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

186 deviants said its got some fantasy hot chick
165 deviants said its a mermaid
161 deviants said its a punk rock wizard
152 deviants said its a rocker elf type chick
145 deviants said its got some cyber punk on it
141 deviants said its got some steampunk on it
115 deviants said its got skulls and darkness on it
75 deviants said its a wing themed piece


Hey guys!

Azure is all done, all up in the store and there are only about 50 copies left for the store, so if you're gonna miss me this year at conventions, dont miss out on the only printing of Azure!


Simply put, it is an inspirational comic shedding a unique light on depression, and in a nutshell, Its a story about one of the hardest things to fully accept, that right now its our chance and our time, and later, when its REALLY our time (to go) , we leave so somebody else can have theirs. We all live with that fact, even if we cant accept it until we no longer have a choice in the matter. But sometimes...... we make that choice to live another day because that is all we can do, to just try to breathe for another day.

The story also involves HP Lovecraft old gods to tell the tale of how every seemingly normal thing is unnatural and against the person suffering from depression, every moment a fight, living in a world nobody else can see.

Ive barely had time to grab myself by the face to keep from my head spinning (funny visual). I'm reeling over how hard earned this final project is and its finally final after 4 years. The Secret Life of Crows came first, but this one nestled on my HDD waiting for the day to come where I was able to be where i needed to be artistically to give this book justice. I've surprised even myself this time.....!azur…

Also! There are a bunch of new pieces added into the online store for original cover art, as well as the prices slashed for the older pieces, there are some great deals in there now so please make sure to check it out!!!orig…

  • Listening to: battle beast
  • Reading: the imagica (again)
  • Watching: DEXTER
  • Playing: warcraft
  • 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


Art Contest - patreon and deviantart -4 more days by ToolKitten
Art Contest - patreon and deviantart -4 more days
:star: EDIT: you get 4 more days to finish! read the bottom for details. Flats included!

This was posted as a $1 patron and up challenge on Patreon, that means everybody on there. Usually you have to pledge $10+ to get the files flatted for practice like this.  The winner of the challenge will get a special one time only reward which is gonna be a surprise and something that is a major win!

The contest could be open to you guys also, if you subscribe for just one month you can enter and get the special reward! That means a $1 entry fee, I suppose.

The challenge is based on a 5 part lesson on "what it means to be a colorist", and contains the high res flatted file to color for the contest.  There is a 5 part series of posts to follow for examples of the bullet points of the challenge posted to the page.

The major points of the challenge are to:

  •  Add shape to my very open lines here, make sure you pay attention to the "planes" that are indicated, and try to fill in the shapes you can see.
  • Add some special effects like glows, but also think of things like splatter, stars, or anything you think that could fit, be inventive!
  • Try and paint a scene in the background, if you can! >:D  Add a mood and place for her, remember, she is floating on a blank canvas right now! A bunch of yous guys dont usually add full backgrounds, but this is a step in the right direction for sure if you can challenge yourself to add a scene rather than a texture (which I didnt even do in my version). Feel free to also get rid of the sun/ or moon behind her if it conflicts with something you have in mind!
  •  Test yourself also on painting over the lines for the wing blades, dont use the character or my version of the final cover. Imagine your editor told you to make the blades very soft and show no lines, without erasing them, give them a more interesting shape than I drew.
  •  Finally, pretend that the Editor also told you to take out the arm holding the fabric, and make it go behind the cloth instead and show a silhouette through the fabric. TIP: Erase the arm lines or paint over it, use the flats to make the silhouette. You're going to find a problem with this, something I didnt point out. Find that problem and solve it. no hints!

And dont use my original final version for inspiration, I want to see something new.

The deadline is may 20th, In one month, the winner will also receive the special reward!

Also, for a short time this is available as a downloadable file costing $1 on deviantart!

You get an extentsion of 8 days to cpmplete this contest. When finished, please email entry to bakanekonei at

Galaxygal by ToolKitten
You know how when you were younger, you'd see a picture in the grain of a tile, a shape in a cloud, or from a scribble, something like that?

Well this one came about from the picture of a nebula. A fun quickie for patreon. Those guys get these things as layered .psd's and such, learning materials and brushes.

if you wanna get hooked up in one of the most major ways on patreon, join me :)
mojo 2 ebas by ToolKitten
mojo 2 ebas
this is for Eric Basaldua's very own MOJO book. Its his version of a sketchbook, but it also has story and this is his main character, Morgana.

lines by :iconebas:

colors by me

full nude versions are seen on patreon only

Journal History



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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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Darry Featured By Owner 1 day ago  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  New Deviant
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  New Deviant 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
Cytoscourge Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Dear sir or madame, would you be able to recommend me any colouring tutorials?
ToolKitten Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2016  Professional General Artist
I have a ton I'm offering, but not for free. this first one is free though :D How our eyes are fools by ToolKitten
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