graphic design

A set of "Wiggle Me This" postcards with a Monster Hunter sticker.

ebb and flow// muse’s dash

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.

Artist display table at the convention Anime Shogatsu. A variety of art, stickers, and postcards are scattered across a galaxy tablecloth.
Artist display table at the convention Anime Shogatsu. A variety of art, stickers, and postcards are scattered across a galaxy tablecloth.
Artist display table at the convention Anime Shogatsu. A variety of art, stickers, and postcards are scattered across a galaxy tablecloth.
Artist display table at the convention Anime Shogatsu. A variety of art, stickers, and postcards are scattered across a galaxy tablecloth.
A Domino's pizza order on a phone app is in transit. There a pentagram made of pens and a lanyard around it.


10thcard and I attempting to summon a pizza delivery to the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre in the midst of 20 cm of Canadian snowfall.

A Map indicating the artists are located at table 51.
A set of Monster Hunter stickers on a cardboard backing.

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.

A variety of Monster Hunter stickers.

Seeing some of my lettering work reappearing after a long time…this one is hanging in the Aksys Games office, apparently.

The Otome Armada signboard hanging in the Aksys office, with a variety of signatures from members.
The Otome Armada signboard hangs on the wall of the Aksys office.
A close up of a screenshot with Japanese subtitles.

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

A new years greeting card featuring an array of dice. "Wishing you a happy twenty-twenty."

victories reborn// torn from the heavens

New year’s cards that I drew. Maybe next year I won’t have ideas that will keep me up the night before new year’s eve. Ha.

A Victory Fanfare Reborn by Masayoshi Soken
Torn from the Heavens by Masayoshi Soken

Final Fantasy FFXIV new years card featuring a Chocobo and Moogle.

Final Fantasy FFXIV new years card featuring a Chocobo and Moogle.

A rough sketch of a Moogle riding a Chocobo. The Chocobo holds a banner that reads "Happy New Year."

Rough sketches of the words "twenty-twenty" in pen and marker.

A rough sketch of the words "wishing you a happy twenty-twenty" in script lettering.

No, I haven’t been roped in by “dice gremlin” friends yet.
Holding up metal dice in the light above a table with a dice tray.

An assortment of metal dice on a table in boxes, trays, and bags.

A self-portrait of the artist as a glasses-wearing fire witch.

burning soul// uncontained ideals

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.

Trailer

Kakusei by Superfly

Promare Title Generator by Evan Minto (@VamptVo)

Script lettering of the lyrics "trials of fire" on an image of Galo from Promare.

Script lettering of the lyrics "you always knew" on an image of Lio from Promare.

Script lettering of the lyrics "they would carry me home" on an image of Galo and Lio glaring at each other from Promare.

Neomo's Symphogear Challenge season one

highest good rose cross// duet of hearts and swords

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

マリア×風鳴 翼(CV:日笠陽子×水樹奈々)『星天ギャラクシィクロス』ライブ映像

Hibiki’s Transformation | Symphogear XV

Shirabe’s Transformation | Symphogear XV

Senki Zesshou Symphogear playlist by AniPlaylist on Spotify

Neomo's Symphogear Challenge season two

Neomo's Symphogear Challenge season three

Neomo's Symphogear Challenge season four

Neomo's Symphogear Challenge season five

A collage of top 9 posts from Instagram.

satay smoothie and other strange recipes

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.

A summary of a year's worth of posts on Instagram related to illustration and lettering.

DVa and Tracer take a selfie together with Overwatch anniversary cake.

the turning wheel// rain woman

I made a time lapse for the Overwatch Anniversary piece as well. Not bad for just iMovie…could be better.

Drew this for Maplerose because there wasn’t a White Day event in the game Fire Emblem Heroes.
Fire Emblem's Ryoma extends White Day chocolates.

The “Face Your Art” meme entry. Same face? Hopefully not.
A collage of faces for the "Face Your Art" meme.

Talon's Sombra stickers her tongue out.

Sombra and DVa smark at each other as they play video games.
I watched the movies as well, might have to rewatch that bit.
Evangelion's Shinji clutches his head.

Evangelion's Asuka clutches her head.

Evangelion's Rei clutches her head.

Lettering of "Formido Oppugnatura Exsequens" on a buck sihouette,

bayonet charge// synchrogazer

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…

"Twitch Toronto Summer Meetup 2019" lettering on a pair of purple sunglasses.

Draft.
Lettering of the track list from ONE OK ROCK's new album, "Eye of the Storm."

