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That akusai drawing I posted the other day has gotten one hundred notes on tumblr so far and it feels super validating because it's been a long time since something I drew got anything more than twenty notes and it feels so good.
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The problem with moleskines is that you've got this nice, very expensive sketchbook sitting in front of you and when you look at this nice, very expensive sketchbook and then you look at your shitty art, especially if it's shitty art that you've recently drawn in this nice, very expensive sketchbook, your art starts to look even more shitty in comparison and the moleskine seems not quite so nice anymore. And then you look at this nice, very expensive sketchbook and realize that half the problem with your art block is the fact that you ran out of blank pages in the junky, beat-up composition book that you've been using as a makeshift sketchbook for the last two years and now you're faced with this nice, very expensive sketchbook and you really don't want to taint it with your shitty art.

But then you decide, fuck it, and draw in it anyway, and voila! Your art block is gone!

Anyway, the whole AkuRoku fiasco on deviantART has made me want to draw them so I drew this little doodle that's going to stay as it is for a while, because I really shouldn't be working on personal art at the moment, since I have a commission to work on and I really should be working on that while my art block has lifted.

This was initially supposed to be a total redo of the first drawing that got deleted, but turned into a sort of sequel and I drew it completely different. I'm not sure if I'm gonna add the Kairi, Namine and Xion cherubs back in yet.

It's an unfinished pencil sketch (Yes, Axel will grow some arms) that I 'shopped the hell out of because my scanner doesn't like pencil very much, but I'm gonna ink it and color it with some of my new markers after I get this commission done.



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It's been ages since I've worked with acrylic paint (and by ages, I mean 5+ years), and I've always used store bought canvas boards or pre-stretched canvases and several leather-bound sketchbook covers, but I've got this netbook carrier for my computer that is just so plain and boring and I've been wanting to play with my paints again and make it pretty.

I've always used Gesso as a primer, but whenever I gesso-ed something, it was always very textured so it held the primer and paint on, but this netbook case is as smooth as a baby's butt and I'm afraid that the Gesso won't hold so well to it and it and the acrylic paint will just peel off if I try to paint it.

Does anyone have any tips on how to make it adhere better to the material so I can paint it?

Moleskine

Oct. 13th, 2011 09:15 am
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When I was in New York in April, I bought a moleskine journal to draw in. I finally picked it up last night and started to draw in it.

I hate it hate it hate it hate it HATE IT!

The paper isn't white enough; it's almost yellow and my pencil marks won't erase all the way.

The paper is too flimsy. I haven't used my pens or markers on it yet but just looking at it, it looks like they'll bleed through very easily.

However, I do like the fact that it's the exact same size of my composition books and fits in my bag, and that the front cover is flexible so I can bend it any which way I need to when I'm shoved in the corner of the locker room at work for an hour waiting to clock in.

I also like the little pocket inside the back cover.

Okay, so I'm sort of half and half on the love/hate of this thing, but being in need of some blank white paper to draw on that doesn't have lines going through it, and the fact that this is the only sketchbook of a manageable size that I own that fits in my bag sorta wins over the hatred of the flimsy paper.

Who knows, maybe after a few drawings, I'll love this thing, but right now, I'm sorta raging at it.
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SO I GO ON A SHORT HIATUS TO STOP WORKING ON ART SO I CAN WORK ON OTHER ART AND YET I STILL WORK ON ALL ART AND IN TURN SPAM YOU GUYS OUT WITH ART!

YEAH! I TOTALLY MAKE SENSE IN ALL MY DECISIONS. YUP.

SO I'VE BEEN EYEING THIS PAIR OF HEADPHONES FOR A LONG WHILE NOW; THEY'RE THE SKULLCANDY "SKULLCRUSHER" HEADPHONES THAT I'VE BEEN WANTING BECAUSE THEY'VE GOT BUILT IN SUBWOOFERS AND SINCE I'M THIS CLOSE TO DEAFNESS ANYWAY, I MIGHT AS WELL TAKE IT THE REST OF THE WAY AND BLOW MY EARDRUMS OUT WITH AN AWESOME PAIR OF HEADPHONES! WELL, THEY WERE ON SALE THIS WEEK FOR $55 AND THEN THERE WAS A COUPON IN THE SALE AD FOR THIS MORNING FOR $10 AND ADD MY EMPLOYEE DISCOUNT IN THERE AND I GOT AN AWESOME PAIR OF HEADPHONES FOR ABOUT $40.

