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Grace Kraft

Storyboard and Comic Artist, Watercolor Enthusiast

Creator of the webcomic Ornithia!

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Due to ongoing financial difficulties this year I’m opening colored pencil sketch commissions. 1 character sketch starts at $30,...
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9 days ago

Due to ongoing financial difficulties this year I’m opening colored pencil sketch commissions. 1 character sketch starts at $30,...

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Due to ongoing financial difficulties this year I'm opening colored pencil sketch commissions. 1 character sketch starts at $30,...
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11 days ago

Due to ongoing financial difficulties this year I'm opening colored pencil sketch commissions. 1 character sketch starts at $30,...

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cozy autumn vibes~

13 days ago

cozy autumn vibes~

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cozy autumn vibes~

17 days ago

cozy autumn vibes~

both diamond and pearl are weak when it comes to blue

20 days ago

both diamond and pearl are weak when it comes to blue

A collection of pearlmethyst sketches from twitter

20 days ago

A collection of pearlmethyst sketches from twitter

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A comic idea I've had for a while about a younger Amethyst trying to help a younger (and very depressed) Pearl after Rose's...
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1 month ago

A comic idea I've had for a while about a younger Amethyst trying to help a younger (and very depressed) Pearl after Rose's...

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I'm still losing my mind at how @rebeccasugar had both Ted Leo and Aimee Mann aka The Both duet as a pair of jaw-dropping...

1 month ago

I'm still losing my mind at how @rebeccasugar had both Ted Leo and Aimee Mann aka The Both duet as a pair of jaw-dropping...

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Made a new ship last night for your consideration. They've both been left behind by Pink and can grow and heal together.

1 month ago

Made a new ship last night for your consideration. They've both been left behind by Pink and can grow and heal together.

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I finally finished the last pieces of my Steven Universe Fusion series! I figured with all the others I had painted it was time...
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1 month ago

I finally finished the last pieces of my Steven Universe Fusion series! I figured with all the others I had painted it was time...

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Watch Steven Universe the Movie next Monday at 6pm! Everyone is in for a treat!

1 month ago

Watch Steven Universe the Movie next Monday at 6pm! Everyone is in for a treat!

Finished off this batch of ko-fi donation requests! I’m still happy to take these if any one is interested. For 3 ko-fi ($9) you can get a sketch like these!

✨ My Ko-fi ☕️ ✨

2 months ago

Finished off this batch of ko-fi donation requests! I’m still happy to take these if any one is interested. For 3 ko-fi ($9) you...

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Watching Kiki again on the big screen has reminded me why it's still my favorite Ghibli film. This moment being the one that...

2 months ago

Watching Kiki again on the big screen has reminded me why it's still my favorite Ghibli film. This moment being the one that...

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To celebrate the premiere of Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution at Anime Expo, I finished Mew and Mewtwo's Johtodex pieces early and...
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3 months ago

To celebrate the premiere of Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution at Anime Expo, I finished Mew and Mewtwo's Johtodex pieces early and...

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Here’s the Drowzee line for my latest Johtodex project update!  I've always liked both of their designs, but I don't like how...

4 months ago

Here’s the Drowzee line for my latest Johtodex project update!  I've always liked both of their designs, but I don't like how...

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Wrapping up this section of water dwelling Pokemon in the Johtodex is the Slowpoke line! Slowking is actually my mom’s favorite...

5 months ago

Wrapping up this section of water dwelling Pokemon in the Johtodex is the Slowpoke line! Slowking is actually my mom’s favorite...

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For everyone who enjoyed my Lesbichu pins, I thought it would be fun to expand it into a series that includes more Pokemon!...
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5 months ago

For everyone who enjoyed my Lesbichu pins, I thought it would be fun to expand it into a series that includes more Pokemon!...

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FUSIONS!  Some new pieces to add to my fusion series! It’s been my goal for a while to make a series of fusion pieces that...
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5 months ago

FUSIONS!  Some new pieces to add to my fusion series! It’s been my goal for a while to make a series of fusion pieces that...

