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2:47 PM on 07.24.2011  

Sunday Sketches 30 - Crossover Pt.2 Edition!



And here we are folks, at the 30th edition of Sunday Sketches! Hard to believe I'm still doing this up till now, but I just gotta keep chugging along. No time to stop now!

T'was my birthday this week so I didn't have too much time on my hands, what with planning and celebrating and such. Still, managed to do a little something.


I'll post a larger version later when I finish this.

Similar to last week's, this one is also related to a certain project by a certain person, involving anime characters as Team Fortress 2 classes. This time it being Seras Victoria from Hellsing as the Heavy from TF2. But that's all I'll disclose for now.

Until next week then!

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7:59 PM on 07.17.2011  

Sunday Sketches 29 - Crossover Edition!

<p> Here we are folks, at Week 29 of Sunday Sketches! I really don't got much to say. Like seriously, I got nothing guys. Oh well, art! Larger version here Did this little piece here at the request of an online friend who happens to be working on a project that I'm not going to talk about because that's how I roll. I'll let him do all the talking when the time comes. In the meantime, feel free to pretend that I came up with this absolutely charming idea. :P Until next time then!</p>

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9:42 PM on 07.15.2011  

Sunday Sketches 28 - Cowboys (Original Art) Edition!



***7-15-11 EDIT: Whoops, didn't know updating the cblog would bring it up all the way to the top again. Just ignore this, I just changed the art a bit, nothing else new to see here.***

It's still Sunday damn it! At least from where I'm posting anyways.

Hey all, welcome to Sunday Sketches number 28. This one is rather late for a number of reasons, ranging from familial obligations for the past 3 days to basic laziness. I apologize, I gave myself a goal, and I almost missed it. But a man does not compromise, nor does he ever back down from a challenge!

Unfortunately, today is an original art day, as I've been using this Summer to help pad out my portfolio with new pieces so as to have something worth showing when the school year starts up again.

It's technically not finished yet (there are still 2 more characters I have yet to finish), but ah well, we soldier on!


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Nothing too crazy, just an idea I had about cowboys and robots mashed into one world. Sort of like the vibe that the game Borderlands had going for it. Not too much to explain really. Faraway planet settled by humans. Earth treats it as a planetary Australia and sends all of its outlaws there. Shit goes down, antic ensue, janitor robots become sheriffs, etc.

I'd also like to apologize for the amount of original art that's been posted lately. I know it has nothing to do with Japanese culture in general so this c-blog really has no right to be here, but I've found it hard to do fanart lately. I can't help but put way more effort into my original work than art based on preexisting characters. I hope you will all understand and I'll do my best to try and make this c-blog more relevant on Japanator again. I feel terrible posting here but I have nothing else to show and I refuse to skip a week, no matter what.

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2:11 PM on 07.03.2011  

Sunday Sketches 27 - Not Anime Related Edition!



Hey guys, welcome to Sunday Sketches number 27! That title wasn't a joke kids, if you don't want to see fanart that has nothing whatsoever to do with anime, turn back and go back from whence you came. Besides, the weather is beautiful today (where I am at least), go outside for once!

For the rest of you, while I realize this is Japanator, I couldn't help myself. I started watching the amazing HBO show, Game of Thrones. I also finished it recently and I gotta say, it's definitely one of the best works of medieval fantasy I have seen in a long time. It avoids all the usual cliches and replaces it with fascinating political intrigue and a great cast of characters that could easily rival Baccano's or Durarara's in terms of size and diversity. I highly recommend it.

Oh yeah, art!


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Was a bit on the busy side this week so I didn't have too much time. Nonetheless, felt I had to make a little tribute to Eddard Stark, one of the best fictional characters I've seen in a while. And yes, he does always look that grim.

And that's it for this week, hopefully I'll have more time next week to make something more impressive!

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3:36 PM on 06.26.2011  

Sunday Sketches 26 - Cyberspace Edition!



Hey all, welcome to Sunday Sketches 26!

Not much to say, just getting by, one day at a time. Things are looking up for me for the time being, though I'm going to avoid getting optimistic for the time being, haha.

That said, I watched the movie Summer Wars not too long ago and I have to say, definitely one of the best animated films I have seen in a while. Really quite the animated marvel, both technically and as a story.

Did a little fanart for it, but I've been rather busy so I didn't get to do to much. Ah well, maybe I'll do that Digimon x Summer Wars crossover one of these days...


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Nothing else to say. Well, I did get a neat new reference book and I plan to implement its teachings into my artwork as soon as possible. Hopefully you guys will get to see some marked improvement coming from me in the future. Hopefully!