I DO HAVE TO SAY I'M JUST A SLIGHT BIT DISAPPOINTED BECAUSE I WAS HOPING THAT THE BASS WOULD INCREASE FROM THE SONG TRACK ITSELF (I'VE BEEN USING A PAIR OF PINK SKULLCANDY UPROCK HEADPHONES, AND THEY HAVE AMAZING BASS) INSTEAD OF THE SUBWOOFERS JUST VIBRATING IN MY EARS, BUT JUST A LITTLE FIDGETING WITH THE EQUALIZER EFFECTS ON MY IPOD FIXED IT AND IT GIVES AN AMAZING EFFECT, AND I FUCKING LOVE THEM!

AND IN ADDITION TO MY WEIRD HIATUS TENDENCIES, I HAVE THIS UNFINISHED RAINBOW DRAWING OF JANE IN MY BOOK THAT I DECIDED TO WORK ON, AND I'VE PRETTY MUCH FORGOTTEN HOW TO ACTUALLY USE MY MARKERS PROPERLY, SO I'LL BE DOING SEVERAL PHOTOILLUSTRATIONS TO GET THE HANG OF IT AGAIN (AND TO RE-LEARN WHERE SHADOWS ARE SUPPOSED TO FALL ON THE FACE BECAUSE APPARENTLY, I'VE FORGOTTEN THAT TOO, LOL.).

AND IN ADDITION TO TRYING TO RELEARN HOW TO USE MARKERS PROPERLY, BECAUSE I'M REALLY QUITE EMBARRASED AT HOW HER FACIAL SHADOWS CAME OUT THANKS TO THIS NEXT PROBLEM, SINCE MY PRISMACOLOR MARKERS ARE NEARING SEVEN YEARS OLD; ABOUT HALF OF THEM DON'T WORK AT ALL ANYMORE, SO I NEED TO GO THROUGH THEM AND MAKE A LIST AT EXACTLY WHAT COLORS I NEED TO GET NEW MARKERS FOR SO I CAN ACTUALLY START THESE PHOTO ILLUSTRATIONS THAT ARE SUPPOSED TO HELP ME LEARN HOW TO USE MARKERS AGAIN.

THIS WILL ALSO GIVE ME AN EXCUSE TO BUY SOME COPIC SKETCH MARKERS SINCE THAT'S WHAT MICHAEL'S CARRIES NOW INSTEAD OF MY USUAL PRISMACOLORS (AND I CAN SPEND A FORTUNE, SINCE THE PRISMACOLORS WERE $4 A MARKER AND THE COPICS ARE $8 A MARKER. FML.), AND I'VE ONLY MANAGED TO ACQUIRE A FEW OF THE COLORS I WAS MISSING BEFORE THEY STOPPED CARRYING THEM.
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I figured it would probably be a good idea to get the last of the ideas I had for Kingdom Hearts fanart out of my head before I officially call it quits on the fandom, so here's a little bit of what to expect here in the near future:

A little bit of pr0ns involving Demyx, Zexion and a video game controller.

A little bit of pr0ns with Axel and Reno. I'm not sure if I want to make it a continuation of the "Mein Fuhrer" drawing or not.

Cybergoth Larxene, drawn out to match the song "Skinny Little Bitch" by Angelspit.

My AkuRoku day drawing, which I'll leave you all in the dark about that one for a while longer.

I still have to finish kiribans, there's one from over a year ago that I need to finish that involved Organization XIII at a cookout and then there's the "Hacker (Hacked)" lineart that I have to finish coloring now that I have a tablet and a slightly better understanding of how to use GIMP.

I plan on coloring the last batch of requests, if only for the fact that I want to experiment a little bit more with this new gradient coloring style I've started using.

I made a post a while back about some older drawings that I wanted to completely redo, though thus-far all the ideas I have for redoing them involve other characters from other fandoms (namely Kuroshitsuji and my own OC's. My "friends Only" banner is basically a redo of my "AkuRoku: Cyber" drawing)

I want to re-trace "Cold Hard Cash" as a lineart without the extra shading and color it, because I've always wanted a colored version of that drawing.

I've got an awesome idea to illustrate the "Sittin' in a Bar" song by Rehab involving Axel, Larxene and a flaming car, though that one may still be a long ways away.
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.:NOTE:. All the books mentioned here I actually physically own, and are only a small portion of books I would heavily recommend. Most of the books I've used in the past have come from the library, but since I haven't been to the library in almost four years, I don't remember the book titles or author names..:END NOTE:.

Thankfully, my mom has been dragging me along when she goes to the art store to get her beads and wire and stuff, because I've been stocking up on various "how to draw" books that I have found to be very helpful.

