31 December, 2009

Layout update

Entropy's layout will conform to the look of Cellar Skylight from now on. Feel free to suggest improvements or additions, and let me know of any bugs you might come across. I look forward to your help!

Regular art posts will commence after the holiday! May everyone have a peaceful new year.

14 December, 2009

Merry Christmas Meowth




Made for Facebook's "Pokemon Month". You're supposed to turn your profile picture to your favourite Pokemon. It was a hard choice, but I've always been fond of Meowth! :) One hour speed doodle in Photoshop CS4.

Happy Holidays, everyone!

02 December, 2009

Mele Kalikimaka



Christmas card for this year.

23 November, 2009

High In The Firmament



Well this was quite the learning experience! I completely forgot to check my working size - more like since changing computers I forgot to set my defaults. So this is the actual size of it. Poo. This was done in Photoshop and was my attempt at breaking completely free of my comfort box. Didn't work quite as well as I would have hoped, but I learned and that's important too. :)

This is fanart for Spirited Away (Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi) for those who don't recognize it. This movie, as well as most of Studio Ghibli's work, had a massive impact on my life, and so I really enjoyed doing fanart for it.


Factoid: "High In The Firmament" is actually the title for a short comic I'm working on. :C

07 November, 2009

Little Secrets



Some cutsey fanart as I try to ease myself back into digital art. I think I put up some sort of subconscious wall after my senior project ended in regards to working digitally, because it's been so hard for me to do it lately. Oh well, that's why I practice!

(For future reference, slapping some textures on top of a drawing is not actually quality.)

22 October, 2009

Work from the what?

While I was going through my files to pick out some stuff I'd sell for MCAD's annual art sale, I found some old stuff! Just a few things that I don't think ever got any attention, but I'm really fond of. For some strange reason. :)


I don't think this ever got any attention, but it's one of four pieces I did for a final two years ago.

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This was an exercise in one of my notebooks for class. I really have no idea what's happening here, but I'm pretty sure that's Sirius Black chewing on Taichi Kamiya's arm. His hair's not big enough to be Tai, though. Oh well. This is also from two years ago.

On another note, I'm finally going to make some prints of Colonal J. Fox's Map from The Cercyon. Email me (katy.a.farina@gmail.com) if you're interested.

08 October, 2009

Spirit of Autumn



I might end up turning this into a series. Either way it'll be on my portfolio soon. :)

16 September, 2009

Finally, some art!

Okay, well, there's really no excuse for not having scanned these sooner. They've been sitting in my sketchbook for more then a month. They're character studies for a few of the main characters from my up and coming webcomic, Into The Orchard (or just Orchard).

Forgive the quick-fix colouring effect. The colours used are each character's "colour schemes", coordinating mostly to their personalities.


This is Tabby, the Main Character (as of now he has no last name). In short Tabby is, to coin a term a good friend of mine used, "mono-polar". Basically what that means is he lacks the capacity to be anything other then upbeat, even when he's upset. That's not to say he's unjustly optimistic; he's pretty realistic (if not often childishly so) and has a serious side that makes him a good leader.

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Salvador (Sal) Moralez, sort of a resident loner. He doesn't have too much a memory for his time before living with Tabby and Burman (Tabby's father), and treasures his home life immensely. Though he's mute (for now) that's never really been a big disability. He has no problem speaking his mind or getting his point across. Sal is exceedingly expressive and probably the most honest of the characters in this story Despite him looking uncharacteristically sad here, he's not a sad person at all.

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This girl, whose name I haven't decided on (somewhere between Emily and Alexis), is probably my favourite character right now. She takes herself very seriously, is smarter then she wants you to believe, and knows much more about everything then she's willing to let on. She's a little cold-hearted, but she doesn't like distancing herself from other people and takes great pride in the fact that she has more friends then she can keep track of.

27 July, 2009

Artists I'm In Love With

Well, in light of recent events I haven't been doing much in the ways of art. Grieving takes a lot out of you, believe me. However, my free time has been spent researching, reading and plotting about my next project - a comic series! I've discussed it here in the past, and as the project progresses I'm sure there will be tons more!

However I don't know when I'll be posting artwork here again. Hopefully soon, but I'll be traveling a lot and wont' have much access to scanners for a while. :)

Considering these two factors, I figured I'd update about, well, something. Just so you know I'm alive and that I'm watching you. Aaaalways watching.

