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One Piece vol.78: Usopp Gallery

10 Jul

I believe this blog is long overdue for an update! Many things have happened since the last post, and still are happening: happy and sad things, encouraging and disheartening things, hopeful and heartbreaking things… But let’s save those for a reflective post in the future. Making a new post after the previous one is something that I’ve been having great difficulty doing, but this is happy news that I do wish to share with both Kosuke and Sakura in their loving memory:

Earlier this year, I decided to muster my courage, take a step forward, and take advantage of one of the opportunities that I now have from living in Japan – submitting to the One Piece Usopp Gallery. I didn’t see my piece in the volume that was released after my submission (volume 77), so I concluded that it is highly competitive and that I’ll give it another try at a later time. Lots of things and busy-ness happened so that I never got around to preparing another submission, and volume 78 was released…

Madam Sharley in OP Volume 78And there was my submission. Words cannot do justice to how psyched I was when I saw this. But I will say this: one step forward! :)

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.

Disneyland 2013 Recap

23 Jul

I’ve never been to the Disneyland in California before, so I was pretty excited! I-I still had a hard time getting up that morning though (I’m sorry Joy… ;;), but we joined up with two of her school friends and had a blast at Dland and Disney California Adventure!Disneyland

 

Horse

At Disneyland

Me with JoyJoy. :D (more…)

AX 2013 Recap

23 Jul

Anime Expo 2013 table

A big thanks to everyone who visited my table at Anime Expo! I was a little nervous about my table placement being in the far corner, but I ended up making the most I’ve made at an artist’s alley so far – still shy of breaking even if I include every single expense, but awfully close! I offered onsite commissions for the first time too, so that may have helped out too. Speaking of which, thank you so much to the people who commissioned me, or simply showed interest in it but couldn’t due to the next-day-pickup rule. I’ll have to practice sketching characters again so I can work on them more efficiently in the future!

Let me also apologize if I ever appeared grumpy, tired or outright crazy. If you saw me anytime from Day 2 onward, chances are you saw me at my physical and mental worst due to lady pains, so if I was being unpleasant to you, I am SO SORRY! It’s not you, it was 100% me. ;_; Not surprisingly, this trip ended up being my most tearful convention trip to date, but fortunately, they were all happy tears.  (more…)

Preparing Prints!

30 May

Prints '13

Getting prints ready for the summer convention season! (sorry for the dim light and blur. And I will be trimming the white spaces later) I wasn’t sure if I’d have enough new prints this year but I surprised myself when I counted all the pieces I made in the last year. The problem is if people will like them enough to buy them. /sobs

I also encountered some new issues with printing this time around:

Issue prints

I was expecting some prints to turn out noticeably darker than on screen, but not this dark and contrasty… The brush strokes and textures came out way harsher than I’d anticipated with these… I think the issue is less apparent in the Journey print, but more with the Floating one to the right with the creature’s head (it honestly makes me sad). A part of me feels terrible about the thought of selling it, even though no one is going to know what the original on-screen version looks like. Then again, there are those old, odd prints that I abhor now but people seem to love (though more often than not these are fanart, whereas Floating isn’t).

Happy Holidays~!

24 Dec

Secret Santa: Rigel

Secret Santa piece for Penguin-Pinpin. Her character Rigel! This is the first time I participated in a Secret Santa art exchange (though it was a small private group), and I don’t think I’ve drawn full CG fanarts for artists in AGES, so it was great~ :)

pillow

I opened a Society6 account a few weeks back and made pillows, among other things. I took advantage of their limited time free shipping to get a pillow to gift to my mother for Christmas, and it arrived just in time! :) The printing quality is nice (or so I believe, as I don’t have other printed pillows to compare qualities), and they even include a pillow insert if you choose that option, so I’m pleased so far. I can’t personally say what the quality of the other merchandise are like, but I would hope that they’re just as great.

book

I was commissioned to draw a book cover a few months back, and the writer was kind enough to send me a free copy. While I personally had a hiccup when I saw that the cover lost some details in print, it was still a strange feeling to hold a tangible book with a cover I drew on it… I honestly DO NOT know what this book is about (I was simply given details for the cover and drew it out), so please direct all questions about the story to Johnathan Kelly. For those who would like to purchase a copy of this book, it is available on Lulu.

