Friday, April 1st, 2011

For those who have trouble installing the 1.1 version of .Net in Windows 7 (“application has generated an exception that could not be handled” error), the following steps from JasonFJ from this thread worked perfectly for me:

~ Create a new folder named DotNet in C:\ drive (C:\DotNet is used in this guide, you can change to any folder you prefer, but ensure that you use correct path in the following steps).

~ Download Microsoft .NET Framework 1.1 Redistributable Package. Make sure the setup file is saved as dotnetfx.exe .

~ Download Microsoft .NET Framework 1.1 Service Pack 1 (NDP1.1sp1-KB867460-X86.exe). Make sure that the file is renamed and saved as dotnetfxsp1.exe, so that the rest of the steps can be followed easily.

~ Move both installation files into the same directory (i.e. C:\DotNet), if you’re not saving them together. Open command prompt as Administrator (Start > All Programs > Accessories > [right-click on Command Prompt and select “Run as Administrator]).

~ Change to the directory where the two installation setup files for .NET 1.1 are saved (i.e. C:\DotNet).

~ Run the following commands one by one, press Enter after each one.

dotnetfx.exe /c:”msiexec.exe /a netfx.msi TARGETDIR=C:\DotNet”

~ Then click on “Yes” when prompted to answer “would you like to install Microsoft .NET Framework 1.1. Package?”

dotnetfxsp1.exe /Xp:C:\DotNet\netfxsp.msp

msiexec.exe /a c:\DotNet\netfx.msi /p c:\DotNet\netfxsp.msp

That’s it. It apparently doesn’t work for everyone, but this was the solution that worked for me. Games/programs like Lord of the Rings Online (LOTRO) require .Net 1.1.

If this still doesn’t work, check out this thread at the LOTRO forums for other solutions.

Monday, January 31st, 2011

Sorry for the lack of posts/replies recently, haven’t been on community sites much. Heard from Sei a few hours earlier through a static-y phone call to Cairo, and she and her family are thankfully fine and have provisions. Media coverage of the revolution in Egypt has been disappointing in CNN and BBC — turned to Twitter (!) and English Al Jazeera for more reliable updates.

My heart and thoughts go to the people of Egypt and your own ongoing (and uber epic) People Power Revolution.

A few relevant links:

~ an inspiring video montage of the revolution thus far

~ a blogger’s comprehensive account of the goings-on in Egypt

Human Wall Protecting Cairo Museum
~ photo of the human wall civilians formed to protect the Cairo Museum

~ #Egypt tag search on Twitter

English Al Jazeera’s Twitter Channel

Al Jazeera’s Live English Updates

Sunday, December 12th, 2010

Speak No Evil: Melancholy of a Space Mexican by Elan Rodger Trinidad

Excerpt from the author’s afterword: “But if I have any sort of political opinion on immigration, it is this: They came to America for the exact same reasons your ancestors and relatives came to America. Just because they’re illegal, doesn’t make them less human. If you’re going to tell them to leave, do it as respectfuly as possible.”

~ Worksafe and a must-see. One of the most compelling comics I’ve ever had the pleasure to read. I’ve rec’d this before somewhere, but I can’t remember on which site…so here it is again. Literally can’t rec this enough.


HERO: a story by Tongari

Premise: “HERO is a story about a perfectly ordinary boy with no memory of the past and no urgency for the future; who one day accepts a most extraordinary offer to travel to distant places and invisible cities.”

~ Tong’s elegant, surreal style makes me want to keep clicking to see the next page. I adore the way she manages to capture mood and how one panel just flows to the next. The story’s as engaging as the graphics, and her character designs are fan-freaking-tastic.


Oglaf by Trudy Cooper

~ Contains very explicit, adult themes. A sex comedy in web comic format, in all its NSFW glory. Not really crude/crass enough to be considered porn, but it does contain very explicit artwork. Love the sense of humor, and the graphics are superb. I remember reading somewhere that Trudy has a co-writer for this webcomic, but I can’t find the name, argh.


Uitspan Era by Chira and Muun

Premise: “Sfeer Theory is the biography of a semi-immortal wizard named Balzac whose duty is to uphold and guard an empire, by way of a magical version of Atlas. The Uitspan Era addresses the beginning of his livelihood, and the Uitspan Age addresses the possible end of it.”

