Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Quickie before 2009! Seems like most of the world is already ahead of me, however.

There was a news article stating that 2008 is actually 1 second longer than 2007 because the world is slowing down. That is, the Earth's revolution isn't what it used to be. The last time official timekeepers had to add in a leap second was in 2005. At this rate, we'll be enjoying 52-hour work days in a few millenia. I knew investing in 26-hour clocks would pay off.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008


Happy holidays, everyone!

My desktop at home has decided to crash and burn, joining the ranks with my scanner among pretty-but-nonfunctional-hardware.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Hooray! Finals are done and fall quarter is over with. Of course, the first thing on my list was to hit level 80 on WoW before doing other, less-important things like celebrating with friends or showering (not really).

Just some doodles done during some raid downtime. It seems voluptuous women who hate pants are the first thing I tend to draw out. Strange...

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

One day I'll draw on something besides index cards--they're just so handy!

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Some concepts for something to do with PIRATES. Who ambush people. From an awesome island. Sketches for final group project for Environment Design.

Annnd a concept/color paintover on a 3d model of some modular pieces of a fortress/compound type thing. Freestanding structure, corner piece, transitional wall piece, gate piece. I played with the colors a little but decided on the one at the top. Some changes were made, but I had this as a jpg!

Ilu Abby. When winter rolls around I'll post ALL THE TIME, I swear. Like, once a day. Twice a day. Every hour! No, that was a lie.

Monday, November 24, 2008

More index card sketches. Some guy getting nagged by a snake. One of my boyfriend's (troll!) Death Knight and my shaman on WoW. Also a random woman in an attempt to make this the breast post ever.
I wish I had more time to actually paint.
Also: Blogspot's richtext editor is really getting on my nerves with its inconsistent formatting and picture resizing. If this keeps up, I might switch to Wordpress!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Doodles done on index cards. There are times where you feel like you're working against a medium, and that just sucks all the fun out of drawing/painting (flaky sketch paper or a badly primed canvas come to mind).
For some reason, my pencil ran very nicely over these cards--I wish the campus bookstore had an entire sketchbook made entirely of (larger) index cards!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Haven't had much time to draw lately. Attempting to not fall behind on school work has been a failure for the most part, but the good part is that I've (finally) managed to earn a lab research internship in evolutionary genetics with a professor who's really passionate about his work. It's nice to be able to get away from school work and have some more "hands-on" experience.

"What did you do at work today?"
"I sorted fruit flies and then tore their wings off!"
"...Oh. Well, just remember to put that on your resume."

Actually, pulling the wings off frozen fruit flies without mangling them takes much more dexterity than I had anticipated. I can probably do hand exercises (like microscale origami: the smallest paper cranes you ever did see...or not!) to improve.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Recycling old worksheets.
I'm always eager to take old papers from my friends-- but only if one side is blank. Otherwise, I just tell them to throw away their own trash (though a little more tactfully). However, I never show them what I do with their discarded math problem sets, mainly because many of them break down into a fit of giggles if they see a naked body. And they're not even really naked.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

More fiddling around with the DS. I really need to work on portraits (among other things!)

Tuesday, November 4, 2008


This is an ongoing project I started on the iRO Wiki fanart boards: the Ragnarok Online Stampede! It's still growing, but I figured that, since I have no decent work to show as of late, I might as well leech off the work of others!

Basically, each participant adds to the growing herd of characters running towards some mysterious goal (phat lewt? Gourmet desserts? The latest album from the Beach Boys?). Needless to say, I and the other 20+ artists arehaving a lot of fun with it--it's always exciting to see what people will add!

As a side note, my character is the leggy girl getting upskirted second from the left.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Late Happy Halloween?

Halloween-themed assignment for a class of mine.
Two thumbnails and one more "finished" piece.

:D I posted something!

Friday, October 31, 2008

I felt compelled to throw something together for Halloween since I'm not going trick-or-treating [for alcohol] like other classmates. My plan is to hit up the supermarket at midnight to snag all the half-off Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. Trick or treat indeed.

My friend asked me if I had any qualms about working for certain companies--for example, a top secret government project involving biological warfare that uses unethical research methods, Resident Evil style. It just so happens that I'm allergic to top secrets and research, but I concluded that if working for such a company increases my chances of meeting stoic, heroic heartthrobs like Leon S. Kennedy or Chris Redfield, I'd go for it. Even if it means I have to be an inconvenient obstacle (In RE4, I should have left Ashley in the dumpster and never looked back)

Blogspot doesn't seem to be resizing pictures at all, which is sort of annoying since it's cropping off the right-side of pictures.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008


Something quick and silly.

I don't play Ragnarok Online anymore, but some of the things in the game still amuse me-- like a headband that makes you run faster. I wish I had one for high school gym class.

Monday, October 27, 2008

DS Errors and strife

Playing around with the DS. Then we switched places and the DS played around with me. Search up "1 girl 2picturesmangled" on YouTube. You probably won't find anything, but if you do, please link it.

