Mirth Alia
03 November 2011 @ 03:19 pm
I live! Kinda.  
So those [community profile] aather and [insanejournal.com profile] sabra_la_tau games that I mentioned I needed distraction from?

I kind of joined them.


So that's what I've been doing lately, along with reading Diana Wynne Jones' Enchanted Glass and tearing through all of Kimi ni Todoke in one weekend. I've been trying to push more art practice and writing progress out of me, but it's still really tough for reasons I have yet to figure out. I swear I didn't have this much trouble a few years back. Maybe it's because I'm tired all the time now?

I have made some progress in the character development for the Mahou Shounen thing, so that's encouraging. Research for the game idea, however, is at a standstill, partly because I keep checking out awesome books and then... don't get around to reading them for whatever reason. Stuff for [personal profile] after_nightfall has been progressing in bits and tiny pieces, and I need to keep telling myself that I don't have the time to try and join Dreamwidth's development team, much as I would love to and everyone on there is awesome. (I guess I'll have to keep throwing my money at them instead.)

I did head down to Geek Girl Con last month (which was amazing), and that on top of Halloween on top of friends leaving for Spain on top of concerts a few weeks before might have just been too much. I've been having trouble at work, too. November and December are looking to be much quieter, so we'll see if that changes things.

In other news, I've been hearing very mixed reviews about Wacom's new Inkling. Does anyone actually own one who'd be willing to give an opinion?
Mirth Alia
17 August 2011 @ 09:51 pm
Because I'm positive I'm not the only one who'll find this helpful.  
Determining line weight and artistic style, and what to do with it. )
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Current Music: Feel Good Time . Pink
Mirth Alia
02 June 2011 @ 04:12 pm
It's tough being a not!artist!  
I'm clearly too used to drawing with paper and pencil; I just erased something with my tablet and tried to dust imaginary shavings off its surface.

I also need to spend five hours tonight drawing clavicles and Indian noses. Seriously. Why can I not get this.
Current Mood: tired
Current Music: Ashitaka to San . Joe Hisaishi
Mirth Alia
30 April 2011 @ 06:05 pm
More doodles. Belladonna from... Belladonna by Anne Bishop. (Late #fridayreads!)  

Just a quick thing. I kind of hate the way she looks on the cover of the book, and I've had this image of her in my head for the entirety of Sebastian that I wanted to get down on paper while I still could. She looks a tad too young for 31, I think; I'll have to practice drawing faces of different ages.

I actually don't like the Ephemera books all that much overall; I like Glorianna, and a few other characters, but I've read three series by Bishop now and they've all got the same subjects, same themes, same kinds of characters, same kinds of threat, same kind of structure... etc. There's only so much of that you can take from the same writer before it starts to get irritating, unfortunately.

I have enjoyed the extensions on the Black Jewels Trilogy so far, though, probably because they're expansions on a really strong world that I loved and which was my introduction to her work. I have Twilight's Dawn sitting on my table waiting for me to be done with Belladonna, so we'll see if that trend continues.
Current Mood: thoughtful
Current Music: Exile Vilify . The National
Mirth Alia
19 April 2011 @ 03:14 pm
Look, I can do art!  
Look, drawings! Just to prove that I do, occasionally, do that sort of thing.

Some Echo Bazaar crossover fanart sketches I did at lunch; hoping to work out a pose and then make a proper drawing with background etc. )

It only took me four tries to make the fighting stance look not totally awful. I guess I’m improving?

The Scarred Naturalist arc still makes me cringe in places. Nastiest gardening gauntlet ever.

And yeah, I dropped the Female Awesome meme like a samosa fresh out of the microwave. I got stuck on a prompt and my neurotic tendencies won't let me finish the rest out of order. I'll get on it.

I also have a standing desk at work now. By which I mean two boxes and a couple of monitors balanced on PCs. There are upsides and downsides. I may start cataloging them as an experiment.
Current Mood: chipper
Current Music: Baby I'm Yours . Breakbot