Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Artist Gets Blasted on Reddit

Hi everyone,

Today is Wednesday and normally, we'd be reviewing a kawaii-cute item, snack, or art idea.

Today, however, has slightly darker tones.

As you readers know, my art style is cartoonish. It always has been, because I am a huge fan of cartoons. I love & collect Hello Kitty, I grew up reading For Better or For Worse by my favorite cartoonist, Lynn Johnston.

And aside from me, there are hundreds of popular web comic writers, many of which got published into books (such as Cyanide and Happiness by Rob D., Kris W., and Dave M.)

Society's current interests (anime & manga, newspaper funnies, etc.), and pop culture over the years would show that people enjoy cartoons. And there are a vast number of digital artists in our world.

So can someone please tell that to Reddit?

Part of any professional's growth in modern life, is the advent of the internet. Whether it's a writer's articles being shared on LinkedIn, or a singer's videos being viewed on YouTube... and Reddit shouldn't be any different in that kind of support. But sadly, they are.

This exchange between a moderator named O-shi, and me, holds nothing back.

And though, on the surface, it looks like O-shi is polite in tone, the underlying message is clear: My art style is not good enough for them. Apparently, only paintings fit for The Louvre are welcome on Reddit. And as you can see from checking out O-Shi's page, they do this to a lot of up-and-coming, very talented artists. Enough.

Readers, please note, this is not just about me. I will admit, this is not the first time they've deemed my cute, digital cartoons as not good enough and removed them, but the one in question here is a very special one, a birthday one, that I worked hard on:

And it's not just me who gets targeted this way by Reddit mods, as they like to call themselves. So today, I have had enough.

I have had enough of so-called 'leaders' (website moderators, really?) telling us digital artists & cartoonists (I include many of you in that statement) are not good enough. Or that we're spamming them, or should go back to art school, or whatever cruel words the mods choose to employ this week.

Clearly, they don't seem aware they're talking to humans with feelings. Humans with dreams & aspirations. Humans who work hard to get their art to the masses...

And it is never, ever cool to tell an artist that they make 'low quality work'. Again readers, I include a lot of you here because a lot of you, like me, are cartoonists and digital artists to some capacity.

And it's time we started commanding the respect we deserve for our work!


If this has happened to you, either on Reddit, or another sharing platform or forum, please let us know in the comments. Together, when we all speak up, this can make positive changes in how society views all aspects of art. We all matter!

Thursday, 3 May 2018

20 Questions With Daryl Januszewski

Hi everyone! 

Some people notice that I post a lot of my art/design stuff on social media, and that my facebook page and groups are filled with things from my RedBubble shop, Etsy shop, and more. I don't want you to perceive me as 'spammy' and so today I'm happy to share some more info about me, via questions & answers. 

As long as you're not trolling (you're better than that 🙂😃), I love answering the questions from you guys, the awesome readers 💗

Here we go...

