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tshirts .......a color bomb went off, its crazy. as full of art/graphics as possible, and 

192 deviants said its got some fantasy hot chick
173 deviants said its a mermaid
169 deviants said its a punk rock wizard
163 deviants said its a rocker elf type chick
149 deviants said its got some cyber punk on it
148 deviants said its got some steampunk on it
121 deviants said its got skulls and darkness on it
77 deviants said its a wing themed piece


Joan Colouring Challenge by Aaron-Best here is the winning entry for the contest!! :star: gold stars all around.

There were some really great entries, most followed guidelines (though not all did, some of you were afraid, its okay though), but this is the entry that used them the best.

It shows initiative to create something different while staying cohesive with the original piece and the rest of the design.

Congrats! The prize was paying work, otherwise a start in the industry. This is something I'm sure lots of you will be quite jealous over :D
  • Listening to: July Talk
  • Reading: the imagica (again)
  • Watching: DEXTER, Orange is the new Black
  • Playing: too much work....
  • Eating: your face
  • Drinking: your blood


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Nei Ruffino
Artist | Professional | Varied
United States
A professional penciller working on comic covers for companies like zenescope and big dog ink, as well as a professional colorist for Marvel and DC.

Tools I use for drawing are a mechanical drafting pencil and HB lead, tools for coloring are Intous 5 medium and Adobe Photoshop CS6


Prismhowl by ToolKitten
you're gonna start seeing a lot more from this, cause the steam is really picking up on it and character design is something im focused on right now.

this is actually a picture of a drawing i did in denver last weekend, all the different lights gave off a really neat prism effect with the different shadows.
Nepia Drata - Wolf Mother by ToolKitten
Nepia Drata - Wolf Mother
somethin from a couple years ago from my series i am working on, ive posted very little about it as to not give very much away, but this is essentially just playing round with character designs. its a story i have been working on for over 20 years.
The Foolish fallen angel by ToolKitten
The Foolish fallen angel
this is an older piece, but one of the most extensively thought out before-hand ones. its also an ad.....a bit. this piece was designed to have a bit of unspoken narrative in it, mostly to be viewed online, posted at a dimension so you had to scroll down at fullview to see the full piece, kind of like falling yourself.

you can get my full color 48 page hardcover artbook off of my website,

and get lots of neat other stuff there as well :)
JL#1 Variant CMYK by ToolKitten
JL#1 Variant CMYK
Hey guys, been a long time since I posted something I was a colorist on. thats okay.

This piece was drawn by :iconebas:

colored by me.

join me on patreon for excusives, tutorials and hard to find techniques!
Glimmer Baby, SHINE we love you. by ToolKitten
Glimmer Baby, SHINE we love you.
also titled...."when you've been somewhere living under a rock in a dark cave"

might be because i came out as having a girlfriend, in front of everybody like who fucking cares. its being alone and in you own head much....but im inspiring myself right now. lots of big ideas, helping others and showing some glimmer to those in need of a little light.

thats what im here for....with starry skies and tears in our eyes lets be an army that joins hands one by one standing as one entity shouting words of love and strength to the world. I dont care anymore about hiding who i am and the light i choose to show. ive had a couple really important realizations lately and its important to show people how much i care. how much they mean to me, and find those in need of my light. let me show you its okay to be yourself, that the people who cant accept you for your love and your light and your passions, harm ye none do as you will. show them your own light, not your darkness. lets leave darkness behind. we live in a time and on a world where there literally doesnt have to be darkness in any corner of your world 24 hours a day. thats true in real life, reach out. if the area you live in is stifling, work towards moving on instead of finding ways to settle with what you have. you may have to travel, but you will find like souls. ive been lucky enough to travel the world, and find these souls everywhere. the ones leading a darkened path with love. lead by example, and pay it forward.

its hard to accept people that are different, but its easier when you're different. and when you stop trying to be less different and fit in with something you want, fighting against the grain of your own skin, you find your own personal worth and power and its more beautiful than you could have ever imagined. your own difference is what makes you worth something substantial to the world. in all the diversity........ it's out there, somewhere, a light like yours. I want to help you find it.

consider me friend, or useless, or worthless, or empowering, inspiring, berating. whichever you choose, its your own thing and i have mine.

#nevertakealwaysgive is the hashtag to spread this message around. its a saying i coined lately because this is how i am going to live my life.  lets join hands and show them in a very figuratively care-bear stare kinda way.