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5:20 PM on 06.19.2011  

Sunday Sketches 25 - Actual (Original Art) Robots Edition!



Hey all, week 25, such and such, etc. It's Father's day so hopefully you're all treating the fine individuals who decided not to wear a condom that one time with the respect and reverence they deserve.

But seriously, I can't really joke, I'm not in the mood. Anyways, the art I'm posting this week is the stuff I was supposed to show last week, but I'm going to be honest, my life has kind of taken a turn for the worse recently and I really don't have the spirit to continue on. I hope you all understand and I'll do my best to turn things around by next week.

Really not too much to say. This is just some original work I've been doing for the past few weeks. I feel I really need to expand my art portfolio and show the kind of things I'm capable of doing, especially if I want to make a presence in the professional realm.

Might wanna check out a larger version to see the details better.


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Well that's all I got, hope the rest of you are enjoying this wonderful Summer.

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5:25 PM on 06.12.2011  

Sunday Sketches 24 - Gee-Man was here Edition!



Hi everybody. I want everyone to know there's a reason I post things every Sunday without fail.

It's because I refuse to compromise. If I let things go until a bit past Monday, then next time I'll let things slide until Tuesday, and so forth until it gets to the point where Sunday Sketches becomes Monthly Sketches (which is far less catchy).

I can't let that happen. I can't go into details but I literally have only minutes here on my computer before events conspire against me and I will physically be unable to be at my computer for the next 24 hours, if not the next few days, if the following few hours go poorly in my favor (or more specifically, poorly in a friend's favor).

If I had the rest of the day to work on my art, I could easily finish it up, but life isn't letting me have even a few hours of today to myself so all I have for now is this placeholder. I promise I'll finish the rest later, because this is Sunday Sketches, not Monday, nor Tuesday, nor Bi-Weekly, nor Monthly Sketches.

Just some original art I was working on, I'd say more but I really don't have the time.



Obviously should I still be around once these next few hours have come and gone without event, I'll update this page again with the original intended text I was going to post this Sunday.

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11:55 AM on 06.05.2011  

Sunday Sketches 23 - Underrated Manga Edition! (Part 2)



Hey all and welcome to Sunday Sketches 23! Life has been looking up for me and I have to say, it's definitely showing in my artwork, I think. Hopefully everyone else is starting to enjoy their summers as well.

But that aside, as you might have noticed from the title. I'm still trying to get people to read The Lucifer and Biscuit Hammer. If you haven't checked it out after last week's post and Irothtin's great review, well, I doubt I can do anything to change your mind. Still, take my word for it, it's a great manga that deserves more attention than it gets. Unfortunately, you won't find it in bookstores as it isn't licensed. Sadly, I doubt it will ever get published in the west so alas, scanlations may be the only way for us to appreciate such a fine manga.

That said, I decided to do a complimentary piece to last week's. This time, feating the protagonist of the manga, Yuuhi. He may not look like much, but his heart shines with the soul of a true knight!


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My improving mood and overall situation in life has had an effect on my artwork as of lately. I'm personally pretty pleased with how this turned out. Hopefully I can keep this up for the rest of the year! Probably not.

Also, as a little extra, here's a version featuring both of them. I thought it turned out pretty nice so I figured I'd share it with you guys. Hope you dig it.


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And that's it for this week. Honestly while I'm on a roll now, I have no clue what's gonna happen next week but hopefully my artistic drive and mood stay vigilant. Until next time then!

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5:55 PM on 05.29.2011  

Sunday Sketches 22 - Underrated Manga Edition!



Alternative Title: Gee-Man says you should totally check out The Lucifer and Biscuit Hammer

Don't worry folks, this isn't really a review or anything, just my own comments to go alongside this week's artwork.

I'm not one to really tell people what they should and shouldn't read/watch. I don't have the textual clarity of Irothtin nor do I have the humor and consistency of Aquagaze back when Aquagaze's Anime Weekend was a weekly thing.

In fact, when I recommend things it seems to have the opposite effect. I'd like to believe I don't have bad taste, but for some reason, people tend to shy away from anything I recommend. To give you people a sense of scale, it took me two years to get a friend to play Persona 4. Yes, that Persona 4. Y'know, the game that got a 10/10 on Destructoid and was beloved by all RPG fans. It took me a year to get a friend to finally read the GTO manga. And I have yet to convince anyone who lives in the city of Boston to play Katawa Shoujo.