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New pins for Anime Central and MomoCon!
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5 months ago

New pins for Anime Central and MomoCon!

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All my art for the latest Pearlmethyst Week! Day 1 - “Pranks” Day 2 - “Confession” Day 3 - “New Look” Day 4 - “Free Day” Day 5...
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6 months ago

All my art for the latest Pearlmethyst Week! Day 1 - “Pranks” Day 2 - “Confession” Day 3 - “New Look” Day 4 - “Free Day” Day 5...

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“It’s a night I’ll never forget...”  A new print based on issue #24 of the Steven Universe Ongoing comic! I’ll have it available...

7 months ago

“It’s a night I’ll never forget...” A new print based on issue #24 of the Steven Universe Ongoing comic! I’ll have it available...

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✨We’re not gonna do it alone!✨  A new series of watercolor I’ll have available as stickers and small prints at C2E2!
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7 months ago

✨We’re not gonna do it alone!✨ A new series of watercolor I’ll have available as stickers and small prints at C2E2!

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✨We're not gonna do it alone!✨ A new series of watercolor I'll have available as stickers and small prints at C2E2!
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7 months ago

✨We're not gonna do it alone!✨ A new series of watercolor I'll have available as stickers and small prints at C2E2!

‪✨Do Gooders Unite!‬

‪Here we go!✨‬

‪Corn and Peg premieres today on Nick Jr.! I worked on it last year and boarded a lot of episodes in season 1. I hope you will enjoy the show!‬

7 months ago

‪✨Do Gooders Unite!‬ ‪Here we go!✨‬ ‪Corn and Peg premieres today on Nick Jr.! I worked on it last year and boarded a lot of...

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Scorbunny is giving me strong King Kazma vibes

7 months ago

Scorbunny is giving me strong King Kazma vibes

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smek an updated classic
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8 months ago

smek an updated classic

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Happy Femslash February and belated Valentine’s Day!  Finally finished some drawings of the baby gays Susie and Noelle that I...
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8 months ago

Happy Femslash February and belated Valentine’s Day!  Finally finished some drawings of the baby gays Susie and Noelle that I...

8 months ago

Happy birthaday !🎉🎊

8 months ago

Happy birthday - love your comics! Thanks for sharing your talents!

8 months ago

Happy Birthday!!!!! Hope you have a good time uvu 💚💚💚💚

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Happy Birdday to me!

8 months ago

Happy Birdday to me!

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I really wanna see what Opal looks like with Amethyst and Pearl’s new outfits~   Pillowfort Crosspost
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8 months ago

I really wanna see what Opal looks like with Amethyst and Pearl’s new outfits~ Pillowfort Crosspost

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I really wanna see what Opal looks like with Amethyst and Pearl's new outfits~  Pillowfort Crosspost
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8 months ago

I really wanna see what Opal looks like with Amethyst and Pearl's new outfits~ Pillowfort Crosspost

8 months ago

Just wondering, what do you mean that we have from now until November to catch up on the comic. Is the comic taking a pause...

8 months ago

Pearl and Rose is my favorite thing and I love when it's paralleled with Steven and Connie. So the idea of Pearl wanting Steven...

I’ll continue with my insights into the rest of the Steven Universe Ongoing issues I wrote by volume soon, but I really wanted to take time to write about the issue that’s coming out today, Issue #24!  This one is special as it’s the last one I’ve written for the series (as far as I know) so I wanted to take some time to reflect on this one specifically.  Story by me and art by the incredibly skilled @riibrego!

So before we begin, this was originally pitched as a completely different story where Steven and Amethyst coached Pearl in dating etiquette and convince her to call one of the numbers stored in her gem.  Sadly that pitch got rejected, but I feel in the end this was a more meaningful story and a more fitting final one from me.  Also Steven was originally going to take Connie to a Gem Place for her birthday but CN wanted no markers of time so it was changed.  But honestly it works better since I’m sure Steven takes Connie to special gem places more frequently than that and would look for any excuse to brighten her day.

