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Carciphona 4 Preorder starts March 1

Thu Feb 20, 2014, 9:56 AM





Book 4 is finally off the printing press and on route to me, and knowing its arrival date I can finally announce a date for preorders. It will start on Saturday, March 1 AT 8PM EST (GMT-5) at my online shop, shilin.storenvy.com. There will be a small bonus for the first 50 preorders as well for those who are looking for a little something extra, but for everyone else, it will last 1 month as usual.


For those in Toronto and are going to Toronto Comicon on March 7-9, I will have ~50 copies there that you can get like a month before everyone else without shipping hassles. There won’t be any preorder discounts for those though ):


Thanks for your patience this year, and check back on March 1!!



Other news

:bulletred: Carciphona volume 4 now available!
:bulletred: Carciphona is now on Inkblazers.
:bulletred: Carciphona is also on Tapastic!
:bulletred: My Bookstore now open!

Carciphona

Carciphona is my original manga series. It is available to read for free online and updates weekly on carciphona.com, and is published by myself in print whenever I finish a new book. Most of the artworks I do are for this series. Please check it out and if you enjoyed it, share it with your friends and those who may be interested! Thank you for all your support ^^


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All 5 new prints from me, debuted at 2013 conventions, now on sale as a set with FREE WORLDWIDE SHIPPING at my shop!! Includes 2 pieces that have not been posted yet, Click here to get yours :D

:star: shilin.storenvy.com :Star:

In other news, sorry Carciphona volume 4 is taking so long to be released this year ;-; On top of the completion delays, because the dates got pushed so close to Lunar New Year, my printer has a large amount of orders to fill and my books are taking longer than usual to print. I'm so sad that I said it'd be available in a month's time for like 2 months now and I still can't put up preorders yet. But I've split up my orders (new books and reprints) to different printing companies, and the plan is to have them all printed before Lunar New Year (during which all companies go on a 1 week holiday). If I can get them shipped out before the holiday, they should arrive at the beginning of march. If not, they'd probably be here for April. RIDICULOUS RIGHT?? I'm totally not printing this time of the year again LMAO... so preorders will most likely go up in Feb or March!!

I am also going to Sakura Con (I think??? I haven't heard from them yet) and Toronto Comicon, and will most likely have copies there. So if you're going, you will likely be able to get a copy from the con before I can even mail out preorders :D

Other news

:bulletred: Carciphona volume 4 now available!
:bulletred: Carciphona is now on Inkblazers.
:bulletred: Carciphona is also on Tapastic!
:bulletred: My Bookstore now open!

Carciphona

Carciphona is my original manga series. It is available to read for free online and updates weekly on carciphona.com, and is published by myself in print whenever I finish a new book. Most of the artworks I do are for this series. Please check it out and if you enjoyed it, share it with your friends and those who may be interested! Thank you for all your support ^^


facebook.com/ashenray facebook.com/carciphona

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Manga pages work in progress

Wed Oct 30, 2013, 6:08 PM



As you may already know, I've been working for the past few months on volume 4 of my manga Carciphona, and I'm finally about 15 pages away from finishing inking all 150 pages!! Then after that I have to tone like 60 pages, draw the cover and put it together as a book haha... ha... that's why I haven't had the time to draw any new drawings and I miss it so much ;_;

Here are some WIPs! boring snapshots because no spoilers

page4-125.jpg

page4-130.jpg

page4-1301.jpg

page4-124.jpg


You can read the manga here!
:star: carciphona.com
:star: carciphona.mangamagazine.net

and the printed books can be bought here:
:star: shilin.storenvy.com/

Other news

:bulletred: Carciphona volume 4 now available!
:bulletred: Carciphona is now on Inkblazers.
:bulletred: Carciphona is also on Tapastic!
:bulletred: My Bookstore now open!

Carciphona

Carciphona is my original manga series. It is available to read for free online and updates weekly on carciphona.com, and is published by myself in print whenever I finish a new book. Most of the artworks I do are for this series. Please check it out and if you enjoyed it, share it with your friends and those who may be interested! Thank you for all your support ^^


facebook.com/ashenray facebook.com/carciphona

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New York Comic Con!

Journal Entry: Sun Oct 6, 2013, 9:30 PM



My friends Finni, Noa and I will be at NYCC next Thursday to Sunday (Oct 10-13) in the ARTIST ALLEY at T16 T17 and T18! Please come drop by and say hi if you're around :D  I will have my usual books and prints, and this will be my last convention of the year. I CAN'T CONTAIN MY EXCITEMENT AND EAGERNESS TO RETURN TO NYC YAAAAAAA ALL THE FOOD AND NOISE AND PEOPLE AND LIGHTS WAITING FOR ME


:bulletred: Carciphona is now on Mangamagazine.
:bulletred: Carciphona is also on Tapastic!
:bulletred: My Bookstore now open!

Conventions 2014!

:bulletred: Anime Expo: July 3-6 2014, Los Angeles (Confirmed with table)
:bulletred: Fan Expo: August 28-31 2014, Toronto (Confirmed with table)

Carciphona

Carciphona is my original manga series. It is available to read for free online and updates weekly on carciphona.com, and is published by myself in print whenever I finish a new book. Most of the artworks I do are for this series. Please check it out and if you enjoyed it, share it with your friends and those who may be interested! Thank you for all your support ^^


facebook.com/ashenray facebook.com/carciphona

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central canadian anime cons?

Journal Entry: Thu Oct 3, 2013, 5:00 PM



I know of animethon, otafest, and aikon. I understand that aikon is small and I've been to it once, and I want to know if anyone can give me some information about the other two conventions and how the artist alleys in the 3 of them compare. Thanks in advance for your advice!

:bulletred: Carciphona is now on Mangamagazine.
:bulletred: Carciphona is also on Tapastic!
:bulletred: My Bookstore now open!

Conventions 2014!

