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Looks like I did manage to finish by Wednesday! :D I didn't think I'd have time/feel like finishing it after not touching it for a day (had a 7-hour long meeting yesterday. Yes, you read it right)... I did rush the colouring though... Can't afford to spend too much time on it. >< Edited the badge and ignored another which was supposed to be on the pocket (outfit is based on USAF General's~) because I'm lazy :D. I'm quite happy with how the clothes are coloured, especially since I 'got it right' on the first try xD. Cheated on the hair because no matter what I did, I couldn't get it to look the way I'd originally wanted it to be D:. 'Sides, less details on the hair means that I can get away with sloppy colouring for the rest of the picture. /shot

Heh!


Yeap, it's a tribute piece for the 10th anniversary of 9/11! Bet you didn't see that one coming! :P Kidding aside, I really really wanted to do something to commemorate this occasion even though it never really affected me directly in any way. I remember when the incident first happened, one of my classmates organised a mini prayer session for those who'd perished. I was still pretty indifferent to the whole thing then, since it felt more like a movie to me than anything else, but I still joined in for respect. It's only recently that I realised how huge a milestone 9/11 was in not just the war on terror, but also in today's world in general. One reason why I wasn't allowed to go overseas for college was the fear my parents had that a terrorist attack would occur when I was there, and perhaps causing me to lose my life. Still, I attributed that to my parents' paranoid nerves because to me, it was too distant an event to really affect me on a deep emotional level.

This apathy continued despite echoes of this event occasionally crossing my path. Be it in the form of a school play or a class assignment, I could always conjour up logical sympathy but nothing more. It was only after watching documentaries on 9/11 and hearing the stories of various individuals about how their entire lives were changed because of that one event, did it really hit home as to what a catastrophe the 9/11 was. Instead of being just another event one would read about in the news, real people -who were not too different from myself- went about with their lives during that fateful day, not knowing that it'd be their last day on earth, the last time they'd ever see their loved ones. And that struck something within me (perhaps it was the chilling realisation that it could have happened to anyone). Even though it's been a decade since the 9/11, something in me just made me want to honour those who'd lost their lives in any way I could. Something to remember them by, and to remind myself that life is indeed that short and unpredictable. There's nothing fancy about this piece, and it was even a rushed job at certain parts but it makes a part of me feel slightly better that those people are not forgotten.

RIP to those whose lives had been snuffed out during that fateful day.

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Has it really been that long since I've last posted? =/ Sure doesn't feel like it... After the whole Freshie Fair thingum + the start of school, I've barely enough time to surf the net randomly, let alone draw/write. Which is terrible since I was so certain I could at least do a proper piece of either per month... Excuses aside, since it's 'recess week' (i.e. the week during which you slave away revising because you didn't understand a crap which was taught in the first half of the semester), I decided to break the dry spell!

Heh!


Fooled ya didn't I? :P That's the 2nd half of the TDN requests I took during the summer holidays. Yes, I've only gotten around to uploading them now, despite finishing them a week into this semester :X. I'm efficient ain't I?

Kidding aside, I did start on a new piece (for real!) earlier today. It was sort of an on and off sketch turned into a potential piece which I decided to clean up. :D

WIP! )

Sleep beckons~

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It's one thing to draw for fun and another to draw for a... Bigger cause? Especially when you are doing designs for your club, you want it to be done to the best of your ability. Partly because you don't want others to laugh at it, partly because I hate delivering something I deem as mediocre or 'unseeable'. That led me on a super long process of drawing, redrawing, colouring and recolouring. The premise was to create chibi mascots for each of the three departments in my club (Productions, Public Relations and Member Relations), which will be introduced during the upcoming Freshies Fair along with the new club structure. And since I've never really fully designed anything and stuck with it (even with my OCs), that was a huge problem. It meant that I couldn't randomly draw lines because there's a high possiblility that I needed to recreate them in the future D:.

