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

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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Bleach and the Ichi-Ruki Fan

I have always been an Ichi-Ruki fan. I even wrote a blog entry back in September of 2010 in my old blog @ LJ, romanticising the Bleach story – trying to connect Rukia to Ichigo in every possible way. I think I wrote it because I was heartbroken when I saw the last panel of the arc “The Last Getsouga Tenshou” – Rukia faded away in front of Ichigo. I thought it would be the very last time I’d see them together.

So when the Fullbringer arc ended and brought them together again, I thought I’d see a story that would bring them a lot closer. However, that didn’t happen. Rukia became a vice captain and though Ichigo became the hero of Soul Society, welcome to visit it anytime, he also gained a new power – a Quincy’s power.

Shinigamis and quincies are at the opposite sides of the spectrum. How will Rukia and Ichigo be together now?

And as of the moment, the back story of Shiba Isshin is being tackled. A shinigami, former captain of Gotei 13 squad 10, mentors of Rangiku and Toshirou… Isshin fell for his savior, a quincy named Kurosaki Masaki. What will this story unravel for Ichigo’s current state? Will he be a shinigami or a quincy? Or will he be the creature that Aizen created?

I am anxious as to what these new developments will do to Ichigo. It seems like he is getting further and further away from Rukia and the ending I am hoping to have. I know that Bleach isn’t really a romance story but there were arcs that seemed to be swaying to that. Plus, Kubo kept on teasing Ichi-Ruki fans about how he likes these two. I don’t know…

With growing frustrations and all, here’s a fanart I just finished fifteen minutes ago. I have been planning to draw a chibi version of this panel for the longest time. Finally, I had the sketch completed. I hope to finish coloring this tonight.

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