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Friday, July 20, 2018

BurpDoodle: "Aww, man!!"


BurpDoodle: "Aww, man!!"
Princess Daisy! She was my first princess I saved as Super Mario Land was my personal first Mario game I've played ;) 

Was so elated when I finally beat it after giving up so many times.
You fly away in an aeroplane at the end, it's so cool and satisfying! YES ^o^


Now as a character she's super enthusiastic, bold and loud mouthed which is opposite of me but her attitude is clear as day! Bold and feisty!
Super neat she's in Smash Bros. Ultimate too!


After doing other kinds of art, I did this piece of comfort zone fanart to warm up again.
I'm rusty, pushing through my creative rut around in circles and I have a lot of learning to do. :') 

Wahhh! I hope I get better at art eventually .____.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

SuperListenMode: Creative Flow


SuperListenMode: Creative Flow

There are times that when I see peeps eat meals...then I remember I need to eat too. Whoops!

I don't often do all nighters if there's work the next day but sometimes when it's a Saturday...sleep in ;) 

Yes I'm naturally a night owl...and I get to do that over weekends!
Wait technically I wake up 7am/8am on weekends so...

But I am an early bird on weekdays, waking up at 5am ;D



I end up getting sleep deprived sometimes when I want to exercise for self care and health during mornings and yet I want to do personal art at night, get carried away and work too late. Oh dear.

I usually stick to going to bed early but it's hard when weekend comes around :')

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

BurpDoodle Animation: Sleepy Kirby


BurpDoodle Animation: Sleepy Kirby
Dear Leonie, you need more sleep :')

Doing terrible straight ahead animation for fun & playing with some basic software, I'm not a proper animator ;P

Just wanted to doodle a cute Kirby face.


Animation Ramble [talked about it before]:
Animation to the highest standard in my mind is an incredible feat requiring boundless depths of patience and mastery of movement, acting, performance, staging, flow, rhythm, subtlety, expression/emotion and making sure you're communicating what you want through your moving pictures. 

As you know I've learned basic 2D and 3D animation and its principles before. I'm not experienced to be confident or knowledgeable with it. It's something that needs to be practiced but I haven't done the mileage. 

Meanwhile 3D animation was a nightmare for me as I was never happy with my work and I didn't enjoy nitpicking and moving the rigs of 3D modeled puppets. 

With 2D animation, I enjoyed doing the first pass. Just roughly sketching each frame, add needed inbetweens and additional frames to provide clarity to the movement and then be done with it. The fun for me personally is in the drawing and getting the rough idea out. 

So I'm no animator. 
That said, I am not interested in storyboarding either. 
Which is another incredible skill of communication, storytelling and draughtspersonship to have!

At best I can do simple, wonky, sketchy and silly animation like this before I get bored. Or perhaps animation with only a few frames if we're going for pose to pose animation. I mean I can push myself if it has to be done though.
But you get the idea. ;)


This is why I admire animators so much!! They're incredible! :0


That said, please be kind with your constructive criticism if you have any for this! I might do a few more. Not sure yet. This is just something for fun! :')

Monday, July 16, 2018

SuperListenMode: Creativity!


SuperListenMode: Creativity!

Please protect your creative needs! 
Your creative precious soul!
Set aside some time!

Make things!
Even if you're never going to show it to anybody! 
Have some fun! ^o^


I'm trying to do this via these comics and BurpDoodles...and seeing what happens.
Hopefully without pushing myself too hard and burn myself out :')

Consciously stopped myself from overworking for once last Friday haha
Waah. I've been juggling a lot trying to get back into the swing of things :(

Friday, July 13, 2018

BurpDoodle: Captain Toad Treasure Tracker on the Switch today!


BurpDoodle: Captain Toad Treasure Tracker on the Switch today!
Adventure together!! Doodoodoo! ^o^ 

Fun little cute game, please get it if you haven't already played!
I played it on the WiiU so I'm just happy more people can play it now!

