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Can someone explain to me why people go “what happens if I do this?” when they see you working painstakingly on something, after they asked you to explain the whole process (and it’s always obvious this shit takes a lot of WORK) and then proceed to prod your sculpt/draw a line over your art on your tablet or shit like that, what do you possibly get out of it other than me telling you I’ll punch a hole through your fucking face?

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Last week I wrote this piece for Comic Book Resources about the new Teen Titans #1 cover. The point of the piece was hey, there’s a broad demographic DC *could* be hitting with this book but the cover is certainly not made for that potential demographic. Instead, it’s more of the same-old,…

NSFW commission for Alienfirst
An incredibly fun commission for :Stripetail of their awesome character, Feng, in my maya Style. 
I might have gone a bit too far on this one but I just knew right off the bat what I wanted to do with it and I love the results: I replaced the character’s original Hanfu armor for maya clothes/armor made from seashells and jade. I also redesigned his hairstyle and the weapon, since the maya didn’t use metal the blade is made from obsidian. The entire pose and the idea of the seashells is based from a particular maya carving. 
The glyph you can read faintly on the armor reads “Wind”, as the original bore a hanzi character of the same meaning. I put the same glyph on the jade talisman on his ankle, also reminiscent of the original design. 
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Remember discounted commissions are OPEN! 
Full body characters/pokemayans etc. = 20USD each (25USD with shading)Icons = 10USD (15USD with shading).Tattoo designs are also discounted!

An incredibly fun commission for :Stripetail of their awesome character, Feng, in my maya Style. 

I might have gone a bit too far on this one but I just knew right off the bat what I wanted to do with it and I love the results: I replaced the character’s original Hanfu armor for maya clothes/armor made from seashells and jade. I also redesigned his hairstyle and the weapon, since the maya didn’t use metal the blade is made from obsidian. The entire pose and the idea of the seashells is based from a particular maya carving. 

The glyph you can read faintly on the armor reads “Wind”, as the original bore a hanzi character of the same meaning. I put the same glyph on the jade talisman on his ankle, also reminiscent of the original design. 

Remember discounted commissions are OPEN! 

Full body characters/pokemayans etc. = 20USD each (25USD with shading)
Icons = 10USD (15USD with shading).
Tattoo designs are also discounted!

Commission for Weirdhyenas of their awesome dragon god in maya style. 
Discounted commissions are OPEN! 

Commission for Weirdhyenas of their awesome dragon god in maya style. 

Discounted commissions are OPEN! 

Maya yellow jacket (commission)
Remember discounted commissions are in open! 
Full body characters/pokemayans etc. = 20USD each (25USD with shading)Icons = 10USD (15USD with shading).Tattoo designs are also discounted!
You can grab several slots at a time! if you don’t want a commission but want to help a fellow artist out you can donate via paypal to monirobot@gmail.com ANY amount helps. Message me here or email me to that same address if you are interested!

Maya yellow jacket (commission)

Remember discounted commissions are in open!

Full body characters/pokemayans etc. = 20USD each (25USD with shading)
Icons = 10USD (15USD with shading).
Tattoo designs are also discounted!

You can grab several slots at a time! if you don’t want a commission but want to help a fellow artist out you can donate via paypal to monirobot@gmail.com ANY amount helps. Message me here or email me to that same address if you are interested!

Belated commissions for Zetarays!

Mutavore, Meathead and their original Kaiju in maya form. Hope you dig them and sorry again for the delay! 

Moving out and need some extra cash

Hey guys, I’m moving out (unexpectedly) to a new apartment, this is happening much sooner than expected so I’m going to need some extra cash to recover what I had to pay for my first rent+deposit thing and for some simple furniture because besides a bed my new room/studio space has exactly nothing…

So this means discounted commissions are in order! if you are interested I’ll be doing a 50% off thing, that means full body characters/pokemayans etc. will be 20USD each (25USD with shading), icons and mayanized character genitals (if you are into that) will be 10USD (15USD with shading).

You can grab several slots at a time! if you don’t want a commission but want to help a fellow artist out you can donate via paypal to  at this point ANY amount helps, to help with groceries and the like, if your donation is on the biggish side you’ll surely get a thankyou drawing! That’s all for now and thanks for reading, guys! 

Maya Glaceon commissioned by oisebastian
Glaceon’s original design seemed underwhelming, so I redesigned it as an ice counterpart to the water based vaporeon; glaceon is a pokemayan adapted to live in icy crystal caves, showing vestigial elements from his fully aquatic counterpart, such as small fins, spines and scales, but with crystal like growths around his neck and along its body. It is accustomed to the nearly frozen, pitch black depths of the waters, it is now blind and uses its fleshy proboscis to perceive its prey’s movements. 
ETA: commissions are OPEN!

Maya Glaceon commissioned by oisebastian

Glaceon’s original design seemed underwhelming, so I redesigned it as an ice counterpart to the water based vaporeon; glaceon is a pokemayan adapted to live in icy crystal caves, showing vestigial elements from his fully aquatic counterpart, such as small fins, spines and scales, but with crystal like growths around his neck and along its body. It is accustomed to the nearly frozen, pitch black depths of the waters, it is now blind and uses its fleshy proboscis to perceive its prey’s movements. 

