J301 – Cirno Coaster

Cirno-themed drink coaster, cut out of acrylic and patterned after a silkscreen shirt I made. It still needs some rubber backing so it doesn’t slide around on the table. It’s also a bit too big…

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J293 – Strike Witches Top Hat

So, recently, the MIT Anime Club had an event, “Snooty Anime Discussion Hour”. I quote here the event description:

“It’s like the Internet without the flaming and trolling! Join fellow fans in discussing current and exciting issues in anime, fandom, and the industry in a forum-like setting. Or just sit in and learn more about our favorite medium! Tea and snacks provided.”

Of course, as it’s a snooty anime discussion hour, there must be hats. So I made this one with my friend TV&:

I didn’t actually wear this one (I had a large pirate hat), but it was for my friend wah, who runs this blog here.

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J287 – Pumpkin Carving 2010


My dorm had a pumpkin-carving event again this year! I made my own patterns, headed down to the dining hall (which isn’t actually used for dining, as there’s no kitchen), and found…

There were no pumpkin carving saws!

Essentially, pumpkin saws are a short, fine-toothed saw blade used for carving pumpkins (see here for some examples). The main advantage they have over knives is that they have a lot more finesse so you can carve detailed patterns.

So, all they had were paring knives … but as you can see I still managed to pull off the above pattern. There were some mistakes, of course … (note the pins in the wings)

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J260 – SOS-dan Paperweight

[11/7/2009] So, late again … I had a thermodynamics test this week … and I forgot my calculator …

Let’s talk about something else!

So, this was a paperweight I made in one of my classes, “Design and Manufacturing II” (It says “Design and Manufacturing II”, but it’s more like this class is “Manufacturing” and “Design and Manufacturing I” was “Design”. This happens a lot in the Mechanical Engineering department; a lot of classes are named “A and B I” and “A and B II”, but what actually happens is that “A and B I” winds up being only “A” and “A and B II” winds up being only “B”. I had heard that the classes used to be named that way, but they wanted to make it more clear which classes were paired, so they gave them more descriptive but less accurate names.). The paperweight was machined from a 3-inch diameter 5/8-inch thick aluminum blank. The inscription on the paperweight is a reference to The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, a well-known series of light novels and anime. For those of you with access to machine tools and wanting to make your own version of the paperweight, a dimensioned drawing is supplied here.

An amusing other feature of the paperweight is that there’s a small bump in the center of the back of the paperweight, so if you put it on a flat surface and spin it it’ll go for a while…

Anyway, that’s all for this week. Also, happy CRN 8th Anniversary~!

J257 – 24 Hour Comic Day, 2009

[10/12/2009] As I said last week, I participated in 24-hour comic day. Today’s image was the result of passing around a sheet of paper and asking everyone present to draw a self-portrait and sign their name.

So, the target was 24 pages in 24 hours … I planned out a 12-page comic (plot wouldn’t stretch any farther), and was able to pencil in 8 pages before time ran out. I’m going to finish pencilling them in at some point, and then probably ink and letter them. I also have the original plan for the comic, which was laid out on 3″x5″ index cards. I’ll probably post those at some point too.

Of course, when you stay awake for 24 hours straight, you start getting a little wonky. One of the things produced as a result of this wonkiness was this:

The expression here is based off of a well-known face made by the character Konata from the show “Lucky Star”, as seen here.

Another product of our sleep-deprived minds: Manga on BREAD!!

One of my friends said she had a “nightmare” in which I told her to draw manga on bread because the India ink would stay better (or something like that), but that was crazy because drawing it on bread obviously wouldn’t work … cue another friend and I whipping out our pens and drawing on of of the endpieces of a loaf a bread we had bought as food for 24HCD. I used a thin felt-tip lineart pen (the same type I use to ink my comics) to draw on the “crust” side of the bread. However, the softness of the actual bread made it impossible to ink on the other side of the slice, so I borrowed a brush-tip pen and was able to draw. I suspect it’ll be easier if you let the bread dry out first…

Until next week, when hopefully I can post the finished version of my 24HCD comic…