Archive for category: Prison School

Christmas goes well with work

The one year I wanted to watch the count down, everyone decides to sleep super early LOL THIS IS SO SAD

I went to two christmas gatherings of old high school friends and they were fun. It’s so sad I don’t get together with any of my college friends because I judge too much to make good friends in college HAHAH. We watched Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland and I didn’t like it much. None of the characters were likeable except for the cheshire cat and the march rabbit, the plot was a pretty bad attempt at being serious and there was no logic anywhere… And we went to see some fun lights at waterloo, where we acted like 13 year old RETARDS taking ridiculous photos with the lights LOL. Some of the lights were so crooked and weird; there was a yellow charmander and a pokeball that was not round, plus REALLY CREEPY santas and elves moving slowly scaring the shit out of us.

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yep

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We also played NY chase, where 4 of our detectives failed MISERABLY to catch the thief… apparently an engineer, an archeologist and two artists don’t make a very good team of detectives

In other news I’m finally past the halfway point on the super secret manga YAYYYY! I’m beginning to not like the style I worked with for this project but I have to at least finish it first before I can change anything about it in order to be consistent. Here’s a veloce with a haircut in a suit character from the super secret manga
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“does my gender look ambiguous to you”

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And lastly I’ve wanted to draw them as some high school gang for a while now and ended up making an alternate world for them. Blackbird is a blur because of the sketchbook scanning problem again LOL she was next to the binding coils ): and fucking cubist car floating in midair lmao

decisions decisions

My friend started using tumblr again and at first glance, it was pretty attractive because it’s simple, to the point and very classy. It also links nicely to other sites and has some sort of a community. So after some consideration I made one and then waste a whole day making a nice layout for it. I’ve just been test driving it for the past few days to see if I like it and if I should move completely. But I still miss this blog ): I have more freedom here to do whatever I want, and best of all I have all the entries in my hands–well, servers. So I don’t know what I should do ):

So far the pros of staying here is:

  • Complete control over everything: layout, entries, plugins
  • Long-entry-friendly! While you can still post photos in text entries, actual photo-posts only allow 1 photo per post. Same for youtube videos
  • Comment-friendly. I could use disqus for tumblr but I can’t change the comment layout, and the comment count cannot be displayed on homepage. I like my comment page layout ):
  • I already blogged here for a few years, moving is a hassle
  • This blog is nicely integrated into my site, so it’s some sort of an incentive for visitors for my site to read the blog and vice versa.

The pros of tumblr is:

  • much easier for tumblr users to follow my blog. A standalone blog without a community only works well for very famous/popular people (eg I would use lj but aside from the huge userbase, lj sucks balls for what I want out of a blog)
  • different types of posts allow entry layouts to be stylized and look awesome
  • If I want to link entries to twitter, I don’t have to run to tinyurl to make a short url for it
  • STYLISH

I think what I want out of blogs is basically control, aesthetics and community… this blog has control and aesthetics, while tumblr has aesthetics and MAY have community. but I wouldn’t be surprised if I realize later that I made tumblr because I enjoy figuring out codes and making layouts LOL. I dunno we’ll see after a week or two of test use!

In the mean time MOAR MANGA
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I am SO INEFFICIENT AT THIS LOL FML

shopping pages?

I went shopping with Jenny yesterday at Pacific Mall. I was just going to buy a pencil case but ended up buying this $200 shawl, a(nother) messenger bag, a scarf, arm warmers? and of course the pencil case too. And now my arms are sore and Blackbird pages are incomplete because I was out all day… BUT THAT’S OK because I think this is like the second time I went shopping this year, after the post-otakon outlet mall shopping trip.

