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Kito no Yorozu: $165.49

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

Shipping included.

Totally worth it.

While I would say Kantoku and Hanaharu Naruko have better technical skills, and Barasui and Takashi Hashimoto have been more influential to my personal style, I consider Kito to be the best depictor of the moe paradise all artists should aspire to reach.

Thanks to Kira and her extensive network of contacts for locating a copy of this super-rare artbook for me. This is like buying a painting or a rare Magic card, and has been the only opportunity so far, outside of buying the equally hard to find IOSYS albums, for me to get art from my favorite artist that isn’t just an image file.

USC Yuka

Saturday, December 24th, 2011

USC Yuka

(I’ll finish the picture when I get back from Chicago.)

Merry Christmas, everyone!

Across the Black River

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

Lunasa – Black River

So I have tickets to go see Lunasa live at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago on March 11, 2012.

Check out Road to Barga or Midnight in Aviles for a sample of the lovely traditional Irish melodies and impeccable violin skills you have come to expect from the name Lunasa.

Lunasa isn’t only about the violin. Glentrasna is a hymn driven by a flute or whistle that makes me recall the Titanic soundtrack, only Titanic’s soundtrack was never this good. Autumn Child has amazing guitar as well. The combination of emotionally moving composition and virtuoso playing is, dare I say, Ericjohnsonian.

The March concert will be the highlight of my next year’s spring break, if not the highlight of the whole year. If you are going to be around Chicago at the time, I highly recommend you get tickets of your own.

See, even Yukari is impressed.

It’s what’s next

Sunday, November 27th, 2011

After working two straight weekends in a row I was looking forward to the four-day Thanksgiving weekend. I have a lot to be thankful for, particularly the 12 people, as of today, who have bought copies of Fairy Ring. It’s more than I deserve.

I didn’t meet relatives or have a feast this Thanksgiving (in fact, I lost weight) and the plan was to continue Lotus Cobra is Evil.

But The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim interfered with my plans somewhat.

Anyway, I did manage to get some art done, but no cobras.

Apparently there are some things that I would rather do in my spare time than craft the perfect shield to fend off the impassioned speeches of angry dragons. Work has begun on my new Toho doujin, Guns & Roses. There are no characters on the cover this time around, but there are some subtle hints as to which popular Toho character pairing will be featured in the book.

Weavefy Interactive Book Creator (Not Real)

Monday, October 31st, 2011

For the first time since I started grad school, my class takes place outside of Allen (the “Paul Allen Center for Computer Science and Engineering”). It takes place in Paccar Hall, home to the Foster School of Business, and the restaurant from hell, Orin’s Place.

Since the class is a business class, not a computer science class, there is no code to be written. There is, however, a business plan for a hypothetical project.

This is the pitch.

After a few viewings, it has become apparent that the slides are changing a little too fast. Because the video cannot go over 2 minutes, I will have to cut stuff before the deadline on Thursday.

Edit: Stuff has been cut. Should be less frantic now.

Edit 2: The scriptwriter wanted to add some of the cut material back in. In order to accomplish this, we show the text superimposed over the interactive book sample clips. The first Three Little Pigs video was replaced as well.

Script: Dharma Shukla
Illustrations: Adrian Ferrer (me)

Interactive Books:
The Three Little Pigs by Nosy Crow
The Three Little Pigs by Game Collage
Al Gore’s Our Choice by Push Pop Press
Raven’s Biology by Inkling

Music:
Tsunderella Honeymoon by Gust Sound Team (Mana Khemia 2)

Math Girls (English Version)

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

A little over two years ago, I made a reference to Hiroshi Yuki’s novel series Math Girls, which combines advanced math with high school romance.

Well, guess what.

My reaction is as you would expect:

This should bring happiness to all those who want a little glasses moe with their number theory.

CCY would be proud.

Secrets of the Fairy Ring (Long Post)

Sunday, September 18th, 2011

When we play Dungeons and Dragons at my local game store, sometimes we are honored to have Erik Scott de Bie as one of our DMs. Erik is an expert on the Forgotten Realms, D&D’s most popular world, and he has co-authored the recent Neverwinter Campaign Guide and written the modules Halaster’s Lost Apprentice and The Lost Crown of Neverwinter.