:bulletred: Anime Expo: July 3-6 2014, Los Angeles (Confirmed with table)
:bulletred: Fan Expo: August 28-31 2014, Toronto (Confirmed with table)

Carciphona

Carciphona is my original manga series. It is available to read for free online and updates weekly on carciphona.com, and is published by myself in print whenever I finish a new book. Most of the artworks I do are for this series. Please check it out and if you enjoyed it, share it with your friends and those who may be interested! Thank you for all your support ^^


facebook.com/ashenray facebook.com/carciphona

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Carciphona en Francais

Journal Entry: Wed Sep 11, 2013, 10:32 AM



Les tomes 1 a 3 de Carciphona ont été traduits en français par Géromine! Vous pouvez les lire en ligne ici

:star: carciphona.com/view.php?page=1&chapter=1&lang=fr :star:

Le tome 4 est en cours de traduction et sera mis en ligne dès qu'il sera près ^^

:bulletred: Carciphona is now on Mangamagazine.
:bulletred: Carciphona is also on Tapastic!
:bulletred: My Bookstore now open!

Conventions 2014!

:bulletred: Anime Expo: July 3-6 2014, Los Angeles (Confirmed with table)
:bulletred: Fan Expo: August 28-31 2014, Toronto (Confirmed with table)

Carciphona

Carciphona is my original manga series. It is available to read for free online and updates weekly on carciphona.com, and is published by myself in print whenever I finish a new book. Most of the artworks I do are for this series. Please check it out and if you enjoyed it, share it with your friends and those who may be interested! Thank you for all your support ^^


facebook.com/ashenray facebook.com/carciphona

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20% off books!

Journal Entry: Wed Sep 4, 2013, 6:33 PM





Mangamagazine has launched its own marketplace, allowing authors to sell their stuff through them, and they're having a 20% OFF discount for all items until next week! that means you can get a set of all 3 Carciphona books for $24, almost 50% OFF regular price. This does NOT come out of the authors' pockets, rather funded by MangaMagazine itself, so if you've wanted some books from me (and other artists) and want to save even more, this is your rare chance as there is no way I can personally provide this kind of prices ever.

::: LINK TO MY SHOP ::: www.mangamagazine.net/marketpl…

::: LINK TO MY MANGA ON MANGAMAGAZINE :::  carciphona.mangamagazine.net

please also check out CP on MM as MM pays its premium authors for keeping up their updates based on the amount of traffic the story brings to its website. Premium comics require a subscription of $2.99 to access, but MM has some interesting exclusive series that update regularly to show for the price!



:bulletred: Carciphona is now on Mangamagazine.
:bulletred: Carciphona is also on Tapastic!
:bulletred: My Bookstore now open!

Conventions 2014!

:bulletred: Anime Expo: July 3-6 2014, Los Angeles (Confirmed with table)
:bulletred: Fan Expo: August 28-31 2014, Toronto (Confirmed with table)

Carciphona

Carciphona is my original manga series. It is available to read for free online and updates weekly on carciphona.com, and is published by myself in print whenever I finish a new book. Most of the artworks I do are for this series. Please check it out and if you enjoyed it, share it with your friends and those who may be interested! Thank you for all your support ^^


facebook.com/ashenray facebook.com/carciphona

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Fan Expo!!

Journal Entry: Tue Aug 20, 2013, 2:40 PM



Sorry for the convention post spam ;_; This is the last one in a while and 2nd last of the year! This time I'm going to Fan Expo in Toronto This weekend (Aug 22-25)!
www.fanexpocanada.com

Here is where I will be in the Artist Alley:


Drop by to pick up some stuff or just say hi! I will most likely be working on pages all 4 days on my own at the table (:

Thanks everyone for visiting me at otakuthon too, I had a good time there (minus insane driving in the chinatown area) and I was actually well fed and well rested cus of the good food I've found near my hotel. Hopefully see you guys again there next year :D

:bulletred: Carciphona is now on Mangamagazine.
:bulletred: Carciphona is also on Tapastic!
:bulletred: My Bookstore now open!

Conventions 2014!

:bulletred: Anime Expo: July 3-6 2014, Los Angeles (Confirmed with table)
:bulletred: Fan Expo: August 28-31 2014, Toronto (Confirmed with table)

Carciphona

Carciphona is my original manga series. It is available to read for free online and updates weekly on carciphona.com, and is published by myself in print whenever I finish a new book. Most of the artworks I do are for this series. Please check it out and if you enjoyed it, share it with your friends and those who may be interested! Thank you for all your support ^^


facebook.com/ashenray facebook.com/carciphona

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Otakuthon!

Journal Entry: Mon Aug 12, 2013, 4:35 PM




I will be at OTAKUTHON in Montreal, Canada this upcoming weekend (august 16-18)!

otakuthon.com/

If you are going please drop by the ARTIST AREA in the dealer's hall/exhibitor's hall, I will be at the premium artist space selling books and prints of my art ^^ The map they gave gives very little information as to where the artist area is but I hope it's not hard to find ;; It's apparently near the chibi cafe but idk where that is either lol Q____Q
Thanks :iconcrazystar: for the map! the gray arrow and name is where I am ^^ the "here" is where she is :D


:bulletred: Carciphona is now on Mangamagazine.
:bulletred: Carciphona is also on Tapastic!
:bulletred: My Bookstore now open!

Conventions 2014!

:bulletred: Anime Expo: July 3-6 2014, Los Angeles (Confirmed with table)
:bulletred: Fan Expo: August 28-31 2014, Toronto (Confirmed with table)

Carciphona

Carciphona is my original manga series. It is available to read for free online and updates weekly on carciphona.com, and is published by myself in print whenever I finish a new book. Most of the artworks I do are for this series. Please check it out and if you enjoyed it, share it with your friends and those who may be interested! Thank you for all your support ^^


facebook.com/ashenray facebook.com/carciphona

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Anime North

Journal Entry: Tue May 21, 2013, 6:38 PM



I will be at Anime North this weekend from Friday to Sunday! I will be at the COMIC MARKET located inside the convention center, and here is a map of where my friends and I will be (:

I will be selling the regular stuff, prints (5 new prints this year, 3 not posted online yet!) and books (Carciphona volume 3 is new this year) so please come and visit us right by the exit of the Dealer's Room when you have time :D

**I also have a few 24x36 large, framed posters in GALLERY MOMIJI (in the same area) for auction. I signed one of them but not all in case people don't want stuff on their posters. If you would like a large framed version of my posters signed, feel free to bid on them and bring them to me and I can sign them for you ^^ **



Other updates

:bulletred: Carciphona volume 3 is now in print and available for sale!
:bulletred: Carciphona is now on Mangamagazine.
:bulletred: Carciphona is also on Tapastic!
:bulletred: My Bookstore now open!

