Wednesday, May 9, 2012

video wip 2

SUPER TL;DR ahead. Sooo much spam, I'm truly sorry. I figured that I might as well try to "quickly" draw things out and put it together so I have a more concrete idea of how I wanted everything to look like. Somehow I'm already satisfied so I can put this on the backburner and hopefully visit later LOL.

I guess I will do something like a Director's Cut? Thoughts about the scene, I guess lots of spoilers for my character's stories as well, but whatever, hehe.

Introduction --> Instrumental part??
It features Kit Elroy, Maris and Jie's younger half-brother... his job is freelance journalist/amateur author? I decided that he writes about his siblings lives (and other fictional stories which are basically my stories LOLLL). More cut scenes to his writing tools maybe?? I guess I opened with this scene because he's the "creator".

Sky + Lens flare LOL
Something transitioning? From the "real world" (Kit's "real world") to fiction world... I want to do some scenic shots of the city of Arydan, because of the first featured ocs! But I put in sky because it's easy to put as a placeholder.

I mentioned that the lyrics go with each character, so I'll go through each line one by one, XD. I imagine that the lyrics go with the protagonist's thoughts...

1st Pair, Nioclas & Caelan. (Caelan is the protag).

"It's good to see the sun and feel this place,"
A view looking down at the streets of Arydan with a festival going on. The city is supposed to be a port city and very cultural (also has a lot of high-class brothels LOL), in any case, Caelan is a visitor to the city because of his duty as a knight to the Matarin Prince (they are staying at the Arydan Castle)... Matarin is very rigid and not colorful?? So being in Arydan is a culture shock for Caelan.

"This place I never thought would feel like home."
Caelan never expected to find his true love (HAHA CHEESE) in Arydan with the crown prince, but he does, and in his story he learns how to be more accepting of other cultures?? Initially he's the kind of character that is very stubborn and unwilling to adapt to a different lifestyle (nor is he very accepting), but then he overcomes this. Eventually he becomes comfortable living here, to the point of calling it home. HOME IS WHERE IS HEART IS LSAHDSLGKFJD HAHAHHAH.

2nd Pair, Anton & Day (Anton is protag, this is a side story to Caelan's story)

DRAMA happens with the Matarin royal family during Caelan's story... in the very end, Anton (the crown prince of Matarin) chooses to willingly exile himself when his half brother assumes the throne. Anton is often misunderstood to be the "bad guy" and he's had to make a lot of bad choices because they were better than the worse choices. Actually... he's not really misunderstood because he chooses to look like a "bad guy" on purpose, I haven't rly figured it out yet. His mind is complicated... Anyways, when he's exiled he chooses to live in Arydan in one of the merchant/shop areas as a clockworker (or book keeper or something like that). Day is a high-class prostitute, and he is actually a close friend of Caelan because he was the one who "opened Caelan's eyes" to be more accepting. ANYWAYS, for the longest time these two end up having a non-relationship (that is clearly a relationship but they just don't label it ever).

"And I ran forever; Far away and"
Essentially Anton's self-exile is also him running away from having to deal with his family back in Matarin..

"I always thought I'd end up here alone."
He resigned himself to a life of solitude in Arydan, but when he met Day... well, Day keeps visiting Anton's shop all the time.

3rd Pair, Soren & Timin (Soren protag; Timin is a friend's character)

Transition from fantasy land to AOH world! Actually I love Soren in Maris-Jie-world more than AoH (and pretend that Timin is there too), but I also like his AoH story of constantly wandering around and then coming back home to his loveeee.

"Somehow the world has changed me. I've come home,
To give back the things they took from you."

Actually Soren travels the world because he wants to meet up with his wandering father (who really loves Soren but also work gets in the way so Soren grew up without him). When Soren travels himself (after AoH) he learns a lot about himself and his powers and idk his worldliness. And then he comes back home to Timin. Not really sure what "to give back the things" would possibly be... maybe the time that they could have spent together? I imagine Soren is gone for a long time...

4th Pair, Lukas & Henri (Henri protag, he's the violinist with dark hair)

Henri and Lukas... they existed shortly after NioCae story (in terms of when I created them). They are a little special to me? Music academy boys but in like... 1910s fake!!!Austria... (not sure about time period). That's why it's transitioned from pseudo-fantasy/historicalish to this time period.

