Monday, 31 January 2011

Namie-kun's Touhou artbook update II

(small review on the artbook here -->

OMG;klajdf;kajdf I was the first winner for a print (order number 4)! SO HAPPY ;u; I chose the Vocaloid one. Hopefully I'll get that too~ I asked Namie-kun to sign the book for me. Since I was one of the first fifteen to order, I also recieve a never before seen print *waku waku* , a pre- order discount and a secret gift (something to do with Ayayaayayaa).
I also just saw 'The Green Hornet' today with my friends in the city. Hey, it was actually good. I still don't know who Jay Chau is, but he looks cool doing martial arts:D
Old WIP:
When I was colouring this, I thought it looked like Byakuren. Everything looks like Touhou to me.

I was playing around with my Rin/ Len shimeji, and look what they did? Dawww, so adora-bubble I want to huggle them.

I did this last year to remind myself of the SAI tools. There's not that many, and yet I still haven't actually figured how to utilze everything 100%. For instance, pen and inkpen look the same to me, but apparently inkpen is 40% sharper. I like the pen tool more.

Happy birthday Luka + Dhiea's artbook 「新約」 (+ scans link)

It was Luka's second birthday yesterday (30th of Jan). She still has one of the best voices for Vocaloid, in my opinon. I actually quite like Nekomura Iroha's voice as well (the Hello Kitty Vocaloid!)- but yeah, her cute looks don't match her deep, mature voice and she doesn't have enough songs floating around. Luka FTW.
Of course Luka's birthday cake has a tuna on it. Of course.
On Saturday, my friend bought back to me Dhiea's artbook from C79. Find her here. So happy! And grateful! And thankful! I wanted to pay him back, but he insisted on giving it to me as a present ;u;

(edit: someone scanned the whole thing. You can see it here. Lol, maybe one day if I'm bored enough/ have time I'll translate the story with notes =w=)

It's 40 pages, printed on high quality paper. Her illustrations are simply stunning, but I was disappointed that 98% of the pictures can be found high resolution on the internet. There were only three I hadn't seen before, but they were in the preview on the banner (just smaller size) in an advertisement for this book, so I kinda count that as having seen the artwork.

The book is split into two sections--
1.) Original (as the title says; her characters such as Dhiea Seville)
2.) Parody (basically fanart)
There was also a short story at the back, two character sheets and a message from Dhiea. I found it a little 'silly' (forgive for the lack of a more suitable word) that she had the cover printed on the inside again. I got hyped up for the book when some of the stuff she submitted on pixiv in December made weekly and monthly ranking. Noticeably the pieces 'feeling heart' and the fanart for Sound Horizon's 'Marchen' is missing GAH. I was looking forward to seeing it in print.

Here are some of the pieces which were not in it Q_Q

Flandre + Remilia
Vocaloid! Saihate (the 'Feeling Heart' piece)

The 'Marchen' piece. She called it 'Seven days of light, seven days of darkness' (七つの光、七つの闇)
There was also many pieces of her original art that I'm sure she would have drawn between 16-18 that didn't make the cut. I thought the first two would at least be in it, because it they were used as banners to advertise the book itself!
Oh well, but overall, I'm happy with it. Now, I'm waiting for Namie-kun's Touhou Fanbook to arrive sometime between this week and next week. Waiting. Painfully (because some lucky people who went to Waicon the past weekend already purchased their copy minus the shipping price and the extra waiting. GAHHHHHH). I think Namie's artbook is also 40 pages.
Dhiea's art book = 500 yen
Namie's art book = $30 AUD
I hope it's worth it.

(edit: arggh actually some of those pieces were printed in other artbooks-- like the 'Feeling Heart' piece released at C79 as well:)

Thursday, 6 January 2011

You know you're going crazy when...

You keep on picking up your tablet pen (when your tablet is in a box) and trying to use it as a normal pen orz.
119 has posted up at least seven things in the past two days ALL HIGH AND AMAZING QUALITY for the Touhou comp. I swear, I don't know if going on dA or pixiv gives me more demotivation. At least... I'm out of my lineart block. I had a hard time colouring skin today... it took five tries to get it right. Must work hard for my submission. It's not particularly great, creative, imaginative or inspiring-- just more the usual from me, but at least I'm working on something. I'm going to finish cutting out my material for Ciel's suit tomorrow, and  hopefully get started on the background for my picture and get some colour themes.
Before I forget
entered this picture into a competition on pixiv; it's almost at 600 views in a week~ ohhh kinda ashamed and embarrased because it's not that great, and I gave it a silly title, but I would be so estatic if it makes it through to the second round:D Working on Satori as the next attackkkkk (and I'm currently working on three pictures at once *again*). Digging out old cds and listening to Matchbook Romance gahhh I need to get into bands that are still actually producing new music:/ Night.

Current WIP. It's getting cleanerrrrr. Still haven't figured out how to crop in SAI- there's also no photoshop on the comp I'm using now so haha, white, filler space and extra extra large.

Saturday, 1 January 2011


Listening to Jack's Mannequin and Motion City Soundtrack makes me depressed about the new year:S I don't know, lately I haven't been feeling very good in general even when I hang around a lot of people. I still have a whole heap of books I haven't touched, gigabytes upon gigabytes of drama + anime + movies + American TV shows to watch,Touhou games to play and I haven't touched my tablet or drawn anything for at least two weeks.

I have to say, this is the first time in years that I've felt like this. I wonder what's wrong with me... I feel the apathy in life is taking over again.

I guess I need to be more motivated, stand up for myself, speak up more and look after myself. Also the usual of being less short tempered, being kind and tolerant towards others.

On a happier note, I'm digging out my old cds and listening to them;; P!ATD *hugs album*