Night Shift Samba

February 28, 2011

Well, tonight’s the start of my cross-skill training for Customer Service. I should be asleep right now, but as hard as I’d tried this afternoon I my body seemed to have shrugged off my efforts as a extra-long siesta.  Ah well, sleep schedule adjustment was always hard, so I guess I’ll just have to accept being a little tired later on during the training classes.  Since I’m awake, I might as well find some stuff to busy myself for a few hours.

I could just continue with my current Pixiv project, but that’s what I’d been doing prior to going to bed, so I might pass on that for today. Let me tell you, wings might be relatively easy to do, but feathers, ye gods, were hard for me.  It’s a good thing that I settled on a seraphic (six-winged) arrangement instead of the default sephirotic winged arrangement from the End of Evangelion poster… Drawing feathers was a feat in itself, but coloring them would be another matter entirely, especially on six pairs of wings.

Blah, might as well do some gaming, as well as some catching up on the anime I missed. I’ve already watched this week’s episode of Yumekui Merry, Fractale, and Madoka Magica (of course!), so let’s see about Hourou no Musuko/Wandering Son and everything else that isn’t Rio Rainbowgate, Infinite Stratos or Freezing.

Edit: What I did about two-odd hours before I prepared for work:



Taking Samples

February 27, 2011

Another weekend, another personal Pixiv art project.  After scanning some pictures for my father, I was able to scan the little sketch I did this morning after we got back from Church (it was an important mass, as it was the last mass our trio of parish priests were to oversee before they were transferred to another parish in Santa Mesa).  As I mentioned in a previous post, it’s obviously going to be an Evangelion parody, and it’s going surprisingly well.  I’ve been able to finish the base color, the main highlight, and the shading in just a few hours.  What follows next is going to be much harder though, so I think I’ll just save my work for now and technically call it a night.

One of the problems I might be facing with this one is, err, adding feathers to the existing line-art.  The reason being I’d like to differentiate it a little from the picture I’m parodying (Giant Naked Rei, who has translucent fairy-like Sephirotic wings). It’s why I’ve been looking through Danbooru (account block aside) for pictures that have them and, more importantly, colored using water colors, acrylics, or pastels, as I’d like to duplicate the effect on SAI.  It’ll probably slow my progress tremendously, but eh, it’s something I’d always wanted to try, so I might as well do so now.

Speaking of painting, I really have to start on that squad of Tactical Terminators.  The deadline for the Librarium Painting Challenge is on the 31st of March, and it’s already the end of February, and I haven’t even posted a single progress thread yet.  I’ll see if I can work on that this week, providing the Customer-service cross-training doesn’t play havoc with my sleep schedule again.

As for non-hobby details…. I was able to take a jog in Makati, and was surprised to see that most of the Ayala triangle area was cordoned off for a fiesta celebration (the Caracol to be precise).  There were people in costume in parade and everything.  I didn’t stay long enough to watch the proceedings though, since as soon as  finished my fifteen-minute circuit of the Triangle area, I headed straight home.  And here I am.

Overall a surprisingly fruitful Sunday, I think, though it probably owes that to the fact that I didn’t have any work in the morning.


School of Hard Knocks

February 26, 2011

Well another school day, another workshop session finished.  This time around our guest panelist was a doctor from the University of the Philippines, and the mentor of our professor.  She has an interesting take on critiquing, to say the least,  with ideas about ‘respecting’ your characters (a whore may be a whore, but no, you can’t look down on them by proxy) concurrent to giving them life, as well as doing your research before you actually write on something.  The latter is pretty much evident, but the other advice was something I’ve never heard before.  The more you know…

She did a surprising digression with regards to the portrayal of the surviving practitioners of indigenous healing customs and religious rituals (the babaylans and albularyos), and how they shouldn’t be ‘demonized’ when portrayed in fiction, as it does them a great disservice. What was funny about the latter is the fact that this little ideological detour came about as we were critiquing something that was obviously a fantasy story.  Granted, it was more due to the fact that the albularyo character was pretty much a swindler, but the fact remains that the story wasn’t in the realism mode of storytelling to begin with.

Hmm, that’s got me to thinking… I’ll have to be careful about that, since San Lorenzo will pretty much be about a baylan family.

Over all an enlightening session.  I’m glad that my story wasn’t on today’s schedule to be grilled, because while the guest was open with praise to the stories that she liked, she was brutal with those she didn’t.  Igh.

As for stuff unrelated to my studies… While we didn’t exactly get into an argument this morning, my father and I did exchange words about my current financial issues. Apparently my sister has tattled on me that I’ve been bitching almost non-stop about how I didn’t seem to have any money on me these days (which is technically true, as my savings account is a ghost of what it had been a year ago).  I try to impress upon tatay that my situation is pretty serious, since I pay for the phone bill and half of the electric bill, which leaves little for me to put in as savings.  And what was his response to my plight?  Why, get off my arse and write a bestseller already.

He has obviously no idea about the state of local publishing, and as usual is overestimating my writing capabilities.  There’s just no getting through to that skull of his, it seems.

*sigh* Anyway I’m done for the day. I’ll probably do some preliminary sketches of my next Pixiv project, watch Fractale and Yumekui Merry, then it’s off to bed for me.

P.S. Apparently I got banned from Danbooru for Madoka spoilers.  How the heck does that happen anyway?  There is even a tag category just FOR spoilers.  Make up your minds, mods.


