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Week’s Work

First, last week’s cartoon mojo! I drew a flapper witch with a conjured familiar!

Right. So, Thursday was that, Friday was a makeup day. Saturday was SCAD Day. I ate like three free popsicles and met an awesome transfer student who’s starting here next quarter. 


In Drawing for Storyboarding we did caricatures of people in motion.DRAW_206_A02_mzhdan20_Body1.jpgDRAW_206_A02_mzhdan20_Body2.jpg

We also started to work on storyboards for a Kool-aid advertisement. I did the thumbnails and then I’ll start actually working on the final thing tomorrow in class, because…I don’t know, I want to put this off for as long as humanly possible.

In Drawing for Sequential Art we had to draw a figure in shadow only, no containment lines. I’m actually fairly pleased with mine. 

Our final for this class is a 2-page Spiderman comic following a very specific script. I do not like superhero comics.

I very much do not like superhero comics.

I’m going to do my best on this assignment anyway because I value professor June’s opinion of me.

Art for fun! Inktobers:

I switched to doing My Hero Academia Characters because I got sick of drawing buildings, and I love these girls. My Hero Academia is really so good.

Personal work:

I’m also writing and illustrating my most embarrassingly autobiographical fanfiction to date. Please read it or I’ll cry. It’s Haikyuu but with fencing instead of volleyball.

What else have I done lately…
As a student ambassador I have to help out with the hometown heroes table twice a week. I’m working with my friend, so it’s fun.
The local public library was giving out library cards during the break in the middle of my class today so I got one. I also made a button of Uraraka’s face, because as previously mentioned I love her. I think Uraraka’s my new go-to drawing thing. 

Media consumed recently:

Read Petrograd for my Survey of Sequential Art Class. It’s actually really good. Graphic novel about the plot to kill Rasputin. Recommended if you like spy stories. Certified as Good Media About Russia By Not-Russians.

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Watched Blade Runner 2049 on Sunday with my friend! Opinions: gorgeous, uncontrollable urge to do storyboard studies from every scene, beautifully paced, beautiful environments, but. What is with the multilingual aesthetic. Why is there Japanese and English on some things, Russian and English on other things, Mandarin and English on even more things, but with no rhyme or reason. You don’t even see any Asian people in this future Los Angeles, but you get a lot of Asian signage that doesn’t seem to have a reason to be there. It distracted me because the sudden inclusion of Russian language and imagery made me pay extra attention to it.

Wrote and illustrated an article for the connector! Actually two articles! Unfortunately the Connector website isn’t working for me right now (I had the first link saved somewher else), but you can find the second article if you search for Generate.

I’m also helping out with a few senior films this year! That’s actually what I’m going to go work on now. There’s an ASIFA-South mixer tonight, but I don’t really feel like it right now. I’ll go to the January one, I suppose.

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Week’s Work

Last Thursday, I went to a Temple of Cartoon Mojo meeting. It was fun! We drew inktober prompts. Here’s everyone’s contributions spread out on the table.

And here’s my thing: a pirate witch and a candy witch from the #31witches prompt lists.

Friday was absolutely packed for me: Marksmen meeting, Connector meeting, Ambassador meeting, Ambassador team-building activity at Escape the Room (my group got out first!), and then a screening of Space Jam at SCADShow! I took this photo because I needed good lighting effects for my thumbnails assignment.

Saturday my roommate and I went to the international market and I bought Russian food to fill the void in my heart, as one does.

Sunday I marched in the ATL Pride parade with the SCAD LGBT club! It was A Time: hot, sunny, loud…but fun overall. I’m still washing glitter out of my hair. It’s been three days. Save me.


I did a presentation on Nell Brinkley for my Survey class and got a 20/20! I’m very pleased with myself.

Drawing for Sequential Art:SEQA_202_A02_mzhdan20_figure2.png

The model actually took a picture of this drawing! I hated drawing it, because we had to use nib pen and it’s so hard to work with. None of the lines went where I wanted them to go, it was awful. But it turned out okay, I think.


