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Inktober Drawing Challenge! What Do You Need?

Inktober 2017 Supplies

Get Ready for Inktober 2017!

The Inktober challenge is an art phenomenon that sweeps the internet every fall. It was started in 2009 by Jake Parker, who challenged himself to create an ink drawing each day for the entire month of October. Loads of other artists join the festivities each year and post their drawings online for the world to see.

I love challenges like this one because they are a great way to get your creative juices flowing, and get some really helpful practice in. You’re also making your own art that’s just for fun instead of making stuff for a client or for someone else.

If you would like to join the challenge with us, keep reading!

The Official Inktober Rules

#1: Make a drawing in ink.
#2: Post it online.
#3: Hashtag it with #inktober and #inktober2017.
#4: Repeat every day of October.

That’s it! There’s also an official list of daily prompts on the inktober website, but those are more like just ideas to get your creativity flowing, and they aren’t necessarily intended to be a strict guide for what you’re supposed to draw.

My Inktober Drawing Supplies

These are the supplies that I will be using for my ink drawings, but they are only recommendations. If you have a preference for a different type of pen or paper, use whatever you’re used to.

* All links above are affiliate links, and purchasing from these links directly supports Newquii Studios. Thanks for your support! *

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2017 Summer Camp in Review – Join Us Again in 2018!

Beginner Drawing Lesson - Summer Art Camp 2017

We Look Forward to Seeing You Next Summer!

Our 2017 Summer Art Camps were a huge success! Check out our playlist below for a video recap of each class from this summer. We look forward to providing even more opportunities for you to learn with us in 2018. If you would like to be updated when our 2018 classes are scheduled, sign up for our email list.

Mr. New’s Art Class on YouTube

What Others are Saying About Our Summer Camps

“I learned a ton about landscapes, and I grew a lot, but we still had fun and joked around.” – Ashton

“I loved mostly everything.” – Songla

“I enjoyed learning about the tools, and experimenting with them and the techniques that Mr New shared with us. I love the do your best motto. I also love hearing your stories, math and science inferences, and art history lessons.” – Paula

“I love the chance to play. The entire experience was so much fun, and informative.” – Anonymous

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Ultimate Color Theory Class Highlights

Ultimate Color Theory - Class Highlights

Highlights from Ultimate Color Theory Class

What does color theory mean? How do you mix colors? What is a color wheel, and what do artists do with one? Our Ultimate Color Theory class answered these questions, and so many more! We learned the difference between hue, saturation, and color. We learned how to mix all the colors of the rainbow, as well as the colors that aren’t in the rainbow. What are complimentary colors? What are warm and cool colors, and how do they interact? How do artists choose which colors to use within their paintings? We learned about color schemes, and practiced using them to make both abstract and figurative paintings. We learned how the human eye sees light, and how the source of that light changes every color that we see. In this course, we learned more about color theory than most people even know there is to learn!

This group ranged in age from fifth graders to senior citizens! Regardless of their ability levels upon entering, each was able to expand upon their artistic understanding. With hard work and dedication (and of course a healthy dose of fun and imagination), anyone can learn to draw and paint! In this class, we focused entirely on the element of color. For photos of our color theory class, visit our gallery on Google Photos, or check out the video below:

Subscribe to Mr. New’s Art Class on YouTube.

Register for Upcoming Classes

If you enjoyed this class, or if you missed it and want to join our next adventure, check out the final classes we will be teaching at the end of July:

  • Wide Open Spaces 2 – One-day acrylic painting classes with a different theme each day.

Painting Supplies Used in the Color Theory Class

For this course, we used acrylic paints to learn how artists mix, choose, and use different colors. Check the list below for the exact supplies that we used, and where to buy them.

