It’s been a long time since I posted, like a month now. But the good news is that I’ve been concentrating on my art, and have seen some significant improvements.
I’m not going to post any of my junk artwork though, because it’s not really all that interesting. But I will post a few inner workings for you to see, just to get an idea of what I’ve been doing.
I’ve been wanting to post for a while now, since I actually have quite a bit to update, mainly for the benefit of those of you who haven’t been following me on facebook. But the amount of things I wanted to talk about got so overwhelming that I began procrastinating. And as the updates on facebook increased, so too did the towering task of writing a blog post about what I have been doing.
Fortunately, I came upon a solution of an omake photo post. Don’t expect too much text, but it’s definitely more than the facebook updates. Please enjoy, and go to my facebook page to fill in the details on the conversations I’ve been having with my facebook fans.
Recently, I reached my 400th facebook fan. It’s since increased but I thought it’d be worth mentioning anyway. I really do appreciate the support from everyone. I post to share whatever’s on my mind with everyone, and most importantly is to share my art. That’s the real reason why you guys support me. I tend to get side-tracked with all these other ideas that I forget that the main reason I post is to share my art, and not necessarily just my ideas, though people seem to like that too.
When I said I’d take a break from blogging, and practice on my art, I also decided to try going back to analog drawing. It’s something that I hadn’t done in years, and was long overdue. I was ambitious to start, and wanted to fill an entire sketchbook in one month. That didn’t happen. Far from it. But I did get some much needed practice. And that small amount of time invested did show significant improvement. I hope to continue this.
My friends at Zen United sent me some swag! It got a fair bit of attention on facebook, so I’m glad that I’m able to PR Zen United and their awesomesauce goodies. I wish North America would have more of these things available. It’s good PR, and addresses the fans.
Not too long after, Zen sent me a second box of swag, which included art cards, a gorgeous (and sexy) “swimsuit” calendar a couple of Noel nendoroids (which btw, I already have one that they sent me previously) and some T-shirts. Most importantly, is the Blazblue CS Limited Edition. My artwork is in the artbook enclosed.
There was an Earth Day event in Vancouver and the lower mainland in which participants are asked to turn off all their lights and appliances at the same time for an hour or so. It’s a bold statement in how to be sustainable, and save the planet. Thousands of houses, apartments, and establishments participated in the event. It felt somewhat liberating to “disconnect” for a bit, and spend quality time with my wife. I snapped this appreciative photo of a gift from Jun of Collateral Damage Studios.
This happens when I don’t check my email for 72 hours. This happened on three occasions. One of which, I was sick with the flu, and didn’t check my email for 3 days. I spent the whole time in bed, feeling like crap. I occasionally woke up and played Time Hollow (a game I had been saving for a couple years for when I got sick) before getting too tired and dizzy and going back to sleep. Honestly, I don’t think it was a good idea to play Time Hollow while with the flu. I had terrible and confusing dreams about time travel while I was deliriously sick.
Speaking of visual novels, I also played Saya’s Song when I read about it on NeoGAF. It’s a good thing I didn’t play this while I was sick. That would have been a terrible, terrible mistake. I think I’m still emotionally scarred by playing this game. It’s an incredible and twisted thriller VN that isn’t for the faint of heart… I… I don’t want to talk about it anymore. See my facebook page. There’s a thread discussion on it.
I acquired these two cuties a while back. Haruhi remained in storage for a long time, but was finally let out.
I attended a meet up event for a Street Fighter tournament. I didn’t actually join the tournament, but enjoyed the casual play session. There were some decently skilled players, but their play style was rather “textbook”. I’m not as good as them when it comes to fighting games, but I know a good fighter when I see one, and these guys unfortunately, weren’t. I would have liked to be pwned in a spectacular fashion by a truly skilled player.
I got a 3DS! I acquired this one using points that my wife had accumulated at Shopper’s Drugmart. (yeah, they sell Nintendo and Sony products there. Weird eh?). So essentially I got it for next to nothing!
If you have a 3DS, please contact me with your friend code so we can add each other in! I’ve since changed my avatar to be much much cuter (that’s right!). She even has nekomimi! I wish they had a purple hair option so I could make Melody.
Actually, I got 3 3DSs. I had preordered two from Toys R Us, and one from Gamestop. I hoped to sell them, but Nintendo didn’t make any mistakes this time (unlike the Wii) and there was no shortage, so I returned them. Risk free! But I did lose time out of it, unfortunately.
My hamsters Chip and Dale. Dale passed away in December while I was in Singapore. Chip is getting old, but he’s doing okay. He’s been since moved to the den so I can monitor him.
