itsamellama: (Artistic)
[personal profile] itsamellama
Hello, I'm Mel! I'm a queer Filipina artist and writer who loves to create and experiment. It's time for Icon Day once again! Be sure to read the rules as we've updated them a bit regarding references, tipping, and signal boosting. We're also going to try drawing them traditionally for the first time.

FREE requests until 11:59pm (UTC +08:00) of July 7, 2014.
Tips for incentives will be open until 11:59pm of July 14, 2014.
Anyone who tips by July 14, 2014 is guaranteed an icon even if free requests are closed.

We reserve the right to close the request window early if we feel it is reaching our limit. We will be doing these in our spare time outside of our other commitments. Please be willing to wait for your icon.

New here? Can't tip? That's okay: consider this a gift! :)

Here's what happens:
1. Follow the rules!
2. Leave a request in the comments section
3. We'll draw your icons traditionally at 1.5x1.5 inches.
4. We'll post all finished icons at 100x100 pixels in one go.
5. Celebrate and dance so free!
• BONUS: Leave a tip and unlock bonuses that will upgrade your free icon. Extras include: inked icons, colored icons, extra icons, art cards, full body illustrations, digital painting… and more!

We can draw you, your friend, your favorite character, your own character, animals, pets... or you can leave us a prompt: happy, sad, winter, autumn, smiling, formal, silly, unless you want us to surprise you. ;)


Results of Icon Day 02, a collaboration with artist friend Layne, where Inked Icons For All were unlocked!

Results of Icon Day 03, where Colored Icons for All were unlocked!

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Plus an extra ACEO for a tipper who reached the individual incentive perk!

Please make sure your request follows these rules! If you don't, we have the right to change your request into anything we want... including a simple smiley face or a scribbly heart.

RATED G. Please make all requests and reference images appropriate for all ages. Comments breaking this rule will be screened and you will not get an icon!

ONE REQUEST PER PERSON! That is, unless we unlock tip tiers that let your request more. One character per request, please!

PLEASE LEAVE REFERENCE IMAGES WITH A BRIEF DESCRIPTION We work best with visuals! You may provide different images for different parts of your character if you don't have a pre-existing reference, You may leave links in your comment (please make sure they're open to the public and not in locked communities or websites), or PM/e-mail us your reference images if you want some privacy.

Unless you are tipping for a full body illustration, it's best to keep your description and visual references from the shoulders up to save us both time! :)

KEEP IT SIMPLE! These icons will be small, usually head shots. Mascots or small pets may be included depending on the difficulty level. We reserve the right to simplify your request to make it fit into an icon.

Our only requirements are that you PLEASE SIGNAL BOOST if you request!
When you signal boost, please include THE NAME OF THE EVENT (Icon Day 05) and THE NAME OF THE ARTIST (Mellama/itsamellama/Mel G. Cabral). Preferred pronouns: they/their/them but she/her/her also acceptable.

Let us know in your comment where you signal boosted with a link and/or screencap. :D

And, after receiving your icon, please SHARE IT WITH YOUR FRIENDS and please CREDIT US WITH A LINK BACK if you use it anywhere. Let's get people hyped for the next one! :)

Copy and paste this into the comment area, replacing the answers with your own.

Any questions? E-mail mel.g.cabral [AT] gmail [DOT] com.

Creative Commons License
All icons are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License.

We'll be posting updates and works in progress in my Dreamwidth and tumblr blog under the tag "Icon Day". When we're done, we will post them in a batch and reply to each comment individually with the finished product. Track or bookmark your comment to make it easier for you. :) If you have no Livejournal or Dreamwidth account and need us to e-mail you your icon, let us know in your request.

Any and all tips are greatly appreciated! :D Your patronage allows us to keep making fun and awesome art and making great ideas come into fruition.

If you tip:
• Please note that PayPal takes a small percentage from every tip (and also conversion eats up even more), hence we get a little less than what you drop into the jar. :o A little extra goes a long way for us! :)
• Please don't tip less than $1. PayPal takes so much from it that it almost becomes null.
• Please mention that you tipped in your comment so that we can give you your incentive. You don't have to leave your Paypal information in the comment for security reasons.
!!!IMPORTANT!!!: Please either PM or e-mail me your PayPal address or leave a note in your PayPal donation with your username so that I can identify you. Confirmation numbers do NOT match up for me and the tippers probably because the payment has to jump through so many hoops, so giving me your Paypal email or username would make things easier for both of us. :) I will keep your PayPal information private.

