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Messages - MahluaandMilk

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Music / Re: What are you listening to
« on: June 29, 2021, 02:24:55 AM »
Yeah yeah, She Past Away and Alice and Chains are definitely names I recognize. Choice.

Manga Creations / Re: MR War Arc: NO1SY
« on: June 29, 2021, 02:23:20 AM »
Big bruh moment.

Manga Creations / Re: MR: War Arc: Shorts
« on: June 24, 2021, 10:53:00 PM »
Yeah I think most of my focus will be on trying to scribble out Mahlua's capture and detainment story as soon as possible to bridge into Defeat. Especially since the sooner we canonize the gender transition, the better, lol. I might be writing a bit of Reset here and there as well. Like I said before on that, I don't really want to go back and rewrite any of it until the whole thing is just done, that way it can be one fell swoop of an editing process.

All that to say that I'm probably gonna focus on my individual side story more than coming up with a short.

Manga Creations / Re: MR: War Arc: Coryn: Part 1
« on: June 24, 2021, 10:48:28 PM »
So far I've loved everyone's characterization of her. It looks like we all more or less understand that kind of villainy that 4Kids is affiliated with, and while she's not quite Umbridge tier "purist", she still has that cold, analytic approach and just the softest twinge of bitterness at her position, but somehow she's still happy to be there and wreaking havoc in the name of their twisted philosophy.

Manga Art Gallery / Re: Echo Archives
« on: June 24, 2021, 10:46:01 PM »
Wow, Echo. You've really come a long way since I've been out. This stuff is like, super pro level as far as I'm concerned. Your pencil work still has a lot of life in it that I've always loved, and your digital stuff is crisp and fresh. The variation in line weight goes a long way. You've really settled into your own. Wish I could say the same, haha, but you've been working hard, and you get the payoff on that, and my lazy butt gets exactly what I put in. :sure:

Manga Creations / Re: MR War Arc: NO1SY
« on: June 24, 2021, 10:40:00 PM »
A wonderful read, NO1SY. Thanks for your impressive contribution.

As someone with synesthesia, I adore the way that your powers operate, and I would love to write you an epic battle with it. Also where is that stories from songs thread you mentioned? Because I might use that as a bit of a writing exercise here and there in the future. I use this Discord bot called Sprinto, and I have plenty of playlists that I sort based on what kind of colors and feelings I get from my synesthesia, though they're usually character based. In fact, I would love to have a long discussion with you about what kind of music would have what affects for your character.

Also, graffiti tagging to rally the people? That's underground as sh8t. I dig it. 8)

Manga Creations / Re: MR: War Arc: Shorts
« on: June 24, 2021, 04:54:36 AM »
Some general comments:
Coryn's first story reminds me of this dark lo-fi mix:
Or really anything from this channel/label. They have a couple of Halloween-specific mixes that work just as well.
It sure has been a while, but I appreciate my characterization. And yeah, typically the sigil is going to be more important if you're using chalk to draw it.
Also "Zombie Cowboy Rockstar Gothic Lolita Battlesuit" sounds like a Manimal song waiting to happen.

Lego's second story made me miss Gelmra a bit, ngl. This is exactly the kind of thing I would've expected from him. I mean that in the most positive way possible, I promise.

That third story just hit. Nothing more to say on that.

NO1SY sure is having a rough time out there, huh?

Nothing like a little forced medical torture, amirite fellas?

And as for story number six, what a strange little ritual they have. No wonder their power over people is so strong. Services like those really do instill feelings in people and leave their mark. It seems Ely Sium will be our next big baddie. I'll have to keep that in mind.

Manga Creations / Re: MR: War Arc: Coryn: Part 1
« on: June 24, 2021, 03:32:10 AM »
All right. I remember looking over parts of this as you were still writing it, and the chase scene with R-Kain still sticks out in my mind. I was waiting for that to come up again, and I wasn't disappointed.

Honestly I'm just glad that 4kids-tan slid so effortlessly into the canon. Especially to think that her whole creation was based on me typo-ing "our" instead of "your" and then just rolling with it.

Manga Art Gallery / Re: Mahlua's Lair of Drawings n' Stuff
« on: June 24, 2021, 02:14:41 AM »
I really love those character drawings! I can definitely see how you're constructing those character to give them more volume and form. Very reminiscent of Vilppu, really digging them. Especially feeling the elf-dude and his expressions oozing with personality!

I'm glad to see that everyone seems to be liking my funky lil dude, but yeah, you're right. I did start out with some Vilppu and Loomis stuff when I was trying to expand my horizons. There are a few other things that have inspired me recently, so I'm surprised that my foundation is still showing through. You have a good eye, man. (Or perhaps I'm just that transparent, lol)

Music / Re: What are you listening to
« on: June 19, 2021, 01:19:03 AM »
Whoops it's like one a.m. on a Friday going into a Saturday and I want to go off about one of my special interests again. I've already mentioned them here plenty of times before, I'm sure: BUCK-TICK. J-Rock sensation since their formation in the late 80s, and I just got a copy of their 2020 album ABRACADABRA this past year because woah man do they still got it.

But I wanna just use something from a little earlier in their career to lecture discuss with you all some of the things I absolutely love about this band.

Released March 21st, 1992, This is NOT Greatest Hits was something of an intersting little thing. It appears to be something of a reenvisioning of earlier tracks and reminds me of the difference between a "remix" and a "VIP" version of a song. Of course I can't make much sense of magazine articles or interviews about it since English subtitles are hard to come by for things like that, and I'm nowhere near compitent in Japanese. But, from a listener perspective there is a lot that I can say.

