A series of fortunate events | #HisameTBT

The place I’m at in this moment in time is a result of a series of fortunate events.

I am a private and introvert person but as my following grows I thought I’d tell you a bit more about myself and I hope you’ll appreciate my reaching out to you and enjoy this silly post. I always love hearing from my fans and at times I wonder if you know how much I appreciate your support, if I have said it enough times, how many messages and tags I missed, and so on. But those of you who see this posts and have sticked around, here is another thank you and I mean it.  I wish you the best, to me you are awesome!mountain

I don’t really know where to start my story, there are so many things that happened all at once, but I guess one outstanding piece of luck for me was when a bomb fell on the neighbor’s house instead of my grandmother’s, during WWII.  If the wind had blown slightly different that day it would have been that branch of my family who died not the entire neighbor’s family, who were hiding in their basement.

Or another piece of luck was that my grandfather, a decorated veteran, fell in love at first sight with his arranged bride. Out of all the outdated family traditions he went against, this one he didn’t cast in the trash. Together they had a son, and only one, because the rest were miscarriages.

My father was born prematurely and with a heart problem which prevented him from pursuing swimming professionally, so he became an engineer. He has a cousin, now just as old as him, but when he was young,one day, he saw a pretty young lady in the train he was on, and decided to invite her to his birthday party. She accepted and brought to the party her roommate, my mother. Long adventure story there as well.raining-in-the-sea

But now all of these stories are hear say, it’s what I remember from my relatives telling me their memories. I asked my grandfather once to write his life story since he had a particularly eventful one. But he never did, and after he died we found a whole box of medals, even my dad didn’t remember all of them. One was for bravery, and we do remember him telling us about a grenade that took his hearing and left him with some cool scars, other medals and diplomas were achievements from when he worked at the ministry of education, I think.

My dad had a brush with bravery too, at the revolution. They started shooting his way and so he went back home. However he does remember the students hiding under the cars behind our apartment block and soldiers dragging them out. Estimates are about 3000 died at the revolution, some were infants in their mother’s arms, but it’s a lot of fuzzy stories.slice-of-back

My grandmother loved telling stories, she even told me that she loved me at first sight and that when I was born the stork brought me to her and not my mother, on that cold, snowy day. Can you guess what is bullshit is and what is true? I’ll give you a second. Are you ready? All of it, yep.

She was not thrilled by my parents wedding, but fortunately my non-traditional grandfather supported my rebellious father (who got arrested once for having long hair like a rocker, yes, having long hair was bad). And so my dad didn’t listen to his mother and married for love. My grandmother, in time, grew to love me because I was so damn cute! I mean, look at me!!! And to this day, my dad still says marring my mom was the best thing he ever did.
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Now bullshit number two in my grandmother’s story, is obviously storks delivering me. And number three: it snowed on my birthday. I was born at the revolution and so it’s a pretty well photographed and documented couple of weeks. In the photos students in t-shirts were running from soldiers on dry streets, it was a very warm winter, but my dad says it wasn’t that warm for t-shirts. So it kind of puts into perspective the whole bomb thought the roof story my grandmother told. What is true, however, is that Americans and Russians, both bombed her city. It was not a great time to be alive, but the alternative sucked more.rainbow

As for me, for a time I thought the street I lived on, named after a dead French journalist, actually had a tank drive over him on my street. When I was told the street wasn’t wide enough for a tank I couldn’t believe it, since it seemed to me like there was plenty of space. But after some reading I learned he got run over, up the street, in the Palace square. I know it sounds fancy, that I live down the street from the royal palace, but I actually lived in a roach infested, rat hotel. When I was little I used to fish rats out of their hole, from my balcony. Don’t ask why, I was just a strange kid.walk

Also I almost drowned once but my parents saved me, I almost strangled myself but my mom saved me, again, this time from the evil fence I got stuck in, and so she kind of redeemed herself for those times when she lost me on the beach. Uhmm what else? I almost got hit by a bus once, I fell down the stairs numerous times, but always landed on my butt because I have a half assed cat reflex. See what I did there? Word play on “butt”.

