It was my Birthday a few of days ago and I had a wonderful day.
I received nice Birthday messages, thoughtful cards and wonderful presents. The highlight of the day, I must say, is when my two year old Niece said to me “Happy Birthday Bro” because she calls me Uncle Bro. She’s very sweet and clever.
I don’t like a huge fuss or be the centre of attention I just like to spend a quiet peaceful day with my family. I woke up very early so I spent some time in my summer house editing one of my stories whilst listening to the birds singing. During the day I played Mario Kart with all my family and we then stayed up to the early hours watching One Punch Man. It’s fortunate we’re fans of the show and was worth the lack of sleep, haha.
A tad off subject but just thought to bring up something I recently learned about myself, how I used to fear failure.
This fact is important because it explains my thoughts, my obsession with being perfect and having a spotless record in every academic subject and emotional stress that extends back to my childhood. It’s only these past couple of years that I became more laid back and started to accept my weaknesses and being open to making mistakes. Yoga and Art helped me to make peace with my fear that isn’t really such a fear anymore, more of a dislike.
Back on subject- I had a wonderful day. It’s going to be an upheaval task trying to remember that I’m 29 but then again age isn’t really important, it’s more about how you feel. =)
I wrote my first ever blog three years ago, around this time. Instead of talking about my favourite moments of the year I’m going to commemorate this anniversary by listing my Top Ten Favourite Anime of all time. =D
From 10 to 1 here is my all-time top ten. =)
10. Food Wars!: Shokugeki no Soma (2015)
9. Locodol (2014)
8. No Game No Life (2014)
7. One Punch Man (2015)
6. Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? (2015)
5. Monster Musume (2015)
4. High School DxD (2012)
3. KonoSuba: God’s Blessing on this Wonderful World! (2016)
2. New Game! (2016)
Non Non Biyori (2013)
That’s my list done. What’s your favourite anime? Feel free to comment and we can have a good chat. =D
So far this year there hasn’t been an anime that made me go “wow, that is amazing!” The only exception is KonoSuba and that wasn’t originally on my plan to watch list. I picked it up half way through and it became an instant favourite of mine.
Last year there were plenty for me to look forward to like Non Non Biyori Repeat, Monster Musume, High School DxD BorN, Food Wars!: Shokugeki no Soma, Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?, I could literally go on. Recently I watched the One-Punch Man anime which aired last year and that too became an instant favourite of mine.
I don’t necessarily think that this year’s anime have been bad, it’s just that I found most of them something to watch rather than watching them with excitement.
There has been one anime that I have been eagerly waiting for this year and that is the second season of Food Wars! ‘Food Wars! The Second Plate.’ I’m really excited about that and I’m deliberately avoiding the trailers so I don’t get spoiled. I want to be surprised.
The other anime that has caught my eye from this season is ‘Hybrid x Heart Magic Academy Ataraxia’ or ‘Masou Gakuen H x H.’
I’ve seen one trailer so far and I do think I will really enjoy it. I didn’t watch anymore trailers because I want to be surprised like with the Food Wars! second season. I know nothing about this story but my instincts are telling me that it will have a lot of similar themes to High School DxD.
Either way, I’m happy that I have something else to look forward to. =)
I’m really enjoying my art as of late and I feel as though I’m getting better with each picture that I produce. Recently, I drew a picture of Freya from Danmachi and I’m very happy with how it ended up. It turned out really well because I chose to go back to the basics with my approach to both the colouring and shading styles. I feel that because I went back to the basics, it ended up being much more effective than I anticipated.
Subconsciously I think I put myself under unnecessary pressure to finish my illustrations as quickly as I can and that did take away some of the enjoying from the artistic journey. I took a step back upon my Freya picture and realised this so I told myself to slow down and when the pictures are ready to be complete, they will be complete.
Lately I’ve been doing these artistic projects where I’m drawing characters and sceneries for my family members. I’m enjoying doing projects for other people as it makes a nice change of pace but I don’t think I’m up for doing commissions for people that I don’t know just yet. Will my requested art meet their expectations? Will I be on a time limit? Anxious thoughts entered my head, especially regarding the time issue, so I always end up declining to avoid those self-pressure situations.
I think if I’m reassured that I can take my time with a project than I can probably do it and do it well. So, if anyone has a suggestion or if they have a picture that they’d like to see, just give me a shout. =)
Here is the list of My 8 Current Art in the Works
Claire Harvey(Hundred) – I’m attempting a 3D-ish type of colouring of Claire. Nothing really inspired me to give this a go, I just fancied a go. =D
Mi-Chan(High School Fleet) – I started this picture around the same time as Freya so the colouring and shading style will be more or less the same but with a background. =)
Saitama and Fubuki(One Punch Man) – I’m in the midst of doing a funny but affectionate dating scene between Saitama and Fubuki. I keep on laughing every time I focus on drawing this. XD
Atago(KanColle) – Atago at the beach. Originally I was going to use Galko-Chan in this summer scene but I saw this as an opportunity to draw Atago as I always wanted to draw her. =)
Fubuki(KanColle), Renge(Non Non Biyori) and Stera and Lotte(Atelier Shallie) – I’m doing a crossover to celebrate the fact that I earned my first ever Platinum Trophy on the PlayStation network. =D
Ikumi Mito(Food Wars!) – I really like Ikumi and it’s always fun to draw her, especially when she blushes.
Arnice and Lillysse(Nights of Azure) – I’m really enjoying playing the Nights of Azure game and I suddenly had the urge to draw these two girls. =)
Hotaru(Non Non Biyori), Wiz(KonoSuba) and Kirin(The Asterisk War) – A night scene with the girls and fireflies. I’m very excited about this one. =)