I have lots of new items listed in my Etsy shop, Soft Peach Designs!
These are some of the original pieces I listed for sale. I really like them a lot, so it’s hard to part with them! But I think they’re deserving of a new home.
I’ve also listed some prints that I have been saving for conventions this year, but since they were all cancelled, time to list them! These are some of my favorite pieces I’ve made over the last two years or so, and I want to make more like it for you!
I really enjoy working on my Etsy shop; I like to see what people gravitate towards, and see what kinds of things other artists are selling on their shops. At first I wanted to just focus on digital downloads, but I think it’s more fun to do physical orders. I can personalize each one, and I can write handwritten notes of thanks to my buyers! If you want to see my shop, please look up Soft Peach Designs on Etsy, or click this link! –> RIGHT HERE! It would really mean a lot if you were to purchase something; anything helps, since right now art is my only income at the moment. But if you can’t support, please share my shop with a friend!
That’s about it for now; honestly I haven’t been in the mood to write, so much of my focus has gone to drawing and creating. We have also been in lots of talk and conversation about my business ideas. I was recently inspired by my boyfriend and his words of encouragement. So if you’re interested in what my business idea is, please check out this blog post and this one. I go more in depth with the original ideas I had. But if you want to support me and my idea, please check out the Ko-Fi page I made! Right now there’s not too much there, but I will be updating it a little bit today after I post this post!
I hope everyone that’s in school right now is doing okay. I feel for you all who are starting school in this new, strange way, so I’m sending you all good vibes! Good luck!!
Is everyone working hard on their art goals? I don’t blame you if you are making slow progress; it’s been a strange year. I said before that I feel both lucky and unlucky right now; I have lots of time to work on my website, art, and business ideas, but I’m doing it all because I lost my job back in March. It’s unfortunate that that happened, but I feel for those who are on the front lines working in hospitals and in grocery stores. I see you, and I appreciate you!
Drawing Difficult Subjects
For this blog post, I would like to talk about something that lots of artists struggle with, which is drawing difficult subjects. When you’re unsure how to draw something, it can get frustrating after a while. Even after 4 years of art school, I struggle with getting my drawings right! But I’ve come up with some ideas that might help you if you’re stuck on a piece, or suffering through art block. Read on for more details!
New Ko-Fi Page for Studio Picnic!
But first, I wanna talk really quick about my new Ko-Fi that I just launched last week! I am currently raising funds for my new business idea, Studio Picnic. Essentially Studio Picnic would be a co-working and resource space for my fellow comics artists, illustrators, and animators in my area. It would be filled with work spaces, resources for creating art, and support for artists who need it.
If this sounds like something you want to support, please click on the blue button and follow! I’ll be updating the page on any updates regarding Studio Picnic periodically, so there’s that for ya!
Moving on, here’s my tips for breaking out of that drawing rut:
Using free figure drawing websites.
If you are having trouble drawing human figures, or having a more confident hand, try looking at some figure drawing websites! My favorite one is this one called Line of Action. With this, you can set up your drawing session with different settings. You can change the models you see based on clothing, gender, and time intervals. It’s very good for warming up as well! One of my favorite classes in art school was called Cafe Sketch, where the first half of class was using these websites, and the other half we went to different locations in the city and drew real people. That class forced me to draw constantly, so I was able to build up my confidence with drawing more fluid and quicker. Since I focused on comics in school, it really helped me finish my pages faster too! I highly suggest you check it out, and set the time for 30 seconds or a minute to really test your skills with drawing quickly. It’s a good exercise! I filled up two sketchbooks in that class.
Setting up still life sets in your room
Do you want to get better at rendering or painting? Try setting up a still life! These are fun to make with random items in your house, and you can have fun getting creative with the set up and composition. In my watercolor class, we would paint still lives all the time. For our final we made a collective still life that we all painted together. It was fun! I suggest looking up some still life paintings that you like for inspiration. You can even take a walk to the park and take pictures of nature and paint that too! The possibilities are endless. Still lives are a good way to practice your rendering because you can set up the lighting and color compositions how you want, and as an artist you can control the piece in a way that looks appealing, like adding more highlights or shadows, etc.
Use reference! It’s your friend!
Reference is very important. It was a big part of our creative process in art school. Our teachers wanted us to use reference for everything, and they could tell when we didn’t use reference in our pieces. It’s important to use reference in your pieces because it helps you to be more accurate in your subject matter. Our imagination is powerful, but it’s not worth it to make it up sometimes! There are tons of ways to gather your reference; Google is your best friend, but so is taking the photo yourself! If you’re struggling with drawing hands, do the pose with your own hand and snap a photo. It’s way more convenient than trying to make it up. Are you wanting to have some interesting lighting in your piece? Take a look at some artists that have captured what you’re looking for, and try to replicate it in your own way. Reference is essential!
I have to say, reference at the end of the day, is a tool, much like your pencil or tablet. I wouldn’t recommend trying to copy your reference exactly as you see it. As an artist, you can take what you see in your reference photos, and apply it to your art. This is key especially if you are using someone else’s art or photo as reference. You don’t want to get called out! Just look at the photo above. The artist was able to take the pose, coloring and lighting to create this piece of “Black Lady” or evil Sailor Chibi Moon, and altered it to make it her own. Looking at the side by side of this is really inspiring to me because it shows you can use reference in everything you see! And it’s not exactly the same either; she took her own creative spin on the colors, character, and outfit, and pulled the piece together. I love this!
Practice Drawing Your Weaknesses
If you’re like me and actively avoid drawing subject matter that you’re bad at, challenge yourself to draw that thing more! For me, my weaknesses are backgrounds, feet, and male-presenting characters. I’ve done drawings of all three of these things, but I still could use some practice with them. When I worked on “Jazz”, I struggled with the backgrounds. I in retrospect, I should have taken more references for many of the backgrounds, and altered my layouts to further place Jazz into her environment. However, I would have never known that if I didn’t draw it! The same with you; if you struggle to draw perspective, for example, I suggest really taking the time to study perspective and draw it as much as you can. If you can, try looking up YouTube videos, or signing up for a Skillshareaccount. Both of these things can really help your art blossom!
