Thursday, March 29, 2012

WIP of "Unless"

I've been feeling a bit under the weather for the past few days.  I'm usually quite healthy.  So I kept doing things after taking med and feeling normal and whenever the med wore off, ended up feeling worse from all the activities. XD  Not good.

Anyhow, thought I'd show the WIP of "Unless" while I work on this in a piece-meal manner.  At least the funky body aches are gone, so I can sit at my desk and work on this image now.  I like how having a bit of color/shadings makes it easier to see what's going on. ^^;  It's my own drawing, but sometimes I get confused as to what's what or what ends where... that sort of things.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Showing Off a Pressie I Got Today :)

Tag made by Carita Marvia.  Thank you so much, Carita!!
Please click on the image to view full size.

Here's the "Pink Ribbon Mermaid" tube in action!  :D  This is a wonderful example of what's meant by 'tags'.  This one, just like the "Steampunk Dark Angel" tag, involves GIF animation for the water ripple effect and sparkles.  Once again, a lovely creation by Carita.  Thank you for making such lovely tags with my tubes. ^^

The "Pink Ribbon Mermaid" tube is no longer available since it was an exclusive tube for a specific event, you can find my other tubes of fantasy art at PSP Tube Stop! ;)

Second Tag Using "Easter Eggstravaganza" Collabkit

When I made the first tag using the elements from "Easter Eggstravaganza", there were tings I wanted to try, but couldn't squeeze in without making it look like a digital scrapbooking mess, so I decided to go ahead and make another tag altogether.  This was the other idea I wanted to try, using the "running away bunny" (better known as "bunny butt") -- which seems to be a very popular element judging from what's being posted by the people using this collabkit.  The chicks seem to be in on the action, keeping a watch to make sure nobody is coming. ^_^

I rotated the basket enough to make it look like the bunny had flipped it over and spilled the eggs (and possibly eaten some candy that was in there XD).  I used fewer elements this time -- 1 background,  1 frame (used like an element), and 12 separate elements.  Everything except for the rainbow was done by me, so the look of this tag is consistent throughout.

Once again, if you like to make tags using this kit, it's available at the PSP Tube Stop for only $2.50 and it comes loaded with 100 elements, 13 backgrounds, 8 frames, and 2 animations.  Holiday-themed scrapkits are nice in the way you can use them year after year.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

"Unless" Lines Inked

Posting my inked lines for "Unless" this morning.  This was finished yesterday afternoon (Finally!) while I watched my current favorite anime series, "Another", for the second time (Just wanted to make sure I didn't miss anything since I always multi-task by watching while I draw... ).  I like drawing girly dresses with ribbons, lace trims, frills, and flowers.  It brings back memories of my childhood doodling my favorite manga characters -- funny how I recall they were all frilly girly-girls and I didn't grow up to be one in real life....

This EV theme/prompt "Unless" was originally inspired by "The Lorax" book, according to the EV administrator, but having spent my childhood in Japan, I didn't grow up reading Dr. Seuss books, so the reference was all but lost in me.  I kind of had a preachy, environmental idea at first, but couldn't feel compelled by it enough to proceed.  Waited the rest of February and early part of March to see if I think up something else while taking on other projects, but nothing came until I saw the dolls in the aforementioned anime.  The steampunk styling was decided on yet later when I saw the newly released "Steampunk Dark Angel" tube.

Steampunk is not something I draw/paint often and I believe it has everything to do with my intimidation with the mechanical aspect of it.  ^^;  Drawing organic lines of flowers is easy, but drawing a straight line or perfectly arched curve is a lot more challenging. XD  And I don't enjoy drawing cogs at all, yet these things make anything look 'steampunk' just by being slapped on randomly.  That said, I LOVE the genre when it's well-done.  The mood, the details, the inventiveness and the creativity that go into a steampunk piece all make the artwork so interesting to look at.  I don't like artwork where a girl is merely wearing a steampunk-ish item in her clothing and looking pretty with no technological inventiveness implied elsewhere in the image.  So I try to put that into my steampunk work, and all that pretty much guarantees tedious planning and drawing. ^^;

This one will have the implied technology in the forms of far-away blimps and smoggy sky seen from the ornate steampunk window in the background, which isn't even drawn in the line art.  Other than that, maybe the doll the girl is holding is a fancy automaton (Speaking of an automaton, I loved the movie, "Hugo".).  My first ever steampunk piece was "Steampunk Dark Angel", which was all about technology (mechanical angel wings), but this one puts a little creepiness into the sweet frills of Victorian fashion by adding the young girl with a broken doll whose emotions are ambiguous, judging from her lack of expression on her pretty doll-face.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Blown Away

