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We artist be giant teases, amiright?

Pity I don't have a female model I can command around like this.

I don't draw from life often. As a matter of fact, I always kinda sucked at it and hated it. Too used to draw things from my head. But once in a while, there's this one, extra-complicated pose that annoys me. So I tell my boyfriend to strip down to his underpants and torture him. For art.

Also...



A few of the French artists I follow online did these amazing re-tellings of Popeye for the "24 hour comic jam" at the Angoulème festival this year. Many of these are GEMS. If you can read French, give it a go... [link]

I just wanted to add my own Popeye and Olive to the mix.

Trying out some new coloring tricks with this piece. Oh, the background texture is a print by the Japanese artist Hokusai.

:8:

Apr. 18th, 2011 09:30 pm
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 Well folks, another year as passed by. It's now been 8 years that I have been with Link. Not to brag or anything. *laughs*

I pretty thankful he's around. He teaches me how to do cool things with my art, is always willing to help me learn, indulges my obsessions with cutesy, kiddish things, takes long walks at 2am with me and most of all, he always has a hug when I need one. So let's hear it for the boy. In the grand scheme of things, he's just one person, and maybe that's not much, but to me, he's my favorite person, and a big part of my world.

And he's totally gonna teach me to draw with Photoshop and help me master that skill. Boo-yah.

In unrelated news, tomorrow, I am going on a fountain pen binge. I rarely buy a punch of pens just to test them out. I,ve done it twice in my life. Well, nowadays, i'm being hit by the urge to find a new favorite tool. SO IT'S PEN-SHOPPING TIME. I'm gonna grab a ton and try to doodle a big giant picture because I can. I'll let you guys know how that turns out! This is silly news I guess. *laughs*

I should draw more mermaids. Yep. Mermaids.

Sorry, this is pretty disjointed, I just ate a big, party meal. Steak and potatoes. And cheddar. I feel a food-coma coming on.



Twirling is fun. :D

- Isa
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I'm not a huge fan of Valentines day, not so much because of the commercial aspect, but more because of the guilt aspect. You have people who take their significant others on a date because "that's what they should be doing". And people who feel awful for being single. There's a certain lack of spontainity and honesty to the whole day. AT LEAST, for some people.

Other people really get into the subject of the day rather then the so-called obligations. I'm all for that. I like the idea of celebrating love and giving out cheesy little drawings.

So, I guess you could say i'm going to take a day to think about how much I love people. But i'm going to avoid the big special date with the rose bouquet. Cause that's just strange.

Happy heart day to all of you who have a small, or a large place in my heart. My heart is an apartment building. Some stay for a while, others not for long, but the rent is always low! I adore all of you!

Special mention goes to Link, who is my knight in shining cheesiness. You make me laughs, you give great hugs and you can stand the crazy I dispense in large quantities. You deserve all the kisses in the universe.




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This drawing is for YOU, [livejournal.com profile] angelchan_2004 ! It's Aang and Katara hugging with winter coats. I always loved hugging my boyfriend when I was wearing a coat because it was always extra squishy and comfortable. So yeah! Aang has wool on his coat. Little detail, just like that.



If it's not obvious, i'll be continuing with this whole gift-art thingy past the holidays. I just had way too much to draw to finish them all before hand. :D

I'm going to be offline starting tomorrow for a few days, since i'm running off to see my family in Ottawa and then my extended family in Quebec city. But it's the hoidays. I think most people will be busy, eating, being guilt-tripped by a family member, drinking, playing with toys and younger family members, decorating trees, painting cookies, watching snowflakes, drinking coffee, skating, driving, wondering why there's so much people on the bus, working, dreaming, sleeping, smiling and crying BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT THE HOLIDAYS ARE ALL ABOUT, AMIRIGHT?

Seems a lot of people go thru as much bad as good during the holidays. Maybe it's because everyone is stressed. Maybe it's because some people just have horrible family situations. Maybe because that's just human nature.

