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Hello, Everyone!

Kaylen here with some announcements to keep you guys up to speed with my artistic journey, goals, and projects.  Summer has started for most people which mean summer jobs, summer school/ semesters, or vacation.  As I move into my third year of college, things are bound to get even busier than previous years; as a student, I will be more engrossed in my major courses and working towards graduation. I say this to say, I will continue to do my best to stay on top of my yearly resolutions and to keep posting regularly, but my availability and consistency may change depending on school, work, health, etc. Just wanted to say that little tidbit.

With that said however, enough about me and on with the announcements! This summer, I plan to launch a store where you guys can purchase prints and merchandise with my work on it. Wouldn’t it be cool to have a laptop decal designed by me? Or even a mug for the winter? Perhaps phone cases (maybe)?! I’m currently still looking for a decent portal to set things up, as well as suppliers for the merchandise; I have made some progress, so things should be up no later than August or September (hopefully sooner). All future proceeds will be greatly appreciated (especially my college fund), so if you have a favorite art piece that I’ve done and would like to see on merchandise, leave a comment or shoot an email at kaylen_harrington@sketchistudios.com. I have some ideas, but I do want to hear from my supporters. Let me know!

Now, my second announcement. This announcement/update has to do with the flashback series. After these next eight or so characters from the “Untitled” project, I will only have one last story to tell about. I’ve been a little iffy on this last story, mainly because of it’s “Twilight” story. Yes, I have characters/vampires that were influenced by the Twilight franchise (don’t judge, I am still not a fan of that book or movie series).  It’s actually a story that was inspired to overthrow the Twilight franchise and make it better. I was also influenced my love of Underworld, NBCs Dracula show (that was sadly canceled), my favorite book series Mortal Instrument’s series by Cassandra Clare and more. Anyhow, their series is upcoming and slated (hopefully) to begin in the falls close to October. They will be a part of my Inktober challenge this year. The series is called Masquerade, so look forward to that. It’s my most recent unfinished work that I hope to finish one day with decent artwork and writing. So, stay tuned for that.

So, to piggyback off the second announcement/ update, I move onto the main announcement. This third announcement is that I’m going to start a webcomic. This is a long-term project that won’t really start showing until next year or into 2019. Both the untitled series and the Masquerade Series will be precursors to two future webcomics/ visual novels. I really want to do a project from start fo finish that can be printed into a physical object or adapt into something bigger. When I was younger, I wanted to write a book; now that I’m older, I want to write and illustrate one. A webcomic or a visual novel is the way to go I think. I’m also thinking of creating a coloring book too–either way, it’s going to happen. This way, I will build my skills and have a tangible product by the end to show in my portfolio.  I want to start writing again and bringing my worlds to life. My stories haven’t been told and now it’s time to properly tell them. More will come when progress gets made so stay tuned to YouTube, Facebook, and all my other social media!

So far, my “untitled” project will stem into a new story called Heroes. This is not the official name, but it’s a start. I look forward to sharing more with you guys. More will come when progress gets made so stay tuned to YouTube, Facebook, and all my other social media!

One last thing I want to touch upon is this thing called Patreon.  For those who don’t know what is, or have heard of it but don’t quite know about it: Patreon is a way to get paid for creating the things you’re already creating (webcomics, videos, songs, whatevs). Fans pay a few bucks per month OR per post your release, and then you get paid every month, or every time you release something new. Many creators, musicians, inventors, educators, and artist use it and I’m thinking of starting one too. I haven’t decided when it will come to life, but I will post an announcement when it does.  To recap:

  1. Upcoming store
  2. OC Flashback series continues/ final original characters to appear in the fall. Hopefully, the series will end by December.
  3. Webcomic/ Visual Novel in the works.
  4. Patreon to happen. Need money for college, ahahaha. 

That’s it for now folks. I hope this post was informative and excitable. I look forward to sharing more information in the future. I won’t be posting on the blog as much in the next few months, so look out on Facebook for more announcements if any. Talk to you guys soon!

New Content, New Video


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Hey, everyone!

