2015 | Post #03: Artist wannabe strikes again!

Okay. I had a few days off and I was so amazed that I got some creative juices flowing back. Well, not quite creative as I didn’t drew from imagination. I just had a huge urge of doing one of my enjoyable hobbies – drawing anime. And as mentioned, it is not exactly creative coz I once again copied from pictures I saw and did little revisions, some intentional but mostly I accidentally edited coz I couldn’t copy the exactness of the picture. However, I feel like it is quite an achievement in my creative life coz this is the first time I tried watercolor painting. I don’t have any prior proper classes for such. I just had quick reads and mostly youtube study sessions. Lo and behold, I was able to produce two artworks as a beginner of some sort. Let me share with you…

This is my second watercolor painting. It's Tanaka Kou from Ao Haru Ride.

This is my second watercolor painting. It’s Tanaka Kou from Ao Haru Ride.

Below are the WIP images. I just want to share the progress with you though it’s not documented as detailed as one can possibly do. I only want you to see how simple and quite the beginner I am.

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2014 First Post

It’s been two years since I came to WordPress and seven years since I started blogging (old blog at LiveJournal, it’s still up but not quite updated). I have been through ups and downs. I should say that there were more ups than downs and every hurdle I passed made me a better and stronger person. Along the journey I had to say goodbye to some friends and say hi to new ones.

Career-wise, I experienced several changes. Had to say goodbye to mentors and colleagues. But the best thing about the changes that happened this year was I was given much confidence and trust to lead a team and head a department. I am being valued much more now especially that the bosses see what I bring to the company. Thank you. This boosts my confidence and I can see clearly now the path I want to walk on to. I am going to persevere more and hone my skills, get updated by studying further. Hmm… Should I take CMA this year? Oh, Lord, please help me decide.

But more to that, I look forward to what the new year will bring and how much better my company and my career will be. I am claiming that 2014 will open doors to greater heights for the company I am serving and for my flourishing career.

To end this post, here’s the art project I posted several months ago. It’s finally done. I am going to frame this and have it displayed at my workstation at home. I really love Chihayafuru. I hope there will be season three since it’s time for Arata to shine. Crossing my fingers to that. With regards to my drawing skills, well, I should say that I am getting better with it as well. However, I think I still have to learn more about proportions and coloring… Oh right. I am ending this post already.

Happy New Year, everyone!!!

2014 Chihayafuru

A quick update about this busy bee.

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Oh noes! It’s already the last day of October halfway November. More than a month passed by and I was not able to visit my blog. Well, I’ve got a really good reason. I became so busy with work. Actually, I am still busy with work. I just got this little time to spare coz I am waiting for visitors and dinner to arrive and so I decided it’s high time to update the online world, not that the online world cares about what I do offline.

Anyways, just to tell you about the good news I talked about from my last entry way back in August (I think), it’s about my sudden promotion to a managerial job. Yep! I was promoted last September. ‘Received my papers and increase in salary last month. I’m pretty happy about it. What I just don’t like is that the work load doubled. Geez!!! Though there aren’t quite a lot of processes that I do now, there are a lot of ad hoc reports that I need to prepare lately. Analysis after analysis, day-in and day-out. It’s making me dizzy. (I honestly thought I would just review and manage my staff and their processes. ‘Thought so wrong!)

Plus, I am always being pulled to meetings to which I need to constantly speak in English. Top management consists of foreigners. Gah!!!

Honestly, I am really not that comfortable in speaking in English. I can carry conversational English. However, it wears me down after an hour especially when I need to explain the principles of accounting to a group who are not-so-familiar with accounting and auditing standards. I prefer writing technical reports and narratives in English. But to actually have an on-the-spot lecture in a language that I love using only in reading and writing exercises is totally different.