Getting into the right mindset to design them was rather difficult... Especially since I need to visualise each chibi from all angles. Colour selection was a pain (since I'm pretty much a default colour = black person when I dress...) but after browsing through my closet, it got SLIGHTLY better. Drawing poses was another obstacle for me, seeing how I'm terrible with anatomy in general @__@;;. Took me several tries and some references before I could get them right, and even so, I don't think they are fully accurate DDDD:. All the complaints aside, I actually had quite a lot of fun doing the chibis. It was the first time I was this determined to properly design characters and to stick to my drawing schedule (which was really difficult since I was, and am still barely at home daily...). So I'm happy :D. Not bad for a first timer!

Presenting the CAS Chibis!


Sorry for the watermark @_________@. But since this isn't just for my own personal use, I can't just sign off and be done with it.. That aside, the chibis were named to make them more relatable xD. So it's Fae-chan for Productions, Kei-chan for Public Relations and twins Yui and Rui-chan for Members Relations! Why twins for the last one? Because I've a natural bias towards females but I didn't want the guys to feel left out. -.-;; So to ensure equality, twins! That'll make 2 male and 2 female chibis! Fae's supposed to be more... Quirky because she's the artistic one (drawing, writing, desiging, crafts etc); Kei's the cooler hardworking dude who manages the club's relations outside (hence the more 'suave' look? LOL); the twins... Well, I couldn't think of an outfit which embodied the typical anime fan so... Random jackets (because jackets make everything cooler) and Gundam inspired pants (cosplay)! Camera for the photography lovers and cards for potential duelists! I'm assuming the 'couch potato' kinda fans will just go, "Oh! Chibis! I like!" so yea OTL. Did I mention the chibis have their own individual writeups? :D Courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] daemon_angelus, since I work so slowly that all I could do until today was draw. X_X They'll be up on the club's website so check back soon! (Either way, I'll probably post the link here :P~)

I better head off to bed since I've to wake by 8am tomorrow. FML. Why on earth did I pack my schedule again?

EDIT: Click HERE for the official club website post!!

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Since I thought my schedule was still rather, empty then, I decided to open up requests at TDN after some encouragement from one of the resident artists there. I was worried I wouldn't be able to handle the requests (like before D:) but decided hey, I'm the one taking requests so they should be willing to wait instead of me fretting about churning out requests like a machine D<. Requests have been flooding in but hey, I'm only doing them when I've the time and frankly, doing one a day is kinda pushing it given the amount of other things I've to do.

First 4!


Don't get me wrong, I love drawing and Neopets holds a special place in my heart so I'm happy to give back to the community again. I'm just a tad upset about how my schedule always explodes after I commit to other stuff D:. Woe is me! And I can see quite a bit of improvement in my art so all the more reason I should carry on! 'Sides, when else do I spend a couple of hours rushing out a piece of work? :P Great for learning how to speed draw + colour!

Just before I opened the board, I insisted on making a new forum set :X. I showed one of my forum friend the KaiJou picture I drew and she pretty much went, 'Make a set out of that!!!', which I did in the end :D!



I'm on a simplicity row! xD Concept based on my profile graphic because I'm lazy like that. And I'm out of creative juice D:.

Off to meet Zeen! Until I finish the next bunch of requests!

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I had the most annoying drawing itch for the bulk of the day, but thanks to.. Biological reasons, I was out of action until late at night -.-;;. And still, the itch wouldn't go away. I can't draw anything proper since it's rather late so why not sketch it all away?

Which was what I did


The main reason for my itch was browsing through Beyblade fanart, which was also the first anime which made me want to try my hand at drawing anything. Later on, it ended up being the reason why I became a BL fangirl xD. So yea, good ol' memories. I didn't draw any Beyblade characters since Sec 2 or so, thus my sketches of Rei and Kai look kinda... Odd. OTL I still enjoy drawing Kai's hair though! :D Some things never change eh? Sketched Green too, because he is awesome and I've been staring at the Green postcard in front of me for days xD. His hair was fun to draw too! :D I pick awesome fav characters eh? Added in a random quickie of an Arthur lookalike (no seriously, I drew the hair randomly and it looked kinda like him so... *thickens eyebrows*) and a moochi version because England is awesome *v*

At least now I no longer feel like drawing! All thanks to sketching nonstop~ Or maybe it's because I'm trying not to fall asleep D:.

