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Fri Oct 13, 2006, 12:03 PM
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Holey moley, a Daily Dev????!!!!!!!!!!

I am shocked and honored and thrilled! Thanks to nighty and everyone here for their overwhelming support! =D



C u r r e n t * M o o d - Workiness
C u r r e n t P r o g r e s s

--Recent--
Smoking guy with windmills - 87%
Chibi FFVII Vincent - 70%
FFVII Reno - 20%
Pond lilies - 13%
FFVII eyes - 10%

--from way back when, never got around to it, maybe never will?--
AC Sephy and Cloud - 60%
Color me something beautiful - 60%

L o v e s - My favorite da artists and why :heart:

P r i n t s - my account

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A European Vacation!

Fri Sep 1, 2006, 12:20 AM


Going to Europe (London and Paris) for a two-week (and much-needed) vacation... =D =D =D =D

Work has been pretty crazy, so I'm super-excited to kick back, relax, enjoy the museums and cafes and tea houses and sights and sounds and romance! =D =D

*rushes off to pack now*



C u r r e n t * M o o d - Vacation!
C u r r e n t P r o g r e s s

--Recent--
Love Triangle - 100%
Smoking guy with windmills - 87%
Chibi FFVII Vincent - 70%
FFVII Reno - 20%
Pond lilies - 13%
FFVII eyes - 10%

--from way back when, never got around to it, maybe never will?--
AC Sephy and Cloud - 60%
Color me something beautiful - 60%

L o v e s - My favorite da artists and why :heart:

P r i n t s - my account

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  • Listening to: Amelie soundtrack

Many Thanks!!!

Sat Aug 12, 2006, 11:52 AM


I had a fantastic time at Otakon last weekend, thanks to all of you who stopped by to chat or buy a print! =) =) There were times when things got pretty hectic, but overall the experience was fantastic! And I got to fill up on plenty of yummy Baltimore food (mm.... I think there were definitely crabcakes just about every day!! and also sushi.)

I also got to see the art auction this year, for the first time, and it was super-exciting! I love how everyone (even the bystanders) just get so excited when caught up in the bidding. Some bidders reeeeaaally know what they want, and some bidders have to think about it for a while or flip a coin. And the last piece of artwork in the auction, "Shadow of the Collosus" which was absolutely suberb and by a very talented artist, had everyone clapping in delight every time it went up, stopping at eventually $1000! O___O Hoooly!

After the convention I chilled with goomybear in Baltimore and we took a dragon boat on the pier as well as browsed some shops and had a great sushi dinner. Too bad the next morning we had to get up at 3:00am to catch our flight back to San Francisco.... Also, I ended up catching a cold which only now am I starting to recover from. =/ But.... I'd say it was worth it. ^_^ I'll post some new artwork up this weeekend, stay tuned! =D =D

Much <3!



C u r r e n t * M o o d - prepping for Otakon

C u r r e n t P r o g r e s s

--Recent--
Tarot card - 95%
Axel -30%
Sora and Pooh - 20%
Love Triangle - 10%
Smoking guy with windmills - 87%
Chibi FFVII Vincent - 70%
FFVII Reno - 20%
Pond lilies - 13%
FFVII eyes - 10%

--from way back when, never got around to it, maybe never will?--
AC Sephy and Cloud - 60%
Color me something beautiful - 60%

L o v e s - My favorite da artists and why :heart:

P r i n t s - my account

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  • Listening to: Killers - "When you were young"
  • Watching: Pirates of the Caribbean 2

Otakon?

Sun Jul 30, 2006, 2:18 PM




Still alive... i really should be posting in my journal more often. =) Anyway, life is pretty good. Lots of work, but facebook is a great company to work at and a lot of fun (plus you get to stalk people all day, hooray! >D)

Besides that, I'm going to Otakon in Baltimore next week! =D Who else is? I'll have a table in the artists' alley selling prints and possibly other things, and probably put a few pieces in the art show as well. Stop by if you're around! I would love to meet everyone. =)

But... given that Otakon *is* around the corner, this has pushed me into an arting mood again. I don't want to feel lame knowing I haven't drawn anything new recently. So... with that in mind, I spent yesterday sketching three pics and hopefully will have time to color them before Thursday. ^_^

Happy Sunday to everyone! :heart:



C u r r e n t * M o o d - prepping for Otakon

C u r r e n t P r o g r e s s

--Recent--
Tarot card - 95%
Axel -30%
Sora and Pooh - 20%
Love Triangle - 10%
Smoking guy with windmills - 87%
Chibi FFVII Vincent - 70%
FFVII Reno - 20%
Pond lilies - 13%
FFVII eyes - 10%

--from way back when, never got around to it, maybe never will?--
AC Sephy and Cloud - 60%
Color me something beautiful - 60%

L o v e s - My favorite da artists and why :heart:

P r i n t s - my account

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  • Listening to: Augustana - "Boston"
  • Watching: Pirates of the Caribbean 2

The end is near!

Wed Jun 14, 2006, 9:28 PM


Hooray, classes are finished, exams are done, and graduation is near (this Sunday!) Four years of college doesn't seem so long when you look back at it, but I'm sort of glad to be done with it too. At some point I've hit the saturation limit for learning technical skills, and everything since then has been more about applying those skills and chugging through classes. But I guess it's also not so monumental since I'm not technically done-done with school--still have half a year of my master's to finish up so I won't be leaving quite yet. =) Excitingly enough, Tom Brokaw is our commencement speaker, which is super-cool since I grew up watching him on NBC nightly news and have always wanted him to be my grandpa. (Why not? he seems like he knows everything.)

In other news, I started working at facebook as an engineer a few weeks back (yes... the one and only facebook.com) and it's been a blast. Cool product, cool group of people. Now I can stalk classmates at work and at home, hooray!

