Hey, you guys. What's up? How are you doing? If you're in the USA, how was your Thanksgiving?
I was originally intending to release more KJ episodes on April 1st of next year, but after some careful decisions, I decided to indefinitely postpone any KJ postings.
Now, this is NOT like ELA — ELA is something I didn't have interest in drawing at all. KJ is different. This is a temporary postponing.
I really need to focus on my original works and get those off the ground, at least, further than they actually are. I have barely scratched the surface of them and I KNOW I could be a lot farther than I actually am.
This definitely wasn't an easy decision to make, since one of my goals for this year was to actually write up to episode 30 (I'm on episode 26 still) and edit episodes 1 through 30. This isn't going to pan out, unless somehow I can manage to take care of all the convention stuff I need to, commissions that are still lingering, and releasing more content before the convention or something...I don't know.
I'm still holding onto the hope of working through Japanese for this year and getting it done THIS year, although with only about a month left in the year, I am doubting that as well.
I'm sad I'll be going into 2017 without all my goals completed, but I think on the flipside this has been my most productive year yet.
Thank you guys so much for following me so far. If you are at any of the conventions I attend, drop by and say "hi"!!!!
For more information about the KJ decision, read here: rambles.trainerkelly.net/?p=36…
- After page 12, MAKE ME A MODEL will be paused until NOVEMBER! Once November comes, I'll resume it; unlike ELA, the pages for November ARE completed;
- NAITMARISH GLIMPSE on Instagram should resume THIS WEDNESDAY: instagram.com/trainer_kelly/
- Additional schedule changes are available: rambles.trainerkelly.net/?p=36…
- I'm currently revamping my website, again. I'm fairly certain it WILL be done by November 1st, 2016, like I am aiming to do! Some final touches will be added at a later date;
- So far, I think I'm only confirmed for ConnectiCon for 2017 for conventions. Aiming for Anime Boston next!
Talk to you guys next time! Leave questions and comments below.
and I got married on August 16th, 2016. <3
Things have been a bit...weird lately on my end, so I haven't had a chance to really sit down and actually work and post stuff. So, I'm sorry about that.
Thank you for your patience!
In the meantime...wanna go watch Hurricane's YouTube channel? www.youtube.com/hurricane50000…
Hey you guys.
I decided to cancel Everybody Loves Ashley.
While I feel like the IDEA is very fun and I enjoyed storyboarding it, more than I thought I would, I genuinely found working on the actual project a pain and it's part of why I lost motivation to work on my own projects.
I'm sorry to literally everyone who was excited. I considered toughing it out, however, I know I would struggle and it would take me away from projects that are far more important and goals that I want to reach.
If there is ANYONE who would like to take over EVERYBODY LOVES ASHLEY, please send me a note. I'm willing to hand over the script, storyboard, and the pages I've already done so you can get a better idea of what I was doing for the comic. However, I will be PICKY ON WHO TAKES OVER!
Criteria for Taking Over ELA:
- GREAT artwork; MUST resemble the Pokémon anime, both in backgrounds and character artwork
- I get credit for scripting it and the original concept
- ONLY MINOR EDITS ARE DONE TO THE SCRIPT; no majour changes!!
I really believe ELA deserves a great artist who can do it justice. I know I cannot and I don't even want to. I was thinking about this for a while once I actually started the comic.
I removed all pages and announcements of ELA from my page.
That being said, I also plan on removing all CANON-ONLY fan art from my gallery as well as ALL COMMISSIONS and REQUESTS and GIFTS (for the most part) very soon. Let's say August 8th. That is when my commissions close for good. Once they close, I will be CLEANING MY DEVIANTART GALLERY of all unwanted pieces of artwork.
So, if you have any particular art pieces you like of mine, feel free to download them to your computer for private use.
Thank you guys for your support so far. I apologize if I am a disappointment.
I hope you enjoy my original works.
I'll make a bit more formal announcement tomorrow in place of the comic, BUT I decided to change the scheduling to every two weeks. It will allow me more time to work on the pages and focus on other things that are more important to me in the long run.
Hey everyone! I'm totally not sure if anybody is going to read these. If you do, sweeeeeeeeeeet! I figured it was a good time for me to give you some updates. I've been fairly active, yet silent on most places, I think.
That sounds confusing, but you will probably understand why in a bit.
>> COMICS <<
I am SURE you guys have seen me gradually posting images of Everybody Loves Ashley, a Pokémon fan comic.