Golden Fluid Acrylics, 2420 Primary Cyan, 1 oz
Golden Fluid Acrylics
Golden Heavy Body Artist Acrylics, 1500 Primary Cyan, 4 oz
Golden Heavy Body Artist Acrylics
Crayola Brush Sets
Crayola Brush Sets
Liquitex Freestyle Brushes, Traditional Set of 4, Set of 4
Liquitex Freestyle Brushes, Traditional Set of 4, Set of 4
Blick Studio Canvas Panels
Blick Studio Canvas Panels
Plastic Paint Trays
Plastic Paint Trays

* All links above are affiliate links, and purchasing from these links directly supports Newquii Studios. Thanks for your support! *

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Wide Open Spaces – Landscape Class Highlights

Wide Open Spaces - Landscape Class Highlights

Highlights from Wide Open Spaces Landscape Class

Another great adventure has ended, but our artistic lives are only just beginning. This week, five strangers and their guide embarked on a journey through space and time! We started with an evening stroll down a moonlit dirt path. After making it over those first few hills, we were awestruck by the vast seas that lay before us! We then each sailed off to different cities, before regrouping at the nearest space station and enjoying its spectacular views of the universe. There, we somehow fell into a wormhole that sped us through time, as we watched the seasons race past us. In the end, we somehow managed to find our way back to an Alabama summer, where we were able to watch fireworks over the Saturn V rocket. Although this landscape class has ended, we proudly reflect upon our accomplishments. We look forward to our many adventures to come.

This group ranged in age from second graders to senior citizens! Regardless of their ability levels upon entering, each was able to expand upon their artistic understanding. With hard work and dedication (and of course a healthy dose of fun and imagination), anyone can learn to draw! In this class, we focused on spatial awareness, showing depth, and understanding how light moves over 3D objects. For photos of our landscape class, visit our gallery on Google Photos, or check out the video below:

Subscribe to Mr. New’s Art Class on YouTube.

Register for Upcoming Classes

If you enjoyed this class, or if you missed it and want to join our next adventure, check out the final classes we will be teaching at the end of July:

  • Wide Open Spaces 2 – One-day acrylic painting classes with a different theme each day.

Drawing Supplies Used in This Landscape Class

For this course, we learned the ins and outs of drawing with soft pastels. Check the list below for the exact supplies that we used, and where to buy them.

Canson Mi-Teintes Pads
Canson Mi-Teintes Pads
The sketchbooks that we used for the pastel landscape class were Canson Mi-Teintes Earthtone Pastel Pads. The dual-sided paper in this book has two textures for different effects when drawing with pastels. This paper is also suitable for charcoals.
Canson Mi-Teintes Assorted Color Packs
Canson Mi-Teintes Assorted Color Packs
We also used some larger sheets of the same Mi-Teintes paper. The larger papers allowed us to work more freely and quickly, with more freedom and looser strokes. Also, larger papers can be cut down to many different smaller sizes.
Sargent Art Square Chalk Pastels
Sargent Art Square Chalk Pastels
For this course, we used a set of 32 colors of soft pastels, with a wide range of colors and values. These were half-sticks for learning purposes, but if you are interested, you can also get sets with longer pastels in more colors. Soft pastels are highly pigmented for vivid colors, and are ultra-smooth for easy blending.
General's Kneaded Eraser
General's Kneaded Eraser
When working with pastels, kneaded erasers are the best kind of eraser to use. Other erasers leave eraser shavings on the page, and wiping those away will also smear the pastels across the page.

* All links above are affiliate links, and purchasing from these links directly supports Newquii Studios. Thanks for your support! *

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Drawing Supplies for Beginners – What to Buy?

Drawing Supplies for Beginners - Sketchbooks and Pencils

How to Choose the Right Drawing Supplies for Beginners

Everyone has their own preference for drawing supplies. Some recommendations come directly from manufacturers, while others come from artists who have been using a specific brand for their whole career. I personally recommend different drawing supplies for beginners than I do for advanced artists. So who should you believe? Do you take the recommendation of an international business that’s trying to sell their products? Or the recommendation of a random YouTuber who you’ve never met before?

Neither. Don’t take anyone’s word for it. Try different supplies, and figure out what works best for YOU. That being said, if you’re a beginner artist who’s trying to get started without spending a ton of money, the recommendations below are specifically geared for you. Amazon’s sketchbook section is a great place to start, if you want more options than are listed below.

Watch My Video on Supplies for Beginners

The following supplies were shown in this video.

My Recommendations for Beginner Supplies

I have personally purchased these supplies in the past. I am not recommending any tools that I haven’t personally used. All of the items linked above or below are student-grade quality or higher, and they are perfect for beginner artists.

