My birthday is always fun; my actual birthday is reserved for family and some alone time with the BF and then the Saturday of that week my friends and I get together and have a nice dinner out some where. This year we proved you are never too old for a pizza party lol and then went out for some drinks. Was a really, really fun night. Made turning 30 much easier.
This was the last AMV I made for a long while and it was done in 2006. It got mixed reviews on youtube (what doesn’t) as some didn’t feel the song fit for Kingdom Hearts, I personally think it does as Sora is about saving each world and the over all story for Kingdom Hearts has to do with friendship. But I can see why people feel it doesn’t at the same time. However, the editing I did for this video was so good (for me) that I find myself very attached and pleased, so enjoy.
Footage: Kingdom Hearts II
Song: Say the Word
Artist: Christy Carlson Romano (Kim Possible)
Really wish I had more time to clean up lines and ink this, as well as some proper lighting/shading, but that deadline came up so damn fast.
Lightning in what I dub the Crystal Twilight Savior. Armor pieces were inspired by armor found in FFXI; Twilight Mail, Lancer legs (I cut off the strapies and left them as leggings), Whirlpool Grieves, and Aneirin’s Gloves. The weapon is a cross between the RDM mythic and the Sanus enis as the Sanus was made of crystal, I felt it was appropriate for lightning. I just really liked the shape of the mythic.
Keeping with my favorite AMVs I have made, this again from 2005; was my first Gravitation video with my DVD rips. I wanted to do a video that displayed more of Yuki and Tohma’s relationship as it is a big part of Yuki’s overall character. Though there are some pieces that could have been edited better, I am still overall happy with this video.
Song: My Immortal
Apparently I started making AMVs back in 2005, as this is from that year as well. This is the 2nd video I ever made and to this day it remains one of the best I have done and one of my favorites. If I could manage to find extra HD space I would love to redo this video with much better quality footage, as the last few scenes were from the original TGS trailer for Kingdom Hearts II. Anyways, I hope you all enjoy.
Footage: Kingdom Hearts
Song: Crawling in the Dark
An AMV I made back in 2005. Since Anime Boston is getting ever closer and it being Valentine’s Day I figured I’d share this video.
Artist: The Backstreet Boys
I meant to post this awhile ago as I had this thought around Christmas time, but with all the craziness and depressing-ness that has been around me; I didn’t feel put together enough to do so.
A couple months ago, someone I admire very much was having trouble with their art. Expectations of our own art are never up to standards so doubts are always to be expected, but to hear the doubt go so far as to say it isn’t worth paying for is troublesome, especially for one so talented and who genuinely loves their craft. I am here to say, that even some view the work as possibly “not worth it” in terms of effort or price; that there is always someone who will have a smile on their face when they gaze upon these amazing things.
These were the first commissions I got from this person and in fact was the 2nd commission I had ever done. The experience she gave me was wonderful, she was easy to talk to and understood what you wanted within a few words. These came out so cute and wonderful that my boyfriend and I wanted to commission her to make some of our original characters for their Christmas presents that year;
these are the 2 that my BF and I got for ourselves in that set. The expressions from everyone when we gave them out was priceless and I will remember them forever. One of them in fact almost cried when he saw his.
Then there was a special sale/deal she did for the summer time and I of course jumped on it and me being a sappy I wanted something cute and romantic and she didn’t disappoint.
Lus and Dem from FFXI, they have been my muse for a lost of things and this little statue always puts a smile on my face and it rightfully sits with my other Final Fantasy trinkets.
Then this one winter, she decided to mass produce a bunch of Mandy ordainments and I jumped at the chance to get one of these cute little guys too.
I was so giddy when I saw this little fella, but only to be confused as to what happened to his leg. It was no where within the package and when I contacted her about it, she felt horrible that I had received a broken gift. But as I saw and still see it; he isn’t broken, he’s just the FFXI version of Tiny Tim, which is what I named him.
