celticheavens: (Jeff <3)

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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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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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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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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Dec. 13th, 2010 06:40 pm
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Thought I'd post Day 8's drawings or something eh! Nah, I'm still taking a break from that. xD I'm flying off in a couple of days so I'd rather focus on getting my stuff packed and just chilling out before I head over to China. Perhaps I should do the challenge in weeks... A week of challenge each month or something xD.

Anyway, I was back on TDN for a while to see if I should do a graphics board or something there. Instead, I ended up making a new forum set for myself seeing how the one I was using was made 2 years ago xD. And it was for a forum I used to frequent even before I joind TDN -.-;;. I didn't want to use Neopets' images since... TBH, losing my account still hurts. I did spend a crazy amount of time and effort on it. Anyway, so since I kinda like how my Day 7's drawing turned out, I decided to base my set on that! :D This also means that it is my FIRST time I am using one of my own art pieces in my graphics xD.

Hermione avvie! Hermione siggy!


Sadly, I struggled when creating the set since I was rusty in my set making skils (:P). Still, I think the final verion's.... Decent? I kinda like the effect I'd created for the wand, although I'd wanted her name to be a little more wispy or so... Still, not a bad attempt I guess? Beats the set I was using at least. I was too lazy to draw her hand holding the wand properly so I just cropped and transformed the hand until it looked decent xD. Hopefully it doesn't look too out of place.

After I'd posted on the Graphics and Art boards in which I gave my 2 cents' worth of (useless) advice to several other members, someone requested for me to make them a button for their adoption centre. Seeing how he gave me priority for a pet I wanted to adopt, I decided why not :P. So here's the button! I'm hoping the animation appears normal on other computers and browsers =/

Adoption Centre button!



The requestee wanted the 'Forever Orange' avvie's grundo but... I couldn't find the original picture from which the Grundo was taken from so... I redrew and recolour certain portions xD. Hence, I apologise if it looks a tad odd xD. The frame's simple since I wanted the attention to be on the words yeap. I had problems making this as well (OTL) since I couldn't find a good background colour to allow for the brushes I'd selected to stand out. I think I switched between... 5 or so colours? =/ At least it looks decent enough now I guess. Sigh, looks like I can't even do proper graphics now. =/ Probably wouldn't update until I get back from China :). Till then!

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I've no idea what's gotten into me, but I can't seem to stop drawing xD. I can assume that to be a good thing for now since I've no homework... Yet. Bleh. I do want to improve my human anatomy in drawings so I ended up doodling my Gaia avater xD. The current one, not my dream one haha. I can't say I like how this one turned out but it was good practice and real fun to do! Doodling and colouring inbetween surfing the net. :D One thing though.. I CAN'T FREAKING DRAW FEET/SHOES. *fumes*


G.A.I.A!


Damn, I wished I could just go back to the old days during which I actually felt at home in certain forums and made plenty of wonderful friends online from various parts of the world. The Internet is pretty much for a-holes nowadays. =/ It's better for me to keep the wistful memories as they are than to try reignite them again. Oh well. And yes, I got lazy for the background. Again. xD

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I've finally gotten down to doing graphics again! :D After seeing all the new Christmas sets forums users are making in TDN, I decided to make one for myself XD. I thought that it would be good practice since I've not done proper full scale graphics or designs in AGES. I really do hope I am still able to create aesthetically pleasing pieces... Actually, I'm just hoping for others to not tear their hair out after seeing my atrocious works. Bleh. Anyway, here's the set! EDIT: I did another set without scanlines because someone suggested a 'softer' overlay to make it less childish ^^;;. Oh well, I like scanlines! :P

Avvie! Siggy!

Without scanlines! Without scanlines too!



The cake was a photo of one of the 3 cakes my family received for last year's Christmas by my dad's collegue. All 3 of the cakes were adorable, but this was the only photo that will look decent in a graphic piece so there! Don't you just love the mini Santa? :D I have to apologise for the terrible manual feathering since I can never use the feathering option in Photoshop to get the desired effect (not that my manual feathering is much better but yea). The siggy was originally supposed to be animated but I am completedly stumped by Adobe Fireworks CS4. If anyone has any online tutorials which can teach me how to animate graphics again without me spending 10 hours fiddling with the program, do tell me. @_@

Argh, I realised that I've once again forgotten to post the photos of Salty Dog 6! @_@ I'll get to it... Someday. On the bright side, I've gotten the 3 other Salty Dog books last Saturday! So do look forward to more delicious art by Minekura! :3 That's assuming I finally get down to posting the photos after starting on my upcoming fanfic series! :D

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Argh. I knew it was a bad idea to wake at 7.30am when I slept at almost 2am... >.< But a girl's gotta study! I've not touched anything for physics, which is in less than 4 hours I think.

