Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Charatypes .01

During the summer I had a go at the 20 favourite characters meme. I found it really difficult because I realised, rather than have an affinity for a specific characters of specific shows, I just have a tendency to like character types; certain habits or idiosyncrasies or behaviours that I enjoy when they are apparent in any character in any setting. I don't think I could make an exhaustive list, and anyway sometimes these are only any good when combined with other characteristics. The other problem was that often I only liked characters as part of a pair. In the end, for the meme I ended up drawing characters that either stood out to me because they didn't fit inside my set perimeters of interest or characters that totally defined them.
The point of this post is to start to archive some of these character types.

01: Ridiculous, over the top villains who have a high opinion of themselves, are prone to dressing pompously and have a silly villain laugh. Often in series they 'happen' to show up wherever the heroes find themselves to compete with them. The cornier and more extravagant, the better.
A perfect example is Elena-san from Teppan-Shojo Akane. A daft drama about a girl traveling around Japan taking part in cook-offs in search of her father. Elena-san, her corporation people and fleet of five-star chefs would always be there attempting to buy out some poor cuisine-based family business. Of course, we all grew up on cartoon villains like this. The silliness just has more impact live-action, I think.

02: Bat-shit insane screaming monkeys. I don't mean the kind that spout meaningless garbage like say, GIR in Invader ZIM. Just characters that somehow seem to be oblivious to what is acceptable behaviour, a bit socially retarded and end up screaming their feelings out at everyone. Like above, ridiculous and silly. I know there are plenty of characters like this I have loved but they are all eclipsed in my mind by the one character who personified it down to a T.
Delicious Gakuin's Nangou-sempai. Most of his dialogue is screamed, he is over-dramatic, prone to cheesy posing, and half-assaulting people he wants to talk to but somehow still manages to guide his four kouhais through the mad cookery school. The whole school (drama) was mental. It was run by four teachers who called themselves the Delicious Kings. I still can't type that with a straight face. Incidentally, it was written by the same guy who wrote Teppan Shojo Akane. I admire him for sticking to what he knows: overblown nutter characters and cooking.

03: Smug, pretentious overzealous twats. The kind of character who has grand illusions about themselves and who or what they aspire to be though it is apparent to everyone else that their desired status is comically out of reach. They can never manage to hold the act.

Favourite examples (of different flavours of) this character would be Hidari Shoutarou of Kamen Rider W and Basil Fawlty. Shoutarou inherited a small P.I. agency and fancies himself as a hard-boiled detective like someone out of American 1930s crime fiction, dressing and posing the part, spouting silly monologues that are interrupted by other characters, typing up his exploits on an old-fashioned typewriter at the end of each episode filled with hackneyed phrases and drinking innumerable cups of black coffee. A running gag of the series is other characters 'mistakenly' calling him a 'half-boiled detective'. 


As you've noticed, there's a certain amount of overlap and variety. In addition to which there's an over-arching comedic theme going here. I'm definitely much more susceptible to comedic characters than tragic characters.

Saturday, December 18, 2010


Made this this morning as a present. I was walking around in my own little blizzard of bits of paper for hours afterward. Something different.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

So weak for pokemon

So I watched some Pokemon Best Wishes cause I'm all done with pre-Christmas work \o/ I... I. really like Dento ;; I was never one of those girls to have a Brock crush but FFFFF this guy dresses as a waiter (with a bowtie), has a grass type monkey pokemon (Yanappu is adorable and does backflips when he's happy) AND having Mamoru Miyano's voice helps A LOT.

I'm so easy and predictable with the kind of characters I like. I will do a post about this soon.

Brown Bag Lecture

 Today I attended a guest lecture in college by Darragh O'Connell of Brown Bag Films. I like listening to lectures but I'm bad at watching them because something about listening to someone speak into a microphone from a podium generates a powerful urge to draw and I become too absorbed in drawing to look up. Sometimes I can't actually manage to draw anything and then I suffer through the lecture in a state of artistic constipation but today was a good day and I filled five pages of my pocket notebook which you can see here along with my coherent and relevant notes! Wow, it's like you were there too ですね。I was watching pokemon last night. Can you tell?

Monday, December 13, 2010


Some fanart today. Watching Gainax's Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt. These are Panty(R) and Stocking(L). Really generic looking. Hurts my eyes.

Thursday, December 9, 2010


My picture for the Inklude Collective calendar. My month is JUNE. June always has a rubbish, boring picture. I felt a responsibility to change this. Is this okay? Idk if I was being too scene kid on it with the filters at the end.

Small change.

Sketches of my main character from my film project. Got all stiff with my drawing. Trying to loosen them up again. Also, a picture of a Drifblim that I did for Pokemon week.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

These are words that go together well.