The world is actually supposed to be centered around early flats/apartments and how gardens come into play with like garden courtyards and lighting (LMAO THIS WAS ME DAYDREAMING IN ARCHITECTURE HISTORY OK). Henri comes to stay as a foreign exchange student at Prague. I admit I am also thinking of Nodame while making this story, lololol. Anyways Lukas is the younger cousin of his landlord who is also staying at the apt complex and then they go to school together, though Lukas isn't a music major he's something else...

T...hey get in a relationship too but I forgot why. I guess their theme/trope/cliche is that they are 2 unlikely types of people to get together but they do, HAHA cuz Lukas is really well known in his school and Henri is the very quiet/keeps to himself foreign student.

"And I feel you now,
I'm not alone,
I'll always know where you are."

I guess Henri is not alone? XD.

5th Pair, Jake & Pierce (Jake is protag Pierce is the ghost!)

They are not exactly a romantic pair, but I think they definitely have strong feelings/bonds for each other. Jake is a grad student who moved overseas because he doesn't want to deal with his family at home... one day he finds out that he can see this ghost that no one else can. As for the reason why Pierce is a ghost... the story is a bit of a play on Beauty & The Beast... when Pierce was alive he was a very promiscuous rake so then he dies and his "curse" is that he's to be a ghost until he learns something?? But at first no one can see his ghostly form so he wanders the earth alone until he eventually meets Jake. They aren't a romantic pair because in the end, Pierce moves on to the afterlife (even though they both feel a lot towards each other).

"When I see myself, I'll always know where you are,
Where you are."

I guess since Jake has to deal with "loss", the loss of a good friend/partner... in the end he Pierce will always be in his heart.

6th Pair, Storm & Knight (OBVIOUSLY K is protag because he's mine aksdjfs)

I feel like I don't have to explain these guys because I shove them in ppls face all the time. They are next because the lyrics are fitting, but also because Jake & Pierce was a mix of modern day with a 19th century ghost... K & S exist in modern day Muggle London?

"And I found something that was always there,
Knight's feelings.

Sometimes it's got to hurt before you feel,"
WELL the story goes... K and S don't get together officially until a dramatic event with S's nemesis, Massey, who basically wants K to himself to the point that he will hurt S to get it (good thing S hurts Massey/gets him expelled HAHA). In any case, I think that for these two, they get together but it also took a while.

7th Pair, Coriander + Basil (Cori protag)

The Grey siblings! Don't know what the age difference is... I guess Basil must be much older? Anyways, Coriander is from London... I like to pretend that she has an apartment where she can see K & S when they pass through the streets (lmao interconnecting characters). Basil actually lives and works in America, so they have to skype with each other.

"But now I'm strong and I won't kneel,"
I guess like... Cori lives by herself and then even goes to live at LoX headquarters... and she has strong character? She's independent.

"Except to thank who's watching over me."

Skyping w/ each other ehehehhehe.

8th Pair, James & Kelly, basil in BG ((Kelly protag))

I already mentioned James & Kelly in previous post. Basil is the only English one at his workplace, James and Kelly are both American. Probably TX? It occurred to me that I don't really have a character set in "America" but it's where I've lived all my life... so at least with these contemporary guys they should be in America. But maybe a pretend TX where there is very little homophobia AHHAHA my ideal texas.

"But somehow I feel so strong.
And I've begun,
To be the one I never thought I'd be."

Not sure how these lyrics fit in, but I guess for Kelly he unexpectedly becomes someone that loves James. HAHA, this is a case of trying to make the lyrics fit in. For these two I don't really have a story, so yeahhh.

9th Pair???,  Jie + Clover&Solus (JIE CENTRIC)

Ok well I just thought it would transition well, and Jie is a badass who deserves her own solo part in the video. Clover is there because he is her closest friend and then Solus is hanging out there too, because she approves of Clover/Solus T 3T.

I can't really think of how the lyrics match up (they don't really LOL), or how the timing goes for her, T 3T.

"And I feel you now,
I'm not alone,
I'll always know where you are."

As for the actual pictures, Jie as a bartender giving Solus and Clover drinks.

"And when I see myself, I'll always know where you are,
Where you are."

And then the pan to the picture frames, which is supposed to show the Elroy family (and also a picture of teen!Jie?), idk just like her character history, and then the top framed picture transitions to...

10th Pair, Maris + ?????? (Maris obv)

Maris has the longest feature in this video, esp cuz he has the bridge of the song HAHA but I love him so much so my bias shows. This plays along with the story idea for Maris with Wes, his dead lover.

