On mic, listening to Ellie Goulding, workin on my new Cintiq. Yaaaaaa
I’m making a little blog post to update on my life & where my art’s headed, because I’ve been so busy I haven’t really had time to do that in a long while.
The year is not over yet, but my life is pretty much booked up to the end of January so it may as well be. I think that’s why they say time goes faster the older you get, because you have more things going on left and right, you don’t really have time to just sit and think or really “do nothing” at all (and scrolling Tumblr counts as ‘doing nothing’.. I miss doing that!). So before you know it, the year is gone!!
All that being said, I know the more the year’s went on I’ve been less and less active, but I have been really taking the time to work on some personal projects I hope everyone will like…
This year my apparel has really taken off in a way I was not expecting… I first made a shirt prototype for myself and when I posted a photo I was surprised to see others were interested. Since then, summer cons have really blown up for me, and I’ve been working on own brand, Ocean In Space. The exact launch date is not known yet but I’m aiming for mid-November.
In turn of this, my shirts will be available at their first retail location in Toronto next month (info to come!) and I am a fashion guest at G-Anime in January.
As for commissions… ;; I know, since June, I’ve literally been pushing them back month by month by month. But I promised them and they are coming!! December-January should be the time I am able to do them. I will try my absolute absolute best for it.
Of course I’ve been posting a lot about it but, I also have a Cintiq Companion now, which has, in only 24 hours, changed my life. I really needed an upgrade and I’m so glad I’m able to take my work to such a professional level now.
All in all, I don’t know where I want to go from here yet… I know I want to continue making work to make people smile.
And I want to thank everybody from the bottom of my heart, seriously - I’ve been on the internet for about 13 years now, legit.
I started from the bottom. And by no means and I saying I’m at the top, but I am successful, and I’m able to make a living off of doing what I love. And I’ve always been humble about it, because it’s just always been this way. I’ve always been drawing, and creating, and working towards a goal. So I wanted to thank everybody. Every person whose sent me a little message, or liked my stuff, or people who have followed and haven’t said a word. I’m priveledged. I’m really happy I have so many people who I can share my work with and get that message I’m trying to send out. So thanks for always watching, commenting, and reading. I don’t reply to everything and sometimes it seems like I don’t see things, but I see everything! And I am so so grateful. Thank you for helping me become who I am today and for helping me get where I am today. I hope I can continue to improve and make great art for everyone!
Thank you again
Hello everyone!! I’m going to be at FanExpo Canada again this year in Toronto, September 3-6!
My table number is A453 in the comics section near the food court.
Unfortunately I was not placed in the anime section
because FanExpo does not know how to do their job.
Not being shady, just speaking the truth.
I’m going to be aaaaall the way down at the very end in the comics section,
in the rugged area near the food court (next to my m8 Lavender-Iced ).
Please do come find us!! T _ T
All of my new apparel will be there as well as all my new prints.
I’ll also be taking on-spot commissions. Can’t wait to see you!!! * 7 *
I've been getting some questions about the contest! The winners were announced a couple weeks ago on my Tumblr: oceantann.tumblr.com/post/1201…
Sorry for the mis-information!
For quick reference, here is the first winner, AruTeru's entry. Congratulations, and thank you everyone for entering!!
I've been getting a lot of people asking, so the answer's no, I wont be at Anime North 2015 this weekend. : (
I was on the Pro Plaza waiting list as the #1 spot, and you'd assume being #1 at least one would come free -- and they did -- but the spots were given to people who already had registrations. (Why? This is totally unfair?)
A month to the con I had sent three emails asking for updates, all weren't answered, until two weeks til AN they told me I wouldn't be getting a table.
I tried to get in through my friend who already had a table in comic market, and their partner dropped out, but they would not allow me in -- because I was on the waiting list for Pro Plaza, and not Comic Market.
When I decided I wanted to be on the waiting list for PP, they made me choose between being on that waiting list and signing up for CM. I couldn't apply for both.
I don't even understand their rules anymore.
TLDR; Anime North doesn't know how to run a very good con and I will sadly not be there this year! As hard as I tried! And I did try very hard. : (
I can only hope maybe last minute they'll be like "yo we have a spot open" but... can't get my hopes up. I'm very upset, I've been going to this con for 6 years now and I wont be able to see the usual people I do.
