: The big Bang Theory
  • Eating: doritos
  • Drinking: Monster

Find me on Facebook!

Journal Entry: Tue Jan 21, 2014, 11:27 AM
Hey guys!

Just a reminder, you can also find me on facebook for those of you that use it, if you like my work and want to be up to date on what I'm doing and instant notifications of new galleries I upload on completed works, WIP updates on current projects and just news on the GK world, that's the spot to find it!

I'm fairly active there, more than DA specially because I get real time notifications of comments or messages LOL unlike here Giggle 

So connect with me and come say hi, feel free to ask any questions, leave comments and even give suggestions for future tutorials, I always read everything, so I will get back to you faster ;) (Wink) 





  • Watching: The big Bang Theory
  • Drinking: Coke

2013 in Retrospect

Mon Dec 30, 2013, 12:55 PM


Ah... it's that time again, the year is ending and it's the season to remember everything that happened and didn't to learn and to have in mind for next year, in this case 2014. For me, this year was better than most other years, so join me while I remember all the events that happened so far!

At the beginning of the year I was still working with a call center company, I had been working with them for a year, however, the last couple of month were horrible, from being content with my job, it went to being miserable, even though I worked from home, I still had to deal with a lot of crap from the people that called for "assistance". 6 years ago I vowed never to work in a call center again and I had to brake that vow because I needed money, working in call centers is horrible, you end up being somewhat of a racist and start having resentment to certain people because they were the ones being real asses when they called, I'm not happy about what I'm going to say because I know I have several people following me from that country, but I came to detest people from the UK in general, FON was the  biggest customer that the company had (or has, idk) and 90% of the calls where from this campaign, at first it was interesting, I had never spoken (on a regular basis) with british people, but then there were a lot of problems with the service (problems that we could not resolve and it was not our fault) and all the shittyness started coming in, from angry to down right offensive people calling,  people who I never really understand what they were saying because they were screaming in an English accent, I discovered that the british (the majority of them) hated americans, and I would constantly receive hurtful insults from the "c***t" word to the "Fucking Yankee" expression, which is stupid and funny at the same time because I'm not even American but since I don't have an accent, they though I was.
This lead me to hate British people due to all the crap they would throw at me on the phone. So I decided to quit this horrible job, thanks to some persuasion from my boyfriend, I left the call center thing for good and decided to do what I actually loved but never thought to develop  full time. Many of you might ask if I still detest british people, No, I don't now, after I had several months to cool down, I didn't dislike them anymore :P In fact, I've met very cool people from the UK recently so it has helped to change my perspective of their business doing habits lol.

And from this even, I start with the great stuff that happened later.

After I quit, I opened up slots for the year to see if there were any people interested in my work, to my surprise, I started to receive a LOT of requests and very quickly started to fill up all my slots, this was the first time in my life where I could say that I have a full time job and I LOVE it, after that I just started to upload more videos and tutorials, more and more people started to take interest in my work, to the point of being featured on VSAUCE BiDiPi creative show case (build it, draw it, play it), I was so excited and couldn't believe it! I never though they'd showed my work to the world! and for those of you that are going Vwhat?, VSauce is a huge youtube channel dedicated to showing a lot of cool stuff, from nature, to science to just incredible.

 

From that point on, I started to get tons of subs from people who saw that video, this made me even more motivated to make more videos and open a facebook fan page, it started growing little by little, I'm still close to hitting 500 likes but I'll get there :D

Back in August I was featured at a local comic convention here in Tijuana, I was the most visited booth in the event, a lot of people were surprised and very interested in what I did, as this hobby is unknown to most people here, so I though I'd show it to get more interested in it, it was really cool and had a blast at the event along with my friends who helped me while I was there, I really hope I get to do more in the future.

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Shortly after that I reached 1000 subs on youtube, I was so surprised to have more people subscribing, that said to me that I was doing something right and that made me feel so happy! but a few weeks later came the dreaded youtube/google+ integration and it hit me hard, because I didn't want to use something I didn't want, but I had to give in at the end because I still needed to reply to people who would ask questions or guidance for something I uploaded, fortunately google heard our displeasure with the whole ordeal and somehow managed to fix some issues but not all.

So this year was full of cool events, I hope next year will be even better than this one, I really hope Anime Expo approves my GK workshop next year, I hope to reach 2000 subs soon and I do plan on making more tutorials and Vlogs, my viewers have given me the confidence to come up on camera and just talk about stuff, so I'll be uploading more of those with my personal perspective of things, hobby related or not :D

Looking back at the amount of completed figures, I'm also surprised of the number I finished compared to other years, I think I've made more this year than all my combined time of doing this hobby LOL, I plan on braking that record next year too xD

For now, I decided to make a little collage of figures I've completed this year into a video, so if you haven't watch it, check it out now :D

I also hope that all of your New Years Resolutions  will be realized within the year, I tend to not make them because I can never do them, but at least, I plan on Improving my health and reaching more milestones on the things I love to do!