On my current comic project, I am struggling with drawing the male character, Teo. If you know my art, I almost exclusively draw female characters. Whenever we work on this project together, I try to draw Teo as much as I can. When we start drawing the actual pages, I will be very strict on myself to gather as much reference I can on anything I am unsure of. We both want this comic to look good!
Keep an Inspiration Folder
My last piece of advice is to keep a folder of inspiration that you look at from time to time, either on your computer or otherwise. Back when I was on Tumblr, I followed a lot of artists on there and would save photos and art that would inspire me onto my computer. I still have a lot of the same photos I saved way back in 2013! I sorted them by watercolor pieces, certain artists or games, and I look at them whenever I need a boost of inspiration. Nowadays, I haven’t saved any photos lately, mostly because I bookmark them on my social media accounts, but it’s generally the same idea! If you do this, you may discover new artists that inspire you and motivate you to try something new!
Above are a few pieces from my inspiration folder. They were selected at random, but they kind of show a couple things that inspire my own art.
As an artist, you are able to pick out certain things in nature, other art pieces or otherwise, and find inspiration in them. Even the most mundane things can be inspiring, and sometimes you can even have visions come to you in dreams! One of my favorite pieces came to me in a daydream, and the moment I saw it, I had to make it real.
That’s about it for this post! I hope these tips help you in you own artistic journey. Some days it feels like I can’t draw a thing, so I go back to my fundamentals, take a break, or look at something inspirational. It’s all a balance, so don’t feel discouraged when it feels like you’re going backwards! It takes time to learn & grow <3
Be sure to check the links below, and I’ll see you in the next post!
Does anyone know that when I was a kid I probably had an addiction to video games? I loved playing games on my N64 and GameCube growing up, and eventually the Wii. I was only 3 when I played on a computer for the first time, and I have memories of having my dad help me get through the scary parts in “Ocarina of Time”. A vivid memory I have is being terrified of the Game Over screen in “Mario 64”; it would scare me so bad that I would burst into tears and run out of the room.
Despite my fears, I love games, so I compiled a list of my top 10 all time favorite video games! Feel free to click each game to either watch a Let’s Play, or listen to a song from the game! Also, please enjoy my little doodles of each game as well!
I love the older Harvest Moon games. My first one was “A Wonderful Life” for the GameCube. You get to play as a rancher, growing crops and raising livestock to make money. You can also get to know the townsfolk in your small rural town, and even marry an eligible bachelor/bachelorette too! In “Animal Parade”, you live on an island and try to help the dying town by ringing 5 bells to help restore nature. You get the help of the Harvest Goddess, a recurring character in Harvest Moon games that you can actually marry in this game! The game is very massive, with lots of characters to befriend/marry, and tons of ways to be a rancher. You can grow crops, raise animals, go fishing, go mining, the possibilities of being a successful rancher are endless! I can tell there’s a lot of love put into this game by the developers, and probably the last good Harvest Moon game, in my opinion. The games would later be called “Story of Seasons”, and a new game called “Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town” was recently released on the Switch.
There are some problems with the game, it slows down in more populated areas and it takes a while to build up your ranch, but I really love the day-by-day work in the game. In fact, I still have the exact same save file I made way back in 2013! Every once in a while, I check back in on my ranch. I married the super extreme lumberjack, Luke, and I have a very successful ranch. I can easily spend all day playing the game, so it goes on my list!
I am very picky about RPG games. I was trying to decide if I liked “Fable” or “Skyrim” better, but I have more childhood memories of playing the “Fable” games. I remember watching my dad play this game back in the day. We had the original clunky Xbox, and I started playing this game when I was a little older. I remember it being hard, probably cause I was a kid, but I love the idea of your character and the people he interacts with growing older throughout the story.
If you don’t know about “Fable”, the setting has a medieval European aesthetic, and you play as a little kid who goes through a tragic event. He grows as you play the game, and you can either play as a morally good person, or be super evil. The combat, from what I remember, is really fun! You can use swords, bow & arrow, or magic, also known as “will”.
Thinking back on this game makes me want to play it again! I also played the 2nd and 3rd games, which came out on the Xbox 360. The 2nd was not my favorite, but I remember highly enjoying the 3rd game. Each one takes place further in the future, but the premise is the same; you start as a child, and grow up to an adult, leading down a path of good or evil. Very fun!
This game by SEGA is a sequel to “Jet Set Radio”, which came out on the Dreamcast in 2000. I unfortunately didn’t have a Dreamcast growing up, but I have tons of memories playing the sequel on that same clunky Xbox. In this game, you play as multiple characters who skate around on roller skates in different places around Tokyo, making your mark on the world in the form of graffiti. You meet other friends and teams, and battle against the corrupt police. It’s a fun, fast-paced game that reminds me of a “Tony Hawk” game, or “Skate” game. Only it’s better!
One thing to take away from the game is the amazing soundtrack. The super energetic music has lots of tracks from J-Pop, funk, and electronic influences. If you haven’t heard the music from the game, I recommend looking up the soundtrack on YouTube, cause it’s there!
The game is mission-based, with a hub world and mini-games to play. I remember getting stuck way early in the game, and finally finishing it much later. My family and I would frequently visit a family friend’s house who had a room with an Xbox, so I would bring my favorite games over to play for hours. “JSRF” was definitely the game I would play the most. I’m trying to find a way to play this game on PC cause I miss it so much!
Who needs “GTA V” when I have “Simpsons Hit & Run”? This action-adventure game plays a lot like “GTA”, but with Simpsons characters. Along with “JSRF”, this was the second game I played the most at our family friend’s house. The game follows a story about figuring out the strange occurrences happening in Springfield. I don’t even think I finished this game, but I have so many memories of just driving around the world, gathering all the collectibles.
These types of action-adventure games are my favorite; games with worlds to explore, missions to complete, and collectibles to collect. Games like “Bully”, “GTA”, and this one are the best.
