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

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

June's a busy month!


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

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

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Time flies doesn't it? I'm not stuck once more in sunny and wet Singapore, wondering when did my 2 month long stay in Da Lian end... Almost whimsical if you ask me. Troubled by all the nonsense university registration is throwing me, almost to the point of not sleeping well and now, I think I'm down with the flu.

Didn't get to post this when I was in China since half of LJ wouldn't load thanks to the great firewall of China so here you go. A little gift to myself if you will. Don't bother asking me what that thingum on the left is since I don't know either haha.


My new DA ID too.


Drawing really helps me evaporate the great cloud of headache too... Wanted to try oekaki since I've never tried it before. Hallelujah for spending 20mins or so figuring out how to change the pen tools and colours. Kingdra drawn from memory.

Quick sketch


I do realise how it pales in comparison to my normal doodles and even more to the better oekaki artists out there but kudos to me I guess?

~Mystickal

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Ah... June. The month of summer. And of course, my birthday month. ;) Sadly, it is also the birthday of several of my good friends (and all before me too humph). So instead of going 'HAHA, THEY need to get me something!', I'm stuck with 'OMG I need to rush out gifts before MY birthday >.<;;;;'. -.-;; Anyway, don't get me wrong though! I love doing presents for my good friends! :D It's just that rushing them makes me feel a tad @_@ and at the same time -.-;; since it is my birthday month too xD. So needless to say, they are all belated gifts HAHA.

Instead of happily enjoying the remnants of the time I've left here, I'm stuck rushing gift art. xD. So on the bright side, I managed to rush one of the and completed it last night! :D And that was despite me needing to wake earlier today too so be happy you-know-who!!! I actually wanted to make it more elaborate but as with all my other art endeavors... That didn't work out as planned either HAHA. But I do like how the shirt and hair came out! But nothing else sadly -.-;; I really need to learn how to do proper lineart instead of sloppily tracing my original artwork -.-;;. Oh well. It works still right? ^^;; Was actually going to do a Cyndaquil but bleh. Since it was almost midnight when I was done, I threw in a doodle of a Pikachu celebrating as well! :D And after reading her reply earlier, I'm glad she liked it. If not, I'll hunt after her with a cleaver, I mean sigh in defeat.


Not chibi-ish chibi! :D


I removed all the text for privacy sake but left the birthday there as a hint for those who want to guess who the birthday girl is ;). Bleh, I better start working on the other one soon...

~Mystickal

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A quick sketch for my friend for his birthday (which I kinda forgotten -.-) Not my best piece of work but hey, I had to rush it before I could start on my revision without feeling pangs of guilt! @_@ Heavily referenced.

WARNING: May cause eyes to bleed from my horrendous drawing XD


On the bright side, I finished my fanfic 2 nights ago! =D Was really pleased with how it turned out and even happier with its reception. =D Looks like I still have it in me to write fluff. -.- Now to stop myself from writing a sequel or to do fanart for it... T_T. *rushes to mug chem and math*

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