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Was out for a good part of the day, so I didn't really have time, or wasn't in a mood to add the finishing touches to my profile. As usual, the urge to do so only kicks in around this time of the day. /sigh.

Added in a 'title' text in the text area, updated and changed the links to be text-based, a chunk of nonsense which I'll classify as 'short introduction/bio'. Tweaked the colours of each section so it's sort of like a yellow-blue gradient style as well. And yes, the title text is a reference to puppyshipping :D.

As I was rushing my post yesterday, I'd completely forgotten to credit the creators of the brushes I used in my graphic /epicfailisepic. So I'll just randomly slap them here because I can :D.

[1] [2] [3] [4: Star specks brushes downloaded in 2004; creator lost]


The rest of the brushes used are original creations.

Short and sweet this post shall be! Sleep beckons~

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Despite it being the 4th of July, a couple of hours ago at least, I ended up finishing up the profile graphic I originally wanted to do using my new KaiJou fanart instead of doing an America tribute. /shot And because of that, I was rather adamant on finishing it before I sleep. By the help of whatever divine power, I actually managed to do it! Most of the day was wasted trying to turn my drawing into a header -.-;;. I couldn't find a design which was subtle yet effective enough. Especially since I'm more used to doing crazily elaborate designs, 'simple' ones end up driving me up the wall. I think I went through 5 full designs (inclusive of text area design) before I settled on this OTL. It's plain, the header is painfully plain actually, but meh, my excuse is that I don't want the design to overwhelm the art. :D And besides, who doesn't like dandelions and star specks?

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Another problematic area was selecting colours to use (man, where did my colour sense go!) D:. Since both yellow and blue were present, I was tempted to go full blue; number one, it's my favourite colour to work with for graphics and number two, I can't work with yellow. Period. Plain blue looked too boring so I ended up using pale yellow in the background items etc instead. Which worked fine since some of them look more white-ish anyway. Unlikely pure white, yellow gives the graphics a warmer tint, which fits well with the image :D.

I'd originally wanted the name of this journal to be more... Prominent; in place of the 'Mystickal's...art'. The issue I had with that was throwing too many colours in the header (since I insist on using red and blue), so I ended up just placing it outside the image. Which is kinda a good thing since it won't be lost in the sea of colours of my drawing. xD The text area was a ton of fun to do reason being I can freestyle the whole thing! :D Didn't want a boring border (my borders are NEVER boring D<) so I threw in some swirls and voilà! I'm done! The background is basically littered with dandelions and star specks too, with very light scan lines thrown in to make the text stand out more. It's simple, but hey, I was tired and coding was still undone!

Coding. asdefegewadsafijok!!! I will never code late at night again. It'll probably give me a heart attack -.-;;. Since the html tags LJ allows are different from say Neopets, Gaia or even my website, I had to modify the code over and over again before it could work properly. I had to scrap the Neopets version, my usual html website layout version and even parts of my Gaia version before I could get it working T_T. Next time, I'll read what tags are allowed before I start coding. That would have saved me a ton of time. At least I managed to get it working, and it looks rather decent, so I'm happy! :D Will tweak some portions of the code tomorrow, update the links and text. It's about time I changed the info there, and I've already saved (LOL) it so I'm ready for a change!

Until then, I need sleep. @_@ I ought to get my sleeping hours back to 'normal' soon...

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So, a couple of days ago I posted my WIP lineart for a KaiJou picture. I finished colouring it and all last night/this morning but was too lazy tired to post it. Colouring it was great fun to do (as usual xD) but with its own challenges since I picked a 45 degree upper corner lighting angle to work with DDDD:. It looked like a nice angle to play with but it's easy with one person, not with two! I doubt I got the shading right but oh well, I'll just observe light angles more now I guess! But why on earth do they still look better uncoloured? OTL

