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novemberkris

novemberkris
Date Joined: October 3, 2010
Last Online: February 22, 2013
Birthday: November 23
Country: United States
My Website
My Deviant Art Gallery
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Infinite Spiral (webcomic)

About Me

Updates

12/15/2012:

I graduated and started a new job. I think, after the holidays, I'm going to take up a swap or two. In the meantime, I launched my webcomic, Infinite Spiral. I'd love if you would check it out in the link above!

Child of Bloom Reggie and Arpeggio

Recent Art for Swaps

Please note that all of my work is © All Rights Reserved - No Usage Allowed in Any Form Without the Written Consent of Kristina Cunningham/ Novemberkris.

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Bio

I majored in English and Linguistics at Ohio University with a minor in Japanese. Then I went on to join Teach for America, spending two years in a high need school in New Haven, CT. My middle schoolers taught me more about the powers of games and experience in education than I could have imagined. I am now working on my M.A. in Serious Games with an deep interest in the concept of Meaningful Play. I believe play is important to us as learners for three reasons:

  1. Play invites exploration.
  2. Play builds relationships.
  3. Play motivates achievement.

My work tends to be highly narrative, employing fictional worlds as a space for play. They are meant to be explored with a sense of curiosity and whimsy.

After all, Einstein stated:

"Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world."

Swap-bot Info

Currently Hosting

None, check back. :)

Previously Hosted

Otherworld Hades ATC NFT Group Swap, Deadline May 28, 2011.

Otherworlds Tir Na Nog ATC NFT Group Swap, Deadline June 17,2011.

Gloomy Doomy Monster ATC NFT Group Swap, Deadline June 30th, 2011.

Spirit Animal ATC IaPA Group Swap, Deadline July 8th, 2011.

3 Panel Comic Public Swap, Deadline is July 23, 2011.

My Swap-bot Code of Honor

There are some important things that you should know about me, expectations, etc.

1) I pledge to rate. If you have met the requirements for the swap, I will be fair. Ratings are important here. If there is an emergency where I cannot rate in a timely manner, I will leave that info on my profile and/or attempt to contact those I am swapping with.

2) I will put my best effort in any swap. I read profiles and attempt to make creations tailored to to who I am swapping with. If you are not pleased or something has not arrived in a timely fashion, please PM me. I work very hard to create art that I really want to keep myself (and believe me, it is hard to let the little pieces go!).

3) Along with the above, please put effort into swaps with me (and why wouldn't you?). I know we are all at different levels, with different styles when it comes to art swaps, but take the time. Know that I will admire the work and keep it in a safe place.

4) I will mail on time or early. However, please know I am at a small town apartment and my mail man does not return to the post office until after closing at 4:30. That means postmarks will often be the day after I have physically mailed (unless they are type 3 swaps that I must send from the Post Office).

5) If I contact you about a swap I have sent, it is not in pressure for a rating. I actually get paranoid about the swaps arriving to their destination after typical mail times have passed. This is just me being proactive about my swaps in the event they don't arrive and I need to resend to you! I always fulfill my swap obligations.

Angels

Captured Fairy Swap: @Kelsey8

Thank you! It is always nice to have someone make-up for a flaked swap.

Special thanks to WTA Angels and Demons senders

@boriquaz @misscorbeau @Izohgore @pandessa @daydrifter @Runebound @KizzyMama and @ElizabethObviously for their amazing sends and patience with my slow and horrible communication. If I could give WTA hearts I would!

Favorite Television

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I enjoy a mix of drama and cartoons. The number one show for me right now is Fringe. I love the world created in the show. I also enjoy Monk, Firefly, Futurama, Fullmetal Alchemist, Criminal Minds, CSI, X-files, Inspector Gadget, Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends (I'm sure I've forgotten some).

Favorite Books

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Most of my favorite novels and stories have an element of myth and magic or again world-creation. I just love well developed fictional worlds. Hamlet, The Child Thief, His Dark Materials, Ender's Game, The Last Unicorn, Beowulf Seamus Heaney side-by-side translation, Lukanyenko's Nightwatch books, Peter Pan are just some of my favorite stories.

Favorite Movies

I adore Miyazaki and PIXAR films, such as Spirited Away, Howl's Moving Castle, WALL-E, The Incredibles, UP!, etc. Pirates of the Caribbean, The Last Unicorn, Finding Neverland, Nightwatch, and Inception also make the list. I also enjoy Tim Burton's films, especially The Nightmare Before Christmas. Romero films. I used to watch the Unico movies as a kid, but you can't find them anywhere now, so sad.

