Woooahh..long time no update! I don’t know where time went. I got hit with a cold and then stomach flu and been busy with work stuff, but I definitely need to update more.
Here’s some select practice, for illustrations and just stuff I suck at in general. I’ll scan the rest in soon *_*
I’m really trying to amp up the work I do from imagination, even if it looks awful. Soo everything with a black checkmark is from imagination!
For the gestures I tried doing a page of referenced poses, then a page from imagination. It was really hard, so I’m going to keep doing it.
Heads are still kinda weird. I probably just don’t use my brain enough or something. If anyone has critiques or suggestions I’d love to hear them! :D
I’ll be back Thursday with updates on painting and exercise. gotta keep track of this stuff!
Who is this?! Whyy are you anoning me!? Ahhh….
First of all, thank you so much. This made me a rather teary-eyed. Maybe it’s the reminder how this difficult journey started. Or maybe i’m feeling emotional because i know how much i seriously doubted myself.
I have a really long way to go still, but i guess there isn’t any destination to reach…just a life ahead to keep learning from. And I think I’ve realized it’s not so much about the career we choose, but the development we go through as individuals to figure out who we are and what we want in life. That has been the sincere struggle for me, much more-so than simply trying to improve.
Ahhhh…Planetes is probably one of my favourite animes—it holds a very special place in my heart.
And yes, I still dream about seeing our planet from outer space. I can’t really think of a more beautiful way to tie life together.
Sorry Cesar, I just saw this. I use videos from youtube and stop it frame by frame! You can also take videos yourself. This wasn’t my idea, I actually learned it from a friend…and I think it’s an awesome way to practice gestures. If you film it yourself, you know for sure where the horizon/camera angle is!
PS, Keep up the great work! *_*
So, I did a workout challenge and today was day 65. I’ve included before/after pictures for those interested in how much progress I made:
But this post is a little more than just “hey look at me i’m working out”. I learned a lot and I would like to share it with other people out there.
WHY DID I START WORKING OUT DAILY?
There was some life drama popping up two months ago, and I let it drag me down quite a lot. Everyone goes through it: people and life can let you down, tear you up, make you feel like shit and whatever.
Fortunately, I have wonderful friends and role models who made me realize I could turn my negative situations into fuel to move forward. That meant getting my priorities straight—some of which consisted of my health, self-esteem, and confidence.
I also didn’t want to be the depressed artist that i was being. I was always beating myself up and would feel extremely depressed for days at a time. Exercise uplifts your mood and provides a natural high, and I noticed that as soon as I did it daily, my severe art mopeyness went away (not a hundred percent, but definitely by a good seventy percent).
And now, I can say that I do it because I want to look good, feel good, and look forward to the long-term benefits it will provide. I don’t think it’s shallow to want to improve your aesthetics through exercise: in fact, i think it shows that you respect your body and your health (if done in the correct mindset, of course).
WHAT I WANTED TO DO:
- No gym. I wanted to develop some at-home self-discipline and my budget is tight.
- No new equipment. I just wanted to use what I had (I had some 15lb weights/yoga mat…but you can just use heavy stuff)
- Every day for 30-days
- Take a picture every day to keep track of results
- Keep a written daily record of what I’m doing
I accomplished everything, and even when past 30-days. I completed day 65 today.
WHAT I DID:
1. ZUZKA, EVERYDAY: She’s a beast, and her youtube videos are free. She even does specific ones that don’t require much space. Since her workouts are 10-12 minutes (i do a warm-up too though), it’s pretty non-negotiable and easy to fit in a day. Fitnessblender is also great, especially for cardio.
2. READING: I took the time to read “Brain over Brawn” by Clint Cornelius, an excellent no-bullshit book about overall health. In fact, he has a free ebook online here. I would legitimately say reading this book changed my life and how I view exercise. It’s not very long and well worth the read.
3. CLEAN EATING: this just means limited processed foods. You can read Bran over Brawn for this stuff. Surprisingly I eat way more (like five meals a day ish) but it mostly consists of protein (tuna, tuna…more tuna…)
4. BODYWEIGHT / LIFTING: Squats, deadlifts, situps, push-ups, and other stuff that I read about. I currently do this every 2nd day to let my muscles rest.
Sometimes I added yoga, videos from fitnessblender, or jogging.
WHAT I LEARNED:
1. EAT: do not exercise without eating beforehand, and make sure you get proper nutrition. I actually needed MORE food since I was burning more energy. (i.e i usually eat oatmeal, an egg, and some fruit before i work out)
2. YOU CAN BE CHEAP & HEALTHY: (but not picky). Beans and tuna, seriously. Vegetables and ground beef are cheap too. There’s also a great subreddit on this. I did a lot more cooking since I lived alone in august for a bit…it was fun!
3. “GIRL” EXERCISES ARE BULLSHIT: in the beginning I was avoiding resistance training and thought cardio was more important than lifting. I believed lifting would make me look like one of those bodybuilding women. It turns out we can’t put on the muscle that men do and you need to supplement hormones if you really want do that.
4. PROGRESS IS SLOW: We live in a society where we want results *now*. Fighting our instant-gratification thinking is extremely difficult to do and was the biggest challenge for me. For instance, I could probably lose way more “weight” by being unhealthy and starving myself or whatever. But i’ve decided to take the longer route, and it’s tough. So many times I felt like I wasn’t getting anywhere with exercise until I compared my photos (this is also why the daily photos are important).
5. MINDSET MATTERS: One morning I legit felt like giving up. I had a busy day ahead of me and felt like exercise was going to waste my time. My body didn’t want to move. I wanted to stay in bed. Thankfully I had a sticky on my computer reminding me why I am exercising and proceeded to blast my music and warm up.
Ironically, that same day was the first time I beat Zuzka’s time challenge.
I don’t plan on stopping, but I won’t beat myself up if I take a day off or something.
I’m not going to be that sort of person anymore; instead, I’ll continue moving forward no matter how many times I fall.
some select studies for illustrations im working on (the last poses are a few imagination gestures that i do daily).
I really find it difficult to study and then do a full-out illustration from imagination…i’ll probably improve really slow and stuff. but it feels good knowing that I’m sort of learning.
I had an illustration (which is actually a big thank-you gift for a certain someone) that i wanted to finish for tonight, but it turned out way more frustrating than i anticipated.
some RP buddies might be able to guess who the illustration is going to be from the studies… :D shh keep sexcret plz
in fact, I think my next few pieces are gifts I owe, which is really fun.
some select painting practice.
still life, daily hand painting challenge thing, two portraits, and some landscapes and another still life.
preparing for some upcoming illustrations! I seriously failed on the Kurisu fanart in terms of proper preparation…ah well, learning! *_ *
finished my sketchbook (108 pages) in four weeks, but my goal was three weeks. the idea was to draw a lot of hands and perspective…ill put perspective in another post
anyway, here are some select pages
more junk …ref for gestures, 2nd chicks, and 2nd perspective img and chick with her back to us.