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First time in 5 years that I don't have a premium membership for deviantart. Really, this is the first year I just can't afford it. Really sucks when you're an adult and you need to buy food and pay rent instead of purchasing frivolous things like memberships. Yup, responsibility... who needs it?

I noticed I don't even use deviantart all that often anyway. I barely scan or even show my artwork to people anymore. Not like anyone cares, anyway. 
Hope everyone's holiday and new year are going well. =) Warm wishes and what not!

I have off of work for a few days, so I've been spending time with my family while trying to catch up on some artwork.
  • Mood: Relief
  • Eating: Coffee
We're back, baby by beasert

That's right! Baaaaack.

Finally done moving in...ish. Although until I get my studio fully set up (i.e. a trip to Ikea) I'm sitting and drawing on piles of art materials... But hey, it means that I'll be drawing, which is a stark difference to how my past month has been going. This also means that commissions are officially open, so if you had gotten in contact with me before and I didn't reply to you, feel free to note me again.

For those interested, here is a 10% off coupon for my Etsy store: WelcomeBack

If you see one of my pieces of artwork that isn't a print on there, just let me know in a note that you want it and I'll see what I can do.

Over the next few weeks I'm going to be working on some illustrations and comics, of which I will be posting here. I've got a Harley Quinn page that I'm working on, as well as illustration to get used to drawing her new costume. My own comic is ready to be worked on as soon as I sit down with my editor. My chibi/SD pictures didn't seem to garner much attention, so I'm going to work on more of them. I have two full Doctor Who illustrations that I want to get done.... So we'll see. =) 
  • Mood: Distressed
Howdy folks. I know there have been a few people trying to get in contact with my. My past few weeks and upcoming few weeks have been dedicated to moving my family, getting my new place ready, and conventions (not to mention still working my 9-5).

Commissions are unfortunately closed from now until mid-September. My Etsy shop will be on vacation as well.

Sorry kids! I'll write back in September. Things are hectic and all my drawing stuff is packed up. =T Boo.
Hey folks! I have something a super important favor to ask of each of you. Could you vote on my T-Shirt designs with a score of "5"? Pretty please? The more exposure I have, the better chance I have of getting noticed (not just by the t-shirt company, but the grand prize is a paid trip to NY Comic Con with backstage access to companies). You can check out the original art in my gallery. =)

There are 5 links in all, which are posted here:
(Please note that it lags very slightly, bringing up a different picture. Just be patient and wait a moment until it shows up.)
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Journal Entry: Mon Jan 21, 2013, 6:58 PM


COMICS!

I have two comic projects that I am currently working on. One of which will be relatively kept under wraps for now, but I will start posting work for the other soon.

The comic will be called White Wolf and the Shieldmaiden. It is a historical/fantasy story about Vikings. The main character is a female Viking who has to rebuilt her crew. There's revenge, romance, revenge, comedy, and revenge with a little redemption along the way (but no for the character you're thinking of). I've been researching Viking history and lore for a while now and breaking out my writer's breeches for this.

I started writing it early 2012 after reading the Northlanders comic series. I'm happy with my story so far, which I'm shooting for 150 pages with room for more. My script is sitting at 50 pages, which gives me an adequate amount of room to make thumbnails from.

I will update with more character designs an illustrations soon. Some may be rougher than others, fair warning. I am putting together "pitch packets" for both White Wolf and the other comic project. I doubt I will be able to kickstarter, being a nobody with no experience in comics, so I may just pay for publishing out of pocket. I really don't want to go the webcomic route, but I may post the graphic novel online in a format similar to Delilah Dirk.

PRINTS!


I am now selling prints on my Etsy Store! www.etsy.com/shop/MichaelLinkJ…

Thanks for my recent acquisition of an Epson Artisan large format printer, my print shop is officially open for business! All of my prints are borderless and printed on heavy gloss paper using UV resistant, archival quality natural ink dyes. (Environmentally safe and they last for years and years!)

