Tuesday, November 21, 2017

November Art Dump. Woot.

*flops in*

Hey everyone-- how's Nano going for y'all?

*glances at word count and winces* Mine's going fabulously.

Okay-okay-okay, I'm kidding. Nano's going okay in the sense I'm not freaking out about actually reaching the 50,000 word goal. ('Cos guess what? It's exactly that: A goal. I'm not gonna die if I don't reach it :P All I'm really doing is trying to at least write consistantly for a month.) 

So yes, instead, here's what I did when I wasn't trying to scrape together a plot, or a decent paragraph of words that made sense!

(*gasp* You guessed it! Art! Although some of these are actually from late October to now.)

(P.S A reply letter to my 'Slightly Younger Self': Eh, I tried. Probably more so with the 'more interesting poses' thing. Oh well :P)

(P.P.S- A letter to mah 'Older Self': 'Sup. I don't feel like yelling at you today. That is all. Have a good day.)



A random portrait because I wanted to practice different expressions.



More expression practice but this time with Brinley! I have a few more of her but I didn't manage to finish them, sadly.



I was just messing around on krita when this happened. Needless to say, I now wish I had a really flowy cloak too. :P 




A COOL POSE FINALLY. 

I actually made this one while following along with a youtube tutorial, (because how else was I supposed to learn this sorta stuff? ;D) and yeah, I think it turned out okay.

And yes, she is about to go and stabby-stab her enemies. They probably hurt one of her friends, or a family member and she's just like; "Oh, you're doing what now? Okay. You're going down." 



I won't lie-- this one is probably my most favourite thing that I've ever created... 

Why?

Because BLUE-GREEN COLOURS and GLOWY-NESS and REFLECTIONS and SPACE-Y-NESS and AURORAS and IT ACTUALLY LOOKS NICE xD

*faints from happiness*

It's like I'm Ms Frizzle's long lost cousin or something.

And lastly, have at ye a random self-portrait that I've been wanting to attempt forever, but being far too lazy. Well! I conquered that laziness, and here it is. Hooray. xP

Personally I think my hair is a bit darker than that, but Mum kept commenting that it needed to be lighter... So uh... I don't know how accurate it is? xD


And that's all the art for this time folks!

I'm going to go and face-plant into the couch now. Byee!

-Sarah.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

The Blue Sky Tag :: Part Two??

Oh hello. We're back here again! Funny how that happens..




Ahem, anyway. Here are the rules...

Thank the person who tagged you.
Answer their 11 questions.
Tag 11 people.
Give them 11 new questions.

So yes, thank you MiddleEarthMusician :D


1. Do you like chocolate?

Yes I do, but not in large quantities. ^-^


2. If you had to choose between being a ninja or a super hero, which one would you pick?

OH NO.

HOW DARE YOU MAKE ME CHOOSE-- NONONO...

(Coming from a person who has just recently seen 'Spiderman: Homecoming' and is sometimes referred to as a 'ninja'.) 

I loooooove the idea of both but I feel like a superhero would have a ton more responsibilty and publicity (good and bad) while the ninja can just fade into the background, go on with their life and so forth...

So while superpowers would be amazing (specifically the power of flight and invisibility)... I think I'll have to go with being a ninja.

Mostly 'cos there's more skills involved annnnnnd being a superhero sounds super stressful.

It's okay though, I'm more than happy to be someone's sidekick and make sure the real hero doesn't get themselves killed. *shrug*


3. On a scale of 1-10 (1 being the lowest and 10 the highest): rate fireplaces.

8.5/10

Fireplaces are a good way to keep warm in winter (and autumn sometimes) and are immensely pleasing to watch at night. I mean, have you ever just sat there and watched the flames dance around? It's so pretty.

The reason I didn't rate it a 10/10 (which I actually did consider) is mostly because of the wood collecting part... But eh, it's better than freezing. :P


4. What is your favorite time of day?

Oooh tricky.

Probably the time around 3 PM to 5PM.. Basically the free-time zone in which I can resume my own projects until needed to assist with dinner. (Aside from the occasional chore thrown in every now and then.)


