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.


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. ❤


CG adventures

I just got back from Otafest Calgary! It was the best and worst weekend ever, because everything went wrong… but right. Too many events happening at the same time lol. Also I am getting older, I think post con recovery now takes 2 days instead of 1. lol….. idk, maybe im just a sleepy person.

Artist alley was super fun! To be honest I think when it comes to con, you can go to the most hardcore ones, but without the right company… it won’t be fun at all. I spent 90% of my time at Otafest behind the table helping Cindy sell things at artist alley. BUT IT WAS SO FUN. Mainly because of our terrible jokes, such as $2 for 1 button and $3 for 5 (or three four five…. geddit???? 8D) I didn’t go to any panels, they didn’t really interest me. And I got to meet Naguri. SHE IS SO SWEET. I am a big fan.

But the weekend got me doing digital drawings. I figured I needed practice, the last time I did a full scale digital drawing was probably… 2008.


The closest thing I did to digital painting was this little painting exercise for illustration class, where we had to render a word in an illustrative form. I chose “coral”, not sure why, but I think I was probably watching something spongebob related at the time.


As you can see, I did the ‘r’ first because its the most intensely drawn lol.

But after Otafest, I felt like drawing fanart, so here are some progress shots of a Shonen Jump series I used to dedicate my existence to…. D.Gray-Man.

I have no idea what the story is about now, because I got super confused after the Alma Karma arc, and then Hoshino broke her arm or whatever and then her new drawing style added 50 pounds to all the characters. I used to be a huge fan of the D.Gray-Man art style. I remember spending a sick day reading chapter after chapter of the Noah’s Ark Arc…D.Gray-Man will always have a special place in my heart. It was my first cosplay (both solo and group) with my cosplay partner. *nostalgia moment* Albeit now the space in my heart is a little smaller than it used to be.

I considered drawing Mikasa from Shingeki no Kyojin, but she has been getting too much love recently… I’m a little bit tired of her. MIKASA, take a break.

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le sketch!
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Adding in skin tones/hair

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a detailed face shot… sorta

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at 60%!

I know this outfit waaayyyy too well because I researched it like crazy for my first cosplay. Lenalee looks kinda lonely there, maybe I should add Allen in? Allen was the first main character I loved in a long time. I think I could add him in lol.

MAYBE if this is good enough, could be my first artist alley print ever? LOL. *even though I really don’t think there is a D.Gray-Man fanbase any more*

But I’ll post this drawing again once it’s finished!

OK Ning, go draw some flowers or squirrels or whatever small animals you see running outside your window.

A colour study

So since I am attempting to get back into the painting game… I’ve decided to delve into one of my guilty pleasures…. painting anime-esque things.

After a semester of making furniture and home accessories it’s nice to unwind and watch back to back episodes of Shingeki no Kyojin… which is my newest obsession. (Finished the manga in 1 sitting, OMG THOSE GIANTS. how to not root for the people? You really feel sorry for them, ok… with their 3D maneuver gear.)

So here are some progress pictures.

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I had some leftover paper from one of my old boards. (For small works like this I’m too lazy to stretch paper and stuff, so I buy pre stretched boards lol)

This was a poor piece lonely piece of paper that wasn’t stretched but I didn’t want to waste it, so I use to draw this kind of random things.

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Multi-coloured hair is coming back in anime, ok. For a while it was all like… brown/blonde tones. Colours you can get in drug store hair dyes.


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And the finished piece…..

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OK ITS LIKE A COLOUR EXPLOSION. I tend to be like… LET’S MAKE THIS THING THIS COLOUR. And then I add a whole bunch of other colours to it because I get bored… and then I think it looks too colourful. -3-

Next time. *nod nod*