Y’all’ve been enjoying my shoujo manga fashion sketches so much, here’s some more! This time it’s of Kei, Nene’s classmate and crush, (whose name keeps changing because I can’t decide. XD) Felt it was unfair to draw just the girls with alternate getups, so the dudes get them too. Although ugh, men’s fashion is simple and difficult to design at the same time.
Happy Valentine’s Day! Not fond of mushy stuff, or the way people act about it, but I love hearts and candy, so yay for V-day!
Scribble of Sal tearing up paper hearts?? Haha, I don’t know! It’s ironic I’m such an antiromantic in real life, yet everything I’m working on these days has to do with romance.
More basic tone practice before I begin drawing my romantic comedy sketch comic, SweetSpice! Which already has 31 fans on SmackJeeves, and there aren’t even any pages up yet! <:'D Anyway, I really want to start soon, so I'm experimenting with different styles. This one in particular is for Last*Days, 1 of the 4 stories I'll be drawing.
Have you ever come up with an idea you call your own only to realize later someone has already thought of it and beaten you to it? I have. Waaaaay too many times! And it’s happened again. 😄 That movie came out this year about a guy and a bear who live together, which is the basic idea I had for the comic I was doing with Sal & Sal, only mine was clean and more surreal. However, now that the movie’s been done, I can’t do the comic.Although I haven’t seen the movie, and I had the idea way before the movie came around, I can’t go through with it now without looking like a copycat. -__- This doesn’t bother me as much as the fact that if I had just started the comic sooner, this wouldn’t be a problem. *SIGH* Darn me and my lazy ways! But this happening just makes me want to change even more. Lesson for today, kids, is get off your duff and do those ideas before someone else does, or you won’t get to do them at all!
Chapter 3, Page 31’s plot. Haha, and the red scribbles are just for fun! 😄 Hopefully I can ink the rest of it tomorrow and have it completed by Sunday! Also, a HUGE thank you for all the Hotarugari donations. This week I received a second donation from a previous donator, so this page will especially be dedicated to you, leucome! Thank you very much! :’3
Very old character concept for Umeko, the tengu, a side-character in Hotarugari who originally appears in Chapter 4 but some rewriting might change that. Decided not to go with this design but I thought I’d still share it. Normally, tengu are known to be half-man, half-bird-like creatures with terrible red faces and beak-shaped noses, but in Hotarugari, they’re cute little girls, and only tengu who can’t transform into a human properly have big noses, and they’re easily embarrassed, so they’re always turning red. Umeko is very wise, weird, and sweet, and she and Hotaru have met on a few occasions, so they know each other, but because she lives so far away, high up on the snowy mountains with her people, they hardly ever see each other.
My 100th post!!! Yay! Thanks for all the follows, comments, and hits!And here’s the really, really, really late gift I made for Nickels. It’s Alex and Cherie, from Conquering Tartaros! Lately, I’ve been trying to make my anime-inspired artwork more polished and professional, with that “animated” quality. It takes more time, but it’s worth it.
Happy Halloween! 😀 Really wish I could’ve made special Halloween art for this year, (Halloween is my favorite holiday!) but I have to work. Maybe next time. Messy work from last year that I wasn’t going to post. It’s of my monster girl, Muna, that I draw every Halloween. She sleeps all year round and wakes only on Halloween, consuming whatever she can for 24 hours—houses, livestock, people, whatever. The only thing that’ll make her skip your house is if you offer her candy, since she absolutely loves candy, and it mellows her attitude down. One year, the townsfolk tried to stop her annual terrorizing by shackling her while she slept and locking her away. This didn’t stop her, however, and she broke out and ate most of the town.My drawing of Muna for this year. I didn’t have time to finish, but I’d like to play with her design some more. And wow, my next post will be my 100th!
Chapter 3, Page 30’s inks are complete. I’m so pumped for this comic right now, I could explode! Working on my portfolio gave me a new perspective on everything, and now I’m churning out art like never before. Going to shade this page and have it posted by tomorrow, then get back to gift art and more portfolio work!
The last is the development sheet for Tin Man, reworked after learning about how to push poses and express expressions, extremes and such. Very happy with the results!To explain, here’s three versions of the same pose and expression; sad, sitting, contemplating. My initial try on the left, before learning about extremes, covers the basics, but doesn’t really express that thought the way I want it to. My second attempt, in the middle, after studying lines and shape, is an improvement, but I still felt something was missing. The final version, on the right, translates my idea in all regards, (pose, expression, shape, everything!) and even though I feel it could be pushed and tweaked even further, best not to overwork it!
A fresh new look for my cartoon characters! This style is much more expressive and fluid and totally me, and I love it to bits! Besides fishman Stan and egghead Ned, the others are either their co-workers or people they meet on their route to work.Character development for Stan. His personality changed completely from being the grumpy cold fish at work, to a fish out of water; clueless and uselss in his enviroment. He’s a lot more lighthearted and outgoing than before, quickly becoming Ned’s buddy and showing him the ropes, and I really like that about him now. Stan honestly has no idea what his job at the company is, and flounders to make himself look busy whenever his boss is around. He doesn’t enjoy his time at the company, but wants to use it to make a decent living while he figures out what he wants to do with the rest of his life, so he wants to keep his job, whatever it is!And finally, some visual development for this cartoon of mine. The story takes place in San Francisco, (a city I love to explore!) which is very cold and wet most of the time, so I went with teals and sea greens to capture that feeling, while also making the rust-color of the Golden Gate Bridge stand out.
