Tuesday, 25 August 2015

An interview with Chiichanny!

Hello Everyone!

Today I have a very special interview for you! I think by now that you've seen my gorgeous little Becky logo up in the banner - the gorgeous Chiichanny created her for me on commission! Chiichanny has agreed to a fun little interview with myself so you can learn more about her and her beautiful art!


Q: Your artist name is Chiichanny - who is behind Chiichanny and what made you pick the name, tell us a bit about yourself?
HEYA! yep im known as Chiichanny, but the lady behind the alias is Jade Love ::waves::
My name is a small but I guess kinda funny story, the first anime I ever fully watched from start to end was Chobits and I completely adored it, with Chii being my favourite character, when I finally got to the online world, I tried to join a forum and chii/chii-chan and all the sorts were taken, so I remixed it and decided to go with Chiichanny all as one word and it just kinda stuck from there haha. I think if I could go back in time and pick another name for my artist alias I probably would have, but after having the name for about 10 years, I just felt that it was too late to change my Alias now when many people out there DO know me as chiichanny, so yeah. As for more about me, I'm Female, live in the UK and I'm currently 24, my star sign is a scorpio and zodiac is a Horse... I'M A SCORPION HORSE a Horpio

Q: How long have you been an artist? What made you decide to share your beautiful art with the world?

Since I could hold a pen, scribble on walls, floors, anywhere haha. I didnt start taking it seriously til I was about 13 and I just knew that art was my passion and something I really loved doing, so I tried to keep taking it to the next level, when I was 14 I started going on art forums and such and I just kept going from there! I joined Deviantart about 8/9 years ago to share my work around, at the time I just wanted others to see, what is the point of doing anything if no one will ever know about it? ^^
Q: What inspires you?

Anything and Everything, I get inspired at random, ideas will just appear from the most random things and I'll want to draw it. It can be a puddle, a cloud, some rubbish or I'll just randomly think of something, its hard question to answer for me because its never consistent!

Q: What is your favourite medium to work with?
Although I love digital, I love Paint, pencils and markers for my traditional work.
Q: How do you think your art style has changed over the last few years?
Well when I first started I was drawing realism because at schools and such this is what they taught you, when I discovered video games and anime, my work progressed, I was drawing characters from the shows and when I got older I was confident enough to make my own characters, since then I've been evolving my work to reflect myself, my feelings and who I am inside.
Q: What would you like to achieve in the future?
I'd love to make a living out of my work, sell at conventions, online, and such. I want to make comic books, have a business with lots of hand made dolls to sell and then human clothes, accessories and more!
Q: It takes a lot of work to start a company, with Amare Dolls/Chiichanny what so far as been the most straight forward thing and what has been more complicated?

Gosh it is! for Amare Dolls, the most straight forward thing was designing the doll itself and then next to that is making it, that was the easiest part! The hardest part is the casting process, I had so many problems, like bubbles, leaking moulds, pimples, specs... I almost gave up at one point, but with help I finally got there! For my Art work, the idea is the easiest part, I have so many idea, the problem is making sure they are right and come across correctly once I'm drawing it, thats the hard part ^^

Q: Do you have a favourite piece of artwork by yourself?

I have two actually!

The first is the Huntress and the second is Butterfly Decay, even though I haven't finished Butterfly decay yet, I just like it!

Q: Where would you like to be in a years time?

Hmmmmmm I'd like to have my comic done, and I'd like to be earning at least part time minimum wage from my art and dolls by that point also haha. And have a years supply of Arizona Green Tea with Honey ... I'm addicted to it atm...

Q: If you could have any job in the world what would it be?

If I could have any part time paid job that I could just do whenever, I'd love to be a food and event critique, because I think I'd enjoy that in a wierd way XD
And just for fun!
Q: If you could have any job in the world what would it be?
If I could have any part time paid job that I could just do whenever, I'd love to be a food and event critique, because I think I'd enjoy that in a wierd way XD
Q: Do you have a favourite character/TV Show?
I HAVE TOO MANY! Y U do this!Ok, its list time!The Walking Dead - ALL HAIL RICK
Breaking Bad
Steven Universe
Spongebob Squarepants
as for characters:
Kasumi from Dead or Alive
Amethyst and Garnet from Steven Universe
Chii from Chobits
Yuna, Fran, Vincent Valentine, Shantoto, Cait Sith, SUMMONS and Tonberries - Final Fantasy X/XI/VII/XII
Captain Jean-Luc Picard and Commander Data - Star Trek The Next Generation
This list could go on for a while....
So there we go! I personally love, love Chiichanny's art and I want to share it with the world!

To check out more of Chiichanny's art you can check out her Facebook page which contains links to Amare dolls and her webstore!