I think this one is pretty self explanatory. I am releasing it on July 8th of this year and it is a DEVIANTART EXCLUSIVE.
However, what I haven't quite announced yet on here is the other comic I am debuting: Make Me a Model. I will be debuting Make Me a Model on here in August. It debuts on my Patreon (www.patreon.com/trainerkelly) July 4th. For more information about that comic before I start to advertise it on here, please go to: mmam.trainerkelly.net
I will also be posting 1-panel comics taking place on two of my planets, Naitmaric and Fairolk. Those will be a PATREON and INSTAGRAM (www.instagram.com/trainer_kell…) exclusive. If there are any that are noteworthy and popular, I may post them on here at a later date.
I have an additional two comic series with a projected roll-out month being September, although it may be later. I'm still working out if it's going to be an exclusive or something else. You guys will know my decisions in the future.
I'm personally excited about all of these.
>> COMMISSIONS <<
I've thought about this for a long time and I am finally closing down commissions permanently. They are tentatively opened until January 1st, 2017, although that is subject to change. If you would like a commission, claim a spot now!!!
For more information about this decision, please go to: rambles.trainerkelly.net/?p=35…
>> EVERYTHING ELSE <<
> Kelly's Journey goal update: rambles.trainerkelly.net/?p=35…
Um...I think that might be it.
Hey you guys!!
I attended a small convention called Kaminari-Con and will be attending DAY 2.
It is at Niagara County Community College in Sanborn, NY. Artist Alley is located in the Athletic(s) building in the Gym, which is right when you walk in. You can park in the parking lot (Lot 1).
For more information: ncccanimeclub.wix.com/kaminari…
Hope to see you guys there!!!
Happy New Year, everybody!! 2016 is here and thank goodness because my 2015 was mostly crap until the last few months.
I have been silent on here for a while. I would love to be like "I'M GONNA START POSTING FREQUENTLY" but I've done that too often to no avail. Would I like to start posting frequently this year and restore my deviantART to it's former glory? Yes. Will that happen? I don't know. It's definitely a "time will tell" situations.
Right here at the start of 2016, however, is a convention called YourMiniCon that I am attending. It's January 9th and 10th. I still have a lot of artwork to do for it, but I'm excited!!
Here's a preview.
I have been super active on Patreon in terms of posting things like WIPs, so if you're interested in seeing me being more...active, go there.
I would also like to point out that my holiday prices are still available, so get them now before I shut them down, which will be VERY soon! The money goes towards business expenses including supplies and convention travel.
My 2016 goals are not yet up on my blog since my current goal is to get everything done for this convention that I intend to do. However, my summary of 2015 is up and boy, is it a doozy!! Brace yourself for dark thoughts! It's there rearing it's ugly head.
I'm better though, for right now.
I'm going to get back to the piece I'm working on now.
See you guys soonish, hopefully! Hope you're still here with me.
Welcome to TrainerKelly's Holiday 2015 Commissions journal! For this year, I am attempting something new: *NAME YOUR OWN PRICE (starting at $1 (USD)).If you feel that this page is too overwhelming, you are more than welcome to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org (preferably with the subject line "Holiday Commissions") and pitch me what you want! Otherwise, continue right along.
I would like to make $2,000 this holiday season to help fund my business. I have a convention coming up in January that I would like to have some cool items to sell at. Additionally, I would like to open my online shops and attempt to transition my business into the direction it should be. While most of it is time, money is certainly a factor! I would like my business to fund itself and with your help, it will be able to! Will you help me?
PLEASE NOTE: dA Points are STILL ACCEPTED, but are DISCOURAGED! Thank you.
Rules & Guidelines
Things I Do:
humainoid characters, creatures, fan characters, original characters, canon characters, real people in non-realistic styles | most kinds of pairings | fanservices, ecchi, & hentai | inanimate objects | I'll send you work-in-progress sketches & snapshots | check in every step of the way | convert your ideas based off of your written specifications into drawings | private commissions; just tell me!