The main theme I had in mind while writing this issue was taking things form the past, carrying them with us as we grow, and sharing them in a new context with new love but keeping the memory in our hearts.  This developed as I decided to take exploring Pearl’s love from the original rejected pitch in the opposite direction and have some touching flashback moments.  While the comics aren’t technically canon, “Now We’re Only Falling Apart” was such a big episode for me and I wanted to write a moment that felt like an experience Pearl and Rose would share together.  One of my favorite romantic Disney scenes is the song “Love” from Disney’s Robin Hood and this flashback scene draws strongly from it.  I’m really happy the same colors and mood come across in the comic.

Rii did a lovely job with expressions in this issue!  I can really feel the juxtaposition of Pearl’s elated joy and complete devastation between remembering the plants and realizing they’re gone.

Also love this little joke with Amethyst.  You just know she’d use a washing machine as a massage chair.  I also love when Garnet and Amethyst hang out together, they always get up to wacky shenanigans.

This plot was also born from some experience of my own. Two High School summer of mine were spent working with the Student Conservation Association.  Most of my time was spent removing invasive species of plants from forests, like buckthorn, barbary and honeysuckle.  Though the invasive plants featured in this issue are closer to Spanish moss and grapevine.  I haven’t personally dealt with Spanish moss, but I do have a vivid memory about removing grapevine from a tree and what a hassle and time-consuming process it was.  But with teamwork and a plan, my team and I always got rid of those pesky plants (though I’m sure some of them came back since they are hardy).  So in this issue, Garnet, Amethyst and Steven are on invasive plant removal duty!  Now all they need are some some loppers, a paint roller and planticide (luckily Gems don’t have to worry about poison ivy).

I want to take another moment to compliment Rii’s Amethysts because they are just the CUTEST!

And at the end of the day, memories of love are reborn into new memories of love.  Steven and Connie enjoy the same place Pearl and Rose discovered and the joy they experienced is rediscovered anew.  And Pearl who enjoyed it in the past gets to share it again with Garnet and Amethyst in a new context.  All the gems have been through so much together and love each other a lot and I love writing them doing sweet things for each other.

I hope people have enjoyed my contribution to the run to the Steven Universe Ongoing comics!  I always aimed to make fun, lighthearted stories focusing on sweet character moments, because those are some of the things I enjoy most about Steven Universe in general.  It’s all about the characters and their relationships, and it’s always fun imagining some bonus scenarios that could believably happen in between the episodes.  And at the end of the day, while the comics aren’t true canon, I hope they at least felt plausible and that folks enjoyed them, and hopefully they entertained folks while they say through those gruelingly long hiatuses.  And if you haven’t read any of the ongoing series, well you have from now until November to catch up and satisfy your craving for Steven content.  But if you have read my comics I’d love to hear which are your favorites!

Thank you for reading!

Pillowfort crosspost link

8 months ago

Steven Universe Ongoing #24 - Pearl’s Secret Grove

8 months ago

Have you got twitter?

8 months ago

Oh man, now I'd like to ask too... What do you think of Pearlnet? For me it was my big gateway into the show, because they...

8 months ago

Hi there grace! I was wonder if I ask you a question if you mind of course but i wanna ask you what you think ship of Mystery...

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Some fanart for the latest slew of Steven Universe episodes! Gosh the past month or so has been a wild ride with all those...
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8 months ago

Some fanart for the latest slew of Steven Universe episodes! Gosh the past month or so has been a wild ride with all those...

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Beach Solace First piece of the new year! I sketched the Opal piece last year for Pearlmethyst week and finally finished...
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9 months ago

Beach Solace First piece of the new year! I sketched the Opal piece last year for Pearlmethyst week and finally finished...

It’s the end of the year and I wanted to spend time reflecting on the Steven Universe comics that I spent the better part of the year writing.  I feel like they come out so fast that I don’t have time to properly talk about them.  So as the volumes have started coming out, I thought I would take some time to talk about each of the stories featured in each collection!

Issues #5-#8 are collected in this Steven Universe Punching Up, #5-#7 are stories I wrote while #8 was written by the incredible Melanie Gillman!  The stories featured in here were some of the first stories I came up with when I pitched them to Boom.