Oh well! As Uncle Ben said, “with great power comes great responsibility”. I guess, this was how Peter Parker felt in the beginning… OVERWHELMED! Maybe I’ll get used to having this kind of situation soon. Maybe I’ll even get used to talking in English with ease. I may be just feeling smashed right now because the audit of the Ph and HK corporations were being rushed to meet the IRD and due diligence deadlines. Sighs. We’re almost there, thank goodness!

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Taichi and Chihayafuru Season 2

So season 2 has finally ended. I am so happy that things I read in the manga were shown magnificently in the anime. I so loved that the best karuta battles were given emphasis. The season 1 characters we wanted to see again came back in season 2. Those we wanted to play shown great battles in this season as well. Plus, there were newbies in Chihaya’s team, they were given enough time to shine and they did have fascinating stories told.

Tsukuba Akihiro, the hero in his little brothers’ eyes, a master in the second verse karuta game. He is definitely an eccentric character with his slanted eyes and weird gestures. But his love for the game and his want to be the role model for his younger siblings were a fun watch.

Hanano Sumire, the vain freshman who is so enamored with her senpai. She joined Mizusawa Karuta Club to be near the club’s president. But along the way, Sumire developed a love for the game. She may still be in denial but her actions showed otherwise.

Then there are our main characters – the original Mizusawa players. Each of them grew so much in character. Of course we all wanted them to win in their individual battles but no great lessons can be learned that way. At least this season they went home as the National Team Champions, beating the five-time Karuta team champion Fujisaki High.

And as much as I wanted to discuss Wataya Arata’s exemplary display of his one of a kind Karuta game, this season is actually all about Mashima Taichi. Season 2 showed how much Taichi grew stronger and his decision to breakaway from his mentor and develop his own sense of playing the game. His want to support Chihaya in her aspiration to be queen, Taichi unintentionally developed his own desire to become stronger, not necessarily to beat Arata or Chihaya but to be able to play in their level… to be able to play with them.

With that, I am ending this entry with a fanart.

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Here’s Taichi’s favorite poem from the Ogura Hyakunin Isshu:
Poem # 16:
Ariwara no Yukihira
Though we are parted,
If on Mount Inaba’s peak
I should hear the sound
Of the pine trees growing there,
I’ll come back again to you.

Can I reach him?

“… Or, is he still out of reach?”

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When I heard (actually read) those lines, I was so happy I blushed. The first time ever again for an anime couple I am rooting for. I wished Chihaya held out her hand further and touched Arata’s hand. Hahaha! I’m such a fangirl!

With that I was inspired to draw Chihaya. This is the very first time I tried drawing her so I opted to draw with a pencil rather than with a pentablet. She’s so pretty my heart fluttered for her and Arata ♥ I was also inspired by a dialogue she actually said in the manga – “I have always liked Karuta and Arata!”

chihayasketchSo, how about you? What do you think about the romance that is so apparent between Chihaya and Arata?

A turn in events that is making me unhappy…

I am certainly in limbo at the moment especially in my work life. There’s so much gray area and it made me so unhappy. Well, I am not the only person in my department who is unhappy with what is happening. We’re sad and we’re all weighing our options. It’s so hard to be in this situation where you love the people you work with and you love your work but work isn’t loving you back. Deep sighs.

With that said, a bit of the burden is lifted off my chest. Thank you for letting me rant a bit. For a treat, here’s the finished/colored version of the chibi Ichi-Ruki I drew a couple of days ago. ‘Finished with colored pencils.

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Sharing my old Bleach thoughts…

Because charlmeister is a fellow Ichi-Ruki fan, I want to share here (and with her) what I wrote about Bleach, Ichigo and Rukia at the end of the Deicide arc (Chapter 420). It was posted in my old blog (viktorialouise@LJ) last September 22, 2010.

I am stunned to learn that there are only a few Ichi-Ruki shippers. I’ve always thought that this pairing is the most famous and the most probable to come true should Kubo end the manga with a romantic twist. As of the moment, that wish of mine is far from ever happening. But I am crossing my fingers…

Anyways, here’s what I wrote before:

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