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Sunday, November 18th, 2012

Illustration: Rebecca

I messed up Page 34 and had to start over. There will be no Autumn Children update this week.

The Thanksgiving holiday should give me time to catch up, and there should be a four-page update on Nov. 25.

If there’s anyone actually still reading Autumn Children, please accept my apologies for the delay.

Not the hand

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

So there is a line of pain running down the middle of my palm and that means I have to stop drawing for a while.

I guess this is Guu’s way of telling me to attend the Return to Ravnica prerelease. Selesnya representing.

Next Autumn Children on October 8.

Suspended (2)

Friday, June 29th, 2012

Last Tuesday I flew from Seattle to San Francisco and back on the same day to renew my passport. Today I finished up the one-month contract my former job had given me to train the remaining programmers how to do the tasks that were formerly mine. I have worked the last three weekends in order to make up for the time I spent during my job search. My visa paperwork has been filed, and it seems like I am all clear to start my new job.

But it will take some time to settle into the routine that allows me to draw on a regular basis, while I adjust to the ropes at my new job. (Note that my original blog, Heart’s Content, didn’t start until 2007, after I had finished my first year at my former job.) And when I do find time to draw, I have a new, important art project that takes priority over anything I have currently planned. What this means is:

All work on Guns and Roses and Lotus Cobra is Evil is suspended until January 2013.

I will post what details are allowed from my new project at the beginning of August.

Until then, I am sorry. According to Kurt Vonnegut, someone who becomes a writer is obliged to produce beauty and enlightenment and comfort at top speed, and I must fail at my obligation for now.


Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

Two weeks after I was told I was being laid off, my job search has ended. I start my new job at Paperless Business Systems in July.

Special thanks to the real-life friends who helped me with my job search: David of the University of Washington, Jon of Rapid Systems, Cameron of Cray, Kyle of WildTangent, Dylan of Pokemon USA, and Jun and Apurva of Microsoft. While I ended up not getting a job at any of your companies, you went above and beyond to get me leads. It is because of you that I have kept my house, my job, and my visa. I will pay you all back someday.

Now it is time to draw again.

A more diverse portfolio

Sunday, June 3rd, 2012

When I want to show people my artwork, I usually point them to my pixiv or deviantart account. But those portfolios give the impression that I only do moe anime style illustration, when I actually have more range than that.


My one and only stint as a professional artist was drawing backgrounds for the Game Boy Color game, Magi-Nation (2001), which was a creature collecting game, like Pokemon. All the backgrounds shown above were drawn by me, although the character and monster were drawn by other members of the team.



Thursday, May 31st, 2012

I got laid off from my job.

I have 29 days to find a new job or fall out of status.

Let’s see how many job applications I can complete in the coming week. I’ll mention the applications in the comments as I send them out. Hopefully someone will hire me before time runs out.

Raise a glass to Erin

Saturday, March 17th, 2012

(Erin as in Ireland.)

At last Sunday’s Lunasa concert at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago, there was a sign asking not to take cameras into the theater. I did take my camera into the theater, but it was kept out of sight and never used.



Saturday, March 10th, 2012

It’s my birthday today. I turn 32, and H.C.Staff turns 5. The first two years of the blog’s life (under the name Heart’s Content) were sucked into the Great Palestinian Hackervoid, but nobody remembers the first two years of their life anyway.

One of my classmates showed up on the second-to-last day of class wearing a bright green St. Patrick’s Day shirt. It turns out he is part Irish and his friend runs a bar. He told me that outside of Ireland, the place to be on St. Patrick’s Day is Chicago. This year they are bringing back the St. Patrick’s Parade (cancelled during previous years due to excessive drunkenness) and as per tradition, coloring the Chicago River green.

I’m in Chicago now, and while I will be back in Seattle for St. Patrick’s Day itself, I’m here for a particularly Irish reason: to see Lunasa in concert at the Old Town School of Folk Music. The best spring break activity ever is also the best birthday present ever.

So while normally birthday posts are the time for me to gripe about how much I fail at life and how I’m so far from reaching my dreams, I’m too happy for that today. Instead, you get this.

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Now some of you may be wondering how I managed to graduate from art school with my work looking like it did in 2002. The answer lies in the fact that people are not the only subjects people draw, although it could be argued that they are the most important.

When I was much younger, I took a personality test to predict my future career and the result was “Architect”. Now that was a complete miss, seeing as I ended up becoming a Systems Engineer. But it did somewhat foretell that I would be better at drawing buildings and other things made out of straight lines. I suck at drawing people, but I can draw everything else. I don’t have the polish of a true professional, but that’s just because I haven’t practiced enough.

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I may not be able to put as many hours into my artwork as I would want to. I may not learn things as quickly or as easily as people who are more gifted. I may fail more often and waste more time and effort. I may complain too much and work too little.

But I’ll be better this year than I was last year.

This could be your life

Monday, February 6th, 2012

Do you believe in Shintoism?

Do you like frogs, tea, and mochi?

Have you ever felt the call to a life of religious service in the name of Sarutahiko Okami, Marshal and Guardian Prince of Earth, and his ally America Kokudo Kunitama no Kami, patron of North America?


Another soul for computer afterlife

Saturday, January 14th, 2012

Sixten PC #2, aka KOZUE, had been suffering for months. Failing to install drivers, crashing when trying to install updates, not remembering the acceptance of license agreements, and so on. Yesterday morning it finally died. It wouldn’t even boot up Windows, and none of the startup or system recovery options worked. After the manufacturer screen, nothing was left but a blinking white cursor in the upper left corner of a black screen.

The slow deterioration of KOZUE gave me plenty of warning to regularly back up all my stuff, and no blog images, illustrations, comics, saved games, homework, documents, or ripped CDs were lost. Nevertheless, I will be without a home PC until the replacement arrives – Sixten PC #3, aka COBRA.

KOZUE served as my home PC from December 2008 to January 2012, and is the machine on which the birth of my Toho fandom took place. My joining of Pixiv, starting and finishing Fairy Ring, the start of the Magic-based but heavily Toho-flavored Lotus Cobra is Evil, and getting Normal 1CC’s on Imperishable Night, Mountain of Faith, and Subterranean Animism all happened during the KOZUE years. KOZUE was the gateway to Gensokyo.

KOZUE ascended to computer afterlife and joined Sixten PC #1, aka PELLAEON, which served from June 2005 to December 2008. PELLAEON witnessed, among other things, the contract that bound me to J.C.Staff, my decision to draw every day until I became a professional artist, Heart’s Content, my failed collaboration with Jason Miao, and Miao Diary, the doujin that rose from its ashes and was approved by none other than ESTABLISH NECHOES.

Who knows what milestones will be reached with COBRA?

Only time will tell.