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  • Listening to: Children
  • Reading: Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs
  • Watching: Cat Planet Cuties ♪
  • Playing: Tomodachi Life
  • Drinking: strong black tea .oO (zzzzzzz)
Motaku was great fun! Thanks to everyone who stopped by for a chat or to pick something up! I really enjoyed your company and sharing my art with you. I finished a total of 20 commissions at the con and I brought one home with me. Holymoly, how time flew by! I couldn't even check my streetpasses on Saturday! I missed out on a lot of tags that way XD

Some highlights (besides you wonderful people, and I mean that), are two commissions for Deadpool taking out Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus. TheElusiveDime found a potted plant in need of some TLC with a post-it note of "I am Groot" on it. I do hope you post that, man.

I'm wiped out and my house is a disaster! I'll spend a day recovering and then get to work sharing art with you folks. Thanks again for the company and for the support. I appreciate it all.

Next con is Ahn!Con (whee, a yaoi con~) in January. Hope to see you there!
  • Listening to: Children
  • Playing: Bravely Default
Going to Motaku this weekend! Ninja Monkey Studios will have a table there. Please stop by and visit!
  • Listening to: Children
  • Playing: Bravely Default
    Not that I have any lack of things to do vs. time in which to do them, but I thought I'd poll my followers for some opinions. What would you like to see? These aren't necessarily requests. I just love sharing my talent.
    Original Characters
    Fantasy
    Figure Studies or portraits
    anime fanart
    game fanart
    I tend to like more quiet fandoms, older stuff, and sometimes more obscure titels to avoid the throngs of noisy fans. Not that I don't like things that are popular, but super opinionated fans turn me off a subject for a while.
    I'm currently prepping for Motaku in August and I'll be taking commissions in late August again, but in the meantime, these are just good doodle ideas in those little windows of spare time/boredom.
  • Listening to: Children
  • Playing: Bravely Default
So, Easter rolled along and then it was time for Tiny the Greater's birthday. My first baby is 7 years old! Can you believe it? She continues to astound and frustrate me :) Her birthday means mine is just around the corner. Conveniently placed so I wouldn't forget her b-day, don't you think? Or maybe vice versa. I'm creeping closer to 40. I see people freaking about having birthdays in their 20s and just giggle. I really enjoyed my 20s! But then, I didn't have kids. Those little vampires really make you count your years more carefully. But, childhood doesn't last forever and watching them grow has really brought back some of the fondest memories of my childhood. And then there are all the children's books I get to read

over and over and over...

So, other than that, I have a big commission in the works from the church to do a huge illustration for their teen's ministry. It should be fun! My mom has moved in with us. We stuck our toe into the housing market to give it a try and decided not to jump in yet. We're still not in a good position after almost a decade to sell our house thanks to all the foreclosures in our area :p Frankly, I just don't know how a family is supposed to get by with a decent sized house, children, cars, and then all assorted living expenses. No wonder the middle class is half underwater! How did single income families in days past ever make a nice sized household work? I guess we had more and better paying jobs here in the US.

I'll try to keep up on my own projects, but a big part of my professional time will be dedicated to that church project. Oh my gosh! And Summer is just around the corner! We've had early Spring temperatures lately, so it hardly feels that way. Maybe we'll have a mild Summer, but with all the tornadoes lately...

Anyway, there's a big dump on all the junk in my life right now. I feel like I can breathe a sigh of relief now that April is over. Happy May Day!
  • Listening to: Children
  • Playing: Bravely Default
Wow! April has been so busy with take-home commissions from Naka-kon, personal projects, outstanding commissions, Easter, and birthdays. On top of all that, I'm preparing my little house to move my mother in. Her boyfriend with whom she had just started staying died of a sudden heart attack (smoking related, incidentally). Her Winter was pretty miserable while she watched his house for the family. Her job, even at full time, doesn't pay enough for her to move into an apartment around here and she doesn't have any roommate prospects at her age. So, she's moving in with us. Things will be tight, but there are people who make it on less.

We're looking at the housing market for a place to move, but I'm not sure if I want to jump into an existing house or get a new build. I sure would like a place that is my own and has ever been my own and one that I can live in until my children graduate and possibly beyond. I want an energy efficient place and I'd really love space for a studio, but I don't know how that will go. We'll see how we do together as a family first and then decide what we need.

So, with all that on my mind, I'm taking a little break for Easter weekend. I'm going to take this time to wish all my friends and followers a Happy Easter. Rejoice in the rejuvenation! Bite some bunny ears. Thank you, sincerely, for taking the time to view my offerings.

Be loved.
  • Listening to: Children
  • Playing: Bravely Default
Wow! February was busy with snow days, birthdays, and trying to stay warm on this unusually cold Winter! Spring's just around the corner and Naka-kon is right on our doorstep. I'll be at the Naka-kon artist alley under the banner of Ninja Monkey Studios. If you're attending, stop by and say "hi"! I'll have prints, products, and on site commissions for sale! You could walk away with an original piece for a great price!

