Illustrated portrait study / Sparkly, sensitive skin & update

In this SundayLeonieUpdate:

  • the portrait study & process
  • First time playing Animal Crossing thoughts
  • Personal update

Sensitive, sparkly skin!

Illustrated study of this photo because a month ago I got inspired by Ngoc Vu’s motto (lead artist of Necrobarista) to draw more brown asians! I need to keep working on hair. Really pushed my art style and exaggerated lots and I’m not sure if I like it! Need to keep learning ehhhh :’)

Rough & lineart stages! Work in progress shots!

Personal Update Time!

  • Pixar’s Soul movie looks more promising since the first teaser. I look forward to seeing it…probably not at the cinema though :<
  • This Korean blind date was so wholesome, compatible, respectful and cute!
  • Leaving LA by Tim Minchin & Tee Kee Ng – I enjoyed the animation and song
  • An Ode to Kung Fu Heroines Part 1 – the actresses showcased are super cool! Goodness I remember Flirting Scholar (1993) and some other films in here.
  • I watched Asterix: The Mansions of the Gods (2014)
    • well animated and good art style and it’s a simple, predictable, family/kids movie
    • makes me remember why I lost interest in the series when I used to borrow the Asterix and Tintin books from the library
    • all of these characters are one dimensional and there’s no particular character I like – they only work as part of a whole and in the end I get bored from the usual formula and how Gauls vs Romans keeps going on and on and on
    • how they’re all dependant on this magical potion/drug all the time to give them strength, it annoys me 😛
  • If Programming was an anime skit
  • How to see germs spread video with primary school kids :<

First time playing Animal Crossing🏝️ thoughts

  • eep with picking an island map!! I ultimately went with my gut feeling because I know it’s more of a preference thing.
  • I have cute butt peaches in my island 🍑🍑🍑
  • cute and relaxing game 😀
  • anxiety time!!
    • picking a place for my tent and where to keep as “my corner” of the island :’)
  • anxiety time 2!!!
    • picking a name for my island since you can’t change it! Ended up with Sweetheart island as it felt right to me with the peaches and wholesomeness. Yes it’s sappy and horrible, I know.
  • all else was calm and relaxing, felt like I was taken care of and looked after by what I later learned was the “big sister archetype” and the “big brother jock archetype”
    • I got Diedre the deer and Mac the dog on my island
  • it was like my own little digital family who will always be there for me! I’m starting to see why this helps people who are lonely and have few people in real life to rely on and to be listened to. And this is me most of my life, the solitary hermit life. It feels nice to have a digital wholesome family to go back to :’)
  • simple give, take and crafting system. Kind good vibes! The gameplay loop keeps going D:
  • I wanted to make patterns/etc so I tried and it was hard going into it without a plan :’D I need to learn how to do it better
  • there was also the opportunity to draw messages and my attempts are also terrible
  • I kept collecting and crafting and then I felt done for that day (it was real life bedtime for me during the session)
  • there’s limited times of the day to collect creatures too?
  • there’s anxiety when a lot of people and streamers are playing it lots and it feels like a race of miles. I’m not that far into it yet, I feel behind :'(
  • as a newbie I want to keep gameplay spoilers minimal so I’m keeping away from twitter and I don’t have many streams I can watch anymore nooooo!! 🙁
  • I played much longer during my second session and collected a growing kingdom of fish and bugs outdoors 😀 I feel less anxious now that I’m getting the idea. It’s definitely a short bursts kind of game too.
  • took out all the weeds that I can access
  • finally got a dress that’s not the default clothes!!
  • just grinding all the nook milesss
  • don’t feel great about chopping trees D:
  • learning it costs 200 or was it 300 bells to send messages to friends :0 I hope to try it when ready!
  • my house and museum is in construction
  • I do want to keep playing it, usually at the end of the day for most weekdays! Otherwise I won’t get anything else done :’)
  • I refuse to time skip ;P
  • from here I might post random instagram story snippets of Animal Crossing but I’ll see :0!!

In closing, stay safe and kind! Taking a break from twitter!

Aside from posting art, I’m not going to check my twitter/instagram much especially in the coming weeks/months. Things are getting busy and I’m finding myself scrolling twitter too much and it’s a mixed bag of wholesome kindness and anxiety/distraction!! :’) I’ll check notifications and replies when I’m posting art and you can still catch me around discord, slack, blog comments here and email.

