Did you put up the 90's anime op mix on 8tracks?? It's under your name, but you usually draw an image for your albums, so I wasn't sure
Ahahaha yes I did!! 90’s anime theme songs are unbelievably relevant to a project Toril and I am working on that is slowly taking over my life so I threw it together. For those curious you can listen to it here!
Hi, um. I'm kind of a comic artist? After seeing your comics and some of your ask responses I was wondering if you could answer a few questions for me? :T
Sure! I definitely am not an expert but I’ll always do my best to answer people’s questions about art, comics or anything! Though it helps to not ask anonymously, I do try to answer those too but I also try not to make my blog a wall of text haha. If you really want to ask me something anonymously, my sideblog is a good place!
you have SO MANY OCS and worlds/stories/canons. I really admire your ability to consistently come back to them and keep developing them over time despite how many burners you've got going :o u go girl
Ahhh thank you!! “Burner” is definitely a good word though haha, I am increasingly aware of the danger of “burning out”, so I do try to be particular now about picking up new stories/ocs! I feel bad that I haven’t had time lately to work on everything, but this year I am Learning About Priorities haha. But thanks! I hope to get to the more neglected casts soon, just gotta finish up some princesses!
Your recent Mami pic gave me a lot of confidence because I've always been really conscious of my calves because they're a bit on the larger/more muscular side but seeing you draw Mami more curvy made me really happy especially since she's my favorite! So thank you so much Katie ; o ;
Awww I’m so glad!! As much as I love magical girl anime I think their body types can be a bit…. monotonous haha. For some reason Mami just seemed to suit a curvier figure to me, I guess the corset? Anyway I’m really glad it helped you feel better! I always get so insanely happy about messages like these, everyone should get to feel awesome about their body!!
Your characters are so well rounded and diverse! How do you come up with these pure awesome characters? (And, more specifically, make them seem real in the world or universe they are in?)
Ahh I’m so glad you think that! I think it might help that I am a very very character oriented storyteller, so I almost never have to create a character to fill a role. Instead I’ll come up with a bunch of characters through doodling whatever I find fun and interesting at the time, let them develop through drawing, then find a way to smoosh them all together in the same story/universe haha. So in a sense, I guess I work backwards and make the world fit the characters? Which I hope helps makes it more natural feeling!
In terms of coming up with characters, I really like visual storytelling as much as possible. All my characters I try to come up with at least one thing that instantly gives you a clue or intrigue about their backstory. In terms of diversity, just…. be diverse? Haha I never know what to say to this, just draw more than one race/body type/gender identity? As long as you’re respectful you can’t really go wrong.
I want to create some lesbian rewritten fairy tales (and some from different parts of the world) but I am afraid that it will offend people (for ruining their childhood stories or appropriation). You're the only person I know that has made a lesbian fairytale and I was wondering have you gotten hate for it? Should I not do it? thank you : )
I can honestly say that after hundreds of thousands of views with the link shared across many different websites, I have not received one single word of hate about Princess Princess and you should absolutely do it and not give one single damn about “ruining” someone’s childhood stories.
Society changes (and hopefully will change even more tbh). We need fairytales that represent the families who are reading them now. All I’ve ever recieved are emails thanking me for making something that people can read to their children to show them all kinds of happily ever afters, or even from older readers saying that it helped them feel better about being a princess who likes princesses. So I hope you go through with it anon! It has brought me so much happiness!
I just wanted to say that I am a huge fan of your work, and thank you so so much. Without your Princess Princess comic I would have never had the courage to tell another girl how I feel, and now I have an amazing ~girlfriend~, so thanks. Your comics have inspired me and your mix tapes are... unrivalled! I was wondering if you could do a mix tape or just a little doodle for my own Princess Sadie. Anything at all would do. You are such a great inspiration, and it would really mean a lot :) <3
Ah oh man, I absolutely love hearing stories like this! Thanks so much for sharing, I’m so incredibly honoured and happy! A Princess Girlfriends mix tape is definitely gonna be on my list! <3 (Also a few people asked for super villain and fantasy, so I’ll do those too!)
