Archive for the ‘Toho’ Category

Scroll Project Backgrounds

Saturday, May 18th, 2013

Some of you may be familiar with the AWA Touhou Scroll Project, a collaboration project of various artists from across the English-speaking Toho fanbase. The objective is to create a scroll containing every Toho character from The Embodiment of Scarlet Devil to the present day, with each character illustrated by a different artist. I didn’t volunteer for the project because I’m not that good at drawing characters, but eventually I was recruited to do some backgrounds.

Here’s what I have so far:

Phantasmagoria of Flower View – Imperishable Night
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With characters

Forbidden Scrollery – Ten Desires
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With characters

Go check them out here because they’ll get covered by the characters on the final product.

Flower View

Sunday, April 28th, 2013

For this.

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Swords to Plowshares

Sunday, April 14th, 2013

What’s up with the art on that Judge Promo Swords to Plowshares?

I have a better idea.


Use Your Illusion – Pages 03-04

Sunday, April 7th, 2013

A long time ago, I had the following conversation with my brother:

Me: My boss is a jackass. I want to quit my job.

Brother: Your job pays extremely well and quitting would make you lose your worker’s visa. Don’t be such a drama queen.

Me: Don’t you need a worker’s visa too? Why don’t you apply for a job at my company?

Brother: I guess I can do that.

(One interview later…)

Brother: Your boss is a jackass. Quit your job.

To tell the truth, my boss at the time was not really a jackass. He worked himself as hard as he worked any of us and donated a lot of money to advance education in poor countries. But that didn’t mean he wasn’t a nightmare to work for. He just didn’t understand the point of view of someone who used the job to pay the bills and needed free time to do what they really wanted to do. It never occurred to him that working Saturdays and Sundays for a month would not go over well with people who didn’t love their job as much as he did.

I quit that job.

Illustration: Sakana

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You may notice that the font has reverted to the Autumn Children font and the screentone has disappeared. This is because I plan to execute everything in plain black and white first, then work with my publisher on the typesetting and screentone. (Those of you who bought the paper version of Autumn Children have seen that the font and screentone are different from the ones on this site – thanks to my publisher who replaced them herself.) I will be able to proceed from now on at the rate of two pages a week, like with Autumn Children.

Everybody wants Reisen

Sunday, April 7th, 2013

After finishing the second page of Use Your Illusion, I stopped. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to go through with it. I felt like I had typecast myself, and should do something new, something with more action, something that wasn’t an optimistic story filled with round-faced children.

I contacted my brother (a far better writer than myself) and he promised to give me a story to work with.

Then, at Sakura-Con:

Sanae (male cosplayer with amazing outfit): Your Toho books are awesome. I’ll take one copy of each.

Me: Thank you.

Sanae: What’s your next book going to be like?

Me: I’m not sure. I started on a Youmu x Reisen book… (takes out a cheap inkjet print of the Use Your Illusion cover.)

Sanae: And of course it has Sanae.

Me: It’s a rule on Pixiv that all Youmu x Reisen pairings must be moderated by Sanae.

Sanae: I’m glad you know the rules. Just last week I read a doujin where Tewi gives Sanae a potion and she drinks it like this… (poses with a foot up on a box like Captain Morgan and pretends to drink a potion.)

Me: And Sanae turns into a small catgirl, and proceeds to troll the crap out of Youmu and Reisen.

Sanae: Wait, you know that doujin?

Me: Nyan-Pani, by Soichiro Hoshino.

Sanae: I approve the hell out of your Youmu x Reisen book. You better have copies for sale next year.

Me: I’ll think about it.


The Learning Pad (14 hours) – COMPLETE

Sunday, March 24th, 2013

Thanks to my allergy medication, I’m currently on a $2 per day “Breathing-the-Air Tax”, but despite the whole being dependent on medicine for a normal life thing, I’m actually feeling pretty good – neither spacey nor congested in the face of a high pollen count and looking forward to the convention.

So anyway, the world needs some more Cirno x Suwako:

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It’s based on The Learning Pad in Port Washington, Wisconsin.

Use Your Illusion – Page 02

Sunday, March 3rd, 2013

Did you know that part of the reason why I vastly prefer Youmu x Reisen over such other pairings as Youmu x Yuyuko or Tewi x Reisen is because their character designs are aesthetically similar to Haruka and Sora from Yosuga no Sora (which I said has influenced me in the past)?

And remember what Sora’s accessory is: a stuffed rabbit.

Of course.

As for Use Your Illusion, the templates being used by DoujinPress are now double the resolution (and thus 4x the surface area) of the ones I used for Autumn Children. Right now it’s taking longer to draw each page, but I expect the momentum to build.

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Use Your Illusion – Page 01

Sunday, February 24th, 2013

I only got one page done this week. Sorry.

Jemil’s Big Easy

Fairy Ring takes place around Fairy Lake, Montana.

Autumn Children takes place in Derrymore Woods, County Armagh, Northern Ireland.

Use Your Illusion takes place in downtown Seattle, where Youmu is an assistant cook at Misty’s Big Easy and Reisen works at the pharmacy at Harborview Medical Center.

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Use Your Illusion

Sunday, February 17th, 2013

So Leo Modesto, the Youmu x Reisen champion of the west, has put out a book and you should buy one. I did – even if I’m also getting an autographed copy directly from the artist.

Leo has also been prodding me to get started on you know what.

So let’s do this.

My new fanbook, Use Your Illusion, starts next week.

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Hopefully, this works out better than the last time I tried this pairing (which ended with me throwing out the script and rolling the dice on Autumn Children). And unlike my previous doujins hopefully the romance stays in the script until the final draft.

It is a rule on pixiv that all Youmu x Reisen pairings have to be moderated by Sanae, and the goddess of miracles does play a major role in the script, though not in the way you would think. I borrow a lot of ideas from the trailblazing works of Soichiro Hoshino (aka Souin Kuhou), although I have toned down the fanservice.

Any resemblance to the Guns N’ Roses two-part album Use Your Illusion are completely coincidental.

Really Quick Super Bowl Picture

Monday, February 4th, 2013

Ravens LB retires as a two-time champion.
Ravens QB gets a nice new contract.

PS. I’m actually a Packers fan.