Too many to count or accurately describe but a few are;
- Sora is essentially one of the princesses, one of pure heart who represents all the worlds and is routinely kidnapped, put into comas, possessed, killed or hunted for his heart. Riku is, naturally, his other half and comes to his rescue regularly.
- It’s mostly one-sided for a long ass time, unfortunately for Riku. Sora crushed on Kairi for a while but in a mostly non-romantic way. He grew out of it and organically realized he was closer with his childhood friend, idol and protector. Still doesn’t realize what he feels for a long time, leading to a super close friendship between them for ages. Riku doesn’t want to admit his full feelings for fear of wrecking whatever it is they have and is content to make Sora happy whatever way works for him.
- Kairi ships it. To the point of testing Sora near the beginning of KH1 (“lets just go, you and i”) and then finally giving them her blessing in KH2 (holding their hands together so sora can see riku again).
…. if i think of more i’ll add more. Honestly so much of their relationship feels canon it’s hard coming up with stuff that was just stated in the games.
When you do commissions, what dimensions do you typically end up with? Do you give the commissioner a big enough version to print out? or just small enough to where it cannot be printed at a high quality.
I give them both a print version and a smaller optimized web version. If you’re going to do this though it’s super important to mark clearly in your Terms of Service what rights you’re giving your commissioner and what they can do with that print. It’s a contract and they’re bound to it so make sure all the important and relevant shit is in there when dealing with your art.
The dimensions vary but typically i don’t go over 8.5 x 11 inches. It has been requested to go larger though.
Hi Hunter, I'm too shy to come off anon but I was wondering if you would ever be open to looking at an artist's work (like their blog or portfolio) and giving general advice for what they should work on?
Sure, I can’t guarantee I’ll be able to give a prompt response but i generally make my way through all my notes and respond in some manner. Portfolio reviews take a lot more thought though so that would probably take some time and willpower to respond to. It’s not easy formulating in depth critiques to someone’s entire oeuvre. <3
Hi Dapperowl!! hope you don't mind me asking...what is Falls d' ange exactly?? those characters and concepts are amazing and it looks so interesting! thanks have a nice day :)
Falls D’Ange is an expansive multi-verse and exercise in world building between myself and sambees. Originally it was a handful of novels, a smattering of novellas and a bunch of random fanart. It’s…..well it’s still that but now its grown into something much larger that will probably never be properly represented anywhere in the physical world. Although there are plans to make companion guides and world books (like a book on the planes, a book on the creatures, a book on the demons and their society), but that’s pretty far down the road.
did you ref dancers or fighters? neither of your studies have enough muscle bulk or variation to them, they just look like generic idealized women. at the very least you need a strong core for most dancing and all fighting, that is the opposite of a wasp waist.
Yes. She has a natural wasp waist, heavier thighs and is pretty plush. It’s a body type that exists even amongst athletic types and it’s been exaggerated by a non-realistic style in these drawings. I’m not sure which dancers you’re referencing but all the girls I observed have had thin waists (which isn’t to say they’re devoid of muscle)—Contortionists, ballerinas, strippers (ara on the left is a stripper), contemporary dancers… they all have heavy thighs and thin waists. So yes, she’s got muscle, she has an ass, she’s got boobs and her ribcage is hella smaller than her head. This was a concious decision.
yssadalawa said: KH3D was pretty awesome, and I’m glad you’re enjoying(ish) it so far. I think the difficulty curve isn’t that bad…probably after ppl complainin abt kh2 ha ha h…does that mean u havent played BBS? :0
Oh i’m enjoying it for sure :> I don’t mind hard boss fights, but it also kinda seems like every boss fight at the end has been completely fucking nuts (its also entirely possible that I’m way under levelled and under-synthed for dream eaters… I just wanted to play the game and not micromanage pokemon). xD And no, i haven’t played BBS. It… it looks bad. Like really bad. I’ve read the summary and lordy i don’t care about anything that happens in that game. It makes me painfully aware that they’re taking away a lot of things that make Sora cool and relate-able and chalking up all of his accomplishments to 'it'sfate’, which is one of my biggest pet peeves in writing (like what they did to ganondorf in skyward sword). I just wish they’d stop trying to EXPLAIN stuff. It was way better as a nebulous, abstract concept than a mess of plot threads that lead no where and always need to be tied up somewhere else and then just lead to more loose threads. If you keep pulling the sweater apart to inspect the fibres you’re not gonna have a piece of functional clothes when you’re done. I feel the same way about KH:fractions too.