I remember this being the first game I was excited for upon release of the game. I hadn’t fully grasped the concept that games were made by companies until I followed the release of this game. I was 12 when this game came out in early 2008, and we had gotten our Wii at this time. I have way too many memories of playing as Pit from “Kid Icarus”, and my sister playing as Luigi. We would spend hours battling each other, 1 vs 1 style. This rendition of “Smash Bros” had lots of new mechanics that are still in the newest game; Final Smashes, Stage Building, and a story-driven adventure mode, known as “Subspace Emissary” in this one. But the main game-play is the same, a huge crossover of characters battling it out on different stages to some hot video game music.
The “Smash Bros” series is actually very important to me. Brawl was a game that I loved playing with my friends & family and introduced me to YouTube. “Smash for Wii U” was a game that introduced me to my friends and my boyfriend. The latest edition, “Smash Ultimate”, is another game where I can connect with my friends. I remember getting so hyped watching the game announcements with my friends when new DLC characters came out. Good times!
“Smash Bros Brawl” holds a special place in my heart.
Halfway through our top 10 list is the first game that I ever played. I remember having a huge TV in my room. Not one of those flat screen ones on the wall, but those boxy CRT’s that would be all static-y when you touched it. My N64 was right in front, and this game would be in it probably 90% of the time (6% Mario 64, 2% Wave Race, 2% Wetrix). If you somehow don’t know about Legend of Zelda, “Ocarina of Time” is the 5th Zelda game that came out in 1998, and was the first 3D Zelda game that introduced a ton of different game-play mechanics. Namely, targeting on enemies, different sword techniques, new items, characters, and more. You start as a kid growing up in the forest who, after his own adventure, finds the Master Sword and becomes an adult. As an adult, the world of Hyrule takes a turn for the worst when Ganondorf, the King of Evil, takes the Triforce of Power. You travel around the world, and even through time to save Hyrule!
This game is a lot of people’s favorite game, and I can fully admit I wear my nostalgia glasses when I talk about it. Everything about the game brings me back to a child. Whenever I play it, I can remember when I made my dad go past the scary parts, when I rage quit the game during a side-quest, and when I would print out walk-throughs of the game and read them as I play so I can beat the game 100%. Lately, I’ve been watching speedruns of the game. It’s amazing how broken this game is when you know how to break it, and I can gladly watch a 3 hour video of a speedrun any day.
I love “Legend of Zelda”, it’s my favorite action-adventure series. If you are new to Zelda, I would recommend another game on this list to get you started, but you’ll have to read on to see what it is!
Like “Ocarina of Time”, this game was one of a kind back in 1996. No other game even could compare to the revolutionary game mechanics at the time. In “Mario 64”, you have to rescue Princess Toadstool by going in the castle to collect power stars. To do this, Mario travels through paintings to different worlds. In one world, you are shooting out of a cannon to battle King Bomb Omb, and in another, you are collecting red coins behind a scary piano. One world will have you swim around with sharks, and another soaring through the skies with your wing cap. This game truly had it all, and honestly, it’s just fun to control! I could spend most of the time running around the start area, jumping and flipping around with Mario. This game is truly magical, and all the main 3D Mario games still hold up pretty well.
Like I said at the beginning of the post, I have memories of being really scared of the Game Over screen, but I still thoroughly enjoyed this game as a kid. I don’t know how well it holds up today, the only way I can play it now is with the Wii classic controller on Wii Virtual Console, but I love watching speedruns of this game too. It’s amazing how optimized the 100% category is now, and players can finish this game with all 120 power stars in less than an hour & a half. It took me 15 years to do that! Amazing.
As an 8 year old, I had a GameCube. On it we only had a few games. One of my most treasured being “Sonic Adventure 2 Battle”. It’s funny, from what I can remember, we bought the soundtrack of this game (in all of it’s CD glory) before I bought the game. This was my first introduction to video game soundtracks, and it’s a pretty good one to start out with, if you ask me. I have so many good memories of being in my mom’s old house, jamming out to “City Escape” and “Pumpkin Hill” with my sister. We loved the music, and we still bring it up when we hang out from time to time. The game has lots of cringey, yet awesome cut scenes, and a lot of the stages have some fun game play.
There are 3 types of stages, 6 different characters to play, and 2 stories to follow. The game play actually goes pretty deep, each action stage has 5 different missions to accomplish along with a final story mode, and the ever beloved Chao Garden. The Chao Garden is a lot of people’s favorite part of the game, where you can raise cute little creatures called Chao. I’ve probably spent hundreds of hours with this game, and I can remember Sonic being my first obsession. Well, along with two other games.
I don’t play too many PC games. I could never get the hang of mouse & keyboard controls. On my current PC I actually bought a USB controller so I can use that to play games on my computer. There’s only one game on this whole list that I’ve played consistently since 2005. And that’s “The Sims 2”. This life-simulation game came out in 2004 after its previous game, “The Sims” had a huge success. I don’t remember how I discovered this game, but I did play a few of the console games like “The Sims Bustin’ Out” and “The Urbs”. The PC game had a memorable installation process; there were 4 discs that you used to install the game, and while the game was installing, there were fun mini games that you could play! They were mostly matching games and little quizzes, but I have super vague memories of that.
The actual game, like I said before, is a life-simulation game where you can create your “Sim”, move them into a house, and their life path is up to you! There are three neighborhoods to choose from, each with different pre-made families and homes, all with their own stories ripe with drama! I can easily play this game all day and more. I’m pretty sure I’ve spent whole summer breaks at the computer taking care of my sims. I remember I had a family that had 10 children that all lived together in a huge house, and I ended up making a cute comic about them! I still have the pages too!
“The Sims 2” had tons of upgrades from the first game. The first game mostly relied on surviving; make sure your sims are in a good mood and keep up with their motives so they can go to work on time. But this game brought “Aspirations” to the game, each with their own set of “Wants and Fears”. Any sim can follow a different path in life. They can focus on starting a family, growing their career, building their skills, and even having as many friends and lovers as they can! This game also has tons of DLC packs that came out throughout the game’s lifespan that truly enhanced the game-play. It would take a whole other blog post to get into the specifics of the game so I’ll just say that “Freetime” is my favorite expansion because it added “Hobbies” to the game, which gave even MORE things for your sims to do!