“Ghost” designs for my portfolio, characters from another story of mine I’ve yet to tell! They aren’t really ghosts, exactly, since they never were alive to begin with, but are somewhere between guadian angels and demonic spirits.Thew in Hotaru’s charater sheet to spice things up a bit. This anime-inspired style really isn’t what I want to continue using, (it’s difficult to trademark a style like this, I think,) but it’s fun to draw in, so I use it quite often.And Yumi’s character sheet. I had to rearrange her gear and Hotau’s so that they’d both fit within the image size limit.
More portfolio work! This is Miss Thursby, an original character of mine from a story I’m writing. She’s an eccentric, cat-crazy, older woman who lives alone with all her cats in London, and enjoys creating in every way possible; from painting to knitting to pottery to dance, she’s all about expressing how you feel! This image was originally to show how I find my characters, but her design came to me instantly and I fell in love with her. (That’s the opposite to how it usually happens!) So all the other designs came afterward.Probably the weakest image in my portfolio, but I’ll spruce it up later! Some original character designs.And the last of my people designs. Such fun shapes!
WHEW! Portfolio complete! Just about died trying to get it all together, but it’s done. Time to celebrate!Cats, cats, and more cats! 30, to be mathematical about it. It’s ironic I draw cats so much when I’m so terrified of them in real life! These are two pages from my twelve page portflio.
Colored thumbs for Kana’s story. (I just had to get it out of my head. It was taking up space. :0) Still haven’t finalized ANY of the character designs yet since I still don’t know how bright to make this thing. Ninja are supposed to be dark and shadowy, not neon! But a part of me wants to go as bright as I can. Also, this will no longer be a comic, but a visual novel. Excitement!
A 3-Step progress sheet of how to plot, another commission from my sister back in May for her workshop at the local library. Now that it’s September, I look back at this, and I see so many points I could improve upon! Not sure if that’s good that I can see that now, or bad that I couldn’t when I drew it.
For a limited time, I’m taking questions about Hotarugari! I’ll be answering EVERY question. So if you have any inquiries about the series, ask away! COMMENT HERE WITH A QUESTION!!!
Back when I started Hotarugari, I was also into making my own plush animals, and drew up this design for a Hotaru plush doll. But ugh, I can’t sew. So I looked up some manufacturers who specialize in this stuff. They were all way out of my price range, and had a minimum purchase of 250 dolls! So, sadly, Hotaru’s plush was never made. But I still had fun daydreaming about it, and maybe one day I will make a plush of one of my characters. Although if I’m going to make a plush anything, it’s going to be a tanuki! They’re so much cuter.
Doodle of Hisaki, the hot and arrogant, and his mimicking little brother, Akio, side characters from Hotarugari. These guys don’t appear until the very last chapter of the comic, and only to cause trouble. It’s a bummer I wasn’t able to include them more in the story, since they’re hilarious and I love drawing them. They’re the main bullies in Hotaru’s life that are constantly reminding him of how much he sucks, (although it’s only Hisaki who really enjoys it, since Akio is just following his brother’s example,) but they’re also the closest people Hotaru has in his life besides Yumi. So sad. 😄
HOLY SHIZZLE, THIS IS HOT. Love the colors! And Kana’s expression! You totally rocked this!
S-So awesome! *q* OMG, thank you!
Here’s a segment of script from Hotarugari: Chapter Two. If you compare it to the actual pages, 30 and 31, you can see I adlib a lot; rearranging panels, rewording dialogue, etc. Heck, sometimes I don’t bother to write in page or panel numbers, or I’ll draw extra material I didn’t write down. For me, the script is more of a guidline. What you do is up to you!
Yumi, from my original webcomic, Hotarugari. Having spent a month away from it, I forgot how to draw her! I need more practice. I’ll try to have the next page up by tomorrow. Tomorrow is my birthday, so I’ll eat some sweets while I’m at it, too.
Lyrics are from “Cold Front,” a song by Amie Miriello. Last month, I was searching for some music to pick me up, and I came across her album, “I Came Around.” A lot of her words are easy to relate to, and her melodies really warmed my heart. Thank you, Amie! Some of the things people say can be really cold, you know? But sometimes it’s what they don’t say that leaves you frozen. Funny this should happen to me in the middle of summer. Oh! And I’m making that hat.
For the next two months, my sister is teaching her art class about chibi chains and paper children, so she commissioned me for this chibi chain example. She gave me free choice of characters, so I went with the main girls from Lucky Star. That show was boring, but super-hyper-crazy cute. It taught me how to draw cute girls and spiky hair, and how to avoid doing homework!Had to rush this since it was commissioned to be completed in 4 hours. Because of that, there’s a lot wrong going on, like Tsukas’s invisible eyebrows, LOL.