All sales go toward the purchase of a Cintiq 13HD and funding. My trusty tablet is in the process of crapping out on me (after 6 years of service).

New prints in my shop:
Yoko Nouveau by MichaelLinkJr      Korra Four Nations by MichaelLinkJr
 Yoko Nouveau                    Avatar Korra

I also have some clearance-priced prints from $3 to $5! These have small white borders. These are the remaining bunches from my convention prints from 2010 through 2012. I will be adding more prints this week! Also, buy 4 and get 1 for free!

COMMISSIONS!

I am currently open for all commissions and comic projects. I've gotta fund my stuff somehow!

Note me here or e-mail me at MIchael.Link.Art@gmail.com with your requests and I will reply with a quote.

TL;DR
I love you. Please watch me and commission me if you can.







Commissions are open!
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Pothead by TheArtistDarklady
Rawr fish...no, roar...no, raw by PixieRiot
Stamp by wolf-wisper
Philadelphia Flyers by Purp1eDragon
TEAM BELMONT STAMP by MikaRabidKitsune
Stamp: I heart spongebob by ScienceIsHardcore


I :heart: my watchers Stamp. by jugga-lizzle .: Read the comments :. Stamp by Beti-Kot
  • Mood: Spidey Sense
  • Reading: Star Wars X-Wing series (for the 4th time!)
  • Playing: Mass Effect 3
  • Eating: Coffee!
  • Drinking: Coffee!

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Journal Entry: Fri Jan 18, 2013, 1:42 PM


HEY GUYZ.

I'm Livestreaming today for a bit and listening to some tunes.

Check it out:

Live Art Stuff on BlogTV







Commissions are open!
Note me for details.




Pothead by TheArtistDarklady
Rawr fish...no, roar...no, raw by PixieRiot
Stamp by wolf-wisper
Philadelphia Flyers by Purp1eDragon
TEAM BELMONT STAMP by MikaRabidKitsune
Stamp: I heart spongebob by ScienceIsHardcore


I :heart: my watchers Stamp. by jugga-lizzle .: Read the comments :. Stamp by Beti-Kot
  • Mood: Spidey Sense
  • Eating: Coffee!
  • Drinking: Coffee!

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Journal Entry: Fri Jan 18, 2013, 1:41 PM


HEY GUYZ.

I'm Livestreaming today for a bit and listening to some tunes.

Check it out:

www.blogtv.com/People/Sakurafi…







Commissions are open!
Note me for details.




Pothead by TheArtistDarklady
Rawr fish...no, roar...no, raw by PixieRiot
Stamp by wolf-wisper
Philadelphia Flyers by Purp1eDragon
TEAM BELMONT STAMP by MikaRabidKitsune
Stamp: I heart spongebob by ScienceIsHardcore


I :heart: my watchers Stamp. by jugga-lizzle .: Read the comments :. Stamp by Beti-Kot
  • Mood: Spidey Sense
  • Eating: Coffee!
  • Drinking: Coffee!

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Journal Entry: Tue Oct 30, 2012, 11:29 AM


Sketchcard Set 003 by MichaelLinkJr Sketchcard Set 002 by MichaelLinkJr Sketchcard Set 001 by MichaelLinkJr Custom Sketch Card Sample by MichaelLinkJr

Happy Halloween, folks!

Here's a coupon for my Etsy shop for 10% off of any item!  This is a great way to save on my sketchcard sets! Coupon is also good for sketchcard commissions.

Coupon code: HALLOWEEN2012 (Good until November 2, 2012)

Remember to share with your friends!

Reblog links:

TUMBLR: sakurafire.tumblr.com/post/346…

TWITTER: twitter.com/blue_Evolution/sta…

FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/Michael.Link.…







Commissions are open!
Note me for details.




