Twelve Days of Glamour

Hello FC members and to the internets in case the hidden post did not work. This is where my use of glamours peaked in Final Fantasy XIV.

Capitalizing the work I did on Star Light Festival of 2018 here’s the my own rendition on the Twelve Days Of Christmas using glamours and gpose features from the game with some Photoshop editing,

Now without further ado…..

On the first day of Starlight festival a Glamour came to be….

On the second day of Starlight Festival a glamour came to be…

On the third day of Starlight Festival a glamour came to be…

On the fourth day of Starlight Festival a Glamour came to be…

On the fifth day of Starlight Festival a Glamour came to be…

On the sixth day of Starlight Festival a glamour came to be…

On the seventh day of Starlight Festival a glamour came to be…

On the eighth day of Starlight Festival a glamour came to be…

On the ninth day of Starlight Festival a glamour came to be

On the tenth day of Starlight Festival a glamour came to be…

On the eleventh day of Starlight Festival a glamour came to be…

On the twelfth day of Starlight Festival a glamour came to be…

And there we go there was a set of macro of emotes set up on the hotbar as I was performing this to the Free Company then I decided that gonna use the glamours on a personal photoshoot to capitalized the hard work.

So how can I top this I still don’t know.

Happy Starlight Festival Everyone!

Inktober Blab 3

Thank you barber the haircut feels like a weight on my shoulders has lifted up. So I got my groove back on and bounce back to Inktober. Splatfest on Splatoon 2 also help though I was Team Trick and we lost.

Drawn a few more and now it’s Halloween Inktober has come to a close. I got three more when I recovered and one more drawing to finish it off.


Expensive I went on the with a camera, my future expense. I bought a Staedtler pigment liner and used it on these. I went with with different lines with this one.



Poison well here’s a poison frog. Here I used a Pigma brush pen and really loving these. I have a blue ink lying around and colored it on a later time.


Angular felt therapeutic and can go on forever. Here’s a ball bouncing angularly thru a wall maze. May be inspired by an old Nokia phone game called Bounce.

Since the draft for this was sitting around Halloween I manage to squeeze one more drawing. I went with a freestyle approach to finish Inktober off.


Steampumpkin is an idea been sitting in my head for years to be drawn annually around Halloween. Used the Staedtler pen to draw the lines, used Winsor and Newton brush marker to fill out the hat and watered down ink for the smoke and to tone the pumpkin.

Well the work was a struggle I can still say I had fun with this and that was another reason for these other than challenge. All I can say is my drawing skills are not there as when you look search the hashtag on twitter for intober. But simple as these drawings for Inktober I have to say my handling of a pen is better that it was years ago, and I am so happy for that.

Inktober may finished but there are some ideas from the prompts so I will or want to get back to them soon. But for now get back on the drawing course which I manage to neglect and do portrait with oil painting.

Inktober 2018 Blab 2

Continuing my Inktober Journal here are more drawings and a couple of failure attempts.


Chicken was a quickie and did with brush and waterdown ink. Like I said it was a quickie and more of an impressionism of a chicken.


Whale another self explanatory. I was going for Moby Dick at first but went with a whale shark. I had some white ink that was bought years ago and used it on the spots and belly the blacks are brushed in.


I got two drawing with drain. One is a watered ink going down a drain then a long set of pipes inspired by an old Windows screensaver and an old Windows game called pipedream.

So I got a week in Inktober with these drawings. But I got sick with a cold and was not in the mood to continue for a couple of days. When I got back up I tried to do some with the prompts star and and clock. Even with reference and pre sketch I can’t get these two work out with G-pen was not cooperating.


Here’s the scrapes that suppose to be for star a celebrity came to mind. The bottom left was the initial sketch but but the pen just plotted it right away. Right is another attempt was frustration already getting in to me even got a last idea and turn it in to a trash mag cover. Another idea was a singer with her head tilting up on a mic.


Here’s the scrap for clock. I was going for a clockwork for these and challenge to see what i can make from memory. I was looking at picture for reference and got really mixed up in my head. The bottom right is just silly things to warm up on on with gears. But nothing really got settle in my head to get a finish sketch to work on to.


Breakable was an attempt to get something done. A vase and a stand falling. The vase is patterned with random lines.

Anxiety hit me up with the attempt from star and clock, with breakable was an attempt to get out of it. It did took a several days, a week at least, to get back on to continue. I’ll post about it next.



Inktober 2018 Blab 1

Well I too much happening the for this month so both highs and lows. But here’s a few of my Inktober drawings and a brief description of about them.


