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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!


Day 170: A True Story About the Highlight of my Nerd Life

19 Jun


13 Jun

Due to intense heartbreak, the Epic Year Project will be closed for a few days until I recover. Somehow.

See you on the other side.

Day 147: Lunchtime Doodle Part 2

27 May

I really enjoyed doing the first lunchtime doodle. I liked that I didn’t have to spend a massive amount of time deciding what to draw. There is something freeing about emptying your brain and just siccing a sharpie on some graph paper without a particular purpose in mind. And so that’s what I did today.

It was a very slow day at the office (the best kind of day for office doodling). It is Memorial Day Weekend and we don’t have work on Monday and some people left work early and hopped on flights to spend the long weekend in places that are not New York. This is widely accepted as a good long weekend agenda, but I figured that there really is no place I would rather be than where I already live, which is the best place in the universe to spend a long weekend: The Internet. I am looking forward to spending the next three days watching the latest Doctor Who episode and proceeding to have intelligent discussions (read: much flailing) about it with a community of profoundly smart and highly eloquent screaming fangirls/fanboys/fanpeople who happen to live on The Internet as well. And then maybe I’ll catch up on some Game of Thrones, and probably a bit of The Borgias, and I might just finally download Fringe, based on our friend Miguel/Little Bud’s recommendation. Because he says that it is the X-Files of the now, and man, did I love the X-Files. That was some good sci-fi (up until the point when it got bad) and so Fringe is looking like a distinct download possibility because if there is anything I cannot resist, it’s good sci-fi. Plus, Simon Pegg thinks that it’s cool (he tweeted recently about how it freaked him out). And in this nerdy life that I lead, pretty much whatever Simon Pegg says, goes.

Speaking of sci-fi, and seeing as this has been sci-fi appreciation week in the life of Niña (what with it being Towel Day a couple of days ago, and also because I’ve been listening to the Restaurant at the End of the Universe audiobook while walking to and from the office this past week), the following is what somehow came out when I decided to empty my mind and doodle during my unusually quiet (as the office was practically empty) lunch break today. Apparently, although not a bit surprising, my default brain setting is SCIENCE-MOTHERFLIPPING-FICTION. Some H.P. Lovecraft, anyone?

Cthulhu is a creature in the Lovecraft universe that's a cross between an octopus, a dragon, and a mountain, and is generally perceived as a monster. But this makes him secretly sad because beneath his slimy and terrifying exterior, deep down in his heart of hearts, he just wants to be loved like the rest of us. I present to you the inner workings of my subconscious, ladies and gentlemen.

Come to think of it, pretty much every week is sci-fi appreciation week in the life of Niña. Except, of course, when it’s fantasy and magic appreciation week instead. Like in less than two months when the final Harry Potter movie comes out (TEARS!!!) Or in late 2012 when The Hobbit happens. Speaking of The Hobbit, it’s been reported that Orlando Bloom is reprising his role as Legolas, so there’s another hunk of man meat added to the already long roster of People To Stare Lustily At in that movie. Thank you very much, Peter Jackson.

These are the only two types of weeks in my life though. And wow, I just read everything that I’ve written in this post and I may have revealed a little too much about how cripplingly uncool I am.

Meh. See you when I see you!