Yeah spotting blacks is not anywhere near my strong suit.

Drawing for Storyboarding:

Realistic and Caricature drawings of two of my closest friends.

For-fun drawing: fanart.

Two of my current favorite characters share a birthday… I love them…

Also made this short comic that’s just an art shitpost, but I learned how to do the blur thing in photoshop for this so I’m proud of it.  Have I mentioned how much I love Haikyuu!! and My Hero Academia recently? Because those are like, the only ongoing manga I’m keeping up with right now.


Also inktobers! I did those! 

Reading material: I’ve caught up with Giant Days and Snotgirl. I read Petrograd so I can review it for my Survey class, but I haven’t actually started the review. Reread Unterzakhn so I can analyze a scene from it for my Drawing for Sequential Class. Picked up Felicia Day’s memoir on a whim and it’s pretty enjoyable despite some extremely iffy jokes.


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This Week’s Work: GENERATE!


Seriously the response from past CTYers and art friends alike has been. Super gratifying.

Generate was really fun. As an officer in Marksmen, I also helped with the Marksmen Zine Generate event, which was fun and cool. This kid’s design for a spaceman robot thing ended up winning, so everyone drew comics and illustrations and gags using this spaceman robot, and then we put them all together into a book and printed it. I finished my comic around 3 AM, which made me the second person to finish Generate this year. My professor gave me a copy of Bad Machinery: The Case of the Team Spirit, which I’m very emotional about because I love that comic SO MUCH you don’t even know.

Okay besides that. Classwork. 3 point perspective: reference images are the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University and a random building near Union Square in NYC.

More composition thumbnails for Seqa, this time with gray tones! Wow!


Figure drawing for Seqa.SEQA_202_A02_mzhdan20_figure1.jpg

What else do I have. Inktobers!

That’s pretty much it really…

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Inktober and other things!

Okay so this past week I have:

Attended the monthly ASIFA-South mixer! It was fun as usual.

Attended the first Temple of Cartoon Mojo meeting of the quarter! We drew our favorite superheroes while watching Neo Yokio. I drew Uraraka Ochako because my hero academia is the only superhero comic I read. Also, I love Uraraka.

Drew things for class!

2 point perspective in technical pen. Actually I’m looking at it now and I think I need to add some more lines to the top one…hmm…assignment2.PNG

Then 15 thumbnails from observation focusing on composition. I drew the arrows to indicate which direction is up for each thumbnail.assign3.PNGassignment3b.PNG


I illustrated an article for the Connector!

I also wrote a review of Spinning for the Connector. As previously mentioned, everything Tillie Walden touches turns to gold.

For Inktober this year I’m drawing buildings of personal significance to me.

Inktober at art school is WILD. Marksmen’s doing a special thing where if you follow the official prompt list you win a pack of microns. My Survey of Sequential Art professor dropped cards on everyone’s desk at the end of Survey and told us to draw something we talked about in class.  Everywhere you look someone is inking something. 

What else did I do… On Sunday I went to Sweet Hut with some friends, and Friday we had makeup classes, and Saturday I did homework… I wrote a fanfiction in two days…

Oh yeah! I opened up Halloween Icon Commissions for $5 on my social media accounts! (The last one’s me)

Finally, here’s some personal art I did.

I’m thinking about making a webcomic soon, but I’m not sure I’ll have time. Right now I’m working on a submission to the Lilies Anthology but I’m not hoping for much, to be honest.

And in a couple of hours, I’m going swing dancing! My friend recommended me a place that does free beginner classes on Monday nights, so I’m going to go check it out tonight.

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I’m 19 now! Week 1

Yesterday was my birthday! My aunt Liza took me out for food and it was pretty great.

So the first week of the quarter was insanely busy. Orientation was exhausting, even though we had about an hour in the middle of each day to wait for the students to come back from their presentation sessions. SCAD Day was more of the same, but since it was shorter and only one day it felt a lot less stressful. I got free food. Here’s all us Orientation Assistants posing together.

