Artist Goals 2022 Achieved?

It’s this time of year again. What had happened in 2022? Facemask were not mandatory any more, however we still need to be careful as Corona is not marked as a fly by the health organization yet. I was lucky that I was able to working from home remotely, but many had returned to their offices. More and more people were getting vaccinated, though there were still worries about the virus’ mutations and the possibility of new strains emerging. The economy was starting to recover, though there were still some difficulties due to the pandemic. Many people were facing financial hardship and struggling to make ends meet. The conventions was slowly coming back to life, to the much relieve of artists.

We had a very dry summer and needed reduce water consumption. In the main while, war broke out in Europe. Our daily life got more and more expensive. We are all need to cut down and deal more consciously with resources. There are so much problem in the world, we do what we can.

There’s another development closer at ‘home’. AI art generator is trending. It’s truly amazing what the AI can generate! However divide artists into two side. The positive comments are that AI art generator can help artists create new and unique pieces of art, as well as giving them a wider base of knowledge to draw from. Furthermore, it could be used to test ideas quicker and more efficiently than before. The negative comments are that AI art generator could lead to a homogenization of art, with many pieces of art looking the same. It could be used by those who want to make a quick buck without the skill and dedication of a true artist. Additionally, it threatens to devalue the work of professional artists, as well as make it easier for forgers to create false works of art. Next part is about my view of AI art. You can skip it if to read about my goals of 2022 🙂

AI art generators are typically based on machine learning algorithms, which use data to learn and make predictions or decisions. In order to train an AI art generator, one would need to provide it with a large amount of data, such as a dataset of artworks, to learn from. This data is used to train the AI model, which can then be used to generate new art based on the patterns and characteristics it has learned from the training data. Many AI art generators are open source, meaning that the code and algorithms used to create them are available for anyone to use or modify. This can allow people to train their own AI art generator by feeding it data and adjusting the algorithms to produce the desired results.

These AI art generators needs input to learn. The input can be anything, depending on the type of art that is being generated. For example, if a neural network is being trained to generate images that are similar to those of a certain artist, the input could be a collection of images of that artist's work. The AI can then analyse the data, learn from it, and generate artwork that is similar in style. The reaction in the art community to these AI art generators has been mixed. Supporters of the technology view it as a way to expand creativity and open up new possibilities for artistic expression. However, there are also those who are concerned about the potential for AI to devalue the work of human artists. Additionally, some worry about the ethics of using copyrighted or otherwise unauthorized images to train AI art generators.

AI art generator impersonate as the high profile artist by creating (fake) social media accountant and pull some stunts that have a negative impact on the original artist.

For example, it happened a month ago, this AI user calling out to original artist for copying his/her AI generated art. To be clear, the person didn't claim to be an artist, (s)he indicated in the social media post that image is generated. The supporters of the original artist pointed out they were watch the creation of the illustration during the art stream and also the timing of the social media post didn't support the claim of the person who generated the art.

I get the feeling that AI users are constantly testing the ethical boundaries. Another example. AI art generator is an basically a machine learning on algorithm, which uses data to learn an make predictions or decisions. In order to train an AI art generator, one would need to provide it with a large amount of artwork data to learn from. Many AI art generators are open source, meaning any one can train their own AI art generator by feeding it data and adjust the algorithms. So imagine, if one only feeds artwork of a specific artist. It would only have access to the characteristics and styles of that one artist's work. The user can create dozens of artwork within an hour. This happened in real life. I seriously don't know what the AI user, but (s)he was definitely showing off and thinking of feeling of persons. Intended or not, the message that came across to artists seems like that AI can generate in a much short amount of time with similar result, where the original artist needed hours to create and years of training. Also using artist's work without permission.

What put my in awe is that there is case when a person/group actively offer to generate art of the visitors at convention itself! The visitors need to fill in their preferences on a form and they generated it for you. There was an artist to clean up the image at bit. That's the only moment when a real artist were involved. The AI learned it's logarithm from dozens of artists who didn't gave their consents. So, the people who manned the booth get paid for their effort. (I hope the touching up artist got his fair share.) It made me so mad, practically they are selling art what is not their own. In my opinion, allowing people to sell at conventions should be based on two aspects: 1) it must be made by human (for Artist), or 2) it's licenced (for Dealers). AI can't claim their own generated art. When art doesn't falls into any, doesn't mean that it's okay to monetize it. But that's what the owner of the booth did. (At least a splatter artist put some effort by adding filters on the copyright image.)

I, and am sure that any other artists agrees with me, believe that this is not the goal of the Artist Alley. It's conceivable that in the (near) future non-artist claim to be artist and sell AI generated art. I hate to see that visitor are deceived and believed that there are tons of working in the piece of art that they have bought. But in the end it turned out to but just simple generated. Well generated AI art is almost not possible to distinguish from artist drawn art. What I also fear is that at people at conventions tells me that they are also able to generate the art themselves so why buying hand draw stuff. This has huge impact on original (print) artists, which I don't the know solution for it other than to improvise.
I've notified a few conventions about my concerns of the issues above. At least what they can do is explicitly updating their policy by not welcoming AI generated art their Artist alley

Basically, I'm not against new technology. What annoys me this will be (ab)used by thoughtless people and the toxicity and unconsidered that comes from a few people who are using it.