Finished playing Kingdom Hearts 2 last weekend too, and got myself a DS Lite so goomybear and I play all the time now. We're super competitive in Mario vs. Luigi in New Super Mario Bros. I loooovelovelove the DS! :heart: The multi-player capabilities are phenomenal (especially since in most cases you only need one copy of the game among a group of eight people) and it's so addicting to play Tetris or Mario Kart DS. I'm also a big fan of Brain Age and sudoku. =P Kingdom Hearts was pretty enjoyable, although I have to say that King Mickey was much cooler in the first game and also the plot of the first game was much more coherent. Still, expect to see some KH2 fanart if I have the time for it in the next few weeks ^^ disclaimer: my absolute favorite part of the game was 100 acre woods and the Sora/Pooh Bear scenes... ^_^

Also saw some good movies recently--Cars, which I went in with low expectations (since the trailer was so cheesy) and came out thrilled. I guess I shouldn't have underestimated Pixar. =P What a great, funny, feel-good movie! Highly recommended for everyone! I also adored the short about the "One-man Band" and the little girl in it is just about the cutest thing ever!

Everyone, everyone, everyone should go so "An Inconvenient Truth," the documentary by Al Gore about global warning. It's a terrific film, incredibly moving and haunting. I guarantee you will not leave that film without feeling affected by the devastating consequences of global warning, and it's quite sobering in many ways (goodbye Bay Area, NYC, Shanghai?!). It's also very well presented, and Al Gore seems convincing and impassioned. So watch it! And tell me what you thought about it!

Okay... back to packing stuff into boxes. =) I'm also working hard to finish a picture by tomorrow night for jieyi's Save the Children tarot project... that definitely needs to get done before parents come on Friday for graduation weekend. Happy graduation to all you other seniors out there, and happy summer!



C u r r e n t * M o o d - whee!

C u r r e n t P r o g r e s s

--Recent--
Tarot card - 30%
Smoking guy with windmills - 87%
Chibi FFVII Vincent - 70%
FFVII Reno - 20%
Pond lilies - 13%
FFVII eyes - 10%

--from way back when, never got around to it, maybe never will?--
AC Sephy and Cloud - 60%
Color me something beautiful - 60%

L o v e s - My favorite da artists and why :heart:

P r i n t s - my account

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  • Listening to: Shakira - "Hips don't Lie"
  • Reading: The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
  • Watching: Cars




I'm in LA now for the E3 Expo which just ended today (for those who don't know, it's a huge annual video game convention where all the major video game companies in the world get together and show off their latest games and technologies.) I went once before last year and it was tons of fun, so I jumped at the chance to go again this year ^^

I think the most exciting thing was the SquareEnix trailer room, which was actually pretty surprising because I wasn't expecting anything cool coming out (except ffxii, I guess, but that was also demo-able outside the trailer room and so much media is already out on the web)... BUT... the very last thing they showed (after the slew of FFVII games like Dirge of Cerberus, Crisis Core, and Before Crisis) was this totally kick-ass trailer of this girl (similar looking to Yuna but not quite so peaceful/innocent) on a train in a dark high-tech city mechanical-looking creatures (think like Matrix's "real world") on some mission. Then there's a ton of awesome action footage (think ffvii Advent Children) of her beating up a room full of soldiers (a few shots of the battle engine, which seemed to look sort of "real-time"). Later, they show her in some lush, magical-looking jungle. The graphics for the entire thing was just totally totally totally amazing. Guess what? It was a teaser for FFXIII! Which apparently will also be released in a bundle of games (one for the mobile phone called "Agito," and this other one "Versus" that had an incredible trailer as well showing some young king in a large throne room looking very contempative before walking out of the castle over dead bodies and taking on an army outside). All for PS3... hmm, I think I know which console I'll be getting. (Screenshots of the new game here!: www.gamespot.com/news/6149412.…

Other highlights of E3 were getting to play the new PS3 with pretty dazzling graphics. The best games that I played on that system was Heavenly Sword, (an action-adventure where you play as a tough girl with a huge sword and chains and a wonderfully crisp and smooth fighting environment) and a new Sonic game (ehh?? there are now three hedgehogs, one with telekinetic powers!). The new Nintendo Wii (ughh, the line was like 4 hours though) seemed promising... I'll probably end up getting one just because it's so innovative. Basically, the game control is tiny, wireless, and has motion sensors so you can play tennis (and ping pong, and baseball) while swinging the control to hit the ball.

Ooh, ooh, and fans of the Sims will probably loooove Spore, the new "simulate everything" game. We saw a demo of it by the creator, Will Wright--basically, you start off as a single-celled organism and evolve/change to create different wacky species, which evolve to create civilizations until eventually you make a planet and a UFO ship and then you can explore/colonize other planets, each with their unique characteristics. Super-innovative gameplay! (Spore website here: www.spore.com/)

Of course, E3 is just crazy fun to just walk around and gape at, with all its displays, booth "babes" (basically hot girls dressed to impress the crowds of press and gamers), entertainment shows (firedancing?!), and freebies (picked up a cute Harvest Moon sheep and t-shirt, like 10 small Pacman collectibles, some DragonsQuest slime keychains, carrying cases for the new NintendoDS Lite coming out in June, and like a billion gaming magazines and posters.) The convention space is just ridiculously huge, and we did so much walking/standing/waiting so now I'm exhausted. ~__~ I'll be in LA until Sunday to relax so hopefully I can sleep until noon tomorrow and revitalize. XD XD I'm a terrible lazy bum.

In other news, I started a part-time job at facebook.com this week. I'm only working 10 hours a week now while school's still in session, but it seems pretty cool so far. Gotta spend some more time understanding the code base before I can work on anything cool though...

Ahh, can't believe it's mid-May already. O_O Time flieees flies flees! Here's wishing a wonderful weekend to everyone!



C u r r e n t * M o o d - not too arty still, although maybe that will change soon...

