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CS Fanart Contest 2012! Create artbook cover!

Posted by Kokoro Hane on September 30, 2012 at 4:50 PM Comments comments (1)

Well, I think it is time for the next annual CS Fanart contest! I am hoping to start printing in January, however, I have NO IDEA what to draw for the cover! Soooo....

I decided to make that the theme of this year's CS Fanart Contest!

WHAT SHOULD THE COVER FEATURE? It would be best to MAKE SURE you include the two main characters, Takayoshi and Nadeshiko (they're on the vol.1 front cover) for the cover, but feel free to include any of the other characters in the illustration as long as those two are included. Also, since this is a dark story, be sure to have some sort of dark theme to the illustration.


- Letter (upright illustration), not Landscape. 

- Full color.

- Dark theme.

- Must include Takayoshi and Nadeshiko, but you can have any of the other characters present as well.

- Nothing EXTEMELY VIOLENT OR DISTURBING! Make it dark, bloody, but nothing overly graphic. (No gore, please).

- Nothing inappropriate. 

- Up to 2 entries per person.


Grand Prize Winner;

- Your illustration to be redrawn by me and become the OFFICIAL for the first CS Artbook!

- Free reserved copy of the CS Artbook "Vermilion Reflections - The Art of Crimson Shadows"

- Full color full body commission (sent via e-mail).

- 2 CS sketches of any character.


- Your illustration to be redrawn by me and become AN EXCLUSIVE illustration in the CS Artbook!

- Free reserved copy of the CS Artbook "Vermilion Reflections - The Art of Crimson Shadows"

- 1 CS sketch of any character.


- Your illustration to be redrawn by me and become a black and white chapter page for the actual manga.

- Black and white half body commission (sent via e-mail).


E-mail your entries to me as a file attachment at [email protected] with subject "CS Contest entry".


November 3rd!

I look forward to your entries and hope you guys have lots of fun! ^.^

AX2012 IS COMING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Kokoro Hane on June 16, 2012 at 5:35 PM Comments comments (0)

In about two weeks, it'll be time for ANIME EXPO AX!!!! Sadly, I wasn't able to have a table this time, but I don't have anything to sell really, so this'll just be a leisure trip. I will be cosplaying as Mayuri Shiina from Steins;Gate. It's going to be a lot of fun! I am ONLY attending for Day 3, however, but hey, I am not complaining. One day at AX is enough! If any of you plan on coming down, maybe we could have a meet up if anyone's interested! Or if you spot me, feel free to say hello~

If any of you are daring enough to cosplay as anyone from Crimson Shadows at AX, you're awesome! In fact, be sure to come find me if you do, for I wanna take PICTURES if I may =P

Also, I'd like to note that I am currently working on an artbook. It's going to be a mix of characters from all my manga that I've done, am doing, and will be doing, as well as some fanart of webmanga which I have obtained permission to print. The goal is to have AT LEAST 64 pages of full color illustrations, and yes, it WILL contain mostly artwork of Crimson Shadows, including some exclusives~


Posted by Kokoro Hane on December 4, 2011 at 1:05 PM Comments comments (1)

Okay, so today is the day that I announce the winners of the first annuel Crimson Shadows fanart contest! Thank you to all who participated, I loved all your fanarts, and believe me, choosing the winners was no easy task, since every fanart had their own charm to it. The hardest to choose was the Grand Prize winner, since I was stuck between either what I chose for it and the first runner-up. I will start first with the Honorable Mentions (the entries that, sorry to say, did not win) and then the fourth runner-up to the grand prize winner. Every fanart has a comment beneath them of what I thought. All winners, be sure to contact me via e-mail at [email protected] with subject "CS Prize" since many of you either had a choice of prize, or you won a commission, so be sure to request what you want drawn! Alright, here we go...



This is a really adorable picture of both Nadeshiko, and the yet to appear Takayoshi! Their personalities are beautifully and accurately expressed, showing that Takayoshi is a bit more on the quiet side, while Nadeshiko is the more hyper, cheery type. This also shows major progress and improvement in your work, Selena-chan!

Jessica R.

Yay! My first Rita Kai fanart! She was drawn beautifully. I especially love the eyes. This is probably how Rita SHOULD be drawn!

Fourth Runner-Up


This is a really cute and fitting illustration of little Nadeshiko! I love how she's holding a lollipop, and how there's a pink ribbon loosely wrapping. It would make a wonderful DREAM furoku card.

You may choose between either; a black and white waist commission, or 1 free art print of choice.

Third Runner-Up

Ki Hiwatari

The simplicity of this illustration is also what makes it so eye-catching. The way the eyes are drawn and the beautiful coloring, creates such a crisp, and clean look that I can stare at for awhile. I love how the theme was blue. It gives for a cool, wintery feel.

You have won a free black and white waist up commission, as well as 1 free art print of choice.

Second Runner-Up

Maika Lamerouge

The perspective is brilliant, and so eye catching. I like how Satomi is drawn in a more realistic style of manga. I especially adore the epic shading effect and checkered floor!

You have won a digitally colored waist up commission, as well as 2 free art prints of choice.

First Runner-Up


I could very much say that this fanart captures the essence of Crimson Shadows. Expressed in visual, not in words, this illustration conveys Satomi's thoughts of the vaccine. The failure, knowing she was right, and also her sympathy for the fact it was made with true and honest good intentions. The texture and coloring makes this image so epic, and Satomi is drawn how I wish I could draw her myself!

You have won a digitally colored full body commission, and may choose between either a reserved copy of the art book "Colored Fragments" or the prequel one-shot "Cadence's Prayer". Your illustration concept will be redrawn by me to become an art book EXCLUSIVE.



The details and sorrowful elegance of this illustration is simply marvelous. Cadence in a cage in an elegant lolita style dress, with a bandaged angel wing, and Aaron bandaged up with a reflection of his former self in the water. The concept is no short of a masterpiece, with brilliant small details, soft shading, and crisp visual.

Congrats! Your illustration concept will be redrawn by me to become an OFFICIAL chapter page! You have also won a reserved copy of both the art book "Colored Fragments" and the prequel one-shot "Cadence's Prayer", as well as a digitally colored full body commission.