Kaylen here with a few announcements. One announcement is that my youtube channel ahs a new video, so pop over and check it out. Click here or search the name “SketchiStudios” in the YouTube search bar. The second announcement is that I am currently working on the next video and the chosen surprise April illustration. So, stay tuned to all support and hey, if you pop over to youtube subscribe if you’re new!

More announcements to come, so stay tuned! Bye!

“RUNE” Series Excerpt OCFS


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(I’ve revised some of the grammar, I apologize for any unseen grammar issues.)

Prologue

“Allow me to present,” Aki began with a slow breath then taking a second breath quickly because of his old age, “Master Riles Norland, son of Richard Norland and Renee Peakfellow and the third recipient of the latest Time Inheritor Trials of the court.”

There was a silence which fell with undaunted quickness amongst the people within the room; its emptiness already lacking a form expression with a cold stillness that made all who were present cringe inwardly. The crystals protruding about the décor of the grand dome chamber glimmered with a dim luminous blue, bluntly portraying a solemn mood.

“How old are you now, Master Riley,” says the calm feminine voice of the hooded figure who sat aloft in a marble throne of the seventh seat in the semicircle.

“I am eighteen, ma’am,” Riley replied with a slight struggle to keep his voice even. He had his fists clenched at his side nervously.

“Akim,” the hooded figure continued as she addressed the elder who stood beside him, “how many years has he been trained?”

“Ten years in fact,” says Akim, though he preferred the nickname Aki, as he elegantly gestures toward his young companion before speaking again. “He has been purposely and properly trained for his inheritance. This young man is ready.”

“What rune symbol has he been marked with?” a new male voice interjects from among the hooded council with a thick, brutal Russian accent. “Why his significance?”

“You all should already know that answer or else we wouldn’t all be here discussing this matter again,” began Aki.

Time,” Riley said abruptly in response, “I am marked by the rune of time.”

An unsettlement fell amongst the Council once again. All questioning ceased momentarily, but light murmurs aroused and whispered from ear to ear, repeating the same typical topics of discussion that had appeared in previous meetings. Riley tried to shut out the many accents and voices that spoke about him and their comments but as it always seemed, it was proving difficult to ignore:

“A serious mark he bears, but his age…”

“Does it really matter?”

“No, I guess not. But still…”

“His misfortunate curse, what of that?”

“I’ve forgotten about that…”

“I still can’t believe he’s still a virgin. And this rigorous training can’t be good for the gorgeous complexion of his, it is such a waste; he’d be better off if my court. That poor young man…un’anima coriggiosa.”

“Brother! How can you say that?! Arrête ça !”

“Is that really so important, his purity? So what if he is eighteen, he is fulfilling the Creed.”

“It’s true though….poor thing. The facts and prices this young man pains.”

“Lorenzo! Could you stay on topic for just a moment and not be too concerned that he’s a virgin!”

The murmurs were beginning to personify turning small talk into useless arguments and side conversations. Only three out of the nine gathered seats of the Council remained quiet, collected in their thoughts while the other six spoke irrationally amongst themselves. Aki shook his head in dismissal at the childish behavior; the Council often argued during meetings and rarely agreed on one topic. They are all still so young, he thought to himself. Aki rocked on his heels in patience, hoping the conversations would soon cease but the probability was most unlikely.

“Council members,” Aki spoke aloud calmly. Slowly but suddenly, the Council swirled their heads back to their elder, acknowledging his presence once more, “If I may cast dispersions into your intellectual thickets?”

“Proceed, Elder,” a new masculine voice spoke up with his tone cold and spiteful.

The voice came from a man who slouched in the sixth loft throne that was above the seventh seat and all the others in the semicircle. It was the Consul’s seat; and he looked down at Aki as if he were god and Aki was a speck of dirt or bug, however this type of atmospheric confrontation was not unusual to Aki. Clearing his throat and ignoring the threatening gaze, Aki acknowledged the council once more.

