Year Outlook?

Two mornings after the snow we had two weeks ago.

Two mornings after the snow we had two weeks ago.

Good morning, everyone, and welcome to 2016! It’s already February. Wow. I barely noticed January, though I certainly felt and made good use of every single day, because my artbook is done! I’m just waiting to hear back from the printers, and then a bit after that it will be in physical form! ;v;

My original timeline got thrown off, somewhat predictably I must say, by a week of being sick, the period of guest artist recruitment (quite nerve-wracking! *sweats*), and other things unrelated to the project that I had to give attention to. I’ve had ups and downs and had to deal with all sorts of things, so it’s been a very good challenge and lesson bundled up into one.

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My Birthday 2015

Hi everyone! I’ve been super-focused on getting artwork done for my artbook so I haven’t been doing much else, including blogging. Dx I haven’t forgotten about the con recaps and I have lots of reviews I plan to write up as well, but for now I have to devote my time to my artbook so I won’t be actively blogging until January, probably.

That said, my birthday was two days ago on the 10th! I turned 23 oAo

I think as time goes on you expect less on your birthday, but you always still want it to be special. You no longer ask for toys and feel bad asking for big ticket items but you still want something for a present that’s more than just a gift card. I think it’s an interesting transition, marking growth into maturity and, hopefully, growth into being more selfless and not quite so self-centered just because it’s your birthday. (Thousands of other people share your birthdate, after all!)

This year my birthday was rather quiet for much of the day XD I was a little lonely because Nana slept until noon and then had to go to the store to get stuff for a cake (mainly strawberries since we would have eaten them all had we gotten them earlier LOL), and everyone else was at work. I got several kind birthday wishes from friends and acquaintances on and offline, however, and a few wonderful cards ;w; In the evening, I went to spin class with my parents and then they surprised me by taking me to Grandmother’s house for dinner!

I had been expecting dinner at home, so it was quite a surprise XD But I was super happy. Nana brought the cake over and we had a wonderful dinner~

Things I got for my birthday:

-three notebooks (my mom took me to Walmart to pick them out XD)
-$50
-bag of cranberry granola *w*
-my mom tried to draw a little picture for me! It’s adorable XD
-Western Digital 2TB My Cloud (refurbished)
-Theo dark chocolate and ginger chocolate bar

Thank you so much!!! <3

P.S. I’m having a birthday sale on my store! Until 11/17 you can get 25% off everything! http://yuki.storenvy.com

Interesting Problem

I’m running into an interesting problem while working on my artbook.

A good chunk of the art is half-done WIP stuff that I started on anywhere from 2011 on, so my drawing time while working on these pages has been significantly slower than usual. ;A; In fact, several pieces are so “bad” (that is, I’ve improved a lot since I first drew it/started drawing it) that I’m having to either severely edit or completely redraw them. :3c

This will make for good “before and after” type shots, but it’s a little tough at the moment, and slightly frustrating not being able to get things done as quickly as I usually can. Nor am I able to work on much of anything else (such as blog posts…). But that’s about what I expected, so I really can’t complain.

Anyway, I will try to have recap posts of both Kentokyocon and AWA up sometime this month! In the meantime, check out Patreon for progress updates on my artbook! ;3

*PSA: Commissions are currently closed; my waitlist is open if you don’t mind waiting several months.

Anime Weekend Atlanta 2015 Preparations

Virtually a month after Kentokyocon, I’m heading out to a con again–this time in Atlanta, GA.

Preparations were not without hitches this time, however. I was only able to have one new picture done in time for printing (I had wanted two), neglected to check my business cards until it was too late to order more, and had a general sense of inferiority setting in, feeling like I wouldn’t have enough of anything and wouldn’t be interesting enough to people walking by.

But a lot of good is coming out of this experience already, and it’s hardly even begun. We’ve ordered and/or picked up lots of new things such as clothing, a paper cutter, a rolling cart, and more that should help make this con go even smoother for us, even though they are small things. (And I have plenty of new things to write reviews on too!) We have realized big, mental roadblocks that have been causing us to sabotage ourselves in our respective walks, and our goals, and perhaps now we will be able to move forward at a pace a little better than a snail’s crawl.

