I've been trying to update my Art section, and for some reason the Weebly editor is being weird by deleting my captions, copying pictures that I'm simply moving, etc. So if you see duplicates, or something is missing or wonky, now you know why. I don't know how long things will be like this, but I'll try to clean it up again later. :P
The manga pages are taking a while to finish, as my computer is getting old. There is a plan to get a new laptop and a new scanner sometime in the coming month or two, so when that happens, my work will definitely speed up.
In the meantime, I am also working on a side project for Sailor Cronus-- fan fiction! Once I have my first one completed, I will have it uploaded here in the new Fan Fiction tab. This will be an opportunity for me to explore further character development. I also have (tentative) plans for a Sailor Moon-centric fanfic, so look forward to that as well.
If you take a look around, you'll see that I've been updating the site again, including adding a "Manga" section. That's right-- it's almost time to start uploading the actual manga pages. In fact, I've already uploaded a few pages of the original sketches of Titan Soldier Sailor Cronus. As each page is inked, colored/ toned, and completed, the WIPs will be replaced at each stage, so you can watch the amount of progress I'm making, until finally the finished product will remain.
In the meantime, while pages remain in WIP mode, you may notice some blank panels. This is not a mistake; I'm going to fill in those panels digitally.
I hope you're as excited about this as I am.
I'll see you later!
Looking at some of the new art I uploaded, especially Welcome Back Sailor Moon 2013, it feels like I didn't actually make this. Of course I know I *DID*... but it looks so professional... like the original animators to Sailor Moon actually made it instead and I slapped my signature on it. I somehow can't help getting that feeling that I couldn't have been the real artist.
I remember waaaayyyy back when I was a kid-- or even a teenager-- or heck, even last year-- and looking at really good artwork and thinking, I'll never reach that level in my art. I always knew I could improve, and I always believed that I would be happy with my artwork, and that has always remained true. However, I have surprised myself with the amount of progress I've made in only the last two months.
Now when I look at professionally drawn or animated art, I still get that feeling that it would never be possible to expand my art talents that far... but I no longer believe it.
And knowing that is a pretty good feeling. :)
By the way, I'm uploading artist's resources on DeviantArt, so if you want to use my lineart, backgrounds, or other resources, please visit http://kitti606.deviantart.com/ and remember to follow the rules of use posted with them. I took down the lineart I had on here and moved some of my pictures around for the sake of neatness. (Also, I mysteriously had some of them miscategorized, so I've fixed that.)
(Note: Once again, text emoticon does not translate well in this font... *smh*)
I'm trying not to get my hopes up too much... But it looks like my scanner is working correctly again??? I'm not sure. o_0; Instead of using the desktop like usual, I hooked it up to my laptop earlier today to help my husband scan his pictures (the desktop was acting up, it's getting so old), and I didn't actually see any problems with it.
I mean, it wasn't completely broken, it was just scanning pictures with dark splotches all over them, and the more time passed, the worse those blotches became. Because I'm practicing using the pen tool in Photoshop for inking, I can technically scan my pages, pen over the image, and delete the sketch underneath and never subject my eyes to such horrors ever again (until the next picture I scan, anyway). I simply couldn't scan images that were already colored because of those horrible blotches that ruined my pictures. Up until now, I've just been inking drawings that were already scanned, or coloring pictures that were already inked, so I never really bothered with the scanner myself. I had given up on it.
So, strangely enough, I had no problems with it today. Not only did it NOT splotch up the images I scanned, it also didn't do its weird, random switching-off thing it usually does when I (used to) use it. (Kerry swears it never happens to him when he uses it. Maybe it just hates me.)
On the one hand, I'm happy for this (tentatively good) news. If the scanner is actually working this well again, I can get back into drawing by hand regularly without feeling that sense of loss and despair (Oh, I'm a drama queen. Sue me). I could start inking my manga pages and uploading them with minimal cleaning and just slap on the screen tones and be done.
On the other hand, I'm extremely excited about the progress I've been making on Photoshop lately. I feel like I may never ink by hand again. I've always hated my inking skills and have felt like a failure because of them. I can draw with fast, clean lines with a pencil, but I can't do the same thing with a pen-- fast or slow-- and my drawings would always come out misshapen, broken, clumpy at points, mis-measured, and just overall sloppy and amateurish. Inking simply never retained the intentions in my art; instead it would cause my art to deviate from the exact feeling I wanted to convey. In contrast, I'm learning more and more about Photoshop and my art is improving beautifully. And it's just plain FUN! Inking by hand is a drag, but Photoshop is like a game to me now. I don't ever want to stop! :D
I think I'll upload a sample of what I'm talking about, although I didn't use very complex coloring skills or anything. It's not *quite* finished yet, but it shouldn't take too long to finish...
Edit- Here is my picture on DeviantArt, where you can also read my thoughts on the process: http://kitti606.deviantart.com/art/Cronus-point-WIP-558442442
I meant to actually SAY something when I updated my website here. Hrrmm...
Oh, guess what? I updated my website!
Anyway, I uploaded some new art... although none of it was original, they were dolls made in the Sailor Senshi Maker 3.0 by Drachea Rannak on DollDivine. But do please check out my dolls. I put a lot of work and details into them.