This time it's artists I'm in love with! They're probably much less known to some of you, others of you have heard me gush about them before. Or are awesome enough to know them for their own merits!

First is Sumomo Yumeka. I love her comics. Something about the pacing is totally admirable and is definitely something I strive for in my own work. She's especially good at slowing down a moment and making the reader really feel for a character in a story that's only 10 pages long! I feel connected to all of her works. "Sumomo Yumeka" is the alias she uses when she does BL stories, though she has several other aliases and isn't limited to one genre. Though if you don't know what "BL" is, you may want to pass on looking her up.

Suzuki Tsuta, another BL comic artist. Her way of drawing is so organic, I just love it! All of her characters feel so animated and lifelike. She's a little limited in terms of subject matter and composition (in my opinion at least) but makes up for it with her adorable characters and wonderful style! She's a recent influence and I'm sure you'll see some of it come through in some of my work.

Lois van Baarle, arguably my favourite illustrator. My favourite thing about her work is her colour palette. No other artist really renders the way she does in the colours she uses. Every single piece of work she does is interesting to look at even if at first glance it may seem like an ordinary portrait. She's one of the biggest inspirations for me and I definitely recommend looking at her work!

Tracy J. Butler, illustrator and comic artist. I've been following her work for almost 12 years now. She was one of the artists who made me want to draw and made me want to write stories! I'm still impressed by the work she did 12 years ago in the media she used, and it should go without saying that I'm impressed by her current work. I'm so happy to see her be so successful, but also a little sad! Only because I like having niche artists to admire. :)

I think that's it for this installment! Next time I'll have some male artists to show you. Promise!

28 June, 2009

Gorebyss

I've been offering $10 commissions lately, and this is the first one of them. The character is based off the Pokemon Gorebyss. I think the design is really cute, and I ended up having a lot of fun drawing this.



I swear to god I've been drawing, really!

17 June, 2009

Sora + Zack = Inevitble Chaos



What is that you saaayyyy? Fanart, from me? Odd. Anyway, this is a textless panel from the beginning of a short "chaos will ensue" KH/FF7:CC crossover comic. Non-shippy. I'm really having fun drawing this, which is odd for fanart. Usually I prefer drawing my characters, but I love Kingdom Hearts, and everyone loves Zack. So I guess it works out well enough. Honestly I don't think Zack has a domestic bone in his body but it's fun anyway.

Though this is the style my next project will be drawn in, so I guess this is also practice for that. I'm sure no one can tell but me (especially with this panel), but it's actually much looser then the way I normally draw.

Well, this is just something to show that I'm not actually dead. D:

01 June, 2009

Liese Moralez



Sorry for the radio silence, haha. Lots have been going on in my life that have detracted from me uploading all the work I've done. I'll be starting a series of prompts through the month of June, but they won't be posted here.

This is the beginning of character designs for an eventual webcomic, tentatively called "Orchard". This character is named Liese Moralez (first name pronounced lee-say). It may not look it seeing as I just decided this a few hours ago (and this picture is about a week old), but she and her brother are half Colombian, half Chinese. She's the "love-interest" character and was probably the easiest to design.

The younger vignette is of her at about 7 or 8, when the style was to wear your hair in a side ponytail. Obviously when she's older she dyed her hair. Her personality hasn't changed, though, and she's much nicer looking in these two drawings then she actually is. She's a very flat, shallow character, but they're fun to evolve. :) And boy, does she change.

Dramatically. *jazz hands*

07 May, 2009

The Cercyon and the Battle for New Tuesday (Book 1)



Finally, the cover for the whole project. It was the last thing I did, and it really felt like closure to me. I'll be uploading the entirety of the project to my website once I revamp it so I'll post a link here. The illustrations have changed a little. :) But the cover remains the same. I'll probably post details later, because there's a lot that got lost from the sketch phase to the final.

I learned a lot over the course of the semester. Not only with working digitally, but with my lifelong quest to find a self-satisfactory way to interpret the written word as illustration. I'm much more comfortable using Photoshop and Illustrator.

Eventually I'll be finishing all the illustrations to this story and pitching it to various publishing companies (unless it gets picked up soon!), but for now I move onto other projects. The big project over the summer is a comic. :)

16 April, 2009

Children's Bedding

A change of pace from my months of uploading senior project! An assignment with our product design class to create a partial set of children's bedding. This is the version I'm using for portfolio day tomorrow. I'll probably touch it up before class on Monday.



And because it's hard to see the icons used in the pattern, here's a close-up.