My classes so far have been alright. I have the same professor for both Drawing for Storyboarding and Drawing for Sequential Art. She’s currently the artist for the Mary Worth daily strip. I asked her what it was like to draw Mary Worth and she said “mindnumbingly boring” and then showed me some pages of her new comic about cats in space. I love her.

Drawing for Storyboarding is basically Perspective for Cartoonists, and Drawing for Sequential Art is basically Anatomy for Cartoonists. I hope my art improves a lot this quarter. Here’s something I drew in class.

And here’s my first assignment for Storyboarding, to be critiqued in like. 3 hours. Three one-point perspective drawings from high, medium and low eye levels. From observation. I spent a while going through all the photos in my drive, haha.

Survey of Sequential Art is interesting. The book we’re using as a textbook is focused on comics in the United Kingdom bc the author’s British, so I’m definitely learning a lot about comics I had never heard of before.

We went to a reception for the Guo Pei exhibit at SCAD Fash. Guo Pei herself was there but I only got to see her for a few seconds in a crowd of well-dressed fancy people. It was a weird experience. The view from the SCAD Fash balcony is super nice though. 

Personal artwise, I haven’t done all that much this week. Fanart, mostly. 

OH ALSO! I put together a zine about movies I liked when I was a kid! Check it out here 

Recent Reading: I wrote a review of Monster on the Hill by Rob Harrell for my Survey class, and a review of Spinning by Tillie Walden for The Connector.

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I enjoyed Monster on the Hill. It was cute and funny, but some of the character’s faces looked a little off.

I love everything Tillie Walden has ever produced and I would die for her probably. 

 Tomorrow I’m going to the ASIFA-South mixer in Atlantic Station again! This’ll be my third one, but the last time I went was in May, so I don’t know how much if anything has changed. My friend Connie’s going with me. I hope I get to see some of the people I met before.
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Orientation Tomorrow!

Hi! Sorry I haven’t updated in a while. I’ve been busy, stressed out, and unmotivated.

Since the last time I posted here I went to Flamecon. It was awesome. Highlights: Check Please!, Haikyuu!! and Yuri!!! on Ice fanart, a Yuri Recommendations panel. Nice people. Seeing my friend Gina.

I spent time with my friends for the last week or so of my summer vacation, and that was really nice. Then two weeks ago I moved into my dorm at SCAD Atlanta for Orientation Assistant training.

On the first day of training, everything went to heck. Halfway through the day we all got a text alert from SCAD. The start of fall quarter was pushed back a week because of Hurricane Irma, and everyone already moved in at Savannah was evacuated here. I had three incoming Savannah freshmen staying in my room for a few nights while the storm blew over. I got to see some friends from Savannah I haven’t really spent much time with before, and that was really fun. But it’s also been super hectic.


I checked out the Guo Pei exhibit at SCAD FASH a few days ago, and it was so awesome. Really recommend.

Also I played Hiveswap yesterday. A lot shorter than I was expecting after five years, but still pretty entertaining, even though I’m not big on video games.

Creative work updates: I’ve written some more fanfiction if you’re into that at all. Also. A lot of fanart. Because school hasn’t started yet might as well indulge right. Also a color study.

I did some studies of Princeton, and I made up a new thing where if my friends from other colleges pay for my transportation I will go to their college and draw their campus. I don’t expect anyone to take me up on it but I wish they would.

Also I drew my OC from my Hong Kong Comics classwork because I could.

Oh yeah, Miku’s 10th anniversary happened August 31st, and I participated in this year’s Miku Miku Collab!  

I drew 4 illustrations: Heartbreak Summit, Strobe Last, Tokyo Retro and Start Line. Four of my favorite songs.

Tomorrow and Sunday I’m gonna be on my feet from 8 am to 6 pm, helping with the new student orientations. I’m ready.

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End of Study Abroad and start of Japan!