For this weekend, we are praying for good health and, of course, good sales, as I’m sure everyone else is! Of course I hope the other artists do well too. ^^ But I am also praying that we will be able to take what we learn, realize, and have already realized from this trip back home and put it into action. This will be our fourth con (third if you count MTAC twice) and each time we go, we learn a lot. Each area is different and has different tastes, for example; different prints sell better at different places.

Anyway! We arrived yesterday and today we’re just hanging out. In fact, the only thing we have to do is pick up our badges; everything else is optional. We may set up our table but we aren’t sure yet.

Starting tomorrow, I’ll be here–table 1072!

AWA AA Table Map close up AWA AA Table Map

I’ve picked out a few panels I may try to go to, but I should be at the table for most of the time. ^^ 

If you’re free and in Atlanta this weekend, please come by!

Kentokyocon 2015 Artist Alley

Hi, everyone! Just wanted to post a quick update.

This weekend (August 28-30th) I’m going to be in Lexington, Kentucky for Kentokyocon. This will be my first time going to Kentucky, so I’m excited to see the area ^o^ If you’re around, please come by and visit!

kentokyocon 2015 map

**Since I’m traveling farther this time I’m taking limited stock, but everything will still be available on my store of course!

**Also, next month I’m going to be in the Artist Alley at Anime Weekend Atlanta! (September 24-27) Please stop by if you can!!

View this, commission updates, and more on dA here: http://fireaangel.deviantart.com/journal/Upcoming-Events-map-added-for-Kentokyocon-554413306

Patreon and Zazzle Store Launch!

Hi, everyone! This August has been eventful already, and it’s not even half over! XD In the coming weeks I’ll be preparing to attend my first convention out of state, and third convention overall, and putting together the first two reward packs for the kind people who are supporting me on Patreon! But before too much stuff happens and I have to write an epically long update, I just wanted to write up something to share what I’ve been working on recently!

Phone Cases with My Art, Now on Zazzle!

Two days ago, I opened my own Zazzle store, where you can now find my artwork on products that aren’t paper! Right now I only have phone cases and pouches, but I intend to release other products with different designs in the future.

yuki zazzle opening day

The design is incredibly simple, and has no banner because I can’t get it to work properly even though I followed the specifications… -A- The banner gets centered, but the left and right sides get cut off. If anyone knows how to fix that, please let me know. I’d like to make the page more colorful!

yuki zazzle opening day 2

Although the listing says “iPhone cases”, you can choose other cases as well! Some look better than others depending on the design.

yuki zazzle opening day 3

If you’d rather keep your own phone case but want additional protection (or if you’re like me and want to protect your custom phone case as well XD) I also have phone pouches for sale. Like the cases, you can select a different style if you have a different phone model.

As you can see from the pictures, there’s a sale going on through tomorrow (8/15/15) if you want to buy a case and save a bit. ^^

I’m Now on Patreon!

I half-wonder if the art community is over-saturated with Patreon creators, or if it’s still largely unheard of, but either way, I made a page just to get it started. :3

yuki patreon

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[Yajima Maimi] Ame [S-JIS, Romaji, Translation]

It’s raining today, so this is a fitting song (though sad), originally sung by Moritaka Chisato.

I’ve had this translation half-done since I first watched the video in 2013, but left it alone because there were a few things I wasn’t sure how to translate. Today, I remembered it and finished it up, fixing some mistakes I had made the first time around. Enjoy!

“Ame”
(Rain)
Performed by: Yajima Maimi (C-ute)
Lyrics: Moritaka Chisato
Composition: Matsuura Seiji
Romanization by: projecthello.com
Translation by: Suishou Yuki (me)

[Translation]
In the rain, disappearing drop by drop
I grow sad every time I gaze at you
Not even holding umbrellas, we’re holding our silence
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