Anyway here's a quick one. I did a rough sketch for a friend when she was feeling down to cheer her up. Since I was still in the Neopets drawing mood, I sketched one of her neopets before it was zapped.

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There're soooooo many mistakes (so don't lecture me about the anatomy) but I can't be bothered fixing them. XD It was a sketch afterall... And it did have its intended effect :).

I was bored for a couple of days after so I wanted to try making graphics once more. Being less ambitious, I did a simple msn icon to kick start my rusted engines.



Simple yes, but whatever. I'm sure I've lost 90% of my graphic skills. -.-

Off to study physics now. Pray I pass.

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T_T

Ever since JC started, I no longer have the luxury of creating graphics or even artworks anymore. I did do several drawings and a new graphic set today at like 1 am -.- for TDN forums but that's about it. And amidst my prelims too. Meh.

New forum siggy:

avvie



Not too bad if I do say so myself. It's my first set in a year or so... And it's one of the rare times during which I don't have a main image to focus on and whatnot. Everything in the set can be attributed to custom brushes.

I know the font's not the clearest but I guess it adds to the concept of an identity dilemma. Meh.

Argh the original BG was wiped from the server so here's a replacement. -.- The colour scheme is a tad off now, but I can't be bothered to redo everything, especially at 3+ am now. I'm off to bed, like perhaps catch 3 hours of sleep before I start rushing chemistry revision. I'm so damn screwed.

I'll be posting more of my recent works so yeap.

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Ahhh! I haven't posted here in ages... Perhaps it's due to me WoWing and slacking of during the past few days. I know Halloween was like so yesterday, or rather the day before, but better late than never right?

Nothing special about the new Halloween set. Scouted around for a nice picture of Katsuya, from Love Bunny website (the artworks there are amazing!) which looks Halloween-ish. There were quite a few pictures of YGO Halloween based in my collection, but ahhhh, none really fit the mood I was looking for. Finally, I found that piece of artwork of Katsuya alone, and the entire atmosphere was perfect. So tada~!

Avater Signature

Nothing special, just one of my usual styled sets. There are a lot more people in the forums who are better graphic-ers than I am, but do I care? :P I don't know, I seem to like this set quite a bit (a great improvement as compared to my Nature set), perhaps it's cause the colours don't actually kill your eyes. >_< Like my old Halloween set I made goodness knows how long ago.

Back long long time ago in 2005...
Avater Signature

See the 'great' improvement! ^^;; Ahhh, my ego is getting inflated again. T_T Nothing else to say actually, so just happy belated halloween to all those who celebrate it and trick or treat! =D

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Argh. I am really losing my graphics designing skills. Yesterday I was sieving through IGG, and decided to make a set for myself. Not that I can't use any of my other sets, but more of their file sizes are too big thanks to my animations. -_-||| My animating skills are still ok, but not my designing skills. ARGH!!!

So I was looking through all my picture, wondering if I should stick with anime, or something else. Since the Wow images were too difficult to work with at 11.55pm, I decided to use one of the pictures I took in UK. Found a suitable one, and started working on it. Problem was that the background, or rather the photo consisted of so much green... And there was no space for me to place the text. So I had to place it at the bottom, half of it outside of the siggy. Even the subtext had to go there, if not it would look really out of place.

Took me ages to align the text at a suitable position, and being the animating freak I am, I decided to do some animations. Simple ones, to keep it within the file size. Since a fader would overshoot the limit, I did a fillup, gradient style. It was easy and all so I imported the frames to IR and finished it. I happily placed it in my signature, and didn't notice a huge error.

Turns out that IR kills the images, or rather kills the transparent areas when you animate it. To get rid of the new white splotchy patches, you need to manually erase them from EVERY FRAME. ARGH! Smart me had decided to do quite a fair bit of transparent areas for an animated siggy, and I spent close to an hour re-erasing them and double checking... Took me 3 tries to get rid of them all. ARGH. It was like 2.10am when I was done. Yes, it was that tedious.

Even now, I am still not happy with the set. It isn't my style at all, besides the animation, and the image itself was hard enough to work with for me. As in I am so used to drawing and making my own backgrounds, so I can manipulate it to fit the text, now it is the other way around. AHHHH!!! Melesa, start designing soon, or you are going to have to start from scratch again. T_T

Here is my pathetic attempt. I am so going to redo it.


