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Hello,
I am opening five slots for commissions. If you are interested, please see below for guidelines.
Commissions accepted for: full figure or bust, with abstract/minimal background.

Rates for full figure portraits are $60 for a black and white lineart picture and $80 for a colored one. Subtract 15$ if instead you want a bust portrait.
My only limitations are that I can only draw original characters and that I'd rather not draw furry/anthro subjects. And I won't accept pornographic content.

If you're interested, please book your slot by replying here below, so that I can keep track of the order. I'll try to make you wait as little as possible.

This is how I work.
Upon receiving via PM your description and an email address to which I can write, I'll send you a pencil sketch for approval. Then if needed I'll apply any corrections you require. After I have your approvation of the sketch, I'll ask you to kindly send me the payment via paypal, and then proceed with inks and colors (if you requested a color commission).
I'll upload a tiff file at 300dpi (unless specified otherwise) and send you the download link.


SLOT 1- :iconprodigal-gamer: finished

SLOT 2- :iconmihoshik: finished

SLOT 3- :iconlostaris: penciling

SLOT 4- :iconashenbach:

SLOT 5- :iconvarcel:

1. How long have you been on DeviantArt?
Apparently it's been no less than eight years! That means that I joined when I was living in Japan, after my graduation from the University. Which is odd, because I was sure I'd joined before that time but there you go. It's not like I trust my memory that much anyways.
It's needless to say that this period of time has seen me grow from a hobbyist to a professional and DA has often been a medium of that evolution. Through my portfolio I've been found and asked to work by several companies, first illustrating roleplaying game manuals, and then comics. And I met so many people who changed my life and helped in the process.
Someone recently told me that Deviant Art is a community about growing as an artist, rather than a place to stick one's portfolio and find work. That is very true indeed. It's more of a community in the truest meaning than any other art place I've seen on the 'net.

2. What does your username mean?
It's my real name. I used to have a nickname back in the day, it was Sunamori. It's been my nickname for roughly a decade, and it means, in Japanese, "sand forest". It's an image I used to link with how I felt about myself. But now that I'm a professional and that feeling no longer applies, I chose to use my real name.

3. Describe yourself in three words.
Never Giving Up.

4. Are you left or right handed?
Right handed but left-eyed. Meaning my dominant eye is the left: I focus with it and use the right for depth of field. It actually only makes a difference when I practice archery, because I need to hold the bow with my right hand and the string with the left (the opposite is the norm). And of course my bow has its arrow rest on the right side as a consequence. This makes me practically left handed when shooting with a bow. Apparently it's quite rare.

5.What was your first deviation?
I'm afraid it has long been removed. I tend to keep a tidy gallery and only share the recent stuff, the one I'm proud of, as my gallery is in a way my portfolio and I'm afraid that people could get bored of browsing it if there was too much stuff. I can tell you what the oldest still remaining deviation is, which is:
The Outsider by TazioBettin
I'm still kinda fond of it. Considering it's done with a mouse, it was one of my very first attempts at doing digital art, and it's inspired by a beloved short tale by H.P. Lovecraft, there are some fond memories about it.

6. What is your favourite type of art to create?
Comic pages, pencils and inks. I love coloring my digital art too, but right now I'm enjoying my work as penciler and inker so much, I consider that to be my main thing.

7. If you could instantly master a different art style, what would it be?
Pottery. I never tried it, but I'm sure I'd absolutely love to be able to create chawan (japanese teacups). Especially in the Bizen style, I just adore that type of pottery and my most beloved chawans are Bizen except for the most precious one, an Irabo chawan given to me by my teacher of chanoyu (Japanese tea ceremony for the layman).

8.What was your first favourite?
The same as 5. applies: I tend to keep the favourites to a minimum so that I can keep track of them easily. Also apparently the oldest I had has been stashed recently. The current oldest favorite I have is:
SHOWTIME by digital404

9.What type of art do you tend to favourite the most?
Digital paintings, it seems. They do tend to be the most spectacular images one can find on DA, when they're done right. But recently I'm shifting towards inked pages because I like to hoard references.

