Kingdom Hearts!

E3,  the annual event where the big guns are brought out and cheers of nerds fill LA Convention Centre. I was not planning on streaming it but my friend was watching it so I thought I would join her just because. AND OH BOY was I glad I did.

Because of the announcement of KH3.

The moment we saw DISNEY flash across the screen, we started flipping out. Too many feelings, man. jkagdkasdjf

Basically after the Sony press conference, I was like, OK, Sony wins, everybody go home.

Kingdom Hearts is a part of my childhood. I’ve been a fan for 10 years. And… I believe it’s the only series left from my younger days that hasn’t actually come to a conclusion like Harry Potter and Fullmetal Alchemist. Remember those times when some series you followed for a long time was over and you would go, “My childhood is overrr….” Well. My childhood is still here, because KH3 is here, and KH is fun for all ages!

I admit, I like KH more than I like FF, mainly because I have followed the series since it’s inception. So… I’m not as excited for FFXV as I am for KH3.

I wonder how the new KH theme song is gonna be like since Utada Hikaru isn’t going to be in the picture anymore? Yuna Ito? I wouldn’t mind lol… speaking of her, where is Yuna Ito …

Anyway I drew KH fan art. I have never drawn KH fanart ever before even though I have been so into it for so many years. haha. 8)

I used a old board that still had paper I found at home. It’s pre-stretched so I didn’t need to stretch the paper.

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I was trying a new method of painting skies. Doing it in 2 layers instead of the usual 1 layer that I do.

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At first I wanted to draw them on Destiny Islands, then the little voice in my head was like… THIS NEEDS DURAMATIKU SUKAI.

So goodbye Destiny Islands, maybe next time.

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It usually doesn’t matter which you start with in watercolour painting, but I prefer to paint backgrounds before I do foregrounds.

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Adding the clothes in yo!

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More clothes.

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The final product.

We also watched the livestream from the Square Enix booth but there really wasn’t anything interesting/informative. Basically it was an hour or 2 of Nomura saying “sou desu ne” and sniff a lot. Maybe it was raining in LA.

By the way, this is a shout out to my dad. I LOVE YOU, DAD. HAPPY FATHER’S DAY. ❤

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Morph!

I am on a journey to discover my “illustration style”…  Other folks can probably see it better than I can but I have an idea though, that it is something to do with painting and making things cute… I make everything look cute. I am slowly beginning to accept my inner kawaii.

I have illustrated a mini book that was inspired by an essay I wrote about mythology and shapeshifting. I really admire those who can rock poiesis beautifully , like Maya Lin and her Vietnam War Memorial. Previously I thought people who are masters of the poetic object were people who had a lot of feelings… but the opposite seems more likely, because they are calmer and more in control of their feelings they are able to express them more poetically.

This is my attempt to be poetic, kind of like… metamorphosis for kids. I like Kafka.

So here are some sketches! I have several pages, but I’m just showing the more interesting ones (I write down remind me to do things, like watch Rick Mercer Talks to Americans on YouTube)

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I was listening to a lot of Galileo Galilei at the time, and I was having designer’s block, so I put on their album Baby, It’s Cold Outside and doodled.

時計塔 was my favourite song of the album, along with 夢に唄えば

lol idk why am I telling you this but I listen to a lot of Japanese music.

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Figuring out the images and the flow of the pages. Lol I wrote Journey to the West, I think I might do book covers for those classic Chinese books, all the covers I’ve seen are pretty bad.

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Cliones! Originally I wanted to draw everything in ink…

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And then I realized it looked kind of weird.

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So my book is called Morph! Which is kind of a modern metamorphosis fairy tale.

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I just really wanted to show off the fact that I cut out the word “Morph” 8)

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The evolution of the clione image above. I kinda grew attached to this kid after I drew him so much, I named him Rory.

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Rory is playing cards with a fox

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Rory is not afraid of the eel-man.

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Rory befriends this strange bird.

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Rory is comforted the Bird King.

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Rory turns into a bug.

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Rory is actually a spider.

I’m thinking of doing a Morph 2… applying lessons I learned making this book. It was really fun, making the book I mean.

Also I’ve been trying to find a regular update day that I will be able to fit into my schedule. After playing around, from the next post on, my update day is either Wednesday or Sunday (Mountain Time Zone). So unless I have something scheduled, I will try my update every week on either Wednesdays or Sundays. Since it’s technically Saturday now… I will see you next Wednesday or Sunday!

I also started a Ask Me Anything page. I will try my best to get back to whatever questions as soon as I can. Or you can comment too lol.

Ning Builds Things Too… Sometimes

Some of you may not know that I am actually an industrial designer by training.

I’d think that I am fairly decent at designing furniture haha, I don’t really expect my ID levels to be the same as my painting levels, simply because I’ve been painting for much longer than I have been designing…. industrial things.

BUT HEY, I am the self proclaimed ash champion. Ash was pretty much the only wood I used throughout my furniture designing days at school lol… because I bought 2.5 times the amount I actually needed for my table… and since then I have trying to find ways to incorporate them into my projects or trying to sell off my ash.

But of all the furniture projects I have done, the Sock Coffee Table is my baby. As much I like making furniture… it also give me headaches that leave me wanting to punch stuff. The Sock Table was one of those headaches, but the outcome was fairly decent. Also, Sock was my firstborn table. Prior to this I had only ever worked with plywood and MDF.

Why is it called Sock Table?? Because it’s wearing white socks on it’s feet.

Behold. Progress shots of my table.

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Using incredibly high tech template and taping device to carefully determine shape/size the corners to be cut.

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Post cutting/sanding process, with template and tape still attached.

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Using a hand held router to round off the edges.

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Post router work.

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Testing to see if everything fit.

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AND FINAL EVOLUTION.

Now my table has asymmetrical angle things going on at the feet. And this photo above doesn’t really show them in their true glory. They look like this.

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Subliminal messaging. The feet like a backwards N, or J. Both letters form important parts of my name yo.

Here is my table in the gallery space for sense of space.

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LOL, just kidding. Not really sense of scale, you need a person to be in it.

OK, I know this blog is called Ning Draws Things, not Ning Builds Things. So I will leave you with a preview of my next post.

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WHAT IS THIS CREATURE.

I will update this sometime this week. YES. I WILL. *fingers crossed*