"Now, it's all so clear,
And I believe that everything's been opend up for me."
Kind of emo/introspective, Maris is at Wes's grave hahhhh.

"And I feel you now,
I'm not alone."

Like saying goodbye to an old lover with a new one (who is nameless, and who is this guy anyways??? jsut a random guy maybe??)

"I'll always know, I'll always know where you are."
WES IS IN THE SKY HE's SCORPIOOOO maris you will never not know where he is! Lmao a lazy scorpio constellation because I cbf to do a real one... but it transitions to SPACE to the last set of characters (goiing quickly though):

11th Pair, Asher & Terlyn (Terlyn)

These two were supposed to be the main pairing of their story but they got shoved aside ; O;, and they had different names before. But I wanted to give them a tribute, because I think their prototypes might have preceded NioCae story, but their actual space story wasn't developed until like a year ago * O*.

"When I see myself, I'll always know where you are."

At this point the lyrics dont' really have a meaning, but it was a nice transition to thsi space world.

12th Pair, Owen & Ci (Ci)

Same universe as Terlyn... Owen & Ci are the main pairing, and Ci is the protagonist of the whole story.

When I feel the sun, I'll always know where you are.

just a lovey dovey pose.

13th Pair: Kit and Shiv (Both??)

And to make a full circle we come back to present PRESENT "real life" day, with Kit the author and Shiv who is Soren's younger cousin (or sister, idk yet) and also sort of good friends with Kit because of their childhoods? They are just a friendship.

When I see myself, I'll always know where you are,

Where you are.

End with whatever Kit's writing.

So basically Kit writes stories, and he also turned his sibling's life histories into stories, HAHA SO COMPLICATE.

If you read this all I wonder why you took the time to read it (and why did I write this all out).

Video Project WIP

Spamming this blog because not many people are watching it, hahaha. You guys can just ignore all my posts if you like = u=.

I'm so indecisive. Just that last post I was talking about how I wanted to make a video for that one song for Maris, but then I started to hunt through my itunes and found this other song that I want to make a video for (featuring like... all of my OCs).

I'm always so impatient to get things done... I don't know how to do a long term project. For now I am speed-thumbnail/drawing because I want to "see" my imagery... maybe if I do this I can then refine and work slowly for a completed version.

The song is BBMAK's Always Know Where You Are, from Treasure Planet... haha since it's an end-credits sort of thing I felt like making an OC montage. But also because I like the lyrics and they fit the story/feeling I have for the characters? Like NioCae's part refers to Caelan thinking of Arydan as home, and then Anton is exiled from his kingdom and ends up thinking that he'll be alone forever but then he ends up with Day. But maybe it's also some weird psychological thing where I think that the lyrics are fitting because I want them to, HAHA.

Anyways I will stop talking.

OC appearance order (the & denotes the loveful couples LOL):

1) Kit
2) Nioclas & Caelan
3) Anton & Day
4) Soren & Timin (friend's character)
5) Lukas & Henri
6) Pierre + Jake
7) Knight & Storm (friend's character)
8) Coriander + Basil
9) Basil + James & Kelly
10) Jie + Clover(&Solus??)
11) Maris
12) Asher & Terlyn
13) Owen & Ci
14) Kit + Shiv

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

video project-ish?

I'm always making up summer projects for me to do and then don't end up doing them... so many things to do... too lazy to do them all.

I kind of want to create a character song mixtape sort of thing... I already have some songs that I associate with some characters. Unfortunately I don't really listen to a lot of songs, hahaha. Some experiments:

With Knight:

"A Thousand Years" is the song that I most associate with him (and Storm LOLOL). Anyways, I tried to play around garageband with the pitch to see if I could get Christina Perri's voice to be more masculine?? Or closer to the "ideal" singing voice I have for K. So the pitch is different. I want to revisit this video idea... maybe.

As for Maris, I've been listening to グナイマイラブ (the Akitan version) on loop! The atmosphere of this song (and the lyrics) fit with the image that I have in my head of Maris' lovesadlove story... but actually I just really like this song. I want to try a slideshow video for this too? Maybe watercolors, XD. 

Like animation but not LOL. PS this is just the song clip with the garageband pitch edit and then i just put a picture because YEAH, but it's not the actual video.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

meant to be fanart

Already posted these on tumblr, but I can tl;dr on blogspot. My favorite thing to do on the internet/on my computer is read slash fics (H/D fanfiction or original m/m fiction).