As you all know I REALLY love making music playlists, and people seem to like my taste which is very nice! I’m always so grateful when people have music lists/tags so I can get new recs, so I’m really happy if I can do the same. If anyone has any requests/ideas for a playlist theme they’d like my to try my spin on feel free to throw them my way and feed my horrible horrible addiction.
I'm really curious about your process, specifically, what programs do you use for each step? I'm working on my process, and I really love how your work looks. Also- color question. How do you achieve the unity you do between such different colors? Is it the use of half-transparency layers to "mix", or are you just a color god? (I'm thinking specifically of the magical girl radio image)
Ahh I definitely am not a colour god, but I try not to lean on transparency/effect layers too much either. They’re great for adding a sense of unity to a scene, but they can also have a flattening effect. It’s better to try and skew colours towards the overall colour theme as much as possible yourself, and use very mild multiply layers if you need to.
Edit: woops, to answer the first question I work entirely in Photoshop!
hello! let me just say, I really admire your work and think it's absolutely amazing! I'm sorry if this has been asked before, but what would you say helped you become a successful artist? and what kind of tips would you give to am aspiring artist who wishes to be successful too? thank you so much!!
I think it helps to understand what success means to you as an artist! everyone has a different definition, and I think once you find your own it’s a lot easier to feel satisfied. it’s really really REALLY hard not to be influenced by everyone else’s definition and think that theirs is better, but until you really feel like your feet are on your own path I don’t think you can ever be truly happy. in art or anything really.
success can be lots of things. to some it’s getting a studio job, but to others it’s reaching the point where they have the skills to accurately convey the stories in their head, or have an audience who likes what they do, or to simply be happy with the things they make for themselves and no-one else. there are definitions of success I didn’t even realise existed until I had experienced them, like someone telling me my comic helped them come out to themselves or made them feel better about their body. making people laugh (or cry) and feel good brings me a huge feeling of success that I was too naive to understand/desire until I had experienced it.
don’t worry if the definition of success is evasive!! setting and fulfilling my own goals is something I still struggle with and expect to for a long time. I’ve learned a lot about what I want and don’t want by just doing though, so don’t let yourself get held back by overthinking things haha. whatever your definition the best thing to do is just draw constantly!! your goals will probably change as you understand yourself better, but the skills you build up are with you for life! I hope this helped and wasn’t too vague or esoteric haha
ahh man. I’m gonna have to go with lineart. even though I love colour, other Important things such as Shading and Rendering are totally expendable to me. whereas lines are just. ESSENTIAL to my entire concept of drawing, and even when I’m life drawing I’ll often just use crosshatching to shade. I cannot fathom the idea of working linelessly, and I’m totally in awe of those who can!
8. I always listen to music when I draw!! I have an 8tracks with a lot of my playlists on it, but I also listen to a ton of adam lambert, VIXX, lana del rey, pharrell, patrick wolf, f(x), kanye, daft punk, janelle monae, b1a4, sufjan stevens, kelis and the frickin shingeki no kyojin ost. i think i either have no taste or every taste.
10. hmmm I’m really not a fan of mech and inorganic shapes. like even when it comes to something like cars, I prefer to draw older ones from the 50s-60s with smooth natural lines and curves and shapes I understand haha.
Is there more to the don't let go comic? I so please send me links. I would love to read them.
a few people have asked this, but I’m afraid there isn’t! I decided to let people’s own imaginations deal with the image of a human body decomposing alongside a slowly degrading but still presumably sentient robot as they hold hands haha
I went on to your portfolio after I saw one of your comics, I feel like I'm writing love letters to a rock star as I type this but sending any type of message similar to this makes me nervous in a way that I feel as if there's a belt tied firmly around my chest. What I'm trying to say is that I adore your work, and I think you are fantastic! Please never stop making it. I'm tempted to make 1000 paper stars now, Actually. Thank you.
oh my gosh that’s so kind of you, thank you! and I totally know that feeling when writing to someone I admire, it can be really nerve wracking to put oneself out there ;___; if it helps, I’m actually incredibly lame! my twitter timeline is mostly comprised of me babbling about sports anime characters, neopets and korean boybands.
