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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).

Progress GIF: Journey

17 May

Progress GIF: Journey

This piece was very spontaneous, something that doesn’t happen much anymore. Nowadays when inspiration hits me out of the blue and I have the time to draw, I’d be in the middle of another time sensitive piece with higher priority, so I’d just let it flow out of my head and into the air without me ever being able to grasp at it. But a few days ago, this wasn’t the case. I was in the middle of another piece, but it was a convention prep fanart and the con isn’t until July, so I wasn’t in a rush. And honestly, I wasn’t feeling too crazy about that piece, so for the first time in many years I decided to draw a digital work on impulse. Just about everything except all the symbols on the cloth were done in one go, in one day – a very rare accomplishment for me in recent years. Unfortunately, I had traveling plans and couldn’t finish it while my creative juices were still fresh, so the symbols (as it turned out, the grind work) had to wait.


I really missed being able to draw loosely and freely without my brain in control. With every piece I’d try to challenge myself and test new methods, and I’d just be hyper-conscious about everything I do to the picture (probably too much to the point that it ultimately hurts my pieces, so I know I need to work on controlling myself there). I intend to keep this up and challenge myself to improve my craft, but I think jumping free right into a drawing without a care for any of my self-imposed rules would be nice once in a while too.

1/10 preview

7 May

Journey WIP

A tiny work in progress of a Journey fanart. I have no idea whether this really is exactly 1/10 of the entire picture, and I am too sleepy/lazy to go check. Good night!