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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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Was out for a good part of the day, so I didn't really have time, or wasn't in a mood to add the finishing touches to my profile. As usual, the urge to do so only kicks in around this time of the day. /sigh.

Added in a 'title' text in the text area, updated and changed the links to be text-based, a chunk of nonsense which I'll classify as 'short introduction/bio'. Tweaked the colours of each section so it's sort of like a yellow-blue gradient style as well. And yes, the title text is a reference to puppyshipping :D.

As I was rushing my post yesterday, I'd completely forgotten to credit the creators of the brushes I used in my graphic /epicfailisepic. So I'll just randomly slap them here because I can :D.

[1] [2] [3] [4: Star specks brushes downloaded in 2004; creator lost]


The rest of the brushes used are original creations.

Short and sweet this post shall be! Sleep beckons~

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Despite it being the 4th of July, a couple of hours ago at least, I ended up finishing up the profile graphic I originally wanted to do using my new KaiJou fanart instead of doing an America tribute. /shot And because of that, I was rather adamant on finishing it before I sleep. By the help of whatever divine power, I actually managed to do it! Most of the day was wasted trying to turn my drawing into a header -.-;;. I couldn't find a design which was subtle yet effective enough. Especially since I'm more used to doing crazily elaborate designs, 'simple' ones end up driving me up the wall. I think I went through 5 full designs (inclusive of text area design) before I settled on this OTL. It's plain, the header is painfully plain actually, but meh, my excuse is that I don't want the design to overwhelm the art. :D And besides, who doesn't like dandelions and star specks?

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Another problematic area was selecting colours to use (man, where did my colour sense go!) D:. Since both yellow and blue were present, I was tempted to go full blue; number one, it's my favourite colour to work with for graphics and number two, I can't work with yellow. Period. Plain blue looked too boring so I ended up using pale yellow in the background items etc instead. Which worked fine since some of them look more white-ish anyway. Unlikely pure white, yellow gives the graphics a warmer tint, which fits well with the image :D.

I'd originally wanted the name of this journal to be more... Prominent; in place of the 'Mystickal's...art'. The issue I had with that was throwing too many colours in the header (since I insist on using red and blue), so I ended up just placing it outside the image. Which is kinda a good thing since it won't be lost in the sea of colours of my drawing. xD The text area was a ton of fun to do reason being I can freestyle the whole thing! :D Didn't want a boring border (my borders are NEVER boring D<) so I threw in some swirls and voilà! I'm done! The background is basically littered with dandelions and star specks too, with very light scan lines thrown in to make the text stand out more. It's simple, but hey, I was tired and coding was still undone!

Coding. asdefegewadsafijok!!! I will never code late at night again. It'll probably give me a heart attack -.-;;. Since the html tags LJ allows are different from say Neopets, Gaia or even my website, I had to modify the code over and over again before it could work properly. I had to scrap the Neopets version, my usual html website layout version and even parts of my Gaia version before I could get it working T_T. Next time, I'll read what tags are allowed before I start coding. That would have saved me a ton of time. At least I managed to get it working, and it looks rather decent, so I'm happy! :D Will tweak some portions of the code tomorrow, update the links and text. It's about time I changed the info there, and I've already saved (LOL) it so I'm ready for a change!

Until then, I need sleep. @_@ I ought to get my sleeping hours back to 'normal' soon...

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Fresh Start

Feb. 5th, 2010 01:12 am
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I'm tired. I guess what I need now is a fresh start. A nice change of scenery if you ask me. I'll probably take a couple of months to start on a new layout so this premade will have to do for now. It's an utterly gorgeous design. I'll still be using the old page break, button and icon first. Afterall, I'm still trying to grapple with the fragments of inspiration for my YGO fanfics.

Added a background to my Scizor drawing. A crappy one, but it'll suffice for now. Until I bother learning how to draw proper backgrounds that is.

~Mystickal

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Keep forgetting/putting aside posting recently. =/ I've managed to make a gallery, with quite a fair bit of affordable items as well as code a layout for it! :D There are still some bugs in the coding of the shop blog though, but it'll have to do for now since I'm unable to find out what's wrong with my coding. @_@

Shop Blog!


So this is the shop blog without coding etc. It doesn't look too bad, although I find it a tad messy xD. It exudes my personality so I left it there. And I had a large enough ego to use my handwriting for almost all the graphics on the page! :D It is MY gallery afterall... Want to see more? You know you want to! The theme is Dreams/wishes. :D Different from your typical galleries I guess? But it makes it harder to find suitable items which fit perfectly into the theme. =/ Oh well. At least it's aptly titled as 'A dream is a wish your heart makes' right? (Familar no?) Still, you should MUST see it! At least see the layout (ignore the shop blog coding problem unless you can tell me how to fix it) and see if you can donate some items to me! :D So there! Ditavandread's Gallery of Dreams and Wishes

I've decided to put the adoptables idea on hold since I've received 2 dream pets from random strangers! :DDD One is a Tyrannian Peophin while the other's a Maraquan Uni! Which means I don't have to apply for the latter! :D The former's Nirrozin while the latter's Apanthropy! I've managed to get a Faerie Xweetok in a trade too so that'll be 3 dreamies achieved and a hell lot of money to spend. Think I've spent 3m so far and spending more thanks to the arrival of Arbouran today :D. Oh well. They *are* permies...

I've also opened my first doodles request board on the BC boards 3 days ago and took around 8 requests or so. I'll post them up when I've completed them all, 2 more to go! So that's all I've been doing recently. Drawing my behind off xD. I'm almost tempted to make a graphics request board on TDN too ^^;;. I'm biting more than I can chew huh.

~Mystickal

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Teaser

Oct. 15th, 2007 02:38 am
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Here is a teaser for my my new graphics website layout! (Dancing Swirls) It seriously needs a revamp before it dies. And not to mention I am in a graphic-ish mood these days.

Spent most of the day designing and coding it. There are still some minor errors and unfinished areas, not to mention making of supporting graphics... Anyway, just a screenshot for those who are curious. Not my best but oh well, I am trying a new type of design. Did I mention CSS based too?



I had to redo the darn background for the textarea as I realised that since it consisted of both light and dark shades of blue, I couldn't find a shade of blue which would fit into the textarea visibly. Pathetic no? The text there is some crap copied and pasted from I-can't-remember-which website. Anyway, spent another 15 minutes redoing it and yes, it is almost 3am now. I am gonna get killed by my mum tomorrow.

The new layout won't be up for a while, I am redoing most of the site and adding a lot of new pages. So stay tuned!

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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."

Layout and design (c)Melesa aka Mystickal and is not to be altered or reproduced on any other sites without permission.

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