Ta-ta for now!

Monday, 17 August 2015

A stroke (or two!) Of luck!

Hello Everyone!

I'm sorry for the lack of updates, real life has become really hectic and I'm just not getting time to sit and write anything, though hopefully, this won't be for too much longer!

Today I thought I'd share with you some good news! I rarely win anything so was super surprised when I won not one, but two give-aways with in a week of each other!

The first prize was from the lovely Luna Rain! I was so excited to receive this! (Her site runs from Luna Rain - You should totally go check it out!) As my name was first out (there were two prizes to choose from). I chose the sweet prize.

Inside were so many things and a very cute letter! (We have the same note paper!)

Here are the prizes. The colours are so pretty!

First up is this adorable cake keyring - the colour matches my nail varnish!

Next is this lovely double bow headband. I've not work anything this pretty for quite some time since I retired from lolita but I know for sure I will wear this as it's so cute! 

Two hair clips! These will fit perfectly with my newer style and are one of my favourite colours.

Kitty socks! This is my favourite part of the prize! I love cats, these are so, so cute - they even have little tails on the back! 

Macaroon blanket! This is super soft and snuggly.

Sketchbook - I've been looking for a small book for sketching down notes and ideas and this is perfect!

Wrist cuffs - these are really lovely too, the colour is really pretty and the materials used are really soft. There were a few other items which I didn't photograph but loved very much too!


The second prize I won was from Yutaka/Tofu cute.

Inside the box was a sushi kit for two and a funny little pea keyring - I had way to much fun with this and it's on my bag now, the little peas pop out when you squeeze it and one has a face on it!

I want to say thank you very much to Luna and Yutaka as these prizes really cheered me up! I always think I have such bad luck but occasionally something like this will happen and make me think otherwise!

Hopefully we'll be back to our regularly scheduled posts soon!

Thanks for sticking with me!

Ta-ta for now,

Monday, 3 August 2015

Sponsored Review: Riku's Raving Hama Revolution ~*~Positive~*~

Hello Lovelies,

Today I have a sponsored review for you from Riku's Raving Hama Revolution.I contacted Riku after seeing she was looking for testers for her new designs and wares and after contacting her we discussed a custom design at a discounted price of £6.00 which included postage, I was also able to tell her what I liked and pick a colour chain for the necklace.I could also pick out two bonus gifts and I picked some Sailor Moon stickers and cards. Riku informed me that commissions usually take a week maximum but are normally much quicker. A few days later I received a photo of my commission, which I instantly knew I was going to love! Riku then popped in the post to me.

Just for fun I asked Riku a couple of interview like questions so I could get to know more about her before posting the review!

Q: Who are you? What's your name, and can you tell us a bit about yourself?
A: My fb name is Riku Brennan, I'm a cosplayer, crafter and big gamer.
Q: What made you want to start Riku's Raving Hama Revolution?
A: I started Riku's Raving Hama Revolution a couple of years back as I was rubbish at most conventional art eg, drawing and painting. I was a huge fan of minecraft and I used my lobby games in minecrafts as virtual hama studio then translated that to hama bead.
Q: What’s your favourite thing about owning Riku's Raving Hama Revolution?
A: I love making pieces of jewellery and canvas art pieces that nobody else has. It makes the job worth it to know that you have worked hours on a canvas to please someone.
Q: What would you like Riku's Raving Hama Revolution to achieve in the future?
A: Stalls and to get my name out there as a bead artist, since not many people do hama art.
Q: Is everything at Riku's Raving Hama Revolution handmade? How long do you spend crafting on a weekly basis?
A: Everything is handmade  from jewellery pieces to canvas pieces to 3d sprites. I work alone so I spend at least 10 hours a day doing hama, either making hama or making templates for future pieces.
Q: Do you try and incorporate cute things into your décor at home or at the office?
A: My room is my workspace - so I'm surrounded by anime and video games custom art that I've commissioned from other artists.

A while later after a postal issue, a jiffy bag marked fragile arrived! This is what's inside! Look how awesome it is, this is Sailor Uranus doing her World Shaking attack! (She is my second favourite Sailor Scout!) Everything was sealed up in a cellobag.

Inside were my bonus items, the necklace and a business card.

Look how much detail went into this, it must have taken forever to plan out and make! I so, so like this! It's really beautiful and colourful and the perfect size. I was a little apprehensive about it being of hama beads as I wasn't sure how sturdy it'd be but it really feels quite robust.

Here we go! This is the necklace on, it works so well with this t-shirt too!

If you'd like to check out Riku's Raving Hama Revolution, you can check out her
facebook page below:

I hope you enjoyed this review! Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

Ta-ta for now,