C u r r e n t P r o g r e s s

--Recent--
Smoking guy with windmills - 87%
Rune White Series II: rain - 85%
Chibi FFVII Vincent - 70%
FFVII Reno - 20%
Pond lilies - 13%
FFVII eyes - 10%

--from way back when, never got around to it, maybe never will?--
AC Sephy and Cloud - 60%
Color me something beautiful - 60%

L o v e s - My favorite da artists and why :heart:

P r i n t s - my account

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  • Listening to: Postal Service: The District Sleeps Alone Tonight
  • Reading: "The Time Traveler's Wife"




I caught a book reading by Jonathan Safran Foer (one of my favorite authors of all time) in San Francisco on Tuesday, which was really, really awesome. ^_^ A very eloquent speaker, but the most impressive thing was his sense of humor--very natural and very funny. Haha, I can sort of see why he could be on the list of "50 most loathsome New Yorkers" two years in a row, not because he's loathsome at all but honestly, it's hard not to be jealous of him--young, interesting, superbly imaginative, successful, married to Nicole Krauss (another author I very much love) and on top of that, modest and polite! I got my two books signed by him and left with Nicole Krauss' first book "Man Walks into A Room" (which, although not quite as enjoyable as her second book "A History of Love," was a good read--poetic and philosophically meditative on the nature of memory.)

Speaking of books, I have an itch to purchase more things to read. I ordered "The Time Traveler's Wife" a few days ago from Amazon, but I'm also contemplating purchasing "The Sea" by John Banville and "The Year of Magical Thinking" by Joan Didion. Has anybody read those and can recommend/de-recommend? Feel free to throw out other book suggestions too. =)

I've also been following the story of Kaavya Viswanathan, the Harvard student accused of plagiarism - www.thefirstpost.co.uk/index.p… and all I can say is: I'm glad her book got recalled. Really sucks to be her right now, but what was she thinking?!

Okay, finally I thought I'd write a poem for DA's "write a poem a day" thing but I've only managed to get the first day's done. ^^;;; Reading people's submissions has been quite fun though! Oh well, here it is, a Rictameter.

What if,
Whisper quiet--
A boy, a girl, a line
The willow reeds sway so softly
And the wind blows a smile onto her face
This is how the story will go
A girl, a boy, some wish
Not made in vain
What if?



The weather here is nice this week (finally! After months of rain!), so I'll be enjoying some good times outdoors. Have a lovely weekend to you all!



C u r r e n t * M o o d - not too arty still, although maybe that will change soon...

C u r r e n t P r o g r e s s

--Recent--
Smoking guy with windmills - 87%
Rune White Series II: rain - 85%
Chibi FFVII Vincent - 70%
FFVII Reno - 20%
Pond lilies - 13%
FFVII eyes - 10%

--from way back when, never got around to it, maybe never will?--
AC Sephy and Cloud - 60%
Color me something beautiful - 60%

L o v e s - My favorite da artists and why :heart:

P r i n t s - my account

:shop281892: :shop272899: :shop33570: :shop282936: :shop280576:


  • Mood: Helpful
  • Listening to: Postal Service: The District Sleeps Alone Tonight
  • Reading: Man Walks into a Room by Nicole Krauss





Wow! O___O! I'm so surprised and happy to have won the Multi-Monitor-Mayhem contest news.deviantart.com/article/20…! Thanks so much to everyone, and zilla774 for organizing the event! There are some really astounding submissions, and I encourage everyone to check them out! =) Whee, subscribed until 2009, goodness, that seems so far away! O_O

In other news, Bush is at Stanford today in a closed meeting. Word of this got out to the students yesterday, so of course there are all manners of protest rallies going on right now. The amount of police, army people, and secret service is pretty astounding. They even barricaded a good part of the university, making life difficult for traffic and all the visiting seniors here (it's prospective freshman weekend!) Speaking of, they're all so cute, with their name tags and little red folders. >D >D

Finally, I got tagged by alaethryn. Here goes!

Six weird habits about me:

1. I do a "skirt dance" on days when I wear a skirt. This is usually a 10-second improvised dance in the privacy of my room.

2. I love my stuffed animals and give them names and personalities and tell stories about them. My latest friend is Moules, an FAO Schwartz dog purchased in New York with the softest fur. I'm really tempted to buy the 66 inch Moules.... really, really tempted...

3. I love gummi bears. I have 4 posters of gummi bears in my room right now, and I've sampled many brands and varieties of them. My favorite is probably Harmony brand. Haribo is the absolute worst. (I love cola gummi too!)

4. My boyfriend and I create fake holidays and celebrate them annually. For example, today is "Best Friday" and Sunday is "Cheeaster" where we purchase a lot of gourmet cheeses and wine and make tasty appetizers and then watch a foreign film. Other holidays which we celebrate are Pizza Day in June, Pasta day in July, Januween in Early January, and Jalentine's Day in early February, each with their own traditions. (But yes, we also celebrate the "traditional" holidays. =)

5. I have a hand-made Truffula Tree (from Dr. Seuss' "The Lorax") sitting on my desk right now. I lovelovelove "The Lorax."

6. I like learning about operating system concepts in computer science even though I absolutely hate programming them.



Okay, and I tag.... all of you guys who read this. >D >D Har Har Har!!



C u r r e n t * M o o d - not too arty still, although maybe that will change soon...

