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    JaNanamation is a shared art blog between cousins Janielyn and Christina! While both have varying tastes in art, they share a keen interest in the world of animation.
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Composition Studies Part 01

I’m trying to get back in the habit of sequential art (I MISS DRAWING COMICS SO MUCH), so I’m doing a composition study of the movie Crazy Rich Asians. Basically, I’m going through the whole movie and every time the camera cuts to a new angle, I draw a thumbnail of the scene. It’s fun because I love the movie, but also extremely tedious–these 208 drawings represent the first 13 minutes of the movie! I’m trying to do a few a day, so hopefully I’ll finish in a few months? At the very least, I’ve been drawing everyday since I started this project.

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Inktober 2018

I started Inktober with a drawing of Ness because at the time I was in the middle of playing Earthbound (wow what a great game, I wish I had played it sooner!). Next came some Animal Crossing doodles, in light of certain Animal Crossing game announcements (Isabelle in Smash! AC 2019!), so by Day 5 I decided to keep with the theme and draw video game characters for the whole month. I tried to include as wide a variety as possible by including characters from some of my earliest gaming influences as well as favorites from more current indie titles. And then I ended up drawing a lot more Earthbound and Mother 3 (also a great game! Add me to the list of people that wants to see it localized!) 😛

I used Sakura brand Micron pens (sizes 01 and 03) for the lineart and Sharpie pens for the colors. Most of the Sharpies were fine tip, so it took a lot of patience to color those larger areas.

Overall, I’m pleased with how these turned out. My favorite is probably the drawing of Mr. Hat!

Time Flies and I Am Not Okay With That

Hmm, it’s that time of year again. I feel guilty for rarely posting anymore, but then again, it’s not like I have much to show these days. It feels like I draw less and less every year.

Though, I did do Inktober this year, which seems to have kickstarted my renewed interest in using traditional media, especially markers (so I went out and bought a
cheap set of 50 markers ;)). I’m still trying to get a feel for using them, but I’m rather pleased with how these redraws turned out.

The first drawing makes me cringe (what exactly is going on with that pose?!), but I actually remember drawing it. I used to have the habit of laying on the couch with my sketchbook every afternoon, doodling as I watched TV while my mom prepared dinner. I finished at least one drawing a day (if you can call them finished). The memory is strangely vivid–me curled up on the couch scribbling away as the yellow-orange light of the setting sun filtered through the sliding glass door. I spent a bit more time than usual on this picture of Sailor Venus, maybe because I thought it was going to be my best drawing to date. And maybe it was? I guess I was proud of myself for drawing her without using any reference (which I clearly needed, because (a) the anatomy is atrocious, and (b) I didn’t even get the Sailor Suit design correct).

I remember much less about the drawing of Mako (or Lita, as those of us raised by the English dub knew her ;)). I didn’t even put a date on the drawing, which is a shame. I am reasonably sure that I drew it a couple years after the Sailor Venus picture, when I had free time in my language arts class (I drew a lot in that class, haha). I definitely used a reference, which is why it came out so much better than anything else I drew around that time. It’s also why I’m not as terribly ashamed of this one XD

Random fun fact: The colored pencils I used for both old drawings? I still have them. They were a gift from my best friend in elementary school 🙂

I will wrap up the post here–it takes me way too long to write these and I’d like to go to sleep now :’) Next time I’ll post all my Inktober drawings!

Aaand…There Goes 2017!

Why yes, I do still exist! This year has been…something else. 😉 More on that in a bit (if you care to keep reading), but first things first:

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Did you know that FlowerPower! wasn’t Tamarac Apps’s first app? Back when Bossman was the sole developer, he created Winemaking, an iOS app to help winemakers keep track of their process. He hired me to do the few graphics he needed, including this image which was used as the main icon.

Clearly, I still don’t know how liquid works.

What have I been up to?

I’d like to tell you I’ve done a lot of art, but as you’ve probably gathered from my absence, I really haven’t. That’s not to say I haven’t drawn anything, but I’ve certainly drawn much less this year than previous years. I spent a lot more time working, which naturally left much less time (and energy!) for art. At the end of summer, my work schedule changed again, and although this resulted in more free time, I’ve had a rough time trying to re-balance myself and get back into the habit of drawing.