The publisher Impact has some very good books that I've been picking up but I'll get to those here in a minute.

Most people who are reading this are into anime and probably draw in that style. And most of you are probably familiar with the "How to Draw Manga" series of books.

I strongly suggest against picking up those books, except for the Bodies and Anatomy book and the screen-toning books if you actually draw sequential art.

Again, you're probably familiar with the author Christopher Hart and his "how to draw anime" books. His books are good for beginners and weeaboos who want to draw anime, but if you're serious about your art, I recommend not picking up those books.

First, some manga related "how to" books I do recommend:

Manga for Dummies by Kensuke Okabayashi. The author's "manga" style is sort of beginner since he mainly draws western-style comics but there are a lot of essentials mentioned in this book that most manga books don't touch upon (how many heads tall a figure should be for example, depending on the character's personality and physical attributes which will give your characters a bit more life).

How to Draw Manga: Bodies & Anatomy. This is an anatomically correct look at how to connect the body together and where shadows tend to fall with normal lighting. There are also a lot of references of different poses from different angles. However, the actual use of the "manga" style tends to be weeaboo-ish with the typical big eyes, pointy nose and triangular shaped mouth. Therefore, I wouldn't go to this one for facial expressions, though it does touch on them a little bit.

Other books I recommend:

Writing and Illustrating the Graphic Novel: Everything you Need to Know to Create Great Graphic Works by Mike Chinn. This one mainly touches on western-style comics (though there is a small section on manga) but I would really categorize this one as an essential book to have. There's not a whole lot on "how to" in this one, but it touches on a lot of subjects that you'll need if you plan on going professional with your art. Remember, we don't live in Japan and the industry runs differently here. Most of the graphic novels displayed in this book are independent and not your typical Marvel and DC comic book, so there's a variety of different styles and genres it touches on. There's also a lot on how to keep a sketchbook and reference book and how to keep your illustrations interesting, and also how to write the sales pitch if you do decide to publish your comic.

Action Cartooning and Fantasy Cartooning by Ben Caldwell. Obviously, these are cartooning books, but these touch on character development like no other book I've ever used and are also perfect for giving dull, lifeless poses that extra kick that will bring your characters to life.

And now for the Impact books that I have already purchased:

Making Faces: Drawing Expressions for Comics and Cartoons. This is good for practicing facial expressions (manga expressions can be so boring sometimes). This is another one that is mainly for cartooning but it gives you step-by-step instructions on a variety of facial expressions, as well as several examples for each one by several other artists in different styles to illustrate that there are several different ways to draw a sneeze or to draw anger.

Cartoon 360: Secrets to Drawing Cartoon People and Poses in 3D by Harry Hamernik. Can you tell I love my cartooning books? The tit;e makes this sound like it's for Poser or DAZ Studio, but it's just how to make your characters look well-rounded and not flat. There are also several coloring tutorials in here that are worth it.

Comic Artist's Photo Reference: People and Poses by Buddy Scalera. This is probably the most important book that I've picked up because it's all photo references and a few tutorials on how to turn a photo reference into a completed illustration. There are several different photo reference books but the one I picked up is the only one that Crafts 2000 had (though I did talk my mom into taking me to Barnes and Noble tomorrow where they have all of them), and believe me, I am so happy I bought it. It's a book with a CD-ROM included that together have over 1000 different reference images to work from (I haven't looked at the CD yet though). EVERY ARTIST SHOULD HAVE ONE OF THESE BOOKS! References are important to have when drawing anything; the best artists use them and anybody hoping to be the best should use them as well. Those elitists out there that claim "I never use references" usually show that in their work with screwy anatomy and perspective, so to avoid that, I recommend picking up this and the other related books.
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So, I think I'm going to completely re-draw the following pictures, because I have better ideas for them and I can barely stand looking at them the way they are right now.

akuroku,axel,roxas,axelxroxas,roxasxaxel,kingdom hearts,yaoi,art,deviantart,spoony monster,spoony_monster,cybergoth,cyber goth

akuroku,axel,roxas,axelxroxas,roxasxaxel,yaoi,kingdom hearts,centaur,faun,satyr,kairi,namine,xion,art,deviantart,spoony monster,spoony_monster,lineart

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akuroku,axel,roxas,axelxroxas,roxasxaxel,kingdom hearts,yaoi,spoony monster,spoony_monster,art,deviantart,space filler

Also, as I was typing out this entry, my brother started pounding on the door because he needed help with the puppy, and with the way he was pounding and asking, it sounded like something was wrong with the puppy.

No, he and my mom were freaking out because there was a dead praying mantis stuck to Simba's fur.

