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I haven't exactly been too productive as of late, so I have nothing to post, really. I am posting this because [livejournal.com profile] nenadi said if I don't, then she'll think I'm dead and give me a funeral, and as I am not emo I do not want a funeral.
So, there is progress on my Chie cosplay!

chie cosplay progress. Also life. )
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Does anyone know how to use Sketchup or another 3D rendering program, or know someone who does? I'd be willing to pay for each render (I'd like some environments), I probably can't pay a lot, but if anyone's interested please give me a holler!
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I'm graduating in exactly... 5 days, and it's all very exciting. I just got the printed boards for my grad show booth, and it sure costed a lot to get them done, but it looks really good!


Photos, and Templesmith-related photos from the ECCC )
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Man I'm sleepy!

Since HoneySyn is coming to a close soon (I don't know exactly how soon), I thought about starting another unambitious webcomic about an ex-private-eye. Unambitious being the key word.

Some sketches of the characters:

Blahblahblahblahblah )
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Here's a short comic I drew for one of my illustration class.
It's 6 pages so far, [livejournal.com profile] heart_mint helped me with the script. It's supposed to be around 30 pages completed, but who knows if I'll ever get around to it...


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For some reason, I seem to have this really strange fixation on mafia AU's. It's a bit like how other people may like vampires, except I've never really been fond of vampires in general.

Anyway, so I was thinking that no venture into any fandom is really complete (for me) without having a mafia AU of some sort. Jojo doesn't count because it already has its own mafia!U.
So, Merlin. And Arthur. And also Edwin. Hey, I don't know, it's possible!

Also: please check out the goddamn awesome fic that [livejournal.com profile] karakalyn wrote, here. DAMN IT'S AWESOME.

Beware: Size warning, OOC-ness, drawings looking nothing like the actors.


But the children lose their minds )

Manga Studio is pretty fun to use. It's a bit fustrating to figure out though, since there's no help menu and no manual. The forum's generally helpful though, so I guess that's okay.
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Some homework. The semester is winding down, hopefully I can get my business card soon.
Will ink grad show booth illustration soon... ish. Spending time finishing this project first, still have to work on the backs.

...I'm pretty tired.




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Apparently, a scrap-booking album with black leather covers and no frame in front is near impossible to find. Sometimes, it seems to me that the simpler something is, the harder it is to get it.

Anyway, I drew some more Merlin fanart in between doing homework in spots, procrastinating on working on my webcomic, and episodes of Pushing Daisies. My favorite character is still Olive.

I was practicing that flat colour colouring style, but I didn't think I was all too successful in its application. Well, more practice for me, I suppose.


Do I sense an impending adventure? )

I need to talk to someone about Merlin... anyone... anyone...? Beuller?
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I drew Ivan in pchat, more or less to try to figure out his colours. He turned out to look a lot like Christmas, but I think I like it enough to keep the scheme.


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Anyway, I started to watch Merlin a while ago to see what all the fuss was about. It was only one season long, so I didn't really mind watching all of it (I don't like watching series that are too long, I get discouraged even before I start). And I have to say, it's pretty entertaining. It's got action, and guys saving each other's lives a lot, and a slash!dragon (it took me a while to figure this one out), and dudes being touchy feely and destiny and magic and stuff like that, and it's generally pretty fun. I like it in the same way I like shounen manga.

Anyway, I guess it's pretty natural of me to want to draw fanart. Not like there's anything else I can do... I really suck at trying to capture realistic likeness though, so I didn't even try. I tried to get the essence of the characters though, however vague that may be.


Arthur + Merlin )


A bird... and a pie. )

A friend told me to watch Pushing Daisies, because he said that I might like it. So I did. And I did like it. I actually like Olive more than Chuck though, because Chuck is just way too perfect. Olive is more human but still manages to be a really sweet girl, and she just tries so hard that I can't help but root for her. Poor girl.

I also really like Emerson; he is a funny dude. But I think he must be gay because he is constantly with two good-looking woman and he doesn't even care.

Also started to watch Carnivale. I only watched two episodes so far, but it's looking to be really good.

