Monster Hunter

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

Hunters shall always raise their hunting spirit.

winter’s song// given all

I wanted to try redo-ing these posters with lettering instead.
An illustration of a hunter in Direwolf armour.

An illustration of the Velkhana F armour.

An illustration of the Velkhana armour armour with the message: "Welcome Monster Hunter World Iceborne - safe travels and happy hunting!"

A hunter on Odogaron Master Rank armour.

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.

Monster Hunter World's Handler looking to the sky in winter gear.

flight feathers// gungnir

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 –

Monster Hunter in Wroggi armour drinks and waves.

Congratulations card for the Iceborne beta with a Direwolf hunter "hold onto your hot drinks."

A collection of palico sketches.

A hunter in Nargacuga armour contemplates a shiny as he team fights a Teostra.

A hunter on Odogaron Master Rank armour, with a note "what anime are you from?"

Rough sketch of a palico holding a mushroom happily.

Palicos from Monster Hunter nap and look on.

A palico holding a mushroom happily.

Palico in Yukumo armour naps on a potion bottle.

Handler and other Monster Hunter characters celebrate a birthday.

The artist sighs, "Another day of sighs..."

The artist laughs as she shows off her Monster Hunter shirt.

A cute Dodogama looks on.Made a few stickers.
A sticker of the Monster Hunter World Handler in winter gear.A collection of colourful handdrawn Monster Hunter stickers.

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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a call to the past// the missing watermelon

Didn’t turn out anything like I wanted, but I’m starting to get a better idea of how the Blender interface is used.
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I went to workshop on building Shopify themes recently, it was helpful to get a guided look of liquid.
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A poogie-baking session for a belated birthday event!
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Yuri!!! on Ice is airing this season on Crunchyroll.
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three pairs of footprints// x-day

I’m still working on the projects on Free Code Camp, though very slowly, and often I get stuck going in the wrong direction. Most recently, I have created a cat-shaped calculator, and I’m still working on the Pomodoro clock project. MLS commented that half the time spent on the zipline projects are actually research, which is surprisingly true.

View the demo on Codepen.
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I applied to the Learn IT, Girl program last year, and have been accepted as a scholar. I have a mentor(!), and the project will be in JavaScript. Normally, you’re supposed to pick a new language, but I think this time around they allowed mentees to explore a new area, rather than start a new language, depending on their knowledge. My original idea involved exploring WebGL and audio. The more research I do, though, it seems I might be using SVG and the web audio API to control it. The program runs until the end of spring…I think I need to read a bit more to figure out the kinds of questions I should be asking when starting project.

I’m currently learning PHP (and SQL, but it’s not a language) at work  and absorbing a lot from the more senior designers. I tend to not think about scale, since I’ve mostly worked on small projects, so this is something I’ve been trying to put into practice.

This book recommends a software that doesn’t exist anymore as the main part of the tutorial. Borrowed it from the public library; don’t buy.
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I’m not entirely sure where this will go. When I was asked by my mentor why I was interested in the Learn IT, Girl program, I was a little hesitant in my answering. I am interested in programming for fun, and hopefully to use towards an interactive art practice in the future, and learning web development seems like a detour in itself. But I really am enjoying myself, there are challenges  I can’t solve alone (in a timely fashion).

I do want to continue working on multimedia content, and JavaScript…is just an extension of that. I’ll probably still be a designer (what kind? not sure) for a long time, and even if I did learn some web development. I’m still not comfortable with labeling myself as “full-stack web developer,” or a “front-end developer,” or a “front-end designer.” Is there something so truly wrong with having the title of a visual, graphic or web designer, or must you be a (software) product-type? After traversing the co-op work system, you realize that you have to be adaptive because you’ll always be the most junior person on the team, no matter what you do.

It exists. *I don’t own a Macbook, despite the drawing.

I’m a little interested in motion graphic design (and maybe VR) in the future, but as usual, one step at a time.

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For TheOASG.
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Monster Hunter Valentine’s~
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And some Fire Emblem ones.
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Gif that didn’t turn out so well.
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Still debating whether to get a Skillshare account to take a few courses. Some are free. Though, there’s also registering with RGD to consider…

red and roar// erase and reverse

Happy Lunar New Year!

Textures created by Borbone.

Bonus: 心想事成 x Immenseness Ticket S for Robostrike! Hopefully we’ll hunt together again when Monster Hunter X comes out in English.

金猴年到 – “Golden monkey year is here.” Furious Rajang is written as “金獅子”(golden lion), but I chose the monkey interpretation.
出入平安 – “May your travels be safe.”
年年有余 – “May you have surplus and remainders year after year.” 余 sounds like 魚(fish).
心想事成 – “May your wishes come true.” I am reading 心想 as “heart’s desire.”

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the midnight whale// soul’s blade

Sep-20-15
I went to the international premiere of the Mamoru Hosoda’s The Boy and the Beast at the Toronto International Film Festival! This one was probably my favourite so far out of all his films, though I really enjoy Summer Wars as well.

He mentioned that between his last film, Wolf Children, and this one, his wife and his wish for a child came true, and that was one of the reasons that The Boy and Beast was made. While Wolf Children concentrated on the bond between mother and children, this one was very much fathers and sons. The film has a lot of heart, heavy in some places, but light throughout.

Some rather blurry photos of the director during the Q&A after the film. He answered some questions about his inspirations for the film.
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Other photos of the area around the theatre.
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I also recently went to the Art Gallery of Hamilton, but I didn’t have a lot of time to see the art, as we were there for a wedding. We stopped for foot-long hot dogs and didn’t have enough time to explore the gallery before it closed. XD
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A CTRL-A kind of wedding~ The centrepieces and place cards were made by Maplerose.
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Monster Hunter Club (モンハン部) creed, as translated by gaijinhunter. Just wanted to make it into a poster.
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I went to a “Introduction to User Experience” workshop run by the lead designer at Wattpad(!), and tried out empathy mapping for the first time. He mentioned that designers at Wattpad often have to “wear many hats”…and I felt a bit relieved, hearing that from a more experienced designer.
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Scribbling.
Most of the time, it’s memories of job interviews.