~ Contains some gay themes. Chira/halcyonjazz is a freaking fantastic artist. She churns out beautiful art in a way that makes me feel about one inch tall. Her lines are always confident and structured, and she makes it all seem so effortless. She and Muun work their magic in this promising story, with a cast of interesting characters and an intriguing original fantasy setting.


Starfighter by HamletMachine

~ Contains mature and homoerotic themes. I first saw panels of this in one of the art comms I used to frequent. Loved the art style and the space opera-ish setting. And the boys in skin-tight suits.


Goodbye Chains by Tracy Williams and Alice Hunt

Premise: “Colin Lord is a cheerful Boston Communist, and Banquo White is a cranky half-Mexican with no philosophy beyond hedonism. Somehow they have become partners in crime, spreading a reign of terror and dialectical materialism across the plains of Colorado. Follow their adventures with explosives and ladies–and, possibly, men.”

~ Contains some mature and gay themes. I have mad respect for Tracy Williams, who’s been in the comics business for years, both traditional and online, and it definitely shows in her art. I love her inking, and how solid and easily-identifiable her art is. Goodbye Chains takes people on a pretty fun and action-packed journey.


Knights-Errant by TheYoungDoyler

Premise: “Details the lengths to which Wilfrid, a once exalted member of society, will go to reclaim favor with the courts. Inevitably involves Oswald, condottiere of the “Errant Knights” and other poor souls.”

~ Contains some mature and LGBT themes. I fell in love with the setting, which the artist describes as “set in pseudo-Europe during the pseudo-Renaissance.” Still in the first chapter, but I’m currently loving the art style and the sense of humor.


All In Your Head by Tteok

Premise: “Socially underdeveloped, Keith Alders is a walking example of awkwardness. What will it take to penetrate his shell of mistaken idioms and obliviousness?”

~ Contains some mature and gay themes. The first few pages made me fall head over heels for Keith. His vapid charm is just way too adorable. Unfortunately, the author seems to be occupied with other matters, but 35 pages of this hilarious webcomic are still up and available.

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

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Seiji and Touma, and the “I <3 Epal" is sort of an in-joke, sorry. XD Made this for the sibling entity, who loves Touma to death, though she calls him “Epal” and lets me take a lot of cheap shots at his character. Credits to Sei for the helpful crits <3 I got us the entire Yoroiden Samurai Troopers series + OAVs the past week, and watching the whole thing's been a pleasant surprise. Even though the endings usually suck. Who cares! Magical boy transformations + lots of bromance and pewpew. My only complaints are the third OAV (very "lolwat," that) and what they did to my favorite character in the series (Shitennnn. T_T ). I was actualy contemplating looking the series up a month or so back to see if it had been fansubbed (from what few excerpts I saw on youtube, I didn't want to touch the English-dubbed version). Then I talked to the wonderful rosestoo, and she recommended it, so I went a-hunting. The series wasn’t disappointing at all, for an 80’s anime it had pretty decent graphics and nice animation. The OAVs, on the other hand, are gorgeous. I hope this series gets renewed attention.

I’m very character-centric in my fandoms, so YST is kind of weird for me. After Shiten, I don’t have another favorite. I love all four of the five YST boys equally (try as I might, I can’t love Shu. He’s awesome and all, and I like that he’s there, but I just can’t get into him), so I’m not exactly gravitating toward another char and that’s putting me off a bit. Shin’s an adorable delicate lady with Yusuke Urameshi’s voice and the opposite of his personality. Ryo runs on pure emotion and is the heralded “alpha male” of the group, and he plays the part, too — he’ll take care of every freaking one of them and gets all twisted up when they’re in trouble. Touma’s just this fun nerdy dork with an angelic face and the fashion get-up of an orphaned hooligan. Seiji arguably has the most beautiful face, but that motherf**ker is all man, yo. Shu is Leeroy Jenkins, and that makes him cute to a degree, too. ANYWAY.

The characters actually aren’t fleshed out much during the series, which isn’t a bad thing at all in this case. It’s refreshing to watch something that just cuts through the intros and has the chars moving forward before laying out all the background and explanations (overthinking and emo-ladened protagonists are all well and good, but sometimes I just want them to hit things). If you haven’t seen this series yet, and you’re in the mood for some magical boy transformation action pewpew, go watch.

If you’re still on the fence, there’s a great spoiler-free post introducing the series here. Go read!