But at least from me, you'll all get hot cocoa and a warm hug for the holidays. Because I love the lot of you! *huuuugs*

Best Holidays to all. Ad if your holidays aren't quite so fun for some reason, remember that you still have next year, and friends that love you!

I sent emails to a few people I know have been offline for a bit due to the season and the things to do. So if you guys stumble on this post, consider yourself HUGGED TWICE.

- Isa
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Once in a while, someone mentions something amazing.

One secret was about a sad love story, and mentioned this video about a girl and a boy separated by an unbreakable glass, who draw to communicate.

It's kinda amazing. It reminds me of how awesome drawing and the theme of drawing can be.

Watch it here. 

Day~Ummmmm

Aug. 3rd, 2010 11:52 pm
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We have the weirdest conversations while we are brushing our teeth ad getting ready for bed. This is one of them. Most of the time, it's my fault. I have faulty logic when i'm sleepy.

Aside from that OH GOD I'M FINALLY HOME. Bed. Beeeeed. I love you confortable bed. And food. Omnomnom. I really am turning into a hermit. I yearn for my apartment after a single full day away. But my apartment is really nice. Aside from the apparently leaky ceiling. What is wrong with you ceiling? Just don't leak on my drawings man. It leaked all over the carpet. and now the carpet is mighty stinky. It smells like copper. 

I finally backed up all my computer files. Drawings and music. Two very essential things. Before, I used to draw and color everything by hand. Nowadays, I use Photoshop a lot more. I think making backups is going to become more and more important.

Anybody else finds that covers to Nicolas Sparks movies all look the same? Are they any good? I,m not much of a chick flick person. But i,m amused by this.
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A little (fake?) history lesson?

St Valentine was persecuted as a Christian and interrogated by Roman Emperor Claudius II in person. He is portrayed in modern times as a priest who refused an unattested law attributed to Roman Emperor Claudius II, allegedly ordering that young men remain single. The Emperor supposedly did this to grow his army, believing that married men did not make for good soldiers. The priest Valentine, however, secretly performed marriage ceremonies for young men. When Claudius found out about this, he had Valentine arrested and thrown in jail. In an embellishment to The Golden Legend provided by American Greetings, Inc. to History.com and widely repeated, on the evening before Valentine was to be executed, he wrote the first "valentine" himself, addressed to a young girl variously identified as his beloved and as the jailer's blind daughter whom he had befriended and healed, or both. It was a note that read "From your Valentine."[17]

And the pope's mom ships it.

Thank god modern fangirls have the internet.

So, be you single or in the coupledom, please see today as a good day to ship, be happy and love everybody, not just your beloved. Also, lemme know what your favorite lame ass pickup line is. I love lame pick up lines.



In unrelated and unhappy news, I may have lost a sketchbook on the subway (unless I left it at work). Hopefully someone will return it. My address is in it...

-Isa
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Finished! I finished the 5 pages I had to draw for the comic magazine (the same one that published that mini-comic about the girl and the tree of hands - some of you may recall). The theme this time was *Why do you draw comics?* It's a good question. I think I draw comics for the same reason as I keep getting involved in fandoms and keep this journal updated... First of all, because it amuses me. Greatly. Drawing is really, really fun, for no reason at all. Second, it makes people happy and allows me to meet new people. Seriously, some of you love my drawings so much sometimes It warms my heart. :) Last and not least - I think I use drawings to express myself (DUH). I have a weird imagination and those of you who know me well know i'm not *quite* as well connected to my emotions as a healthy human should be. With drawing I feel I can get the stuff out of my brain and on paper easily. It's awesome that way.

This little five-pager focuses on the communication aspect of why I draw. and yes, there's me in it, since it's suppose to focus on my persona and such.

Yet another comic without dialogues, despite the title being TALKBUBBLE. I think working on Rose (that has no dialogues) have made me used to silent comics. I gotta find some way to insert witty comebacks somewhere, quick!

Now I go do my laundry (yyyyyaaaay?)



