I figured that it was time to make good on my ongoing threat to start blogging the Final Fantasy series from the beginning. I’ve played many of the games, some of them multiple times, but there are several entries I’ve either left unfinished or never even tried. This seems like a good opportunity to raise my FF fandom level from “considerable” to “nuclear,” and that kind of upgrade is always appealing.
However, trying to think of any kind of structure for this beyond “I am playing the games and writing stuff down,” felt pretentious, so I’m just going to do this in the form of sharing my notes as I play. This may change as I get to later FFs that I could probably write entire books about; I will try to restrain myself (but not very hard.)
Just a sketch I did of Riorla the other day that came out pretty well. It was weird, because I started this drawing all wrong– no stick figure or anything– but it didn’t seem to matter in the end. I should probably try starting the “wrong” way more often and see what happens.
Even though I draw her differently pretty much every single time, Riorla has become my go-to character to draw when I feel like doodling but don’t have anything particular in mind. Back in the day, it was Aeka, but my favorite Dryad has replaced her. I’m still working on Riorla’s game, but it’s been hard to find the time to finish it now that I’m back at Japanator. One of these days I need to sit down at the computer and bang out a few more illustrations for the opening cut scene, because that’s the main thing I still have left to do at this point.
Oh, and of course there’s balancing the battles and whatnot, but who needs that? Meh! Details!
Seeing all the great Daughters of The Eyrewood fanart linked on Twitter made me want to do my own version, plus I just got Manga Studio 5 and it seemed like a good way to practice using the program. Everyone seems to be drawing their DOTE lasses with long hair, and for some reason I kept thinking of a girl with short, honey-colored hair.
The problem: I wanted to do a quick color sketch, but “quick” and “learning to use new software” do not go together AT ALL. As simple as this is, it took forever because I couldn’t get used to the pressure sensitivity settings in Manga Studio 5. Maybe I need to adjust my Cintiq’s settings, but the line thickness was all over the place and it wasn’t looking good. Eventually I just used a tool with no pressure sensitivity, which is kind of a shame.
On the whole I’m loving Manga Studio and what it can do, but right now I’m really bad at using it. I’d like to do another piece of this character, only this time a full-body pose and (*crosses fingers*) with pressure sensitivity for better lineart.
I know I really shouldn’t be tagging things as “Sketchblog” when they aren’t really sketches, but meh– tagging them “Finished Colored Character Designblog” would sound stupid, so we’ll all just have to make do.
This gal started out as a doodle in a graph paper notebook that I really liked, and for some reason her design just screamed “pink!” to me, so I colored her in a range of pinks and purples. At first I tried making the boots the same yellow that I used for the trim and some of the accessories and it looked awful– I don’t know what it is about yellow, but it’s a color that doesn’t seem to play well with others. I’m not sure if these are going to be her final colors, but at least this is basically what I had in mind for her palette.
Right now, I think she could be a good friend for Riorla— Strip Search Home Edition has caused me to dust off some of my comic ideas and look at them in a new light, and while I’m not sure if I’m going to end up using Maylee in a comic, she’s still a lot of fun to draw. Her hair’s got a Medusa–thing going on; it looked much more like tentacles in the rough sketch, but I toned that down here…because pink tentacles just look so WRONG. Not that it can’t be done well, I guess? Maybe? Color beguiles me.
In anticipation of True Blood Season 6 starting this month, here is my handy-dandy summary of the first five seasons of the show in one convenient .jpeg file. After seeing this image, you will be prepared to jump into Season 6 with both feet. Don’t thank me; enabling your HBO viewing pleasure is all the thanks I will ever need.
I didn’t plan to draw the Sorc from DC, it was more like I was having a frustrating session of drawing where nothing was coming out right, then I thought “Well, why don’t I draw that sorceress character everyone is making a fuss over– at least I can probably draw boobs okay.” Needless to say, my expectations were not high.
However, something weird happened when I started drawing this: I stopped fussing about proportions, “realism” and everything else that had been taking the fun out of drawing for me. I just focused on drawing this one, highly exaggerated character, and I actually loosened up– after that, I felt like I was able to draw just for the joy of drawing, without having to listen to that incessantly critical voice in my head. It was downright refreshing.
So thank you, Dragon’s Crown Sorceress: you helped me out. You may be a weird looking mutant sex doll, but you’re A-OK in my book.
