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Hey!

I'm sorry... I don't drop by here as much as I want to... So many things to do, I mostly come here to upload my new art - but there are so many wonderful works around to see :o
As you may have noticed, my drawing technique has improved quite a bit lately :) I've been watching a lot of nice tutorials on Youtube, that's why! I have discovered KNKL's show, and a few of these videos were really life-changing for me! (and I also watched ones from other artists) Lemme share them with you:

Coloring / lighting / tones:



Hands:



Body / foreshortening / body perspective (best tutorial I've seen about that, but afaik it's all about practice, not tutorials):



These are all I can think of! I'll keep you updated :)

Regarding personal art, there's a new mascott around, Nex!
New Avatar: Nex! by Merengil
He should be my avatar now, so expect to see him around for some time :)
My big Poppy artwork is... somehow progressing - yet it's so far from being finished...

F9cfc39f4e5dfaca939e0b89f5fedc20 by Merengil
I'm working as well on a Squigly piece that makes intensive use of perspective. However, I am far from mastering this so it's way too messy to show it here...
I also plan to work on "thanks for the fav" / "thanks for the follow" / "thanks for the llama" artworks ^_^ That'd be great!

Next, go play OneShot! Great game really! And it has a unique take on adventure games :) And I've been playing Skullgirls a lot lately too! It's a very nice and polished combo-based fighting game ^_^

That's all folks! See you next time! ^_^
  • Listening to: Solstice - OneShot OST. Also jazz.
  • Reading: a very boring book at work...
  • Watching: Zone 42 episodes on YouTube
  • Playing: OneShot, Skullgirls, Stories:The Path of Destinies
  • Eating: All teh veggies!
  • Drinking: Sparkling water ~
Life is kinda hectic but no worries, drawing helps me relax! Also TheArtGun has helped my shading process a LOT, wanted to thank her so much for that ^_^ (very educational streams!) She's there -> twitter.com/TheArtGun/ Multiply shading is da best >:3

Well... in the WIP section... Poppy from League of Legends :)

7389fea3874b73a4381b7d1f40766fe4 by Merengil

She's my favourite character in the game now :D a LOT of work is left on this so I'm not sure on when you'll see it :o but it's my current top priority drawing :) Also, it's taking me a lot of time too :P And I will try to finish this drawing without any inking, not sure how it'll end up :o

Otherwise, I guess you noticed I started LoL? If you're a friendly player and aren't bothered to help a newbie, add me there! :P I'm not too serious though :o I'm playing mostly because the art is so gorgeous <3

And I finished Psychonauts too! Great game, I hope I'll get to draw it soon as well ^_^ And I play Spec Ops: The Line veeeeeeeeery slowly (to let time for the scenario to sink down, it's kind of depressing). 

That's all folks!
  • Listening to: League of Legends' various music tracks and songs
  • Reading: League of Legends' lore, work books
  • Watching: Legends Never Die | Worlds 2017 - LoL video
  • Playing: NieR: Automata, Outland, LoL, Overwatch...
  • Eating: Ginger biscuits
  • Drinking: Sparkling water ~
Hiya ^_^

Tarot card 20- the Judgment by rann-poisoncage
This card is very fitting of my current mood :) (and I got the whole Major Arcana tarot, it looks great :D )(so look at the other cards too, they're very nice ^_^ )
...Something happened, ever since I started playing Battlerite (I did tell you in the previous entry). I got a stronger and stronger will to work on drawings. I feel like I can draw everything and anything if I try hard enough! (but it will take time for sure). And with that... something artsy woke up in me. Some ever-flowing inspiration which I cannot even control... There are so many works I want to draw! And so many drafts too! I'm working on getting something done about it, it'll take some time (a lot of it since I'm so slow), but I'll revive this place! >:3

KheilaHirai is doing another raffle, I'm sharing that here if you guys wanna take part in it:  (WINNERS/CLOSED) ART RAFFLE! +1000 Watchers!- WINNERS ANNOUNCEMENT -
1st Winner is:

