celticheavens: (katsuyaseto)
2014-03-14 03:08 am
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Wait what, it's 2014??






I'm wondering why on earth do I even keep a journal for art and graphics if I barely do either anymore? ;^; But yes, me posting means I did do something new! :D Now that I've a new Vaio (yea it's been so long that I've not even mentioned that here...), pshop is working wonderfully and can handle immense files and tons of layers without killing my laptop~ So to commemorate that, me being back in SG, and a brand new year, I decided to up my personal drawing challenge a notch, and do a mini comic!

So what sparked this was a rather unfortunate incident last Friday. Since it was finally the end of a long week, and I was actually looking forward to spending said night drawing or writing so I could rest (i.e. do nothing, like really nothing at all) the day after and start on work on Sunday. But nope, as fate would have it, the light in my room fused so I couldn't see a thing -.-. And since there was no way in hell I was drawing in the living room, hours of tantrums later, my folks got me a massively blinding 60W wall socket light bulb -.-. (Yea, my light bulb is some fancy super thin energy efficient bulb that isn't that easy to find, especially that late at night...) So now semi-blinded by the light from the wall bulb, I decided to draw so I can keep my head turned away from it. And since it caused me quite a bit of grief, why not spin it into a mini comic?

Gotcha! No, it's not featuring me. Why on Earth would I practice drawing myself? To spice things up a little, I decided to swap me and folks out for two of my favourite characters~ That's where my two YGO boys come in! Drawing the boys gives me 1) more incentive to actually see this little challenge through 2) make the incident more interesting without showing how much of a brat I am 3) more incentive to practice perspectives since when I doodle, I sketch cartoon characters and not OCs. The dialogue (excluding their thoughts) are pretty spot on as to what was actually exchanged between me and my folks, although the tone was a little different (i.e. a lot more frustrated on my end). Anyway, click first, read my rants later!


So yea, the boys get a sort of happy/sweet/whatever-it-is ending, while I was stuck with well, not a bad ending, but not the perfect one either. I originally designed the comic in the typical yonkoma style, but decided that my longwinded nature necessitates something that is a little, just a little longer. (Yea, which ended up with three times more panels. Joy.) It didn't help that I drew all the individual panels without planning my paneling beforehand. Despite having a vague idea of how everything was supposed to be placed, I didn't think much about panel shapes or alignment until I finished all the individual panels... Hence the pretty monotonous shapes for almost all the panels, L to R reading despite this being more Asian inspired, and odd insertions of inverse space for borders to break away from the overly traditional style. I didn't consider the inclusion of speech/thought bubbles either, since I'd assumed I can always randomly draw circles or boxes to include them. Seeing how cluttered everything was, I ended up just slapping plain text alone, and honestly I don't think it looks too bad. And it feels amazing to finally use a typical comics font! Oh, and the DA version is 35% of the original piece, so you can imagine the headache I had trying to fit everything into a proper comic format, and also the tons of resizing I had to do for each panel... OTL

I'd a ton of fun doing this piece though! It feels odd to draw again, especially on my tablet after not sitting and drawing properly for over a year... And to do so many panels back-to-back despite their basic formats. The changes in angles and perspectives are on purpose since this is more of a drawing practice than anything else. I'm notoriously bad at consistency in anything (even writing), so this was yet another attempt at trying to improve that... I don't think I succeeded in that respect, since trying to visualise Katsuya's devil of a mop of hair is enough for me to tear my own hair out. On top of that, I tried to vary face shapes a little to differentiate between the boys even more (Seto's face is supposed to be sharper...), but I ended up messing up facial proportions instead /headdesk. I got pretty frustrated at the end and just reverted to my same-face-syndrome-style for the largest panel to make sure the proportions are right OTL. Colouring wise, I think I'm finally a little bolder with shading skin (either that or this new brush set is better xD)~ But I'm still as crap trying to create the illusion of different textures... That said, I'm still worried about overshading (although I perpetually undershade things), especially for the rather unorthodox light source here. Oh well, baby steps I guess.

I'm pretty pleased with how this turned out, especially after not drawing for so long! And even better is how my Katsuya looks a little more recognisable than usual! :'D Although the entire process was pretty tedious since I'm a n00b, the deciding to colour everything on a whim was admittedly not one of my brightest moments, it's a milestone in my drawing journey for sure! It's a ton of fun (I even added a Pokemon cameo just because I can, and also as a play on someone's surname hehe), and a decent tribute for once to my OTP!

Until I decide to draw again, assuming I don't die from my final sem workload...

(Yes, Katsuya's mini bday comic is still unfinished... My style changed again so I'm trying to reconcile them for the last few frames T_T.)

Edit: So I caved and did chibis of the boys and some food items! :D Will do a proper post for them another time... ;_;
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celticheavens: (katsuyaseto)
2013-06-23 04:01 pm
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The Hidden Grove; My Sweet Solace





I guess this qualifies as post-Minnacon huh? If you're hoping I'm going to give you an insider's rundown on what happen, I'm afraid I've to quell the excitement since I didn't go for it. Several reasons: The haze when I woke was a massive 390, and even in the house I'm wheezing my lungs out; I had terrible insomnia the night before, only managing to sleep at 5.30am, and yes you read that right; my dad had to go to the office for a conference call so if I wanted to go, I need to take a bus (yes I'm that lazy). So taking the advice of my folks, I curled back in bed and snuggled into the warmth of my sheets :D. On top of that, my dad decided to surprise me with a toasted roast chicken and spinach sandwich with Brazilian coffee on the side (what's the occasion? I honestly don't know ._.)~ Well, not gonna complain! Quite a decent trade-off really! (Although a part of me is still a tad regretful that I didn't get to see the anthology in person, or grab goodies...)

So I mentioned in the previous post that I wanted to spruce up the profile of my writing LJ, and surprisingly, I did manage to conjure something simple up! :D Unlike the process for this LJ's graphic, I didn't feel like doing up a piece specially for it (since my writings span a myriad of topics, encompass a variety of styles, and differ in tone and formality), nor was I particularly inspired, so I decided to use my Twin Whites piece as a base for my design. Despite loving the colouring on Jack a lot more, I ended up going with a standalone Gil to allow more space for the text box, and since he looked a little more natural than the former anyway ;_;.

No, the tagline isn't Single White xD )

On another note, I'm still wondering how I should go about posting the piece I did for the Hetalia anthology. Since it's still on sale, I shouldn't really devalue my own work by posting it for free on all platforms yet, but if I wish to expand on the universe, I do need it up as a linking bridge for the proper explanation and creation of the world I have in mind. /headdesks hard. I guess I should worry more about it after I've actually added the flesh and other embellishments on the skeleton of an outline that is still lying in the dusty corner of my desktop. But at the same time, I want to gauge the reaction on it before I continue with the idea. (That's not really a genuine excuse since those who know me well enough know I don't give a rat's behind about what other's think: I write solely as a narcissistic reflection.) Either way, I'll let the thought simmer for a while more before deciding if I should just post a snippet of it for now and the full piece later in the year, or just screw it and post the entire thing up (since the anthology isn't that pricey in the first place, and that's just less than 20% of it spoiled (don't forget the other lovely stories and art!)). I can't ponder on this in my current sleep addled state. I'll update when my thoughts are clearer for the gloomy weather beckons a round of Dead Space 3 :D.