O boy, I’ve spend so much space to talk about AI art. Imagine that all this really happened in 2022. But now back on reflection of my goals.

Merchandise goals of 2022

Poster/print/illustrationPlanned: 10Done: 11Yes!
ButtonsPlanned: 20Done: 31Yes!
CharmsPlanned: 20Done: 30Goal achieved: Yes!
StandeePlanned: 4Done: 1No…
Wall scrollsPlanned: 0Done: 0No…
MugsPlanned: 5Done: 3No…
Pages ArtbookPlanned: 10Done: NoNo…
Pages Comic bookPlanned: 20Done: NoNo…
Note/memo padPlanned: 0Done: NoNo…
Sticker sheetPlanned: 2Done: 0No…
MiscPlanned: 5Done: 5Yes!

I definetly happy about the result this year, though it’s conflicted with the amount of not achieveing the goals. The ones that doesn’t made it were uncontiously low in priority. For next year I will order the list according the prio. The prio was really on the charms and illustration. I wanted to draw all current genshin impact charms and almost succeed this year. Though I expected that. But 30 new charms are quite impressive. Good done, past me.

It’s the third year using Notion and contributes a lot of planning / effectiveness again. It’s so intergraded in my workflow, unthinkable to use another app.

Goals reflection


I made a few detailed prints this year and oh boy they took long to finish. The Beidou illustration even took me around 40 hours. including time that I redo the line and base colours because the file was lost. But I so proud of the end results. It’s actually what I want to focus with my illustration: quality over quantity.

Because of focussing on digital illustration, I didn’t had time for the Waterclour project. Actually, I just forgot. I wanted to draw a few girls (Shogun, Noelle, Ning Guang and Beidou) but it never happened and only notice it now. Actually, Water colour prints seems to be very popular as I asked on my socials what people like to see the most as merch. Most anwsers were the male characters in watercolour prints. So, now I have already 8 planned. Then amount is perfect because it is the same amount to renew all the display print on my booth! I also might make a few girls, but as a online shop only edition.

There are the illustration made this year:

The square print (below) took less time compared with Beidou, but still 30 hours. Though, it has more details in the background. Skipping the lineart phase helped me a lot. And also, art flow is not restricted and move a lot better. You know what I mean? To be honest skipping line art is scary and daunting. But this is something I need to work on.

This quare print is even my first foiled print. It wasn’t planned though. The space on the right was (unintentional) empty and feel some text give some extra to the print.

Dokomi approaches me to draw a illustration for their ball event. I greatly accepted it, because it fits my style. It was challenging to draw orginal detailed design. I feel like a been a levelled up, but still not there yet. Despite the flaw, I’m very proud at this one. I the mean time, my skills are little better and gonna fix a few things. The background is just a sample, so I need to work on this illustration anyway.

Pika small print set is done. I haven’t present it as a set though, I might had forgotten about it? (The left one is done last year)


As for the Fire emblem: Three houses, do I want to continue on that? To be honest, I’ve kind of moved on with it. So, after catching up with drawing all Genshin chibi characters, I need to think about my next charms project.

As for this year, I’ve created 31 new buttons, mostly reusing a part of the charm art, and created 28 new Genshin charms en 2 new commission charms. Phew, I’m almost there, still 10 or so to go. The last batch was the biggest one with 11 new art. The character designs are incredible detailed that it hardly needs any shading. With the basic there, art is almost finished. Also I simplified my shading and highlighting, because the previous way of doing was kinda overkill.


I have been focussing on charms and illustrations so the other product hadn’t really a priority. I’m satisfied that i could make 3 mugs. It took me far more more time than I’ve expected. After all, graphic design is for me a whole other field and don’t have much experience with it. It’s still fun though and had learned a lot. Oher things like sticker sheets and memo, notepad was put off in the back burner.

This standee was one of the proud product what I made. It was a message board where you can erase, so reuse, it. Erasable message standee is not new, but I haven’t seen it at conventions yet. The beautiful part is that standee is customizable. The part where the little pieces go in the base have the same size. Moreover, they are printed double sided with a front and a back of the characters, not flipped! So, one can any where they want. It really too me some time to add those extra effect.


This year we launched a new product and it was well received. It’s very convenient for people who used cards everyday. The holders are good for for example student pass, commute pass. Or give your self a tag. “I’m the …. ” So many uses. I reused the existing art, but added a few designs for people who want something else than a chibi. To be honest, I don’t like to reuse art, but this okay since charms and card holder won’t compete but complement with each other. I will continue creating new cute art for these holder. And also they will be limited, because the holders are quite bulky to carry around.

Lanyards are included, but it’s not shown in this image.