So, I finished up my study abroad program, and landed in Japan 2 days ago!

This is what I drew for my Travel Portfolio final. No one liked it very much, but it’s fine. I’m done. IMG_20170720_141138123

For my Hong Kong Comics final, Howard Wong, writer for Marvel, came in and gave us all feedback! And after the 5 of us finished our presentations, we went out to Genki Sushi at the Dragon Center mall, and my prof treated us all to dinner. Genki Sushi’s super cool. They sent us food on little motorized trains!coverimage.png

I’m going to miss the Hong Kong Sequential Arts department a lot.

The next day, I had plenty of time to wander around before my flight. So I went to Comix Home Base in Wan Chai, and checked out the Toy Street nearby. It was really nice. I wish there was a kind of concentrated Comics Spot near my home. I guess MOCCA in New York could count, but I’ve never been there so I don’t know what it’s actually like.

After that I went to Causeway Bay and had an old lady under a bridge curse a certain someone by beating his name with a shoe. I felt better afterwards, I think.

Then I just packed and prepared for my flight to Japan. I got like 2 hours of sleep on the plane, but Vika (her mom is my mom’s best friend, and she’s the one taking me places in Japan) met me in the airport that morning and we went to our super cute hostel in Asakusa, Tokyo. It was so adorable. Also there was a big shrine there that we walked past to get to the hostel.

After that we had to take like 5 trains to get to Chofu to meet a friend of my stepfather’s who lives there. Japan’s seventeen thousand train lines perfectly demonstrate why monopolies are good in certain cases. Because no one should need that many train tickets or transfers to get around one city.

In Chofu, we went to a soba noodle restaurant inside a park. The soba noodles were very good. All of the food in Japan is so good. And so cheap. I love it. So much.


After that we walked around the park for a bit. There’s a shrine, and a building that dates back to the Edo period. And a Traditional Japanese paint-a-pottery thing, apparently.

There was also a GeGeGe no Kitaro museum. I have never heard of this franchise before, but the museum was really cool. I like the concept and the visual style a lot.


Then we had shaved ice! Mine was melon flavored. It tasted like snow with syrup on it. Weird but good. It was way too hot outside.

On to the Ghibli museum! We weren’t allowed to take photos inside, but it was still beautiful outside and in. It reminded me of Disney, but more subtle and serious. My favorite room was the concept art room, where all of the creator’s inspirations were tacked up on the walls, and I saw my favorite Russian animator’s sketches up there with everything else! I’m so glad.

After that we got yakiniku. That was my first time trying it. It was really good. No pictures, though.

Then I fell asleep on the train because I had 2 hours of sleep the night before.

Yesterday morning, we went to Denny’s for breakfast. Holy shit, this Denny’s makes American Denny’s look like a trash can. This is a thing I ordered, for 5 USD. AT DENNY’S. It was extremely delicious.IMG_20170723_095024079

Then we went to an Owl Cafe! It also had a meerkat, a parrot, some hedgehogs, some chinchillas, and other creatures.

After that, we took the metro to Akihabara and walked around. I bought way too much anime merchandise, because I am a nerd.

We took a long time figuring out how to get to Matsuzaki, where Vika lives, and took the slow train instead of the shinkansen (a bad move.)

But then we got to Matsuzaki and yesterday I walked to the 7-11 and went to the fire festival in the next village over, which was super neat! The whole area is super gorgeous.

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Hong Kong Week 4

Well, for travel portfolio, crit was Wednesday, and then Thursday we went to Monkey Mountain to draw monkeys and take reference photos for our last topic, which is NATURE.

The monkeys were evil. And there were so many, like, we sat down at this rest area and there were literally 8 of them just walking around looking for a fight.

that’s my professor in the background of the last one haha

After that, for comics class, we had critique of our character designs/development.

Then Friday, we went to the botanical/zoological gardens for drawing of nature things. I can’t believe these are free to visit here, in the states a place like that would’ve been like $30 USD to enter at least. It was awesome.

