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Firefly Catching by Kukiko-tan Firefly Catching by Kukiko-tan
Happy (Early) Birthday! goes to :iconsalison: >u<)/ <33 Omedetooooou! I hope you have a great, awesmazing, super blessed birthdaay! And every day! 8'). Oh also I hope you do remember me haha XD.

I missed those guys so much, I knew I had to draw them again ; v ; ). A few days ago I felt the urge of making some fanart, while I was reading Hotarugari again. What I didn't realize, except a day later or so after I started drawing, was that it was your birthday very soon! I was like, whoaah 8'DD what a great match! Since I'm a christian, I do believe it was a nudge from God and it's reaaallly awesome <8'D.

Also, I hope you like this as much as I do, or more. Pretty much everything here is experimental. Poses, sky, fireflies, tanukis, everythinggg! But it was really fun and I've learned new stuff too. Now the folk can't say I only draw standing poses haha :XD:. Anndd if you're reading this, please ; A ; )/ don't give up on finishing Hotarugari! It's a great comic! 

I might as well describe the scene:
After a long time of work and catching fireflies, a mishap is done! The bottle flew in the air, hit the ground, the top was kicked away and the fireflies are escapiiiing! "Nooo--" yell Hotaru and Naoki as they leap forward towards the scene. Meanwhile...Miyuki tries to catch the attention of Yumi by waving her hand and shouting something.

As a side note, a bit unrelated, kudos to Aaron Blaise (animator of Disney movies and more) whose video tutorials inspired me to draw something out of my comfort zone 8'). Check out his youtube channel guys, he's amazing:…

Also, to those who do not know Hotarugari, you should 8'D~  It's a great web-comic:
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chexuka Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh gosh Kuki, you improved so much! The colors, the lighting, the poses; they all look amazing together! :iconamgtouchplz: 
And thanks for adding links to the comic and Aaron Blaise's channel! I'll definitely start reading/watching both qvq
Kukiko-tan Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014
Everyone's improving so nicely and lvl-ing up like mad :iconzoominplz: I-I have to catch uuuuuup. Thank you so muuuuch tsukiiiiii kaomoji set 2 32/67 I had so much fun's really nice when I finally understand how to draw certain things especially after I fail so much trying them lol. There is one thing that's like a goliath to mee //crai I feel like my drawings are so lacking in contrast and saturation. I remember when I was little and we had to color some santa socks made out of paper. The teacher scolded me because I barely even colored the sock :iconmilly-fox: I was afraid to press harder with the pencil so instead of red, it was some light pink...almost white?kaomoji set 2 55/67 
* v * )That guuuuuy oh dear that guy, he's like an artist granddaddy. He's really fun and wise and has a lot of cool stuff to share and it's a pity his channel is that unknown. He said himself that he's sad that the art schools right now are really expensive so he wants to share his knowledge for free. Pretty much every week he uploads a new video.kaomoji set 2 18/67 
chexuka Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You are catching up just fine! <333
No prob! Just gotta keep practicing, that's all- especially with new techniques and all. :icondojimathumbsupplz:
d'AWWW //patpat Well, you're doing great with both contrast and saturation, especially in your new artworks! 

Aww, that's nice of him to do that. It's a good thing you put a link up to his channel then; hopefully he'll have plenty more people watching his channel in time. q v q
Kukiko-tan Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014
I'm gladdd ; 7 ; )/ BUT IT HAS TO BE FASTER BETTER GREATER AWESOMER BETTER-- //slapped I watched this video too many times…

I've noticed I improve much faster if I also read a lot of tutorials and study a bit while I practice e v e)
:icongo-on-plz: But it needs more colorrrr they're not colorful enough
but thank youuu * 7 * )/ 

yess and I've also found some other former Disney artist (if I remember well) that does pretty much the same thing here:…
chexuka Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist

Mmhmm! It helps to practice with friends, too so you guys can improve together!
weeps welp you're definitely starting to get more colorful with your art then! q v q

aH THANK YOU FOR THE LINK <333 Gosh, their tutorials are so neat :iconureshiiplz:
Kukiko-tan Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014
Ohhh you saw them at such early years? I barely stumbled upon them 8'DD. I was surprised to see that even Disney was doing propaganda and all that. It's just that I didn't expect it.

hmm practicing together? 8'D how? art challenges to each other?
I'm gladdd!

*q*)/ ikrrr and I lurk from time to time at the disney and pixar's artist's blogs, hoping I might find some tutorials.
chexuka Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah, nope- not those exact propaganda videos, but the black and white disney shorts in general
gosh, though, right??? same here!

and, yeah! like that! and just being around each other, I guess- It's a bit funner to draw with friends hehe

SAME TBH I usually find some random tutorials on my dash and try to archive them so that I can see them whenever I need help
still need to organize everything, though, so yeah

pourquoi-hobbes Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014
so cute
Kukiko-tan Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014
thank youu 8')
pourquoi-hobbes Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014
you're welcome
salison Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Professional General Artist
Wow, wow, wow! Thank you soooo much, Kukiko!!! What a blessed birthday it has turned out to be! And of course I remember you, don’t be silly! XD You were one of the VERY first fans of Hotarugari, and I’m just so happy you remember me and my comic even after all this time! ;//v//;

And it‘s lovely, absolutely lovely! <333 The colors are so vibrant and beautiful and rich with texture! Look at those stars! And I love the dynamic posing and lighting with all those fireflies too. For an experiment, it looks like you knew exactly what to do! What a wonderful scene with these characters! Can’t thank you enough for this!!!

Now you’ve inspired me even more to keep working on Hotarugari! I‘ll never give up, I promise!! And thank you, always, for your support. It means a ton! :love:
Kukiko-tan Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014
You're soooo welcome 8'DD. Ahahaaa, this reply is so so late, but I simply enjoyed reading and re-reading your comment and simply having it there. I'm happy I can make people's day at least a little better.
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