TLDR - If you just want to have everything laid out for you plain and simple, this set includes literally everything you'll need to get started. Multiple sketchbooks, pencils, colored pencils, and a satchel to carry it all in. The only other thing you might need is an eraser or sharpener, and you'll be set! Important - the detailed description for this item says that it includes charcoals, erasers, and sharpeners... but it DOES NOT. Only the items in the picture are included.
The first thing you need is a sketchbook. This Pentalic sketchbook is hardbound, has 110 pages, and still runs less than fifteen dollars! If you're looking for something smaller and/or cheaper, check out the Pro-Art Softcover Sketch Journal - half the size, and ranking in at under five bucks. To browse other options, check the sketchbooks section of Amazon.
You probably already have some regular #2 pencils lying around your home that you could throw in a bag with your sketchbook and be done with your supply hunt. If you need to buy more, though, I strongly suggest these Dixon Ticonderoga pencils. I normally don't have brand-name recommendations for beginner artists, but there are reasons why these pencils market themselves as "The World's Best Pencil." They use springy wood, so they are flexible and don't break very easily - and the wood is also very easy to sharpen. Their graphite cores are smooth and consistent, without hard chunks like cheaper pencils often have. And most importantly for new artists - the Ticonderoga pencils have better erasers than any other #2 pencil on the market!
What if you want a little more depth of value in your drawing, and you want a set of drawing pencils? This Sketching Set from Royal & Langnickel has more than enough to get you started, including a carrying case, sharpener, and eraser! If you want something with both graphite and charcoal, check out this Pro-Art set. Both of these sets come in under ten bucks, but feel free to browse around Amazon's pencil sets, and see if something else fits your needs better.
Erasers... What about erasers? If you're just getting started, you probably won't need anything more than a standard Pink Pearl type of eraser. However, if your budget allows for it, I personally prefer to use a white plastic eraser for hard erasing and a kneaded eraser for lifting small amounts of value off the page at a time. Or you can get a set of three different erasers.

* All links above are affiliate links, and purchasing from these links directly supports Newquii Studios. Thanks for your support! *

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Figures and Faces – Portrait Class Highlights

Figures and Faces - Portrait Class Highlights

Highlights from Figures and Faces Portrait Class

Four strangers met on Monday, not knowing yet that they shared a common quest. Through the course of their journey, they learned to trust each other and call each other “friend.” As their guide, I led them through the strange land known as Imagine-Nation, where anything was possible. We met with former presidents, actresses, and geniuses, who helped us look at our own selves in new and meaningful ways. We danced through medieval villages with French Belles. Shaolin monks rescued us from the blade of a ninja. Legendary sports stars taught us to play ball. We witnessed two rejected marriage proposals. And a pirate captain sailed us back home. Although this portrait class has ended, we proudly reflect upon our accomplishments. We look forward to our many adventures to come.

This group ranged in age from 8 to 14. Regardless of their ability levels upon entering, each was able to expand upon their artistic understanding. With hard work and dedication (and of course a healthy dose of fun and imagination), anyone can learn to draw! In this class, we focused on facial proportions, proportions of the human figure, shading, and imagination. For photos of our portrait class, visit our gallery on Google Photos, or check out the video below:

Subscribe to Mr. New’s Art Class on YouTube.

Register for Upcoming Classes

If you enjoyed this class, or if you missed it and want to join our next adventure, check out the other classes we will be teaching this summer:

  • Ultimate Color Theory – Acrylic paint. Learn how colors interact with each other and with the human psyche.
  • Wide Open Spaces – Soft chalk pastels. Learn to draw landscapes, seascapes, cityscapes, and even outer space!

Drawing Supplies Used in This Portrait Class

For this course, we focused on the simplest drawing supplies: pencils, charcoal, and erasers. Check the list below for the exact supplies that we used, and where to buy them.

