Sunday, January 13, 2019

The 20 Questions Book Tag!


Oh happy days when the first tag I get after my hiatus, just happens to be a book tag! *heart eyes*

Thanks Kendra! (Also, sorry that this is so late </3 Super excited to do it still though!)

How many books are too many books in a book series?

Once it hits the double digits... I try to steer clear. I'm lookin' at you, The Rangers Apprentice series. What happened to you!? *cries* 

Nowadays, I prefer trilogies (I rarely ever manage to read a standalone book... most of the time the trilogy part sneaks up on me with a cliffhanger), and five books is probably the highest I'd ever go willingly anymore. While more books in a series means you get to hang out with the characters more often (a definite plus!) it's kinda frustrating when things become predictable and/or take too slow. Sometimes ya gotta let it go and move on.

How do you feel about cliffhangers?

Depends whether the cliffhanger is at the end of a chapter, or rather the end of the book.

End of the chapter: I bounce excitedly and keep reading. (unless it's a situation in which I can't read the next chapter because the writer is still writing it.. in which case I just keep mentally screaming until she uploads the next one xD) 

End of the book:

Also screaming.

So to answer the question, they work perfectly and, in all honestly, make reading the next installment all the more satisfying.

But I also hate them. :D

Hardback or paperback?

Either! But there's something super special about a hardback copy. The only thing I don't like about hardbacks would be the dustjacket. (Which, granted is probably the most beautiful part since it holds the front cover art) I'm just always worried about how I'm holding the book, and it makes the reading experience rather umcomfortable in my opinion. 

Favorite book?

Awk. How dare you make me choose out of all my precious bebes! D:

I don't think I can have just one favourite? There's tons of books I've thoroughly enjoyed and would totally read again, yes. But I just can't decide on one to give the super-awesome title of 'favourite'.

But! A few honourable mentions would be... (In no particular order!)

A. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.
I had to read it for school, and loved it so much that I had to watch all the well-known movie versions. Including Pride and Prejudice + Zombies xD Best decision ever. 

B. 100 Cupboards by N.D Wilson. (The series)
Most memorable impulse read, thanks to a good friend's suggestion. It was so good I had to read the next two books in the series and always make sure my wardrobe's doors were shut whenever I went to bed. ;D

C. God's Smuggler by Brother Andrew with Elizabeth and John L. Sherrill.
I'm not usually a fan of biographies, but I think I chose to read this one on whim and aCK IT WAS SO GOOD. Seriously. If you ever see this book: read it. It's awesome.

T'was a sad day indeed on my third read-through, when I accidentally left the book in the sun and all the glue holding the pages together melted... </3

Least favorite book?

Oh man... I think this one is even harder! If I'm not enjoying a book, I tend to just stop reading, and so I don't really remember much about them.

Love triangles, yes or no?

Honestly? Only if it's done well. I don't normally like seeing love triangles in anything unless it's the least important thing and doesn't suffocate the plot. I usually avoid any book that mentions it on the back cover, just out of habit.

The most recent book you just couldn’t finish?

Fawkes by Nadine Brandes.

Don't get me wrong, I really wanted to finish it! But as I had bought the book for my younger sister's birthday--and because I am a super slow reader-- I had kinda ran out of time and had to hand it over. *sad sniff*

I figure if she's willing, I can always borrow it and finish reading it another time. :P

A book you’re currently reading?

Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve. It's really cool so far, and I'm definitely looking forward to seeing the movie at somepoint!

Last book you recommended to someone?

God's Smuggler. xD

Oldest book you’ve read? (publication date)

I'm suuuuuure there's an older one in my bookcase, but off the top of my head (and after doubling checking on google xD) it'd have to be Pride and Prejudice. Having been published in 1813.

Newest book you’ve read? (publication date)

Most likely Fawkes by Nadine Brandes. Published only just last year! ^-^

Favorite author?

Oooh probably Jackie French and Nadine Brandes. Coming in close with awesome writing style and characters, we also have Rick Riordan.

