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  • Listening to: Guns N' Roses - Sweet Child O' Mine
  • Watching: CLANNAD - After Story
  • Playing: Guild Wars 2, Diablo III, Tales of Xillia, KH3D
It's been a while since I've last updated this journal, but I felt I needed to since I just got done posting a whole bunch of podcast title cards for S.LinkFM! Sorry for the art dump there, but I really wanted to get them all caught up on here, since I kinda just stopped posting them way back in 2014. If you haven't already checked out the podcast, and you're a fan of Persona, RPGs, or games in general, give it a listen and see what you think!

Other than podcast stuff, I also recently finished up two sets of Persona 4 Dancing All Night wallpapers - one for HD and one for Vita - as well as an HD set for Shovel Knight (along with a couple of surprise guests!). I'm thinking that my next project will be Kingdom Hearts related, but I'm struggling a little with exactly how I'd like the wallpapers to look, so stay tuned for that. In addition, I've got a pretty big project in the works as well, but I can't say more about that now! :X

Hope you're doing well, and thanks as always for supporting my art!

-Serah
  • Listening to: Zetsubousei: Hero Chiryouyaku - Soraru
  • Reading: Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc IF
  • Watching: Gurren Lagann
  • Playing: Persona 4 Arena Ultimax
Sooooo... my last journal entry was way back in April. Sorry about that! :\

Anyways, I'm here and I'm still alive! I can't promise that I'll be uploading things on a super-regular basis, but I do have some ideas for new art projects. Persona 4 Arena Ultimax is out, and the graphics from that game are slowly trickling out, so I'll definitely be working with the sprite art, portraits, etc. once I compile all of it! I also want to branch out and start doing art for some other games-- in particular I'm thinking about Danganronpa and Shovel Knight at the moment, but maybe some Final Fantasy stuff too? Regardless, hopefully there will be more stuff for you all to see and use in the near future! Oh, and I still need to upload a bunch of the stuff I've done for the S.Link FM podcast, so keep an eye out for those too!

Thanks, as always, for sticking with me and supporting my art-- it means so much to me! <3
  • Playing: Persona 5
  • Eating: HYPE
  • Drinking: HYPE
So by now I'm sure you've figured out that the Persona 5 "Seek Emancipation" trailer I posted earlier was a fake... APRIL FOOLS! :D

The host of the S.Link FM podcast came to me to ask about doing some graphics for a "grimdark, dark, and gory" Persona 5 trailer for April Fools' Day, and I couldn't resist the opportunity to try my hand at replicating ATLUS' style from the original P5 teaser trailer. We worked with some voiceover actors from PersonaGAF and S.Link FM to put the whole thing together. We might even be doing a 'Behind-The-Scenes' podcast about this little project in the not-too-distant future! :)

In the meantime, I'll be posting the graphics that I created for the project so that you can all see what went into making this awesome little inside-joke~ I hope you all enjoyed a glimpse into a 'what-if' for our beloved Persona series! :)
  • Playing: Persona 5
  • Eating: HYPE
  • Drinking: HYPE
In case any of you missed it, ATLUS released a brand-new Persona 5 trailer today titled "Seek Emancipation!" Not only do we finally get a release date, but it also looks like they're going in a very different direction with this game:



Here's the trailer's description:

"Someone is coming, crawling back from the Sea of Souls... But will he use his power to bring about absolute Order, Law, or ultimate Chaos? Use your bonds of friendship to break free from the shackles of life-- only the power of Persona can save, or doom, all of humanity!

Get ready for the game IGN calls "The Dark Souls II of Shin Megami Tensei"-- Persona 5 is coming to PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and Nintendo 3DS on March 17, 2015! Seek Emancipation and pre-order today to receive the "Grimdark Costume Pack" and "Dante Must Die Mode," exclusively from GameStop!"