C u r r e n t P r o g r e s s

--Recent--
Smoking guy with windmills - 87%
Rune White Series II: rain - 85%
Chibi FFVII Vincent - 70%
FFVII Reno - 20%
Pond lilies - 13%
FFVII eyes - 10%

--from way back when, never got around to it, maybe never will?--
AC Sephy and Cloud - 60%
Color me something beautiful - 60%

L o v e s - My favorite da artists and why :heart:

P r i n t s - my account

:shop281892: :shop272899: :shop33570: :shop282936: :shop280576:


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  • Listening to: James Blunt - "You're Beautiful"
  • Reading: The Da Vinci Code

Life updates, camping, and so forth

Tue Apr 11, 2006, 8:59 PM





Sorry for my absence on DeviantArt here in the last two weeks... With the start of the new school quarter (and my last quarter as an undergrad!), things have gotten busy and I'm rushing around to try to find enough time to do everything that needs to be done. And strangely enough, I find that I like it. I think last quarter was a bit too relaxed in terms of work load, which left me with a lot of time to draw and art and ruminate on the mysteries of the world. Which is all fine and great, but it doesn't make me feel productive and I get antsy with myself when I'm not productive. How paradoxical, isn't it, when I don't have enough time I always wish I had more to work on art and reading and surfing the Internet, but when I do have that time, it feels like I'm wasting it.

Anyway, I'm taking some really great classes this quarter and I'm excited to really push and challenge myself both professionally and personally. I'm also thinking about working part-time at a software company that I very much like and use a lot... ^^ Plus I want to spend more time strengthening ties with friends before we're all scattered to the four winds for med school, grad school, etc. I think I'll really miss Stanford when it's all over and done with... which is also strange because most of the time we're just waiting for school to finish so we can get on with our lives.

So.... what all that translates to is that I'll be spending less time on DA, at least in the near future. I still have some half-finished stuff which I'll upload soon, but I guess that art drive from the past two months has left me. Which is all well and good because. You know. Change is good. =)

In other news, I went camping last weekend with a group of 17 people, in a 1100+ mile trip from Friday to Sunday. We hit Nevada and Oregon, and saw desert and snow and lakes and forests. I'm not a very outdoorsy person and it was raining (or snowing) and freezing for most of the trip, but I had a fantastic time all the same. Anyone else been to Gurloch, Nevada? >D Let me tell you...  it really is in the middle of nowhere. XD XD

All right, :heart: to you all! Feel free to share what's going on in your side of the world!



C u r r e n t * M o o d - not arty! O_O

C u r r e n t P r o g r e s s

--Recent--
Lightning Bug Bottle Girl - 95%
Bishy Rune - 91%
Smoking guy with windmills - 87%
Rune White Series II: rain - 85%
Chibi FFVII Vincent - 70%
Long Distance Love - 33%
FFVII Reno - 20%
Pond lilies - 13%
FFVII eyes - 10%

--from way back when, never got around to it, maybe never will?--
AC Sephy and Cloud - 60%
Color me something beautiful - 60%

L o v e s - My favorite da artists and why :heart:

P r i n t s - my account

:shop281892: :shop272899: :shop33570: :shop282936: :shop280576:


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  • Listening to: James Blunt - "You're Beautiful"
  • Reading: The Da Vinci Code

I <3 NY - the recap!

Tue Apr 4, 2006, 12:10 AM




I'm back from NYC and soooOOOooo tired. Had a 6:50am flight out this morning to come back to the Bay Area, and considering :icongoomybear: and I went to sleep at around 3:00 and can't sleep on planes, this has been an extremely long day. ^^

BUT New York was fantastic! Seriously, I could not have asked for a better week-long break. ^__^ I slept about 12 hours a day (no, I'm definitely not the type to get up early to "try and see all the sights" when I'm somewhere new. Vacations are all about relaxation for me), ate out almost every meal, and did the ultimate touristy things in NYC. XD

Also, I looooved living in Greenwich village in our little Charles Ives apartment (courtesy of Google). It felt like a much more authentic experience than living in midtown in some hotel. ^_^ Plus, it was in a great location, close to most of the hotspots in lower Manhattan!

Speaking of hotspots, here are some of the highlights of our trip:

The Shows! - we caught two Broadway shows and an opera throughout our week. First was Beauty and the Beast, which is a movie I love to pieces. The show was pretty spectacular--great sets and costumes. I also liked how Belle sounded almost the same as she did in the movie. And the Beast was uber-cute--they tried to portray his personality as more silly and spoiled than in the movie version. >D >D The second show was Lestat, a fairly new Broadway show by Elton John based on Anne Rice novels. I've only read Interview with the Vampire, but really liked it, and so decided to give it a try. It was entertaining as a show--a solid story with a few good numbers. I'm not sure if it will go down in history or bring home any Tony's though… ^^ And lastly, we watch Mozart's Don Giovanni opera at the New York State Theatre which was also great. Although throughout most of the show I was just confused as so why Don Giovanni was so evil. I think my impression of the character from what I had heard was just that he was a playboy, so I kept waiting for him to reform or something, but nope. He's just a no-good very-bad character XD

The Museums! - I'm in love with NYC museums (okay, actually just the Met, although the Moma was pretty cool as well.) (The Guggenheim was under construction when we visited, alas. I'm not sure how I feel about the circular spire architecture. It's a bit tiresome, and there are far too many hidden nooks. Like you could walk around and completely miss some exhibits.) Anyway, we spent Saturday at the Met, focusing mostly on European and American paintings and sculptures although we tried to walk around and at least look briefly at everything. ^^ I loved Washington Crossing the Delaware (that thing is much bigger than I imagined!), and the John Singer Sargent paintings (although his famous "Madame X" was on loan to European museums, sadly ~_~), the Rembrandt pieces and those by David (particularly "The Death of Socrates"). There was also one gorgeous Tiffany stained glass that I can't remember the name of, but showed a waterfall scene, and the way the colors all blended together was breathtaking. I will definitely be coming back here on my next NYC visit!!

Drinks in the meatpacking district - man, the meatpacking district is just bizarre. So many trendier-than-thou bars and clubs right next to old, abandoned looking warehouses. O_O Mike and I went to Black Lotus on our second night there with our roommate Nathan who knew the area better than us although he was also from the Bay Area. The place was totally packed by around 1:00am, on a Sunday night! O_o I'm not a huge clubber, but I had a great time. It was very amusing to hear Nathan talk about his technique of picking up women, which was basically "let them come to you." According to him, the Manhattan bar/club scene is very favorable to guys because there are more single women than men. Pretty skeptical, but hey, the whole "do nothing and let them come to you" seemed to work for him. ^^

Belgium beer bar with Moules and Frites - Mike and I are totally obsessed with Lambic Framboise (a brand of delicious raspberry beer) with some good mussels and fries, something we've never had in the Bay Area but seemed to be quite popular in the city. Frites are good with a variety of dipping sauces. ^_^ And Moules and Frites just sound so cute when you say it together.

