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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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After 'forcing' myself to draw/sketch for the past few days, looks like I was finally able to attempt a 'proper' drawing! My arms are still aching terribly from gym on Thursday (yes, you read it right), to the point of me not being able to extend them fully D:. But still, after not being in the right frame of mind to read/write, and nothing nice was showing on TV, I decided to try drawing again! :D And what better way to kill time than to restart on the drawing challenge I dropped half a year ago?

After finishing Day 7, I did want to continue the challenge... Just that Day 8's topic was favourite animated character. I don't have to wreck my brains to think of which character to draw but... I can't draw him properly still. Despite having at least a favourite character I'm crazy over each series, my one true love will always be Genjyo Sanzo from Saiyuki! (There's just something about your first love which makes it special ;)). Since the creator of Saiyuki, Minekura, has godly artistic skills, trying to draw her characters is like attempting to scale Mount Everest. Despite that, I decided to give it a shot.



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It's not great, but it's not terrible either! :D I don't think I butchered my darling that badly... Right? =/ Even though I've loved Sanzo since I was... 11? 12? I've never... Drawn him before. /theshame! After looking through my recent sketches, I was rather adamant on preserving some of his masculinity, resulting in me drawing and redrawing this piece. And that was before I had intended to change the sketch from a headshot to a full body drawing. -.-;; Needless to say, I got lazy afterwards and couldn't be bothered to ink the rest of the lineart properly but it was kinda fun anyway! And yes, I need to practice human anatomy more D:.

Shall do the next one... When I feel like it! Here's to wishing I dream of Sanzo today! :DDDDDDDDD

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So I've managed to finish my WIP earlier in the evening xD. I have to admit it was great fun to do and I am rather pleased with how it came out! Apparently, a friend commented that the WIP looked like that of the White Witch with uglier hair xD. Well, hence it's called WIP yea! Now that I look at her again in the WIP, she does look older and more 'wrinkled' xD. Maybe it's the colour and lack of details... Anyway, here's the final version! Presenting Hermione Granger from Harry Potter! xD

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I have to admit that her outfit's not the most accurate :P. But this was pretty close to how I'd originally imagined her, without a Gryffindor scarf wrapped around her neck in a loose loop though! I originally wanted her to look more impeccable but I've decided to go for a slightly touseled look. The reason was Hermione was supposed to have this mane of untameable curly hair xD. And since she is pretty much a bookworm, appearance wouldn't be the first thing she'd think of. Still, she would want to look neat since she follows the rules to the nine when possible. Hence the tied up hair, smoothed out uniform but with the sleeves unbuttoned xD. Personally, I find that more comfy.

I didn't want to model this after Emma Watson because she's too pretty for the Hermione in my head (and I did omit the freckles she was supposed to have too xD) and Emma protrayed Hermione as one who had her hair straightened after the 4th movie. One less Emma looking Hermione wouldn't kill too :P.

I'll be putting off the Drawing Challenge first since I'm going out for the next couple of days and I'll be flying off for my trip next Wednesday @_@... Hopefully I'll still get the challenge done though! D:

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I'm absolutely not in the mood to draw. But here're days 5 and 6's drawings, rushed out in slightly over an hour. Scrapped because the quality is seriously atrocious xD.

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So for Best Friend, I decided to draw my Laptop Sylvannas, since I do not believe in how absolute the word 'best' is. I have a group of friends I hold really close to heart, with each supporting me in their own way and during different times. That said, it would not be fair for me to single out any individual as the 'best' of the lot since I would not be half as sane as I am now without the rest.

As for favourite book, I had a tough time picking just one since I do have a bunch of titles I love. From gothic novels like The Picture of Dorian Gray to Orwellian worlds depicted in 1984 and Brave New World... It was a tough pick. I went with The Catcher in the Rye since it had my mind reeling for days when I read it in Sec 2. It was also one of the books which left quite an impact on me so I think it is worthy of the title xD.

The art's terrible I do apologise but with my current state of mind, I was quite astonished that I managed to draw anything other than random streaks across the canvas. Hopefully the next few days would be better.