I am confirmed for Otakuthon and FanExpo, and am finding a way to get into ConBravo! Hope to see you there. U wU
It's been about three weeks I've been back from Japan now, and I just finished editing and uploading vlogs that feature my trip!! :-D
Both are very long videos (24 minutes in full), so it might be a lot to watch them all! But if you do, let me know what you think! UwU
Part 1 features videos I took there and things I experienced!
Part 2 features swag I got there and taste testing snacks!!
Bulk photo updates will be posted @ my Facebook
Videos/some photos will be uploaded @ my Instagram
Special photos + my sketches while I'm here will be uploaded @ my Tumblr
I want to really share my experience with everyone, so I’m choosing the most convenient way possible to share my photos. Feel free to follow me on this journey! Enjoy!
I've already mentioned this several places, but I don't think I officially did on my DA...? Anyway, yeaa!
I'm leaving March 17th and staying there until April 15th. So about a month. I'm staying with my old best friend I knew from highschool who went there to teach English. It's like my highschool dream come true, haha.
Honestly, I am pretty nervous...! ;;; I don't really know that much Japanese. I'm gonna go reside in a place where the country and people and language and society are completely foreign to me. Something I've never done before. I'm so nervous!! ;;
All that being said I'm pretty excited.. I'm going to be residing in a more rural area but I'm going to visit Tokyo for a week and hit up Kyoto and Osaka too I think. I'm gonna take toooooons of pictures! *o*; I mean, I'll be there for a month, haha. Vlogging will probably also happen, too!
For people who have gone, or know the place well, any suggestions for cool spots to visit? Or even just tell me how your experience in Japan went so I know things to expect! (:
Talk to you all soon! xoxo
PS. Next journal entry I'd really like to update these buttons on the bottom, lol.. ;;
(A note: I requested USD from all bidders but submitted the donation money in CAD (Canadian). After the conversion I was left with $25 CAD which I put towards shipping out the letters and drawings. It's something I should've mentioned in the beginning and apologize for it. m(_ _)m)
A couple previews of the images:
So with 2015 approaching, I have a lot of goals I want to tackle!! */////* In the new year I would really love to start making clothes, accessories, and new original prints.
I have a sweater I've been working on for a little while I'm going to release in January, btw u ////////////u
OH YEAH, and more Youtube vids! For sure!! <3
I cannot wait /)///////(\ Thank you everyone for sticking around.. I can't wait to show everyone my true original colours.
Happy holidays and happy new year!
This will mean more art from me, more mediums, and more time for me to spend in my element!! I'm so excited I can't contain it ;; w ;; Currently I am working on a new mini-artbook, some original prints and paintings, and I want to get some apparel going as well. Also, with the studio now, I'd like to spend some more time on videos and vlogs!
Otakuthon @ E331
FanExpo @ P132
Hey guys!! I will be at Otakuthon (in Montreal) & FanExpo(Toronto) once again this year ; v ;
I'll be at E331 at Otakuthon by myself (not premium section this year ; ; )
And P132 at FanExpo with & ! We all got an end cap table this year, so we will be facing the far wall in the artists alley. u 7 u Please drop by!
See you all~!
Commission season has come again!! I'm so excited to draw stuff for people with my new style. Please check it out & support me <3
Examples & Pricing
"Half" and "Quarter" and such refer to how much of the body is shown. Quarter is bust, Half is to the waist, Three quarters is to the knees, and full is to the feet.
*Prices are in USD*
CG Chibi - $15
CG Basic Portrait - $15
CG Bust - $40 (example coming soon)
CG Full Body - $60 (example coming soon)
Print of your CG commission - extra $5-10 (depending on canvas size)
1-1/2" Button of your commission - $5
(These prices do not include shipping)
Additional backgrounds, items, or detailed outfits may be subject to extra charge.
If you are ordering an ink or watercolour commission, please let me know if you want the original. You will have to pay extra for shipping depending on where you live.
Payment & Other
I mainly accept Paypal. I will only accept personal checks and money orders if they are over $35.
I accept up to three characters in one image, just let me know what you want in your form and I'll give you a quote.
A visual reference for your character is a must. I will not work from typed-up explanations.
All commissions are free to have a patterned background or no background. I will be taking some artistic liberty with "patterned" backgrounds this year.
I have the right to refuse a commission.
Commissions are meant for personal use only; not for resale or to make merchandise.
Do not send me any payment, I will be sending the invoice.