Also, I had a long post planned with a ton of pictures from local comics and stuff, but I kept putting it off, and now it’s this massive thing that I don’t want to touch with a ten-foot pole anymore. =_= I’ll get to it after deadlines.

Hashiba Touma, Date Seiji, and Yoroiden Samurai Troopers © Hajime Yatate

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

This is going to be a huge ass post, so please bear with me.

I submitted this entry to the recent Revelations art contest (the sibling entity nagged, I relented, and who wouldn’t want signed copies of Sandman Volumes 1 – 10?). Took me a lot longer to finish than I expected, and I wasn’t completely happy with the result, but the deadline was closing in and I was just overworking the bad areas despite Sei‘s helpful crits :( (I swear, that woman has the patience of a saint) The sibling entity did the legwork for the printing and mounting too, how awesome was that.

Also, small note: Photoline does pretty reasonably-priced large prints while you wait at their Robinsons Pioneer branch. Mine came out a bit dark, though, but may have been the fault of my uncalibrated monitor. Anyway…

A few days after the Revelations / Philippine Graphic/Fiction Awards event (crazy talent and awesome winners this year), I saw the first, second, and third winning art entries of the art contest (may have been via Azrael Coladilla‘s flickr photo log), all of which were fantastic (I really, really, really love the third prize winner, BTW, just saying. I’d have licked it if it wasn’t unseemly). I wasn’t among them, of course XD But I kinda expected that.

Jump to the following day, and I receive an e-mail from Fully Booked. Excerpt follows:

“Congratulations! We’re pleased to inform you that your entry to the Revelations Art Competition, ARMAGEDDON, tied for second place. Your prize is a copy of Absolute Sandman volume 1 signed by Neil Gaiman.”

I was happy and confused at the same time, since I’m pretty sure winners’ lists would have mentioned ties or something like that. But far be it for me to complain XD (omfg, the adorable talented writing man person who keeps coming back to the Philippines to leave us money and awards liked my work?!) I’m shooting Fully Booked an e-mail right now to ask for details if they’re not too busy. I know how my life goes, and I wouldn’t put it past fate’s whimsy if that e-mail turned out to be a long series of typos.

Edit: Fully Booked replied very promptly to my query (yay!), and I think they thought I meant the PGFA when I mentioned the winners’ lists and did it tie because it won a People’s Choice or something? :X Good job of exposing yourself as a noob, Lyn. They said that the art competition was separate from the PGFA (I swear I knew that beforehand) and that Neil Gaiman had been the one to choose the winners for the art contest (I knew that too!). So I guess the only reason I didn’t know that I’d tied for second was the lack of one of those sticky flower badge things. Guess they didn’t expect Neil to declare ties either!

This totally makes up for my not having been able to get a kiss+hug combo from the guy. Although, not really. I hear he gives very awesome, bone-crushing hugs. :(


Photograph via Fully Booked’s Facebook Page

I know this is very geeky to say, but that photo kills me. Neil Gaiman is right beside my artwork. Vaguely pointing at it for the benefit of anonymous camera guy/gal person. Need to remember to breathe now.

The sibling entity dragged me to Rockwell (on a weekend. in the middle of a hot day. through traffic and overcrowded areas teeming with sweaty hipsters), and I managed to take pictures of the artwork they put on display. They only set up 20 of the entries for the small gallery, though. Makes me wonder how many in total there were.

Sorry for the glare in the shots. The camera, I know not how it operates.

Sign at the entrance of the gallery.

Okay, whoever yanked the entry tag out of this one needs to have a brief moment of embarrassment involving mismatched socks in one form or another. My OC-ness rages. It’s the first thing you see in that gallery and it’s the only one without the detail tag :( I hope the artist surfaces online.

“He’s Leaving Home,” by Marianne Justine Aquino Galvez

“Dreams of a Kindly One,” by Ruben A. Nacion

“Armageddon,” by your resident junkie, sometimes known as Poor Lyn Who Wishes She Can Take Pictures Without Glare But Can’t (her last name is Make Lemonade). Full version is at the top of this post. The print on display also somehow obtained a scratch just right above the quote :(

“The Other Mother,” by Melanie H. Lim

“Nada-An Offer You Can’t Resist,” by Jonathan M. Quines. Love the pattern and the details on this.

“Tiny Heart,” by John Paul Abia

“Peek-A-Boo,” by Kamille Anne U. Areopagita. I’m surprised this didn’t win something, I think it’s fab. Hopefully it tied for something, too.

