So as I had talked about before, one thing that I’ve been trying to do is work faster. I figure that by working faster, I’ll be able to practice drawing more. If I spend too much time on a single drawing, that’s opportunity cost towards a new drawing.
Of course, it gets to a point where you end up moving too fast for your own good. You trip up, and make mistakes that sometimes end up taking more time to correct.
Above is my finished drawing. I couldn’t think of a suitable name, so I simply called her “Drops”.
Youtube video of it being done:
When I had completed this drawing, I sat down and finally took a real hard look at the drawing, and noticed several errors. Things like the pose being incorrect, the belt buckle in the wrong place, the produce falling out was too small, the basket’s perspective was wrong, etc.
All these were mistakes that I know better not to make. Simple and stupid little mistakes that would not have come about if I had taken a little more time in doing the work.
Actually, it’s not about time at all – it’s simply being aware. Unfortunately, I’m moving a bit too fast to be aware of what I’m doing. Remember the Pilot Girl? I was moving deliberately fast with her, and you can tell how messy that drawing was. This one, I was moving nearly as fast, but putting in more detail everywhere.
While the end result is definitely nicer, (and Pilot Girl had her share of problems too), these issues bugged me a lot.
So, I went back and corrected it. This is NOT something that any artist should have in their workflow, of course. But correcting these problems is not as hard as it seems, especially if you have everything in separate layers.
The first thing I did was flatten the entire image and quickly roughed out the corrections needed to be made. She looks pretty cut up, I know.
If you don’t want to read the wall of text below, here’s an animated gif of the corrections:
Things I did included scaling up the produce falling out so it’s not cherry apples or something, even the leeks were scaled up. I extended the basket cloth, and corrected its perspective so it’s less ambiguous. I also rounded out the basket handle so the perspective is more ambiguous from there.
The pose is technically impossible. I shifted her belt buckle over, so that it’s suggested that her waist is less turned, and that it’s her legs that are twisting instead.
Because of the angle of the “camera” the perspective of her chest is wrong, so I pushed up her left breast. I think it was the bow that screwed me over. It should be flatter, aiming upwards, rather than towards the camera, so I fixed that too.
Her neck was disjointed from her body. I wanted to have her arching backwards, but obviously it was too much. I shifted the whole head over. I also corrected her eye’s positioning, and moved her little ‘X’ hairpiece higher. (I thought it would look cuter closer to the bangs, but no. It just looked weird).
After this rough correction sheet was done, I brought that back into the original PSD, and used it as a guide. I corrected the line art to match the guide, and then layer by layer, did the corrections.
The end result:
This, I am happy with. The moe-factor is quite high with this one. I added a little fang tooth to increase the moe-ness.
I decided to play around with the filters, can came up with this:
While it loses a tad bit of definition, it gives the drawing a completely painter look, like something from the Disgaea artworks. A bit too much definition is lost from the eyes though.
So what else has been happening?
Well, you saw my mega 4-post day last week, so you know I’m trying to sell some of my figures (I am writing a relevant blog post on that, which will go into the Anime Pride category).
Selveria Bles (alter) arrived. OMG, she is BADASS. Literally the (second) biggest boxed figure I’ve ever gotten (second only to Fate Testerossa. Nothing beats that box).
I took several shots of this magnificent figure which I hope to post soon. But you know, priorities.
Oh, an update on the Gordon Ramsay toaster oven I got:
I was really looking forward to a delicious lunch of left-over pizza that I had obtained from Panagopolis the night before, “Bacon Cheeseburger” it’s called, and had just finished preheating the oven.
To occupy my mind from the anticipation of consuming such delectable cuisine, I turned on the timer, and proceeded to play Atelier Rorona. After about 10 minutes (the time I had set), I heard a loud BANG! followed by some sizzling. I dropped the controller, thinking “FIRE! Hell’s Kitchen!!”.
To my relief, there was no fire, but I was curious on why the glass of the oven looked a little “foggy”. I inspected it closely to my dismay. “Holy shit!” I exclaimed to nobody in particular. My pizza was ruined with glass shards embedded in it. I inspected the damage and kept repeating “holy shit…” over and over again like a youtuber who witnessed a tornado while the timer continued to tick. “ding!“
I guess Gordon Ramsay didn’t like my pizza.
Needless to say, it has been exactly 30 days since I purchased this item. The Bay only accepts returns up to 30 days. I decided to take my chances anyway and return it. Fortunately, I had decided to sign up for one of their “membership cards” just to purchase this oven (I get 10% off on my first purchase with it!). Anything purchased with the membership card apparently gives me 90 days to return stuff.
So now, I can officially say to Gordon Ramsay “GET THE FUCK OUT OF MY KITCHEN!”
So it was Halloween this Sunday. What did you all do for Halloween (if it’s celebrated in your country)?
This year for me was a bit more toned down. Last year, I went to a friend’s party. This year my waifu and I carved pumpkins, handed out candy to kids, and bought fireworks and set them off at a friend’s place.
The waifu really wanted a Hello Kitty pumpkin this year, and it being her first time ever carving a pumpkin (after living in Canada for so long too!), it would be a fun thing to do. I admit, I’ve never actually carved a pumpkin like this before. Mine were always the basic triangle eyes ones. It’s actually a lot easier than I thought it would be.
Several years ago, a coworker of mine made this sculpture for me, but didn’t end up finishing it until Christmas that year. I was pretty happy that she put so much effort into making something for me, so kept it until now even. I posted it on my facebook recently and tagged her. She was overjoyed, and had completely forgotten that she had given that to me.
I finally gave in and tried out the KFC Double Down. (otherwise known as the Titty-Fuck)
This wasn’t made available in Canada until recently. I’m guessing that it had to pass some sort of health safety regulations or something because this thing is artery-clogging for certain.
There are some misconceptions that this thing will kill you. In fact, I found that it contained less oil than a piece of KFC chicken. I’m lead to believe now that most of the grease that comes out of a piece of KFC chicken is chicken fat. This double piece of chicken breast was actually quite lean and dry.
That’s not to say that this thing was healthy though. The batter they used is definitely different from what they use for their Big Crunch. And also, mine was incredibly salty. Like almost inedible. I only managed to eat about half before I had to stop. I’m sure the sodium will kill me.
Nopy talks about it too, but his experience seems to be different.
Well, that’s it for now, I guess.
Oh, can anyone in Singapore get me some AFA X tickets? 🙂