Conventions 2013!

:bulletred: Anime North: May 24-26, Toronto (Confirmed with table)
:bulletred: Anime Expo: July 4-7, Los Angeles (Confirmed with table)
:bulletred: Otakuthon: August 16-18, Montreal (Confirmed with table)
:bulletred: Fan Expo: August 22-25, Toronto (Confirmed with table)

Carciphona

Carciphona is my original manga series. It is available to read for free online and updates weekly on carciphona.com, and is published by myself in print whenever I finish a new book. Most of the artworks I do are for this series. Please check it out and if you enjoyed it, share it with your friends and those who may be interested! Thank you for all your support ^^


facebook.com/ashenray facebook.com/carciphona

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Contest winners!

Journal Entry: Mon May 13, 2013, 8:21 AM



Winners for my contest at Talentcall have been announced and here are the winners :D
Grand Prize:

Empyrean Fantasia by Yun-Afezeria by Yun-Afezeria

Popular Vote:

:thumb370112055: by Gladiant

Picking Just one winner was incredibly hard, but talentcall's setting only allowed one to be chosen ): I'm really happy everyone has put so much effort into their piece and I hope you are all proud of your work regardless of it being glorified with the status of a winner. Thanks for your participation and hope you had fun :D

Other updates

:bulletred: Carciphona volume 3 is now in print and available for sale!
:bulletred: Carciphona is now on Mangamagazine.
:bulletred: Carciphona is also on Tapastic!
:bulletred: My Bookstore now open!

Conventions 2013!

:bulletred: Anime North: May 24-26, Toronto (Confirmed with table)
:bulletred: Anime Expo: July 4-7, Los Angeles (Confirmed with table)
:bulletred: Otakuthon: August 16-18, Montreal (Confirmed with table)

Carciphona

Carciphona is my original manga series. It is available to read for free online and updates weekly on carciphona.com, and is published by myself in print whenever I finish a new book. Most of the artworks I do are for this series. Please check it out and if you enjoyed it, share it with your friends and those who may be interested! Thank you for all your support ^^


facebook.com/ashenray facebook.com/carciphona

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Contest voting is ON!

Journal Entry: Thu Apr 25, 2013, 11:54 AM



The deadline for the contest was yesterday, and all submitted entries are now accepting votes until May 1! Go check out these fantastic entries and vote for your favourites :D There will be 2 winners: one decided by the judge (me) for the grand prize of $100, and and one people's choice prize of Carciphona Package (includes Carciphona volumes 1-3 and Veloce's Necklace) I've already decided on a winner myself, though it was a very tough choice between 4 personal favourites and I wish I could award everyone something ): please go cast your vote and help the best entry win that second prize!

I've been asked whether winning popular vote will disqualify the piece from a chance to be the grand prize winner, and the answer is no. I have already chosen a winner, and if voting yields the same winner for the 2nd prize, then that person will receive both prizes. Ideally I would love to award as many people as possible, but I'm sure no one would like to be disqualified for the grand prize just because they did a good job with the piece and got too many votes haha~

:star:talentcall.com/competition/2407:star:

Thank you so much to everyone who entered, I hope you enjoyed working on your piece with this theme regardless of the contest ^^ I prefer making contest themes that are open and beneficial even without the contest context, so that those who wanted to enter would be more motivated to give it their all for their own benefit, and that their entry would still be a meaningful representation of their art work even long after the contest has been over.

Other updates

:bulletred: Carciphona volume 3 is now in print and available for sale!
:bulletred: Carciphona is now on Mangamagazine.
:bulletred: Carciphona is also on Tapastic!
:bulletred: My Bookstore now open!

Conventions 2013!

:bulletred: Anime North: May 24-26, Toronto (Confirmed with table)
:bulletred: Anime Expo: July 4-7, Los Angeles (Confirmed with table)
:bulletred: Otakuthon: August 16-18, Montreal (Confirmed with table)

Carciphona

Carciphona is my original manga series. It is available to read for free online and updates weekly on carciphona.com, and is published by myself in print whenever I finish a new book. Most of the artworks I do are for this series. Please check it out and if you enjoyed it, share it with your friends and those who may be interested! Thank you for all your support ^^


facebook.com/ashenray facebook.com/carciphona

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TalentCall Art Contest!

Journal Entry: Thu Mar 28, 2013, 10:21 AM




- A R T C O N T E S T ! -
TalentCall is holding an art contest on my behalf! Submit an entry (or entries) before April 23 based on the contest guidelines, and have a chance to win $150 in cash and prizes (:

Click the link for the contest page!

:star: :star: talentcall.com/competition/2407 :star: :star:

NOTE: their terms and condition states that contestants must be 18 YEARS OR OLDER to be able to receive prizes, so I'm sorry to anyone younger who wants a shot at the prizes ): They are providing the prizes so I can't really change that part of the rules. You can still go for the theme for fun if you like of course, I set it to be self beneficial and open rather than a fanart contest for that purpose ^^

Other updates

:bulletred: Carciphona volume 3 is now in print and available for sale!
:bulletred: Carciphona is now on Mangamagazine.
:bulletred: Carciphona is also on Tapastic!
:bulletred: My Bookstore now open!

Conventions 2013!

:bulletred: Anime North: May 24-26, Toronto (Confirmed with table)
:bulletred: Anime Expo: July 4-7, Los Angeles (Confirmed with table)

Carciphona

Carciphona is my original manga series. It is available to read for free online and updates weekly on carciphona.com, and is published by myself in print whenever I finish a new book. Most of the artworks I do are for this series. Please check it out and if you enjoyed it, share it with your friends and those who may be interested! Thank you for all your support ^^


facebook.com/ashenray facebook.com/carciphona

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Mangamagazine and Tapastic

Journal Entry: Wed Feb 13, 2013, 5:46 PM



I have risen from the grave to bring some news from Shilinland!

