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Cleaned out things.  I finally have MOST of my computer issues fixed.. yay... nothing else to say, just trying to upload stuff and keep up with work.
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Oh, look, a little over a month and I'm posting.  I have nothing to post.  I'll be at Dallas Comiccon next week. :D  Table upstairs in the Small Press area.

- Tiff
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Now that I've begun linking here, I MIGHT just start posting again.

- Tiff
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Making progress in getting caught up now that I don't have my daughter's possible heart surgery looming over me.  :D  (Turns out, she's ok for a while longer.)

- Tiff
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Pass this along and help Kez get a refund. Read the news section and check out What it Takes while you're there!
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Thank you. :)  It brightened an otherwise regular day.  (Not a cake in sight sadly.)
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Over a YEAR since my last journal?  D'oh.  Well.. I'd largely abandoned this account to update on Furaffinity - www.furaffinity.net/user/shiva… I have a difficult time handling more than one of these at a time, but I think I'm going to make more use of the print account that I have here since the prints are BEAUTIFUL.

Tiff
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Custom Bottlecaps

Sun Jun 6, 2010, 6:31 PM



So, this last weekend was A-kon and I debuted a BUNCH of new stuff ... most of which I was VERY happy to see was not available from other vendors in the alley or dealer's room. :D  Primarily .. my pendants, glass, scrabble tile and bottlecaps.  I chose not to create the bottlecaps ahead of time, but to do them at the convention ... then I went a step further.  I took a chance and started drawing on little tiny one inch circles, custom inking, drawing and coloring with copics and watercolors ... and I SOLD a lot of them!  Then I had people asking me if I'd take orders online and yes, I will.

So I'm open to orders for $12, which includes shipping in the US/Mexico/Canada.  I'll have to check on the pricing for elsewhere.  Price includes your choice of a colored ballchain/cloth necklace or a keychain attachment or a cellphone strap.  I'm using double rings to attach them, punched directly INTO the metal, never been used bottlecaps.  I wanted to make SURE they would not get lost easily.  For an example, See here: fav.me/d2r7019 - Those are all Pokemon... because Pokemon are PRETTY easy to fit into a one inch circle. ;)  Most are.. not all.  In any case, message me here.  I WILL be checking more frequently because I know I need to.

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.. what the heck is a llama badge and why am I now a SUPER LLAMA?! :D
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Ok, I'm done. :D  For now.  Once I finish these, I might open up again later.
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I'm open for commissions.. just five small ones!  Please see shivaesyke.deviantart.com/art/… for details!
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I'm trying to get AD #2 out BEFORE Christmas, which gives me a maximum of 14 pages I need to fill with lovely artwork. I need artwork featuring Lexx, Chel, Fly, Zeta, Stealth and/or Dig for this round.

To clarify:  As they appear in Day 1/2/3 at the very start of the comics. :D  I will be asking for other artwork later and wow... I don't recall seeing either of those two mentioned below and I will look for the other tomorrow.
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Hmm.. I've noticed others doing this so I was curious what the people who might read this journal think.

Would you like me to upload a single detailed panel of artwork to Deviantart to signify an update of my comics?  I can't upload all of the full comics here.  It'd go against my contracts and well.. it'd be a pain in the butt.  But I was thinking about doing a single detailed panel without text.  Opinions?
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I need some artwork to post up on all my sites. :)  Alien Dice, Abby's Agency, Cyantia, Shivae! and PURE primarily, since that's what I'm updating at the moment.  AD and Cyantia get the most pageviews, reaching thousands of eyes on a daily basis.

There are essentially two and a half weeks of art that I need ... because I'm going to take a REAL vacation since Kim was born! YAY!  But first, there's A-kon at the end of this month.  The second set is in June.  I'll be going to Big South fork, Laurel Fork Rustic Retreat in Kentucky/Tennessee with my husband's family. :)  Obviously ... that's a loooong drive - two days up there two days back, maybe a bit more than two back.  We (I) want to stop at the Memphis zoo and see the pandas. :D  

In any case, keep the artwork at a Pg-13 and below level, cute is wonderful!