  1. What's the last dream (or nightmare) you had? - It was a nightmare actually, and it was the second Stranger Things-themed one. The first ST nightmare I had was after watching Season 2, and then dreamed that Rob & I were trying to hide from a Demodog, but due to talking loudly, it ate us both. The more recent one was actually a replay of the scene where Mike's youngest sister, Holly, sees the face bulging through the wall in Joyce's house. That really freaked me out IRL!
  2. What's your favorite music or song right now? - Currently I'm really big into 1980s music. Yes some of it is because of my Stranger Things obsession, but also it's the era in which I was born so it feels like a call-back to listen to all that 80s goodness.
  3. If you could have any super power, what would it be? - I'd love to have all the Hollywood ones, such as being able to fly, super strength & speed, insanely smart, X-ray vision, turning invisible, etc. but it's selfish to want them all. I guess the way to have them all, is to be like Jack-Jack from The Incredibles.
  4. Your guilty food pleasure? - Oh this is easy! It's sweets, all the way. Chocolate, donuts, cakes, cookies, ice cream, candy... my pancreas probably hates me right now.
  5. Most embarrassing moment? - I've had so many, it's hard to choose just one. I remember a job interview where the guy worded the question funny and I didn't understand or know how to answer... and the time I tripped and fell right between 2 cute boys in the hall in junior high school. I've just got to say that I've had too many to keep count.
  6. What's your go-to breakfast? - Typically I go for something sweet, and a coffee. That's why I really miss living near a Tim Horton's back in the day.
  7. Do you have any weird habits? - Of course, who doesn't?? Well, I do talk to myself a lot. Especially when I think someone nearby is watching me/listening. In an indirect way, I'm consciously communicating with them. I also like to smell my fingers after scratching my head, for some reason. 
  8. Where's your favorite place in the world? - I've been to some really awesome places in this world, including around Canada (mostly West), and places like Punta Cana and even Las Vegas... but I must say that my favorite destination on Earth, is Jamaica, mon. It just seems really 'chill', for a place that's so hot.
  9. Who is your favorite musician? - I like strong female musicians, and it's hard to choose 'just one'. Some of my faves are Pink, Rihanna, Katy Perry, Cher, Gwen Stefani (esp. her older stuff), Alanis Morissette, Joni Mitchell, Janis Joplin... you get the picture
  10. When's the last time you cried? - About a week & a half ago. I was under a lot of stress (I have an anxiety disorder, and little things really get to me). Anyhow, Rob tried to do something nice for me, but I got pissed off instead and ran to the other room and burst into tears. I felt not only guilty, but also really embarrassed.
  11. Do you have any pets? - I grew up in a family that always had cats, at least one, and so I was devastated when our last one passed away in 2010. I haven't gotten a new cat since then, but I pretend my collection of Hello Kitty dolls are my cats. I don't put out food dishes or litter boxes for them or anything, but I do talk to them and pet them and stuff. I created a new Instagram account for them: Hello_Sweet_Kitty
  12. Why did you choose to be an artist? - This is a great question that several people have asked me. There are several reasons. When I was a child, my mum saw my blossoming potential and strongly encouraged me to use my talents in a career. I love the feeling of accomplishment and self-expression that comes from finished work. It feels awesome when people want to spend their money on my work (esp. with commission work because to me, it feels like a meeting of minds and a bond between humans). And your compliments warm my heart, thanks!
  13. Do you have a dream car? - My favorite styles of car, are Japanese-made sedan style. The one I wanted all throughout my teen years was a Mitsubishi Lancer (in a silvery blue), but then found out I cannot legally drive due to a neurological condition.  
  14. How do you typically start your day? - Well, I love sleeping in, so on days off I get up after 8am. I tend to stop & make the bed, then I stumble to the kitchen for a coffee so I can feel human. Then, with coffee & breakfast in hand, I check emails or whatever before I go clean up & get ready for the day. I'm pretty lazy and not usually in a rush.
  15. Which, of all of them, was your favorite birthday? - I'm going to have to say it's my most recent one, when I turned 30. My husband Rob is so romantic, he took us to an upscale hotel called The Fairmont Palliser, and we stayed there like we were in a spa retreat. He even secretly talked to staff and had them leave a surprise cake and decorations in our room that evening. I also really enjoyed my 26th birthday with Rob, because we all went out to Nanta Karaoke Bar and rented a private room - about 7 or 8 of us all singing and getting drunk.
  16. What are your favorite hobbies? - Watching older TV shows or movies, listening to music & doing yoga, drawing/creating, journaling, dancing, singing, playing keyboard, reading. 
  17. Do you have any catch phrases? - I don't think I really do, but I've been told I say 'OMG!' out loud a lot, as well as saying 'hashtag' in front of random things.
  18. What's one thing you'd love to do? - I would love to ride a horse. It sounds funny to say, being that I live in Alberta and this is easily possible. I rode a small pony as a child, and horses always seem so tender & gentle, and fun to ride leisurely around a field or through a forest.
  19. What was your scariest moment? - I grew up in a haunted house. Well, it was the second one I lived in, moved in when I was 11. But throughout my teen years, there were many instances of the paranormal... and the one that stands out the most was during a sleepover with a pal named Rachael. We threw a blanket on the kitchen table to make a tent, then told ghost stories and as we started, there was a very loud scraping sound from the basement (where the cat's litterbox was, but the cats were all upstairs at the time). We looked out into the darkness, being not far from the open basement door, and then bolted upstairs to my bedroom to hide. 
  20. Where were you born/grew up? - I was born & raised in Calgary, Alberta (Canada). In 2015 I moved with my awesome husband here to Red Deer, AB. Canadian through & through, right down to my love of maple & moose.

Thank you guys for all the love & support! I could sit & draw all day [around other things that keep me busy] but if it wasn't for you guys buying my work on apparel, or coloring in sheets that I drew, then there'd be no reason to pursue art. I love all you guys! 

Daryl J.

Sunday, 22 April 2018

Earth Day 2018

Today is the day to show our planet how much we love and appreciate it. 

Chances are, you probably already do things like recycle (that's great!) and that makes a real difference. By putting papers, plastic and aluminum in a place where they can be re-purposed, you are already helping keep literally tons of waste out of landfills. Thank you.

Other things you can do to help as well, are to:

Use less water (so don't run the tap while brushing your teeth, or take 10 minute showers).

Save on electricity. Replace standard bulbs with LED where possible, and make sure to turn off lights when you leave the room. In many cases, reserving water and electricity benefits you directly by saving you money! Yay :)

Plant a tree, or flowers, or do something to 'give back' to the Earth. 