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celticheavens: (katsuyaseto)
2013-06-14 03:25 pm

It's been a long yet unproductive summer







It's been a while. Oops. Nope, I'm not here to post the finished version of Katsuya's birthday piece because I forgot about it OTL. I didn't really get to touch my Pshop much during the previous semester since I was doing presentation after presentation, and writing paper after paper. Surprisingly hectic for a semester I'd originally planned to be "relaxing". Figures huh? At least I managed to pull my CAP up by quite a bit~ :D It was only after the end of my semester did I have time to fiddle around with the program, courtesy of Beck who suggested the idea of a redeemable e-voucher for Karrot's birthday. :D And since well, me being the incredibly lazy and uncreative one, Beck supplied the general concept and idea, and left me to the freedom to do up my own design.

Because why give e-cards when you can give an e-voucher? )

Another thing I managed to do before the move was create an original character for Marvel's X-men~ I've toyed with the idea for a while now, and since I didn't feel like drawing any fanart (especially after not touching my tablet proper in nearly half a year), why not do something different for once?

The one-stop for the absurd and insane )

On another note, I don't think I've mentioned it here but I agreed to contribute a fanfic in January or so to my club's Hetalia Anthology project alongside [livejournal.com profile] daemon_angelus and [livejournal.com profile] bulletthestars for our upcoming Minnacon event. Several reasons for me taking up the offer at that time: I honestly thought it would be a much less frantic semester than my previous ones, it was a good way to finally give myself an excuse to finally write a Hetalia fic, and I felt bad rejecting the offer since I was an obvious choice and they needed one more person to pair everyone up. After an hour or two of animated discussion, we sort of came up with the general concept for the book before each of us had to leave for dinner and whatnot. The lack of updates subsequently made it fade from my memory, until received a text enquiring about my progress when I was in Melaka for a road trip did it come back to me. Although I was incredibly peeved at the last minute sending of details and lack of communication to reinforce that the project was still ongoing, my artist and I managed to pull through with a sliver to spare. Thankfully I'd crystalized the general concept much earlier in the semester during a casual dinner cum drinking night with [livejournal.com profile] picseanenigma, so at least I had a vague framework to work with when the deadline drew uncomfortably near (especially since I could only do it after I returned from my trip and I wasn't really willing to let work invade my short timeout). After numerous all-nighters of painfully squeezing words out since I'd already filled the days of my week prior to my trip, I finally finished it! Got some of my lovely friends to read and edit it for me during the last day before final submission, and thanks to them the unpolished rock is now a bit closer to becoming a small little gem. :D I'll rave and rant more about this after the event (which is also when I'll post it up on my other LJ and my other writing portals), so for now, I'm more than happy to just use my free time to laze around on my bed with my laptop~ I'll probably work on the long overdue profile graphic thing for my writing LJ in anticipation of the event too~

Until post-Minnacon or something! (Wow, this is a long post huh? xD)

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celticheavens: (katsuyaseto)
2013-01-25 03:13 pm

Twin Whites + Someone's a Happy Puppy!


Once more, my memory is going down the drain. -.-;; I complete Twin Whites while back, but never got down to posting it. Well, it's still winter in places blessed with having four seasons, so I guess it's still relevant in some way! (To think I wanted to make the entire piece Christmas instead of winter themed ><.) While this is long overdue, I managed to finish it before the term started! :D I wanted to make it a little more complex but only managed to get the clouds drawn before I got tired and a tad annoyed >< (overall, I think I spent more time on the clouds than with the rest of the piece on a whole). Anyway, before I rant/rave on, here it is!


As I've mentioned in one of my earlier posts, after watching RotG, I found myself drawing quite a few parallels between the protagonist, the playful Jack Frost, and my favourite Hetalia character, Gilbert Beilschmidt. Of course the most obvious similarity is rather evident -- a lovely head of silver, a cheeky disposition, older sibling (who is I dare say, rather protective of their younger siblings), and if I push it a little, adorable pets (re: Baby Tooth took a liking to Jack, and the ever lovely Gilbird) and similar outfits (which was what I tried to showcase in this piece). 

This is the first time I'm doing a crossover attempt, and surprisingly, also my sole attempt at trying to draw Gil darling properly /is fail. I was unfortunately either never inspired enough to do a solo piece of him, or was so painfully lacking in the technical skill to draw military garb that I end up too discouraged to attempt. Either way, his Halloween outfit is more within my range of ability (hoodies and jeans? Comfy and chic! :D), so why not? The branch idea was inspired by Jack always flying and whizzing around in the night sky in the movie, so I wanted to try drawing the moon in the background :D. Also, the silver of the moon works well with the atmosphere doesn't it? Yea, the branches are not really realistic in terms of structure, but for the sake of variety and dynamism, let's just go with it shall we? Finally, I had ton of fun colouring this piece! :D Tried a new style for the clouds to make it a tad more 'shiny' for a little more realism, but wasn't confident enough to try it for the foreground yet. (Baby steps yea?) Overall, I'm kinda pleased with how this turned out! <3

So another piece I've been working on is for Katsuya's birthday~ (Today! :DDDD Happy Birthday darling~) Yes, I said 'working on' so it's still a WIP, but hey, I'm putting more effort into this piece so it justifies it being late... Right? OTL I wanted to try something new this time (re: my usual omg 1 character in a cool pose with rhyme or reason behind it kinda pieces), so I'm going to try a mini comic! The last time I did this was wit When Darkness Falls a personal comic that isn't posted online cause of quality reasons :X, and discontinued a while back), and even so the strips are usually like 3-4 tiny frames at most. This isn't some massive 10-frame thing but I did try to vary the perspective a little more in lieu of all the doujins I've been reading (xD), so hopefully it makes sense! :D Here's the nearly completed version~ Just literally a couple more frames and I'm done!

:D )

Katsuya looks kinda weird (I still have no idea how his hair works, so it looks different each time), and admittedly the perspective is a tad strange for the last panel, but hey! At least I'm trying something new huh? :D And 'sides, I'm rather happy with the 3rd frame, especially since it isn't fully referenced! /o/

Until I finish Katsuya's birthday piece! Sorry for not finishing it in time dearie! ;A; It's the thought that counts right? ^^;;
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celticheavens: (sanzo new 1)
2013-01-07 05:34 pm
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Secret Santa (2012) + Happy Belated New Year!


Ahh, I nearly forgot to post this up ><. So I agreed to participate in my club's secret santa earlier in the previous semester. I nearly forgot about it, ending up with me rushing my side of the bargain a day before it's due ><. It was a nice enough drawing practice, although it meant that I couldn't (and still haven't T_T) touched my Jack 'n' Gil piece yet. Colouring was obviously rushed, and the darn Christmas tree took forever to do the lineart for. I should've just coloured it straight instead of lining it first... Poses are a tad awkward since I didn't reference, and background hastily thrown in because I had to rush out for Christmas dinner :X. So here's my end of the trade!