Things I Don't Do:
hentai involving males OR real people OR my character, Kelly OR any of my personas | certain fetishes; PLEASE ASK | these pairings: Paul/Dawn, Ash/Misty, Ash/May, Ash/Angie, Ash/Iris, Ash/Serena, Sora/Kairi, and Doctor/River (non-romantic scenarios are okay) | hate art | complex OR highly-detailed artwork | draw in a style I'm not familiar with | draw characters in situations I don't approve of (just ask) | animation | create a character from scratch for you
all prices are listed in USD | I accept Paypal and deviantART points | no discounts may be applied, except for VIP client discount| 3-day notice is required for deadlines | unlimited characters | NO REFUNDS unless I cancel your order | changes can ONLY be done within the first 15 days of the finished product | commercial/for profit/money making rights ARE available; please ask | $5 free-reign/consultation fee STILL APPLIES
I reserve the right to CANCEL your commission | I reserve the right to BLACKLIST you from purchasing a commission from me for anything, including repeated harrassment and being annoying | I reserve the right NOT to tell you the reasons for cancelling your commission, blacklisting you, etc. | all information is subject to change, with OR without warning | I REQUIRE you to approve each step before I move forward; this may cause delays in delivering the image, but I want to make sure the images are exactly what you want! | *I reserve the right to DECLINE your commission, including if I feel the price you are naming is far too low for the work you are asking me to do
Ignore the pricing on the images; tell me YOUR price for EVERYTHING all together | NO DISCOUNTS including chibi styles (exception: VIP client discount still applies)| no additional pricing for more characters, backgrounds
Section 1: The Styles
My Style / Pokémon Inspired / Chibi
Pencil / Regular / Coloured
No Colour / Base Colour / Cel / Painted Dreams / Screentone / Texture Added
Want your picture done twice in two different styles? The second style is a 10% discount! (Mention it in the comments of the order form!)
No Background (Transparent) / Simple / Semi-Detailed / Detailed
Section 2: Type of Commissions
A black & white sketch doodle with optional pencil shading. Optional gradient OR colour overlay. Please Note: If you decide to upgrade this image, I WILL be redrawing it.
Head to chest shots of characters. Perspectives that show pretty much just the head and chest are also included in this category.
Great for fake anime screenshots!
Half Body or Less
Mid-Body or More
Beautiful game graphics, drawn and shrunk down to your desired sized. Great for visual novels and J-RPGs.
Colour Your Work
I Do the Lineart
You Do the Lineart
If you would like me to colour your work, I would be happy to! If you chose to do the line art, please know I need it in either a .PSD or .LIP format.
If you ordered just a sketch from me and now want to have it coloured (rather than ordering everything all together), this option is for you! Please note that these do not include the colouring & background prices in them.
Will you take ANY commission that is requested of you?
No, I will not. Please look at the "Disclaimers" section for additional information.
How long does it take you to complete one picture?
It entirely depends on what the picture contains. If it is only one character, cel-shaded with no background, it usually takes me 3 to 5 hours. We're looking at 10 to 15 for something with a detailed background. Each character takes about 2 hours to completely colour. Please keep this in mind when pitching your price!
Why aren't you raising money for charity instead of your business?
Believe it or not, part of my business plan IS to start donating to charities! However, I can't really roll that out though until I start getting more money in! I'll detail my plan once I have it fully settle and enough money in the bank to do it.
Why are you aiming for $2,000?
I think it's a good number to get the materials I need for the convention products (even though it will be VERY last minute), to pay for my gas to my first convention selling at Artist Alley, fund my website, create & sell products on my store, and leave me with some leftover to full future projects or future convention trips.
Will you be announcing how far along you are with your goal?
Yes, I will be! I will announce it on here and on my social media pages.
Are you counting previous commissions in this goal?
No, I am not. If you have bought a previous commission from me and are still waiting to pay, you will pay the original quoted price and the money you give me is not counted towards the $2,000 goal. It will certainly still help overall though!
How will the dA points work?
Same as above; pitch me a price! However...I discourage dA points for this month. I'm looking for money to help fund my business. dA points isn't going to help with that!
*I reserve the right to DECLINE your commission, including if I feel the price you are naming is far too low for the work you are asking me to do. Please be reasonable! Asking me to draw one character with no background for $1 is DIFFERENT from asking me to draw ten characters with a detailed background for $1!
The above includes ALL options except for: bundles, comics, print/mailing services, all business/graphic services (except for artwork), and writing & proofreading services. Chibi discount does NOT apply!
Ordering is SIMPLE! Either drop me a note on here with ALL the details of your commission (including price), drop me an e-mail at email@example.com, or wherever else you can reach me at!
Alternately, you may also use the easy-to-use order form here!
Hey guys! I can't remember what I wrote last time, so here's a quick bullet point of my life updates:
- and I have our own place!!!
