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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 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

life update and OrGaNiC MeCHaNiC

Journal Entry: Wed Apr 16, 2014, 11:58 PM

some of you dont use facebook, and i constantly forget that. but also i dont write like this on facebook.

so, ive started my own brand called "Organic Mechanic" if you guys havent figured that out. now you will find lots of books drawn and colored by me, written by me and others. here is the only page i have for it, so far .… "Organic Mechanic. Delightfully disturbing in all the right ways."

anyway, life, yeah.

so, im getting out of coloring, and little by little i see a light at the dreary dark tunnel that is being a colorist month after month, deadline after deadline (all the while being passed over and treated like we arent much to a comic book's success, even if a few people cry out that we are and that they appreciate us). and it feels really damn good, i must say. ive always considered myself an artist to the core, and its all ive ever wanted to do, for better or worse. but for the last 8 years, the times ive had to work on my own piece of art or painting probably could be counted using my fingers and toes. 8 years!!! (not counting secret life of crows)

you want success? be careful what you wish for.

so, now that i can move more in that direction, i feel right as rain. i have lots of stories i want to tell and the secret life of crows is just one of them. i want to tell stories that dont preach to the audience but find a calm way of perhaps showing the audience different ways of thinking. and maybe stories that make your heart ache with sadness, or happiness. something that makes you feel alive, and you never know what is going to come next.

stories like that are usually my fave, and i know that when i create stories from now on they will likely be in my own taste, which seems to do just fine elsewhere in my life. so we shall see.

oh, ALSO big fucking deal here. i have found the solfeggio tones and have been meditating. its odd what this has already done for me, in the span of just a couple short weeks. i feel lighter, healthier, more energetic, i sleep less, feel brighter metally and it certainly feels like its cleared my head of mudd. not to mention, if this is such a thing (and i say this because even i dont know what to think yet), i started displaying 10 signs of a spiritual awakening, down to the actual physical sensations. but really, find some high quality .mp3's of them and give it a shot. some of them quite literally feel good to listen to. and dont be afraid if you cry, its pent up emotions that need to come out. my favrite ones are the ancient harmonies sung by humans, rather than the beeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeps that are made with some instrument that sound like the tv just went off air (though at first those worked for me too). this is the one i listen to, but the youtube recording of it isnt quite as effective as a full fledged mp3 and beats headphones...

dont expect music, its not a song. but yes, it is singing. close your eyes and feel it. dont watch whatever video these play on youtube, some of them are quite lame. but when i listen to this, i feel a pulse in my body that doesnt match up with my heartbeat......and that pulse feels like my soul is breathing.

hard things are realizing that i need to take little steps to be where i want, and be who i want. and the first few are the hardest to take. like when i fell into comics, i did it drastically. i quit my job of 5 years, left my BF of 7 years and moved cross country.

 dont be silly now i wont be doing all that again any time soon! but it felt the way it does now. like ive managed to jump into another current in life, and i wont fight it. last time, it took me right where i am now just by doing what i felt was best. it seems as if you will get nowhere if you fight the current of where your life is trying to take you. i long ago decided to wake up, and follow the signs. all you have to do is pay attention. this is a big part of myself.....

but lately i dont feel like i can be all myself all of the time, that is certainly a problem isnt it? first thing to go, is pretending to be who i am not. and by that, i mean i am not reserved, and not very serious, and im silly and goofy and like to be loud, and i love nearly everything and i love to show it.. im going to once again be that same person who follows my heart and my dreams, and what feels once again, like my destiny. may the fire fall away from my life and burn the things that pluck at my skin, and i shall dance amidst the embers.

"pluck the wires from your skin and toss them to the wind"

also, lots of covers lately. like holy FUCK LOTS OF COVERS. i guess this means ive finally made it as a penciller....... *score*.

thats about it, stay classy folks, and remember tact is your friend.

  • Listening to: shpongle
  • Reading: the doomsday vault
  • Watching: merlin
  • Playing: Civ 5
  • Drinking: coffeecoffeecoffeeredbullcoffeecoffeecoffeecoffee

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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
Every pic you have is a whopping punch of awesome to the brain case! Your work looks like something in every major comic book out there! Lurve it, lurve it. Keep it up, I'd love to see a full set of your zodiac covers.
Sat Jun 15, 2013, 6:33 PM
your artworks are really amazing, i really adored you so much... :)
Wed Jun 12, 2013, 8:54 PM
Wow... just wow... your artwork is a real feast for the eyes~
Wed Jun 12, 2013, 2:57 PM


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I'm sure you've heard this before but I'll say it again; You're amazing!!!!!!
imFragrance Apr 16, 2014   General Artist
Are you a freelancer ? (:
ToolKitten 6 days ago  Professional General Artist
Briannabater Apr 14, 2014  New member Professional Photographer
I really love your work!!
TheNerd-ette Apr 14, 2014  New member
An image thats said to tell you if used was used here…
Thankyou ;)
BlanksArt Apr 13, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I love all your artwork! you inspire me so much! I'll get this good one day :)
Freakin' awesome art style you have! Instant watch!
Mezzeril Apr 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Magnificent gallery! Your style really pops off of the page.
ArcNovaXIII Apr 7, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
i have to say your art is amazing! sadly i can;t watch you cause it won't mean anything if i do. but great and awesome work!
ToolKitten Apr 10, 2014  Professional General Artist
lol that makes no sense XD
ArcNovaXIII Apr 10, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
yeah, i guess so! 

So i light of that the wath butoon will be pushed!
Was a pleasure meeting you at ECCC :-)
LiamSharp Apr 3, 2014  Professional Artist
So great to see you in Seattle! You're killing it! Fantastic work. :-) x
ToolKitten Apr 3, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks Liam! Looking forward to being in on all of this with you :D
LiamSharp Apr 3, 2014  Professional Artist
Likewise! Have fun in tool! :-)
Damn!! i realy like your artwork >< its sooooooooooooooo aweeeeeeeeesome!!!
You are one of the most amazing artists I have seen in a long time... Brilliant and Beautiful
Acidbl00d Mar 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
deviant for 10 years? Damn!
i wish i had found your art sooner D:
added to watchlist
cyberaix Mar 20, 2014  Professional Artist
Your gallery is so amazing!
Alexis-lovevamp Mar 18, 2014  New member Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my I recognized your pieces, I love Zenescope!!!!
 Hi Toolkitten,

      WOW! I must say that Your artwork is so beautiful and breathtaking to watch and I love your own twists to the iconic fairy tales( Alice in Wonderland, Wizard of OZ, Red riding hood, Jungle book,etc) as well. Its great people like yourself that I'm so proud to be a member of DEV ART is to see greatness everyday! as you can see that I have a few of your masterpieces in my faves and look forward seeing more of your stuff in the future. You'll have won me over as an brand new fan in me. keep up the great work and Godspeed!
PointNClicker Mar 11, 2014  New member Hobbyist General Artist
I love your amazing art!! I recently received my Campbell artbooks and 2014 Calender and I can't stop looking at your amazing artwork, it leaves me speechless every time...
J. Scott and Nei, artwork match made in heaven!
Even if I could draw 2% like you I would be so proud!! 
ArlanEAkyl Mar 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Heeeeeey , hi there ) Your art is amazing !!! And since you're a professional at colouring , i wanted for you to check out my first attempt of colouring . It would be great to take some advices form a MASTER:D (Big Grin)…
omg your work is amazing!!!=)
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