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end of year and ice storm

so busy but almost done everything I need to do ;_; the books are at the printer, I’ve painted a few pieces that I wanted to finish, the Tango tutorial is almost done, MY HOME IS RELATIVELY CLEAN AND I AM RDY FOR 2014 what a productive and satisfying way to end 2013 I am pleased!! I have to dive into writing book 5 though because I’m already having trouble HAHA… and I have until the end of Feb to get started on drawing book 5 pages ):. I also kind of want to revamp my site a little for more obvious and straightforward navigation, but that would involve drawing a new picture and a ton of work that I will happily waste all of my time on, and I don’t have that kind of time LMAO….

I also really want to make a new art book in 2014 because I’ve delayed it for long enough. I’ve accumulated a good number of new drawings and I think I can push out a lot more to have enough for the book. I’ve been saving some pieces from the internet in order to have print exclusive pieces for the past year or two, but when I think about it now, I don’t really think that’s necessary or even beneficial @_@? While exclusive art gives incentive for people to buy the book, I think it wouldn’t be a make or break quality for those who are on the line about obtaining a book. For myself, having the printed art of the artists I love is the worth itself, whether or not I have already seen it in high resolution online. Since it’s giving me so much trouble to keep actively posting online while keeping certain pieces behind the veil, I think it’d probably make everyone a bit happier if I had just… posted everything LOL ):…

I finished 2 paintings between the last time I posted and now, and here’s the preview for one!!
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In other news, this December’s weather’s been total ass, every weekend was either a snow storm or ice storm, ESPECIALLY THE ICE STORM OMG like 2/3 of the huge trees on my parents’ street are down because they are so thick with branches and accumulated way too much ice. Whoever that managed the gardening aspect of their area should be FIRED because these trees already kept getting infested with bugs and getting sick. We had ours chopped down along with 2 of our neighbours’ already earlier this year when all of our trees got sick. And now all the surviving trees that grew big enough are destroyed because they weren’t suited for this kind of extreme weather, so I anticipate a lot of them will have to chop theirs down too and have dinky new ones planted ):

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RIP all fo these poor trees

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the rode side trees all basically snapped at the base of their branching and now they look like little triangle dresses

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OUR CLOTHING LINE (the cyan line only) HAS SUCHA THICK LAYER OF ICE ON IT HOLY SHIT

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I guess in the sun it’s really pretty but damn it was dangerous for a few days

cp4 cover and scraps `▽`

I got to draw a lot of stuff this week IM SO HAPPY ;V;

I finished both the outside and inside cover!! I am relatively happy about how the cover turned out, it’s so pretty this time as opposed to the usual ~*dRaMa*~ and contrast of previous tryhard covers HAHA…. I wasn’t too enthusiastic about having to draw the inside cover though, because I wanted it done as fast as possible so I can get the book printed as soon as possible, so I filled an entire canvas with meron’s hair because I can’t go wrong with hair… or fabric. I’m not happy with it but at least it’s done, so I’m just not gonna think about it LOL;;; I wonder if I should just use an existing illustration I did that year as the inside cover from now on, because why not right

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I also started playing league with my girlfriend kristen since she plays it regularly. needless to say I AM CURRENTLY VERY BAD at anything from getting last hit to being useful in fights. I drew these for her to commemorate our (accurate) experiences
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and for some reason I had a huge urge to draw riven as a thug LOL. I felt really guilty about it because colour themed designs are abused everywhere and the design is so generic too, but it was so enjoyable to draw ): I want to make thug versions of other champs too cus colour coordinated designs like this is just asking for it but so far I don’t feel any other champ’s vibe strongly enough to be able to naturally shit out another one like this one. I was gonna do sona but SHE’D JUST LOOK EXACTLY LIKE MIKU HAHAHA

lastly a NSFW pic that I think I’m gonna try and finish!! I hope I don’t get bored of it when I’m done with printing books ;_;