5. Are you more introverted or extroverted?


*squints at the four percent* How'd you get there?

This is from the last time I took the myer-briggs personality test, annnnnd.... basically I am a very introvert-y introvert it seems.


6. If you had to choose between going to Paris or Cairo, where would you go?

WHAT'S WITH ALL THE GREAT QUESTIONS?!

MEM, I applaud you. This is the fourth time in one post where I've had to actually think about an answer for more than five minutes...

They both sound so cool... But considering that -realistically- I'd much rather stay at home, and that this question is implying that I have to go to one of these two destinations (or else the world will explode, perhaps.) then I guess I'll head over to Paris for a while.

Just since there is a small part of me that wants to see the Eiffel Tower one day, and that I know a tiny smidgen of French that might help me out with getting to places and so on.


7. What is your favorite drink? (No, you may not choose water. ;-D)


No water? Dangit...

Okay so, my favourite Winter beverage is usually peppermint or some other normal tea and my favourite Summer beverage is currently the fruit cup cordial with ice...

But they both only really happen if I'm bored of just having water and if I'm feeling particularly adventurous.


8. Black or White?

Ack nu... I think I'll have to go with black just since I find white can be a bit too jarring sometimes... and boring. There are a lot of exceptions though. (far too many to go through and explain xD)

Now if you had asked me if I preferred darkness or light, we'd be having a different discussion. ;P (Except not really 'cos I'd just choose both. Light doesn't really stand out all that much if there's no darkness...) 


9. If you had to choose to either write for the rest of your life, or draw for the rest of your life, which would you pick?

Ahhh, darn. Not this question again... (I assume this means writing as in novels? T'would be quite tragic if I was never able to write write again..)

Okay, so I'd pick drawing... 'cos I just feel more creative while doing that... Plus I can still technically create a graphic novel.. only that it would have no words.


10. Dogs or cats?

Er... Neither?

I'm not really sure where I stand on that.. I sorta like both but not enough to say for sure.

They're both great depending on the individual animal's personality, and if I see one at someone's house then zoop-- off I go to see if they'll be my new animal friend.

But really, I'm just more of a bird person.


11. Favorite current song. 

While I must thank you for using the words 'current' and 'favourite' together (seriously, thank you-- that narrows it down so much xD), I must also give you two songs. (Because I am incapable of choosing just one, it seems.)

'Song of My Father' By Urban Rescue and,

'Mango Breeze' by Vexento and Allison.

They're both very nice and relaxing.

Aaaaaaalrighty, I believe that's all the questions done.

So, I'm going to tag Jane! Yay! (As well as anyone else who wants to do it! I'd love to read it if you did ^-^)

Okay, here are your questions:

1. If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
2. What sorts of things make you laugh?
3. If you had to live in a time period different than the present, which would you choose and where?
4. What’s your favourite instrument?
5. How would you react if somebody replied with “K”?
6. If you were stuck on a deserted island and you could only bring one thing, what would it be, and why?
7. If you had to choose between being a ninja or a super hero, which one would you pick? (Totally stealing MEM's question, I know, but it was far too good not to pass on!)
8. If you could have dinner with any 3 people (dead or alive), who would they be?
9. Is there a hobby/skill that you’ve always wanted to try but never did?
10. What's the worst (or best, depending how you look at it) pun you can think of?
11. Think of a person. What song do you associate with them?

Sunday, October 8, 2017

And here we are yet again :D (October Art Dump)

The title pretty much says all. :P 

(P.S A reply letter to 'Slightly Younger Self' from August: What are these 'hands' you speak write of? I wasn't aware there was such a thing.... Sounds like it'd be annoying. (Okay-- Yes, I may be in denial over the fact that hands need to be drawn.) As for poses... ugh.)

(P.P.S- A letter to 'Older Self': DRAW MORE INTERESTING POSES... Also: Finish plotting your WIP already-- it's almost November.)

(P.P.P.S- A letter to my readers: I do apologize if you think I'm weird for leaving letters to my future self... and then also replying to myself, when I become said future-self.... It brings me great entertainment :P)

ANYWAY, ONTO THE POST.

