aquanutart

This is a casual fanart blog. I'm also Aquanut on dA and Pixiv, where I post fewer doodles and more finished work. I draw a lot of videogame and Neopets fanart and occasionally various other things as I feel like it. (Requests/commissions are closed.) Be warned that I have a tendency to jump back and forth between fandoms.

Please do not use any of these images without my permission.

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zelda / ff13 / fire emblem / neopets / portal / pokemon / animal crossing / inazuma eleven / steven universe / mawaru penguindrum / disney / gekkan shoujo nozaki-kun / gravity falls / pixar / touhou

Oct 6

bet you can tell who it is from the expression!!


Sep 23

those sparkly tile dialogues……


Sep 14

seems to me like one little puppet is a small price to pay for all the secrets of the universe!


Sep 9
ruuari:

Happy birthday AQUANUTART ! I’m so LATE. Of course I had to draw Lucius! I’m sorry about the boring pose OTL but I had fun shading in those robes.

You are such an amazing artist and you never ever fail to impress me with your skills whenever you post something new. Your work is always so creative and I love your colours and wow the way you can set up an atmosphere is seriously incredible !! ;u;


AHHHH I TOLD YOU I’D LEARN TO REPLY FASTER but this still took me like two days OTL I got your message really soon after you sent it and at first I was too excited to look!! it took me even longer to figure out how to responD BUT THANK YOU SO MUCH THIS IS SUCH A LOVELY PICTURE YOUR COLORS AND TEXTURES ARE ALWAYS SO SOFT I LOVE IT??? I’m also laughING at the way you parenthesized my username because just about a couple weeks ago I had someone tell me that they read my username as “aqua new tart” and now combined with this I’m going to see it that way myself from now on :’Dahhh I’ve actually always thought that your style would suit lucius perfectly  and looking at this makes me think so even more, the way you draw faces always makes characters look so endearing and gentle, his expression is so sweet!! I love the shiny reflective look of his eyes, they’re very clean and simple but that light shading around the white of the eye and the two-tone style of the pupils give this really nice subtle depth and life to them. The soft shading around the nose and hair and such also bring out just a bit of depth and texture in the face! Your textures and colors are always so cool to look at, I really like the way the shapes look dyed or stained with the color being darker at the edges and bleeding out, but you use shadows to imply form as well so there’s depth to them! I like the very slight, subtle shadows in his cape and the small touches of blue bleeding from the edges, your lines are so thin and delicate but the coloring gives the impression of weight around them, it’s neat how you get this sense that the blue fabric is thicker or heavier than the white cape because of all the folds and thicker shading around the edges while the cape looks light and thin, even though they’re both drawn as flat shapes! I find it fascinating how you play with implying volume through shading or having shapes crossing over/around each other (like the cloth around his neck and waist) while keeping the shapes flat; I like how you did the small decorations  like the dark blue stripe and the beads around his sash with completely flat color, it manages to mesh with everything and gives me a bit of a flat-illustration vibe. It’s really nice how your texture uses these varying colors for shading and throws in speckles of accent color everywhere, it really helps bring the palette together, and the desaturated hues give the picture a generally soft and calming mood while the brighter purples/blues and light red accents bring out the life in it! The reddish overlay adds a nice warm touch, I like how the shading on the hair fades from redder to deeper purple and the cape from blue to pink, and the gentle sway of the cape and strands of hair have a very nice sense of motion!Thank you so much for this, I’m really honored you went to the effort to draw it for me and I’ll always save and treasure it!! ;v;

ruuari:

Happy birthday AQUANUTART ! I’m so LATE. Of course I had to draw Lucius! I’m sorry about the boring pose OTL but I had fun shading in those robes.