I decided i’d give one of the KH spin offs a shot and so i went for KH: 3D because it looked the least obnoxious in terms of shitty shoe-horned characters and switches back and forth between riku and sora as the playable character. I gotta say i’m pretty pleased with it, its super cute, nice art direction, good cut scenes, great voice acting, and really developes Riku and Sora as characters, both together and apart.
I’m nearly done the game now and I’ve gotta say one pro and con of the game is that the bosses are insanely hard. I’m on the second last boss and there’s a part of this fight where if you fail to have twitchy good reaction time to a quick time event that’s only screen for a split second you have to do the fight all over again and wait for it to happen again. Even if you do get that quick time event it brings you to yet another boss you have to fight and he’s more murder-tastic than the one before…. i just. eeeesh.
damn game, you steep difficulty curve. I thought this was cute happy pokemon knock-off time but its pretty… not. that.
edit: omfg i forgot to mention that you randomly ‘drop’ to the other player, ie, you pass the fuck out randomly. if you happen to do this in a boss fight you gotta do the whole thing over again. I managed to avoid it almost entirely except once but damn that was annoying.
Seeing this blog has really inspired me! I've always wanted to do something with art, but lately I've been discouraged because it seems like there are literally no jobs in this field. I'm still not sure if I can make it my career, but you've given me some hope ;;
Aaaah good luck to you! The job market is tricky but perseverance, luck and hard work will help it all come together.
it was the kh art that drew me in and after looking through the rest of your gallery I am proud to say that you are the best follow decision I have ever made your art is GORGEOUS and I am truly inspired !
Oh my thank you so much <3 I’m so glad my other art convinced you to stay ;a; cheers!
This may seem like a shallow question but I'm curious: Do you feel like you had to work to garner popularity in the artist community? Or do you feel like an artist's skill will simply draw fans if it's good enough?
This questions kind of answers itself. If you have the skill you have obviously worked your ass off to get it. The one thing you DO need to do in order to get known within a community is make your work readily available for consumption. If you don’t then you can’t complain when no one sees it. Its true that getting noticed in the world wide web is increasingly more difficult due to the sheer amount of stuff out there but i find the rule of 3 works everywhere, even on the interwebs.
You need to have two of the following three things to be successful:
- excellent work (read: you’re amazeballs and everything you touch is gold)
- excellent personality (read: it shines through your work and how you treat people online)
- excellent time management (read: you post frequently and consistently without being spammy)
On the net, if you have two of these people will notice. You need to work at them on a constant basis if you want ‘fans’ or a fan base. There are artists out there that barely post anything but are insanely skilled and are super nice people… and they have a fan base. There are artists who aren’t so skilled but draw personable, relateable art and are super sweet to everyone and post often… they also get a fanbase. And then there are the assholes who are also super talented and post a lot… they too are rewarded with fans.
So I guess tl;dr…. yes to the first question and yes to the second question.
I don't know what it is, but you have such energy in your art, a real, incredible fludity to how you do bodies and body shapes. Even details like hands and feet - holy shit. Either way, uh... Sorry for the mass likes, I LIKED ALL OF THE ART.
