Picking up the brush(es)

•March 18, 2012 • Leave a Comment

I’ve taken drawing lessons since little—crayon, pastel, watercolor, inking and chalk. Ever since getting Wacom Bamboo and the many pieces of drawing software, I’ve been using just those to draw and color. Then this week my mom asked my brother to draw her a watercolor “kitchen-related” drawing.

Making a digital drawing with resolution high enough to remain clear when blown up to about 16″ x 21″ would result in a really, really big file, so he decided to go old school. So yesterday the two of us headed to Michael’s. There we learned that art supplies here are very bloody expensive!

We bought 5 brushes—granted, they’re really nice ones, a watercolor paint set (10 colors, 1 brush, and a really small plastic paint-mixing palette), paper, and a bunch of little things. Came up to $177.71!!!!! By golly, as my brother said, no wonder artists are poor! ;p

Last night we decided to play with our new toys. Here’s a sketch of Ichigo that I made:

My pencil sketch of Ichigo

My reference was Bleach Official Character Book 2 MASKED, which I just got last week. Took me a quite a while to finalize that sketch, man! I missed cmd + z sorely! I erased so much that parts of the paper became grey-ish, yikes.

Then I set out to color it. After painting it, I went over the outlines with a pen—one of those “watery-inked” ones. Next time I go to Kinokuniya in Japantown I’ll grab a couple of skinny felt pens, I think those give a more natural feel to the outlines.Using the pen as I did made the outlines came out a little flatter than I liked.

Ichigo in watercolor, sort of

Turned out okay I guess, considering how long I haven’t touched an actual brush. My complaints are Ichigo’s hair and sword. I think I still prefer using Chinese calligraphy brush as opposed to these nice synthetic fiber ones…I used to paint with calligraphy brushes last time so I’m kind of used to that.

Anyhow…I must say I really miss being able to easily manipulate different layers and not have to worry about making a wrong move and not be able to “undo” or erase it completely. It was fun, though. I might dabble with it again soon, after all I do have an $80+ investment in these toys!!!


Bleach Concept Covers 2

•March 6, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Just a few months ago I found out that there’s an album called Bleach Concept Covers where the voice actors in the Bleach anime sing the opening/ending themes from the anime. It was really amusing as some of them can’t really sing that well, while some of them sang almost better than the original.

Then, just a couple weeks ago I found out that there’s a second album! It was released just last December. This time the singers are the voice actors from the Arrancar arc (except Ichigo and Rukia). Surprisingly, I like pretty much all the songs in this album…this set of voice actors have better voice!

Here’s an example of a song that I think turned out to be better than the original:

Go Onosaka Masaya!

Bleach 2012 calendar

•March 2, 2012 • Leave a Comment

The calendar I ordered from Yesasia arrived! I’m relieved that it came in excellent condition despite being (probably) the last one carried by Yesasia.

Cover - Ichigo; Jan/Feb - Hitsugaya, Kira, Rangiku, Byakuya, and Hisagi

March/April - Uryuu, Chad, and Orihime

May/June - Tsukishima and Ginjou

July/Aug - Riruka and co.

Sep/Oct - Renji

Nov/Dec - Rukia

There you are. See what I mean about 95% poster 5% calendar? I can hardly read the numbers!

Picking up the pen(cil)

•March 1, 2012 • Leave a Comment

My drawing activities have been on hiatus for a while now. With the new looks of the characters in Bleach now, I finally picked up my Bamboo tablet and pen again and started a drawing. My goal is to draw Ichigo, Renji, Byakuya, and Rukia in one drawing. To quote 9gag: “Challenge accepted!”

Very rough sketch

I’ve only gone as far as their outlines. Ichigo’s stance was taken from Kubo’s artbook All Colour But The Black, but I updated his costume and zanpakuto to his new look. Renji’s stance was “custom-made”, and I think I’ll take his face from either the artbook or some random pane in the manga. Byakuya’s was taken from the last pane in chapter 464. I haven’t drawn Rukia, but I think I’ll take her from the Bleach 2012 calendar that I just got.

I have a loooong ways to go. 🙂


•February 28, 2012 • Leave a Comment


于是我介绍了我现在用着的粉底-Bobbi Brown Illuminating Powder Foundation-她很有兴趣地和我确认了名字,看来Bobbi Brown加了一位顾客了!更让我想不到的是,到了办公室,一位男同事看到我时说:“你今天脸看起来很好看!” 好奇怪哦!我天天都用同一个粉底啊!竟然在生病的时候一个小时内给两个人说我的脸的皮肤好看,看来我生病有意外的收获!也不知道人家相不相信我是生着病的。

Anyway, 看来我今天又需要提早回家休息了。唉,什么时候会病好呢?:(

It’s a sad day…

•February 23, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Found out today that the Bleach anime is cancelled and the last episode will be aired on March 27th. My bias aside, this is a horrible point to end the anime because the Fullbring arc is, to be honest, a pretty lousy story. What with the manga going into its last arc, which (hopefully) would bring the series to an epic end, it would’ve been great to have the anime end the same way.


Kubo sensei uses copic markers!

•February 22, 2012 • Leave a Comment

For the longest time I’ve been wondering what medium Kubo Tite uses for coloring. His colored drawings have that flowy, watery feel yet it doesn’t quite look like watercolor. I read on forums that he uses Copic markers, but this video finally confirms it!

Copic markers are horrendously expensive though, so I’ll experiment with the digital Copic markers that are included in Sketchbook Pro 2011 before I get any.