To be honest... I kinda surprised myself with this one. I was just scribbling away on my laptop (using sketchpad) when I thought.. Ohey, I haven't tried using the highlighter yet... I wonder what they do-- WOAH.

Turns out the highlighter goes under the pen! And the colours blend together! JUST LIKE MAGIC!! (Okay, maybe not 'just like magic' but pfft, you know what I mean.) And then that led onto another drawing... (Annnnnnd because I also liked the colour scheme thing I had going with her hair...)

For funsies... annnnnd 'cos I had to make sure I wasn't just dreaming the whole thing. (While also adding in the pencil colours because the highlighter's colour range was rather unfortuantly scant.)

 *Ahem* But anyway. None of this really mattered much the very next week, since by that time I finally managed to get krita to work once more!!

Blue hair because reasons.

This was my "YAAAAYYY KRITA-- [the art program I use]-- IS FINALLY WORKING AGAIN-- MWAHAHAHA" drawing.. xP

Quickly followed by: (because I wanted to make sure the first one wasn't just a fluke...)



EMBER AGAIN! :D (and yay, it wasn't a fluke!) Seriously though... I don't know how many drawings I've done of Ember to date... not including the ones I've done of her in my sketch book. She's pretty much one of my most difficult characters to draw consistantly... (even now, I think I kinda messed up her hair colour slightly..)




Another unamed character... I really liked drawing and colouring in her hair and all in all, the picture turned out surprisingly better than I thought it would. ^-^




I've been wanting to trying something a little more (okay, a lot more) different than what I usually draw.... (*cough* people *cough*) So obviously I had to draw a lamp... in a tree... with sparkles and fireflies. 

All the glowing things. ^-^


So yep, that concludes this (remarkably) short post of my random art. (...Mostly because I couldn't manage to draw anything else that could top the fantasy-lantern :P) 

Byeeee for now!

-Sarah

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

The Blue Sky Tag

Waitaminute... *pokes tag with a stick* This thing... this isn't a writing or a book tag?!


Huh. It's a good ol' ancient throw-random-questions-at-eachother tag.... Woah. *Pokes it again*

So I assume all the rules are the same as all the other tags... Thank. Do Tag. Tag Peeps. Question Peeps. Etc...


So yes, anyway... Thanks for tagging me Jas!


1. What is the most weirdest thing you've seen?

In real life? Or in dreams? (I shall assume real life.)

Probably that one time I saw a little chihuahua in a lady's purse... I used to think that only happened in movies, so I was pretty shocked.


2. Most Embarrassing Moment?

Okay. I promised myself I would never talk about this.... But there this one thing I did at an airport when I was around... hm, five-six years old or so? Eh, I was old enough to remember. When we were getting off the plane and there was this little step... Argh... Nevermind, I'm still not gonna talk about it.... I can't even write about it without cringing. xD (No, it wasn't me -around the same age- frantically waving and yelling 'hello' at someone I thought I knew while at the airport... That's a completely different story.)


Instead, I shall tell you of the second most embarrasing thing I've done....Which would be locking myself in a fancy old wardrobe with both of the keys in my hand. (I did not find Narnia, sadly) 


3. What caused you to do what you love doing most?

*squints* Now I just have to decide whether that question means writing or drawing... Hm...

Well, for drawing.. It was simply because I wanted to be able draw my characters. Maybe even get good enough to created my own graphic novel.... But mostly to be able to draw my OCs the way I imagined them.

For writing, it's because I really liked reading and thought I may as well try writing my own stories (since I was making them up in my head constantly, I decided I may as well start writing them down)... and then from there, I realized I quite enjoyed creating worlds and different characters, trying to make them as realistic as I can and so on.


4. Who was the first person you just wanted to strangle? (not literally..) 

Ha. I never really wanted to strangle someone.... So Imma interpret this question as: 'Who was the first person (not a relative) I found super annoying' instead.

Story Time! :D

So, for starters, it was someone I met at school, (in Year 4, and only Year 4, thank goodness). She really seemed to enjoy starting up random dramas between her and her friends (mostly with me and one other friend) on almost a weekly basis... and it just got to the point where I realized I shouldn't be caring about it and whenever it happened, my apathy levels just rose dramatically.