I hope to see some of you there!
  • Listening to: Max and Ruby
  • Playing: Tales of the Abyss
To help absorb the impact of some expensive car repairs, I'm opening a few commission slots. Reservations are first come, first served. I have a few other commissions pending, so completion on these commissions won't be until early/mid February. If you're interested, please DevNote me or contact me at nockerbrat@yahoo.com

GENERAL PRICE GUIDE

1. _Forsaken2544_
2. _______
3. _______
  • Listening to: Max and Ruby
  • Playing: Tales of the Abyss
I've had my Tumblr for a couple years but never seemed to have more than a placeholder on it. I'm determined to be more active over there this year, as well as some of my adult galleries (like y-gallery and hentai foundry). While you may not see a lot of new stuff over on Tumblr, I do have some older art and my adult art blog is linked from there. Come on by and have a look! I've been having fun posting groups of pictures in a theme. Hope to see you there!

:star: NINJA MONKEY STUDIOS TUMBLR :star:
  • Mood: Spring Fever
  • Listening to: Ben Folds
  • Reading: Curse of Chalion
  • Playing: Tales of the Abyss
Gearing up for Ahn!Con in KCMO January 10-12! This is my first year there (the second year of the con itself). I feel woefully under prepared, but I'm hoping to have a fun time all the same. So, if you'll be in the area, please stop by the Ninja Monkey Studios booth! I do on-site commissions as well as selling prints. I hope you can make it! Ahn!Con website

I'll also be at Naka-Kon again this year. I don't think we've made it for the last two years due to baby and such, but that takes place March 14-16 in Overland Park, KS. More on that later.

Now that the holiday rush is over, I hope to get back to posting new works and possibly taking commissions in the next few months. I've upgraded to a premium membership hoping it will encourage me to post more. In the end, it's all up to my turbo tiny, though. I have a toddler firmly in the terrible twos. She really wears me out x_x See you soon! (I hope... send a boat if not.)
  • Mood: Spring Fever
  • Playing: Bust-A-Move Universe
Motaku was a blast! It feels so good to be back at a convention (and away from kids). Whew! That was a long year and some. Seeing familiar faces made me feel so good and making art for customers on the spot just refreshed me! I did return with plenty of prints, keychains, bookmarks, and stickers. I'll post those for sale when I get a chance along with commissions and some art made for the convention. I'm hoping to get in to Naka-kon, possibly Ahn!Con, the yaoi convention in the area in January. In the meantime, I'll be updating my portfolio and I should have more new stuff to share in the coming months.

Thanks for your continued support. I really appreciate it! And to all new watchers, welcome! I am so glad you've taken the time to follow me.
  • Mood: Spring Fever
  • Playing: Bust-A-Move Universe
I'm making some new keychains this month for sale at Motaku. They will later be for sale on my website. Anyone have any fandom requests? Specific characters? (no original characters) Links are helpful. Thanks!
  • Mood: Spring Fever
  • Playing: Bust-A-Move Universe
Commissions are filled! Thank you for your on-going patronage.

This is the weekend of a local Downtown Fair. I'm looking forward to taking the girls! My youngest daughter may still be too young to appreciate the full carnival experience, but I think she'll really enjoy watching her sister have fun! My eldest daughter is growing so fast! She'll be in 1st grade in just a couple of months! In the meantime, I'm enjoying Summer with her and I think her baby sister really appreciates having big sis to follow around and pester, heehee! I expect there will be fighting in the not-so-distant future. Lots of "LEAVE ME ALONE!" and "GO AWAY" when the baby tries to copy everything her sister does WHILE she is doing it.

Thus is the burden of the elder sibling.

Though, sometimes, it's tempting to try and follow in my brother's footsteps. He's single, house-sitting a mansion right now on several acres, and not only living rent-free but making MONEY while doing it. What a lucky break, huh? I figure it's karma coming around for him after a very messy divorce.

Funny how my own kids make me reflect on my childhood. You can never go back, but you can kind of re-live it again.

Well! Back to work for me.
  • Mood: Spring Fever
  • Playing: Bust-A-Move Universe
With a convention coming up on top of everything else, I don't have much time, so commission slots are very limited. This is your last chance if you'd like to reserve a commission slot for the Summer! Message me here or contact me at nockerbrat@yahoo.com for inquiries. First come; first served. Thanks guys! I'll have more to upload soon.
  • Mood: Nervous
  • Playing: Bust-A-Move Universe
Oh my gosh! My poor little house was an island today! We've had so much rain in the Midwest lately that the water came up nearly to our back door x_x This house has flooded once before at a time before we moved in, so it's a constant concern that when we get inundated that we're going to have to be swimming through the kitchen! On one hand, we're lucky that we don't have a basement. On the other hand, any time there's a tornado threat, and now that I have two babies and a puppy to watch out for, I'm sweating bullets! Storm shelters seem so expensive! I wonder if they would add to the value of the house, though. It would be something to consider if we weren't looking to move in the next few years.

We have three girls in the house. We NEED another bathroom :giggle:

Other than that, life just keeps rolling along. I'm enjoying Summer vacation with my eldest daughter. Little sister is really enjoying having big sis around. I hope she doesn't fret too much when big sis returns to school. I'm covering in poison ivy from working in the garden. I'm glad it doesn't bother me so much, but it's still troubling to discover it in new places and then worry I might have spread it to the baby. Big time mommy guilt!