Right now, I submit my Carciphona to 2 sites which pay their authors for bringing in traffic to their site, Tapastic and Mangamagazine. My ultimate goal is always to get readers to read my story on my own website of course, but I would like to see if branching out a little can pay off in a way that helps me focus on moving the story forward by paying me on a regular basis. If you want to support CP without having to spend any money on me, that is now possible by clicking the balloons below and visiting these sites! The more views my manga receives, the more I will be paid proportionately (: And of course as always, please share my story with your friends if you enjoyed it ^^


Mangamagazine: www.mangamagazine.net/manga-an…
Tapastic! tapastic.com/series/260

Carciphona.com is still the most up to date site for Carciphona with multiple languages, preloading functions, background information, illustration, fanart, and anything else that I've ever made for Carciphona though! As well, I've finished thumbnailing all 150 pages of volume 4 and I will be starting to work on pages soon!! hopefully March or April will be another double update month c:

Other updates

:bulletred: Carciphona volume 3 is now in print and available for sale!
:bulletred: Carciphona is now on Mangamagazine.
:bulletred: Carciphona is also on Tapastic!
:bulletred: My Bookstore now open!

Conventions 2013!

:bulletred: Anime North: May 24-26, Toronto(Confirmed with table)
:bulletred: Anime Expo: July 4-7, Los Angeles(Confirmed with table)
:bulletwhite: Otakon: August 9-11, Otakon(Pending)
:bulletwhite: Otakuthon: August 16-18, Otakuthon(Pending)
:bulletwhite: FanExpo: August 22-25, Toronto(Pending)
:bulletwhite: NYCC: October 10-13, New York(Pending)

Carciphona

Carciphona is my original manga series. It is available to read for free online and updates weekly on carciphona.com, and is published by myself in print whenever I finish a new book. Most of the artworks I do are for this series. Please check it out and if you enjoyed it, share it with your friends and those who may be interested! Thank you for all your support ^^


facebook.com/ashenray facebook.com/carciphona

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ASKtheARTIST interview! [FINISHED]

Journal Entry: Fri Feb 1, 2013, 7:46 PM



Interview transcript from the :iconasktheartist: interview in February! I forgot to post it but here it is ^^ this makes a pretty good FAQ because lots of the questions I answered here are questions I get asked a lot.

- - -

<thefluffyshrimp> *KuroiiChan asks "I know your mostly self-taught, so how did you teach yourself? Do you have any tips on what to study?"
<shilin> I learned most of what I know from simply drawing, I never sat down to practice particular things so I don't have any useful tips for it. ):
<shilin> My way of self teaching is pretty slow and inefficient, but it allows me to still enjoy drawing and not get bored by feeling obliged to practice.
<shilin> So if that works for you, the only things you really need to keep in mind is to have an open mind, and pay critical attention to everything you see. (:

<thefluffyshrimp> ~CryingMaiden asks "When you're using programs or even just traditionally drawing how do you control your lines?"
<shilin> If by that you mean smooth or accurate lines (accurate to what you want to put down), then it's mostly from either zoom or how I move my hand I guess...?
<shilin> Zoom out and draw really fast for a long, smooth line, or zoom in and draw slowly and carefully for an accurate line.
<shilin> For traditional art, you can kind of emulate the zoom by moving your entire forearm rather than your wrist, but I am not sure how proper that is and if it's right or wrong to do. XD

<thefluffyshrimp> ~LadyxAolani asks "Do you have a team of people working with you to bring/keep this alive? If so, how far into fleshing your story out did you assemble them, how many people are at work with this, what do they do, and was it difficult to gather them?"
<shilin> I don't, I do everything on my own because I'm a control freak and I need everything exactly as I want it haha!

<thefluffyshrimp> ~AnataNoOkasan asks "Are you ever going to start making painting tutorials, or any kind, once you have free time from Carciphona?"
<shilin> It is rather hard for me to make tutorials because while there is a general order to which I do things, there is no set procedure that I can share that would be of any help in my opinion.
<shilin> Because of that, I did start posting sped-up livestream recordings of the painting process of certain pictures.
<shilin> It is a lot more difficult to figure out what I'm doing and looks cool more than it is immediately useful.
<shilin> But if there are times where you wonder what I did to create certain parts of the picture, you will be able to find your own answers there and use that knowledge to try things out yourself (:
<shilin> Said videos are at my youtube account [link].

<thefluffyshrimp> ~Malzberry asks "How did you manage to balance both University and creating your graphic novel at the same time?"
<shilin> WELL.....
<shilin> I did not really balance it very well because my comic was on hiatus for quite a long time during that time.
<shilin> But mostly not because of university, but because I was playing RO (Ragnarok Online)...

<thefluffyshrimp> ~bemtheman and ~Jae-san asks "How long have you been drawing?" and *deilawliet asks "How long did it take to get so good?"
<shilin> I have been drawing since I was like 5, for fun of course, and it took from 5 till now to get as good as I am. ^^

<thefluffyshrimp> *StrongButGentle and ~Roselink-Noodle asks "What inspired you to write Carciphona?"
<shilin> I started with 1 or 2 isolated original characters like most people did (in this case Veloce and Keri!) and I really wanted them to have some sort of story.
<shilin> But Carciphona went through like 5 or 6 different stories before it became what it is now.
<shilin> Most of them are not even remotely similar and I can't remember any of them because I simply altered them little by little over time before they mutated into Carciphona.
<shilin> So long story short, there wasn't really any inspiration aside from my wanting to make something cool!

<thefluffyshrimp> ~Narutolover07 asks "What artist inspires you to draw?" and *miss-marv asks "Do you have any artists that are an inspiration to you?"
<shilin> My favourite artists over the years that I can remember on top of my head are SR ([link]), maggi ([link] ), RA ([link] ), *auroreblackcat, paristo ([link] ), and the artist who drew Shin Angyo Onshi.
<shilin> Their art just makes me want to open a canvas and throw something up and have it look cool hahaha.

<thefluffyshrimp> ~furrypetslover asks "What kind of art studies do you enjoy doing the most?"
<shilin> Can I ask for clarification on art studies? Do you mean what medium/format of art I like or do you mean what I enjoy drawing the most?
<shilin> If not I can answer both.
<Melancholy-Minds> "Sorry, I should've been more specific xD Like figure drawings, buildings, sketch practices basically. Studying anatomy, etc."
<shilin> Ooh,  I don't do studies in that sense, I never practice for the sake of practice (haha terrible) but I enjoy drawing scenes in my head, like a still from a movie, more so than say, concepts or character designs, if that is relevant.

