Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Piano Cover - "Lanayru Sand Sea" from The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

After arranging "Lanayru Sand Sea" I decided to make a performance video of myself playing it. After a long while of video editing and waiting for rendering, the video is finally up on my YouTube channel. I wrote a lot about the editing process in the description so I won't go into too much detail here. As I said in the description, I didn't have much time to rehearse due to a project, so there are a few pauses in the playing. I might reupload in the future with a better recording. I myself am proud of seeing this arrangement through to the end; I helped it go from an arrangement to a semi-professional performance.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Digital Design - YouTube Channel Art

Full YouTube channel art, PC and phone art is a cropped version of this
After one photo shoot, two white background removals, two mystery fonts, three file types, and fifteen layers, my YouTube channel art is finally complete. I tried to cover all that I would ever put on my YouTube channel, showing a photo of my own cello (with a synthetic shadow), a post-it art (real shadow), digital art, and sheet music. It was a challenge fitting all of the important information in the center area despite having a full 2K size to work with; even though not many people will be able to view the full channel art, I still wanted to have a creative way of using the entire space. To achieve this, I put the cello widthwise on the right-hand side which will show the strings when cropped. I also put the "Lanayru Sand Sea" arrangement as the background, which conveniently shows a measure system properly when cropped. I borrowed the translucent text backing from some earlier business cards I made and let it fade out for a modern flair. I even added in a vignette for good measure. Overall it turned out very nicely and I'm proud of it being on the channel.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Post-it Art #27 - Ocarina of Time

The titular ocarina from Ocarina of Time makes the final main item post-it art. Unlike all of the other post-it arts so far, I have decided to use color on this one because it is such an integral item in the game. I ended up using my standard mechanical pencil, the blue colored mechanical pencil graphite, and two yellow colored pencils. I think that the color adds to the overall presentation and contrast of the ocarina, and mixing in standard graphite worked very well for shading. Wile drawing this one I remembered the Hylian Shield which I drew when I first got the colored mechanical pencils and how the color seemed too desaturated; I tried to add more color and it worked out very well. I added in the Song of Time on a music staff for extra decoration. At first I forgot to include the band around the mouthpiece (and I got to the point where I was about to put it into the post!), so there might be a bit of extra blue in the band. For effect I added a reflection of the band on the ocarina, and I think that it looks very nice and adds a sense of realism. As promised within the next week or two I will post a main-series wrap-up with all 24 item post-it arts (excluding Kokiri Sword and Deku Shield) in their proper positions. A big thanks to all of my viewers for supporting me and sticking around!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Post-it Art #26 - Mask of Truth

The other final trading sequence item from Ocarina of Time is the Mask of Truth. As the mask was curved and had little definite lines, the shading was very important, and I think that I did well on the shading. There seems to be a consistent light source throughout the mask. I attempted to add a light reflection down the middle of the mask but it seemed to only show up on the bottom half. I tried to put in some specialized shading in the mouth hole; I didn't have a definite material that the mask was on so I drew in a simple gradient. I apologize for not posting at all for the last two weeks; the last main post-it art is already drawn and will likely go up tomorrow. I plan to do a few mini-series of the other quest and bottled items for the remainder of the school year.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Post-it Art #25 - Blue Fire

The final bottle post-it art is of Blue Fire from Ocarina of Time. In this one I decided to get a close-up of the fire inside the bottle, but it looks odd because the bottle covers up the entire post-it. I tried hard to make the blue fire distinct from the rest of the bottle, especially considering that it is "inside" the bottle. I did the reverse shading and attempted to make a reflection effect. The fire "source" seems to be too dark for the rest of the blue fire. I had trouble with the edge of the bottle on the right side; it was hard to get it to look like the actual edge.