10. Who is your all-time favourite deviant artist?
I don't have one. There are many artists I admire equally but for different reasons. Some of them are in my Influence Map but many are simply people I follow. I can tell you for example that :iconjebriodo: is an artist whose pencils and inks I admire greatly, as well as one of my oldest DA buddies and a true friend, and that :iconeeren: is one of the most important people in my life as well as a bloody kickass colorist who taught me many things. Another artist I admire and look up to is :iconspacefriend-krunk: who also taught me and helped me a lot in my journey to become a comic artist. :icontoshinho: is also a truly kind gentleman I pride myself in calling a friend whose tutorials made a huge difference in how I approach digital art.

11. If you could meet anyone on DeviantArt in person, who would it be?
I'm assuming this question means "meet face to face for the first time". Then it would be :iconjebriodo:. After all these years, I want to bearhug my awesome uncle! (that's an injoke by the way) Also :iconspacefriend-krunk: because I owe him more beers than I can count. And I owe much to :iconaburto: so I'd like to be able to say thank you in person.
And there's someone I'm actually waiting to meet in person, who has been a great support in the time of need and always has a wise word or some joke to share and is a truly precious friend. I'm talking about you, :iconkate-n-bd:!

12. How has a fellow deviant impacted your life?
WARNING!! CUDDLY CHEESY ROMANTIC TALK AHEAD!
Please check your blood sugar before proceeding.

There is a deviant who gave a meaning to my life I could never have imagined. She changed it, forever. She gave me more than anyone ever could, and always brings the best out of me, making me become less unforgiving towards myself and making me realize that I'm better than I thought I was. She is a person with whom I can share everything, and we care and worry for each other constantly.
She is always in my heart and in my thoughts and she inspires me to overcome my limits and do better and better, because she makes everything feel possible. And even more beautiful, our artistic lives are strongly connected. When I'm in her presence, art flows from my fingers effortlessly. When she's away for a long time, my pencils become heavy like lead. I like how that makes me feel strong and vulnerable at the same time, because I know I have nothing to fear. She's there for me just like I'm always there for her.
But I won't name her here.

13. What are your preferred tools to create art?
2B and H mechanical pencils, pigma micron markers, and my inseparable fudepen (also known as penbrush).

14. What is the most inspirational place for you to create art?
Well I tend to create most of my art in my room, but I don't consider it especially inspirational. Any place I can hold a paper sheet and a pencil is allright. I don't think I have a special place, unless my mind counts. And that is a place I can conveniently always bring with me.

15. What is your favourite DeviantArt memory?
Oh gods, memories... so many of them have become blurred and confused, and I'm not one who relies on the accuracy of his memories. Absolutely not. I mean, we're talking about eight years! How can I choose? It's obvious that I'd automatically go with recent things...
But I'm planning to do something that definitely will become one. So stay tuned!

Tagged by :iconsaniika:

1- What's your current wallpaper. Describe it, or better : show us !

Wp2 by TazioBettin

Done for me by the incomparable :iconeeren: who knew my love for this House. Because trenchcoats over armor, how badass is that?
Oh and you should check her Society6 store: society6.com/eren she's selling this design and a lot of other truly awesome stuff.

2- What's your own favorite OC and why ?

Bellerefo Legeriwin by TazioBettin
There's no doubt it's Bellerefo. I'm very satisfied with the visual concept, and there's much of me in her personality and backstory.

3- What's the most viewed / faved deviation in your gallery ?

Cyberpunk by TazioBettin
I definitely don't think this deserves its place. I'm absolutely sure I did better stuff, both before and after this one, but you can never know with popularity. It's a strange beast. Still, I'm not complaining. I put some effort on this piece and it's satisfying to know that people recognize that.

4- In your humble opinion what's your most underrated deviation, the one that deserves more exposition ?
There is more than one to be honest (and you can easily expect that I think. The following is the first that comes to my mind:
Eren's OCs by TazioBettin
I wish people cared more about this as I worked on expressions and making characters look different from each other, but I kinda see why it's not that popular: they're just pencil face portraits after all, and I see how the kind people who watch my stuff are more interested in colored art.
Apart from this one: all of my comics pages are extremely underrated in my opinion. Very few comments there, though it's no tragedy because I received the comments I cared about most :)

5- What's your current main project ?

