10/14/13

Gamer's Review - Pokemon X (first impressions)

Well the big day came for all Pokemon fans...XY is officially here on the planet. For starters...I only got my copy today because I was working at the board shop the entire release weekend. Plus I have a tradion of naming my trainer after an influential role model friend but since I had two choices this time....went for the European double name and I stunned there was actually enough room to fit it. In addition named my Chespin "Tim Bergling"...if you know the dj world, you know who Tim Bergling is.

We got the classic pokemon battling/adventure fare on the table only this time its all in 3-D in the beautiful, new region of Kalos. Now I was super excited for Kalos because of its French inspiration and the fact I visited France long ago....oh that was an amazing trip to Paris and getting stranded in Lyon. So far the French look and feel of France is ever so present in Kalos with the flower fields, coutnryside and the quint little Mustard roof style buildings. In addition the trainers have what I like to called "Euro-Cool" feel in their fashion sense. Roller skating is taking some used to....this how the Real Kalos looks like. Notice the inspiration?
Parisian City Scape

Eiffel Tower
Leaving Lyon via Train

In terms of new gameplay elements....I was initially surprised that you can earn experience now with capturing a pokemon and the fact Poke-Amie and Super Training are available right from the start. Tried out Poke-Amie first. It's fun to interact with mini games (managed to solve the tile puzzles very fast), belly rubs and head scratches, (Chespin is toooo adorable in Amie) and feeding your Pokemon puffs. The 3-D effects are good but I wished they carried over into the overworld view map....Kalos seems so beautiful so far. I was also impressed that straight out of the gate you somewhat of a diverse selection of Pokemon to capture besides the bird and rat combo...and different regions included.

Yes I'm training a Vivilion and a Flabebe (cue my fellow trainers screaming what are you thinking???). My Vivilion turned to a "High Plains" Pattern...and I live in/set it to British Columbia, Canada. What other patterns did everyone esle get?

Smile for the Camera!!!!


Still exploring Kalos...can't wait to see what esle is there.

10/11/13

Chespin Manicure

In honor of Pokemon XY's release...and tp kill time until I can pick up my copy on Thanksgiving, Chespin Nails. Yes I choose Chespin as my future poke-buddy. Decided to go for his colour scheme in a stylized but chespinny way.
Green : Unpredictable (China Glaze)
Brown: Midnight in Moscow (OPI)
Flesh Tone: Don't Pretzel My Button (OPI)
Glitter Overlay: Mt Moon (Rainbow Honey)

10/7/13

Vcon 2013 Con Report

Oww sore back from Vcon and being an artist alley vendor for the 3rd time. Sad to say I made a slight loss at this con but I learned alot of things as a vendor like oh wongs of the hotel are quiet at times and we need more foot traffic. It was so quiet on Friday(in particular) and Saturday at certain hours that I was starting to do the waddle dance/circus tricks and today they were empty spots which I thought previously had people. ABANDON SHIP!!.so you can say it was a tactical stint.

My neighbor Karucrafts (https://www.facebook.com/KaruCrafts) aww thanks for being good tablemates and sorry for attempting to juggle your balls....they are so squishy!!!! Points to Vcon for the free Con Scripts. I was able to make my artist alley neighbors happy by doing some pretty button shopping. It was also nice to chat with customers and fellow cosplayers too...even gave a slight good word for my Martian friends (IT's Real!!! they are such things as "Djs from Mars" and they can rock'n rock!!). Awesome outfits this year. Surprised not many cosplayers but exotic mix.

Sold new products along side my signature pixel art and postcard stuff....water colour style buttons and eyeball stickers. Oddly in a different scenario from what I used to at anime conventions...perler beads art are usually the best sellers but this time it was the new eyeball stickers and buttons that were the sellers. People thought they were pretty so I'll keep these in stock for the next artist alley stints. Happy that one of my original design "No Passports!" postcards got sold...Jaroslav the Polish Mermaid. Despite HER name....she is a she and my steampunk style mermaid, also the first image that was formatted for printing purposes with a few bugs. Its marked with my real name in the corner.


 I designed the Engel Dreizehn outfit for a soccer game involving my favorite German soccer star (hence the soccer/Germany flavor) originally and included in the original design plans a parasite-twin brother rendered as a sword or with the wsord cover, an eye. I prefer to use the outfit as my vendor's persona for my own special touch.
Well trained Steampunk dog.

Icey from Winx Club

Cybersix

Penelope and Bijou

Master Chief

My half table is Ready

Vocaloid and Creeper

Me at the end of the last day in full Engel regalia.

10/4/13

Eyeball Stickers for Vcon!!!!

It was a long cutting session and my own eyeballs are sore now but I manged to finish my eyeball stickers for Vcon. How do they look?

10/1/13

Buttons for Vcon

Awesome and thank the heavens my buttons came just in time for vcon!!!! They are water coloured and inked in creating a very beautiful effect then button monkeyed. I designed themed collections: "The Elements of Nature", "Mythical Creatures", "Space and Aliens" and "The Garden". See how this grows and turns out at Vcon. They are so beautiful looking....this will be at future artist alley stints.