“Council, I am aware of your concerns,” Aki began. “You are worrisome over his age, this young adolescent male who is just beginning his life as a young man. You have concerns about his inability because of the burden he is also marked with and the evil we face in the darkening hours. You all may also as to complain of even the silliest things such as his purity. Dear Lorenzo, it is crucial he retain his purity and detach himself from earthly desires. That is the way of the Creed and the way of inheritance. Purity to retain one’s soul from disaster is the idea. However, the Creed is the one oath you may never partake.”

“I am aware of the Creed of Time, and its rules,” the council member Lord Lorenzo replied with a thick slurred Italian accent from amongst the hooded, brushing off the hidden insult. “I get what you’re implying, and I must say I am hurt by your insult of calling me a dirty man, but what are you getting at Elder Akim? We all have these concerns, so what of it?”

“I am saying, that he is ready whether you wish to accept it or not,” Aki stated. “I will perform the Ceremony without your approval if necessary. It is time for Riley to receive his inheritance.”

“Unless I deny it, Aki.” Aki turns his head once more to the spiteful Consul with some frustration. The Consul had his cheek rested against his palm now as if completely bored. His features hid well in the darkness of his hood, hiding his cold expression that seemed to slash through the air toward his old mentor Aki and the pupil next to him with disdain. The air thickened with hostility as the hooded man commenced a stare down with both Riley and Aki. Riley, feeling swayed by the intimate challenge, almost spoke up in his defense but decided the effort would be infantile and not do him good in his position.

“Come again?” Aki asked with his tone unmoved but slightly baffled. “I can deny his certification and will do so,” the Consul repeats.

“I have rights as current Time Lord.” “You may think that will protect your position,” Aki chortles before turning his words toward the entire council. “However my dear Council, remember, the Time Lord that sits in the throne now was only a temporary fix.”

“It’s been seventeen years,” the Consul replied his tone darkening as he sits up straight and leans forward in his throne.

“I know that, but you should remember I gave the position as Time Lord to you because I am too old to be liable. Your brother may have been before you, but you weren’t meant to succeed him; and remember I do have the right to replace you if I deem it necessary,” Aki informed. “It was meant to be temporary but, with all other descendants to the position literally extinct, we had to lengthen your term since no one could take your place just yet. Riley is prepared, and will one day take your seat.”

“I beg your pardon?” the Consul says as if offended or angered, “when was this recorded and consulted? Why hasn’t approached me of this? According to law, a Consul can only be dethroned by death. I will not allow mutiny—.”

“I had Matthias and Errol record it in the Scribe records on my personal archive account,” Aki said. “None of the other members were aware of this and the date for Riley’s era of reign is imminent and set in stone. But as the last Elder of the court, I don’t have to let any of you know anything or justify my actions if I don’t think it’s necessary.”

“Aki,” Riley began but stopped. Something didn’t feel right to him. Another conversation was happening in between the lines of the context being spoken from Aki to the Consul. A twinge of unsettled feelings began coursed his chest.

“All this time and you kept that from me?” continued the Consul angrily. “Answer me. What are you planning?!” “Time Lord, my condolences but my verifications were not

“Time Lord, my condolences but my verifications were not a priority at the time,” Aki replied plainly. “And if you’d remember the conversations we’ve had about this matter, then you’ll remember the rules of what it means to be a Consul. Now, let us be done with this argument. I want to hear the rest of the council’s opinions as I conclude my notions. I declare him ready. What says you all?”

“My opinion, rest the same Elder,” said the Council member with the Russian accent. “I feel a little shaken on the idea. It’s strange to hear that an eighteen-year-old is about to be inaugurated as Time Lord. Now if this were a council’s position or perhaps a representative obligation then I would think otherwise.”

“Lord Vladimir has a point, Elder,” inputs another hooded figure with a deeply mystified voice. “I mean, young Norland has my approval and yet my disapproval. His age isn’t the problem, but I fear the outcomes of letting things become under his reign. I am old, and I too know that Evdria has too many problems for a new Lord to take place and care for. I feel he’ll be unprepared.”

“Not to mention his connection to his sibling that could be more than just a concern,” says another female voice of the Council. “That “curse” of his could be more than we bargain for.”

“I assure you that are the least of your concerns,” Aki replies. “The connection has weakened in the past ten years.”