See? I can't do just one favourite... xD

Buying books or borrowing books?

So far, buying. Just since we don't managed to make it to the library very often anymore, and borrowing books from friends kinda stresses me out since I don't want to accidentally damage any of their precious babies. o-o

A book you dislike that everyone else seems to love?

Erm, well, I wouldn't say "dislike" so much... Kinda more like "couldn't care to read beyond the first five chapters" because I either;

a) had a short attention span at the time.


b) had a massive pile from the library to get through and more interesting looking books were calling out to me.

But yeah, it was this one:

Click picture to be transported through Magic Portal to the Goodreads page.

Going by the reviews, it does sound awesome and exciting and I started reading the book with high hopes, but I gave up pretty quickly when I found myself bored within the first five chapters. With more time spent, I suppose I probably could've gotten into it a bit more, but I highly doubt I'll revisit this book again in the future. </3

Bookmarks or dog-ears?

I used to dog-ear my place a lot when I was younger, but nowadays I just use an clean tissue...

Sounds kinda blargh and boring, but trust me when I say it's much easier than constantly being worried about misplacing a fancier bookmark. (Something I tend to do a lot).

A book you can always reread?

I think it would be pretty much any of the books in the Percy Jackson universe. Heroes Of Olympus or his debut series.

I just adore the writing style and the characters, and while there are a few things that I'm not fond of in the series, I often like to pick out one of the books from my shelf and just start reading from wherever.

....Now I want to read them from start to finish again. o-o

Can you read while hearing music?


Is it helpful?


If I listen with music, I find it harder to imagine the scenes as a movie in my head and I tend to forget what I've read a lot quicker... But 'tis possible.

One POV or multiple POVs?

More often than not, I prefer just the one POV. Unless I really don't like that character. xD

Multiple POVs can work really nicely. But for me, it has to be super obvious whenever there's a switch, otherwise I just don't notice... Could be done well with either with 3rd person, or a giant flashing sign on the page before the switch that says; "CHARACTER POV CHANGE AHEAD, HOLD ONTO YOUR SOCKS."

Do you read a book in one sitting or over multiple days?

I used to be able to read books in one sitting. 'Winnie The Horse Gentler' I believe, was the peak of my reading obsession, and due to the next book somehow always arriving in the mail the very next day (Thanks Grandparents!), I was constantly hooked on the series.

Nowadays I tend to take a few months of on and off reading, before finally reaching the climactic point of the story. It's terrible, I know.

Who do you tag?

Ralraymee! @ The Art of Life.

And also, anyone else who is interested in doing it! Sorry I can't be more specific. I haven't exactly been able to pay attention to what's been going on in the blogosphere lately, so I didn't want to accidentally tag anyone who might be sick of doing it over and over... xD

Here are the Questions:

1. How many books are too many books in a book series?
2. How do you feel about cliffhangers?
3. Hardback or paperback?
4. Gavorite book?
5. Least favorite book?
6. Love triangles, yes or no?
7.The most recent book you just couldn’t finish?
8. A book you’re currently reading?
9. Last book you recommended to someone?
10. Oldest book you’ve read? (publication date)
11. Newest book you’ve read? (publication date)
12. Favorite author?
13. Buying books or borrowing books?
14. A book you dislike that everyone else seems to love?
15. Bookmarks or dog-ears?
16. A book you can always reread?
17. Can you read while hearing music?
18. One POV or multiple POVs?
19. Do you read a book in one sitting or over multiple days?
20. Who do you tag?

So I guess that brings us to the end of this post! I hope everyone had a good Christmas and a happy New Years. ^-^

I'm gonna try and go back to my old goal of managing at least one blog post per month. Should be achievable, but I guess we'll have to wait and see. xD

Thanks for reading!


Sunday, September 30, 2018

Update Of Ze Life And Other Stuff I Guess

*Tumbles in* Wow, it's been a while... I can't say for sure whether after this I'll be back completely or just dropping in occasionally, who knows.