This was how it looked before it was cleaned up.


Ewwww. Now I am reconsidering if I should even do a new layout for my graphics website. My skills are going down the drain, instead of improving. Ah, this sucks, big time.

And I have Math Paper 2 tomorrow. Hurray.

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Ahhhh. Perpetual Solace. Especially after an entire week of brain numbing exams, and resultant incoherent thoughts and speech, it is great to have some time off to think. In this case, I've decided to place my thinking, into my new layout. I am so tired of rushing and trying to be at the top. I am tired of trying to be someone I am not. I am tired of being imperfect. I am tired of not being in control. I need my solace.


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(avater)
(Page break)
(Button)

All of them are watermarked.

Let's start with the layout shall we? A light touch of greenish brown/brownish green, along with a picture of a sunrise. I've decided to throw my pink and purple aside, and get in touch with my inner soul. Wait, more of get in touch with the quieter part of my inner soul. Whne people like Mrs Ng, Mrs Seah, Mr Tan tells me that I am 'A bright and cheerful girl...', I can't help but snigger behind their backs. Bright? I am probably one of the dimmest in school. Cheerful? I tend to associate 'Melesa' with pessimist and cynical. The dull colors are probably what I am most of the time, although the browns and greens just show that perhaps I do have some inner peace within this violence-prone teenage girl.

I've always wanted to texturise my layouts with scanlines, a function which PSP/AS has but not in PS/IR. So I created my own scanline brushes, of a huge brush size for bigger layouts in the future. I am not always that fiesty and bouncy. In fact, I am rather mellow recently. I prefer just sitting down, staring out of the window, my imagination bringing me into a world of fantasy. One in which the lines of reality and dreams are blurred, one in which I can just let everything go and enjoy the serenity around me, one in which I can just lie down on the cool soft grass and stare at the soft white clouds, my mind free from worries and distractions.

I might not seem like the 'greenest' girl in my CCA, in fact I am probably the un-greenest of them all, but I draw my bulk of inspiration from nature. Be it a solitary lake, a field of gorgeous flowers, a meadow of lush green as far as one can see... Each of them invoke a different feeling in me. Being someone who lacks the ability and skill to put emotions and thoughts into words, it is hard for me to describe the feelings, but one thing is for sure. I feel refreshed and renewed in a way when such scenes cross my mind.

Looking into the horizon, a dream, in the distance. So near yet so far. You can almost see yourself carassing the skies as you run towards it, but with each step you take, your destination continue to escape your grasp. A neverending, unattainable dream. Just like how I wish to be able to escape from reality, and indulge myself in the wonders of solitude, it can never happen, at least not in this lifetime. Instead, I try to patch the emptiness inside me with endless material goods. I know that I do not have the mental, or rather the emotional capacity to reach the level of nirvana with my mindset and behaviour. Instead, everytime I try to get in touch with my spiritual side, I end up feeling emptier and more frustrated. I am trying so hard to be something I am not. Maybe that is just what I am, a wannabe. A phoney.

Now for the more technical portions. This layout is mainly CSS, with your typical codings for centered images and such being html based. CSS is such a wonderful tool. It allows you to completely manipulate the layout to fit however you want it to be, and instead of being completely structured like html, you are able to create hundreds of layers to align your images and such, to prevent the various browsers from resetting it depending on the screen resolutions.

The layout is relatively simple, one of the most common on the web. But still, with my current mood and thoughts, it is the perfect layout for me. Instead of throwing in elaborate codes and designs, it's more of a return to the basics, right into my inner soul kind of thing, one in which I can just let go and be myself, hence the simplicity. The overall 'softer' feel as compared to my other layouts is more of me lapsing into lethargy, sinking deeper into my Perpetual Solace, free from shackles of reality.

The complimentary graphics are well, more of for the sake of being there. I've decided to try new borders for my button and page breaks, it's been ages since I've experimented in graphics. It's unique, as compared to my normal style, mostly straight lines and little boxes, with a little splash of stars at the edges. Just another one of my fantasy based imagination, along with integration of both simplicity and elaborations. I think I've failed in that area but I am still satisfied enough with the layout to let it be. I think the avater is probably the graphic which reflects my current emotions and thoughts best for now.

I can't ignore the emptiness inside me. The vacuum, the void, the black hole. It's suffocating and excruciating at times. My solitude helps once in a while, but it's just a temporary relief. I don't have to please anyone, just myself.

I'm not making any sense am I.

I need a Perpetual Solace.

"Follow the rays of the Sun, till you reach the land where the sky meets the sea. There you will find your solace, your perpetual solace."

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