First is Prickly. We had a hedgehog pet named Needles that had past a year ago so first thing that comes to mind on this prompt. Needles you’ll be remembered.


Tranquil while I am still doing the drawing course of the side at the moment I am at a lesson on drawing a character/figure with basic shapes. Anatomy subject is another thing I need to get into some more in time. Nothing says tranquil like a monk meditating.


Cause Canadian Thanksgiving was days away while not turkey I went with a roast beef on Roasted. If i went with turkey it feels like in will clash on another prompt later.


I challenge myself on this one for Guarded I went with a fantasy city gate, it’s the detail and lines on the brick wall.

The dip pens where hard to use as always as I went with Tachikawa G-pen and B-3 nib for theses drawings and watered the ink with water and brush it to make a bit of a tone. I had more issues with the G-pen, see that drops in Prickly, as it gets clogged when dip it in the ink bottle the second time. B-3 pens was less on that. But when I do a quick search on the how to use a G-pen with good old google, I get something about a vape pen.

I had a good four day then got busy with other stuff then the holiday weekend came. I’ll share more about it on the next post.



Inktober 2018

This October I will participating doing Inktober. A month long event/challenge in social media started by Jake Parker where making drawings with ink. More info on the links.  

I’ll post the art work here and twitter but I’ll be mostly brief about them. I will be following the official prompts but can’t promise that I will do them daily or all of them.

Mind my handwriting
Ideas on the official prompts

I did have tried drawing in ink years before and impulse buy a G pen nibs and holder, dip pen that mostly used by manga artist, but that not gotten anywhere due to my attempt and doing digital drawings. Then I (cough) impulse buy a Speedball set months ago to get a different feel compare to the G pen. Even with that all I did is just make lines in paper and I have no clue on calligraphy as well.

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Pens Brushes and ink

I wanna see where this takes me as I notice that when I write my wrist moves differently lately. Something I picked up from drawing? I’ll talk about the pens and tools in depth I am using once it’s over as I don’t have a good grasp on how to use them yet.

See you in October!

Following Along with Bob Ross

First attempt of on ala prima and or wet on wet painting. I followed along a Bob Ross Joys of Painting episode, season 1 episode 10. From what i’ve learned and heard that either artist love of hate Bob Ross. I am in between to those opinion as I like how he inspires others to paint, my critical of him is that his painting are first more imaginative than realism and mostly a one point perspective.

So what’s Ala Prima? Well here is the copy paste definition from Wikipedia

Wet-on-wet, or alla prima (Italian, meaning at first attempt), is a painting technique, used mostly in oil painting, in which layers of wet paint are applied to previously administered layers of wet paint. This technique requires a fast way of working, because the work has to be finished before the first layers have dried. It may also be referred to as direct painting or the French term au premier coup (at first stroke).

First of all here’s is the episode, I watched it several times before and as I painted. Why, well the first season is where he uses a more limited palette. So beginner wise it’s very good to follow if your beginning to oil painting. And I wanna paint water.

Here’s the almost the progress shots of the painting. I got frustrated with my phone camera so there’s a huge gap in the progress plus the light noise has gotten bad as I go.

The blank canvas before I put the thin out titanium white.


Now Added the blue to make sky and the water. I’ve darken the blue paint for the water tho not no result I was looking for I went along with it.


In his videos we see always Bob doing vigorous action when he paints clouds . When I did the same thing it’s not easy as it looks. While I didn’t drop the brush, The more I did the pressing action my hand gets close to the the base of the brush.

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Now I add the mighty mountain. Using the palette knife to lay out the darks first. This was the first obstacle. When I lay down the white it was mixing too much with the darker paint I remedied it by darkening the dark side more.

The middle row of trees as easy enough and this is the first time I’ve opened my green paint. Darkening it first and add some lightness in to it the reflections I faded away like it is in the video. Also from this point on I am two and a half hours in the painting.


Note this is where I really botched up the photo progress some moreand gonna recall on the steps. I took a break from painting and had lunch after the last photo and was called for an errant for later that day and rush up the painting and forgot to take some more picture as I progress.


I added some land on the middle trees and killed of their reflection. It was a struggle to add the land as the paint is getting thicker The brown was spreading to much and having the same issue as the white with the mountains. The trees on the left was added with no issue but struggle with the land of it as well.

That brown mass of land in the foreground is where the episode take for a turn. In my case same issue with my brown it got thinned out from the layers of paint.  In the video I still love how he like just whoosh his palette knife to create it and work with it.