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This pencil case is SO CUTE AND FLUFFY but it’s going to get dirty so fast LOL…

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My old dakar bag was bought at the same stand and it’s so old, the black is gray now…

I took a picture of the shawl too, but it’s black so it turned out to be a black blob because of my shitty camera ): I bought it from these overpriced, Japanese fob fashion stores. For some reason they’re all pink-walled and decorated with fancy baroque furniture to go with their fob princess catalogue. They’re so expensive most of them are pretty much deserted. First store we went into I saw this very cute–or should I say, KAWAII–shirt that was supposed to be like $290. I asked if I could try it on and the lady was like no, and I was like um…… what. Then we asked about a few other items that we liked and she basically gave us the prices in this tone that’s like yeah this store is too good for you and basically hinting for us to leave. I guess we looked kinda young and we didn’t dress up so she identified us as the poor window shoppers… the next pink store we went into, in which I found the shawl, the lady was MUCH NICER and even took the shawl off the display model for me to try on. I ended up buying it even though it was like $200 and I could probably find it cheaper online or something. As I bought it I thought to myself, too bad for the first pink store I guess LOL. U DONT WANT BIZ U NO GOT BIZ

And here r sum super secret manga panels. I totally don’t get to draw stuff like this in Blackbird lmfao. Maybe one day Weirin will look like the woman, I don’t know she’s already getting pretty intense with her I-am-so-fucking-annoying-please-punch-me-in-the-face expressions
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mangamania II

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Another snipplet because manga’s what I’ve been doing all week. At first I was all urrgg about having to draw an entire chapter purely digitally, especially having to use paths and stuff instead of being able to just use a ruler. But now I’m more appreciative of inking on the computer. At least after painstakingly creating a vector window, all I have to is clone it onto the perspective lines, and suddenly I have well aligned windows! I still had to add the extra step of erasing and roughing up the lineart afterwards so that it doesn’t look all perfect and digital and gross. Maybe after this gig I would’ve accumulated enough experience to be tempted to switch Blackbird over to digital LOL. At this rate every volume of Blackbird would look like it’s drawn by a different person ):

I’ve worked on translating Blackbird into Chinese because someone had asked in the past, and recently people offered to translate Blackbird again (since I forgot who the old translators were after I went on multiple hiatuses over the past 4 years). I’m getting discouraged about having to letter 170+ pages though… The time could really be better used, like FINISHING TONING VOLUME 1……

I’ve also been working Blackbird’s plot (yes, I know where Blackbird is going and at the same time, I don’t…) and noticed that even though I thought I got a desirable plot down a few years ago, I still ended up majorly altering it ): I remember making a Blackbird story/character wiki for myself a few years back when I was playing with all these oneclick installs offered by dreamhost. I was reading it yesterday and MAN was it outdated, it’s not even worth the effort to edit; I might as well restart it if I want to keep using it. At least I really am seeing a clear structure and direction towards the ending I was looking for now (watch in like 2 more years I would’ve changed everything AGAIN LMFAO I AM SO UNPRODUCTIVE) I wish I had someone to discuss story development with lol ):

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A friend showed me some twitter pics of Japanese doujin artists , and one guy posts his WIPs not as screenshots but as… photos of the screen? I tried to do it but it’s got all these rainbow lines across the screen ): maybe it’s because of my setting lol

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Here’s a rough character line up I did for the client to make sure all the chars are distinguishable since they are all guys, all similar age, and wear similar clothing. Hopefully I can come out of this being able to draw suits on a whim since I never ever do them

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When I got to the little guy I kept thinking of Iriel, so I started comparing them to Blackbird chars. It would be like… Iriel Blackbird Weirin Veloce/Meron? LOL and idk what for the guard cus there is no such character yet in Blackbird. Time to make one!

On a different note, I’ve been eating so much lately because my grandma suddenly took strong interests in buying/making me extra stuff to eat like sweet soup, pork soup, pastries, crackers, FFFF I go to the dinner table with a bloated stomach it’s ridiculous. I’m starting to understand where people get their eating disorders from. Too much food in the wrong countries. I feel so bad telling her to stop cus she’s totally enjoying it but my tummy is going to explode soon if I don’t ):