Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Cosplay - Tsukino Usagi - Sailormoon

This is a cosplay from 2012, although I've finally had a place to put the few progress shots I took. I had recently gotten a smart phone after hiding from technology for ages, but the best plus is having a camera on me nowadays while I work. It was planned and finished (the new before, of course!) for Comikaze 2012, in Los Angeles, California. I went with my friend Kureno after deciding to just go for the day and then meet up with some wonderful friends afterwards for dinner.

Originally since it was a comic book convention, I wanted to respect the whole trend and considered a superhero cosplay around August. My instant choice was a Batman Beyond design, although I sat and sifted through a number of possible ways I could do this. I felt though that it'd be a tough decision considering what I wanted was more complex. Somewhere there, I settled in going with something classic. I love Usagi and Sailormoon, so I figured it'd be a wonderful time to work on her uniform. 

I started out with the skirt first, as I usually get to the skirts. I ended up finding some great remnants I had left over of some nice cotton, so I got to working like the week before. 

 Here's what it looked like on my floor. You can see the iron there! I pleated everything, which took about twenty minutes or so, and no pattern was needed. I always use an index card measured to the pleat size for accuracy, and I stuck with bigger pleats this time around since Usagi's are rather wide. 

The skirt at this point is basically coming together. The waistband is sewn in, and you can see the pretty blue color this skirt has. 

I am terrible at props and shame on me for not sealing my craft foam, I am sorry! I did however make this rather quickly since it was about thirty minutes before going to sleep, and I think it was probably something around 5AM at this point. The piece is made of craft foam, painted, and the little circles are actually painted hole punching circles, the little excess you get after you've punched the hole. They were the perfect size! 

Here's the completed top minus a few details here and there. The bow is also made of cotton, and I used muslin the uniform top. Not featured on this picture, but I also made matching cutts in the same color as the collar. The collar's detailed with white bias tape. 

The final result! I will have better pictures up soon and have styled my wig. I literally opened this thing in Kureno's car! Like a lifesaver, we last minute shipped this lovely wig overnight after one I purchased came with a really awkward back. This one from Five Wits is absolutely comfortable and also really great with the tangling since the tails usually are a pain. 

I definitely will be re-wearing this for another convention to properly wear it out. I got to wear it only for a couple of hours, but it was a very wonderful convention. It also holds up together nicely so I really look forward to another event for this cosplay!

Till next time!

Monday, January 21, 2013

Pokemon Heroes

Pokemon Heroes
Year: 2007
Medium: Thin Sharpie Liner with Crayola Colored Pencils

I posted this out of nostalgia since I posted the other Pokemon artwork I did not too long ago. This was made back in 2007, and around 2008 I made some other pieces for a fanfiction I started writing. Growing up with Pokemon, this was my favorite team. Don't ask me where Haruka/Kasumi/Takeshi were. I was so fond of Kanon that I wrote one too many stories of this trio. 

I didn't own any fancy markers, colors, and liners until college, so this is pretty much a good example of my work. I also wasn't much of a shader until I started practicing more. You can also find this artwork posted under the name Kanon at The Pokemon Tower.

Pokemon Heroines

Pokemon Heroines featuring Beru, Moe, Haruka, Kanon, and Kasumi
Year: 2012
Medium: Sakura Multiliners, Copic Markers, and Prismacolor Pencils

I admit that I have watched Pokemon since its first season airings on television, and my brother and even my younger sister now too, and I regularly watch the new episodes on Saturday mornings like the good old days of Kanto and Johto. Pokemon's been a huge part of my life, and it's one of the anime I attribute my growing interest in drawing too. I used to pause some tapes I had of it to stop and draw characters like Erika or Kasumi.

My favorite character from Pokemon is the obscure Kanon, who only appeared in the 5th film of Pokemon: Guardians of the Water Capital - Latias and Latios. She's an artist from Altomare who paints pictures and spends time playing with Latias, one of the guardians of the water city.

From time to time, I seem to like drawing either her or Kasumi often. I started with just Kasumi, and within an hour, I ended up adding Kanon and then Haruka (who's design and colors I love!), and then I finally added an angry Moe in the back since she's probably jealous that they're all so close to Satoshi. I finally added Beru since I'm not a huge fan of Iris (she keeps calling Satoshi-senpai a child!) and the fact that she's so adorable and airheaded (and I can identify with her on that! xD).

It took roughly about 1.5 to 2 hours to draw everything and color it fully, and it was my first time drawing Beru out. I had previously drawn the girls in other pictures when I was roughly ten or eleven.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Red Haired Stranger

Name: Red Haired Stranger
Year: September 2012
Medium: Crayola Colored Pencils on Sketch Pad Paper

Whenever people ask me who this is, I sit there thinking that it's either Jean Grey or Merida. Originally, it was supposed to be Jean Grey when I started since I had bought a 24 pack of colored pencils during the school supply sales. I like usually blending types of colored pencils, and I started making her locks until I noticed I made them a bit too curly. I brought her to my students where I work at and they called her Merida, so I decided she'd be Merida to them, red-haired girl to everyone else, and Jean Grey to myself. 

I have to admit that I'm not fond of the mouth. You can tell it's darker than the rest of the sketch because I accidentally plucked the wrong color. ^^; I do like the graduation of the locks however!    