Gosh I remember this game charming me over! <3

Here's a cute cover of the Captain Toad theme: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-rAlRfujA2I

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

SuperListenMode: "What do you do" Conversations


SuperListenMode: "What do you do" Conversations

Non industry peeps usually look at me confused while I'm too used to talking to people who know what I'm talking about :')

I used to make marketing art...? 
I make art you see in those games?

Shooty Skies? Crossy Road? Disney Crossy Road? Framed 2? 

Uh...some things I can't talk about yet?!

It hurt to say "Candy Crush" as it's my feeble attempt to connect with someone .___.

I don't know how to answer this question on what art I do exactly :(


Maybe I should just say I make comics as that's easier. Niche too.
Plus you're reading them right now.

Then again I don't make comics for a living, admission has been free ;P


I make these comics for myself and my silly feelings.
*puts on sunglasses indoors with tears running down my face*


Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Somehow in the 2018 MCVPacific Women In Games List - Huh...What?!

I didn't check social media this morning and then...
http://trade-media.com.au/news/read/2018-women-games-list/

What. How. Huh?!

I even posted a comic last month on how I don't feel like part of the games industry and I'm just an art helper.
So any industry lists were out of the question.

I'm not cool. I'm pretty quiet, reserved and introverted.
I don't have much friends.
I make art within my own lonely bubble.
What I do is pretty niche.
I'm pretty much an art ghost when I need to be on social media.
I don't feel like I'm doing big generous things for the industry.
I don't feel like I have any influence.

Got an honourable mention and a nomination for Creative Impact last year to my confusion too.
So I thought that's all I should ever expect!
"That's it for my games career!" I thought. "Just keep doing my best regardless!"

I genuinely gave up expecting anything when it comes to recognition.


It's weird for me...I need some time for this to sink in.
I feel like a super fraud. I don't know why I'm listed. I'm confused. :')
I guess this is a pat on the back for something I don't know I did.

What did I do??? Halp!
I'm going to keep feeling this way every time people are kind to me haha



Self doubt aside, I'm just super grateful and shocked there are kind peeps who like what I do...even though I don't know what I'm doing with my creative rut <3


Super thank you Joel and the incredible, kind industry panel for the gracious honour, support and warm fuzzies ;___;
Thank you Mighty Games Group for being awesome in general too!!
Boundless gratitude to wonderfully kind and supportive friends and peeps I've met along the way and who help keep me going <3


But ignore little me, please check out the other brilliant ladies on the list! <3 They're super kickbutt, cool, generous and brilliant! It's an honour!!
Please support them if you're not already! <3 Warmest congratulations! ^o^



Finally regardless and most importantly: whether you're listed or not, you are still wonderful. ^_^ Let's all keep being inspiring, awesome and do our best! <3


Support *all* the awesome, kickbutt ladies and non binary peeps!




PS: Uhh I don't know what to do now. *flails*
What do you do when you're part of this class? :S
Is the homebody going somewhere? Is there a ritual? :0
I don't think anything changes...I'm still me, hello.
Maybe *this* is it for my games career and I shall fall into oblivion now ;D


Update 11th July 2018:
I'm not planning to go to Sydney's WIG lunch unfortunately.
I did go last year already as a surprise Creative Impact nominee so I figured someone else should take my spot.
I did a video blog here for 2017 WIG Lunch here.
I felt pretty out of place back then anyway like this gif.
I can't afford to travel to Sydney just for a lunch either.
So please enjoy it if you're going and congrats to everyone! ^o^
Hopefully I meet more people during and around Games Week when it's less intense...just not during late night crowded parties :')



Update 17th July 2018: 
Got featured by MCVPacific, thanks Joel for the lovely feature! Gosh! :')
He did his best copywriting my dot points I've given him:
http://trade-media.com.au/news/read/women-games-leonie-yue/