I have played “The Sims 2” on and off for at least 10 years now, and I currently am still playing to this day. Right now, I’m following along with the pre-made families in the neighborhoods called “Pleasantview” and “Strangetown”, and it’s fun to watch the drama unfold with each family. This is actually the only game that I’ve ever used modifiers, or “Mods” to further enhance my playtime. It makes me feel like a IT specialist when I install mods and things! I love this game, and I still say that its successors could never top this one. “The Sims 2” was truly peak sims play.
If you didn’t know, I actually have a Twitch Channel! I’ve been trying to work up the nerve to start streaming games on Twitch, and I 99% would stream “The Sims 2”. I know a little bit too much about this game, so I would be the most comfortable streaming it. If you want to see my sims families and watch me play games, let me know that’s something you’re interested in, and I’ll muster up some courage and do it!
This is my all-time favorite game. Even above the obsession I had with Sonic the Hedgehog and the fun simulation game of “The Sims 2”.
“The Wind Waker” came out on the Gamecube in 2003, and it was unlike any Zelda game before it in terms of its art style. Zelda, at that point, had more of a serious style. But Nintendo isn’t one to stick with the norm. “The Wind Waker” has a super cute, cel-shaded look that originally threw people off. The graphics were super colorful, bright, and made you feel good. Much like the game “Super Mario Sunshine” that came out around the same time, both games have a bright, colorful aesthetic that felt very nice.
The story behind the game is that a horrible monster came back from the depths after being conquered by a hero that disappeared after its defeat. The people of the world prayed to the gods for an answer, so they flooded the world with torrential rain, only leaving small islands, the castle below lost to time. You play as a new incarnation of Link, a young boy whose sister is captured by a giant bird, and on his quest to save her, he awakens as the Hero of Winds, and defeats the evil king Ganondorf. In order to do this, Link meets the King of Red Lions, a boat that helps him travel across the Great Sea to each of the islands.
If I could find my favorite thing about the game, it would have to be its story. I was heavily captivated, even as a kid, to the story being told here. I won’t spoil anything, but you learn things about the past that may or may not connect it to other games, and Link takes a big initiative in this game to restore the Triforce, which I love. This game has lots of criticism regarding the sailing, but I love it. I like controlling your sailboat, traveling to different islands each with their own stories and side quests to discover. While some islands may be barren with not much going on, the sea is filled with treasures to uncover. I would spend hours as a kid sailing around trying to find all the Treasure Charts and Pieces of Heart, and using my telescope to look at the islands from a distance.
Along with my irrational fears of Mario 64’s game over screen and Ocarina of Time’s redeads, I had a big fear of the “Big Octos” that inhabit the Great Sea. Once while playing this game, I was sailing along when all of a sudden a giant octopus monster arose from the sea. It scared me so bad that I became obsessive about how a sailed around the islands. Once I figured out their pattern, I highly avoided them. They would only spawn around seagulls, so I would avoid any islands with seagulls. Did I mention that I was a huge scaredy cat when I was younger?
Despite that, I love this game. “The Wind Waker HD” came out on the Wii U in 2013, and the remake made the game even better! Higher quality graphics, more polished game play mechanics, and added motion controls with the Wii U game pad. It let me replay my favorite game again, and I even did what I call the “3 Heart Challenge” where I don’t collect any heart containers or pieces so that I remain at 3 hearts for the duration of the whole game.
That’s it for my top 10 list! These games all hold a special place in my heart, and so do many more! Maybe I’ll do a top 50 games or something, cause there are so many games out there that I really like and have impacted me in some way. If I have the ambition, maybe I will!
What are your favorite games you played as a kid? Or even favorite games now? I’d love to hear them all! I hope you found this entertaining, and got some insight on the types of games that inspired me.
I be back soon with a more informative post about art, so please follow along! I’d love to have you. <3
What’s going on everyone? It’s almost August, and honestly it feels like March 301st. It’s a strange year, that’s for sure, but I’m trying to make the most out of my free time under unemployment. Some days feel more productive than others, but it’s all about taking it one day at a time, isn’t it?
I’ve been doing a lot of new art this month, and I thought I’d show it here for you! Two of them are redraws of some of my favorite pieces by Takeuchi-san, or Sailor Moon’s creator. They were mostly experimental pieces using watercolor, ink, and more, but I really liked how they turned out!
I’ve really been enjoying traditional art recently; it’s easier for me to pull out my paints and brushes than my tablet surprisingly. I feel like that’s opposite for most artists nowadays, but I’m in the market for a better digital tablet so I can make even MORE art! I have lots of new work accumulating, and I am also in the market for a new scanner to get some high quality scans of my physical pieces. So if anyone has any leads, let me know!
Since April I decided to try out changing my diet and working out more. I have been trying to workout at least 3 times a week doing cardio and Pilates workouts in my living room. I also got my bike fixed up so I’ve been riding around my neighborhood when the weather is not too hot. There is a nice park near my place, and it’s super nice to ride around early in the morning.
However it’s really hard to workout when I have nowhere to go. My brain has no set schedule, so lately I’ve been skipping my morning workouts. My diet has also suffered. But no more!!
I was really inspired my Cassey Ho’s 90 day journey and I was waiting for her to release a new fitness journal that, when she announced that there was a new one in stock, I bought it immediately!
If you didn’t know, I have been following Cassey Ho’s YouTube channel for years now, and I have some of her workout clothes too! Her workouts are killer, and I always feel sore after a couple videos. With this new fitness journal, I can better track my progress and keep myself accountable by recording what I’m eating, drinking, and doing for exercise. I’m hoping to shed some weight and tone up my muscles, along with generally feel better about the food I put in my body. I’m excited to start!
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My skincare routine has always been important to me. My skin when I was a teen was terrible; I had lots of teenage acne, most of them being really painful, cystic acne. Now that I’m in my 20’s my skin has improved, but I still get breakouts every now and then, mostly around my cycle.