You are such an amazing artist and you never ever fail to impress me with your skills whenever you post something new. Your work is always so creative and I love your colours and wow the way you can set up an atmosphere is seriously incredible !! ;u;

AHHHH I TOLD YOU I’D LEARN TO REPLY FASTER but this still took me like two days OTL I got your message really soon after you sent it and at first I was too excited to look!! it took me even longer to figure out how to responD BUT THANK YOU SO MUCH THIS IS SUCH A LOVELY PICTURE YOUR COLORS AND TEXTURES ARE ALWAYS SO SOFT I LOVE IT??? I’m also laughING at the way you parenthesized my username because just about a couple weeks ago I had someone tell me that they read my username as “aqua new tart” and now combined with this I’m going to see it that way myself from now on :’D

ahhh I’ve actually always thought that your style would suit lucius perfectly  and looking at this makes me think so even more, the way you draw faces always makes characters look so endearing and gentle, his expression is so sweet!! I love the shiny reflective look of his eyes, they’re very clean and simple but that light shading around the white of the eye and the two-tone style of the pupils give this really nice subtle depth and life to them. The soft shading around the nose and hair and such also bring out just a bit of depth and texture in the face! Your textures and colors are always so cool to look at, I really like the way the shapes look dyed or stained with the color being darker at the edges and bleeding out, but you use shadows to imply form as well so there’s depth to them! I like the very slight, subtle shadows in his cape and the small touches of blue bleeding from the edges, your lines are so thin and delicate but the coloring gives the impression of weight around them, it’s neat how you get this sense that the blue fabric is thicker or heavier than the white cape because of all the folds and thicker shading around the edges while the cape looks light and thin, even though they’re both drawn as flat shapes!

I find it fascinating how you play with implying volume through shading or having shapes crossing over/around each other (like the cloth around his neck and waist) while keeping the shapes flat; I like how you did the small decorations  like the dark blue stripe and the beads around his sash with completely flat color, it manages to mesh with everything and gives me a bit of a flat-illustration vibe. It’s really nice how your texture uses these varying colors for shading and throws in speckles of accent color everywhere, it really helps bring the palette together, and the desaturated hues give the picture a generally soft and calming mood while the brighter purples/blues and light red accents bring out the life in it! The reddish overlay adds a nice warm touch, I like how the shading on the hair fades from redder to deeper purple and the cape from blue to pink, and the gentle sway of the cape and strands of hair have a very nice sense of motion!

Thank you so much for this, I’m really honored you went to the effort to draw it for me and I’ll always save and treasure it!! ;v;


harblkun:

Maribelle: That ring... It's beautiful.

Libra: Will you do me the honor of accepting it?

djshfbsdf this is so late and I’ve no excuse, really. I started painting it and then I had a thing I had to work on for other people and I loST MY ABILITY TO MANAGE TIME. BUT HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY TO aquanutart I HOPE YOU LIKE CHEESY RENDITIONS OF S SUPPORT LINES

I’m sorry for taking so long to reply to this I just DO NOT HANDLE getting presents well AT ALL!!! it takes me a long time to calm down enough to answeR SFAFDHA THANK YOU SO MUCH OF COURSE I LIKE CHEESY RENDITIONS OF S SUPPORT LINES THIS IS SO SWEET AND I LOVE THE COLORS AND POSES YOUR STYLE IS ALWAYS SO EXPRESSIVE??? I’m struck right away by the colors and poses in the scene, you have a way with body language and using characters’ hands to convey expression and I really like how they’re both somewhat mirroring each other with their opposing hands pressed inwards, Maribelle covering her mouth in astonishment and Libra covering his heart in sincerity, and it’s charming how Maribelle’s hands are angled in these delicate ways, it seems like he managed to genuinely shock and floor her with his gesture. Her wide-eyed, flustered look adds to her sense of surprise and Libra seems rather pleased with how it’s going! The colors in this really stand out; first off it’s a striking choice to use a cool blue for the background of a romantic scene, and the concentration of pale greenish light around the ring makes the ring itself look like the light source, as if it’s actually some magical artifact—but the way you blend the blue in with everything else really makes it work! Maribelle’s pink outfit and the occasional dark red patches bring the scene warmth and contrast nicely with all the blues. I really like how you work with all these patches of color, capturing the fundamental sense of interaction and expression with rough shapes—you have a knack for honing in on the basic forms that convey character. The way the background is much lighter than the characters in the center, but fades out to a slightly darker tone at the edges, has the effect of framing the characters and emphasizing their reactions to each other, with the ring as the central element.I like how the bright highlights on the arrowheads give the look of shiny metal, and how you give the impression of form with little touches like how the crease in the cloth over his shoulder stretches a bit, and how the sleeve bunches at the elbow, and the way you’ve used darks throughout the image to give more depth to certain areas, like the layering in their hair—the way the patches of color curve and twist in the strips falling over Libra’s shoulder  give them a nice bit of movement, and I really like how the hair falling over Maribelle’s ear looks almost sculpted, shaded with blue at the back and coming out in sharper relief with the more contrasting dark brown at the base. I also like the very loose, curving strokes you did her hair with and how the blue fades into them, it’s a very free and painterly effect. Your style really stands out, I admire your shapes and expressive poses and I’m really honored you took the time to draw this for me, it’s a lovely rendition of their cheesy S support lines ahaha, all of your libra/maribelle art makes me so happy thank you so much for this and everything else!!! :’DD

harblkun:

