Day something: New Toy

22 Jun

A few people have asked me to explain the circumstances surrounding this post. Or, what was the cause of the heartbreak that caused last week’s sudden hiatus, and why was the post tagged Simon Pegg?

It’s a long and complicated story filled with surprise, failure, and extreme emotion, and I didn’t want to bore you/have to give a detailed account of the painful experience, as if I were a pre-teen pouring out her feelings onto the internet. But since some of you asked, that’s what’s going to happen now. I apologize because this blog is about to become Livejournal-y in a second.

A Bittersweet Encounter

Basically, I had been told that my whole fangirly moment with Simon Pegg was going to be immortalized in video. Which made me very happy indeed. Some bouncing around in the bookstore may have occurred. Only afterwards, it was found that the video equipment had malfunctioned and none of it was captured on tape. I was pretty upset.

Okay, I was devastated.

The feeling was comparable to a particularly vile break-up. Because apparently I am a drama queen now. I got over it eventually. But not without some help from my favorite method of therapy: the buying-stuff-to-ease-the-pain method. I didn’t buy myself some clothes or shoes though. Nope, I got me a brand new toy.

Meet Tim, the drawing tablet. (FYI, Tim is the name of Simon Pegg's character in the tv series SPACED. I have now also named my scanner Daisy, after another character in the series whom Tim lives with, because my scanner and my tablet will be living together forever from now on. Basically, Tim + Daisy = ❤ forever.)

Up until last week, all my drawings had been done in pencil and then scanned and then edited on Photoshop. Tim eliminates a whole bunch of steps and allows me to draw straight to PS, which is very handy indeed. I didn’t get to play with Tim until 4 days later though when the weekend rolled around because all my weeknights had been spent on a freelance project, the moolah from which was going to pay for said tablet and possibly a new phone.

Clearly, making money is a valid excuse for not having the time to post anything on here. Yes, I do believe I am excused.

So then on the weekend, I had been well enough emotionally, and had a bit of time to experiment with Tim. It was tough. And very frustrating. It was a whole new way of drawing and thinking. I had to train myself to not look at my hand when I draw. I had to look at the screen while my hand was drawing on the tablet and it was annoying and needed a lot of getting used to. So I started off with easy stuff. Writing my name, free doodling, etc.

Apparently, my subconscious is a Lionel Ritchie fan.

Then when I sort of got the hang of it, I drew my first real and complete doodle: this beast. Which Peter Tom then decided to post onto Reddit. Consequently, I got the most hits in the history of the Epic Year Project that day, which was more than triple the previous record. So thanks, P.T. You are a true friend.

My freelance job extended over into the next week and today is the first day that I am able to finally doodle and post.

That pretty much covers what I had been up to the past 10 days or so. Now to the good bit.

Raise your hand if you watch Game of Thrones. Where my Winterfell bitches at?!

game of thrones bran stark

"I have a tender spot in my heart for cripples, bastards, and broken things."

Bran is my favorite. Tyrion comes next. And then Jon Snow. I think I want to draw all of them. Ayisse requested for Daenerys so I might have to draw her as well. I’ve been missing a lot of days on this blog lately so I’m planning on making up for it by power doodling in the weekend.

Also, this drawing looks entirely different from my usual doodles. Which is annoying. At the rate I’m going, I am never going to develop my own style. People are not going to be able to tell that I was the one who drew something unless I sign it. Speaking of which, I sort of designed a signature type thing that I could paste onto my drawings. Well, it wasn’t so much designed as it was hastily sketched while learning basic hand-eye coordination when drawing with a tablet. I may change it down the line but for now, I like it.

And that’s all I have for you today. This post is too long anyway.

See you next time!


11 Responses to “Day something: New Toy”

  1. kznsci1 June 23, 2011 at 5:44 am #


  2. Ayisse June 25, 2011 at 3:44 am #

    How will you ever be able to draw Tyrion, when he is supposedly really grotesque-looking, when every time you draw something it becomes Pretty… I am just kidding, do iiiiit!!! :D:D (unless you label your drawing “of Peter Dinklage,” then it becomes Badass)

    • niña June 25, 2011 at 3:54 am #

      aww shucks. why do you flatten me soooo

      But I think Tyrion is cute! I have a bit of a crush on Peter Dinklage hahaha

  3. Emrys June 27, 2011 at 3:18 am #

    Nina… the watermark you just did is great as it is 😉 btw great work on the characters from Game of Thrones. You’ll be surprised as to what comes next in the books though 🙂

    • niña June 27, 2011 at 7:01 pm #

      Emrys! Thank you! 😀

      I really should read the books. If only I didn’t spend all my free time drawing Game of Thrones characters haha :p


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