Kosaka Mayu - Gokkun Pucho!

Kosaka Mayu - Gokkun Pucho!
Year: 2012
Medium: Medium: Ballpoint Pen (Lining), Copics, Prismacolors, Watercolor Pencils on Plain Copy Paper

I love Gokkun Pucho! as one of my gauilty pleasure shoujo manga stories. xD My aunt showed it to me on Christmas years back and I thought it was ultra adorable. I have all three tankoban for it, although there's a dearth of full-color illustrations for it in the book. 

I started practicing on other poses, including side poses and I began doodling with a pen. Eventually I figured to draw a girl, and immediately when I think of a cute girl and a style that's similar to mine is Mayu, and then before I knew it, I was scouring online for some reference colors for the uniforms and it was coming along! I also tested a little the skin color with watercolored pencils.

Madoka Magica

Kaname Madoka - Puella Magi Madoka Magica
Year: 2012 
Medium: Copic Multiliners and Copic Markers on Ink-Jet Paper

Madoka is one of the saddest anime you will ever watch, but it speaks volumes to you. It spoke to me in several ways, and I can't help but love cute little Madoka! I was intent on drawing fan art since I'm not the first to do it and am usually swamped in other projects, so I finally sat down and took a day to draw her freehandedly with only a small picture guide for what colors to use on her properly.

Earlier that day, I had purchased some new Copic Markers in red and pink hues, so it was a great chance to try them out. I ended up drying out my Light Tea Rose. D= My favorite part however are her eyes, since I love the depth in them. I'm still working at it. ^^; This is a great step though, and I'm happy it captured her well! 

Batman Beyond

Batman Beyond feat. Batman and Bruce Wayne  
Year: 2012
Medium: Copic Markers on Canson Illustration Paper

 So to kick off my love for fan art (and Batman!), I am posting my Batman Beyond sketch. Originally, I had purchased illustration paper on a trial basis to see which one would work for a particular project. To not waste the paper entirely, I decided to make a test illustration, and chose Terry McGinnis' design in Batman Beyond. I absolutely love this series, as it is one of those good old nostalgic shows. I also think it's got that deeper, darker, cyberpunk flair from the 90's that I appreciate and still love in older anime and cartoons. 

I admit that I had to look at a few reference pictures for these, as you can obviously compare them to the originals. I did love taking up the challenge of creating shapes out of shadows only, which is the essence of the animation alongside its blockier shapes. Little presketching was done, and the Bruce was done on a whim quickly to add a bit of a story to the whole background. Batman's fists. D=

I currently have this picture hanging on the side of my bed since I absolutely love the dark constrast of colors. I usually find that red and black have the potential to go super tacky, but the design for this outfit is just perfect. *_*


A Design Philosophy

This is the type of artist I am — I treasure any kind of medium, no matter how simple, frugal, etc., it’s all still perfect for artwork! I also treasure my collection, having built it from one marker a day to some smaller groups and sets as I have gone throughout the years. I’m very thankful for my markers. <3
And that one Art History textbook there! ^^;

First Post and Introductions!

I want to start off by apologizing if I rarely ever post, as it takes some getting used to. If you find my Livejournal (or check the side links), you can see that it’s the most updated. I admit I spend too much time on the Internet, but I don’t post a zillion things, nor can I can get into the reblogging process too much. I’m sorry! ^^;

This art blog was in the making for some time, although I never had the guts to really sit down and showcase my work around. I used to present some graphic design work back on DeviantArt, but I wasn’t too fond of it. I may start one soon, although I find this being a little more personal. My friends have inspired me to start organizing my doodles into something fun and able to be enjoyed by other fans.

I do like using this as a free-talk corner and a place to showcase my artwork at various ranges and mediums. I have some experience and am attending the university for even more. My skills range from traditional artwork, using Copics, Prismacolors, and attended college previously where I learned fashion sketching and illustrations. Now I’m attending college for game design and illustration, and have a self-taught graphic design background through high school and college.

Growing up, I drew anime-inspired art after pausing so many VHS’s and trying to draw my favorite characters - Lord knows you can find some chicken scratch Utenas around my old folders - and now they have transitioned into concept artwork both through traditional and digital illustrations. I’m learned in technical sketching as well (although it takes a long time for me, admittedly!), and am also self-taught in watercolors, oils, acrylics, and pastels. I do have a few sculptures from a ceramics class as well, and some minor installations.

My most recent works have been working on some fan art whenever I’m taking a break from some larger projects I have in the gaming world. <3

My other great passion is cosplay and costume design, which I got into fully back in 2001 when I was a greenhorn barely having transitioned from the single digits.

I love cosplaying a wide variety of characters, and when I attended school for costume design, it inspired me to work harder. Most of of the characters I cosplay are from various anime I love, mostly older ones, and a large list from the vast number of visual novels I play and adore. Only recently have I gotten the chance to compete, which have fared well ~ our cosplay group is called Pants Your Goonies Cosplay, and keeping it old school.

A lot of my costumes have personal meanings to me, as they each provide a wonderful growing and challenging experience for me. I figured it was time to put them in a great place where others can see my work in progress and we all can share a mutual excitement for cosplay.

I look forward to sharing my work with everyone!