I originally wanted Alfred to just show the Arthur angel ornament to Arthur, but decided at the last minute that I wanted to practice character interaction with other objects ><. So yes, I did draw a larger version of the angel, as you can see here. I only coloured it in after resizing it, so there's no nicely coloured version of it (which is a good thing since I was so pressed for time anyway). Hope the recipient likes it! And in return, i received this lovely gem! (Yes, that is our club's official LJ for trades and whatnot~)

So after that, I thought hey, I'm pretty much done with drawing for the year! I can continue with my WIPs at my own time :D! However, I got a call fro [livejournal.com profile] bulletthestars wo days before the end of the year, asking me to pinch hit a trade before New Year's Day. Apparently, some inconsiderate persons either forgot, or couldn't be bothered to inform the mod of their incompetence/inability to participate, even after being granted extensions. Since I agreed to pinch hit for one person in my application, I was obliged to agree; and 'sides, it didn't have to be elaborate (i.e. I thought I could finish it in-between going out with my folks, dinners, and meeting people).

Unfortunately, I wasn't familiar with the list of series provided by the other party (Vocaloid and One Piece), and I haven't touched CLAMP works in ages (I only know of Cardcaptor Sakura and Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicles...), leading me to spend a bit of time looking for references. Better yet, I've no idea if the person was a male or a female, so picking a character was a huge pain ><. Discussed who to draw with Zeen, and finally decided on TRC since it's a lot more recent, and I did follow the series religiously over a couple of years before dropping it. The character I felt most comfortable drawing was Sakura (and 'sides, she ha lovel outfits), so I went ahead with it while forgetting tha I've not drawn a single female character in two years and that's not an exaggeration). So yea, proportions look rather odd but here it is!

I Remember

Mokona looks really un-adorable, I apologise OTL. I wish I could've done a background with large drapes and a lovely stained glass window but hey, I literally had less than half a day to finish it since I was busy the day I got the call, and I'd a New Year's Eve dinner to attend the day after. I literally sent the email out 5 minutes before I left the house. Phew! The recipient was partial enough towards it so mission accomplished! :D Hope she didn't notice that I couldn't find a full body reference of Sakura in this outfit so I just improvised on certain parts ><. Had tons of fun colouring her outfit, and at least she looks kinda like a girl! :D

So with that, I'm disappearing off into my mugger cave in anticipation of the coming semester. Hopefully I'll find time to finish my Twin Whites piece! T_T Until then, and Happy New Year ya'll!
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celticheavens: (katsuyaseto)
2012-12-09 05:29 am
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Bad Habit 371: Drawing during ungodly hours


I should've been asleep hours ago, but bleh, who dictates when inspiration strikes? I've been planning to draw for weeks after my finals but bleh, only found time in my self-made schedule to do so today OTL. That said, it's mostly my own fault for wanting to play all my games. In a row. Nonstop. >< And when I finally feel like drawing, I'm either a) too tired b) too engrossed in my game(s) c) inspired to do something else as well. What finally made me draw was the movie "The Rise of the Guardians", featuring Chris Pine as Jack Frost (aka Prussia lookalike :'D)~ The fangirl in me was overwhelmed with both Jack and Gil thoughts and feelings since yesterday (watched it with [livejournal.com profile] daemon_angelus :D), and after sleeping the entire day away (well, I woke at 1pm, and napped again from 2-7pm...), could only find some quality 'me' time to draw after bro slept a couple of hours ago. @_@ Anyway, here's a rough WIP of the two snowy bishies! :D

Messy sketch is messy )

I was going to make them fully symmertrical but I got lazy, and then figured practising more dynamic movements is a better choice :D. Not sure if I want to clean it up and colour it in proper since well, my games are still unfinished; let's just see if my inspiration will carry me through it xD.

Shall head off before my incoherence embarasses me further through some form of faux pas I'm otherwise not known for. Hope the Sandman fills our nights with golden dreams~ :D

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celticheavens: (Jeff and Maddox)
2012-11-21 02:21 pm

Presenting the BBB!


No, BBB is not some weird concoction of a policy the government has spun up. It's the handmade birthday gift Karrot and I did for Beck's 21st! (Despite the latter saying that there's no need to make a big fuss, but come on! It's the big 21! :D) This also marks the end of the 21 rush this year for the Gang (Thankfully ><. I feel like such a bad friend otherwise since I don't know what to get people and well, I'm just... Terrible at picking and making gifts.), so might as well go out with a bang right? :D

This started when Karrot was asking me what we should get Beck for her present. Since we thought that getting an item off the shelf is well, too impersonal, she suggested we handmake a jewelry box! This was after going through stuff like moustache watches and rainbow watches, which when we told Beck, she wrinkled her nose and mentioned how she's glad we settled for an alternative instead :X. Besides, the girl has so many bangles that she probably needs a better place to store them all -.-;;. Anyway, the woodworking plans used are from here, and no, as expected, I didn't do the woodwork, just the decorations :P. That was my initial concern too: how on earth are we to make the box from scratch without the necessary tools? Thankfully, Karrot had help from her friends (who aided in buying, making, and whitewashing the box xD), finishing it in a day (but not before redoing the upper compartment since it well, fell off) before handing it to me. So by then, the present was actually early, but it kinda got stuck at my place for the next 2 weeks due to my hell weeks. T_T Anyway, here's a collage of the jewelry box (from my perspective)! [For Karrot's perspective, head over to her blog. Which will be locked until her exams are over though :X.]

BBB! Named differently on DA for well, aesthetic purposes :P.

Oh, click on download for the full view of all the photo details and of the banner! (Which I decided to randomly draw since the collage looks a tad plain otherwise ><. Yes, each item on the banner was drawn individually without copying and pasting! :O) I didn't get to put more woodworking photos in since well, I wasn't there, and with Karrot's blog locked, I couldn't steal more photos. Just head over to her spot to see them (after her exams) instead! /lazy. The box was originally supposed to be painted over with a nice design of some sort (without the fabric), but due to the uneven texture of both the paint and the wood, Karrot decided to cover it with the denim cloth both of us picked out from Daiso (which was meant to be for another gift :X) to make it look more presentable. Since the change was done after I'd planned the initial design to paint, that was a tad annoying for me since I can no longer use paint now, and thus needed to find another idea that works on well, a stripped denim background ><. 

I let the box sit in my room until 11th Nov (So that makes it... More than 2 weeks? Oops.), remembered about it like an epic phail, rushed out to buy craft items (I had the fence idea weeks ago... I just didn't plan out the execution or the design yet ><), before working on it the day after. The best part was that I'd no idea what the final design will be or will look like, I couldn't remember if I still had paint, I didn't know if I had white glue, and I honestly didn't think about how it'd look like against the fabric. So the craft shopping trip was more of running into a craft design store, grabbing stuff that didn't look too ostentatious or gaudy while fitting the idea of a fence (i.e. garden-esque kinda imagery), and swearing at the numerous Christmas decorations I ended up finding instead. I wanted to start once I got home actually, but I found out that our white glue dried up, so I needed to get it from school the day after... Assuming I could find paint at home. Thankfully, my godfather from LA gave me a full art set once upon a time, complete with an assortment of paint, brushes, markets, colour pencils and other cool stuff, so I decided to finally open it and put it into good use~ (Now I need to find other things to paint over the year before the colours dry up ><.) After declaring that the dining table will be mine for the entire day, I finally started working on it from noon until two (before heading for class), then night until 2am.