“Despair Gets a Tan,” by Jon Benjamin C. Corrioso

“Went Fishing and Caught Delirium,” by Julius Christopher F. Fonte

“Stardust,” by Gerald Cura

“Lycoan,” Ken Steven Chun

“Pieces,” by Rai Perez

“Boundaries,” by Elle Battung. Have to admit that I didn’t get this at first, but damn, took me a while to realize that those silhouettes are all cutouts. How awesome is that?! That and the whole mood of the thing really did it for me. Lovely work. Grand Prize Winner!

“Trio at Dawn,” by Ronna Lara-Bes

“Bird,” by Ronna Lara-Bes. I love the composition and the vivid colors on this one.

“Together with Barnabas,” by Marie Franz Canares. The concept + the coffee medium makes this nummy in more ways than one. Second Place Winner!

“He Saw Wolves,” by Kara Beatrice Chung

“Paradox,” by Kevin Marie D. Becira. The corrogated cardboard frame is kick-awesome and works so well with the piece.

“Hole,” by Rea Uypitchitig. I adore this one, made such an impact on me when I first saw it. Curious last name on the artist too, wonder what its origins are. Third Place Winner!

That’s the whole exhibit. Was fun viewing it with my sister and taking pictures.

Also, Neil Gaiman’s post-visit reaction is downright adorable. Chocnut! Haven’t had that in ages and he has a bunch in his trunk!

The talented Saberkite has a blog post on the event [here]. The grand prize winner wasn’t even aware she’d won until someone linked her to Saberkite’s post, which is both funny and kind of disturbing. o.o;

Progress shots of Armageddon can be viewed [here]. Made with Painter 7 and Photoshop CS.

Good Omens © Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

I’m currently trying out IllustStudio, a new Japanese painting program. So far, it’s pretty amazing — but no English version. There’s a fan-translation of the key tools which works pretty well, but it’s not complete and it’s a bit fussy to install. Still very awesome, though.

It’s sort of a good middleground among Photoshop, Painter, Sai, and OpenCanvas — with even more features. I’m not too thrilled with some of them, but working in vector + perspective grid and the ability to twist the canvas around without working with funky line quality display’s just fantastic. It’s a godsend for lineart and looks far easier to work with than Manga Studio Ex.

The program’s cheap to register compared to the major programs out there (¥5,980, roughly $67 USD or ₱3,023 PHP to buy it), but the makers haven’t indicated any plans for a future English translation yet.

Here are two videos that go through the primary features of the program:

The watercolor brushes feel smooth, but it’s going to take me a long adjustment period. Got too used to Painter 7’s brush engine (which has unfortunately been abandoned by more recent versions of Painter).

The pen and pencil brushes react well to tablet sensitivity. Program’s pretty fast in general, there’s no lag per stroke that I can feel on an 8.5″ x 11″ 300ppi canvas (commence staring very pointedly at Painter 11).

Relevant links:

Go [here] to download the program (make sure to change Regional and Language Options of your Windows into Japanese for non-Unicode programs).

Go [here], click the orange button, and type in the generated code to get your trial version serial key.

Go [here] for the version 1.1.3 fan translation in English courtesy of denkikoiji (extract contents into the Tool directory of IllustStudio and overwrite everything, if the program version isn’t 1.1.3 check denkikoiji’s Gallery for possible updated translations).

Go [here] for a helpful thread on IllustStudio.

Hope someone out there finds this useful <3

Couple of rough doodles while playing around with IllustStudio’s G inking pen:

On another note, something I recently just learned about Corel Painter is that it doesn’t take advantage of multi-core systems (as of Corel Painter XI, anwyay — hopefully they’ll change this someday soon). Explains how much the program struggles with really large image files while Photoshop handles them with ease. The last artwork I made with Painter 7 was a 22″ x 17″-incher (300 ppi resolution) and keeping the artwork to as few layers as possible was a must. Despite this, I had one funky save (the background layer was half-corrupted, solved by pasting a previous save over it), three crashes, and constantly lagging brushes and response time. Woe.

Edit: Thanks to denkikoiji for pointing it out, fixed the link to the English patch.

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

“He saw Omi’s arms go around Kaoru as he continued the seemingly endless trek towards the exit, saw how he was carefully not letting his bloodied fingers touch the mass of hair.”