I am a fan and friend of Megan Derr (who also publishes m/m ebooks under her own company, LT3 Press), and I finally got around to reading her Infinitum Government series and thus fanart!! Pyotr/Jade is probably my favorite couple of the bunch, just because of their dynamic... it's so messed up but I love them together... Jade is so crazy/psycho (his poison-tipped nail polish AHH).

Haha I love slash sci-fi space stories eheheheheh. SPACE OPERAS COME AT ME. Sometimes I feel a little shameful because I can't really trust my taste when it comes to things I read because I read everything. But hey it makes me feel good yeah?


Every once in a while I think about whether or not I admire artists or writers more... and I feel like it's probably a writer that I admire more... I guess because I'm so fascinated by how they can make characters come alive with words. Or sometimes their words are so emotional I cry. Or also when writers have complex storylines where I'm just like "WHOA, where is this imagination coming from?!!"

HM, something else that's been on my mind... comment quality. I enjoy the fun-ness of the comments I get from friends, haha, it is always cheering to look at their incoherent comments. Though I sometimes wonder what it would be like if the comments were more along the lines of "SOBBB I LOVE YOUR LINE QUALITY!! ALWAYS SO __descriptive word here__" instead of "SOBBBB PAPCRYPLZ HOW CAN YOU I CANT HOW".

Anyways, as always, must try harder at drawing. xD!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

digital colors

Trying to go back to drawing on paper and then adding color digitally? (The last one is an old sketch page though).

I bought a softcover square grid moleskine yesterday... it is quickly turning into my shameless sketchbook. I think somehow it makes me feel like I can be even more messy... the pages feel more expendable.

NOW FOR SOME TL;DR OC STUFF WITH RAMBLING THOUGHTS, who is going to read this anyways, ahaha I love my OCS /can't shut up.

I had a sudden burst of inspiration for OC creating and OC developing... I wanted to create a new OC pair to draw, this time something in the contemporary world... and more specifically an older suits/office pair.

Kelly Wilson and James Jennings. I think Kelly is in his late 20s/early 30s while James is more late 30s/early 40s (uhoooo). I have a thing about picking names for my characters, because I don't like to have characters that have names that are way too unusual... James must be my favourite "classic" boy name because it always just shows up. I love picking unisex/slightly feminine names for male characters that have very strong personalities? Kelly is supposed to be pretty ornery and has no curse filter when talking.

On a side note, Maris has a girl's name but I have never wanted to treat his character as a girl-boy.

Anyways, I'm still bouncing around ideas in my head about their occupations because I'm so easily influenced by fics that I have read in the recent past. But I have the dynamic that I want for them in my head.

I read a H/D and a SS*BB fic about working in a political campaign setting (interesting because working with PR and such), but then I was reading more typical office settings, and even this other one shot series with lawyer/businessman guys. 

The latest idea (and maybe the one I'm keeping for real?) is that James practices law and has a law firm partnership (don't know what the actual term is, sorry!) with other oyaji I haven't designed/decided. Kelly, I think probably majored in some liberal arts course... or maybe literature? I'm imagining that wherever he used to work... I think he probably did not get along with his boss or coworkers (and generally thought they were all idiots) so he got fired. By coincidence, Kelly's best friend Basil has been working at James' law firm and hooks Kelly up with a job as James' personal assistant because they desperately need help and Kelly desperately needs a job. It's only a temporary thing at first but then yada yada yada.

Also thinking that everyone at the firm aside from Basil thinks that Kelly is a girl because of his name. 

I can't see them in a torrid romance though, I think they just end up together.

I have a few details that I'm also toying with... like how James might be either divorced or maybe he's just legally separated from his wife (not taking the final steps of divorce because he hasn't needed to... YET). 

Basil is actually Coriander's older brother?? Though I only want him to be like 3-4 years older than her, so the timeline is a little weird.... Basil would be around the same age as Kelly, making Cori like mid-20s ish... ahhaha. Oh man I love interconnecting all of my characters.

Still on this OC brainstorming high. Maris, I think, is my favorite OC that I designed specifically for an RP group... but somehow I am really attached to him. I was thinking that I don't usually give any of my characters body modifications (tattoos or piercings), because I myself am not particularly interested in them. But I think that Maris is likely to get one, especially for sentimental/symbolic reasons.

