This has been in the works for way too long. I had hoped to finish it during annual leave in March but got tonsillitis and spent a lot of time on the couch. I’ve never had tonsillitis before and hope to never have it again. Then I was swept up in a month of dog/house sitting. But finally I have finished and can spend ‘too long’ on something else (except I have no idea what to do next).

This was my first time using Clip Studio Paint since the short class I took last year. It took a long time to get a feel for the brushes. I was getting so frustrated that they wouldn’t do what I wanted. Then somehow it all started to work and now I love the program. It is so much better than my crappy free Photoshop Elements. The program also made editing the picture much easier, which was fortunate as I made a lot of changes throughout the process. Aside from “window” and “purple”, I had no clear idea of what I wanted. And I kept fiddling with the proportions.

I can’t stop staring at it thinking “shit, did I make that?” It really does seem a big step above the last thing I made. How did that happen? I’m been spending less time on digital art, not more. I feel like I should be losing my skills.

This is the pattern I used on the corset. Other images that I used for reference are saved to my Pinterest board.

Bubblegum WIP

Last post was very gloomy so here’s something bright and pink. I’m making some fanart of Princess Bubblegum from Adventure Time. It’s so engrossing that I keep forgetting to eat.
I really like seeing fanart based on classic paintings so I thought I’d give it a go. The painting I used is a portrait of Eugénie de Montijo. It’s certainly a challenge to blend in realism with saturated cartoon candy. I foresee a lot of tweaking down the track.

Lily Monstrosity

After the agony of painting poinsettia, I told myself that I would take it easy for my next painting and not try anything challenging. Then I saw a picture of a child sitting on a Victoria lily. Damn.


Despite being much more difficult than the poinsettia and despite the many hours wasted as I tried to figure how the hell do I do a background, I actually found this piece much more enjoyable to work on. It probably helped that I wasn’t trying to be accurate. What does a river look like? Just shut up and paint it.

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This time I’m going to take it easy and not challenge myself…

Finally complete!

February turned into Social Month. Even taking that into account, I can’t believe how long it took me to complete this. I first sketched it in November! I am really pleased with the results so that makes up for being a slow tortoise 😛

The more time I spend on a picture, the harder it is to start another. My motivation is so flat after finishing something. I guess that’s why I have aquired so many hobbies – even when my motivation is waning for one hobby, it’s going crazy for another. I think I might spend some time sewing.