I wonder who this "someone" is that they mention? Could it be Philemon?
  • Listening to: ♫ Carousel - Persona Q
  • Watching: Doctor Who / Attack on Titan
  • Playing: Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2
Holy moly, it's been a while since my last entry here! Well, February is just about over, and it was a month both good and bad. Good: ALL OF THE NEW PERSONA GAMES WERE ANNOUNCED FOR LOCALIZATION! :D Bad: I was hella sick for over a week in the middle there...

Anyways, now it's March, so hopefully things will start warming up, I'll stop getting sick so much, and I can put some more time into my art projects! I've got a few things coming up-- I'm working on a "Color" series set for Yukari; looking to make a complete series of Vita wallpapers in the style of the Danganronpa character "introductions," along with "Ultimate" titles for each Persona character; and, of course, new episodes of S.Link FM are coming fast, starting with tomorrow's episode on translations with Pepsiman!

Well, that's about it for this update. As always, if you'd like to request some art don't hesitate to ask! I never charge for it-- it's my pleasure to create stuff that you all like and use!

Talk to you all soon! :)
  • Listening to: ♫ Lost for Words - Pink Floyd
  • Watching: Doctor Who / Attack on Titan
  • Playing: Phantasy Star Online 2
It's been a little slow here for the past couple of weeks, and for that I apologize. There wasn't a PQ character update last week, so no new avatars or iOS wallpapers, but I'm hoping that this week will see the return of new character announcements (either Aigis, or Naoto/Kanji! *fingers crossed*)...

In the meantime, I've done some upgrading-- I'd been using Photoshop CS5 for quite a few years, and by chance I happened to check Adobe's site to see if there was a new version. Instead, I found Adobe Creative Cloud, the company's new SAAS solution for their design programs. I was intrigued by this subscription service, and with a convenient Education discount supplied by my employer, I decided to give it a try. So now I'm using Photoshop CC, and I wanted to break it in with a big project. And when I say big, I mean big. I was planning to send some stuff to a friend of mine, and I decided to create something to include in the shipment. It ended up being the largest thing I've ever designed! The mail should be arriving to her today, so I'm planning to upload the finished project here when I get home from work. I can't wait to show you what I've been up to!

Stay tuned... ;)
  • Listening to: ♫ Waterfalls of Agharta - &Oacute;scar Arauj
  • Watching: Doctor Who
  • Playing: Project Diva F
It's been a little while, so here's a quick update!

Things progress apace on my Persona Q wallpapers. I've been getting new character wallpapers out each week as they're revealed/released, and I think people are enjoying them. I haven't really gone back to the Vita versions of those wallpapers yet; I might just leave those be indefinitely, unless there's a really big outcry for me to finish them. Ultimately I think the iOS ones just work better. Maybe if Atlus releases some character-specific persona artwork I could work those into the Vita ones, otherwise...

I also finished up the title card for the first S.Link FM of Season 2! We recorded last night for almost three hours, and I had a blast talking about Shoji Meguro's music, music in general, poetry and bongos (listen all the way to the end!) and lots more! The episode should be up in the next couple of days, and I'll edit this post (or just create a new one) with a link once it's up!

I think there's going to be another episode recording next week, which means I'll be back at work creating another title card. Since I know what the episode's going to be about (it's a secret to everybody, so don't ask!), I'm already starting to formulate ideas. I'm excited to see what the finished product ends up looking like.

Other than art and Persona, I'm really excited that Bravely Default is coming out in two weeks! I've been waiting for this game since it was announced for Japan, and I'm so thankful that Nintendo and Square-Enix worked out a deal to bring it west. After playing the demo I can easily say it's the best "Final Fantasy" game I've played in years! :D

Finally, and as always, please do send along any requests you'd like me to make. These aren't commissions, so don't worry about needing to pay. I just want to keep creating content for you all outside of my regular projects, so don't be shy! :)
  • Listening to: ♫ I See Fire - Ed Sheeran http://bit.ly/1krS
  • Watching: Doctor Who
  • Playing: Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn
Well, vacation is long over now, which means back to work. Which means, unfortunately, that I don't have as much time for graphics and design work as I did for most of last month. Don't worry, though-- I'm still getting stuff out there. In fact, I've finished with the first two waves of Persona Q iOS wallpapers (including characters from Personas 1 & 2!), so check those out in the gallery. I'm still tinkering with the Vita version of these wallpapers, though... I can't get them just right, and it's bugging me something wicked. I think I need to step away and work on something else until the solution presents itself. So sorry if you were looking forward to those soon, it may be a little longer before I get them finished :(

