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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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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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