Here's an update anyway.

A bit of life,

A bit of art,

A bit of.... whatever the heck that is.... (my writing)


So to bring most people up to speed, back in.... what, April? (or you know, just read the previous post) I decided I wasn't particularly coping very well with how I was handling the Life Things™ plus keep up with my "schedule".

I made myself look through the list of things that I was struggling to keep up with; namely upkeeping this blog with decent content I was happy with, reading and commenting on other people's amazing posts; annnd my pitiful word count on Camp Nano and just dreadful writing problems in general.

And so, feeling massively overwhelmed from trying to match this stuff with my more important responsibilities, I decided the best method would be to step back and leave for it a few weeks or so. Just enough time for me to figure what on earth I was doing in my 'suddenly-I'm-an-adult' life.

Ha. Hahahahaha.

*wipes away tear of mirth*

Five months later...

That went as well as could be expected! Turns out, taking away something I really enjoyed doing didn't help in the slightest. That's not to say my posting schedule will go back to completely normal after this post... More like I'll write when I can, or really need to procrastinate finishing my course asssesments.

Oh, speaking of that-- I'm studying online with TAFE now! Decided university wasn't really going to be my thing (literally the only thing I was otherwise interested in was art, and that's way cheaper to learn how to do myself.) And so yeah, because I love being around little kids (barring the times when they make me feel old of course xP Jk jk.), I'm studying to get a diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care. Whether that means I'll work in a daycare or become a nanny (or au pair) remains to be seen. I need to finish it first...

And so yeah, I'm also acting as a step-in mother duck currently... So if that doesn't help throw me off the cliff of any preplanned schedule for anything whatsoever, and right into the sea of "how do I do the life thing properly".... I don't know what will!

Good times.

Smol bebe dook snuggles <3

I mean... not that I'm complaining or anything! Sadly the cute stage doesn't particularly last long however... As of posting this, she'll probably almost be completely white.

Tis tough to focus with a smol honk pal.

At first we started of with 'Tiny Thing' for a name, since I wasn't sure if it'd be a drake or a hen and well, because she was so flipping tiny. Annnd also because that's what the wolves called the baby in the super cute movie 'Storks'.

I've actually caught her honking away quietly to herself on numerous occassions-- blissfully unaware she totally crushed my dreams of calling her 'Galavant'. So I need to go find girly names now of course... Oh woe is me. ;P

OH, and to add on to all of the above!!

Just chillin out in a place that is not my room.

Meet Rigby...!

A chihuahua doggo.

We actually have a dog now... O-o (Don't worry, he and the duckling get along surprisingly well. Despite the fact we don't let him close enough to actually nom on her.) 

Now I know, I know.... When people say 'Chihuahua' the words 'bratty', 'bossy', 'bug-eyed' and 'little-dog-syndrome' often also come to mind.

Annnnnnd I can tell you that two out of four of those are absolutely correct...

But! He is a dear little gentleman most of the time (when we don't have guests that is), and we love him to pieces. He has his sweet and adorable moments-- despite the constant band-aids. No regrets whatsoever. :)

Yes, a "selfie". He was being too flippin cute and I was home alone.


I suppose that's enough talk about mah life, aSIDE FROM THE FACT THAT I HAVE A MANDOLIN NOW! WOOT. I'm very proud of my Mandy, and apperantly I'm not too shabby at playing it. So it's always good to know I'm not damaging people's hearing while strumming 'Drunken Sailor' like a maniac :D


Okay, moving on for real this time...


I was gonna say I haven't actually done a whole lot of art in the time I was M.I.A but then ah... I realized I actually had and it was mostly art of an awesome friend's OC and my OC, Ben and Brinley.

