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I read a random later Dresden Files book, Proven Guilty, because it was in the house. Keep in mind that I've read only this one and the first one, which I complained about a little. This one is indeed much better written, and I'll be happy to fill in the middle volumes eventually.


Someone posted this portrait by John Singer Sargent to [livejournal.com profile] lamodeillustree and now I'm dying to do a drawing based on it with her as an airship captain. Isn't she perfect?I love her. He seems like a stick in the mud, never mind him. (Click for a huge version.)
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New Year's Card
New Year's Card
In China, plum/ume blossoms symbolize the persistence and endurance of beautiful things despite adversity, since they bloom while there is still snow on the branches.* In Japan, ume is also traditionally held to ward off evil. So I think it's a good image to keep in mind for the new year. [KAJITA, Hanko (1870-1917) "Ume" (Plum)]



*That's my interpretation of the symbolism anyway.
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[livejournal.com profile] divalea is taking commissions! Join the Dead Car Party over in her LJ.
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Moo is doing full-size business cards now! Up to 50 different images per set of cards.

(Actually, good for writers and such too, because you can design graphical text for one side using the website. So you could have quotes or vocabulary words or whatever. Whee!)

Cross-posted to [livejournal.com profile] buildyourwings.

Hrmph.

Jul. 4th, 2008 06:12 pm
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All these years of drawing and I'm still making the same mistake I was always making in 7th grade: My faces are too long between the eyes and the nose. :P

(I'm revisiting sketchbooks from the last couple years. Sigh. Not much good in them, but I'm finding any that are even a tiny bit salvageable to use as Photoshop practice.)

Seriously, how incredible frustrating that I'm still doing it after all this time!

Oh well, at least with Photoshop I can just grab the eyes and move them down, haha.
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I'm reading [livejournal.com profile] telophase's Anime Convention Artist Alley Survival Guide and thinking I owe her a box of chocolate or something. I've been wanting something like this for a LOOONG time.

Well, who knows; if I get on the ball maybe we'll meet each other at a convention someday.
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Two very large images--the original that I painted over (crudely) and then messed with, and the results of messing with it. It has Major Issues, including Blending Abuse, Poor Tool Control, Overly Line-filled Hair, and Lack of Consistent Style. This was basically a learning experience for me, though, so I'm happy enough with it for that.

But I kind of like having the sketchy bits. Will have to learn to work with that someday. (I'm also interested in some of the flat-color and monochrome styles I've seen out there, if only because it would let me quit stressing over shading and just concentrate on learning the tools :p)

Read more... )

If that doesn't work or your layout breaks it, you can just click original and experiment to see 'em.

Durrr.

Jun. 21st, 2008 06:43 pm
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Just looking at my test image here in Photoshop I can tell that I'm pretty much hitting the Top 10 list of Photoshop Don'ts. Sigh. Well, it's OK; I'm learning. :p I won't be posting it anywhere besides here, anyway, since it's painted on top of an image that is totally not mine.

Sometime later I plan to try scanning in a pencil drawing and working from that. I just don't have any done pencils right now--I have one in progress that I'm excited about, but it still has, you know, boxes for hands and what not.

Anyway, thanks to [livejournal.com profile] telophase for solving my pattern problem.
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AUGH! Relearning Photoshop is like relearning to walk! It sucks! I'm painting over a photo for practice, but...guh.

I downloaded some Photoshop patterns from DeviantArt, but I have NO idea how to add them to Photoshop, and Photoshop's help is useless, and googling gives me contradictory information. (Do I seriously have to open each image and save it as a pattern? For real?) Textures too...Totally confused! Help!

BTW, artists who post their work to the web might want to turn on color profiles in Firefox 3, as brought to my attention by [livejournal.com profile] joiito. Detailed explanation here. I'm not sure I understand the issues a commenter mentioned with CSS, but for now, I've turned it on.