Other than that, I'm trying to carve out more time to work on art and catch up on anime released in the last couplefew years that I haven't seen yet. Does anyone have any recommendations? Thanks ahead of time!
  • Mood: Joy
  • Reading: a wet book :(
  • Playing: Bust-A-Move Universe
Wow! Life devoured me for a while. I've been busy with holidays, family, birthday parties, the death of my corgi and the acquisition of a new puppy for my daughter. It seems life has been moving non-stop. My eldest daughter just had her Kindergarten graduation yesterday. A school year FLEW by in a blink! I can't believe it. I also want to thank everyone for the gracious birthday wishes and all your comments that went un-answered. Thank you for keeping up with me, even when I get sucked down in to busy-ness.

I'll be attending Motaku in KCMO this year. More on that later. It looks like my subscription lapsed, too. I'll have to get on that. Life is still in a bit of flux and it's convention season, so I am busier than usual with art. I have a bunch to upload, but I'm going to get a couple things off my plate before I get in to that. So, please stay tuned for that.

My thoughts and prayers go out to those affected by the Oklahoma tornado. It seems like echoes of Joplin only a few years ago! And the elementary schools :( That hits close to the heart! I can't even imagine what I would do! Tornadoes are terrifying enough. We don't have a basement or storm shelter in this house! I'm hoping we move soon.

That aside, who's glad Summer is on the way? Spring has been beautiful here in Missouri (even if we didn't get much of it between Winter re-mix and Summer temperatures :p ). My strawberry plants have gone wild! I'm really looking forward to a crop of fresh berries. I just need to beat the bunnies to them!

Hoo! Okay. More later!
  • Mood: Joy
  • Reading: A borrowed book
  • Playing: Eternal Sonata
I  have three commission slots available for November. There have been people who have expressed interest earlier, so I may give them first crack, but regardless, if you're looking for a commission, drop me a comment and I'll let you know if you have a reservation! Depending on my workload, I may open more later in the month, which means if you leave a comment, you'll have your foot in the door. Thanks!

Happy Halloween!
  • Mood: Joy
  • Reading: A borrowed book
  • Playing: Eternal Sonata
Dihgg made cosplay of my character redesign of Blank from Final Fantasy 9. Fun stuff!
Mine: FFMUX: FF9 Blank Redesign by The-Z
Check it out!
1. imageshack.us/scaled/landing/7…
2. imageshack.us/scaled/landing/2…
3. imageshack.us/scaled/landing/5…
4. imageshack.us/scaled/landing/4…

Thanks for the links and the homage, Dihgg!
  • Mood: Joy
  • Reading: A borrowed book
  • Playing: Eternal Sonata
Thank you for the great response to my commission special. Thanks to the quick and enthusiastic patronage, we were able to get through a bit of a financial pinch after having to pay cash for a new HVAC for our house. Ouch. But we did it and remained afloat. Now, we're cruising out this heat wave in relative comfort. Still got some lingering hospital bills from the baby's birth and my diabetic care, but we'll get those squared away for long. I just wanted to thank you all again. It also just felt good to get back in to creating art and making people smile. That seems like a greater reward, all told, and if I could pay my bills with that, I would in a heartbeat.

Commission prices are going back to normal again. I hope it's not discouraging. In the meantime, I have a few lingering projects from my special that I will share soon.

Commission prices are here. Commissions are by reservation only. Please DevNote me or email me at nockerbrat@yahoo.com for confirmation. Your name will be placed on the list (or initials if you prefer). No real limit on rating, but I won't draw loli/shota, guro/vore, and a few other exceptions. If in doubt, just ask. Pencil, ink, color, all available.
1. elvenboi
2. _BR_
3. _impact67_
4. _elvenboi_
5. _____

If you're interested in any of the originals from the commission special, please let me know. I'm letting them go for $20 a piece. Thanks!
  • Mood: Joy
  • Reading: A borrowed book
  • Playing: Eternal Sonata
This arrangement is working well for me right now, so I won't limit myself on $10 sketches! If you'd like to see an OC or a fan character, let me know. One character, little to no background, any rating. No guro/loli/shota, but otherwise I'm open to most anything. Comment here and I'll confirm your reservation with a reply. I'll send you payment info after receiving details. Come get some!

For those still waiting (all two of you), be assured I'm still in the process of working on yours. Some characters get along with my muse better than others ^^;
  • Mood: Joy
  • Reading: A borrowed book
  • Playing: Eternal Sonata
I've been trying to ease back in to art since the baby was born. I've found time to sketch in the evening-- nothing too involved yet, just a couple hours a night, but it still feels good to produce something. So, in the spirit of being productive, I'm offering $10 single character sketches, little/no background and PayPal only. Let me know via comment if you're interested and then DevNote me after confirmation. I'm attending a fair with my older daughter soon and I'd like a little money to treat her to rides and cotton candy. What's a fair without cotton candy? :3

Thanks for your time! Happy Memorial Day to you fellow 'Mericans!