Maribelle: That ring... It's beautiful.

Libra: Will you do me the honor of accepting it?

djshfbsdf this is so late and I’ve no excuse, really. I started painting it and then I had a thing I had to work on for other people and I loST MY ABILITY TO MANAGE TIME. BUT HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY TO aquanutart I HOPE YOU LIKE CHEESY RENDITIONS OF S SUPPORT LINES

I’m sorry for taking so long to reply to this I just DO NOT HANDLE getting presents well AT ALL!!! it takes me a long time to calm down enough to answeR SFAFDHA THANK YOU SO MUCH OF COURSE I LIKE CHEESY RENDITIONS OF S SUPPORT LINES THIS IS SO SWEET AND I LOVE THE COLORS AND POSES YOUR STYLE IS ALWAYS SO EXPRESSIVE??? I’m struck right away by the colors and poses in the scene, you have a way with body language and using characters’ hands to convey expression and I really like how they’re both somewhat mirroring each other with their opposing hands pressed inwards, Maribelle covering her mouth in astonishment and Libra covering his heart in sincerity, and it’s charming how Maribelle’s hands are angled in these delicate ways, it seems like he managed to genuinely shock and floor her with his gesture. Her wide-eyed, flustered look adds to her sense of surprise and Libra seems rather pleased with how it’s going!

The colors in this really stand out; first off it’s a striking choice to use a cool blue for the background of a romantic scene, and the concentration of pale greenish light around the ring makes the ring itself look like the light source, as if it’s actually some magical artifact—but the way you blend the blue in with everything else really makes it work! Maribelle’s pink outfit and the occasional dark red patches bring the scene warmth and contrast nicely with all the blues. I really like how you work with all these patches of color, capturing the fundamental sense of interaction and expression with rough shapes—you have a knack for honing in on the basic forms that convey character. The way the background is much lighter than the characters in the center, but fades out to a slightly darker tone at the edges, has the effect of framing the characters and emphasizing their reactions to each other, with the ring as the central element.

I like how the bright highlights on the arrowheads give the look of shiny metal, and how you give the impression of form with little touches like how the crease in the cloth over his shoulder stretches a bit, and how the sleeve bunches at the elbow, and the way you’ve used darks throughout the image to give more depth to certain areas, like the layering in their hair—the way the patches of color curve and twist in the strips falling over Libra’s shoulder  give them a nice bit of movement, and I really like how the hair falling over Maribelle’s ear looks almost sculpted, shaded with blue at the back and coming out in sharper relief with the more contrasting dark brown at the base. I also like the very loose, curving strokes you did her hair with and how the blue fades into them, it’s a very free and painterly effect. Your style really stands out, I admire your shapes and expressive poses and I’m really honored you took the time to draw this for me, it’s a lovely rendition of their cheesy S support lines ahaha, all of your libra/maribelle art makes me so happy thank you so much for this and everything else!!! :’DD


Sep 5

c-could we be… walking home together??


Aug 24

Thank you!

Hey! I’ve been kind of absent this month but I just want to extend a thank-you to everyone who follows me or enjoys my art. Looking at other people’s works has been a great pleasure of mine for nearly the past decade, and it’s a joy to me if my own small fandom contributions can in any way begin to return the enjoyment that I’ve gotten from seeing so many online artists’ amazing talent and creativity over the years. To everyone who’s left me comments—I really appreciate all of your kind words and feedback. I don’t always find a convenient time to respond to everything, but it means a lot to me that people take the time to leave me messages. Thank you to all of you out there!

