Finally.

Jan. 5th, 2010 12:08 am
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Bought a new scanner today, finally. It's great and light! Though I ended up giving in and getting an A4 scanner--oh well, there's always scanning in parts, I guess.

Anyway, with a scanner, now I can show you the random stuff I've worked on on and off over the past few months. Not that impressive, but I'm learning. I particularly like toning by hand--will try to do that with at least some of the Overland pages.


More art behind the cut~ )
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Was trying to update the design of a character, but...hmm. Not sure.

Lately I haven't been able to finish anything on the computer. Or really draw on the computer. :/ Not sure if this is good or not. What I do know is, when I get back for my vacation (with my mom!) I'm buying a scanner. And a toaster oven. But the most important thing is the scanner.

Will do a more substantial update later!
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Just came back from a long overdue vacation to Tokyo! :3 I spent waaaaay too much money, but I regret nothing. I never knew how cheap Harajuku could be! Unfortunately, the cheaper something is, the more you buy, haha. But I got so many cute clothes, I'm just so happy. ;_;

I also went with friends to B. Lily Rose, my favorite butler cafe where girls dress up as guys (since it was on Halloween they were all dressed up as vampires and the like--very awesome) and Edelstein, the cafe where the waiters pretend to be boys at a German boarding school. It was ace. We were served by a 'first year' who was all nervous because apparently this was his first time at the place (whether that is true or not is up to debate, but it was cute so I don't care hahaha). Though I think he might have been a bit nervous because we were foreigners. XD; Nonetheless, it was a lot of fun!

Now I'm back at home preparing for my lessons tomorrow. Planning on teaching my kids about family members so I'm drawing pictures of a "mother", "father", "sister", "brother", "grandfather" and "grandmother". Though I'm a bit meh about tomorrow since it's at my least favorite school, I figure you can only dread so much--it's better to take things into your own hands. So hopefully with that in mind tomorrow will go smoothly. We'll see, I guess.

Also working on a belated Halloween picture for Overland, which won't see the light of day until I can finally buy that scanner I've been planning on getting my hands on. Oh well, next month.
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The problem with LJ: we all think we are so close, but really, we know nothing about each other. So I want you to ask me something you think you should know about me. Something that should be obvious, but you have no idea about. Ask away.

Then post this in your LJ and find out what people don't know about you.
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Testing out my new tablet. Oh man, it's beautiful. You really don't know what you're missing out until you use it...after using a Graphire 2 for 6+ years. Wow. It's kind of hilarious though, since I'm actually trying to draw more on paper for the moment.

Speaking of which, I tried using real tones for the first time...since I was 14? I think? Man, I must have been really stupid or something when I was 14, because...it's not that hard. It's actually pretty fun! Though time-consuming. But it's infinitely more helpful now since I can just use the copier to print pages out instead of using a computer. Unfortunately, I don't have a scanner at the moment so I can't show anything, but yeah.

Now, to sleep! Because I have about four classes that I have to teach by myself tomorrow, yikes.
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So I was going to do that "loves on" meme but I realized I haven't, like, actually...talked to anyone for a long time, so that would be stupid. And then I got sad. :( And then I resolved to comment more (which I still do), but I realized it has kinda been hard lately because whenever I'm not at work, everyone's freaking sleeping! And then I got sad again.

S-so! The point of this post is! If you want to chat, about anything, dude, let me hear it! Current events, whatever, let's talk!

...Even if you're about to wake up 5 hours from now, anytime is cool!

...in b4 no one replies and I cry myself to sleep, sob
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So I'm around, alive, and doing things.

I've kind of been avoiding posting anything, because my mood has been so up and down lately while I've been getting used to living here. Which is hilarious, because this is my third time in Japan! Where was this odd culture shock when I was first here? At any rate, it's been showing signs of gradually receding so I'm happy. :3

I think a good factor is because now I'm actually teaching. And it's so relieving, you have no idea. Having to sit in the teacher's room with absolutely nothing to do has been so excruciating, especially while my JHS was preparing for Sports Day. I felt so left out of everything, it was really getting to me. Now I actually have a purpose, and it feels good. Hopefully this feeling will last.

I teach at one junior high school and four elementaries, so five schools in total. I thought this would be difficult to juggle, but it's relatively simple since I spend most of my time at my JHS. The elementary schools are on rotation, so end up going to them every other week. The elementary kids are SO CUTE. You have no idea. It feels so great to teach them because they give you such a great reaction no matter what you do. This month has been all about me introducing myself, and it's hilarious the things that they end up getting exciting about. Like, when I mention that Ohio is next to Kentucky, they nearly explode in laughter because the only "Kentucky" they know is KFC, lol. Little things like that gets them so riled up, it's hard not to smile.

