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Deep Blue Free! Illustration fanbook Preorder by gem2niki
Deep Blue Free! Illustration fanbook Preorder

It’s finally here! After a year of working on this, preorder is finally up!

Deep Blue is an illustration fanbook featuring the characters from the anime Free! They are selected speedpaints from throughout the years that are completely redrawn and touched up. 

Please note there’s a regular preorder and a limited Rintori set preorder.

DEEP BLUE check here for more details.


All Characters, Various Pairings and Group
8% Nagisa x Gou, 30% Rin x Nitori
9 pages of Guest Artists
Rated PG
8.25x11 | 66P
Full Color Offset Printing
Perfect Bound
Matte Lamination Cover with UV Spotting

Preorder Date: March 22 - April 5
Release Date: Early Mid April

Kaze.Co: Chinese New Year 2014 by gem2niki
Kaze.Co: Chinese New Year 2014
*Sobs* never had a chance to clean this up... If i ever do go back to it...I'll post another version late -_- Now if I can do 2015 this year
2014 Summary of Art by gem2niki
2014 Summary of Art
Wow, I really haven't posted much on Deviantart last year. I've been busy working on my Free! artbook! which I haven't opened preorder yet...but soon! I've also been dealing with repetitive stress injury to both my arms from overworking with an art job during the day and artbook project at night, so there were several weeks and even month of break from drawing too much.

January: From December into January, worked on cleaning up Free! fanarts for artbook
February: Some doodlings on the side of different anime I was watching then
March: This was when I started noticing my arm was hurting...
April: Took a break from drawing. Tried to muster up something before I gave up again. It was really painful to draw.
May: Slowly recovering. Continue artbook and prints for con season.
June: Con season
July: One of the first speedpaints since April attempt. Momo-kun~~!! Mostly worked on artbook.
August: I will not back down on my love for Rintori!!!! Injured my arm again from work this time! I could barely hold a tablet during this period, but I still wanted to draw ><
September: Only draw occassionally.
October-December: Started physical therapy. Also still trying to finish artbook and finally sending it off to printer before I left for Japan in mid December.

The major lesson in 2014 was to TAKE BREAKS and STRETCH OFTEN. I'm still dealing with arm pains everyday, so its not recovering anytime soon...

Blank template from 2013 Art Summary BLANK
I haven't left dA...just haven't had much finished artwork to post lately. I've completed a Free! artbook that's already being shipped into the sea from the printer. 

More info here:…

I will make announcement when preorder is ready.
  • Mood: Joy
Yeesh I haven't updated journal in a while.
Anyways I mostly post on tumblr now... I'm not using it to replace deviantart, but I haven't finished any artworks that I considered worthy enough to post on deviantart as of late. So right now it's just on tumblr.

Fanime and Anime Expo have already passed! It was great seeing everyone there. Hope to see you next year. I'll be reopening my online shop later, when I get stuff reprinted. Right now its on maintenance mode.

Now con season is over, hopefully I'll get back to posting more cleaned up work~ Also everything on here is outdated, so need to update some stuff -_-;;



Artist | Professional | Digital Art
United States
Current Residence: Silicon Valley, California
Favourite style of art: Aesthetic Realism | Sargent | Shounen manga | etc etc
Favourite cartoon character: Jing | Hikaru | Nyanko-sensei | Kaworu | Rook
Personal Quote: Art is like a journey. You have to experience it for yourself.

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silvermaster191 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2015
hello :)
adobecow Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
you give me inspiration. I am just starting to learn to draw after like 7 years (I drew on and off when I was in high school) but now I have something to apply it to (animation). It's just encouraging to see a body of work that spans so many years, and shows the results of practice and dedication! Thanks you for making art!
gem2niki Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Lots of peeps I know are afraid to leave their old art, but for me its an important step that led to where I am now and continues to do so~

Good luck with animation! It's tough!
adobecow Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
AndrewGeorge1991 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Happy B-day^^
PLCTheCd Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014
Happy Birthday! :party::iconcakeplz::w00t:

I shall drink to your health! :iconpintplz::beer::iconbudweiserplz::iconwineplz::iconrumplz::iconjackdanielsplz::iconwhiskeyplz::icontequilaplz::iconmargaritaplz::iconmartiniplz::drunk::icondrunkplz:
the-kid36 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014  Hobbyist
happy birthday :D
xxFireflyHotaru Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014
Happy Birthday!! :happybounce: 
AnonTheDarkOne Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Happy Birthday :iconbirthdaycakeplz:
kura-ou Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Happy Birthday~! I hope that you'll have a wonderful day with your family and friends :D
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