Pothead by TheArtistDarklady
Rawr fish...no, roar...no, raw by PixieRiot
Stamp by wolf-wisper
Philadelphia Flyers by Purp1eDragon
TEAM BELMONT STAMP by MikaRabidKitsune
Stamp: I heart spongebob by ScienceIsHardcore


I :heart: my watchers Stamp. by jugga-lizzle .: Read the comments :. Stamp by Beti-Kot
  • Mood: Spidey Sense
  • Eating: Coffee!
  • Drinking: Coffee!

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Journal Entry: Tue Sep 25, 2012, 5:26 AM


Two Three awesome things are going on right now.
Numero Uno:
I have an Etsy shop!

Michael Link Illustration

There are a bunch of sketch cards and original illustrations on my shop's page.

Hopefully when I make enough money I will be able to buy a professional printer and make my own prints!

Numero Dos:

I created a Star Trek t-shirt design for mighty fine (welovefine.com) and it would be awesome if you could vote for it.

VOTE FOR IT HERE!

It's awesome, it's 8-bit, and there's a Zelda reference.  Enjoy!

It's Dangerous to Go Alone (8-bit Trek) by MichaelLinkJr

Numero Tres:
I will be doing an 8-page (maybe more) comic for the webcomic Undead Norm.  Awesome thanks for StineTheKitty for considering me to fill in.  The first page starts October 15th, but there is a teaser up on the website right now.  I'll likely post pencils and inks here when the comic has finished it's run.







Commissions are open!
Note me for details.




Pothead by TheArtistDarklady
Rawr fish...no, roar...no, raw by PixieRiot
Stamp by wolf-wisper
Philadelphia Flyers by Purp1eDragon
TEAM BELMONT STAMP by MikaRabidKitsune
Stamp: I heart spongebob by ScienceIsHardcore


I :heart: my watchers Stamp. by jugga-lizzle .: Read the comments :. Stamp by Beti-Kot
  • Listening to: Big Bang
  • Eating: Coffee!

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Journal Entry: Thu Jun 21, 2012, 6:26 AM


Heeeey Kids!


Just an FYI that I have been posting a lot of works in progress of my artwork on my Tumblr.  I figured that I wouldn't clog up my deviantArt with sketches. (And really, does anyone check the scraps anymore?)  My current project is a full set of sketch cards from Dr. Who.  I have been re-watching the earlier Doctors and giving them an artistic representation in my style.

Plug! Sakurafire.tumblr.com <~~Tumbles!

At the moment I am working on a commission for a friend (that needs to be perfect, it's been in progress for a while) and work for Otakon.  I have also been training with different mediums, like traditional brush inking and digital painting.  Most of my practice works will llikely end up on Tumblr, however the best stuff will be published here.

I am also creating a bunch of works for Otakon.  This year they will be going up in the Art Show/ Art Auction.  I am planning on doing about 15 pieces of art, both digital prints and one-of-a-kind traditional illustrations.  Last year I did really well in the Art Auction (essentially, it was a free weekend!), so if things go well this year I will likely try to get a table next year.

Along with everything else, I have been working on my comics.  Nothing is complete as is, mostly just getting a hang of visual storytelling.  I have three stories completely finished and have been working on layouts for them.  Right now they are on the back burning, slowly cooking throughout the Summer. Unfortunately commissions and work-to-sell is a bit more important. =T

Thanks for reading and watching.  Take care!  
Hope to see some of you folks at the convention!







Commissions are open!
Note me for details.




Pothead by TheArtistDarklady
Rawr fish...no, roar...no, raw by PixieRiot
Stamp by wolf-wisper
Philadelphia Flyers by Purp1eDragon
TEAM BELMONT STAMP by MikaRabidKitsune
Stamp: I heart spongebob by ScienceIsHardcore


I :heart: my watchers Stamp. by jugga-lizzle .: Read the comments :. Stamp by Beti-Kot

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Journal Entry: Sat May 19, 2012, 8:06 AM


Update your bookmarks, folks, because I took the plunge and changed my username!

