Droplets

Hey y’all. šŸ˜€

It’s been long since I last published. Yet again. I’m so lazy with using WordPress, but once I do, I’d ramble a lot. Hahahah-

Here’s one of my recent works, featuring one of our OCs, Yoru Mitsuki, inspired by Colbie Caillat’s song, “Droplets”, as well as staring at the rainy roads beyond the windows of a bus whilst in a long, long travel from one faraway city back home.

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In short, I just wanted to do something rainy and “feelsy”. šŸ˜€

Also, I was challenged by myself to do something “active”, hence the running pose. Though I just realised that this “frame” at running wasn’t so right (You all know how a human should run – left arm out while the right leg is out. Then vice-versa.), right after I finished the whole drawing. So regrettable. *cries* But at least I learned that I should double-check motions before doing the line-art. Haha!

As usual, I’ve used Adobe Photoshop CS6 and Paint Tool SAI for this. :>

 

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Afternoon Session

As seen from my previous blog entry, my art style sort of went down the drain as I tried to experiment on different methods and making myself more comfortable than before with using Adobe Photoshop. But after the last illustration I made with that style, my former, cleaner style resurfaced – much to my relief.

It was a relief, because I was supposed to draw clean illustrations for our future visual novel projects. šŸ˜€

And so, an image of my original character, Aldrich Bergschneider playing the piano popped into my head.

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I think I rarely make warmly-tinted images (except in my head; on a side note, my illustrations are usually cold and dark), so I tried to give it a shot, despite my slight art-block (which probably was just pure laziness).

I struggled with drawing the piano base for a while before I realised I forgot that I have a SketchUp 2015 on my PC, so I raged (just kidding) and went around looking for a simply good piano model from the application’sĀ “3D Warehouse”.

Proceeding to Photoshop, I started to sketch out everything, then applied the line-art.

Before, I used to line-art using Paint Tool SAI, but I am incredibly lazy with that part. So recently, I learnt to start relying on Photoshop’s pen tool once again after finally being satisfied with my brush settings and my own lining methods. Afterwards, I applied the base colour, again using the pen tool.

I’m stupendously indolent when it comes to applying the line-art and the base colours, so I figured I should be comfortable with Photoshop again.

After these, I shifted to Paint Tool SAI for the application of colouring details. For me, at least, SAI is lighter to use when it comes to colouring that way, compared to the sort-of-heavy Photoshop (again, it’s just me).

Going back to Photoshop after SAI, I fixed the background and applied the grass using this nifty leaf brushĀ provided by the DeviantArt user xong. Then I proceeded to apply the blurs for depth emphasis, then adjusted the colour balance. Lastly, I applied the lens flare effect.

Ta-dah, a recovery from my art-crisis! šŸ˜€

 

 

Using a New Tablet

It’s been long since my last post, yet again! I’ve been quite busy with collaborating with my elder sister, who is a graphic artist/designer, for her works. I’ve been busy with life – trying to speed up and finish the mathematics tutorial program I’m taking. Hopefully it would be done before the month of May ends!

Anyway, around last month, my sister’s work load accumulated, and to ensure that I could work well, I had to retire the graphics tablet I was using – a Wacom Bamboo Fun (CTE-450). It had been with us since around 2009 or 2010, and it was originally my elder sister’s. I frequently borrowed it from her so I could draw digitally, and I’ve developed my skills with it through the years.Ā However, it was already too old, and it sometimes wasn’t so efficient as what it was years prior, so I had to change.

My little sister had another graphics tablet, bought back in 2014, which she set aside for a while because her own desktop computer wasn’t usable any more (she was then promised to be bought a new set and a new tablet, pffft).

It was a Wacom Intuos (CTH-480), and it was given to me. I immediately started to work, and well, everything became more efficient once again after a little practise with it.

Working on a new tablet was quite odd in sensation, though it just took me a whole day to get used to it. It was also odd, since the Intuos was more sensitive (with 1024 levels of pressure) than the Bamboo Fun (512 levels). To me, the Intuos felt a little bit lighter.

I enjoyed using the Intuos, though, with its double sensitivity. It was hard for me to create works like these with the Bamboo Fun:

With the new tablet I’m using these days, it was easy for me to recreate the strokes which I could do on paper, I just noticed. After a few test pieces, I went on and created more, experimenting on the art styles I could do. I was quite obsessed with drawing wavy-haired characters during that time, though, pffft. While at it, I practised digital painting and poses, and redrew a fan-art of Miku Hatsune (Love is War version).

