Pattern | Noragami

Can we talk about the anime Noragami for a moment? I’ve been watching this from the start (though I haven’t read the manga) and it’s absolutely in my top 3 anime shows.

In times of need, if you look in the right place, you just may see a strange telephone number scrawled in red. If you call this number, you will hear a young man introduce himself as the Yato God.

It follows the story of “delivery god” Yato and his regalia, a young boy who acts as his weapon in times of battle. Their unlikely friend is Hiyori Iki, a young schoolgirl who saves Yato, but accidentally causes her lose her body at random times. She can travel around in her spirt form (with a tail), but she pesters Yato the entire series to return her to her normal spirit life.

That’s the most basic explanation of the show; you really need to see it for yourself. To show my appreciation, I drew some of the elements in the show and made a pattern!

Kyla Is Inspired | Noragami Pattern

I love this show so much, that I’ve even decided to cosplay one of the characters for Anime Boston! I’ll be doing a full write-up and how to after the con.

Kyla Is Inspired | Noragami Pattern

(you can purchase this pattern in products from red bubble)

Do you have a favorite show or anime you’re watching right now? Or maybe something older that will always hold a special place in your heart?

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Happy Hearts Day

Happy Valentines Day, all! The holiday we all love to hate, right? The hallmark holiday? Personally, I love Valentine’s, mostly because it’s a great excuse to eat a fancy meal, drink some wine, and dress up. I found this doodle in my old drafts folder and decided to spruce her up in time for the holiday ;)

Kyla Is Inspired | Happy Hearts Day

What are your plans for Valentine’s day? Eating anything good?

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Illustration Progression

So if you’re a long time blog reader, you might remember me posting my Alice Madness illustration back in 2014, but I thought it would be interesting to post a bit about progression.

Lately I have been feeling like what I’m producing hasn’t been good enough. By what standards? I’m not entirely sure. There’s no one out there judging my work against anyone else’s, and I need to remember that there will always be someone better than me. I’ve been struggling with motivation – motivation to start projects and motivation to finish the ones I do manage to start. I started browsing my Deviantart gallery (dating back to 2006, ouch) and I realized that yeah, I’m a LOT better than I was 10 years ago.

One piece in particular stood out to me, my But Why? Alice piece that I’ve now done three times. Crazy to see the progression, huh? I mean…my first Alice barely had a face, and the card guard had no nose. Not to mention I didn’t seem to stay in the lines with the coloring.

Alice Illustration Progress | Kyla Is Inspired

Let’s look at the entire piece:

Alice Illustration Progress | Kyla Is Inspired

Alice Illustration Progress | Kyla Is Inspired

Alice Illustration Progress | Kyla Is Inspired

Wow. It’s impossible for me to look at this and not have confidence that I’ll get better; the proof is right there.

As we near the end of 2015, it’s time to make goals for the next year. I challenge you all to go back and take a look at some of your early works; maybe it’s an illustration or design, or cosplay costume, or even a blog post and compare it to recent works. How have you progressed? Celebrate it; every time you make something, you’re learning and getting better. If you end up sharing your progression, let me know! I would love to see it.

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I Admire | Rose aka Bara-Chan

I admit that I found Rose’s art while browsing deviantart for “sailor moon”. Yes, a lot of her art is Sailor Moon (not a bad thing), but it’s her style that really captured my attention. I love her use of colors and shapes, and her girls always have the largest, most expressive eyes.

I Admire | Rose, AKA Bara-Chan
I Admire | Rose, AKA Bara-Chan
I Admire | Rose, AKA Bara-Chan

Also, when I say I love Rose’s work…I really, really love Rose’s work. So much so that I own two products from her shop:

I Admire | Rose, AKA Bara-Chan

FIND ROSE:
website | tumblr | society6 | instagram

If you know of any artists that would like to get featured here, shoot me an email!

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Portfolio | Racer Peach

I admit it, Peach is my favorite character in the Mario verse, and I adore her racer outfit. This whole illustration started out as a simple doodle at work and was originally just going to be a portrait but somehow morphed into…this. (You may have also noticed she’s now gracing the first slider image on my main page)

Kyla Is Inspired | Racer Peach
Kyla Is Inspired | Racer Peach
Kyla Is Inspired | Racer Peach

On my cosplay bucket list is this outfit, but I’m kind of terrified to make a full spandex bodysuit…

Who is your favorite Mario character?

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