☃The Beatles music really seems to suit this winter to me.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010


 I know this is crap but oh well. I forgot what I wanted to draw in the middle. Again. Out of practice.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

used images.

Indie bear and his successor bespectacled robin.

Friday, October 29, 2010


Kind of lost sight of what I was aiming for in the middle of drawing this pic. So now I'm disappointed as well as really cold and tense.
For my deer. ♥



Wednesday, October 27, 2010


Finished pre-production manual today. Fun thesis time now. I'm sure it'll be fine. Right? Right?

Monday, October 11, 2010


Yes, I did spend the better part of the morning drawing this rather than work on my animation orz.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010


Characters. On top is a very early incarnation of the main character. The bottom is the refined version. I'm not sure if I should have stuck closer to the one on top. Last night I assured it'd be easier to draw expression out of the newer one but now I'm not so sure. The dress might have been a better idea too and I liked the rougher feel of that design. Uuughh I don't know. So little time.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010


Doing concept art for fourth year film idea. Pitch is tomorrow.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

I went to see My Husband is a Spaceman in the Project Arts Centre last week. I drew his before the performance started and curiously, the part that came closest to the content of the play is probably the chicken in the spaceship.

The less that's said about this night, the better C:

Sunday, September 19, 2010


idk. not sure this is what I wanted.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Dead Zoo

Went to the Natural History Museum for a little while yesterday. Too many things I wanted to draw at once. Will go back again soon ♪

Friday, September 10, 2010


Rachel and Niamh bought me a [rebuild] Shinji figure ♡ He stands with Deneb and Suicune at the corner of my memo board glaring down at me.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

It's Chris!

So it is. Scribbled on the back of a menu at work some while back. To add to the c.u.n.t. house-family I drew ages ago.


Yufune and Okada from ROOKIES. Yesterday evening I threw on the first episode as background noise. I ended up watching the whole hour and a half episode intently and then watched the next two this morning ;; Actually, it feels like a good time to rewatch this and get daily speeches on following my dreams...

and now it's stopped raining! Chance!


It's one of those days.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

05 Nikogaku, FIGHT!

Sekigawa from ROOKIES. Ever since he had the balls to stand up to the other guys and consequently had his face broken off the bathroom tiles by Shinjo in episode one it was love. 以外と優しい男で好き☆
And he can run; FAST.

Monday, September 6, 2010

04 Hard-boiled!

Going back to the character meme, though this one feels like a bit of a cheat. Shoutarou from Kamen Rider W. I find it hard to tell if I genuinely love this character or if I just think Kiriyama Renn looks great in a suit and trilby hat. I suspect I'll err more on the side of character love when I watch the last ten episodes of the series which I'm currently downloading. Double was a good series. It had a distinct look and character and was very clear about that. I haven't a clue what they're trying for with OOOs except maybe to cook up some horrible Kuuga/555 casserole. But I digress...
Not a very exciting post, sorry.

Friday, September 3, 2010


Bought a new sketchbook while I was in Cork for 99c. Here is some of the things I put in it. The top and bottom ones are to do with my ideas for my grad!film. The middle ones were observational. I forgot all about Dancin' Dave. I think everyone in the Cork area knows of him. Nice of him to put in an appearance the day I was in the city for the first time in a half a year.
On the whole, I find it very difficult to gauge whether I've gotten better or worse at drawing since I started college.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

too long

Been a while since I sat at my laptop in my pajamas doodling til 10am. I've forgotten how to get colours to blend when painting in photoshop. Anyone remind me what brushes are good for this? I've gone back to old habits from Open Canvas 4...

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

03 Allow me

Lulu, Final Fantasy X.

Since everyone can learn everything in X, it made me sad that Lulu loses her specialness as a mage pretty early :c Loved her design the second I saw her. Not to mention her weapon has a doll. Ahh.. these were the things I liked about Final Fantasy...

Monday, May 31, 2010

02 Those dolls in the underground...

Vivi, Final Fantasy IX.

Picture:Hm. Not quite how I wanted it.
Comment:Hands down my favourite character in all of FF. The scene with the mages falling off the airship broke my heart :'S

 Edit:  extra Vivi because I was pretty exhausted when I drew the other one last night and because he's special.

01 A bear, you say.

It's difficult to capture personified madness that is Nango-sempai. Most of my attempts to draw him end up as a page of frenzied scribbles. He's way OTT and the whole show (Delicious Gakuin) is completely retarded but it kind of works for me and he's remained one of my favourite characters ever.

Oh yeah btw, jumping on the band wagon and going to try drawing twenty of my favourite characters from tv/game/other pop culture mediums.

Monday, May 10, 2010