J307 – Touhou Sketch 7

This time it’s Hakurei Reimu, the main character (?). You can listen to one of her themes here.

While drawing her sleeve-thingies, I had the feeling that I’d drawn something like them before. It’s probably because they’re some combination of Vocaloid sleeve thingies and Inuyasha’s sleeves.

In terms of drawing characters who are mentioned in the “Relationships” section of the previous character on the Touhou wiki, we’ve probably reached the nodes with the most lines coming out of them now…

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I’m looking out the window of my work place and seeing rain. In June. Not even like the beginning of June, but June 28th. This is actually pretty ridiculous. I wonder abut my commute later today.

Anyway, I was sure that J was going to use this as his update before today, but since he hasn’t and I’m working on a painting now, I will.

This monstrosity, made even more monstrous by my modification of the frame, is basically a rubber band Gatling gun built from KNEX. Each unit on the carousel is a modified, compacted version of this, which can hold eight “rounds”. With eight units, the gun has a capacity of 64 rounds, which it can discharge in… well TBD.

More pictures to come later, especially if we fix it up this weekend.

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Today’s update was a ginormous time sink and probably not worth it.

This is all really fuzzy, but while today’s “finished” pencil drawing “feels” more substantial, I like the one in d317 more. That one is just less “blah”. I think part of the reason is that today’s picture more closely follows a format that I not fully consciously use when doing figure and non-figure drawings: figure, transport, building, foreground to background. In d317, I’ve put the “landscape” in front of the ship, and that shuffle helps. Similarly, in the Pieces painting I just go figure and background, and that shuffle helps too.

The more varied scaling of last d317’s illustration might help too.

It occurred to me just how little drawing I’ve done lately when I was lying in bed last night. If you put it in numbers, since November of 2010, I’ve done 30 sketchbook pages, 2 paintings, 0 comic pages, and a smattering of stuff in and for classes. In 2006, there were something like 30 paintings alone. Even last year, when I did 5 paintings, I thought “well, it can’t get much worse than that”, but this year I’m on track to do 1 by mid-year. And that’s if it gets done. I’m in the “I kind of know what I want to do” phase at the moment.

I also realized just how seemingly appalling inkjet printers are. I bought a black cartridge rated for “200 pages” for my crappy printer in January. I decided to keep track of how many pages I could actually get out of it because I’m just like that. I was actually thinking I’d get more than the rated number because I only print shipping labels and text, all at “draft” quality. Well, six months later (a couple weeks ago), I got a grand total of 145 pages before the cartridge completely ran out (as in you print a black-text only page and it spits out a white page).

I bought a new cartridge at WalMart for $14, which leaves me at about 10 cents per page. That’s how much it costs to print on Stanford’s cluster printers.

So basically you save no money with your own printer, but it’s still very convenient. Just having a printer in my room at home is way, way better than having to use the network printer upstairs.

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FWIW, this month now the holds the record for the most posts ever in a single month! This comparison is not 100% valid as the “double” updates of 2004 are counted as “one” each, but we will be ahead, no contest, within the next day or two (assuming the updates continue at 2 per day).

Today’s update is a 2011 reference of the Comet. The Comet was just a normal passenger liner in the BKS era, but for whatever reason, it has basically become Air Force One for the Confederate League.

I’m not really changing anything since my 2009; I’m just making a formal reference. For the most part, I think the current iteration is satisfactory. I’ve also given it dimensions this time around, based on those of the container ship I posted a couple days ago, but I think it should be smaller, like 100 x 150 x 600 instead of the 150 x 175 x 700 I’ve written. For reference, the Titanic was 92 x 175 x 882.

J302 – Jace vs. Chandra

The long-awaited comic is here~

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This comic is based on this Finnish 4koma involving Mokou and Kaguya. The comic just has so many funny things working in unison: the terrible pun, the two pairs of sunglasses, the YEEAAAOOOOFFF in the last panel……

Since the dialogue and punchline work with Jace and Chandra, I decided to port it over. I wanted to title the comic “Stranglehold” in reference to this Magic card, but I wasn’t sure if enough people would know the flavor text…