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About Digital Art / Hobbyist Senior Member John SuMale/United States Group :icontheprincessproject: ThePrincessProject
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Hello everyone. c:
Sat Sep 17, 2016, 8:12 AM
Sat Sep 10, 2016, 8:17 PM
Pointing out the uncanny resemblance of the character to the john su.
Mon May 23, 2016, 8:13 PM
I'm bored of everything and am now typing in a random boxx because I saw a comic on tapastic where a character puts on glasses and suddenly looks like the john su so I googled the name to make sure I spelled it right so I could make a comment on the comic
Mon May 23, 2016, 8:12 PM
Thu May 12, 2016, 6:12 PM
Man, you were one of the first people on DA that I started 'watching'. I'm glad to see you be as creative as ever.
Sun Feb 21, 2016, 12:27 PM
Your art is awesome dude :)
Sun Feb 14, 2016, 4:13 PM
Wed Jan 27, 2016, 8:40 AM
Hi!! I'm shouting!!! Check out my art Senpai!!!
Mon Jan 4, 2016, 4:01 PM
I hope to see him at a convention sometime!
Sun Nov 8, 2015, 8:22 AM

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How do you feel about my use of PaintTool SAI in my work? 

1,519 deviants said you could draw with a jawbone for all I care, as long as you deliver results
540 deviants said it's fine as it is; this is a nice balance of vector/raster
481 deviants said please use more of it; painting is the way to go!
31 deviants said please use less of it; I want to see Flash art!


Kissten Cafe Omake 02 by JohnSu
Kissten Cafe Omake 02
A short comic based on the characters introduced here:
Kissten Cafe by JohnSu

First comic here:
Kissten Cafe Omake 01 by JohnSu
Kissten Cafe Omake 01 by JohnSu
Kissten Cafe Omake 01
A short comic based on the characters introduced here:
Kissten Cafe by JohnSu

Second comic here:
Kissten Cafe Omake 02 by JohnSu
Kissten Cafe by JohnSu
Kissten Cafe
Welcome to Kissten Cafe! Today's servers are Caffy Latay and Makko Chanomae. Please do not touch them, as it is not only a violation of personal space, but they can reach internal temperatures of up to 96°C.

Caffy Latay is the insomniac daughter of a Milkman and an Espressa. Hot coffee is naturally secreted from the skin on her arms and legs, and is collected in her patented coffee skirt to be served to customers later. She doesn't normally secrete enough coffee to drip, but illness, stress, or holding her breath can cause it to run. Producing coffee sweat depletes her of a lot of water and potassium, so she needs to eat and drink frequently. Caffy literally has a fire in her belly for roasting beans (and anything else she eats, but mostly it's beans).

Makko Chanomae is of the Tea family of the Caffeine clan. Unlike her cousin Caffy, she doesn't have drinkable sweat, but she does produce tea from her sinuses! The brew fills her skull and helps to keeps her brain warm and hydrated, but it can also spill out if she sneezes or moves too quickly. This tea is not served to customers, because that is gross. Just use tea leaves, gosh. In any case, if Makko's brain dries out, she will become confused and disoriented until she gets some more water poured into her head.

The Kissten Cafe is a joint venture between the Coffee and Tea families of the age old Caffeine clan. The Coffee family's unique flavors paired with the Tea family's uh, consultation, has been the key to their continued success. They are a proud line of brewers steeped in rich history and tradition, masters of beverage without peer - except for perhaps their hated rivals, the Liquors. Confound those Liquor boys!


Well, looking at the dates, that took about 3 weeks to finish. One of the things I was trying to do with this piece was to focus on a theme (in this case, caffeine), but I don't think I hit the mark I was aiming for. I like how it turned out, but the ambiance has kind of turned into "garden!" instead of "cafe~." Had I framed this indoors at a table with some warm lighting I might have gotten a stronger piece, but I think I made the mistake of committing myself to their designs once I had them sketched, and so was unable to sacrifice their visibility for shots with more impact.

Well, I've spent enough time on this picture already, so I'll just call it done and keep in mind what I ought to do for the next time.

Oh yeah! Bonus comics:
Kissten Cafe Omake 01 by JohnSu Kissten Cafe Omake 02 by JohnSu

Characters made in Flash
Background made in Manga Studio 5
Leave This To Me by JohnSu
Leave This To Me
Angus was taking his cow to the vet when he got lost. It's up to the Sage King of the Forest to save the day!