And the dead praying mantis turned out to just be a stick.

So I've been making them thank me for saving them from the stick. -facepalms-
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Okay so, I've been whining and complaining to myself because the current sketchbook I have is this A4 sized monster with flat, lifeless paper that I can't fit in my bag, so I've been drawing absolutely all of my art in my composition book, which is hell to edit on the computer.

I've tried carrying computer paper in a folder in my bag. Computer paper is a wonderful size, with just the right gloss, but the folder keeps getting messed up, and therefore the paper gets crumpled.

I've tried cutting some loose computer paper into a transportable size and sticking it in the back of my composition book so I have it on me at all tmes, but that "transportable size" is just too small or my own personal tastes.

So, my brilliant idea (which seems oh so brilliant to me at this moment but I'll probably find some fault with this later on) is to take computer paper, trace it over the pages in my composition book, cut it to size, and glue it into my notebook to make a few sketchbook pages to keep at my disposal at all times.

And hopefully, this solves my paper problem, because while I love drawing for all of you and I love drawing in my composition book... I really fucking hate all the post-scan editing that my drawings take (is about half-done editing a drawing that is just sitting there in GIMP because I got tired of messing with it).
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This post is private-locked, but will eventually be made public again, mainly because it's about the creative process regarding some drawings I'm working on at the time, and one hell of a crazy dream.

Since I lost my old computer, I haven't actually fallen asleep to music in a long time, so I did when I took a quick nap and it was like fuel on the creative flame.

By the time I finish typing this, I'll have probably forgotten most of the details of this crazy-as-fuck dream, which is okay, because I forgot a majority of the details within the first two minutes of waking up, which is what usually happens anyway.

I guess I'll begin with the artistic bit of news first; and that's about my kiriban drawings.

The first kiriban drawing is for ~karbaby101, from when she caught my 6,666 pageview kiriban waaaaaaay back in June, and her request was Organization XIII at a 4th of July barbeque, which kinda sorta turned into me trying in every way possible to make this the fail barbeque from hell, with Demyx terrorizing everyone with a supersoaker, Axel blowing up the grill, and Luxord getting one epic case of sunburn. All I've managed to get done with this one are the many reference doodles, which may just make the final drawing a sketch dump, because really, the sketches are way more amusing than what the final drawing would have been anyway (which is supposed to be a fail group photo of them all, again, with Demyx terrorizing everyone with a supersoaker).

The second kiriban is for *Roxas-Number-XIII, who caught my 21,021 pageviews kiriban and in addition to a drawing, won a three-month extention to her premium subscription. For her drawing, she requested AkuRoku. No specifics. She said either fluffy or hardcore, she didn't care, that I could do whatever I wanted with it. I have an idea of what I'm doing, which is following one of my song prompts and going to be "Fly Me to the Moon (In Other Words)" and will be Axel and Roxas sitting on the palm tree from the Destiny Islands, sharing a paopu fruit and a kiss with Kingdom Hearts lighting up the sky and emphasis on the starts in the sky.

The third kiriban is kind of an additional bonus for ~jaregukhfan because she was close (21,025) and did send me a screenshot, so I decided to draw one for her as well. She requested the same thing, AkuRoku, and I'm going to do a Tron-ish, robot android sort of thing. Yenno, like "I love you from the depths of my diodes." I randomly thought of that phrase one day and held onto it.

Now, onto the crazy-motherfucking dream.

Two songs I remember vividly from the dream (mainly because I sorta woke-up during them) was "Advent: One Winged Angel" (Sephiroth's motherfucking theme song! Fuck yeah!) and "Uninvited" by Alanis Morissette.

The dream was AkuRoku (and as I said before, I've forgotten a great amount of detail since I started writing this), and this is where it gets weird, because unlike most of my other AkuRoku dreams, which usually don't make much sense either, this one was an AkuRoku fan fiction. I was reading a freakin' fanfiction that doesn't really exist in my fucking dream!

And has anyone ever had dreams that you have on different dates, usually weeks or months or even years apart, but they're connected somehow? Like certain environments or characters or even whole conversations and scenes appear in multiple dreams? I had a few moments like that too, but I can't remember details.

Some other notable moments from the dream:

-Bleach yaoi fanart. More specifically, was Renji/Ichigo Bleach, yaoi fanart. Some really bad Renji/Ichigo Bleach yaoi fanart. I don't really understand why this made its way into my dream, or why I even remember it in the first place, but I think a notable point to it would be that I kept referring to Renji as Reno (I think "One-Winged Angel" may have played a part in that), even though it was definitely Renji. And the fact that I obtained it in the check-out lines at Meijer. That's weird too.