Lately I’ve been watching more YouTube videos about skincare, and I have switched out a lot of products for ones that would better benefit my skin. As a teen, my skin was super oily and sensitive, but now it’s starting to feel more dry/combination. I don’t wash my face everyday because it gets too dry and flaky. I definitely have sensitive, acne-prone skin, so I switched to lots of gentle, fragrance-free products. I’ll show you what I’m using!
Some changes I’ve made: I used to not have a facial sunscreen, but I realized that it’s one of the most important skincare products out there to use, especially in the summer. I switched to a more gentle cleanser to use in the shower, and I really like this one by Cetaphil; it’s a sticky consistency, and it’s really helpful for when I workout cause it removes all that sweat & dirt without stripping the oil. I use the Squalene cleanser at night to remove makeup, or when I’ve been out & about. It’s also a gentle cleanser that doesn’t strip the skin. I’ve completely gotten rid of the “toner” step in my routine; it ended up being too stripping for my face, and it would allow for excess oil production, which I don’t want. Since my skin is more dry, I thought it would be best to skip this step altogether.
I really like the Hyaluronic Acid by The Ordinary; it helps to seal in moisture from the air so that when I use my moisturizer, it lasts, and keeps my skin feeling good. My last step at night is to use the Rosehip Oil. Once a week I have been using this oil to massage my face for a long time to pull up oil plugs. If you don’t know what that means, it means to gently rub your face for a long period of time with oils to loosen up dirt and excess sebum. It’s really satisfying, and I find myself massaging for 20 minutes sometimes! But afterwards my skin feels so soft and squeaky clean.
I’m always looking for good skincare; it’s a habit since I was a teen to go through different brands to see which one works for me. I came across Athia Skin when they reached out to me to try their brand. So far I only bought their Retinol Night Cream and their Lash & Brow Serum and used them a few times. I really like the Retinol Cream; I’ve been wanting a retinol cream, and this is a pretty good one! So far I’ve noticed their products are formulated with fragrance, which is something I’ve been trying to avoid, but I’ll give their night cream kudos, I like it so far!
I got the Lash & Brow Serum because I have really thin eyebrows and wanted to see if this product could make a difference. So far… I’m not sure. First off, I wasn’t sure of the applicator; it’s a small, brush tip, which isn’t what I expected. I think a spoolie (mascara shaped wand) would’ve been a better choice to easily apply the product to the brows & lashes. Another thing is that the product was irritating! I applied this product at night and slept on it. When I woke up, my eyelids were itchy, and I had some small breakouts near my eye area.
The Lash & Brow Serum is a no go, but I really like the Retinol Cream, and I am eager to try more of their products. They’re a brand focused on active women, which is cool since I’ve upped my workouts!
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Along with new art, I’ve pulled out some older stories I made throughout college and been editing them to turn them into new stories. The first one that I’m really passionate about is under the working title, “Human Fish”. I already talked about this story in this post, but I made some steps to flesh out the story some more, and it’s currently in it’s heavy editing process where I take out parts I don’t like, and make sure the plot is working. Maybe someday I’ll make a post about how I structure my stories. Let me know if that’s something you want to see!
Another story I have that I literally thought of this week is called “Soft Peach Club!”. The main idea is about a girl who is secretly a magical girl who wants to help other struggling girls realize their true potential by turning them into magical girls, otherwise giving them a pass into the “Soft Peach Club”. What this story has is still a mystery to me, but I think it’s a really cute idea that I want to pursue. I’ve always loved magical girls, and I have lots of designs for magical characters that have no story. So let’s see where this goes…?
That’s about it for this month. Tomorrow is August (what!!) and it’s probably a good idea to plan out what I want to do next month. Everything is still up in the air over here, so everyone please stay safe, wear a mask, and enjoy yourselves as much as you can! Talk to you soon!
What’s going on everyone? I’ve been thinking about stuff that I used to watch as a kid recently, and I remember the days when all I watched was anime. I was obsessed with it when I was younger, and I would also read manga from the small corner of my school’s library. My friends and I wanted to start an anime club in high school and everything! Anime was a big influence on my artwork, it still is actually. I draw a lot of fanart of my favorite anime characters all the time, and growing up I wanted to go to japan and be a mangaka.
So I’ve decided to compile some of my favorite anime/manga that I grew up with, and put them in a list going up to my most favorite anime. Feel free to click the name of the anime to listen to the opening on YouTube. Here we go!
Death Note is one of those anime that you kinda have to know if you’re into anime/manga. It’s the story of a student who finds a notebook where whenever you write someone’s name in it, they will mysteriously die of a heart attack. I have funny memories of watching this along with the openings/ending songs. It was one of my first introductions to metal/heavy rock music besides the stuff my sister would listen to.
While I didn’t watch the entire anime growing up, I was already spoiled from it from growing up on the internet, and I enjoyed all the memes that came out of it too. I watched the anime, but I’ve never actually read the manga, so I’d like to read it someday. It’s actually a really interesting story that will keep you on your feet.
Munto, or also known as “Sora o Miageru Shoujo no Hitomi ni Utsuri Sekai” is an anime adaption of a two-episode OVA, is a really short nine episode anime about two worlds, where one world has people who can control Akuto, or human emotions. The story follows a girl, Yumemi, who can see the other world, but no one else can.
I really loved this anime because of the story; it has a lot of fantasy elements along with pretty scenery animated by Kyoto Animation, who also did a number of anime that I love that didn’t make the list (K-On and Free, anyone??) I haven’t watched it in a long time, but listening to the opening and looking at the visuals makes me want to watch it again. And I might, since it’s only 9 episodes! You should watch it too! I’ll warn you, I couldn’t find a good, high quality opening, so you’ll have to endure this one posted to YouTube from 2010, which is probably the exact same one I watched as a teen. Still very good though.