“Things will have to change if we allow anything to justify his position. His curse compels him, and his brethren is our enemy,” says the Consul once more stating his claim.

“Hold on,” Riley spoke up, no longer clamored by nervousness but by anger. “He is not an enemy.”

“Of course you would say so,” the Consul says coldly. “You are his relative.”

“What he means is,” Aki says, shooting a harsh look at Riley to scold him for speaking out of turn, “That we may be adding things to the pot, that should not be tampered or worried—.”

“We all know what he meant, Elder,” says the Consul.

“Enough arguing with me Alexander,” Aki snapped harshly while losing his patience. The Consul along with his members seemed to silence any upcoming commentary immediately. Aki sighs with exasperation but quickly manages to calm himself before speaking again. “I am of old age, compared to all of you combined, including you Lord Oceanus and Lord Planus. Now, hear me this. I’ve known the concerns for they are repeated and re-worded every time I ask you all of this matter. I am aware of your contemplations of pride and judgment. I also know of the enemy. I didn’t call this council to repeat the past months of meetings, I called to hear an answer. I want to give Riley his inheritance. Riley is ready to be inaugurated but, I never said for him to take the throne tomorrow.”

“Explain yourself then, Aki,” said the gentler voice of the Council, her voice timid as is it left her lips. Behind her voice, Riley heard her suppressed French accent within.

“He is to be baptized and readied to seize the throne,” Aki explains, “but it is not his time to actually rule, that is years away from now. I have the Foresight, similar to our Scribes. I know things, which many of you won’t ever know, even about yourselves. Matthias could explain the same things I say if he were able to speak it. I brought Riley in here today because I have foreseen something, a prophecy, and that’s why I call upon this Council now. We need to ready him and be prepared to issue our special key in it.”

“That key,” said a sheepish voice that was smooth and full of electricity as his voice projects. “You mean Riley.”

“Leon, where you not paying attention at all?” snapped his old neighbor with his thick Russian accent.

“I was,” Leon replied. “I was just asking. This entire conversation bores me. I say just inaugurate and continue this stupid argument another day. I have better things to do.”

“What Prophecy do you speak of Elder?” demands the Consul in spite of the growing argument between the two council members. “I of all the people here would know this more than you about the power of prophecies for that is what got me into this position. Do you dare speak blasphemy of my own knowing to my face? There has not been a prophecy since Eliora and it was fulfilled.”

“You are not a god,” Aki scolded, “stop acting as if you are one and I will tell you all what I have seen and further explain.”

One of the Council members grumbled under their breath just as comments and arguments began to fill the air again with confusion. Riley hardly noticed for he was lost in the words of his Elder and the other members. What Prophecy? Why wouldn’t they accept him to inherit the throne? He had been training for ten years for this, and now it is questioned. Riley knew they have questioned his standing many times before, but this was getting ridiculous. Riley was about to speak up once more when something burned within him.

His vision then suddenly blanked and the world around him darkened instantly, then blindly reappeared in the intensifying shine of the luminescent blue light that shimmered from within the crystal that erected from the walls and entailed the platform from which he stood on. Riley grimaces at the pain of the light before coming to the realization that it wasn’t the crystals he was seeing, but his own runes. The curved black marking that was soaked into the pigment of his skin and faded began to dark and light up. Startled, Riley nearly jumped back as he stared at his arms and hands, his marks suddenly appearing (since they were often faded against his skin, almost invisible) and flashing blue with the following burning sensation. Then suddenly a pentagram began to form beneath his feet, sending a gentle wind to lift a layer of dust into the air around him. Riley was opening a Time Portal, but he wasn’t trying to. It was just happening and he couldn’t understand how or why this was happening.

“Aki—,” Riley said aloud, his voice wavering as the sound of chorus bells ring around him in a vibrating song as the portal began to make a connection between the planes of time.

Are you ready to face your destiny? Said a female voice.

“Destiny?” Riley repeated with confusion as his head suddenly began swirling with intense agony. The voice kept booming loudly, echoing in his brain. Images flashed before his eyelids.