This is a tag made by a tagger from Finland, Carita Marvia, using my tube“Steampunk Dark Angel” from PSP Tube Stop.  This is an 8-layer tube that comes with the angel and the mechanical bits and pieces.  This amazing tag by Carita is actually animated with moving gears and sparkles — you can visit her blog by clicking on her name above and see the original animated tag.  I just LOVE what she did with my dark angel and after repeatedly posting links to her blogs and pics on my facebook pages, I still am so thrilled I can’t stop bragging and blogging about it. XD
   I told her that I love this tag and I am so grateful for her awesome work and that she made my weekend with this tag. ^^  I’m simply blown away.  This is the kind of tag that makes a fantasy artist so happy that she ever signed to license her artwork in tube format. *love*

A Successful Fundraiser

If you've followed my blog for some time, you already know that I was involved in the breast cancer fundraiser event intended for taggers called "Taking Back PSP".  Well, their live event took place yesterday, March 23, and the organizers reported $2,520.00 in total donation raised.  I'm impressed and very happy that this event was successful and I got to be a part of it.  Three artists from PSP Tube Stop donated exclusive tubes -- Constanza Ehrenhaus, Joanna Bromley, and me.

This fundraiser truly was a win-win situation in the best sense of the word.  For only $10 of donation, which went straight to, the donors were given the opportunity to take all of the exclusive tubes -- some 30+ tubes from professional artists --, many scrapkits in different themes, plus a chance to win one of the many door prizes.  So the actual value of the merchandise you received was easily 30 times that of the donation, considering most tubes sell for around $1.50 to $1.80 on the market.

Here's a look at the exclusive tube that was offered at this event.  The "Pink Ribbon Mermaid" tube is no longer available anywhere on the web, but you can find a wide selection of merchandise featuring this artwork at my shop.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

"Unless" Line WIP

I usually don't post a WIP while working on inking, but it's been days while I took a break from working on this piece and I just got talked into making a tumblr account as well, so I thought I'd post this here, too.  It gives a pretty good idea of what my pencil rough looks like (Pretty rough and sketchy, for sure.) while I work on the cleaning/inking of a piece, I think.

I'm still in the middle of inking and cleaning the pencil rough of "Unless".  Drawing a girl with a look-alike doll is like drawing two people -- especially when they have matching outfits of elaborate frilly Victorian dress. XD   I still have the rest of the doll's dress, the girl's hair, face, and her dress, plus the entire background that includes a half-circle window with some ornate ironwork detail and the steampunk skyline beyond.  This is going to be fun to color for sure.  I love working in browns and golds! 

An Easter Greetings Tag

This is what I like to call "When Artists AtTAG" (When fantasy artists attempt to make tags... I know, bad pun, but I couldn't resist.).  With each release of the collaborative scrapkit, the PSP Tube Stop artists are encouraged to try their hands at making tags to see what we come up with and get a good laugh at our creations.  After all, I, for one, am neither aware of nor versed in all the tricks Paint Shop Pro software has to offer (although I use it practically every day for completely different purpose), so it's probably clumsy and very time-consuming... I guess (I should probably speak for myself...).

I made the original copy to have a transparent background with no text whatsoever for personal use later on, but this one for sharing on my blog and elsewhere on the web, I added "Happy Easter" and the little information about the scrapkit and the URL of PSP Tube Stop for those who might be interested in purchasing this kit.  It costs only $2.50 and you get a total of 123 elements -- way more than I could use in a single tag, that's for sure. ^^  You can buy it here.

Here, I used 2 backgrounds, 1 frame, 21 elements total for this project of mine.  If anything, I had to watch myself to make sure I wasn't going overboard wanting to use too many things in one little tag. XD  Since many of the elements come in multiple colors, it's easy to get carried away.  Especially, the pastel bunnies in pink, peach, blue, and lavender were hard to resist!  And there's hind shot of a bunny running away, which is also super cute.  Speaking of which, Beverly Herr has made me a wonderful tag featuring it titled, "He Watches Easter Unfold".  You can visit her blog here.  Thank you, Beverly, for an adorable tag. ^_^

Easter Theme Scrapkit Now Available

A brand new digital scrapkit for Easter has been released from PSP Tube Stop.  This is the third collaborative project the artists from PSP Tube Stop have worked on.  We started with the Valentine's Day scrapkit and recently released the St. Patrick's Day kit as well.  It's a fun side project for many of the artists, including myself.