I mean... Sure, I did other stuff... but in all honesty, I'm not as happy with them as I am with these cuties:

In reference to a charrie chat in which Brinley "died" (but didn't) and well... it's complicated. I probably shouldn't explain any further, otherwise we may just be here for years. (Trust me, I've tried. I had to invent a time machine just so I could go back and make up for all the lost time I spent on it xD)

That's my best guess for their height... in the previous picture, I suppose Brinley may have been standing on a brick!

now if that isn't a total mood :P


Annnnnnd we should move on to the other part.


I... honestly dunno what to put here?

Well, shoot. I guess I better go and find some awful snippets and stumble over my words trying to explain them...


Mrs Auguste hesitated. Glancing back to Brinley in 'concern' before looking back to the woman and giving a faint nod. 

“No… nonono! Mrs Auguste, please! You’re making a mistake!” Brinley yelled, kicking at the man harder. “She’s not a doct—”

“Oookay, goodnight.” Dr Emerton interrupted cheerfully, stepping forward and pressing the needle as precisely as possible into Brinley’s arm, ignoring the girl's terrified gasp of pain. She leaned in closer to Brinley, speaking quietly. “Talk to you later, kiddo.” 

Whatever it was, it hit her fast. Already she could feel her eyelids getting heavier and heavier. The ground swayed beneath her feet and if the man hadn’t still been holding her up, she would’ve fallen on her face. Which would be rather embarrassing, she decided. She took in a breath, looking down at her hands. Oh gosh, she couldn’t even feel her fingers. Or toes. They were still there, right? Unable to fight the drowsiness any longer, she barely managed one last glare up at the doctor. 

“ ‘hate you… so much.” Were her final words before everything went dark. 


Messy first draft? Check.

Did I proofread? I mean, I kinda tried...

Symptoms medically correct? Haha, probably not.

This was for my Camp Nano project (and Life-Long-(Probably) Project), Guardian Angel. I did a few other posts, sorta explaining the story here. (I couldn't find the other ones...) But yeah, essentially it's a sorta crime/mystery thing... mixed with odd, but not entirely unhelpful superpowers.

Brinley is the MC and the Dr Emerton lady is-- big surprise here-- the villain, under a fake name kidnapping her. Or Anti-hero. I can't remember. But yeah, sorry, I'm awful at explaining stuff, so feel free to wander over to the post I linked up above!

I've managed to get a good deal of the plotting and character-arc planning written down, and soon I'm not going to have a decent excuse for writing everything out of order and throwing in seemingly random moments everywhere...

ANYWAY. I have no idea how to end this... I've kinda run out of ideas of stuff to talk about, so uh.... yeah.... Until next time!

[Exit, pursued by a bear]

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Blog Hiatus // Haha, I don't know what I'm doing. Halp.

Ergh, I never wanted to do one of these 'hiatus' things for my blog... I'm more of a person who really tries to power through something (providing it's actually something I like doing xP) and pretend everything is fine* before I throw in the towel**.

(*All is indeed fine, by the way.)

(**Usually by flopping on the nearest couch or just hiding somewhere.)

...But I really need a break.

At this current point in life, it's been kinda difficult trying to get everything I need to get done before I can start studying... Plus! Trying to balance my time spent with art and writing/planning my WIPs has been nothing short of a massive headache. (Not playing favourites is a tricky business...) So yeah, that's been fun.

This isn't something I'm very proud of, but I'm also really good at procrastinating... Heck, I even procrastinated on this specific post for weeks. :P (*cough* 'Cos I didn't want to do it, mostly. *cough*) So I also need to work on fixing that.

I'm not certain if this will effect me reading people's posts and commenting on them?? (I'M ALREADY TERRIBLE AT THAT, SORRY.) But I'll try my best to keep up.

Basically, my point is that I'm not quite sure what I'm doing at the moment and how I'm supposed to be doing it, and so I thought I should probably let you guys know that I'm not exactly sure how long this hiatus will take.

Best case scenario, it'll only take a month or so before I stumble back in with absolutely no plans. Just like normal!

In the meantime, I'm off to try and reach my word goal for Camp Nano, and then maybe I can FINALLY get some things done.