Other sites of fun - Mike and I love toy stores, so we had a field day with the giant Toys R' Us in Times Square and FAO Schwartz. We didn't come home empty-handed--honestly, how can you not look at one of those FAO Schwartz dogs and *not* get one? ^^ We also browsed Fifth Ave quite a bit, checked out the Tiffany's Jewelry =D, went on top of the Empire State Building (seriously…. Freeezing up there, but great view!)

Did I mention the awesome, fantastic, superb, amazing food? >D >D This is probably the best part of the trip, since I'm obsessed with food. ^_^ The best meal was definitely Nobu Next Door, which we decided to check out since like every guide lists it as one of the top restaurants in NY. It's Japanese/Latino fusion food by the famed chef Nobu Matsuhita www.nobumatsuhisa.com/flash/ho…. I'm still dreaming about the Rock Shrimp Tempura and the Miso cod which just melts in your mouth. :hungry:
We also had high tea at the wonderfully quaint Lady Mendl's
www.LadyMendls.com, New York style pizza at Lombardi's in Little Italy, as well as the neighborhood 24-hour French café French Roast and the delicious Sammy's Noodle House. Oh, and Argentinean steak at this fantastic place introduced by a Columbia University friend. How I fear everything will taste bland now compared to the giant feast that was last week…

Okay wow, I just wrote like an essay. ^_^ Ah, the memories~ :D :D Anyway, school starts tomorrow (my final undergrad quarter!) and I am ready to close my eyes and fall onto the pillow.

Any spring break stories from you guys? Tell me what you did!



C u r r e n t * M o o d - experimental pastel coloring and also cel-style. Definitely Painter. ^__^ Also getting some anatomy practice in the sketchbook.

C u r r e n t P r o g r e s s

--Recent--
Lightning Bug Bottle Girl - 95%
Bishy Rune - 91%
Smoking guy with windmills - 87%
Rune White Series II: rain - 85%
Chibi FFVII Vincent - 70%
Long Distance Love - 33%
FFVII Reno - 20%
Pond lilies - 13%
FFVII eyes - 10%

--from way back when, never got around to it, maybe never will?--
AC Sephy and Cloud - 60%
Color me something beautiful - 60%

L o v e s - My favorite da artists and why :heart:

P r i n t s - my account

:shop281892: :shop272899: :shop33570: :shop282936: :shop280576:


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  • Listening to: Bright Eyes - "First Day of my Life"
  • Reading: The Da Vinci Code

I <3 NY!

Sun Mar 26, 2006, 7:41 PM




In NYC this week with :icongoomybear: for spring break! =D =D Just got here yesterday... took the red-eye flight out of SF and I got to see the sunrise on the plane, which was very lovely. =) This isn't my first time in NYC, but the last time I was here it was only for a day so I don't remember it much. We're staying at a cozy apartment in Grenwich Village (actually, a historical building which used to be where composer Charles Ives once lived, as a nice plaque in front of the building kindly informs us.) The only weird there is that there is a tiny cemetary right in front of our apartment... like you could look out the window and you'd be looking over tombstones. O_O! But on the bright side, there's a wonderful cafe two doors down. This is what I love about the city, having been a surburbia girl my whole life... this whole "oh, there are like 20 restaurants within walking distance right around the corner." New Yorkers must be the fittest people in America, because since I've been here I've walked about 4 miles on average per day. This is coming from someone who normally walks about 1000 steps per day. (I should know... I used a pedometer to measure. O_O)

Anyway, the weather is still a bit chilly, but not terrible. No snow or anything, but scarfs are a must at night. Yesterday was a pretty packed day--after getting off the plane, went to our apartment and took a nice nap until the afternoon. Afterwards, we headed out to the Guggenheim museum, which was less cool because the exterior was undergoing renovation >O But the exhibits are nice. Then, we took a walk down Madison and Fifth, ate dinner around midtown, brought tickets to a broadway show for Wednesday, checked out the Toys R' Us at Times Square (soooo fun!) and had coffee at the aforementioned cafe two doors down. Today, met up with a friend from Colombia and visited the Museum of Modern Art. (Yes, I'm a sucker for musuems. The most exciting will be the Met, which I plan to devote the entire next Saturday to. ^__^) Had some superb Argentinian steak for dinner, and capped off the night at Magnolia's (anyone seen the SNL music video lazy Sunday? Magnolia's Bakery is mentioned there.) Mike was really bent on getting some of those cupcakes. They're quite good, I must say, but man the reviews weren't kidding when they said the frosting was sweet. It was the "tooth-hurting" type of sweet. >D

Okay, I'm off to catch the NYC nightlife now. >D Might be a bit slow responding to comments and notes such, but I'll get to them eventually! ^__^ :heart: to you all!



C u r r e n t * M o o d - experimental pastel coloring and also cel-style. Definitely Painter. ^__^ Also getting some anatomy practice in the sketchbook.

C u r r e n t P r o g r e s s

--Recent--
Lightning Bug Bottle Girl - 95%
Bishy Rune - 91%
Smoking guy with windmills - 87%
Rune White Series II: rain - 85%
Chibi FFVII Vincent - 70%
Long Distance Love - 33%
FFVII Reno - 20%
Pond lilies - 13%
FFVII eyes - 10%

--from way back when, never got around to it, maybe never will?--
AC Sephy and Cloud - 60%
Color me something beautiful - 60%

L o v e s - My favorite da artists and why :heart:

P r i n t s - my account

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  • Listening to: Jason Mraz - "Plane"
  • Watching: V for Vendetta




It's finals weeks here, which is surprisingly low key and somewhat of a relief given the crazy projects in the previous weeks. Also, I'm cheery because I finished my take-home final and turned it in today, which leaves me with just one more databases final left on Thursday. ^_^ ^_^ Hooray for no classes!