So yes. There was this one friend-suddenly-not-friend moment that I remember really well and basically one of our kinda mutual friends wandered up to me and this conversation ensued:

Friend: "[Drama Queen Friend] told me to tell you that she doesn't want to be your friend anymore..."

Me: (kinda busy playing basketball (shocking, I know) with my brother and one of our more friendlier friends) "Huh, oh well."

Friend: "And um-- she says she wants to talk to you."

Me: (apathetically, while still trying to play basketball while said friend was following me around.) "That's nice."

Friend: "Aren't you going to come?"

Me: (glances over to where I can see [Drama Queen Friend] sitting down, looking "miserable", and being 'consoled' by our other mutual friends.) "Hm. Nah."

Friend: "But she wants you to come!"

Me: "Yeah, I know. Tell her 'no thanks' from me, 'kay?"

Friend: (Looks stunned, but wanders back to [Drama Queen Friend] and relays the message.)

...The same friend eventually came back with another friend to try and convince me to chat to the my-suddenly-not-friend-anymore person, and I had to get my awesome big brother to tell them to leave me alone... And basically I didn't talk to her for the rest of the day. (Kinda hard in class, seeing as I was stuck with sitting next to her and our other friend--who was on her side, both literally and figuratively-- and she busied herself with looking absolutely miserable so I'd notice and feel bad for being such a "horrible" friend.) 

Ah, I love being emotionally manipulated on a weekly to monthly basis. Not.

So yeah, I ignored her for the whole day (a tad reluctantly if I was honest.) and then... as sure as the sky is blue, the very next day she reinstated herself as my friend and acted as if the whole thing had never happened.

....Good times.

(Looking back...I'm so glad Mum decided to homeschool us again before the next school year started. No offence to you school kids out there... but the social part of school sucks. Or at least in my experience, anyway.)

So um, yeah. Story time over!


5. What is your favourite day of the week?

I'm gonna say something completely random and go with Thursday.

Mostly 'cos that's the one day (other than Tuesday) that we almost never have anything on. Not to mention that it's also next to Friday, which in turn, is next to Saturday! (But Saturdays are always unpredictable.... So it can't be my favourite.)

Thursday is just really relaxing for me. It also reminds me of the colour purple for some weird reason. (Like a royal purple.)


6. What happened last month?

Mostly procrastinating.

(I dunno, it was all a blur really.)


7. If you had a chance to travel the whole world, in what way would you travel? 

Oh wow. Good question...

I would like to say on a bicycle... but that's kinda exhuasting and somewhat impratical.... Maybe on a dragon would be better.


8. In one sentence, how would you describe the internet?

Distracting. 'Nuff said.


9. How many chickens would you think it would take to kill a elephant?

Uh....


But in all seriousness... That would depend if the chickens are frozen or not :P

Obviously you'd need as many as it takes to take down a T-Rex.


10. What mythical creature do you think would improve the world most if it existed?

Drago-- oh wait... Maybe not.

Er... Fairy godmothers perhaps? (Or maybe a genie.)


11. How do you feel about Pineapple on pizza?

I'll eat it. Happily even.

Pizza is still pizza, no matter how weird. :P


....And that brings us to the end of this tag apparently!

I think I shall tag the lovely peeps Kendra, Ralraymee, and MiddleEarthMusician :D (Haha, please don't tag me back xD)

Here be your questions...

1) What would your perfect room look like?
2) If your five-year-old self suddenly found themselves inhabiting your current body, what would your five-year-old self do first?
3) What was the best book or series that you’ve ever read?
4) Was there ever a situation in your life where you thought to yourself, 'Wow, that escalated quickly..'?
5) If you could time-travel to any time in the future or past, where/when would you go and why?
6) What would be the most amazing adventure to go on?
7) If someone narrated your life, who would you want to be the narrator? (As in, a voice-over sorta thing.) 
8) How different was your life one year ago?
9) As the only human left on Earth, what would you do?
10) Which would you prefer; Amusement Park or Day at the Beach?
11) Which fictional character would be the most boring to meet in real life?

