WHO AM I
Jayd "Chira" Aït-Kaci
Quick and Nerdy:
Taurus | Fire Rabbit | INFJ
Long and Pretentious:
A Berber/Venezuelan mix agender millennial born in Austin, Texas, grew up in Paris, France, and currently residing in Vancouver, Canada.
I'm perpetually learning about history so I can make sense of my future. When I was young I wanted to grow up to be an anime, and unfortunately I succeeded. As a kid I learned astrology in intense detail just so I can play Final Fantasy Tactics better. I think the secret to world peace is through cheesy 80's synth friendship power ballads and shounen openings. One day I'd like to have a borzoi for a pet, I just think they're neat.
My only goal in life was to not be an artist under any circumstances, so clearly I'm nailing it and know exactly what I'm doing.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: What are your preferred pronouns?
I encourage she/her as default, but I am also all right with they/them.
Q: How do you pronounce your name? Where is it from?
Jayd : "JADE"
(my parents wanted to be unique)
Aït-Kaci : "AH-EET-KAH-SEE"
Q: Where did your nickname “Chira” come from?
It’s the nickname I gave myself when I was a young'un clicking around the internet. It stuck.
Q: Which name do you prefer being called?
I go by either Jayd or Chira equally.
Jayd is my legal name, Chira is my pen name. Basically, this means all my freelance work or official publishings is credited under my legal name, and my pen name is associated with my personal/fandom work.
How people address me typically is dictated by which avenue they were introduced to me by, but it's entirely your preference which name you prefer to use with me.
Q: What are your astrology signs?
Q: What art programs/tools do you use?
I use a 8x6” Wacom Intuos 3 tablet, I draw primarily in openCanvas 4.06E Plus, and color in Adobe Photoshop CS6.
I tend to use the default brush settings available in both of these programs, but occasionally use Kyle T. Webster’s brushes.
Q: Can I repost your work?
No. Please be considerate and link back to any of my hubs should you want to share my work.
Additionally, do not use my art for videos or projects (even non-profit) without permission.
If you are unsure how to share my work, then please contact me first to clarify.
Q: Do you mind if I use your art for reference?
I don't mind being used for personal studies, but when publicly displayed please be considerate and source if heavily used for reference.
If used for academic homework, please cite me appropriately.
Q: Did you go to art school?
I'm fully self-taught.
The most official creative education I've had was three months of animation (just long enough to draw my bouncing ball!) before I dropped out, and that’s about the beginning and end of my art studies. Ironically, I've quit or dropped out of every attempt at art training in my life.
Q: Would you be willing to look at my art and tell me what you think?
Q: Any general art advice you can offer?
Do everything you can to remember creating is supposed to feel fun and exciting. It's easy to forget. Remind yourself if you do.
Q: Do you work in animation?
Nope. Never have. Not even a little bit.
But I'm determined to convince you otherwise.
Q: I have a question that isn't answered in this FAQ?