Tuesday, March 4, 2014

DAISY & VIOLET SHOUJO ACEO



Just made two new ACEOs shoujo in markers and pen, available in my Etsy shop. ACEOs are art cards made in a standard 2.5 x 3.5 inches. I have been making a few lately and will be offering some on Ebay too! Since I am currently in the US till end April, you can expect a shorter waiting time if you reside in the US.


Monday, February 24, 2014

AYAME TENCHU ARTWORK


I forgot I finished this digital art titled 'Ayame Flowers' a few weeks back around Chinese New Year festivities. It took a while. I drew Ayame because of my Tenchu-clan revival on DeviantArt and saw a Tenchu: Wrath of Heaven playthrough on Youtube. Oh and sad to say I am no longer 'Grandmaster' level... the last time I played to test the xbox, my score level was something like 'Novice' since I forgot all the controls and where the enemies were lol.... didn't finish Tenchu Z either because Rikimaru & Ayame were either absent or not playable.

Back to this art: after experimenting with the background & that glare effect, I went to bed. The next morning I had an occular migraine lol. Not sure if it was the red or the glare that did it, or the MSG in my junk food, or that the afternoon was too bright, or didn't get enough sleep, but I offed the background colour while working on her clothes after that, just in case.

Anyhow the migraine was unusual since I've usually had classic migraines, the kind with the blurred aura vision. This one came with flashes of colour on my left sight, like pixel graininess flashing. They remind me when an lcd screen is breaking or an incompatible graphics card. I recall it was mostly red. And with eyes closed the flashes were still there so it wasn't astigmatism. Then the migraine lasted about 5 hours which doesn't sound as bad as my usual 10-12 hour ones. But it was made worse that day because it was Chinese New Year and gah... the lion dances and clashing of cymbals & drums went on for the ENTIRE day downstairs, a few troupes were performing consecutively even. Competing who made the loudest noise perhaps? sheesh. I almost died of sound. Normally it's annoying on a healthy day if you ever hear those you know what I mean, but when you get a migraine the din is magnified ten times and each clash equals to a throb in the brain blood vessel. So sorry for being a whiny wet blanket, they may chase away bad luck and blah, but go away please. Talk about aggravation. My bf said Sorry but you picked a wrong time to fall sick! Indeed.

So hope you like this Ayame pic dedicated to Tenchu fans (after bearing with my complaining). This post was meant to be just a paragraph long but guess I remembered some stuff now. A nice thing I do have to say is that the background is from a photo I took at Huntington Gardens. Their Japanese garden is quite pretty and I wanted Ayame to show her more serene side! The next time she's drawn, she will be back with blades.


Thursday, February 20, 2014

ROSE SHOUJO ACEO


Here's another new ACEO, drawing my favourite shoujo style! I'll probably make more.
https://www.etsy.com/listing/179693507

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

MORE TOADSTOOL CENTRAL ACEOS



I made 2 new art cards in my 'Toadstool Central' series, and haven't made ACEOs (non-customed kinds) since 2010! They have golden accents on the roofs as always, which cannot be seen in the scan. Available in my Etsy shop. My old ACEOs are on clearance and going for $10 each so grab them if you have any favourites!


Monday, February 17, 2014

THE HORROR FILM CALLED... SUPERMAN III (1983)


... starring Richard Pryor and co-starring Superman.

I got so much things to say about this movie but I'm not sure where to start. For one, this movie is pretty bad. I've just watched all four of Christopher Reeve's Superman for nostalgia's sake and for Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut (2006). I love part one and both versions of part two despite some nagging inconsistencies.

Some people say Part IV: Quest for Peace is the worst Superman movie but I think Part III is the bigger disgrace. Comedy that I call 'cringe-camp' and Richard Pryor was miscast. Sorry to say his scenes were painful to watch and it dragged on and on. The only good thing about the movie is Christopher Reeve, especially the junkyard scene. That was excellent imo. But the movie was haphazard, bipolar. Many unnecessary scenes in different tones... who wrote this??? Yes, part IV had their fair share of bad script, silly nonsense and lazy effects (due to budget being slashed half), and appears rushed but at least it had Lex Luthor, Lois and a beefcake supervillain. It was a pity they fumbled with part III and IV because it had potential to be a strong franchise and Christopher Reeve didn't get his Superman V.