Then in some years to follow I obsessively got into cosplay, but certain items go beyond my comprehension as to how to make them. The first being my PGSM Venus costume; I decided I wanted to do a closet cosplay of Minako on the first and last days of the convention as they were pretty much half days, but there was one piece for that costume that baffled me and that was her charm bracelet. I had asked her about and she said that she would see what she could do and she came up with this;
This bracelet is PERFECT in every way. The toy replica doesn’t even hold a candle to this. Though the Minako costume wasn’t completed till last year due to having an issue finding a skirt of all things, I have worn this bracelet every year since getting it to Anime Boston and I wear it every time I get dressed up as well. It not only displays my love for Sailor Moon, but it is also quite elegant. I am glad I went to her with this request because it left me hopeful in another cosplay costume I wanted to do as well and that was Ciel Phantomhive. Ciel being my favorite anime and manga character I decided to maybe pull somethings together in hopes to do a costume for him, but his rings were sadly out of my reach. The cheap ones on Ebay are just that; cheap. They would no doubt tarnish in color over time and turn my fingers green had they actually had them in my size. Those rings were only in one size and me being a big girl there was no way I could wear them without them getting stuck. So I asked her how a Sculpy ring would do and she did these;
the craving of the Phantomhive crest and the overall craftsmanship on both of these rings is simply stunning. Though not actual metal, she did an excellent job getting the shine on there to replicate it and frankly you possibly wouldn’t even know they weren’t official unless otherwise told. These rings remain on display on the stand to my Ciel figure, much like my bracelet is displayed with my Sailor Moon figurines.
And last year I had a brainstorm. I had always tried doing something for my BF for Valentine’s Day and our anniversary and upon seeing a couple pictures of these amigurumi projects she did I had asked her to make one of my BF’s original character Cycle for Valentine’s Day;
Beyond cute! When she showed me the pic of the final product I squeed with glee. And to my surprise she made this within a week of me asking for it. My taxes were in, but not processed yet and being the lovely and trusting person she is; she sent me the doll to make sure I had it in time for Valentine’s Day and had me pay her when my money was deposited. My BF loves him and simply amazed any time she does work with our original characters. The anniversary gift was something rather simple to most artists, but for me it’s like the hardest thing ever.
I had her color one of the “covers” to our table top RPG that had celebrated it’s 10 year anniversary alongside our relationship. He was shocked at how good and professional his picture looked and I agree. I love that she left his style intact, but brought so much more life to it.
At that same time I had also asked her to do 2 amigurumi dolls for me of Sora and Tracey;
these two are perfect and adorable. Tracey looks devious as he should and Sora looks so innocent you just wanna hug him. The detailing too is just awesome, I couldn’t stress the point of getting Sora’s necklace on there enough as it’s an important part of the character and she did it in a clever way; I never would have thought to use a clasp for the ring.
And of course, I must mention her generosity as she over the years presents us with little gifts.
When she sent me my Ciel rings, inside the package with them was this little Sebastian charm. She sent it as a thank you for all the repeat business I had given her. No thanks was ever necessary as I was always pleased with the products I received. And then one Christmas she had asked what our favorite things were; such as food, color and even characters. I had separated character into three categories, favorite original character, favorite anime character, and favorite video game character. My face lit up when I saw Sora. ^^
As I said there was no need to thank me for commissioning them; instead I should be the one to say thank you.
Blackash, thank you for not only being a fantastic artist, but a wonderful person in general. You share your talent with us everyday and it truly inspires me that one day I may be able to get to that level artistic ability. You were understanding when I wanted to do a commission, but had to back out due money troubles that have come and still are coming my way. No matter what anyone else says that may bring you down, never doubt yourself. And if you ever find yourself losing your way, I want you to look back at this and know how much just one person loves what you do. You are an inspiration not just to me, but to others and I look forward to seeing what you create in years to come. Again, I thank you for being you.
Well doesn’t that sound cheesy? But none the less true. Last night after a horrible emotional blow up/break down with my brother I chatted with a friend over Facebook and I felt much better. After talking about silly things like making AMVs we ended on a high note. After I left Facebook though she had another random thought and when I got up this morning my FB messenger was flooded with links. I had mentioned that I am technically out of a job (I am still employed, there is just nothing for me to do) and I have no idea how I am gonna make any money. Somehow she thought of my crafts; I know how to do basic stuff yes, but some of the things she saw on esty she felt that I myself could do or even do it better. So when she stopped by today and while I went with her to get her breaks fixed; we talked about it and the more we talked the more it sounded like a plausible and good idea, at least for some spare cash to pay for XI and what not.
We picked up some beads and such to play with to see how it will go and honestly I am quite hopeful this will work out. Doing something I enjoy and frankly love for money? OKAY! My only issue is I am unsure what I would charge for things. I know I would need to charge enough to supplement the cost of materials, but I would need to charge enough for me to make a profit as well. I also mentioned maybe making some henshin bracelets (like my Sailor Venus one) to sell. I am only wary of doing that since I might not make them right on the first try, since it took me 4 tries to get the one I have done. But we’ll see, I’m really excited about this and if one friend believes in me and my skills this much, there is no reason I shouldn’t give it a try, right?