5: Kitchen Princess
“Kitchen Princess” is a manga that I read back in middle/high school that I really love. It’s your typical shoujo manga with love triangles, a pretty girl, and a captivating story. It follows a girl with a passion for baking. From what I remember, she goes to a prestigious baking school to follow the boy who she calls her “Flan Prince”, that is, the boy that saved her life from drowning when she was a child. At the school she meets lots of people, including two brothers, one of whom she thinks is her “Flan Prince”. It’s a really cute story that actually has a lot of twists and turns. I have good memories reading this with my friend in high school, bringing the manga volumes that I borrowed from the library with me to school. Good times! The manga is 10 volumes, and an easy read. There is no anime adaption sadly, but it still makes my list because of all the fond memories I have with it.
Fooly Cooly, or FLCL is another one of those anime that you have to know if you’re into anime/manga. It’s a cult classic that I still don’t really understand as a story. With only 6 episodes, it follows the story of Naota, a middle school boy who meets an alien named Haruko Haruhara. His whole life is turned upside down as he becomes the passage for alien robots to enter the suburban city he lives in. It’s an interesting, funny, and serious anime all at the same time, with unforgettable characters and quotes. I have really good memories of being way too young watching this late at night on Adult Swim with my sister. I’m not sure if Adult Swim still plays anime late at night, but “FLCL” came on around 11pm or midnight, right after “Family Guy” and “Robot Chicken”. One thing to take away from this anime is a fantastic music from the band “The Pillows”. Every track I’ve listened to, whether from FLCL or otherwise, is great. I’m not very good at describing music, but it’s a nostalgic, relaxing type of punk rock that makes you feel like you’re a teenager waiting to grow up and live your life again.
If you want to watch this anime, I warn you, there is some suggestive content, so if you’re under 13, I would wait for a bit. So parents, be wary, but it’s still very good, so watch with caution.
“Tsubasa Chronicle” is very special to me because it came right after I finished another anime on this list, and this anime/manga is a spiritual successor to that story. It actually has a more “shounen” feel to it, which is different for me, being big into “shoujo” works. It follows a boy named Syaoran who has a very close friendship with Sakura, the princess of her world. The tables turn when Sakura looses her memories, in the form of feathers, and they get scattered across different worlds. It’s up to Syaoran and a team of people from other worlds to travel across these dimensions to get Sakura’s memories back. It’s a beautiful story by my favorite manga team CLAMP, that actually gets very tangled and confusing as it goes on. There are quite a few volumes of the manga, 26 I think, and I got to about volume 17 growing up, mostly since the library stopped carrying the volumes and I didn’t want to buy them (why, teenage Alla??).
There is an anime adaption of Tsubasa, but I’m not the biggest fan of it. The story is altered in the anime, and the beautiful artwork of the manga is not translated as well as I like. That’s probably an unpopular opinion, but that being said, the 1st opening is one of my favorite anime openings of all time. I had an art book of this manga (which I still have!) that has gorgeous pieces made by CLAMP that I would sit and stare at as a budding teenage artist. I would do re-drawings of the art with my own characters in colored pencil. I don’t know if I still have those drawings, but if I do, I’ll put them here. I was real proud of them!
Cardcaptor Sakura is very special to me. It was the anime/manga that introduced me to the genre of Japanese anime and culture. I remember seeing a random volume of the manga in my middle school’s library and thinking the cover art was so beautiful. I ended up reading CCS out of order but I was able to read the whole thing in order at the library. I was a huge library goer, but only for the manga! I’m not sure if you’ve seen others on social media talking about the old days where, in order to watch anime, you had to go on YouTube and watch it in three parts in low quality. All before Crunchyroll or Netflix, that was it. And with Cardcaptor Sakura, that’s what I did. I watched all 70 episodes on that format and I’m proud of it.
CCS is about a girl in elementary school who discovers a book in her father’s library called the book of Clow. It hold the Clow cards, magic cards created by the great sorcerer Clow. When the cards escape, Sakura goes on a journey in her town to restore the Clow Cards and awaken her own magical powers, all with the help of Keroberos, the guardian of the cards. Sakura has many friends and family that love her, like her older brother, her father, and best friend Tomoyo. Yukito, her crush, also becomes very important to her further in the story. Sakura even has a rival, Syaoran Li, who also wants to collect the cards. It’s a very cute and heartwarming story that makes me feel good. The anime has a great, 90’s anime vibe to it that so many people love right now, since it WAS from the 90’s! The manga, which I now own, is beautifully drawn by CLAMP. CCS is currently on Netflix, and I have been watching it again in beautiful high quality, and I can love it all over again! Along with it’s successor “Tsubasa”, CCS also has a new direct sequel called “Clear Card” that is still coming out, and I have been buying the volumes as they come out. It’s great to see Sakura’s story continue! I haven’t watched the anime adaption of “Clear Card”, but the opening brought me back to middle school again.
I do have to warn you though. While CCS is a lovely manga, it does have some strange depictions of love that many cannot appreciate. CLAMP is all about “True Love” in most of their stories (see “Chobits”), and there are some questionable relationships in CCS, including a teacher-student relationship. So if that rubs you the wrong way, please be careful. I know when I was younger, I didn’t think much of it, but if you’re a parent watching with your child, I would proceed with caution, and you can feel free to skip some episodes of the anime that show these relationships. A lot of the anime is filler anyway, so you won’t miss anything!
Here it is! My number 1 anime! Probably comes as no shock if you know me personally. I assume this manga/anime is on many people’s top 10 lists as their favorite. But I would say “Sailor Moon” has got to be my favorite anime/manga of all time, very closely followed by “Cardcaptor Sakura”. It’s the 90’s anime that influenced so many others to follow in its footsteps, and it holds such a strong legacy for artists everywhere.
If you don’t know the story of “Sailor Moon”, it follows a girl named Usagi, who discovers her magical powers with the help of the cat Luna, and reawakens her past self as the moon princess. She goes on a journey to find the moon princess and the Mythical Silver Crystal, a gem that grants the power of life. She meets new friends that become her allies, and meets her true love, Tuxedo Mask.