EDIT: And notice that I mispelled the word as “Sorcoress” in my sketch book, because it’s not like I’m a writer who should know how words are spelled or anything ^^;;…..
Killing some time at Starbucks today, I decided to draw Riorla, one of the characters from Dark Juice Box. I’m trying to stay away from detail work and just sketch, just get a feel for different ways of drawing the character.
Well, Puella Magi Madoka Magica has moved up in the hierarchy from “Things I might want to mention once and a while,” to “things I must blog about NAO!”
I figured I’d just jot down a few of my thoughts and questions about the show at this juncture, rather than recap it. Well, okay, here’s your recap: Two magical girls fought. Kyoko is a bitch. There, done. Needless to say, spoilers abound.
Thoughts on Episode #5:
1.I’m glad Sayaka has regenerative powers- leads me to believe that they’re not looking to bump her off so quickly; I don’t think I could handle losing another sympathetic character at this point. However, nothing seems to be off-limits with this show, so who knows.
2. I was really confused by what Homura’s power seemed to be, until @Rangoric pointed out that it seemed to be like the property of Gae Bolg in Fate/Stay Night: An inversion of cause and effect. Everything somehow misses Homura, because the effect of her power is that everything will miss her. I thought after her battle in episode #3 (against Charlotte) that she had some sort of weird displacement thing going on, but his explanation makes a lot more sense to me. It really makes me wonder how she’s going to handle fighting Kyoko, since it seems to be such a defensive power. How can she damage her?
3. Oh, and speaking of Kyoko, I know I’m like, SUPPOSED to hate her, but uh…yeah, mission accomplished there, guys. Why can’t a witch come and eat HER head?
Of course, with this show, I should be careful what I wish for- they’ll probably only kill her off after they’ve done some huge redemption arc and revealed that she was actually abused by her older brother at a young age, leading to her callous attitude, and inside she’s the sweetest little girl there is. Dammit.
4. I’m surprised no one on the show has even mentioned the possibility of bringing Mami back through wishing. I know a lot of fans were pleased that the series didn’t immediately go that route, but it seems odd that it wouldn’t occur to Madoka. I don’t think Madoka will use her wish to bring Mami back, because I’m pretty sure she’s going to use her wish in a more interesting way, but I wouldn’t be surprised if someone did. I may not normally be keen on characters coming back from the dead, but I’d be okay with it in this instance, since I’d trust the show to do something interesting with it.
However, the fact that Mami’s silhouette is the only one depicted sitting down in the ending leads me to believe she’s not coming back:(.
5. Speaking of wishes, what would happen if a girl wished for there to be no more witches? According to Kyubey (um, assuming he can be trusted, which is increasingly doubtful), NOTHING is off-limits for the wish. I will be a little disappointed if the series never addresses this question (or something similar), even if it’s just Kyubey pointing out the limitations on wishes he can grant; it seems like such an obvious Get-Out-of-Jail-Free card.
6. Do you think “Unlimited Blade/Musket/Whatever Works” are an inherent property of Puella Magi, or was Sayaka just doing it because she’d seen Mami do it? I had assumed it was the former, but Rangoric thinks it’s the latter- he assumed that the fact that Sayaka did an attack that was derivative of Mami’s was meant to show that she was still inexperienced, copying instead of creating her own attacks.
7. I would like to bet someone a box of Pocky that Kyubey will be revealed to be Satan, or some close associate thereof, before the end of the series.
8. At this rate, I don’t see how Madoka could possibly become a magical girl until at least episode 12 or 13, if even then. What would be a bigger subversion; if she ends the series without becoming a magical girl at all, or she becomes one, but her outfit is different than it is in the OP? Come to think of it, I honestly think giving her a completely different costume would be more of an upset to the genre. Like, “What do you mean I can’t even trust the OP?”
This was the first drawing I did of the Knight of Sterling, who is obviously related to the Sterling comic. How exactly, I cannot say (whooooooooooo.)
I really love the look of medieval armor, and I wanted to do a version of it that looked feminine without being completely impractical- as in, closer to actual armor than an armored bathing suit. I think I’ve drawn around 6,037 versions of the Knights armor at this point, with all sorts of different options, but they all look something like this.
This was an image of another character who kind of got sucked into Dark Juice Box, in fact I don’t think she even does whatever it is she’s shown doing here anymore. It’s kind of an artifact from a lost project, but I still kind of like it.