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Ocean's FAQ (Updated)

Journal Entry: Thu Feb 3, 2011, 9:34 AM

Hello guys, welcome to the FAQ.
If you have any questions that aren't on here you may ask me, but please read them throughly before doing so. Thanks!

LAST UPDATED:  Mar 17 2012


Q. What's your real name?
A. Trying not to give it out so much anymore, sorry heh~;; Just call me Ocean!

Q. How do you pronounce Oshaikeuchi?
A. Oh-shy-ee-keh-oo-chee

Q. How old are you?
A. Secret! Though my birthday is April 24th.

Q. Where do you live?
A. Ontario, Canada :3

Q. How long have you been drawing?
A. About 7 years. I can't really put a specific number on it because I stopped drawing on-and-off a couple of years back.

Q. Do you sell at any cons?
A. Mainly Anime North (Toronto), and Otakuthon. I am going to Anime Expo 2012 and Toracon 2012 as well. You can buy my work online at

Q. Can I purchase your manga at Barnes&Noble/Chapters/Indigo/etc?
Sorry no, but you can only purchase it through me. It is not officially published so I only sell them independently at the moment. :) They're available at

Q. Please draw so-and-so for me?
A. I don't have time for requests, but I do take commissions (meaning for money payment). You can check rates here:…
Note me if you're interested. :3

Q. Can you make a tutorial on ___?
A. Honestly I don't really believe in tutorials... well, to a certain extent. I believe teaching techniques but I don't believe in "how-to-draw"s. Nor do I really think I am the person to go to for such tutorials since my art really isn't perfect.... (specially anatomy). If you're having trouble with anatomy, look at pictures. If you're having trouble with hands, look at your hands. Reference is always your best teacher, I can not "tell" you how to draw something.

Q. Can we be friends? Can I have your MSN/skype?
A. Please don't ask this kind of thing upfront. :( (Friendship doesn't really work that way.) If you want to get to know me you can come to my livestream, I enjoy talking to people there. :3

Q. Can you check out my drawings and give me some tips?
A. As much as I'd like to (and I really did try doing it for awhile) I just cannot keep up with everyone. I'm sorry. :( Just practice. That's really honestly all it takes, you can't learn it over night. (And I suck at giving tips lol)

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. Usually I have a general idea, but once in a blue moon a shitty mindless sketch will turn into something with potential. xD;

Q. Do you have any other hobbies or interested?
I am very interested in lolita/spank/fairy-kei fashion and lolicon. I also love singing and voice acting.

Q. Are you really a lolicon?
A. Yes.

Q. Where do you get all your clothes?


Q. What kind of markers do you use?
A. Copic markers:

Q. What set do you have?
A. 72B, 72D, and many extras.

Q: What kind of paper do you use?
A. I use Bee Brand marker paper, which is meant for alcoholic-based markers such as Copics:
I also use Imagination Internal sketchbooks, and Haein art centre paper.
Regular printer paper is also okay to use but it isn't the best.

Q. How long have you been using copics?
A. Since October 2008.

Q. What pens do you use for lining? What sizes?
A. Copic multiliners. Any other pens I've tried with copics make the lines bleed. The sizes I most often use are 0.03, 0.05, 0.1, and 0.2 for eyes. :3

Q. What colours do you use for skin tones?
A. Usually the same. I use E00, R000, R00, R01, R02, and BV31. (But it also depends on whether I'm colouring a male or a female or how tanned they are, etc.)

Q. How do you blend the colours? Do you use the Copic blender?
A. I do not use the copic blender, unless it's one colour + the white of the paper. I never use use the copic blender for two colours because I find it separates it really uglyishly (?? lol). The way I blend to colours is, I must have two that will blend easily (for example, yellow/orange). Fill the area with the lighter colour (yellow), then shade with the darker colour (orange), then go back and blend with that same yellow. To blend just lay down the colour several times quickly in the same spot. You can see a visual example of this in my "Ocean's first copic marker tutorial" video, link located in my gallery~  >u<

Q. Where can I get copic markers?
If you are living in a small town they are difficult to find, but in big cities they should be at your local art store (the chain store Curry's has a lot of them, and I think most Michael's just got them in stock). If there's not place locally that has them I suggest purchasing online. Akadot Retail has lots of copics and well as handy mangaka supplies, and there are some good deals on eBay as well. Lately I've been buying mine from Amazon and ebay.

