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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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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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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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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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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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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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Looks like I did manage to finish by Wednesday! :D I didn't think I'd have time/feel like finishing it after not touching it for a day (had a 7-hour long meeting yesterday. Yes, you read it right)... I did rush the colouring though... Can't afford to spend too much time on it. >< Edited the badge and ignored another which was supposed to be on the pocket (outfit is based on USAF General's~) because I'm lazy :D. I'm quite happy with how the clothes are coloured, especially since I 'got it right' on the first try xD. Cheated on the hair because no matter what I did, I couldn't get it to look the way I'd originally wanted it to be D:. 'Sides, less details on the hair means that I can get away with sloppy colouring for the rest of the picture. /shot

Heh!


Yeap, it's a tribute piece for the 10th anniversary of 9/11! Bet you didn't see that one coming! :P Kidding aside, I really really wanted to do something to commemorate this occasion even though it never really affected me directly in any way. I remember when the incident first happened, one of my classmates organised a mini prayer session for those who'd perished. I was still pretty indifferent to the whole thing then, since it felt more like a movie to me than anything else, but I still joined in for respect. It's only recently that I realised how huge a milestone 9/11 was in not just the war on terror, but also in today's world in general. One reason why I wasn't allowed to go overseas for college was the fear my parents had that a terrorist attack would occur when I was there, and perhaps causing me to lose my life. Still, I attributed that to my parents' paranoid nerves because to me, it was too distant an event to really affect me on a deep emotional level.

This apathy continued despite echoes of this event occasionally crossing my path. Be it in the form of a school play or a class assignment, I could always conjour up logical sympathy but nothing more. It was only after watching documentaries on 9/11 and hearing the stories of various individuals about how their entire lives were changed because of that one event, did it really hit home as to what a catastrophe the 9/11 was. Instead of being just another event one would read about in the news, real people -who were not too different from myself- went about with their lives during that fateful day, not knowing that it'd be their last day on earth, the last time they'd ever see their loved ones. And that struck something within me (perhaps it was the chilling realisation that it could have happened to anyone). Even though it's been a decade since the 9/11, something in me just made me want to honour those who'd lost their lives in any way I could. Something to remember them by, and to remind myself that life is indeed that short and unpredictable. There's nothing fancy about this piece, and it was even a rushed job at certain parts but it makes a part of me feel slightly better that those people are not forgotten.

RIP to those whose lives had been snuffed out during that fateful day.

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Has it really been that long since I've last posted? =/ Sure doesn't feel like it... After the whole Freshie Fair thingum + the start of school, I've barely enough time to surf the net randomly, let alone draw/write. Which is terrible since I was so certain I could at least do a proper piece of either per month... Excuses aside, since it's 'recess week' (i.e. the week during which you slave away revising because you didn't understand a crap which was taught in the first half of the semester), I decided to break the dry spell!

Heh!


Fooled ya didn't I? :P That's the 2nd half of the TDN requests I took during the summer holidays. Yes, I've only gotten around to uploading them now, despite finishing them a week into this semester :X. I'm efficient ain't I?

Kidding aside, I did start on a new piece (for real!) earlier today. It was sort of an on and off sketch turned into a potential piece which I decided to clean up. :D

WIP! )

Sleep beckons~

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Since I'm flying off on my family holiday tomorrow night/Thursday morning, I'll not be able to do any digital drawings in over a week D:. Not even my usual nonsensical sketches and whatnot. So I decided to squeeze out the remnants of my artistic urges and do a quickie. I spent a good two hours staring at the blank canvas on Photoshop thinking of what to draw. (I'm ignoring the fact that I did a good number of doodles then but hey, I'm talking about decent art!) The clock was ticking and I really really wanted to draw something so I looked over and saw my Hetalia artbook. Let's draw some quick Hetalia fanart! :D I've always sketched the characters randomly but never really churned out anything decent enough for me to let others see xD. Picking a subject was easy, quick Hetalia fanart = chibi America~! :D



America~! :3


Looks like it can be completed in under an hour or something eh? Apparently not. I spent goodness knows how long drawing and redrawing the lineart D:. All because I completely forgot that I'm terrible at drawing chibis (why else would I prefer to do normal sketches instead!!!) I betcha if I had drawn Alfred normally, I would have completed it much sooner OTL. As usual, had a ton of fun colouring without bothering to clean up the lineart. Didn't bother with perspective since it was meant to be a 'quickie'. Added in Mochi England because... USUK is <3~! Don't ask why he is standing on the US flag... White was the best colour for the words so =/... And I needed a background before they could be seen ^^;. No disrespect meant though!

Just when I was deciding on the colours, Karrot popped by randomly (asking for a drink too HAHA) and surprised me with an early gift (from her and Beck)! \*w*/ And... It's a shirt/blouse with the stars and stripes design on it! /diesofhappiness So what better design for chibi America's shirt than the design of the shirt they got me? TvT Thank you so much dearies~!!!

On another note, was wondering if I should... Submit this randomly to the newsletter? Just so they have more material or something LOL. Not sure if I should do an England equivalent~! *W* Damn it, now I want to draw even more! /failfailfail

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