If you plan to tip but haven't yet, make sure to follow up when you have tipped. We may follow-up on this too!

If tips reach…

We will draw a clean sketch icon for everyone who requests! People who tip will get their icons in ink.

I get to treat my partner to a nice lunch out!

We will ink the icons of everyone who requests, and I could possibly treat myself to a new video game! Yay!

All of the icon requests will be inked and flat colored.
People who tip at least $10 will get theirs with shading.

All of the icon requests will be inked, in color, and shaded.

People who tip get a second icon.
Either leave a request for both icons or let me surprise you based on your first request.

People who tip will get a third icon.
Either leave a request for both icons or let me surprise you based on your first request.

I'll livestream myself drawing some of the icons on a weekend? Barring that I will record the entire time I work on the icons and post it as a sped-up video? Also Iiii might be able to finally afford a WACOM Cintiq drawing tablet (or at least be super close to it)??? :OOOO

I will hold another livestream and ask people for themes and I will raffle off the resulting illustrations as prizes for a lucky few, yay!!!

Anybody who tips at least…

Gets their first icon upgraded to a colored ACEO! Choose between a bust shot or a chibi :) OR...


Gets two fully colored and shaded characters in their first icon regardless of tip tally

Gets their first icon upgraded to a full body colored and soft/cel-shaded illustration. Woohoo!
- OR… -
Gets their first icon upgraded to a digitally painted portrait.

Gets their first icon upgraded to a full body digital painting.

I am currently not accepting trades as a form of tips at this time. Sorry!

Click the tip jar below to leave a tip directly via PayPal! You don't need an account to do so. A debit card or credit card works just as well. :)

Alternatively, you can also leave me a tip via Gumroad!

UNLOCKED: Inked icons for all!
as of July 13, 2014 (UTC +08:00)

NEXT INCENTIVE LEVEL: $100 = Flat colored icons for everyone!

Want to donate but can't use PayPal or Gumroad? Let us know and we can work something out. :) There's always bank deposits, meet-ups, and other possible payment options.

If you are interested in my other services, I also do more complex Art Commissions.

I've also got a Patreon where you can directly support my work. :)

Thanks everyone! Let's have another great Icon Day!

Date: 2014-06-30 02:33 pm (UTC)
alexseanchai: Blue and purple lightning (Default)
From: [personal profile] alexseanchai
Prompt: OOOO this again! This time I want an icon of Meritamun; she is Pharaoh of Kemet (read: New Kingdom Egypt). Her skin is approximately copper-colored and she wears ALL the gold jewelry. I haven't decided whether she wears her own black hair long and possibly braided or keeps it short so she can wear elaborate wigs.

References: Reference for approximate clothing style, reference if you go the wig route, jewelry references.

Signal boosted?: here

Tipped?: yes

Anything Else?: If we get to a second request, I want one of Meritre. This is the same character, just she's had a reversal of fortune—she is now an ordinary baker/brewer. Or possibly a goldsmith, but I suspect baker/brewer is more likely. (Bread and beer in ancient Egypt started the same way, so often people who were bakers were also brewers and vice versa.)

If we get to a third request, surprise me!
Edited (oops missed your box copy thingy) Date: 2014-06-30 02:35 pm (UTC)

Date: 2014-12-09 09:52 pm (UTC)
alexseanchai: Blue and purple lightning (Default)
From: [personal profile] alexseanchai

Shiny thanks!

Date: 2014-06-30 08:27 pm (UTC)
finch: (Default)
From: [personal profile] finch
Prompt: I'd like a pic of Koshou, who is a biologist and biotechnician. He's quiet and nerdy, so he might be looking embarassed or he might be explaining something excitedly.

Theme: science! or, you know, don't worry about it


Signal boosted?: here

Tipped?: I am pretty sure you know my paypal by now but if not let me know.

Anything Else?: If we get to second icons, this is his girlfriend, Ixtli, who works in the competing robotics department:

Date: 2014-09-19 04:12 am (UTC)
finch: (Default)
From: [personal profile] finch
Ack, sorry, I cleaned it up at the beginning of this month. Hopefully these work? If not, let me know.



Date: 2014-12-10 09:54 am (UTC)
finch: (Default)
From: [personal profile] finch

Thanks so much!

I'm here from ysabetwordsmith

Date: 2014-06-30 08:48 pm (UTC)
helgatwb: Drawing of Helga, holding her sword, looking upset. (Default)
From: [personal profile] helgatwb
Prompt: I would like an icon for my internet avatar, Helga the Warrior Woman. I have nothing for her. She's got very short, dark hair, and wears simple, reasonable armor. She's got a very strong, square face, she's striking rather than pretty.