<thefluffyshrimp> ~Leatrix, ~J-DYTE and *Kuroiichan asks "Shilin, what inspired you to start drawing/painting in the first place? How has it kept you going all this time?" and "What keeps you inspired to draw?"
<shilin> I started drawing lots of characters from anime I watched when I was very small, or characters from storybooks that my parents bought me.
<shilin> It feels really satisfying to draw, and that's why I kept drawing until now.
<shilin> A lot of time drawing allows me to I guess escape, even though it's not really intentional and there's nothing terrible happening in my life, but it feels great to create and come up with things on my own, and that itself keeps me drawing way more than external forces.

<thefluffyshrimp> ~bemtheman asks "how did you create your own style?" and ~kousou and ~Blizzardwolf23 asks "How did you end up with the style you currently have now?"
<shilin> I always am more of a copycat when it comes to learning, so I learned everything I know-- and therefore created my style-- from observing what others do right or what works in the past; it's only recently that I feel comfortable with what I know/what I have that I can sort of experiment and make something that I like.

<thefluffyshrimp> ~Elymnesis asks "How much of art do you feel is talent, and how much do you feel is hard work and practice?"
<shilin> All of art can be hard work and practice if you have no talent, but if you have talent that is great, too, because you won't have to suffer as much.

<thefluffyshrimp> *deilawliet asks "What helps with your color selection?"
<shilin> Intuition HAHA. I try a bit to pay attention to colour theory now but I honestly am very bad at it.
<shilin> (Please do yourself a favour and learn the basics and don't be like me, I'm a bad example in this area.)

<thefluffyshrimp> *toshiro12 asks "Any (general) drawing tips?"
<shilin> Just draw.
<shilin> End of story.

<thefluffyshrimp> ~TheNewHorde asks "Shilin, What was the break through point that helped you realize that you needed a new dA account? Was there a specific work in particular in which you realized you'd hit another level with your art that outdid all your previous works?"
<shilin> Nope! But there was a point where I suddenly realized how dumb my previous username was and I should probably switch to something less crazy.

<thefluffyshrimp> ~CryingMaiden asks "Do you use dip pens?" and *deilawliet asks "What colour is your lineart?"
<shilin> I don't use dip pens or any pens, the only traditional medium I can use is pencil ):
<shilin> I use black to draw lineart, but I usually change the colour to match its surrounding colours after I've finished painting, by using preserve transparency.

<thefluffyshrimp> *StrongButGentle asks "What character in Carciphona would you say is the most like you?" and ~kontrolieris asks "Which character do you like more: Blackbird or Veloce?"
<shilin> Every character takes strongly after how I can think in different ways, as unlikely as that sounds, so every character is equally like me haha!
<shilin> It's hard to decide who I like more because they're very different, but I think in the end I would have to say I like Blackbird more because she is adaptive to change, and she accepts change without a  grudge.

<thefluffyshrimp> ~LadyxAolani asks "Do you ever see Carciphona getting animated?"
<shilin> No, unless I suddenly become a billionaire and can hire whoever I want and be in absolute charge, because I am not ok with having to change the story to meet certain standards (i.e. broadcast ratings) or guidelines (i.e. episode length or series length.)

<thefluffyshrimp> *deilawliet asks "Were you a "bad" artist when you started out or have you always been awesome?" and ~bemtheman asks "Would you consider yourself naturally talented?"
<shilin> Of course I was a bad artist when I started, I was a bad artist for a long time and depending on who you compare me to, I'm still bad!
<shilin> I would say I have some intuition or alright judgment for aesthetics, but I would not ever consider myself talented because most things do not come to me easily.

<thefluffyshrimp> ~CryingMaiden asks "When using programs or even traditionally, how do you keep your lines so smooth? How do you practice line control?"
<shilin> I don't practice line control, I suppose I just find ways AROUND what doesn't work.
<shilin> I take time and take care with my lines. I am ok with redoing it many times until I get something I am satisfied with.
<shilin> Though you can only see the product and you like it, I can assure you almost nothing was done in one shot, so just have patience. (:

<thefluffyshrimp> *loon2x asks "Do you procrastinate or experience slump? Or what do you do motivate yourself?" and *deilawliet asks "How do you handle art block?"
<shilin> I rarely ever have art blocks, mostly because I have more things I want to draw than I have time for, but I do have times where I don't feel like drawing.
<shilin> If that happens I simply... don't draw, and do something else like write scripts or fix websites or even do chores.
<shilin> A lot of good artists suggest to just be a trooper and get through the block, it is good advice but for my personal schedule, it's not suitable for me and so I don't follow it.
<shilin> The most important thing is always to listen to an advice and weigh how much it applies to you, rather than take things as gospel.

<thefluffyshrimp> ~malzberry asks "What kind of music do you like?"
<shilin> I like classical music (haha big surprise), big massive orchestral works or angry piano pieces.
<shilin> I like angry music in general haha.

<thefluffyshrimp> ~Leatrix asks "What drawing made you decide you should pursue the artist profession more seriously?"
<shilin> No drawing made me decide that LOL. The decision was made over financial viability rather than intensity of interest.
<shilin> I accumulated enough ways to make money from art over the years so I decided to try it out.

<thefluffyshrimp> ~Pablo666123 asks "How can one become as good an artist as you?"
<shilin> Love what you do, pay attention to what you see and what others do, take the time to try out things, and be willing to work forever to get the result you want.

<thefluffyshrimp> *toshiro12 asks "About how long does it take to draw something?"
<shilin> From 20 minutes to 50 hours.

<thefluffyshrimp> ~Jombu asks "How tall are you ?"
<thefluffyshrimp> (lol)
<shilin> A little less than 5'2 ;-;

 <thefluffyshrimp> ~AzureDestiny asks "Shilin, for the buildings and objects in your manga, do you use references?"
<shilin> I research on the style of the building for reference, I don't necessarily find a building that suits the purpose and draw it out.
<shilin> For example for the mansions in my manga, I would look up European buildings of the time and see how the pillars and reliefs are placed to get the look, and then try to emulate that.