My first introduction to Sailor Moon was when I was very young. I watched the Sailor Moon movies as a kid on VHS without knowing what anime was. Even as a child, I thought that the covers of the VHS tapes were so beautiful. It wasn’t until later that I watched Sailor Moon and read the manga that I started to really love the anime. I would watch the transformation sequences over and over again. While this may be another unpopular opinion, I very much prefer the manga over the anime; Naoko Takeuchi, the artist behind Sailor Moon, is my favorite artist. Her artwork speaks to me in a way that no other art has, and I’m not sure what it is about it that I love. I’ve done re-drawings of my favorite pieces recently that you can see on my instagram. I could go on and on about Sailor Moon, but I’ll say that Sailor Moon influenced my art greatly, and I have been enjoying watching the anime on Hulu. Usagi is a very relatable character, and I love to see her grow into her role as a sailor scout.
I currently have the “Eternal” editions of the manga, and have read them again under quarantine, and I am waiting for the next few volumes to come out to complete my collection. Whenever I need to feel inspired to work on an art piece, I just look at Sailor Moon, and when I don’t know what to draw, I draw Sailor Moon characters. It really is a part of my life!
That’s my list for you! I hope you enjoyed it, and can find some new things to watch. This list is a lot of older anime/manga that people have already seen or read, so I wouldn’t be surprised if you’ve seen all of these somewhere. But they all have a special place in my heart. Anime is really awesome, and I’m glad that millions out there can watch, read and get inspired. My list of anime to watch is huge; there are lots of new ones coming out, and ones I need to catch up on, so maybe I’ll make a list of new anime that I love!
Thanks for reading! I have some more posts that I’ll be making very soon, so I will chat later. Stay safe everyone!
Happy July! What craziness will happen in the world this month? My plan is to stay put and work on what I want. Hunkering down with my cat for the rest of the year is my 2020 plan for now. It’s been getting pretty hot where I am, I’ve been blasting my A/C. But enough about that! Let’s get on to the topic for today!
If you didn’t know already, I love a good story. It’s been a dream since I was young to tell a fascinating story, whether it be in the form of a novel, comic, or animation.
Now that I started Soft Peach Comics, my vision is to tell all these stories I have in the form of comics. I started with “Jazz”, a story about a magical girl. But I would like to share with you all the potential ideas I have, and offer a small summary of each one. Maybe while I am remaining under quarantine, I will make a comic, who knows?
Tetarra is my oldest story that I started when I was 10 years old. It’s the story about a world where people have these magical powers that stem from the goddess they worship. There are 4 races in the world and they are based on each season. The Asui people are in tune with nature and live in forests and meadows; the Wutari people live near the water with some being mermaids; the Faiai people live in the mountains and draw power from the heat; and the Edi people have bird wings and live in the sky. An ancient battle against an evil force left huge scars on the world and pieces of history were lost in time. The people of this world start to grow uneasy as a new evil threatens to awaken as the story begins. The characters awaken new powers, travel the world, and change the course of history.
Over the past 15 years, this idea has changed the most out of all the stories I have. Some of the main points are the same, but the plot has changed a lot, and I still don’t have everything worked out! With this story, I have lots of ambitious goals. I would like to make it into a comic, either for print or web, and I would like to create animations for it based on key scenes.
While “Human Fish” may not be the final title, this is a story I wrote senior year of college. It was a short story about a young girl named Reba raised by a human father and a mermaid mother. She grows a mermaid tail later on, and struggles to find her place in life as a mermaid.
I’ve always loved mermaids, and I wanted to tell a story about one, so I created this character who I think many people can relate to. Reba is around 18-19 around an age where people older than her try to tell her what she should do. She has lots of influences in her family, some better than others, and she goes through some tough moments. I want to create her story in the form of an illustrative comic with lots of beach scenery and quiet moments.
The Dark Forest
These two characters were created in college as part of a short story assignment. The little girl is a fairy who has yet to grow her wings. While her fairy siblings love sunshine, flowers and butterflies, she loves darkness, spiders, and thorns. She flees from her fairy kingdom because her wings don’t grow in time, so she explores the forbidden dark forest. She meets the spirit of the forest, who is this giant green creature.
I was inspired by these characters I created that I decided to make a short story about them. I would like to create a short comic about these two and their shenanigans in the dark forest, and I would love to explore both of their backstories and tell a captivating story with lots of character development.
These are the 3 main stories that I would like to expand upon in the future. I’ve had each of them for a number of years, and they have developed over time. I have an array of other story ideas under my belt, so I would like to develop those too! Storytelling is a big passion of mine; I feel very inspired whenever I watch a show or read a comic with a great story.
That’s about it for now! I’d like to get back into working on my stories. I pulled out the editing pens and copies of my outlines, and started making notes.
Also! I’ve been adding some items to myEtsy Shop, Soft Peach Designs! So if you’re interested in what I have to offer, please check it out. :3
Happy Tuesday everyone! To be honest, it’s been pretty boring here stuck in my house. I have huge urge to go swimming at the beach or at a water park. I actually bought a few swimsuits for myself for when it’s safe to go swimming again. I’m still trying to exercise and eat better. While I have given into some bad cravings lately, I have been working out pretty well. I can tell that my body is getting stronger, which is awesome! I haven’t seen too many physical changes, but it’s not gonna stop me from trying on my new bikinis!
Anyways, I have a great project that I have been working on with my friend Jerry, aka “Poku”. I mentioned it a little bit in my post about Jazz, but my passion for Jazz has moved on to this new comic. If you’re interested in learning about “I Promise”, please read on!
Back in college, around 3 years ago, me and my good friend Jerry wanted to work on something together. We both majored in illustration and had a lot of the same classes together. He is big into manga, leaning more towards “shounen” themed manga and anime. Some of the big ones like “Soul Eater”, “Naruto”, and “My Hero Academia” are some of his inspirations. It’s all about action, thick, dark lines, and strong male characters.
I, on the other hand, lean more towards “shoujo” style of manga and anime. Stories like “Sailor Moon”, “Cardcaptor Sakura”, and “Wedding Peach” are some of my biggest inspirations. Over there it’s all about sparkly eyes, thin lines, and beautiful girls and boys in love. While our styles oppose each other, we both compliment each other very well in terms of working together on a story.
