Sunday, 4 March 2018

Follow and Feel (cover)

Follow And Feel's always been one of my fav Saosin songs besides Voices & Seven Years, I used to binge-listen to them since college, and after performing covers of Saosin songs a couple of times in the office last year, I thought I'd make a decent audible one to add to the portfolio.

The music:

One time I sang Follow and Feel to Havana by Camila Cabello, and later, thought of making a similar-sounding music to it when planning this Saosin cover but it still sounds generic-pop-ish, like not even remotely similar to how Havana sounds. Feels odd covering a rock song into... well, this, just cuz Garageband doesn't have enough rock stuff T~T

The artwork:

Initially I thought of a lady wearing a cloak spying on someone beheading a third character, supposedly a king, based vaguely on the song lyrics. But I kinda got confused and felt like drawing other things, and ended up with snakes spying on a bunny with its eyes on the biggest apple on the tree. Very children's-book-ish, I think there's a story here somewhere. It's like a bunch of snakes were ordered to assasinate this one bunny and then overthrow the bunny kingdom or something.

Since this is also partially based on Havana, I picked the color palette from the music video & drew everything in shades of blue with the bright red apples sticking out like Camila's dress.

Saturday, 10 February 2018

So Contagious (Cover)

Second cover of the year, another favorite song since college that I've been binge-listening in the office (and one I know how to play on the piano).

First off, replicating the instrumental was kinda difficult this time, I had to listen even deeper to get the drum beats right. Which is why I binge-listened. I'm not going all-piano like I did with the Bastille cover. Secondly I'm still not satisfied on how my voice turned out, I still sound audibly exhausted & out of breath here no matter how many times I record.

The artwork's done in Procreate, another app with a timelapse feature. It's neater than Sketchbook Pro, I gotta say. I don't know why I drew this to go with the song, I couldn't really find the perfect theme to draw to depict contagiousness or attachment but I've got a thing for eating brains and sucking the life out of it. And the girl turned out kinda like Noodle from Gorillaz too, my friend was the first to point that out.

Saturday, 6 January 2018

Starting off 2018 with Icarus

I decided to cover this Bastille song cuz I just learned to play this song on the piano two months ago, cuz it was one of the songs I repeatedly listened in the office. Also I was trying out Garageband on the iPad for fun, and it's easier to use there compared to using it on the laptop.
also cuz this song's not as popular as Pompeii cough cough

The artwork:

Done in Sketchbook Pro, also on the iPad. Previously I tried streaming my screen with VLC Player but it refused to record (probably cuz my Macbook is already 6 yrs old & outdated) and then I found out Sketchbook Pro has a timelapse feature

Here's the audio:

I was originally gonna record individual piano parts but doing it in Garageband was easier, though I've only limited the instruments to piano-only, 'cept the bass guitar at the back. Plus I don't have to clean up more audio.

Friday, 29 December 2017

G A M E . O V E R .

[Originally posted on my revamp blog]

revamped something from 9 years ago.

I used Procreate cuz of their abundance of textures, cuz back then I drew the earlier pic traditionally just so I can waste gel pens & watercolor pencils. Besides bright red & lime green go well like lime & chili.

I've also redrew a couple of things these past few months [X][X][X] mostly from school doodles back then.

Tuesday, 26 December 2017

My Rhett and Link gif's featured on Buddy System!

Not a new art post, but a throwback and some news.

Okay so I made that gif 3 years ago, based on one of the endings of GMM where R&L played in the park, & I only took the see-saw scene.

Just recently, this month, someone in deviantART told me that this gif's featured in their Youtube Red show Buddy System, in season 2.

I couldn't be more proud, this was the first time something I made actually got featured in a TV show.

To clarify, a few months before this, one of the post-production crew contacted me via first, then email, asking for my permission to feature the gif on Buddy System cuz Link found it online & he liked it.
tbh i'm not even sure whether i'm allowed to post his email address here. I'm still thankful for him, for reaching out to me and being an overall chill guy, and the crew, too.

Sunday, 24 December 2017

a rather uhh... phallic dwelling

Started out as a doodle which I drew on someone's paper that already had scribbles. They already formed a shape & so I drew along the shape, added details & made a house... a rather lewd house if you tilt your head 90°.

& also drawn in Procreate. I'm still practicing on finer details plus highlighting & shading, and i've always loved houses that look like they pop straight outta storybooks.

Saturday, 16 December 2017

Photo-painting practice

In my office the graphic designers were given assignments to practice digital painting from a photo reference. The boss is currently nuts over Makoto Shinkai artworks (he's got the art book which he passed around to us) & told us to follow tutorials from McLelun.

Photo reference:
creamy turquoise 5:40pm-ish sunset

This one took me 2 working days.