Karrot gave her approval of the initial design I randomly came up with (see extreme right, second photo from top), I started painting the wooden embellishments. And goodness, this is why I stick to digital art. I can blend colours easily and without making a huge mess on the computer, but once I attempt to emulate that in real life, even an entire A4 sized cardboard piece is insufficient to get me the right shades. I gave up when it came to the butterflies, and decided to just use a variety of colours instead to cover the otherwise plain designs. OTL The problem was more of trying to stick everything down. Since I decided to curl the stems of the fake roses around the ice-cream stick fence, I either had to go around the parts where the sticks were connected to one another, or try to stick the vines inbetween the sticks. Didn't work well either way, especially near the 3rd segment of the fence (where the horizontal sticks had to be glued with another pair), which also explains why some of the sticks have deviated from the horizontal by quite a bit @_________@. It was just a huge sticky mess to try to apply sufficient pressure to ensure everything sticks, to keep the alignments right, and to prevent the roses from falling off. Besides the right side showing the most obvious deviation, I think the rest went rather well! :D The bulk of the time was spent basically waiting for everything to stick and dry properly, especially the last side (left). With the right and centre sides already decorated, I couldn't lay the box with the left side facing up (if I didn't want to squish the right side), so I basically spent the next 15 minutes hugging the box to applying pressure to the drying left side while watching tv with my mum (who accompanied me despite the entire thing only being completed at 2am :'D). Quite a sight really!

It's definitely not perfect, and I know I could've done a better job, especially on the workmanship if given more time ><. I'm just happy I still remember how to use a paintbrush and not make too big a mess with glue. Hopefully this means that I won't be as bad with future craft works! :D A huge kudos to Karrot for making the box from scratch in the first place, at least making sure that the box itself remains intact even if my decorations fall off :P. Glad Beck liked it too when I showed it to her the day after when we met for breakfast at Holland Village's Hatched ^w^~ Well worth the time and effort both of us spent! So Happy Birthday daughter, and try not to grow your jewelry collection too much more or we'll have to make an even bigger box next time! <333

One more exam to go (coming Tuesday) before freedom! Hopefully I won't lose the motivation to make the final push. T_T Wish me luck! :D

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2012-10-26 07:32 pm
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Because even the Ice Prince is Human


Remember how in the previous post I was complaining about 3 mid-terms and 2 essays? This time round, it's 2 cases, 2 presentations, 1 essay, 1 lab report, and a final. Each is worth 30% of my grade -.-;;. And guess who is still reeling from the last 'hell week' and decided to 'take a break' until the 21st of October. Definitely overestimated my ability to take this many heavy workload modules at a go. I wanted to do a Halloween kinda sketch originally, but decided that the composition of the image will take up time I barely have to spare, yet I didn't want to just do another sketch dump because well, the challenge isn't the same. I was reading more puppyshipping fics before it hit me that Seto's birthday is on the 25th! So here's my first ever birthday art for a character~ :3

Take Me Home

I did want to post this on LJ yesterday, but god, I was rushing work until 6am this morning before I fell asleep (it felt more like fainting to be honest -.-;;. Everything just... Disappeared and I knocked out.), before waking at noon, barely submitting my group's case on time, and rushing off to a meeting which I was an hour late for. Anyway, when other artists do birthday art for Seto, most just draw him in a suit and holding a bouquet of roses, or cosying up with his various pairings, and I didn't want to go down the same road since it's boring, and I can't execute the latter :X. Since his birthday is on a weekday, it is unlikely that he will skip work to celebrate it (come on, to him a birthday is no different from a normal working day, albeit more annoying xD). So based on that concept, the idea of train ride popped into my head and this is the result!

Thought it was a good way of practising perspective with this particular piece, to make sure I'm comfortable with anatomy in general. Not exactly a complete success, but proportion wise, I don't think it looks too bad. And since a train backdrop isn't too difficult to draw, I decided to put in a little more effort and create a more decent looking background. No references were used surprisingly, with the exception of scenery (because I can barely draw properly, what makes you think I can conjure up a scenery otherwise? T_T). Had great fun trying to draw it, and it turned out better than expected~ It definitely made me realise the importance of having a collection of different brushes for sure -.-;;. The original sketch was motion blurred at around 10px to create the illusion that the train is moving. Perhaps I should have blurred it a little more since I doubt Seto will be in anything else but a high speed luxury train. -.-;;

The colour scheme selected is based on trains I've been in, and Seto's suit is the inverse of his usual blue/white scheme to make it easier for me to colour :P. While I was sketching, I realised the entire composition looked a little too plain (no, I unfortunately do not have a habit of planning, and that includes drawing ><), so I tossed in some documents and half a tray with a slice of birthday cake on it. Didn't want to go with an empty plate because in my mind, the great Seto Kaiba is just above trifles such as sweet desserts xD, so yea, the cake's just going to sit there untouched. When doing up the various paper 'documents', I actually wrote a 'letter' out for kicks haha. Yes, it is dated on Seto's birthday, and no, there is no birthday wish.

Totally legit letter )

The other letter Seto's holding is from Mokie (hence the nii-sama on it). As much as he tries to hide from celebrations and whatnot, I can imagine that Seto is still appreciative, and perhaps kinda touched by Mokie's yearly remembrance of his birthday. And because of that, perhaps being home might even be better than travelling alone. Who says Kaibas are always heartless pricks? :P

Hopefully when my insane semester ends I'll have more time to draw ><. I've a couple of pieces from eons ago I've yet to inked, and so many ideas in my head. And maybe if I dare, I may even squeeze out a couple of hours to sketch my new video game crush - Piers Nivans :D. His loyalty and selflessness immediately made him my favourite character in this installment; probably helps that he is quite a looker too hehe. Did I mention Piers is modeled after a model/actor? :D

Until next time~ If I don't die from the workload first.

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celticheavens: (sanzo new 1)
2012-09-26 04:13 pm
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Operation: Procrastination; Status: In Progress


So I'm currently putting off 3 mid-terms to revise for and 2 essays. What for? To sketch. (I know, my priorities.) Admittedly it was my own fault when I decided to browse through AO3 for puppyshipping fics at the oh-so-early hours of 2am a couple of nights ago. :D While I regret it on hindsight, it did drastically improve my mood from the suicidal rage I was habouring for the week before that. What I didn't anticipate for the urge to draw after (probably because my favourite non-pixiv puppyshipping artist is now on Tumblr, and manages the best ask Tumblr ever. I'd buy her artbook if she releases one, seriously. *3*), which I only got to yesterday since I was painfully trying to plan my assignment while fighting puppyshipping thoughts xD. /is fail.

