Unfinished

Jun. 24th, 2009 07:55 pm
secondlina: (Happy)
Rose status Report : 34 pages on 55.

MWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

Anyways....

All that is left now is the final pages, the illustrations and writting my bio. Anybody has suggestions for my bio?

After Rose is done I want to finish Jabberwocky. Jabberwocky is a short comic (12-15 pages) based on the poem of the same name found in Lewis Carroll's Thru the looking Glass. And by based I mean inspired. And by inspired I mean loosely. *laughs* I pretty much just kept the idea of Alice, mirrors, Vorpal Swords and big beasties (so, basically, all the GOOD stuff.) Jabberwocky was suppose to be a short story included in the end of Rose, but as it turns out, I won't be able to finish it in time to send it to the printers... But I wanted to finish it anyways and maybe have it printed as a little booklet to give out to people who purchase Rose at the book lauch (and also, for you guys, because I am a sneaky artist).

The cover sketch is pretty rockin'....



Some may recall, but the idea for the whole comic came from this painting I did a while back...

Aside from that.... IT'S HOT DAMMIT. I decided to start working and sleeping in my living room because I have AC in there. It's the only room with AC because it's a tiny machine but it's mighty and refreshing --_--;;;;;; *sweat* *cuddles AC machine*

Aaah, I have so many fandom things I want to draw once Rose is over. I just got an idea for a bunch of cute versions of Disney Villains. Must. Draw.

In other news, I don't care what people say, I love Anastasia. I just watched my Dvd twice in the last two days....

-Isa

secondlina: (Sketchy)

Well. I got the official release date for Rose. AUGUST 29, 2009.

Which means all pages must be done for July 23, 2009.


Dear God.

I still have about half to draw.

I already spoke to my boss about taking one day off every week to work. This might shoot my new york trip down the tube... But I really need more time. Also, first published book versus fun times in America? gotta set the priorities straight. I am building myself a schedule to draw one-two pages per day, minimum. Don't be surprised if you don't hear much of me, or see much of me or have many drawings on this blog for the next month (I'll still try to update at least bi-weekly)...

The stress may destroy me. BUT I CAN TOTALLY DO THIS!!! EAT MY PENCILS, TIME SPACE CONTINIUM!

Have a hopeful Steampunk lina to compensate!

secondlina: (lights)
 

Aren't they cute? I just finished this little banner in photoshop. It's a "practice run" to get my photoshop skillz back (and they did come back. I am now at the same level of sucking at Photoshop as I was before. *sigh* Link, you gotta teach me some 'toshop moves, please). This drawing is based on season 2 of Avatar. The costumes are.... approximative. I could have gotten some reference shots, but I didn't really feel like it. The fact that Zuko is being walked on doesn't really express any type of specific hatred I have for the character, though I do kinda find him annoying until he decides to turn good (He reminds me of Gargamel...). He's mostly getting walked on because...Well, that's pretty much how I see him getting treated in season two, poor guy. I wanted to do shadows and stuff at first, but since I kinda wanted this to be a banner of such (and therefore small) I flattened out the colors. Mai is my favorite in this banner. The character's styles are inspired by a Quebecois-French comic book called "Les Nombrils" (the bellybuttons). I'm still waiting for book 4 of that series. When? WHEN?

Thanks to everyone for the encouraging messages about ass-to-artists guy. Turns out, he didn't want to pay at all and was shocked I asked. So I terminated my engagement with him permanently. I mean, really? Jerkface. But now I have ideas on how to formulate my contracts better, thanks to you guys.

I've got a few drawing projects I want to get done over the next few weeks. Lo and behold:
-Pages for Slayers Gears (aka Slayers steampunk version)
- Fairy Tale steampunk princesses (because I can biotches)
- Commission for Eveska
- Mini-contrat for person I like (one drawing. Can't kill me.)
- Banner for myself, Flowergirl and earthstar_chan
- Mini-story of BULB GIRL!
- Pages of Rose.
- Pages of Rose.
- Did I mention, pages of Rose?
- a few comics I have ideas for, and of course a few memes I got tagged for (seriously guys, I feel obligated to draw these XD)

-I also plan to sell this painting to a friend: (sexy mermaids mwahahaha)



-And send the Gigaslave Painting to it's buyer. Sorry for the delay Mike, but apparently the post office close to my job doesn't ship international (....I was like....what?)