Friday, September 22, 2017

Happy Hobbit Day!

Apperantly it's Hobbits Day today... AKA Frodo and Bilbo's birthday so....


From left to right: Frodo, J.R.R Tolkien and Bilbo.

Happy birthday to my two most favourite hobbits!


And because it's also technically 'Hobbits Day' Here's a bonus bunch o' drawings:











Don't worry, Pippin. I'm sure Frodo and Bilbo will share the cake.


-Sarah

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

The "Of Rising Authors" Tag :: Vol. 3 and... 4?

Oh dear, here we go again...!


Place-holder until I get inspired to make a picture xP 


Rules:
  • No tagging back. (When was this added??)
  • Tag four people.
  • Thank the person who tagged you. 

Thank ye very muchly Ral and Jessica! (Double-tag posts are indeed a thing xD)


Ral's Questions:

1. What Genre of books is your favourite (To read or to write)?

(To read and write) Modern-Fantasy, lots of action and high stakes probably. 


2. What would happen if your MC Loses?

Bad things, man... Bad things. Maybe not straight away-- but my villain would continue to go crazy with power (not the magical kind, the dictator-ish kind) and start exploiting it.... Until one day she slipped up and ended up getting arrested by the police who finally came to their senses.

(But you know, not until after a loooong reign of terror.)


3. What would happen if a secondary character becomes the MC? 

*almost falls out of chair* ARE YOU KIDDING ME. How--?! What--?!

*ahem* Sorry, allow me to explain... The amount of irony in this question is quite amusing considering I'm actually going to attempt this for G.A... Wish me luck :P 


4. How do you get your ideas? 

By spending a lot of time zoning out and thinking. Some other ways would be talking to specific friends and family about it and bouncing ideas back and forth. It's fun. *wise nod*

Either that or just sitting on my bed and staring at the roof works almost just as well.


5. What do you like to do to your characters? (That's NOT Torturing them. I literally have asked this before and TWO PEOPLE have said they torture their characters.)

Tortur-- oh... uhm. *crickets chirp*

This is awkward.


6. What would happen if your villain had a change of heart?

Weeeeell... um, spoilers! *throws down a confetti bomb and disappears in a cloud of confetti*


7. Would you rather: Never write again OR Write for the rest of eternity. Never stopping. (I know, I'm evil >:D)

Oh man, um.... This one is actually super hard 'cos the writing for the rest of eternity implies that I can't draw ever again... o-o But on the other hand, I really like writing and making up stories for characters and not being able to write again would suck.

OH-- Waitaminute... I think I've found a loophole... I won't write, I'll just dictate :D 


8. (If you do Indigo's challenge, you don't have to answer from here on :D) What's your favourite style to write in? (First-person, third-person, etc)

HA. This is pretty much the one thing I am 100% confused about, all the time. I love both, really. They both have way too many pros and cons for me to make a proper decision. (or maybe I just overthink it far too much). This is also why my snippets (for the same WIP) so often vary from third-person to first-person. 


9. Any Tips for writing? If so, please share.

Just. Keep. Writing. 

I know you've all probably heard this one, a thousand times, but it's true. Who cares if it's bad? The only way you'll get good at something is if you keep doing it.

Oh yeah, and reading. Make sure you read lots. *wise nod*


10. What is the hardest thing for you to write?

-Everything- 

Writing is hard for me. It will always be hard for me... But that's fine-- I still love it anyway. *shrug*

* * *

Okie dokie and now for Jessica's Questions!


1. What do you struggle most in your writing with?

I think it'd have to be the actual writing part itself... Sitting down and not getting distracted by anything else.. specifically drawing. (Weirdly enough, Pinterest hasn't been so distracting lately...I dunno how.)


2. What inspired you to write your WIP?

Oooh tricky. I dunno, I think I was listening to a sermon in church when a particular sentence came along and hit me over the head with inspiration. Annnnd then, in the car ride home, I talked to my Dad and older brother about it and basically we came up with so many scene and concept ideas that I just had to write it. The story itself has changed a lot over time. 