12 April, 2009

Chapter 5: East and West Grannigar



This kind of situation is pretty often reoccurring. The Captain gets it in his mind to go off and find a certain treasure then forces his crew to do all the work while he stands there looking stoic or contemplative. Of course, the younger mates end up, you know, not doing anything. So basically just Anne and Heights do the work. And get sunburned by the look of it.

Kurori is back on the ship (first mate duties and all), Oren is anti-social, and Rook is probably off getting into trouble. Anne, being the only real confrontational person aboard the Cercyon, often ends up lecturing Nathan when this kind of thing happens. She's been venturing with him for 12 years. It has yet to sink in.

I noticed a lot of similarities between this illustration and this one from early production. I don't really mind similarities, especially since the older piece isn't "official art", and it just means that the personalities are solid enough.

Chapter 15: Cercyon



A longstanding grudge between Nathan Redgoose, our absent-minded captain, and Lysander Rush, East Grannigar's top general, escalates as New Tuesday burns. Looks like Nathan is in trouble...

I'm happy with the effects that happen in this illustration, though the composition is a little bare. Hopefully that will be remedied when I finish all the graphic design. :)

06 April, 2009

Last Spot Illustration

There are 16 total for the entire project, but I'm not going to upload them all here. They'll be available on my website eventually. Incidentally, this one is also the last in the book, and is arguably my favourite.

05 April, 2009

Some More Spots

A few more spots from the project! Ah, of course, I still use the term "spot illustration" quite lightly. These are meant to be half-page illustrations at the very least. Some would take up more space then others. :)


(Above) The crew of The Cercyon from left to right: Heights (top), Simon, Anne, Rook, Nathan, Lucas, Kurori.


(Above) The door to The Four Whiskers, a rather mysterious tavern that Tanner and his friends return to often throughout the story.


(Above) The Mera queen giving Tanner and Oren a treasure they'd been looking for. In case you were wondering, the Mera queen is a mandarin fish.

29 March, 2009

Chapter 6: The Mera King



Oren was actually a member of the 1st School, but due to circumstance he was unable to retain his post. As a result he had his rank markings tattooed over as a solid band on his upper arm, and was doomed to a fate not unlike that of an outcast. That doesn't mean he's a pushover, though, and goes back to the Mera cities whenever he needs to. Oren is a red-tailed shark.

How is Tanner breathing underwater? Well, the reason that's given within this story is explained as unique skills the Mera can pass along to others at their whim, and that's the only explanation you get for now. :)

I'm not sure how I feel about this illustration, so if you have any comments or critiques, I'd be happy to hear them!

Chapter 7: A Dark Tomorrow



Due to certain spoilery reasons, Tanner and Oren had to flee from the Mera city of Nortemps. They were aided by Farren, a rather grumpy octopus, and Eria, Oren's wife. Despite the rather negative outcome of their visit to Nortemps, Eria will always have a reassuring smile for her husband, even when saying goodbye.

Eria is an eastern blue devil fish, while Farren is an easern pacific red octopus. They're placed in the military based on the type of animal they are; certain species have certain skills. Eria is from the 5th school, Farren from the 1st school. He also has tattoos on both his arms, but it's covered up by his cape in this illustration.

Actually, way too much thought went into the practicality of mermaids and underwater warfare. Honestly I'd be happy never to think of it again. I'm really pleased with how Eria's tail came out, but it's hard to see details under the water. I'll talk more about Oren in a later post.

17 March, 2009

The Captain



Nathan! I was reworking a sketch to give him a more dynamic pose, but I'm not sure whether or not I'm going to use this one. I liked the way this came out anyway so I figured I'd upload it.

Music that makes me think of him (and the whole project in general) - "Wings" by Yoko Kanno, "Sky Ferry" by Alexandre Desplant, "The Orange Tree" by Philip Glass, "Sons and Daughters" by The Decemberists, "Alchemy" by Johnny Hollow, and "Dim Allentown Cove" by Humanwine. If you get a chance to listen to these songs in better quality, I reccomend it!

16 March, 2009

Chapter 9: To Turrodel



Having been more or less given the furnace room of the Cercyon to his choice in maitinance, Tanner was quite annoyed to find Marni stowed away amidst his supplies. Since he more or less owed her his life, he kept her secret and began sneaking her food. During their lunches, Marni would tell him stories about her country, and they grow to be fast friends.