Happy New Years Everyone!




  • Watching: The big Bang Theory


First of all, I want to say thank you to all of you that donated for my camera replacement, I really appreciate the kindness and support, your hard earned dollars were used for a good cause, and to demonstrate it, I uploaded a special video this weekend on the topic, so if you haven't seen it, take a few minutes and watch it, there's a surprise for those of you that helped out ^_^





Secondly, I'm making a raffle for an SD Hatsune Miku winter version GK, so the link is on the side menu, and all the information regarding times and prices are in the video above, so don't forget to check it out, if not, there's still information on the purchase page :)


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Thirdly...

I'm holding an auction for a set of Chibiusa and Pegasus kit, I was asked to build 2 sets as a commission, but there were some issues and the person ended up paying only for 1 set, so I'm selling it because I already have my set and don't want to keep this one.

SONY DSCThe link to the auction can be found here


And lastly, I finished up Sailor Saturn and you can now check out her gallery here

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  • Watching: The big bang theory
  • Drinking: water


Hey guys!

I finally finished a 3 part special on the basics to kit conversion or modification.

I've always thought that it's always better to see a video instead of just pictures, so for those of you interested in modifying figures and making diorama bases, these videos will be worth watching :)

These tutorials are applied on resin figures but you can also work with plastic kits.

Be free to ask any questions you might have either here or on the videos themselves.

The first part is the whole modification process, part 2 is painting and part 3 is the process for building a winter themed diorama.

Pictures of the completed project can be found here: leonasworkshop.com/gallery/201…










New projects!!!!

Thu Sep 26, 2013, 8:27 PM
  • Watching: Angry video game nerd
  • Eating: fortune cookies
  • Drinking: Tang


Out with the old, in with the new!

These are actually some of projects I was suppose to start in October but it's just around the corner so I decided to just go ahead and start them anyways :D

Apparently my chibi usa and pegasus figure caused a lot of  sensation that I got a commission for 2 of them from 1 person, so I'm working with them right now, I don't plan on making a whole new section for them in my WIP page because I've already made one before, so I'll just update via blog from time to time :)



I got this cool Sailor Saturn on my workbench right now, I'm not going to upload the complete pics just yet because it's just a preliminary fit and revision, but they are available here in my facebook page

For a 1/7 scale figure specially of Saturn, she is quite HUGE! but this cast has a lot of issues with air bubbles and seam lines :/

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I also started a very simple but pretty Asuka, it's an original cast and I have to say that the casting is pretty awesome, very little fitting issues and no air bubbles found so far, she's not going to take that long to finish, but I do have to say, even though I don't fancy Asukas and Rei figures for my personal collection, this sculpt is really cool and I'm going to have a lot of fun painting her skin tone and shading it :D

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I still have about 3 more kits to start so I'm going to be busy as a bee these next months :D

There's something I noticed for a while now, I've been getting commission requests for a lot of Sailor Moon figures from different people, it's nothing bad at all, I love Sailor Moon and painting SM figures is always a pleasure, but I need to start working on some non Sailor Moon related kits for myself xD my collection is really wide in characters from different series and games, I'll maybe start working on any of these kits once I decide which one what do you guys think? :D

    

New Sale Section on Website

Mon Jul 15, 2013, 10:58 AM
  • Watching: Angry video game nerd
  • Eating: fortune cookies
  • Drinking: Tang


Hello guys!

Well, I tend to purchase a lot of kits because it makes all geedy  just to imagine me painting it, so I purchase a lot of kits just for the soul purpose of painting them, though I don't actually feel that I need to keep them, it was mainly just for the pleasure of painting them ... IdK I'm weird maybe?

Anyways, due to the surplus I have on kits, I've decided to open up a new section on my website, I have published several kits I have available to sell, kinda like a "priority" commission you might say.

So if you're interested in peeking to see what I have, here's the link to satisfy you're curiosity :P 

leonasworkshop.com/commissioni…



Criticizing the Critic

Wed Jun 12, 2013, 9:41 AM
  • Listening to: AnimeNFO Radio


the other day I was looking at the deviations from the groups I'm in, the ones that stack up when they are accepted into a group anyways. I saw this picture Gunslinger Miss Nobody garage kit by Michael-XIII belonging to this person :iconmichael-xiii: and like few entries this one had the "Critique requested" legend on the bottom.

Being the critical person that I am, I though, "ok, lets see what this person has created" so I looked at all the details, the work implemented and the technique, the style is not really something I critique, style is unique and you can't really give any constructive criticism to it because it's their style.

So I take my time to look at all the pictures since it had a link to more detailed pics, and I come to several points I wrote down in my critique here leonasenshi.deviantart.com/cri…

I believe that when giving a critique, you're not suppose to just see all the bad things, you see everything, the good, the bad and what/how things can improve. Since this is a GK Figure, there are standards in which figures are judged, like paint, gaps, sanding, imperfections, etc. At least this is what's taken into consideration in any Figure contest.