Surprisingly quick, given that it's coloured~

Naturally I wanted to draw our little puppy and his master :P~ Obviously not interacting, because I was wayyy too lazy to reference, and also because my bro was in my room and ummm, I'd rather not risk it :X. I still have a long way to go before I can sketch quickly and confidently, but seeing how this one was done in the same spirit without references (ignoring my need to double check the hair styles for my babies T_T), I'm rather pleased :D. Didn't have time to change the proportions and whatnot, but it still looks... Decent I hope? Still rather awkward with poses, but meh, that comes with experience and planning before sketching :X. (E.g. Sanzo was supposed to be in a different setting, with his hand pushing against a shelf/cabinet/ceiling. X_X) Also, I think my original suspicion of being able to draw animals better than humans still stands. /points to Neopets sketches from before and the little puppy now.

Decided to colour the sketches once I was done, because I didn't feel satisfied after speed sketching. Also because colouring is a lot more fun :D~ (And to think I used to hate colouring my works...) Tried to be a little bolder with face shading (I need to look at the bone structure of guys more ><) after the feedback I've gotten from previous drawings, no sure if it's more visible now but meh, baby steps! And I think because of that, the skin tones all look the same ._.;;. Katsuya's supposed to be the most tanned with pink undertones, while Sanzo's and Seto's have yellow undertones, with the latter being the fairest...

I didn't realise the colour scheme for all three of them are so similar. ._. Katsuya's jacket is from the first one/two arcs of DM, Sanzo's outfit is his usual, and Seto's was randomly conjured up by yours truly. I wanted to go the usual white/blue for Seto, but a white trench is a pain to shade, and dark blue is one of my favourite colours to use in art/graphics~ Almost drew a golden retriever instead of a terrier, but decided Seto's more of a small dog/puppy kinda guy (no seriously, not just because of my OTP xD). He won't appreciate a bigger dog jumping (on) him (hehe), but he'll probably have a soft spot for smaller dogs that he can cuddle while working on his laptop. (Come on, even Sanzo has a soft spot for kittens!) Wanted to draw an autumn/winter scene for Seto too but bleh, ran out of time. :/ So the hand in his pocket is deliberate ><, just looks incredibly weird without the right setting. Oh, and Seto's name is supposed to read 海马濑人, not 濑人海马. OTL I'm just so used to saying Seto Kaiba as opposed to Kaiba Seto...

Hopefully this will satiate my drawing urges until post finals. It's nonstop epic workload until the end of the term for me. The joys of being a third year college student I swear. /slams head on desk.

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2012-09-02 09:40 pm
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Try and try again


So here's a quickie before I rush off to prep for my presentation. ._. Should've started sooner I swear. Anyway, I decided to participate in NUSCAS' summer exchange 2 weeks ago, seeing how I figured I won't have any more time to draw once the semester kicks in full force *gulps*. I was happy I got to draw instead of write (seeing how the latter is really dependent on inspiration for me, while I can force myself to draw under most circumstances), especially since it was Byakuya-kun~ :333 I started doodling him when I just started drawing years ago, so I was rather curious as to how I'd draw him now. Unfortunately, googling for his new uniform yielded some... Unpleasant spoilers, but either way, it was lovely to challenge myself to draw a character I love~

Trying a little too hard, perhaps?

I'm surprisingly pleased with how it turned out, seeing how I only spent several hours of 2 separate days drawing and colouring. Admittedly I overestimated the amount of time I had (thus rushing the piece, especially the lineart...), but I was surprised to find how easily I could colour~ :DDD (Sadly, I can't say the same for drawing itself :X.) Wanted to try something a little darker and more emotional, as opposed to my usual 'pick-a-pose-draw-and-colour-without-more-thought' kinda works. In all honestly, I think this was drawn more for me than anyone else; I wanted to see how much bolder I could get with colouring, if I was able to draw a themed piece than just basic sketch, I wanted to do a bit of justice to a character I've held close for over half a decade. I know it could've been a better job, but I'm not going to complain because I'm truly happy that my efforts did a bit more justice to Byakuya than my first attempts years ago.

Decided to draw on a bigger scale to hide untidy lineart, tried a new brush for colouring (think I'll stick to it, I love it to bits), added some sakura petals and semi-gradient + airbrushed the background for more volume. I was contemplating as to whether I should add blood to the image or not, for realism sake (the absence of bloody wounds with sliced up gi? Seriously?). Decided to in the end, but didn't want to overdo it since ummm, I've already shaded the clothes and skin. :X So here's the contrast between the bloodied and non-bloodied versions!

Should've decided before I coloured...

Edit: Apparently the full reveal was posted just as I was typing out this post! :D Click here to view all art and fics! And click here to see what I got in return!

So along the note of improvement in art, I decided to complete DA's improvement meme since it's been... A while since I've started doodling :D.

Maybe I'm not trying enough instead...

I started doodling proper in 2005, so this meme charts my digital pieces until the Bleach one above. It's interesting to see how I still don't really have a fixed style, but it does seem to suggest I like drawing very pointed noses and chins xD. Not sure if that's a good or a bad thing. Some of the pieces are rather... Painful to look at I admit, but I'm deciding to swallow my pride and add them in anyway to show that hey, even with random practices on and off (I swear I draw less than 25 times a year..), you can still improve! So imagine how large the jump will be if you practice even more frequently! :D 

Until whenever~ School work beckons T_T. /presentation is tomorrow. /I'm so screwed.

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celticheavens: (sanzo new 1)
2012-08-20 12:45 am
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Summer holidays? What's this you speak of?


Oh wow, 3 months just flew by like that. -.-;; I barely feel rested mein gott. Doesn't help that my first presentation is in a week and assignments are going to start piling up... /nervous gulps. So much for being more creative during the hols huh? In my defence, I didn't bring my tablet to China and honestly, I don't think the environment there nurtures any potential budding creative sparks at all. To make up for not touching my tablet in ages (I'm not even going to think of when was the last time I actually wrote anything), here're a couple of doodles I rushed in the past couple of weeks~

Olympics fever~

Warning: Long rant! I nearly forgot the Olympics was this month (I did however, remember it was taking place this year haha), but as usual, I didn't really bother much with it because 1) swimming is most fun when you are competing, not watching 2) they don't have karate 3) taekwando was surprisingly boring 4) equestrian made me wanna fly back to see my horse and go riding again. One event I was looking forward to however, was artistics gymnastics. I've always admired the strength, dexterity and elegance of the gymnasts as they constantly pushed the limits of the human body. My enthusiasm spiked in 2008 when I first saw Kohei Uchimura, a Japanese male gymnast with such elegance and precision, he makes even rings and pommel look effortless. I'd go on and ramble about how his determination and calm is an inspiration to us all but meh, let's leave that for when the interested speak to me in person yea? Anyway, the drawing is not of Kohei, but of another gymnast, Philipp Boy of Germany. I first noticed him in the world championships a couple of years back for his ambitious moves, infectious enthusiasm and lovely sportsmanship. 2011 WC was a particularly deterministic moment of his career as he snatched 2nd placing in all-around, breaking the otherwise G/S Japan sweep. He's sincere enough with his congratulations, humble enough to entertain the reporters, and grounded enough to continue with what he loves: gym and running cafes (he owns two! :D). I guess it was this relatability alongside his amazing skills that made me follow his journey more closely, so it was a heartbreak for me when he performed so poorly at the qualifiers. I'm just disappointed that he is unable to show the world his true talent in the sport (although congratulations to his lazy teammate, Marcel Nyugen, who snagged a Silver all-around!), and given his age, he may not even get a chance at the next Olympics DDD':. So that's why I decided to doodle him from memory instead of Kohei (who saved his reputation by breezing through all-arounds, taking his 4th straight all-around gold~), because he deserves so much more respect for his talent D:. /ends rant

Wanted to try a more dynamic pose than my usual face-forward poses xD. Sketched from memory, coloured at the last minute to see if I can flub a background. I'm quite sure the pommel horse is taller and wider but meh, /scraps. xD


No lengthy fangirl rave this time I swear ><. Decided to doodle while waiting for the rest of the Biz girls to send over some stuff, and ended up with a random OC who looks kinda... Hipster. ._. That was not my original intent I swear! I just wanted to do nice slightly messy hair, some drapey stuff, and simple clothes. Apparently when put together, my mind came up with that. -.-;; Careless colouring, uncleaned lines and a lazy background because I didn't feel like drawing anything else once I was done :P.