This illustration is just about as finished as the last. If I can get most of them to this point I'll be happy. I also realized that the colours got really washed out making the switch from CMYK to RBG, but them's the breaks.

Fun facts! This one took me less time then the other one did for some inexplicable reason. It was also done without the grunge at first, but for as cleanly as twelve-year-old Tanner is, he's not good enough to get all the mess off a 20 year old ship. Especially when that ship belongs to Nathan...

15 March, 2009

"Spot" Illustrations

A few spots from the project. I call them spot illustrations, but technically they'll take up about half the page.


From chapter 1. Jettie, Tanner's [young and weird] grandmother and her butler, Rufus. There's a reason why Rufus is so young, but you don't find out until the second or third book. Not the story my senior project encompasses. Also, yeah. Jettie is a weirdo (at least to Tanner), but she's so much fun to write! :)


From chapter 2. The mysterious library door Jettie usually keeps hidden beneath those curtains. She left it open, though, which of course invites trouble.


From chapter 5. Oren, the merman character, poking his head out from the water. Tanner is really creeped out by him at first, being that he is not a terrible fan of the ocean.

More to come!

12 March, 2009

Chapter 2: The Forever Library

Thus begins my slow but inevitable posting of my entire senior project.



First up is Tanner messing around at his grandmother's house.

Fun facts! The file for this is over a gig, is 32 layers, and it took me roughly 20 hours over the span of 3 days. Pretty short amount of time all things considered!

This one is at about 89% done. I need to add some detail to the border as well as the text for the chapter, so I'll probably post this again when it's done. I'm just excited to upload my first "finished" (non-half spread) illustration for this project. :)

That being said, any comments or critiques are welcome! I'd love to hear everyone's thoughts. This blog should be open for non-members to comment.

10 March, 2009

Baby shower invitation

Wow, it's been a while since I uploaded stuff. I've been busy with senior project, to no real surprise. I still need to take photos from my apparel project - it came out great! I just lack access to a decent camera right now.

In the meantime, have some bunnies! The invitation is for a baby shower, but it can be used for anything, really.

21 February, 2009

Skateboard!



For a 15-25 year old girl who is interested in the sport of skateboarding, but is not really into it, and who wants to keep her sense of femininity.



Middle detail.



Top detail.

It still needs a little touching-up, but overall I'm really happy with it. :)

20 February, 2009

Costume site is up and running!

Hello! I'm sorry this post is lacking artwork (some tomorrow, I promise), but I felt I'd share the link to my costuming website. Within the next couple of months I hope to add two more costumes to the repertoire, assuming I can find time between working on my senior project. I'll most likely be adding a casual clothing (non-costume) section as well. Right now it's rather bare, for which I apologize.

Regardless, you should all take a look at it here! Make sure to let me know if anything isn't loading right. Right now I'm not taking orders for anything due to overload in work schedule, but I'll be taking pre-orders beginning on April 1st, and will start production of orders mid-May. I hope to do business with you in the future. :)

03 February, 2009

Uhm, main characters of..?

Oh man, this project seriously needs a title.

Well anyway, this is another thing that's been sitting around from back in December. It features most of the characters of my senior project (missing main characters are Kurori, Jettie and Lysander, but they didn't fit).



I figure I'd use this mostly as a base colour guide while working on the project, but some colours may change in the future. :P There are a lot of missing details, I realized as I was working on this, such as Rook's scarf and multiple "rank wings" on characters' jackets... But if I'm the only one that notices (and cares) then I guess it's not a big deal. :P

This is printed out and hanging in my studio, much as the character sheets I did last semester. My studio walls are almost covered already, all with stuff for this project. I guess that's not bad, I have plenty of references to look at!

29 January, 2009

Children of New Wednesday.

Ohh, this one has been sitting around for a while but I'm probably not going to finish it. I like where it is right now, at least, and I need to do other stuff. It's the very beginning of an effort to push my default style away from anime.



Top to bottom - Anne, Nathan and Lysander as teenagers, probably right before Anne and Lysander get married. I like drawing them as kids. :) New Wednesday is the town where they grew up. This was a fun character study!

17 January, 2009

Manna sketch



This has been sitting on my hard drive for a month or so, but I didn't take my tablet home with me this time and thus didn't work on it at all. Oh Manna. I used to draw her all the time, now if I draw her once every three months it's lucky. No one draws her anymore, haha. That doesn't matter to me, though. She's one of my earliest and certainly most dear characters. Even if she no longer has a plot or purpose, she's still adorable and probably my favourite to draw. :)

Speed paint; 1.5 hours. Exercise in digital techniques and drawing stylized animals.