Well here the finished painting. So I added some whites on the land and still not working for me and tried to do more white to copy the path way on the right from the video. The left trees was no issue and used pure brown and got manage to blend the trunk and branches. The bushes on the lower right got really muddy. The reds came out great in my opinion mixed in with yellow to make it orange-ish.

Well my notes on this painting wet on wet and or ala prima. Well I may not try this anytime but not soon. I did a bit of clean up with the thin out white after I put it in as it splashed to the walls, table and such. The bottom part not sure if the base paint was too thin it may have slowly run in the bottom of the canvas so when I started painting there is got muddy. On the middle trees reflections i should have made them bigger as they are move vaguely in the painting. The right large trees had a reflection but got covered with the bushes on the bottom of it.

As Bob Ross encourage don’t have to follow the painting as same as his but to compare mine the middle trees are much lower and his has more varieties. I think I got fearful there as the brushes had gotten hair everywhere. Also I think my fan brush does not hold paint very well so I may pick up a more nice quality soon. Let’s not forget he did his under thirty minutes while it took me about six hours tops to finish mine.

Still I am very happy how the painting came out and can’t wait to create some more. I think I ramble enough here so let’s close off with his wise words…

Happy painting!


Breaking Down Into Shapes

So here’s something from the Ultimate Drawing Course from Udemy I am taking. The lesson is about breaking down shapes. So I took some images from from Life of Pix and Unsplash, a couple of website for free stock photos.

Breaking down these objects into simple shapes and trace the object with those shape. The instructor did this in Photoshop so I did as well since I got it as well. The order are unaltered image,  breaking down with shapes while blurring the main image, the traced image using the build up shape, and just the traced lines.

Start of something simple a glass of pina colada and a Coke bottle.

Still dreaming for that future camera. I noticed that I botched the strap on the refinement of the trace and now kinda smaller than it was reference.

A van with a canoe on top of it. Kinda lost patience with Photoshop on this one so but the break. The I did broke down the van in more shapes using it’s details but didn’t use it for tracing.

Here’s one more a lion door knocker. All I can say I made another attempt once my head cooled off. I may be off course on these as i traced the shadows from the main picture.

Sad to say this is a half hearted work on this lesson, but as always I see its importance. Breaking things down to a simple shapes are basics that I have overlook before.  Just my patient with Photoshop these days makes these a bit daunting. As always it’s what you learn from the experience. Maybe I’ll try this again with a magazine and tracing paper for another time.

Till next time.

Blabs/ Reflections / On Moving Forward

Wow the month has past so quickly Blaugust has come and go. Tho I haven’t posted anything on the past week but busy with life responsibilities. But still manage to do some drawing lessons stuff. It’s in drafts right now and and having a hard time working with images with this lesson as it involves Photoshop. I want to finish off Blaugust by combining two blog topics from it is the reflect and to inspire.

With all the false starts this is a good push for me to get started. I am trying to rediscover a childhood dream on creating art. Since I can’t create as well as the many artist that I follow online so here’s my nitch A beginner artist.

I was taking pictures of some of my drawing for like a year ago following Drawing the Right Side of the Brain Workbook.  It’s still a work in progress on how I posted it as they are from a year ago but the drawing are kept aside and pictures are archive. But the research and itch to oil paint kinda hold it off and winter was approaching (lesson/activities involve outdoors). So my the only my two finished paintings and the drawing lessons are the only recent I have right now. I got thru those way to quickly than I thought.

Also behind the scenes I was getting too ambitious. While a photo camera purchase was longed plan before the blog started and waiting for a sale before I was looking for Go Pro alternatives and have a speedpaint video or a time lapse by the end of the month. Then there’s the lightning which I am struggling to find cause my shadow of my hand and phone tend to show up on my photographs and it tends to be so dark even with editing on the phone. Best example is on ‘What I Use: Drawing’ post. Tho a video light out of budget at the moment since I am starting I honestly it’s overkill to have them at moment just found battery operated lights that gives of decent lightning with spending much. Also I just forgot how real life stuff gets in the way taking out some free time to blog and draw or paint.

So my solution is to start small, I will have a personal weekly deadline on Wednesday. That way I have time to work a draft and art at the same time. May be an extra post for a random ramblings on what I am working on or what’s up. Oddities are not just about my creations it’s also what I do. I am still dreaming about that video.

I always had false starts with blogging or what I want to do in general. Do I do tech, short stories, journal, practice for journalism. But there one thing I turn back into its drawing or art. Let just say that I stop drawing when I was a kid when I was told that I was wasting lot’s of paper. I did have a short stint on getting back to it in my teens but mid twenties is where I manage to pick it up once more. Just over thirty now well I can say is no more dilly dally take a pause see what you are doing and check what it not going right and go from there. I kinda always been struggling with anxiety and fear of being judge. Well time to break out of those mental barriers.