Out of the way, Rat - there's no time for affection!

Update: the vet says the cow will be fine; she just has a mild case of chuunibyou. Let her wear an eyepatch until it passes.


It's been a long while since last I posted something, hasn't it? My apologies to everyone for this art drought of mine. I've been kind of out of it for these past couple of months, but I hope to find my groove again soon!

Characters made in Flash CS4
Background made in Manga Studio EX 5
Zweihander by JohnSu
Cailin Cleigh comes from a long line of animators - artisans who construct golems and bring them to life. Unfortunately, none of the golems she makes will move on their own, so she fails to make a career of this and instead finds herself working in the mines. After almost dying on the job several times, her father urges her to pursue something safer, so she takes him up on that suggestion and becomes a bounty hunter.

Her weapon of choice, Zweihander, is a set of two handed-swords which are actually just golem arms that were accidentally flattened during steaming. Those things are expensive to make, so Cailin salvaged them and worked them into swords. Even though she can't bring them to life, she has sufficient proficiency in hand-puppeteering to manipulate them like extensions of her arms. Her fighting style relies a lot on using her swords to grab and disarm her opponent when they attempt to parry her strikes.

Her current opponent, Strawjack, is a renegade scarecrow that took crop protection a little too seriously and ended up running off with all the produce before the farmers could harvest them. He stockpiles them in the unfillable hole in his heart and brings them back out from his head (an ability called "Face Plant"). Also, he's a shameless flirt who preys on fresh fruits & vegetables.


This time I made only the line art and flat colors in Flash, and then did everything else in Manga Studio. I finally learned to make use of selections by using the magic wand tool on the flats, and so was able to do all the character lighting on two layers. I tried for sharper shadows than I usually do in digital painting, and I think I like it! I believe I've made a mistake in the past where I felt that I had to shade smoothly when not in Flash (since it's hard to make soft shadows there), but I feel like the harder, flatter shading produces a stronger visual impact. I also had fun with the background - I find nature to be more fun to paint than buildings since it's a lot more forgiving in regards to shapes and perspective. You can easily tell when two boxes don't line up, but if a tree is crooked...that's OK.

Oh yeah, and yes, Cailin does have a clock as her belt buckle because I didn't know what to do for its design and ended up just basing it off of a wrist watch. Because giant hands.

Made in Manga Studio & Flash


John Su
Artist | Hobbyist | Digital Art
United States
"If you try dying, you'll die trying."

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Kidsy128 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2016  Student General Artist
PokuriMio Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm pretty much obsessed with all the art you do xD thanks for being a huge inspiration :)
imac007 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2016
Hope you're doing alright. Love the art.
LaughButts Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
TGA-Tsurugi Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Hi Johnsu! Tabled across from you @ AX and was nice meeting you and talking with you and larein!! :heart: Hope to see you both at future cons and looking forward to future posts!! :'D
JohnSu Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey Tsurugi! It took me a long time to get around to my message box here, but thanks for dropping by!
Napdust Featured By Owner May 3, 2016
will u be my boyfriend 

( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
Yojama Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2016  Hobbyist
Do you do request?
JohnSu Featured By Owner May 4, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Generally I don't because of limited time.
Yojama Featured By Owner May 4, 2016  Hobbyist
RBreakersTCG Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Dayum, you have some really amazing art!
JohnSu Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
sielre Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2016
hello :) 
You're godly in flash and I admire that. It seems that all your work here are in flash... But, what i heard is that, flash will be scrapped out... is this true? how is this for you? :\
JohnSu Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It does seem like Flash is on its way out as a supported standard online. It's a little sad, but it's still useful for art/animation/programming, and people can still use it to create offline content and mobile apps, so it's not like it's going to be completely irrelevant.
sielre Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2016
oh i see :) but how will it run if it require a flash flatform? >_> anyways, this issue was a long time ago and flash is still in use. maybe they are having a hard time scrapping it XD
JohnSu Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
As web content, it would require a plugin, but Flash is also capable of running as a standalone application and exporting as a standard video format.
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Blessing22 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2016
Hello good day ,
How are you,my name is Blessing,i saw your profile here on
this website and was interested knowing you more,please
write me an email at (
i have something very important to discuss
with you. please i can't chat with you here for personal reasons.
antiartian Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i dont think he works for free...
TimzUneeverse Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Can you invite me to DeviantArt Film? I really want to try it out.
JohnSu Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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