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18 August 2011 @ 05:41 pm
Happy Birthday and camera fund drawing!  
Without any further ado...

♪Happy Birthday♪
to meeeeeeeee! =^-^=

It's super-hot out these days.. hot enough to fry karaage.. or if you found a hole in the cement, I think that you could make Takoyaki! Geeeeeeeeeeeh.... I've been really, really insanely focusing on my new manga. I'm going to bring this one into Shueisha when it's finished... and I have really high hopes! But only time will tell!! (The story so far has gotten a really good reaction)

But I have a confession.... remember how I used to post tons of pictures, all of the time? Well, I talked about it before, but my old camera finally bit the dust and I've been saving up for a new, professional one. My salary is really low, but I've been scrimping and saving, eating just the basics, all to make my first pro camera happen! But every time I manage to save even the slightest, something huge comes up suddenly. Some emergency. So back to zero I go.

So.... I decided the only way to do it is to make one huge go at it, and ask for help! Since it's my birthday this month, and I want to make things happen, for people willing to help me out, I'm going to give one, randomly-selected person, one of my original artworks (a super-rare thing! I've never, ever given an original art piece to someone outside of birthday/family). One day, you might be able to sell it for quite a bit, you never know!

Details: I'm asking for your help... out of the goodness of your heart, in leiu of a birthday present, because you want to see me succeed, no matter the reason, I will be really, really grateful! I promise to post a TON of pictures of all manner of things from Japan on my blog afterwards, from here on until... forever! :D

For every donation of $10, you'll be automatically entered into a drawing to win this actual drawing, which I made a print of a year ago.
(see below)

So, for example, if you donated $20 (thank you!!), then I'll enter you two times in the drawing!

The drawing will be random and on September 1 (Japan time), comprising all of the donations between now and then.
I'll take a video or post pictures as proof of the winner, and the winner will be notified by email (the same email you use for your paypal unless otherwise noted)!

How to donate: Paypal!

Here is the drawing: (do you recognize it?)

This is my character Maigo, the star of a personal project that I'm working on (which I also need a camera for.. .it's pretty ambitious!). The project is called Denkiki, and as it's on the backburner while I work on my manga, she is one of my title characters. I offered this as a print in the past-- this is the original artwork!!

Specifications: It's roughly 18x24 cm, done on thick professional watercolor paper. It is drawn with ink, copic markers, and some white ink for highlights.

Eveni f you can't/don't donate, I really appreciate spreading the link around if you can! And of course, birthday wishes!! Lots and lots of birthday wishes!! =^-^= (This year, I hope my dreams come true and I publish my own manga! I promise, it will be better and more awesome than even Tenipuri! ^.~ (sorry Sensei!))
Moichuchuchie on August 18th, 2011 09:22 am (UTC)
your theme song for your day! :D


happy belated birthday!!
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on August 18th, 2011 01:35 pm (UTC)
LOL, that's a great video! Thank you!

Sometimes the only person you have to wish you a happy birthday is yourself! (though that's not my case.. but I've been lonely enough to feel that way sometimes)
(no subject) - chuchuchie on August 18th, 2011 01:51 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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ʀìɴ-α-ℓιcιouṡ: ᴍιsc | ❝ bloomingly ❞tohsakas on August 18th, 2011 09:36 am (UTC)
Why not take commissions on DeviantART or something similar?
Neffilineneffiline on August 18th, 2011 01:20 pm (UTC)
I was just going to suggest this!

I see many amazing artists doing commisions off DeviantART and it seems to be a success. There are always people looking for commissions, especially since you are SO talented, you wouldn't have a hard time finding people wanting to pay you for your services!
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arlieth on August 18th, 2011 09:48 am (UTC)
Happy Birthday Jamie!
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on August 18th, 2011 01:39 pm (UTC)
Thank you!! =^-^= *throws confetti*
L.impressioniste on August 18th, 2011 09:51 am (UTC)
I'm so totally late wishing you happy birthday, but I hope you had a nice one!
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on August 18th, 2011 01:39 pm (UTC)
You're only late because I was late too!! =D Bet we were both busy doing work!

Late or not, thank you!! =^-^=
Curmudgejohncomic on August 18th, 2011 10:16 am (UTC)
Yes indeed, happy bday to you! :)
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on August 18th, 2011 01:42 pm (UTC)
I feel honored to be wished Happy Birthday by another aspiring artist =^-^=
ember88: Pikachuember88 on August 18th, 2011 12:03 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday!
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on August 18th, 2011 01:43 pm (UTC)
Thank you! *dances*
EMPEROR, MASTER OF DEATHmonarchist on August 18th, 2011 12:19 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday!!

You know, I have a Nikon D80 dSLR and it's been sitting around for a while. It's about 3 years old and I haven't used it all that much. I've been trying to sell it to someone who would get more use out of it than I would.

Then again, I don't quite know what you are looking for in a camera, but I thought I'd mention it just in case.
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on August 18th, 2011 01:44 pm (UTC)
Thanks!! I don't know much about camera models to be honest, can you explain how it rates in comparison to the Canon Rebel (the camera I'm considering right now)?
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Cosmic Kathcosmic_kath on August 18th, 2011 02:22 pm (UTC)
Happy B.day! Also jumping on the "try some commissions" train.

I say set some prices your happy with and see how it goes. Worst case scenario, you'll get no takers, and all it's cost you is the time to make the post ;D

Maybe do it through your LJ instead of DA, where your readers are more aware of the time and effort that goes into each of your pieces. Good luck!
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on August 19th, 2011 02:47 pm (UTC)
Yeah.... but I'm worried, because prices I'd consider worth my time are just so high (I really can't draw on command and it takes me forever).. I guess I'm really pessimistic about this sort of thing.. :/
calliopem_eratocalliopem_erato on August 18th, 2011 02:34 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday (belated)! Your art is nice and colorful. Wish I could help but I'm unemployed and a grad student until next year. But let me spread this around.
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on August 19th, 2011 02:48 pm (UTC)
Thank you!! <3 And I definitely appreciate the spreading! I know how it is to be broke.. that's me every other month or so.. (right after I manage to save one month, it gets obliterate the next month!)
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dollssoulkirie || Aunnaevergreen_chaos on August 18th, 2011 04:56 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday! :D
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on August 19th, 2011 02:48 pm (UTC)
Thank you!! =^o^=
Tiffany: Hunter_2twisted_satyr on August 18th, 2011 05:43 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday!!!!!!!! I hope it is filled with happiness, blue skies, and magical wonders. X3
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on August 19th, 2011 02:48 pm (UTC)
Aww, thank you! It was! XD
  ⌒☆Red: [14] :)redstars on August 18th, 2011 07:26 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday! I hope you have a good day! ^^

I'd love to donate to your camera fund, but I'm in the same boat right now! ): But I will say commissions are a great idea, you would probably make a good bit of money.
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on August 19th, 2011 02:49 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

I dunno... I kinda think nobody will want my commissions, lol! Well, I mean, want to pay for them! ^^;
Jasonslave_to_anime on August 18th, 2011 07:53 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday!
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on August 19th, 2011 02:50 pm (UTC)
Thank you! ^^
reiayanami89reiayanami89 on August 18th, 2011 09:08 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday!!! :)
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on August 19th, 2011 02:50 pm (UTC)
Thank you! ^^
dameboudicca on August 18th, 2011 09:31 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! :)
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on August 19th, 2011 02:50 pm (UTC)
Arigatou gozaimasu! ^^