Patreon Monthly Update for July

Friday, July 21st, 2017

Heya!  Although it’s not quite the end of the month yet, I wanted to make this round-up post before July actually ended, because of the time-sensitive bonus that is only relevant before July 31st~

Here is what I have been up to in only the few weeks it has been since diving full-force into creating games!!:

  • The screenshot above shows my most recent update.  If you view the post itself, the screenshot is actually animated, and shows the scene in action!!  There are a whole bunch of colorful little animated icons that serve to show what emotions the character is speaking in a cute and interactive way~
  • In just yesterday’s post, I had most of the icons drawn but not animated yet!
  • From Sketch to Screenshot – This post details how rough and messy my work-in-progress sketches are, where I rough out how I want the UI to look and even scribble incredibly silly placeholder characters LOL.  It’s available to view side-by-side with the finished version of the same screen, just to see the difference!
  • Playing with Particles: Glowy Lights & Fireflies – Fireflies always look so magical in games!  This post, which also has an animated demonstration, shows off how I create pretty, soft, and glowing lights for background detail.
  • Dialog Boxes & Typewriter Text – Another animated demonstration, this time showing the dynamic message boxes and text that appears within them.  It’s a minor effect, but one that is massively engaging for the player!  There is also a sneak peek at some actual code in this post.
  • Animating Game Characters – This post, which includes an animated demonstration AND a look at the code behind it, shows how I get my art work to move around and look alive in a game.
  • Drawing a Game Character – Finally, this post, which is visible for everyone so that they may get a glimpse at what kind of content is available in the rest of the feed, provides an example of how my art work grows from placeholder characters to full-color designs for the final form of the project. 🌟

There are actually a couple of other progress update posts that I didn’t even list just now – you’ll have to check the activity feed over on Patreon to see the rest!

If you’re interested in watching these projects come to life, as well as playing demonstrations as soon as playable builds are available, you’ll need to become a Patron!  Please consider doing so – it is a small investment that is non-figuratively life-changing for me, allowing me to pursue this and create cute and positive games as I have always dreamed of doing.

AND!!!  If I reach my first goal of $150 before July ends, I’ll be able to put those earnings toward upgrading my Game Maker license to allow finished games to be available for Mac and Ubuntu users as well as PC, in addition to being able to make browser-based games that do not require downloading at all and would be available to play freely~!

💟 Thank you so much for taking the time to read my summary of what I’ve been up to over this month, and if you’d like to help in any form, consider the links below to either become a patron or just to donate once through Paypal any small amount~

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A Guide to All Those Kawaii Brands You See on Ebay, Storenvy, and Aliexpress

Sunday, July 19th, 2015

When you’re browsing for cute clothes in the style of Lolita, gyaru, mori girl, fairy-kei, and others, you may find in your searches through Ebay, Storenvy, Aliexpress and others that you begin to recognize certain pieces listed!  Maybe you’ll recognize the model wearing the fashions, or something about the photography will look familiar to similar listings you’ve found.  You have the vague idea that they’re probably TaoBao brands, but what are their names, and where do these listings originate from?

The thing about these marketplaces is that they very rarely actually list these items by name!  Knowing the originator of these pieces can help you shop around for them and get them at a fair price.  Plus, it’s just good to know where the things you’re buying come from.

Here is my quick guide to my favorite brands that I’ve encountered across these marketplaces!  It’s certainly not a comprehensive list, but maybe it can help you find some direction with your own browsing. :3

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Candy Rain

This is my favorite of all of the TaoBao brands available –
everything is lacy and ruffly, with light floral patterns and soft pastels!
Candy Rain models are usually posed around rich-looking rooms
set with flowers, tea or cakes, or outdoors in a garden setting.

Sellers:
Candy Rain’s YesStyle Brand Page
LoliLoli Shop for Lolita Princess 
– an Aliexpress seller
BOBON21 – another Aliexpress seller that stocks Candy Rain
Candy Rain’s TaoBao Page

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GOGO Girl

I hope I have the name of this brand correctly;
I only have their YesStyle page to go from.
It doesn’t refer to this brand by name on its TaoBao shop as far as I see. nn;

GOGO Girl is a very widespread brand on marketplaces
that features this model who is doll-like in cuteness!
She is posed against a wall in a cutesy interior room.
Again is the recurring theme of pastel colors and soft fabrics,
like sheer chiffon overlays.

Sellers:
GOGO Girl’s YesStyle Brand Page
PRO-G DEAL
 – Aliexpress seller that features GOGO Girl heavily
MONGPING finery – another Aliexpress seller
GOGO Girl’s TaoBao Page
Another TaoBao Page for this seller because who knows??