One day after classes, Jerry pitched a story to me about a slice of life, high school love story between two hopeful characters. The girl being an academic nerd obsessed with bugs, and the boy being moody with an affinity for playing the guitar. The story would follow these two falling in love, surviving high school, and making life-long friends along the way. I fell in love with the idea, and we ended up talking about the story all night, mostly him talking and me writing everything down. It was a pretty inspirational night.
Fast forward to now in 2020. Over the years of graduating college and moving around, Jerry and I couldn’t really find a time and place to work on the story, only mentioning it here and there every now and then. But now, it’s really starting to become a reality. As of right now, we have developed the characters more, named the town they live in, and a lot of the overarching themes and plot points that we want to happen. So here goes nothing:
“Meet Teo, a 15 year old boy new to Cicada Valley, a small town hours away from the big city. He moved here with his mom after a life-changing event split the family up. Soon Teo encounters a girl, an intelligent, bug loving girl with fiery red hair and falls for her. Hard. In chapter 1, Teo works with his new friend Luke to try and discover what her name is, only going off of her lost bug journal. This is the start of ‘I Promise'”.
I love this story so much, and Jerry and I have been having a great time working on it together. Our styles are very different; our biggest hurdle is going to be meshing our two styles together, but we want this comic to become real. One of the things I love most about “I Promise” is that it takes place in the early 2010’s when we were in high school, so we’re drawing from our own experiences with teenage life and applying it to the story. Everything about cringe-y first romances, old cellphones with actual keyboards, and a young social media. It’s been heart-warming listening to Jerry’s high school experiences, and sharing my own with him. It’s a story that we can really relate to, and we hope that others our age can relate as well.
If you want to hear more about the progress of “I Promise”, please follow me and Jerry on Instagram. We will be posting some sketches here and there, and I’ll be sure to update the blog about progress we make along the way. We don’t have a deadline for this comic, so don’t expect daily posts!
Thanks for reading our passion project, I hope you are looking forward to the birth of a new story like we are. See you soon with a new post! <3
How’s it going everyone? Lately I’ve been feeling slightly uninspired, but have perked up a bit! I revived my Etsypage recently, and I am working on some unfinished art pieces too. While this year has been the year of uncertainty and unrest, I’m trying to make the most of my time, and focus on my goals. I have lots of avenues where I’m sharing my art around, and I hope to continue building my following too! Please read on if you are interested in my updates regarding Studio Picnic…
If you haven’t heard, I had an idea for over a year now that I talked about in this blog post.
Studio Picnic is going to be a resource space for comic artists, illustrators and animators in the Columbus area to help them grow their ideas. My vision is to have a spacious area filled with resources for artists to use and rent out. If you are a part of the Facebook group I created a while ago, you might have seen I haven’t posted on there in a very long time. The main reason was because the first half of the year was so crazy. While I don’t necessarily plan on posting there for a while, I have been continuing the conversation with my friends and peers about my business idea both in person and online, and I always feel so inspired when my friends express interest in the venture. Here’s what I’ve been up to:
First I’ve been looking around my city for areas that I think Studio Picnic would be located. My main choice would be the downtown area, where me and most new artists tend to stay. I actually printed out some locations that I really liked that were available. While I’m nowhere near able to purchase any of these locations, I loved looking around and seeing what my options are. I’m getting an idea of what I want from a communal office space, and all the research I’ve been doing is giving me lots of inspiration!
I started a new savings account specifically to help build funds for Studio Picnic. I’m actually using an app calledDigit, which takes a little bit of money from your bank account every time you spend your cash. With Digit, I am able to make separate accounts too, one for a general emergency fund, one that is able to help pay off credit cards or any other debt, and of course, I have one for Studio Picnic. I was able to prioritize the Studio Picnic savings account, and when Digit takes money out, it will put more into that account. So far, since March, I’ve already saved over $500 dollars overall.
I wrote my business plan several months ago, but I am planning on pitching it to more people. I’ve already shown it around to my friends, but I’d like to start proposing it to people outside my bubble as well. There are a few resources that I am looking into to pitch my idea.
Once I have more support for Studio Picnic, I will look into starting an indiegogo page for it! That will probably be more down the line, once things start calming down and when I am able to host Studio Picnic-related events and fundraisers.
As I spent a whole week thinking about the potentials of Studio Picnic, and how the business would be run, I thought of different projects that I had on the table, and I started developing a new dream job: becoming an art director/creative director where Studio Picnic would produce things like comics, films, and whatever else comes to me. I’m actually heavily inspired by the Game Grumps studio in LA; they’re a YouTube channel that does Let’s Plays, but they also have produced their own video game, have gone on tours, and hosted many different types of content on YouTube. While they’re a little bit different, their whole laid-back mentality and easygoing work style is very inspiring to me.
Whenever I talk about Studio Picnic, whether on this blog, or with other people, I get really excited and I can’t stop thinking about it. It makes me believe that this is what I have to do. I look forward to the day when I am able to purchase a space and just see the potential of the space in front of me: A place for artists to produce and create. I hope that day comes sooner than later!
For now, I will continue to build up this business idea. I have lots of research and learning to do, and I hope that you all will continue to support my artistic dreams! Thanks for reading, see you in the next post!
Happy Monday everyone! I have some new listings on my Etsy page that I’d like to share with you:
I have had some physical prints and comics on my page, but I’d like to start my shop fresh with some digital downloads for you!
One thing I really like to design is cute phone wallpapers. I had some listed on my Patreon page originally, but I would like to make these ones more available for everyone. For now, I have several phone wallpapers to choose from. They are formatted to fit any type of phone or iPad, and will look super cute too! I hope you check them out and enjoy <3
My Etsy, Soft Peach Designs, currently has 6 phone wallpapers to choose from, all under $5! If your phone is in need for some cute art, I might just have what you need.
I would like to know what you all think about these wallpapers! Let me know if you like what you see, and if you want to see more too!
Thanks for checking them out, and I’ll see you in the next post! <3