Too long, didn't read:
  • I don't kow/I'm not certain/ I'm not really sure + way more varieties.
  • Hiatus???
  • Personal flaws
  • Need to study
  • Probably won't study as much as I actually need to
  • Cos demanding hobbies and projects that I like way better exist
  • This post is a trainwreck
  • Camp Nano is going great 
  • Gif

Anyway! Please note that I have used sarcasm quite a bit in this post, so if stuff seems to "look bad" for me right now, just know I still have my sense of humour. *thumbs up*

Sense of Humour = Totally Fine

Until next time! Whenever that is...

Monday, April 2, 2018

The Versatile Blogger Award

Well folks.

I'm finally one of those "young adult" people.


That's right, I'm finally eighteen years old! What does one even do when they reach such a milestone? You may be asking....And the answer is-- well, I have no idea... Once I figure that out and master all the secrets and pros/cons of adulthood, I'll let you know.

As that maaaaay take a couple decades or so, here's an award/tag post in the meantime!

Thanks Ralraymee and Mem!

So this is the Versatile-- (*quickly wanders off to find the exact definition for 'Versatile'* *ducks back in*) Blogger Award. ^-^

*ahem* just... leaving this here if anyone was curious. xP

Annnnnd because I'm a absolute mess when it comes to trying to explain things, I'm going to quote Ral, who quoted Mem, who quoted.... someone else? I'm not sure. xD I wasn't sure how far back I should travel..

" So, for those who don’t know what the Versatile Blogger Award is, let me tell you. It has been created to feature and recognize blogs/bloggers that have unique content.

The Versatile Blogger says; “Honour those bloggers who bring something special to your life whether every day or only now and then.” "

The Rules

Thank the person who gave you this award.

Include a link to their blog.

Select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly.

Nominate those 15 bloggers for the VBA.

Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.

And well... Here's the facts. :P

1. I was a very hyperactive child with an overactive imagination (as proven by the previous, previous post), annnd so I also used to have an imaginary friend called "Amy"... I'll admit, it wasn't my idea at first-- I often heard about kids having "imaginary friends" and I kinda thought; 'Ohey, that sounds cool. I'm gonna do that too.' And so yeah. I did that.

2. I'm pretty bad at thinking up facts about myself.

3. I want to be a hermit with benfits. AKA: I want to live in a cottage by a river, in the forest-- completely away from strangers-- with free wifi. But not too far away from friends and family so I can still invite them and/or visit them. (AKA: I'm an introvert... A very introverty-introvert.)

4. Sleep-deprivation isn't fun. (Been there, done that. So frustrating.)

5. My favourite food of all time is chicken. (With various other combinations of food, of course xP)

6. Theoretically speaking, I'm a better artist than I am a writer...

7. I have the attention span of a sparrow and I multitask so much that I never actually get anywhere with my projects. :P

Ta da! And that's the facts.

For this award, I think I shall nominate...

Jane Maree @ Jane Maree Author
Jess @ Inspiration
Ralraymee @ The Art of Life (Right back at ya xD)
MiddleEarthMusician @ Music, Mystery, Middle Earth, and Mitochondria
Kendra @ Kendra Lynne
Quinley @ Adventure Awaits
Catherine The Rebelling Muse

If you've already finished this tag, then don't feel pressured to do it again if you don't want too. xD (Likewise, if you've already been tagged by multiple people :P)

But anyway! I'm finished here, I think and so I'm gonna go annnnd... flop on the couch. Probably.



Monday, March 26, 2018

January-February Art Dump!

Shush-- I know it's actually March now... I just happened to draw half of these in the January-February time period. xP

Depending on when I actually manage to publish this, I might even throw in some artwork from this month! (If I get around to it, that is...)

(P.S- A reply letter to my 'Younger Self': Eheh... well. Okay then. These are my 'trying to keep sane' drawings then. xP)

(P.P.S- A letter to my 'Older Self'- Gosh, it's getting weird talking to myself. Also, you need to practice legs, and I dunno... MAYBE HANDS?? Just a thought.)