One of my facebook fans. I have been blessed by a god!
I recently found out that Rachel Alucard is also a fan of my page!
I found an excellent solution for the two loose stationery items that she comes with. I don’t like loose pieces, and this makes her look much more dexterous and cool. Umm… what’s her name again?
I know a lot of you have probably seen my Plenair cup. I did a sort of “retro treatment” to this photo, and thought it nice enough to post. Also got a fair bit of attention on facebook. Then again, what’s not to like about Plenair?
It snowed at some point in time. I can’t remember when. But damn, Marisa should have stayed indoors!
I got HMO Miku. I won’t bother talking about it, because Fabrice does an excellent job with his review. I am happy that we’ve got a band though.
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That is a lot of keyboards. I thought GSC would be cheap and just re-press keyboards, but no, they’re actually all unique sculpts!
I’m a leek -er I mean l33t drummer!
Speaking of the K-On set, I did manage to snag the Wonderfest set now. I forgot to post the pics to that, but you can find them on my facebook page.
On it, I also admitted to being a Miku whore.
The style of HMO is so different. It really makes traditional Miku a bit boring. Using this face totally changes everything. Note that traditional Miku’s face is quite a bit wider than HMO.
Top down perspective. They look pretty awesome!
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All around Vancouver, there are Sakura trees, and they bloom during the spring season. It looks absolutely beautiful to see streets lined with Sakura trees. If you ever decide to come to Vancouver, any time of the year has its own beautiful features, but definitely come during spring to check out the trees in full bloom. It doesn’t last very long though, so you have to get in at the right time!
I had sent out some signed posters a while back for the Blazblue poster contest, but unfortunately, none of them arrived. I hadn’t had time until recently to sign some more, and re-send them. Unfortunately, I had to fold them and slip them into envelopes this time. I suspect that the postal service doesn’t like poster tubes or something. I also heard stories of the postal service stealing mail.
Damn, this is costing me some serious coin! If you’d like to help me out, please donate to me on paypal. This paypal account is strictly used as a prize fund. You’ll get a permanent spot of recognition on my page (if you give me your web address).
One of my best friends bought me a present out of the blue. He was also the one that bought me the previous nendoroid playset. Now my band has a place to practice! I’ll have to make some time to do a nice photoshoot of this.
More sketchiness!! I decided that I need to practice my facial expressions more, and really try to bring emotions out. I haven’t been doing that with my drawings, so they all tend to have a sort of emotionless facial expression. [rss]If you’re looking for the contest code, it’s asusrt16 for you here.[/rss] I think by doing more of these, it will also increase the dynamic content of my drawings, so they’re not all so pose-y.
Ah… a lazy Sunday. Some days are nice and beautiful, but you just want to stay indoors and enjoy the warmth of your bed while the sun shines its rays into the house.
I love what the guys at Collateral Damage Studios are doing – they’re sharing and spreading anime and awareness on a completely different level than me. When they mentioned that they were overworked, I was more than happy to offer doing a piece for them for their upcoming artbook. An out-of-the-blue suggestion turned into a full-blown piece. I posted a crop of my initial sketch on facebook, and it seemed to catch a fair bit of interest. I liked the way the drawing was going too.
A crop preview of the finished image. One of the things that I deliberately kept in mind trying to keep the image looking dynamic. I intensified the expressions on Marisa and White Rock Shooter, and also kept the rough line work. It was actually A LOT of work to use the rough line work but in a controlled way so that it didn’t look messy. If you look carefully, much of the original sketch line doesn’t actually exist in the finished piece anymore.
Sorry, I won’t be posting the actual piece until a little later.
I was commissioned by someone to draw something for a wedding anniversary as a gift for his wife. I won’t get into the details of it, but this is a rough crop as well. The finished product actually doesn’t look like this at all. He opted for a more realistic (an accurate) portrayal of his wife, which looks good in its own right. Just no longer anime. I kept the original line-work, and may go back and create another anime version just for fun. I do like how this anime version’s face turned out.
I read this on the oatmeal and couldn’t help but laugh. It’s so true! I am going through this now. Go check it out. The oatmeal is a gold mine of good content.
You could say that this is my life as a freelance artist. It’s great fun. I’ve been doing all sorts of things, from drawing illustrations to creating logos and websites. But it also has its downsides. I don’t want to turn this post into a rant about my life or the life of a freelance career. What I’ve shared is the upside, and I LIKE IT! (if you like what I’m doing, join me on facebook!)
On a final note, I got interviewed at Toypusher.com. If you haven’t read it yet, go read it!
New posts coming soon!