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Issue # 5 - A Day in the Life of Lion

Illustrated by the stellar Meg Omac! ( @magecom )

I always thought it might be fun to make a story featuring the kind of mischief Lion gets up to when Steven is around, which seems to be like 80% of the time.  I also remember there was a Steven Universe panel a while back where a little kid asked where Lion was, so I thought kids might enjoy a Lion story too.

I was honestly a little surprised I was allowed to do this since it’s a departure of the Steven’s point of view only that the show goes for.  I normally try to keep to that in writing the comics but thought it might be fun to deviate away from it slightly.

This story is essentially a series of vignettes about Lion’s day, so pretty much exactly what the title says.  I always love those episodes in a show where they deviate away from the usual story and story-telling format where we get a glimpse into the life of a character we don’t see as often but their POV on events is refreshing.  I also love those stories about the secret life that pets lead when their humans aren’t around a la Hamtaro.  Sadly Lion does not have a fun crew of other magical lions to go on adventures with, but he still gets up to some innocent mischief around Beach City.

Lion and cat Amethyst’s shenanigans were definitely inspired by a super old comic I made about them interacting.  I always thought it would be cute if Lion was curious about cat Amethyst and took care of her like a little kitten.  Cat pals!

Lion messing up the things in Pearl’s room is definitely taken from many an experience of my dog doing the same.  He gets into anything that isn’t behind a closed door or out of his reach, and it’s not unusual to come home the a grand mess.  Sadly no matter what you say he won’t understand you, only act innocent and leave the scene of the crime.  Thus Lion is no different.

Lion’s adventures on the boardwalk were fun.  Sadie and Greg are some of my favorite humans, so I enjoyed giving them a little spotlight, especially with their wariness yet acceptance of the magical pink lion that inhabits Beach City.

I thought a short detour to Rose’s fountain would be a nice peaceful, introspective moment within the comic.  But even when it seems a little deep, Lion still has his cat antics and moves on.

I also wanted to give Lapis and Peridot a little spotlight since I always enjoy their barn life shenanigans.  I’m really happy with how Meg captured each of their personalities in this scene, it translated very well from the script!

Lion finally gets his lizard prey after traumatizing Peridot.  Honestly I still have no idea what those lizards are.  Tiny gem mutants? Gem-infuenced fauna?? Whatever they are Lion eats them so I continue to add them in.  And of course I had to end these adventures with a brief encounter with Garnet, who has a silent understanding of Lion.  And then bookending it with Connie and Steven’s return, blissfully unaware that Lion even moved from the spot they left him.

Peach Panther and Purple Puma

Illustrated by Rii Abrego! ( @riibrego )

My inspiration for this was Amethyst’s line to Pearl in “Back to the Barn” when she says “Hey Pearl, you should come wrestling with me sometime!”  I thought it would be fun to revisit the wrestling ring once more in the comics, Tiger Millionaire was one of my favorite season 1 episodes and we pretty much had seen the last of it in the show after “Tiger Philanthropist.”  Thus, this is supposed to take place later in time than it appears based on Amethyst’s season 1 attire in this issue, but sometimes miscommunication happens in the higher management.

I wanted to write a story where Pearl gets out of her comfort zone and lets loose for a while.  When I first wrote this story, I was still dealing with burnout and insecurity after my previous job ended, and I channeled that frustration into this story.  At the same time, this is also one of my more self-indulgent stories in that it’s filled with a lot of things I like (Beach City Underground Wrestling, Pearl and Amethyst having a fun time together, cute character shenanigans etc.) so it was great expressing my feelings in a story I especially enjoyed.

Inventing Pearl’s wrestling persona was really fun and I’m grateful to have had to chance to add something fun like that to the comic canon.  Between Purple Puma and Tiger Millionaire, I figured Pearl’s persona should match the cat theme, and I really liked the sound of Panther (goes well with Puma).  Pink Panther already exists so I tweaked it to be the Peach Panther.  I’m super happy that Rii captured the exact look I was going for with Pearl’s outfit.  Pearl is not a fan of shapeshifting (and now we know why) so I figured she would be able to at least give herself an outfit and Steven would help jazz it up with the silly pink cat ears.

