How to Survive Your First Global Pandemic: An Update from Alla & Soft Peach

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?

New Art

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!

Planet Princess Power!
I added the petals last with a thick marker! I also hate drawing FEET! Do they look okay here?

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!

Workout Goals

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!

Blogilates “90 Day Journal” It’s so nicely designed!

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!

Check out the popflex website if you want to support a small business!

Skincare Goals

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.

I think this is the first time I’ve posted my face on this blog. Hello!

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.

From left to right: Sun Bum Facial Sunscreen; Cetaphil Daily Face Cleanser; The Ordinary Squalene Cleanser for Makeup Removal; The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid; The Ordinary Plant-Based Squalene for Moisturizer; The Ordinary Rosehip Oil for more moisturizing.

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!

Athia Lash & Brow Growth Serum & Athia Retinol Night Cream Moisturizer

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!

If you want to try out Athia Skin, use my link to head to the website, and be sure to use the code SoftPeach for 15% off your purchase!!

New Stories

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!

A sketch of our main character that I really like. You can tell I had fun drawing the hair.

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…?

Here’s a sneak peak of Soft Peach Club 🙂

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!

<3 Allison

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Top 7 Anime (& Manga) from my Childhood

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!

7: Death Note

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.

6: Munto

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.

4: Fooly Cooly

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.

3: Tsubasa Chronicle

“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!

I redrew this so many times. I wanted it to be just right! But I was proud of the blending I did with the fire designs. This drawing is 10 years old now. Wow. Wonder how I would do now if I tried again…

2: Cardcaptor Sakura

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!

1: Sailor Moon

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!

<3

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Stories to tell with Soft Peach Comics

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!

Sissy! My lovely cat.

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

A VERY old drawing from 2014.

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.

Human Fish

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

A redraw of an older piece I created in 2017.

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 my Etsy Shop, Soft Peach Designs! So if you’re interested in what I have to offer, please check it out. :3

Catch ya later! <3

-Allison

“I Promise”: A Collab Comic With Poku

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

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Studio Picnic! Updates, Ideas, and More

How’s it going everyone? Lately I’ve been feeling slightly uninspired, but have perked up a bit! I revived my Etsy page 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:

I have to print everything out. Physical copies!
  1. 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!
  2. I started a new savings account specifically to help build funds for Studio Picnic. I’m actually using an app called Digit, 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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!

<3 Allison

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New Listings on Etsy!

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

-Allison

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Where’s Chapter 3 of “Jazz”?

How is everyone doing? I hope you all are safe out there. It’s scary times right now, but I’ve been safe at home, trying to keep up with the news. It’s been depressing, to say the least.


I took a little time to process the news, and I actually didn’t make any art for a while. Honestly it’s been very hard to stick to a routine lately. BUT! In the meantime, I have been working on new projects, along with a couple new pieces! I have some more ideas of new blog posts to make as well as more projects to talk about, but I’d like to talk about the future of “Jazz” first.


If you don’t know, I started a comic called “Jazz” about two years ago. It currently has two chapters now, which I’ve promoted and sold at conventions (which are super fun and I miss!!). Several months ago, I started production on chapter 3, which is called “Interception”. I had lots of fun working on it. As I moved to a new place, and started to be content with my new workspace, I started working on new projects. At the same time, I was caught up with my day job. I worked at an entertainment venue where I spent about 40 hours a week there. At this point, I has completely stopped working on Jazz, not having the time or energy to work on it.
Once the pandemic got worse and worse, I quickly lost my job, laid off in mid March. While this gave me more time to work on what I wanted, I found that I no longer had the same drive and passion to continue Jazz’s story as I did several months prior. There were a lot of changes I wanted to make with Jazz’s universe that I wasn’t prepared for. I has originally planned for Jazz to be a one off short story. I realized, while making chapter 1, that her story would be much more expansive.