Then my roommate and I watched some SCAD kids lose at soccer to a bunch of old men, and wandered around the Dragon Center until it was time to leave for swing dancing.

Friday night was my last Friday night swing dancing, but it was fun and I had a good time.

Saturday I went to Mong Kok to buy some souvenirs for my family. I learned I cannot haggle. I am as assertive as a salted slug. I probably paid too much money for the things I obtained. But then I got to drown my sorrows in Ten Ren bubble tea which is supposed to be The Best so it was fine really.

After that me and my roommate met up with a swing dancing friend for cheap and delicious seafood! It was extremely delicious. And then we got milk pudding for dessert and wandered around the Causeway Bay area. Very fun, despite some rain that happened.

And then today, I met up with Ingrid again to go to PMQ and wander around a bit. We had a very nice lunch at a very cute cafe and saw some very cool things. We also hit up the antiques street, which was so cool I love antiques.

I finally finished my 100 literary characters! check #100literarycharacters on instagram for the full array.

What else? Here’s a sketchbook page for travel drawing.

Reading list: read Seconds by Bryan Lee O’Malley, which was interesting, but not my favorite thing by him. Also read Filmish, a graphic nonfiction work explaining film theory and criticism, which was really interesting and brought several movies to my attention that I hadn’t heard of before but want to watch now. The art style was too similar to Understanding Comics, though, and it threw me off a little.

Also read 17776 which I really like, it’s like homestuck but short and self-contained and SATISFYING. I’ve sent links to all my friends. I’m very excited about it because it’s a thing that will definitely appeal to my friends from high school, unlike volleyball anime and figure skating anime, which appeals more to my art school friends. I miss geeking out over homestuck with people I’ve known for half my life.

That’s about it, I guess. I’m going to japan late Friday night. It’s surreal, I still can’t really believe it. Man.

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Hong Kong Week 3

I was totally going to post this on Sunday but I blanked and forgot.

So, let’s see…Last monday I finished up my architectural vantage points final piece.


Nothing super interesting Tuesday. Then, Wednesday night I went swing dancing with my roommate and another study abroad girl again. We ordered a pizza this time, and I danced more. I brought my sketchbook and did some more sketching. It was fun.

Thursday, instead of Comics class, we went to see Spiderman: Homecoming with the Rising Star and Summer Seminar kids. The theater was super fancy. Afterwards, I got dinner and hung out with one of the girls in my class and two of the people who aren’t technically in my class but just kinda hang around for fun. They’re all so nice and fun to be around. I like having friends here.



In Travel Portfolio, the theme for week 3 is Night, so here’s some of the stuff I did for that so far.



Friday, we had a field trip to the History museum, but the bus from Gold Coast to SCAD was late so I didn’t see my professor there. The History museum’s super cool though. There’s a lot of really interesting stuff, including life-size replicas of shops and houses from various points of Hong Kong history. And clothes and jewelry.


When I got back to SCAD on Friday, there was a big celebratory thing for the end of Summer Seminar, and I got a free popsicle and stuffed Beijing-style crepe. They were delicious, and even more delicious because they were free.

I made a 3 page comic for Hong Kong Comics!

Saturday, I went to Macau for all of two hours. There were 3 Study Abroad kids including me, and like, 40 Rising Star kids, so it was kind of an ordeal. But Macau was super cool. We had lunch in a rotating restaurant on top of Macau tower, overlooking the city and eating super fancy food.


Sunday, I got to meet up with a friend I haven’t seen in 2 and a half years! We went to the teaware museum in Hong Kong Park, and then got some tea and dim sum at a teahouse nearby. It was great. P_20170709_130127.jpgIMG_20170709_132607929.jpgP_20170709_160859.jpgIMG_20170709_171702953.jpgP_20170709_150110.jpg

Afterwards, we wandered around and ate cool food and talked about life and stuff.