Realism Rose, Mel style!

One last item before I finish up this entry~ I was randomly sketching nonsense while watching the Olympics reruns when my bro stopped and commented, "Your drawings are too cartoony." While yes, they are because I'm quite terrible at drawing still, I don't like such facts being said in my face when I'm currently drawing. So I told him I'll draw something semi-realistic for him; end result is the 'rose' you see above! :D Took me 3 minutes or so, and while it isn't true realism, it was enough to shut my bro up. -.-;;; Randomly 'zomg-cool brushes all over!!!!' it, and it ended up like this. :D And nope, not even gonna try salvage it. /lazy

I wish I drew more during the holidays but argh, it's uni year 3 so I can't afford to waste time on the more frivolous. /sigh Until whenever! D':

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celticheavens: (sanzo new 1)
2012-05-17 09:39 pm
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Breakfast, animals... What else? How about Alcohol!


So my 2nd year of university has finally ended, and I was looking forward to a nice break from the insanely hectic schedule of a Business student. (I swear, without projects, I wouldn't have spent 4 completely sleepless nights rushing nonsense.) Although I have around 2 weeks of free time before I fly off for my internship (which is tomorrow), I had so much I wanted to do and so much I had to do that I ended up with a schedule not unlike that during my school term. Not complaining much though since I got to meet most of my friends before I leave! :Db Not too shabby!

So wayyyyy back in Jan, the local Gang decided to do up our beloved domesticated cockroach's present. But thanks to my group needing to prepare for a major presentation early in the semester, our progress gradually dwindled until it finally came to a halt. Oops. We didn't forget about it (although we had to apologise to said cockroach ><) and decided to finish the final touches of it once the semester is over. I was supposed to draw an Alcohol family for the Gang (we spent an entire day deciding on who's who, it was great fun!!) since it's the big 21 this year, but couldn't finish them before the first hell week @_@. Redid the entire set over this week and it's finally ready for the present! :D

Click for the Alcoholic version of the Gang!

(For members of the Gang who are reading this, the numbers correspond to when our birthdates are. So I'm number 5! :D Also the odd one out since we didn't realise margarita was the only drink which was a combination of alcohol, thus not coming in a bottle. -.-;;. Since I'm the head of our family, it doesn't matter I guess! :D)

Each drink is referenced (since I rarely drink, unless it's champagne or red wine and occasional cocktails when I'm out) but with smilies on them in attempts to make them look cute :D. The original was much less elaborate with basic colouring but argh, I didn't really like them after viewing them once more so yeap, new style! More info on the drinks (a random interesting fact too) and well-wishes will be written behind the card as well~ :D Quite happy with how they look!

I really wish I could've coloured them for fun but argh, I need to pack for my trip ><. And since China's Great Wall hates LJ, I may not be able to post until I return for my birthday (yay!) or near the end of summer hols. Either way, wish me luck for my internship! >< Finance in Chinese will be the death of me.

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celticheavens: (Jeff <3)
2012-03-26 03:05 am
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I drew a real person besides myself?


Managed to finish the drawing! :D Couldn't decide if I should include a background or not so I ended up redoing slip shod backgrounds until now. That said, I was distracted by the WLIIA videos playing on my iPad next to me xD. Trust me to multitask even when I'm supposedly doing something leisurely eh?

I'm sure you guys would have guessed that the person I'm drawing is Jeff B. Davis~ :D Because he's my first 'celeb'/real life person crush :'3. Kinda embarrassing to admit to since I'm leaving the realm of the young and tax-less this year. I guess I can take it as me finally maturing but that said, others usually associate having celebrity idols as a past time of teenagers. Not really the image a wannabe financial advisor should project eh? Before I rattle on more, here's the link!

Gentleman Misfit

I'm actually really happy with how this one turned out! Seeing how I rushed it in a single day and without using as many references as compared to before. Maybe I'm finally getting used to drawing guys! :Db One of the rare times during which I've tried to make the character I'm drawing interact with the environment, in this case, the stool! It was actually a fluke since I didn't really position him specifically, I just drew and hoped for the best. Jeff's hair was a pain to get right. ._. It's curly yet spiky at the top; how long does he spend doing his hair anyway?? Thankfully I tend to draw guys in suits (thank you Seto for always making me draw you in an awesome suit) so that wasn't too different hehe! I think the hardest part was cartoonising Jeff before drawing. It's one thing to create fanart of an animated character (The lines are already defined and the style present, so you just... Copy.) but another to draw a real person. I truly admire those who can do it effortlessly. OTL Because well, my Jeff doesn't really look like Jeff :X. Hopefully he looks tall enough! (Damn guy is taller than 190cm. -.-;;)

Decided to do a background since eh, partly because I thought a white background looked too boring to be submitted on DA again and it's easier to watermark that way. I wanted to do a proper bar scene but looking at the time, I scrapped that idea and created something that suggests a bar scene xD. Cheating but hey, I think it works! Kinda! Made a mini poster to make it less pathetic :P. Yea, the words at the bottom are unreadable after I added in the city silhouette but they aren't visible at all in the original picture so I ignored changing them. The silhouette brush is from the SS Urban Vector Design pack which I saved over 5 years ago. @_@ Will probably update the credit if I find it again.

Colouring it was fun! I really miss digital colouring. D: I think I kind of... Dare I say, improved? I'm really pleased with the way the suit and wine glass turned out, which is a real treat since I had more fun than dread and frustration when I coloured them. Took a shortcut with Jeff's hair :P. My excuse? As mentioned above, the directions of his hair confused me. Colours selected were partially based on items he own, although the whole ensemble is not something he's worn before. I love this tie and his magical 'Duststorm' socks so I threw them both on :D! /ends super long rave. Can you tell I miss writing about my drawing process? xD

No, I'm not done with this post yet. Not when I know I won't be able to post for a month or two T_T. So while I was drawing, I figured that I should make a new icon to celebrate drawing my first real life person! I know, it's just an excuse for me to spend more time on Photoshop :P. 'Sides, I need an icon to show my love and jubilation in comments/posts!