2 Days later I get a notification that my critique was refused for being "Inflammatory".

Now hold on... I in no way said: "Your work sucks, you should stop making models, your useless and have no talent!", So why did this person report it in such a manner?

The only thing that comes to my mind is that this person really can't accept critiques even when he's requesting one. I sent him a personal message and told him just that, "If you CAN'T take criticism, DON'T ask for one!"

The next thing he replies is the following:

"I like and always accept normal critics but not in that tone - not your faultfinding and trying to teach when I need to make my figures."

Hold the phone!!! "I accept normal critics" - "your faultfinding and trying to teach when I need to make my figures" ???? This person CLEARLY can't accept critiques, it was now 100% confirmed.

This person is just telling me: "if it's not a praise, I won't accept it!"

People! this is in no way accepting critiques, and with attitudes like that, the only one that looks like an asshole is YOU, A simple cry baby, a spoiled brat, you get the picture, if not, then this aid will be more visual for understanding The Hitchhiker's Guide to Critique by akreon I believe this person falls into the last category of that illustration.

I finished replying that he was wrong if he only accepted praises as a critique and just discarded constructive criticism because accepting a critic or not is a personal decision, if the critic is telling you we're your failing and gives you tips and suggestions on how you can improve, then you're just a hard head; Specially in figure building, the only thing that is different in each one of us is STYLE, but technique and method to build is something we all have the same knowledge and it's applied to every figure built and painted.

There's a very informative article on critiques, I totally recommend you read it if you have a few minutes :)  leonasenshi.deviantart.com/art…

And the moral of this story kids?

If you Can't accept a critique, DON'T ask for one

So now the question... Do you give critiques? if so, have you encountered people like this?
And for the people that request critiques, do you tend to just refuse all critiques or just the ones that are truly spam?

Have a great week!

Cosmic Sailor Moon WIP

Wed May 15, 2013, 8:36 PM


There have been very few times when I like an original Character that somebody might create, the character never has anything interesting, it's just a copy paste of an original senshi, but there was someone who made an OC that I just loved when I saw the design, I loved it so much and I decided to actually make a figure out of her!

Let me present Cosmic Sailor Moon, the only OC that has caught my eye until now in all my time at DeviantArt.

She was created by deviant member Singing Kiwi  :iconslmgregory:, she was very surprised when I asked her if I could get permission to create a figure using her design, she said YES! and also was kind enough to make me a quick reference sheet for the sailor suit to be able to make great details on the figure.

This was the original Art she showed that got my attention:



And this is the model I'm using a base to modify :D



I'm just doing the initial "stripping" of the pieces and things she won't be needing :P




what do you guys think? and don't forget to watch Kiwi! She is a great artist as well!

  • Listening to: The hobbit OST
  • Eating: Honey Rosted Cashews

Devious Journal Entry

Journal Entry: Sat May 4, 2013, 6:12 PM


More WIPS are coming in these next weeks, I'm thinking of filming one of them but can't decide.

Any suggestions would be nice to make my mind up :P







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1/6 Nakoruru Video WIP :D

Tue Mar 19, 2013, 8:03 AM


Hey hey hey!

I just uploaded a new video last night, it's been a while since my last video WIP so I decided to make a new one, this one is all about a cute little samurai named Nakoruru from samurai Spirits :D

Hope you enjoy!



VSauce featured my work!

Fri Mar 8, 2013, 9:58 AM


Many of you might be wondering what is VSAUCE, Vsauce is a series on youtube with a ton a cool facts from daily things to very scientific things explained in a way that you actually like it! they have 3 channels, VSAUCE 2 has a section called BiDiPi (build it, draw it, play it) which are compilations of featured works from other creative youtube users, I remember submitting an email to them about their featured clips but that was about 4 months ago and they never did reply to my emails, which by the way you can check them out here: VSauce www.youtube.com/user/Vsauce   Vsauce2  www.youtube.com/user/Vsauce2  Vsauce 3 (for gaming topics)  www.youtube.com/user/Vsauce3

So this morning...


I woke with the pillow stuck to my face, turned on the computer and did my regular routine of browsing through my messages, I first checked facebook and nothing new there, then I logged on to my gmail and OMFG I had a gazillion emails!!! I though someone was spaming me but then after seeing the recipient … it was all youtube, I was puzzled! my exact words… "WTF??!!! WHO THE FUCK!!??…. this is good but whatttttt????"

After browsing through the messages, 90% were new subscriptions and and the rest were comments.

I was still not able to recognize how was it that I was getting so many hits, then after reading one of the comments, someone said "I came here from wesauce" which is VSauce's youtube channel to feature creative works from other youtubers. I could not believe it! VSauce featured one of my videos on their youtube site!

So after the shock I got really excited! I had to see the video they posted with my work, so I checked their website with lightning speed and there it was…..

Exactly on Minute 1:38  !!!!!



  • Watching: VSauce