-The cat getting stuck in the window. Getting stuck between the glass and screen of a closed window, with me sitting right there. Did I mention that she could talk? How cool would that be in real life?

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In Unrelated news:

-I'm almost finished with Birth By Sleep. It's made me remember why I fell in love with the Kingdom Hearts series in the first place. Expect a fully detailed, spoiler-filled review of the game here in a day or two.

-My favorite pairing of Birth By Sleep? Is Zack/Aqua. I thought it was cute when Zack asked her out on a date at the end of the Olympus Coliseum episode, and she got all flustered over it. Imma draw some fanart about it ^.^

-I'm so awesome that I'll blind you all with the utmost radiance of my awesomeness! Yeah, I'm having an ego day.

-And since we're on the subject of dreams; I had a dream the other day that I was a ninja! And I ninja'd some Stormtroopers! At Meijer! I think it's time for another vacation.

-And last, I've decided to forgo the "my eyes only" filter and post this as "friends only" for now, since I really don't care if Kara reads it or not.
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TL;DR warning.

Yes, another crappy DSi photo of yet another work in progress, but the main reason I'm even posting this one as it stands right now istead of waiting until I get my ass to Best Buy so I can get a scanner to post a proper version of this and everything else all at one is mainly because I wanna complain about the freakin' markers.

First, I figured it was probably a good idea to do a few practice drawings so I can get used to markers again before starting on the kiriban drawings (so I decided to be wholly original and draw my Gaia avatar, because I'm just awesome like that), and here's what I have to work with:

-A set of Prismacolor markers from my senior year of high school, so they're going on six years old.

-A set of Sharpies I picked up on a whim when they were on sale.

-A set of Bic permanent markers I picked up a few years ago because they were pretty colors that I didn't have, because my first set of Prismacolors is pretty much dead (the set I have now is my sister's which she gave to me because she hasn't used them since our fashion design class in high school).

-And this set of water-based felt-tip markers that I spent thirty dollars on and haven't really used until now, and I've decided that I really fucking hate them.

These markers are very good for highlights and shading... in very small areas.

Reason number one that I hate them: the fact that they're water based. Meaning that I have to be extra careful coloring around the black lines, because aparently, Pigma Sensei pens are water-soluable. And when coloring large areas (because out of all these freakin' markers I have, the only one I own that is remotely close to olive green is one of those fucking felt-tip markers), I have to do it exceptionally slowly and give the marker time to dry as I color because it's wrinking the paper. And we all know how the scanner likes to pick up the wrinkles in the paper.

Reason number two that I hate them: These things are extremely freakin' sensitive to over-lapping. Yenno, like how when you color with a marker and you double over it and the color gets darker. Only, unlike a normal marker where the darkened color fades as it dries, these ones don't. Which leaves me extra work trying to fix the problem later.

Also, some other things that I noted that I need to work on:

- Clothing folds and wrinkles. I don't know if you can see them so far in the photo, but they suck.

-Mecha. Luckily for me, I haven't inked in the robot arm yet so I can still try and make it look more robotic and less like her hand got swallowed by a giant bug.
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The point of doing this, obviously was to do this every day, but obviously, that didn't happen, so it'll get posted whenever I can get it all typed out and shit. A lot of these "in great detail" things, are in seriously great detail.

[30 Days]: In Great Detail
Day 01 - Introduce yourself, in great detail
Day 02 – Your first love, in great detail
Day 03 – Your parents, in great detail
Day 04 – What you ate today, in great detail
Day 05 – Your definition of love, in great detail
Day 06 – Your day, in great detail
Day 07 – Your best friend, in great detail
Day 08 – A moment, in great detail
Day 09 – Your beliefs, in great detail
Day 10 – What you wore today, in great detail
Day 11 – Your siblings, in great detail
Day 12 – What’s in your bag, in great detail
Day 13 – This week, in great detail
Day 14 – What you wore today, in great detail
Day 15 – Your dreams, in great detail
Day 16 – Your first kiss, in great detail
Day 17 – Your favorite memory, in great detail
Day 18 – Your favorite birthday, in great detail
Day 19 – Something you regret, in great detail
Day 20 – This month, in great detail
Day 21 – Another moment, in great detail
Day 22 – Something that upsets you, in great detail
Day 23 – Something that makes you feel better, in great detail
Day 24 – Something that makes you cry, in great detail
Day 25 – A first, in great detail
Day 26 – Your fears, in great detail
Day 27 – Your favorite place, in great detail
Day 28 – Something that you miss, in great detail
Day 29 – Your aspirations, in great detail
Day 30 – One last moment, in great detail

Day 2: Your first love, in great detail

Since there isn't really a person that can take that title, I figure I'll take about my art, since that's my first love.

