Very special thanks to Take Kunimoto for teaching me, my classmates and sensei how to play the Shamisen this semester. It was a true honor. Arigatou Gozaimashita Kunimoto-san. For thoses of you who might be just alittle puzzled, Kunimoto-san is a famous Shamisen player in Japan (traditional stringed Japanese instrument, sounds very similar to a banjo), and attended ETSU this semester per a grant for the Japanese government to study music. He came to ETSU to take a few classes under ETSU's bluegrass major ( no jokes please >.> ) During that time he also took the time to play a few concerts in the area, telling traditional samurai stories, playing Japanese folk songs, and sharing cultural experience. Before you ask, he's EXTREMELY good that it. So in honor, I made this pic ^_^. Me and Andrea will try to come visit you when we finally get to take a trip to Japan.
The kanji in the pic, "Renshyuu" mean to practice
MEDIUM: Pencil sketch/Pen and Ink l Adobe Photoshop CS l 1-28-2K4
While I was up in Fairfax again for New Years, I decided to sit down and do a Character Sheet for my RP in my new sketchbook so people can add renditions and such. The pic it's isn't exactly perfect, made the hair abit too poofy , and I till need to work on the DoubleSaber some more, trying to go off of JKII.
MEDIUM: Prismacolor Pencils l Sketchbook l 11x14 l 12-28-2K3
LOL, I really don't know where this came from, I guess I was chatting and was thinking of Mario Sunshine at the time. It was also a test run in perspective, it's not exactly perfect, but it's a start at least. I would've liked to added some highlights and such, but those effects still don't seem to be coming out right just yet. Oh well, one step at a time.
MEDIUM: Pencil sketch/Pen and Ink l Adobe Photoshop CS l 11-29-2K3
Art class has basically gotten me wanting to show off some of my other styles to I do offline that I really don't post alot of. Working so much in still-lifes and pencil and charcoal shading has made me want to expand alittle more beyond Photoshop, since the only thing you guys have seen me do outside of Photoshop well is Modern Willie. The reason I usually don't do that much of traditional style online is the simple fact that I really consider my Sonic/Cel shading/photoshopping to be harder. In a portrait like Modern Willie, your dealing with millions and millions of colors and shades, and provided your proportions are roughly anatomically correct, mistakes(if there truely ever are in tradtional art) are alot less apparent. In something that is cel shaded, your dealing with very sharp and precise 2-4 tone shading, and mishaps become far more visible.
MEDIUM: 6B/8B Pencils l Bristol Board l 9x12 l 10-7-2K3
I'm still not quite where I want to be with my tablet or oekaki, but it is on a 34 minute doodle. I really need to just slow down. Though the pic did turn out with a slight abstract and appealing feel to it, but I never was fully crazy about abstractness. Blah, I'd still be complaining if it did turn out the we I planned.
MEDIUM: Pencil sketch/Pen and Ink l Adobe Photoshop 7.0 l 10-5-2K3
Had this draw for the longest time, just been sitting in my backpack forever. even seen one just like it in Sonic Club after I drew it, but I decided to finish it anyway. I really like my new tablet, this is the first really pic I've gotten to do with it aside from my LJ icons. I can shade with the pencil tool now.......sweetness!!!
OK......that made up for lost time......it seems everytime I come back from some downtime, I pull something big......and damn did this turn out flashy....This has only been sitting in my floor since....Feb. Sadly it only started as a sketch, then I decided I wanted to work on BGs....and you know how it goes...
MEDIUM: Pencil sketch/Pen and Ink l Adobe Photoshop 7.0 l 6-2-2K3
Believe it or not, I actually enjoyed my job at Walmart. I still can't believe in the year and a half I've worked at walmart....I only had about 10 questions I wasn't able to answer o@. I liked to help people out with various things and help the more average consumer understand tech stuff alittle easier, you can also help gamers pick the games that are best suited to each gamer and such. And yes....I did wear my vest over my jacket like that.....but I don't know how I got away with wearing my hat at work LOL...maybe the managers realized the customers remember the "little dude in the hat who know computers" XP.