Favorite Crafts

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I am really that person who carries a sketchbook everywhere (I have a purse sized one). I am addicted to drawing and all of my other crafts are just bonus. I love to work in pastel and marker over paint (that could be because it is easier to keep them away from my pet ferret). I make an exception for watercolor pencils. Watch out when I get working with charcoal (I black out my paper and work backwards, so much messy fun). Oils and acrylics happen on my balcony in good weather (no ferrets allowed out there). I've dabbled in crochet. I enjoy papercrafting--scrapbooking and card making (I'm trying to share some of those works on my blog). I am always up for the challenge of trying something new, so long as it is within my budget (after all, I am a poor graduate student). If you have a media to suggest to me, please share!

Favorite Subjects

I love drawing anime/manga style characters, angels, people, horses, dolphins, ferrets, cats (actually many animals). Mythical beasts are fun as well. I am not such a fan of still life drawing, but sometimes indulge for the practice. Usually, I draw flowers or other things from nature. My own characters tend to have a manga/Victorian feel to them--though I make exceptions when a world I've created calls for it.

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Videogames

Final Fantasy VII, Golden Sun: Dark Dawn, Chronotrigger, Zelda: Twilight Princess, Ookami, Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem, Resident Evil series, Skies of Arcadia, Akrasia, Prince of Persia (Sands of Time series).

Favorite Music

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I have an eclectic taste in music, but tend to enjoying thematic, dramatic music. Some of my favorites from my playlist right now include: Within Temptation, Nightwish, We Are The Fallen, Rammstein, E Nomine, Shakira, Mozart, Prince of Persia (game soundtrack), Fullmetal Alchemist Soundtracks.

Other Interests

Art and Artists

Kimono and kitsuke (wearing kimono), kimekomi dolls, juni hitoe (Heian 12 layer kimono), Victorian stylings, Art Nouveau, Alphonse Mucha illustrations, Gustave Dore, William Blake, Steam Punk art, Ukiyo-e, Hokusai, Hori Ryujo (Japanese art doll craftswoman), Kawaii/San-X style art (its addictively cute), gothic style art

Colors

jewel tones, spice orange, autumn colors, chocolate brown, deep purple, heather gray, olive and hunter green, lilac/lavender purple, soft rose pink and dusty rose (not bright pinks!), silver, copper, aged metallics

Animals

dragons, unicorns, dolphins, orcas, horses, tigers, cats, ferrets, cheetahs, bettas, sea dragons, sea horses

Plants

gardening, wisteria, irises, chrysanthemums, momiji, autumn leaves (especially maple), lavender, lilacs, fuschias, angel-wing begonias

Myths and Mystic

angels, Arthurian legend, mythology (Norse, Greek, Japanese, Celtic, whatever), Otherworld and Underworld myths, classic fantasy (elves, fairies, mages, and the like)

Food and Beverages

dark chocolate, popcorn, Earl Grey Tea, Earl Grey melon pan (seriously, I could only get that in Japan and miss it), Earl Grey stick chocolate, matcha (and matcha flavored treats), the tea ceremony, Guzhang mao Jian green tea, tea in general (green, white, black, and yes, I brew loose leaf), Meiji "bitter" chocolate bars, Black Sesame treats stick candy, adzuki bean flavored goodness, mochi, lavender (and Tisanes and teas with lavender in it), Southeast Asian coffees (dry processed too!),Willoughby's Coffee and Tea (in CT--used to walk to that shop!) and craft beer-everages (I collect Magic Hat bottle caps to use on cards).

