A very belated post about the first (and probably only) convention I had tabled at in January 2020. It feels like a long time ago – hope you’re well and taking care of yourselves.
Thank you to Luckee and 10thcard for answering my questions about tabling, and stariaria, for sending me friends to talk to; it was fun. I think I ate more than what I made that day in the form of snacks. Anime Shogatsu had a nice atmosphere.
10thcard and I attempting to summon a pizza delivery to the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre in the midst of 20 cm of Canadian snowfall.
I tried to take some product photos of the postcards I made for Anime Shogatsu…I fell off posting to Instagram after editing all these photos, and realizing the “buon giorno” postcards had a massive error in it. I ended up giving away the postcards or mailing them to friends. I’m honestly really embarrassed that I had this lettering work up for so long and only noticed the mistake after I stayed up to design the bleeds, printed it, cut it, taken photos, edited the photos, and then think of checking the spelling.
Seeing some of my lettering work reappearing after a long time…this one is hanging in the Aksys Games office, apparently.
These fan-made videos will describe where I went in the fandom in the last few months. ^^” Alexa, I’m sad, play Wangxian.mp3.
同道殊途Our Different Paths -Grandmaster of Demonic Cultivation/The Founder of Diabolism
【The Untamed】Character Intro MV “Undifferent Path” – Mo Dao Zu Shi
Protector – City Wolf
Grandmaster of Troublemaking (The Untamed) -Troublemaker – Olly Murs feat. Flo Rida
[陈情令 The Untamed FMV] Wei Wuxian – Seven Nation Army
The Scientist – Coldplay
Not Yet Lovers (FMV)
魔道祖师OP《醉梦前尘》Piano by Yuki光影
WangXian – audio drama ver.
Gotan Project – Santa Maria
Perfume – “Dajyobanai” Live at Coachella 2019
Porter Robinson – Secret Sky Set (2020)
MADEON DJ SET (Secret Sky Festival)
Jai Wolf – Secret Sky Audiovisual Mix
Move Mountains (Vo.Alisa)
We Won’t Be Falling – 陳雪燃 Xueran Chen
AfterSchoolDi(e)stra(u)ction – Yakushimaru Etsuko
Rainbow Connection – Sleeping At Last
Saturn – Sleeping At Last
Heart Made of Stone – The Tech Thieves
Boom Boom (Audio) – Shaggy ft. Shhhean :)
Swalla – Jason Derulo ft. Nicki Minaj & Ty Dolla $ign :P
MIX 15A – Stay Home May 3 A-side: Anikura Unison vol.1.5 by Vanille Altzy
MIX 15B – Stay Home May 3 B-Side: AnimeltUP! by Vanille Altzy
I worked the graphics for the podcast series Translator Tea Times Two (TTTx2) with Justin(@kami_nomi) at the TheOASG. Pairs of translators interview each other about their work and their journey to this point.
I had fun playing with the shape of the logo, I had the idea to go for a round shape, but wasn’t sure how it would fit with social media sizing. It was nice to work with sketching in Procreate before delving into Illustrator. I wanted to make the logo could work with one colour before trying out colour schemes.
The announcement post can be found on TheOASG – Welcome To The Translator Tea Times Two Podcast! Quoting from the introduction post:
The main goal of Translator Tea Times Two is pretty simple…I hope that you take away a general day-to-day of a translator/localizer and some of the unique challenges they each encounter.
I saw the Promare movie last year, and enjoyed it. Some people might be a bit put off by the 3D and colours, but I liked the characters (and their burning ideals). Especially Lio. Please watch it when you get the chance. Studio Trigger did not hold back.
Kakusei by Superfly
I worked on some graphics for Neomo’s Symphogear Challenge marathon on TheOASG, where Neomo/Nononkun watched seasons one through five. Admittedly, after this project, I have now watched four seasons of Symphogear.
This isn’t a recommendation for Symphogear, though. You need to be to able to just accept how absurd the fights are, and enjoy the music. Especially Nana Mizuki.
There are few clips to get you started, haha.
Highest Good Rose Cross | Symphogear XV
Hibiki’s Transformation | Symphogear XV
Shirabe’s Transformation | Symphogear XV
Senki Zesshou Symphogear playlist by AniPlaylist on Spotify
The year wouldn’t be over until I posted my lettering summary post. I still hate using walled garden-type social media like Instagram; I realized recently that it blocks you from looking at older work when you are not logged in. I find this painfully annoying/anti-web. I did buy a domain for more official work posting…this blog is fast approaching a decade old and I still don’t have a stand-alone portfolio. Procrastination at its finest.
