Archive for the 'Hobbies' Category

Returning to art

August 20th, 2017

When I was young, art was the hobby that I spent the most time on. I’d easily spend hours sitting in my room drawing with just pencil and paper. (Oh those pre-internet days…) Then in high school, I took art lessons at a nearby art studio, which provided all the materials and allowed me to try different mediums. The instructors also didn’t teach you step-by-step. They’d let you pick the project and then offer tips and guidance along the way, which worked really well for me.

Unfortunately, I had to stop the lessons in college because I was too busy, and I lived farther from the studio. Since then, I hadn’t really returned to working on artwork. I’d maybe do a drawing or two a year, but that was mainly it.

This year, I really wanted to get back into that hobby. Past attempts didn’t work out because I’d be frustrated by how rusty I was and how nothing came out the way I wanted it to. This time, I’m being more patient. After all, no one is amazing in the beginning. I know I need to practice, practice, practice.

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I’m back

June 16th, 2017

And I’m horribly behind on everything. Since my entry back in April, I worked on cosplay every day, except for when I was out of town for a short trip. So! What has happened since then?

– I finished Breath of the Wild (Ganon, all shrines, all beasts, all side quests) after spending like 150 hours in the game. (I have learned that the Switch actually tracks this…)

– While cleaning my house, I found a ton of star paper, which a couple coworkers and I used up and then put the resulting stars into jars for each person on our team.

– I took a new Yuri cosplay photo for funsies to show off my new phone charm (which I like to call “phone-ception”).

– I went to Philadelphia for a few days for my brother’s wedding! It was a lovely wedding, and I love that I could spend time with my cousins and family. I also met up with Joy again, and we met each other’s husbands!

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The (failed) balancing act

April 27th, 2017

I’ve always been someone who enjoys many hobbies, notably blogging, making websites, cosplay, photography, gaming, drawing, baking, and some others. People wonder how I balance all of them, and the answer is…

I don’t. I seriously don’t.

I think it’s evident by how I played 145+ hours of Breath of the Wild the past month, how many of my websites haven’t been updated, and how I suddenly realized I haven’t been working on cosplay and have to cram two costumes in one month.

There’s a couple hobbies I try to keep up on a frequent basis, like blogging and gaming, but for the most part, I seem to do my hobbies in spurts. Whenever I have photoshoots, I spend the next month post processing almost every day until they’re done. When a convention is coming up, I spend the 1-3 months prior working on cosplay.

In a way, that works for me. I can put a lot of focus into finishing something, and then… take a break! Let’s put it this way: after I finish a cosplay, I pretty much avoid my sewing room for the next month or so because I’m tired of it. The problem is when I’m narrowly focused on one hobby, the rest of my hobbies take a back seat.

Anyway, that’s where I’m at now. I’m pretty much living and breathing cosplay for the next month or so while I complete a new cosplay for myself and another one for a friend (while also trying to cram in some Mass Effect Andromeda time). I know I don’t have to explain a leave of absence because we all have lives outside of our blog, but I wanted to. This gives me a chance to plug my cosplay side of things ;)

So, if you’re interested in seeing in-progress shots, check out my Instagram! I will also be updating my cosplay blog after each chunk of progress, to explain how I made things in detail. And if you like looking at cosplay photography, my Facebook page will be updated after the next convention with new photoshoots.

See ya next time with (hopefully) a new cosplay to show off!