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24 November 2008 @ 01:35 pm
I HAS A JOB. It's a 3-month deal starting December 1. Hopefully it will lead to something permanent.

I'm all done with my art project. Huzzah. I finished it up with an assortment of techniques from Uncle G-funk's Big Bag of Bullshit. There's some pencil-style shading, some applied textures, some grungy splat paint used to make the helmet metal look more hammered, some regular old "painting", and light and shadow on separate layers so I could mess with it at will.

I have some more fan art ideas in mind, and I'd like to try some styles that won't take me half an eon. Then again, a lot of time was spent fixing perspective mistakes until I eventually wound up redrawing Cao Ren in a pose that was easier for me to make proper sense of. Now that I have a better idea of how to sketch out the structure and guidelines that I should have done way back in the rough drawing phase, I should do better at avoiding those issues in the first place. At least this drawing got better each time I poked at it. Sometimes they just turn into an unsalvageable mess, so you don't even get a project out of learning lessons the hard way. All in all, I'm happy with my work, and more is on the way.

Now to see if I can get NaNoWriMo done this year. I've got a write-a-thon planned for today.

Current Mood: chipperchipper
Current Music: Foo Fighters - Times Like These
Skurtchasorskurtchasor on November 24th, 2008 07:18 pm (UTC)
Congrats on the new job!

*Bows before your art skills*. Sometime I'll need to infect your brain with thoughts of Principal Honda and Ina/Diao Chan's bitter rivalry running for Student Council President.

Gracia, Motochika, and Mitsunari are of course members of the Drama Club.
The Heavy Metal Matador: Extra Bigass Bunrydain on November 24th, 2008 07:28 pm (UTC)
Holy shit. I was already poking at some thoughts of a Samurai Warriors high school AU with Keiji as some blowhard sports team captain who gets all the girls, Magoichi as his friend who hangs off him, and Masamune who wants to get girls but doesn't really understand how. Guys like Kenshin and Shingen could make appearances as teachers.

Come to think of it, the kingdom of Wu is totally high school as well. Lu Meng and THE QUAN take their studies seriously. (Or Lu Meng could be a grumpy teacher if we want to emphasize his "old man"-ness.) Gan Ning and Ling Tong throw spitballs at each other all day long. Lu Xun is a dorky freshman hanging onto his backpack straps like he's wearing a parachute. Huang Gai is the janitor. Da Qiao and Xiao Qiao are self-explanatory. Sun Ce and Sun Shang Xiang are jocks, and Zhou Yu is just some nice smart kid, I guess.

Hell, there's no reason this couldn't be an Orochi crossover, so we could get Zhang He in the drama club, Sima Yi signing up for whatever activities Zhugers is into because he just has to show him up, and Cao Ren playing DE-FENSE on the football team.
aitai on November 24th, 2008 09:55 pm (UTC)
LOL. i want to read that fic ^___^
congrats on the job! WHOOOOO!
zerielzeriel on November 24th, 2008 10:55 pm (UTC)
Heh, my brain has the following:

Gan Ning and Ling Tong: *throwing spitballs at each other and giggling*
THE QUAN: *grabs their heads and cracks them together with a resounding thunk, then sits back down and resumes taking notes*
Lu Meng: *sighs, resumes teaching*
Skurtchasorskurtchasor on November 25th, 2008 04:51 am (UTC)
Julie and I spent an inordinate amount of time this evening coming up with some rather absurd roles. Among others:

  • Nagamasa/Oichi end up being homecoming king and queen.

  • Lu Bu threatens to beat up anybody who doesn't vote for Diao Chan.

  • Hideyoshi is the band director. Xu Zhu plays tuba, but it sounds funny because he secretly stashed his ham inside of it.

  • Your favorite member of clan Tachibana is center on the girls' basketball team.

  • Yoshimoto Imagawa
  • is the faculty sponsor of Drama Club.</li>
  • Wei Yan is the school mascot.

zerielzeriel on November 25th, 2008 01:59 pm (UTC)
Your favorite member of clan Tachibana is center on the girls' basketball team.

Basketball shorts...tank top... wibble.

Thanks, I'm going to be useless all day at work now.
zerielzeriel on November 25th, 2008 02:00 pm (UTC)
I should clarify that I was thinking of 70s basketball shorts in my previous post. Naturally.
Skurtchasor: UR MOMskurtchasor on November 25th, 2008 05:50 pm (UTC)
Next time you're over at G-funk's place, ask her to put in Orochi 2 and select Ginchiyo's 3rd outfit.
zerielzeriel on November 25th, 2008 08:59 pm (UTC)
Ah, the miracle of Google.

...I'll be in my bunk.
The Heavy Metal Matador: Short Ass Foolsrydain on November 26th, 2008 05:10 am (UTC)
That's awesome. Gotta love Xu Zhu as the obligatory fat kid with the tuba.

Wei Yan pwninated the mascot audition with his mad break dancing skills.
kasumi_astrakasumi_astra on November 24th, 2008 07:19 pm (UTC)
Grats, finally some good news from somewhere :-)

The Heavy Metal Matador: Hello Kitty Cao Renrydain on November 24th, 2008 07:32 pm (UTC)
Thank you! It looks promising. I'll be testing software, and I even get to work on a Mac. *dances* Even if I don't get to move on to a software engineering position with the same company, formal experience in testing is quite a helpful skill.
Assassin Weaselcrackferret on November 24th, 2008 08:05 pm (UTC)
Rock on! about the job. :D So tell us about it!!

The picture looks awesome - I completely LOVE how that turned out. The armor has some awesome touches and I love the nice clean lines of it all. Very nice work!

Gogogo Nano! :D Good luck!

Edited at 2008-11-24 08:06 pm (UTC)
The Heavy Metal Matador: GTA Cao Renrydain on November 26th, 2008 05:13 am (UTC)
Thank you! I'm pretty happy with the picture myself. I didn't have much of an idea of how to finish it, so I just kept trying various ideas and it all worked somehow. o_O

I'll be testing software. I've never done that formally before, so it's going to be a new experience. I'll be sure to post an update at some point.

I've been cranking away on NaNo these past couple of days, though I slacked today in favor of more drawing. (I did get 2K done, though.) I'm sure I'll be fine because I'll go crazy tomorrow and write over the break, and I'll be back home in time to finish and all.
sinistarfithsinistarfith on December 1st, 2008 04:08 pm (UTC)
Ah, moving from creator to critic! After 15 years on and off in software QA, it's weird for me now being considered a "developer" and having to respond to defect reports.

Actually, all I do now is tell people where to put their words and then tell developers how to display them. Not as cool as QA, but also not as crunched for time at the end of development life cycles.

If it ends up being something you enjoy, start looking into quality engineering. Might be the best of both worlds for you.
MidnightRanter: Victorymidnightranter on November 24th, 2008 08:14 pm (UTC)
Congrats on the new job, I'll keep my fingers crossed for the permanent thing.
Iyori / Graffitiiyori on November 24th, 2008 09:28 pm (UTC)
Great job! I'm blown away by the details and effort on the shading and texturing and the BEARD and everything <3333333 Also congrats on the job front!!!
The Heavy Metal Matador: Naked Timerydain on November 26th, 2008 05:08 am (UTC)
Thank you so much!