Oh and I like this version of the costume best.

So here's little me, mid-1980s, it was a Sunday evening, I looked forward to finally watching Superman III on prime-time TV (on my dad's nice big screen too!) Christopher Reeve was my childhood hero then, so yay my brother & I were allowed to eat our dinner at the living room & watch TV.

And.... there's this black guy for a whole chunk of the time, Lois Lane takes a hike in Bermuda and disappears with a new lady replacement Lana Lang (a klutz). That's ok. As a 5-6 year old, I didn't understand much of it except for the campy bits... I took the movie as Superman's 'sidequest' and a comedy. Then somehow the movie took on a darker tone, Superman became bad and I had to watch Clark Kent getting crushed by a compactor. That was scary see, 'cos I love Clark Kent and he was getting meat-grinded literally by evil Superman. But he survived so I was relieved. Was this meant to be a kid's movie anymore??

Anyhow the rich villian had a super computer and it went into HAL-9000 mode and sucked his sister into the chamber and melded metal parts onto her and transformed her into a cyborg.

Damm! Talk about ultimate horror scene. I wanted to run away or switch off the tv so I didn't have to see or hear the scene anymore but I just FROZE lol. I wanted to close my eyes but they were glued onto the screen and I had to watch that monster of bad hair, metallic eyes (ouchies), circuit branded flesh, her tin-woman swagger, and shooting LASER OUT OF HER FINGERTIPS!! WHAT'S WORSE IS SHE HAS THE SAME NAME AS ME! The effects look laughable now but back then it was real enough. I mean look at her!! It wasn't a puppet or animation (like the cool Talos in Jason & the Argonauts), it was a real human in costume. I bet they didn't test screen this movie with kids! Does that explain why I never saw Superman III on tv ever again? Yeah I haven't watched this movie since I was 6 but this part was seared onto my brain forevermore.



no I don't want to shake your hand.

Superman failed to destroy the super computer on his first attempt and ran away (before she turned), leaving the other villians and the black guy to deal with the scaryness. In my brain I was already imagining 3 more cyborgs in the works.... Yikes. I don't know if I was relieved that Superman escaped or terrified if he should return and I would have to bear with another Vera cyborg rampage. I thought it would be better if Superman just didn't return. I wondered how Superman dared approach that Abomination. I freaked out when Superman eventually got caught by the computer because I had anticipated and dreaded that. I remembered he defeated it quickly but I wasn't focusing on the movie anymore, only that he didn't actually KILL the cyborg! She turned back into human Vera... which doesn't make sense but who cares. I wished Superman killed her because I thought the computer was going to resurrect (like all horror movies at that time).

The following 2 nights I had nightmares about the cyborg. In my memory I recall Superman fighting the cyborg on top of a speeding train and she wouldn't die.

For years this scene bugged me whenever I saw Bizarro in my Superman comic books (gah he gives me the creeps), and since they never aired Superman III on tv later on, maybe I missed the reruns; and no one mentioned it (pre-internet days). I wondered if it was a false memory. Until youtube came about. Here enjoy:





Monday, February 3, 2014

FACEBOOK GIVEAWAY!

My first giveaway for 2014 and my first giveaway on Facebook! I haven't utilised much of the share function for promotion purposes due to me being a marketing slacker. Also Facebook drives me crazy with all its changes in recent years for maximum monetization (theirs, not mine). I also found out why some of my friends 'liked' their own posts... at first I wondered if they were in love with what they wrote and it turned out that's one of the only ways for your post to show up on your friends' feeds, or else it's just hidden!! Why? I want to see ALL of my friends' posts even those that don't post all the time, in chronological order!!

Anyhow I have been doing the same thing. 'Liking' my own post, lol.