It’s time for the gears to be placed, the princess to be awakened, the voice continued.

“What Princess?! Argh—!” Riley clenched his teeth. “Aki!”

Your fate…..destiny…..

Everything was happening too quickly, that the Council was stilled by the growing display. Aki was motionless as he watched the youngster struggle, his marks blazing the color blue brightly, it was blinding. He could hear Riley call to him but could not see him for a vortex of dust consumes him.

What destiny?!” Riley screamed. “Argh—Aki!” A vexing wind spun around Riley as the portal opened with a suction pulling against the air around him and his markings burning. In his mind, he could see roads built of concrete and asphalt, buildings as tall as mountains. He only saw a mysterious world, which was growing larger and vivid in his mind. Gears spun in circles front of his eyes, a girl with luscious brunette hair that blew in her face when the wind came in from the east. He could hear a laugh, a girl’s laughter, suddenly several girls laughter, sending him spiraling into an oblivion of constant noise as it ignited his eardrums. Screams, cries, pain and many more emotions came.

“Riley!” yelled Aki as he rushed forward, but it was too late. The light shone too bright, causing the crystals of the council room to intensify with vigor. In the blink of an eye and a whoosh, the light was then gone and Riley along with it.

 

 

Quick Announcement


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Hello, everyone!
Kaylen here with some quick announcements. The polls are in and it looks like the Wizard/ Witches Theme won! So, stay tuned in for the final result and perhaps a video on my youtube channel. Also, doing some updates to the page, website and other social media. I’ve finalized the information on the flashback series for “Rune.” Rune is finished for now, but look for me to return to it in the future; perhaps, I will revamp the story and make it into something else. We’ll see! I will, however, within the next few hours post some writings via a blog post from my “Rune” creation, so please hop over to my website some time to check it out. Anyhow, upcoming on the OC Flashback Series will be characters from my futuristic-modern universe. This part of the series has been titled The “Untitled” Series (2013). Why? Well, let’s just say it had several names and I could never pick an appropriate name for the many themes and story. There will be eight pieces, in this part of the flashback for there were eight main characters to this story. Now, I never wrote anything for these guys aside from the few excerpts here and there, so sorry, no full story or summary. However! Because I never flushed out the idea of this one, I can work on it and develop it more. So, again, stay tuned!

New Page!


Quick announcement everyone!

Check out the new “OC Flashback Series” Page! It’s located under the portfolio tab here on the site. Learn the magic behind each new character that I draw. Updated with info as each character appears.

Chao. 🙂

YouTube!


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Check out my new channel! SketchiStudios has gone film! Subscribe, if you’d like, and check out my first speed drawing/paint; more content coming at the end of the month. The aim for the channel is to generate animations and fun shorts, but for now enjoy some insight on my artistic process. More speed paints and illustrations to come at the end of the month! See you guys soon!

Hello, 2017


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Hello everyone, and happy new year! It’s a new year which means, new look, new projects, new goals, and new media! For those who know me personally, I’ve been developing this brand for almost a year and change now; and quite honestly, not a lot has happened. The only things I’ve done is generate a better-looking site and the occasional work. My social media became a mess this past year, and some were even neglected. Well, have no fear! Things are about to change!

With the new year means new year’s resolutions that we may or may not keep. Well, I aim to keep as many of the resolutions as I can in the new year. But before we begin, I have one housecleaning announcements to make. The announcement is that I am discontinuing the name @ksketchistudios on Instagram; instead, it will merge with @knhaylen, my personal Instagram which will also be getting a name change (you should have noticed by now the name: @sketchistudios).

Anyway, back to new year’s resolutions. As of January 1st, 2017, today, I have launched a YouTube channel; it will only have one video, but I plan to post to it as much as I can this year. It may take a while for me to make a huge appearance on this media, but I will post information as videos are made. I’m so excited and can’t wait to launch into cool animation projects and speed paint/ tutorial videos! It is going to be fun! (To check out my channel, click here. Subscribe if you like! 🙂 Show some support.)