Exhibition at conventions

We have change our strategy this year. In stead of displaying every item, we change into display the big items to stand out between other artists. Most of the artist are now trying to presenting as much as possible on their booth. We have big items (aka banners and A1 posters) to attract visitors to our booth to browse in folders. We got this idea because people kept asking if we have more print that is not displayed. Okay, the reason is also that we’re outgrown the 2 meter table. We got so much stuff that we easily can fill 3m booth.

Art skills goals

That’s it for the merchandise creation part 🙂 and now on to the skills part

  1. Improvement anatomy. Planned to spend at least once a week on drawing poses from reference. It hadn’t integrated with my my workflow, because I was focussing on creating illustration. Still, I think it’s important, because I spend too much time on getting the anatomy correct than working on the composition of the illustration.
  2. Switching to Clip Studio went great! I’d used 3 programs: procreate for sketching and basic colouring, Painttool Sai for shading and Clip Studio for details. I found a few brushes, tweaked it a little and use it all the time. It’s now my art program to go. At some point I want to create my own brushes. The only neg about Clip Studio is that you can’t use Liquify on several layers.

Let’s end the post here. I hope you all will have a splendid and productive 2022!!

Artist goals 2022

First post of the year! Let’s start it positively with goals for this year!
This is reminder for myself for this year again:

  • Starting things on time to keep the stress level low and being productive!!!!!
  • Stop procrastinating and get enough sleep

Annoyed with whenever caught myself procrastinating, I want to do this year something about it. I always procrastinate when the task is bothersome. It’s not like the work is overwhelming, because the task are cut down in little bits and often it’s not even hard to do. So, this year I’ll kick my butt get moving.

I did two cons last year and relized that I need to get into it again. For example I forgot to bring all of my charms when we hit the road. Luckily, we were not that far from home. It sounds funny afterwards, but I was in panic ^^;;

As for merchandise planning, 2021 was really a productive year. I feel that this pace is not restraining my day to day life. So, I will try to strive what I’ve done so far.

Posters/prints /illustration1011 / 6 9 / 86 / 115 / 14
Buttons2019 / 107 / 1514 / 2010 / 20
Charms2019 / 84 / 1516 / 207 / 15
Standee40 / 50 / 2
Wall scroll00 / 21 / 3
Mug52 / 00 / 31 / 2
Passport cases0n/a6 / 3
Pages for art book100 / planningnope0 / 19
Pages for comic book20nope5 / 36
Note/memo pad53 / 24 / 2
Sticker sheet3
Misc52 / 08 / 06 / 0

Poster/ print / illustration

I want to do a few full illustrations on a poster format. That means details, mood and background. Drawing full illustration is a huge task. It sounds weird but for me it’s a daunting and overwhelming compared to drawing chibi’s what don’t have to be perfect. I don’t know how to overcome this, but will find a way and let you know on the reflection blog on the end of the year.

  • ‘Fire emblem: Three house’ print set

Make Fire emblem: three houses chibi’s as charms is not feasible. So, they will be made into small prints. I will start with team Blue Lion, like I was planned. This is the process so far:
Done: Dimitri, Felix
Redraw: Mercedes, Annette, Ashe
Planned: Dedue, Ingrid
All image below only screen captures (I lost the original file >,<) and needs to redraw them.

  • Pikachu print set

I’m planning to do make a few Pikachu mini prints, because Pikachu is adorable. Since my bundle price is 3 prints is a set, I need to do two more. This one is already done, but still needs to be finished up (change it into a she and do something about the lighting because (s)he is cutting his/her head ^^;; ).

  • Genshin impact watercolour project

It’s now a project (lol). I’ve just starting with drawing a character with flowers and now there are already 8 portraits. I will make at least one for Xiao and a few of the girls: Baal, Noelle, Ningguang, and Beidou. I really enjoy colouring traditionally now and then. As the project, it will be treated to improve on watercolour painting and drawing/colouring flowers.

Buttons and Charms – catch up with all GI characters as charms and buttons (different design)
Mugs – going to complete the Genshin Impact elementals
Book – finish a sketch book before November. I really hope that I have time in September to participate Sketchember challenge (drawing a sketch everyday). The sketches can be added in the book as well. Comic book – The project of Cheesecake studio. We want to revamping our comic Piece of cake vol 1

Art skills goals

That’s it for the merchandise creation part 🙂 and now on to the skills part

  1. I want to improve my anatomy skills, that’s a yearly thing, but also want to be quicker with coming up poses. The latter was always my weakness and time consuming. I think it’s because my art library is almost blank. So, to fill it I will spend at least one a week on drawing poses from references. At the end of the year, I hope I can be faster with poses.
  2. I also want to sent more gift art to online art friends and participate draw this in your style or draw random OC from people. I remembered how fun it was to draw something else. However also need to watch out not to tarnish the original artist pride when just drawing their OC when not permitting.
  3. I also want to do more traditional art to get away from digital art and the computer for once a while. I want to be better at water colouring. And maybe at some point in the future even doing backgrounds with water colours.
  4. My main art program on my pc is painttool sai, because I love the brush engine. Blending for water colouring is fantastic. I’ve bought a subscription for my Ipad as my birthday present and tried at bit. I want to switch to clip studio paint at some point this year.

