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Wrapping up 2018

I decided to squeeze in a few more redraws before the end of this year! These were a little challenging because there are still some things I like about the original set (drawn in 2014). There’s definitely a style change, which is perhaps more apparent because of the limited color palettes, but I don’t know if I’d say the newer versions are much better drawn. I do like the newer drawing of Hagu, though.

These drawings feature the main characters of Honey and Clover by Chica Umino. From left to right: Yuta Takemoto, Hagumi Hanamoto, Shinobu Morita, Ayumi Yamada, and Takumi Mayama. The series is about the lives and friendship of these five as they go through art school, facing the challenges of transitioning from college to the workforce, as well as various relationships along the way. It’s hilarious and heart-wrenching and bittersweet–I cry hard every time I watch the series 🙂 It remains my favorite anime of all time.

Each year I always hope to do more creative work than the last, but this year my goal is to finally get my online portfolio together…which will have to include me making more art to feature in said portfolio 😉 Not quite sure where I want to host it yet, though I’m considering keeping it here on WordPress since it’s already so easy to set up as a website with a blog. I figure it out in time, I guess.

Onward to 2019!


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.

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!

2016 Redraw

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


…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 🙂

Livestream Results


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 🙂

Design A Character // Days 2 & 3


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.

Design a Character // Day 1


A few months ago, I wrote down this idea for a comic:

Girl reluctantly gets job at a pet shop. She’s not a fan of animals (for one thing she’s allergic) but she needs the money and doesn’t have any other employment options at the moment. Work is boring, so she amuses herself by observing the regular customers that come into the shop and imagining what kind of lives they lead.

LOL. What was I even thinking? Anyway, I’m using this challenge to flesh out that main character. I still haven’t decided on her final appearance, but I know that I want her to have red hair and freckles. I’m also trying to work with a square-ish jawline because I’m trying to draw characters with more variation.

She doesn’t have a name yet. As for personality, she’s pragmatic and kind of cynical. Most of the time she has an “I’m-so-done-with-everyone-else’s-shenanigans” expression.

Design A Theme Park // Day 7


Did you know that a giraffe’s front legs are longer than its back legs? In order to bend down far enough to reach water to drink, a giraffe has to stand with its front legs far apart.

Perfect for a water slide at a theme park 😉

Well there you have it, 7 days of theme park related sketches! I’m done with this challenge, but anyone is welcome to try it themselves at any time! You can find the prompts here. I’ll be posting the next set of prompts sometime in the future, so keep an eye out for those 😉

Design A Theme Park // Day 6


Some things that might light up my theme park at night 🙂 I didn’t draw the whole park because a) I still haven’t planned out the park as a whole; b) I’m lazy 😛 ; and c) it didn’t seem practical to draw a night scene with just a ballpoint pen (not that it’s impossible but…see “b”).

One more day to go!

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