I downloaded some new free brushes for Krita, and I really wanted to try them out with colouring. ^-^

Can't say I'm completely happy with the outcome of this speedpaint thingo ('cos it's still a little rough and sketchy in my opinion) but oh well... xP I still like the water. 

Click to enlarge :P

Person one: "Oooh look! A magic wand thingy." 

Person two: "Oh sweet, what does it do?" 

Person one: "I dunno-- Mebbe if I just wave it around like so... OH MY FLIPPIN' GOLDEN MAPLE SYRUP PANCAKES, THAT'S PRETTY." 



I don't know how else to explain this xP

A forest fairy with green hair, because why not. xD

Pink hair and a fancy dress... Maybe a Wedding dress? I dunno. *shrugs* 

The result of a spur-of-the-moment-sit-down-and-draw moment. Pretty happy with it. ^-^

I decided to call her 'Red Willow'. Dunno why, considering there are blossoms behind her. I just randomly thought of it when I was drawing this, and it's kinda stuck now-- halp. 

Fun fact: I drew this when I was indeed sleep deprived... hences the scribble-y-ness of the drawing xD

So yee, that's all the arty stuff I have this round... Dunno for sure if this is my longest art post or not, but I think it might be xD

Anywho I think I'll sign off for now... See ya! 


Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Weirdness I Used To Believe When I was A Smol Child

The weather announcer guy/lady was always right.

In a time in which I didn't understand how the whole 'predicting of the weather' and 'chances of so-and-so' system worked.

If they said it was gonna rain, it would rain.

If they said it was gonna be sunny, well then. Sunshine all round!

If they mentioned snow-- HALLELUJAH NO SCHOOLWORK! (Mum was nice enough to let us play outside whenever that happened.) 

For some reason smol-me didn't particularly like the amount of power that they wielded, and how they wielded it.  Hence, I was downright overjoyed when I woke up one morning to see that the weatherman's forecast of a sunny day was completely wrong. It was, in fact, raining cats and dogs.

Thinking back, I probably misheard it-- but that didn't stop the little ol' smug-me from bounding up to my mum and announcing the weatherman had made a mistake. It also taught me to start taking things with a grain of salt-- probably much to my Mum's annoyance whenever she was trying to teach me stuff.

Every live-action movie was 'Live'. 

...In which the very second the VCR (the old version of DVDs, for you youngin's) went in, and it went to the menu-- there would be a tiny signal sent off to a studio that would set off an alarm, and the actors would all have to scramble to to their places to peform the whole thing over again.... for the rest of their lives.


Basically I sometimes noticed different lil' things each time I watched a movie. Now of course that's pretty normal, as I was probably focusing on a different part of the screen or character once in a while.... But no.

My smol-self decided it must've been the actors improvising and/or making a mistake. Maybe they're bored? I wondered. They're only human after all. They couldn't be expected to have a perfect perfomance every hundredth time I wanted to watch the Wiggles. (The real ones.)

In a way, I almost felt bad for them... But that never stopped me from watching the movie again and again. :P

Babies... were made by a kiss (on the lips) between a Mum and Dad.

So first of all... Apparently not.

This one was just more of a guessing game for me. I quite enjoyed coming up with completely innocent theories (and possibly the most embarrasing one) for the magical appearance of a baby human in the family.

Forget storks. That was an obvious lie made up by parents to throw curious kiddos off the trail of discovery. Unless they were like my parents, who pressed the 'panic' button and took the classic: 'I'll tell you when you're older' escape route.

But yes. When I was a smol, babies totally came from magical kisses. (*facepalm*)

When someone falls asleep at night, they immediately start the next day before anyone else.

Sooo this one's semi-hard to explain. Basically whenever my siblings fell asleep before me, I instantly thought that they must have woken up in 'tomorrow morning'.