Other NaNoWriMo, the Cleveland Browns, maneki neko,

Ratings

lcjustme rated for Private Mixed Content Swap on Jan 21, 2012
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Comment: Thanks for the awesome handmade comic book. I can't decide which storyline was my favorite!!
lcjustme rated for November Card Swap on Dec 17, 2011
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Comment: Beautiful card as usual. You have so much talent!
lcjustme rated for October - Handmade Card on Oct 27, 2011
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Comment: Got the card yesterday - awesome use of the embossing folder with the Halloween embellishments. What did you use the "etch out" the accents on your black paper?
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Comment: Beautiful hand drawn/painted card. I love oriental art, and you did a wonder job, and explained what it was so well. I hope we get to swap again! Hearts, and flowers to you!
tengu2 rated for Mythology Goes Steampunk ATC on Sep 23, 2011
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Comment: Nice! Thank you so much. You hit one of my favorites being a spinner and weaver. thank you.
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Comment: LOve what you created.
Response: I am so glad you liked him! Thanks for the five and heart.
shiatar rated for The Illustrated Cat: Orange Tabby on Sep 12, 2011
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Comment: Love the ATC, Thanks :D
Response: Glad you like it. Thanks for the rating and heart.
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Comment: It is a lovely bookmark and I love the poem. Thank you it was an extra that touched my heart and feed my soul and that is a true gift. Thank you.
Response: So glad the poem added to your day. I had forgotten about it until this swap and it is one of my old favorites. Thanks for the 5 and heart.
LunaMoody rated for Imaginary Creature ATC on Aug 29, 2011
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Comment: love it thank you
Response: So glad it made it and you love it. Thanks for the 5 and heart.
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Comment: I love it! well worth the wait:) Thank you!!!!
Response: So glad it made it AND you enjoyed your vacation. That was a fun project. :) Thanks.
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Comment: Very serpentine!!! Loved the cOlouts & the image!! Thanks
Response: Thanks for the five and heart. Very glad you enjoyed!
aguasulis rated for Texture ATC on Aug 12, 2011
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Comment: Beautiful work!
Response: So glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for the 5 and heart!
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Comment: Thanks for the card, it was lovely! Sorry for the late rating!
Response: No worries. It takes time for things to make it overseas. Besides, so many people travel over the summer.
Tommie rated for 6 hand-drawn inchies! on Aug 1, 2011
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Comment: wow! it took a month for these inchies to get to me! i guess they for lost.... but glad they made it to my mail box. thank you so much! tommie
Response: Wow, I can't believe they took so long. So glad they finally made it and that you loved them. Thank you!
Bramblebelle rated for Nightmarish Paper Doll on Jul 30, 2011
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Comment: Thank you SO much for the darling paper doll, I just love her! So clever of you!
Response: So glad she made it safe and sound. I'll have to do another paper doll swap some time. It is an interesting way of thinking about things. Thanks for the 5 and heart.
craftycol rated for skinny card challenge on Jul 21, 2011
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Comment: absolutly gorgous ty so much i love it
Response: I'm so glad you love it! Thanks for the 5 and heart. :)
missxkay rated for Asian-Style Inchies on Jul 18, 2011
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Comment: Lovely! Thank you :)
Response: So glad they finally made it! Thank you for the five and heart! :D
deLux rated for ATC Addicts: Edgar Allan Poe ATC on Jul 12, 2011
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Comment: Really nice card. It is obvious that time was spent on this. I really like the colors and texture.
Response: Thanks. I think I went out of my comfort zone to make that card and the results are interesting. Thanks for the rating and heart.
dobie256 rated for 6 cat inchies! on Jul 11, 2011
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Comment: Oooh your cat inchies are as adorable as expected. Really interesting use of metallics. Love the kitty crowd best but the gold and turquoise on textured paper is also striking. Thanks! <3
Response: That's so funny, that is my mom's favorite too! Glad you enjoyed--still getting the hang of inchies.
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Comment: I love the colors on your nudibranch! He is really fun. Thanks so much for joining my swap. I am always lucky to get you for a partner! <3
Response: Oh, so glad you liked him. It was a very fun swap and I always enjoy the quality of work that comes from individuals in your swaps.

Rating Overview

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Comments

RyeRye on Sep 13, 2011:

Thanks for being a member of the Crafting Queens~

LizCupcake on Sep 7, 2011:

Crazy past year, I'd like to make it up to everyone with the swaps/tags I was unable to send. Message me & We'll figure out something to send each of you, & I'd like to deeply apologize.

Fatherted on Sep 3, 2011:

Just read a little your profile. You have to join Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends ATC from the Super Nerds Group!

daydrifter on Jul 25, 2011:

Thanks for angelling for the tir na nOg swap! Niamh is beautiful, I'm really grateful to you! I always love visiting your profile and seeing your artwork displayed here. And I cherish every ATC of yours I have in my little collection!

~Jen

daydrifter on Jun 22, 2011:

It's so nice of you to send me a RAK! "Hana" is awesome, thank you! We're just riding out the free internet while we have it lol, then will call to get DSL. Something cheap but not dial-up, anyway! :P

I do feel bad about cancelling the second installment of the OCC series but, August/September I'll be back to swapping and will continue it then. And I still would like to do that collab. series with you, if you don't mind the wait!

tengu2 on Jun 9, 2011:

Welcome to the Goddess Reborn group. Please check out our current swaps. Love the art work and glad to have you in two of my groups. It gives me more chances of getting you as a partner.:)You will need to do one or more swaps in the Goddess group in the next three months after that we ask that each member do at lest one swap a year. Happy swapping.

id0be1ieve on May 27, 2011:

Thank you so much for the amaaazing ATCs (for the 'Nightmares & Fairy Tales > WTA #6: Never Never Land')..they are so very beautiful - you are extremely talented! - and they shall be most treasured..thank you! :-D

lcjustme on May 8, 2011:

Hey - thanks for the really great card. I love the way you make magic with your embossing folders and TH alcohol inks. You've got a lot of talent!

dmarie on Feb 17, 2011:

please come check out my swap

http://www.swap-bot.com/swap/show/84176

woolyartichoke on Jan 6, 2011:

I am in my ferret/library room and I also have ferrets running around my feet! Actually, Aggie is climbing me. Do you also get up early for ferret play time before your day starts?

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