Small doodle fanart of Sei’s wonderful fic in progress for the Gakuen Heaven fandom, entitled “Keys to a Clockwork Heart” <3 <3 <3 Chapter 3 is by far my favorite. (rolls back to commissions~)

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

Got an extra 1GB of RAM a few days ago as a belated Christmas gift XD I am using my PC like I’ve never used it before.

I was in RAM heaven until I launched Painter 7 to work on the latest commission — then I got the dreaded “Tiles: Out of tiles” error message. This is apparently a problem With Painter 7 and earlier versions of the program, as the software can’t handle more than 1GB of available RAM.

Thankfully, a fix made by Geert De Peuter solves this problem — rather than us fiddling with our pagefile.sys, he made a small patch file that makes the program work seamlessly in more advanced computers (more advanced than when the programs were made, anyway :S 2GB’s pretty much standard these days).

Follow these steps:

~ Download De Peuter’s patch ( the link’s right above the donation buttons — also, please consider donating to De Peuter if you found this program helpful! )
~ Extract the .zip file’s contents somewhere
~ Copy the extracted files ( not the folder, but its contents ) and paste it directly into your Painter directory ( C:\Program Files\Corel\Painter 7\ or something similar )
~ Go to command prompt ( Start > Run > type “cmd” and hit enter )
~ Go to your Painter directory, then type: “fixit [program name and extension]” ( in my case, it was “fixit Painter7.exe” )
~ The patch should run its course. Exit command and launch your Painter program for use.

This fix works for other programs as well, please visit De Peuter’s site for more information.

Saturday, August 23rd, 2008

The [sibling entity] kept pimping the Antique Bakery manga to me for several months (or has it been a year? o.o; Haven’t kept track XD ), and curiosity drove me to try out the first episode of the anime with Cleo. The anime’s kind of weird – the 3D background looks great, but the 2D characters look very poorly coloured and animated. Still, it got me laughing at several moments, and I got interested enough to read through the manga scanlations.

The manga got me hooked rather quickly. Well, volume 1 starts off a bit disjointed, but it molds up into something that’s extremely entertaining and easy to read. Yoshinaga Fumi’s illustrations may not be the typical shiny bishounen-type, but she has a very solid and consistent style that I now adore. What grabbed me most, however, was her storytelling. Volume four blew me away – I wasn’t expecting much from it, but it effectively tied up all those little poignant scenes that I thought were merely there for character background material (can you tell I’m a little jaded with yaoi/shounen ai manga? >.> ) and wove them into a strong, heart-wrenching ending. I also found the utter lack of a moralistic tone to be very refreshing, but that’s more a personal thing than anything else. Deviants remain deviants, traumatic experiences leave their scars, and the characters aren’t all that flippant about matters of the heart.

Anyway, my ramblings aside, definitely worth a read. I’m not really sure how well the manga will translate to those who aren’t into shounen ai, but it wasn’t really as gay as I thought it would be XD Definitely targets a more mature audience, but not necessarily restricted to those who are into BL, perhaps.

Er…sorry about the doodly doodle >.>; I kind of lost interest after I’d drawn the faces and Chikage.

Also, I adore Chikage (guy in the middle). Cannot put into enough words. He’s so irredeemably stupid ♥ XD

[Antique Bakery scanlations] from Yaoi Heaven
~ link from Cleo ♥ scanlations are only up to volume 3 though Q_Q

[DMP Antique Bakery page]
~ if you wish to purchase all four manga (worth the money, IMHO)

After you’ve read the manga, try looking into the Antique Bakery doujinshi that the same author drew. Damn things made me love Antique Bakery even more. The doujinshi are all very gay and explicit, just as a forewarning to those not into it for the BL. It’s a little funny, because I’d been avoiding Antique Bakery partly because I wasn’t all that fond of the same artist’s Mitsui x Kogure doujinshi that I’d seen floating around when the fandom was active (I thought I’d bought one of her MitKo doujins, but I sifted through my djs earlier and no Yoshinaga Fumi ones among the lot :S must have just been scans from someone else). As it stands, I was quick enough to assume that Tachibana and Ono may as well be incarnations of Mitsui and Kogure (the similarities are there, apart from character design), but it’s an assumption that was happily dispelled after I’d gotten into the manga.