While there’s more to this mental stuff topic but I will say is take a step, take a pause. It’s not too late to start on what you want to do and both ageism and fear is worse excuse to get things started or done. Take it from the Nike slogan Just do it. Don’t mix reflect with regret just see what not working and take a step back and then move forward or take a different direction is better than giving up.

Thanks Belghast and to all who are part of Blaugust. I was too silence in Discord but enjoying everyone post. I’ll still link there And hoping for more to more active in the future.

Also I will stop being such a lurker in Twitter and tweet about work in progress. I know it’s such a mess there right now but it’s premise was way better than facebook and other social media so hit me up there as well please.

Till next time.

Study: Portraits

The site may be up now but I was still need a profile picture for social media. Well I tried and torn off some self portrait drawings and digital paintings several times, both in cartoonish style and realistic. Then I realized that other than characters from games anime and manga I never really drawn lots of realistic characters. So here’s some portrait study that images that I picked up from pinterest boards.


Old man with a mane

Here’s the first and warm up drawing. Cause of the cause of the light and bright picture of the model I just went lightly with H2 leads. And since it is drawn lightly it’s really hard to notice the details of the picture.


Girl with Afro

Now here’s a full attempt going heavily on shading with graphite sticks, which I forgot to show on the what I use drawing post. Well suffice to say it’s a bad one as the face look flat and looks like she’s bearded than a shadowed that curves around the chin to ears. Who ever the model is I am very sorry.


Freckled guy minus the freckles

Here’s another with a lighter touch but i wasn’t sure hot to draw the texture of his hair. And as of writing I’ve notice I missed the a major detail, his freckles.


Freckled Redhead Girl

This may be my best work on this study. I mostly got the details with the but I don’t want to risk the piece by over darken on the right side of her face of the model. Still I feel good on getting the braids and freckles of the model.

Girl with Afro Redux

Well here’s a do over of the second model. Way better than the first attempt but didn’t do well on the highlights not what I have a good look in to this. Still happy how this one turns out to be.

I need to work on observing details and be brave on working with darker and lighter values are what I learned on this self study. This will also a nice bit of learning experience once I attempt to paint a portrait. Now to making selfies and draw myself, process and selfies will be put on file for now as I am still to shy on a more proper introduction.



Cross Contour Line Drawings

So here’s a continuation of for the drawing lessons I am taking on Udemy. Drawing objects and use cross contour lines to refine it. It’s hard to fight habits as the initial drawing was looking on the subject more than you pencil and paper before I refine it with cross contour. I can only show and tell the results but I can’t say if did a great job or not.

Blue Shoes

Blue shoes cross contour

I refining this blue shoes was tricky as I took out the foot mold inside the shoes. The lines the I started with was in a wrong angle so I rework on it. I didn’t even bother with erasing my mistake and just draw in top of it so it looks a bit off still. Noticing my mistake on the top shoe I took more care on the second one with not sure how to tackle the highlight on the left part of the shoe I lined even tho I should have just left it be.

Barrel drawing

Barrel refined with cross contour lines

Here’s a barrel but believe it or not was tricky reference to look for as some barrels are remade to furniture etc. Lesson learned on the refining this but the initial drawing was done the second time. With it’s cylindrical shape I thought first the the cross contour lines will go left to right but I went with top to bottom with the planks and kept left to right with the ring holding them in place.

Mountain initial drawing

Mountain with cross contour

Here’s the mountain Salher picked up from Flickr via Google search. Choosed this one without knowing it’s name but looks perfect subject to draw for the lesson. The initial drawing was more simpler than the rest as just the main shape of the mountain but the rest feels like a cheat since the cross contour lines are already detailed in the reference.

Sunflower drawing once more

Sunflower drawing with cross contour

Now where back to the sunflower from the initial post, while I did draw this first this was last to be detail. The drawing was tricky to follow the exercise and going old habits but the result here is the same with the barrel. But same with the mountain that each petals are already lined well from the photograph and just shaded more from the start of the petal. The center are just points and didn’t went to too much detail with it.


This one I gave up trying to draw. I had such a hard time getting shape right or just trying to hard. But here’s something I might get back into once I hone up a bit of my drawing skill. Also I may do more as this exercise at some point as I kinda see it’s reasoning or appeal.

Well more lessons to watch and to draw with.