These things are secondary stuff. So, I don’t tie myself down on anything:

  • Give me shop a boost, but I need to have more product to update my shop first
  • Give my Instagram a boost (the algorithm is anal though.)
  • Update my blog more and maybe set up a newsletter.

Let’s end the post here. I hope you all will have a splendid and productive 2022!!

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Artist goals 2021 achieved?

Whoa! It’s the end of the year already and to be honest is the best part of the year where we can celebrate the holidays and reflecting the year and making resolutions for the next year. Yay for fresh start.

This month I spend some time to look back what I’ve promised myself one year ago and how it reflects during the year. Since my memory is very bad, I’ve a sort of bimonthly journal in Notion and set a task to update it. It works like a charm.

The pandemic is not over yet. Like I’ve predicted, there were much less cases of Covid in the Autumn, so conventions when through. But then our silly government let go of all restrictions and the covid cases went rocket sky high and the convention which would taken place in mid November and December where are postponed. I have to admit that I was super nervous when one of the convention were still in discussion on HOW they still can make it happen, I was really hoping that they just postpone it. Health comes first. Fortunately, we did had two conventions Dokomi and Made in Asia, which were both pretty much amazing.

Like previous year, I’ve made a merchandise to do list. In 2020 I was reorganizing my life and felt I stand still long enough and that that chapter was done, so I was eager to start making things. It went really well at the start the year, but then the biggest bummer happened. I’ve lost all Procreate files. To sum it up, it was 100 hours of work lost. I hadn’t backup it because Procreate can’t connect to Dropbox like it did before. (In the meantime, I figured it how and will post blog about it for people who had the same problem). Nevertheless, in four weeks I caught up with all the work were important and was only 2 weeks behind.

Merchandise goals of 2021

Poster/print/illustrationPlanned: 6Done: 11Goal achieved: Yes!
ButtonsPlanned: 10Done: 19Goal achieved: Yes!
CharmsPlanned: 8Done: 19Goal achieved: Yes!
StandeePlanned: 0Done: 0
Wall scrollsPlanned: 0Done: 0
MugsPlanned: 0Done: 2Extra achievement!
ArtbookPlanned: PlanningDone: NoGoal achieved: No…
Sticker sheetPlanned: 0Done: 3
SketchbookPlanned: 0Done: No
Note/memopadPlanned: 2Done: 3Goal achieved: Yes!

I’m so proud at myself seeing that a lot of the goals where achieved when looking at this list. I really did my best this year. I kept the overview through Notion and it save me.

Goals reflection


At the start of the year I mentioned to work on the six work in progress illustration and in the end I did… none. Looking back I haven’t been focussing on digital illutration and was working traditional media which was very fun to do for a change after looking at the screen for the whole day for my day job. I also was very fed up with digital art after losing a several (almost finised pieces). At some point the watercolor illustrations even became a project on its own. The illustration were very well received at conventions too ^^ Watercoloring project will definitely continu next year, especially when I can use new paint for the skin. The blending on the Kazuha’s skin is smooth and great!

As for the other pieces, I might have lost interest in or I got stuck so don’t know how to work proceed. Don’t know, I might as well as redrawing the those pieces again.

And here are finished illustration of 2021:

Like last year I should add work in progress pictures which I want to work on next year. The problem is that I don’t have any ^^;;


I had planned to do totally different front and back outfit of all fire emblem: Three Houses characters. Due to file lost, I’ve lost the motivation to do so. To be honest, it was a good thing that it happened because financial reasons.

Until now I have reuse the art for charms also buttons, but this year I’ve started to use separate and less detailed art for the buttons. It’s a bit more work for me but the fans are grateful for it ^-^


I manage to do two new designs for mugs for Genshin Impact and don’t want to make it obvious. It worked pretty well.

[picture will be added another time 😉 ]


The planning of the ‘Old vs New’ sketchbook didn’t happened, because I was … too busy/forgot. ^^;;; It was somewhere on the bottom of my to-do list. I was also too busy with drawing for charms for this project.


I made a few memo pads this year and it was super fun to do it. I want to do more designs. The pads are home cut and bound. It’s more work, but I enjoyed the process. I can combine more designs into one pad and also don’t have to order 50 pads of one design. Making custom memo pads is so much fun and worth. I will definitely make more. (will probably make a post of the process).


About stickersheets! I’m now really into to making cute stickersheet and think it’s a nice addintions to my merch. They are themed originals and planned to make more next year.

[picture will be added another time 😉 ]

What I found out this year is that I work best in batches. For example a couple of watercolor illustration, I can plan and work for a few weeks on those till it’s finished. It might that I need to switch illustration or I will get bored. But also I kinda need to switch occasionally, so I can look with a fresh eye. There is always things that needs to be changed.

The artistic goals is moved to the next blog, so this reflection blog is short. YES! I’m thrilled to start 2022!!