And that's about it with the shows I've been watching, I suppose. Ah, teevee on the internet. Better than teevee on teevee.

Enfield

Feb. 24th, 2009 09:34 pm
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Haven't done much except for some schoolwork the past week or so. I started to re-read sunshine again, and even though I'm not usually a fan of vampire novels, I really like this one. And even though Sunshine almost never stops describing Con's hideous looks, in my mind he will always look like Adrian Brody.

Anyway, I worked on one of my assignments a bit, and I've decided that instead of trying to do every illustration style I can possibly manage, I'll try to channel my focus into two main styles. I won't go into detail about what those styles are, but this is one of them:

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Anyway, my sister's managed to find and download (how did she manage it? I couldn't when I tried) the really old Monkey Island games, and is having the time of her life.
Although, when she talks to me while she plays it, she sounds more than a little schizophrenic.


[livejournal.com profile] heart_mint says: ...I totally just asked a woodsmith HOW MUCH WOOD COULD A WOODCHUCK CHUCK IF A WOODCHUCK COULD CHUCK WOOD?
[livejournal.com profile] heart_mint says: A WOODCHUCK COULD CHUCK NO AMOUNT OF WOOD SINCE A WOODCHUCK CAN'T CHUCK WOOD.
[livejournal.com profile] steam_pilot says: ...
[livejournal.com profile] steam_pilot says: That is so 1993. Seriously.
[livejournal.com profile] heart_mint says: BUT IF A WOODCHUCK COULD CHUCK AND WOULD CHUCK SOME AMOUNT OF WOOD, WHAT AMOUNT OF WOOD WOULD A WOODCHUCK CHUCK?
[livejournal.com profile] heart_mint says: shut up i'm lolling
[livejournal.com profile] heart_mint says: EVEN IF A WOODCHUCK COULD CHUCK WOOD, AND EVEN IF A WOOD CHUCK WOULD CHUCK WOOD, SHOULD A WOODCHUCK CHUCK WOOD?
[livejournal.com profile] heart_mint says: A WOODCHUCK SHOULD CHUCK IF A WOODCHUCK COULD CHUCK WOOD, AS LONG AS A WOODCHUCK WOULD CHUCK WOOD.
[livejournal.com profile] heart_mint says: man, all the good games were back then



Anyway, I had a hankering for Smallville fics a while ago, so I pretty much read everything I came across and drew some fanart. Not really sure if I should post it because it's not great... but maybe if I ever get around to colouring it.
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Reading week! Yay!
Unfortunately, I have portfolio review during reading week, so I'll be working on that as opposed to doing anything very productive, such as sleeping and eating cookies.

work )

Opinions about Final Crisis )

In celebration of Countdown never happening, a pic of James Jesse! Because he didn't die during Countdown, nosiree.


Countdown? What Countdown? )
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I saw volumes 11, 16 and 17 of Banana Fish on sale today... so I bought them. One day, I will have the entire set.

Anyway, random fanart time.


Rin, from Yasha )

[livejournal.com profile] heart_mint and I dug out our really really really old copy of Bust a Groove, and decided to spend way too much time playing it. It's a lot of fun, I'm kind of sad there'll never be a third one. There was that Dance Summit 2001 game, which wasn't all that great. :/

Well, some Heat fanart. For [livejournal.com profile] heart_mint, or else she won't convert episodes of Baccano for me.


THE HEAT IS ON )
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I've been a big fan of Akimi Yoshida lately. I can't really say that her comics are the best I've ever read, but the stories she draws are always pretty engrossing, the storytelling is good, the characters are more or less likable. Although I must say: the lady isn't capable of drawing any story where less than 75% of the cast doesn't die.

As for the art, I actually liked the style in the beginning of Banana Fish the most. It was tighter and more detailed, and the flow was clearer, if that makes any sense. Schumie says I'm partial to the old-school style, but I really thought that the artwork had aged better than say, Yasha, which was drawn a few years afterwards. By the time Yasha rolled around, it seemed to have gone back to the style of Lover's Kiss, and her artwork had gotten looser, although not necessarily in a good way. The paneling had also become a bit more typical shoujo, being a bit less structured, more freeform and to a certain degree, more expressive. However, I liked the artwork in BF right from the get-go, and Yasha... well, I wouldn't have picked it up if it wasn't drawn by Akimi Yoshida.