Decided not to sign off on it this time since it's as cluttered as it is now heh. Which I've to say, is more similar to my usual "squeeze-everything-into-the-smallest-amount-of-space-possible" style. Nothing much to say about it besides I love how I managed to include a mixture of dreary brown and light orange/pink in the same icon xD.

Here's to hoping I continue to love the WL boys enough for me to draw more real people! Until post-semester I guess!

P/s: Sorry for not responding to comments/replies/messages here ><. It's hard to when so many other things are keeping me off LJ involuntarily ;_;.

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celticheavens: (sanzo new 1)
2012-03-25 08:55 pm
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Quick update


Crunch time starts again from tomorrow onwards until summer hols. /gulps. So here's a quick update on a couple of items I managed to squeeze out since I last posted!



Yes, that creature I drew is yours truly! Except much thinner. Did it last month for a Tumblr 'activity'; actually just a random post which said draw myself in my current position and outfit. Thankfully I was that unglamourous at that moment and I felt an urge to draw so here we go! And yes, my chin was supposed to be tucked into my collar bone while I'm slouched into my seat. Yes, I've a really bad posture :D. Hair's slightly more brown than usual since I'm still trying to grow my highlights out and yes, those are eyebags :D. Big eyebags.

Other item was an icon/logo created yesterday for a friend who needed something for a mixed martial arts meet~ (If I assume right, it should be hosted by NUS Muay Thai Club) She specifically asked for a white orchid with a drop of blood on it so here it is!



It's more purple than white but hey, that's the only way to do highlights unless I wanted proper non-vector art (then I'll go for blue or grey). Was too lazy to clear the white outlines inbetween so I told her to either get the person who's adding the logo to either use a white background or the multiply/magic eraser tool to clean it up :P. To make things slightly easier, I did one with a black outline too xD. Not too bad since it's vectored in pshop with only the main shadings airbrushed on.

Am currently working on a drawing (Le gasp! Really!) which should hopefully be done later tonight or tomorrow :3. Just in time too since I've so much due in the next 2 weeks. ._.

/goes off to draw. Oops.

EDIT: Omg! 100th post! :'D

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celticheavens: (Jeff and Maddox)
2012-02-22 03:09 am
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Posting just to break the monotony


Another really quick one before I disappear into the nethers again @_@. I've been writing more than I've been drawing/designing recently, and even so, the amount of writing I do is mostly for my papers and essays than leisure. To celebrate recess week (not that it feels like it) and the breaking of my 2.5 years fanfic dry spell, here's a new icon + a random graphic I made!



Let's start with the random "Stay Strong" graphic. Since I haven't opened Photoshop in a good couple of months before yesterday, I decided to make something to see if I can still create graphics. Knowing me, I had to pick the colours I hate working with most (yellow-orange-brown shades). -.-;; Better yet, I wasn't really inspired or anything, I just felt like doing something so there isn't really a theme or coherence in the graphic. OTL I guess I can still do layering rather decently, but my colour selection skill is down the drain. I decided to use white instead of an eraser because I figured I won't use this anywhere else xD. It's more like a practice piece I guess. But yes, it's made for a white, not a coloured background /facepalm (click on the permanent link for this entry to view it against a white background if you wish :Db).

Onto my new icon :3! Because I have the most irrational infatuation with this man right now, I can't help but make an icon of him to use ;A;. Quite unlike my usual style; a mix of vintage and pale colours were used in place of my purples, blues and dark reds. Although it's not obvious, I did end up layering the background design quite a bit, but decided to make it a lot more subtle because the mood of the photo called for it. Not too happy with the colour selection again (I'm losing my touch T_T), but since I was inspired when I made it, I don't think it looks too shabby! Especially for a style unlike my usual. I can't really hate my favourite photo of him and Maddox can I? At least now I can proudly say I've a personal Jeff icon! QuQ

Oh, before I forget, the club newsletter is finally out! Click here to download or here to view it online :D. So if you've read my post during December (/points below), you can finally see what those blacked out figures are! What's more, it's also the official newsletter introduction of the chibis! /o/ As a funfact, [livejournal.com profile] daemon_angelus and I each wrote/created 10 pages for it -.-;;. Amazing huh. She wrote the Hetalia Day and Matric Fair articles while I did the AFA and Costfest ones :D. Sorry if my first article is tl;dr, but honestly, I was just trying to do the newsletter team a favour :P. And yes, they spelt my name wrongly. With an extra "s". /shakes fist angrily. And after 2 months worth of delays too. Sheesh. /blacklisting the editor. Probably payback for my constant hounding :P.

Anyway am off to bed, before my near permanent eye bags decide to finally etch themselves into my already marred skin. Will post again probably closer to summer holidays!

Edit: Changed the content slightly and corrected grammatical errors because I hate proofreading.

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celticheavens: (sanzo new 1)
2012-02-01 04:39 pm
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Just to prove that I'm still alive



So here's a quick post to show that I've not succumbed to the relentless assault of projects, presentations and papers. Mum's birthday was a couple of days ago, and me being the bum I am only managed to finish her card and get her gift several days after. In my defence, I was sick in bed thanks to an asthma relapse which was further exacerbated by fever. Perfect way to start the lunar new year eh? :D Story of my life.

Behold inaccurate anatomy and oddly shaped squiggles!


Here's a hastily sketched picture inspired by a deviantart piece! It's supposed to incorporate the element of water (Aquarius) in the design but since I didn't ink it properly, it looks like a wonderful mess! :D Thus I suggest viewing it from a distance to create an illusion that it is complex yet well drawn. The reason why I didn't mind doing a slipshod job on this was because the highlight of her gift was the earrings my bro and I got her, not the card. The card's more for tradition's sake... Which is still going strong even after nearly 15 years! :D

Back to my mountain of work! :D Such is a life of a university student...


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celticheavens: (Default)
2011-12-29 04:41 pm

Oh my, it's nearly the end of the year?



Goodness, I didn't even realise it was nearing the end of the year @_@. Time sure flies doesn't it? It's the dawn of another semester of pure torture. /shot Anyway, a very belated Merry Christmas to all of you (because I was being a bum during the holidays and used my trip as an excuse to not do anything productive) and a Happy (Potentially Last) New Year! (I doubt I'll post here in a while xD.)

On a completely unrelated note, I did do some half-hearted graphics for one of my presentations last semester (although thanks to my friend's laptop not being able to properly fuse them into the template, they were at the last minute abandoned, much to my chagrin). The frustration was partially because of the narcissist in me and also the fact that I specifically extracted a couple of hours upon my group’s request to do up something ‘special’ to kill the entire class’ bell curve (which thankfully, we did). Did I mention those hours were originally meant for me to catch up on my homework (which I later pulled 3 all nighters to complete)?

Here is the 2 minutes menu (vegetables stolen by my friend from goodness knows where; comment if you know and I’ll gladly credit; EDIT: I only did up the background. Sent it to another group mate who added everything else in...) and the original template [1] [2] [3]. Not hand annotated because I originally wanted to do this post in Shanghai. To provide some context, our group's proposed business venture was that of a vegetarian fast casual restaurant /cue laughter from all my friends. (The) Beanstalk was my first attempt at drawing a… ‘Plant’. Not sure how much of a fail it was… Logo was rushed in 2 minutes or so too (I really couldn’t be bothered with something nice since it was for a single presentation and report only). I’m going to leave this portion of the post here because thinking about the module more drives me absolutely insane with rage at an idiotic group mate.