Tree deco
Tree deco2

Christmas tree decorations from the hotel I stayed at in Kyoto a few weeks back. I’ll upload more photos to my tumblr in time.

2012 has been a fulfilling year for me full of opportunities and illustration busy-ness, and I hope 2013 will be just as great! Hope you all had an overall good year too, and I wish you all Happy Holidays! :)

Pencil case!

10 Feb

So I’ve been tinkering with my cafepress account lately with some of my recent pictures, and I’ve been really curious about my piece with the whale since I used really texture-intense brushes for it. (On that note, I LOOOOOVE the brushes in Painter 12!! Except each brush stroke lags my laptop like crazy. I really need to look into some options since I reaaaally want to make better use of Painter. ;; ) But when I looked at my cafepress options I kinda didn’t want to invest in it since they were kinda pricey considering I just wanted to test print it onto something… (way to market myself haaaahaha OTL) And then I came across ArtsCow, which offered sooooo many options for customized items, were cheaper than cafepress, and offered certain items for free for the first few weeks (shipping not included, so I basically have to pay for the shipping price only) so I decided to give it a try on a pencil case.

It feels really weird seeing my own art on a product, but I’m really pleased with the printing! The grainy texture actually turned out okay. And most of all I’m really happy with the quality of the material used! I was expecting something that didn’t feel so nice to the touch since it was so cheap, but I really LOVE how it feels in my hands! ;A;

And while I was at it, I decided to make use of the free item opportunity and made another pencil case. My mum really loves this photo of Kosuke that I took a little over a month before he passed away, so I decided to make a little present for her.

And the reverse side has a photo of Sakura that I took a few weeks ago when it snowed. My mum loved it yay! :D

So in the end, I still don’t know how this picture looks when printed by cafepress (LMFAOOOO FAIL OTL), but I’m happy with my new pencil case (discomfort over my own art aside)! Really looking forward to making use of this since I use up my pens so fast!

Pens

10 Aug

Used ink pen with tip busted flat vs brand new ink pen with SO MUCH PEN TIP.
Used pen on top, new pen on bottom. Both same type of ink pen (Sakura Pigma Micron 0.05).
This is going to be my third 0.05 ink pen… Every time I bust a pen and buy a new one, I keep asking myself whether I should just learn how to use traditional manga artist pens (maru pens or whatever they’re called, the kind you dip in ink with the disposable nibs), so I can just change nibs every time I bust one instead of buying a whole new pen! :/

Panel + sky photos

26 May

Despite the lack of blog posts with screencaps of drawings, I’ve been drawing A LOT lately. Like people in their underwear. ^ This one is part of a manga commission, which is challenging me with lots of new things to draw, which is a great thing for learning but kinda hurts every time I stumble. Like drawing semi naked people in their underwear. And cityscape and cars and guns and… yeah.

I actually have another drawing commission sketched out, but still waiting on the half payment before I continue working on it, so maybe I’ll post a wip of that some other time. Commissions got really busy since coming back from my trip, probably thanks to the DD I found when I came home (thank you so much for the constant support everyone! ) Busy busy is good, but it does make me miss my own characters… ;; I’m going to spend some quality time with my OCs for sure… when I’m done with this pile. orz

Lots of repetitive shots of the same monster cloud I took while out in Japan:

I actually had even more shots of the same cloud, but I think this is already repetitive enough for anyone else to enjoy but me. I was easily amused that zooming up to different areas of the same huge cloud changed the colors so much!

Birthday Girl

23 May

Happy Birthday Sakura!! :) She’s 12 years old now.

That photo was taken today but it’s been too dark and rainy steadily these days, so here are some photos I took before on sunny days.

Today is also exactly 5 months since Kosuke passed away, so my mum made some salmon since Kosuke loved them (Sakura loves them too so she had some too :3 ), and I’ll be baking something later tonight and offer it with some batter, which he also loved.

And yes, no art post. You get cute photos of my doggy.