I just finished going through all my comments (haha... procrastinating studying, I guess ^^). My comments queue was...like...600 long and spanned over a week! T_T;;; <== shame at taking so long to respond. Sorry I couldn't say something to everyone, but I did at least try to answer all the questions and things that necessitated a response. Let me just say that I *hugely* appreciate all the comments and favs and support from all of you guys. DeviantArt certainly makes art even more fun than it already is! ^^

Okay, here's my question of the week for the watchers, just something that I'm curious about: why do you watch me? Is it for the tutorials, the anime art, the darker works, my witty repartee (yeah, as if XD), my oh-so-fascinating tales of schoolwork which I religiously chronicle in my journal, the minimalistic stuff, etc. I find I like to submit things in a variety of styles, and it'd just be interesting to find out what you guys like to see.

Also, I'm going to start keeping track of my works-in-progress here in my journal, because I have art ADD and simply cannot work on one picture at a time (I used to have this ability... but alas, it has vanished with age. =O) Strangely enough, the most difficult part for me is finishing up the picture. Like the last 15-5% of work is the part I least want to do. I have a few theories about why this might be:

1) at that point it's "almost there" and I've already worked on it enough that I want to start something new.
2) the file is really big at that point (lots of layers) and takes up a lot of memory, and my computer starts getting laggy
4) I save the least interesting parts for the end (like background, outfit details, ribbons, pants ^^)
3) It's all detail by then. You can't fundamentally improve the picture that much.

Anyway, works in the progress are stuff I've already invested some time into (like it's inked or coloring has started) and hopefully will have the motivation to finish one day. Give me a kick if you think something really ought to be done (please, a gentle kick. Not a hard one with a steel-toed boot or anything. >D)

In other news, V for Vendetta is an Awesome movie! Thoroughly enjoyed it because a) I love stories about distopian regimes b) men with masks are intriguing and c) natalie portman rocks. Seriously, it was a great two hours--fascinating plot, great visuals, and a kick-ass action scene towards the end (probably the sole reason why it's rated R, I'm guessing.) ^^ If you've seen it, how'd you like it?



C u r r e n t * M o o d - experimental pastel coloring and also cel-style. Definitely Painter. ^__^ Also getting some anatomy practice in the sketchbook.

C u r r e n t P r o g r e s s

--Recent--
Lightning Bug Bottle Girl - 95%
Rune White Series I: tiny wings - 95%
Bishy Rune - 91%
Smoking guy with windmills - 87%
Rune White Series II: rain - 85%
Chibi FFVII Vincent - 70%
FFVII Reno - 20%
Pond lilies - 13%
FFVII eyes - 10%
Eye tutorial - 9%

--from way back when, never got around to it, maybe never will?--
AC Sephy and Cloud - 60%
Color me something beautiful - 60%

L o v e s - My favorite da artists and why :heart:

P r i n t s - my account

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  • Listening to: Jason Mraz - "Plane"
  • Watching: V for Vendetta

DanceDance and What do you think...?

Tue Mar 14, 2006, 4:01 PM




Hooray, the quarter is almost over! :D :D I have a project final presentation in about half an hour, and then there's finals next week, but overall I'm in a pretty good mood work-wise. =) Last week was pretty hectic... 2 projects and having to conduct like 12 hours of interviews over 4 days... Apologies for not being more active here and responding to all the comments! O__O!

Speaking of comments, I'm really overwhelmed by the positive feedback I've gotten with the last two tutorials! ^_^ It makes me super-happy to hear people find them useful, and I wish everyone the best of luck on all their artistic endeavors. I remember when I was just starting out and tutorials were like Candy to me... I'd eat them up! I even remember my first Really Important Photoshop Tutorial--by Charles Park, oh... like, six years ago. =) He taught me the use of the multiply layer, and where would I be without that? ^^ Other significant tutorials in my earliest art days were how to make a photo-tear (not particularly useful, and I don't even have any examples of that in my gallery now, but... man! It was cool!) and how to make photos fade to white at the borders. ^^

But really, I like teaching a lot. It's a lot of fun! I did tutoring in high school, I taught beginning computer science for two years as a TA in college (now I teach these people how to teach). =P It's one of the most rewarding things I've done, so expect to see new tutorials out every once in a while. I do have one in the planning right now... ^_~ ^_~

Okay, here's my question for this entry, since it's for a friend's research project:

Do you know computer science and/or any programming? If so, why did you learn it, and do you think it's useful? If not, do you think it's important to learn at some point?

I'm curious to see what you guys have to say. =)



M o o d - Taking care of loose ends. I have like, a million unfinished things sitting on my harddrive asking to be finished... Of course, I'll get around to finishing one or two of them if I'm lucky... >D >D First up is finishing up the coloring on "Little Shy Ones." I should also post a picture of the completed "lightning girl." The things I'm itching to begin are another flash project starring Rune, and the FFVII eyes project... ^^

L o v e s - My favorite da artists and why :heart:

P r i n t s - my account

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  • Listening to: Vienna Teng - "Shine"

boxing, breaks, general chattiness

Thu Mar 2, 2006, 1:22 AM




Did I mention senioritis hits you HARD? O_O? Like it's against me in the boxing ring and I am just Floored! So naturally, I spend all day reading news articles, surfing the Internet, chatting with the dormmates and of course drawing. ^_^

I should really figure out what to do with my summer. Speaking of summer, anyone have any interesting plans? For summer or spring break? I'm heading to NYC for a week for my spring break, which is awesome since I've only spent about half a day there before and it just seems like an exciting city. Any good tips on things to do or restaurants? ^^ I am always in the mood for a nice restaurant :hungry:

Speaking of jobs... does anybody use facebook? If so, what do you guys think about it? It's sooooo addictive here at my school. People just log on and spend hours reading profiles and looking pictures. Perfect for stalking. XD XD



M o o d - Definitely ffvii. Some HP (actually, just Tom Riddle). And yes to large, shiny eyes! Most in my sketchbook, with my trusty micron inker pens...