JHS...is not so easy to please, admittedly. They're getting to that age where being interested in things isn't so cool anymore, so their reaction is much more muted. But in the end they're still young, so when they find that they have something in common with me, they still get excited. Like this one kid in one of my second year classes, he got SO excited when I mentioned in passing that I like L'arc en Ciel lol. He was like, "What's your favorite song?!" And when I told him I like Hyde the best, he asked, "Okay, so what aspect of Hyde do you like the best?!". I was dignified and told him that I thought Hyde was really cool and I liked his voice because I didn't think it was appropriate to gush about his ABSOLUTE BEAUTY to a 13 year old boy, but...yes.

For all grades, the fact that I draw has helped me immensely with actually getting them to engage in conversation with me. It's no surprise that the elementary school kids get excited, but the JHS kids are just as drawn to it (that pun was totally unintentional l-lol) and that makes things a lot easier for me in the long run. It also helps that I speak Japanese so they're not afraid to talk to me, but the fact that they have something to talk to me about is crucial. One kid looked at my Lelouch picture and told me to draw Zero next, lol. And I got invited to the Art Club! I was hoping something like that would happen, because I wanted to interact with some of the kids outside of class as well.

I'm hoping that with some of these encounters I'll be able to weasel a bit of English out of them here and there, and if not, at least let them have a meaningful time with someone from outside their country. Little things like this can really change your perspective on things, so I hope that's what I'll be doing with them.

Incidentally, given my interests, I was asked (in English) if I was an otaku. OTL I...gracefully bowed out of that question. I'm so glad I removed that SUPAR GAY picture from my sketchbook, or I would be known for being a little more than an otaku pretty quickly hahaha...ha.

So I guess things are going pretty well! Now I need to see if I can get my hands on a cool Halloween costume for my inevitable Halloween class. Maybe I should dress up as an Otokoyaku again, hahaha.
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Does anyone know of any a3 sized scanners that are, um, affordable? I want to return to drawing things by hand but I also like working with big sizes, most that don't fit in a normal a4 scanner. But all the options I've looked at (with the exception of the Mustek brand) have been waaaay over my budget. Anyone know of any cheaper options? Or does anyone have any experience with a Mustek scanner? I'm hesitating about that because it doesn't look like I can easily get my hands on that in Japan. But who knows?
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My body will hate me forever for being abused like it has over the past few days. Everwhere I walk now, I feel Comiket. It was hot and smelly and I'm surprised I didn't dislodge anything with the sheer amount of books I bought.

BUT.

That doesn't change the fact that it was AWESOME. For serious, guys, would abuse myself again to do that. I don't know if it was the armpit stench in the air or something but I was like a possessed fangirl demon out there, I shit you not. And the best thing? SO WAS EVERYBODY ELSE. It was quite nice to see how unified people were in their geekiness, haha. And I got to meet such awesome people while I was there! Tokyo may not be my favorite city in Japan, but when you're in company as good as what I had, things become ultra fun. We even got to draw together, eeee :D

Speaking of drawing, I may or may not hve bount an application to Comiket 77 (the next one). Um. We'll see how that goes, haha...ha.

In any case I needed the break so badly. I was getting so worn out and now I feel like my batteries have been recharged. This could also be because Takaoka's one day of sun was today and brightened up my spirits. Day after day of rain is tough. Hopefully tomorrow is like today, weather-wise. But I doubt it.

Ok, back to drooling over the OMG YES Persona 4 doujin I manages to get my hands on. Oh Ruru, you draw such delicious MCxYousuke ;_;

My boxes from home finally arrived! Now I have my art supplies back in hand, finally.
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ANON MEME



I know I have one of these kind of in the front of my journal, but what the hey, I haven't done one of these in a while.

Currently in Tokyo, staying in Keio Plaza. Seems like JET Orientation is going to be long and involved, but whatever! I'm getting paid for this anyway, haha. Soon I'll finally get to see my apartment--can't wait for that!

So this is just a status update, haha. I'll have more to say when I'm not so exhausted from the plane ride.
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Overland updated, for those who are interested.

About a week before my departure for Japan. I'm starting to feel a bit scared, as this is my first job ever and my first time living alone and my first...for a lot of things. I'm sure things will work out, but I can't help feeling anxious because that's just how I am.

In other news, I'm considering translating Overland in Japanese so a few of my friends in Japan can read it--and to practice a bit. Might be too lazy though, haha.