There’s also a Korean Antique Bakery movie adaptation coming up, apparently:

Sunday, April 27th, 2008

Gumshoe putting his coat around Edgeworth to protect him from the cold. No idea why Edgey’s outside without his red coat on in the first place! Cleo kept me sane through the four days it took me to finish this <3 I like how the colours turned out, but not very happy with everything else :D; Didn't know whether to go black, grey, or white with Edgey's hair (wtf is up with that, so many renditions in canon), but I eventually just went with greyish white. Seeing so many errors with it now xD; Will sleep on this and see if I want to edit it in the morning. Crosshatch texture from [the Screentone Depot]
Rust texture from the Resources of [Eatpoo Forums]
my own hand as reference (should I be alarmed that I have Gumshoe hands? Q___Q )

Dick Gumshoe and Miles Edgeworth © CAPCOM

[Photoshop Disasters Blog]
~ a blog featuring poorly-Photoshopped (? Photoshoped? XD it’s apparently a verb now, anyway) works in commercial media.

[Painting Village – China]
~ Dafen is a small village in China where hundreds of artists mass produce world-renowned masterpieces for sale. The technical skill of these artists are amazing. Here’s [another related article] showing some of the artists and their self-portraits, according to the styles of the painters they copy.

[Images of Colliding Galaxies]
~ several images captured by the Hubble telescope of colliding galaxies. Very gorgeous.

[Spinning Silhouette Optical Illusion]
~ this one’s crazy. It takes a while for some (like me), but for others, it happens instantly. Look at the spinning girl for a while, then focus on the shadow of her feet. After a while (or instantly, depending on how your brain functions I guess), it’ll look like she’s spinning in the other direction.

Saturday, April 19th, 2008

[posted on DA | Prints available here]

Portrait practice. I just put in the cloak swooshy thing ’cause I was too lazy to paint the ear, but then one thing led to another, and before I knew it I’d spent 3 hours on the gorram cloak, wishing I’d just painted the gorram ear. D:

Crosshatch texture from the Screentone Depot

Random pimps of the week:

[Superheroes anthology is out!] from Tracy Williams
~ a One “L” Innovations-sponsored comics anthology, written and illustrated by Alison Bailey, Mechante Fille, Skylark97, Tracy Williams ♥ Here’s the blurn on their site:

“As the mainstay of American comics, it seems only appropriate that we pay homage to the genre at least once. So, suit up in your spandex, and dig out those world domination plots, ’cause we’re flying at the speed of light into the world of superheroes. Featuring two boy’s love short stories, one girl’s love short comics, and one general short comic.”

You can preview Tracy Williams’s contribution, “Ricochet Family,” [here] and [here] ♥

[Fucking thieves everywhere] by alexiuss
~ a sad tale of an RL art theft, although I’m linking it more for the artist’s funny narrative/illustration than the actual event :X; (refuses to feel guilty for that)

~ enter a site URL and watch it turn into gangster talk XD More entertaining than I thought it would be.

Thursday, March 27th, 2008

First off, the talented LAR has recently launched the Philippine Travel Photos website, a very nifty photography site dedicated to amazing pictures depicting Philippine locations and culture. Definitely worth a visit <3 We seem to have a healthy community of professional photographers here in the Phils, nice to see a great venue up for them. And wowwww, it's been a while :D; Hoping things will pick up starting this week, though. Cough.

Finished this a while back, will post a few more in the coming days ’til I’m up to speed.

Wednesday, July 18th, 2007

I’m really hating wolves right now.

A WIP and a sketch to make up for a day’s lack of updates:



Stumbled across this link while community-hopping: MyFreeCopyright, a free service that lets users copyright their digital creations. From their FAQ:

How does the My Free Copyright process work?

My Free Copyright provides a third-party, non-repudiation, registered dating of your original digital creation. By using this service, you publicly associate your digital copyright and defined rights to you.

The law states the following:
A Copyright is secured automatically when the work is created.

The United States copyright office says, There are, however, certain definite advantages to registration. Date registering your copyright is important for your protection because it is verifiable proof that you created what you created on a particular date.”

Seems pretty useful for digital artists and other online publishers. Will poke around that site more later xD

Monday, July 16th, 2007


Very gorgeous stylised artwork from Esse in her gallery. I have a weakness for art that looks as if it’ll fit snugly in a good children’s book, and her vibrant colours and lively characters certainly fall in that category XD

Tuesday, July 10th, 2007


The other WIP in the works, hopefully will be finished soon. A little stuck with work, been looking at wolf pics from sxc for the better part of the day.