I sat down and looked at the progress I had made with chapter 3 so far. It looked decent, but nothing I wanted to finish up and publish. I feel kind of bad, since I created a whole instagram for showing off the story progress, and promised that I would continue her story. But this project was bigger than I wanted it to be.
For now, I will sadly leave “Jazz” where it is for now. I can’t continue her story without the same passion I had for it. If I rush through it, it will not be at the standard that I want to show you all. I hope you all understand, and continue following me during this artistic journey.
I have much more art and stories to tell you about! My passion has moved to another project that I am happily working on with my good friend Poku (@jerry_poku_pisoni on instagram). We had this idea for the longest time to make a comic together, even before “Jazz“, and right now it’s starting to come to fruition. I won’t say too much now, but we have been having a lot of fun working on it together, even over discord and messenger chat.


Someday, I’d like to return to Jazz, maybe I’ll continue where I left off, or I’ll start all over, who knows? The thing I want the most is to not burn out on whatever project I’m working on. And, due to a bunch of circumstances, I knew that if I worked on “Jazz” in the state it was in, I was gonna burn out. Again, I hope you all understand.

The world has gotten pretty uncertain lately, so I put a link on my linktree account for some resources to help. I imagine lots of others on Twitter have posted the exact same thing, but it doesn’t hurt to spread it around, right? Click here for that!

My links! The first link will send you to some helpful resources.

Thanks for reading, and I hope to write soon about some art/life updates! Everyone stay safe. <3

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I’m Bored During Quarantine: Let’s Try out a Lifestyle Change

My workout calendar from Blogilates.com.

While I’ve been mostly staying at home, only going out to the grocery once a week, I’ve been feeling more and more lethargic as the days go on. The weeks after I lost my job I basically played video games, drew, ate junk food, and slept a lot. There wasn’t much to do, so I took time to relax, working on a few commissions here and there.

I could tell my body wasn’t really feeling very good. Some days I would use Doordash and eat way too much Wendy’s and get candy from GoPuff. I was sugared out, and I wasn’t moving around as much as I was like when I was working.

As April went by, I decided since I wasn’t really going anywhere, I should probably try and do something I haven’t done in a while. So I made a few changes to my diet, and started following a workout calendar! I was tired of feeling lethargic and overeating junk food, and I knew that I had gained weight. When I weighed in, it was a little… shocking! I was the heaviest I’ve ever been at 180 pounds. When I saw the number, it motivated me even more to try and get in shape and work towards a healthier lifestyle.

Here’s what I’ve been doing to start my little fitness journey:

1: Following Blogilates workouts

Blogilates is a series of fitness videos on YouTube run by Cassey Ho, a Pilates instructor I’ve been following since 2013! She’s an amazing instructor who is very motivating and cheerful, even behind a screen! I am following her beginner’s workout calendar to ease back into her workouts and get stronger. She has lots of different workout plans on her website, blogilates.com, and after I finish this one, I will move on to her PIIT28 workout, which is more intense! There’s actually a discount on her site for the PIIT28 workout if you all want to get on it while it lasts. Be sure to check it out if you want.

Even though it’s the beginning calendar, it’s still pretty tough! I’m in a constant state of soreness as my muscles are waking up and getting used to working out again. But I know that I am getting stronger, and I’ll be able to push myself more and do more advanced moves in the future.

2. Changing my Diet, but also Listening to my Body

One thing that lots of people struggle with when losing weight is changing their diets. While I’m not “going on a diet”, I am changing my eating habits and watching what I eat instead. Because once I get to my goal weight and size the “diet” is not over. I want to be able to incorporate these new eating habits for the long run. So things I’ve cut out completely for now is soda, candy, excess breads, and excess sugars. I have added in more vegetables and protein to my diet. Some things I’ve been eating are bell peppers and hummus, salads, smoothies, and steamed vegetables. One thing I’ve changed that’s been a little more difficult, but fun, is listening to my body, and recognizing when I’m full. I would tend to overeat a lot, and be way too full and bloated the next day. But now when I eat, I make sure to portion out my food so I don’t eat too much, and stop eating when I feel full.

That being said, I also listen to my body when I have cravings. When I want Nutella and toast, I’ll have it. When I crave Raising Cane’s, I’ll have it. When I have dinner and I still feel hungry, I’ll eat more. I don’t restrict myself too much. If I do indulge a little more, I can just balance it out by working out a little more or eating better the next day. That’s why I don’t like “diets”. I like to give my body what it needs.