Payments must be made within a week of sending in the form.
Your commission will be posted on
This year I'm taking all my forms through e-mail so I can keep track of them better; since DA does not have a search system in their notes it's very hard to stay organized.
Please e-mail the form to firstname.lastname@example.org under the subject "Commission".
DA/Tumblr Username: A place other than email I can contact you at
Paypal address/other form of payment: Please input your Paypal address here
Reference of your character(s):
How you want your character(s) to look or interact: Just a couple lines explaining pose, facial expression & etc; or if there's more than one character, the relationship between said characters. If it doesn't matter to you, you don't have to add anything.
Background: None, patterned, or detailed
Extras: Prints, buttons, or if ink/watercolour, wanting the original piece
DA/Tumblr Username: oceantann
Paypal address/other form of payment: email@example.com
Commission type: CG Three quarters (2 charas)
Reference of your character(s): [link] & [link]
How you want your character(s) to look or interact: Please have them together doing peace-signs and looking happy. Please have them wearing this: [link]
Background: Flower patterned background
Slots taken: 11/15
& - Anime North #C09
Hi guys~! It's been awhile! I've been posting on my Tumblr more these days, so feel free to follow me there. ; v ;
I will be at AN this coming weekend.... so much to dooo~~ I made SO MUCH STUFF ahaha;;;;;; Hope you all like the selection this year. ; 7 ;
I will also be at Otakuthon and ConBravo this year with everything here as well. uwu
Everything here has also been updated in my online shop. : D
Hope to see you guys there!! I'm so exciiiiiiiiiiiiiteeeedddddddd ;; w ;;
Hello guys! Considering the last time my FAQ was updated was MARCH 17TH 2012.............. I think it needed to be refreshed.
If you have any questions that aren't on here you may ask me, but please read them thoroughly before doing so. Thanks!
LAST UPDATED: April 20th 2014
Q. What's your real name?
A. Allison... but don't call me that ;;
Q. How do you pronounce Oshaikeuchi?
Q. How old are you?
A. I don't specifically give it out, but I am out of college.
Q. Where do you live?
A. Ontario, Canada
Q. How long have you been drawing?
A. Around 10-12 years
Q. Do you sell at any cons?
A. I go to Anime North, FanExpo, and Otakuthon almost yearly. I am working on expanding a little more out west.
Q. Can I purchase your manga at Barnes&Noble/Chapters/Indigo/etc?
A. Sorry no, but you can only purchase it through my personal store
Q. Please draw so-and-so for me?
A. I do not on any circumstances take requests! I have commissions open sometimes, so keep an eye out for them! (I am currently planning on opening them for June-July 2014!)
Q. Can you make a tutorial on ___?
A. I would love to have more time to make tutorials. Whenever I do, hair will be the first thing I'd like to tackle because people have requested it for years. ;; Sorry!
Q. Can we be friends? Can I have your MSN/skype?
A. As much as I would love to be friends and have chit chats with all of my watchers, I'm a busy girl ;; But please know I love you all!
Q. Can you check out my drawings and give me some tips?
A. This is another thing I wish I could help you all on. Sometimes (once-in-a-blue-moon kind of sometimes) I will review/critique art posted on my livestreams (as per request), but it's very hard to give so many individuals different advice when really it is all the same in the end.
What do you want to be able to draw good? Think about an artist you want to emulate, and think about why you like their art. Now, try think about what you need to do to learn those things and achieve that level. Learn things that will make your art better -- study light sources, anatomy, and different styles. Think about where and WHY you are placing your lines where you place them. These things may not seem appealing, but you will really benefit from them in the long run.
Q. When you start sketching something, do you have a general idea of how you want it to look (pose, theme, clothing, etc) or do you just start drawing and think it up as you go?
A. My strongest pieces conceptual-wise usually start with an idea ahead of time; but once and awhile a random sketch will turn into something alright.
Q. Do you have any other hobbies or interested?
I love fashion, singing, dancing, working out, cooking, and gettin high. Yup
Q. Where do you get all your clothes?
Q. I want to sell at my first convention and need some advice!
A. I got this question so many times, so I made an article about it on my blog, here! ^v^
Q. What programs do you use for your digital colouring?
A. Paint Tool SAI and Photoshop CS5
Q. Do you have to buy these programs? Where do you get them from?
A. You're SUPPOSED to buy them... ;;
Q. What tablet do you use? How much was it?
A. I use Wacom intuos4 medium, and it was $250. I bought it used.
Q. What tools do you use for lineart/colouring/blending in SAI?
A. I use the Ol Water tool to lineart/sketch in SAI. For colouring, I use the pen tool for filling, and the brush for blending.