I also had a small tendency to sleep in... (Heh, still do. Something I need to fix.) hence, when I finally managed to fall asleep and wake up-- they were already there and doing stuff around the house.

By seven years old, I kinda knew it didn't make any sense, but I still liked to think about it often.

*cue me poking my sister's cheek as she slept* I wonder what she's having for breakfast right now. 

...I didn't have an explanation for naps.

AnnnNNnnNnd... I think that pretty much covers the majority of assumptions I made as a kiddo! (Or at least that's the stuff I remember the most...)

What about you guys? Any crazy stuff you thought was true when you were little? (Feel free to answer! I'm legitimately curious ;D)

Also... Surprise! I'm back now. That break felt way too long, but it was much needed. ^-^ *throws confetti*

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Art Project Diary (Bird Girl) AKA: The Struggle is Very Much Real

Okay, so! This is just basically me documenting my thoughts as I do an art project of some sort. (Or in other words, my further descent into insanity)

Kinda like a diary, I guess!

To be honest I was thinking of doing more of an info/tutorial thing where I would explain what I was doing and why I was doing it, but then I realised that I pretty much have no idea what I'm actually doing half the time...

So, er. Random thoughts it is. :D

And uh, this post may be riddled with sarcasm... So you know... *waves arms around* Beware the sarcasm.

Right. Put on your seat belts folks...This is gonna be a crazy ride.


Since I couldn't decided which one out of the three last "good" sketches I had to colour, I let my little sister do the honours and so ended up with this one. (Not that I'm complaining or anything... Quite relieved actually.)

Okay... So the hair lines were a bit harder to trace than originally planned but it turned out better than imagined so that's always nice...

Note to self: Do more braids.... Fun!

Yay! On to the colouring now.

Ahaha... So brother dearest came along behind me and informed me the image was to small to have nice non-pixelated lines when enlarged... Aha..

Thanks bro.

So I decided to save the picture, open a new thingy, make the image much bigger and re-trace everything. ..In a different colour just so I could tell the difference between the layers :)

Haha.. Ha... Moving on.

Ooooh.... Apparently making the previous lines slightly transparent helps!

I felt pretty happy with everything (but the skirt) and so, leaving some notes for myself that pretty much meant absolutely nothing, I pressed save and turned my computer off for the night.

What could possibly go wrong?



Apparently this could go wrong.

Note to self: When saving a beloved art project..... REMEMBER TO SAVE IT IN THE RIGHT FORMAT. This way, you can still access all the layers you made!

Annnnnnd we are back to square.. er, eight. Again. *sobs*


'How's it going?' you ask?

Yah. Good.

Just... Wonderful :)

(Don't worry, this just happens a lot, trust me)


I had decided that I didn't really like the position of the belt and so lowered it a bit, and then I couldn't really decide whether I should change the skirt or no...Eh, I'll fix it later if it gets too annoying.


*Sigh* You'd think...  I'd learn... But no; I forgot to save again.


Haha... I opened the wrong one. Hehe, It's okay everyone. No heart attacks for today!

*Curls up in a blanket like a burrito and cries tears of relief*

Note: I told you I would be writing pretty much what goes on in my head as I do this project!

Time to start colouring!

Erm, okay... Oops.

That was kinda not meant to happen. (No, it's not because I forgot how to change the lines to black, what are ye talking about.*)

Hmm... I guess for now, she can be a Sci-Fi alien for now... At least until I figure out how to fix it. :)

(*It was actually)


AHAHAHAHAHA. Guess what.

I still have no idea what I'm doing...

Okay, So I've pretty much given up all hope of making this girl look like a normal human being, so I'm just gonna roll with it... (Besides, she's blue... Mah favourite colour. :D )


Considering I started writing this post on the 11/7/16... And it is now the 3/11/17...The struggle is indeed real. (Talk about a plot twist... Bet y'all didn't expect that.)