<thefluffyshrimp> *Crys234 asks "What do you do to stay concentrated while working on an illustration/project?"
<shilin> If I'm drawing out something or setting down colours, i.e. there is a lot of thinking involved, then I am focused without any help.
<shilin> If I'm spending 20 hours rendering and it's becoming mindless, sometimes I listen to music or documentaries that I like to watch so that I don't get bored (:

<thefluffyshrimp> ~Enock asks "Shilin, I always wonder if you ever had problems laying out your panels?" and ~Blizzardwolf23 asks "Shilin, Did you ever have any problems in drawing specific things like backgrounds, people, or action scenes?"
<shilin> When I draw out the story at first in thumbnails, I usually don't ever have problems with paneling because it feels natural to watch it unfold in my head. It's usually when I go over or under the page limit and need to cut things out/stretch things out that I get really stumped about how to move things around.
<shilin> I do run into a lot of trouble drawing a variety of things simply because how bad my basics are and how little practice I do. If one painting takes 10 hours and the other takes 15, those 5 hours are probably spent fixing that very thing that I'm stuck on.
<shilin> Moral of the story is practice drawing everything, even stuff you don't like :1

<thefluffyshrimp> *deilawliet asks "Shillin, do you colour everything on one layer?"
<shilin> I usually paint the characters on one layer, then the background on another layer, and then some effects on top. Sometimes I use separate layers for stuff like jewelry or details that I know will be more convenient to paint in a separate layer.

<thefluffyshrimp> ~LadyxAolani asks "Is this your first series publication?"
<shilin> Yes (:

<thefluffyshrimp> ~Altaeyyr asks "I was actually wondering if you draw inspiration for your character designs from specific cultures... There's always so much detail and so much precision that I've always wondered: do the designs stem from something (historical, mythological, etc) that you find fascinating?"
<shilin> I do put a lot of the things I enjoy into Carciphona's world, and subsequently the designs of the characters from those places.
<shilin> Renaissance/Baroque/Rococo architecture, historic Asian clothing and settings or simply marvels of nature that I come across (like exotic/monumental land phenomena), all serve as inspiration for my designs.

<thefluffyshrimp>~Jaggy1233 asks "Shilin, so many people say it's next to impossible to make it as an artist. You seem to be doing a very good job of it though. How do you keep yourself motivated and avoid getting pulled into thinking things like "I can't do it"?"
<shilin> As a person I am wired to think about how I should act in resolution to a situation, rather than marvel at the weight of the situation and do nothing about it. While I do feel down from time to time, I rarely have the time to think "I can't do it" because once I do, my life will be over.
<shilin> There are a lot of ways to make it as an artist, but everyone sees "making it" differently;  some people make it when they can support themselves, some people make it when they're recognized by the world. To some people, what I do is not making it at all because I'm not making any meaningful contribution to art or the industry.
<shilin> But you see me as making it because I am doing something I like for a career and that's probably all you want to do.
<shilin> In that case, just find ways in which you can keep doing what you like, it's not actually that hard or impossible, you just have to be ready to be very resourceful about it.

<thefluffyshrimp> ~kenzie-riann asks "Shilin, do you still play RO (Ragnarok Online)? I've watched your art for years (I found you originally on Elfwood, lol), kinda fell out of the art world for awhile, then found out you play RO like, last year. I absolutely love your RO fanart!"
<shilin> HAHA ELFWOOD OH MY GOD.
<shilin> I don't play RO anymore; I stopped a few years ago.
<shilin> I love drawing for RO (Ragnorok Online) but I am sad it's been going downhill for a long time ;-; I'll miss it forever.

<thefluffyshrimp> ~LadyxAolani asks "Shilin, how long did it take for you to establish a fanbase for Carciphona?" and ~LadyxAolani asks "Shilin, when you realized that you really wanted to go all the way with Carciphona, when and how did you start putting yourself out there and promoting it?"
<shilin> Carciphona (or previously Blackbird) started 7 years ago, so that's how long it took to slowly accumulate more readers for CP. Up until a few months ago I didn't really go out of my way to promote the series.
<shilin> If anything, any interest in my series came from my established following for my art here on DA and I had no way aside from posting art and telling them "oh by the way I have a comic."
<shilin> But I've tried to use online ranking sites and push for votes a few months ago, as well as trying out some advertising things.
<shilin> But those are the only things I've tried.

<thefluffyshrimp> *cho-zero asks "I have a lot of issues with printing my works at commercial printers in terms of color and paper quality. I'm just curious as to how you chose your current company in which you print your Carciphona books."
<shilin> My books were printed in China so it is already cheaper by default and I didn't have to sweat the difference between good and bad printers.
<shilin> So I went for the largest printer in the city which my uncle lives in and I guess that's why their quality is pretty good.
<shilin> If you want to be sure about printing, ask for or even buy sample books and test copies before you commit.
<shilin> For a few dollars it makes 500% sense to make sure before you print a huge volume.

<thefluffyshrimp> ~pandaarya asks "Shilin, I know that some artists go through multiple color schemes when starting a work. Do you do the same thing? Have you ever stopped working on something because you don't like how the colors are turning out?"
<shilin> I have, but I rarely pick between multiple versions because I am terrible at picking out one I like and the method makes no sense to me personally (due to my lack of knowledge).
<shilin> Any changes or overhauls I make are all part of the linear process of finishing the piece.
<shilin> It's rare that I drop a piece I don't like mid-painting though.

<thefluffyshrimp> ~mdee1 asks "When you started drawing, what did you specifically draw? Boxes, People, Perspective?"
<shilin> When I started drawing, I drew Sailor Moon!
<shilin> Wolves chasing and eating rabbits!
<shilin> Then I evolved and started drawing Pokemon!

<thefluffyshrimp> ~Omnivorx asks "Were there any books/manga that inspired you when you were developing the concepts for Carciphona?"
<shilin> Those would be my favourite mangas (and the only mangas I've ready pretty much...) Slayers, Mahoujin Guru Guru, and Shin Angyo Onshi. The last one has a lasting impact on me in terms of the atmosphere of the story, and they inspire and motivate me to refine mine into a meaningful story.

<thefluffyshrimp> ~AzureDestiny asks "Shilin, for the story-line of Carciphona, do you have it all planned out in an outline of some sort, or are you just winging it?"
<shilin> If there is to be a timeline of the story, there are still a LOT of blanks in between various points that I have planned out and indeed a lot of winging going on, but I always make sure I am at least one or two arcs ahead of what I'm posting, so that whatever I'm making up on the spot will not damage or weaken the core of the story.