It all started when I was just a little mini Spoony. I can't tell when exactly I started drawing, but I do remember hiding behind the recliner, peeling crayons and doodling on random pieces of construction paper. After a while, I was given scissors and tape, and the doodling soon turned into twelve-foot rainbow dinosaur tails and three-dimentional horses and dinosaurs (I had a fascination with dinosaurs).

As I grew, my drawings grew with me; most of my art involved animals and dinosaurs and as I started middle school, I discovered anime.

I have always watched anime, ever since I was a wee little Spoony Monster, but it was before the word "anime" ever made its way into my vocabulary. My favorite shows, that I absolutely could not miss, were Speed Racer, G-Force, and Voltron, but as I went through sixth grade, Cartoon Network started playing Sailor Moon and Dragonball Z and Tenchi Muyo and that's when I started to incorporate the anime style into my artwork.

I got into Pokemon in the seventh grade, and that's when my art turned into exclusively anime. Or maybe I should say exclusively Pokemon -sweatdrop- Until this point, I had mostly drawn animals, and I even drew anthro for a while (this was before the word "furry" was in my dictionary, and I'm not particularly fond of furry right now at the moment), but at this point, I started drawing people a lot more (after all, all the Pokemon I drew had to have trainers, right?).

There's not much more to say about that time p[eriod, so I'll skip forward a few years.

In high school, I got into the whole "goth" thing (naively, and completely cluelessly), and like any self respected "goth" I found Jhonen Vasquez.

By this point, I had created my very first original character that stayed with me (and he still has), and though the first style I drew Bradley in was very simple, by the time I had re-vamped him the first time, he had gained a very JTHM appearance, and that's how he was drawn for a while; as a JTHM copycat.

But when I moved back to Ohio after graduating, I lost any and all access to the internet which is where I got most of my reference images, and due to the lack of money needed to obtain the internet (or a decent computer that could connect) and comic books, I spent most of my time doodling and drawing. many more oc's came into existence (such as Penny Zombie) and my art style started to go into its own direction. Charaters became less skin and bone and more fleshed out, and my poses started to become less flat.

After a while, I started to revert back to anime, I think right around the time that I got obsessive over video games. Money was becoming less of an issue, so I was able to buy more comics, manga and magazines so I had more reference images to work with, and again, I began copying styles when I doodled random fan art in random sketchbooks and notebooks. It all started to blend together again into my own manga style.

Then I went without drawing for a while. I don't know why, I just knew I stopped drawing. Art block maybe? I don't know.

But I picked up my pencil again, I think it was AkuRoku Day last year (2009) when I drew this picture.

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And the rest of the story can be told under the cut (but mostly because it took me two days to write this stupid thing and to upload the images into my scrapbook so I could finish this stupid meme, and I don't feel like writing anymore).

Click for yaoi, crossdressing and other NSFW images. Click image for larger size )
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I've been yelling at myself for months over the fact that I've been using a composition notebook for all my drawing purposes instead of my nice new sketchbook, but I think I may have come up with the reason why I've been using the notebook instead.

I think it's just all in the paper.

When most artists sketch, they draw light lines, but I don't. I can't use light pencil strokes, and even when I try, by the time I actually stop to look, I've still done my usual heavy lines. Composition books have light glossy paper, while my sketchbook has heavy matte paper. The light glossy paper makes it easier to erase my heavy pencil strokes when I go to finish up the inking process, while with the matte paper, the pencil digs into the paper, and even with the dust-free eraser, it still leaves evidence of the original line when I try to erase it, and when I work at it, it just damages the paper.

I actually had a sketchbook with paper similar to that which my notebook has (though it was heavy and glossy), but, because that one actually fell apart, it became a reference book instead of one that I draw in regulary, though I still draw in it occasionally. I have yet to find another one with paper like this (the one I have came from Barnes & Noble, but I haven't found one like it since), so if anyone has any idea where I can find another sketchbook with this type of paper in it, please let me know.

In some odd way, the lines on the composition paper actually help me keep my proportions in line when I'm trying to draw the picture.

My sketchbook is actually too big to fit in my bag, where the notebook is just the perfect fit. I even bought a small 51/2" x 8" sketchbook, which actually fits even better, but I still use the notebook before I even pick up the sketchbook.

