“Death Devil” Yui

As mentioned in my previous post, I figured I should go ahead and try to draw out the entire Houkago Tea Time crew from K-ON! in their Death Devil attire, as seen in episode 10 of season 2. Next in line, I decided to take on Yui Hirasawa. I’m somewhat disappointed because I didn’t exactly plan ahead for the full band in my drawing of Azusa, but I guess I’ll just go ahead and move forward, adding the rest of the girls to her canvas. While trying to conceptualize a pose for the full group shot, I looked around for references. Since they are an all girl band, I thought it’d be cool to base it off of a real life one. What better choice than Scandal, a popular all girl J-rock/pop band. They did perform a cover of “Don’t Say Lazy” after all, so why not? Continue reading ““Death Devil” Yui”

“Death Devil” Azusa

When I first started watching K-ON!, I wasn’t sure what I was getting myself into. I didn’t know of any of the hype revolving around the show as I had just recently got back into anime at the time and just picked up the show through a recommendation from my friend Victor when I was looking for kid-friendly shows. I was initially previewing it for my daughter who had recently started watching anime through me. After marathon watching the first season, I found myself to become a fan of the show as well. Even though it’s criticized and hated on so much for being a “moeblob” or for it’s lack of music (well, the lack of music in the show I do agree with) or whatever else, there’s a certain charm to the show that draws you in, if you’re open to this sort of genre. Continue reading ““Death Devil” Azusa”

Anime, Comics, and Art

Star BlazersDuring the 80’s, I grew up watching cartoons such as Star Blazers, Voltron, Transformers and Robotech, just to name a few. At the time I had no idea that they were anime, but I was drawn to the art style and quality of animation. I was also exposed to comic books from my brothers and my brother-in-law, who were avid readers and collectors. I would often read whatever they had, which was mostly Marvel Comics like X-Men, Thor, Avengers, and Wolverine, from what I remember. My brother, Daniel, was the one who inspired me to start drawing. He was also into drawing, and often drew sketches of his favorite Marvel hero, Thor. Aside from my attempts at drawing your typical Sunday morning comic strip characters like Snoopy and Garfield, I’d say my first doodles were of the Ninja Turtles during my elementary school days. I found it enjoyable to draw because they were comic book characters just like my brother drew. Also, because they were turtles it was a bit easier to deal with since it was less muscle structure to learn, with the shell over their torso and all. I drew them as sort of a hybrid of the television show and the comic/toy. Unfortunately I don’t have any of those doodles on hand, but I went ahead and drew one again for the sake of this post. (It is also one of my first drawings using a tablet, so excuse the roughness). Needless to say, with the popularity of the show, I also gained a bit of a reputation amongst my peers. I was asked to draw pictures of them for my classmates, which I did. That probably kept me from being bullied or picked on much because aside from my drawing, I was just a quiet and shy kid. Continue reading “Anime, Comics, and Art”

Ichiban no Takaramono

I just finished transcribing this, other than some minor details for the rhythm guitar during the guitar solos. I figured instead of taking forever to perform a cover (those F and A# bars still get me), I might as well share what I got up to this point. Here’s a link and the content pasted below. Took a few hours, mostly figuring out the names of the chords (thanks to chordbook.com) and doing the tab for the solo, because I don’t have much experience doing that.

Hope you enjoy. It’s fairly enjoyable to play. Quite soothing and calm.

Ichiban no Takaramono – chords
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Kimi ni Todoke

If you’ve been checking in on YouTube, you’ve probably seen that I’ve done a cover on a song from this anime series.  Just thought I’d make a post about it to pimp the series a bit.  In no way is this site turning into a anime blog.  Seems like a lot of work, haha.

Kimi ni Todoke (君に届け), or “From Me To You,” is a shoujo manga by mangaka  Karuho Shiina.  The story revolves around Kuronuma Sawako, who is mistakenly called Sadako by her classmates due to her supposed resemblance to the same Sadako from the movie Ringu (the original version of The Ring as we know it here in the US).  The students often fear and misunderstand her due to this misconception even though in reality she is a kind and caring person.  Though she is shy, she wants to clear up the misunderstandings about her and wishes to be liked and make friends.  She aims to be just like her fellow classmate, Kazehaya Shouta, who is a very popular and outgoing boy in her class who actually even greets and talks to Kuronuma.  As Kazehaya begins to talk to Kuronuma, everything around her slowly begin to change.
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