<thefluffyshrimp> ~TheNewHorde asks "What was your first art job? How did you acquire it?"
<shilin> I did commissions for fun and for learning here and there and I don't think those count as jobs, I guess the first proper gig I got was illustrating a promotional piece for Adobe CS4's release in 2009?
<shilin> Like every other gig I got after that, I was contacted by the client after they saw my work and I didn't actually find the jobs myself.

<thefluffyshrimp> =BalloonBear asks "Hw do you come up with all the dynamic poses and the story behind your drawings?"
<shilin> Most of the time I follow a vision I already have in mind, but other times I start with something boring, standard and simple, and slowly alter the elements (perspective, parts of the body) to exaggerate and bring more interest to the drawing.
<shilin> The story just comes organically as I work on the piece; not a lot of things I draw are completely planned in advance.

<thefluffyshrimp> ~furrypetslover asks "How many drawings do you usually work on at once? (Excluding manga pages.)"
<shilin> If you mean full illustrations (not roughs), just 1. Sometimes I might have 1 or 2 commissions to work on, and I alter between those and my own works while waiting for approval.

<thefluffyshrimp> =BalloonBear asks "Your drawing has improved so much over the years; do you have any encouraging words for growing artists?"
<shilin> There isn't any destination or level of achievement to attain in being an artist, all you really have is your love for art and that's all you need to enjoy art.

<thefluffyshrimp> =IsiusMaiko asks "Did you learn to paint your fabrics just by practicing and experimenting by yourself, or did you get taught somewhere or read tutorials? I find it fairly easy to paint watercolours and acrylics, but I get a little frustrated in photoshop/SAI when trying to get the look I want."
<shilin> I looked at how others paint clothing, and I learned from trying out effects they have attained (practicing and experimenting like you say). Different people find different media logical/illogical, so maybe your fluency in watercolours/acrylics is making it difficult for you to adjust to digital painting.

<thefluffyshrimp> ~joydom asks "Shilin, do you think being on social networks (dA, tumblr, fb page, blog) has helped your artistic endeavors?"
<shilin> It has helped me gain readership, which in turn made it possible for me to make enough of a living to do art full time, so yes, it has helped my artistic endeavours.

<thefluffyshrimp> ~Melancholy-Minds asks "Where did you attend university and what was your program of study?"
<shilin> I went to University of Western Ontario and I studied Music with focus on performance.

Other updates

:bulletred: Carciphona volume 3 is now in print and available for sale!
:bulletred: Carciphona is now on SmackJeeves.
:bulletred: My Bookstore now open!

Conventions 2012!

:bulletred: Anime North: May 25-27, Toronto (Confirmed with table)
:bulletred: Otakon: July 27-29, Baltimore (Confirmed with table)
:bulletred: FanEXPO: August 23-26, Toronto (confirmed with table)
All done! see you next year ^^

Carciphona

Carciphona is my original manga series. It is available to read for free online and updates weekly on carciphona.com, and is published by myself in print whenever I finish a new book. Most of the artworks I do are for this series. Please check it out and if you enjoyed it, share it with your friends and those who may be interested! Thank you for all your support ^^


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Daily Update December

Journal Entry: Wed Dec 12, 2012, 12:14 AM




SO HEY this is 11 days late but Carciphona is updating daily during December since you guys succeeded in my challenge!! I haven't been posting here because I don't want to flood manga pages, but you can go to the official website for pages daily! thank you SO much for your support once again, readers like you have me floored with what you can accomplish and I'm very grateful. ;-; please continue to vote for Carciphona here so that more people can find this webcomic! Votes are accepted daily and one second of your time, with this many of you, makes a huge difference in something that I cannot accomplish on my own. CP will only get better and I want to share it with as many people as I can.

In preorder news, all preorders have been shipped as of yesterday. I spent the past 9 days or so organizing and shipping everything out, so some of you will get orders sooner than others. I've sent out 2 confirmation e-mails with shipping processes entailed to everyone who preordered for your information ^^ Please do not hesitate to e-mail me or message me if you have any additional questions or concerns. Books are still and will always be available for purchase at my bookstore here if you are still interested ^^

I'll be going MIA for a little while now in terms of posting drawings. If you're interested in keeping up with my doodles or other random stuff going on in my life, you can follow my Tumblr or my blog c:

:snowflake::snowflake::snowflake: Happy holidays! :snowflake::snowflake::snowflake:

Other updates

:bulletred: Carciphona volume 3 is now in print and available for sale!
:bulletred: Carciphona is now on SmackJeeves.
:bulletred: My Bookstore now open!

Conventions 2012!

:bulletred: Anime North: May 25-27, Toronto (Confirmed with table)
:bulletred: Otakon: July 27-29, Baltimore (Confirmed with table)
:bulletred: FanEXPO: August 23-26, Toronto (confirmed with table)
All done! see you next year ^^

Carciphona

Carciphona is my original manga series. It is available to read for free online and updates weekly on carciphona.com, and is published by myself in print whenever I finish a new book. Most of the artworks I do are for this series. Please check it out and if you enjoyed it, share it with your friends and those who may be interested! Thank you for all your support ^^


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CP Vol. 3 release/holiday sale!

Journal Entry: Sun Nov 4, 2012, 5:21 PM



:star: UPDATE November 21 :star: Congratulations guys!! Carciphona is now #9 on TopWebComics, which means I will be posting 1 page everyday for all of December! I didn't think you could do it but you all proved me wrong ;-; Please keep on voting to keep CP up there on the ranks so more readers can find us. A second of your day in a combined effort makes a huge difference in helping CP grow ^^

And just a reminder that there are less than 2 weeks left in the preorder event of volume 3! Preorder your items before November 30 for great discounts, and timely delivery in time for Christmas ^^ Thank you guys so much for your continued support, I wouldn't be here without you :heart:

S H I L I N . S T O R E N V Y . C O M
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Carciphona vol. 3 is available for preorder from

November 1 - November 31

at S H I L I N . S T O R E N V Y . C O M !
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Veloce, Weirin, and Keritzel thought the city of Arenscura would be a temporary refuge, only to find the city tangled in its own troubles. Meron's allegiance is questioned when she consorts with the criminal Enfelid tribe warring against Arenscura. Amidst the conflict, they discover the true depth of the crisis before them: knots, bonds, and grudges rooted deeply in time.