General's Drawing Class Essential Tools Kit
General's Drawing Class Essential Tools Kit
Strathmore 300 Series Sketch Pads
Strathmore 300 Series Sketch Pads
Canson Mi-Teintes Assorted Color Packs
Canson Mi-Teintes Assorted Color Packs
ArtBin Pencil Box
ArtBin Pencil Box
Alvin Vinyl Eraser
Alvin Vinyl Eraser
Blick Matte Fixative, 12 oz
Blick Matte Fixative, 12 oz

* All links above are affiliate links, and purchasing from these links directly supports Newquii Studios. Thanks for your support! *

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Zentangle Supplies – Essentials for Doodling

Zentangle Supplies

Which Zentangle Supplies Work for You?

Skip reading, and jump straight to the Zentangle Supplies?

Everyone has their own preference for Zentangle supplies. Some recommendations come directly from manufacturers, such as the Sakura Company. They’re the ones who trademarked the term Zentangle! So who should you believe? Do you take the recommendation of an international business that’s trying to sell their products? Or the recommendation of a random YouTuber who you’ve never met before?

Neither. Don’t take anyone’s word for it. Try different supplies, and figure out what works best for YOU. That being said, here are the supplies that I personally prefer, and a little info about why I prefer them.

How to Choose the Right Tools

The most important Zentangle supplies are pens. While any old pen will do, even a Bic ball-point, most artists prefer pens with better flow to their ink. We typically use a style of pens called Fine Liners. When choosing a pen, look for one with archival, waterproof ink. Also, try to find pens that dry quickly, so they don’t smudge while you’re drawing.

Next, you need to choose a paper that works well with your pens. Most drawing papers have a rough tooth, or texture, which can rapidly damage your fine pen tips. Instead, you want to look for a Bristol or card stock with an ultra-smooth (or plate) finish. To avoid ink bleeding through your paper, look for a heavy weight paper or something labeled as “marker paper,” which usually has a coating on one side to keep ink in.

Finally, although Zentangling is a mostly ink-based drawing style, choosing the right pencil is also important. Consider how much shading you will be adding to your doodles, and let that be your guide in choosing pencils. If you’re only using the pencil for drawing the border and strings, then any number 2 pencil will do. However, if you do a lot of shading, you might want a good set of drawing pencils to help you get a variety of different values.

My Personal Choice for Zentangle Supplies

Sakura Pigma Micron Pens are hard to complain about. The Pigma ink is archival quality, which means it will last forever. It's waterproof, which means you can use watercolors, markers, or other mediums on top of your inking. This means they're versatile for mixed-media projects and crafts - not just for doodling! Their ink flows smoothly, and dries very quickly to make a smudge-free experience. They come in many different colors, and the variety of nibs provide ample variation in line weights when drawing. Prismacolor and Copic fine liners are other alternatives that also have archival inks. In my experience, though, the Prismacolor pens don't lay down the ink quite as smoothly, and they are easier to smudge. The Copic multiliners don't have that problem, but they are typically more expensive. And so, my personal choice for fine liner pens are the Sakura Pigma Micron Pens.
Because I often color with Copic Sketch markers, my personal preference for paper is the X-Press It Blending Card. I typically cut it down to whatever size I need. But when I'm working on larger mandalas, I use Strathmore 500 Bristol (plate surface). I won't lie - both of these papers are expensive. But they both accept a variety of inks very well, and they're both archival quality. A cheaper alternative would be to buy Hammermill Card Stock, which is just as smooth a surface, but isn't archival quality. If you aren't fond of cutting your paper down to size, you can also buy pre-cut Zentangle tiles in bulk.
A multi-pencil set such as the Faber Castell 9000 series works wonders to get a variety of values with your shading. These are my favorite drawing pencils because their high-quality leads are consistent, and the wood is easy to sharpen. When drawing on smooth paper, you'll want soft leads (in the 2B to 8B range). However, if you're not doing any shading in your Zentangles, a regular #2 pencil will work just fine for drawing borders and strings.

* All links above are affiliate links, and purchasing from these links directly supports Newquii Studios. Thanks for your support! *

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Drawing Lesson is a Huge Success!