I've had the username "Sakurafire" for almost 8 years now.  (I've been using it longer, since the AOL days).  Honestly, it feels good not to look so juvenile.  I'm trying to make a name for myself, and I think this is the best way to help out my cause.

Also for those watching... I've been working on a lot of commissions.  I am still working on comics stories and practicing my sequential art skills.  Once I feel like they are sufficient, I will be posting them.

I am done for classes for the summer and the convention season is coming up.  Time to get some stuff done!







Commissions are open!
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Pothead by TheArtistDarklady
Rawr fish...no, roar...no, raw by PixieRiot
Stamp by wolf-wisper
Philadelphia Flyers by Purp1eDragon
TEAM BELMONT STAMP by MikaRabidKitsune
Stamp: I heart spongebob by ScienceIsHardcore


I :heart: my watchers Stamp. by jugga-lizzle .: Read the comments :. Stamp by Beti-Kot

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Journal Entry: Sat Dec 31, 2011, 10:51 PM


Happy New Year, folks!

Been quiet.  Practicing on painting and the such.  Did a ton of sketches this week, including some rockin' character designs for a short 8-page comic I am working on.  Everything is done but the panels! (Stay tuned!)

Spent a lot of time with my family over the past week.  Played a lot with my son, spent time with my wife, and finally beat a few video games I was working on.  Not only that, but I finally finished up my degree!  I am an official college graduate, folks (I have a piece of paper that proves that I'm a bonafide artist).

Either way, this year I am going to try to break out.  I need to find a good job, but in the meantime I have to push myself to improve.  I'm only taking two classes this year, animation and 2D game design.  These are outside-of-my-degree things that my local college is offering for the first time... Also, I have a decent amount of scholarship money left that I need to use up!

Thanks for all the favs, critiques, and comments in 2011.  Let's hope that 2012 is a strong year for everyone's art! (Year of the Dragon, right?  Rabbits were too timid anyway!)

2011 Year in Review:
2011 Year In Review by MichaelLinkJr







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Pothead by TheArtistDarklady
Rawr fish...no, roar...no, raw by PixieRiot
Stamp by wolf-wisper
Philadelphia Flyers by Purp1eDragon
TEAM BELMONT STAMP by MikaRabidKitsune
Stamp: I heart spongebob by ScienceIsHardcore


I :heart: my watchers Stamp. by jugga-lizzle .: Read the comments :. Stamp by Beti-Kot
  • Listening to: Harry Potter music
  • Reading: Comics!
  • Playing: Na na nana na: Batman!
  • Eating: Coffee!!
  • Drinking: Coffee!!!

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Journal Entry: Sun Dec 4, 2011, 4:28 PM


Halo: Legacy feat. Master Chief, Rookie, and Six by MichaelLinkJr

My Halo: Legacy illustration has 117 favorites at the moment.

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Pure awesomeness. =)







Commissions are currently closed. See you in December!




Pothead by TheArtistDarklady
Rawr fish...no, roar...no, raw by PixieRiot
Stamp by wolf-wisper
Philadelphia Flyers by Purp1eDragon
TEAM BELMONT STAMP by MikaRabidKitsune
Stamp: I heart spongebob by ScienceIsHardcore


I :heart: my watchers Stamp. by jugga-lizzle .: Read the comments :. Stamp by Beti-Kot
  • Eating: Coffee!!
  • Drinking: Coffee!

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Journal Entry: Thu Dec 1, 2011, 7:25 PM


The student art show went off pretty well. Got to meet a bunch of cool artists, see some folks from my digital classes, and most importantly meet some colleges that liked me and my artwork. Some of the colleges that were really interesting in me are in Memphis, Tennessee and Columbus, Ohio. *sigh* There is a college that offers a Sequential Art program (Re: Comic Book Art) over on the Eastern Shore. He REALLY wanted me to go to his school... Scholarships! =)







Commissions are currently closed. See you in December!




