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Frequently Asked Questions





It is not that I'm lazy to answer every time, but I thought it would be nice to put everything in one place ^^;

I'll just write some that come in mind right now, but I might add other question-answers in the future that might pop-up in the comments. So, if you're curious about anything related to my art or myself you can ask freely in the comment section.

1. What tools/program do you use?
I usually mention the tools I use in the deviation description. But in most cases I use the GIMP program with a wacom (intuos4 small) graphic tablet for digital art (animation included) and watercolor pencils in "any kind of paper" for traditionals.

2. Did you go in school "for this and that" or are you self taught?
I went in AKTO college in Athens for "Fine Arts". I'd draw mangas and some flip-book animations way before that. I didn't feel the school changed my art in any good or bad way. I mostly went there to have some kind of diploma.

3. Since when have you been drawing?
Since "forever". In preschool time I remember trying to draw the illustrations from my brother's school books (he's 5 years older by the way). Maybe it was then when I started loving both writing and drawing stories - which ended up to become "I want to draw mangas".

4. Since when have you been doing animations?
I think that the first flip-book animation I saw, was my brother's (when I was in first grade.)
I drew the first one in third grade maybe. I remember seeing the phases of a bird flying and a rabbit's jump in a school book. I took the 2 "key frames" from that and would draw several other "2 frame animations" to "play" with when I was bored in school.
Then with Sailor Moon, in 1995-1996, since I didn't have a video-recorder, I drew the different transformation/attack sequences from memory, and made some originals along the way too XD

5. How do you make your animations?
I also mention this in the deviation descriptions. I have these 3 tutorials for that:

starca.deviantart.com/art/GIMP…

starca.deviantart.com/art/How-…

starca.deviantart.com/art/Basi…

6. How do you make the animations to look so fluid?
The "secret" in that is to move the "objects" as little as possible (without a big gap in between). Also, even though I draw every single frame, the base of it is like a "stop motion" animation - in which I use parts of the previous frames and move them a bit every time. That helps in keeping the sizes the same throughout the whole scene.

7. Do you have any favorite OCs (original characters)?
Yes, I do. But they're still "unpublished" to the world. My biggest dream is to make them (and their story) well known some day.

8. Will you do free requests/art-trades/collaborations etc some day?
I want to. But before my OCs make their debut, I don't plan on giving extra time for that. For now, in first priority are the commissions (to survive XD) and my mangas (to reach my dream)






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Strange or curious coincidences

Thu Oct 16, 2014, 4:07 AM











I was looking at my gallery the other day and I noticed this curious fact:



Even If I wanted to, it wouldn't had been so perfect - all the sailor moon crystal fan arts are aligned!! (of course it only works for my screen resolution 1920x1080 and da options.. but still..)
I saw the first page first and I thought "No way, don't tell me in the second page is Sailor Moon.." and so it was 8D
I just had to show this before uploading anything else! Really, it doesn't have any meaning but it's cool XD.

Aaand, I was thinking for quite some months now to talk in the journal about...what a coincidence..."COINCIDENCES" 0w0
I mean, they happen to me and my family all the time. Big or small but usually "useless" ones haha. And usually when all the family are watching soccer matches (Even more with the world cup this year). We get "answers" for the most "little" things. With the most "interesting one" being when my mother asked during a match: "Do they wash the players' clothes or do they have extra clothes, because they look so clean at the start of the game" It was the "Netherlands vs Wales" friendly match and THIS happened some minutes later: [link] 0w0

I was wondering all this time if anything "strange" happens in your life too. And if you feel like it, to talk about the most "impressive" ones. Because sometimes normality gets boring, and, no matter what anyone believes, it is nice to hear about something like out of a movie or fairytale -but that has really happened- for a change XD
 





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I got tagged by :icondreamangel-ren: XD I usually don't do these things but I thought I had to update the journal with something more interesting for once XD

