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I'm wondering why on earth do I even keep a journal for art and graphics if I barely do either anymore? ;^; But yes, me posting means I did do something new! :D Now that I've a new Vaio (yea it's been so long that I've not even mentioned that here...), pshop is working wonderfully and can handle immense files and tons of layers without killing my laptop~ So to commemorate that, me being back in SG, and a brand new year, I decided to up my personal drawing challenge a notch, and do a mini comic!

So what sparked this was a rather unfortunate incident last Friday. Since it was finally the end of a long week, and I was actually looking forward to spending said night drawing or writing so I could rest (i.e. do nothing, like really nothing at all) the day after and start on work on Sunday. But nope, as fate would have it, the light in my room fused so I couldn't see a thing -.-. And since there was no way in hell I was drawing in the living room, hours of tantrums later, my folks got me a massively blinding 60W wall socket light bulb -.-. (Yea, my light bulb is some fancy super thin energy efficient bulb that isn't that easy to find, especially that late at night...) So now semi-blinded by the light from the wall bulb, I decided to draw so I can keep my head turned away from it. And since it caused me quite a bit of grief, why not spin it into a mini comic?

Gotcha! No, it's not featuring me. Why on Earth would I practice drawing myself? To spice things up a little, I decided to swap me and folks out for two of my favourite characters~ That's where my two YGO boys come in! Drawing the boys gives me 1) more incentive to actually see this little challenge through 2) make the incident more interesting without showing how much of a brat I am 3) more incentive to practice perspectives since when I doodle, I sketch cartoon characters and not OCs. The dialogue (excluding their thoughts) are pretty spot on as to what was actually exchanged between me and my folks, although the tone was a little different (i.e. a lot more frustrated on my end). Anyway, click first, read my rants later!


So yea, the boys get a sort of happy/sweet/whatever-it-is ending, while I was stuck with well, not a bad ending, but not the perfect one either. I originally designed the comic in the typical yonkoma style, but decided that my longwinded nature necessitates something that is a little, just a little longer. (Yea, which ended up with three times more panels. Joy.) It didn't help that I drew all the individual panels without planning my paneling beforehand. Despite having a vague idea of how everything was supposed to be placed, I didn't think much about panel shapes or alignment until I finished all the individual panels... Hence the pretty monotonous shapes for almost all the panels, L to R reading despite this being more Asian inspired, and odd insertions of inverse space for borders to break away from the overly traditional style. I didn't consider the inclusion of speech/thought bubbles either, since I'd assumed I can always randomly draw circles or boxes to include them. Seeing how cluttered everything was, I ended up just slapping plain text alone, and honestly I don't think it looks too bad. And it feels amazing to finally use a typical comics font! Oh, and the DA version is 35% of the original piece, so you can imagine the headache I had trying to fit everything into a proper comic format, and also the tons of resizing I had to do for each panel... OTL

I'd a ton of fun doing this piece though! It feels odd to draw again, especially on my tablet after not sitting and drawing properly for over a year... And to do so many panels back-to-back despite their basic formats. The changes in angles and perspectives are on purpose since this is more of a drawing practice than anything else. I'm notoriously bad at consistency in anything (even writing), so this was yet another attempt at trying to improve that... I don't think I succeeded in that respect, since trying to visualise Katsuya's devil of a mop of hair is enough for me to tear my own hair out. On top of that, I tried to vary face shapes a little to differentiate between the boys even more (Seto's face is supposed to be sharper...), but I ended up messing up facial proportions instead /headdesk. I got pretty frustrated at the end and just reverted to my same-face-syndrome-style for the largest panel to make sure the proportions are right OTL. Colouring wise, I think I'm finally a little bolder with shading skin (either that or this new brush set is better xD)~ But I'm still as crap trying to create the illusion of different textures... That said, I'm still worried about overshading (although I perpetually undershade things), especially for the rather unorthodox light source here. Oh well, baby steps I guess.

I'm pretty pleased with how this turned out, especially after not drawing for so long! And even better is how my Katsuya looks a little more recognisable than usual! :'D Although the entire process was pretty tedious since I'm a n00b, the deciding to colour everything on a whim was admittedly not one of my brightest moments, it's a milestone in my drawing journey for sure! It's a ton of fun (I even added a Pokemon cameo just because I can, and also as a play on someone's surname hehe), and a decent tribute for once to my OTP!

Until I decide to draw again, assuming I don't die from my final sem workload...

(Yes, Katsuya's mini bday comic is still unfinished... My style changed again so I'm trying to reconcile them for the last few frames T_T.)