A series of illustrations together with :iconeeren: for Evil Hat Productions' FATE roleplaying game line. www.evilhat.com/home/

6- What's the last deviation you put in your fav and Why did you fav it ?

Silent Hill Downpour #2 Page 9 by T-RexJones
The inks in this picture are simply amazing and I wish to learn and take inspiration from them.

I tag - if you want XD:
:iconkate-n-bd:
:iconjebriodo: :iconkittysan101: :iconfiji-fujii: :iconnunchaku: :iconsykosan: :iconspacefriend-krunk: :icontoshinho:
(yeah, I know it should be 6, but 8 is my favorite number so there you go)

As many of you know, I'm a huge fan of the You Are Not So Smart podcast, a blog and podcast that investigates the subconscious functioning of our brains, the self-delusions we create without knowing, and one of the latest episodes is very interesting because it deals with how we learn to feel helpless the more we fail.
youarenotsosmart.com/2015/06/2…
this applies to anything, not just tests, but also social situations etc. and it's tangential to situations like rejection and bullying for example. It's a very enlightening, and somewhat touching episode which I very much recommend. You may learn how to face something about yourself by listening to it.
The New York Times published a truly great and inspiring puzzle/test.
www.nytimes.com/interactive/20…
I would like to encourage you to take it. It's about your logic capabilities and your degree of critical thinking.
The result comes with a very insightful short article, and the test itself is incredibly short, so please, do take the time and take a look, you won't regret it, I promise!
Guys.
Really, please. Go visit this gentleman's gallery here: bejzar.deviantart.com/
Seriously, do it, :iconbejzar: is beyond awesome. He deserves your watch much more than I do.

Maintenance by bejzar Hand by bejzar Enviro sketch by bejzar Sphere by bejzar

Do it! Please!


And the lyrics for those  who may need them: www.metrolyrics.com/wise-enoug…

There's so very much in this song that speaks to me right now.
...what??? Over 400'000 pageviews??? And nearly 6000 watchers???
You guys are crazy!!!!


But... thank you, that is really really sweet...! Thank you so much!
When you regard the strong, try to look at the scars that shaped them. People don't become strong because they want to, they become strong because they have to. At some point in their lives, you see, they had no choice but to become what they are. Think about what pain they experienced. Maybe they were broken by it, perhaps even lost something of what they were before, but they still forced themselves back on their feet. So maybe sometimes you might choose to show compassion, and remind them how those scars are beautiful.

Rigor Samsa

n. a kind of psychological exoskeleton that can protect you from pain and contain your anxieties, but always ends up cracking under pressure or hollowed out by time—and will keep growing back again and again, until you develop a more sophisticated emotional structure, held up by a strong and flexible spine, built less like a fortress and more like a cluster of treehouses.




From The Dictionary Of Obscure Sorrows
www.dictionaryofobscuresorrows…
Lots of people replied to my opening commission entry. Thank you so much! I'd like to try and satisfy as many of you as I can, but I think 10 is the maximum if I want to avoid getting overbooked and making people wait for forever. I'm slow enough as it is. I'm only sorry that many of you will have to wait, but here's the list of the commissions I'm accepting with a brief description for each.

-user who wishes to remain anonymous- finished and posted

:iconvarcel: finished

:iconprodigal-gamer: finished

:icondurandus: finished

:icondaegann: finished

:iconcelesv: finished

:iconashenbach: finished

:iconsenorfro: finished

:iconladydreammaker: finished

:iconmrplaid81: aborted
Hi. Since I've recently finished my last gig for Dark Horse, I'm now taking commissions.

I'm not allocating a limited number of slots at the moment. I'm going to take as many as I can.

Commissions accepted for: full figure or bust, with abstract/minimal background.