:iconStarimo: Congratulations! I'll send you a note in few minutes!
2nd Winner is:

:iconpvposeur: Congratulations! I'll send you a note in few minutes too!
That's all! Thank you so much to all who participated and congratulations again to the winners!
Thank you so much for all for the support, have an amazing day and Merry Christmas!!
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THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR +1000 WATCHERS! <3
As promised, here is the art raffle for the +1000 watchers! Thank you so much for all the support! ;O; 
There will be two winners and the raffle will last till 24th of december. There is plenty of time to enter and so I can keep focusing on the commissions I have ^^
Good luck to everyon
 She's getting very skilled so give her your support :D
  • Listening to: Groove Salad Radio, Hyper Light Drifter OST
  • Reading: Work articles, letters from friends ^_^
  • Watching: Legends Never Die | Worlds 2017 - LoL video
  • Playing: NieR: Automata, Battlerite, Silence
  • Eating: Christmas chocolates :3
  • Drinking: Jardin du Luxembourg - Flavored Oolong tea
Hiya :D

Another raffle from Kheilahirai :iconkheilahirai: (feels like I'm doing her advertising xD but I'm just too inactive...)
(WINNERS/CLOSED) ART RAFFLE! +1000 Watchers!- WINNERS ANNOUNCEMENT -
1st Winner is:

:iconStarimo: Congratulations! I'll send you a note in few minutes!
2nd Winner is:

:iconpvposeur: Congratulations! I'll send you a note in few minutes too!
That's all! Thank you so much to all who participated and congratulations again to the winners!
Thank you so much for all for the support, have an amazing day and Merry Christmas!!
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THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR +1000 WATCHERS! <3
As promised, here is the art raffle for the +1000 watchers! Thank you so much for all the support! ;O; 
There will be two winners and the raffle will last till 24th of december. There is plenty of time to enter and so I can keep focusing on the commissions I have ^^
Good luck to everyon


I've been pretty inactive here... but since I got into Battlerite, I feel like something awokened within me - I feel the need to draw now :o Therefore, when I am done (which will take some time, be sure of it), you may expect something new here (?).

Let's hope I'll make it :)

Besides, I wanted to thank every llama-gifting person here :) So sorry... I really am way too late about this xD but thank you a huge lot, it's very appreciated ^_^ (better writing this there than not doing it at all >_< )

Merengil
  • Listening to: Groove Salad Radio, Hyper Light Drifter OST
  • Reading: The Bottom of the Well (steam VN, read it!)
  • Watching: Mob Psycho 100, Samurai 7
  • Playing: Battlerite, Overwatch, Psychonauts
  • Eating: Peanut-flavoured mochi :D
  • Drinking: Lady Asai tea
Heya :)
Kheilahirai :iconkheilahirai: is doing a raffle :) Please visit her, she does awesome work ^_^
Also, if you're interested, a chara design tutorial that I liked a lot: drawwithcourage.com/promo/
  • Listening to: Yonder Voice
  • Reading: Work stuff T_T
  • Watching: Ghost in the Shell: SAC
  • Playing: Paladins (even more...), eXperience 112
Hiya everyone! :D

It's been a while! Life is keeping me extremely busy so I barely have time to draw tbh >_< Yet, I found that amazing tutorial:
drawwithcourage.com/promo/
It's a free 7-day Character Design course :D It's really excellent, and it works amazingly well when you have that blank sheet of paper facing you :P I do recommend that you take it ^_^ My head is flourishing with design ideas now! :D I'm uber excited and willing to share them ASAP - yet I need to draw them correctly first :P My main persona is under way, but it'll take some time before I can finish him, because I want to do it correctly :D Some other characters exist - in my mind at least :o

Hoping that my next update won't be too far from now ^_^
  • Listening to: FELT - Free to Believe
  • Reading: playing cards for divination :o
  • Watching: Ghost in the Shell: SAC
  • Playing: Paladins (a bit too much :P )
  • Eating: Too much 5-flavour tofu...
Ohai!