I think Maris (well, probably most of my characters) is subtly complicated... he's the kind of guy that goes through his first 18 years of life as a plain vanilla, and only starts to explore himself after graduating from high school. He was always gay, but I usually don't focus romance in my RP group characters, so I decided that his love life only manifests in his young adult years. He ends up being one of those people that don't settle down until much later in life, though.

Since I can't be bothered to care, I shamelessly add in drama in his life LOLOLOL. Maris goes on a graduation trip before starting college, meets someone there that he happens to "click" with, and they have a whirlwind romance/fling type of thing. He falls hard for the first time in his life. (It's that guy in the very first picture of this post, btw). The guy that he falls for is the main reason behind the meaning of the tattoo that he eventually gets.

Anyways, first loves don't usually last, and Maris and the other guy are both from different countries... there is kind of more drama mainly dealing with what happens to the other guy in the end... 

In any case, this event is a catalyst for many turning points in Maris' life regarding what he wants in the future and his understanding of himself and other people and his beliefs, uhoooooo. Bridging the gap between Maris-living-with-Jie to the Maris that grows up and becomes a doctor.

WOW THIS POST GOT SO LONG, basically I love OCs and have story ideas for them. I'd really like to draw out Maris' story (especially because I have most of it thought out anyways), and I also want to draw so many James/Kelly domestic scenes u 3u.

Saturday, April 28, 2012


I'm going through some life changes that I may or may not talk about on the internet (actually I posted about it on lj). I want to start sketching traditionally more actively again... I got kind of lazy when I took a break. It's a little frustrating to see that I am only drawing floating heads/people... I should also make an effort to spend more time away from the computer. It's so addicting though.

This summer hopefully I can also actually try to finish personal projects of mine.

Anyways, I always get the urge to start using blogspot when I see other people using it. This influence... I guess there is also appeal in the fact that it's a blog url that I don't really give out!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

100 Things to Eat before you Die

Just leaving this here:

Initial count: 034/100

1. Abalone
2. Absinthe
3. Alligator
4. Baba Ghanoush
5. Bagel & Lox
6. Baklava
7. BBQ Ribs
8. Bellini
9. Birds Nest Soup
10. Biscuits & Gravy
11. Black Pudding
12. Black Truffle
13. Borscht
14. Calamari
15. Carp
16. Caviar
17. Cheese Fondue
18. Chicken & Waffles
19. Chicken Tikka Masala
20. Chile Relleno
21. Chitlins
22. Churros
23. Clam Chowder
24. Cogna
25. Crab Cakes
26. Crickets
27. Currywurst
28. Dandelion Wine
29. Dulce De Leche
30. Durian
31. Eel
32. Eggs Benedict
33. Fish Tacos
34. Foie Gras
35. Fresh Spring Rolls
36. Fried Catfish
37. Fried Green Tomatoes
38. Fried Plantain
39. Frito Pie
40. Frogs' Legs
41. Fugu
42. Funnel Cake
43. Gazpacho
44. Goat
45. Goat's Milk
46. Goulash
47. Gumbo
48. Haggis
49. Head Cheese
50. Heirloom Tomatoes
51. Honeycomb
52. Hostess Fruit Pie
53. Huevos Rancheros
54. Jerk Chicken
55. Kangaroo
56. Key Lime Pie
57. Kobe Beef
58. Lassi
59. Lobster
60. Mimosa 
61. Moon Pie
62. Morel Mushrooms
63. Nettle Tea
64. Octopus
65. Oxtail Soup
66. Paella
67. Paneer
68. Pastrami on Rye
69. Pavlova
70. Phaal
71. Philly Cheese Steak
72. Pho
73. Pineapple & Cottage Cheese
74. Pistachio Ice Cream
75. Po' Boy
76. Pocky
77. Polenta
78. Prickly Pear
79. Rabbit Stew
80. Raw Oysters
81. Root Beer Float
82. S'mores
83. Sauerkraut
84. Sea Urchin
85. Shark
86. Snail
87. Snake (no, thanks.)
88. Soft Shell Crab
89. Som Tam
90. Spaetzle
91. Spam
92. Squirrel
93. Steak Tartare
94. Sweet Potato Fries
95. Sweetbreads
96. Tom Yum
97. Umeboshi
98. Venison
99. Wasabi Peas
100. Zucchini Flowers