Ahh, your 'Uchyuujin' pic is solo cute!!! Will you have a print of it at all? :) Anyhow, I really love your style and I hope that you continue to make comics!! All of your work continues to get better and better and I can't wait to see what you do next. Please take care and I hope you have a good day. You rock!!!!! :)
omg thank you so much!! I’ve actually been thinking of offering prints through a storenvy lately! I need to do some researchin into print prices and international mailing costs but I will try to get that done by the end of this week :>
Katie!! i'm drawing a comic and i'v got most of the lineart down, but i don't know what color palettes to use :( Your comics are always so beautifully colored, is there anything that gives you inspiration or a reference point?
Hello! Oh man picking colours is always the hardest AND funnest part haha. For me as you can probably tell I’m really big on the whole visual metaphor thing (like to an embarrassing extent) so I try to use colours to further the theme as much as I can. For instance in Don’t Let Go I wanted the past and present to read very separately, so I chose purple and orange and tried to make the progression of the present lead towards sunset so that by the final page I could bring the two colours/storylines together. It’s a good idea I think to consider the comic as a whole as well as what will look good on each page! If there’s one thing I’m less happy about it’s that the flashback pages are a little overly purple, but that’s the price I paid I guess. Basic colour theory applies to comics too - just good balance and using contrasting colours sparingly to make certain details stand out. I’m a huge fan of contrast in general though so my colour choices tend to be a little eye-searing. Some people make magic with more subdued palettes, so you should go with what you’re comfortable with! Remember black and negative space also can do massive work in comics (something I’m still trying to improve at).
Hi there, I was wondering, I saw you do an illustration for Hot Blood - Did you make that webcomic? Are you going to be at TCAF? Or was that fanart?Thank you so much!! I love Princess Princess Tales and can't wait for it to get into print!
Nope, Hotblood! is made by my ultra talented buddy Toril (and y’all should go read it right now!!) Unfortunately I won’t be at TCAF since I live….. many thousands of dollars away haha but Toril definitely will be and you can buy the printed version and other cool stuffs! And thank you!
Hi! I was wondering if you have any advice for me! I've been doing quick gestures for a month on my own (can't afford class), and have just transitioned into longer poses (2 min, 5 min, 10 min), and I don't really know how to work with them as well. This added to the fact that I've just bought charcoals for the first time in my life! What are some good ways of practicing and improving at longer poses? Thank you!
hello! oh man, to be honest, I’m really bad at longer poses as well (though actually 2-5 minutes is still pretty short, I think 20-30 minutes is considered a long pose?). I’m mostly interested in gesture, proportions and lines rather than rendering every curve of flesh perfectly. but understanding the muscles/fat beneath the skin and how they work is also really important, so when I do longer poses I try to start how I normally would (quick, gestural, basic outline) then just go back and fill them in with as much detail as possible, especially focusing on muscle groups, building up the shading. if I have time left over, I’ll go back and redraw any problem areas or even shift my seat a little bit to get a different angle haha
What are the monks about? You know the ones-- orange/golden hand robes, floaty detached smokey arms? Is there a bigger project that they are part of, or are they merely fantastical, wonderful creations? I love them. (And I love you, happy Valentine's Day!)
aww thank you! happy valentines! at this point they’re just fun characters I like to play with, though a couple belong to other larger stories I’ve written. I’m wary of committing myself to bigger projects as such, but I do have some ideas for them that basically amount to “paranormal spiritual slice of life set in a monastery” hahaha. I’d like to make some small comics about them, maybe even trying out 4koma/4 panel.