If you're noticing I'm a bit slow with comments, there's, erm, a reason for that. I'm dealing with a llama invasion, and it's like:
LLama herd by MahiyanaCarudla
(the wonderful picture is by :iconmahiyanacarudla:, check her gallery :) )

Not saying I don't like llamas... I just need some time to deal with each of them :P (as you may have noticed, I'm trying to be pretty responsive here, and I try to see each person's gallery for each llama and comment and give back another)

So... I also found other amazing artists :)
:iconexitmothership: has quite an amazing dreamy style that I like a lot :D 
:iconocono: is great for her cute characters and great designs :D (also, Touhou <3 Suwako ftw :D)
I feel like :iconkheilahirai: is a promising artist, so I'm following her :)
:iconchinchongcha: and :iconriief: have their own style which I like pretty much too :)
(as a reminder, my previous journal got very nice artists too :) So many interesting people here!Hiya everyone!
I keep following more and more people lately - there are so many of them being so interesting ^_^ 
Whenever I have some time from work, I drop by here and am more and more amazed by the amazing artwork around :D
Actually I fell in love with the art of :iconnakanoart: Just so amazing ^_^ (and she seems very nice and responsive too :D ) I'm a fan now!
Also, along amazing artists I've seen :
:iconkate-fox: :iconchocorutt: :iconerisiar: :iconkerrts: :iconrobotcatart: :iconkoshooter: :iconsans-01-2-mhc-bs: :iconlesvaria:
(yeah most of them are pretty big names so you probably know them already :P )
I might have forgotten some people along :P Still so amazing :D I invite whoever reads that to drop by to see their incredible wonderful artwork ^_^
Also, haven't been working much on homemade alcohol markers tbh - I've been mostly thinking on digital colouring, and discovered how nice colouring without transparency is actually :P (yeah silly me xD )(that doesn't mean I won't
 )

Otherwise... Here's a pretty strange and unique classical music piece, by someone who got overshadowed by his son: [link]

Also, Nakano's amazing comic ^_^ Read it!

And the next indie gem : Don't kill her. The playable free demo is really impressive and immersive :o

Personally, I've been working a lot on human anatomy. You might see the results soon :P (I wonder if I can put my anatomy studies here... they're totally unfinished)

Take care everyone s(^_-)-b
Merengil
  • Listening to: Leopold Mozart's Toy Symphony
  • Reading: Ronin Galaxy by Nakanoart
  • Watching: Avatar - the last Airbender (series)
  • Playing: Don't kill her (the demo)
  • Eating: Curry-flavoured rice and chicken
  • Drinking: Ethno Bar juice :P
Hiya everyone!

I keep following more and more people lately - there are so many of them being so interesting ^_^ 
Whenever I have some time from work, I drop by here and am more and more amazed by the amazing artwork around :D
Actually I fell in love with the art of :iconnakanoart: Just so amazing ^_^ (and she seems very nice and responsive too :D ) I'm a fan now!
Also, along amazing artists I've seen :
:iconkate-fox: :iconchocorutt: :iconerisiar: :iconkerrts: :iconrobotcatart: :iconkoshooter: :iconsans-01-2-mhc-bs: :iconlesvaria:
(yeah most of them are pretty big names so you probably know them already :P )

I might have forgotten some people along :P Still so amazing :D I invite whoever reads that to drop by to see their incredible wonderful artwork ^_^

Also, haven't been working much on homemade alcohol markers tbh - I've been mostly thinking on digital colouring, and discovered how nice colouring without transparency is actually :P (yeah silly me xD )(that doesn't mean I won't use transparency anymore though)

And I plan to deliver some nice artwork soon tbh. I'm working pretty hard to try and do one sketch a day (starting with anatomy work, and I'll work on either fabric folds or landscapes when I'm done with that) :o I'll see how far this will bring me ~ 

That's all folks :D Hoping everyone's going well and sending my best wishes to anyone who's reading this ^_^

EDIT : I want to update my status but I don't want to turn the page too fast over these amazing artists :o 
  • Listening to: Vivaldi's Four seasons
  • Reading: "Les Cordelettes de Browser" by Tristan Garcia
  • Watching: Avatar - the last Airbender (series)
  • Playing: Blade & Soul and Broken Age
  • Drinking: Anything that's not rotten please :P
Ahoy! 