I haven't had much time to draw or doodle with all my classes causing a 3-exam pileup on my schedule. The bad news is that I didn't set the curve. The good news is that everyone else did worse than me. Relativity rules!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Much to my dismay, placing a textbook against my head does not cause the information to diffuse into my skull, even if I press super hard.

Friends have told me that information does transfer into the brain via reading, but that would require the use of my eyes--which are too busy being closed or watching old episodes of Firefly.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

RO fanart

Ragnarok Online fanart. The character designs are just too neat to pass up.

I haven't gotten much time to draw lately with exams coming up--which is fine, since I accidentally shipped my R4 DS to the wrong address anyways. I told my parents it was "much-needed hardware" for my computer, so they'll be none the wiser.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Just some pixel work from the past few months. Personal portraits done for characters in Furcadia, an old roleplay community I used to frequent when I was a tweenager. It took me a few years to realize my drawing abilities were better than my writing ones.

Every portrait is limited to 95x95 pixels and 256 colors. I used to sit and draw these pixel by pixel. However, since spending 6 hours on a total of 9,025 pixels doesn't really get me all giddy-like, I do a larger painting and just shrink the whole thing down and touch it up from there. Actually, the hardest part of making these is coming up with a portrait that fits into a square and still manages to display cleavage.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

One day I'll actually draw a figure in an environment. Not today, though.

My mother found my sketchbook the other day-- a moment I've been dreading since I stopped drawing ponies. Needless to say, she asked me (in a concerned voice) if I was depressed because she mistook my inability to properly render smiling people for some emotional distress. I simply answered "no" and told her, truthfully, that my drawings generally don't reflect my emotional state.

Maybe when she finds my sketchbook full of human hair and fingernail clippings, she'll have more reason to worry.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

I did it, Abby!

I felt pretty guilty when Abby broke the 20 post mark and I still hadn't posted anything.
Here's some stuff I'm working on for school...?

This one is a quick color thumbnail. Going to bring it to full illustration level of completion by next Saturday. Ignore the fact that I couldn't decide if the background was supposed to be trees or sky. I assume I'll figure it out before Saturday.

This is a "Beast of Burden" for a world I'm developing in a concept class. He transports things! Clearly unfinished.

Much to my surprise, UC Davis doesn't have an official figure drawing class. Fortunately, there's a small band of grad students that host a weekly 3-hour "figure drawing club" where anyone is welcome to come in and draw. Because it's only 3 hours, there aren't any poses longer than 20 minutes--which is fine. My attention span for a single pose is about 30 minutes, at which point I start drawing things that aren't tentacles, or various body parts. Hey, I think an extra left arm would look great on your forehead!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Sketch Dump

I wish my scanner was just an inch bigger. That, or I need to get a smaller sketchbook.
Ignore my plant bio notes. :(

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

In retrospect...

Google may not have designed a real time machine, but their 2001 index puts you close enough. I find it impressive that they actually have the old site descriptions indexed as well.

Look up World of Warcraft or YouTube (okay, maybe this one isn't as exciting). Maybe even Blogger!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Napping substitute

I was thinking about napping the entire time I was doing this. In the end, I feel like this is a little more impressive than a groggy girl.

Tina: I pre-ordered Wrath of the Lich King! Let's go slay undead armies together! It will be like a romantic date, but instead of a violin, the clash of swords and cheers of victory over evil shall serenade us!

Monday, October 6, 2008

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Afro tree

Geese are evil.

I won't say I hate geese because they taste great with a little hoisin sauce, but they are evil. My father used to take me to a local shopping plaza that had a giant artificial lake, complete with ducks and hellgeese. At this point in time, park authorities hadn't gotten around to putting up "do not feed waterfowl" signs yet, but sometimes, deep in my heart, I wish they did. Perhaps then I wouldn't harbor such a deep-seated dislike for geese.

Ducks are docile and geese are greedy. It's a principle that I learned at the tender age of 5 after I was chased onto a bench by a particularly belligerent waterfowl. I should have known something was amiss when all the ducks and pigeons dispersed upon the arrival of the geese, but instead, I fed it. Did you know that a goose can break a man's leg with its wing? No? Well, they're also very good at chasing little kids around. What resulted was me, standing on a bench, with a goose honking for my bread (or flesh, I wasn't very good at demonic tongue/goose at 5-years-old) while my father stood by and laughed at the entire situation (a slight I've yet to forgive).

The moral of the story: don't feed a goose, but if you must feed one, make sure there's a bench nearby.

Other sketches:

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Quite possibly the worst headache in the world.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

I also had a giant "metabolic pathways roadmap" drawn up, but decided that it wouldn't be too interesting.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Marco Bucci's demo was really helpful and I decided to give the whole "I have no idea where this is going" technique a whirl.

Every fight in Devil May Cry 4 should include a Gyro-Blade for added excitement! Who needs style points? The only thing Nero needs is an umbrella to shield himself from the rain of red orbs that is bound to follow when you fire one of those things down a hallway.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Probably the last big thing I do this summer. Just played around a lot with Photoshop.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Pale ladies

About an hour of fooling around on Photoshop. Hoping to work on this over the week.

I need to buy textbooks for the new quarter. :(