Anime North

quicksilver// tin and lead

Solder and RGB Blinkie –

Open Source Design and Code on Github. There’s no off switch, if you’re wondering, and the only real part I did was the soldering. However, I feel a lot more comfortable with the tools than before, even if it felt a bit odd to sit next to a child, and realize you let her ask all the questions you wanted to ask.

I’m on Github through my current workplace (did I mention they are shooting a Harlem Shake video at 6PM tomorrow?), but I’m debating whether or not to get my own. I think it’s a bit too early, since I’m not really making anything new at the moment, mostly just watching people.



the longest road// final destinations undetermined

The world is a great book, of which they that never stir from home read only a page.
-St. Augustine

I was asked by a friend to draw this before his trip. I tried something a little different for this. I originally wanted to Photoshop a custom nendoroid, but that didn’t work out so well with low-resolution photos.

References are from Mikatan’s Blog.

Original base image.


Won’t be posting the final version here, please follow the original person’s adventures! YOSH! Have a safe trip~

I’m going to start moving more towards speed-painting or more gradient-orientated cel-shading. I’ve been stuck on this style of colouring for too long, and it’s not helping.

Projects: Sketch-Up, HTML5, Blender, Javascript, more CMS

every inch of you

“Don’t ask them what they want to change in the world- they will only answer with ‘I don’t know yet.'”
Stage one- lineart.

Stage two- “flatting.”

Post Anime-North report is below, I think everyone has sufficiently posted enough photos (and nicer ones, too!) to have stolen all the thunder, so I will only make several comments about it.

Travel conditions: I stayed in the hotel this year, and it was a different experience to be immersed in this temporary “world” for three days. Not only did I meet new people (most of them LoL-ers), I managed to take “spare time” and use it for Street-pass. The only issue was being distracted from things, which might have been annoying to people. That and actually owning a phone this year, and people texting to find out where I was. Weather was nice, 20 minute walk to the convention centre is fairly decent.

No point in cosplaying if you’re not in character. In this case, Snake chases Pokemon and runs from photographers.

Not the legendary 5-hour pre-registration line on Friday, this is from Saturday.

It’s “Urbacon”…?

Cosplay: I enjoyed the increased in “original” cosplay. As much as accuracy attracts attention, clever cosplay that questions and reflects on the fandom is always welcome. Not everyone is suited for certain cosplay, but that doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t. “Free Hugs” jackets, girls wearing dakimakuras, obscure characters that no one will appreciate unless they’re in that tiny, 2% niche. As much as 50 people crowd around that one person, there’s another, one cosplay that will make your day. Just because it’s not popular doesn’t mean that it’s not good.

Madoka photoshoot. Couldn’t get close enough because of everyone else~


“Ladies and gentlemen~ Let the show begin!”

Bonus points if you can name the movie this is from…if not, maybe you can borrow it from me!

Things I picked up: I bought 2 things, not including the money spent on food and housing. The reality of living outside of your own home is that everything costs. So even if you’re complaining that you’re living at home, remember to save up, because once you leave, there’s no going back. I’m pretty sure most of my university friends at Waterloo understand what I mean, some more than others.

Not to say I’m judging people based on what they do with their money (well, maybe a little), but we all have a better understanding of both situations than friends that live at home and rely on care-givers for a lot more things, how hard it is on your own.

Anyway! I made a beeline for Shilin’s table and was able to nab a copy of Carciphona volume 2.

As for the second item…you will see it in a later post. Don’t ask why I’m buying cards for a game very few people play. It doesn’t make any monetary sense, but…I’ll enjoy this while it lasts.

Panels: I’m not much of a panel fan, because they usually degenerate into discussions I don’t particular care about, like conspiracy fandom rumours about a show. I did, however, go to a panel on otome games…and discovered, after one year of reading about this topic, I know nothing about them. ^^U It’s good to learn new things when you least expect to.

You can practically see everyone’s eyes glowing at the sight of Girl’s Style magazines! XD

Memories: I took photos of people, and not just the cosplayers. Hanging out with friends, Street-passing, trying new activities.

On growing up: I still consider anime a “lifestyle,” rather than a hobby. A friend once corrected me when I said I didn’t consider myself “otaku” like the rest of my friends, and I still remember that quite clearly. I’m not quite the casual fan, but not quite that hardcore about it, but I am serious about anime being a part of my life. Perhaps Anime North is that fantasy wonderland where we all visit every year to remember our youth, and see our friends as we were- and we wonder when we’ll wake up and ask what we were dreaming of all along. Or perhaps not?

OK, off to catch up on AAB posts. >_< And then the VN drawings.

recipes for instant happiness

Not going to be done in time. It happens.

Ever wonder why your projects and attempts at “fixing” things end up in failure? That you believe the best in someone, you put faith in them, but it back-fires? Or that you’re somehow, no matter what you do or think, always wrong?

Instant happiness is a mix of 3 parts sheer will, 2 parts steel, 1 part sugar. The ability to understand that you can’t fix everything, and even if you try really, really hard for someone else, you’re never going to reach their ideals.

