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Happy New Year and hope everyone had a good holiday break.
Let's move forward and make the best of this Year of the Doge. 











    I lost myself trying to please everyone else. Now I’m losing everyone while I’m finding myself.
— Unknown

Music: Sufjan Stevens - Mystery of Love  (Call Me By Your Name OST)


Travel and tell no one, live a true love story and tell no one, live happily
and tell no one, people ruin beautiful things.

Be Present. For yourself, for life and for the people you love.
— Thich Nhat Hanh

Music: Ryuichi Sakamoto - Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence 

 

'Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk'.
— Dalai Lama

Music: Oh Wonder - All We Do 
I decided to open for art commissions in between my break from comic work. Please write in to: yumegawa@gmail.com
or a note and send in your commission request. Payments are done upfront upon agreement via PayPal, and before I begin work on your requests. 

Here's the price list below:



A - $25 Full color bust with solid color backdrop (per head) 
B - $30 Full color character art with solid color backdrop (per figure) 
C - $50 Full color couple art with solid color backdrop (additional $25 for background)
D - $60 Full character digital illustration 
(price may vary on the subject matter)
E - $100 Full environment/landscape digital illustration (price may vary on the subject matter)


Since Halloween is coming up soon,  if you have any horror/fantasy stuff you like to commission me to work on, please don't hesitate to write in. I'd love to give my take on your spooky ideas you have lurking in the darkness. Thank you!

Cheers,
Daryl 
portfolio/instagram/tumblr

Music: SIAMES - "The Wolf" 

thanks, Manatee Overlord. 

ENTRY UPDATE: The Inktober official 2017 prompt list is out early: 


Good time to dust off and oil our rusty creative gears, and refill our heads with brainstorm juices before next month! 

 Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.
— Dalai Lama






Just updated my online store: tohdraws.bigcartel.com with my latest book - Nevermore Oddities. A 42-paged, A5 sized field guide and drawing journal filled with notes, ramblings and inked drawings. The book explores the world of two adventurers - Alex Spectre and Gabe Hunter during the Inktober Challenge of 2016. Includes four color postcards ‘photographs’ inside.

There’s even a collector’s bundle that includes my Fox Mask Man: Memories With The Yokai box prints, so do go check them out! :D

LATEST UPDATE:

The last large batch of orders has been shipped out on the 26th August, and the bigcartel store is closed for now.

I hope the books arrived in your hands safely; and thank you, once again to all of you, for your support! 

I thought to start the month of June with a quote I liked: 

When we meet real tragedy in life, we can react in two ways–either by losing hope and falling into self-destructive habits, or by using the challenge to find our inner strength.
— Dalai Lama

To my fellow watchers and followers, and art friends; may you find your inner strength, and be the hope for those in need when there is none. I wish you all a good month, and take care. 



Music: Pain, Loss and Love - Rupert Gregson Williams (WONDER WOMAN OST) 
Hey everyone, 

We've survived through April~ so let's kick some artists blocks this month, get creative and stay healthy (and hydrated too!)
Looking forward to more comic projects and anthologies (hopefully some board or card game illustrations along the way)

But in the meantime, here are two upcoming projects I'm involved in:


Welp, the cat's out of the bag for this one; A new comic book with writer Ryan King (The Games We Played, To Tully Aces) coming to Kickstarter early next week.

UPDATE: The Kickstarter campaign is now LIVE! 


I will be working on this spooky project with writer Luc Labelle (Outer God). Built on Strange Ground is a comic anthology of true stories about cursed locations, haunted towns, eccentric neighbors and local lore. From personal experiences to friend-of-a-friend tales to investigations into true stories from history. 

Built On Strange Ground is up on Kickstarter now, take a look to see preview pages, a list of contributors and information about the many rewards we have.



Be a witness to life unfolding by itself. Be free of all attachments, fears and concerns by keeping your mind inside your own heart. Rest in being. Like this, your life is always fresh and imbued with pure joy and timeless presence. Be happy, wise and free.
— Mooji


Music: Nina Simone - Feeling Good (Bassnectar Remix)


I'd like to share a mantra from artist Jake Parker,  for those who struggle with their artworks: 'Finished Not Perfect.' 
It's a good mantra to remind myself everytime I'm struggling to finish a piece of illustration that I've started. I hope I can do the same for my personal comic projects that I'm reluctant to continue when I become indecisive or fickle minded with the source material. 

 It is important to expect nothing, to take every experience, including the negative ones, as merely steps on the path, and to proceed.
— Ram Dass

Music: Jacob Lee - I Just Know 




    The more time you spend immersed in the shitstream of TV/internet/social media the stupider and more boring and just like everyone else you will be. Hang out in real life having good conversations with brilliant and hilarious people, so you can steal their ideas and all the clever things they say. Spend a lot of time alone so you can think up some original thoughts of your own.
— Tim Kreider (via austinkleon)

    Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.
— Pablo Picasso


The soft overcomes the hard.

The slow overcomes the fast.

Let your workings remain a mystery.

Just show people the results.

— Lao Tzu


Music: MAGIC! No Regrets 


  



  Your Heart is the light of this world. Don’t cover it with your mind.
— Mooji

    Let yourself be strangely drawn by the quiet pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray.
— Rumi

Music: Jimmy Eat World - Sure & Certain 





    The key is to keep company only with people who uplift you, whose presence calls forth your best.
— Epictetus

Music: While My Guitar Gently Weeps - Regina Spektor


I dunno, I've been a little low on the creative mood for my personal stuff. It's an on and off thing. Some days you see a spark of ideas and visuals, and then some days... well. Another month comes and gone. Let's make it count. 

Music: Sleeping At Last - "Saturn" 
        Dustin Tebbutt - First Light 
        Tall Heights - Spirit Cold 
        Old Sea Brigade - Sleep In the Park 
        Sea Offs - Leave 
        Jon Hopkins - Lost In Thoughts 
        Hammock - Cold Front 


"Look at situations from all angles, and you will become more open." - Dalai Lama 

Have a good month of July, everyone. 


On life:
No matter how good or bad you think life is, wake up each day and be thankful for life. Someone somewhere else is fighting to survive.
-unknown 

On personal struggles and journeys:
It is important to expect nothing, to take every experience, including the negative ones, as merely steps on the path, and to proceed.
-Ram Dass

On facing inner demons:
Anything you avoid in life will come back, over and over again, until you’re willing to face it—to look deeply into its true nature.
-Adyashanti

On being yourself:
Just remember this – weird’s good. Embrace the weird…Enjoy it because it’s never going away.
- Tim Tharp - The Spectacular Now



Hey peeps, if you're happen to be in Malaysia for some weird reason, #CAFKL is on the 28th-29th May next weekend! So, come visit us at our booth in Row D-06. Hope to see you peeps there. Cheers!

I am so bad at promoting my stuff, but if anyone's interested to purchase my stuff, you can check out our online store. Will add new things there like prints and stuff in future. = A = 

Other than that... thank you for following my work and responding/commenting/chatting with me in my gallery and just digging my recent illustrations. You peeps rock!!!

Cheers,
Daryl


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