Am I busy girl or what?
I'm off to Montréal this weekend though. I got a plush bird and I boyfriend I need to torture with it.

Over and Out!

-Isa

Edit - I really screwed myself over with this Avatar banner. Not that I drew one for season 2, I wanna draw one for season 1 where Yue would be chased by the Gaang, followed by Zuko, Iroh, Zaoh and a big seas spirit of doom. And then i'd have to draw season 3. Gaang in firenation costumes + Suki + Zuko Fleeing a comet Firelord Ozai is riding.
secondlina: (Default)
 This weekend was good! I went to Montréal with the art group for our Exhibit during Montréal 6pm to 6 am event, Nuit Blanche (french for all-nighter). The exhibit was awesome. I stayed after with Link to celebrate his birthday. Came for the art, stayed for the snuggles. But talk is cheap, here are the pictures!

Before the all nighter, we started off in bed, with our beloved collective project, the quilt! It's a pretty functional quilt, it's got a backing and filling and everything. Very comfty. There's everyone under it. We were missing two artists. One could not be among us for personal reasons. The other was coming in a bit later the next day during the actual event.



Read more... )

And now i'm back in Ottawa for Job. Ah, montréal, how you are fun sometimes!

-Isa

secondlina: (Default)

So, hi everybody...

I really wanted to draw a comic for today, but i'm really dead. Dead Dead Deaders. This bus strike thing in Ottawa is really stretching out my work hours, plus the walks in winter and the general woe that comes with the time of the month... Isa is dead tired.

So instead, I took pictures of the project i'm working on right now. Friends of mine and myself are working on a big quilt. It's a very non-traditional quilt though, and it's super artistic. Everyone in the group is making a few squares for the quilt. Here are mine.

Mine combine sewing, toys and drawing. The theme of the quilt was "Security Blanket". I chose to think of children security blankets (or blankie, if you are intimate) and on how they kinda protect you from harm in your imagination and can become a magic carpet, a tent, a friend... This also taps a little bit in the ideas of children abuse because honestly the statistics for child violence and abuse still frighten me. Once finished the quilt will be expose in Montréal for the art Nuit Blanche event.

Here is my favorite piece. Click on the link for the other pieces.
The animals in them are a wolf, shadows, fish, a bat and (teddy) bears




http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c84/secondlina/20090121_0030.jpg
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I miss painting with watercolors right now. I think i'll try to do some this weekend. AFTER SEEING INKHEART!
secondlina: (Happy)


My computer is ressucitated. I still have to re-install photoshop, my scanner, my printer and itunes but i'm essentially BACK (again)

I am sad that Reboot apparently doesn't have boxsets (they have these random series Dvds who are dreafully expensive for 4 episodes). However, I am happy to see slayers boxsets are on sale for 25 dollards. I'm gonna buy me a full series off amazon.ca along with a few comic books. I didn't get to read the Slayers knight of Aqualord manga yet since it is not available in Canada. I like the new Slayers Evolution-R Openi ng though. Oh, Gavv, I have missed your terrible fashion sense.

So yaaay!

I don't know if anyone here knows the comic Marry Me. The writter was looking for artists for various projects. I submitted my name. It might be  a shot in hell, but it's worth trying. He's not a bad writter and it would be a great way to start webcoming (It would be PAID too.)

and also, because everyone is doing it:
The first five people to comment to this post get to request a sketch of a character of their choosing from me. In return, they have to post this in their journal, regardless of their artistic/writing ability. If you absolutely can't draw, you can offer drabbles or icons or something instead.


1. Ariel (disney)
2. River Tam, Dancing (Firefly) (hey, don't you guys thing the girl on the drawing above also looks like River Tam?)
3. Zel and Amelia (Slayers)
4.
5.

That's all folks.<

Isa
secondlina: (lights)



I have so many pages to scan and photos to post, i'm at the point where i'm performing triage. I think I should just upload the whole thing and update a little everyday. I really think I should tweak my scanner's settings a bit and clean it's window, poor thing. It suffers under my rule.

So yeah, got a few projects done, and finished my last shift yesterday. Whew. I feel good about that. I've been feeling like i'm living in a bookfort lately. I'm reading far too many boring things. Now i'll hopefully have more straight drawing time  (aka 5 hours of it without interruptions! Yippeee!) and time to see friends.