Got the following vid link from CA, mindblowing kinetic art from sculptor Theo Jansen. It’s pretty eerie watching those sculptures walk with such a lackadaisical pace *_*;

Sunday, July 1st, 2007

1.5 hours speedpainting. Made this while trying out BerolEagle’s “Brushes for Painter 6 to X,” an awesome set for Corel Painter. I love the smooth feel and the texture some of them can produce. Will need some getting used to for painting hair though, still like my older custom brush for that, but might shift to this depending on how well I could adapt to it.

I’m really annoyed with how I could never figure out how other artists paint with PS. This is purely out of curiosity, mind – I’m completely happy with Painter for painting. But I’ve tried out digital painting a number of times in PS and went crying back to Painter. Made another attempt today, result being:


Not too bad, I guess…but I really dislike the clay-like and clunky-looking strokes. Admittedly haven’t tried other brushes, but since some artists swear to just using a soft edge brush and fiddling with the flow + opacity settings, I’m really at a loss.

Wednesday, June 20th, 2007

WIP progress

Note to self to go over the hair one more time and strengthen the lighting.

Got a link to this from CA, here’s a rock song that a lot of Graphic Artists could relate to.

Make the Logo Bigger by Burn Back

XD I’ve gotten a few requests to make the logo bigger in my time, and it usually follows a client’s observing a measure of blank or whitespace around a logo. It’s hard to explain to a client why that whitespace should be there or how it aids the visual flow of a design, and that making the logo larger would at times make it compete with overall focus and damage the viewing experience. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. We usually accommodated the client as far as our own good taste allowed us to until we said, “We’d really rather not, ’cause…”

Thankfully, I didn’t have to handle the explaining much. Guess if you pay for $39874923789473277424 for a logo design that you think is l33t and pretty, you’d want to get your money’s worth on anything it’s slapped on to, which I can understand. To a degree. Before the tenth “please make the logo bigger” request.

Tuesday, June 19th, 2007

WIP progress

Not much progress since I had to design something earlier. Thinking of putting up design stuff here as well as art, though since I consider design as work, not sure if that’s going to motivate me much.

After this painting, I want to try something more SF-ish and technical as a background, or maybe study conceptual design more. Must…not…default…to…fantasy…

Spent two days ago fooling around Vent with Sassy and UptheBuff, that was fun XD Until my connection died, and I remembered I had stuff to do T_T TTS gave me an uber manly voice!

And just in case anyone else gets victimized by this…

There’s a dangerous Trojan out there that changes your IE to look for an “msdom2.dll” file, a non-Windows system file. I managed to remove the Trojan with Prevx, but even after the system’s been perfectly cleaned, IE remained corrupted. To fix this, run Command/MS-DOS, and type:

sfc /scannow

…at the prompt. This will make Windows check its own files and try to fix anything missing/corrupted. If it finds something that needs fixing, it should ask you for your Windows CD, which you should have on-hand.

Worked like a charm and fixed my IE. Not that I missed it much, but I need it for designing XD.

Saturday, June 9th, 2007

Know how some people say, the best way to learn is to just dive right in and hope for the best? >.>;

Page 01 WIP

I’ve had this short fic for a while now, and thought it might look all right as a doujin, so…yeah. Going to see how far I get ^^; (yeah, I know the first panel sucks =_=; )

Finished the storyboard though.


…or what MIGHT have been a storyboard. Taking a second glance at it, I’m not so sure anymore :D;.

Meanwhile, got this link from the sibling entity: DM of the Rings, a really funny webcomic based off of LOTR caps. Very well-made, and the sense of humor is hilarious. This one in particular had me laughing my ass off for several minutes XD. Especially love the traditional tabletop RPG references and other MMO ones. Definitely worth a visit, especially if your day’s been crappy as hell.

Monday, June 4th, 2007

Apparently did not get much done today :D; Managed to doodle a bit on the hands though.

Weaver WIP 4

Also, new WIP for a small Sorc fanart for Rappelz…

Rappelz Sorc WIP 1

For those like me who’s always wondered how things go from concept art to the animated film, The Making of Dragon Slayer – 3D Short Production Process by Robert Kuczera walks us through everything from conceptualization to modeling and animation. Very enlightening and inspirational. Came across the link while hopping across Blender threads, have to say I’m getting a little interested about 3D modeling. It looks like an awful lot of fun. Not sure if my PC can handle the rendering though, and I probably should just keep working on my 2D first xD;

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