Pothead by TheArtistDarklady
Rawr fish...no, roar...no, raw by PixieRiot
Stamp by wolf-wisper
Philadelphia Flyers by Purp1eDragon
TEAM BELMONT STAMP by MikaRabidKitsune
Stamp: I heart spongebob by ScienceIsHardcore


I :heart: my watchers Stamp. by jugga-lizzle .: Read the comments :. Stamp by Beti-Kot
  • Eating: Coffee!!
  • Drinking: Coffee!

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Journal Entry: Wed Nov 30, 2011, 8:10 PM


Having a bad night.

College art show is tomorrow.

My son is sick.

My back hurts (blame homework, sitting too much).

Sigh.

At least drawing Huntress was fun.







Commissions are currently closed. See you in December!




Pothead by TheArtistDarklady
Rawr fish...no, roar...no, raw by PixieRiot
Stamp by wolf-wisper
Philadelphia Flyers by Purp1eDragon
TEAM BELMONT STAMP by MikaRabidKitsune
Stamp: I heart spongebob by ScienceIsHardcore


I :heart: my watchers Stamp. by jugga-lizzle .: Read the comments :. Stamp by Beti-Kot
  • Listening to: Michiru Yamane
  • Playing: Homework?
  • Eating: Coffee!!
  • Drinking: Coffee!

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Journal Entry: Wed Nov 23, 2011, 10:15 PM


One thing that scares the shit out of me...

Whenever I *have* to do artwork, I have trouble finding inspiration.
It's not because of deadlines...  I thrive under deadlines...

But I just lack flow.

Of course, not a lack of doing... I'm drawing a phenomenal picture.  Just yeah... lots of empty spaces that need things.
Hopefully when I get to do this professionally I can get out of my artist's funk.

Quit bitching!  Back to drawing. ^^

I already ate my turkey, so no excuses tomorrow!







Commissions are currently closed. See you in December!




Pothead by TheArtistDarklady
Rawr fish...no, roar...no, raw by PixieRiot
Stamp by wolf-wisper
Philadelphia Flyers by Purp1eDragon
TEAM BELMONT STAMP by MikaRabidKitsune
Stamp: I heart spongebob by ScienceIsHardcore


I :heart: my watchers Stamp. by jugga-lizzle .: Read the comments :. Stamp by Beti-Kot
  • Listening to: Michiru Yamane
  • Playing: Homework?
  • Eating: Coffee!!
  • Drinking: Coffee!

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Journal Entry: Sat Nov 12, 2011, 9:22 AM


:icongoodnewsplz:

Good news, everyone!

I made the Graduating Student Art Show at my college... Which is damned surprising since I'm just some mook comic artist. lol

Either way, that means that I might get a full scholarship somewhere nice.  It's probable, but not likely.  Then again, the same thing was said about me making the art show.  Oh well.

So yeah, that is the reason for so little posts lately.  I've been busting my butt graduating with a 4.0 GPA, while still getting portfolio pieces for this show.  Ah, fun times. =)







Commissions are currently closed. See you in December!




Pothead by TheArtistDarklady
Rawr fish...no, roar...no, raw by PixieRiot
Stamp by wolf-wisper
Philadelphia Flyers by Purp1eDragon
TEAM BELMONT STAMP by MikaRabidKitsune
Stamp: I heart spongebob by ScienceIsHardcore


I :heart: my watchers Stamp. by jugga-lizzle .: Read the comments :. Stamp by Beti-Kot
  • Listening to: C418
  • Reading: Textbooks...errr, comics
  • Playing: ???
  • Eating: Coffee
  • Drinking: Coffee!

It's that time of year again...