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Laziness prevails yet again! Anyway, here's a quickie post of Days 3 and 4's topics :D. Both were really hastily rushed out as you can see later T_T. I've been out daily and it didn't help that I almost fainted from cramping two days ago too @_@. Good ol' days eh? Anyway, here they are!

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I was debating between my darling brocolli and this but hell, I have my greens daily and I've not had raw salmon in AGES so raw salmon it is! :D I used to have both every night but =/. My dad no longer has time to go down to Cold Storage to get them before dinner so... And my folks don't fancy Japanese cuisine either. -.-;;

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Anyway... Favourite place eh! This one stumped me, for I have NO idea what my favourite place is. I mean I love my house, but I can spend my days in the mall too. Singapore's my home and all but I relish spending time immersed in new cultures overseas. Argh, it was terrible. I was almost going to draw my bed, since that is where I dream, sleep, study, draw, write, read etc, but I've decided to draw my old balcony. With a few edits of course. The balcony's covered by a netting but I didn't draw that in and the light source isn't really like that :P. I didn't draw the pots of plants because bleh, it was bad enough squeezing a chair and a table in. It's more of my cosy corner and everything so yea :D. Reminiscing the days during which I'd dream of Sanzo as I gazed into the clear starry nights or feeling the cold wind and pelts of rain against my skin as the storm brewed outside... I loved to read there as well; sitting in the corner (without the table and chair of course) and basking in the sunlight as I allowed myself to get drawn into the various fantasies the book in my hand evoked. Good ol' days. How I miss them so...

Ok, that ought to be enough raving and ranting for the day. Hopefully I'll be able to churn the next few out in time @_@.

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Yay! I've survived the first day of the challenge xD. So today's was Favourite Animal. Thankfully, I have an ultimate favourite animal xD. So... I just pretty much dug out my collection of cheetah photos (my own and by others) for references. I wanted to make the cheetah look elegant but after redoing the lineart several times and failing, I gave up and decided to just focus on not butchering the poor feline D:. Still, it was a lot less headache inducing than drawing humans. I had great fun doing the dots and drawing the paws! The paws were probably the only thing I didn't redraw for this piece -.-;;. I loathe the face of the cheetah =/. I didn't want to do the furry details etc, so I couldn't really smoke my way through the face shape heh... But what I can say is, I can't do realism and I can't draw faces for most animals :P.

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I struggled doing the different fur tones, because I didn't want to do the typical drawing of individual strands to make it look fluffy and alll... That would have taken days to finish @_@. So I just pretty much used a dry brush and dragged it over random parts of the cheetah for the different tones heh. Bleh, I should have shaded the chest area more... If not it looks like the chest and the foreleg are combined @_@. Oh well, it's a practice for me xD so good enough! :P I'm lazy like that heh. Looking forward to tomorrow's!

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I was feeling bored, yet again, and since I was bloated and didn't feel like doing any 'proper' art, I've decided to do this handwriting meme after stumbling across one another deviant did. Boy, that was a fun and relaxing 30mins spent! :D I feel a lot happier and less bloated now xD. So here you go!


WARNING: Illegible writings to follow.


If you don't mind your eyes dying from reading what I wrote, go ahead and click it! I had a ton of fun doing the 5s doodles on the page too! A nice break from the usual careful lining and colouring >.< Speaking of which, I need to think of what to do for my CNY drawing... T_T

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Ironic isn't it? My Neopets account got CGed; so I guess dreams are nothing more than just mere fantasy. (If you see the name of my gallery in the previous post, you'd know what I mean). So here's to the end of my Neopets journey.

Collection of requests.


On to a less dreary topic. I've recently trolled DA to look for inspiration for drawing and I stumbled across a couple of Pokemon meme which got me psyched up and totally ready to start doing Pokemon fanart proper! Sure it'll take a while seeing how I'm pretty much an amateur at art and not to mention it's probably my first proper time doing Pokemon fanart since... Primary school??? O_O;; Yea. So Hopefully they won't look *too* terrible. And I'm tempted to leave them all on white backgrounds seeing how I was struggling to add one for the 'Bug' column in the meme. Bleh. Who knows, I might just do backgrounds for some others. ;)

So here's the first of the lot! In alphabetical order according to type. I give you, Scizor! xD One of the few bug Pokemon I don't mind looking at and drawing.