Eye Of The Storm (album) – ONE OK ROCK

Overwatch's Sombra poses mid-hack.

climax song// testament

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's McCree plays a banjo next to the name "Banjos McCree."

Overwatch character McCree plays a banjo with a smile.

Overwatch's Mercy smiles with her staff.

Overwatch's Pharah dances with golden glasses.

Overwatch character Tracer winks.

Overwatch's DVa plays a Nintendo Switch game on a poster "I want to play but I have to study."

Overwatch's Dva bobs her head under the words "Hey Gamers."

Animated gif of Overwatch's DVa ejecting from her mech with the words "Nerf This" in rainbow text.Lettering of Overwatch character Sigma's line "What is that melody?"

Demon Slayer Tanjirou mid-dance with his black sword.

Toronto Defiant Rise Together

titans rise // runaway plays

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

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I’m slowly uploading them to Instagram with my comments! Let’s go, Toronto! The Toronto Defiant made it to the Stage 1 playoffs, but were eliminated in the first round.

Twitter // Twitch

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~

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2B walking away with a sword and 9S holding a lunar tear.

calling for tea// ashen memories

2B walking away with the lettering "emotions are prohibited" placed on top.2B walking away with a sword and 9S holding a lunar tear.
Bro Calendar 2019 was released last year. Thanks again to @kaitou_ace/ensuing for organizing.

Overwatch League 2019 started this year! Which team are you cheering for? I’m pretty behind on posting…anything, really. Art, lettering. Here’s the backlog for now.

Girl with green hair in buns, blue blouse, skirt, and yellow socks sits with her knees to her chest on a background of white leaves. Boy with white hair brushes his hair aside and has 4 eyes on one side of his face. Girl clutching her chest with an angry expression Girl on a dark background with a red rose on her lapel. Kirby flying in the sky with 2019 glasses and a party hat Monster Hunter sticker collection 9S and Pod cheer 2B on in Soul Calibur. "Mission Accepted: Glory ot Mankind. 2B for Soul Calibur" Moira in a tailcoat holding two presents "Merry Christmas 12.2018" DVa and her mech with the new years greeting "2019 launch" Brigitte holding a baguette Brigitte holding a baguette with the lettering "Oh, they have a baguette" Sombra in Toronto Defiant gear "See you 2019 TO x OWL" Persona 5 parody self portrait based on the all-out attack eye animation.

Top 9 Instagram posts collage

sunflower // raise your eyes to the second sun

Top 9 posts for Instagram for this year.

Lettering summary, I made a screenshot of it again instead of posting them.
2018 lettering summary

Here’s a few of the drafts for Neomo‘s Otaku Theater on TheOASG before we settled on the final.
Neomo's Otaku Theater

 

I redid the graphic style for the “5 Things to Know About” series for TheOASG because it was really hard to do the old template and have it still look good. The gradient was super meh and the important information wasn’t really in the middle, so I rejigged it a bit. The half-tone hides the bad resolution of the images in the background, haha.

5 Things To Know About Aki Irie’s Ran and the Gray World by Justin
5 Things To Know About Yugo Ishikawa’s Wonderland
5 Things To Know About Taishi Tsutsui’s We Never Learn

 

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TheOASG Neomo's Otaku Theatre Fall 2018

graviton’s surge// peeling

Column graphic for Neomo’s Otaku Theater: Fall Anime 2018 Preview by Neomo of TheOASG.

And the Overwatch tournament was played. They had casters, and it was really good for learning and listening to people way more experienced thinking through counters. We lost the first match that was streamed. (Second place, though.) One of our team streamed the matches. Really excited about Toronto being in the Overwatch League.
Green superchargers

Still lettering and streaming on Twitch and Instagram! I’ve been listening to so many variants of the Nier: Automata soundtrack, so I’m trying to find other OSTs to listen to while working.

two parts of joy// gray aces

New graphics for the “5 Things” series on TheOASG site.

5 Things To Know About éclair: A Girls’ Love Anthology That Resonates in Your Heart

5 Things To Know About Sleepy Princess in the Demon Castle

Please Save My Money graphics for Krystallina’s column.

If this makes no sense to you, you can take Web Bos’ CSS Grid course for free to learn more about it. It’s not as confusing as I’m making it out to be.
I don’t think I shared this here, but here are some CSS grid graphics I made for Twitter shitposting.
CSS Grid in the style of the Osomatsu-san logo, with red capitals and a black and white outline.

Been busy, so my lettering Instagram went quiet. I’ll tackle my weekly postings when I’m feeling a bit better.