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About Me

-In General-

Hello, my name is Rejena Smiley, and I am a comic book artist, born on March 26th, 1985. I have many nicknames such as Gena or Minna, but you may call me whatever you wish. I graduated from Alma College in the year 2007 with a BFA, focusing on Illustration, and have completed my MFA in Comic Art at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 2011. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, reading [comics and books], writing stories and playing video games. I am also interested in dreams, health, education, philosophy and certain aspects of religion and spirituality. My other hobbies include biking, playing/listening to music and designing fashion and creating impossible devices.

Sometimes my stories are a little hard to get out, but I feel that the best stories are sometimes the hardest to say. I can get very spacy and lost in the world, but at the same time, can be so focused on something that it's hard to notice anything else... life is weird like that.


I absolutely love shrimp, spaghetti, pizza, sushi, oranges, apples, watermelons, strawberries, and empanadas! I tend to stay on the healthy-food side, though I've been known to indulge in a few sweeter things as well... I also enjoy cooking!

Other activities are movie-watching. My favorite movies are: A Goofy Movie, Aladdin, Muriel's Wedding, Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, and As Good As It Gets.

My favorite cartoon/manga/anime series are [deep breath]: Hey Arnold! (Craig Bartlett), Paradise Kiss (Ai Yazawa), Gokinjo Monogatari (Ai Yazawa), Death Note (Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata), Kodomo no Omocha (Miho Obana), Dragonball/Z (Akira Toriyama), Peach Girl (Miwa Ueda), Marmalade Boy (Wataru Yoshizumi), Angel Sanctuary (Kaori Yuki), Love Hina (Ken Akamatsu), Full Moon wo Sagashite (Arina Tanemura), Hani Yori Dango (Yoko Kamio), The Wandering Son (Shimura Takako), Axis Powers Hetalia (Hidekaz Himaruya) and Battle Angel Alita (Yukito Kashiro). This list is still on-going, by the way.

Though I love video games, I am not so great at competition. I have to really know a game inside-out to even have a chance. So, I mostly play one-player games. My favorites are: The Mario series, the Legend of Zelda Series, Yoshi's Island, Diddy Kong Racing, Banjo-Kazooie, Final Fantasy 7/9/10, and recently, Lunar 2: Eternal Blue.

-Tools and Art-

I like to incorporate mixed media in my artworks. For inking, there are varies kinds of pens I use to achieve different line widths, shading and effects. Some supplies for black and white drawings include the Tachikawa Manga G-pen, Nikko Nib Pens, and Manga Studio for tones.

For color, it's the same tactic: I use as many medias as I see fits the drawing/painting idea. For 'traditional' coloring, I use watercolors, Prismacolor Colored Pencils, Copic markers, Acrylic paint, and Oil paint. The oil paintings are usually for portraits though. Lately, I've also been more interested in digital coloring programs such as Photoshop CS and Paint Tool Sai.


If there's anything else you want to know, feel free to contact me! But, please, visit the FAQs first.