When I’m not feeling particularly inspired, writing-wise, I normally get angry with myself. Most of the time, if there aren’t any schoolwork to keep me occupied I’d mope a bit, before going to sleep in a frustrated huff. However there are times where sleeping really isn’t going to help, so I do the next best thing, and channel those frustrations to other pursuits. I suppose you might say that, in these cases, it’s actually a good thing to have alternative hobbies to fall back upon.
Instead of painting models (which while fun take more concentration, not to mention I have to be careful not to spill either the paint or the water I’m using to clean the brushes!), I opted for my other major hobby, which is drawing. This time, my subject was the much-talked about Puella Magi Madoka Magica (魔 法少女まどか☆マギカ). It’s a parody piece, drawing inspiration from the old End of Evangelion movie poster.
But why Evangelion, you might ask? Aside from it being the first fandom I’ve been part of, there’s a lot of talk amongst Western viewers about how the show–a rather dark reinterpretation of what constitutes a Magical Girl series–seems to be doing to its genre what EVA did for Super Robot series. It’s a comparison Japanese watchers apparently don’t care for much, but then again they’re Japanese. Who knows what they’re thinking about most of the time?
Personally I think it’s far too early to jump to such genre-breaking conclusions, that does mean that the series is worthy of both attention and discussion. The fan-art done based on the show, after just six episodes, is staggering, never mind the record number of posts devoted to it on 2ch. People are already betting that, at the rate it’s going, it’s going to overtake Bakemonogatari in DVD/BR sales by the end of its 13-episode run, and that’s saying something.
Anyway, as for my personal project… As one might notice, I’ve gotten as far as the base colors. Thanks to the tablet, it took less than 2 hours to get to that point, which is MUCH faster than I’ve ever colored a project before (use of red tones aside), but the hard part is still to come: shading and highlighting, which are my personal banes. In this regard, I can’t rely on the EoE poster as reference anymore, as its lighting is just plain wrong; the image is obviously lit from the front, yet there’s a FULL MOON above everyone, but the people on the poster aren’t shadowed appropriately. I might be an amateur, but that’s just too obvious a mistake not to notice, which means I’m not going to duplicate it with this one.
Since I do have schoolwork that needs to be finished, I won’t continue on this tonight, but I’ll get to it as soon as I get off school tomorrow.
Once again, given my lack of art training and experience, it’s best not to expect much from this.