*chucks ye olde project over shoulder*

*cue explosion*

I'm starting the whole thing again! (Well... sorta.)

(Oooh wow, my krita set-up has changed heaps o-o)

*ahem* Anyway, I restarted with a simple sketch... and decided not to try and redo the pose so it looked mostly like the previous attempt... ('cos if I was honest with myself, that one kinda sucked and my more recent attempts dictated to me that I couldn't get the side-profile-look right xD)

So yah, after that I went ahead and started tracing over it in black.... completely forgetting I hadn't drawn the face yet.

I also decided to change the arms' position... Because otherwise they were just flopping by her sides and that's boring. :P

Note to self: Don't forget to draw the face.

Oh yeah, drawing the rest of the skirt might be handy to remember as well. Basically I just resized the canvas and then dragged the layers up to make room for the rest of the dress.

Woot. Done the face.... sorta. On a scale of one to ten, I'm not particulary sure with how happy I am with it, so I might come back a bit later and redraw some features, who knows.

I'm pretty happy with the dress. It more or less resembles what I had drawn for the other one, while also adding my own little flourishes. Kinda.

So then I went ahead and drew in her hair... also kinda trying to keep to the same style as before. I kinda destroyed the 'undo' button as I was drawing it though... xD

After the hair, I went a bit crazy with some other details, such as a bow (tied around her waist as a sorta belt thingamajig), drawing a pattern onto the border of the skirt and starting the sketch of the lil' bird.

Oh, and I also tried to fix her face slightly... It took me a while, but I'm much happier with it now.

Anyway, back to the bird. *cracks knuckles*

Tweet tweet.

Okay. So this bird is a part of the Omesae-ordwae-iae-ustjae-ademae-puae family... of the Aves class.

A.K.A: ...I have no idea what type of bird that is. I kinda imagined it to be a half parrot... half bird of paradise.. half... random bird.

*Gasp* Maybe it's a magical one!

I did actually look up a bunch of reference pictures, but then I got bored and decided to just wing it (HA. Puns..). I mean sure, I'll probably make a ornithologist cry if they ever saw this... But after spending far too much time staring at google images and getting distracted on Pinterest, I decided it was slightly better than losing my own sanity. (Or at least what's left of it....)

So yes, if you're an ornithologist, and this makes you cry... Well.. I'm sorry. *hands you a tissue box*

Tweet tweet - The Sequel


I fixed the beak and feathers a smidgeon so it looked a bit more of a... parrot / woodpecker-ish bird.

And that's good enough for me.

(It's still totally a random fantasy bird though.)

So yep! That's all the line art done.... Rather messily, if I was honest, but I'll clean it up a bit later.

For now... time to colour! (WOOT, about time!)

Okay so for this part, I wanted to try something different... Instead of doing a thousand screenshots, and making this blog post even longer-- I'm just gonna record it and speed it up! ('Cos otherwise it'd be ten hours long or something.)

Ta da! (Also, it is now the 9/1/18... this project is officially my longest one ever...) 

Also, I was mildly lazy and didn't put any music to it, mostly because I couldn't decide... (And nearly all the music wasn't long enough anyway.) I have a feeling if I tried to add music, I wouldn't be able to post this until 2019.

If you want my personal instructions on watching the above speed-paint, basically go to youtube to 
watch it (it's better there, trust me xP)-- and find some cool music from your personal playlist to listen to.... Otherwise it'll be extremely boring. xD

For those who rather not watch the video--Here's the finished product-that-took-far-too-long: 

So yep! All done. If you sat through the entire 16 minutes (of the video, not the actual colouring... that took a couple of hours or so), then I congratulate you. Even I wouldn't have the patience to sit through it all. (But if it wasn't my art, then I totally would.) 

*ahem* I think I'll finally sign off on this post... Hope you all had a great New Years! This'll probably be my one and only post for January, seeing as I have to go back to my old home with my family to do some work with the house so we can sell it. So yep. That'll be fun. 

Until next post, fare thee well!