Consider gardening your own veggies this Spring. Or help others cultivate, and learn about botany, dendrology, and other plant-based science.

Purchase items with less packaging. For instance, if you need to buy an eraser, buy one from a bin where none are wrapped in plastic.

Opt for restaurants with re-usable dishes and napkins whenever possible.

Re-purpose ice cream, margarine or other plastic food tubs to store new food.


What are some other ways you are planning to help our planet today? Let us know in the comments!

Monday, 9 April 2018

Hello Kitty Review - Again!

Hi everyone, it's been awhile again, eh?

It's nice to be back with you. 

Rob's been granted almost a month off from work so he can drain vacation pay that's racked up, and we've been travelling together. We recently went with a couple of his relatives to Las Vegas (my first time there!!)

and then most recently, we went to WEM (West Edmonton Mall) where we stayed at Fantasyland Hotel and enjoyed many fun hours at the World Waterpark, Galaxyland, Ed's Bowling, and more!

Anyhow, while we were in WEM, we stopped in at the T&T Supermarket (for fans of Asian import stuff) and got some authentic Hello Kitty stuff, which we'll be reviewing here today.

The first one is these [vanilla?] cookies. They taste similar to animal crackers but with a slightly savory or 'umami' aftertaste. I admit I cannot read the ingredients in the language (most likely Japanese, but if you recognize it in the photo, please share what it says and in what language). It's good I have no real food allergies then. This product seems it may contain nuts, egg & dairy - and wheat for sure.

The back of the box had a 'cut-out' for a 3D doll 

This is as nice as I could make it look... she's a bride!

The next runner up is this cute Hello Kitty arcade game, with tart/sour cherry candies, reminiscent of the Pac-Man games of the 1980s (brought back into popularity by Eighties Reimagined shows such as Stranger Things). Anyhow, it's not 'playable' but sure an adorable figurine!

Enlarged to show the attention to Pac-Man style details! So thoughtful!

Slightly sexual looking cherry candy ;)

And as an 'Easter egg', meant literally, Rob got for me one of those giant Kinder surprise eggs, like the one pictured here: 

See the source image

I didn't even think to photograph the one Rob got me for Easter, as it looked so yummy I just dug right into it! 

Anyhow, the 'egg' inside had a cool toy... A Hello Kitty BBQ set, and stickers too!

Yay, Hello Kitty stickers!!

She appears to be holding ice cream, and it came with a paper 'meal' for her BBQ

Anyhow, even when life is busy with travelling quality time with spouse, working, and housework... there is always time for a Hello Kitty break 😍😍

Have a great day, 
xoxo Daryl J.

Thursday, 22 March 2018

Aries Horoscope - Kawaii Style

Aries (March 21-April 19) – Very few people are as energetic, confident, and as outgoing as you are. A lot of astrology books can make it sound like Aries people are constantly aggressive and confrontational, but you know this isn’t true. Being symbolic of the ram (male sheep), you’re usually in a content mood and easy to get along with. It’s just when someone provokes you or challenges you intentionally that they gotta watch out for the horns!

For the most part, you set goals for yourself and, without even trying to impress others, you tend to follow these goals until you feel satisfied. Your confidence is genuinely you – it doesn’t come from what other people think. It’s not uncommon for you to gravitate toward (and wear) the most popular power color: Red. In fact, you often choose to wear red for major life events, like job interviews and first dates. You are truly unforgettable.

When it comes to dating – even if you are a woman – you prefer to do the chasing rather than being chased. Maybe it’s because you enjoy the thrill of finally getting that sexy cutie to say yes, or maybe having too many suitors trying to call on you can get distracting from things you’d rather focus on… It’s not so much that you’re ‘easily bored’, but rather that you need something to really stimulate you (mentally, emotionally, and physically) for it to be worth your time.

Aries people make great managers and bosses. It’s not because you ‘need to be in charge’, but more that you are a natural born leader because you don’t fear the little things. In fact, it’s common for you to genuinely like and respect your staff – as long as they return those feelings and treat you well in return. You are also one of the few signs who is willing to be bluntly honest.

Best sign compatibility: People who are passionate, such as Leo, Scorpio, Sagittarius, and Taurus.

Celebs who share your sign: Mariah Carey, Emma Watson, Lady Gaga, Conan O’Brien.

Colors associated with you: Red and orange – high energy gradients.

Best idea for a pet: A very energetic dog like a Jack Russell or German Shepard.

Do you love being a fabulous Aries person? Show your friends with zodiac tees and other gifts!

New: Get a typography tee shirt for your sign, from Zazzle!

Or get a traditionally kawaii one from RedBubble:

Or, if you want fridge magnets, mugs, and more, check out Etsy and deviantArt for more Aries themed stuff to enjoy!


Anyhow, hope you have an amazing Thursday today! The weekend is nice & close now.

Daryl J.