Lately I've been working on my Photoshopping skills. I've downloaded tons of tutorials (I'm thoroughly convinced that if they were concrete, real-world creations, my collection of tutorials would in fact weigh well over 2,000 pounds), and I have temporarily stopped working on my WIPs in order to learn more about shading, highlighting, skin tones, text effects, etc. Mostly shading. I know, I know, ten years too late. I suck at shading. So much. XD But I'm getting better!
(ENFP distraction moment: Text emoticons don't translate well with this font. [/ENFPdistraction])
Anyway, I would like to direct your attention to the background I'm using. I basically recycled one of my old backgrounds (I consider it my best one so far), used a filter or two, played around with layer effects, etc., and out came this beauty. (Can you tell how proud I am?) I enjoyed it so much, I went on another background-creation spree, so now I have even MORE backgrounds for future use in my manga and artwork. (I already had, like, 70 on my other computer to begin with. Maybe 50. I don't know, I made half of them in two or three days; it's all a blur.)
In addition, I made my very first tutorial! Yay! I like using Photoshop brushes, but when it comes to screentones and other effect brushes, I'd rather use ones I created. I often have ideas for shapes I don't see other people create, and sometimes I have drawings and shapes I already made that would make for great brushes (the roses in my Valentine Roses picture, for example). But also, I like the kinds of screentones I see in manga, and so I like to try to recreate what I see and put my own spin on them. The tutorial I linked to above was an accidental discovery when I clicked "Make Selection" instead of "Fill Path" while trying to color in a shape. For years, that option had completely escaped my notice until now, sitting right there in plain sight, lol. I was overjoyed, because I always wanted to know how to make those speckly-looking bubble/ halo effects you see all the time in shoujo manga (like Sailor Moon... of course).
Hopefully I'll have more opportunities to update this site with more of my artwork. While I *am* still working on story, characters, etc. in my manga, I have stalled out on the artwork portion while I sharpen my Photoshopping skills. I still don't have a good scanner yet, so I have to rely on the Photoshop pen tool to ink horribly splotchy scans of my artwork, or learning how to draw everything from scratch on the screen. Not that that's altogether a bad thing; I'm enjoying that little toy. But it is a lot more work than I'm used to, and I need lots of practice. Sadly, I had to restart some of them because I changed their sizes (smaller) after scanning them (Why on earth would I do that?? Was it a glitch?), so I have to ink them all over again. I also lost a few layers on some of my pages, and saved a couple in very low quality. Actually, what I *think* I did was delete the wrong files while I was cleaning/ organizing my computer... But without the missing files, I can't exactly confirm that, now can I?
Yes, I know it sounds tragic, but in a weird way, I'm relieved, because it's an opportunity to make improved versions of outdated art. The fact is, if they hadn't been glitched/ deleted/ missing, I would have felt forced to keep them and not improve them in the name of just hurrying up and finishing. I would have just gone on with the rest of my chapters and hoped that nobody hated the sudden change in quality halfway through. Well, maybe nobody would have hated it, but you never know. ;)
So here's to improvement and new experiences. I'll just make "improving my art skills" my New Year's resolution... in September.
I'm planning to make a few changes to this site. My primary goal is to change the theme, as I have found one much better suited to the theme of Sailor Cronus. The current one is nice, but dividing some of the pages up vertically into three segments causes a little bit of text cramping, and it is not completely necessary to see my art follow you everywhere you scroll (as nice as it is). There is another theme which fits the Sailor Cronus image well, and keeps the page art at the top of the page, giving more focus on the main text either centered or aligned left, and a small column for archives down the right. It's more readable as well, and it won't tire your eyes out with so much purple, if that's an issue for you.
I am currently in the process of digitally redrawing and retouching some of my older art , including some which I have never before uploaded, so there will be something new to look at. Additionally I will be finishing some of my WIPs. >^-^< When I have some new significant art to post here, and possibly a new logo, will be the time I will change the web theme.
In the meantime, why don't you swing by my other website at http://tssailorcronusmanga.freeforums.org/ and register so you can hang out and talk with me? I promise not to bite! >^-^<
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I'm writing this to let you know that due to reasons I don't completely understand, I am no longer able to log into my Titan Soldier Sailor Cronus fan page on Facebook. There will no longer be any Facebook updates on Sailor Cronus.
The good news, however, is that I now have a Sailor Cronus forum on Freeforums.org. Please feel free to visit this new Sailor Cronus community at http://tssailorcronusmanga.freeforums.org/ . It is still currently under construction, but it should be cleaned up well enough soon.
Note: Please bear in mind that if you want to join my Freeforums site, there may be a delay before being accepted. This is because I currently do not have any rules/ ToS posted. Once you are accepted please be sure to familiarize yourself with those rules, because breaking them may result in a warning or a ban.
Thank you for following me, and I hope to see you again! >^-^<
You know that feeling you get when you go to a fancy restaurant for the first time and order a familiar food, and after you eat it, you just can't ever eat that food anywhere else again but at that restaurant?
Sailor Moon Crystal just did it to me.
My thoughts on the episode (minor spoilers):
Sailor Soldier of Stars and Destiny!
Kitti is presented with an unexpected destiny when she transforms into Sailor Cronus. While she and her teammates fight an assortment of enemies she learns about the special crystals which power every Sailor Soldier, including the Legendary Silver Crystal. What connection could Kitti possibly have to the Silver Crystal and to the future of this world? Read Titan Soldier Sailor Cronus and find out!