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Artist goals 2021

First post of the year! Let’s start it positively with goals for this year!

This is reminder for myself for this year again:
Starting things on time to keep the stress level low and being productive!!!!!

I don’t think the epidemic situation will change much in the first half of the year and don’t think convention will be held until the last half year. Keeping that in mind, I have a lot of time to prepare, but need to be caution not to neglect drawing to much. I’m planning keep strict on my planning in Notion. Also I want to finish a few commissions as soon as possible.

So before talking about numbers for this year, I will go looking at the number of the previous years. (being concrete with goals is a good thing, it will be measurable)

As I look at the number of previous years, planning to make 5 to 6 illustration this year will be realistic. I know that I’ve done 9 last year, but let’s be on the save side. While scrolling through my folder, I’ve found 6 work in progress pieces already… This means I could finished these six and get my quote of the year. That’s not too ambitious right, but I fear my disappointed future self when I say I will finish these six work in progresses by the end of the year. Maybe it’s not good to commit myself to it? Though I’m curious which of them will be really be done. We’ll see.

Posters/prints /illustration69 / 86 / 115 / 14
Buttons107 / 1514 / 2010 / 20
Charms84 / 1516 / 207 / 15
Standee0 / 50 / 2
Wall scroll0 / 21 / 3
Mug0 / 31 / 2
Passport casesn/a6 / 3
Pages for artbookplanningnope0 / 19
Pages for comic booknope5 / 36
Note/memo pad24 / 2
Misc2 / 08 / 06 / 0

Poster/ print / illustration

There are already some illustration which I’m already working on. Mostly fan art though. Summarizing below, it’s only for my own record the review of the end of the year.

  • Fanart – Fire emblem 3 houses group
  • Fanart – Genshin impact – Beidou
  • Fanart – Genshin impact – Klee
  • Fanart – Genshin impact – Lisa
  • Fanart – Okami
  • Original – Reena dress

Buttons/ charms

I want to finish all character of fire emblem 3 houses, but can’t do all of them (18) in one year. Moreover because the charms have totally different front and back design, I need to draw double as much. Let’s us start with team Blue Lion. The art will also being for buttons. Personally, I don’t like to reusing my art, but people were asking if they have on buttons and as a print. The following character are planned. I’ve already started with Ashe:

  • Annette
  • Ingrid
  • Mercedes
  • Ashe
  • Dedue

Other charms that I wanted to draw are from Genshin Impact. For this set, I’ll draw one design for the front and back and change the expression. Just to make it easy for myself ^^;; as Genshin impact character designs have A LOT of gorgeous details. Though it take me long to draw it, but love it nevertheless! As for the buttons, I want to make different art with simple shading, of cause with all the details.

I’m finally going to retire the Fairy tale buttons to make place for new stuff.

  • Zhongli
  • Ningguang
  • Noelle


I need/want to start with a book this year! It will probably be an “Old art vs new art” book or a sketch book. I’ve not decided yet. Which ever the book will be, I’m gonna make a planning and break it down into little tasks. I might not start on drawing yet. So no pressure there.

Note/memo pad

My poor cutter lies in the drawer collecting dust. I used to make stickers with it, but lately start to make custom memo pad. Oh boy, it was so much fun to make them. It’s takes lot of time to compile memo pads , because I (actually the cutter) need to cut every page individually and glue them together. Meanwhile hoping the cutter will behave accordingly. I mean I love the machine, but sometimes it’s difficult to handle it (things won’t cut or cut but not aligned, program not register the machine. Next to memo pad, I plan note pads (A5) for a few for so long. Hopefully get it done by the end of this year:

  • cats
  • stars

Next to memo- and notepad. I’m now also looking into making sticker sheets. It sounds fun. I’m also thinking of making more stationeries. I’ve a few ideas, but need to work it out.


Conventions might be picked up again this year, but I don’t expect them for the first half of the year. At earliest maybe in Autumn? I want to be ready by that time and have at least planned my booth layout and have art and stuff to decorate the booth, like table runners, banners etc. Basically stuff which I’ve been postponing like forever. But this year, I want to kick my butt and actually make time to work on them.

Art skills goals

That’s it for the merchandise creation part 🙂 As for the creative part, I want to improve my anatomy skills, that’s a yearly thing, but also want to be quicker with coming up poses. The latter was always my weakness and time consuming.

I also want to sent more gift art to online art friends and participate draw this in your style or draw random OC from people.

I also want to do more traditional art to get away from digital art and the computer for once a while. I did some art in December an enjoyed it very much.

My main art program on my pc is painttool sai, because I love the brush engine. Blending for water coloring is fantastic. However, I want to switch to clip studio paint at some point this year. It’s lot a lot of feature that I’m missing over time.

These things are secondary stuff. So, I don’t tie myself down on anything:

  • Give me shop a boost, but I need to have more product to update my shop first
  • Give my Instagram a boost (the algorithm is anal though.)
  • Update my blog more, but maybe it will in form of a newsletter.

Let’s end the post here. I hope you all will have a splendid and productive 2021!!

