Gomen-ne! No Easter Eggs here!
A couple of weeks ago, Ninjovee of Tangerine Tango mentioned that she wanted to put up a new blog banner of Kagamiku, but wanted her to be even cuter than she already is. When she showed me which image she wanted to use, some fun ideas went through my head, so I offered to do some photoshop.
A youtube video of the jobbie:
Still being uploaded…?
This ended up taking way longer than I thought that it would, mostly because of the bow. I had full confidence that I could paint out Miku’s tie and make it work. I just didn’t think it would take that long.
I had to extend the canvas in order to fit her bunny ears in there, but fortunately, the paper pattern was fairly clean and easy to clone.
Overall, this was very fun to do. It still looks a little bit fake, but well all that stuff was hand painted, so it’s a little bit hard to make it blend properly. I’m not THAT good yet! Do check out Ninjovee’s blog though, because it’s a good blog!
On another note, Rosenqueen sent me my copy of Sakura Wars So Long My Love, which arrived yesterday.
It’s got Gemini Sunrise. How can I resist? The thing is, I’ve never played a single Sakura Taisen game, or even watched the anime series. Yet my first anime figure was Sakura Shinguji, and I’ve got a few other Sakura Taisen related items, including the oh so beautiful Gemini Sunrise figure so kindly sourced for me by Shino.
I do look forward to playing it though – actually, more so than FFXIII. Is that weird?!
The Rosenqueen preorder had a great bonus incentive, as you can see in the picture – an exclusive hardcover artbook (and yes it’s in English), in addition to the already included bonus goods with the PS2 edition. Sorry Wii owners, you guys lost out on that one.
I won’t be able to play this until at least after I finish Resonance of Fate though (that and maybe even Miles Edgeworth).
Speaking of which, I was fooling around with RoF’s costumes and came up with this:
The closest you’ll ever come to putting “L” into Resonance of Fate.
It’s L from Death Note!! ha ha ha. The cool thing is the way Zephyr runs, it’s totally L’s wacky style too. Seeing him John Woo some enemies is quite cool. Go L!
Kira… I WILL capture you!!!
I’m getting decently close to re-creating a Robert Garcia too. But really, the customization is more limited than I thought it would have been. Still a wicked game though. Many seem to have abandoned FFXIII due to boredom in favor of playing RoF. (And you should too!)
I’m still working hard with trying to finish my iPhone game. Doing a promotional video right now, and it’s looking to be quite promising. Hopefully it will move copies. I’ll post the video here when it’s out.
The cool thing is that the naming contest was quite a success! The name we ended up choosing was Mice Heist. Keep your eyes peeled!
EDIT: Since some people were saying that Kagamikusagi looks a little like Asuka from Evangelion, here are some other color variants
Pink is so cute!
The original colors
Leave a Reply
Designing a character is difficult, and can be overwhelming . One can't even begin to think clearly with so many different variables. It helps to break it down a bit and go through a certain process in order to achieve a character who is unique and creative. Today, I'll go over some of those elements. more
This week, I got two figures within 24hrs of each other. First was Supercell Miku Hatsune (The World Is Mine), and the next day, Black Rock Shooter. I took some pictures, but for some reason, didn’t feel like doing a photoshop of either of them this week. Not sure why. Oh well. My blog isn’t about catching the latest greatest trends anyway! It’s about sharing what I love. ^_^
So instead, I drew a fan art. Last night, I was up from 10pm until 2pm, reading Death Note. I’d already finished reading it before, but something about it is just gripping. I really enjoyed it. I was looking for a picture of L facing forward to use as reference. Interestingly, I only found 2 (and they’re not good shots). Every other shot of L shows him either 3/4 view, profile, or just slightly between front and 3/4 view. It was a little frustrating, but an interesting find.
So today, I decided to paint up L from Death Note. He’s my favorite. I like how goofy he is, yet so lethally smart. He’s Light Yagami’s complete mirror. As such, I couldn’t help but imagine that L has a dark side to him that he hides well. Watching his actions and his emotionless reactions seem to hint at it.
Of course, I recorded me painting this. I’ve finally decided to go HD, so do check it out for clarity’s sake!
I’ve had this ambitious idea in my mind for at least two months now (maybe even three). The original idea was to have them hold Playstation 3 controllers, since Konata is all about the Playstation. But well… I couldn’t get their hands to get close enough. Besides, Wii is way more of a party system anyway. More on how this images was accomplished after the jump!
The main reason I had been putting this off (except for Soul Calibur 4), was I wanted to find (or build) a room that was more plastic-cartoon like, especially the chair. Gave up on that pretty quickly. I decided the next best prop was L’s chair, but of course, it could only seat one.
The challenge was then to “extend” the chair to fit three people.
It got to the point where I could only use the center section as a connecting piece. I decided to put Miku in L’s chair for the other end.
The right side had to be cleared out, and then blended in with the extended piece. In addition, there was also L’s side that needed to blend in with the extension.
I can’t recall, but I think that was also the picture that I used to extract Konata. One thing I didn’t account for, which I stupidly forgot, was that L’s chair was blocking a part of his butt and his leg. By the time I realized this, it was way too late. So what I did was literally paint in that section with a 75% hard round brush.
Not the perfect solution, but at low-res, it passes.
I had decided that instead of taking pictures of Wii Remotes, and trying to fuss around trying to get it to fit in their hands properly, I painted them.
I really didn’t want to bother, and it was good practice in picking the right colors and tonal values. Of course, up close, it looks pretty apparent that they were painted in, but again, at a lower resolution, it passes. If I ever decide to print this image one day and frame it, I might regret painting this stuff in…
Look! What’s in the shelf?
One thing that I had to do for this shot was relocate my Wii so that it was a little more obvious on what these guys were doing. But I was too lazy to unhook and rehook the cords to turn on the Wii. I figure I could do that in Photoshop.
The part that I’m most happy with are the shadows and reflections. The shadows are done using a solid black layer with gaussian blur, as I always do, and then using a blend mode to make it match accordingly. The reflections were done by duplicating the image, flipping it, and then applying transforms to it in order to make it fit.
Now, there’s something a little unusual about this image. Can you spot it?
Well, that concludes another photoshop. I’m glad to have finally gotten this one out of the way. It took me a little while to figure out how to problem solve things, but I think I learned a lot out of it.
Feedback and comments appreciated! Until next time!