I wrote this before BoingBoing posted it, but I forgot to hit Post. Oh well.
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OK, it's literally been 10 years or so since I worked with real Photoshop and Illustrator on a regular basis (back during my short stint as a computer science/art double major). And I wasn't even using it for illustration much then. I think I'm going to need a book or a bunch of tutorials. I've saved some tutorials on DeviantArt, but other recommendations there or elseweb or in print are wholly welcome. I aspire to doing stuff like I've got saved in my DA favorites, but I realize that'll take years.

And if there's a good active art community on LJ or somewhere else, please let me know.
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It's in my hands. Well, OK, it's a few inches from my left elbow. Woohoo! Thanks, [livejournal.com profile] deyo and [livejournal.com profile] mactavish!

So, yeah, nag me to clear off a desk and actually use it.
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..though I can't draw SD-style, I do think I have a better shot at drawing kimono than your random artist does (since I have a vague idea of how they actually WORK, haha). So that's an advantage.

I still have an urge to draw lots of steampunk mixed with gosurori mixed with kimono and whatnot.

I don't know...I have gotten some great advice from the handful of artists whom I've met on LJ. I need to meet some more! It would be helpful to me to be more connected to the community.

Also...

May. 25th, 2008 01:10 pm
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I'm not doing any Naruto or Bleach fanart, dammit.

(The former because I don't find the show or manga interesting at all; the latter because I haven't seen any of it and any fan art I did would thus suck.)

Kids today... I'd have to find something to draw that's new but not, like, stupid. (Or, erm, having-a-price-tag, which tends to make things difficult for me to actually read/watch.)

Anyone want a pin-up of Chime? :P (Don't worry, she's an adult.)

Who're the popular f/f pairings these days anyway? Anybody I know? (Darn me for not having watched much of Marimite yet.)

Has anyone heard of Urd or Yomiko Readman or Juri Arisugawa or Umi Ryuzaki anymore?

Has "Zetsubou Sensei" actually gotten enough attention to be doable? "Emma"?

Despair! Kids today are leaving me in despair!

/zetsubou

Anyway...clearly I need to get back in touch with what video games, TV shows, movies, anime, and manga are popular.

And what obscure niches of the above are going unfilled in terms of fan art, of course, Any suggestions?

I need to do a mix of a) stuff that sells well, b) stuff I love drawing (including original characters, of course), and c) stuff I don't hate.

I know, I talk about this periodically and I never do it. But I'm hoping that getting CS3 will change that.

Scribble.

Oct. 10th, 2007 06:28 pm
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My DeviantArt favourites make me enthralled, motivated, demotivated, and totally despairing.

They're mostly all younger than I am (sometimes much, much younger!) and yet so accomplished.

If I didn't crave looking at artwork so much, I'd swear off it so as to not make myself feel bad. :p

I wonder why I want to become good at something so badly, and yet don't do anything about it.

Ah well. 2 pages' worth, sure to grow. Though I'm rather picky about what I favorite.

Artists?

Aug. 5th, 2007 12:36 pm
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Does anyone here have suggestions or links to suggestions for taking digital photos to use as references for sketching--particularly with human models?

About all I know is to stand further back and kneel, and pay attention to shadows. I have a fabulous volunteer ([livejournal.com profile] jenniferward) but I haven't a clue.

Also, the digital camera I have at my disposal doesn't do LCD preview, wtf.

My google-fu again fails me.
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On Sunday, my classmate/friend, [livejournal.com profile] assaultdoor, [livejournal.com profile] jenniferward, and I went to the Asian Art Museum to see Yoshitoshi's Strange Tales for free, courtesy of Bank of America. The museum provided a wheelchair for [livejournal.com profile] jenniferward, which worked well. The pieces are amazing, and they did a fine job with the signage--I am a "more is more" person when it comes to exhibition interpretation. They're going to swap out the ones currently on display in July and run a different set for the second half of the exhibition, which is a good idea conservation-wise, I suppose. Anyway, it just means that when we come back for The Marvel of Manga in August, we'll run through Yoshitoshi again. If you're interested in ukiyo-e, the fusion of Japanese and Western art styles, the collision of kimono and swords with top hats and rifles (and steam ships and umbrellas and ...), the supernatural (spider magic! we still want to know what that is), Japanese interpretations of Water Margin and Journey to the West, etc., you should go see it. There are some really extraordinary pieces, such as a "sorcerers' battle," various dramatic renditions of ghost stories, and some really sensitive and individualized portraits (in a departure from the stylized, traditional depictions you see in the first sets of images--the show is arranged chronologically to trace Yoshitoshi's development of a fusion style).