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great gallery, it definitely shows your talents well
Sat Jul 18, 2015, 6:07 PM
your colors are top notch (not sure if that is one word or 2)
Sat Jan 10, 2015, 12:30 PM
Everything you've done is amazing... correction* AMAZING! lol I think I've damn near favorited everything, and it definitely deserves it at the least - Keep up the excellent work! You're one of my faves
Fri Jun 6, 2014, 5:53 PM
Sun Jan 5, 2014, 7:43 AM
Amazing works! :clap:
Tue Oct 8, 2013, 9:54 AM
Is so amazing you're art, ToolKitten.
Thu Oct 3, 2013, 6:46 AM
You are such a Talent dear,, your art is beautiful, sensual,,,quite stunning
Thu Sep 26, 2013, 10:55 AM
I love to see women who can get down and dirty with some ink! What else can I say except, your work is bad booty! ;) Now to click the watch button...
Wed Sep 18, 2013, 6:07 AM
where can I find a list of your published works in comics so i can buy a copy
Thu Sep 12, 2013, 11:09 AM
Hi, I have seen that you will be in Essen (Comic Action) in October, do you already know on which date exactly?
Fri Aug 16, 2013, 5:44 AM
Wed Aug 14, 2013, 6:12 AM
Very nice work!!
Wed Jul 24, 2013, 4:38 AM
Wed Jul 17, 2013, 10:19 AM
Missed you at the Denver Comic Con this year. Maybe next year?
Tue Jul 2, 2013, 10:11 AM
Caught the live stream this morning, Nei. Thanks for that, really enjoyed seeing you work. Looking forward to the next one.
Sun Jun 16, 2013, 12:16 PM


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KristinF Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Professional Digital Artist
Amazing work!
landobaldur Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2016  Professional General Artist
cool artworks
Darry Featured By Owner May 26, 2016  Professional Artist
Awesome gallery!
This-Chick-Does-Art Featured By Owner May 12, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
I am so glad I stumbled on one of your pages in a random favorites folder:…

I love, love, love your coloring.
bignando Featured By Owner May 10, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Your new art is super !!!
NobodyOfImportanceZ Featured By Owner May 5, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh wow! Nice gallery!
Estheryu Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2016
very nice gallery!
nice to meet you here!
have a nice day!:love:
JulesTait Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2016
I have been a fan for ages! You're an amazing artist and the way you use color and textures have made me, as a colorist, grow exponentially. I recently found the copies of the drawings I downloaded that I'd colored and it reminded me just how much I love bringing to life such exquisite work. I've always loved coloring in, but over the last few years I lost touch with that side of me. Until now, until I saw your work again - I've just bought some wonderful color pencils and would be greatly honoured if you'd agree to me sending them to you?
ToolKitten Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2016  Professional General Artist
of course :)
Salvadorio Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
You Miss are a master craftswoman in your field and i cannot wait to watch your career grow and grow. You have amazing work.
Gorfuru Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2016   General Artist
You are great :O

I really like your stuff.
KoreHeart Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2016
Some of the best art I've seen Thumbs Up 
thekillingmark Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Hi, im an amateur artist and I would greatly appreciate it if you could check out my page and let me know what you think. Im not as good as you by miles, and any advice would be great as im going into A level art next year.
Thank you so much,
Mark247Gamer Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Damn awesome work, telling all my friends about your art
ToolKitten Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2016  Professional General Artist
jepi12 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
love your work... the colors are really great, amazing artworks :)
ToolKitten Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2016  Professional General Artist
Ross-Sanger Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2016
Clever username. A cringeworthy pun, but still clever.
ToolKitten Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2016  Professional General Artist
lol, its actually because if i didnt become a professional artist, i was going to be a mechanical engineer...and cat or kitty has always been in my name somehow too XD
Caine001 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Happy International Women's Day!moonflower Lotus :Lotus: - NaNoEmo 
no31206 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
wow, thank you for your mention! your art is awesome!
ToolKitten Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2016  Professional General Artist
so very welcome ^_^
APTMAE Featured By Owner Edited Mar 8, 2016
Really really love ur page, it's amaziiiing!May I print some of ur BW pics? because I really want to colored them!
ToolKitten Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2016  Professional General Artist
have fun :)
APTMAE Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2016
aww...thank you very much <3
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