And in more unrelated news, I think I've fallen in love with the idea of getting a ScanSnap s300m. I've never even considered non-flatbed scanners! It's so portable and adorable, I'm seriously thinking of getting one while I'm in Tokyo at the beginning of next month. S-so cute.

Dur Hur

Jul. 14th, 2009 08:40 pm
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So lately I've been having fun figuring out how characters in Overland would speak in Japanese. Sometime in the future I'm going to work on a short one-shot Overland comic to show to an editor in Japan (not for any big career purposes obviously, just for a portfolio review since it's possible to make appointments and since I'll be in Japan why not)

In any case, figuring this out is kind of fun because if there's one thing I love about Japanese it's the really different ways people can talk (I once considered referring to myself as "boku" until I realized that that was dumb and people would probably think I'm just incapable of speaking anyway). I figure Ari would use "boku" because he's polite (and I just...can't see him as an "ore" user), though in general he's probably a pretty casual speaker when he's not talking to higher-ups. Viktor is definitely "watashi", and would probably speak very politely, but in that...uh, faux/threatening polite way that you tend to see a lot (慇懃無礼, I think? Bitingly polite). Sophia is clearly "watakushi", and super polite. She was probably the easiest to figure out. Lily is another "watashi" ("atashi"?), but I can't figure out if she's polite or not when speaking generally (though the more I think of it, the more it seems she'd be pretty casual since she's an excitable kid).

Nagi (she appears in chapter 2, though I've drawn her...once, I think?) is a "boku" user and speaks casually. Noir (also in chapter 2, and yes, he's the same Noir from Cursed Blessings) is casual and uses "ore"...and I think that's it for the important characters so far. Not like any of this is really important in the long run, but I was bored and it made for amusing thoughts.
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So, uh, Overland has finally updated. This page took stupidly long to finish because I was so distracted by Persona 4/New York to do anything worth anything, but as soooon as I left everything was fine lol. In any case, I'm hoping to do a page a week for a while, especially since I'll be busy with moving to Japan very soon. We'll see how everything works out.

Harry Potter 6 in a few days! Woo! Now I get to see the two scenes my cousin is in, haha.

Oh Hetalia

Jul. 4th, 2009 11:46 am
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There are all of these pictures with "HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMERICA" on pixiv and it's so cute omg
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Treadmill count: 650 calories burned today.

I know tomorrow's the 4th of July, but I wish I could go in :( Today was a lot easier than yesterday, and I'm not sure if it's because I did it yesterday or because I had some really catchy music playing while I was exercising (as...much as I hate to admit, The Pussycat Dolls have some really freaking catchy songs, I can't stop listening to Hush Hush; Hush Hush oh god) lol.

In any case, this isn't as painful as I thought it would be and I think I can keep it up, if I try. The only problem is I'm going to New York for all of next week...not sure how I'm supposed to keep it up then. I guess walking all over the city should help? I don't even know.
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...I was trying something new, but it took waaaay too long. :(
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There's something beautiful about making food that you sincerely enjoy and is healthy. Guys, guys, I love this cooking thing so much. ;o; I loved it before, but I never did it that often and now that I know I'll be doing it most of the time I'm just so happy and excited omg.

...Though I know that once I'm tired and totally not up for making food for myself I will totally change my tune, but! For now, yaaaaay. ♥ ♥

In related news, spinach is a wonderful wonderful thing and everyone should eat it more often.
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...Thanks guys. I'm feeling better. I had a talk with my Mom and we're going to see if we can make an appointment tomorrow. I'm probably just freaking out (as usual), but it will be nice to at least know what's going on. I should really know better than to self-diagnose myself (It's never lupus), but just making the comparisons was freaking me out and...yeah. Anyway! Not worth thinking about tonight, at least.

It did help to hear that Gyakuten Kenji is doing so well that they're considering a sequel--and that they are indeed working on Gyakuten Saiban 5! I love how Japan knows how to milk its cash cows.

Oh--and thanks to everyone who responded on my healthy food post the other day! I'm feeling so inspired--starting this week I'm going to try exercising 30 minutes each day. I've already started eating organic banana chips as an occasional snack, and they're wonderful. ♥ Tomorrow I hope to make a spinach tortilla wrap for lunch. We'll see how that goes.
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RIP Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett. It's really weird seeing two such big icons pass away like that. And so young too. I still remember jamming to Thriller as a kid--I wonder if kids these days even think of Michael Jackson that much? Time really does fly, doesn't it.
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Thanks for all the help guys!

...It's been a while since I've felt as inspired to just...draw like I've been lately. What a relief. At least something's working out. Not to say things are horrible, but I haven't been feeling too well lately for a number of reasons, so it's good that something positive is going on, haha.

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