Email them to: shivae.studios at gmail.com
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Those of you following Akaelae will notice how quickly the horse went from looking rather rough to rather nice. ;)  Thing is, I used to ONLY draw horses... tons and tons of horses... I haven't really drawn a lot of them for a long time, but over the last several years I've been working on two stories that involve horses, one of those is a Black Rose Universe story called Angel in my Window - which is being scripted very slowly and will not be something that's posted up to be seen anytime soon.  I'm not adding anymore comics.  :D  I just love drawing horses.

The OTHER story is an Equis story in the Shivae! universe which featured a cursed foal and his ragtag herd of castaways. ;)

There seems to be a lack of horse centered comics online.  I've found a few here on Deviantart, but it seems that they aren't very long and many are just one or two pages.  I've been scripting, because just like my Feral comic, I want to be able to DRAW the animals better and the more time I take, the better they will end up looking.  I have to practice rabbits, mice, cats, dogs, owls, hawks and rats. :)
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Well... I'm prepping for conventions, starting with Furry Fiesta.  I'm the artist guest of honor, first time for me to be such. :)

*sigh* And I guess if I'm going to do fanart for A-kon I'm just going to have to do POKEMON, because it's really the only fanart I enjoy doing... although I might try some Ryuk ones. ;)  I love Deathnote and Mushishi. :D

Within 30 seconds ... my Vulpix was commented on and favorited. :D
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I really need to work on my communications, especially with other artists.  I don't actually have a lot of contact with people and I prefer it that way.  I like contact with people that I can CONTROL.  (The contact, not the people. :D  I like conventions, because most of the people WANT to be there.)  I do not like random contact with people ... like... at work.  When I had jobs in customer service *shudder*.  I think those jobs made me want nothing to do with random people. :P  I like contact with people who actually WANT to have contact with me, only I never know if they want to have contact with me unless I ask them outright. :D  I never like to initiate conversations. :D I do on occasion.

Then there's my problem with not responding for long periods of time because I have a lot of work. :D

There's quite a few people I admire and would like to converse with and maybe I should make a list of names and then pick the top five and email them.  

Only, I'm hesitant to do that... which is odd, because I KNOW that I do enjoy getting email from people and if someone were to say that very thing that I just said, I'd laugh it off and say email... but everyone else isn't me.  Or they could be, considering I keep meeting some really shy readers.

It is difficult to out of the blue email someone who you know probably gets a lot of email...
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I can't believe I FORGOT to post here when I posted in my livejournal.  I had a kink in my plan to pick up colorists.  Mainly being a huge drop in revenue at the end of spring/beginning of summer.  I posted, but I imagine not everyone saw it.  

I WILL still need colorists, I just need to fix other things in the meantime and I have your pieces collected and will be going over them to make sure I commented on them all.
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Here are the work files for coloring: File 1 and File 2

And then.. we have the actual tutorial as messy as it may be.  Post questions in the tutorial thread please.  Others may have the same ones.
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... wow... I didn't quite realize that I was going to be also trying to match styles to individual comics... nor did I really pay attention to how much styles vary.
I've received a good response, but now I'd like to know how many of you want to be 'trained'. ;)  Not trained to do my exact style, but to adapt and correct some of the early methods that it seems a lot of people are using.  I see some shading with Black, lots of burn and dodge.  (They DO have their place, just not to a point of taking over a picture.)

I've accepted Flowerlark so far, but might still have two openings, one for Akaelae and possibly No Angel, PURE or Sivine Blades.  It really depends on if I can match a style.  I appreciate the interest, but don't want to critique everyone since you're not asking for critiquing. :)  If you're asking, I will give specifics of things to improve upon.  

The really funny thing ... is that everyone is making the same shading judgements I've made at some point in the past. ;)

Edit: Well.. the reaction to this post is good so I think what I'll do is pick out a panel from a comic I'm going to color this week, most likely from Alien Dice so I can make you all color a human and an animal in the same panel. ;)  I'll go through the process step by step and then see what you guys turn out.  I'll also see about making a group for this so it'll be easy to see all the images near each other.
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