L o v e s - My favorite da artists and why :heart:

P r i n t s - my account

where did you come from...? by joulee Gentle hands by joulee Butterfly Lover by joulee Dusky Rose by joulee the temptations of snow white by joulee


  • Mood:
  • Listening to: Brandi Carlile "What Can I Say?"
  • Watching: no movie, but damn... Grey's Anatomy is Addictive!




I've been here a few years now, but for whatever reason I've never discussed other artists or people's works who inspire me, even though I have their little icons at the bottom of my journal. O_O! I know, I know, the shame... Anyway, there's no way I could include everybody whose art I admire since there's just too many, and I know you guys have probably come across works by many of the following, but still. Whenever I just need to "browse" for inspiration, I find myself turning to these galleries (in no particular order...)

:iconenayla: - I remember when I first discovered her art like... oh... 5 years ago or so and was stunned. She drew a lot more portraits then, with soulful expressions and a wonderful sense of darkness and beauty. Since then, everything she's posted has never failed to amaze me. O__O! Howwww is it possible to draw things that look so real and that you wish were real? She is amazingly versatile and I love that she tries everything, from tackling forests and water to skin tones and fabrics and just about everything else.

:iconartgerm: - Another person whose talent and versatility is awe-inspiring! His Pepper Series (drawing his character Pepper in tons and tons of different art styles) is so fun to look at (and makes me wish I could buy a Pepper artbook ^^). What's truly wondrous is how he can create a dynamic, dazzling picture with a sparse number of brushstrokes.

:iconmree: - I have googed mree's artwork since we were five years old. Seriously. >D Her sketches are always so clean and well shaded, and I adore the fantasy elements and details she puts into her drawings. These days, I look forward to her professional-calibur flash animations, and the funny spoofs that always crack me up. XD

:iconluminatii: - The kind of artistic poetry I strive for. The feeling just oozes from her pictures, everything from the peace and calm to loneliness and broken hearts. Also a wide range of styles and mediums here.

:iconklar: - I love love love Klar's lineart. <3 <3 <3 Her style ranges from super cute to sexy, but always with meticulous attention to detail and especially anatomy. T_T Loves her characters.

:iconjisuk: - Demos is so kickass. In fact, the whole gallery is full of kickass. Lots of unabashed attitude and guys in shirts and suits. ^_^

:iconshirotsuki: - I'm a huuuuuge fan of the composition and coloring style of shirotsuki's artwork. Her color palettes are always eyepoppingly bold, always blending together so well!

:iconloish: - her stuff always puts a smile on my face. Her heroines are cute, unique, spunky, and lovely all at once! I especially love her outfits and the way she draws hair.

:iconaquasixio: - I think "paintings" are the right word to describe his art--they all seem to tell a story and you can almost feel the texture of the brushstrokes he uses. Beautiful surreal quality.



I'm sure I will think of more to add in the coming days. :) Meanwhile, i'm curious... who are *your* favorite artists on DA and why?



  • Mood:
  • Listening to: Brighter than Sunshine by Aqualung
  • Reading: "The Seas" by Samantha Hunt
  • Watching: no movie, but damn... Grey's Anatomy is Addictive!

Create a Strawby-Cartoon~

Fri Feb 10, 2006, 4:56 PM




As promised, here is a list of cartoons you guys have sent to me. I really loved reading all of them... I think what really intrigued me the most was the creative uses of the props. :D Like... almost every accessory was for the strawberry (including strawberry dressing up as lemon, carrot, etc.), but somehow you guys managed to give snowman a scarf and use the sun's mouth as an eyebrow.  >D >D Awesomeness! Anyways, I'll keep this journal entry linked to from the deviation.

And if you have no idea what all this insanity is all about, it's from my flash submission - www.deviantart.com/deviation/2…


scareless - i1.tinypic.com/nd6bma.jpg

mitsuko0821 - img.photobucket.com/albums/v29…

KatanaMotsu - www.deviantart.com/view/287766…

Ruune  - www.deviantart.com/view/288053…

DarkAngel2Wolf - www.deviantart.com/view/287880… www.deviantart.com/deviation/2… www.deviantart.com/deviation/2…

LadyKaeru - www.deviantart.com/view/287902…

feb5th - www.deviantart.com/view/287911…

Samika - img.photobucket.com/albums/v23…

insanenigma - img.photobucket.com/albums/v84…

Elise-Haskell - www.deviantart.com/deviation/2…

sallonic - img.photobucket.com/albums/v62…

Nick-Taylor - www.deviantart.com/view/289166…

SupaKrawk - img.photobucket.com/albums/v50…





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  • Mood: Shitty
  • Listening to: Brighter than Sunshine by Aqualung
  • Reading: "The Seas" by Samantha Hunt
  • Watching: Wedding Crashers

Prints and answers

Sat Feb 4, 2006, 12:27 PM




More questions from the prev journal entry: joulee.deviantart.com/journal/…

What is a cactuar?

A green cactus-like creature from final fantasy games. Generally if you fight one, they have high evasion but they give massive experience or ability points. My wall is decorated with pictures of cactuars. They are super cute. >D

Would you rather...
- Be an albatross or an octopus?
: Considering i have a fear of anything with tentacles, I'd say albatross. Besides, they're good luck. Unless you get shot for no reason. But then the gods are on your side and the person that shot you would pay dearly.