Artist goals 2020 achieved?

It’s almost the end of the year. Traditionally for me keep on going, I do a reflection and make plans for next year. Wondering when starting this blog, do I even make goals for 2020? I should have, right, since it’s a tradition, but I can’t remember posting/having a blog about goals for 2020. This year was a full of changes. We start the year with the pandemic (which is still not over yet). I start to work at home starting from March. We can’t meet friends or go on holidays (we had planned a trip to Japan) and conventions are being cancelled. It’s a year of building up mental stress and try how to deal with it. It feels like reorganizing your life again. 2020 was also a year with little successes like manage doing a lot of small things which would only be postponed.

I finally found a list in my Google Keep of merchandise which I want to make. Obviously, there was no convention to sell them, but I made my own shop. I’ve promoted it much, but that is something I want to do next year.

After the intro got out of the way, let’s start drive in the main topic:

Merchandise goals of 2020

Poster/print/illustrationPlanned: 9Done: 8Goal achieved: Yes!
ButtonsPlanned: 15Done: 7Goal achieved: No…
CharmsPlanned: 15Done: 15Goal achieved: No…
StandeePlanned: 5Done: 4Goal achieved: No…
Wall scrollsPlanned: 2Done: 0Goal achieved: No…
MugsPlanned: 3Done: 0Goal achieved: No…
ArtbookPlanned: PlanningDone: No…Goal achieved: No…
SketchbookPlanned: PlanningDone: No…Goal achieved: No…
Note/memopadPlanned: 2Done: 4Goal achieved: Yes!

Seeing this list with many goals not being achieved is kinda depressing. Though, I’m proud of the amount illustration I did. The year before I was way more productive. (Didn’t met my goals either ^^;; but looking of the amount of stuff what I did make was quite a lot.) To be honest, because my plans were convention driven, it was a strange year. My motivation hit hard when the convention being cancelled or postponed one after the other.

At the start of the year I promised myself enjoy more of the process rather rushing things right before the conventions. “Starting things on time to keep the stress level as low as possible and so keep on being productive all the time.” If there’s no convention, then the part”on time” has no meaning any more. So, for months I feel empty and doubting my artistic abilities. In the main while, I tried to get updated as much as possible with the new about the virus, but getting more and more exhausted when it’s only getting worse. The whole pandemic made me realize even more how selfish people can be. At a certain moment I stopped following the new and had little more room to breath.

This is already an old picture. The setup has changed a little.

I’ve started to plan stuff in 2018 and it’s really helped me to get done. Okay, I did not much in 2020, but is was a weird year. It helped me immensely in 2019. Some where in the middle of the year the app Wunderlist stopped being supported and I need to switch to a new task manager app. I heard a lot of good things about Notion and decided to try it out. And oh boy, I’m so happy with it. It’s a task list, wiki, note, progress board, planner and you name all-in-one app. It’s super flexible (I will make a post on Notion) and makes my life so much easier. I know for example that illustration took me 19 hours to finish and chibi 10 hours. With Notion, I’ve more overview of the tasks I need to do for a week. I can break them down for each day. So, when I finished a task for work and the work day is over, then I can stop. Clean my desk and do my own person task on the list. (I was basically using the scrum method). At the end of week, I reviewed the amount of task what I did and adjust it for the next week. This helped me to reorganizing my life.

However, the motivation didn’t went back entirely. What actually what did helped and found out recently, it’s that not the convention deadline that kept my drawing spirit high, but rather the exithment when holding the fysicall product in my hands. Let me explain, a few weeks ago I send a few illustration which I finished before the pandemic in Europe started to the printer company. Normally, I would wait, because it’s much more cost effectient to bundle a more illustrations together. Then the package came, and it sparked the joy of having the illustration printed and it was so good that I wanted to draw straight away. After that, I dusted my Silhouette Portrait off and I’m trying to make stickers/sheets and memopads. So this lesson is learned, and it took me almost a year to realise to find something else to keep me on going.

I also had non chibi illustration but that was within an other package.

Now on to reflecting the goals.


This category contains not only illustrations as merchandise, but also commissions and gifts made for friends. I’ve put the same effort into them ^_^ I’m so happy that I did more illustration than planned, though the last two illustration was done in the last week of December ^^;; One of them was an enjoyable traditional piece. How long was it ago since I’ve used a real brush? At least 3 years ago? I forgot how fun (and frustrating) it was and will definitely do more in the near future. As for improvement, everything stays the same I think. That’s something I need to do something about.


Normally buttons and charms go hand in hand, because I create buttons out of the chibies which I use for charm. Next year I wanna do simple button designs for Genshin impact (am so addicted to it right now!) and a separately charms design, since the latter one will be printed bigger. To be honest, I find this year hard to draw chibi’s, there was a lot of love, hate and much procrastination. I usually draw a lot of chibi’s at the first half of the year whereas most of the conventions were planned. Since the cancellation happened and coping without convention goal/deadline. I focus more on illustrations.