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BoBon21

That’s BO-bon, not BON-bon, like a certain bunny-related URL you might know of.
This brand surfaced as a cheaper alternative to Liz Lisa.
Many of their pieces are similar to Liz Lisa stylistically.
They are not listed on YesStyle.
Their usual model has the light strawberry-blonde hair pictured above.
She is usually posed against a blank wall, but as with all of these guidelines,
there are variations sometimes.

Sellers:
LoliLoli Shop for Lolita Princess – again!  Such a reliable seller for cute clothes.
BOBON21 – A seller that shares the name, but may not be officially connected.
BoBon21’s TaoBao Page

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Pink Doll

Pink Doll is also Dabuwawa, and it features mature and elegant clothing!
Their models look older and more mature than the previous featured
kawaii brands, to match the look of their clothing line.
There are also often non-Asian models featured sometimes,
such as the blonde woman in the center above.
They are usually posed in interior spaces against curtains or similar.

Sellers:
Dabuwawa’s YesStyle Brand Page
One, Two, and Three different Aliexpress sellers for Pink Doll
Pink Doll’s TaoBao Page

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Favorite Aliexpress Stores for Lolita, Gyaru, Fairy-Kei, Larme-Kei and Mori Girl!

Monday, March 9th, 2015

Oh my GOSH!!  It has been AGES AND AGES since I posted!  And I am so, so happy to be back!

I can’t say that I actually went anywhere. n_n;  Just got a little burned out updating here all the time.  I’ve been super active on Tumblr instead though!  And drawing, of course!  Always drawing~

Okay, anywhoozles, let’s roll right back into things~  Lately I have been OBSESSED with Aliexpress.  It’s like Ebay, except exclusive to Asian sellers, most of which are setting up shop with their same merchandise from Taobao.  And Taobao has SOME OF THE CUTEST, MOST PRINCESS-FUL CLOTHES EVER!  The same products being on Aliexpress make it easier to get your hands on those Taobao brands (which you normally would need a shopping service for), and Aliexpress has the advantage of being able to cancel your order and get a full refund at any time if you feel the slightest hesitation about your order, which is the huge downfall of Ebay imo (where you have to open up Paypal disputes and possibly not even get your money back if your claim isn’t approved).

ANYWAY.  Cutest stores I’ve found on Aliexpress for girly princess clothes, GO!

Loliloli Shop for Lolita Princess

Loliloli Shop for Lolita Princess

This is THE JACKPOT!!  Perfectly princessy Lolita clothing –
dresses, shoes, gorgeous stockings –
my screenshot above cannot fully encompass how well-stocked this store is.
My top recommendation!

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BOBON21

While this seller has the same name as a favorite TaoBao brand,
I’m not sure that they are officially affiliated.
However, they are among the only sellers of Candy Rain
and BoBon21, so they are another store worth browsing!!

J-fashion Harajuku

J-fashion Harajuku

Another great winner!  This store doesn’t have strictly Lolita things,
but it has a wide variety of kawaii styles, and many pastel and anime/geek-themed products,
especially Sailor Moon items!

PRO-G DEAL

PRO-G DEAL

Looooook at how cuuuuute!!  Pro-G Deal has manymanymany items
from the Taobao brand Bobon21,
which is for sure one of the cutest pastel brands out there!
And what’s more, Pro-G Deal recently expanded to include many
ACTUAL Lolita items, such as JSK’s and skirts!!

Liz Lisa Sweet Girls

Liz Lisa Sweet Girls and Store No.734703 (lol)

These two are being lumped together because they have very similar selections!
They are both Liz Lisa sellers!  Figured I’d link to both since even though there’s bound to be
overlapping between products, there will surely be some items listed in one that aren’t in the other,
and it’s always a good idea to shop around~

MONGPING finery

MONGPING finery

This store carries gorgeous Mori girl items!!
And though they’re not pictured in the image,
they also stock Bobon21 items and other kawaii pastel styles as well!!

VV Elegant Fashion Co. Ltd.

DABUWAWA Wholesale & Retail, DABUWAWA & Pink Doll Trade Co.,
Shanghai DABUWAWA International Trading Co.

Three different suppliers for the lovely Taobao brand Pink Doll,
which provides some of the most elegant & mature clothing I have ever seen!

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Artka

Another of the elegant & mature selections,
Artka’s clothing makes me think of something that stylish Earthy witches would wear.
The color palette is darker than the usual Larme-style Mori girl, but there is
something forest-like and enchanting about them anyway!

Soul Vision

Soul Vision

My last featured store for the day isn’t for clothes – it’s home decor!
Living and sleeping in a pretty space is essential for all princesses!
I loooooove the bedding that they have here,
and all of the furniture and homewares are so elegant as well~

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List of Myths of the World Games in Order (+ Downloads)!!