- and I are trying to organize our own place and get it all set up so we can actually do creative things and be awesome!
- my computer desk and main computer are finally back within my grasps! YAY! I'm actually typing from my main computer, which I haven't used for nearly a month! (I missed it SO much!! I like my laptop, but not for long use.)
- ...my graphics tablet broke at some point. My tablet pen broke earlier on and I almost told my mom to get me a new tablet instead, but thought that was silly. The tablet literally worked only to put the new pen on and every time after that, it has been dead. This is probably both a good and bad thing. It forces me to sort out the apartment, but I can't actually work on any new pieces...
- my mom bought me a new tablet!! I'm getting the newer version of the tablet that broke. Thank you, mother dear!
- estimated time for new artwork? I have no freakin' idea. I have a ton of stuff to work on though and share with you guys! I'm super excited! If you are Patron of mine on Patreon (especially those who pledge $10+) will see updates on all the potential new stuff.
- I'm looking forward to getting through commissions and launching my holiday prices! I think you guys might love them too! ;]
- I have a bunch of magnets I made for my birthday and...I REALLY made too many of them, so if you guys want any of them, just message me. The magnets:
TKN Logo - x1
Me Gasping - x3
Myself & Myself Front View - x3
Myself & Myself Back View - x2
Thank You - x1
You are Awesome - x3
Myself Bowing - x2
Kelly Frowning - None, sorry! (If you REALLY want one, I can make one for you!)
Myself Bowing (Girl Side) - x2
I'm just asking for $1 (USD) to cover mailing costs. They're not the most sturdy magnets, but they are certainly super cute! If you guys find that you really want one that I don't have, I'll happily make it for you, same price. Thanks!!
- I think I already told you guys, but I'm going to be going to my first Artist Alley in January, at YourMiniCon Connecticut! I will be at table A11! If you're coming, stop by and say hi! I love meet my watchers from online!
So, what's going on with you guys?
Hey everybody, how are you? I feel like it's been a while since I have done an update. I know I have been inactive and expect more inactivity for a while. Maybe you'll see a post here or there, but nothing frequent.
It's not because of lack of content though, but rather a desire to keep things active and start being on top of posting! I'm about to start heading off to anime conventions and I have all of you guys who are just waiting for new stuff! I hate that I don't post frequently, but I have the content! I really do! It's just...sitting there, just waiting to be completed.
If you are a patron on Patreonand pledge $10 or more, you'll have access to my more recent sketches. They'll give you an idea of what's to come. There's a lot of cool stuff I have planned, other than just some simple illustrations. Of course, just because I plan it doesn't mean I'll go through with it.
I haven't really been in a position recently to be doing anything productive, but I should be soon, if all goes well. I'll make a more formal announcement and fill you all in once I'm settled.
I HAVE been drawing a lot in the past day or so. I'm excited to share the images with you when they're finished.
Thank you for your continued support!!!
I am VERY pleased to announce that I am attending YourMiniCon CT as a participant of Artist Alley! I will be at Booth A11.
This will be my first Artist Alley. I am excited!
If you are attending, don't hesitate to say hello! I love meeting my watchers! You never know what friendships will grow from them.
I have made a new widget on my page, entitled "CONVENTION SCHEDULES". I will list all conventions I will be attending, in addition to announcing them here in a journal.
Thank you so much for your support, everyone!
Hey guys, how are you all doing?
I'm doing...alright. I recently had to move two hours from where I used to live to stay with my dad. My mother (who I was living with) sold her house and since I don't have enough money right now for my own place (totally my fault), I'm stuck living with my dad.
I know I've been rather inactive for a while, even more than I want to be. It's largely due to the whole moving situation as of more recently.
I'm currently in the middle of setting up my room at my dad's, so it'll probably be a while longer before I get back into the swing of artwork and some awesome things.
My priority right now is absolutely to save money, so some awesome projects may have to fall on the back burner or will appear slowly, depending what I want to do. I'm hoping to get a second job soon to help me out. I would consider commissions a third, except I don't get money at a steady pace.
I am still doing commissions, so if you would like to commission me, that would be a big help! I do have to tweak a few things when I get my desktop back up and running (I'm currently on my laptop) on the website (particularly instead of completing something in two weeks, I'm gonna switch it to a month).
I have a lot of really cool projects in mind to do and I hope I do get around to doing them. However, I think it may be a while. I need to focus on my current, more immediate goals at hand (saving money), but once all those things are nicely "programmed", I'll be able to focus on the things that I REALLY want to do, matter to me, but don't feel as urgent.