I actually saw my friend tama the other day. Although she's not in the greatest moment of her life right now, she seemed well and it made me feel happy. She even mentionned picking up writting again. Me and Tama have plotted often in the past to create comic stories... Maybe she's got a few storyboards in stores for me!

At home (which is only metaphorically a bookfort), there's a big change a-coming : we are getting rid of our pool. See, we have a in-ground pool at my house. Here's a tip, when you buy a house, avoid those with in-ground pools. Round out-ground pools are easier to manage. In-ground pools...basically if you don't care for them almost everyday they crack and break and become disgusting. Due to my family's rather hectic schedule (and to the fact that me being gone to Toronto for two months didn't make me very available to swin & clean in the said pool) our pool cracked. Turns out it's cheaper to fill it and buy another then fix the in-ground pool. So yeah... Never buy a house with an in-ground pool. Unless you have a pool boy.

My parents emptied out the pool today. Tomorrow, people will come to fill it up. I poked my nose out of a book to go take a walk in my pool....


Aside from that, I finished my neverland cup. For the character of Wendy in my lost girl theme, I designed a "mother" cup that will contain a miniture of neveland "floating" on green tea. The set comes with a green tea pouch I designed. It's very cute I find:

Tea time! )

The cup is obviously a reference to Wendy's victorian setting. The mother word represents how she is a mother for peter but also how she leaves Neverland to be able to be a real mother. Neverland becomes some sort of escapism, lost in her usual routine (the 5'o clock tea).

Gah, all this thinking for lost girl projects makes me want to read Lost Girls by Alan Moore depicting the meeting of Wendy, Alice and Dorothy. Unfortunatly, the graphic novel, no matter how much of an important book is it for comic artists, also happen to be erotic. I've got no problem with the erotic part honestly. I own several borderline erotic graphic novels that I purchased because they were rose stones of graphic art. I mean, if everybody tells you you have to read something because it's part of comic history, you just do it. Besides, reading european comics made me quite used to graphic nudity and sexuality (the french are quite generous in that department). So, it's erotic. That's stil la problem though, because I can't buy it. It's 80$ and since it's erotic, it's impossible to find in a local librairy. To boot, i'd have to order on the web because the comic book shops here don't have to connections to order the book (because it's UK based) and/or can't order erotic materials because they are family oriented. Looks like I won't get to read that for a while. I don't think it's necessary for the evolution of this year's project, but it's definitly something that would have been interesting to check out.

I also rented out a million fairy tale movies and disneys to watch as I work. :)

-Secondlina






 
secondlina: (Dibs!)
No comic today. I've draw a few but they remain mostly incomplete. I really need to sit down and draw something, honestly.

I do however want to share a comic with you :

 http://community.livejournal.com/curiousinsane/

If you are a disney fan and an alice fan like me, you will LOVE this. Plus the drawings are AWESOME. Just go to the archive (available on the top over the user info) to see the full story. It's cheesy. It's full of diney characters. It's Hatter x Alice and did I mention it's AWESOME?

Fear t3h fluff.

Oh, and Yeah, been having funwith some ink lately. I think I never actually showed you guys any of my ink drawings! Well, here's one, and it's red riding hood themed.



-Secondlina 

EDIT: Okay. Belle cameo, Hades cameo and Jack friggin' Sparrow CAMEO???? I've been Fangirled!!!!!!!
*new banner pops in user info*
secondlina: (Default)

Yeah, okay.
I'll admit something here.
I make nice drawings, I make nice comics...
BUT I CAN'T MAKE ICONS WORTH A SHIT!
I need help. People please design me icons T_T I'll make you guys a drawing in return or something.
My theme character is Lina and the Lina lookalike Lena (sigh) is at this web comic www.secretsofsorcerers.com . I also like those Lina images where she wears glasses. The theme is mainly Lina lookalikes (her copy, her chibi clone from the first series, Lina with glasses, Lena, etc)
Help me ^^;;;
secondlina: (Default)


This illustration is a joke that spurred from a conversation I was having with a friend about how women have this incredible power over men, especially over men who haven't had any close contact in ages. It's not all a sex thing I think. Women just have a way of being sometimes that can make guys go nuts I think. It's usually referred as being flirty. Yes, I think that's it. If you flirt it up correctly, you can pretty much ask for whatever. I've never been one to flirt. It's kindoff an abstract idea for me. According to people I know, I tend to act in the cute and cuddly way, but I don't do that as soon as something male walks in the room. I just act that way. I'm a pout-master.