:3


I'm quite surprised as to how decent this one looks, as compared to my usual half-sketched-half-drawn works! If it looks slightly different from the lineart, it's because I tweaked some mistakes I'd found /fail. Seto was hard to colour because of the additional shadows casted on him by Katsuya. Even his hair didn't spare me any headaches -.-;;. I realised that the less detailed your lineart is, the harder it is to colour something, because you can't smoke your way through by using the lineart to provide shape and volume. Thankfully mullets are easy to visualise and work with so after the first few minutes of hair-tearing, it got progressively better. I can't say the same for both their clothes though. ;A;

After I'd finished colouring the both of them, I figured I might as well do a background to make the image easier for me to work with when I use it for graphics. So being the pathetic person I am, the only background I can do relatively decently without butchering is sky + clouds. Gradient + white brushes of different opacities = win! :D And it allows me to show the source of light so I don't feel that my shading looks oddly awkward T_T. Turned into a 'polaroid' thingum because it looks odd without a border xD. Slapped on some cliché words because I'm lame like that and whee~ I'm done!

As I'd mentioned in my previous post, on rare occasions, I did sketch these two in the past. I recalled being rather happy when I sketched them then so what's more fun than digging up some old works for laughs?


[OLD] [OLLLLLDDDDD] [REAL OLD]



Remind me how on earth did I dare to post them on DA then? xD So yea, practice in anything helps. A LOT. xD Now all I have to do is make sure I don't fail in graphics design X_X.

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Like puppyshipping and the fuzziness it gives me.

So I'm having an identity crisis (no, it's not because I turned 20 :P) which made me question if I can hold on to some things forever. Assuming I live till 70, 50 years is a LONG time. It's half a century for crying out loud! It pains me to say but, one day, time will cause me to finally lose interest in some things I hold close to my heart. Which means, I ought to try as hard as I can to make sure I enjoy them all now, and pray that this additional effort will allow me to hang onto them just a little longer.

Since I've just written a piece not too long ago, I decided it was time to draw and create some graphics. I didn't really know what graphic I want to make in the first place, but after sifting through a bunch of my old Neopets related graphics, I decided to make a 'shop blog'-esque thingumajig to place on my profile page here. Afterall, as [livejournal.com profile] daemon_angelus had mentioned to me before, I can just dump whatever info I have into that graphic, beautifying my profile page without changing the original text. The only problem was selecting an image to work with... I was too tired to skim through my mountain of image files so I decided to draw something instead xD. So that's drawing out of the way; killing two birds with one stone!

Katusya and Seto~


Why Katsuya and Seto? Because the title of this blog pertains to the both of them xD. While that's true, the main reason was because they make me want to write, and write well; they allow me to explore situations and scenarios I'd otherwise never write about; they provide a creative outlet for me to be as crazy as I want to be without others judging me. For that, they'll always be my OTP of all time. <3 Just thinking about them makes my heart race QwQ. And I hope that'll never change.

Not inked (as usual because I'm lazy) but slightly cleaned up so it looks presentable. Oh, and by WIP, I meant that I've not coloured it, not so much of a full body drawing because... I can draw headshots best? OTL Didn't want to put both of them front-facing and side by side because... That's boring, and not to mention typical of me. So I tried a different pose for Seto (because his hair is a LOT easier to draw from other angles) but kinda failed (the proportions still look a little odd to me...); but that said, I'm kinda happy with how Katsuya turned out! I mean, I sketch Seto all the time, but I've only attempted sketching Katsuya once or twice despite the latter being my real favourite of the series. Why? His hair. I don't get how his hair works at all. I sorta know the general shape but everyone draws it differently! I just know it's a pain to draw. -.-;; After spending quite a while searching for a nice reference picture of his hair, I gave up and decided to semi-free style it. Thankfully I did that because it made drawing Katsuya more of a joy than a pain. So yes, I'm happy with how this piece turned out! \(´▽`)/

Will probably colour this first before I start coding the shop blog thingum. In the mean time, I should re-familiarise myself with coding...

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I'm still trying to get used to the blistering Singapore weather after my trip. In other words, I'm not in much of a mood to really do anything other than stone in front of my laptop while surfing random sites. Woe is me!

I feel exceptionally unproductive (and drained) today after writing last last night/this morning, but I still wanted to do something, no matter how simple or small. So what better activity to engage in than creating simple LJ icons for my writing journal?