Something new I did with the charms are that they have totally different design on the front and the back. It was twice as much work. I was so proud of them, to bad can’t show them off during cons. I sold a few though online and am so grateful. I need to get the already finished charms to be printed, but that definitely when I have more charm designs ready, because it really pay off when ordering in bulk.

Standees, wall scrolls, mug and passport cases

I didn’t manage to do any standees, wall scrolls or mugs. I did thought about mugs though, but didn’t bother or feel motivated to think about it. I think I will skip next year from trying and be more focus on drawing illustration. I was not happy with my art and want to do improve it, so I’m want to focus more on drawing. New mugs will definitely come, but just not next year maybe the after. I still like seeing them with my art. ^_^


Art book is something I want to make for a long time but I never made time to execute it. It doesn’t have to be a book full illustration, it can sketches, art compilation from old vs new artwork, comic or information book with art. Every time I tried, it fails. Making a book is a long process and the reward is immediately. I don’t… I should cut the process down into miniscule pieces and do them without thinking of the of the end product. This mean the reward will be given immediately, even though not showing my work to the world just yet.


I made a few memo pads this year and it was super fun to do it. I want to do more designs. The pads are home cut and bound. It’s more work, but I enjoyed the process. I can combine more designs into one pad and also don’t have to order 50 pads of one design. Making custom memo pads is so much fun and worth. I will definitely make more. (will probably make a post of the process).

2020 was a strange and exhausting year. I’m glad that it’s over.

Cleaning my workspace

Since a lot of convention has been cancelled and the convention season might be starting after the summer, I will take the change to update the blog with non convention stuff (and working on the convention back log sstt hahaha ^^;; )

Abunai 2019 | Artists review

I didn’t had a table at Abunai this year, because I was helping CheeseCake! Studio. Nevertheless, I want to make this post due to Abunai’s first artist alley. As earlier this year, Animecon was having their Artist alley again, after five years. I knew that Abunai was planning on this for the longest time. Perhaps they were waiting or something, because they were waiting for other convention to take the first step again?

Anyway, a lot had changed in the Dutch artist convention scene in the past few years. It was almost unthinkable that a big convention in the Netherlands wouldn’t implement a space for artists all together, though Artist alleys are quite common across the border. Dutch people are always skeptical by nature. But in the last few years, the artist attending more and more foreign conventions booting the table to sell their merch in the artist alley. The idea of having a table between dealers to make more income isn’t the reason anymore for not being in the artist alley. I must disclaim that the artist alley shouldn’t be placed in a remote area though.

This as proven this weekend. The Brabant’s zaal was an area that you must walk through. Lot of visitors where hanging around, especially before the dealer room were opened. I heard that some of the artist there already made the table back in the first four hours. The artist alley was open from 14.00 and the dealer room from 18.00 After the dealer room opened the
artist alley was empty. It was incredible busy on a Friday. It died slowly of
after nine.

The dealer room

The dealer room was busy as always. As I as I can see the list of dealers, a lot of artists are have a table here. Half of the dealers might have been artists.

CheeseCake! Studio was facing the wall. The placement is not the end of the world, but it’s not good either. What annoys me the most there was too little walking space left between the the DIP (Dealer info point), red lower left corner and the dealer tables. I talk with the dealer manager about it and suggest a different set up of the DIP, but he was half listening and wasn’t even bother to do anything. Isn’t traffic jam in the dealer room, something that a dealer room manager needs to keep an eye on?!

Abunai also send the floor plan of the artist alley. This was actually the second layout. I took picture of three points on Sunday morning. To be honest, the artist alley looked quite cozy. Every time, I was passing by, there were always people browsing. I was talking to a few artists and the overall verdict was okay-ish after all. Some were happy mainly because of the Friday sales helped a lot.

When introducing the artist alley, there were no announce made by Abunai, only a small tick box in the application whether you want to be in the artist alley. Some artists tick the box by mistake. I can imagine that artists were wary about this artist alley idea, which it’s not even placed near the dealer room. But in the end, it seemed it wasn’t such a bad idea.

Hotel room

I don’t go further about Abunai. It was a regular convention for me and there’s not much to talk about, which I haven’t written. One thing is worth to mention and was frustrating to the max: hotel room. Abunai was always known for a convention with battle of the rooms. Some people were not going to Abunai because of this. The dealers get the priority to make a reservation. This year not every room was available due to renovation. First, mail was send out that some dealers have to look for a hotel room themselves, but then not long after the mail was send, Abunai released some rooms to the public, because those rooms weren’t paid on time or were cancelled, without notifying the dealers who missed out of rooms. Luckily, I didn’t happened to me or my closed friends, but know a few people with had happened this to them. I don’t know why this edition so much problem with communication. For dealers having room priority is an extra which the convention offers and we should be grateful, but if a convention offer this, please do it right. 

Next year?

As for me the rest of the weekend okay behind the CheeseCake! Studio table. Though I’m used to be very busy at Abunai tabling on my own. I think, I’ll table again next year. I’m not sure it will be in the dealer room or in the artist alley.

