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My website got its much-needed update!

For loyal followers, sorry I haven’t updated in over a year. My life has been very happily busy with my new and improved calling for tattooing. As a result, I probably won’t be posting about my DIY wedding adventures; however, if you’re curious, here are our wedding photos by the lovely Rowanberry + Lavender.

Thank you all!

-aKino

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I’m totally putting off wedding craft posts, but these projects have been sitting around even longer.

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I got the necklace at Tokyo Disney’s Pirates of The Carribean ride, if anyone’s wondering.

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oh, the pretty colors made to create this ugly thing.

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Decided to another Necronomicon box as a color, design and material experiment. I’m thinking of making an army of these for an Etsy account. Next up, I’ll be crafting with slightly bigger boxes to make a clutch.

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this one was a request from a friend.

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Well these drawings took a million years to upload. Colored pencil tattoo flash to kickstart my portfolio. I have hopeful news coming up real soon. For now, I’m keeping it a secret ’cause I don’t want to jinx it. I also want to see if I can somehow incorporate these types of illustrations alongside the Necronomicon crafts.

Happy Summer!

-aKino

Wedding project is not quite over, so here’s a sampling of “Thank You” cards! Thought I’d show off my range from creepy to cute.

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I wish I had a fancy smartphone to take decent impromptu shots. Sorry for the short post, but I figured it was better than nothing.

-aKino

Long time no see!

Wedding plans have been keeping me busy (30 days *internal shrieking*). Eventually, I’ll make a big post that’s all about my DIY adventures. For now, procrastination level: made a Necronomicon pencil case out of a half-and-half carton.

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Lately, DIY videos on Youtube has been an addiction. There are so many creative people around the world turning trash to treasure! Unlike the Youtube crafters, I’m really bad at wrapping things beautifully and seamlessly. To cover up my failure of a wrapping job I papier-mached it and decorated with hot glue and acrylic paints. Will definitely making another one (or two) since it was so much fun!

-aKino

Here is an “I’m not dead yet” post with my finished wedding invite designs.

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Our wedding is Godzilla x Mothra theme because on our first date, he gave me a Godzilla figure (on our second, he gave me Gigan—slowly building a kaiju army since then). Illustration inspired by this scene. I wanted to do a quirky invite to make it unforgettable. Also, we’re silly people.

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Kept the back real simple since there’s a lot happening on the other side. Cheesy movie posters are the best! I’ve had difficulties with design courses in college since precision is everything. It was nice to loosen up.

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Putting this record here because it’s the first time I’ve used layers in such a complex manner! Definitely an upgrade compared to the very first time I dabbled in digital painting and design. Going to the print shop next week with the fiance. I’m so excited!

Hopefully, I’ll be posting more projects after the wedding preparation shenanigans. For experiments and doodles, check out my sketchbook blog on Tumblr

-aKino.

Over the summer, I collaborated with G.W. Smith of Thee-Gartisan Works for his steampunk photo book. When he told me he wanted one of his books to be in comic book style with colored pencils, I was super excited! Finally, I got to do a big project with my favorite and strongest medium.

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We begin with the original photo. In the foreground, we have our dark heroin tearing off a cyborg’s arm. Everyone else watches in disgust, except for the little lolita fairy sporting a smug grin.

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Then onto Photoshop, where I overlay a reddish gradient to unify the color scheme. It makes it easier when I move onto the colored pencil stage. Also, I thought it brought out the anger and horror in our two main character’s faces.

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I did a handful of paint-overs to construct the scene according to my client’s needs. The easiest part was adding more foliage to create a ground for the title text. Hardest part was making all the figures fit into the comic book layout.

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Pencil outlines to be approved before I start inking and coloring. Drawing the portraits in comic book style while keeping their likeness made me a little nervous. As usual, I was afraid some audience would criticize how it looks “too anime”. Thankfully, the only comparison I got was with Archie comics.

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Now to move Channing out of the way.

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Plowing through the fun part of coloring in the figures. The details in steampunk outfits are incredible, so it was a challenge to determine what main characteristics to fully render.

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Filling in the background one section at a time. I like starting from one corner and gradually move out so it doesn’t overwhelm me. Slow and steady wins the race.

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Channing being my lazy understudy (thank god he didn’t leave in paw prints).

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Finished!

Now I can offer colored pencil projects to new clients with this piece as a sample. I enjoyed the process from start to finish.

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Bonus image of my unfinished tattoo flash project. It’s been collecting dust for what feels like a decade, but I figured I’d post just to say it’s still a thing (although I’m actually not too far from finishing the set).

-aKino

Wedding Hiatus

I haven’t been updating as much as I should (like always)—this time, I have a good reason. If anyone’s been following, I’m getting married in June, so I’m focusing most of my energy on DIY wedding crafts. I’ve been updating vague, experimental bits and pieces on my sketchbook blog

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this screenshot is an old concept for my wedding invite. i’ve scrapped this idea since.

Once I find a break between those projects, I will be posting the results and all the colored pencils work—from tattoos to art book cover—that I’ve been neglecting to display on social media.

-aKino