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BOOK 4 PAGES DOOONE

ALL OF BOOK 4’S PAGES ARE DONE ;_____________; MAKES CONFETTI WITH PAGES

HERE ARE SOME SNAPSHOTS OF NOT REALLY WIP PAGES SINCE THEY’RE ALREADY DONE

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AND HERE IS A PAGE FROM THE BONUS STORY OF BOOK 4!! This bonus story turned out to be really long for some reason (16 pages instead of just 10) while the main story only goes up to 138 pages this volume ):
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I have SOOO MANY PICTURES that I want to work on.. but I still have to do a cover, an inside cover, and preflight book 4, then do the tutorial that I promised to make back in like may (ha ha ha;;;) and finish a gift I started for my gf before I can do anything else CRYYYYY… I don’t even know what to do for this year’s christmas sale either, christmas is such a big opportunity to let by, but what can I do I only have so much time ;_; BUT HOPEFULLY THIS UPCOMING WEEK WOULD FEATURE LOTS AND LOTS OF DRAWING

in non work news Noa and Jay brought me to Go For Tea for the first time to play games and get fat
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And for Black Friday sales I got myself a new video card, ssd and a power supply because my case is so old and I had no idea that I actually have to care about wattage for a power supply LOL…………………..
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I’ve been being cheap about my video card during my past computer upgrades, because I wasn’t going to just toss away a perfectly functioning card that costed A HUNDRED DORRAS. But I’ve finally reached the point where I see the model of my card as the minimum requirement for some games ”’orz I’ve also been lagging while multitasking photoshop/games/streams and other things, so I guess my card was finally dragging down the rest of the money I put into my comp ): I was just gonna spend another $100 to just buy a decent one, but after asking friends about how to even decipher between them, I decided to go for a more expensive card to see what it’s like.

I always buy parts for my computer but I never put them together myself LOL, because I’d always be scared about destroying stuff I paid hundreds of dollars for in the name of learning. But the day I bought the new parts, my family all went to some outlet mall to shop, and I was really eager to see how these expensive parts are like, I decided to try to do it myself. PERFECT LOGIC RIGHT, SCARED TO DO IT WITH $120 PARTS BUT DECIDES TO GO FOR IT WITH $600 PARTS… I took so long and at one point my comp was in pieces, and I realized I had no screwdriver LOL. so I had to go on an impromptu shopping trip to walmart while my comp laid with its guts spilled all over the ground. I was soooooo scared that I would fry something or it wouldn’t turn back on, but I managed to MAKE IT WORK!! I WAS SO PUMPED TO REINSTALL MY STUFF ON THE SSD AND EXPERIENCE ITS POWER but I couldn’t find my windows 7 install disk anywhere, and thus anticlimatically ends my computer upgrade adventure :I

And here are some more pics of the sky like always, I am beginning to feel a bit sad about how my camera turns everything into magma in dim lighting ]:

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scraps and NYCC

BUT FIRST here are some scraps I drew between the last time I posted and now, I haven’t drawn them much this year at all ):

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This was drawn listening to this snk ost of eren’s mom’s death LOL. WHENEVER THAT SONG PLAYED SOMETHING BEYOND HORRIBLE HAPPENS IN THE ANIME and therefore naturally it catered to my preferences very much ahuheaueuhaeuh

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This was drawn like the day before I left for NYCC. I’m not sure where it came from, but after I drew everything, I decided to look for classical paintings of kings to get some ideas about what to throw in the background, and inadvertently realized that I had drawn the Pieta into something totally inappropriate OOPS

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And a WIP of a gift for kristen :D

SO ANYWAY NYCC

This is undoubtedly my favourite con of the year now because of its location. NYC has a special place in my heart, it’s close by, and it’s a con that is actually not stressful (at least during the con) because it’s well run, it operates on reasonable hours, and so many helpful friends are there as well. I was surprised I wasn’t that tired even though it’s a 4 day con with dinner socializing obligations everyday (unlike AN LOL WHERE I TURN INTO AN ANTISOCIAL HERMIT AFTER CON EVERYDAY) Maybe it was cus my adrenaline was always up whenever I get to do stuff around the city; I was just excited to be back. My friends brought me to amazing food places everyday, took care of me by bringing me lunch and helping me with my ridiculous amount of luggage, and also HOOKED ME UP WITH FREE HOTEL ROOMS THAT THEY HAVE OBTAINED WITH THEIR WITCHCRAFT making my stay dirt cheap WTF. This is a con I will definitely try to go back to every year as long as they accept me in the alley, and hopefully in the future I will be able to bring kristen with me as well ;-;

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The only shot I took at the AA because my table looks eternally the same every con anyway

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The fancy new javits front door that was under construction the last time I went!

