New York City

November 8, 2018 - Reading time: 6 minutes

Recently spent the weekend in NYC for the first-ish time! Just documenting this for my own reference; I barely took any pictures.

FRIDAY

  • I had a bad service experience with UP/Presto...
  • Apparently my nose is not attuned to the smell of ur|ne in the subway?
  • Friedmans: Got the mac n' cheese (fortina, parmesan), ginger carrot soup, and sauteed spinach (raisins, pine nuts)! The mac n' cheese was very cheesy, just the way I like it!
  • LINE FRIENDS store: I was sad that most of the Sally merchandise was sold out/gone already. I was able to grab a few items, but much less stuff than I thought I would exit with!
  • Roberta's: got a pretty regular pepperoni pizza; nothing too special
  • Joe & the Juice: I got a very $$ smoothie called YOUNG BLOOD (celery, Lemon, apples) but it was good and made me feel "healthier"
  • Carnegie Hall: the main reason I went on this trip was to catch the Joe Hisaishi Studio Ghibli concert at Carnegie Hall. I have to say that I was disappointed at the acoustics in the hall, given that I could barely hear the soloists (vocal or instrumental) over the regular symphony. There were also parts in the playing that sounded slightly off/like mistakes? I've been to TSO quite a few times and never experienced anything bad. The Joe Hisaishi show probably the highest density of east asians I've seen packed into a theatre!

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SATURDAY

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  • Alimama: I got a match mochi donut (it has matcha coated rice krispies on top), it reminded me a lot of jin deui!
  • Xi'an famous food: I got the stewed oxtail hand-ripped noodles in soup. The soup was very good! I think I prefer thinner ripped noodles for my own preferred noodle-surface area to soup-ratio though.
  • Karaoke Boho (Orchard): there was no (visible?) way to adjust the volume of the music of the karaoke video/song vs. our microphone, so the overall experience was lackluster. Best part of this was meeting up with an old artist friend, Nou!
  • Loring Place: we shared the BBQ chicken (roasted brussels sprouts, apples, and mustard), Peking Duck (with turnips, carrots, and spicy quince-apple chutney), and the roasted short rib (horse radish gremolata and potato puree), all very delicious! I also got a celery ginger (iced team, mint) drink. Gotta fool myself into being healthy.

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SUNDAY

  • Chelsea Market: met up with Nou again and wandered around, including a pop-up watch/timepiece show, and the artist flea market!
  • Num Pang Kitchen (Chelsea Market): I got the lemon grass braised beef short rib on jasmine rice, super delicious! The beef just fell apart with a few pokes from my fork!
  • The Highline: a former elevated freight rail line railway that was turned into a community space/public park. The weather was very nice for a walk, and the flowers/plants were still blooming!
  • Paper Presentation: Went to Nou's favourite stationery store...so much paper and craft supplies! I could make ALL THE THINGS!
  • Books of Wonder: dropped by a cute children's book store and it just so happened that Eva Chen was getting ready to do a autograph/reading session for her book Juno Valentine and the Magical Shoes.
  • Le Pain Quotidien: stopped in to drink more "health" into my body, aka the super green (kale, celery, cucumber, pineapple, lemon, apple, ginger and mint)
  • Ichiran: most expensive ramen I've ever had in north america, but I enjoyed the level of customization that I was able to do. I got a rich broth, and it was great.

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Today's music post: The Last to Know by Faith No More.


Yurijam stuff

November 7, 2018 - Reading time: 2 minutes

Most of you wouldn't be aware of this, but I've been doing artwork for a collaborative YuriJam game demo over Sept-Oct 2018.

After completing YaoiJam earlier this year (Come for a Drink), I thought that it would be a good idea (why) to do the counterpart. After drawing old dudes for over 2 months, it was refreshing to draw younger women for once. I also had the better sense to not do the majority of the work on my own this time...! For this year's YuriJam I was responsible for the sprite and CGs related to the characters. Unfortunately I have no idea if the game demo will ever be released, but here's some WIP!

Character designs

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One of the CGs that appears in the game

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WIP below

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A few more pictures can be found here!

Today's music post: Careless Whisper cover by Alexandr Misko on guitar (plucking). A very different vibe, very impressive!


Venom

October 26, 2018 - Reading time: ~1 minute

I met up with Justin this week and we watched Venom. It was bad but also good because the main characters are both losers HAHA. Venom is such a funny and needy slime puppy.

After watching the movie I had an urge to draw this...

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I haven't had Smiles in so long...

Matching couples outfits

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I really put zero effort into likeness.

Today's music post: Midnight Cruise by WONK.


OCeptember 2018

October 13, 2018 - Reading time: 13 minutes

I managed to finish OCeptember 2018, a prompt for original characters! It's compiled in a birdsite memory here, but I'm also posting it below to add TL;DR.

Day 1. Favourite OC(s)

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The loggersports crew. Not necessarily my favourites (I still haven't nailed the look/design of some of them) but most top of mind because of upcoming webcomic!

Day 2. Least loved OC(s)

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The detective crew. Least loved only relative to how little I draw them. Some of these characters are from 2003 or even earlier.

Day 3. Best buds

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Fake is originally from the detective stuff, while Jake is from the loggersport stuff. They were created in complete isolation, but at some point I made a decision to make them good friends (because they play MMORPGs and go to cons together).

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Canzine 2018

September 23, 2018 - Reading time: ~1 minute

Updated to Bludit 3.0! Always a bit stressful doing upgrades when you're not sure if all of your content is going to get busted or not, haha. Luckily everything worked out just as the documentation outlined!

I was at Canzine Toronto yesterday with Linda Tea, representing Love Love Hill. It was nice to see a lot of bustling creativity across the whole show. I'm grateful to the organizers and volunteers at Broken Pencil for making things happen. Thank you to everyone who dropped by to say hello and/or buy stuff :). Check out the winners of the 2018 Broken Pencil Zine awards, and their IG compilation post to find more excellent zinesters (such breadth!)!


More drawings from Come For A Drink

September 16, 2018 - Reading time: ~1 minute

Took a break from drawing some other stuff to draw more stuff, aka Fung from my visual novel game, Come For A Drink (CFAD).

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WIP below This sketch's face really doesn't get pulled through haha Image description Image description Image description

Fung's draft outfits...most of these got pulled through to some extent. I looked at a lot of modern wuxia/hanfu outfits for inspiration.

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And these are some dev notes for CFAD...lots of potential spoilers? Image description

Today's music post: Stay Tuned by Suchmos.


About

I am part of an arts and comics collective called Love Love Hill. I like to draw comics of all genres and styles, but I tend to create stories with particular attention to subtle character expressions, gestures, interactions, and relationships.

UPCOMING PROJECTS
- Love Love Heels
- YuriJam(?) 2018
- Here We Are (webcomic)