I’m not the most knowledgable about wrestling so I did a lot of research to get the names of moves right for Mr. Smiley’s commentary.  I also had to go back to see what the names of the Beach City wrestling team names were and what the individual fighting names were.  It was fun getting to pick my favorites to feature in the comic!

I loved writing the last page because it has those cute, wholesome interactions I am all about in Steven Universe.  I’m also super happy with how well my script translated to the final pictures!

The Crystal Gems and the Sea

Illustrated by Meg Omac!

I love revisiting tiny details from the show in the comics, and this one is no different with the focus on the Gem Sloop from “Cat Fingers.” I thought it would be fun to have the Gems and Steven go on a mission where they couldn’t simply warp there, a fun sea-faring mission!  There’s definitely several stories in addition to this one where I figure out a scenario that I’d like the write and then work backwards to figure out how the characters end up there.

Steven and Onion stories tend to involve G.U.Y.S or G.A.L.S one way or another, so I thought it would only be fitting to start the story off with them.  While Steven has matured quite a bit from the earlier days of the show, he still has a childish wonder about him, and I figure he still does that thing where he sees something in the spur of the moment and thinks about how fun it would be to also do that thing, and then he finds a way to do so.  While he won’t go to the extent of jeopardizing a mission to have fun, if he can still fit some games into a less dire mission then where’s the harm?

I’m really happy with how the character acting came out for the Gems’ and Steven’s interactions.  It warms my heart to see how the Gems have grown to trust him more and more as the show progressed.  I wanted to add some moments that reflected this growth and had fun writing it in.

Also I have to share the description I wrote for the eel monster because this is the kind of stuff I actually write to give an idea of what I’m trying to describe.  She also ended up looking like an aquatic cousin of Centipeetle, and Sea-ntipeetle if you will.

I see some folks picking these comics apart for details that hint at something in the show, but I’ll be completely honest, while I do my best to write close to what’s believable for the show, nothing ties directly to it.  Any monsters or instances that seem to hint at something greater are usually just completely coincidental!  But it makes me happy that folks enjoy what I add in the comics.

The action panels for the fight are some of my favorites.  They came out nice and dynamic are really convey the type of action I was hoping for.  Fun and exciting!

I always see some folks complaining about how “townie” episodes are boring filler, but I just can’t disagree more!  There’s definitely some townie eps that are among my favorite episodes, because even if they’re not about epic Gem adventures (though some still are) they feature important lessons for Steven to learn from his human half.  I thought it would be fun to have Onion and his Dad be integral to the mission because townies and the human half of Steven’s life is just as important and valuable.

And that concludes the issues I worked on in volume 2 of the Steven Universe Ongoing series.  I still really love this first batch of comics.  Rii and Meg really hit it out of the park and added their personalities to the comics and made for very fun reads!

10 months ago

Steven Universe - Punching Up

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Steven Universe #23 is out today from @boomstudios!  Art by @riibrego and story by me!  Give it a read if you enjoy cats and...
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10 months ago

Steven Universe #23 is out today from @boomstudios!  Art by @riibrego and story by me!  Give it a read if you enjoy cats and...

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We’re in an aquatic section of the Johtodex still, and today’s featured pokemon are the Goldeen line! These lovely painterly...

11 months ago

We’re in an aquatic section of the Johtodex still, and today’s featured pokemon are the Goldeen line! These lovely painterly...

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Pearlmethyst Week - Not According to Plan Not the best time for Amethyst to get poofed. Pearl’s giving her an earful when she...

11 months ago

Pearlmethyst Week - Not According to Plan Not the best time for Amethyst to get poofed. Pearl’s giving her an earful when she...

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Before autumn quickly freezes into winter, here’s a seasonally appropriate Hedge and Pine comic.

11 months ago

Before autumn quickly freezes into winter, here’s a seasonally appropriate Hedge and Pine comic.