The artists who contributed to this scrapkit are:
* Constanza Ehrenhaus
* Joanna Bromley
* Kim Turner
* Jenny Heidewald
* Lisa Cree
* and yours truly :)

"Easter Eggstravaganza" scrapkit comes with 100 elements, 13 backgrounds, 8 frames, and 2 animations, for a total count of 123 items for a low price of $2.50.  Of these, 58 elements, 12 backgrounds, and 3 frames are   done by me.  There are flowers like lilacs and lilies, Easter baskets, ribbons, colorful eggs, fluffy chicks, and cuddly bunnies.  I had fun drawing and painting small bits for this project.  It always gives me a nice break from the major commitment of larger pieces (Wait.... Does this make me sound like I have a commitment phobia...? XD).

I'll be making a tag using elements from this scrapkit later today to share here soon. ^^  If you're interested in digital scrapbooking or tag making, please check out the PSP Tube Stop's facebook group page where new tubes and member creations are regularly posted.

* I just recently changed the background of my web site and all related sites, including this blog.  Spring is in the air. ^_^

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Pencil Rough for "Unless"

Looking at the "Steampunk Dark Angel" gave this the touch of steampunk that it didn't have in the original concept.  I had the girl with a "My Twinn"-like lookalike doll with a minor defect in my mind.  "You can't be quite like me... unless we can fix that eye...(which I broke...)"  I like things that are a little bit creepy like that. :D

The Enchanted Visions' March 2012 theme was "Unless".  I'm already late for it, but with a touch of steampunk, I am feeling a little more motivated than before.  The window behind the girl will have a skyline of a city with a dirigible or two in the distance.   I haven't really worked out the background details of the attic, and I'm still undecided on the steampunk kitty (Although I think he's just adorable... XD ).

Friday, March 16, 2012

New Tube Released from PSP Tube Stop

Image courtesy of PSP Tube Stop

"Steampunk Dark Angel", one of my personal favorites of all time, was just released as an 8-layer tube from PSP Tube Stop today.  I've been anticipating the release since I had the opportunity to preview this one as the finished tube a little while ago.  This piece has so many things I like all rolled into one and that is why I feel that this one occupies a special place in my heart (But no, I don't have a name for her.  I know many artists who give names to their fairies and mermaids, but I'm just not attached to my art in that way. ^^): golden color scheme, hint of 'dark elements', wings, fluffy hair, light eyes, frilly dress, fishnet stockings, boots with lots of buckles, a tough, warrior-type girl.  This was my first attempt at the popular stempunk genre, and it still remains my ONLY stempunk piece in the entire portfolio.  Looking at this now is giving me the itch to get started on my second stempunk piece. ^_^

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

"La Fée Verte" Complete

"La Fée Verte" is historically a name given to Absinthe.  This is a piece done as a kiriban for a friend on deviantART who caught my homepage's 100,000th pageview.  I usually ask for the flower and color scheme of choice for the gift art request.  In the past, I've done pansy, wisteria, and white roses.  This time, I was requested for lime green and black for the color scheme and any number of flowers that happen in these colors.  The combination of lime green and black immediately conjured up Absinthe in my mind, and the idea for this piece was born.  For the general design, I went with my doodle style and filled most of the space with flowers.  The fairy just kind of showed up and posed on the roses.  For some reason, I never could work on this piece for longer than an hour at a time during the coloring phase -- sometimes only for half an hour or less even.  So this work progressed rather slowly, and that is the reason for no blog posts between March 2nd and now.  I was also participating in a collaborative project for PSP Tube Stop with their Easter Scrapkit.  Sometimes little projects that don't demand a lot of time and focus can be a wonderful break from making major commitment in time in the middle of multitude of things going on.  I wasn't planning on making many contributions for the joint project this time around, but ended up making a lot of elements for it -- I guess I like drawing cuddly bunnies, fluffy chicks, and XD

Closeup view of "La Fée Verte"

This piece has one of my favorite flowers -- Alstroemeria (meanings in the language of flowers: wealth, prosperity, good fortune).  They come in wide variety of colors, but the best thing about them has to be how long they last in a vase without any special treatment (2 to 3 weeks).  I put the white ones, which has a lot of green, and purple ones to give our eyes a bit of a break from all that green. ^^;

Friday, March 2, 2012

WIP (partial) of "La Fée Verte"

A partial view of the work-in-progress shot of "La Fée Verte".  I still have the Alstroemeria flowers to color, and then the figure's skin and facial features.  Then more shadows and highlights (repeat as necessary).  This piece is all about different shades of green.  XD  I'm starting to introduce some hints of pinks here and there in the flowers and there will be possibly magenta or purple thrown in on the Alstroemeria blossoms.  This one reminds me of my "La Sylphide" piece where the background was a profusion of blooms -- that one had browns and golds and I was able to sit with it for many hours at a time, but not so with this one.  There's something "toxic" about the glowing green.  I can't seem to work on this any more than an hour or so at a time, which is so much less productive than my normal...  ^^;