My current ink settings:
Q. How do you colour your lines in SAI?
A. Set your lineart layer (must have ONLY lines on it, no flattened image with a white background) to preserve opacity. Then colour away.
Q. How big are your canvases?
A. Usually 5100x3300 pixels for printing size.
Q. What are your brush/blending settings?
A. I can't answer this because I don't have one set of blend settings. They are always changing. And I don't mean like "I use this setting for the eyes, and this setting for the face" I mean they change every tenth stroke or so. It depends exactly what I'm doing at that moment. Sorry! ;;
Q. What do you use to record your screen?
Q. What do you use to edit your videos?
A. Previously Windows Movie Maker, now Sony Vegas Pro 9.
Q. How do you record your copic videos?
A. Most of them are just my laptop screen tilted down (the webcam is internally inside the laptop) and looks down upon the drawing. Then I flip the recording in a editor.
Q. How do you speed up your videos?
A. Previously used the "double speed" feature on WMM, now I do it in Sony vegas Pro (I think you press shift or caps or tab or ctrl....and drag it to the left lol. I forget which one it is ;; )
Q. Where did you get your manga published?
A. I self-publish all of my books at local print shops.
Q. Where do you print your prints/stickers?
A. Prints are done locally. As for stickers I have used two suppliers, RockinStickers (vinyl) and JiMiAgency (paper).
Q. How do you come up with stories/create characters?
A. I don't make as many stories as I used to, but-!! I believe some of the most interesting characters are based on real people with real faults and real traits. So when I make an OC, I try to base it on someone I know and the way they think/their motives/points of views.
Q. What is your manga-making process like?
A. When I have a story, I making thumbnails for the pages (by chapter) and write the script when I'm making the roughs for the panels. Then I sketch the the pages according to each thumbnail, then ink, and tone.
Q. I'm selling at my first convention and want to know about making products!
A. I got this question so many times, so I made an article about it on my blog, here! ^v^
If anyone else has any questions I should add, please, ask away! >v<
Hello! My front page has been a little dead lately, so I'm going to liven it up with some great artists I follow! Some of them you may heard of, others are imo very underrated. That being says all the art is amazing, so please enjoy!
Absolutely breath taking watercolour-styled portraits, and the artist is only 20.
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Beautiful girls and Korean fashion everywhere.
I am all over these colours & lineart~!
I looooove her style... it's so clean and fresh I could die.
A very good friend of mine; I will pimp her art 'til the end of time.
Her lineart is to die for and her style is moe level 10000000.
A cute and psychedelic style. I love the mix of these two, it always creates something unexpected yet great. Love all the colours too!
It's unfortunate she doesn't have much up right now + is on hiatus, but her style is really put together! I hope she comes out with more soon ~
This was the winner of my Fight Like A Girl contest I had earlier this year! Her style is so unique. It has a retro kind of flare. Plus, magical girls~!
I freakin bow to this girl u/////u Such amazing traditional art!! She is definitely on Arina levels. She has her own published manga, too!
An old and good friend of mine! The style reminds me a little bit of my (very) old style. ;v;
Hope you guys enjoyed and found some new great artists to watch! >w</
Hello guys~ this will be my final update on Fight Like A Girl.
All copies have been scheduled for send out and every person who ordered has been notified via email (psure to the email everyone paid with -- I'm using Storenvy's 'mark as shipped' notifications, but I think it's been being iffy; like people not getting their emails).
If you did not receive your email and are concerned, feel free to let me know with the email + name you ordered with and I will tell you when your scheduled shipping date was.
There is only one copy left that hasn't been sent out/notified; it is because I am waiting for a response (name is under Angela P -- if you are out there please get back to me~ otherwise I'll have to do some deep digging through my DA notes uuu)
Copies are still for sale here, although they are going much faster than I expected lol ;;;
Thank you everyone for supporting this project. I really hope you all are pleased with the book and the work I put into it. u////u
I'm very grateful to have such supportive watchers. I hope you guys will continue to support me and follow my upcoming work. ; w ;