Original artists: [1] [2] [3]

They are really quick and easy to do, with most of the work coming from selecting the best images possible for the icons. Touched each of them up a little by playing with the colour curves, contrast and occasional airbrushing to brighten/darken certain portions. Darn, now I want to do even more D:.

Hope I get back in a drawing/writing mood soon for my backlog of unfinished works is starting to annoy me...

Edit: Fixed the banner/header for my other journal to correct positioning issues. Added in before and after comparisons for the icons.

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Ok, last post before I fly. Really. I can't seem to keep my hands off my tablet or photoshop /sigh. I don't want to draw anything proper either but I still wanted to fiddle around with it so... Compilation of Neopets sketch requests from TDN!


Neo art compilation~


If they look familiar, it's because I posted them here individually after completion. I just decided to lump them together so I can upload them onto my DA. They aren't nice enough to be individually submitted D:. Doodled Elouiah because... I can't doodle Meia. T_T I like drawing the former too so I guess I don't feel that bad? =/ She's just not Meia though...

Random but, can you tell I love drawing draiks? :D Also, this set looks so different from the previous set of requests I did! >x<. Hopefully in a good way though! Until I get back or decide I can't stay away from Pshop!

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Another post for the day (or rather new day since it's in the morning...); I just hate how my designing + drawing whims come at the most inconvenient timings D<. After posting Chibi America, I was sorting through my numerous sketches and incomplete designs (bad idea, but I hate my folders being too messy) and I had this sudden intense urge to make graphics. I tried ignoring it since I wanted to start on packing my room, but it kept growing and growing, almost like there was a ball of fire within me. It grew and expanded, mutating from a gentle tug of warmth into a blazing flame. Needless to say, I couldn't ignore it any longer (it even impeded the packing of my room!) and went to open Photoshop again. /sigh

I haven't designed my normal graphics since last year's Hermione set for TDN though... Needless to say, I struggled a little before I got my original rhythm back. After settling on designing a simple icon, I couldn't decide on what subject to use. Since I've been drawing quite a bit recently, what better image to use than that of my darling Sanzo~!

100x100 100x100 resized 120x120


3 different versions: Original 100x100 icon, 100x100 icon resized from the 120x120 one, original 120x120 icon.

It's a *really* bad idea to start doing graphics again with one of the colour schemes I've always had trouble with *coughyellow/orangecough*, but what's even worse an idea is trying to mix that with purple D8. I overestimated myself again =/. It was originally fully purple but it looked boring so... I went ahead with the dual colours idea. What I found hilarious is that the background look good by itself, but not as much when Sanzo's on it DDDDDDDDDDDDD:. Why you so hard to design graphics for? Sanzo is just too awesome for any background. Toggled the colour levels for Sanzo to better match the background (it actually looks a lot better this way than with the original colour scheme, even if it wasn't used in random graphics OTL). That said, I think it looks fine, or rather decent enough to be used as an icon for now :D. Anything with Sanzo on it is good enough for me really! /drools (I can't pick which of the 100x100 icons I prefer so I'll just rotate between both HAHA!)

Anyway, hopefully using Photoshop twice in a day will help curb my urges until I get back! :D

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Since I'm flying off on my family holiday tomorrow night/Thursday morning, I'll not be able to do any digital drawings in over a week D:. Not even my usual nonsensical sketches and whatnot. So I decided to squeeze out the remnants of my artistic urges and do a quickie. I spent a good two hours staring at the blank canvas on Photoshop thinking of what to draw. (I'm ignoring the fact that I did a good number of doodles then but hey, I'm talking about decent art!) The clock was ticking and I really really wanted to draw something so I looked over and saw my Hetalia artbook. Let's draw some quick Hetalia fanart! :D I've always sketched the characters randomly but never really churned out anything decent enough for me to let others see xD. Picking a subject was easy, quick Hetalia fanart = chibi America~! :D



America~! :3


Looks like it can be completed in under an hour or something eh? Apparently not. I spent goodness knows how long drawing and redrawing the lineart D:. All because I completely forgot that I'm terrible at drawing chibis (why else would I prefer to do normal sketches instead!!!) I betcha if I had drawn Alfred normally, I would have completed it much sooner OTL. As usual, had a ton of fun colouring without bothering to clean up the lineart. Didn't bother with perspective since it was meant to be a 'quickie'. Added in Mochi England because... USUK is <3~! Don't ask why he is standing on the US flag... White was the best colour for the words so =/... And I needed a background before they could be seen ^^;. No disrespect meant though!