Features:
  • 160 pages of story (Chapters 7-9, ahead of online posting schedule)
  • 10 pages of exclusive background story!
  • personally signed by me

All manga books are 30% off during preorder month! Just use the coupon code: CP3SPECIAL on checkout :D
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Holiday Sale of November!


2 new items are also released for preorder in November:
  • Holiday card with handwritten custom message
  • Necklace based on Veloce's necklace design!
Bundles are available at up to $25 off regular price! Greeting card will have limited stock after preorder is over, and will be gone forever 2 weeks before Christmas.
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BONUS: Carciphona reader challenge


If you are a reader for Carciphona, I have a challenge for you!
I participate in online voting sites such as TopWebComics, albeit not very actively. My comic ranks around 50-70 on the site which does not help bring in new readers very much.</p>

My challenge for you is to help vote for me to bring Carciphona higher in the charts to unlock more pages for posting! You can vote once everyday through the vote link at Carciphona.com. The rewards?

  • If Carciphona ranks #30 or less, December will be another double update month!
  • If carciphona ranks #10 or less, I will post ONE PAGE EVERY SINGLE DAY for ALL OF DECEMBER.
Sounds like a good reward for helping Carciphona grow? I hope so! :D No purchase required, just spread the word and help Carciphona reach more people who might enjoy it (: Thanks so much for your continued support, I hope you will all continue to enjoy the story!

Other updates

:bulletred: Carciphona volume 3 is now in print and available for sale!
:bulletred: Carciphona is now on SmackJeeves.
:bulletred: My Bookstore now open!

Conventions 2012!

:bulletred: Anime North: May 25-27, Toronto (Confirmed with table)
:bulletred: Otakon: July 27-29, Baltimore (Confirmed with table)
:bulletred: FanEXPO: August 23-26, Toronto (confirmed with table)
All done! see you next year ^^

Carciphona

Carciphona is my original manga series. It is available to read for free online and updates weekly on carciphona.com, and is published by myself in print whenever I finish a new book. Most of the artworks I do are for this series. Please check it out and if you enjoyed it, share it with your friends and those who may be interested! Thank you for all your support ^^


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Carciphona volume 3 preorder

Journal Entry: Sun Oct 21, 2012, 6:50 PM



As you may or may not already know, even though Carciphona Volume 3 is still barely halfway posted online, the whole book has been finished for a while and ready for release with at least 80 pages still behind the curtain . Am I going to release the book for people to read ahead of time? you bet!

:star::star: Carciphona volume 3 preorders will start on SUN. NOVEMBER 4 at 8PM on shilin.storenvy.com! :star::star:
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The count down on carciphona.com should clear any timezone confusion (and it looks kinda cool :D MY FRONT PAGE IS A TICKING TIMEBOMB.) Like previous preorder events, there will be:
- discount promotions and options to bundle books together to save on shipping
- special merchandise for this occasion, one you have already seen and one you haven't
- and a BONUS challenge from me to you with great rewards! (:

Check back on the day of release to find out all the detail on November 4!

Other updates

:bulletred: Carciphona volume 3 is now in print and available for sale!
:bulletred: Carciphona is now on SmackJeeves.
:bulletred: My Bookstore now open!

Conventions 2012!

:bulletred: Anime North: May 25-27, Toronto (Confirmed with table)
:bulletred: Otakon: July 27-29, Baltimore (Confirmed with table)
:bulletred: FanEXPO: August 23-26, Toronto (confirmed with table)
All done! see you next year ^^

Carciphona

Carciphona is my original manga series. It is available to read for free online and updates weekly on carciphona.com, and is published by myself in print whenever I finish a new book. Most of the artworks I do are for this series. Please check it out and if you enjoyed it, share it with your friends and those who may be interested! Thank you for all your support ^^


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Inactivity

Journal Entry: Mon Oct 1, 2012, 10:14 PM



I haven't posted a journal in a while, and really haven't posted any recent paintings for a long while LOL ;-; I will start posting again in a month or so, but I just wanted to write that I have a tumblr page where I post WIPs and scraps that I usually don't post here because they're so rough. So follow my tumblr if you missed seeing my coloured works! :D
:star:okolnir.tumblr.com:star:

Other updates

:bulletred: Carciphona volume 3 is now in print and available for sale!
:bulletred: Carciphona is now on SmackJeeves.
:bulletred: My Bookstore now open!

Conventions 2012!

:bulletred: Anime North: May 25-27, Toronto (Confirmed with table)
:bulletred: Otakon: July 27-29, Baltimore (Confirmed with table)
:bulletred: FanEXPO: August 23-26, Toronto (confirmed with table)
All done! see you next year ^^

Carciphona

Carciphona is my original manga series. It is available to read for free online and updates weekly on carciphona.com, and is published by myself in print whenever I finish a new book. Most of the artworks I do are for this series. Please check it out and if you enjoyed it, share it with your friends and those who may be interested! Thank you for all your support ^^


facebook.com/ashenray facebook.com/carciphona

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new drawing video (:

Journal Entry: Sat Sep 1, 2012, 1:54 PM



I posted a new drawing video of Carciphona's website layout drawing on my youtube channel ^^


Other updates

:bulletred: Carciphona volume 3 is now in print and available for sale!
:bulletred: Carciphona is now on SmackJeeves.
:bulletred: My Bookstore now open!

Conventions 2012!

:bulletred: Anime North: May 25-27, Toronto (Confirmed with table)
:bulletred: Otakon: July 27-29, Baltimore (Confirmed with table)
:bulletred: FanEXPO: August 23-26, Toronto (confirmed with table)
All done! see you next year ^^

Carciphona

Carciphona is my original manga series. It is available to read for free online and updates weekly on carciphona.com, and is published by myself in print whenever I finish a new book. Most of the artworks I do are for this series. Please check it out and if you enjoyed it, share it with your friends and those who may be interested! Thank you for all your support ^^


facebook.com/ashenray facebook.com/carciphona

Skin by Ikue