It's still a good joke ^^

Aside from that I finished the design of another Rpg character. I redesigned my original idea for Bonnie Murdock. If you look at the precedent post, you can see that I was trying at first to make her a bit of a round and heavy character. I wanted her to radiate some sort of strenght of nature, so I tried to go for some sort of physical imposing look with a good spirited esteem. Then I figured that my character was from scotland. I always associated scotland with tall dignified people who have more of a wild viking inner strengh about them. Sorta like a stylish british gal hiding her inner ax-wielding valkyrie. I like this version of Bonnie. She's very dignified and as a more upper class type of autority. She rules because of her charisma rather then by her goodness. 

Bonnie is a character with the ability to temporarly change herself into a ghost-like creature. The Rpg is a bit of a mix between the league of extraordinary gentlemen and something more...funny. It's basicly about the descendant of Jules Vernes being sent on a mission to save the world from moon-people with a gang of misfits.

Yes, it sounds crazy that way, but it actually makes a lot of sense. 

Aside from that, i'm pretty busy with work at the bakery, driving lessons, freelance drawing jobs, home, friends, mother's day...I really take on too much crap at the same time...I'm gonna start cutting back on my sleep hours again!



secondlina: (anti)

Okay, finally, an update. May the crowd cheer!
I decided to color a drawing on photoshop, just for kicks again. Those of you who might recall my valentines day entry might 
reconize here my demon and angelic characters again (I rather like drawing those two) except here I tried to use a different style 
(which I kinda like!)
Aside from that, things are going well. Obviously, it's the exam period and i'm being graded by every living thing in my school, but
soon it shall be over. And when that's over, i'm getting down with some serious cleaning, much needed, yes yes.
I also got my hands on Runaways 5 and Chrono Crusade 7. Runaways was pretty funny as always, despite the Wolverine appearance 
(God, why is wolverine so overused? Well, still looking forward to that x-men movie) however, the ending of chrono crusade just doesn't look
like it's going to meet up my expectations. The 7th book feels a lot like the writter as creating a really complexe story in his head with a zillion characters but is only giving us the strict minimum. Like all those Magdalene order guards popping outta nowhere...They all look really cool and worked on and yet we know nothing of them.
I'm also currently working on a compilation of all the comics I drew using myself and my friends as characters. It sounds natural to do such a thing
but I realised lately  I used to hate using myself as a character. I kinda saw myself as plain and boring. Back in the day, the closest thing I had done to drawing myself was creating a sorceress alter-ego going by the name of Isabel Ashton. She was however only loosely based upon my personnality (she's a lot more fiesty and strong)
Oddly enough, I think I only really started drawing myself around the end of college. The birth of my numerous self portraits concide with the birth of my love life and also the birth of me, actually using other drawing styles then manga. Funny story: the actual creation of my new styles was caused by my boyfriend who commented that all I could draw was manga and that diversity would not kill me. I took that comment pretty bad but instead of doing what most manga-based fans do (which is claim that manga is holy, stick to it and suggest that the boyfriend in question goes to get his eyes poked out by volptures) I decided to prove him wrong by polishing up my drawing diversity for the following 6 months. I then showed it in is face, quite proud of myself and satisfied with the idea of proving him wrong (well, not wrong. But at least proving him good.) I never really said it, but I think i'm quite thankful for that. I now have a more diverse palette of styles so I can choose the style I want for the story I want (and I haven't dropped manga either). Not to mention that those 6 months where fateful for my comic persona since the main thing I was drawing in order to polish up my style was...myself.
It's crazy how little things can lead to very important things...

Though, I don't think that would have happened if my boyfriend hadn't been so blunt or me so stubborn.
Heh. If one day I write my memoirs, i'll let posterity know it was because I was a genius, and now because I was ticked off. *laughs*
secondlina: (expert)

Yes, another colored illustration. *gasp* i'm going to have to stop before people get used to this kind of treatment! *laughs*
This time, this is actual work I get paid for. It's a publicity for natural products (the killer chi eggs I mentioned a while back, if anybody recalls). I rather like this one. So did the people that comissioned me ^^
It's fun, i'm getting more and more contracts to make illustrations for stuff lately! O_O How cool is that?
I still need to take care of my comic book selection for the bookstore...Damn...i'm late for that.
secondlina: (psycho)
Truly, this is a good name for this post, because it's going to be about a lot of things past.