New year’s resolution number one: to post YouTube Videos regularly. This one will be the toughest one to keep because of scheduling and time but fret not, I aim to do my best. So, spread the word to your friends and family and follow SketchiStudios on YouTube to stay connected to my daily art life and projects. My aim for this channel is to create animated shorts to share with you guys, as well as one day, maybe launch a web series (this is up in the air for now). So, super excited to get started! Wish me luck!

New year’s resolution number two: daily doodles on Instagram and Tumblr. I want to post more than I did last years. The first goal is a doodled a week or every two weeks; so at least two to four doodles a month, aside from projects and other artworks. It’s not only is fun, but it will allow me to practice and improve.

New year’s resolution number three: Fan Art (occasional). Now, I’ve been up against the wall on this one. For the longest time, I’ve been against fan art because I thought that it meant copying people’s art and I wanted to focus on originality. But, now I think I want to try it occasionally. Make some fan art pieces or studies of characters, movies or shows that I like. It won’t be constant because I like creating original content, but occasionally would be okay.

New year’s resolution number four: Comic/Graphic Novel. In a follow-up post, later this month, I plan to announce my newest graphic novel/ comic project (s). This will hopefully stem into an animation project as well; I’ll give more information later, but for now, all I want to say is that I want to create a one-shot chapter or a couple of chapters this year. I also plan to generate illustrations, character designs, and concept work for this project in planning for the future product. So, stay tuned for this one.

New year’s resolution number five: Commissions and Store. I would like to start commissioning this year, but, this may or not happened until a later date. Regardless, it’s time to work and do some freelance. Hopefully, I’ll also be able to produce a decent body of work which I can then sell. Wouldn’t it be cool?! Get a mug with my character on it!

So, these are the goals/resolutions. Not all of them will happen, but, I aim to do my best and do whatever I can to make it happen. So, stay tuned into SketchiStudios, and get ready for the ride of 2017! Have a blessed day!

Inktober


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Boo! I’m back!

Scared you? I hope so. Well, another October is rolling in and that means it’s time for the annual art challenge of ‘inktober.’ I can’t wait to doodle and sketch, some fun, odd, and spooky drawings this year. To stay posted on my latest ‘inktobers,’keep watch of my Instagram, Tumblr, Facebook and Deviant Art. Stay tuned for further announcements later in the month.

 

Operation Summer Conclusion


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Hello, all!

Summer is slowing winding to a close and here is the final update for that summer checklist I had:

  1. Website appearance
  2. Social Media
  3. Watermark
  4. Project M.A.D.Z- The Misadventures of Detective Zoe
  5. Project Masquerade
  6. Inktober ideas
  7. Traditional techniques
    1. Anatomy- I want to do some figure drawings to strengthen my drawings.
    2. Backgrounds/scenes
  8. Redraw old work
  9. Fan art
  10. Deviant Art Icon/ Core membership

As you can see…..my list continued to get shorter and shorter as the time went on. I did manage to cover most of the list (in some form) but no matter! September is around the corner and with fall starting, brings new announcements!

First, until I settle in at school again, all social media post will pretty much halt as of today. Posting will start up as soon as I have some finished pieces and doodles to share.  Second, I want to launch a year-long project, possibly two years, depending on how it goes.  This regards one of the projects I named on my summer checklist. Can’t wait to announce it! Finalizing some ideas now. You will hear more about it in October.

Speaking of October, during the artist event of “InkTober”, I will try to continue some daily doodles, but want to focus on one maybe two illustrations.  “InkTober” for those who don’t know, is when artists all over the world take on the InkTober drawing challenge by doing one ink drawing a day the entire month of October. So, it’s just as it sounds–ink only during the month of October; digital or traditional. 🙂

Thirdly, I want to get into YouTube and launch a YouTube channel. Mainly for my animations, which I hope to start producing soon. Maybe a speed painting or two. We’ll see how it goes. So, stay tuned for that.

Finally, working on commission rates. More of this to come towards the new year, but just a little bubble to think about.

I believe that’s all the announcements I have for now. Note, that the social media icons in the sidebar of the blog page  may still not be functioning properly. I will get to them as soon as I can!

Anyway, until we meet again!

-Kaylen