But for me personally I think I struck gold-luck when, at a motorcycle exposition a colleague from another class from university recognized me. We couldn’t remember each other’s names but we struck a conversation and she ended up inviting me to her team’s barbecue party. One of her team mates picked me up for the event, which was held outside of the city. Since we were the only ones who showed up on time we had to talk to each other for over an hour, and that is how I met my husband. The very next day he got a job offer for across the ocean, so that was the first time I had gone to that team’s event and the last time he went to it.moto_mic

The timing is just amazing sometimes. Some say it is destiny, I think if you gamble long enough you’ll eventually win something. So if you take anything from these stories I’d recommend you take this advice: make educated guesses and learn how to sail using the wind and currents, eventually you’ll get where you wanted to go. Hope you understood the sailing metaphor, I’ll try and give you deeper more creative metaphors next time.

And hope you’ve enjoyed my post despite the history lessons, and as always I love hearing from you.

I wish you all a lovely day!

Hisame

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The 10th #HisameOCL in a nutshell

How it started:

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Hi everyone! So the 10th #HisameOCL has ended and the winner was @Nikiole! Thank you to all who participated. The event was held on RabaDaba because I reached a new milestone on that platform. It’s a really nice community and the admins are awesome so I definitely recommend it.

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Nikiole asked for a lime green sloth and I streamed live  on Youtube  my process. If missed the live stream, you can catch up here:

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Hope to see you there, take care!

 

 

Ernest origin story is reaching the finale

Hi everyone! You can read the story of how Ernest left Omnivore Metropola met Coraline and became sheriff of Vegan Village on Tapastic.

Ernest the Blue Bunny is my mascot and I got the inspiration for him from a toy I had as a child. He is a good willed little rabbit that enjoys life!

And as the sheriff of Vegan Village his job is to protect everyone and in this series you can find out how he became the bunny you know and love today.

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We’ve reached page 24, thank you for following our story and stay tuned for the grand finale!

Only a couple of pages left until the series comes to an end we’ll embark on a new adventure.

Metallic paints pens | Friday is #HisameReview

Every Friday I feature some of the products, services and machines I use in my projects. Let’s help each other find the best things for our hobbies or businesses! \(^o^)/ Use #HisameReview to find more recommendations.

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Metallic paint  Review
Derwent: are not very visible on black paper and if you use water to blend them they become so see through that you can’t tell the colors apart..
Ek tools:  nice, vibrant color, solid fill, can be blended on plastic or ceramic surfaces, they don’t clog. The red color is not appealing though. I’ve yet to find a true red metallic marker, I’ve had more success with paint and acrylics. 
Bic: they are more resilient than Ek, since they claim to be permanent. Lovely colors, vibrant, blend nicely on plastic or ceramic surfaces but dry quickly so if you want to blend be quick otherwise you’ll just write over the previous color.
Sharpie: blend even after drying and when heated become even more resilient, but on black paper they have issues covering. Ek and Bic cover the black paper better and have a bigger flow of color in the tip. 

For more info you can also visit:
Tsu –> http://www.tsu.co/Hisame_Artwork/photos
Youtube –> https://www.youtube.com/c/HisameArtwork
Patreon–> https://www.patreon.com/HisameArtwork

Watercolor products | Friday is #HisameReview

Every Friday I feature some of the products, services and machines I use in my projects. Let’s help each other find the best things for our hobbies or businesses! \(^o^)/ Use #HisameReview to find more recommendations.

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Watercolor Review
Stabilo: are awesome fine-point pens that can be blended  with water and they come in  diverse nuances if you purchase the bigger packs.
Staedler:  watercolor pencils are smooth and vibrant, bendable, they last a long time and come in numerous mate nuances. If you’re looking for metallic watercolor pencils then search for  Derwent pencils.
Canson: is a brand of great absorbent specially dedicated watercolor paper. It’s thicker than normal paper and you can still feel the fibers and the sheets come  in many sizes.

For more info you can also visit:
Tsu –> http://www.tsu.co/Hisame_Artwork/photos
Youtube –> https://www.youtube.com/c/HisameArtwork
Patreon–> https://www.patreon.com/HisameArtwork

 

Updates on my booklet and Lulu self publishing services

Hello world! My collectible sticker booklet is now on Lulu! Hurrah!