Rates for full figure portraits are $60 for a black and white lineart picture and $80 for a colored one. Subtract 15$ if instead you want a bust portrait.
My only limitations are that I can only draw original characters and that I'd rather not draw furry art. And no pornographic content.

If you're interested, please book your slot by replying here below, so that I can keep track of the order. I'll try to make you wait as little as possible.

This is how I work.
Upon receiving your description and an email address to which I can write, I'll send you a pencil sketch for approval. Then if needed I'll apply any corrections you require. After I have your approvation of the sketch, I'll ask you to kindly send me the payment via paypal, and then proceed with inks and colors (if you requested a color commission).
I'll upload a tiff file at 300dpi (unless specified otherwise) and send you the download link.

Now some people contacted me in the past asking if I took commissions. I'm afraid I didn't reply to all of you and for that I am deeply sorry. But if you asked me before and didn't receive a reply or received a negative reply (because I was working on comics), could you please contact me on this journal?

Thank you for your kind attention!
I know I know. I already mentioned this. But!
In case you missed it, Titan Comics is launching an art contest for Sally of the Wasteland, my first major comic project with writer Victor Gischler. You can win original artwork by yours truly and copies of the comic! Check it out!
titancomics.tumblr.com/post/11…
... and since this may be the first time anyone does it, why not?
I was tagged by my friend :iconkittehmei:
It's kind of long, but whatever, lets do thiis!

75 questions to answer

 
- tagged by KittehMei 

1. Do you snore?
Apparently not

2. Are you a lover or a fighter?
Fighter. Love has a habit of not working for me, but I can win a fight sometimes, so I choose the path of least resistance. If a fighter is what I'm meant to be, then so be it.

3. What’s your worst fear?
That is way too personal, I'm sorry.

4. As a kid, where you a Lego maniac?
Absolutely, I still have my Lego!

5. What do you think of “reality” tv?
Postmodern cheap garbage.

6. Do you chew on your straws?
I don't own any straws. 

7. Were you a cute baby?
Aren't all babies cute by definition?

8. Is the single life for you?
I don't like it, but it may not be my choice.

9. What color is your keyboard?
Black with white lettering on the keys.

10. Do your sing in the shower?
I sing after, usually.

11. Have you ever sky-dived before?
No, though given the chance, I suppose I might try.

12. Any secret talents?
I can manage to nurture simple lifeforms such as pot plants. This was secret to me until not long ago.
That plant is still alive. Few people know of this. I hope it qualifies.

13. What’s your ideal vacation spot?
My dreams.

14. Can you swim?
Yes.

15. There was no number fifteen so Sharquelle  made this one up herself; where is question number 15?
Probably the most interesting question of all.

16. Have you seen the movie "Donnie Darko”?
Yes.

17. Do you care about the ozone?
You may want to be more specific.

18. How many licks does it take to get to the center of a tootsie pop?
I have no idea what that is.

19. Can you sing the alphabet backwards?
No.

20. Have you ever been on an airplane?
Multiple times. It can be cramped and rather boring, but I always bring my trusty Moby Dick whenever I take one. I love re-reading that book and discovering new things.

21. Are you a single child?
I am. And I am not. :)

22. Do you prefer electronic or manual pencil sharpeners?
I have never tried an electric one. I have a mechanical one which is quite comfortable but I use mechanical pencils for the most part so I don't use it much. I like the smell of the pencils' shavings though.

23. What’s your stand on hunting?
most of the time, I feel like it's a badly addressed topic where people tend to respond more with gut feelings than with rational thought. Hunting and preying is an inextricable part of life.

24. Is marriage in your future?
If you teach me how to look in my futre, I can address this question. Otherwise I don't have any data to support an affirmative or negative answer.