15 January, 2009

Snowy hugs

Over the next few days I'll be posting some stuff up from winter break. :) Enjoy!



Well, I wanted to draw something sweet. And I wanted to draw Wyatt. ....Unfortunately the two don't really go well together, hahaha, but I guess he's allowed to have sweet moments too. This was an exercise in black and white drawings, thin lines, and character interaction. I don't know if I'd classify it as a success, what with the poor anatomy/nonexistent gravity and all, but it was fun to draw regardless. :)

Adelle and Wyatt have a very passionate, tolerable love. I don't think I'd ever classify it as "sweet", more.. violent and comfortable. But I don't know a couple that doesn't get cutsey like this at least once. Maybe this is their 'one', haha. I also really love drawing them in non-canon clothing! I wonder why...

09 January, 2009

Links To Love

Alright my friends, I know a number of you are big D.I.Y. people, or at the very least have a [not-so] secret desire to make your own clothing. In that case, head over to Threadbanger for a lot of awesome tutorials and photo archives. If their D.I.Y. episodes can't help they'll at least point you in the right direction. Threadbanger has a lot of steampunk tutorials as well, so if you are - like me - interested in that scene, go enjoy!

If you haven't been following Cakewrecks, you really must. Much like Failblog, it has a really horrific display of cake-baking mishaps that will have you either laughing or recoiling in horror. It's not all bad, though, as every Sunday promises an array of more-beautiful-then-you-can-imagine cakes.

Coilhouse Magazine has a web blog with a lot of off-beat imagery and going-ons. I have yet to find an article that isn't unbelievably interesting... or really, really odd at any rate. And if the off-beat thing isn't your scene, they at least have a lot of fantastic images that will inevitably serve as inspiration.

05 January, 2009

Not art, but some cool stuff anyway.

Sorry that I've been lacking in posts. I have a number of things to post, but unfortunately will not be able to do so until I make friends with a scanner. In the mean time I felt I'd share some of the non-art discoveries I've made lately.

Most of the time spent away from the computer - a rather good amount actually - has been to work on my senior project. It has a bit of a steampunk-y feel to it, which you may or may not be able to tell from the two posts prior to this. It's fine if you don't, though, since those are the basis for the future steampunk awesome and not the actual style that'll be used.

While working on the project I was listening to the musical compilation "An Age Remembered", which is available for free at Post-Punk (along with a number of other awesome compilations). A good number of those songs serve as inspiration to the mood that the story takes on.

That compilation lead me to both the soundtracks from The Illusionist, The Golden Compass and Laputa: Castle In The Sky - all of which I've heard in the past, but never applied to the theme of my own work. Maybe it doesn't come out so much to others but a lot of this music - especially the more energetic/action based ones - serves as huge inspiration for the story and my direction in the art.

I'm a super visual person and never see illustrations in my head statically. The story I'm using for my senior project plays out like a movie behind my eyes, and various songs from that are definitely good soundtracks to the story I want to tell. One of these days I'll actually make a compilation available to download. ^^'

But my musical adventure does not end there. Due to my awesome friend Ali, I've been introduced to the cello work of Zoe Keating. A lot of her work is on youtube, so you should definitely look her up. I put her music on when I need something to zone out to, but don't want to put up with the distracting beats of techno. Her work is trancy and enticing, and definitely worth every bit of money you will inevitably have to pay to listen to her.

Another awesome artist/comedian also introduced to me by Ali would be Tim Minchin. Words do not do justice to how amused I am by his work but you should look him up on youtube as well. Do it!

I'll eventually be commissioning these fine folks for a tavern sign for The Four Whiskers. Their work is amazing, and you should totally go check it out!

Another really fantastic supply store for old-fashioned thread craft is Reconstructing History. They have a really wide range of historical patterns for relatively good prices, and a lot of old style notions, lace and ropes. Excellent if you're sewing a period piece or if you want a good pattern to make alterations to.

And one more awesome clothes-based site would be Urban Originals. Another site that Ali showed me, this one has some amazing boots for really low prices. Cheap, blank boots can easily - and guilt free - be modified into something steampunk or lolita, or any sort of period-style shoe. Much, much better then spending $200 on them. :P There are also some pre-made designs on there that could serve as awesome boots, also for very low prices. If you're ever doing costuming, check that out for sure!