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

It is time, my dudes, for yet another game list.

The Myths of the World series is one of the earliest point-and-click
puzzle adventure games I ever checked out!

The stories and settings of these are EXTREMELY cool,
each one inspired by a different culture’s magic, mysticism, and folklore.
A recurring theme in the series is some kind of additional
crafting or puzzle mechanic… I’m not really sure how to explain,
but the first one has an alchemy + magic system,
and each other game has something like that, too,
in addition to your usual adventuring and puzzle-solving.

Give these awesome and artful games a look,
and remember that if you’re interested in playing,
you can click on any of these to be brought to the download page!

Myths of the World: Chinese Healer

A great myth has enduring power… no matter where the story comes from. In this first game in the exciting new Myths of the World series, your story begins as a Chinese healer who’s brought to the Imperial City to save the Emperor’s son. But you uncover a devious plot and end up having to save yourself! Throughout the game, you’ll use your herbal kit to concoct powerful potions to summon spirits and heal the people you meet. There are also collectible cranes hidden everywhere, and achievements to earn as you play.

Myths of the World: Stolen Spring

The rich folklore continues with this exciting tale set in an old Slavic land. As Child of Spring, can you save the world from eternal winter?

A cruel and cold Goddess of Winter has hijacked springtime, and her victim has called on you for help. You’ll be surprised by what you, a lowly peasant, can do in the face of evil – and what cute little furry friends you’ll meet along the way in Myths of the World: Stolen Spring.

Myths of the World: Spirit Wolf

The wolf spirit still haunts… will you heed its call?

You’re an expert in Native American symbolism who’s been called to investigate some glowing glyphs. Your amulet, which has been in your family for generations, begins to glow as soon as you arrive, as if it’s part of this place…

As you begin to investigate, you encounter strange ghosts from the past. Find out what caused their rift all those generations ago and how you’re connected to this place and its spirit.

Myths of the World: Of Fiends and Fairies

The rat catcher’s after more than rats this time. He’s kidnapping fairy folk! Where did these pixies come from, and what do they have to do with your grandfather’s fairy tales?

Play both traditional and silhouette hidden-object puzzles in this dark fairy tale game. A unique new Q&A puzzle helps you discover your grandfather’s tie to the fairy realm. 

Myths of the World: Black Rose

Vampire hunting is a full-time job, and your latest lead has brought you and your partner to Louisiana. Hop aboard a Mississippi River cruise, and get to work! You must investigate the riverboat passengers to expose a vampire who’s carrying an ancient artifact that could spell disaster in the wrong hands. Just be wary of who you trust… Even a seemingly normal person might be under the spell of the cunning vampire, luring you into a trap. Uncover the clues and unmask the true villain in this heart-pounding adventure! 

Myths of the World: The Heart of Desolation

It was just supposed to be a routine mission. Fly in, drop supplies, and fly out. But when a dragon attacks your plane, crash-landing in a lush valley, you’re drawn into the adventure of a lifetime! This ancient valley is filled with living, breathing dragons – guardians of nature who protect the weak. But when one of their own becomes possessed by their ultimate foe, it’s up to you to restore order. Can you defeat the Dragon King’s mighty terracotta army, or will the world be destroyed once more, just like it was centuries ago?

Myths of the World: The Whispering Marsh

People have been vanishing in the Whispering Marsh, and the county has enlisted you to investigate. But this is no ordinary missing-persons case… The entire marsh is steeped in myth, with tales of mysterious twinkling lights that can mesmerize their victims and lure them to their doom. What are these lethal illuminations, and who –or what – is controlling them? You’ll have to act fast to find out before it’s lights out for you, too, in this chilling adventure!

Myths of the World: Born of Clay and Fire

A mysterious creature is wreaking havoc in your home city of Prague, and only you have the power to stop it! After your father is arrested, you find out just what he had been researching in his hidden alchemy lab – the Clayborne, powerful mythical monsters, born from clay and fire. Now it’s up to you to discover the true nature of the Clayborne and save the city from destruction in this epic puzzle adventure!

Myths of the World: Island of Forgotten Evil

Before his death, your uncle hid a mysterious artifact that only you could find. What starts as a search for the truth quickly turns into the adventure of a lifetime when a ghostly apparition tries to thwart your plans! Can you break the curse of the Legionary before it’s too late, or will you be its next victim? Find out in this riveting puzzle adventure!

Myths of the World: Bound by the Stone

The town of Beline is under attack! The only thing standing in the way of the town’s destruction is a yearly ritual, but a mysterious sorcerer is getting in their way! Can you uncover the sorcerer’s origins and save the town in time? Find out in this compelling adventure game!