Just when I was deciding on the colours, Karrot popped by randomly (asking for a drink too HAHA) and surprised me with an early gift (from her and Beck)! \*w*/ And... It's a shirt/blouse with the stars and stripes design on it! /diesofhappiness So what better design for chibi America's shirt than the design of the shirt they got me? TvT Thank you so much dearies~!!!

On another note, was wondering if I should... Submit this randomly to the newsletter? Just so they have more material or something LOL. Not sure if I should do an England equivalent~! *W* Damn it, now I want to draw even more! /failfailfail

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I lovelovelove the Gang! :D You guys never fail to put a smile, no matter how silly or unglam looking, on my face! :D <3~! I better get down to doing the project I've planned for ages then D:...

I really really felt like doing some WoW fanart, but I doubt I can pull Illidan or Sylvanas off without butchering either so... Original WoW art it is! And what's better is that I can try my hand at making 'comics-styled' strips! :D Which by the way, is WAYYYY harder than it looks D:. The character is based on a story I had in my head since I started playing BC (thanks to Illidan :D) with influence from my experience in Vanilla. Oh man, I miss those days...

Lame attempt 1!


I've been playing with perspective recently, however minor a shift from my usual front-facing sketches, so I was thinking doing a mini web comic-esque thingumajig can give me more reason to keep at it! I've seen sooooo many web comic artists grow just by doing so, however casually, and I really really admire the effort they put in to make the strip both entertaining and aesthetically pleasing. I doubt I can do either but hey, drawing practice! Pathetic background because I got bored after doing the first row of grass. Love how I don't need to clean the lineart up if I draw it really big and resize it xD (at the loss of details but meh). That's not the main character but xD I'm more comfortable drawing guys, sadly.

No idea how often I'll draw it but hey, as long as I continue to love WoW, I bet I'll keep drawing xD. As for the title... It just popped into my head. Because I'm lame like that. Let's just see how this goes then! :D

EDIT: I just realised after looking through my art, that my headshots/close ups look VERY different from my full body drawings... OTL I fail.

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So I was tempted by my Catalysm expansion pack (which sits right in front of me if I use my laptop) so I decided to play the 10-day WoW trial (without expansions), just to see how much has changed. Well... Quite a bit has changed: zones, quests, people, lore etc... It's kinda... Foreign yet familiar. While I don't really love it, I do love how the original lore is more intricately woven into the quests as compared to the past few expansion packs. Kinda like Vanilla, just with a ton of stupid Worgens running around. Anyone fancy a noob Worgen teammate called xXxJaC0bBlAcKxXx? I'd rather tank in cloth thank you very much. Or wash an orc's feet. Questing is a lot easier (silly modern gamers who complain if they spend more than 5 minutes grinding) and a lot more flight paths are added (cheaters). So much so that I managed to level a character of each race I had access to (8) to level 20 every single day. And that's just with me playing at night -.-;;. I do miss and love WoW though. Still considering if I should go back...

Rantings aside, no, I didn't do any WoW fanart (yet), but a dear friend of mine had her birthday a couple of days back. Well, me being epic fail, couldn't think of anything she wanted or needed. So I took the easy way out and finally sketched a Spock x Kirk drawing for her! :D Which also marks my first time drawing two chracters interacting! :D She's a HUGE, as in really, HUGE fan of Star Trek, and I can't afford the authentic figurines so... That'll do I guess? She asked me to draw that pairing before but heh, I'm a bum so I never really got down to doing it... Gives me a good opportunity to try out new drawing and colouring techniques I've learnt anyway ^^;.

June's a busy month!