So there's some progress in my alcohol marker experimentation - I managed to get some basics done there :
How to make cheap alcohol markers! by Merengil
Of course there's more to discover about this thing. I'll keep it up to date. (I can't think of anything else to write here so be it :P )
  • Listening to: Frisky Radio
  • Reading: google results about blank dreams ~
  • Watching: Avatar - the last Airbender (series)
  • Playing: L.A. Noire and Broken Age
  • Drinking: Orange juice for more vitamins!
I'm looking at that "New Deviations" widget, and my last 3 sketches show xD
It's ugly really, these are unfinished, I need to post more stuff fast so I can remove these xD

I'm sorry people, if you want to have a more accurate version of my art, please look in the "Featured" folder :o
  • Listening to: Frisky Radio
  • Reading: "The Art of Peace" by Morihei Ueshiba
  • Watching: Avatar - the last Airbender (series)
  • Playing: L.A. Noire and Broken Age
  • Drinking: Orange juice for more vitamins!
I probably will never be a graffiti writer, because I don't think I'll ever write on walls, but the graffiti form itself is very interesting :)

Please, stop seeing graffiti & street art as junk on walls that need to be cleaned out.
Tags is the newest form of calligraphy, it also has its rules...
Big graffiti walls ("pieces") are a great means to put some colour in a district that would otherwise be filled with trash and grey walls and dullness...
The real crime is to let these districts rotten. Graffiti is more like a way to take care of them, and to make them look lively and therefore give some eye candies for its inhabitants :)

Stop seeing these as junk, and instead see them as great artworks in a giant open-air, free museum where art, expression, inspiration and beauty take priority over money or the number of tickets sold :D

Otherwise... please read "The Art of Peace" by Morihei Ueshiba. It's a wonderful book :)

Also... to my friends here, I'm not here that much often, I'm very sorry... I do think of you people though :) (tell me if you wanna get me on skype or something, I will probably accept :P )
  • Listening to: Undertale remixes
  • Reading: "The Art of Peace" by Morihei Ueshiba
  • Watching: Kung fu moves videos
  • Playing: computer is broken so no gaming
  • Eating: Normal stuff really
  • Drinking: Water
If you guys could check my friend's page... --> :icontzenor:
it would be pretty helpful if she could get commishes now...

(less importantly, I know I need to work on this seal, it's pretty lame, but at least I have one now)(not enough money to get a teacher yet, and I dunno where I could get a proper tenkoku...)
  • Listening to: relaxation stuff
  • Reading: jisho.org
  • Watching: my fate slowly unfolding
  • Playing: Trine ? (not enough time to play)
  • Eating: Thai desserts :D
  • Drinking: Green tea
Hello :D

I can feel that some of my technical focus already allowed me to witness some progress on my artwork !
My lines are stronger, and better constructed, I think...
Still a lot of progress to be done, but we're getting there :)
  • Listening to: relaxation stuff
  • Reading: jisho.org
  • Watching: Touhou videos mostly
  • Playing: Touhou 12.3 mostly
  • Eating: Just ordinary stuff
  • Drinking: Green tea
Hello !

...I've finally found out what made my calligraphy artwork unappealing...

So far, I've only focused on instilling feelings in a drawing. I think I progressed pretty much about this... However, feelings without control or technique go wild. And that's what's happening on some of my artwork.

So... I'll work a bit more on control, and I'll get a bit more serious on kaisho.