Scizor! Terribly butchered thanks to my 'skills'!


I might just do the other meme seeing how I'm planning on doing full drawings of each Pokemon for the current meme xD. Fun!

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So someone on TDN posted this project one of her friends is doing. A 'Smile' project. It involves the drawing of yourself or one of your OCs holding a sign showing certain negative things happening at that specific point of your/their life/lives. The catch is to draw everything on one layer only. That was probably the hardest thing there seeing that even nonsensical sketches of mine need more than 2 layers...

Seeing how it was an interesting initiative, and that I am in serious need of 'ranting', I decided to give it a shot. It's a small project, and less than 100 participants due to low publicity but it's still open to those who want in.

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I was pleased with the concept but was too lazy to correct any errors. I decided to leave it in its 'original' form (ie. No resketching or much erasing) until I have the time to touch up on it and colour it or something. Meh, I still can't draw. -.-.

So if you have the time, do try it out! Even if you are feeling relatively fine or whatsoever, it's a nice way to destress XD. I'll probably end up doing DA memes next -.-. And I'm supposed to be studying after seeing how badly I screwed my Chemistry Paper 3 today. Anyway I'm off to finish a one-shot ;). Hope I didn't lose too much of my writing skills... (Not that I had too many anyway.)


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Finally, the layout seems to work fine. You have no idea how frustrating it is to make LJ layouts. They have this override system which just kills my brain cells and it is CSS dominated -- not exactly my strongest field of coding. Normal systems would have allowed me to do such a layout in 10% of the time. I had to tweak little notches to make it just right, and before you know it, you forgot an override or something and all is lost. 

A sense of nostalgia washes over me as I log back into my livejournal account. Looking at the posts dating back almost 2 years, it amazes me how quickly time slips through your fingers. Grains of sand escaping from your palm as you watch helplessly. I've gained so much, yet I've lost many things which I had taken for granted as well. How I wish I was bestowed the power to turn back time, to prevent all these from happening. Because even if I wanted to return to the past in the present, it would never be the same. Once lost, the feeling will never return. Once close friends, now nothing more than strangers. My only regret of moving ahead.

Anyway, I won't post any graphics in this post. Instead, here is a little something from my old post, which is now deleted by the way, except the info is updated and yea. Enjoy, I think. 

----------------------GENERAL INFO------------------------

*Name: Melesa Wong

*Starting Time: 2.06am (gtm + 8hrs)

*Star sign: Gemini

*School: Nanyang Girls' High School

*Location: Singapore

*Color of eyes: Dark brown

*Natural hair color: Black

*Brothers/sisters: Younger brother

*You live with: Parents and my annoying pest of a brother.

--------------------------HAVE YOU EVER---------------------------

*Missed school because it was raining: Duh.

*Put a body part on fire for amusement: That's just... Nasty and sadistic. Imagine the scars and the pain.

*Thrown someone in da bonfire: Oh you have no idea how much I wanna.

*Kept a secret from everyone: Even if I kept secrets, which is for you to decide, I am too much of an open book anyway.

*Cried during a movie: Sometimes.

*If so what film: Titanic, Mulan II, etc etc.

*Ever thought an animated character was hot: You DON'T want to get me started. Just to name a few of the 'hotter' ones... In no particular order by the way. Sanzo, Kougaiji, Katsuya, Seto, Yuki, Kyo, Rei, Kai, Kira, Athrun, Toushirou, Ichigo, Byakuya, Ren, Horo Horo...

*Been on stage: Who hasn't? The world is a stage afterall. We are nothing more than mere actors.

*Been sarcastic: Oh dear me, are you hinting that I will hurt someone with my sarcasm?

------------------------------FAVOURITES----------------------------------

*Shampoo: Anything that keeps my hair in tip-top condition.

*Soap: I prefer body wash.

