18 January 2011 @ 06:16 pm
Bright colours, shine and the illusion of light  
If there's one style of colouring I've been dying to master for the past few years, it's the the digital watercolour type utilising bright colours and harmonious dabs of multicoloured inks such as this artwork by Macaroni-san (doujin circle stroma) and this artwork by Kotatsu Tako-san (doujin circles Kanashimi Johnny and amanboy). I actually would love to achieve paint dab effect through oekaki but unfortunately, my tablet possesses only half the level of pressure sensitivity required to produce desired effects on web applications (Pipa Tegaki, Tegaki-e). At this moment, I'm trying to understand the mechanism of dabbing paints and choosing bright colours.

I love how pretty bright colours look when used in artworks. I tried many different methods but I never even came close to the effects that I really want. This badly painted rough sketch below tells all about my failure:

Fail fail fail fail fail!! It looks somewhat shiny but there's no trace of bright colours that I want. I should keep trying until I find how to properly achieve desired results. It's too early to raise the white flag now.

♣ Updated Livejournal (recodes): http://recodes.livejournal.com/103085.html
Current Location: Hatsune Miku - Hirari Hirari
Mood: calm
16 January 2011 @ 09:24 pm
New tools mean more practice  

I got my hands on Illust Studio 1.2.0 (IraSuta) and ran the English translation tool by Majikkuwando. It's funny how the translations turn out. It looks very much like a broken English but then again who am I to talk when my Japanese is probably only 95% correct most of the time. Maybe I'll untranslate it later but duuude, that software is cool! I still like SAI better, but IraSuta has lots of cute tools. The preset patterns are very useful when I'm feeling lazy. 

I'm learning how to draw and colour proper backgrounds now. It's hard but I shall survive this time! I've been giving up way too many times already. The least I could do now is be more diligent.

This is my first ever artwork (in progress) using IraSuta. I don't like how messy it is, but at least it looks like my hand is less shaky. I just wished my tablet has a higher pressure sensitivity levels :/ It's okay, soon, soon.

Speaking of which, I never drew this character properly before. Her name's Anya and she's sort-of based on one of my BFFs, psycho_morgana. She looks moody in this picture but she's actually very nice unless provoked. Well, her niceness doesn't extend to afterschool hours, though :|

I should finish drawing her and then move on to introduce other Parapsychic characters.

♣ Updated readers-only blog: http://adlina.dreamwidth.org/6575.html
♣ Updated Livejournal recodes: http://recodes.livejournal.com/102682.html
♣ Modified Pixiv profile: http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=1483251
♣ Changed Deviantart user picture: http://toffeepops.deviantart.com
♣ Doodled at Drawr: http://drawr.net/wittyfool
Updated Pixiv blog: http://pixiv.cc/paperkiss/archives/50385674.html

p.s/ I should update Caramel Toffee and Nota Rindu, but my non-work-non-fandom related life is a bit... dull at the moment.
Mood: artistic
Listening to: DEEN - Nostal~Tooi Yakusoku~
15 January 2011 @ 05:14 pm
Skill and talent versus software  
Illust Studio 1.2 has been recently released. I was so excited to try it out as I've been told it comes with some improvements. Everytime I ready myself for something new (even if it's just an updated version), I make it a habit to read the manuals and sometimes tutorials. At the moment, I'm having fun reading this official tutorial all over again:


So many great people with great talent in this world. I adore their art right from the rough sketch (that's actually very clean) to the finishing touch. I remember artists who used to hide under the excuse of "Sorry it looks weird. I don't have a nice software". That particular excuse makes me laugh all the time because of how ridiculous it sounds. Nowadays, we probably can find such excuses in young artists who refuse to acknowledge their shortcomings.

It's not the software. It's talent and skills. Talent may not be so easy to find in people, but I believe that skills come naturally as a result of practice. As for me, I know I don't have nice skills because I don't practice. Sometimes when I do feel like practising, I always give up halfway, making it harder for me to acquire skills. People told me I have talents, and I do believe I have talents, but what are talents without skills? I wish my school let me take art when I was younger, but I was never given the chance. Am I too old to hone my skills? I don't think so. I'll be slower than younger people, but it's not impossible for me to achieve greater levels. 

Say, for example, you're talented at playing musical instruments but you don't get proper training to hone your skills to the max (probably because of your finance). You can't probably play a virtuoso without skills unless you belong to the upper 1% genius society.

I hope nobody blames softwares when their art turns out 'crappy', as some people would call it. Unless those softwares badly distort your artwork, then you can put the blame on them.

♣ Updated DeviantArt journal entry: http://toffeepops.deviantart.com/journal/37728518/
♣ Colouring Kyouko from yesterday's artwork: http://plixi.com/photos/original/69922709
Mood: nerdy
14 January 2011 @ 06:31 pm
Restoring Interests Is Hard Work  
I've decided to start all over again and leave the previous project reports and blog posts behind. I'm going to start anew and become ME again. I haven't been drawing or writing for a very long time. That made me sluggish and lazy most of the time, always feeling like I want to go back under the covers or stare at the screen like an idiot. I've been falling behind all of my fandoms too. I guess it's about time I pick up writing and drawing again. Unless I do something, it's not worth buying a new tablet this year (I really want a new tablet. Wait, no, I really NEED a new tablet!).


Two years ago, I only draw boys. Now I seem to be skilled at drawing girls. I really need to practice drawing boys again. Otherwise my webmanga Parapsychic would totally go to shit. In the mean time, I'm practising hard at drawing backgrounds and all those mechanical stuff. It's really hard. Maybe that's why I gave up on engineering drawing when I was at school. I just didn't have the talent, I guess.

Time to work really hard again :) I'll also try to update regularly.
Mood: amused