My character in the current D&D Encounters season

One of the players asked Erik how he had come to write for Wizards of the Coast. Erik replied with the same advice applicable to job seekers in any field: get to know people in the industry. In Erik’s case, that meant joining online communities and attending gaming conventions.

Now it’s no secret that I plan to become a professional artist in the future, and have been spending all my free time improving my art skills because of it. But I should also be spending time getting to know people in the industry. Although my immigration status forbids me from leaving the company I currently work for, that is no excuse for not at least trying to network. Even if I can’t leave my job, I could become an elite fan artist like Justin Treadway or Souin Kuhou. (I would have to become better at drawing first, but I’m working on that.)

I decided it was time for me to meet people at conventions. The problem is, I had no portfolio to show to contacts and recruiters. All I had is my Pixiv page, a business card and a resume that shows 5 years of experience at an unrelated IT job.

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The sputtering engine of creation

Monday, July 25th, 2011

So yeah, it’s been a while. Ever since I moved to the USA in 1998, I think I’ve had more weeks in which I’ve had to work 50 hours or more, than weeks in which I’ve worked 40 or less. I don’t know where people get the time to raise families.

For the last two weeks I’ve been working overtime. Two major registration events had our development and support staff traveling out of state while the people still in the office worked extra hours to fix bugs and monitor databases. And while I thought the worst was over at the end of last week when we had a celebration lunch at Pecos Pit and our lead developer took a one-month vacation, the work hasn’t stopped coming.

And in my spare time I’m freaking out at being unable to go anywhere with either Lotus Cobra is Evil or Fairy Ring.

You would think that with the whole banning of Jace the Mind Sculptor I would have some good ideas for comics. You would also think that with some conflict shaping up in Fairy Ring that I would at least be able to hammer something out as I go along. I may be busy, but I still have some free time because I don’t have to go to school right now.

But I can’t get anything done.


Fairy Lake, Montana – my real world reference for Gensokyo’s Misty Lake

The best stories are born from the author’s own experience. In Magic I’ve been trying out Birthing Pod decks of various flavors and have been getting wrecked by pretty much everything. Maybe the card just isn’t any good. And in Toho I have been unable to beat Fairy Wars because the lack of practice mode keeps me from being able to memorize stage 3 easily. My failing at comics is mirrored by my failing at games. Should I make a story about working too much and failing at life? It would be like Dilbert, except less funny.

I’ve been experimenting with fixing the problems with Fairy Ring. Maybe I can’t continue the current story because it has plot points that cannot be reconciled. You can find my most recent attempt here. It’s not very good, but then neither is the current Fairy Ring.

I’ve been sketching out more Lotus Cobra. There’s nothing worth showing. I have a picture of Primeval Titan and Aleksi watching TV.

Maybe I just need a break. I could read a book that has nothing to do with anything I normally write about. Or I could go outside and draw things I see in the park on the weekend.

Yeah, I think I’ll do that.

I’ll see you guys in September.

Fairy Ring is delayed

Saturday, June 18th, 2011

I know I was supposed to have Fairy Ring pages 21-24 today, but I’ve playing too much Magic. I managed to put 12 hours in on Fairy Ring, but that only finished 2 of the 4 pages.

This does put me on pace to have the new Fairy Ring by the end of next Saturday (the 25th).

Sorry for the delay.

Balance

Saturday, June 4th, 2011

School’s out for the summer!

Historically, when the end of the quarter approaches and I stop blogging for a while because of the overwhelming homework, I hold some kind of trivia contest to see who gets a gift illustration during the break. But there wasn’t any last quarter because I still owe someone a picture from the quarter before.

Summer plans include:

Creating the gift illustration for Christopher (deadline: June 18)
Continuing Fairy Ring (first new installment: June 25)
Replacing the Cirno/Daiyousei banner (sometime in July)

And, of course, more Lotus Cobra whenever I feel like it.

It’s good to be on break!