Nothing much happened yesterday, but today, I went and explored the Dragon Center near SCAD. It’s a 9-story shopping mall- with a roller coaster around the top two floors! And a lot of anime merch which I took pictures of for my friends. I had an okay lunch there.


Here’s some more of my assignments for Travel Drawing which I took pictures of today. IMG_20170711_141111608.jpgIMG_20170711_161413.jpgIMG_20170711_162523545.jpg

My professor really likes my stuff.

Reading list: Finished Bakuman, started My Hero Academia. Rereading Discworld because I know what I like. Bakuman is so good, guys.

Also wrote over 9,000 words of this fanfiction, because I have no self-control.

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Hong Kong Week 2

I feel like every week is more packed with things to do than the last. Taking two studio classes was A Mistake.

First off, last Sunday I went to Causeway Bay with Ingrid! It was fun. We went to a Ghibli store and a lot of other places too but the Ghibli store stands out because I got to stand in a cat bus for a photo op. I bought a LOT of washi tape and five pairs of socks. Very cute socks.

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Monday was critique for travel portfolio and new assignment day for comics, so basically a normal day. Crit went well.

For Travel Portfolio, on Tuesday we went out to the IFC mall and then went to the monetary museum on the 55th floor to draw the city from a high vantage point. It was pretty fun. I’ve been to a lot of fancy malls here, but the IFC mall might have been the fanciest. It kind of reminded me of an airport.

Then after all that, I went back to SCAD to meet my comics class (plus some alums who hang around because they can) to get on a bus to Mong Kok to go to Sino Centre. Sino Centre is like a 3-story mall/flea market that specializes in anime and manga merch. It’s absolutely amazing. And we got to go there on class time. And my prof treated us all to bubble tea because there were like 5 people on this trip. People rent out these cubes and fill them with things they want to sell and then the shopkeeper sells them and gives the money to whoever put the items there in the first place.

I bought a Haikyuu charm and a Yuri!!! on Ice charm, because I’m weak. Everyone keeps telling me stuff because I’m the only one in the class who’s not a native HKer and I’ve never been to Sino Centre before. One of the alums freelanced for Minecraft for years. She told me a lot about the history of BL manga and how it’s a genre popular with girls who like girls because it allows them to explore romantic attraction without participating in it.

Wednesday my roommate took me swing dancing again. It was in the basement of a fancy building in Central this time, at an Italian restaurant, and they were offering free beginner lessons, which was cool.

Thursday we climbed the hill behind SCAD to do more drawing for travel portfolio, but this time outside, in the heat, for half an hour. My classmate had bug spray for everyone, which was a help, but like. IT WAS STILL, SO HOT.

I’m making slow progress on my watercolor Finished Piece for this assignment. I hate watercolor and architecture and everything. It sucks.

Friday was kind of a nothing day, really. I went to SCAD to work on my comic a bit, and I wanted to print some photos in color for my travel drawing sketchbook, but I couldn’t find a functional color printer.

Saturday I met up with Ingrid again! We walked around the midlevels for a bit, then went to her house and played with her dogs. She has 7 amazing poodles.

We took the ferry from Central over to TST. TST is basically Times Square, NYC, except even more crowded. Not the most fun, but still a new experience!

I also met a sequential arts professor from Savannah, here to visit his wife, who also works at SCAD apparently. That was interesting.

Recent reading: Bakuman, still. Ran through the 11 volumes in the library.

I read a comic in French! Kylooe tome 2, by Little Thunder who’s an HK native. It was really pretty, but felt kind of hopeless near the end.

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Ingrid let me borrow this amazing adaptation of the Great Gatsby by Nicki Greenberg, which reimagines Gatsby as a seahorse in the pages of an old scrapbook. It gives this classic story such a cool surreal feeling. I enjoyed it a lot.

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Yesterday was also the 20th anniversary of the handover of Hong Kong from Britain to China, but I decided to skip the crowds and the traffic in favor of going home and getting some work done.

Today I’ve been doing homework and writing fanfiction all day. And that’s basically it!