References: References for strong looking women in reasonable armor but the hair is too long, on all of them.

Signal boosted?: here

Tipped?: no, sorry

Anything Else?: If we get a second icon, surprise me.

Re: I'm here from ysabetwordsmith

Date: 2014-12-09 02:33 pm (UTC)
helgatwb: Drawing of Helga, holding her sword, looking upset. (Default)
From: [personal profile] helgatwb
Thank you so much! She's wonderful.

Date: 2014-06-30 09:03 pm (UTC)
skjam: Man in blue suit and fedora, wearing an eyeless mask emblazoned with the scales of justice (Rasmussen)
From: [personal profile] skjam
Hi! Have tipped.

I would like a picture of me (see icon) with the theme "I am a professional who would be a good idea to hire."

If we get to second icons, same guy, but with a propeller beanie.

Date: 2014-12-09 02:10 pm (UTC)
skjam: Ghost cat in a fez (fez)
From: [personal profile] skjam

Date: 2014-06-30 10:39 pm (UTC)
serpentine: (Default)
From: [personal profile] serpentine
Prompt: My character Vale

Theme: Being curious about something like perhaps a shiny stone or goblet

References: Art of him: here and here

Signal boosted?:

Tipped?: Yes.

Anything Else?: If we hit the second icon, feel free to draw him playing with a cat.

Icon, Please!

Date: 2014-07-01 02:58 am (UTC)
ysabetwordsmith: Cartoon of me in Wordsmith persona (Default)
From: [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
Prompt: (What do you want me to draw?)

I need an icon for my Frankenstein's Family series.

Theme: (optional!)

Family love.

References: (Put your visual reference links (REQUIRED) and text description here!)

Adam is a baby with dark hair, brown eyes, and fair skin. He has a squarish face. He also has some scars from his unusual creation process. Clothing is historic Transylvanian style; I've been drawing inspiration from Hungarian and Romanian. Either the plain white or blue-and-white in the images is fine, just avoid modern snaps and such. His cradle is handmade wood with rustic decorations.

This is what I'm using on the series page, a picture of Adam in his cradlecloseup of Adam, showing one of his various scars.

Signal boosted?: (Link me to your signal boost/s!)

Linked on DW, echoed to LJ and FB:

Tipped?: (IMPORTANT: PM me your PayPal address so I can verify your tip! If you can't tip, it's okay. :))

I don't know if I'll be able to tip this time, depends on how the fishbowl goes tomorrow. I'll update you if I can tip.

Anything Else?: (second requests should we hit that incentive, etc.)

Given this incentive, I'd appreciate icons of the rest of the family, first Victor and then Igor.

Victor looks a lot like this, minus the mustache and sideburns. (His body is female under the clothes, but he hides it very well.) He has stylish light brown hair, hazel eyes, and fair skin.

Igor looks similar to this, minus the steampunk trappings, but he often wears a dark vest over white shirt like that. He has short dark hair, brown eyes, and fair skin with a squarish face. He also has a hunchback.

I have tipped! Watch for a donation from mghands.
Edited (Added tip) Date: 2014-07-10 10:08 pm (UTC)

Re: Icon, Please!

Date: 2014-12-10 10:28 am (UTC)
ysabetwordsmith: Cartoon of me in Wordsmith persona (Default)
From: [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
This is cute!

Date: 2014-07-01 03:12 am (UTC)
blysse: (Default)
From: [personal profile] blysse
Prompt: An icon of my character Ashe.

Theme: Some sort of angry/fierce expression preferred.


Species: Demon/Wolf/Saluki hybrid
Sex: Male
Sexuality: Pansexual
Age: Unknown
Height: 40 inches at the shoulder
Length: 65 inches without the tail; tail is an additional 40 inches long
Weight: 150lbs

Other: The green parts of his anatomy--pawpads, eyes, maw, and cock--are able to glow. Most often, this indicates a strong burst of negative emotion or is a predatory response.

He is incapable of literal, physical speech. However, he can make use of telepathy for communication with others.

Personality: Ashe is nothing less than a fierce predator. When others venture into his territory, his instinct is to attack first and ask questions later.

Signal boosted?: (Link me to your signal boost/s!)

Tipped?: No

Anything Else?: Thank you very much!