Too bad there’s no such thing.

I guess I’ll just call it a week and go to AN to hang out, and ogle all the cute cosplayers. Minus the ogling. Maybe, look reverently and in jealousy because they look good, and appreciate how much effort they put into their outfits.

The greatest of all gifts…is people who do not tie strings to their affection.

Not too keen on over-analyzing before AN, so I’ll just enjoy my summer this way. It’s not like anything is keeping me here, or there, or anywhere.

Hope I don’t forget anything important to take to the con. ^_^

because your ghost still resides here

I can try and tag this under prop-making and turn this into an “art” post…?

Sorry, no nice vacation photos to wow you with. I don’t think I’ll ever end up going “on vacation,” like everyone else, it’s just not the way it works. Enjoy your time, savour it…I’ll go someday, for sure. Maybe when my pocket is a little more full. Still jealous though, like I’m missing a “status” thing. :T

Not doing what’s in the picture, haha. ^^ But translating! With the help Google translate, hiragana/katakana charts, and help of online friend(s).

Today’s tasks – continue with armour building. Materials: Latex gloves, face mask, spray paint, saws, craft knives, exacto knives, carpenter glue, markers, rulers, cardboard, gesso, sponge brushes, newspaper, art board (to sit on), vacuum cleaner.

Rare creature sighting on blog. o-o

Testing spray paint on knee armour.

Learning to spray paint. Pretty hard to breath with the heat and face mask, but it was OK~ Semi-gloss, so I don’t have to spend x-number of dollars on finish from Michaels'(King of all over-priced things).

Making pattern for leg plates.

That’s all for today. I really hope I have enough energy to finish this tomorrow, so I work on the weapons and the actual part of the cosplay (the clothes OTZ).

flip of a coin, draw of a card

“Just watch me.” -Pierre Elliot Trudeau

Happy Victoria Day long weekend! As much as it’s a holiday for some (and not), the weather is nice, so go out and get some fresh air. Unfortunately for me, fresh air was mixed with breathing foam in…I had this idea for a cosplay a while ago, but I didn’t act on it until today. The last week has been a lot of sleeping and ingesting antibiotics- in addition to strict supervision by parents (hence, lack of internet activities).

Anime North cosplay preparations on my front porch…I can get away with singing “Call Me Maybe” without embarrassment disturbance.

The real difficulty starts when I start on the leg plates. The gesso should hold on the styrofoam, and only other issue may be the running out of spray paint on Victoria Day.

Things to bring to Anime North (updated):
– cellphone to call people (currently in the process of collecting data to use for it)
– water bottle
– snacks/food
– 3DS, to Streetpass everyone!
– hand sanitizer
– tape (in case)

As much as I won’t take that many photos, I’ll take a few to remember this by. The fact of the matter is, I didn’t take any myself last year, and I ended with no photos, including no photos of the team cosplay I was in. ._. ZETTA-UNCOOL. So lesson, take your own photos, back-up your information.

Kuro-kun is going to meet a new roommate soon. Hope it works out well, because he really does eat a lot. XD

Anyway, off to go more minor- energy things. Not feeling too well, but I might write a post on “saving money,” what it actually means.

Not a whole lot of art posts lately. Hmm.

Winter Landscape, with Rooks
By Sylvia Plath
Water in the millrace, through a sluice of stone,
plunges headlong into that black pond
where, absurd and out-of-season, a single swan
floats chaste as snow, taunting the clouded mind
which hungers to haul the white reflection down.

The austere sun descends above the fen,
an orange cyclops-eye, scorning to look
longer on this landscape of chagrin;
feathered dark in thought, I stalk like a rook,
brooding as the winter night comes on.

Last summer’s reeds are all engraved in ice
as is your image in my eye; dry frost
glazes the window of my hurt; what solace
can be struck from rock to make heart’s waste
grow green again? Who’d walk in this bleak place?

scarlet ballet// a tale about umbrellas

If you had the ability to trade one part of yourself away for something else, what would you choose? A memory, an ability, a belief? An actual, physical part of yourself? Would you trade it for yourself, or for the sake of someone else?

I didn’t finish this…yet.

I just wanted to use stars somewhere.

Vectors~ Inspiration- 398hajime on Deviantart // pixelanddead on Deviantart (as always)

Hybrid Media project: It took forever to render, and crashed programs repeatedly. But fun, once I stopped being afraid of it. Unfortunately that took a while to build up to. I slept a lot of my Reading Week away. XD
Rendering takes a long time.


Needle and Thread

Anime North: it’s that time of the year again. There’ll be plenty of people to hang with this year (hopefully?), looking forward to it. And yes, I will be in cosplay. Gaha.

Contents of luggage: cosplay/ wig/ toiletries/ PJs/ set of normal clothes/ textbooks/ AlicexCross cards/ drawing materials/ sketchbook/ AN ticket/ bag

Must remember to save up for a camera this year. XD

Sleep; sweet, sweet refuge.

Yet another unrelated AN photo.