Another major event that affected me (and the rest of the Tam Team) this year was the North Bay Fires in October–the past few months have been emotionally turbulent. I…have a few thoughts I’d like to share on the subject, but I haven’t quite figured out the best way to express them yet.

On a more positive note, I went to Yosemite for the first time in my life and that place is so magnificent that it inspired me to start painting again! (I haven’t done any painting yet though LOL.) There’s just something about nature that is reinvigorating.

Also, games! I’ve been playing The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild a lot lately and it is loads of fun. Difficult and frustrating at times, but fun! I’ve always like the Zelda series for its puzzles, and what I like most about BotW is that it is so open world that there are multiple solutions to many of the puzzles. My brother and I play the game very differently!

Other games I recommend: Aviary Attorney (it’s like Ace Attorney, but with birds!), Finding Paradise (To The Moon 2), Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp (my ID is 70933765429 if you want to add me!) and Rakuen (prepare to cry your eyes out though).

What about Tam Team Adventures? Is it dead?

Tam Team Adventures is not dead, but it is still on hiatus! I’ve still got some stories, but I’m trying to figure out the best way to tell them, since they’re too long to fit the “one-page gag” format.

Am I working on anything?

YES I AM, but I won’t reveal too much yet as I am still in planning stages 😉 I set a goal for myself to have something to show by Summer 2018, so if things go according to plan I’ll share some stuff in the coming months!

2016 Redraw

It’s about that time for one of my art redraws!

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…Okay, this one’s a little embarrassing to share. I was looking for an older sketchbook that still had some blank pages in it (because I can’t bring myself to use any of the newer blank sketchbooks I have) and found a bunch of really old drawings. Pokemon, Sailor Moon, Dragonball Z, Powerpuff Girls, Neopets…a pretty good representation of what I was interested in as a kid/preteen. I did quite a few crossover drawings, like this “Tuxedo Ash” (which, BTW, I’m pretty certain is not an original idea of mine).

I also drew comics back then, but let’s not talk about those! >\\\\<

SO. This drawing. 15 years (!!) has sure made a difference, especially with proportion and composition. I’m still struggling with color and backgrounds….and I still have no idea how capes (fabric in general, for that matter) work.

2016 was another slow drawing year for me, apart from Tam Team Adventures. Oh well. Just gotta keep doing what I can 🙂

Today’s Livestream Plan!

Hey there everyone! This is a reminder that I do plan on livestreaming later today, so if you have nothing better to do than watch me draw, come watch! I hope to do at least 2 short sessions today, one at 4 PM PST and another at 9 PM PST. I’m probably going to start with another portrait for Sktchy, then maybe a comic or two (depending on how fast I work). Or, if a lot of people show up (hey I can dream) I might do doodle requests!

Oh, did you know? On the right side of this blog you can see my art status regarding requests, trades, commissions, and livestreams! It looks like this:

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So if you want to check if I’m online or not, you can just look here! The livestream button is also linked directly to my Twitch channel, so you can just click it when the button is green 🙂

Howzit?

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Bye guys I’m going to Alola 😛

In other news, next livestream will be this Friday! Might do multiple short sessions over the course of the day, but there will definitely be one around 9 PM PST!

Livestream Results

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Here’s what I drew tonight! It’s a portrait inspired by a photo on Sktchy, an app where people upload pictures and artists create something based on those pictures. It’s really fun!

If you couldn’t make it to the stream, you can watch the playback on my Twitch channel. And now that I know it works, I hope to livestream more in the future, perhaps on a regular basis 🙂

Livestream!

Hey there! I’m going to start up a livestream at about 4:30 PST (that’s about half an hour from now), so come watch if you can! I’ll be drawing a portrait from the app Sktchy.

If you can’t come watch (sorry for the short notice!), I’ll probably do another one later in the evening (maybe around 9 PM PST).

EDIT: I have to stop for now, but I’ll be online again tonight around 9 PM PST!

Design A Character // Days 2 & 3

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Plugging away slowly on this 😛 I think I finally figured out what I want her to look like, though it’s tough to draw her consistently :/ I still don’t have a name for her.

The pose references are from SenshiStock. I was originally going to draw the poses at random, but I figured that would make it difficult to draw her in character.

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