Uncontrollable feelings can't bring harmony. One only gets closer of harmony by trying to reach perfection.
  • Listening to: relaxation stuff
  • Reading: http://www.japanesecalligrapher.com/
  • Watching: Touhou videos mostly
  • Playing: Touhou 12.3 & 13.5 mostly
  • Eating: Just ordinary stuff
  • Drinking: Green tea
Hello !

I guess the title says it all. So I'll put my imperfect artwork in here, because a failed stroke doesn't mean the feelings aren't here. (And I don't seem to be able to reproduce my cherry blossom calligraphy...)
  • Listening to: relaxation stuff
  • Reading: jisho.org
  • Watching: Touhou videos mostly
  • Playing: Touhou 12.3 & 13.5 mostly
  • Eating: Wichpizzas (some local stuff)
  • Drinking: Green tea
I'm sorry everyone...
My last artwork, "Dancing under cherry blossoms"... I noticed I made a mistake with the calligraphy >_< In my opinion, that's not something that worthes being shown to other people... So I hope I'll make better pieces of artwork and can show you. I'm sorry.
Expect more shodō !
  • Listening to: relaxation stuff
  • Reading: jisho.org
  • Watching: Touhou videos mostly
  • Playing: Touhou 12.3 & 13.5 mostly
  • Eating: Wichpizzas (some local stuff)
  • Drinking: Green tea
Hiya everyone !

... yeah it's been quite a long time... Rejoice though, I'm still a Touhou fan ! \o/
And yeah... life is keeping me incredibly busy (considering I'm willing to change the world, it seems pretty normal), so I have barely enough time to do any kind of artwork...
However, I totally got into Shodo (書道) lately, which is Japanese calligraphy. It's actually way deeper than mere character drawing : you have to pour your soul in the word, to feel it and its universe in order to put in on the paper. It's a wonderful art, and obviously not limited to simple character copying! To understand what it means, one should practice it at least a bit though...
So yeah, you're likely to see some calligraphy works pop up here :) Don't be too harsh, I'm merely a beginner with it (only did a 1-hour tutorial with a teacher), but I hope I can improve with time ! :)
... and yeah, I'm trying to understand 筆禅道 (hitsuzendo, the way of the brush, which unites zen concepts and calligraphy).
  • Listening to: relaxation stuff
  • Reading: jisho.org
  • Watching: Touhou videos mostly
  • Playing: Touhou 12.3 & 13.5 mostly
  • Eating: Wichpizzas (some local stuff)
  • Drinking: Green tea
Ahoy everyone,

...nothing really artsy happened lately...
I've been mostly focusing on my other projects. I have also updated my Touhou Doujin Reader, so now everyone can read Touhou fanstuff offline :D It's here : lunaticfisherman.wordpress.com…

... I hope I'll get to do some progress soon...
  • Listening to: 【東方ボーカ&a
  • Reading: Touhou comics :)
  • Watching: Touhou videos mostly
  • Playing: Escape rooms from mildescape :D
  • Eating: Natto ! x3
  • Drinking: Green tea
Ahoy friends ! :D

Just to tell you that I have finally finished one of my works x3 That was hard, but it worths it so much ! x3
  • Listening to: 【東方ボーカ&#
  • Reading: my own life plans x3
  • Watching: Touhou videos
  • Playing: BlazBlue ! Touhou 12.3 !
  • Eating: Homemade food and muffins ! x3
  • Drinking: Rooibos infusion ~
Hey everyone !

I'm sorry... I haven't uploaded much stuff lately...
I'm often working on my drawings, I am ! Yet, I haven't finished any of them... So I can't really post :/
As for life... well, it keeps going with its ups and downs, nothing really new :P
I'm working on an Android port for GSR (www.gensokyoradio.net) Let's hope the project doesn't die !
  • Listening to: Natsu no Hana - JUJU
  • Reading: Android SDK documentation
  • Watching: Touhou videos
  • Playing: BlazBlue ! Touhou 12.3 !
  • Eating: Steam veggies with rice and meat ~ Love it !
  • Drinking: Rooibos infusion ~