I do development work for long hours at my job, but I really don’t want to maintain a complicated project in my free time. Maybe I’ll use a site-builder? I don’t want to roll my own ecommerce. I’ve avoided doing making an online store because it eats into my limited free time, even though I want to share my work with more people. I sometimes wonder if I’m much too old to get started with this artist alley stuff (as a fun side-project only). It would be cool to do a something like LetterShoppe.
Anyways, need a real portfolio site so I can aggregate all my work.
I wanted to try redo-ing these posters with lettering instead.
“kizuato” by Centimillimental
冬のはなし (Fuyu no Hanashi/”Winter’s Story”)
7 rings – Drum TAO (Ariana Grande) Japanese Drums “太鼓” feat. KIMIKA
Avicii meets Traditional Japanese Drums “太鼓” SOS – DRUM TAO cover feat. Ayako
Sometimes I question my commitment to…anything. Currently really busy, and someone did say I have too many hobbies. Maybe I should put the streaming on hiatus? I’m pretty exhausted all the time, and I have some programming goals I want to meet. In some ways, some of my goals from January will be met (more art! taking classes!), but I do wonder if I should start putting things down.
I’m looking forward to Iceborne. I hear that kaw-ing in the distance. What monsters and gear are you looking forward to?
I really need to finish Judgment, or I’ll play it in between frustration sessions with my quests. Happy hunting…soon! I met the second person that came all the way from Brazil to play Monster Hunter with my squad, I’m really happy to have met other hunters over all the years.
Singing this song until Iceborne releases-
Art dump begins –
I made a time lapse for the Overwatch Anniversary piece as well. Not bad for just iMovie…could be better.
It’s been full circle for this lettering piece, considering I sketched it very early when I started. I have fallen off the lettering a bit since I’m drawing a lot more of the chibi and watercolour style. Balance…
I’ve been gone a while, haven’t I? I’ve been drawing a lot on Twitch lately, I haven’t been slacking, promise! I will be uploading the rest of the images over the next week.
Portfolio site is in progress, work has taken a lot out of me. Been watching given, Symphogear, Nenon Genesis Evangelion, and Demon Slayer recently.
Tyzo Bloom – Sucker (feat. GIGI)
Bohnes – Raging On A Sunday
米津玄師 MV「パプリカ」Kenshi Yonezu / Paprika
Is There Still Anything That Love Can Do? – RADWIMPS
CAROLE&TUESDAY(Vo.Nai Br.XX&Celeina Ann) – Kiss Me
Nana Mizuki – Trickster
against all gos – m-flo
How Heavy Are the Dumbbells You Lift? – Opening Theme – Onegai Muscle
CXLOE – LOW BLOW
[ALEXANDROS] – アルペジオ
凛として時雨 『laser beamer』 / 「舞台PSYCHO-PASS サイコパス Virtue and Vice」主題歌
Kakusei – Superfly
Senki Zesshou Symphogear ED [Meteor Light] Band cover
Overwatch League Stage 1 finals were played! I worked on a new lettering project after taking a break in January, where I decided to illustrate the slogans/hashtags of all 20 teams in this year’s games.
Hangzhou Spark – #Bang
San Francisco Shock – #ShockTheWorld
Vancouver Titans – #ForceofNature
New York Excelsior – #EverUpward
Boston Uprising – #BostonUp
Chengdu Hunters – #LetsGoHunt
Florida Mayhem – #BringTheMayhem
Los Angeles Gladiators – #ShieldsUP
Los Angeles Valiant – #WingsOut
London Spitfire – #AcesHigh
Philadelphia Fusion – #IONthePrize
Atlanta Reign – #LetItReign
Dallas Fuel – #BurnBlue
Paris Eternal – #FiatLux
Washington Justice – #JusticeIsServed
Houston Outlaws – #AnteUp
Seoul Dynasty – #RoarOn
Shanghai Dragons – #BreakThrough
Guangzhou Charge – #FeelTheCharge
Toronto Defiant – #RiseTogether
I haven’t been able to successfully export usable files from Twitch or upload them properly to Youtube, so I should spend more time troubleshooting it. I wanted to save them, but the files keep coming out wonky, or fail to be processed, which really sucks. I’m trying to figure out some non-indoor or screen hobbies to do. Maybe work on some toastmaster-y skills.
I started playing main tank in Overwatch. * channels Bumper energy * Admittedly, because I didn’t understand what my off-tank partner wants from me, I’ve been tasked with learning Zarya so I can get a feel for timing. >o<!! Let me bubble you~