I've NEVER watched Star Trek but thankfully there are tons of fanart of this pairing out there, so I happily used them as reference instead of movie stills @_@. Had a ton of fun drawing their clothes (I think I'm finally getting the hang of it? I hope? D:) but the poses... Oh man, the perspective gave me a ton of trouble. I didn't want to do the usual boring face front pose so... Yea. Since Spock isn't supposed to have emotions, after a battle and losing some men or something, I wanted it to seem like Kirk is semi-comforting Spock despite the latter showing little/no emotions? (But alas, my friend thought Spock looked sad DDDDD:) The hands were another hugely painful part to draw. They still look odd but pft, just focus on Spock's face or something! Oh, and generic random background because... I don't really know what setting they should be in. And I'm lazy. Overall, it was real fun to do inbetween WoWing! :D And I'm glad she liked it :).

Soooo tempted to do a piece with a proper background! Or start on WoW fanart...

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After 'forcing' myself to draw/sketch for the past few days, looks like I was finally able to attempt a 'proper' drawing! My arms are still aching terribly from gym on Thursday (yes, you read it right), to the point of me not being able to extend them fully D:. But still, after not being in the right frame of mind to read/write, and nothing nice was showing on TV, I decided to try drawing again! :D And what better way to kill time than to restart on the drawing challenge I dropped half a year ago?

After finishing Day 7, I did want to continue the challenge... Just that Day 8's topic was favourite animated character. I don't have to wreck my brains to think of which character to draw but... I can't draw him properly still. Despite having at least a favourite character I'm crazy over each series, my one true love will always be Genjyo Sanzo from Saiyuki! (There's just something about your first love which makes it special ;)). Since the creator of Saiyuki, Minekura, has godly artistic skills, trying to draw her characters is like attempting to scale Mount Everest. Despite that, I decided to give it a shot.



Clicky clicky! (Resized)


It's not great, but it's not terrible either! :D I don't think I butchered my darling that badly... Right? =/ Even though I've loved Sanzo since I was... 11? 12? I've never... Drawn him before. /theshame! After looking through my recent sketches, I was rather adamant on preserving some of his masculinity, resulting in me drawing and redrawing this piece. And that was before I had intended to change the sketch from a headshot to a full body drawing. -.-;; Needless to say, I got lazy afterwards and couldn't be bothered to ink the rest of the lineart properly but it was kinda fun anyway! And yes, I need to practice human anatomy more D:.

Shall do the next one... When I feel like it! Here's to wishing I dream of Sanzo today! :DDDDDDDDD

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Ok, scratch what I said in my previous post. I should just revert back to writing for now. -.-;; My uncoloured sketches look fine but argh. Once I've lined them and filled them in however... T_T Not to mention it's been tooooo long since I've drawn anything D:. My arm's aching after a quick 30 mins sketch! Woe is me D:.

The shame!

I've never drawn chombies before, or plushies for that matter, so I was like, I can't draw them like I draw my usual quads, but I don't think I can copy the Neopets' style either so... Fugly mashup ftw! :D But the whole plushie concept was fun, so maybe I'll try something like that and do a proper job next time. Meh. Lazy shading because I just woke from a nap before sketching :D.

Since I was rather... Unsatisfied with my Neopets sketch, I decided to do another quickie. So I tried to doodle humans. @_@ Not sure if that was a good idea or not...

Sketchy!

Since I've only doodled Hetalia chracters twice or something, I decided to try Prussia! His hairstyle is similar to Seto's anyway so I figured why not? (Which is probably why the sketch looks more like Seto than Gilbert DDDDD:!) I can't seem to capture that 'evilness' Prussia usually exudes! D: Or his smexiness. Probably due to my sketches of guys looking like prepubescent boys usually. /hides in hole I think I better stick to writing for now indeed. ^^;;

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And why is that so? Even if you are certain you'll want to draw after the first stroke, chances are that you'll end up too frustrated to churn out anything decent. OTL And forcing yourself to complete the piece will only end badly. Trust me, I know. Afterall, it just happened. Definitely not one of my best pieces of the year...



OTL is OTL.