Click here for the rest of the comic pages. )

-Isa

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The gender switch contest on [livejournal.com profile] ameliazellove seemed like a good excuse. Basically, you draw Zel and Amelia, two of the main characters of Slayers as they would be if they were of the opposite gender, either born that way or transformed suddently. I chose the *born that way* scenario, because then Zel would have been a kick-ass female from the start, and we always need more kick ass females. I wanted them to keep their personas despite the gender change, but obviously the personas would be similar, but different due to the fact that they got raised differently. Thru several drawings I wanted to explore these subtle differencences. So here we go:

The character sheet...



MOAR GENDERSWITCH )

In a non-fanart note, I just worked another 12 hour day. I am dead. TGIF.

-Isa

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Six years is pretty long. But i'm happy it lasted this long. Me and Link celebrated our sixth anniversary this weekend by doing nothing special. *laughs* that was the plan. the last few times we saw each other there was always a lot of stuff going on, so we wanted to spend some time doing pretty much nothing together. It felt great.

End of foo-foo cuddly pink section XD

I've got quite a bit of things to do this week. Work has decided to be evil. I only got home at 9pm today when it was suppose to be an "easy" day. Urgh. That's 12 hours of work. Not cool. I'm thinking a few shifts are gonna be like that this week. I need to really get my ass into gear this week and draw. I'm far far behind on "Rose" and one other project such as coloring banners and Slayers steampunk. I also need to clean my house big time. On friday, it's this year's Grad Show at the Ottawa University and I want to check it out since several of my friends are part of the graduates.

I'm hoping i,ll ba able to concentrate more on being productive this week. Last week I really wasn't thanks to Avatar: the last airbender. I watched 3 seasons in a week and a half. I'm sad to admit that I didn't do much else then marvel at animated characters who control the elements. And it was awesome!

Aside from that I guest starred in Lycorne's journal and updated my deviant art account with stuff.

-Isa
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So I finally caved and decided to re-open my deviant art account. Yes, I know, those of you who know me well remember my deviant art rants. But give or take, deviant art is one of the best places for an artist to advertize on the internet. So I swallowed my pride and re-opened one.

Too bad I can't remember how this thing works at all. Damn it.

For now, there's nothing in it. I don't really know what i'll put in. Probably some comics, maybe some fanart, for sure some Waldo x Carmen. I still need to show you guys some of that. Maybe some avatar, obviously some Slayers...  I'd like to be able to be noticed on Deviant art. I'm an attention whore, I know.

For those of you who would like to add me to your friends on deviant art, i'm secondlina on there too.

Don't have a drawing right now. So check out this one. It's been drawn by Link. And colored too. I think he's much better at photoshop than me... It's inspired by the artist Klimt (one of my favorites) and a dancing video on youtube. Originally done as a present for me.



Oh well, back to work I guess. Tonight I need to finish some pages on Rose (i'm finally up to the inking process for some of them. I miss inking.) and I might draw something else. But you guys, the Avatar Box sets are VERY counter productive. *laughs* Oh, I need to buy food too. Isa need food.

-Isa

Masking!

Mar. 26th, 2009 12:54 pm
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Art wise, i've discovered two things yesterday that can only be described by *OMG OMG OMG*

First - Masking Fluid. I finally got off my ass and did some research in the watercolor department. I learned there existed a thing called Masking Fluid that you can use to cover a section you colored previously or to cover a spot you wish to keep white. You just put it on and it makes a rubbery film you remove as soon as you are done. It's that easy. WOW.

I spend 2 years painting small watercolor things as complicated as this one:



Using nothing but kleenexes, wet brushes and dumb luck to prevent my colors from mixing and my white areas white. Now I just learned a magic product actually painlessly does that for me. I feel kinda dumb I guess, but then I tried the Masking Fluid and lemme tell you, it's AMAZING. It's going to give me a whole new boost in the department of what I can do with watercolors. This is going to rock.

The second thing I discovered was XKCD - a really funny webcomic. that is insanly smart.

This Lj is turning into a review board! Must post more comics --_--

I didn't draw much, most of my time is spend drawing comic pages for ROSE. But I can give you guys a preview if you want!