Date: 2014-12-10 09:41 pm (UTC)
blysse: (Default)
From: [personal profile] blysse
I don't mind that he helped at all--this came out great!

Thank you so much. :)

Date: 2014-07-01 04:19 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] here_within
Squeeeee! XD

Prompt: My character, Cutey, smiling and winking at the viewer, with a little squiggly line and heart floating off to the side. (^_~) ~♥

Theme: If colored icons are reached, I'd like Cutey's hair colored in pinks, her skin is pale, her t-shirt and hair bows would be bright blue, and her eyes a vivid green. :3

References: They be here!

Signal boosted?: Boooosted!

Tipped?: I'll be tipping before the 14th, will let you know! :3

Anything Else?: If a second icon is unlocked, I'd like one of my character, Seth, looking at the viewer while holding a rose, but the rose obscures his face from half of his nose downwards. The only color in the icon would be a deep red for the rose, and gray-blue-green for his eyes. Seth's references are here.

If a third icon is unlocked...surprise meeee! XD

Thank you!
Edited Date: 2014-07-01 04:29 am (UTC)

Date: 2014-12-09 04:07 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] here_within
Thank you so much!! *hugs hugs it* XD <3 <3

Date: 2014-07-01 04:54 am (UTC)
shamanicshaymin: Quote from Napstablook from Undertale (Serena/Calem :: Supporting You)
From: [personal profile] shamanicshaymin
Prompt: Toadette from the Mario series!

Theme: Moodset!

References: Here, here, and here.

Signal boosted?: Right here! ;)

Tipped?: 'Fraid not.

Anything Else?:  photo HNI_0059_zpsd36d39d9.jpg

My chinchilla Ryu says hello via my 2DS camera. :)

Date: 2014-12-10 09:57 pm (UTC)
shamanicshaymin: Quote from Napstablook from Undertale (Serena/Calem :: Supporting You)
From: [personal profile] shamanicshaymin
Thank you so much! Aiken is super talented and I give him all my thanks for making Toadette so adorable. :3

Date: 2014-07-05 06:47 pm (UTC)
carbonatedwater: (Professor Grimlock)
From: [personal profile] carbonatedwater
Prompt: I'm not sure if you're familiar with Harlan Ellison's short story I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream. It's a great story about a malevolent AI named AM. But anyway I RP him with a human form of my own design.

He's evil and sadistic, if you want a basic description of him ha ha ha...

References: I have a large post here.

Signal boosted?: On my plurk, which is private (so the link won't show for you). But many people will see it.

Tipped?: At the moment, no. I'll update if this changes.

Anything Else?: If you don't have time to do this, no worries! I don't want to add any extra stress.

If you get a second icon and want to do one for me (again, no pressure), another one with a different expression would be fine!

Date: 2014-12-09 04:59 pm (UTC)
carbonatedwater: (Default)
From: [personal profile] carbonatedwater
Thank you so much!!!

Date: 2014-07-05 07:58 pm (UTC)
awestriker: (blinding light angel)
From: [personal profile] awestriker
Prompt: I've been meaning to write up an OC from this game called Etrian Odyssey III for a while now. Problem is, all the art of this guy doesn't really seem to exist. Anywhere.

Anyway, he's a serious, knowledgeable person that uses a kind of astrology magic. For this I'd like him in a thinking kind of pose, with closed eyes and his right hand up against his mouth (with just the fingertips touching the face.)

References: Second from the bottom here and there's also this, both of which I think might be official art.

The game takes place on an island, though, so feel free to tan him a little more.

Signal boosted?: Here. I was referred by [personal profile] carbonatedwater above, but my timeline is public so this might spread around. A lot. Replurking is one-click easy.

Tipped?: I'm sorry, I can't :(

Anything Else?: I'm pretty sure that will be all for now! But if somehow you end up doing a second one, a satisfied, smuggish-looking expression would be great.

Date: 2014-07-05 10:53 pm (UTC)
nvcr: Art used with permission, iconed by me (Default)
From: [personal profile] nvcr
Prompt: I'd like an icon of one of my OCs with a shocked, horrified expression!

References: This is a quick dollmaker reference I have.

Also note that if this ever gets colored, her sclera (the white parts of her eyes) are slightly bluish!

Signal boosted?: It's a private timeline, but I linked here

Tipped?: dizzydances (at)!

Anything Else?: If you hit a second request, could you also draw a spit take icon?


I'm Mel, a Filipina artist and writer. I'm an MA Creative Writing student working on her own projects at the same time. Nice to meet you!