Tuesday, December 7, 2010
if you haven't seen Tangled, I highly recommend you skip your next meal/meeting/appointment/nap to do so immediately. Because, quite frankly, that'll be a far better use of your time. It's one of the best movies I've seen in a very long time, let alone one of the best Disney movies in years that isn't Pixar related. It's like a throwback to when they had their golden era with Aladdin and Beauty and the Beast and the Lion King. It's just good. It's legit GOOD. I'm gonna even call it sensational. I'm not a critic and I'm not good with words, just trust me. TRUST ME.

and if you have seen it. nevermind, you're not being reprimanded and you already understand and you're nodding your head in agreement.

i've felt this need to draw the characters since i first fell in love, but i've only been able to do this speed paint so far, from one of the most beautiful scenes from the movie:

inspired by this concept art from the film:

actually, the whole movie inspired me. i feel like i did when i started drawing because of the Lion King.


way to be, Disney.
i'll be up at all hours drawing thanks to you.

but really. thanks.
Thursday, November 25, 2010
I'm home for the holidays. It wasn't planned, but it's all right. I was mentally prepped to fly solo for thanksgiving, Christmas, New years and my birthday and end up exploring Hong Kong on my own. But then I would've missed my friends drinking and eating too much and my sister before she leaves me for California.

I saw Tangled tonight, which is easily one of the best Disney movies I've seen in a while. Excluding Toy Story 3, of course. I predict an onslaught of fanart from myself. So, while I listen to the music from this week's Glee episode (mostly "Marry You"), and recall scenes from that spectacular movie, I'm gunning for inspiration. Good old sappy inspiration.

I've got little bit drawing and packing/cleaning to do in the next month, so I'll post the pictures from the last few weeks in HK probably this weekend. In between seeing Deathly Hallows again. Because oh shit was that good. Hands down the best book adaptation. My Weasley and my Butter were with me at the theater this evening (I missed going to the movies so much while I was in HK) and we were discussing Deathly Hallows. A prime topic of our short-lived conversation was the little Ron/Hermione moments they supplied us with. When Ron's staring at her at the wedding, Harry waking up and seeing them looking as if they fell asleep holding hands, while they're playing piano, how upset she is when he leaves and how angry she is at him when he comes back, the whole scene at Malfoy Manor...and everything in between. It's like they've had it stored up and were just like "HERE'S A R/HR EXPLOSION." Haha. Even if the locket destroying scene was a lot more intense then I envisioned. And Harry dancing with Hermione was really sweet, even though it could've come across shady. It was a really nice touch. Aside from the R/Hr moments, everything else was spot on. The animations accompanying the Tale of the Three Brothers blew my mind, I was mesmerized. Bathilda Bagshot was CREEPY AS HELL. Xenophilius was a loony, there were things just for those who've read the books, it was just. Good. Really good.
I'll be seeing it at least 2 more times. At least.

Cranberry malibu is making me sleepy...
I bid thee farewell for the time being. Please think fondly of others as you drift to sleep.
Monday, November 8, 2010
I'll never not love this man and everything he can do so effortlessly.

Andrew Bird's one-man orchestra of the imagination | Video on TED.com
Thursday, October 14, 2010
That's a lie. I miss you terribly. It's just Norah speaking. Probably not the best choice of music while I'm sitting alone, but it was Damien Rice up until that point, so I think it's a step in the right direction. This weekend is going to follow suit with the last few weekends I've had. An insane amount of homework, mostly my fault, or my knack for procrastination why I have so much due all on the same day.

I'll be hearing the washing machine for the next 4 hours, because that's how long it takes to do one load of laundry. Maybe I shouldn't change my underwear so many times in one day.

There's rumor of a plan to visit Ocean Park this evening for a Halloween outing. Ocean Park is I guess a pretty big deal here in Hong Kong as far as theme parks go. Roller coasters, lots of people, zoo attractions, it's pretty legit so I've heard. And apparently their Halloween shindig is a good time. However, considering that Halloween is still 2 weeks away, I'm opting out of this weekend outing, especially considering the amount of work I have to do.

At the end of the month I also get to register for classes for the next term. I'm really excited because I can finally take Color Theory. It's been a quiet appreciation of mine (am I quiet about the things I appreciate very often?). I love color and I want to know it intimately. Did I say that? Yes. Do you think color likes red wine? Holding hands? I have butterflies in my tummy.

Ever want something so badly, but you can't have it? Something that you've NO idea why it can't be yours, but it just can't. Like when your parents told you "because I said so" when you asked why you couldn't do something or eat some snack before dinner or watch some show and they had no real valid reason why you couldn't. Frustrating, right?

That's where I stand. Only in the metaphoric sense, because really, some things aren't things and not all things are meant to be owned. But I want it so badly.

I'm now 6 minutes past the time allotment I allowed myself to sit and do nothing before the onslaught of work began. I bid you farewell. More pictures next time.
Friday, October 8, 2010
I realize it has been a number of days since the last time I have said anything noteworthy, let alone typed anything here. The last month has been a gigantic smoothie blended into a mix of days, events, emotions, people, places, food. I'm really, really dizzy at the notion of recalling some of the things I've had to do since this time last month.

