ENGS002 #010 : To Be With You

Be creative, they said.
It'll be fun, they said.

YES. It WAS fun. But very sad at the same time.
I even almost cried while doing this very very short comic.

And though it's not written, like, you know.
Written... It's still something I did.
Okay. Off to it.

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3 hours spent averagely wisely. XD
I might sound bitter, and though I can relate with the story... :)

This was inspired by the lyrics of this video. (<< Click to view!)

Portrait : Lily Collins

Since watching "Mirror Mirror", I have grown to love Lily Collins. She played a perfect Snow White in the movie, and her role alongside Taylor Lautner in "Abduction" was more than welcome. So, inspired as I was, I decided to challenge myself and make a digital portrait of Lily.

I'm still a noob, though I have to say I'm pretty happy with the result. :D

In total, this took 6 hours to complete, including dinner and toilet breaks. ;)

I can finally sleep well tonight. XD

Resized for your convenience.

It's also the Penafrancia Festival here in Naga City, and there are sooo many strangers in the vicinity. I think mom's going to cook a little something tomorrow. :D Golly, but I do love her Maja.

Have a great weekend!


I'm running out of ideas and the time to make those ideas into something visual!
:( Oh well. Only 26 days left to do my portfolio for our final project, and I can feel the pressure!

Anyway, for your entertainment.

LOL. The nose looks big. WAY big. :D

PS CS5, 45 mins. Basic brushes from Photoshop.

ENGS002 #009 : Julio/Julia Valiente!

To be completely honest, I don't really know much about this guy. I mean, yeah, I've heard his name mentioned as reference to "epic" moments, and I know he is a TV character played by Lito Lapid. Aside from that however, the details were blurred.

From what I've read, he's the Pinoy version (although his fans refer to him as the original "epic") of Chuck Norris.

Given the task to redesign Julio Valiente, I came up with this:

I think what you can immediately notice is the presence of Julia Valiente, the female version of Julio Valiente. (Is this an original idea, or is there really a character named Julia Valiente in the story? I want to know! XD)

So, with the costume design, I sort of went with the original style, making a few alterations along the way. First, the arm sleeves. From what I saw in one of the videos about Valiente, his arms were covered with a dark cloth, and to make it more modern, I discarded that detail. Along with that were the boots. I replaced them with Converse footwear! Oh yeah! It's mostly because I like Converse a lot.
Another thing I changed about the original Julio was his hair. The drawing I did seemed to deserve a guy who could wear his hair in a pony. Of course, I retained the hair color, weapons, and overall look of being a Pinoy super.

To the right, we see "Julia". While I was thinking of a good enough entry for this challenge/homework/requirement, I realized how awesome it would be to have a girl version of Julio. Why? Just because. Besides, I had fun designing her attire. ;)
Another question would be: Why only one gun and a bamboo stick for Julia when Julio gets all the great, old-fashioned weapons? Well, my Julia doesn't need weapons to stay alive. She's a natural at "fighting evil in the name of good".
Oh yes. Notice her shoes. :D

Their origin is somewhat... typical, if I may say so.

You see, Julio isn't the same Julio. Think of it as the reincarnation of this hero three or four generations after his passing. Julia would then be his sister (or something of the sort) who also inherited the knack for promoting justice. After the previous "Julio" died under government orders (being an outspoken fighter of evil), Julio and Julia began planning ways to serve proper justice, not only for their father but also for others. As siblings, they shared the same stand (and the same taste in fashion) and decided to act on the injustice they saw around them.

In short, they are just continuing their "Julio" legacy, this time in two's.

Here We Go Again.

So, September, we meet again.

I haven't been a very good girl lately.
I mean, I haven't posted much on my blog.

How do I start filling you guys in with most of what's happened?

Issue #1 : Graphics Tablet blues.
The Dilemma : My tablet began acting strange during the middle of August, right at the time when I needed it to function properly. I wanted to buy a Wacom Bamboo or an Intuos 5, but as I'm saving up for an 8-powered PC for next year, I've decided to think things through and wait for the sponsors. ;)
Solution : I bought a Genius Graphics Tablet at SM today. I want to try working with a smaller tablet, before I buy anything of the same size. I tested it out this evening and it's been alright, for the brand.

Issue #2 : Pre-Final exam stress.
The Dilemma : I can't say I didn't know when the third set of exams were coming up, but the stress that has surfaced is too much. Every subject has demands that are somehow at opposite poles! I can't complain, but I'm not too joyful either. The thing is, I have too little time left to study, especially with two major Math exams and other drawing requirements.

Issue #3 : Matters of the hypothalamus.
The Dilemma : I learned this bit of truth in Psychology class, that feelings or emotions are from the hypothalamus, not the heart. So if ever, one should say, "I love you with all my hypothalamus" rather than, "I love you with all my heart". And if you're smart enough, you'd know that this issue is one sprinkled with love. All I can say is that I'm too confused at the moment to even pinpoint the dilemma. Which is a dilemma in itself.
Solution : Any experts at this thing? I'll be hoping.

Issue #4 : Leaving so soon?
The Dilemma : My dad arrived during the first week of August from Oman, to start his annual vacation. Even if it has been almost a month, I feel like he just arrived. I love my dad, and him leaving during examination week is going to be such a pain. I want him to stay with us and make every day as happy as the last three or four weeks of his presence, but I know our finances won't make it through, especially with my course and my brother's studies. Now, I find myself dreading the 6th of September - the day dad leaves us again. :(
Solution : I can't make him stay, so I really have no choice but to hand it over to God. I can cry and fret, but the final call is God's. I guess I'll just have to wait for another six months 'till he comes back.

So there you have it.

As of this evening, I have nothing else to say.
Except maybe...