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How long have you been on DeviantArt?  Over nine years, I registered on January 25, 2006.

What does your username mean?    Tankaa Kumawani is the name of my primary original character, an anthropomorphic pliosaur.  A younger, less wise version of me thought that large merchant ships and strong-as-a-bear sea dragons filtered through Japanese phenomes were well suited to naming large prehistoric marine reptiles with lots of teeth.

Describe yourself in three words.    Geeky.  Outlier.  Clevelander.

Are you left or right handed?    Right-handed.

What was your first deviation?    It's not here anymore, I went through a short hiatus in Early 2008.  The earliest work I have that was worth uploading with a date on it (resubmitted) is from December 30, 2007.  The grid fins, the alternate universe, the silver and chartreuse wings that are no more.: 
F-36A Pteranodon by TankaaKumawani

What is your favourite type of art to create?    While my workflow still starts with a pencil sketch, I do digitally colored and shaded science fiction and fantasy works featuring anthropomorphic characters.  I can furnish three examples below:
A Return to Jeb's by TankaaKumawaniMF-69VM - Descent! by TankaaKumawaniOri Hadar - Station Engineer by TankaaKumawani

If you could instantly master a different art style, what would it be?    Building monster suits and cosplay gear.  I'd love to be able to translate my drawings into three dimensions and animate them with skillful movements on the convention hall stage.

What was your first favourite?  This, dating from many a year ago, back when I was still a relative newbie.  I know it's probably not the first one, but...I tend to be a deletionist.  I'm still a Zoids fan, but haven't dealt with Spore or game screenshots in years.
Spore Blade Liger by popete-ruff-ruff

What type of art do you tend to favourite the most?  I seem to be all over the board here.  Cartooning, scenery, pliosaurs, model work, costumery, pliosaurs, robots, Ori's evil counterpart, and pliosaurs.
Microman Data Homage by Mecha-ZoneOld Pliosaur by bildbauerQuartermaster ID by TheAngryFishbedMonster Hunter - Zinogre cub (A) by ZilvenArt
The Little Petitioner VI - On Cog C-713 by Clone-ArtistThe Groudon Project by CanineHybridDH-GB Gone Fishing by CrystalCircleKronosaurus by deskridge
Langdedrosa by BryanSymeHewdraw by CometJesterSwimming Lessons by LapisBufonisSpace by heart-of-a-dragoness

Who is your all-time favourite deviant artist?
TheAngryFishbed, at least some of the time.  I've know her since freshman year of college, and most people I met during that era fell to joywire addiction.  Some of her stuff is quite good, and brings up some amusing memories...

If you could meet anyone on DeviantArt in person, who would it be?   CanineHybrid, probably.  I'd love to spend time with them and learn some of their tricks of the trade.

How has a fellow deviant impacted your life?    Zalcoti probably had the largest impact on both my life and my art.  She encouraged me to keep going with my studies, rework my character designs and anatomy, and introduce all of those creepy joywire addicts to my steel-toed boots.  We've had falling-outs, but we bicker like an old couple these days.  Without the scuffle and the pressure to improve, I'd still be drawing horrifying, repetitive fanservice for joywire addicts and Tankaa would have bent to the will of an individual who would gleefully convert the multiverse to orgasmium.

What are your preferred tools to create art?  For sketchwork, a chunky Papermate 0.5mm HB mechanical pencil and typing paper.  For my digital color works, Photoshop and a Wacom Intuos4 running on a 27" late 2011 iMac.  I really should transition to Paint Tool Sai and FireAlpaca sooner rather than later.

What is the most inspirational place for you to create art?
In previous years, it was during downtime during college and graduate school lectures.  These days, as a young engineer with an overly long commute, there is no place...

What is your favourite DeviantArt memory?
The time when I found out that CrystalCircle was a local.  It's a small world we live in.


This brings us to the end of today's scheduled entry.  Hopefully I'll try to get the "Confessions of a Midwestern Substation Services Engineer" entries into the pipeline, along with those long-awaited group shots.  Until then...from the best location in the nation, that's the journal entry, I'm Tankaa Kumawani.

  • Mood: Distracted
  • Listening to: Tutorials
  • Reading: SEL Protective Relay Manuals
  • Watching: Doble Testing
  • Playing: ...there's no time for that
  • Eating: bagged lunches
  • Drinking: V8


Artist | Hobbyist | Digital Art
United States
I'm an electrical engineer, part-time artist, slide rule collector, railfan, watcher of mecha anime, avid reader, and geek-of-all-trades.

Primary Characters: Tankaa Kumawani (anthro pliosaur), and Ori Hadar (anthro D&D-type blue dragon).

I do not take requests. People who I'm on good terms with tend to get a bit of giftart, though. I'm currently too backlogged to do trades.

I usually do not RP. I've had too many bad (or simply horrifying) experiences with it.

Current Residence: Northeast Ohio, USA
deviantWEAR sizing preference: L-XL
Favourite genre of music: Electropop/Synthpop
Operating System: MacOS 10.10/Windows 7
MP3 player of choice: iPod Touch
Wallpaper of choice: "The Night Hawks"


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JESzasz Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
 Thanks for the DevWatch. Since I like your stuff (specifically your commentary, which from what I've seen so far is quite funny), I'm adding you back as well.
TankaaKumawani Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks.  I really do need to work on the next round of art so I can go back to planning out that Baragon cosplay...maybe I should set a rough schedule and try to plug in an hour of art an evening.
No-commentsz Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2015
Say, whatever happened to that "Azorean Hazmatsuit" that you drew? 
TankaaKumawani Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's fallen into the endless list of things that I should redo as thumbnails.
No-commentsz Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2015
Nice to hear its still around then. 

That level A and level B ones were two of my favorites. 
DougFluff345 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2015   General Artist
You pretty much deserve my watch. I like your drawing skills/art style. Keep up the good work!
TankaaKumawani Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks again, Doug.
Gynandromorph Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice icon. :)
TankaaKumawani Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you.
Vumpalouska Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2015
The fact that you know the term "transapient" is alone enough of a reason to watch you :3
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