Dude what you don’t have to apologize. Why would you do that? XD Feel free to like all the things. It’s awesome. I’m glad you like the art so show that appreciation :>
i saw that you said you would be at montreal comiccon! im sad i didnt go but its so cool that you were there, because I just discovered you art and I LOVE your style! I was wondering though, are you from montreal? or did you travel to go to comiccon there? thanks! :)
I am from Montreal! Not originally though (i’m from western canada, newly moved to montreal). I work here now so you can come see me next year :)
Talking about Character Design at Montreal Comiccon!
I’m going to be at the Montreal Comiccon! I won’t have a table but I WILL have a panel with the company I work for, Hibernum Creations.
The presentation will be on Saber’s Edge and the creative process behind it this Sunday, September 14 at 12:15 in room 551A at the Palais des congrès! Come by if you want to say hi or just show your support. I’ll be doing a Q&A afterwards as well if there’s something you’ve always been dying to ask me and i’ll hang around if you just want to chat. :) Hopefully I’ll see you there!
Will forever love your FF7 redesign project! What u said about the characters in the newer spin-off stuff is so true. I feel like everyone is either OOC, or have taken steps back from their actual character development. I feel your pain with Aerith tho, I really liked Vincent and his back-story until it was retold in dirge of Cerberus. 8C Holy shit now that was shitty writing.
WOW DIRGE WAS THE WORST. They took this hilariously snarky and somewhat of a gag character and turned him into.. another emo Cloud???? God what a lame turn of events that was.
sorry ran out of characters in the last ask! I feel like your work is a great refreshing view of these characters. The only reason I wasn't a fan was I think because she kinda latched onto Cloud and wouldn't stay home lol. I kept thinking what? Go home! Which is probably what Cloud initially thought too lol. I'll be really excited to see more of your take on Tifa. She definitely won my heart over. and don't get me started on FF8! But seriously, your Aerith is the best I've seen. Awesome work!
It’s kinda funny cause if Aerith had stayed home the world would have ended and cloud would have never developed. I think she was majorly responsible for the vision and guidance that cloud needed in the early stages. She passed that responsibility onto cloud a bit unintentionally, but he was inspired by her in many ways and was able to move forward from the dark places in his life. Aerith represented the future and to not let your past hold you back (which i feel like.. tifa is the antithesis of. She represented the past and how it does hold you back) which i also always liked.
Aside all that though, Aerith she did go home and tried to stay there but the world wasn’t ready to just let her live her a life and i think she was tired of every man in the world telling her what she should be, what her purpose was and how she should live and die. I was also pretty grateful for a competent healer xD
Tifa and Aerith were interesting opposing forces and at the start i hated Tifa because it felt like she was trying to push her feelings on cloud, who clearly didn’t reciprocate them. I mean, her design was also just straight up insulting and that tainted my view on her as well, i guess i felt like they were trying to make her the hot girl who the guy gets as a prize at the end of the game… and i couldn’t hope to relate to that at all. Her design really let her down as a character and i couldn’t see past it for a long time (bar-tending kung-fu rebellion leading brawler? mini skirt, belly shirt and loooong easily grabbed hair).
Tifa also made a lot of bad, selfish choices as a child and teenager that i couldn’t forgive for a long time, until i realized that she was a flawed human being and ff7 was actually also a redemption story for Tifa too. That’s when i started to come around to her as a character. That her plot wasn’t a romantic one but a human one. That just because she was literally a strong character didn’t mean she was a strong person (and that’s ok).
(edit: oh damn could you resend your first ask again…? i think tumblr ate it)
I was never a big fan of Aerith (lol sorry) but I LOVE your take on her! I would read an Aerith web comic all day if you created it lol. That decorative corset... Woohoo! Also love the emotion in your latest piece. :)
Ahh thanks! I honestly don’t mind if people don’t like Aerith, I get that a LOT when i mention that i like her, same with Cloud too actually.