And, to all the other artists and creators out there, remember that you’re making awesome things! The time and effort you put into your work is worthwhile, and anything you’ve published is probably being enjoyed by someone somewhere, someone who may never speak to you but respects you for having created something. You are an amazing person for having the patience and dedication to sit down and try to wrestle an idea in your head out onto paper so others can understand it, and that is true no matter how you feel about your skill level. You put time and care into your work and you deserve to be proud of the fact that at the end of the day you can say, I made something. Keep making things. Every one is another thing that wouldn’t exist if not for you. You are creating parts of the world.


garmmy:

(slightly early) birthday present for aquanutart! i haven’t drawn lucius in a while, sorry if i drew him weird :’D
hope you have a wonderful birthday!! and always thanks for all your comments that i never get to replying ;;v;;

aaaaaahhhhh thank you so much!!! he looks so calm and relaxed and I think the desaturated colors really help give it that mellow feeling! I really admire how you paint with all these patches of color thrown around, like how this is mostly lineless and the whole sense of form comes from flat colors and shapes and the positioning of light and dark next to each other. The strokes here have this really nice rough, free quality and I like how you establish the form with these large bold shapes, like the swaths of cloth around his neck, that are then fleshed out with patchy shadows and scribbly lines; the little strips of color scattered here and there give the whole picture this nice scratchy textured look and I like how they follow the shapes around them, like how a few dark strands of hair curve over the cloak and blend in with the scratch marks in the shadow on it, and these three angled white lines come up off the edge of the cloak and other scratches follow the curves of the fabric. I really like it when people use all these different colors in their shading and still manage to make everything look coherent, and you always manage to choose colors to throw into your shading that accents everything else well; I think the patches of green mixed in with the shadows add to the mellow, earthy look, and the purple at the corner of the eye gives the face some nice extra definition! The dark shading on the hair and bright highlights make it look so shiny it’s almost metallic, and I like how all the separately drawn strands of hair add to the loose, sketchy look and still keep the form of the hair and I get the sense of layers of hair overlapping each other—it’s hard to draw a lot of strands of hair without getting bogged down and losing the overall shape of it, but here it gives you the sense of the different texture of the hair versus the smooth skin and loose, rough cloak and more fitted blue fabric underneath, I get the sense of all those different textures when I look at this and it’s really cool to me that you conveyed all that just with patches and strokes of color!! Thank you so much, I love it!! And thank you as always for making so many speed paintings and drawings that I can’t comment on them all, I’ll always be amazed by how fast you’re able to produce haha!

garmmy:

(slightly early) birthday present for aquanutart! i haven’t drawn lucius in a while, sorry if i drew him weird :’D

hope you have a wonderful birthday!! and always thanks for all your comments that i never get to replying ;;v;;

aaaaaahhhhh thank you so much!!! he looks so calm and relaxed and I think the desaturated colors really help give it that mellow feeling! I really admire how you paint with all these patches of color thrown around, like how this is mostly lineless and the whole sense of form comes from flat colors and shapes and the positioning of light and dark next to each other. The strokes here have this really nice rough, free quality and I like how you establish the form with these large bold shapes, like the swaths of cloth around his neck, that are then fleshed out with patchy shadows and scribbly lines; the little strips of color scattered here and there give the whole picture this nice scratchy textured look and I like how they follow the shapes around them, like how a few dark strands of hair curve over the cloak and blend in with the scratch marks in the shadow on it, and these three angled white lines come up off the edge of the cloak and other scratches follow the curves of the fabric.

I really like it when people use all these different colors in their shading and still manage to make everything look coherent, and you always manage to choose colors to throw into your shading that accents everything else well; I think the patches of green mixed in with the shadows add to the mellow, earthy look, and the purple at the corner of the eye gives the face some nice extra definition! The dark shading on the hair and bright highlights make it look so shiny it’s almost metallic, and I like how all the separately drawn strands of hair add to the loose, sketchy look and still keep the form of the hair and I get the sense of layers of hair overlapping each other—it’s hard to draw a lot of strands of hair without getting bogged down and losing the overall shape of it, but here it gives you the sense of the different texture of the hair versus the smooth skin and loose, rough cloak and more fitted blue fabric underneath, I get the sense of all those different textures when I look at this and it’s really cool to me that you conveyed all that just with patches and strokes of color!!