I’d say I’m having a blast with this tablet. šŸ˜€ Though I could say I underwent an art-crisis whilst using it. My works looked quite different from my not-so-recent ones.

 

I’m at Society6!

Ah, it’s been long since I last wrote an entry, nah?Ā I’m back with another casual (pffft) advertisement.

I’m at Society6! I post non-Aethereal World-related works there, and there are various prints and items for sale in my profile. Usually, my products are dark and/or minimalistic. But I do upload cute stuff, too. Sometimes. *laughs*

Society6 usually has promo sales and free shipping. šŸ˜€

I hardly get to update my entries there recently, but I will have some more in the future once I get more time to think and create of more, as long as they’re not related to AW.

I’d appreciate it if you would check my Society6 out!

To Those Who Refuse to Pay an Artist’s Price

I decided to write this in response to people who refuse to pay anĀ artist’s price. I have seen a lot of them around my social media accounts, and it gravely disappoints me.Ā I suppose this is an open, ranting letter. I am trying to speak on behalf of artists who find it hard to earn because of those who think of us as greedy. I hope we have the sameĀ sentiments.

And so, dear those who refuse to pay our price.

We all know that each and everyone in this great, wide world needs to survive. We all know that from childhood to adulthood, until death, people need the means to live. We are aware that there are different ways to earn to pull through the great race. There are the office workers. There are the freelancers. There are the dependants.

And we artists, who are people as well, who are part of the great population that inhabit this planet, use our unique talents and skills in order to live.

I should say that artists are very hard-working and persevering (I swear, I am not bragging).

As a child, they pick up crayons and pencils, then proceed to run their tips on grade-school paper. Even if all they could do are mere messy scribbles that have no meaning to adult eyes, they turn to elders or their friends to show their work with a proud grin. Children are naturally creative and imaginative.Ā Elders and friends tend to be supportive. At the smile of encouragement or a gasp of amazement, artistic children are further pumped up to create more, and more. Years pass, and these children grow more curious about what they could do. They will ask for formal focused lessons, tutorials, materials.

If they are forgiven, they will be sent to art workshops. Art workshops usually run around USD 100 or more, if they are great ones.Ā If they opt to have tutorial books, they still cost money. USD 20 or more, depending on how good the lessons are. If they view free ones, usually posted around the Internet, it still costs electricity. There are the internet and electricity bills. Together, theseĀ bills cost around USD 100, as well.Ā Such bills continue until you’re dead, thank you very much.

For some artists, there are more bills. House or apartment rental, water, health, credit cards…there are more.

If the artist decides to focus on their skills and talent as they grow up, they are most probably going to decide on taking undergraduate courses related to those. A year in college costs around USD 2300. Multiply that by four to get a degree. Oh, don’t forget the miscellaneous fees, project fees, and whatever ridiculous fees they have. Count transportation fares in, too.

And ho, here comes the effort. Because talent isn’t the only thing that drives us to create. We have to have the effort. Giving effort leads to being tired and hungry. So of course artists need to eat. Food costs money, obviously, even if your mother cooks everything. In the future, they’re not going to feed you for they are growing old, too. We also have to have our health checked. That means hospital check-up bills, vitamins, and medicines.

The effort runs for years. Artists tend to want to learn new techniques and hone those, so sometimes, they take extra short courses that also cost money.

Boss: Why are you charging me so much for something you did in only 10 minutes?

Artist: Because it took me 10 years to learn how to do it in 10 minutes.

It is easy to learn everything in a day, but years to master everything.

Here also comes the cost of some materials. A good set of acrylic and oil brushes cost around USD 20 to 30. Good pigments cost around USD 10 per colour, per whole pan. Ā Wacom tablets cost around USD 90 to 400. Good papers cost around USD 10. These get replenished every time everything runs out. Graphic tablets have to be replaced if it’s malfunctioning already. Nibs have to be replaced if it’s chipped shorter.

On a side note, I am from the Philippines, so I’m basing some prices off my country’s currency for estimated conversions to US dollars. Some are based off what I see around Amazon or art material brands’ websites. Everything’s cheaper in the Philippines if you are from rich countries, so a hundred bucks might be cheap for you – if you are someone who earns a lot. However, these are all already blinding prices for me. AndĀ if you are an artist who lives elsewhere, I know that you know how expensive everything is in your setting.