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Everyone else bought pokemon over the weekend as part of their loot, but I don’t play ): I did find adam hughes there by accident and bought one of my favourite pieces of his! I will buy a frame for it later, but honestly I am worried about actually hanging it up because for some reason my parents like to show my condo to their friends, and they probably wouldn’t want me to hang this up anyway LOL… I guess I will take it down whenever I have visitors or something idk

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A commission Jay was doing and I wanted to take a pic of it cus it was SO BEAUTIFUL……………. but he trolled last minute and turned this pic into like an anime action frame or something

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This is the view of a hotel in brooklyn we stayed at during one of the nights HAHA. the hotel itself was fine but wow this view

And now please brace for the foods
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In which Finni paid like $80 in 1s HAHAHAH

And some pics from my plane!! I wish I had a better camera to capture these pictures because I just loooove flying ;; so far in my 3 flights to NYC though I’ve always be seated on the wrong side for arrival and never got a chance to look at Manhattan during the fly around. THE WINDS DON’T LIKE ME ]:

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Ending with more pics out of my window
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fanexpo and otakuthon

The convention months are finally over, unfortunately I’m just bombarded with more and more complications in life and I’m so stressed out and exhausted everyday q_q I can only say as long as in the end everyone is safe and healthy, I’ll be happy, but it doesn’t make things any easier to handle. I’m glad I kinda gave up making book4 for christmas already because I would’ve stressed out even more trying my best to keep up the schedule, and it will all be in vain since there is no way I’ll make it now. I hope this delay will at least allow me to really make sure the book is as good as I can make it, and a bit better than its current frustrating state.

it took me a while to take care of everything after the cons and also to get my hands on these photos from my cousin BUT ALMOST 1 MONTH LATER HERE ARE SOME PIX AND STORIES.

 

OTAKUTHON

So I decided to drive to montreal cus I have so much shit to bring and there are two of us; I’ve driven there before, but my bad luck is just phenomenal because our 5 hour drive TURNED INTO 9 HOURS CUS WE RAN INTO 2 SERIOUS ACCIDENTS THAT BLOCKED ALL THE LANES OF THE ONLY HIGHWAY THAT WE COULD TAKE AND COULD NOT GET OFF. the second crash was like within our visual range too, and we were there before the cops even arrived so that meant if we hadn’t taken our pee break like half an hour before, we could’ve passed it LOL……………. ):…………..

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We couldn’t pass it and there was no detour or anything because of how close we were so everyone just got off onto the highway to watch. I’m glad it wasn’t us I guess and it was kind of a unique experience, but man being stuck behind that for 2 hours was not cool

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obligatory chinese tourist photo

My table there! nothing new!
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After we set up on Friday we had a ton of time to kill, so we walked around the area cus the last time I’ve walked around montreal was like 8 years ago or something

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yep

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This church was cool but after what I’ve seen in Europe, everything kind of just don’t compare sob

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and we ate chinese food for like3 out of 4 days cus we stayed right next to chinatown HAHA. This hongkong style cafe/restaurant totally caters to my tastes ;-;

Fanexpo was, like every other year, exhausting and long and boring, all at the same time I’m not sure how. I still go every year because I’m not rich enough to turn away free money, and it’s right here in my city, but nothing really happens at this con ): There are some cool people who come back to find me every year and talk to me, but this nice experience is just followed by a huge dropoff into the rest of the uneventful con Q_Q People also solicit a lot at fanexpo; every year I get talked to by people who just goes through the artist alley like mailboxes to give me their business cards and tell me things I don’t really want to hear about. I guess for the majority, this is actually a plus because of the career opportunities presented, but for me they are 99.9% of the time something I have no interest in and gets me very frustrated in an already long and tiring convention.

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Everyone at fanexpo has stands that reach into the stratosphere and it makes me wish I could make mine bigger, but it’s already like impossible for me to set it up myself at this height orz”

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I met kitsurie and yume at otakuthon, where they spent a while looking through my bbxvel pieces wanting to cosplay them. At the time they weren’t cosplaying , so I was like my designs are too annoying complicated and probably would take too much money and effort to cosplay anyway (and usually I say this to everyone who tell me they want to cosplay my chars). I WAS PROVEN WRONG WHEN KITSURIE RETURNED TO MY TABLE AT FANEXPO AS KATARINA AND TOLD ME SHE MADE ALL THE PROPS AND STUFF AND I FELT SO BAD DOUBTING THEIR ABILITIES NOT KNOWING THAT THEY MAKE AMAZING COSPLAYS LOL Q_____Q I’m so excited to see what their cosplays would look like if they do end up going there omg LOOK AT THIS KATARINA

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and I got 2 fanarts from the very kind yutaan and neiva! THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR DRAWING MY BABY I miss drawing her ;;