The giveaway is a set of 3 Wonderland ACEO sized felt prints. The prints are actually iron-on transfers. For a while I was fascinated with them lol. I made several sets but didn't know what to do with them all these years so I'm giving them away. It's easy: just share & like the post (on Facebook) or any of my artworks, or 'Like' my page if you haven't and I'll add your name to the lucky dip bowl! You can also retweet my post about it on Twitter for a chance. I will be giving a few ACEOs away after doing some cleaning and found them collecting dust, so keep a watch on my feeds.

Lastly, I've slashed prices on original ACEOs. They are $10 a pop now even for those that used to be $25. They have been around for so long I need to clear the slate for new ones. Shortcut link: https://www.etsy.com/shop/lemonshortbread?section_id=5327303

Saturday, January 25, 2014

SUPER SAILOR MOON PAINTING

Took a while on this lady - Super Sailor Moon! I probably should do Eternal Sailor Moon as a finale? I don't fancy her poufy ball sleeves or the tiered skirt as much. This painting didn't quite turn out the dreamy way I had pictured in my mind, the way Takeuchi Naoko's beautiful ink artworks are.


Initial sketch. Originally her hand was up but it ended up covering the brooch so I altered it.

Traced onto the canvas.


Base paint and the reference pictures.

She originally had the rainbow graduating colours on the collar and skirt hem like in the manga, but I just couldn't do it properly in acrylic because there was no space to blend the five colours.

 So plain blue. I checked the anime version on how they did the cels and followed suit.

Shading done. The trouble to mix four additional colours just for dots (representing gemstones) on the brooch made me wish for it to be completed already!

I added lines to the painting using acrylic ink mixed with paint, added stray hairs, accents.

Finished piece. The background has tiny white stars but it is too faint to see it from this scan, it is more vibrant in person!

If you like to own this painting, she is available in my Etsy shop! 25 x 35cm, acrylic on canvas, unvarnished. Clicky here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/176659892

Thursday, January 23, 2014

SASA'S COMBO SKIN PORE REFINING MASK

Hey folks, just want to do a quick review here on this set of mask I bought a few weeks ago. So I'm a fan of Lovemore's "New Zealand Kiwi Acne All Out" mask and my neighborhood Watsons stopped stocking them so I went to Sasa to see what else is offered, and saw this product that claimed to do a similar job.


Sasa's Color Combo series: Combos Skin Pore Refining Mask Set.
This post is a comparison with Lovemore's product, for Lovemore reviews just google and you will find many reviews by cute girls. This is not a paid endorsement.

They are almost identical, with the main difference being the strawberry scent. The sebum softener smells very good. I love strawberry scents lol. I wanted it on my face longer so spent more time rubbing it into my skin which probably makes it so much more effective. Just squirt a bit on areas you want to apply the mask on to. The 2-3 drops instruction is a lie I tell you.... just squirt however much you need, and it will dry from massaging so I add a few drops of water on the face as I go along.



The bottle design of the mask is slightly different with a smaller opening. The Lovemore one has no additional cap so the liquid usually glops out. This one has a better control on the amount you need. The consistency is slightly thinner than the kiwi version so I needed a thicker layer to cover the pores.


It smells alright. It does smell slightly of chemicals masked over with a strawberry scent but I can live with it. After rinsing the softener off, leave your face slightly wet and apply the mask on areas of blackheads/whiteheads/rough spots. I usually avoid applying on pimples. Apply a good layer till the skin cannot be seen... not too thin a layer (unable to adequately cover the pores) nor too thick (takes too long to dry).


It dries pretty evenly and feels like I got the mask dried tightly too so the gunk will affix to the mask. This is the disgusting whiteheads/blackheads/microhairs after peeling the mask off! I would say a good percentage of gunk is out.. 85-90 percent! And I've been having acne breakouts and using this sulphur cream that makes the plugs rise to the surface making my skin really rough so this mask just makes my skin soft again... by extracting it all out ahaha.

The last bottle is the essence to minimise open pores. It has a thicker consistency compared to Lovemore's, pretty much like what one would describe as 'serum'. Actually it became sticky as I pat it in but it absorbs quickly.

Well that's it. I recommend it. I think it was cheaper by a bit since it is an in-house brand. Both are made in Taiwan and pretty much the same thing. If you don't mind a pink alternative to Lovemore's mask then use this.