Usually I'm slightly happy with the outcome for requests but damn, I just want to store this one away and never look at it again. The next time I force myself to draw when I don't feel like it, someone slap me.

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Just a quickie before I head off to bed; had an average of 3-4 hours of sleep daily for the week again. So, I've just ended my final (last of the sem too!) formal oral presentation for my Business Communications module today! :D Although I know that my performance could have been better if I'd more time to practice, I thought I did decent enough a job of 'Steve Jobs-ing' the audience :D. I think that method of selling your idea really helped my group stand out for once. Anyway, so remember how in I posted the supposed final oral presentation slide designs in my previous entry? (If not, just scroll down to the entry before this xD.) Well, after rehearsal, we realised that it looked too plain and boring... Since we were revamping our whole style and script to suit that of a proper sales pitch, we figured we needed more professional looking, and perhaps inspirational slides (LOL). So I was looking for ideas and I figured why not browse through my collection of space/astronomy related images? Which is how I ended up with this new presentation design layout:

Main Title Slide
Section Title Slide
Sub-section Title Slide
Content Slide with Progress Bar
Content Slide without Progress Bar





I'm rather pleased with how they turned out! xD That said, I spent much more time on it than with the previous crop-cut-and-paste presentation design. xD The main title slide didn't really turn out the way I had originally envisioned it to be, but my group thought it was fine so haha. Brushes used were from differentxdreamz (yeap, the same brushes I'd used to make my formspring layout!). Additional tweaks and brush strokes were added to the brushes to either make them better wrap/fit the globes and to make them look more vibrant and shiny :D. I had sooooo much fun with the colour dodge and screen settings for layers as I was 'colouring' in the glows! And since blue/black is one of my favourite combinations to use for graphics, I ended up overdoing the glows quite a few times (like with the main title slide HAHA). That said, I forgot to 'shiny-ise' the 2 'light bands' around the globe in the main title slide after drawing them D:. Oh well. The two globes used were not rendered or drawn by me (I can't achieve such details for my life). The globe for all but the main title slide is from here and that in the main slide is from when I was searching 'Earth' in Google images @_@.

Random but can you tell the content slides' designs were my fav of the lot? :D

For our presentation today, at least our slides kept the class awake with glowy globes! Which isn't really the best thing since some were staring at the globes instead of looking at our content =/. That said, I think we did a commendable job and managed to 'Steve Jobbed' the class :D. During Q&A, the questions posed weren't too simple but I think we still handled the whole thing rather well :D.

If you thought my presentations were all peachy, then you've got it wrong. I'm actually trying to sound a little more positive since I've been ranting about something nonstop.

Thank god it's over though.

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I was contemplating as to whether I should post non-graphics/art items here but... I've decided against it. As convenient as that may be, I'd prefer to keep my muses and writings etc separate from my graphics and art progress (or rather, the lack of progress). So I've decided to make another LJ (like a certain dearie xD) in which I'd post writings/muses/rants and the likes. It feels... Wonderful to have a space to write in again. It's too much trouble to maintain a normal daily-life-and-muses blog, but having a writing only journal would pressure me to write always, and it creates this massive inertia if I stagnant for too long. So if I combine both, at least I won't feel the need to update it daily, or to post my writings every other week since I can intersperse my proper writing posts with nonsensical ramblings. I'll need to complete my customisation of the layout and profile page... Some time 'soon'.

Click.


I'm not planning to f-lock the journal, yet. No idea how often I'll post there though, but I guess it's just comforting to know that at least now I've an outlet for writing and ranting :D.

Just to make sure this post is about graphics/art still, here's just another preview of a new set of slides I've created (or rather edited) from the original cover page design of th report. I kinda like how they look xD.

FOP slides design!


If you are wondering if the subsections title slides are just the main title slide with part of the design cropped off, yes it is. That's what the rest of my group wanted so yea... Means less work for me too anyway. xD Think I did too much writing for the day xD, afterall, rehabilitation requires taking baby steps yea? Still, I can feel a million other words waiting to be released; a feeling I haven't had in years.

God, it's feels good to be able to write again.

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