Thursday, November 29, 2012

Crystal Shadows: Page 009

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I thought Thursday was tomorrow! (¬д¬。) What is wrong with you internal body clock?! щ(ಥДಥщ)

Anyway, now you know what, or rather “who” Erin saw in the previous page! o(^^o) I wonder if this will make the whole elementary – high school timeline thing a wee bit clearer?

I don’t know about you guys, but I love Jeremy with his fluffy hair and glasses better than his clean cut look. And in case you’re wondering: yes, he’s still as blind as a bat… he’s just wearing contact lenses now. Whoever told him to do that is really mean. ♪(┌・。・)┌

Oh well, I need to work on those other pages now. But with the current “end of the world” scheduled on December 21, maybe I don’t need to work on page 13 onwards. ~(^з^)-☆ ROFL~

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Sketch Dump: Sakura

Suoh requested to see my other attempts at drawing Yuuki’s original character, Sakura, since I’d mentioned the final illustrated was already the 4th attempt.

After I went through my PSD files, however, I realized that I stand corrected:

There were five other attempts making the final one my sixth instead of my fourth! (º_º) How could I have failed myself 5 times and not even remember it?! (*0*;)

Oh well, I guess I could just tell you guys more about them since I would probably never finish these…

  • Green (right-most) – attempt number 1, which was supposed to be a “mirror” to EL’s illustration. I was going to give Sakura a pair of silver moth wings with similar designs EL’s butterfly wings, but I somehow got bored with this even though the lineart’s almost finished. I think the pose is… awkward? (‘◇’)?
  • Pink (middle-top) – attempt number 2, I think I was reading too much Kuroshitsuji then which explains the pose and Victorian-styled clothing. (・_・ヾ Obviously a half-hearted illustration, since I couldn’t get the expression on her face to come out the way I wanted.
  • Blue (upper-left) – attempt number 3, and I used a reference photo for this pose. Still not what I was looking for, but the action pose was something I liked, but couldn’t get. (;*´Д`)ノ
  • Red (middle-bottom) – attempt number 4, I knew I wanted to draw her sword at this point, the pose was ok, and I even started inking. I don’t even remember why I stopped drawing her, because out of the five, I would probably pick this one to finish if I had to. ヽ(゚ー゚*ヽ) Maybe I can use this for something else one day.
  • Purple (bottom-left) – attempt number 5, which was inspired from something I saw in Deviant Art, I think. It was a character that looked like she was falling deeper under water, but after I sketched my attempt, it looked rather depressing. (一。一;;)

There you have it folks! Hope you enjoyed looking at my fails… ψ(`∇´)ψ I have a lot more in my hard drive and if this is interesting to you, let me know, and I might end up sharing more.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Crystal Shadows: Page 008

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And we're back with page 8! ヾ(o・ω・)ノ Woohoo~! We’re on a roll!

Ok, maybe not. But today does mark the official debut of our resident bishounen, Dylan Reese, even if he only appears through Amilia’s and Hailey’s thoughts. ヽ(・ω・ゞ)

That “sparkly” second panel unfortunately reminds me of Edward Cullen, haha~! ヽ(゚Д゚)ノ Maybe that’s the reason why I don’t like this page very much. I don’t know what it is about this page, but I struggled with it quite a bit. I asked my editor for her opinion, but she said the page looks fine, if not a little boring because nothing’s really going on. ヾ(×× ) ツ

Well, boring or not, I need to get a new character page out for Crystal Shadows. Heck, I should do that for Karma too, seeing that the second book will be released soon, but the lazy in me is saying I should keep working on these pages before I run out of stuff to show you guys. (ー△ー;)

Oh well, back to the drawing board for me! Tomorrow that is… I worked on that cover for two night straight and I’m too sleep deprived to think straight! I think I earned a sleep in… Enjoy the page… Σ( ̄。 ̄ノ)ノ Zzzz…

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Oh No! Manga: Karma – the Concluding Paragraph

Sorry for the long wait! (>‸<) But I’ve finally submitted the pages for Oh No! Manga’s publication! ᕙ(⇀‸↼‶)ᕗ Here’s a look at what the cover will look like~ ♥

The second book will contain the concluding paragraph of Karma: the Second Chapter, as well as a few goodies inside~ I’ll be sharing this issue with Raykosen’s D.ICE, so please watch out for it! (。・ω・。)

Details to follow as soon as I find out anything along the grapevine. Hope you guys will love this as much as the first one! ☆ミ(o*・ω・)ノ

And just in case you haven’t noticed, this artwork is inspired by Enjelicious’ Sword Art Online Fanarts. I don’t know how she makes her colors look so amazing, but hey, I tried. *(*´∀`*)☆

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

WIP: Angel

work in progress 2012.11.20 - rei kuassary from karma

Currently working on this for the cover of the concluding half of Karma on Oh No! Manga.
(。・ω・。) I’m thinking about using the same “prayer” as the first cover for this or if I should add a new one, but my creative juices are all dried up thanks to this deadly deadline. ٩(×̯×)۶

Oh well, back to work for me! ᕙ(⇀‸↼‶)ᕗ Hope you guys like how it looks so far. I’ll announce when the new book will be released as soon as I find out. ☆ミ(o*・ω・)ノ

