This is a character who was meant to appear in Sterling, but i kept pushing her appearance back, and in the end she never appeared– well, she was on the other end of a phone conversation, but I don’t think that really counts. More importantly, this little character sketch is one of the first images I ever colored on the computer, so I was incredibly impressed with it back in the day. It looks grainy because I don’t have the original file anymore– I just have a scan of a really old inkjet printout, which I think I printed out at school.
Fan panels at anime cons don’t seem to get much coverage- I noticed before I was attending cons with regularity that all the anime news sites tend to cover is licensing announcements, which are honestly kind of boring. Yes, Funimation has licensed another title; no, they won’t release it when you actually feel like watching it. Next?
I set out to Otakon this year to correct this horrible injustice and cover some panels myself (and to cover the con from a Sailor Moon perspective for Moon Chase again, like I did last year), only to come away with a new understanding of why no one covers fan panels; not much happens there. It’s usually a large group of people getting together and collectively saying, “How awesome is our favorite show? That’s right, SO AWESOME!” I enjoyed the Durarara!! panel, but that’s really all it was.
Fortunately, as you might have already surmised from the title of this post, the Madoka panel was actually worth devoting some time to, so hit the jump and we’ll get that out of the way. Continue reading Otakon 2011: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Analysis Panel
Currently without art software on my computer (it’s a long story), so I haven’t adjusted the levels or done any of that fancy stuff. I only realized once I started doodling this that there were disturbing implications to Rin wearing the PenguinDrum outfit; let’s just assume she’s cosplaying, and there’s no problem.
I wasn’t going to say anything about the situation in Japan on this blog because I’m not sure I feel it’s my place to tell people that they should go donate to the relief efforts, which is pretty much all I can do. However, what Daniella Orihuela Gruber is doing with Anime and Manga Bloggers For Japan over at All About Manga immediately made sense to me. Obviously, I owe Japan some of my happiness, and I’m glad that Daniella put together a framework for me to donate that just felt right. I would have donated anyway, but to tell you the truth, just sending off a random amount of money to a relief organization has always felt a little strange to me.
One thing I’ve learned from Twitter over the past few days is that natural disasters seem to spawn lots of highly random pro-Japan fanart on the internet, so I figured I might as well partake of some of that while in a drawin’ mood. Now, anyone can show you pink, frilly little Madoka cheering on Japan, but honestly, how many cheerful Homuras have you seen? Actually, thinking about the kind of Puella Magi Madoka Magica art that is now available on the internet in spades, I probably don’t want to know the answer to that.
That’s about all, I just wanted to help get the word out about this nifty little fundraiser that came around at just the right time for me- consider giving if you haven’t already.
I drew Sophitia from the Soul Caliber series for Rangoric’s (my fiance’s) birthday. The upshot of this was that I had an excuse to study her character model in SC4; I knew the character models were detailed, but wow. Sometimes it floors me how far videogame graphics have come since I’ve been aware of them. I started playing games during the PS1 era, and I think I still see game graphics in that level of resolution in my mind’s eye. Then I start looking at the details on Sophitia’s belt, and it’s like “Really? This is now possible?”
I used this fanart as the header back when I was cblogging for Destructoid, many moons ago. I have a dark secret though: I never actually finished Odin’s Sphere. I’ve been slowly chipping away at it since 2007, and I’m up to the final endboss sequence. I think I reached the point where I realized I would have to level Mercedes (or maybe Oswald?), put the controller down and didn’t want to think about it for much longer. I’ve probably played through Gwen’s book about five times by now, however.
Another colored pencil piece that came out pretty smooth, considering.
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.