- Go back in time 5 years or forwards in time 5 years?: Backwards. I don't want to miss any years in between, and I'd do some things differently.

- Lose an eye or a hand?: Eye. Doing anything with one hand is hard.




So I want your guys' opinion on this: should I offer more prints on DevArt for sale? I guess the main reason I haven't is that I'm lazy and I don't think to format the picture correctly (ie, draw at very high res.). But if there's interest, I'll start doing that.

Also, I have one v-day picture in the workings. Any other suggestions for a nice v-day themed pic, if I have time? ^___^





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  • Mood: Shitty
  • Listening to: Brighter than Sunshine by Aqualung
  • Reading: "The Seas" by Samantha Hunt
  • Watching: Wedding Crashers




I just heard back from a Google recruiter... Yikes, I have a technical interview for an internship position next week. O_O o.o O_O Scariness!

In other news, Human Mario Kart was fun (albeit super, super, super cold. I could barely feel my fingers! O__O) Man, I suck at racing, probably because I'm not as willing to put my life in danger and pedal full speed ahead on a tricycle without breaks as some of the other people...

And now I'll start answering questions posted from the previous Questions journal entry joulee.deviantart.com/journal/… one at a time, in order. Feel free to keep asking stuff. It's sort of fun, actually! ^^

I'd like to know how you grew up. Like where you lived, what's your family like, your childhood dreams and your favorite games at that time and so on

Hmm, so I grew up in Shanghai, China until I was about 5, then I came to the US and lived in Louisiana for a few years and eventually moved to Houston, and now I go to school in California. Story of my life in terms of location. ^_^

Shanghai, btw, is a Fantastic city, completely and utterly recommended for anybody to visit! It's vibrant and urban, kinda like NYC but I find the entertainment there much more accessible. ^_~ Plus, everything is like tons cheaper, especially goooood goooooood food! I have a lot of relatives there so I go back fairly often. There's so much to do, if you're into karaoke, good food, shopping, clubs and bars, museums,  shopping, and the Pudong area overlooking the river is particularly gorgeous at night. ^^  

As for my family, mmm... I'm an only child. My parents are immigrants from China so they were super-strict and expected a lot and we don't see eye-to-eye on quite a few issues, but I still get along with them pretty well (well, now I do. There were probably a few years where I didn't ^^). In my younger years I guess I was pretty spunky, very boyish. I loved books, video games, electronics (although no TV, parents' rule ;_; ). My first video game was Super Mario World on SNES, which took me 2 years to completely beat and do everything there was to do. To this day, I probably play Mario better than any other game. >D Afterwards I got into RPGs starting with Super Mario RPG and eventually moving on to Final Fantasy. ^^

And for dreams... I think my parents were really excited by the notion that I should be a doctor and go to Med School. So being the rebellious kid that I am (haha, yeah right) I decided I should do something else. Eventually I thought computers were fun so hence started my Computer Science career. Whee, and it's still (sorta) fun! ^_~

Whew, that was a long one! All right guys, have a fantastic weekend! Will try to post something very soon. ^_^





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  • Mood:
  • Listening to: Brighter than Sunshine by Aqualung
  • Reading: "The Seas" by Samantha Hunt
  • Watching: FF:AC bonus disc

20 questions or more

Thu Jan 26, 2006, 12:14 PM


Lookee, lookee, an updated art journal design starring an old artwork of beloved Hyde... It's really about time I spruced up this place... ^_~



Not sure what to say about life right now. It's pretty chill. Senioritis is kicking in and I'm procrastinating my job search until sometime... later. ^^ On an up note, today I am going to play Human Mario Kart at around midnight, which basically consists of a bunch of college students riding tricycles (yes, tricycles made for about 7-year-olds) down an empty 5-floor parking structure in an effort to race each other. It's ridiculously fun and not too dangerous, everyone should try!

Okay actually because I have nothing to say, l'll open up to questions. So if you want to ask me anything about my life, good places to each in California, college life, computers, art, video games (speaking of which, Pikman2 rocks!), cactuars, ask away on the journal and I'll compile the questions and answer them in another journal entry in a few days. XD



I've been spending too much time on art lately. O__O Don't know what's come over me... I should really be more productive in other matters, like... homework. ^_^ I'll post stuff over the next week as I finish them up!





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  • Mood:
  • Listening to: Brighter than Sunshine by Aqualung
  • Reading: "The Seas" by Samantha Hunt
  • Watching: FF:AC bonus disc

Happiness and Merriment to all

Wed Jan 4, 2006, 9:37 AM
Happy new year everyone, and I hope you guys have had a fantastic holiday season as well! >D I just realized this is my first journal entry since September... ^^;;; *ducks projectile carrots and turnips* Also, I have been terrible-terrible about responding to notes and comments... No excuses there, really. I think my art activity is cyclic, kinda like... uh... the amount of tourism in Finland throughout the year (there is always more in the summer.)

Anyway, will try to at least get through the notes in the next few days. Maybe post a thing or two, although no promises about quality since it's mostly stuff I doodled while on the phone talking to my mom in the past few months. ^_~

Meanwhile, winter break was fantastic! (well, with the exception of getting sick...) Hung out at home in Texas, saw some good friends, finished playing Xenosaga, ate the best steak of my life (mmm! Perry's! Mmm!), checked out the Riverwalk in San Antonio (although... unbeknowst to us, we went on the day of the Alamobowl, and didn't realize this until we were stuck in traffic for over an hour in downtown and saw a million people in red shirts or blue shirts...), ventured into the clay jewelry arts, and got some wonderful gifts, the highlight of which was a custom-made interview prep program...

Yikes, have to start interviewing for a job soon. O_O! Senior year of college sure does sneak up on you, doesn't it?

That's it from me, wish all of you a fantastic new year!

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People I goog like none other:

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  • Mood:
  • Listening to: "Feel Good, Inc" by Gorillaz
  • Reading: "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime"
  • Watching: Brokeback Mountain