Monday, September 17, 2018

I Don't Want To Play Anymore

How was my weekend? Frustrating.

Here's what happened. It took 8 hours to download Sims 4 from Origin. At hour 6,  I was ready to just give up. But I am getting ahead of myself. Let me backtrack.

Friday, Nintendo announced that Isabelle, the beloved assistant to the mayor from Animal Crossing: New Leaf, is coming to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. The internet, myself included, has lost their collective mind.

Screenshot: Nintendo

Along with this is the news that a new Animal Crossing game for the Nintendo Switch consoles coming out in 2019. The announcement featured AC's benevolent businessman (or loan shark, depending on how you look at it), Tom Nook.

I have not bought a Switch yet for this very reason. I was waiting for a game that I actually play before I spend over $300 for yet another gaming console. But as Saturday rolled, I figured I'd check out them out... just to familiarize myself with the interface.

I will admit that 3D games give me anxiety. I couldn't even play the sky land stages of Super Mario World without having a panic attack. Forget about RPG's with open worlds. I would get distracted and not finish the game. It's a problem.

But I do enjoy playing The Sims. My favorite is still The Sims 2.

I bought Sims 3 when it first came out but found it frustrating and a bit creepy - the whole uncanny valley thing. So I stuck with playing the older game on my old laptop from college. It was the only thing I used it for, until sometime last year when the 9+-year-old machine decided that it had enough and went to computer heaven.

By Sunday morning, I found myself at Target debating if I should get the other expansion pack for The Sims 4. I only came in to buy coffee, like most Target run starts out. But ended up at the video game section. Anyway, it was a  good thing I didn't get the other expansion pack because, as I mentioned at the beginning - it took over 8 hours to download the base game from Origin.

And now... I don't even want to play it anymore.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Ramen, Ramen Ramen!

I made ramen.

I meant... I drew ramen. (Sorry Nyanko Sensei.) It is almost autumn, and as pumpkin spice lattes are to "Basic B's", ramen is to a Japanophile like me. I prefer that term instead of otaku or weeabo.

a sketch of ramen by callen
It's the only food I know how to draw

Project Update: Facebook Page

Hello Friends!

I have some exciting project updates. Here's a new artwork from the bara manga that I am working on. Only a couple of pages are done so far, but I am trying to stay focused.

I am in the process of setting up a Patreon account - details coming soon. I also now have a Facebook Page: iamcallenart, and be sure to follow me on Instagram: @iam_callen. Thanks! 

~ See the uncensored version after the jump ~

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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Are You Watching This? Emma: A Victorian Romance

Crunchyroll quietly added Emma: A Victorian Romance to its anime library yesterday (September 12, 2018). And of course, since the latest episodes of Isekai Izakaya were late again, I thought I'd give it a try.

Emma, as it turns out was not an anime adaptation of the Jane Austen novel (the one Clueless was based on). Instead, it's the story of a housemaid who falls in love with a member of the gentry. However, the young man's family disapproves of him associating with people of the lower classes. And as the title suggests, is set in Victorian London at the end of the 19th century. It was based on a popular manga by the same name.

There aren't a lot of dialogues in this anime, just lots of longing gazes, which a lot of anime lovers in this side of the world might find boring. I didn't mind it at all. It was kind of relaxing to watch - much like The Flying Witch.

This anime adaptation originally ran back in 2005 - 2007, and you can tell by the way the characters were drawn. But, I will say that the background was drawn beautifully - even by today's standards. There was so much attention to detail, I believe that it was almost - if not - historically accurate.

I definitely recommend it.

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Latest Project

Sample art from my latest project. It's an illustrated novel that will be heavy on "fan service" artwork. I've finished the story outline a few weeks ago and currently on the storyboarding process.

While I say "fan service" artwork, it wouldn't be gratuitous. I know, I know... that's a contradiction. But I believe that there are many bara manga readers who would appreciate it. It will definitely be different from the norm. 

I'll post a sample chapter in the next few weeks. But in the meantime, check out the uncensored version below. 

Uncensored, NSFW version after the jump.

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Iowa’s Big Game

It’s the Hawkeyes vs. Cyclones game. I don’t really have any vested interest on who wins tonight. But since I went to Iowa State, I guess it’s #GoCyclones.