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Seems I've let this place gather dust again as well. The downside of having too many sites and not enough motivation to work on any of them I suppose. That's nothing new though -- most of my motivation is spent wanting to do stuff that I have no obligation to do. *sighs* I may be 21, but I am far from acting like an adult. Even scarier, I'm only four months away from being another year older. I try giving myself pep talks to be more responsible, but it's a hurdle I just can't seem to get past. Maybe that's why I have Distant Horizon... to drill responsibility and obligation into my head even if it kills me. How lovely.

But this entry isn't about that. This entry is about my new manga coloring, and the awesome new tricks I learned. The first trick being how to separate the lineart from the white background (use a mask!), and the second trick being how you can lock the transparency on the different layers so that you can just color one section (or the lineart) and not have the colors run off the designated area. It's AWESOME. I can't wait to color more scans. Uh... I mean, after I finish some updates or something. >_> 

Anyway, the whole panel can be seen at Jade*Island, or at my post on Manga_Colors @ LJ. My favorite part about the coloring is the colored lineart and the shading on the smoke and back wall. :)

Thursday, August 23, 2007 - 10:48 pm 
Music: Wonderful - Everclear 
ID: 4  Tag: general 

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 I think it looks like a bird



I wonder, how effective having a blog is when I don't want to write what others will read. Would it be easier if I wrote it in another language? Or took the time to make it password protected? That would require more coding though. And how would it affect the non-protected entries? Would be as if it was not there, or would it make the whole page unaccessible to those not me? Perhaps it is better to just be vague.

When I was younger I used to draw a lot. When I was upset I would draw the shapes I was feeling, then slowly keep adding details until it became something recognizable. Lemons became elephants, scribbles became wolves, and smudges became birds. It was cathartic, I guess, because eventually I forgot what was upsetting me and became more interested in what my drawing had become. I don't do that too much anymore, though. I focus too much on my mistakes when drawing; it's no longer about drawing but how perfect I need to get every little detail. Which is futile since there will always be something wrong or misshaped. But maybe I just need more patience.

Tonight's pic is an example of that. Sorta. Or at least practice with the smudge tool. :/ Looks better on a dark screen though. But whatever.

Saturday, July 14, 2007 - 12:14 am 
Music: Chrono Cross TimeScars - OCRemix.org 
ID: 3  Tag: musings 

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 of pixel shadings and layout blues

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:D I fixed some of the coding here so it's more user-friendly for me, and I gotta say it's really nice. Makes me want to post more often, lol. Today's pic is just of the little pokemon, Hoppip. I like 'em, they're cute. ^^ I've been trying to catch a shiny one in Pearl so I can have a pink Jumpluff, but no luck so far. Anyway, yesterday I saw this Amazing oekaki of Kratos done with pixel shading, and it's just insane how amazing it looks. I've seen other art done in pixel shading, but this one is by far the best. I really wanted to try it out, and figured I should do something simple since it looks really time consuming. I like how it turned out, but I still need more practice with it. Trying to find the right hues so the colors blend better was also a bit frustrating. Watercolor shading is much easier, but I think I'll keep trying with this style for a while.

In other news, there was a bunch of stuff I needed to work on this weekend, but I don't think I accomplished any most of it. Although I guess I still have tomorrow. It's just annoying to have to focus on it though. I've grown too accustomed to my lazy lifestyle, dammit; I need a drill sergeant (or Toph) to make any progress at this point. :/ I did start working on a new layout for DH a few days ago, but there's something... missing about it and I don't know what. It doesn't look plain, but, it's like it doesn't have a soul or something. (For those giving me that look; a soul as in it looks complete and fully fulfills its purpose. Bastards. =P) I dunno, maybe it just needs more contrast, or sharpness. I guess I'll keep working on it. The original plan was to have it up tomorrow, but that probably won't happen now. As long as I finish it sometime next week though, then it will still be fine. It's not like it will be up for very long anyway (probably only one month since I have another layout planned for August), so it doesn't need to be perfect. And I guess that's it.

Saturday, June 23, 2007 - 5:32 pm 
Music: Nascar race on tv 
ID: 2  Tag: site stuff 

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 First post!

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At last! I finally have my art/sketch blog finished and ready to go! ^___^ I've been wanting to do this for quite a while, and I am so glad to finally have it done. I've worried about where it should be, how I should do it, what should it look like, and now... now everything is wonderful. I have it where I would like it to be (on Musogato.com with this my favorite layout); I have it how I would like it to work (like LJ, but more simple and cozy); and how I want it to be (out of the way, but where I and others looking for it can find it). I couldn't be happier. ^^

I haven't installed viewer commenting yet, but I will get to that once I use up or get close to using up my 5 other test entry slots. I am also thinking about adding a little slot for current music like on LJ. Not sure about mood though. I may also need to set up a slot for my entry doodle, but I'll work that out and how it fits into the entry layout later. It's getting late, and I need to wake up early tomorrow. Oh, and today's pic features a rather poorly drawn Riolu. ...The idea seemed much cuter in my head. ^^; I guess I need more practice drawing in Open Canvas again, which is another good thing about having this blog. More practice! ^^

Friday, June 01, 2007 - 12:14 am 
Music: sweet silence 
ID: 1  Tag: site stuff 

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