celticheavens: (katsuyaseto)

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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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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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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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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I'm terrible at balancing out my time. -.-;; I've not done ANYTHING but WoW from the time I wake till sleep ever since I've resubscribed to WoW to get my mind of my Neopets ordeal. Not sure if that was a good or a bad thing because number 1, I've 2 level 80 characters and I've max both their professions but number 2, both of their gears are terrible. I can no longer play a mage properly but bleh, at least I'm told that I'm a good lock? @_@. Wow whee for gearing up seeing that I'm flying soon and China's Internet is... -.-;;. Bleh. I wanna raid! Seriously! T_T.

Anyway, I've finally managed to pull myself away from anything and everything related to WoW and just sit for a couple of hours to draw. Starting at my usual prime hour of 11pm, I started doodling... And doodling... And doodling... Only to churn out crap. -.-;; Feeling a tad demoralised, I took out my newest artbook of this random anime game I've never even heard off (but has art to KILL for) and stared at it for a while. I started drawing again and viola! I actually sketched and coloured something decent! I didn't bother to look at tutorials etc and instead tried my own colouring style and I'll have to say, it was the best hour+ I had in weeks! (In terms of doing something I like other than WoW/shopping and how I felt mentally) So here is what lil ol' me pulled off.

Omgheeeeeeee! Something decent!
Click for DA link to this deviation!

This sounds pathetic but that is probably the best head shot I've done ever. -.-;; -cue laughter from everyone else- Oh well, hopefully, this means I'm improving (and not juts a spark of brilliance)! Perhaps I'll do some full pieces when I'm rotting in China without WoW :P! *rushes to bed with less than 8 hours of sleep for once*

~Mystickal

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After doing the meme, I had this urge to try out a new way of colouring hair. So after an hour of procrastination or so, I did. Which is both a good and a bad thing. The former because I like how the hair turned out. The latter? Well, I don't like anything else and I'm eating into my sleeping time. T_T. I need to learn how to control my urge to draw...


*pokes link*


Not going to say much more. Too tired to care. @_@

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Yay for more doodles! With only 2 more papers (mcq) to go, I think I've unwittingly lapsed into the holiday mood. O_O;; Anyway, since I wanted to try colouring in a more, defined manner... I ended up doing a quick sketch and colouring it. At first I wanted to draw a female, but after drawing the face, I decided to change the sketch to that of a male (hence the overdone eyelashes but meh @_@). I do like the skin tone though XD. The extra details to the hair are a tad light so there's not much difference from my usual style. -.- Teaches me to be bolder when highlighting...

Gah the horror!


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