I'm in Hong Kong and I'm going to school for animation. Why? Because I wanted to be a Disney animator when I started drawing at 10 years old and I re-realize the love I have for drawing every time I watch a Disney movie, or more recently in my life, a Miyazaki/Ghibli film. However, being surrounded by a lot of people, a few years younger than I am and, what seems like, years ahead of me intellectually/electronically/self-consciously, I'm acutely aware of how much I've yet to learn. That, and all the time I spent doing nothing of merit in my absence from being schooled is kind of like a fuzzy dark spot in my peripheral. If that makes sense? But being here, I think, will make me feel less like someone meek and insignificant, and more like I've got something worth opening my mouth about. It's a work-in-progress.

My mom and sister were both with me for the first 10 days in my new surroundings, and it feels like weeks ago since they left. I think I've spent a total of one day holed up in my apartment doing homework. I've an awesome roommate who likes to stomp around and make noises like a pterodactyl. You know. The usual. The air conditioning in my room wasn't working, up until today! It does, however, smell like adhesive in my room. So I've got the window airing it out so I don't wake up headachey, asphyxiated and experiencing vertigo. Here's a small tour of the place!

The living area

the magazine collage my roommate and I started in place of the FANTASTIC art that came with the room. it really was just too fabulous to show you, you'll thank me later.

a view into the tiny kitchen

the tiny kitchen

my room

tiny bathroom

and my little "office"

Isn't it charming? It's..."efficient" is the word my roommate used to describe it, but I think that doesn't quite do it justice. Because it's actually very nice. Despite the washing machine/dryer that tends to do very little of...either of those things. Well, a lot of washing, but the dryer likes to do a lot of leaving your clothes dank. And nobody likes dank clothing. Unless you're a dank enthusiast. Which, neither I nor my roommate are so.

There's been so much that has happened, so many things I've seen and people I've met in the brief time I've been here. Seeing how this is my first time being able to sit down and type anything, I had to force myself to because I started this with the intent to keep people updated on life here in HK but have had not the time to do so.

I've got an obscene amount of homework to do all before tomorrow. It's sad I haven't gotten a chance to say much about anything and it's already midterms this week. But I'm going to change that. I've been slightly out of focus. I'm getting it back.
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
On the other side of AFO I appear, after getting a collective 6 hours of sleep between the 3 days, I emerged from a 16+ hour coma fully rested and ready for fighting. Fists up, guard your face, warm up your nose,-you won't bleed as easy.

I'll be posting images that I did for the con, and a few of the commissions I did that I managed to obtain a picture of. :) I think I've done more drawing in the last week then I have collectively in one whole year of my life. At least since I was about 16? That's a sad statement to make. I'm going to try to commit to a drawing a day when I'm in school. Another thing I'll be posting. Foods/places I encounter mostly-daily, and sketches of the day. Yes. Commitment! I lack it.

I digress. AFO was a fantastic time. I'm glad that I stepped outside my comfort zone; it ended up being a very pleasant experience. If you're reading this and I saw you there, thank you for coming by and hopefully I said hello without looking like I was on 4 kinds of drugs.

You can also be looking forward to a guest comic from my besty, my Weasley, Roobs. A collaboration between the two of us. She'll be the writer, I'll execute the sketches and it'll probably only make sense to the two of us, but I'm hoping you'll at least get some joy out of the lunacy that is our friendship. That and it'll be a creative way for me to communicate with my Weasley outside of written letters. We need our outlets!

I leave you with this, which is a hint of what is to come:

Sunday, July 11, 2010
it's not even 9am and I'm up. I feel like that part in Pirates, At World's End when up is down.

I'm leaving for Savannah today to go see Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros. if you have yet to experience them, please do. My sister, her boyfriend, and our mutual betchy friend, Danielle, is going with. Why are we leaving this early for a show that starts at 8? Because some Firefly Cafe apparently stops serving banana french toast by 3. And it's a must?

that remains to be seen.

I should be staying to make more quidditch cloaks. }:< BUT I DONT WANNA. YOU CANT MAKE ME.
Saturday, July 3, 2010
Please, for the love of everything holy, DO NOT go see The Last Airbender. It's the worst bastardization of something magnificent and creative and original that I've ever had the misfortune of experiencing.

Don't do that to yourself, unless you're masochistic and thoroughly enjoy experiencing pain. Because that's exactly what that movie is.

And if you've already suffered through it, I offer my condolences.

Here's a consolation for your wounded heart:

kitties do not approve, Shamyalrnamalmyna.
Wednesday, June 30, 2010

naruto & sasuke sketch.
I've only seen a few episodes of naruto, so forgive any inaccuracies. :)
I'd like to share some things with you here and there. I'm no writer, but I like to draw and take pictures.

Come August, I'll be at a table at AFO. Won't you come along with me for the 4 week period I have to draw about a billion things? :)

If you're going to AFO, please stop by (being a patron is also cool. ;) ).