April 23, 2013

Pumpkin's Palette: Miyuki - Red Data Girl

I may be naive in my thinking, but as part of my plan to improve my artistic skills, I decided to start a new project which I call "Screenshot it". As the name suggests, what I plan to do is pick a screenshot (at random) and do my best to imitate that scene, whether it be characters, buildings or backgrounds, with my pencil, eraser and paper.
This is my first drawing from that project. It's a scene from episode 3 of Red Data Girl, the character is Miyuki. Also, one lesson, when shading make sure to place a clean sheet of paper between your hand and the drawing, otherwise there will be smudges everywhere on your drawing.
My imitation 
Original screencap

GAC: Introducing the userbar

With the announcement of change of the community picture of the GAC, other small announcement was made regarding the introduction of community banners and logos. Today's release of the official userbar is just one of the many new things that are coming.

What is a userbar?
A userbar is usually a signature in a forum, 350 pixels in width, by 19 pixels in height, which usually displays images and the font "Visitor" Displaying what the person likes, such as bands. They can be stacked, or fade into other userbars.

What do I do with it?
Well, you can attach it to your signature on the forums you frequently visit, to your email's signature, Google+ posts, blogs, websites etc...pretty much anywhere that represents you.

How do I download it?
Right-click image -> Save image as...

[Google+ Anime Community]

Report: The Start Button Is Coming Back To Windows

If you’ve been pining for the Start button since Windows 8 arrived on the scene, we have some potentially good news. Sources who have spoken to The Verge claim that it will reappear in Windows 8.1.

The sources have suggested that the newly reintroduced button will let users access the Start Screen — not the traditional Start Menu. It will, however, reside in the traditional bottom left corner, looking almost identical to the existing Windows flag used in the Charm bar.

The start button was killed off during development for Windows 8, with developers claiming that the rise of pinning applications to the taskbar had made the little button redundant — though it was replaced with a Hot Corner. But users have been missing it: so far Pokki for Windows, a Start Menu replacement, has been downloaded 1.5 million times.

[via Gizmodo]

Brothers Conflict Anime's Lead Actress, Song, Visual Revealed

Geneon revealed the lead voice actress, ending theme song, key visual, and logo for this July's Brothers Conflict anime series on Monday. Rina Satou will play the show's female protagonist, Ema. Sylph magazine's original romance novel project centers around a girl who suddenly gains 13 stepbrothers — from 32 years old down to 12 years old — when her father remarries. She joins the Asahina family under one roof at the Sunrise Residence complex.

The ending theme song, entitled "14 to 1," will be sung by 14 of the male cast members, with Kazuyuki Okitsu as Masaomi, Daisuke Hirakawa as Ukyō, Junichi Suwabe as Kaname, Nobuhiko Okamoto as Hikaru, Kenichi Suzumura as Tsubaki, Kousuke Toriumi as Azusa, Tomoaki Maeno as Natsume, Ken Takeuchi as Louis, Daisuke Ono as Subaru, Daisuke Namikawa as Iori, Yoshimasa Hosoya as Yūsuke, Kenn as Fūto, Yuuki Kaji as Wataru, and Hiroshi Kamiya as Juli, the main character's pet. The anime's official website already announced that the opening theme song "BELOVED×SURVIVAL" will be performed by Gero.

The official name of the 14-singer group performing the ending theme will be announced during a public recording of the web radio program Sanrajio Rejidensu (Sun Radio Residence) on April 28.

Jun Matsumoto is directing the anime at the studio Brains Base. Natsuko Takahashi is in charge of scripts, and Kumi Ishii is adapting the characters in Udajo's original illustrations for animation.

Source: ANN