;] I'm still working on Japanese and Kelly's Journey though, since it's pretty easy to limit my time to 20 to 30 minutes a day on those and they keep me from going absolutely bonkers.
I start work tomorrow. I'm back up to a customer service manager and I am EXCITED!!!!!
Also, in this insane craziness and seemingly contradictory to my current goal, I am aiming to participate in Artist Alley at Bakuretsu Con in October/November. If I am accepted, I am hoping to have my commission money 100% pay for it, but let's see how that goes. I'm currently waiting for the applications to open, on July 1st.
So, I have a lot of things to do. I'm choosing to believe it will go smoothly once I set my mind to it. I'm pretty good at doing that.
Also, I miss dearly, even though I can go see him any time I'm free.
Thank you for reading!
Hello there, commission clients! If you have previously commissioned me, it would be highly appreciated if you can drop me a note with your testimonial about how much you like my work. I will be placing it on my commission's website.
Thank you in advance!
Hello everyone! How are you guys? I haven't updated properly since December 1st, 2014! Does anybody even read these?
First, I would like to direct your attention to my brand new avatar! It features perhaps my favourite picture from my website set, which I'm using across several websites. It also has my logo. Yeeees, I now have a logo. I LOVE IT SO MUCH.
I plan on doing a new journal layout soon as well. How soon though is another story.
Second, GO CHECK OUT MY WEBSITE. Phase 1 is done. I gotta do a phase 1.2 still, but that's okay. There's not really too much content, but I think the content that IS there may interest some of you.
Guys, I'm on Patreon. I posted it before and I'll post it again. The more money I get, the more I'll be able to do and, quite frankly, that is AWESOME.
There's some great perks. Everybody who becomes a Patreon is eligible for a occasional discounts on my commissions and, if it ever happens, my currently non-existing online store. Maybe some other things too, if it comes up.
I currently have two polls running. I'd appreciate if you guys could go vote:
1.) How frequently would you like to see me post my artwork?
2.) What would you like to see more of?
I'm trudging through some commissions right now. Once they're completed and I revamp the commissions website, I'll reopen them because I feel like I have to. I'm hoping to have everything completed sooner than later.
No new artwork for right now, although I am contemplating doing some. I have some other priorities for goals this year to do, so that may or may not happen.
Kelly's Journey will be coming back, don't worry! I know it's been a while — I'm just writing a bunch of episodes. Enough to last me a year if I post once a month. I think that would be cool, instead of three times a year.
;] I'll let you guys have an update soonish.
I stepped down from my supervisor position at work to become a regular associate again because I can't handle the fast pacing and the pressure (which is often linked with that fast pacing).
I made business cards. They should be here today. I am EXCITED~~~
And...I'm considering participating in Artist Alley, but my biggest factor of NOT doing it is money.
Well, thanks for reading! (And thank you even more if you comment!)
I'm not even sure how many people on here use Patreon, but if you do, I would appreciate your support: www.patreon.com/trainerkelly
There will be exclusive pieces of artwork, as well as stories and whatnot on the site you won't be able to really find anywhere else except for on my website.
Your support is VERY much appreciated!
FINALLY fixed my deviantART journal banner...which I have decidedly updated because the other one was, well, outdated. Needed something newish! It's the same image I use on my actual blog, which I felt was appropriate for this as well. ;]
I suppose I should talk about any updates I have, right?
They are coming, slowly, but surely. I have three right now. I know there was one pending, but I don't know if I am still doing that one or not.
I recently finished episode 23 (YAY!!!), which means I have written about 5 so far this year (and this is excluding the two rewrites I've done, as well as I wrote supposedly in 2012...man, has it really been that long?).
I am aiming to write up to episode 25 for THIS year.
I will have my plans for next year during next month, so keep a look out for that on my blog!
MAAAAAAAN, THIS IS SO STUPIDLY CLOSE TO BEING FINISHED. And it's because it's so close to being finished, that it's going slow. I am currently in the "gotta convert all these files" phase for the Creative Works site and it's tedious. *sighs*
Will it be done before the end of this year? No idea. Probably not.
Or not. I don't know. I'm excited though.
I don't even want to think about work right now, especially because I'm not really feeling particularly happy. I know the feeling will pass at some point, but that some point can't come fast enough.
And yeeeep, I am still with . <3
How are you people doing?