3. Monitoring my weight and setting loose goals

I bought a couple things for my fitness journey: first a scale so I could actually weigh myself. Every morning after I workout and shower, I’ve been weighing myself. Now some people might not like weighing themselves everyday, but I’m doing it mostly out of curiosity and making sure I’m on track. It’s only been a week and a half, but I’ve lost 5 pounds! I am also measuring myself periodically to track that as well. Some people like writing down their weight and measurements as well as what they’re eating, but I haven’t been doing that. I feel like if I start doing that, I’ll get too obsessive with it. I may start doing it if I plateau though. But I do have a goal weight and a dream weight in mind. I’m not too worried about making those goals, and more focused on how I’m feeling everyday.

Some other things I bought is some more workout clothes and a waist trainer. The waist trainer was something I wanted to try out because I’ve seen that it helps with posture and helps you retain more heat when working out, and so far I like it! I don’t wear it as long as people say to wear it, mostly because I feel like it could get too damaging, but I like wearing it while I workout and for a couple hours while I sit at my desk. In fact, I’m wearing it right now!

4. Water!!!

Drinking water is very important just in general. And I’m making sure that I am drinking the proper amount everyday. I heard that if your urine looks like lime juice, then you’re hydrated! Kinda icky, but it’s a good indicator! I always keep a bottle full of water on my desk, and right now I have a ritual every morning where I fill my bottle up, turn on my fans, and get my workout in for the day. It’s really great! Water is pretty much the only thing I’m drinking right now, but I hear green tea is also very good to have as well. I am waiting on a blender to come in the mail, so soon I will have post-workout smoothies!

These are things I’ve been doing to jump start a healthy lifestyle. After this lock down is over and life starts to look normal again, I’d like to join a gym and workout there as well. I would also like to fix up my bike and go bike riding, and buy some other things like tennis balls and jump ropes. This summer, ya girl is gonna be fit! I’ll be sure to update you on my progress.

My goal weight is 150 pounds, but my dream weight would be to get down to 135 pounds. I also want to refine that hourglass shape that I have; get that Tinkerbell body, you know what I mean?

What a cutie <3 I was Tinkerbell for Halloween last year!

Again, these are loose goals that I have; I’m mostly doing this fitness journey to feel better and to fit clothes better. Once I hit my goals, my plan is to keep up my healthy lifestyle forever! We only have this body, might as well treat her right, you know?

If you out there feel like doing something to pass the time during quarantine, I suggest doing some at-home workouts! Since doing this I feel way more energetic, I’ve been waking up earlier, and feeling more productive throughout the day. It’s kind of amazing!

Everyone stay safe out there! Take care and I’ll write more soon <3

-Allison

I Got Laid off Because of the Corona Virus; Now What?

What a turn this has been. Yesterday I received a call from my workplace saying that my job has ended due to the workplace closing. I lamented about the loss of my main source of income, I sat at my computer, wondering what to do. I was set to come into work the next day, ready to hear what craziness was going on outside of work, hoping nothing escalates further to the point of my job being on the line. Turns out things escalated very, very quickly, and after my phone call, I filed for unemployment.

I now sit in my home, keeping up with the news and social distancing as much as I can. I find myself with much more time on my hands, so I spent my first day of unemployment creating art, playing video games, and petting my cat. I’m still very bummed; I have no real source of income, only small amounts of support from my family. I just got my mid-month paycheck, and I have some savings that can hold me for a couple months, but that’s about it. It’s scary.

What do I do in this time of uncertainty in the country?

Right now, I will do what I believe I was born to do: I’m going to take the time I have, and create. Right now, everything is blurry; I’m not sure what project to focus on first, and finding a source of income is very important right now. But I know that this time at home was given to me (definitely not in the way I expected).

A piece I made today; it fits gracefully on my desktop!

Please follow along with me as I navigate this journey, and I hope you all out there are staying safe in a very troubling time. Make sure to support your fellow human being in ways you are able, and be kind to one another.

If you have the means to support, I would be very grateful! Please follow my Gumroad page, as I am working on some new pieces to put there as both downloadable copies, and physical prints. I also have my commissions open, per usual. And of course, I’ll be posting more drawings over on my Instagram.

Stay safe out there, and good luck to you!

<3

Allison

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