Since it's summer and we all have time, I decided to start an art trade with my two ex-schoolmates, Ginge and Kate. I drew for Kate, Kate drew for Ginge and Ginge drew for me, and it was so fun, we want to go the other way round again! We used to take art class together and while Kate's the only one who's taken art on, Ginge and I still like to doodle.
Kate requested Skyward Sword Link in any pose, so that's what I did. This was one of my favourite scenes from Skyward Sword. Originally it was a couple of pencil sketches but when the others in the art trade came out with watercolouredmasterpieces I coloured mine to make myself feel less inadequate.
From Ginge I requested Jack Frost and Hiccup together as bezzies, because in my head they're like bros, and I absolutely love what she did with them. And I feel so special that someone drew something for me! Ginge has actually requested a really difficult one from me, which will end up looking rubbish because I have no reference pose and will take ages, but I'll finish it eventually.
It's been a long time since our Golden Sun days. After watching my sister play the whole thing, I only managed the first game myself and didn't continue because I passed too many points of no return and didn't collect all the djinn, which is not okay for me. I remember playing it in China, agonising over equipment and djinn combinations and getting stuck and having to skip places because I didn't have instant access to walkthroughs. And hours on a sleeper train, reloading and reloading to get these certain boots from a gambling fountain!
But I loved the puzzles and the battles and the character designs. Golden Sun is one of the few games in which female characters actually get to wear clothes. Last month I caught artist Bente's livestream and I mentioned that my sister spoke to Bente a couple of times back in the Golden Sun days, and Bente remembers this. Small world. So I drew some Golden Sun-style designs for Rise of the Guardians characters. I think Golden Sun's clothing designs are characterised by simple chunkiness, bright colours and patterns of geometric shapes. Jack would be a Mercury adept and Tooth would be Jupiter, I think. These were really fun to design.
I'm at home right now between holidays, just lolling around doing nothing much but reading books and fanarting and going out with friends from time to time. Recently I finished Wicked and The Stars My Destination, and now I should be getting on with the rest of Great Expectations. I'm also still slowly savouring Toothiana, Queen of the Tooth Fairy Armies. Some time this summer I need to read Silmarillion because I've spent too long away from Middle Earth.
These photos are from my little beach holiday with school people and it was amazing. After months of fervent revision it felt weird but refreshing just to sit by the pool or the sea and vegetate in the sun. I'm yet to get photos from other people and I didn't take many myself so these will have to do for now. Have a nice Monday!