Animecon 2018 – Artists review

AnimeCon 2019 is already over and this blog about Animecon 2018 is still standing. So, I’m going to finish this post first before doing the one of this year.


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I’m sometimes so tired of myself. It seems like that I’ve deleted the whole blog about AnimeCon 2018. There’s nothing to do about it than write another.

Animecon 2018 was held 15 to 17 of June in The Hague. It’s so close to my home town that I decided not to take hotel so save some costs. Using the public transport still took an hour. It was far easier to go by car, 20 min, but didn’t had that luxury this time.

Animecon is considered the best and biggest Anime convention in this category in the Netherlands organized by volunteers who worked their ass off during their free time. It also considered to be the best convention for cosplayers because of the many prof and amateur contests and has loads of other events during the weekend.

Because Dokomi was only a few weeks before, I don’t need much to prep. It was so great! And the luggage was already packed in the weekend before. No stress, right?? I wasn’t stress prepping for myself but now for our doujinshi circle CheeseCake! Studio. I was like pressing buttons till one o’clock in the morning. Got up at six, took everything very slow because I’m not a morning person and after playing with our two mini potato heads, I ran to the station, but only to wave the train goodbye because I’d missed it. At Holland Spoor where we suppose to meet with friend, I was waiting for an hour, because they were late too. Oh boy! A nice way to start the weekend. The public transport connection to World forum in The Hague was great, because I don’t need to walk a lot from home the dealer room.

Dealer badge for AnimeCon 2018

We were finally arrived at the location and need to check in. I mailed the head of the Dealer room already of the problem with the extra ticket, which we didn’t saw in our account, but was included in the order. Checking in went very smooth, we could just pass the main registration by showing our eticket and reported at the entrance of the dealer room! It wasn’t busy at all. (We were there at one o’clock, though!)

We got our table spot appointed at the main traffic road and was one the best spot in my opinion.

After we found our other part of our stuff in crates (We let it transport ahead, that’s why I needed to pack everything during the weekend before the convention 😉 and set up, it was 5 o clock and the dealer room opened.

This is the booth set up for the weekend. De dealer room is dark, because it has only spots lights, but also my phone make dark pictures… and can’t edit it right now. So in real life, yes it was dark, but no not as dark as this picture ^^;;

I kinda like how it set up this way. Art is visuable from both ways. Though, if I could change something, it would have been the prints. It would be one grid taller and the A3 posters would be swapped into A4 prints, so It could for more different artwork.



























The rest of the week was a blur, but there are few things that I would like to mention:

Before the con, the artist tables were sold out. The artists were placed in the waiting list. I can’t remember if this happen before at AnimeCon, because it was for me a long time ago before I went there, but Cheesecake went there before. It seems that there are always the applications filled quickly for the artist table nowadays, I won’t be surprised. The artist tables where located in the dealer room between the dealers. And the dealer room was too small and cramps anyway. The artists were asked if someone is willing to move from the dealer room to the foyer in front of the room, in exchange for deduction of the table fee.


We supposed to be in area F. Where exactly, that was a surprise. It sucked when we didn’t know how to prepair for set up. The artist alley was at the left site, behind the doors (yellew)


Being the foyer is that you can set your own opening and ending hours, but the foyer is a public space, so you need take your stuff with you at the end of the day. In the end, little to no responded, figures. The artists were determined by lottery. The unlucky artists were of cause not amused. Fortunate, me and cheesecake were not among them.

I always find that the floorplan that Anime send us through mail is not helpful, cause what we want to know where we will sit and prepare our table set up. At least we were not placed in the corner of the room. In the end we did got a good spot, but it could be worse, though.

The artist who placed in the corner of the room are not lucky too. The dealer room it self was not very lit except in the middle. I’ve got some fairy lights and spots so lent them to a few artist friends. I also heard that a dealer didn’t show up and the artist in the foyer where not allowed to relocate.

These stuffs were not easily dealed with by the new coordinator of the dealer room. I can image that these things are hard for the first year, but don’t know, though…

As for me, the weekend was a blast and the sales were awesome! Up until now my sales at Animecon were mediocre, because that is a lot of big events happening. I think this is thanks to be having more merch and having a better location. The location was at a cross point where lot of people passing by.

Am I going next year again? Yes, of couse, this a big convention and a local one too.

Tomofair Amsterdam 2019

Tomofair Amsterdam 2019 was held on the first week of the year. I hesitated to participate because it was held right after the holidays and people would have spent their money. I’ve been to Tomofair before but at the Nijmegen edition. Tomofair let vendors pay a large part of the rent of the building and other costs and kept the ticket a slow as possible to get a large number of visitors. They can promote their event being popular and being sold out really fast. Vending at Tomofair is okay-ish because the visitors will mostly have a tight budget and never have been in at an anime convention before. For artists who vent for the first time, Tomofair is definitely recommended because of small scale.

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Dutch Comiccon 2018 | artist review

With DCC being the last convention of this year, the con season 2019 has ended. It was a blast! Let’s look at how DCC had been. I’ll keep this blog post very short.

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