Plus I need a break from my twitter feed, now that more people are working from home, are more active online and some are getting cabin fever. Twitter is getting overwhelming with complicated feelings and news. I need some space from all that. It’s nothing new for me though, social media overall does get noisy and overwhelming :’)

Goodness as an introverted hermit who rarely goes out I don’t get cabin fever after all! Witnessing people getting restless, grumpy, bored, irritable, depressed, upset, separated from loved ones, not used to being alone with their own thoughts and finding interesting ways to be with people and support each other through online means was eye opening! It really sucks since it’s not out of choice for them but of necessity and for everyone’s safety and well-being.

For those struggling with staying at home, I hope it gets easier over time, when you get into the groove in adapting, making home a good place to be, live and to embrace the boredom and simpler things sometimes. I saw a lot of wholesome, generous, human moments too (:

I’m more of the “What cabin fever? Being at home is great most of the time!” I don’t have a functional, stress-free, well-adjusted family dynamic myself, we all need to be frugal with supplies and my art career is at a standstill so I’ve got my own struggles too. All the same, we all got to keep rolling together as life moves on. Let’s keep doing our best! :’)

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Now I’m going to be busy with life, art and Animal Crossing :’)

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6 Comments on “Illustrated portrait study / Sparkly, sensitive skin & update

  1. Glad you’re having fun with Animal Crossing! It’s definitely the type of game designed to go at a chill pace over a long period of time and not be burned through ASAP. It’s more like a nature walk than a race; It’s all about taking the time to enjoy the beauty of the scenery and racing through it gives you less time to appreciate it. I’m having a ton of fun with it myself.

    I’m in the same situation with Twitter and cabin fever. My life is virtually unchanged because I only go out for important things, but most people I know aren’t big fans of it. I also followed some new folks on twitter, thanks to the Body Posi app, and I’m really not used to people who are super active on social media. It’s a little overwhelming >_<.

    • Yeah I don’t want to burn out on the game already!! I don’t want to copy streamers who do 18 to 24 hour streams of Animal Crossing D: Did they time skip because I noticed one got a house already yesterday :0
      Ooh you got the game after all; I’m glad you’re having fun too!
      The Body Posi app so far is pretty cool 😀
      Goodness I do agree about super active twitter peeps – it’s not my first time getting overwhelmed by social media so what I do is take a hiatus indefinitely :’) This time instead of blocking social media completely, I will check notifications on the day of posting art so I don’t fall behind on that. You can add people to your own private twitter lists so that you’re limited to a handful of people’s tweets if it helps.

      • All the “Daily” things tick over at 5am Local Time. So folks who started playing at Midnight (or 9pm for Me :3) got to do tutorial stuff then fall asleep and wake up to a house super quick. They do let you time skip….but that kinda defeats the point of the game in my opinion.

        Yeah, I decided I could use a little more cheery cuteness in my life so I got it. Spent an hour coming up with a name because i’m bad at those….. Went with “Arancia” which is Italian for Oranges…..because my island has Oranges. :X Not quite as sweet and wholesome as yours lol.

        Good idea on the social media stuff. Won’t get overwhelmed but won’t miss out on the benefits. Clever! Also had no idea about private twitter stuff. Thankfully I only follow about 10 people and most of them only post a few times a day.

        • Ah I see 5am!! I didn’t finish the tutorial enough I guess since I only started getting a house during my second session haha. Yeah time skip defeats the point indeed.
          Gosh mine is just a sugar sappy island name haha! Hey, that’s a wonderful name! 🍊🍊🍊 I used to learn Italian during high school so I don’t remember anything now :’)
          Ooh when it does get out of hand, you can go to a user’s profile and there’s a three dot button! From there you can add to a list and make and name a new private list (so it’s not publicly available). Personally I usually keep tabs on 7 twitter accounts but currently it’s getting too much too :’)

          • I’m embarrassingly really into super sappy things so I like it haha. My family is SUPER Italian so I tried to learn a little bit of it. Not really enough to converse, but some key bits and basic understandings.

            Ooooh, that’s super helpful thanks! I’ve had twitter for like 11 years and I’ve barely learned anything haha. I can 100% empathize with it being too much sometimes.

            Keep up the good work on your art! It’s really nice to see you pushing your style and trying new things out. Looking forward to seeing what you’re gonna do next!

            • Aww that’s sweet of you to tie your island name with your heritage!! 😀
              Welcome, hope it makes twitter more manageable for you when you need it!
              Thank you so so much for the kind words of encouragement :’) Enjoy today and the week ahead!!