Q: Who writes this blog?
A: I do! My name is Angel. If you are really interested, you can read more about me on the About page.
Q: Do you have an update schedule?
A: Yes! I update every week on Friday. Sometimes updates go out Saturday or Thursday instead, but most of the time the updates happen on Friday.
Q: How can I support Appledainty.com?
A: You can always Share my art with your friends and family! I also sell some items in my Shop if you would like to buy something. Your support and interest is greatly appreciated! <3
Q: What got you into gaming?
A: My friends all love gaming. They finally convinced me to try Minecraft after I came home from Japan in 2011, which eventually led to trying MMOs. I don’t consider myself a hardcore or even particularly skilled gamer, but I enjoy the camaraderie of my guildies.
Q: What servers/guilds are you on/with?
A: I don’t play many group-oriented games at the moment, but when I do play MMOs, it’s usually with Kwisatz Haderach, my guild from Guild Wars 2. For the squid! Sometimes I play minecraft with a group of close friends on a private server, or single player games like Stardew Valley or Fallout 4.
Q: What are your influences?
A: I love comics and animation, obviously, I have a strong Japanese and European influence on my style, but I grew up with American comics as well. I apprenticed in my Godfather’s studio, and I’m also a big fan of Alphonse Mucha and James Coleman.
Q: What tools do you use?
A: I prefer drawing with mechanical pencil, and inking by hand with a combination of croquill, technical pens and brush with black magic ink on Strathmore plate Bristol board. I use masking fluid, paper towels and a toothbrush to do special ink effects (how fancy!). For color I use both watercolors and Copic markers. I also have a Wacom tablet and Adobe Creative Suite 5.
Q: What about for kanzashi?
A: I use bias cut white silk habotai ribbon and jacquard silk dye and dye set concentrate to create the various colored petals and leaves. I also use spray starch, tweezers, rice glue, faux flower stamens, cardboard, Bristol board and a wide variety of jewelry findings.
Q: What kind of education do you have in the Arts?
A: I have always loved art class. My Mom liked to arrange still lives for me to draw as a child. As a teenager I apprenticed in my Godfather’s studio, and in 2009 I graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design with a degree in Sequential Art. I think education is a great tool, but the best education comes from a desire to improve and a great deal of practice.
Q: Do you take commissions?
A: Yes! I love taking commissions. If you are looking for something special, head on over to the Custom Orders page and fill out the inquiry form.