Beginner Drawing Lesson - Summer Art Camp 2017

Beginner Drawing Lesson Highlights

Five days ago, our fellowship of eight drew on our vintage shoes and embarked upon an epic quest. Armed with pencils in hand, this imaginative crew gallantly created worlds in which we swam with mermaids. After a long day chasing submarines, we made landfall and watched the sun set over the ocean. We stopped to smell the flowers as we made our way inland. We built epic fortresses, and defended them against fire-breathing dragons and an army of robots. From the forms of these robots, we built starships which took us across the Milky Way, and brought us safely home. Although this drawing lesson has ended, we proudly reflect upon our accomplishments. We look forward to our many adventures to come.

This group ranged from kindergarten students to senior citizens. Regardless of their ability levels upon entering, each was able to expand upon their artistic understanding. With hard work and dedication (and of course a healthy dose of fun and imagination), anyone can learn to draw!

For more photos, visit our gallery on Google Photos.

Register for Upcoming Classes

If you enjoyed this class, or wish you could have joined in the adventure with us, check out the other classes we will be teaching this summer:

  • Figures and Faces – Graphite and charcoal. Learn to draw human faces and bodies.
  • Ultimate Color Theory – Acrylic paint. Learn how colors interact with each other and with the human psyche.
  • Wide Open Spaces – Soft chalk pastels. Learn to draw landscapes, seascapes, cityscapes, and even outer space!

Drawing Lesson Supplies

For this course, we focused on the simplest drawing supplies: pencils, charcoal, and erasers. Check the list below for the exact supplies that we used, and where to buy them. All of the links shown here are affiliate links, so purchasing from these links will directly support Newquii Studios.

General's Drawing Class Essential Tools Kit
General's Drawing Class Essential Tools Kit
Strathmore 300 Series Sketch Pads
Strathmore 300 Series Sketch Pads
Canson Mi-Teintes Assorted Color Packs
Canson Mi-Teintes Assorted Color Packs
ArtBin Pencil Box
ArtBin Pencil Box
Alvin Vinyl Eraser
Alvin Vinyl Eraser
Blick Matte Fixative, 12 oz
Blick Matte Fixative, 12 oz
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Art Camp 2017: Registration is Now Open

Art Camp 2017: Registration is Now Open

Register for Art Camp Today!

Seating is limited, so you’ll want to register for our 2017 Summer Art Camp before it’s too late! This year, we will be offering six different week-long courses, with focuses on charcoal, graphite, pastels, and acrylic paints. There’s something for everyone, including children and adults. Each class is five days long (Monday through Friday), and runs from 1:00pm to 4:00pm each day. That’s a total of 15 hours of instructional time per course!

We will begin the summer with the easiest level course, and work our way into the more advanced topics as the summer progresses. The class schedule is designed such that a determined beginner could easily progress from one course to the next and be an advanced artist by the end of the summer. Feel free to register for just one, or for as many as you like! The topics for this year’s summer art camps are:

This year, our summer camp courses will be offered at a new venue: Spirit Made Steel Martial Arts, on Slaughter Rd. in Madison. This new, larger room will give us the flexibility to spread out a bit more, which means larger-scale drawings and paintings for the more advanced courses. Exciting!

Maximum class size is 20 registrants per course. All courses are taught by Noel Newquist, known across Madison City Schools as Mr. New. Want more information? Keep reading below for a brief description of each course.

Beginner Drawing Studio: Drawing Skills for Ages 6-Adult

Beginner Drawing Studio for Ages 6-Adult

 

In our first art camp of the summer, students will draw with graphite and charcoal, using still-life objects as well as photographs for references. We’ll learn to master the following:

  • Lines and shapes
  • Shading
  • Textures
  • Rendering 3D forms and spaces

When: Mon-Fri, Jun 5-9, 1:00pm – 4:00pm (15 hours total).

Cost: $125 (supplies included)

Registration Deadline: Friday, May 19 (Late registrations add $25).

Figures and Faces 1: Portraits for Ages 6-Adult

Figures and Faces 1: Portrait Class for Ages 8-Adult

In class number two, students will continue to draw with graphite and charcoal, this time using mirrors, photographs, themselves, and each other for references. We’ll learn to master the following:

  • Proportions of the human figure
  • Proportions of the human face
  • Drawing figures in action
  • Drawing faces with expression

When: Mon-Fri, Jun 12-16, 1:00pm – 4:00pm (15 hours total).