On a positive note, I have a Twitter banner to work on for the S.Link FM podcast, so that'll give me something to direct my efforts for the moment. I'm also thinking about doing a giant P4A "melee" wallpaper in HD for people, since the previous series was so well received. More on that later, though... please be excited. ;)

As always, I'm looking for stuff to make, so if there's something you'd like me to make just ask! :D
  • Listening to: ♫ It's Dangerous to Go Alone - Starbomb
  • Watching: Doctor Who
  • Playing: Bravely Default (Demo)
  • Drinking: Tea
Happy Year of Persona, everyone! (Also known as 2014 to the unwashed masses...)

Unfortunately, I've started the new year with a cold/chest congestion/thing, so the rest of my vacation will consist of sleeping, watching TV, playing games, and sleeping-- with maybe a little eating thrown in there. The good news is that I've already got a lot of the legwork done for my next project, so when I'm feeling better I can jump right back into the thick of things!

And what's my new project, you ask? All I'll say right now is that the first new Persona game of 2014 is going to get some love in a major way... ;)

Stay tuned!
  • Listening to: ♫ I Choose You to Die - Starbomb
  • Watching: Doctor Who
  • Playing: The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
Merry (belated) Christmas, everyone! Hope you all had a wonderful time with family and friends enjoying the spirit of the season! I just finished doing a little PS Store code giveaway on Twitter, and one of the questions that I asked as part of the contest was:

"What Persona graphics (wallpapers, avatars, etc.) would you like to see me create in 2014? Be specific!"

I got a few responses, so I wanted to blog about them here to remind me what's coming up in the new year!

Rasen says, "Solid Snake and Teddie making sweet, sweet love near the fireplace." This could be beary difficult to pull off, but I'll see what I can do, I guess?

André Silva says, "A Vita wallpaper in the style of your others featuring Marie, if you haven't already :)" This shouldn't be too hard to put together, though I wonder if it would be a better idea to try and replicate the P4G wallpaper completely to do ones for Marie and Margaret? What do you all think?

TWILT says, "A badass Vita wallpaper featuring Yu that's really colorful!" Narukami seems to be a very popular character, and there's a ton of artwork of him out there. It'll be fun to see what this turns out looking like! :D

As New Year's Day gets closer, I'll definitely be checking in with my friends on PersonaGAF about what they'd like to see in 2014, but I'll put the question to all you deviants too! Let me know what Persona graphics you want to see, and be specific so I can make you exactly what you want!
  • Listening to: SMT Nocturne OST: http://bit.ly/1bTzGhH
  • Reading: Persona 4 Arena Complete Design Works
  • Watching: Doctor Who
  • Playing: Shin Megami Tensei - Digital Devil Saga
One more week until the busy holiday season (and vacation yessss)!

This week, I'll be working on the title card for Episode 23 of S.Link FM. Because this is the holiday/GOTY episode, I've been thinking about a Christmas idea with a twist. I think you'll all like it when it's done. I've been trying to get a Twitch.TV channel up so that you can watch me work, but so far it's been having some real lag issues. I'm going to run some more tests tonight and keep messing with the settings, but livestreaming might not be ready to go for this particular project.

The channel is www.twitch.tv/velvetarcana if you're interested in staring at an OFFLINE image and chatting until I get it working right, though. ;-D

And I know I put this in my new profile, but I want to reiterate: I'm totally down for doing requests. If there's a wallpaper or avatar or whatever that you'd like, please don't hesitate to ask! I can't promise a certain time frame, but I'll do my best to get you what you want as soon as I'm able.