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Second AFA Experience

(Update: Since my other blog will be down by next month, I’m copying the AFA post to here instead of only the pics…)

Last weekend I attended Anime Festival Asia, or AFA, held in Singapore. Or as my friends call it, “nijikon event”, though the event is not just like that (nijikon – people who feel ‘2D’ figures are more attractive than real-life people). It’s actually a lot of fun, and I think this year’s event is much more crowded than last year.

There are lots of cool cosplay, not to mention there’s also the regional cosplay championship – in which Indonesia won third place, whee ๐Ÿ™‚ That contest was intense, all the finalists did an awesome job! There are also many stores with variety of merchandise, and great concert as well. This is the second time I went to AFA.


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Drifting Round and Round

“When she was just a girl
She expected the world
But it flew away from her reach
So she ran away in her sleep
And dreamed of paradise”ย 

Work in progress (hence the awkwardness of legs, arm, chest, etc.) but I’m not sure if I’m going to finish it, probably just fix things here and there :/ Made the sketch when listening to Astronaut by Simple Plan – the song is good, by the way, hehe ๐Ÿ™‚ I doodled so often that sometimes I forgot how to draw and color seriously… *smacks self*

Just one more exam to go for me ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Really can’t believe I’m getting so close to the end of high school. Time flies so fast, it all feels like a dream… It feels, like, really weird. Maybe you know what I mean…

Anyway, a few days ago I skimmed through my old work of pictures and stories. They suck, of course, but some have quite good ideas. One thing that struck my mind was “Wow, I used to be so productive!” and it made me feel embarrassed. During high school I spent more time going out with friends, reading, watching, and studying (y-yes, I do!), basically more to enjoying other people’s work rather than motivating myself to create. I miss writing (stories, not essays) and drawing (proper, completed stuff not doodles), so hopefully during the holiday I can pull up something nice. Hopefully. Hmm…

Get Real – but What’s “Real Art”?

I’m kind of in a bad mood, phew… Anyway, those who knows my drawings probably know that I mostly specialize in drawing animanga-style or random cutesy doodle.

Why never bother to try realism, they say? Well, I have learned it in a drawing course during elementary school, but I really struggled with it. Being such a lazy student, I eventually stopped practicing after the course ended and drew more of the usual style. I know, I know, bad habit… -_-” Probably this is also caused by the heavy influence from comics I read, inspiring me to draw like that.

For those who are curious, here are some samples below, proceed with caution:

Enough to scare myself after reading a horror manga (titled “Another”) lol. Don’t ask me why I do things this or that way… Still have a long way to go, the anatomy is still messy. Ugh, those noses, I’ve always hated drawing noses >_<

I have heard comments from people saying one can’t be called a “true artist” unless that person already masters realism, and comments saying that anime or manga are not to be treated as “real work of art”, or that photography is just “taking pictures” thus can not be considered equally artistic as paintings made from scratch.

On the other hand, I have problems understanding “modern art”. You know, the kind of pictures that look so simple and makes you wonder, “I think I can do that too…”, yet those pieces are praised greatly and sold expensively. It’s hard for me to get it.ย But since people perceive art differently, I think I’m not in the position to judge which one is “true art” or not.

How about you readers, what do you think about this?


Taking a break from studying… or something like that :p Here is Tomoe Mami from Madoka Magica, her curly hair kinda reminds me of Feyris from Steins;Gate, lol.

“I’m not scared of anything anymore…”ย (then suddenly,ย thatย scene.)

Yeah, I do realize that the pictures here are quite boring since they’re mostly the same style. I guess I’m one of those ‘artists’ who are heavily influenced and trapped by ‘anime/manga’ style, indeed. I’m slowly learning to adapt other styles too, but it’s hard since I’m busy lazy. Especially realism, I just suck at that, even though I know many people say it’s an essential thing to master. It’ll probably take years before I can draw a decent realistic drawing … Orz

So here is a funky cheerful dragon for you~ (kinda like Scrafty and Dragonite hybrid? Dunno, hurhur) Will probably post more during the following weeks, since I tend to doodle when I become stressed (and bored) with studying.

Can’t Believe This is Ending.

Hello there. Sorry for the lack of posts, I’ve been quite busy and having some art block on the way. Things have been quite hectic – my birthday party, university applications, exams, farewell events, etc. *sighs* I still really can’t believe that high school is almost over. I don’t think I’m ready to enter the adult world yet. The thought of growing up scares me ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Anyway, this pic is actually used in my party invitation. It may not be as good as the designers’s stuff, but at least it’s mine. I spent this year’s birthday with great memories: a party where most of the friends and family came on time, sleepover with two of my best friends, a trip to the orphanage, Angry Birds plush war, surprises, and some special gifts. I’m really thankful to be blessed with great people around me.

I’m currently having one week of study break before the final exams. Hope I can score well… especially in mathematics and chemistry since I tend to struggle in those two subjects. And also, hopefully I can spend these last few months well with my high school friends and we can still keep in touch in the future.

Trial Exams Coming Up…

The usual “what-am-I-doing-I-am-supposed-to-be-studying” dilemma. Thank goodness we only have English tomorrow. Guess I’m pretty much doomed for Chemistry and Maths ๐Ÿ˜ฅ Hope I can do them well…

SketchBook Express!

This is a neat app for drawing… though I have yet to learn how to make proper, finished cool pictures like the examples given =.=” Orz teach meee… (The effects above are made using Photobucket Retro tools though, not the app itself because I felt they’re too plain.)

Holiday is ending, which is kinda depressing because I had so much fun during this trip. The next few months will be really tough, with all the trials, exams, and all the whole “decide on your future” stuff – and I don’t feel I’m already prepared for it.

Here’s my doodle of the Angry Birds’ characters to make this post a happier place. (This doodle has been tested on a three-years old boy, and he was able to identify them all.)

Anyway, I’ve finished watching Ano Hana, which is a great series despite the last episode seems to be kind of over-dramatic with all that tears. I can’t really feel the urge to cry when the movie characters are already doing that for me, hehe ๐Ÿ˜› And I really like the series’ ending theme, “Secret Base”. I find the other characters are more interesting than the two main characters (Jintan and Menma) themselves though.

I’ve also caught up with the latest episodes of Tiger and Bunny, which is a fun series to watch ๐Ÿ˜€ The characters have their distinct unique (read: quirky) personalities, the plotline is doing great in giving each of them some spotlight, and the world set-up is interesting too. Sky High’s story is my favorite so far, but Tiger’s antics are the most entertaining to see lol.

Okay, back to work. Maybe. I’ll probably scan up some doodles I did during the school break while I try to survive school works. Wish me luck? ^^”