Cost: $125 (supplies included).

Registration Deadline: Friday, May 26 (Late registrations add $25).

Ultimate Color Theory: Acrylic Techniques for Ages 6-Adult

Ultimate Color Theory: Acrylic Painting Class for Ages 8-Adult

The third class of this year’s art camp is all about color. Students will use acrylic paints to learn everything there is to know about color. We’ll learn to master the following:

  • Color mixing
  • Warm/cool color relationships
  • Understanding the human eye
  • Hue, saturation and value
  • Additive vs. subtractive color theories
  • Using color schemes

When: Mon-Fri, Jun 19-23, 1:00pm – 4:00pm (15 hours total).

Cost: $150 (supplies included).

Registration Deadline: Friday, June 2 (Late registrations add $25).

Wide Open Spaces 1: Intermediate Landscapes for Ages 6-Adult

Wide Open Spaces 1: Landscape Class for Ages 8-10

The fourth class of the summer is where things begin to get a little more difficult. Students will draw with chalk pastels, using photographs and the great outdoors as inspiration and reference. We’ll learn to master the following:

  • 3D forms and spaces (using one-point perspective and aerial perspective)
  • Landscape, seascape, cityscape, skyscape, and outer space
  • Color blending, and using chromatic coloring techniques
  • Foreground, middle ground, and background

When: Mon-Fri, Jun 26-30, 1:00pm – 4:00pm (15 hours total).

Cost: $125 (supplies included).

Registration Deadline: Friday, June 9 (Late registrations add $25).

Figures and Faces 2: Advanced Portraits for Ages 10-Adult

Figures and Faces 2: Advanced Portrait Class for Ages 10-Adult

By the time we reach the fifth class of the summer, we’ll be diving in to advanced concepts. Some students are already advanced enough to join this course, but even a novice would be ready for this class after taking the Beginner Drawing Studio and Ultimate Color Theory classes. Students will draw colored portraits in soft pastels, using mirrors, photographs, themselves, and each other for references. We’ll learn to master the following:

  • Proportions of the human figure and face
  • Drawing active poses
  • Color selections based on observation and expression
  • Chromatic coloring techniques

When: Mon-Fri, July 17-20, 1:00pm – 4:00pm (15 hours total).

Cost: $125 (supplies included).

Registration Deadline: Friday, June 30 (Late registrations add $25).

Wide Open Spaces 2: Advanced Landscapes for Ages 10-Adult

Wide Open Spaces 2: Advanced Landscape Class for Ages 10-Adult

This class is the season finale of our 2017 Summer Art Camp. Students will paint wide open spaces, using photographs and the great outdoors as inspiration and reference. We’ll learn to master the following:

  • Paint layering, blending, and mixing techniques
  • Aerial perspective
  • Compositional layout
  • Landscape, seascape, cityscape, skyscape, and outer space
  • Positive and negative space

When: Mon-Fri, July 24-28, 1:00pm – 4:00pm (15 hours total).

Cost: $150 (supplies included)

Registration Deadline: Friday, July 7 (Late registrations add $25).

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Website Updated – FINALLY!

It’s About Time…

I’ve been so busy with so many other art ventures that I have neglected my own public face on the web – my website! Part of the reason for this is that I had huge aspirations for how I wanted to design it and lay everything out. Those plans would have been far more aesthetically interesting than this layout, but real life has to happen to all of us at one time or another. In the end, I chose a free WordPress theme that does the job far better than the one I built for myself around 20 months ago. I’ve also combed through every page and post to ensure that all of the image galleries are shown with adequate captions, updated the wording on various pages, cleaned up some outdated sections, and added a new Terms of Service section to the website.

Why the rush? More info will be coming your way very soon, but I am beginning the preparations and plans for a boatload of Summer Art Camps, and I wanted the website looking fresh before I start advertising for online registrations. Also, as my YouTube channel grows (reached 100 subscribers today!), I am getting more traffic on the website. I plan to overhaul the look and feel of the YouTube page as well, in order to give a more consistent design between the two.

Let me know what you think, either in the comments section or by contacting Newquii Studios.