Again with the texture of the paper. I do my first inking jobs usually with both Prismacolor Premier Manga markers and Sakura Pigma Sensei pens (there's subtle differences in the tip sizes, which I like), and when they come into contact with the matte paper, they tend to bleed, which means when I go back over it with the gel pen, I have to make the lines thicker than I would like to cover the lumps in the lines that the matte paper causes.

So I think, at least until I can find another sketchbook with glossy paper, I should just stop trying to stop myself when my habd wanders to the notebook instead of the sketchbook.

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In Unrelated News:

-I think it would be pretty cool to incoprorate and wrap tinsel into synthetic dreadlocks to add a little more shine to an already shiny style of dress. Does anybody have any ideas of how to best work it into the dreads?

-The other night at work, a Slinky showed up at Fastlane, and I played with it most of the night. And for some reason, playing with it kept getting the "Log" song from Ren and Stimpy stuck in my head.
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I bought myself a new 5 1/2" x 8" sketchbook a few days ago, since my current full-sized one doesn't fit comfortably in my bag to drag it around with me.

The real problem is that most of my artwork as of late has been drawn in my notebook, which, although my notebook is wonderful for doodles and getting myself out of an art block, it's still a problem in that most of those doodles don't remain that way.

These are the only two drawings from my notebook that I have scanned, and while the digital editing does make them look a lot better than what the original scanned images did, "Cold Hard Cash" (the AkuRoku one) took me about four days of GIMP time to edit out the blue notebook lines and wrinkles and discoloration that came from the scan, and the image of Khaos took another full day to edit until I was happy with it.

The initial reason for the purchase of this new sketchbook is to keep me from starting anything new in my notebook.

But Have I started drawing in it?

No.

Because I started another friggin' picture in my goddamn notebook! FFFFFFUUUUUU!!!!!!
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So normally when I have art block, it affects absolutely everything when it comes to my ability to draw/write/etc. But this time, there's only one thing I can do,and that's doodle.

But it's not that simple, because these aren't ordinary doodles.

I open up my notebook and start doodling something, and several hours to several days later, I have some extravagant pen and ink work... on lined paper!

But when I open up my sketchbook, which is nearly empty mind you, all I can do is stare at it!

I can't bring myself to do anything nice on the paper that doesn't scan like crap!

It's so frustrating!

AAAAARRRRGGGGHHHHH!

Erm...

Jun. 1st, 2010 07:25 am
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Yeah, so I'm able to pilfer Jim's graphics tablet for a while, and unfortunately, it's not going to be as easy as I thought.

My main problem is the way I hold the pen, which I can only say is oh so wrong. When I first learned to hold a pencil, even with all the coaching from my teachers, I still learned to hold it wrong. Instead of holding my pen with the tips of my thumb, index and middle finger like everyone else does, I just use my index finger and thumb, so in turn, I draw with my fingers instead of my hand and arm.

Yeah. Not as easy to do with a tablet ss you might think.

My second problem is, apparently, I can't draw unless I can see where exacly my hand is. So in other words, trying to draw with the tablet on my lap and my eyes on the screen equals warped and mis-placed lines.

It looks like I'm going to have to re-train myself on how to hold the pen and how to draw.

I will conquer this thing if it kills me!

--

In unrelated news:

--Is it just me, or does the new Korn song really really suck?
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I don't know why, but I've been having these crazy-ass dreams as of late. And I literally mean crazy-ass dreams, but unfortunately, I can't find the bajillion touch-lights I bought so I can have them by my bed for when I have one of these epic dreams so I can write them down right when I wake up, when I still remember them.

I can barely remember the basis of the dreams, but the ones I do remember:

-Last week, before I killed my TV, I watched Repo! The Genetic Opera before I went to bed, and I had some really long sci-fi epic for a dream that would have made a good story plot... if I hadn't forgotten it as soon as I woke up.

-The other night, I had a dream involving, akuroku, the Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, and zombies. Don't ask, because I don't remember.

-And last night, the only thing I really remember from my dream is Chuck Norris!

--

I seem to be going through another art block, because I have like ten half-finished drawings that I can't bring myself to work on anymore. I did have an epic new story idea that I actually have started writing. I don't know how far I'm going to get into it, because I'm lucky if I can get a few sentences into it, nonetheless an entire chapter. Don't look for it anytime soon. Le sigh.

--

Jim: Wow, this stuff cooks up just like human flesh.

Me: ...And you know this how?

--

How is it that I actually own five seasons of the X-Files and every time I decide I want to watch it, I still find episodes that I've never seen?