I'm glad I did though, because the story's pretty good (the project was being scanlated by Shoujo Magic, but unfortunately they've dropped it due to "lack of interest"). But the scans that I'm reading lets me experience in full the woes of the language barrier (I can understand the 50% of the plot that's not in Simplified Chinese) and horrible typesetting (the page on the left: how the fuck did that sentence miss its intended target by 2 inches?).

After finishing Banana Fish and Kisso Tenyo, I had more or less stopped expecting any real slash in the stories, so imagine my surprise when there were prominent characters who were a canon gay couple! The story itself also hits pretty much every fetish in the book (except for the naked apron), including but not limited to:

  1. Twincest. They have a love/hate/love/hate?/love/hate/love/?/are-you-me-or-am-I-you relationship.
  2. Subservience. Twice. One's a bodyguard, one's a servant/best friend/lover.
  3. Bromance. The bodyguards.
  4. Childhood friends. The type who can tell if the protagonist is thinking about sacrificing himself and tell him to "snap out of it".


Overall it's pretty fun to read, but as it's written by Akimi Yoshida, I'm expecting at least one of the twins, one of the bodyguards, and two of the three childhood friends to die before the series is over.

*shakes fist, Colbert-style* YOSHIIIIDDAAAAAAA..!!

I conclude my rant with Rin/Takeru fanart, because I liked them the most.

The first time I saw you, you were, like, sittin around. )
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...Not much to say.
I've been fiddling around with painter, so here are some doodles.


Goku-Sotsu )


Ash Lynx )

Sketches

Jan. 11th, 2009 02:19 am
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I didn't really get much of a chance to draw in the past week or so, but I finally drew something today!
I feel pretty rusty...

Anyway!


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Oh yeah, it's my birthday today! I'm officially legal in the states! Woo! (Why couldn't this have happened 2 days ago?)
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Rachael Dukes of Poseur Ink has some unexpected monetary issues, so please help her out if you'd like to buy some cool arts!

I finished my painting for the art box show, and dropped off my painting, but I won't be able to make the show itself because some unforseen family issues had arisen, forcing me to put off my events of the day.

But, here's the painting anyway!


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I spent most of the day experimenting with painter. It was pretty frustrating, as the learning curve was not so much a curve, but a concrete wall. Most of my "experimenting" consisted of anger-induced scribbles on a blank canvas, as well as frantic switching of tools in hopes that one will cooperate with me.

Anyway, the results of all that anger is one Persona 4 fanart.

Spoilers for December!!


contains spoilers for the end of December )


But despite all the frustrations I have for colouring, Painter is fantastic to ink with. It's a lot better than Photoshop. I started to use custom brushes for this pic, but it just felt like... working with Opencanvas, really.


Outenkun fanart )
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For unknown reasons, I decided to go back and re-read my entire set of Houshin Engi.

And... I realized why I loved it so much. Because it's awesome.
Logic follows that I ended up scouring the internets for fanart, and drawing plenty of my own. I was experimenting with Painter as well, so that may very well also be my excuse.

Assuming you've never read Houshin before, this will contain copious amounts of spoilers.


Large Houshin dump )
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I've been working on some paintings for the Vancouver Art Box Show for the past few days. I got 3 boxes, which was actually one more than I really should've gotten...

Anyway, I was trying my hand at acrylics. I could count the number of times I've really painted with acrylics on my hands, and it's the first on wood... so I guess it was more of a learning experience than much else.

Anyway...


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I've been feeling sick all day. It seems like I'm allergic to something because the skin around my eyes is so red and puffy that it looks like someone made me eat fist. Twice.

Lying around all day cause I almost keeled over at the mall. After that I drew some P4 fanart.


Chie, Protag/Yosuke, Teddie (may contain spoilers) )

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