Q. What do you use for the white parts? (Eye shines etc)
A. I use a white gelpen for small spots, and bottled white ink (Brand: Deleter white ink available at for larger areas.

Q. Do you sketch/ink/colour all on one paper or do you trace the sketch when inking?
A. All on one paper. :3 I don't have a lightboard... or w/e they're called lol~


Q. What programs do you use for your digital colouring?
A. Paint Tool SAI, and Photoshop CS5. (I used to use OpenCanvas4.5e Plus, but not so much anymore.)

Q. Do you have to buy these programs? Where do you get them from?
A. I bought my Opencanvas a few years back, however they don't sell them in English anymore (only in Japanese) but I'm sure there are free English downloads swimming around the net - everything is pretty much available for download if you look hard enough. I suggest torrenting. I've never found a virused link yet.
As for Paint Tool SAI, there is a free month trial at it's English site: , where you can also buy it. Again, you can also torrent it online.
Goes the same for Photoshop and all of it's versions.

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. How do you do lineart/colouring/blending in SAI?
A. I use the brush tool to lineart in SAI. For colouring, I use the pen tool for filling, and the water colour/marker brush for blending.

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. This is a really vague question. It depends what size I want my canvas to be, obviously - but my print sizes are 8.5x11 and 11x17 inches. I usually do them at 300dpi, so pixel width it could be anywhere from 5000x3000 pixels, somewhere around that area. I made my canvases really big so I can include more details.

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. Sorry! ;;


Q. What do you use to record your screen?
A. Hypercam2.

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 xD;; )

M A N G A  &  P R O D U C T

Q. Where did you get your manga published?
A. None of the books I make are officially "published", they're printed at my local print place who also put them together for me.

Q. Where do you print your prints/stickers/keychains?
Prints are done where ever I can get them done at the time, usually Staple (on 100lb paper). Mangas are printed on Stickers are done at home (with sticker paper, easily available at Staples) and keychains are printed, laminated and holepunched where I put the keychain through (bought at Michael's). Buttons are made with a button maker I bought off eBay.

Q. How do you come up with stories/create characters?
A. That's really a vague question...;;; Um, for stories, I do whatever would get a reaction out of my audience. I love surprise endings and story twists.
As for characters (visually) I usually make them based on colour. (Like Arrow, P.T., and Rise are a great combo of red, yellow, and grreen for hair :3c) and not too any characters with the same hair colour. As for their personalities, I try to base them on people I know so they can seem believable.

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.

If anyone else has any questions I should add, please, ask away! >v<
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AvaAndCrew Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
whats your brush settings for sai? :)
thewipal Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
oh... i thought you were in Germany or something.. idk why though ..
oceantann Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow me neither. LOL
Silverwingedwolves Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
stellaristic799 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Student General Artist
hi ..was just wondering if you have specific settings on hypercam or do u use the default, cuz some of me speedpaints look a little pixelated and what not
thnxx in advanced c:
azoo123 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I saw one of ur vids called "love is blind speed paint" and I was wondering how did you import pics onto the canvas like that? I have SAI but idk how to do it
LemonTea-sama Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Open the pic, select and copy it, paste it into the canvas.
hkim156 Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
what computer do you use?
ALegendIsBorn Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
there aren't any copic markers here in cebu * A *
Kairuuii Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013
most people buy them online.
Kyousuk3 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013
I was wondering since you live in Canada Ontario where do buy your tools, so that i can buy tools cause i could not find much stores that sell some items i need lol. all the stores u go too if possible i dont really use online so yea. Thank you
YamaStar Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
where can we read your manga?
i'm interested~ :squee:
moonmaiden427 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Student Digital Artist
hello ocean-senpai, im new to using tablets for digital art, but im starting to get better at it. i noticed in some of ur youtube speed paints that u put polka dots on ur oc's clothes, ani would really like to know how to do that on sai. much thx in advance (ouo)
MidnightEdge Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ocean could you tell me what settings you use for line art in SAI? I'm pretty clueless
8AmyEmo8 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
did you start your CGING for the first time with Mouse or Tablet ??
DatRinpai Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012
Do you upload your recent commissions anywhere online or do you only send those to the people who ordered them, like myself o u o?
Alyshina Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
O; I have a more new tablet, I dont use as much.