Journal Entry: Sat Aug 20, 2011, 10:10 PM


Hey folks!  It's that time of year again... The time where I go back to school and I do nothing but take classes, work, occasionally eat, and torture my body by neglecting my basic necessities!!  Seriously, when it is put like that... Why the shit do I need a degree? lol

A couple of things before I go on a bit of a hiatus... I will be finishing my degree this semester.  To do so, I need to take a full load of classes.  I will be taking about three art classes this year, so most of my posts will be related to that.  Honestly I am still not sure about what I will do once I am out of college.  This semester I am going to be working on my over-all illustration skills, mostly with life-drawing and painting.  I don't know if you've noticed or not, but I've been getting back into comic books lately...  I am thinking about actually getting a comic into fruition and getting it self published (since most places like Oni Press don't accept submissions anymore).  At Otakon 2011 I attended an awesome panel called "So You Want To Be Published" (that was hosted by Diamond Comic Distributors) and I was really inspired.  I've had a cool science fiction story on the back burner for a few years now.  Didn't realize it until I went looking for them, but I have over 50 pages of notes and character sketches done!!
(Otakon was a blast, btw.  Got to see some awesome people that I don't tend to see often... CrimsonNataku, hope we get to see each other next year! pronouncedyou and egyptianruin, we'll have to hang out sometime soon!  If I can slip away from school.)

Recently I've been receiving about 30-50 unique visitors per day... Thanks for visiting my page! Seriously.  I'm pleased as a peach at all of the attention, because prior to the summer I was only averaging about 5-10 people.
This also means that I'm almost at 19k pageviews.  19,000 people have visited my little corner of the internet in the six years I've been on deviantart.  Wow.  Most of them were me refreshing the page!  I wonder if I'll get my own kiriban???

Well, that's about it.  Unless something spectacularly terrible happens, I will see you in December! Take care.

Michael Link

Edit: Just logged on this morning and...
Over 19,000!  Almost...
Now I am  *in Vegeta voice* "OVER 19,000!!!!" thanks to my wife.  She gets the kiriban.

Edit: Edit:  Apparently I only visit my page after 100 viewers.
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Edit: Edit: Edit:  First time I checked my page in 3 days. D:
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Commissions are currently closed. See you in December!




Pothead by TheArtistDarklady
Rawr fish...no, roar...no, raw by PixieRiot
Stamp by wolf-wisper
Philadelphia Flyers by Purp1eDragon
TEAM BELMONT STAMP by MikaRabidKitsune
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Stamp: I heart spongebob by ScienceIsHardcore


I :heart: my watchers Stamp. by jugga-lizzle .: Read the comments :. Stamp by Beti-Kot
  • Mood: Dumbfounded
  • Listening to: Metroid Tribute album
  • Reading: Textbooks
  • Watching: School lectures
  • Playing: ???
  • Eating: Coffee
  • Drinking: Coffee!

Otakon!! (over 18,000!)

Journal Entry: Thu Jul 14, 2011, 11:29 AM








Hey everyone!!  Finishing a lot of artwork lately... Like the Hellboy pic?  Shark-Rockets (or Rocketsharks) make the picture SING.

I will be attending Otakon at the end of the month.  I will not have an artist table, but I will be putting up several pieces in the Art Auction.  Some of them will be prints, some will be original art.  I will be posting some of the art that I will be selling here.

Selling at Otakon as a print:
The Name's Boy... Hell Boy by MichaelLinkJr Shinsengumi by MichaelLinkJr Nightwing Blue by MichaelLinkJr Nightwing Red by MichaelLinkJr Yoko by MichaelLinkJr Catwoman x Batgirl by MichaelLinkJr
Halo: Legacy feat. Master Chief, Rookie, and Six by MichaelLinkJr Meditation by MichaelLinkJr


Edit: Noticed that my page count skyrocketed from 17500 to 18000 in the past week or so... I'm sure those 500+ clicks weren't me (I ain't tellin'!).  Thanks to all the viewers and a hearty welcome to my new watchers!





I :heart: my watchers Stamp. by jugga-lizzle .: Read the comments :. Stamp by Beti-Kot :thumb177360258: :thumb184937203:

  • Mood: Dumbfounded
  • Listening to: Cage the Elephant
  • Eating: Coffee
  • Drinking: Coffee!