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September 3, 2012


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starting a project

Journal Entry: Mon Sep 3, 2012, 11:53 PM
I'll be a senior at my high school this year, and in order to graduate seniors need to complete a senior project. Now is when I tell you about mine. B0)

At the end of last school year, my art teacher and I sent a letter to a sales rep of Wacom, asking if the company would donate or lend 10-20 drawing tablets to my school in order to allow me to teach a digital art class to the students and public. In my studio art class I started taking in my tablet and doing digital work there. My teacher also got her first tablet at the beginning of that year. But so many of my classmates had never heard of or seen a tablet before, and were confused about digital art and how it worked. Throughout my experience with digital art, a lot of people seem to dismiss it when they hear it's done with a computer - they don't realize how much is really in control of the artist, and how it's really very like traditional art. So I decided to teach a digital art class.
The letter was recieved but never replied to, not entirely surprising, seeing as it would be incredibly generous and out of their way for Wacom to do this for our school. SO I've started fundraising the money to get tablets to teach the class. I'll be trying to earn atleast $780 in order to purchase 10 Bamboo Splash tablets. They are rather small, but they are designed to help transition between traditional and digital, plus they are the cheapest tablets Wacom is offering currently. ALL of the money I make from adoptables and commissions go towards this fund for my project. I have also started selling custom hand-painted shoes, and will shortly be putting those up and setting an etsy up for them as well.

Now let me elaborate on the class: I've only got a rough sylabi written up just yet, but I do know it's all working up to the final project - a charity art book. Each student will create a page (x1 page or x2 pages) for the book. YOU GUYS are invited to join in on the book, as well! More information on the book later, when more things are certain! TO TEACH the class I'm planning on giving the lessons on working on pages for a children's book I'm writing - about my little sister. She was diagnosed with acute leukemia when she was young, and battled the cancer with chemo therapy. The book is our story and it's purpose is to be there for other family's that have to battle cancer together as well. All procedes from the art book, the digital art class, and the children's book, as well as any additional money from fund raising, will be donated to the Emanuel Hospital in Portland, Oregon, where my sister got her chemo and BEAT cancer.

As of now the project is still pretty up in the air until I get more time to talk with my project mentor, but that's the general idea. :0) School starts Wednesday and that's when more details will start falling into place.

Commissions - Open by SweetDuke


1. open

2. open

Paypal | USD

Style 1
brainsssss by lapaa

10 USD
+7 USD additional character
500x600 px (or 2000x2500 px for +10 USD)
500 dpi
transparent background

Style 2
com_ZeireII by lapaa com_PhaedeaII by lapaa com_RenII by lapaa
50 USD
+30 USD additional character
500 dpi
transparent background

If you're interested, please send me a note titled Commission
Please include the following information,
Commission Type: (style 1, style 2)
Character References: (image refrences preferably, written description refrences are fine in most cases however)
Additional Details: (things I need to know about the character / I won't take pose requests but if you have suggestions I'll open-mindedly listen)
AFTER accepted, send payment. I'll begin the piece after I recieve full payment, and finish it as soon as possible (usually a few days at most for chibis - a bit longer for the larger pieces). I will keep you posted on my progress, and supply WIPs if requested.

Past Commissions
:iconksra: :: com_Katie by lapaa
:iconmallrats2005: :: com_Liam and Aiden by lapaa

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parafluff Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Student General Artist
Ah this is so nice of you to create a charity book!
I'll make a journal to help you advertise with links to the group and this journal.
hope it will bring more people to recognize your cause!
If there is anything I can help with to make the book more successful i'll do it :iconoyeaplz:
lapaa Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Student Digital Artist
ah thank you so much!! ; u;
the only thing that will make this book successful besides the beautiful art of contributers is awesome people like you aah <3 ! thank you!
pizzafrogs Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012
Ahh this is so neat! Coupled with the art book idea as well 8)
If your commissions are still open by the time I get my bank account set up here in a few days I'll def. try snagging one of those slots!
lapaa Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Ah, thank you! :0D
O thanks so much ! ; u; honestly no one has commissioned anything yet aahh ;;
gonna start selling hand painted shoes soon, I think those might sell the most of anything, but we'll see o .o
princeofrose Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Student General Artist
OMG! This is so cool! You get to teach the class! Your teacher is awesome to let you do that! I always wanted to teach art!!!
I am really interested in your charity art book :D I'd love to participate!

And yeah I understand about students being iffy on digital art
It does take its own set of skills to color digitally and though it isn't the same as traditional it isn't as easy at it seems. The only thing that is a lot easier is linearting since you can just use the pen tool haha

This project is so awesome! I really love what you are doing! I wish I could of done that for my school haha XD

Are you going to teach your own individual class or is the teacher going to let you take over her class and teach digital art for a few days?
lapaa Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Ah, that's wonderful! :0) The book is coming together pretty soon <3 you'll probably see a journal about it before the week is out! ;0) then everyone who wants to participate can start :0)

Ah, thanks so much!
And maybe you can! ;0) One way to fin dout!

The principal is lending me our newest lab to teach 6 2 hour classes after school :0)
princeofrose Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Student General Artist
Wow :O Your school is the nicest school I ever! Do you get paid for teaching or is it volunteer work?
You are in high school right? I am really surprised you are really lucky-something like what you are doing is unheard of which is why I am so excited and it is so awesome!

Oh awesome! For the art book can we draw anything or is there going to be a theme? Oh oops XD I just read you'll put up a journal I'll just wait for that post haha
lapaa Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Ahaha!! Ah, no, I don't get paied, but that's alright :0)) it's all for the charity anyway!
Yeah, I'm in high school!
Yours sounds really mean?! :0c where do you live?!

Aha, yeah, I'll give you all the details later this week! X0)
shusical Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012
lapaa, this is really heartwarming and beautiful.
i knew that you had a golden heart, but really, this is really beyond. ;;♥ you are a beautiful person and i'm so happy that your sister is fine ;u; i love how you planned everything out already...! i'd actually love to hear more about it when you get more information ;u;

hnn... i feel a bit unsure if i should suggest this, but have you ever heard of monoprice tablets? they are incredibly cheap tablets compared to wacom. however, they also have REALLY good reviews - search around on google/etc and it's pretty much all positive. here's the link to them from the site: [link]
i haven't used them myself though i plan on getting one later for portability (i.. don't want to carry my intuos around ack) but hnn ;; just wanted to let you know since not a lot of people know about it apparently and it might save you a lot of effort and time! but i'm unsure about suggesting since i haven't personally used them, though. ;-;

regardless, best of luck lapaa<333
lapaa Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Student Digital Artist
ah thank you so much ; u; <333 I'll for sure be posting more info up as it comes in <3 I have a question for you to ask soon too !

ah thanks for sharing, those are so good prices @__@ I would feel nervous getting them because of never using them before, either..
we're actually trying to see if maybe we can get a grant from the school for the tablets, then any fundraising money will just go to the charity.. but who knows if we'll get it or not x: this is something I'll have to keep in mind, especially if we're unable to get enough funds which I hope we will because wacom is what I know and use x__x
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