After Yoshitoshi, we had lunch at the cafe, and then we ran through the second floor, which kind of goes on forever. There were a lot of things I hadn't seen before in the Japan section, including a folding screen with some really funky, "earthworm squiggles" calligraphy. The sign noted that the calligrapher's writing was never particularly easy to read (my Japanese friend couldn't read it), but that he had been particularly inebriated when he did this piece--to the point of signing it "Yamada Ichiro*, of Edo*, totally drunk." Their netsuke and inro collections are very nice, though the numbering to the explanatory key is often off by one or two. (Their snuff bottle collection is not nearly as striking or diverse as the Oakland Museum's, though.)

*Not his real name or home. I should have taken notes. But the "totally drunk" part is verbatim.

The museum was not too crowded, and there was free meter parking, and free audio tours, and then free parking because we bought enough groceries in Japantown to get validation. So we only paid for groceries, lunch, and the bridge toll. Not bad!

Note to museum-goers: Once you have had your conversation about the piece you're looking at, please back away from it to continue your inane nattering. The light is low; everyone needs to get right up to the pieces to see them; you need to back off. Come to think of it, you're one of those people who gets into a buffet line and then stands there mid-line chatting to people outside of the line without moving on, aren't you? I hate you. Get your damn food and go.

Ahem.

Anyway ... I am so bored yet stressed. Both preparing for the class I'm teaching and working on my thesis are thoroughly uninteresting right now. It's really hard for me to work quickly on something I don't have much interest in. (I'm done with most of the interesting parts of the thesis, and there's hardly anything I can do to make the GRE class interesting for me or for them.)

I'm also continuing to have sleep problems, and I can't concentrate worth anything. And it is verging on warm outside, and this (faux?) leather couch in the living room, which is my only place to work, makes me about 10 degrees hotter than sitting elsewhere.

EDIT: Did I mention that my car's AC died on Saturday? I guess it sensed June approaching. Luckily, I avoided an accident on Hwy 4 despite the awful noise it made. Unluckily, this means any time I would have had tomorrow morning to a) finish lesson-planning, b) work on my thesis, or c) go see the doctor about the sleep issues, is now dedicated to getting the car repaired. Yay?

WLP, your birthday present is going to be late. :|
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Westercon is a long shot because it's so soon. The deadline for entering is my graduation day, so I really don't think that's going to happen. They do have their info up, at least.

Someday I'll have to submit a paper to MythCon, but it's not on the art show list. Though maybe not--it looks like they don't give presenters any kind of break on the registration fees. Yikes.

But SiliCon is looking like a good prospect. Pre-reg is $35.Artist's Alley-type thing is $10. No Art Show details yet. So, if you have any thoughts about it, let me know.

[livejournal.com profile] jenniferward and I have hatched an Evil Plan for her to be my model and booth babe ow ow don't hurt me, Jenn! I meant promotional model!

So yes. SILICON! Let's do it.

Tarot fans

May. 6th, 2007 08:31 pm
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Check out Miracle Tarot by Reiko Shimizu. She's one of my favorite artists, and I love her use of color and detail. Yes, she's a manga artist, but if you're thinking of a cliched manga style, don't--she really has her own look.
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I know a number of you like crows, ravens, etc., so I thought you might like this corvid-man illustration. If the direct link doesn't work, or if you want to see the rest of this talented artist's gallery, go to http://www.shimojo-shinji.com/illustrations/
(next to last row, first column)

Some cool papercuts here:
http://www.geocities.jp/momotiti2001/kirie/kirie.html
A sort of Meiji/1970s aesthetic.

(I ran across these after joining some new bilingual English/Japanese social networking site, naninu.com ... so at least it wasn't a total waste of time *G*)

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