Oh, one final note - Link now has a niece. His older brother, Nikolas (he has 3 brothers and a sister) and Niko's wife Maria just had a baby girl. Considering her mom is from Finland, i'm betting... Blond baby.

Isa
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Love the twins. And by twins I means those two dorks (Link and his brother) living in Montréal. Gotta love'em.

Giant BAAAAAAAAAAAH phase right now. I pretty much just finished my contracts (top chrono - 5 minutes ago!) and now I have no more left to do. I'm only left with my personal projects (aka the comic book Rose, Slayers Steampunk and whatever else I decide to pick up.) and yet I barely feel like picking up a pencil. Without deadlines, I seem to be a real wuss. Baaaaah. Maybe I should just take a few days of break.

I did sketch out a few things slayers related though. 
Mainly this hero thing based on this post and a tiny inside joke. 





Haha.

Blargh...stomach flue X_X

-Isa
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 (Awesome lyrics from an awesome vampire song, sparkle-free and totally geeky.)



Ahem, so yes. You guys might wanna know that me and Link pretty much decided to get married after our seventh anniversary. In a month, it will be our sixth. So, YAY! I'm technically not fiancé-ed, more like pre-fiancé-ed. We both agreed we wanted to live together for a while first (since i'm moving to Montréal next october, that's perfect.) No, I don't have a ring, I don't have a dress, don't ask me any of that girly stuff. I'm just glad I get to stay with Link and "nibble on his neck till the end of time"...

YIPEE! *extreme girly swirl*

Oh, and i've known this for a while. I just could not think of a good comic to announce this. I still haven't! Oh well. Happy! :)

-Isa


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Occationnaly I get really bored and unmotivated. I think you need to go thru those days to be able to have such work driven ones.

Unfortunatly, I am often hyper when those days come. A few people can confirm that I pretty much act like that on those times yep.
[livejournal.com profile] ichiban_victory  even has it on video.

Poor Link never gets to read anything. He usually reads when i'm asleep because I attack him whenever I see him sitting and reading. It's like watching a pet sleep; you just gotta bug them that. Very. Second. Also, shirtless reading is hot.

I discovered lately I really love toys and repetitive sounds (not THOSE toys and repetitive sounds, you perverts). I like bright children's toys and cute japanese toys, and I love objects who make annoying sounds. I also like making annoying sounds myself. Considering I also love crows, I think my ideal object would be this, to everyone's deep dismay...



Somewhere, somehow, Link is staring at a computer screen begging god the Crow-toy doesn't exist.

I'm such a kid sometimes and I love it.

-Isa
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Darwin you fool.

I just spent a nice weekend with Link. Though I was a little sick-ish, it was nice to have someone in my bed (just the extra heat did WONDERS). This week seems to be a little busy. I want to apply at a few galleries, finish some drawings for contracts and of course, do my job right. This weekend i'm helping my friend Tama to move to her new appartment. I find that no matter how much I hated moving myself, I seem to like moving other people.

Go figure.

I started doing sketches for paintings. I wanted to do a few paintings for people over xmas but I didn't have time yet. I really like this sketch. It's a gigaslave again. I'm obsessed with drawing the gigaslave for some reason XD



Speaking of slayers - I plan on buying the boxsets over amazon now that they are cheap. I have an old version of Next Tama gave to me, but I think I will buy the new version alongside with buying a copy of Slayers and Slayers try, that way my boxsets all match. I also want to buy Slayers Knight of Aqualord and a few other comics. I'll let you guys know if the french copy is available yet.

Also; Zelgadiss and his toaster now have their own "journal" check it out:
http://community.livejournal.com/zel_x_toaster/profile

and to conclude: fantasy violence.


-Isa
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Okay, so i'm not that nervous. Maybe slightly agitated.
I'm finally leaving for Toronto tomorrow. I know, took me long enough huh? I originally supposed to leave earlier, but I had a few things to edit out about school so I stayed behind a bit. It pissed me off slightly since if I knew I could have worked a bit more, I would have told my boss to schedule me rather then tell her I was gone. I met her at the store too yesterday, while I was out buying batteries. It was very akward. I suppose I could have called work to tell them to schedule me. But the people I was supposed to meet in order to solve the remainer of my school issues kept changing the date of the meeting, thus, Isa didn't work and pretty much wasted her time.