25. Do you like your handwriting?
It is legible, so I consider it acceptable.

26. What are you allergic to?
alcohol, apparently. It causes unpleasant reactions.

27. When was the last time you said 'I love you?'
Less than an hour ago.

28. Is Tupac still alive?
No. Aha! You didn't expect a straightforward answer to that, did you?

29. Do you cry at weddings?
I never cry. And the previous statement is a lie.

30. How do you like your eggs?
fried or scrambled, with black pepper possibly.

31. Are blondes dumb?
generalization is by itself a clear sign of a limited mind. Maybe you can see the irony.

32. Where does the other sock end up?
with this one.

33. What time is it?
01:05am

34. Do you have a nickname?
I'm waiting for one. 

35. Is McDonald's disgusting?
I have never eaten anything I considered disgusting so far, but the average quality is in my opinion on the mediocre side.

36. When was the last time you were in a car?
Last Friday.

37. Do you prefer baths or showers?
Showers, because bathtubs are never long enough to contain my body, at least in my experience so far.

38. Is Santa Claus real?
In every Coca Cola advertisement.

39. Do you like having you neck kissed?
I do miss it.

40. Are you afraid of the dark?
I can't sleep unless in complete dark. I tend to find it rather pleasant.

41. What are you addicted to?
Nicotine and caffeine, though I'm getting rid of the former.

42. Crunchy or creamy peanut butter?
I don't really like peanut butter.

43. Can you crack your neck?
Yes, I tend to do that when I should instead shiver. Go figure why.

44. Have you ever ridden in an ambulance?
Not that I can remember of.

45. How many times have you brushed your teeth today?
Three times. Plus flossing once.

46. Is drug free the way to be?
Freedom is always the way to be.

47. Are you a heavy sleeper?
I believe my sleeping pattern is within average parameters.

48. What colour are your eyes?
It really depends on the light, but they tend to be grey-green with a touch of hazel.

50. Do you like your life?
I'm ok with it and I try to improve it to the best of my capabilities.

51. Who’s better: Stone Cold or The Rock?
I sense a pattern there, but I cannot provide an answer.

52. Are you psychic
Psychics don't exist.

53. Have you read "Catcher in the Rye"?
No.

54. Do you play any instruments?
No.

55. Have you ever stolen money?
No.

56. Can you snowboard?
You can guess the answer by now.

57. Do you like camping?
It can be enjoyable yes.

58. Do you snort when you laugh?
When I snigger yes, I do. When I laugh, no. 

59. Do you believe in magic?
Only if you can provide evidence that it exists. Then credulity on my part would no longer be necessary.

60. Are dogs a man’s best friend?
I actually prefer cats.

61. Do you believe in divorce?
Are you sure you're choosing the right verb? I think the question is phrased improperly.
Do I believe it can be necessary? Well absolutely, unless you think there's something good in being trapped in a miserable life, and trapping another human being with you in the process.

62. Can you do the moonwalk?
No.

63. Do you make a lot of mistakes?
Constantly. But you know the saying. Try again, fail again, fail better.

64. Is it cold outside today?
It's average, tending toward chilly.

65. What was the last thing you ate?
A red apple.

66. Do you wear nail polish?
I actually wore black nail polish once. It was fun!

67. Have you ever been kissed?
Yes.

68. What's the most annoying TV commercial?
The sexist ones.

69. Do you shop at American Eagle?
Never heard of that.

70. Favourite song at the moment?
A Perfect Circle - Counting Bodies Like Sheep To The Rhythm of the War Drums

71. Do you like your job?
I love it.

72. Do you like your classes in school?
they were very interesting, especially during university.

73. How do you like your meat cooked?
medium to rare, though I enjoy variety.

74. Do you like these surveys.
This one was actually quite demanding.

75. Do you know how to tag three peoples?
No, therefore I shan't tag anyone.
Today is the day!
Order of the Forge, written by Victor Gischler, pencils, inks and colors by yours truly, cover by the great Juan Ferreira and published by Dark Horse is out in stores now so would you like to give it a try?
C'mon, it's about George Washington fighting viking zombies (aka draugr for the philologically inclined) with his magical axe, what's not to love?

More about the comic below!
www.darkhorse.com/Comics/27-67…
www.previewsworld.com/Home/1/1…

And don't miss the facebook page!
www.facebook.com/theforgecomic…

And twitter!
twitter.com/theforgecomic

If you fancy yourself as a post-apocalyptic art warrior, now is your chance to impress the creative team of Sally Of The Wasteland!

