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R.I.P. Sakura May 23, 1999 – August 08, 2013

8 Aug

Sakura

Photo from December 30, 2012.

Sakura was such a happy doggy. Right until the end, she looked as if nothing was wrong, despite the fact that she had been fighting a very aggressive cancer. My mum and I are really going to miss her…

We’ll miss you so much baby. You and Kosuke were the best family anyone could ever have.

Good night, Sakura. Rest in peace.

Sketches and a drawing video

1 Apr

mina roughs

Character design roughs for a friend.

board roughs

Item design roughs for the same project.

Burning

You know how you see shapes in clouds? I was exhausted yesterday and was gazing into the floor, thoughtlessly trying to make out shapes, and this was the strongest image that stuck to my mind, so I sketched it out.

Apple Monsters

I am genuinely unsure how this came to be…

A full drawing video! Sketching and line-art steps are not included, but it’s still 1hr20min long despite being sped up. The total time spent, according to the recordings, amounts to over 26 hours; some pieces take much longer, while others much faster, so I think this is a good in-between average time for me. It personally felt like a much longer process though because I spread it out across several days, mainly because being conscious that I was recording everything was mentally taxing. I noticed this happening when I tried to record my process with the candy house picture too, and as that piece was under a much tighter time constraint, I stopped recording very early on. I hope to get myself accustomed to recording though so that I could hold livestreams someday, but I don’t think I’ll be making full recordings like this for a long time. But on the plus side, looking at my process objectively like this has been very helpful, for me personally at least; it’s pretty clear when I know what I’m doing and when I’m not, so I can think about how to approach my problem areas differently next time! :)

Video Testing 2

16 Mar

More recording/video testing. These are clips I recorded on Livestream and sped up x8. I stopped recording after this though, as I found this picture was more experimental than I would have liked it to be, and figured that this would take way too long to make a complete process video. I’ll continue testing, both recording and drawing, so that one day I can make more informative drawing videos someday.

As for the picture, it was made for another charity art book project, which is currently open for more submissions, so be sure to check out their site for more info if you’re interested in participating! :)

A preview of the finished piece:
Candy House Preview

Video: Kosuke and Sakura

5 Feb

I was looking through old photos and video clips late last night, and I wanted to see if I could stitch together the ones I had of Kosuke. So I did. While I do have more recent clips of Sakura, I decided to go with the old clips from when Kosuke was still with us. Apologies for the shaky camera.

In loving memory of Kosuke,
June 25, 1996 – December 23, 2010.

All kinds of testing

29 Dec

Many years ago, I used to use Open Canvas and it had this really cool feature where it records your progress in a video. I no longer use Open Canvas, but I really miss that recording feature from the good old days… :( I’ve contemplated using other recording programs or using livestream, but I never gave them a try. Livestream, well, the thought of having people watch me as I draw was freaky for me. I finally looked up recording options, and discovered that Quick Time had recording capabilities! So I gave it a try with this piece I’m currently working on, which is a bunch of experiments in itself as well.

Sped up x8. I’d speed it up even more but x8 appears to be the limit on Quick Time and iMovie.

I have no idea whether using other recording programs would help, but when I use Quick Time, the file gets huge pretty quickly even when I use the lowest settings I could find (2-3GB in 20 minutes or so, and 5GB in 30 minutes). I try to solve this by stopping the recording rather frequently and compressing it to something much smaller, which gets each recording down to 200-300MB on average, so that’s an improvement! But even with the size dropped down, it’s really going to add up unless I draw fast and know exactly what I’m doing… which I clearly do not! D: And I honestly do not enjoy being pressed for time and having to keep checking how long I’ve been drawing for, so I really hope I can find an alternative. I thought about checking out livestream, even if it may mean people watch me draw live (*shiver*), but I’m curious whether it’s even possible to store recordings on a free account, and if so, what the archive limit is… At this point though, I honestly get the feeling that no matter which program or service I use, sizes in the GBs like that just might be a common thing for recordings, in which case maybe recordings just might not be my thing (but it wasn’t this bad in the Open Canvas recordings…?_? )

As for the drawing, I usually don’t start out this way at all (by blocking in everything with a single color). I usually jump right into all the colors of the rainbow and fill up the background, but I found a lot of people actually take the time to plan things out (well duh), not just with lines (what I used to do) but also with values. So I decided to give it a try, but quickly got stuck trying to figure out how to add the colors I wanted onto it, and kept struggling until maybe 7 or 8 minutes into this video when I finally added a layer underneath everything and filled it up with colors. Dx Even after that though, you can see I’m not very efficient as I continue to keep redrawing things, but this part is very typical of me. orz

I also tested out some new brushes I found: some by Sakimichan and some by Feohria, though I think I might stick with my familiar brushes for the most part and save the brush testing for some other time.

