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Always updating! Feel free to ask any questions at any time, and I'll update with the answers!

Do you do requests/art trades/commissions? 
I don't have the time for requests or art trades, but if I have free time, I can squeeze in a commission or two.
HOWEVER, if you have a question about Japan, or ever want to request a topic for me to cover in Tales of a Gaijin, feel free to ask ^_^ Can't promise I'll do it, but it's worth a try.

What art program do you use for your comics?
I use Comicworks 2 Max, a Japanese program. There is an English Version, but it's very old, and doesn't have as many nice things as Version 2 Max.

What coloring program do you use?
I use Paint tool Sai, mostly, but with a little help from Photoshop 6 (yes, veery ancient version, not CS6) and occasionally some Open canvas.

You draw on the computer. What Tablet do you use?
I use a Wacom Cintiq 12wx, and it's the best thing ever ^_^

You live in Japan. Are you Japanese?
No, I'm not. Born and bred in the US. Same with my husband. We moved to Japan in 2009 and have been there ever since. But we both speak Japanese ^_^

You have a lot of digital art in your gallery. Do you do any traditional?
Not often. Sometimes, I'll get the urge to copic marker something, or watercolor. I guess you could count hand painting figurines as traditional. My comics are entirely digital work, but my illustrations I tend to sketch on scrap paper and then scan the sketch in and use it as my sketch layer in Sai.

May I use your artwork for a youtube video/school presentation/icon/site wallpaper etc.
You're always free to use my work, but you must credit me ^_^ And of course, never claim it as your own ^_^

So I know you're a teacher but what does your husband do for a living?
I'm only a teacher part time, I mostly draw, but my husband also teaches English, English conversation specifically.

And why did you two decide to move to Japan?
The simple answer was that I found a job out here, but nothing at home ^_^ The long answer is that I majored in East Asian studies and minored in Japanese and I've wanted to move to Japan ever since I can remember. When I was young, we had many Japanese exchange students stay with us, so I grew up surrounded by the culture and the food, so it's always been a part of my life.

I was wondering how you learned to speak Japanese fluently. I've been trying for years but i just cant seem to remember it. And do you know the best English program to use to learn it?
I'm by nooooo means fluent, at all. ^_^;; I probably speak at the level of a 6th grader, even after all these years. Though, that's a common problem with Japanese.
There is no one right way to learn any language, there's only the best way for you to learn. Find a way that helps you learn and go with that. I learn by association: I read something and remember hearing it elsewhere. (Ex: Oh "unmei", yeah, that means "fate", I remember because they wouldn't shut up about it in Escaflowne.) I use that same process to learn kanji too. I'd recommend some classes, you give you a base, and then there are tons of study programs that you can continue with. Find the one that helps you retain the most info.

I wanted to know what kind of games you and your husband play?
Well, when I actually have time to play, I play mostly JRPGs. Zelda, Final Fantasy, Kingdom Hearts, Tales of games, etc. I also really love puzzle games ^_^ My husband likes strategy, tabletop and first person shooters ^_^

And what do you usually do in your free time or when you are not drawing or teaching?
I...draw. Like, it takes up pretty much all my free time. Sometimes I play some games, or paint a figurine, but usually, I just keep drawing. My non drawing free time is the commute to work on Wednesdays, and that's sometimes got story boarding in it. I read manga or books, but yeah. It's  not that much free time ^_^;;

What was the biggest culture shock you experienced when you moved to Japan?
Ah yes. I had something a bit weird...perhaps you could call it reverse culture shock? I was shocked that I wasn't shocked.
It definitely comes from the fact that I grew up immersed in the culture (spent a good deal of my childhood living with Japanese exchange students) and then all the studying in college put me over the top. It's gotten to the point where I'm getting confused by how things used to be back in the states.
If there is anything I was surprised at, it's not cultural really, but I have a fear of crowds, and I was utterly terrified when I went to NY back in high school, and even San Francisco can scare me. But while Tokyo is tiring to spend too long in, I'm not scared of the crowds there. I did not expect that ^_^;;

Do you ever do the tagging things or those things that say "I love you, pass this on, or YOU'RE A TERRIBLE PERSON"?
I don't. I don't have time to answer all those questions, though if you have a direct question, please ask. And I don't do anything that resembles a chain letter. So it's not that I don't like you, it's just that I don't do them.


Any other questions, please ask below! Seriously, as long as it's not a super personal question, or something like "I wanna draw better, please write me an essay on how to draw" I'll answer pretty much anything. So ask away! I'll add the questions to this list, and it'll always be linked to my journal in the header, so check back in for additions!


~Tria

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Falling-Rain-suffers Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yay games! Do you like professor layton? Also its pretty interesting to find that you weren't cultural shocks XD or that you were shocked that you weren't shocked. Ah well its sound like you are busy lots ^^;
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TriaElf9 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Layton is so much fun ^_^ I got the Phoenix wright/layton game for xmas, but haven't had any time to play it T_T
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Falling-Rain-suffers Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It is~ XD I just recently played Mask of Miracles, oh ny the way that image I asked you to translate was from a japan apple product only professor layton game.
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TriaElf9 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
AH I'm so behind on games >_<
AHH I see ^_^
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Falling-Rain-suffers Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ha ha no worries its ok~ indeed you'll catch up
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mosinger113 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Student Photographer
What was the biggest culture shock you experienced when you moved to japan?
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TriaElf9 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
There we go! Perhaps a bit long winded ^_^;;;
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mosinger113 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Student Photographer
Thanks so much! It wasn't winded at all!
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TriaElf9 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Oh good! *phew*
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Falling-Rain-suffers Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I wanted to know what kind of games you and your husband play? And what do you usually do in your free time or when you are not drawing or teaching?
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TriaElf9 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
There we go! answered!
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Falling-Rain-suffers Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yay thank you!
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nozomigirl Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
i was wondering how you learned to speak japanese fluently. ive been trying for years but i just cant seam to remember it. and do you know the best english program to use to learn it?
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TriaElf9 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I shall answer above ^_^
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MarrinWolf Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013
So I know you're a teacher but what does your husband do for a living? And why did you two decide to move to Japan?

Those are two things I've been wondering lately for some reason. I'm so nosy. lol
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TriaElf9 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Good questions! I'll pop the answers up there ^_^
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MarrinWolf Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
Sweet thanks I figured you two moved for job reasons. It seems everyone I know that either lives in Japan or once did, did it for a job. Not that that's a bad thing. It's normally a cool thing. ^_^
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TriaElf9 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
The job was mostly a tool to get me to Japan, but yeah ^_^
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