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For those that don’t know Lulu is a company that offers  self publishing services for independent writers. It’a print on demand website for books, calendar and other similar products. It’s also one of the biggest companies in this industry and thus offers the possibility to then sell your book though Amazon and  Barnes n Noble.

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While I like the awesome services it offers, prices are not the best and the site is full of bugs and customer support is overwhelmed so don’t expect much  help or any help from there.

I’m currently looking into other companies to see what other possibilities I have while I wait for my booklet to get into Amazon which will take between 6 to 8 weeks.

See the representational video for the booklet here:

If you have any questions or suggestions feel free to contact me or leave your thoughts in the comments bellow.

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Thanks for reading and wish you all an awesome day!

Hisame

 

I am now on Patreon!

Yu! Hu ! I am super happy , Patreon is now international!

The goal is : to make a video game with Ernest the Blue Bunny

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For this I have to raise enough money to make at least one of the two games I have planned for Ernest.  Depending on your support we will decide together as a community what games you want. The money raised will go toward paying the programmer (and buy sound effects is necessary) as I will do all the graphics for this: sprites, GUI, background etc.

You can select what amount you want to pledge each month or just give one donation and the rewards differ depending on the amount. It’s my first time using Patreon so if there are any issues message me and we will fix it!

Also you should get this thank you message once you’ve become a patron :

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You guys know I always listen to you and you’ve always loved and supported my work, and so I  thank you so much for all your support so far and don’t forget to use the hashtag #HisameOCL to see what new events and prizes I have for you! No matter what channel you follow me on I give out prizes at all my milestones (^_~)

Together we’re growing!

Hugz,

Hisame

 

Giveaways, prizes and events!

Hello followers-subscribers-minions !

So I’m summing up in this post the milestones and rewards that are going to come.

For those that are new, know that I give away merchandise and illustrations for my followers and or subscribers from my various social media channels as a thank you for their continued support.  Thank you ! Your are awesome and your support means a lot to me! 

In the past I’ve given T-shirts, books, stickers, badges, fridge magnets,  paintings, digital  illustrations , discount keys for the shop and so on. Use the hashtag #HisameOCL  to find out what has been and what is current.

So at the moment I need to get to 100 subscribers on Youtube in order to get the better layout for my channel so I will be giving away something when that happens. Feel free to make suggestions for gifts. They will be awarded randomly so you have to be a current subscriber and respond  when you win, otherwise , the prize will have to be given to someone else.

Other approaching milestones : 1k followers on Tsu,  2k followers on Facebook, 500 followers on Twitter. So if you follow me on any of these channels lookout for giveaways 😉

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Updates on Farmopoly the board game

As you may know I’ve been working on a board game named Farmopoly. I’ve always liked Monopoly type games and strategy games in general so I created this board game in its spirit.
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It has it’s slots with different themes to help kids get acquainted with different types of animals and governmental organizations: mammals, birds, vegetarian, carnivores, monarchy, federations etc. You have the fun of a classic monopoly game but with small differences so it resembles a year on a farm and the work that that implies.

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As my Tsu followers already know I’ve been holding giveaways to reward my growing following on  this awesome platform which rewards financially  original content creators. So for those that don’t know the prize is a character withing the Ernest the Blue Bunny world and this giveaway is only for Tsu users.  Following me there is free and there are only two character giveaways left .

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See here details for past winners and how you can win your very own original character within the E.B.B. world !

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Hope to see you there!

Take care,

Hisame

 

Reopening commissions

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Hi everyone! I’m happy to announce that I’ll be reopening commissions once I reach 1k followers on Tsu!  If you didn’t already know, Tsu is a social platform that rewards original content and its creators similar to how Youtube and Tapastic do. So join me there for exclusive content and prizes.

I’ll also be setting up my Twitch Alerts so you can support me by donating as well, this will go into funding my upcoming video game , a RPG with Ernest the Blue Bunny . I will use your help in paying the programmer. Until then you can just go to Tsu and donate there. There will also be a support program on Twitch to reward your dedication by means of giveaways for milestones reached in the pledge program.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Wish you the best,

Hisame