Myths of the World: The Black Sun

Your hometown’s commander has gone missing, and you’ve been called in to investigate. Before you get far, a strange creature turns your father into stone! It’s a race against the clock as you track down the beast and try to save the town. Will you find the monster in time, or will you become its next victim? Find out in this spine-tingling adventure!

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EXTREMELY Cute, Cuddly, and Huggable New Plushes from Japan!

Monday, July 24th, 2017

I could not believe my eyes when I found these plushies today.

These are seriously SO cute you might explode.
At the thought of having one of these and hugging it…
I just might… melt………….

Kirby 25th Anniversary Bon Voyage Big Plush

This is a special plush released just for Kirby’s 25th anniversary!
He is ready to set sail for adventure and eat probably everything.

Pote Usa Loppy Denim Rabbit Plush Collection

Hsfwghfhsfghg they are wearing little DENIM OVERALLLLLLLLS.
Dude, I freaking love Pote Usa Loppy… this is for real one of the cutest
bunny plushes you can get your hands on nowadays…
Can you imagine having one this big and cuddly…

Neko Atsume Giant 12″ Guy Furry Plush

Neko Atsume has so many plushes and other adorable merch now!!
This new one  is for the chef character.
…You know, I played through this game back before it had an English translation,
and I… had no idea that this guy’s name became “Guy Furry”……………..

Daramofu-san Minna Nakayoshi Plush Collection

Omg!!  Doesn’t their round, tummy-laying shape remind you of Tsum-Tsums?
Or Beanie Babies??  THESE LITTLE ANIMALS ARE SOOOOOO CUUUTE!!
…Or, well, I guess they aren’t little at all, are they??

Pote Usa Loppy Baby Rabbit Plush Collection

More!!!!  Giant!!!!!!  Loppies!!!!!!!!!!!
Oh… my… GOSH these ones are so sweetly pastel!!
AHHH THEY ARE ALL DONE UP LIKE BABIES!!!
That one with the pacifier is…….. so cute…………
help……………………………

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Brand New Korean Beauty Buys from YesStyle

Saturday, July 22nd, 2017

Today’s selection of makeup and beauty products are BRAND NEW LISTINGS!!

In addition to some luxurious cleanser at the top,
the rest are incredibly vibrant, colorful, and fun!

too cool for school – Egg-Zyme Whipped Foam 150g

This facial cleansing foam has a super interesting texture –
the other images on the page detail how it foams up,
so check them out!

too cool for school – Check Jelly Blusher Set (Limited Edition):
Jelly Blusher + Solid Perfume

This set of three items (blush and a solid perfume!)
are packaged SO cutely!!
Look at that awesome presentation, too!

VDL – Festival Circle Color Mascara (Gelato Edition)

This is mascara!!  MASCARA!!!
Those brilliant colors are ready to PARTY!!!

VDL – Festival Lipstick Love Mark Neon (Gelato Edition)

I had to pick one of these Festival items that showed off that cool spread
they put together for them – what is more fun than vibrant makeup
AND ice cream?!?

VDL – Expert Color Fit Eyes (Gelato Edition)

I love when eyeshadow colors show sooo many different pigments all mashed together!
I think it looks super cool in the packaging, as well as blending
into a nice, slightly varying tone when you actually apply it~

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Travel to Japan for an Okinawa Holiday! (Naha & Southern Okinawa)

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

After covering Northern and Central Okinawa earlier in the week, here is a post to wrap-up the lower little part of it~

Okinawa is a good place to make your Japan-traveling dreams come true, because there are historical and traditional sections of it in addition to fun, modern shopping locations as well as plenty of BEACH!!  It’s also just an all-around beautiful place, as the photos here show.

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Shuri Castle

In the days of the Ryukyu Kingdom, this castle was a political and cultural center.
Now, you can visit what remains of it to learn its story.

The Stone-Paved Road of Kinjo-cho

Beginning from Shuri Castle mentioned above, this walkway paved with Ryukyu limestone
will lead you through beautiful scenery to enjoy if you decide to take a stroll along it. c:

Kokusai Dori

This shopping district is right near the Naha airport, so you can enjoy it right when you arrive
or up until you’re about to leave~  It boasts modern shopping and name brands
in addition to traditional crafts.

Southern Okinawa (Itoman/Tomigusuku/Nanjo)

Valley of Gangala

This is a subtropical forest vibrant with nature and life!

Gyokusendo Caves

There is an Okinawa World Theme Park, and the entrance to these caves is located inside.
Ryukyu limestone is found in abundance here, in these mysterious caves that have
existed for more than 300,000 years.

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