I'm really eager to start my intership, although it seems like it might be a bit different then what I expected at first. Still, it's going to be two months away from home, good for me to learn about art business management, do some comics, visit museums and galeries and of course, spend time with Link. I think i'll miss my family and my friends a lot. Although, I think it's odd they speak of my departure like i'm dying.

"Oh, Isa is going! The tragedy, the loneliness!"
"Er, i'll be back in a month and a half, two months tops..."

I believe my mom is afraid of being alone with my brothers.

I,ve kinda wasted my time since the exams finished. I spent a lot of time thinking about what I was doing right now and what I wanted to do with my life. It is my last year next year. I went to see the graduate's show of this year and started wondering about what I wanted to do for art...I also though about my general personnality too, as the precedent post indicated. I was pretty caught up in thinking, planning and visiting. I lost track of time. Barely drew anything, didn't even update the journal.

I told Link to keep an eye on me, make sure I draw a certain amount of pages a day.

That's good XD

Soon i'm gonna start a new story segment (I was waiting to get to Toronto) so the secondlina's characters will torture us both.



You know, considering the rat tail, maybe Link truly is... a jedi?

Tomorrow my friend tama drives me to the bus station ^_^ Much thanks to the tama!

-Secondlina
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So, yep. It's been a while. Four years to be exact. 
To be completly honest, when this whole thing started out I was much more clueless and...violent. Heck, after my friends told me that Link liked me THAt way I was going to push him in the Outaouais river that crossed our town. Then again, considering he jumped in it himself a few times, he might have taken that more as a come-on then a rejection. *laughs* 

But then I DIDN'T shove him in the river. Although on occasion i'd love to go fetch a bucket of the river's water to dunk it on his head i'm happy I didn't. *laughs* It's not a bad relationship and I can vouch that there is more occasions where I feel like cuddling then there is where I want to start  pommeling him with pillows.  I think the hardest part of this is most likely the distance and our respective prides/bubbles/independances. But Link makes me smile and i'm happy when he's around. ^_^

So yeah. Hit me with a frilly wand and call me girly cheesy.

Happy anniversary Link. ^_^

-Secondlina
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...Slightly in advance, since it's only on the second of march, but I don't think i'll have time to post that day ^^





The theory of the "boyfriend food squale" is copywritted to Stephan, who was nice enough to repeat it to me so I could draw this and that really called Link a dessert.

Happy Birthday Criquet! Much Hugs will be put your way when you'll show up to visit your family tomorrow ^^
Happy birthday to Link's twin sister and brother as well!

-Secondlina

p.s. Everybody, don't forget to vote for a new web site banner please!!!! Right here: http://secondlina.livejournal.com/41563.html

THANKS!! ^^
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...Or to resume Link's xmas vacation.



hehehe.

Aside from that, I start school on friday (weird, I know.) and I still haven't written that essay. I woke up rather late today and was a zombie with the flue all day so I decided to make that tomorrow's goal. I got some new pants today though. My old ones were set on the path to destruction by Link's cat and then terminated by me later on (curse you ice patches, curse you!)

Oh man, is Fruits Basket an awesome manga or what? I just finished reading the 19th book!


Good damn this is good manga. My faith in manga has been revived (It's been stabbed dead lately by things I'd rather repress)

All right, big finish: Time for a poll.

Which of these are your favorite three fantasy creatures?
- Shinigami (or death gods or death representatives)
- Angels
- Demons
- Unicorns
- Dragons
- Werewolves
- Vamps
- Sorcerers
- Robots
- Aliens
- Elves
- Dvarves
- Changelings
- Hobits
- Cat people
- Mer people
- Superheroes
- Killer butterflies

-Secondlina (not a choice, this is a signature, you guys XD)

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