Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Post-it Art #31 - Quiver

The next ammo holder in Ocarina of Time is the Quiver, which holds arrows. In this one, I get to continue to experiment with different types of textures, namely metal, feathers, and wood. There are metal caps on the two ends of the quiver as well as a small piece on the upper half, and I decided to use shading with direct tones and little gradients. I wasn't able to tell exactly what the middle was made out of, so I drew a generic leather/wood material. It looks fine, but it looks like it stays light or too long and its transition to shadow is too quick. The feathers are a bit light, but still noticeable, and the wood seemed too thin to put any actual texture work into it. This might be the last post-it art for the school year, but I might have time in the next couple days to make one or two more.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Blog Update 2 - One Year of Lkj

Exactly one year ago, on 10 June 2016, I created the blog "lkjhgfdsa_77" and wrote the blog post "Hello.," as well as two digital art posts. Now, my blog has 63 posts, including a series of every single item in Ocarina of Time. Over that time, I have explored with countless media, dealt with many creative challenges, and continued to improve my more comfortable media.

I never thought I would make it this far. Before making this blog, I had a bad habit of forgetting about new projects and quitting them days or weeks after I thought of them, many times unaware of the damage I could have done to others. When starting this blog, I wanted to break this habit, and show to myself that I could keep a promise, that I could persevere, and I believe I have done that. Even with my newfound courage, maintaining it was not always easy. The commitments in the summer hindered me from giving my undivided attention to this blog, but it paled in comparison to what happened when school started. I found myself in a constant battle to make a choice – whether to give attention to the class or the post-it. The amount of homework I received, as well as the extracurricular activities I participated in, made it hard, if not impossible, to do any art at home. The art class I took, whose homework made it up here, might have saved the blog. Having almost no blog visitors also didn't help with my motivation, but it could just as well be my fault for not publicizing enough. But summer vacation is at the light at the end of the tunnel, and I am again reminded that situations are never permanent.

Over this year, I have gained many new non-blog interests, leading to four arrangements on the NinSheetMusic main site and my very own YouTube channel. I have expanded my musical and artistic repertoire and met amazing people along the way. However, despite all of the distractions that kept me from giving more attention to this blog, I still kept up with it, and that tells me a lot. Above all, it shows that I have finally outgrown my old habit and I know now that I can accomplish anything I want to do. The blog may have come second to other activities, but it still survives.

Despite this long, heartfelt, retrospective blog talk, I do not plan to abandon this blog. It will be a challenge to try to fit everything I would like to do into my schedule, but with summer coming up soon I don't know if it will be easy or hard. Hopefully digital art will make a comeback, and I will make larger, more elaborate works worthy of my increased free time. As for next school year, I will likely continue with the Ocarina of Time post-it arts and move on to a second series if I have to.

I am safe to say that I have come a long way both in my art and my mind.

Post-it Art #30 - Deku Seed Bag

The next post-it art, and the first of an ammo holder, is the Deku Seed Bag from Ocarina of Time. The seed bag is primarily made out of leather, which gave me another excuse to practice the leather texture. Instead of starting the small "scales" on the leather, I tried varying the direction of the pencil strokes, which is something I don't do normally. I think that it still resulted in a decent leather texture. I also paid attention to the shadows of the strings on either side as well as the subtle crease marks and loops on where the strings close the bag. I put shading on the bottom of the bag to signify seeds being in the bag, as well as part of the top which was folding over. Today is also the one-year anniversary of this blog, so I'll also be making a celebratory post.