1. I believe in everything Jesus has said, but not in everything that people have made up after that (like the Christmas tree for example).
2. I freak out about my health every time the slightest thing feels "wrong" T_T
3. In real life my brother is the only person I can call "a close friend"
4. I keep a diary (mostly a weekly journal) since age 13-14
5. I'm not a big eater. I even "forget" to eat.
6. I was born in Albania but my first language was Greek (I forgot it when I went to kindergarten though and had to re-learn it when I came to Greece XD)
7. I started to say things like "thank you" and "welcome" more often after joining deviantart. I still have difficulty to say phrases like that in real life. I feel like they're not really meant if said out loud.
8. I've never dyed my hair. Only once, one thin strand.
9. I'm a moody person and I like to go from one extreme to the other. "Normality" bores me.
10. My personality type is INFJ (introversion, intuition, feeling, judging)
11. I never thought I'd do animations. My dream has always been that of doing manga/comics and live doing that.
12. I like learning languages more for the sake of understanding than for being understood XD
13. I love to collect manga artbooks. I'd go in the library every time to look for artbooks even though the chance that I find one is 0.01%
14. I really like to use patterns/screentones/textures in my mangas *Q*
15. I still live with my parents.
16. I like to walk in nature. (I can walk for 4-5 hours straight)
17. I can't swim. I can stay for some time in the surface, but if water gets in my eyes/nose/ears I start to drown.
18. My favorite color is turquoise.
19. One of my favorite subjects in school was Math. Now, I can't even do simple calculations XD (I wonder what was the purpose of school if I can't remember most of it.)
20. I like to sing all day for no reason even though I'm not a good singer.

I don't know who to tag, & I don't want to bother anyone, so if any of you feel like doing this you're free to do so XD.








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Devious Journal Entry

Thu Jan 30, 2014, 7:54 AM











So, I changed the commission prices as I said some days ago.The new price will apply for every new commission from now on. The commissions already in the waiting list still have the old prices.

Meanwhile, my point finger feels numb due to overwork. Do you know any good home remedy? ^^;








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Changing commission prices soon

Sun Jan 19, 2014, 4:43 AM











I feel a little bad about this but I have to rise the prices once again.
I'm so happy you are so interested in my animations lately.
I wouldn't even imagine this popularity a year ago ;v; 
Really, thank you so much :hug:. The "waiting list" is growing so big that I need to do this.
Once the new calculator is done I'll update the commission journal.
The new price will apply for the new commission requests.
All the people that are already in the "waiting list" with the current price will not be affected  ^^>







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Back from vacation :D

Tue Aug 13, 2013, 3:00 PM











:dance: I'm all charged up and refreshed!

I'm gonna start my daily routine and working on commissions again :la:
(I SO MUCH missed animating new things :D)

There's a lot of messages and notes I still have to reply. Sorry for the late replies everyone <:]








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Commissions slowing down

Thu Jul 11, 2013, 5:19 AM











Summer is at its peak. I'm gonna go in vacation for some days and have fun lol =P. So the commissions will slow down. I'm very sorry for all the people waiting in the waiting list :iconlazycryplz:. I'll start to be more active again after summer hopefully :dance:.








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So, I finally changed my ID and stuff in my profile page XD. Also as I said I changed the prices of the commissions. You find the new calculator (with the new prices and some image examples) in the updated commissions journal.

 


 


   

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  • Reading: manga
  • Watching: anime
  • Playing: wii sports

My first manga book

Tue Oct 2, 2012, 6:36 AM


  

     
    

    Meeting Hearts - 3 one-shots
    

  
  


  

You can find it here: Meeting Hearts (96 pages, $10)

Klikoni këtu për versionin në shqip.

Cover:
Meeting Hearts Front Cover by starca

  


  


    

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  • Reading: manga
  • Watching: kokoro connect

My brother's poetry book

Mon Sep 3, 2012, 11:56 AM


  

     
    

    Hello ^^
    

  
  


  

It's been a while since I last wrote a journal XD but now at least I have something to say ^^>
My brother just published a book with his poetry:

By clicking the image you go to the english version but an albanian one is also available here

Some sample poems to give you an idea :):

"The Visual Non-Visuals"

I will close my eyes to see the non-visuals
And hide with open eyes to confuse those who can see
I will write with paper on a piece of ink
Which the rain will take and write into the clouds

I will close the clouds into another window
I will open the window on another cloud
See the sky through it, let the sun shine through
Close the eyes to the visuals, but not the visuals to eyes

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"Dust took the luggage and left"

In environments between feathers
Dust sleeps for many years
On a silent piano wire
Other dust - a silent party

Music will be heard once more
Colors will be seen again
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
The whole building will be razed

            -- --
           
On a new square
Dust wanders in noontime -
The piano wires melted
And became a sculpture of music notes

             --
            
In environments between leaves
The stones sleep for many years -
Other stones, somewhere nearby
Engrave the story of the square


  


  


    

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  • Reading: poetry XD
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Thoughts..