*Favorite color or shade:

*Summer/winter: Summer

*Cartoon Characters: Cartoons... Jean Grey from X-men.

*Drink: Water, barely, juices....

*Food: Chinese food. Spicy food. Jap food.

*Movie: A ton.

*Ice cream: Mango, Yam, Coconut

*Show: Nothing comes to mind.

*Animal: Cheetah

*Person: Person? You have got to be kidding me. I don't admire anyone to such an extent anyway.

----------------------------RIGHT NOW--------------------------------

* Wearing: Pyjamas. It's frikking late.

* What colour underwear/boxers: Won't you want to know.

* Eating: Preserved plums

* Drinking: Water.

* Thinking: Fuck the exams. I have better things to do. No, more like fuck the SIA grades for IH and Chem.

------------------------IN THE LAST 24 HRS--------------------------

*cried: Thank god no.

*Met someone new: No.

*cleaned your room: No.

*Drove a car: In my dreams.

*Been pissed off: Duh.

--------------------------DO YOU BELIEVE IN--------------------------------

*Yourself: Depends on what you mean. I believe that I can accomplish some things, but no others. For the latter -- namely the exams.

*Santa: Hohoho.

*tooth fairy: Think she would give me 50 bucks instead of 50 cents? Haha.

*Angels: Not really. Guardian angels, maybe. Fallen angels, yes.

*Elves: No. Nice thought though.

*Intelligent life in space: We are nothing more than a mere speck of dust in the vast expense of nothingness. What makes us think there ISN'T life in space?

*Ghosts: Hell yes.

-------------------------FRIENDS AND LIFE-----------------------------

*Do you have a soul mate?: No. Hope I will find one though.

*Do you have a boyfriend/girlfriend: In terms of FRIENDS, yes.

*Do you like anyone: I like my family, friends, anime characters, movie stars, singers etc...

*Who have you known the longest of your friends: Nicole. From pre-school till now.

*Loudest: A certain tall ex-volleyballer.

*the shyest: Really depends.

*Who the weirdest (in a nice way): Probably me.

*Who has seen you cry: In fact, I don't think any of them had seen me cry, not in any occasion I can remember off anyway.

*When have you cried the most: When I just entered the world?

*What is the best feeling in the world: Accomplishment, bliss, freedom and enlightenment. Love too.

ABOUT GUYS FOR GIRLS/GAYS TO FILL OUT

*boxers or briefs: *coughboxerscough*

*long or short hair: Short would do. Long is permitted for hot anime characters.

*Good or bad guy: Smexy much. Either is fine.

*Hat or no hat: O_o. Depends on occasion.

*Tan or fair: Tanned, but not overly.

*rugged or sporty: Sporty any day.

*accent or not: Either is fine. Just something I can understand.

*immature or mature: A little of both, and the ability to swtich between either please.

*funny or not funny: A little humour spices up the relationship.

*cute or sexy: Both. Prefably the latter.

ABOUT GIRLS FOR GUYS/LESBIANS TO FILL OUT

*Regular underwear or thong:

*painted nails or not:

*bra or sports bra:

*Cute n' mysterious or wild n' crazy:

*dressy or casual:

*Dark or blond hair:

*Dark or light eyes:

*Good or bad girl:

*intelligent of average:

*hair up or down:

*jewelry or none:

*taller or shorter then you:

*curly or straight hair:

*pants or dress:

*tan or fair:

*freckles or none:

*accent or not:

*shy or outgoing: 

FOR EVERYONE TO FILL OUT

*silver or gold: Silver

*diamond or pearl: Diamond. A great accessory and weapon.

*sunset or sunrise: Depends on my mood.

*do you sleep with stuffed animals: *hides 8 behind bed*

*have you ever broken/sprained/fractured: Just this year. Sprained. Badly. Almost to the point if fracture. Damn floorball.

*Do you have any piecing: Yea.

*if yes, where: A pair of earholes and getting another by this year.

*rain, sun or snow: Sun.

*how is the weather right now: Cool. It's like 2+am.

*Do you like cookies: Calories, are enough to turn me away.

Ending Time: 2.27am

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