Ricordando il passato

14 Jun

I don’t know Italian, but I believe the title translates to “Remembering the past.”

I was listening to Akiko Shikata’s new album, and ~Ricordando il passato~ was one of the tracks included. I believe it’s the ED theme to Umineko EP8 too? I haven’t played it myself yet so I can’t say for sure. But it’s SO GORGEOUS! ;A;

I was putting that on repeat while sketching commission stuff, but my mind was wandering elsewhere the entire time into SC world. So when I finally finished the sketch, I grabbed another scrap paper and sketched SC stuff with paper and pencil since who knows how long ago! Over a year!? TwT It was already nearing 4AM at this point and my eyes were so blurry (offline friends know how bad my eyesight has become now… OTL), but I was too lazy to go find my glasses so I skipped out on a lot of detail on the outfit (I looked up scans I made on the laptop but my eyes were too blurry to even see those OTL And too lazy to go find the actual sketcbooks). The goal was to get the basic idea down anyway since I don’t have time to draw my own OCs anymore. *sob*

Added rough colors:

SC picture WIP! But they’re unintroduced characters so I guess it doesn’t really matter. I also feel bad I can only post super messy plans for SC, but paid pictures take priority. D:
Couldn’t really think of a castle interior and didn’t want to spend too much time with it right now, so WORD PLACEHOLDER IT IS.

Is it bad that I want to clean this up more than work on commissions…? OTL

DRRR!! x RO

1 Apr

I began making the Durarara!! ending parody picture with RO characters of my guild early last year. And I never finished it. :(
I’ll post all of the previews I have since I have no idea when I’ll be working on this again.
These are all old previews I made to show my guildies on their forum:

DRRRxRO1
DRRRxRO2
DRRRxRO3

I’ll have to change Muki’s knight to lord knight later just so everyone will be all trans classes, although I think most of the characters I drew in this parody are 3rd classes now… but I don’t want to redraw everyone, and I’m not too crazy over some of the 3rd class designs. :/

DRRRxRO4
DRRRxRO5
DRRRxRO6
DRRRxRO7
DRRRxRO8

…and I just stopped when I had what… 2 more ppl to sketch out? OTL (plus some hats to add)

The original Durarara!! ending video:

Character Sketch + Dvorak

30 Mar

Elaine Design

A rough character design sketch for a manga project. It’ll be rather different from what I’m more used to (like fantasy), so kinda looking forward to it.
I think I’ll be working on more manga than CG over the coming weeks. Hopefully I can squeeze in some SC pages too while I’m at it. :P

And here’s one of my most memorable scenes from watching One Piece where they used Dvorak’s New World Symphony 4th Movement. I just laughed so hard at the fact that an anime used classical music and still pulled off an epic. It starts at around 1:30 :

I couldn’t find a good english-subbed video of the scene. :(

Legend of Zelda: Making of Saria Painting by Ag+

16 Mar

By the same artist who made the 25th Anniversary piece a few posts ago, Ag+ (check out his pixiv account for the completed painting). I checked out his NicoNico account and found he had more recordings, and thanks to his fanbase, it’s already available on Youtube for viewing! He makes more comments about the process of creating a piece in this video, which if anyone needs help reading, I’d be happy to try and translate. I’ll probably revisit this video several times myself and see if I can learn more about Painter from it, which appears to be the program he’s using (dunno which version though).

Continued – One Piece – Earthquake

14 Mar

bg wip 2

More of that cg from a few posts ago. BG is almost done!
I wish I could say I know exactly what I’m doing, but sadly I don’t. But am I making it count as a good learning experience? I most definitely try.

I’ve been really into One Piece the last few months.
I initially started watching it to distract myself after losing Kosuke.
I have no idea if it worked. I still miss Kosuke. But I am able to do things now instead of doing nothing but cry for days straight and get a headache.

One of my favorite OPs:

I would think that most people know about the 9.0 (I know they started at 8.8, then 8.9, but now they’re saying 9.0) earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan.
If you are able to lend a helping hand, please consider donating to any of the following to help Japan and other countries in the Pacific that were affected by this disaster:

-Donate to the American Red Cross through their website, or text REDCROSS to 90999 (or 30333 in Canada) to donate $10!

-Donate to Global Giving through their site, or text JAPAN to 50555 to donate $10!

Order a commission from space coyote/Nina Matsumoto. She will also send all profit made to disaster relief!

-Yasunori Mitsuda (the composer of Chrono Trigger/Cross, Xenogears/saga, Shadow Hearts) will send profit made from his Procyon Store to disaster relief as of March 14th!

-There is a Help Japan auction event going on at Livejournal!

-Donate directly to the Japanese Red Cross through Google’s Crisis Response site!
This page also has lots of useful information and links, as well as a person finder!

I’ll update this list with more alternatives as I find more.