First of all, a lot of these songs tickle my nostalgia. I mean hey, it's early 90s Japanese synths and stuff. And I've been a fan of this band since high school, so me finding this album in full like this for the first time only within the last year, and then hearing these releases of the songs I've come to love from their early era? It hits.
But more than that, it's one of the most expiremental of all their albums I've heard. And I've heard quite a few. I like it when they really go out and create something new like this. They reinvent themselves a lot, it seems, and I love that for them. And yet, all of these still sound like B-T to me.
I guess what I'm trying to say is that it blends new(er at the time) and the old in a way that makes me appreciate how long they've been around, with an album that was once again in the Japanese top 10 just last year. And this was a greatest hits album from 92.

Secondly, it's so sci-fi for them. Usually they're kind of a dark band, and I describe them as "like frost on black velvet". And not only does it feel like a different genre, but it almost feels like listening to some kind of story progression through composition.
Bear with me, I'm about to get real metaphorical here for a bit.
I have a condition called synesthesia. You know, the classic thing where you can like, "taste colors in music" and stuff. Yes I can taste and hear colors and smell sounds because my brain wires are all criss crossed. I wouldn't live my life any other way.
But when it comes to BUCK-TICK, I've always gotten some pretty vivid imagery and feelings from my synesthesia. And when I say this album is "so sci-fi", I mean that I get a lot of space-y imagery. Neon gas, stars, the feeling of anti-gravity. And I just think that's super neat, because that's not usually what this band does to me. In fact, I love the variety of things they do to tickle my extra blurred senses.
That's why I keep coming back to them, I'm sure of it. They make me feel things, and the more I listen, the more solid these things become. I love when an artist can do that. I want to be able to do that someday.

I guess that brings me to the last part of my little ramble here. These guys experiment around with stuff. They have fun with what they do and you can tell how much effort was put into each and every track. They inspire me. They give me albums like this, which make me feel things that I want to go back and share with the rest of the world as well. I just wish I knew where to begin to go about it.

Manga Art Gallery / Re: Nothuman learn to draw like a human
« on: June 18, 2021, 07:32:11 PM »
Yeah, they are. I'm still more on traditional art because my hand can't seem to get used to how smoothly a tablet pen glides over without resistance. But, because of that, I can appreciate how organic whatever pen you're using looks in comparison to a ballpoint pen. It creates a nice contour sketch overlay to mimic a screentone, but not exactly.

Music / Re: What are you listening to
« on: June 18, 2021, 07:07:10 PM »
I went through a Visual Kei phase at one point, although it was kinda short lived as I thought that there were only a few bands doing anything really unique within the space... For the most part they were also just piggy-backing off of Western music trends - especially Nu-Metal at one point - so while it was good to hear familiar sounding stuff (often with added Japan style synths), it was also not exciting for me for too long. There are some bands that have left an impression and feature in my music library still though.

Yeah, that's what I thought at first, until I stumbled upon some of the older VK bands that take from glam rock and like, I almost wanna say speed metal sometimes. But I totally feel you. A lot of it does start to feel same-y. But hey, it gave us the Versailles, quite possibly the best symphonic metal band from Japan. At least, from what I've heard.

Manga Art Gallery / Re: Mahlua's Lair of Drawings n' Stuff
« on: June 18, 2021, 04:15:37 PM »
Yeah, something that my fiance and I will be saving up for when we move is a little printer/scanner combo because they're also an artist. But, where we're at right now, there isn't a lot of space. And, besides, moving will be a little difficult as it is because the place we're moving has no tenant parking (it's above some stores and a bar on a busy university street, so it makes sense, but it's no less annoying).

Manga Art Gallery / Re: Mahlua's Lair of Drawings n' Stuff
« on: June 17, 2021, 09:46:34 PM »
Here we go. I had a few pages of sketches lined up across a couple of different sketchbooks. Forgive the atrocious lighting in my bedroom; I'm doing my best, I promise :push:


I started drawing this little guy as like a "drawing by shapes instead of form" experiment and I think it's been going pretty well. I've worried that he might look a twinge like some racist caricature, but that was never my intention.
I wish I had a name for him.
I'm open to suggestions?

Oh yeah, and the little card I keep putting in front of things is because I'm a middle schooler at heart who will scribble phallic imagery when I'm braindead doodling.

And yeah that's a Rose Strider homestuck kidswap whatever, and a friend of mine in a Discord server I mod got us all on board with making breadsonas or whatever and I was kin assigned grilled cheese on raisin toast?? IDK.

And this was because I rediscovered some of my old drawings of these OCs and found out that those drawings were over ten years old!! So I decided to do a little redraw of them to bring them back to life.

So yeah that's just about enough to get you all more caught up for where I am. I wish imgur would give me an option to increase the brightness on these but alas...I hope it shows up all right on everyone else's screens. It looks okay on mine, even though it's currently in filtered light/night mode, so it should be fine. Hopefully. Maybe. Perhaps...

Manga Art Gallery / Re: Nothuman learn to draw like a human
« on: June 17, 2021, 04:32:50 PM »
I am a simple creature. I see eyepatch lady, I simp.

But for real, your use of values is astounding. Digital art that mimics graphite pencil is something I appreciate very much. And I can agree that the color reminds me of Sunday comic strips. We're happy to have you here, and I look forward to seeing more of what you do. Sometimes simple slice of life things are a fantastic read, and they require a lot of sequential composition knowhow. You're doing great with that.

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