Little chibi of the mascot Jadine Rhine.

Frequently Asked Questions
(or, NAAN suspects these are burning questions)

Memorable name. Why did you name yourself after bread?

I'm a Puerto Rican who grew up in the Puerto Rico of the 1990s and 2000s, and one who only barely got online in the early 2000s. If I knew about the existence of indian bread before I moved to the US in the mid 2000s, I'd be too smart for my own good.

(Did finally try said bread and it is very good, though.)

My name comes from my real name. Anyone says otherwise, they're lying because their mothers didn't hug them enough. I'm never telling you my real name, and I will insist on it never being made public.

How would we hire you, if interested?

Contact me with your name and pitch, your reasons as to why you think I'm good for your project, and the budget for said project. As a heads-up, I expect to share some copyright and royalties.

What programs do you use?

I do sketches, pencils and inks are done traditionally, unless it's a quick sketch, I want it to be inked with a specific digital brush, or if the idea needs to be refined in a way where the paper isn't ruined after 10 erase sessions. Coloring and toning are done digitally.

Everything traditional is done in: blue pencil, Faber Castell pens and brushes, Microns for fills or fine lines, and other assorted materials for effects. (Like a toothbrush and a bobby pin!)

Everything digital is done in: Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign from the CS5 Suites**, Affinity Publisher, Clip Studio Paint, Manga Studio EX, and lately, experimenting with Autodesk Sketchbook and Krita!

*No, Adobe is NOT spying on you and your computer if you use the CS5 suite. Stop being stupid. And yes, they work on Windows 10 AND 11...if you're on a PC. As always, sucks to be you, Mac users.

**Why are you using an outdated version?! You must update, update! Your work will look terrible if you don't!

Pay for a 10-year subscription to Creative Cloud and I'll switch. Adam Hughes has been using CS2 for ages, for pete's sake. The program does not make the artist; the artist works with the program and the tools within their limits. Unless you're ponying up money for folks to switch to a glorified kitchen sink, then leave us alone.

Besides, you couldn't tell it was CS5 unless I told you now, didn't you? :)

Do you take commissions?

Not at the moment, and I don't think I ever will again unless it's an emergency. I always take too much time with them, to the point where I think I could have gotten another degree in the meantime. If you are desperate for a commission and can handle waiting up to three years for me to get to it, contact me.

Alternatively, you can also sign up for my waiting list over on VGen.

Can I use your fan logos for [insert anime here]?

Yes, so long as you do not use it for commercial purposes and place a credit somewhere. Just a "design by NAAN [url to her site here]" will do. If you use it without crediting me, and for a pirate site, then I'm contacting you, no ifs, ands, or buts. (If the example is too specific, it's because it actually happened lol)

And also, show it to me! (eric andre voice) LET ME INNNNNNNN

Can I use your art for social media sites (icons, headers, etc.)?

Yes, so long as you do not use it for commercial purposes and place a credit somewhere. Just a "art by NAAN [url to her site/socmed account here]" will do. If you use it without crediting me, then I'm contacting you, no ifs, ands, or buts.

The only exceptions to this are commissions for other people. Please respect those and leave those alone. (Unless you are the commissioner, in which case, the exception obviously does not apply to you!)

Did you know it's very unprofessional to use a mononym for your work? Not only that, clearly you can't use it in legal documents!

That last part sounds very patronizing and self-aggrandazing but to be fair, we artists are immensely stupid when it comes to legalities, so I can't blame you there. Anyway, I'm sure the following people are also heavily unprofessional and should be cast out of the industry:

In case it wasn't clear, that was sarcasm.

It's very unprofessional to have those silly buttons on your front page!

That's fine; I did that on purpose. It's my website. I think they're funny. I like them.

*Are* you bread, though?

~It is a mystery~

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