Pitfalls of Attention

February 25, 2011

In hindsight, staying up early in the morning to catch the live stream of Madoka Magica episode 08 pretty much threw the proverbial monkey wrench in my plans for today.  As of this writing, I have yet to finish reading my classmates’ stories, and haven’t even begun on the usual weekly mini-critique for submission tomorrow.  Why, pray tell?  Because I spent most of the day reading through the varied reactions posted in blogs and forums about the veritable carpet-bombing of revelations this airing provided.

For the most part they were varying degrees of “I TOLD you so!” and “What the HELL just happened?!”  Both are very valid reactions, let me tell you.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to make up for lost time. Blah.


Change In Plans

February 24, 2011

Apparently I’m one of those up for cross-training next week, so I’m going to have a slight change in schedule for the duration.  From Monday to Friday I’ll go to work at eleven in the evening, and stay at the office for a full eight hours each day for the duration of the training period.  It’s not that big of an adjustment, but I do worry about the fact that I’ll have little time to rest after the Friday shift before I have to head over to school for my classes.  I guess I’ll have less excuse to procrastinate, and do what I need to be doing, eh?

Not much planned for tomorrow but read my the assigned stories for critique as usual. We’re going to have another guest panelist, so I’ll definitely have to come in early.  That said, it only means that some unlock sods will have their stories torn apart by said guest panelist… Hopefully it won’t be the second draft I submitted.

Schoolwork aside, I’m wondering if I should start on another Pixiv project.  While I’d like to do some more Madoka art, it’s likely going to be an Evangelion parody yet again.  I guess I’m just too much of a fan of that series.  Mmm, depending on how Episode 8 goes tonight (the only thing sure is it’ll be depressing), I might do something based on the picture below:

… On second though, this one is way beyond my current skill set, as it looks like something you’d expect from a watercolor or oil painting.  Heck I have a hard enough doing a self-portrait that has me look my age, ahaha.

That, or the series will be over before I even finish it.  ^^;

Whatever I decide to do tomorrow after my schoolwork, it’s bound to be somewhat worthwhile.


Harping

February 23, 2011

Well, here it is.  I though I’d only be able to finish this by the tenth episode of Madoka, but somehow even after some last-minute clean-up and effects via Photoshop I managed to get it done a day before episode 8 even airs.  It’s not as polished as I’d have liked, but given my level of experience I suppose it will have to do.  Maybe I’ll come back to it later though, once I’ve learned more advanced coloring techniques…

Incidentally, this project pretty much began as a sort of joke.  In the aftermath of Episode 3, many of the Western viewers were quick to compare the brooding atmosphere of Madoka Magica to Neon Genesis Evangelion, which to people who are familiar with me will know is a series that’s close to my heart.  While the comparisons are superficial, it tickled me to think of the possibility that Madoka would have its equivalent  ‘End of Evangelion’ (not really possible, but the show is going in a very dark direction)… which gave me impetus to scribble on my relatively new drawing tablet.  When I finished the preliminary sketch, I thought to myself, hey, wouldn’t this look better colored like the movie poster I based it on?

Funny how that turned out, huh?

Ahaha, well, I’m happy that it didn’t turn into the disaster I was afraid it would become.  The only thing that would make me happier about this is if it somehow got into Danbooru (not only is it not moe, but it doesn’t really fit the tastes of the majority of the moderators there), but that’s not likely.

So, what’s next?  A break, but… Notice how Madoka and Mami seem to be missing?  Well, do recall that there are two different movie posters for End of Evangelion…

Edit: Apparently someone did upload the pic onto Danbooru while I was napping.  That said, it’s embarrassing how a typo managed to slip through anyway… I suppose that’s the danger when typing in Madoka Runes.  ^^;


Unexpected

February 22, 2011

Of the normal morning part-time crew, it seems like I’m the only one who isn’t doing overtime.  Everyone else seem to be doing some sort of extra time, because of the mind-bogglingly sudden decision of the company to try keeping people on the floor for as long as humanly possible.  It’s crazy, especially when I heard that some of them were literally doing double or triple shifts for the day, and were forced to sleep and take their baths in the rest area and toilets, respectively.

I don’t care for the extra pay, there’s just no way they’re going to force me to do extra time.  I’ve already experienced something similar before prior to my work at Etrade, and I have absolutely no plan of experiencing it again.  That’s already way beyond what I signed up for, and unless I receive an ultimatum or something from one of the upper management, then there’s no way to force me to do so either.  And if this is a consequence of cross-training in Customer Service, then let’s just say that this will lower my opinion on the decision-making capabilities of the same upper management. Drastically.

Oh well, I’ll just have to put up with this, and see if things return to what passes for ‘normal’ at the end of the week (which is when the cross-training period ends for some of my officemates).

As for other non work-related issues…  It’s been one day since tatay‘s arrival, and I suppose it’s a good sign that we haven’t started snapping at each other yet.  I’m not so sure how long this vacation of his is going to last, but as long as he doesn’t get into my hair then it’s all just fine for me.  Now if I could only stop him from messing around with my PC…  It just can’t be good when I come home and find that all of my PC’s external HD usb connections were disconnected.  I think he was trying to find a place to plug the Magic Jack in, ahaha.

So what’s left for me to do with the rest of the day?  A little reading, continuing with my Pixiv project, and some anime on the side before a two-hour nap.  All in all, just the usual afternoon.