Thank you so much, I love it!! And thank you as always for making so many speed paintings and drawings that I can’t comment on them all, I’ll always be amazed by how fast you’re able to produce haha!


sing a song of sixpence~

(wait’ll we see the look on chrom’s face!!)


Aug 21

anatomicalart:

briannacherrygarcia:

itscourtoon:

bathsabbath:

thorhugs:

compactcarl:

egriz:

im not even an artist and these prices are hurting my feelings 

This is what I have to dig through every time I look for new jobs to apply for.

For non-artists, let’s give you a little perspective.

For me, an illustration takes a bare minimum of 6 hours. Mind you, that’s JUST the drawing part. Not the research, or the communications, or gathering information. Just drawing.

That’s if it’s a simple illustration.

My art deco or more detailed stuff can take 20+ hours each.

Even simple, cartoony things still take at least 3 hours.

Let’s go with the second one. 2 illustrations for $25. Figuring 6 hours each. 12 hours total, for JUST the drawings. That’s approximately $2.08/hour. 

Asking these prices is an insult. But what’s even more hurtful is there are people out there that will take these jobs. Which only encourages rates like this to be acceptable. And there are people who will try to say these are just what you have to do to get started.

I believed that. So my first coloring gigs were just $10/page. The day someone offered me $25/page for just flatting work, I realized just how wrong I’d been. I’m still not making the rates I’d like, but now I refuse anything below $25/page. Because there is value in my time.

In any standardized industry, even ones that pay piece rate over hourly, these numbers are criminal.

Do your fellow artists a favor. Never accept jobs like these. There are others that pay legitimate rates. Or at least closer to legitimate.

Such baby bullshit. Don’t even get out of bed for these rates.

    If you are an artist who wants to make money off their art, I highly suggest you buy The Graphic Artist’s Guild Handbook. It goes in depth about copyright issues and even contains contract and model release templates. The 2013 book *I believe* states the average professional charges $72 an hour. This article calculated that to make a 40k annual salary you would need to charge about $60 per hour.

  After graduating from Art Center in 2012, I think I asked for somewhere between $35-45 an hour and got laughed at by multiple big name clients, which was infuriating, sadly expected, and terrifying with over $100K worth of student loans staring me in the face. If they tell you it will be “great exposure” that’s a red flag. Ask yourself how their exposure can compare to your Tumblr, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Flickr and Facebook pages combined? 

And when you do get a decent paying gig, PROTECT YOURSELF. You have the right to negotiate and revise a contract. Do not start a job until you have a contract signed. If they don’t provide you with one, MAKE ONE. And make sure you have your bases covered. You can specify in a contract that maybe two revisions are included in your cost, and if they ask you to revise the piece more than twice, they will have to pay extra. In terms of payment schedule, I usually do the 50/50 Method (50% before, 50% after) or the 3/3/3 Method (1/3 before, 1/3 in the middle, 1/3 after all work has been received). Both of those are pretty standard in the industry, as they guarantee you will get compensated for your time, even if the job goes bad.

Remember you have a skill, and you have spent time honing that skill and you deserve to be adequately paid for that time and effort. You will have clients dismiss you because, honest to God they think, “Well, I could do that if I wanted. Hell, my five year old does it now.” No they can’t, because they didn’t, they don’t, they won’t and they probably never will. And good luck hiring a five year old. They can’t keep a fucking deadline.

And in a last ditch effort they’ll say, “But that drawing only took you an hour!” Son, that drawing took me 20. fucking. years.

10 Dollars for 1 minute of animation.  Oh my god my heart.  It took my team 6 months and a team of 12 to make a 4 minute short. 

The Graphic Artist’s Guild Handbook

I second this book! I’ve had it for several years now, and it’s been a HUGE help in my work as a freelance artist. It gives great advice on what to charge for different areas of art!

Please remember. Your art is worth a respectable payment! Accepting ridiculously low prices actually hurts the arts/illustration/animation communities because it makes employers believe they can employ people without offering decent pay.


Check the internet if you need help figuring out what you should be charging for your commissions. Invest in the books that will inform you professionally, and put your foot down if you think someone is trying to cheat you out of your time and hard work.
You have a right to refuse a job, and/or request decent payment. If your employer denies a you decent pay, well then they’re probably not a very good employer.
Do not undersell your skills. it is bad for the art community and you are worth more then that.


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