I feel a lot of the negativity they garner comes from the more recent depictions and appearances of them in media (basically anything after the original FF7 game) where cloud is a mopey whiner and aerith is a ditzy … blank canvas. Neither of which is the case…. A lot of the time i don’t even know what they’re going for with aerith (like in crisis core. I couldn’t help but feel she was just incredibly bratty and selfish but they were painting these traits as desirable and good. It was just shit writing).
What i’m aiming to do with the re-designs is show people how they were represented in the original game. They’re still merely my opinion but I feel like there was a lot of depth and personality that was overlooked by the masses, especially with aerith, who is often viewed as a vapid, goody-two-shoes… when actually…. none of her dialogue is about that. She’s sarcastic, witty, ambitious, goes after what she wants, spunky, a bit rough around the edges, not always truthful to others about her feelings and sorta unable to get outside her own head (partially due to the voices she can’t escape). With her design and how she carries herself I want to show her emotional state, her heritage / powers and her history as a poverty stricken woman hiding in the slums who still managed to get up in the morning and do her best despite the circumstances she’s been dealt.
Aerith is just really important to me. I relate to her a lot (tifa too) and i just get sad when she’s written off as a cliche.
I've been following you for about a decade now (from DA; Tumblr later). I can't possibly express what a significant game-changer-level inspiration you've been. You and your gorgeous artwork move me like no other! You are my favorite artist without a doubt. What stood out at first: detail. So much of it! Now it's the movement and the flow of your lines; the clear way that a mood is delivered. Each new post just lights up my day!! Keep truckin', beautiful!~ (also your inspiration blog hnnnng <3)
God damn i feel OLD LOL. That’s amazing though, its hard to believe I’ve been kicking around the interwebs that long….not to mention the people who’ve been following me for all of that time……. ;;;;;; It’s really motivating. So just as I’m an inspiration to you, you’re also an inspiration to me. <3
you've been submitting a lot of things lately!! And they're all so greeeaat!!! Is always a pleasure to see your art around :D
I’m submitting things that have been kinda hanging around a while… and because i needed to fight off some depression that was encroaching on my mind from the lack of personal art-making. ;; I’m glad you like them <3
HEY EVERYONE. I totally missed the sign up for the montreal comicon and i’m wondering if anyone would be able to split / share a table with me …?? Or knows of someone who could? I would be eternally grateful for any help.
when you want to draw but youre too stressed to do well on commissions and too guilt laden about the commissions thing to draw personal art so you just become an ouroboros of procrastination and anxiety
I'm so addicted to your art, I've been fawning over the print I received <3 <3 <3 Have you ever considered starting a sketch blog or something similar for less polished art? I just adore your sketches and wish I could see more of them.
hahah that’s what this blog is :> I have finished work and sketches on here, i just don’t have a lot of time for sketching lately. I’m so glad you love the print though ;;
So i watched that new fancy 3D captain harlock on my netflix yesterday and I actually didn’t hate it. Yes there were massive glaring plot holes and the end sorta said ‘fuck it’ and threw logic out the window but, all in all it was pretty and i liked the plot. My question though…
Was this the Advent Children of Captain Harlock? Is the actual series nothing like this and I should I burn the memories of this movie from my minds’ eye? Also, if i wanted to explore the series where should i reasonably start? There’s roughly a billion movies and series so i’m really not sure where to pick it up….
I’ve just finished watching Hunger and I don’t know how long I’ll have to wait until Michael Fassbender win an Oscar He’s like my favorite actor and I was so disapointed that he didn’t win the Oscar for best supporting actor in twelve years a slave. I have no words to…
he better get an oscar, stat. And it better not be another Leo DiCaprio situation cause i will flip tables.
The Academy can’t handle his dick. That’s the long and short of it omg there’s a pun in there somewhere what am I doing.
Do you still do commissions and if you do, how much do you charge for a single character, full body with color and no background? :)
I ammmmm closed :< But you can price things out on my DA commission page right over here. Thanks so much for asking though ;_; I’m struggling to keep on top of the commissions I took last year, let alone taking new ones right now. <3