Moving on.Ā I suppose you are tired reading this very short list of artists’ life and crafts expenses. Don’t worry, we artists are tired of seeing these figures, too. But we can’t stop having to look atĀ them.

This is a good video to illustrate my sentiments. This doesn’t just apply to designers. This applies to every artist. Illustrators, writers, designers, musicians…everyone.

 

We ask you not to complain if we set our prices high. It doesn’t even match up to our skill’s capital amount. We have invested a lot for what we can do (even if some of us aren’t professional yet), only to earn an amount that can barely get us by. If you find our prices too high, find someone else who charges cheaper. Don’t rely on requests or art trades, because our effort for those won’t help us survive. Those who just do requests or trades will eventually wantĀ to earn by using their artistic skills, anyway.

Ah, yes. IĀ would like toĀ be brutally frank: people who refuse to pay our price are the reason why most artists are starving. Why we are called poor.

That closes the first part: expenses. Let’s go over the second part: popularity.

Well, popularity is not bad at all. We need it to have exposure, of course. We need to be known. We need to market ourselves. All this to have the possibility toĀ earn money to live. Not just to feed our pride.

It takes courage and confidence to show our works to everyone who is possible to negatively judge, or plainly admire. Courage and confidence are developed for years, and it is hard to hone, especially if an artist’s self-esteem is too low.

It’s high time that artists aren’t treated so poorly. Being an artist is a profession and a vocation, in my opinion. Time, great amounts of money, and effort are justĀ some of the capital, and these shouldn’t be belittled. Some people might have decided to be a teacher, an accountant, a businessman, or whatever. They also work and earn. And artists are similar to such people.

We artists are not greedy just because we’re charging high. We have to do this to help or try to make ends meet, that’s all.

I excuse this piece – I may have not proofread properly. I may have been redundant. But I hope I got my thoughts across clearly. I would appreciate if anybody commented on this.

Bless you all, though, people who refuse, or refused, to pay our price. I hope you are now enlightened and educated enough not to belittle artists who set high prices.

Sincerely,

Aruu Yuda

The Aethereal World at Patreon

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Ah, yes, Ā I have to advertise this here, if anyone views this site at all.

As I frequently say, I am in a collaboration unit, called the Aethereal World. At first, this was a two-person unit. Until I asked some people who are really close to us for help in further project developments, it turned out to be a team of more than two people. There would probably be more members, be they regular or honorary.

The main people are me (Aruu Yuda) and Izeda Datori, my younger sister.

I am mostly in charge of the group’s social relations, additional illustrations, image enhancements, writing, story development, music composition, and animation. Izeda is the main idea generator of the projects, even the music, and she is the main illustrator for everything.

The other members, to be named once the Aethereal World website is up and running, are in charge of photography and AutoCAD modelling for image references, programming (possibly), and life coaching (*laughs*).

As a collaboration unit, we need support in order to furtherĀ sharpen our skills, upgrade our equipment, pay the bills (*nervously laughs*) to keep our passion and hobbies running, and to further develop our projects nicely. This is why we set up our Patreon account.

We aim to complete our projects before we are too old to even do everything we could while we’re young, and so we, the Aethereal World, will appreciate it if we were supported. We would have fun doing everything, and we hope we would release our fictional stories successfully. šŸ™‚

Thank you for reading this post, and have a nice day!

 

 

Strawberry Summer

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…and that is the name of this piece, which was made last Sunday, 27th of March. Named like it, simply because the colours are reminiscent of strawberries.

I was still at the stage of being half-art-blocked, and trying to recover by doing the usual method of recovery, which was doing vexel works.

This work was made for around three hours, excluding breaks. It features one of our original characters, Heather Willis.

I figured that I should do something summery, since it’s already summer (and immensely hot) in my country, and all I’ve noticed in my art galleries is that the colours were usually cool and blue. Primarily because I’m a big fan of cool colours, pffft.

I thought that I should do something different for at least a slight change.Ā The piece was originally yellow and orange-tinted, but as I went through the colour-balancing stage, I found the pink tint appealing to me. It retained the summery look, but the colours weren’t…”common” for summer themes. Hahaha, it’s just me.

I somewhat wondered if my art is upgrading or degrading. Upgrading because it looks good and neat to me. Degrading because it is so easy to do, it feels like merely doing a doodle (not bragging, by the way). Hahaha!

I just used Adobe Photoshop CS6 for this.