Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter!

Look, a terribly misshapen rabbit cookie, to celebrate the holiday! I'm going to spam you with photos and drawings, but first I have a few things to tell you guys. First, I love the internet, for making money and shopping. [Thanks to, I now own 2 new pairs of socks. Thanks to Cafepress and selling my stuff, I'm getting a journal with my own design on it.] Secondly, I have never wanted to etsy more than I do today. I received a lot of encouragement and cheering from some of my family today, after one took a look at my sketchbook. I really love them, and would even if they didn't say anything. Third, I go back to school tomorrow, which I cannot wait for, and yet also am dreading. Fourth, I would appreciate it if you would like my facebook page and suggest it to your friends. Fifth, I'm considering a give-away of sorts. Would you rather receive a little drawing, or a notebook/sketchbook with a drawing on it? Sixth, I think I may have some ideas for quite a few little 'series' of a few drawing/paintings. I'm not sure yet, and still need to take reference photographs. Penultimately, I have been stressing way to much about the future/college/finishing school, so you may see a stressed-out sort of drawing. Finally, I received Twizzlers, Chalk, Bubbles and candy. If you get some sugar-fuelled post in the next few weeks, I'm apologizing now. 
Now, photos, drawings and links:
You can Get these on things at Cafepress: BLACK & BLUE


Monday, April 18, 2011

Tora-Con 2011

Busking on Sunday
For the past three years, I've been going to any Anime Conventions close enough to my location, that I can afford and fit in my schedule. Now, I don't really watch Anime or read manga. I've only read one series in it's entirety (DeathNote), and Clannad is the only Anime I have seen more than 4 episodes of. But, this weekend I was lucky enough to find myself at my third Tora-Con anyway. So, my Tora-Con Recap.
The Day Before Day One: Unlike my first two cons, I pre-regged, so the recap being the Friday night before, where I got to go pick up my badge. Lines were minimal, due to a large number of them, and I caught up with many of my friends, to plot for the next day. (Then I went to Erin's B-Day party, which had cake. Yay.)
Day One: I got there around 10. I pranced with Erin over to Metalworks, where I ended up making a flower pin, and we met Alex. Then was the long wait to get into the vendors room [where I identified a Doctor Cosplayer behind me, by the sound of his Sonic Screwdriver, and took many shots of those walking past.] Inside, I got to see a wide variety of hats, wigs, costumes, jewellery, manga, Japanese foods and clothing. The one manga I would buy wasn't there (or should I say they had 1 & 3, but not 2.) BUT, I bought a fantastic shirt, with a Vial of Zydrate (from 'Repo! the Genetic Opera.') I found myself watching 2 different animes, one making no sense what so ever, and the other being FMA. I have now seen 3 episodes of it, and feel incredibly enlightened... Or, maybe conversations about it just make more sense? I partook in anime charades, had a bit of caffeine and got over 300 photos. Plus, Erin helped me in my first real encounter of the Final Fantasy game series. All in all, a success.
Day Two: It started with Busking (a more comprehensive story of such being here). I spent four hours with Melis, Tiffy & Alex, playing the guitar and singing. It was quite amusing, and so many people got a kick out of the sign I put in my case, that I doubt I would have made as much without it. The four of us then went to listen to a hilarious comedian, who was right about Disney, Cats and Wolverine. Basically, he made my day. As the the milkshake Alex got me, and the Anime Movie we watched, "Summer War." It wasn't what I expected, but I enjoyed it. (Funny thing is, it showed up in charades the day before.)
TL;DR: I had a fantastic time, with Melissa, Erin, Alex, Tiffy, Alyssa and all of my other friends. I learned more about what many of my friends talk about, had a blast busking, and was exhausted afterwards.

I'm working on getting the photos online, so the next post should include all of those. I'm off to do nothing, and then be productive. No rush though, because it's Spring Break!


Thursday, April 14, 2011

Meet Horatio

     I love him so much, it's not even funny. Currently, I have a Nikor 18-55mm lens, and am saving up for a 55-200mm, a second battery and a kick ass case. That means I am totally open to commisions and doing art for other people. (Any ideas you may have to raise money while I look for a job would be cool too.)
     Oh, this weekend, I'm going to an anime convention, and bringing my guitar to busk (play in public, for money). I'm killing myself, trying to find more songs to cover, that I can play without ruining too much. (Song suggestions = love)  If all goes well, I will be able to make back the money it costs me to go to the convention, and maybe get a video of my performing my best song. I'm seriously considering making bookmarks or business cards or something else to hand out, with my blogger/tumblr/facebook etc while I'm there.
    Also, next week is my spring break, which will hopefully mean lots more drawing and painting and photographing.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

I Can't Stop This Feeling Any More

A kid in my lit class got that stuck in my head. 2 Parts: Words & Art.
Part one: Words.
It's been a while, due to school, being sick, and writing a journal taking longer than intended. I lost an Uncle last weekend, he was quite magnificent. He was funny, and his jokes weren't at the expense of others.  He was in the navy, and was a fantastic photographer. Part of me wishes I named my new camera Ralph, instead of Horatio.
Oh, did I say new camera? New, like, I dunnno, A Nikon D3100? Yes, yes I did.
So, I'm going to spam you with a few weeks worth of deviantart, tumblr and redgage posts, and then I'm off to honour my uncle. Then, I have a band trip this weekend, and a tromp through a park on Sunday. If all goes well, more photos shall insue.

Part two: Art