Fri Sep 30, 2011, 2:50 AM


  

     
    

    
    

  
  


  

I had to change the journal OTL. But as always I'm lazy and don't have anything to say. I always thought that I'm better at writing than talking, but I guess in both cases my problem is that I don't have any theme to discuss ^^"and maybe that's the reason I draw. I think that a drawing might give people a reason to start a conversation XD.
With that said, I think that it will be a while again until I write another journal X3
  


  


    

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  • Listening to: anime radio
  • Watching: korean drama 0w0

Back from holidays

Sun Aug 21, 2011, 11:09 AM


  

     
    

    
    

  
  


  

So, for 1 week and something I was in my hometown :) & didn't have access to the internet. It will take a while to respond to every message & note. Sorry for the late replies :].
  


  


    

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  • Reading: manga in german X'D
  • Watching: sailor moon X3

Gimp stroke path script

Sat Jun 4, 2011, 7:30 AM


  

     
    

    
    

  
  


  

  My brother :iconelheartista: just uploaded the script I used here: A bright day by starca to stroke active paths in Gimp - if any of you is interested :meow: Get it here: elheartista.deviantart.com/art…
  


  


    

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  • Reading: manga in german X'D
  • Watching: sailor moon X3

*___*

Wed Apr 27, 2011, 2:32 PM


  

     
    

    thank youu!!
    

  
  


  

   Thanks for all the birthday wishes :iconawwwplz:
  


  


    

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  • Reading: manga in german X'D
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New Journal Skin

Tue Apr 26, 2011, 10:14 AM


  

     
    

    NEW JOURNAL SKIN
    

  
  


  

    Just trying it out... XD
  


  


    

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  • Reading: manga in german X'D
  • Watching: sailor moon X3
I thought to make a new journal entry anytime soon but didn't have anything to say.. Today I thought to login just to reply to some messages & I see a "congrats on your DD"..":Owhat?!" I didn't even notice lol XD THANK YOUU  :iconsunasoldier: that suggested it &  :iconmoonbeam13: for the feature :iconawwwplz: :heart: It will be a while now until I reply to all of the messages hehee :P

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  • Reading: manga in german X'D
  • Watching: sailor moon X3
Happy Valentine's Day to all couples (and singles) I hope this day reminds you of how much love exists around you :love: It can be even a small thing like the warmth of the sun or a flower by the roadside :heart:

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:iconb-n-s: s015.radikal.ru/i330/1101/70/0… & :iconredneko-chan: s009.radikal.ru/i307/1101/d7/1… caught it at 15000 :D They win a free request from me :3


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  • Watching: sailor moon in deutsch X3
Happy Holidays everyone! I wish you all the best!
I think I won't have the time to make something Christmas-Holidays-related like last year (but you never know XD) so I wrote this journal instead :XD:
This year was a great one for me :la: I learned and tried a lot of new things & I owe that to all of you. :icongrin--plz::iconthanksplz:

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  • Reading: manga in german X'D
  • Watching: sailor moon in deutsch X3
  • Playing: legend of zelda - majora's mask
Hello everybody ^^

You might have noticed, or maybe not :laughing: that I'm not replying to most of your faves. ^^> That is because I don't want to bother you every time with "thx 4 the fav" XD. I'll do that for "newcomers" or the ones I still don't remember 8'D..If I have given you a llama means I know you lol. It's like a sign to tell me "I have seen this person before".. I'll still go around your galleries and profiles though XD and maybe I'll add comments on the stuff you make ;P That's what I wanted to tell you lol..^^


I'm still open for commissions, but I'll accept only paypal starting from next month. Info: starca.deviantart.com/journal/…

For everyone that wants a free request from me I decided to put a kiriban thing too XD.. So, catch the pageview at 15.000 (send me a screenshot)..I wonder how much time it'll take...hmm
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  • Playing: FFIX