I have this weird idea sometimes about goal setting. Like if I do x, y, z, then maybe I can deserve some kind of reward for myself. Which will be something that I actually wanted to do, but I make myself wait as a matter of being responsible and earning it. Usually this works well, it's excellent as a motivational technique, if there are things I need to do, but I can't get excited about doing them. However, the problem that I'm having is that I don't know if I'm actually doing something detrimental to myself. Like assuming that I didn't deserve whatever it was, to begin with. Or with my previous efforts for things prior- why wouldn't I consider those as still valid when I have some new wish/idea on the horizon?
Maybe the thing that I do that I shouldn't do is feel like I'm waiting for something, or, feel like what I am currently must be some kind of starting point I have to build up from... hm.
Sorry, weird-sounding reflective thoughts... O.o
Anyway, what have I been up to lately?
Oh, boring things. Today I scrubbed my bathtub, did the dishes, took out the trash, went to the store, and I dug out some boxes of books - I need to put together the little shelves I have (assembly required!) so I can sit those out. Mainly I don't want boxes of books sitting in my floor looking like a big mess. XD
I found a second Air In Plastic Eraser when cleaning my closet. SCORE! That was always my absolute favorite eraser! I want a bunch of them. Though, to order extras in from Japan might be expensive... I wanted manga paper too, though. :P
Then I spent a while chatting with love this evening.
Some comments regarding art materials (Copics) -
I realized I wasn't coloring my doujinshi/comic thing with my markers *specifically because* I didn't have any color of yellow that I liked for Minako's hair.
I have Lily White and Yellow Flourite - both are too pale and don't even show up, when scanned. Blah. Then I have a couple which are just *way* too yellow, not a natural hair color. One of them is called Lemon Yellow, the other is called Pale Yellow, but it's still way too bright. So I picked out a couple of new colors which are supposed to be somewhere in between the two extremes, and just went ahead and ordered those. I was similarly distraught when I didn't have anything I liked at all, for skin tones...
My conclusions regarding skin tones (in case anyone finds it helpful)- If I want to limit myself to just two skin tones (which is pretty typical for anime style), I am satisfied with the way it looks to put a base of Pale Chiton and then Silk for the shadows.
To make it more natural and less flat/anime, it works to add Cherry White as well. And use Rose Quartz for a lip color. Powder Pink is reasonable for dabbing in deeper shadows, but it does have an orangey tone. Pink Beryl is super pale and really great for blending and adding some overall color depth, but if you had only that, it's much too light on it's own. It looks amazing on manga paper, though (the color literally looks different depending on what kind of paper you use). And I would usually leave the highlights white, if I am drawing on white paper. :P
Here's a test scribble with all my yellows (not satisfied with these), and all the skin tones I am talking about right there (I think these look ok, certainly way better than what they put in the Copic sets of 72 sketch markers). Some random blond dude.
Oh, I also found a doujinshi on Ebay! I bet everyone can guess the pairing I would get. It's really lovely. And some of the art is even by Uraasa! ^o^ Anyway, it inspired me, now I need to get busy working on my pages! :)
(Sorry for those I might bore for with fandom talk.) :P