Edit: So I caved and did chibis of the boys and some food items! :D Will do a proper post for them another time... ;_;
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Jul. 3rd, 2011 06:23 pm
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So, a couple of days ago I posted my WIP lineart for a KaiJou picture. I finished colouring it and all last night/this morning but was too lazy tired to post it. Colouring it was great fun to do (as usual xD) but with its own challenges since I picked a 45 degree upper corner lighting angle to work with DDDD:. It looked like a nice angle to play with but it's easy with one person, not with two! I doubt I got the shading right but oh well, I'll just observe light angles more now I guess! But why on earth do they still look better uncoloured? OTL

:3


I'm quite surprised as to how decent this one looks, as compared to my usual half-sketched-half-drawn works! If it looks slightly different from the lineart, it's because I tweaked some mistakes I'd found /fail. Seto was hard to colour because of the additional shadows casted on him by Katsuya. Even his hair didn't spare me any headaches -.-;;. I realised that the less detailed your lineart is, the harder it is to colour something, because you can't smoke your way through by using the lineart to provide shape and volume. Thankfully mullets are easy to visualise and work with so after the first few minutes of hair-tearing, it got progressively better. I can't say the same for both their clothes though. ;A;

After I'd finished colouring the both of them, I figured I might as well do a background to make the image easier for me to work with when I use it for graphics. So being the pathetic person I am, the only background I can do relatively decently without butchering is sky + clouds. Gradient + white brushes of different opacities = win! :D And it allows me to show the source of light so I don't feel that my shading looks oddly awkward T_T. Turned into a 'polaroid' thingum because it looks odd without a border xD. Slapped on some cliché words because I'm lame like that and whee~ I'm done!

As I'd mentioned in my previous post, on rare occasions, I did sketch these two in the past. I recalled being rather happy when I sketched them then so what's more fun than digging up some old works for laughs?


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Remind me how on earth did I dare to post them on DA then? xD So yea, practice in anything helps. A LOT. xD Now all I have to do is make sure I don't fail in graphics design X_X.

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Like puppyshipping and the fuzziness it gives me.

So I'm having an identity crisis (no, it's not because I turned 20 :P) which made me question if I can hold on to some things forever. Assuming I live till 70, 50 years is a LONG time. It's half a century for crying out loud! It pains me to say but, one day, time will cause me to finally lose interest in some things I hold close to my heart. Which means, I ought to try as hard as I can to make sure I enjoy them all now, and pray that this additional effort will allow me to hang onto them just a little longer.

Since I've just written a piece not too long ago, I decided it was time to draw and create some graphics. I didn't really know what graphic I want to make in the first place, but after sifting through a bunch of my old Neopets related graphics, I decided to make a 'shop blog'-esque thingumajig to place on my profile page here. Afterall, as [livejournal.com profile] daemon_angelus had mentioned to me before, I can just dump whatever info I have into that graphic, beautifying my profile page without changing the original text. The only problem was selecting an image to work with... I was too tired to skim through my mountain of image files so I decided to draw something instead xD. So that's drawing out of the way; killing two birds with one stone!

Katusya and Seto~


Why Katsuya and Seto? Because the title of this blog pertains to the both of them xD. While that's true, the main reason was because they make me want to write, and write well; they allow me to explore situations and scenarios I'd otherwise never write about; they provide a creative outlet for me to be as crazy as I want to be without others judging me. For that, they'll always be my OTP of all time. <3 Just thinking about them makes my heart race QwQ. And I hope that'll never change.

Not inked (as usual because I'm lazy) but slightly cleaned up so it looks presentable. Oh, and by WIP, I meant that I've not coloured it, not so much of a full body drawing because... I can draw headshots best? OTL Didn't want to put both of them front-facing and side by side because... That's boring, and not to mention typical of me. So I tried a different pose for Seto (because his hair is a LOT easier to draw from other angles) but kinda failed (the proportions still look a little odd to me...); but that said, I'm kinda happy with how Katsuya turned out! I mean, I sketch Seto all the time, but I've only attempted sketching Katsuya once or twice despite the latter being my real favourite of the series. Why? His hair. I don't get how his hair works at all. I sorta know the general shape but everyone draws it differently! I just know it's a pain to draw. -.-;; After spending quite a while searching for a nice reference picture of his hair, I gave up and decided to semi-free style it. Thankfully I did that because it made drawing Katsuya more of a joy than a pain. So yes, I'm happy with how this piece turned out! \(´▽`)/

Will probably colour this first before I start coding the shop blog thingum. In the mean time, I should re-familiarise myself with coding...

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A quick sketch for my friend for his birthday (which I kinda forgotten -.-) Not my best piece of work but hey, I had to rush it before I could start on my revision without feeling pangs of guilt! @_@ Heavily referenced.

WARNING: May cause eyes to bleed from my horrendous drawing XD


On the bright side, I finished my fanfic 2 nights ago! =D Was really pleased with how it turned out and even happier with its reception. =D Looks like I still have it in me to write fluff. -.- Now to stop myself from writing a sequel or to do fanart for it... T_T. *rushes to mug chem and math*

~Mystickal

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