--

It's pretty sad when you set your playlist on shuffle and it decides to play Combichrist, followed by Gorgoroth, followed by Jesse McCartney. Which is why I've named that playlist "Playlist Full of Fail"
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I don't know what I did to my foot this time around, but it's been bothering me for about two months now, and it's starting to get to where I can't walk on it.

I'm starting to get a little bit of motivation back where work is concerned; I've been able to complete our cleaning list and still have time left over to goof off. I've had a lot of time off during the last two weeks (good for my sanity. Bad for my wallet --__--), in which I'm not hating Meijer's quite as much. There's been a slight staff change; we've acquired Chrissy on third shift which has helped in getting our cleaning done because she doesn't stop working (can't say the same for Nelli), and they've replaced all of the candy racks on the checklanes, which will make it easier to keep them clean now, at least without knocking a pile of gift cards on the floor in the process.

My TV finally bit the big one. It's about as old as I am, give or take a year, but the picture was starting to warp and jump a bit, and it was actually when I turned the TV on to show my mom that it was getting ready to die that it finally dies. I thought it was the remote at first, because every time I pushed the power button, the only thing it would do was straighten out the warped picture as well as mute out all sound. I leaned over and pressed the power button on the TV itself, and it did the same thing!

I actually had to reach around and physically unplug it to shut it off. And I thought the checklanes at work were dusty... Apparently, I need to dust. Badly.

Imma go through some serious video game withdrawls until I can get to Goodwill to get a new one (because I'm cheap like that).

I've set a goal for myself as far as my hiatus for fic-writing goes. I have my journal/notebook/thingy that I've been steadily transferring all of my fan fiction into over the last few months (in my itty-bitty space-saving handwriting), so I think I'll concentrate on that for a while and then start trying to finish up some of my ongoing projects once I've got that out of the way. I'm about halfway done with that now.

As far as I know, I may have access to a tablet here soon, because my stepdad said he'd let me use his for a while until I can afford my own. But there are two problems there: Number one, is that Jim's tablet could be absolutely anywhere in the house. He has no idea where. And number two, is that he has the memory of a snail. He'll never remember that he's supposed to be looking for it.

--

In unrelated news:

--P-A-I-N! P-A-I-N!

--I think I might have a new computer virus.

--Repo! The Genetic Opera is my new favorite movie.

--Just because it looks edible doesn't mean it is. Trust me.

--I'm really considering going Paid account again just to get rid of these stupid ads...
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So I was sitting out in front of the store this morning waiting for my mom to come and get me, when I pulled out my sketchbook to draw a bit.

I started a new akuroku lineart (I really need to start working on things other than akuroku...) when the regional manager for the company walks up. Every time he sees me, he inquires as to what exactly I'm drawing, but usually, when he sees me, I'm not drawing shonen-ai.

Yeah, it's not fun trying to explain to the one man that holds power over a quarter of the company that both participants in the drawing are male --__--

Luckily, he asked me a question about my Coal Chamber shirt so I didn't have to get into any more detail about BL than I had to.
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What exactly is art block all about? Let me tell you.

It's when my plotbunnies decide to go on strike, all the while holding my creativity hostage and drilling holes into my skull and using an egg beater to scramble my brain into mush until it dribbles out of my ears. Sometimes, I would really like to rip their fuzzy little ears off and nail them to the ceiling above my bed. Like nail bunny.

It's when my muse hands in her resignation letter and hops onto the first flight to the Bahamas, only to inexplicably disappear somewhere in the bermuda triangle. Sometimes, I wish a time rift would open randomly and she would reappear somewhere in front of me, preferably when I'm feeling rather ninja with my sword in my hands so I can chop her head off.

It's when I sit and stare at my computer screen for hours on end, listening to the story flow inside my head, but my hands don't seem to be willing to work; at least enough to write down more than three sentences a day. Sometimes, I wish my hands would work like the thousand monkeys at a typewriter, so that way I can post an update to one of my stories.

It's when I have ten unfinished drawings sitting in front of me, each one is wonderful in its own right but it will never be finished because I can't focus long enough on one thing to keep interest in it. Sometimes I wish I could just draw one thing that I can be exceptionally proud of, at least enough to hang up on my own walls.

It's when my dreams go in a thousand different directions, throwing new ideas at me too fast for me to jot down so that they'll ever see the light of day. Sometimes, I wish I could just have the same dream over and over again, if only so my subconscious desires can see completion.

It's when my attention span become non-existent, and the smallest things can pull me off the path that could have regained my inspiration. Sometimes, I just wish I had an attention span.

Sometimes, being an artist really pisses me off.

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