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Crystal Shadows: Page 007

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And here we are at page 7! Yey~ *(*´∀`*)☆

…doesn’t really say much about anything at the moment does it? Well, I must say, this is probably one of the most annoying pages yet, although I’m not exactly sure why. It just took me longer to finish this than what I’d originally anticipated, but in the end, my 3D rendering skills were tried, tested, and honed a wee-bit~ (n˘v˘•)¬

Yup, the model for Crescent Academy is done by me from the ground up. (^v^) Although technically what you see here is all I really have of the school for now. I’m no architect, so I’m not sure how to design a proper school building for goodness sake! (°◇°;) Haha~

Oh yes, this is set in present day! So page 7 is the start of the main storyline. Don’t worry though! I have plenty of back stories to tell, so you’ll get to see more of long-haired Erin in the future! ( ・ω・)

Some did comment that Erin looks like a boy in a skirt with this hairstyle. (。┰ω┰。) Uhuhu~ I’m sorry! I tend to draw my girls as boys and my boys as girls apparently! I will do my best to improve on this in future pages! (o;TωT)o For now, please enjoy page 7~!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Sailor Moon Fever

There’s a Sailor Senshi fever going around Indie Komiks Manila, and it looks like the bug’s finally bitten me. (*0*;)

It’s no secret that Rei Kuassary’s design is inspired from Sailor Moon herself, so coming up with her Sailor Senshi design was fairly easy. ヾ(・ω・`。) This would be her Karma version though, not the one from A.illusions.

However, for Crystal Shadows, it was far more challenging.

The girl in the middle would be Erin, but it felt kinda lonely that she was all by herself. I haven’t introduced a lot of girls in the series yet, so I decided to use Jeremy and Dylan.

…yes, that’s Jeremy on the left, and Dylan on the right. ヽ(  ̄д ̄;)ノ Hey! The Starlights were also “men” when they were humans and became girls when they transformed!

There’s a special place in hell for me isn’t there? Oh my gosh! щ(ಥДಥщ)

In case you want to try making your own Sailor Soldier or any other doll for that matter, check out Doll Devine for more awesomeness~ ( ̄ー ̄)

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Nekomimi Rika

I wanted to try another way of coloring black hair, and Japanise Sakuras’ character, Rika, seemed like the a good candidate to try it on.

Remember xxxHolic? How Yuuko’s hair is always a flat black while the rest of the illustration is a nice wash of watercolor?

I tried to do that here, but in the end, I caved and added little highlights here and there. I don’t know how CLAMP can make it so flawlessly epic. Σ(-`Д´-ノ;)ノ

Anyway, I hope you guys enjoy this piece too! (*ノ・ω・) Now to get some work done! ヾ(゚∀゚ゞ)

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Crystal Shadows: Second Leaf

Sorry guys! Just the chapter cover for this week, hehe~ (*-`ω´- )人 I need to work on future pages for this manga before I run out of pages to share! Hopefully you guys aren’t tired of looking at Erin yet, what with her being posted as a WIP, Studio 4 Eyes cover, and even appearing in the Komikon post..! At least you got to see her as a witch I suppose? ☆ミ(o*・ω・)ノ

In any case, check back next week for the start of the next chapter! “ヽ(´▽`)ノ” Thanks for always passing by! (◕‿◕✿)

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Yuuki’s Sakura

I don’t know what it is about these art trades, but this is a record breaking 4th attempt in drawing Yuuki Hanabusa’s original character, “Sakura”! She finally came out the way I wanted her to! But argh… the mere fact that it took me forever and a day to finish it is really upsetting to me! щ(ಥДಥщ)

Now I can work on these pending commissions and stop nitpicking this piece! I hope you like this Yuuki-chan! ( (ミ´ω`ミ))

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Bewitchingly In Love

Belated Happy Halloween~! ψ(`∇´)ψ

You know me… “This was supposed to be just a sketch, but I ended up spending too much time on it” as usual! ( ・ω・) Tori wanted to see the younger version of Erin in full color, but I think I played with her hair a wee bit too much. I’ll draw a “normal” version next time, but I hope this will do for now! ☆ミ(o*・ω・)ノ

Would you believe me if I told you my little nephew (then only 5 or 6 years young) taught me how to draw spider webs? (´ω`♥)

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Crystal Shadows: Page 005

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Alright, guys, here is page 5, which also marks the end of the first chapter! ☆*:.。. o(≧▽≦)o .。.:*☆ Omedetou, Crystal Shadows!

Did anyone guess that this long, wavy haired and cheerful girl is actually the same as the short haired one? Well, I guess I should explain that when her hair was still long, she was actually only in elementary school! However, the two Erin’s are not many years apart, because she was already in Grade 6. What could have happened that made her change so drastically?

Well, you’re gonna have to wait for further installments because I wouldn’t want to spoil the story. ( ・ω・) The people who bought Studio 4 Eyes’ Debut issue are lucky, because they’ve already read the entire second chapter! Which makes me wonder, am I cheating that I’ve saved that many pages for the webcomic already? (´A`) Then again, after all that rushing, I need a break from manga making and get some real work done. Otherwise, my Christmas will be present-less! o(╥﹏╥)o

See you next week, guys, and I hope you enjoyed reading the fifth page! ヽ(*≧ω≦)ノ Happy Halloween!