3. What is the theme of your WIP?

I think it's 'Redemption'.... Both my MCs, Brinley and Asher, have things they regret doing (or not doing) and the guilt just kinda follows them around everywhere.... annnnd I should stop talking before I spoil the whole story.


4. Which do you enjoy more; planning out your character development or your world?

Planning out the character deveploment, definitely. Creating the world is fun too, but not as much ;P 


5. Do you have a set genre that you write to?

I don't think so... I've kinda been hopping from fantasy to modern-day-superhero (does that count as a genre?) lately.


6. What would be your most dreaded genre to have to write?

Science Fiction. Definitely. 

More so the type of Science Fiction where planets and space travel are involved. I can't really bring myself to read it, let alone write in that genre. It tends to be so full of lengthy descriptions and science-y (wow, really Sarah?) terms that I lose interest almost immediately. 

(SciFi movies are super cool though.)


7. Do you have a favourite character?

Mhm... I dunno. Depends if you're asking about my favourite character of all time or one of my original characters?

For the former question: It'd have to be either Leo Valdez or Hearthstone. (I don't do complete favourites :P that's much to hard)


8. If so, why are they your favourite? (If not, why don’t you have a favourite?)

Aw, come on.... It was hard enough trying to think up a favourite xD

I don't really know how to explain why they are my favourites... They just are. *shrug*

Oh wait maybe it's because they both have tragic backstories.


9. Are you a nice writer or an evil one?

Evil...ish. I think. Considering one of my characters has to deal with PTSD... I'll let you decide :P

(What is the definition of a 'nice' writer anyway? Someone who gives their character ice-cream every few scenes or so? I dunno.) 


10. If you could insert yourself into any part of your WIP in the place of your MC, what would it be and why?

Ooh. I dunno... I probably wouldn't? 'Cos bad stuff happens... and my characters kinda need the calmer moments to relax. I would feel pretty guilty if I did that... unless it was a bad moment. In which case I would be too busy freaking out.

* * *


*realizes I've finished all the questions* Waitaminute. I'm... I'm DONE? *quickly searches under chairs and rugs for anymore questions that might be hiding* ...Huh, I guess so.

Okay! So I don't think I'll tag anyone specific this time... I'll just leave it open. If you, dear reader, haven't by some miracle done this tag already (or if you want to do it again)-- I hereby tag you. :D


Here are ze Questions...

1. Do you prefer writing in your pajamas, or everyday clothes? (Or dressed up in a costume?)
2. If you absolutely had to rewrite a well-known book and put zombies in it, which one would you pick? (Bonus points if you write a small snippet (with zombies) for that book :D) 
3. Which do you prefer: First person, or third person?
4. If you had to choose only one hobby (any of them) to have perfected for the rest of your life, what would it be? (You can still have other hobbies, but you won't have mastered them)
5.  If you could live in a book of your choice, which one would it be? (Please also explain why?)
6. What book do you love so much that you often wish you had come up with the idea?
7. So.. *leans back in a comfy chair with a cup of tea* How's your WIP coming along? 
8. Write a small scene in which your MC encounters a talking squirrel (who is also an assassin with a secret weapon). (Please? :D) 
9. Have you ever written a scene that made you cry? 
10. How many times have you made your character cry in their story? (Or made them want to cry?) 


Now go forth! (...And let me know if you did it!)

-Sarah

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

A Random Lil' Thing

Here's a random little thing I started working on 'cos I wanted to draw Ember... and then it just kept growing, and growing... and so on. So here you go! *throws mini-confusing-comic/snippet of one of my WIPs at you and runs away*














"How very observant of you Mr [Officer] Lucas. Can we get back on topic?" - Ember.

(A little bit of Context: Ember can manipulate light and sometimes does it without realizing (or she just likes to mess around with it when bored) ...She kinda hates having to explain it, and even more so when people she doesn't like interrupt her to point it out.... And so yeah, I'll stop rambling now :P)

So yep, that happened. I had fun drawing this random scene and I think the facial expressions turned out okay... Not sure if this scene will make it into the actual story though ;P

Anywho! I shall go and finish writing a post for a certain tag... Bye!

-Sarah