Putting that horrendous experience behind us, the CAS newsletter is coming! (It was originally supposed to be a Christmas edition but due to lack of content and late submissions… /coughs) Was in charge of 2 ‘articles’ this time, in which I ranted quite a fair bit for the AFA one (didn’t have much time to edit it although I did get some feedback for it for… Tone adjustment. Opps.) hopefully in not too sarcastic a tone. The other was for Cosfest which I’d originally just wanted to take the easy way out and send a pile of photos over with lame captions and let Productions handle the rest. Since I was in such good spirits (not to mention I felt sorry for the newsletter team), I decided to do something a little… Different :D.



You get cookies if you can guess who is whom! :D It’s quite a stark difference from the article I wrote (so people will probably wonder if they are indeed written/created by the same person) but hopefully, worth the time I spent on it. Did I mention since I changed my mind at the last minute, I rushed the entire thing out on the day I was flying off to Shanghai? /cue applause. I nearly made it too! I had to spend another 15 minutes in the hotel realigning everything, double checking grammar etc before I sent it off though xD. So yea, I’m famous for doing last minute work because I’m actually good at it. Oh, did I also mention [livejournal.com profile] daemon_angelus has 2 articles in the upcoming newsletter too? :Db So if you want to find out who the mysterious blacked out figures are, or if you are a fan of [livejournal.com profile] daemon_angelus' works, stay tuned for it! (I might post a link to the newsletter here xD~)

Until next time! Enjoy what’s left of the year!

EDIT: Changed the links @_@.


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celticheavens: (katsuyaseto)
2011-10-30 03:33 am
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APH Gakuensai 2011~

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Ok, a quick post because it's really late and I need to wake earlier later today D:. So APH day was last Saturday, 22nd October, and it was unfortunately the last time this organising committee will be handling it /woe is me and all of us!!! ;_; Needless to say, I was rather disappointed to hear that since their enthusiasm and dedication was what drove me to attend it despite needing to rush for my cousin's wedding dinner almost immediately after. Well worth it imo. So I've been meaning to do an artwork or something to commemorate the event but thanks to my crapload of school work, it is almost impossible to do so D:. I don't even have time to finish the writing piece I mentioned in the previous post! /epicfail Since the Bad Friends Trio had a huge role to play this time (\o/), like their awesome as heck Tik Tok/Single Ladies dance + Prussia's DJ booth, I decided that it is justifiable to doodle Prussia (I wanted to draw Spain and France too, but I just ran out of time I swear! T_T) in place of the more popular, prominent and almost as lovable America heh~

There's a reason why it is in my scraps


I really really hate how I only feel like drawing and/or inspiration for it comes during crunch time. It's almost like it's taunting me, "YOU'VE HOMEWORK DUE IN A WEEK WHICH YOU HAVEN'T STARTED ON AND I'M GOING TO DUMP THE BEST IDEAS FOR ART AND WRITINGS ON YOU NOW. ENJOY IT SINCE YOU'LL PROBABLY FORGET THEM WHEN YOU'VE CLEARED ALL YOUR WORK MWHAHAHAHA!!!" I swear, that's exactly how the voice in my head sounds. Anyway, Prussia's school girl outfir isn't really the usual depicted by fans, but since it's a... 'Tribute' for the lack of a better word for APH Day Singapore, it's partially based on the uniforms the cosplayers had on. 'Sides, I can draw that offhand but not the usual outfit :P. And yes, I drew Gilbird! :3 I feel like sewing my own Gilbird to go with my Gilbird-esque necklace... Oh, the main highlight for me (which is also BFT related) was that Spain kissed my hand after I bombed at his finger football station! \QvQ\ And that was after I 'shot' the mini football too hard and he went 'oww' when it hit his finger /opps..? But yes, I shall do a BFT piece along with a USUK one after exams.

So much for it being a quick one huh. Hiatus until after exams most probably! Wish me luck for my projects and finals! @_@;; I REALLY need it.

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celticheavens: (sanzo new 1)
2011-10-20 01:46 am
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Yes, I'm an emo kid.

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Despite wanting to draw/design/write for the longest of time, thanks to my mountain of assignments, I can barely squeeze in an hour or so per week to do them. To most, that's probably enough of a blessing in itself. It would be for me as well if it wasn't for the fact I need everything to be perfect. Including drafts and sketches. /kill me now, please? After realising that it's impossible to do so, (besides the 2 newer writing pieces I've posted, I still have one WIP since... Last week.) I decided to just randomly doodle or write when I can. Which has been really therapeutic! :D Although it pains me that both activities seem so unnatural and forced at times =/.

Ramblings aside, with the first submission of name for my CCA's doujin/mag project, I've gotten into the mood of drawing again D:. Since I can't do a proper piece, here's a half-hearted sketch of a concept I really want to execute properly when I have the time! Just putting it in ink so that I won't forget ><.

;_;


Yes, it isn't the happiest sketch I've done, and I stupidly doodled with too thick a brush. But I did try out a new drawing angle (and majorly failing)! I'm happier with the glasses than with the mister @_@ Oh, and guess who this is! Shouldn't be too hard since the other reason for me wanting to draw pretty much coincides with a particular upcoming event~ :3 And before the fangirls kill me, I didn't say the other person was dead! I just... Hinted that perhaps something unfortunate happened. @_@

As usual, I have to doodle at the most ungodly times. Well worth it since it's going to be a long while before I get to use my tablet again...

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2011-09-25 02:09 am
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Because I've no self control ;_;

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So my first midterm is next week, which I *just* finished reading through all the notes for + listened to lectures I've missed (40% of the total lot HAHA). I'm fail I know D:. I've been really unproductive, taking 3 full days to finish =/. I need to keep up this pace/go quicker if I want to finish everything in time @________@;.

Despite that, I still ended up doodling instead of getting a good night's sleep heh. On the notebook I'm using to take down notes for accounting /shot. Doesn't matter since my normal notes have enough doodles on them too haha. I was browsing through a portion of my fanart for motivation, and I realised once more how badly I want to be able to draw well D:. (Nice timing huh.) After resisting for an hour or so, I decided heck it, I'll just sketch. And not on my tablet since I'd not be able to stop ><.

Rei the fighting waiter!


(Yes, I ended up using my tablet for like 5s in the end. Sue me :P.) The victim chosen was Rei from Bakuten Shoot Beyblade! :D Yes, I mostly draw characters from old series, BECAUSE I CAN D<. Pose isn't too dynamic but sure beats my usual hands by the side nonsense. And yea, longer/fuller bodied chibi because he'll look like an obese chicken trying to reach upwards if it's in the style similar to the CAS chibis. -.-;;. Towel's there because Rei works as a waiter since he has too much time and wants to help his friend who owns the restaurant/needs more money (this stupid reason was given in place of the former in the international release). And 'sides, his arm looks like the perfect place to hang a towel OvO~

Off to bed for me~ At least it's before 3am OTL.

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