Well, I haven't posted in a while (I blame my education *laughs*) and I though about posting something for Valentines day but I din't because of lack of time (exam to prepare, volonteer at a valentines day party to get money for stuff) and also because I didn't have an idea.
Now I had one, here it is :


Yes, it's two people kissing. I found these two pictures while goig through the pile of stuff on my desk. The interesting thing is that the colored one is a really old picture and the other is fairly recent (a few weeks back). I remember when I did the colored one, I was about 15 or 16. Maybe 17. Back then I hated drawing people kissing. I was no good at it, for one thing, and also I felt I was invading the character's privacy (yes, I created them, and yet I felt that way. Weird huh?) Nowadays, I don't feel quite so shy towards my characters. I believe it is due to my own life experiences and also to the fact that I've done a few naked drawings, some of them with a naked model before me (horray for life drawing classes) so...Drawing people kissing just dosen't seem so bad anymore. I've also practised drawing people kissing a lot to the demand of my friend and partner in crime who designs comic bok stories with me. I think I got better. The second drawing is clearly more dynamic. I still like the first one a lot though. Back then, that was one of my absolute bests shots at drawing kissing (that drawing took for ever!) and I also really love the characters in the colored one. It's and angel and a devil, and in the storyline actually illustrated here, the demon goes back to hell and the angel, with the help of an half-angel, deguises herself to go find out why the demon left her and their friends on earth. They eventually meet in hell, and the demon confesses his love for the angel, and tells her he left because their relantionship would never work and he just could not take that. 

The second drawing is a couple from a series we are working on now. It's a couple that hooks up fairly early in the story while the other couples don't hook up before a while. However, they may be cute and cuddly, they won't have it easy! When you're a wizard couple, hell thends to get in the way of alot of stuff. I rather like that coupe too.
Both drawings have a very different tension in them. One is very dynamic, and the other more painful. Hee. Like'em.

Other then that, on valentines day, my antivirus went viral. I kid you not. It was designed for windows 98 and I have xp, so it started going coo-coo this week and decided to give me the full blown insanity on that day. After a lot of effort and help from people with better computer knowledge then me, we finally managed to delete the evil anti-virus (it was hard and long) and I downloaded a temporary trial version of another until I get down to buying a new one. I've got 3 months to do so...

On a final note, i'm an idiot, and I'm very sorry. I was supposed to spend valentines day with someone I really wanted to see, but instead I called the poor guy up and told him not to come by since it was stupid because it was snowing, and a long bus trip for barely any time together. I also felt sick, had homework and school in the morning and so did he. I realise now that was stupid, because I ruined my day (and his) and got really nothing good out of it. I also lisened to a few people I know compain about valentines day and I realised that hating that day on the account of bad memories was an awful reason. It's easy to cure that with good memories after all, if I wasen't such a stubborn, prideful, idiotic woman.

*ahem* Well, if your reading this, do you forgive me?
secondlina: (bird)

Today, I spent most of the day trying to frame something, only to have a friend come in and frame it perfectly in less then five minutes. Gah. ^^;; Sometimes I feel like I can't do anything right...those days, my brain is usually scrambled...

Other then that, i'm getting a few things done: mainly homework and a few other things. I'm currently under the process of designing a book for photo class and I had to re-start all my pages because the resolution on the original was horrible and the printout was awful. I'm thinking this a bad week for homework, Isa's a little demented, you know what I mean y'all? XD

Oh! Here's for Earthstar! A portrait and a tiny image to make an icon from ^^

the rest )

secondlina: (psycho)

Gark, i'm almost done with drawings for the school paper of the astrological signs...Now I can get back done to homework...

I really like the gemini one:

secondlina: (magic)

Yoho, I've returned from my chrismas vacation! It was quite productive considering I got good ideas for my next year projects and for my website project (which will need to be ressurected to be worked on...) I also got to talk to a lot of old friends and family, and family friends and even a great aunt. Wow. It's odd how many people I know kilometers from my house...

This drawing is for a friend from college who is sorta a goth (more of a mild goth...She has cool goth style clothes but she wears them with more class and less attitude then a goth would). This friend is currently under the great influence of pokedot clothing and bearing a brand new Leeloo styled haircut. It's all very nice Julie...Meoooow -_^

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