To celebrate the hit collection of grind-house by Victor Gischler (X-Men, Punisher Max, Angel & Faith) and yours truly, Titan Comics are running an art competition for a chance to win an original piece of Sally Of The Wasteland artwork by series artist yours truly again. Find out more here if you're interested!
titancomics.tumblr.com/post/11…


More links!
twitter.com/ComicsTitan/status…

www.facebook.com/comicstitan/p…

tmblr.co/ZlM6Ol1j8GDZQ
So, the collected hardback volume of Sally of the Wasteland is in the shelves of your local comic shop, and if not, you should pester them to get it! Have you waited for the trade paperback to be released before buying this comic? Here's your chance, in hard cover no less! It's a beautiful volume let me tell you! What are you waiting for? You have a chance to feed a starving artist after all!

You can find it easily online, too! If you're too lazy to google (nobody's going to judge you for that!), check here
www.barnesandnoble.com/w/sally…
and here you have free shipping worldwide!
www.bookdepository.com/Sally-W…

here's Titan's webpage:
titan-comics.com/c/176-sally-o…

here's some reviews if you really are that stone-hearted and still need convincing (just kidding...)
www.thepullbox.com/2015/03/sot…
comicbookroundup.com/comic-boo…
Since last year's second half I've been enjoying doing several art trades with great artists. It's been great fun, both to try to imagine their original characters in my style, and especially to see them interpreting my character designs through their styles. Here I'd like to showcase the renditions they did of my Bellerefo Legeriwin wizard character (taziobettin.deviantart.com/gal…).
This is an update because a new picture has been added. I like the idea of updating this journal entry as the collection and Bellerefo's power grow (evil grin).
They're all so amazing! Please check them out!

Bellerefo by sykosan by :iconsykosan: 

Mature Content

Bellerefo Sketch by Kassarie
by :iconkassarie: Art Trade with TazioBettin by Lelia by :iconlelia: Artist showcase: Tazio Bettin by saniika by :iconsaniika: Bellerefo Legeriwin art trade by JouniKaltti by :iconjounikaltti: A Christmas Present by Kittysan101 and

Mature Content

Meditation by Kittysan101
by :iconkittysan101: Dirk and Bellerefo by SOLIDToM by :iconsolidtom: Bellerefo Legeriwin by lecompot by :iconlecompot:  Art Trade: Bellerefo by Durandus by :icondurandus: Bellerefo is a Badass - Lines by Eeren by :iconeeren: Art trade - TazioBettin by MonoriRogue by :iconmonorirogue:

These pictures come from France, the U.S.A., Taiwan, Spain, Slovakia, Finland, England, Italy, and Poland. Wow! It's even more awesome if you think of how many nationalities this art trade project managed to include!
It's too bad it only includes two continents but hopefully I'll be able to expand (I'm especially curious to meet people from Africa and Australia... never had any friends or acquaintances from those two continents). Yeah, forgive my megalomania :D

Ladies and gentlemen who participated, thank you from the bottom of my heart!

PS: this is actually a commission, not an art trade, but :iconsaniika: did such a great job that I want to include it as a bonus:

Chibi: Bellerefo by saniika
A chibi version of Bellerefo! Just how adorable is she here? Eh?
So lately I've been taking care of a primrose in a small vase. It's looking pretty good with its full yellow and orange flowers. I guess I'm doing it because I want to prove to myself that I can take care of a living being. Plus plants are relaxing. However, I cannot for the love of the gods remember what plant it is. I always get its name mixed. I just had to check again that it is a primrose, but since I know absolutely nothing of flowers (safe for the most common and obvious ones), I end up calling it a peony, pansy, poppy, petunia or even a periwinkle. So this is turning into a form of psychological experiment.
I'm going to check if by calling it with all the wrong names I manage to cause an identity crisis in that flower. Because science. Stay tuned, I'll let you know.
One of the beloved actors and characters of my childhood left us today at the venerable age of 83. Indeed it can be said that he lived long and left a prosperous legacy.
Thank you for making me dream.