Still, I feel the need to tell people about good things I think are worth checking out, especially if they're woefully under appreciated. Which is why I highly recommend the Shounen/Seinen manga The Lucifer and Biscuit Hammer. I won't go into details seeing as this isn't a review blog, but if you've ever wanted to read a Shounen with genuinely interesting characters, didn't follow the usual cliche trends, and tried something both new and exciting, you really must check it out. It's got great fights, excellent characterization, and enough energy to deserve a Gainax anime adaptation with The Pillows doing the soundtrack.

Oh right, artwork. Just a fanart of Samidare, one of the main characters, and a Grade-A ass kicking machine.


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Don't check your screen, it's cut off like that on purpose. Personally pretty pleased with this one. Honestly feels like a gradual return to quality of stuff I did earlier in the year. I did a few subtle things here and there which makes the whole piece feel a lot more complete, though I have a feeling I'll be the only one that notices, haha. Obviously the planet in the background is a stock image that I just played around with in Photoshop, so really nothing too impressive or complex. Still, if this and my post managed to convince even one person to check out The Lucifer and Biscuit Hammer, I'll be satisfied.

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5:31 PM on 05.22.2011  

Sunday Sketches 21 - Work in Progress Edition!



Hey all, turns out the world didn't end after all, which means that we've made it to the 21st edition of Sunday Sketches! Huzzah?

As the title might have informed you all, I don't have anything really finished today. But wait! Before you all leave, allow me to explain!

I honestly haven't been very satisfied with my artwork lately, especially compared to the pretty good stuff I did earlier in the year. For some reason, I've been getting worse, rather than better. I looked at the work I've been doing in the past month and I realized, I really haven't been spending as much time on my art as I did earlier in the year. Whether that be due to lack of time, apathy, or god knows what, I haven't been putting in as many hours into my artwork as I used to.



So, I've decided to try and slow things down a bit. Rather than try and do something completely new every week, I'm going to start posting works in progress every and now and then, so that I can spend 2 or even 3 weeks working on a piece of artwork. I think this will lead to more impressive artwork so I hope you guys understand.

Still, even if it's a work in progress, I still need to post something every week, so here we go!



Despite the series being one of my favorite games of this generation, I'm ashamed to say I've never done No More Heroes fanart. I aim to fix that by next week or the week after. Obviously this is unfinished, and after a week of work, I'd say it's about 25% done. Hopefully it'll turn out as impressive as I imagine it to be.

And that's it! Yeah, I already said everything I needed to say earlier so look forward to the completed piece in the future! I haven't given up yet, believe me!

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5:07 PM on 05.15.2011  

Sunday Sketches 20 - Reach out to the truth Edition!



Welcome to the 20th edition of Sunday Sketches. I'm feeling much better these days, though now I'm starting to end up in an artistic slump. Life just can't give me a break huh? Still, managed to make something so that's gotta count for something right?


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Honestly, I think my older Persona 4 fanart was better but I decided to try some new things, for better or worse. Besides, featuring my old work would kinda be cheating. Looking forward to the Persona 4 anime this Fall, but really, I'm not exactly sure why I ended up doing Persona 4 fanart this week. I think I'm running out of ideas haha.

So yeah, if you guys who still check this out every now and then have an idea, feel free to throw it at me, I'll do my best to catch it.

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12:34 AM on 05.09.2011  

Sunday Sketches 19 - Sketchdump Edition!



Hey all, and welcome to the 19th edition of Sunday Sketches! Unfortunately, I haven't fully recovered from my sickness, but I do feel much better. Unfortunately, life seems to have it out for me and as I recover from one setback, life just keeps throwing more at me. Been fruitlessly trying to find a summer job for the past week and have yet to find any hopeful openings. Still, I can't give up because if I don't, well let's just say you won't see me for the next 4 months...

But hey, this isn't my personal blog, this is my journey to improve as an artist! Still, real life has made me busier than I'd like to be, so instead of the usual (which ironically enough, I haven't done for a good while), I'll be showing some of my more preliminary stuff.

I decided to challenge myself by playing some of my anime/game soundtrack playlists and drawing characters based on whichever songs showed up. It was rather challenging because songs really aren't that long in general. You can't draw that much in 4-7 minutes. Still, it was a fun challenge and I got to draw some characters that I haven't seen/played in a long time.


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Heh, if nothing else, I guess it's an insight into how my artistic mind works in the early stages. My sketches are always pretty rough but I'm working to try and refine them quicker and more efficiently. One day, perhaps.

And that's it for this week! Hope you all treated your mothers nicely and enjoy your lives, whether your employed or not!

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