ETA: commissions are OPEN!



PROGRESS POST!

This was going to be just an art progress post, but I think it’s telling how these are tied to how I’ve changed as a person too.

This is a very long rant about self growth and art with lots of personal stuff so you have been warned, you might as well skip to the end. 

I still cringe when I look at that first one, I started with the idea of this style about a year ago and I had no idea how to truly take advantage of my tablet, I was flopping about like a fish out of water. I was in a shitty place about myself, I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. I was lost, angry and feeling down, basically a walking ball of resentment. I didn’t feel like someone I’d like to hang out with and that felt terrible, I felt like a bad person inside. I wanted to get away from all that, this was my first attempt at making an icon in this style so people could at least recognise me online, it had no purpose or much thought behind it other than using the style, but I hadn’t started studying it closely and it shows, painfully so, which is why it looks so out of place in comparison. I think there was another one between this and the next, but I can’t find it.

The second one was the most prevalent, my lines became more fluid after so much practice, the shapes became more solid, I had started looking closely at animals and mesoamerican carvings, trying to figure them out, so they also make more sense. A lot of the “signature” features in my work developed here in their rough form. At this point I decided I wanted to live off my work because I’m just terrible at anything else, and a life not doing this seemed bleak and boring, and I knew if I didn’t do it for survival it would wither and die; I felt weak art-wise. I decided to embrace it and work hard on it, it was pretty tough, lots of things happened and I got beat down a lot. It felt like I was faking it in an attempt to make it real, I had moments of feeling optimistic about the whole thing, but also bouts of feeling shit and scared, it was like a constant thunderstorm in my brain, and lots of my attempts at doing new things with my work failed or felt weak, but it felt like I was slowly growing stronger all over. This is when I took up my sword martial art, which is a big part of my life, I became to appreciate hard work and failure as part of the process and it reflected what was going on in my life; I struggled a lot to get stronger and master the techniques, but I also enjoyed it, I started enjoying challenging myself, which has recently started to permeate my work too. It has been my most prevalent icon so lots of things happened in this period (I still had this some days ago after all) at first I was still clinging to some things that damaged me terribly every day, things people said and how I was perceived could impact me really badly, so it was like having fog in the brain at all times. I’ve always had people telling me what I should look like, be like, feel like, think like, so I clung to this weird body image and self idea that wasn’t even my own and damaged my self worth, work, training, etc. as a result of the sheer stress. The fog would dissipate temporarily as I trained because it’s something I love and grow strong from, something entirely for myself. After a lot of struggling, starting this year, I realised I was being very dumb, after all I didn’t even LIKE the body people were trying to push on me under the guise of “health”, I love being strong and capable, my favorite bodies are buff and curved, and I don’t agree with body shaming or bullshitting. I was also tired of longing for something that I knew I couldn’t do; animation school. I was very aware of it and yet I kept clinging to the notion, at least so far it couldn’t be done without putting myself in huge debt, but worse than that I was carving a hole inside myself because I felt like a failure for lacking this, which is silly because I believe in hard work and self made heroes. I was being very incoherent with myself, so I decided to say “fuck it”, today I realised I had truly given it up, in a good way. Since letting go of these poisonous ideas I’ve experienced what it’s like to feel badass in every aspect, and it’s completely new, in my mind I’ve put this as “claiming and embracing the carelessness of a buff and hairy lumberjack”. This breath of fresh air is allowing me to believe more in my work. I did several half hearted attempts to change this icon without even knowing what I wanted from it, including the third one:

I did the third one a few days ago, and consider it a flop or slip in my way to making the final one, I was trying to hold on tight to the second design too closely but making it BIGGER, FIERCER, MORE COMPLEX (not always better at all) instead of making it more solid, so I regressed, this made me realise I have to be more aware of my process. I knew I wanted to make it more square, to fit better with the style and to use as a logo of sorts. There are things I like, such as the multiple gills and the little fin underneath, since I first started this style I’ve liked adding small piercing spines to fins, so I added that. I liked it for about a day but then I realised the colors, tongue and teeth feel sloppy, the open eye doesn’t look good, the nose was more complex than intended and curly, and while I liked the gills and such the whole thing was convoluted. I needed something more solid and less complicated. It feels like a product of my newfound optimism without self awareness. 

I went back to the second one while I worked on the final. 

I love my current icon, it took me hours of hard work to find the right shapes. I embraced the things I thought represented me and let go of the elements that felt like pretence. It translated to thicker lines, squishier and simpler forms and a tighter, solid design. I kept the colors that make my brain tingle and pushed it further with more depth through shadows, just going for it and being less precious about my work, which will allow me to finally work on my comics and animation ideas without tearing myself apart over them, which in turn will feed this “feel good” vibe. 

My life is good right now, and I’ve learned to strive to be more of me, not less. 

TL;DR: It’s amazing how our work can reflect who we are at a given time and bloom and wither depending on our state of mind and body, letting go of shit and feeling good and optimistic about yourself will do wonders for it too.