I have Wacom Intous5 Tablet.
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EpicPancakes1337 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Since I don`t see one about livestream, can I ask how you record on screen to let my viewers view what I`m doing on screen? I`m sorry, I doubt I explained it clear. q.q
kim24sakura Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Student Traditional Artist Ocean-sempai....if it's not too much to ask... .////.

may i know the levels of your tools in paint tool sai??? because my tools are all the same like in pressure stuff and all... I tried changing the levels but it doesn't look quite right....t-thank you
oceantann Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hmmm '3' I wish I could help you but I don't know what levels are ;3;''' lol sorry!
kim24sakura Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
...oh...well...what i was talking about was the edge hardness...and those other stuff... he-he-he
turtle-crazyfan Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012
Hey ocean, I was just wondering if you've taken any drawing classes? Thats how your drawings got awesome soo quickly i feel like im stuck and my drawings aren't improving:( any tips?
TheFigureInTheCorner Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I can actually answer this one. The key to success isn't to LEARN, but to EXPERIENCE. You can learn how to draw legs or arms or hair, but that doesn't mean you'll improve. You have to actually draw them, and practice drawing them for years. Nobody can start out great, but anyone can succeed. So just practice~! ^u^
MarshmallowBuddy Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012
How tall are you?\
oceantann Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sukaretto-Chu Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have a question!
Who is your favorite manga artist?
Or like, who did you get you drawing style influence off of? (if that makes any sense... LOL)
Karin766 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012
Um, have you been taking any lessons? on how to use copics??
oceantann Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
nope : o
iluvsCandy Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Student
omg i have a wacom tablet also!
Mochan-Hime Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Could you add how you got those theme frame things on your speedpaints? xP
VivlandiBasil Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Not a real important question, but I'm still curious. Do you have a sketchbook that you carry with you?
QuiIl Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
may i ask, what settings do you use for the pressure in the brush tool when your lining it?
Quelaag Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ooo question! Whats the best way to network with other artists? I always assumed networking worked out in a "if you build it, they will come" sense. I just started tablet work and am a bit new to print / digital media and I'm afraid my work is pretty lack luster since its all practice pieces and poopy fan art.

tl;dr: Are there any forums etc. that you have felt expanded your knowledge of print / cons / media etc. Thank you!
MagicofManga Featured By Owner May 18, 2012
Hey ocean

do u use colored pencils,too? If so, which ones?

Thank you!
Saygo-pohm Featured By Owner May 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
what markers do you use, ocean? sketch or ciao or original for copics?
turtle-crazyfan Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012
ocean have you taken any art lessons, or art courses before? Whether in school or private.
BomiChan94 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hi ocean!

i bought the sai from the link you put on the page but when i bought it, i dont have the pen tool or whatever. how do i upload it or something?? it doesnt really say anything like that on the site...

my money just flew away from me :(
MiharuChan100 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Hey Ocean Does a big canvas help us to draw smooth line??
kattiblou Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012
how do you make your animations?
like the " What's Air? " video. thanks, c:
oceantann Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i make the frames in SAI and put them together in sony vegas pro.
Jurusu Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I've still a question (soryy^^)
What colours do you use for skin tones for FEMALE characters??
oceantann Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
im not sure how to answer that :/ .. light peaches/reds, I guess~?
Jurusu Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ahhh, okay^^ Thank you:D
Jurusu Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What do you prefer - Traditional Art or Digital???
basitkat Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Student General Artist
what do you use to aculy make the keychain part of the keychain not the photo????? thsnk you :3
oceantann Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i buy keychain parts off ebay like these ones: [link]
basitkat Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Student General Artist
thank you :D
MayaxBaby-kun Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
what kind of paper do you use for printing photos for keychains?
oceantann Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
just regular printer paper~
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