30 Sep 2017

The last push - Days 27-29

HA AH! I finished!

Day 27 -
 Day 28 -
"Nervous Ninja"
 Day 29 -
"Star Child"
Challenge: Completed!

Thanks Ayala Art for hosting the challenge!

Have a wonderful day or night everyone!

Day 23 - 26


I had a busy week at work, so... I'm a little bit behind!

Day 23
"Golden Warrior"
 Day 24
"Pretty in Green"
 Day 25
"Man 2"
 Day 26
"Woman 2"

Have a wonderful day!

26 Sep 2017

20, 21 and 22


So I fell a little bit behind, but I did some drawing over the weekend!

Day 20 -
 Day 21 -
"Icing on the cake"
 Day 22 -
"Grey coat"
Well, three faces before I am up-to-date!

Have a wonderful day!

20 Sep 2017

Days 18 & 19


I have a headache and it's a little/lot late, so I need to go to bed.

Here are the faces!

"There is something behind you"
Days 18 & 19 - Completed! Now I am up-to-date. For now.

Have a great day!

18 Sep 2017

Days 16 & 17


How is everyone today?

Yesterday I was a DM for a Dungeons and Dragons game, so I feel very lazy today. So I just drew some faces with a pencil I had nearby while Mitch is playing Skyrim.

Day 16

"Bob Cut/e"
 Day 17

"What a mess of hair"
I have fencing this evening, and we are being tested to see if we (beginners) can move onto novice.

Anyway, have a wonderfu evening!

16 Sep 2017

Day 14 & 15

Hello all!

I've got a Dungeons and Dragons game to plan, so this will be a quick post.

Day 14 -
Day 15 - 

Mitch and I have been playing Monster Hunter most of the evening, so I thought I better post this. And try some cleaning!

Have a wonderful day!

14 Sep 2017

Days 11-13

Oh good. I'm running late. Wouldn't be a challenge without it.


Here are some faces.

Day 11 -
"After Dark"

So I took a break from my self-imposed palette challenge to draw some semi-realistic faces as a character study (and get better at drawing older looking faces).

Day 12 -
"Man 1"
 Day 13 -
"Woman 1"
As you can see, I'm great at naming things.

Have a wonderful evening!

12 Sep 2017

Day 10 - Power!


So last Sunday, I was watch Pop-Asia, playing my favourite game (Which is called "Fake or Real" and it's just me saying which hair colours are natural and which aren't, but has expanded to eye colour now), when the last music video for the day played.

It was upbeat, and cute, had Nerf guns and it made me laugh. Also I have kinda maybe sorta been listening to it (almost) non-stop.

Anyway, one of the singers (I don't know names, I would need to ask my friend Zodiac - she likes the group) pulls a particular face. I'm not sure why it is so familiar to me though... Like, is it reminding me of some other person I have seen (but can't remember) or something?

Or maybe I just like smug grins.

Anyway, here is the face for Day 10!

And for the sake of comparison... Here's the music video. Don't worry. You'll find the face I like.

Huh... There's a comic?


Well. Enjoy the music. And enjoy your day!

I gotta go see if I can find something.

EDIT/P.S. Chen. That's the dude's stage name.
Still need to find that comic.

Day 9


Here is the face for Day 9!


Now I'm only 3 days behind!

10 Sep 2017

Day 8 - Flashy Admirer


One more post for the day, then I've got a game I want to continue making.

Day 8

Day 8 - Look, my sense of timing isn't exactly worthy of a photo finish, but it is done!

Well. Enjoy your day!

Day 6 & 7

Hello everyone!

I had a job interview today - so you know what I'm doing?

Second guessing every answer I gave and wondering if I used the right words, etc.

Anyway, I am a few days behind, so here are some faces!

Day 6

"Nighty Night"
Day 7

My lovely sister picked which colours to use this time!

"Lollipop Dancer"

Days 6-7: Done and dusted!

Enjoy your evening/day!

5 Sep 2017

Day 5 - Exo Powder

Hello everyone!

Here is the face for today.

"Exo Powder"

Look - don't ask about the name. I'm trying to name the pictures after the palette I use, which is easier sometimes. So either this is a performer name, or a make-up example for EXO (a K-Pop group if you are curious).

Have a wonderful day!

4 Sep 2017

Day 4


Only two good things came out of today; Fencing class and this face.

"The Maiden"
Day 4 - Completed!

Enjoy you day/night!

3 Sep 2017

Face 3 - Joy


I have a guest staying over today.

He is very cute. And likes to jump onto comfy things. And whines when left alone.

It's Milo the Wonderdog!

He kept stepping and sleeping on the material I was cutting for a jacket. Maybe he was trying to help?

It's Fathers Day here in Australia today - so me and my sister had brunch with Mum and Dad (and Milo) which was nice!

Anyway, here is another face!


Day 3 - Completed!

Have a wonderful night everyone!

2 Sep 2017

Face 2 - Muted


In relation to the creepy smile the game I'm playing, it turns out it was not a possession.

But it was a lot worse.

And the scene got worse.

It got creepier. And bloodier.


Here is another face. Mum chose the colours for this one.

"Muted Portrait"
Day 2 - Done!

I like this dude's nose (and colours), but I don't think I used them that well... Oh well.

Have a wonderful day!

1 Sep 2017

September 29 Faces - Electric Punk


How is everyone going?

I sorta/kinda/maybe called Mum today while I was going out to do some Fathers Day shopping and said "Do a face". Which she pretty much responded with "If you join and remind me."

So here I am.

You should go and check out everyone else in the challenge (which has spread to other posting websites as well).

Day 1
"Electric Punk"


Now, if you excuse me, I have a game to finish and I know some crap is about to go down in it because of 2 reasons;
1 - The next mission is attend a party
2 - One of the characters had a really creepy smile AND I'VE SEEN THAT SMILE IN THE COMPANYS OTHER SERIES AND THAT IS NOT A GOOD SMILE!!

So yeah.
I think a character got possessed or something. So I'm going to go and get the crap beaten out of me.
Then I'll beat him. And whatever possessed him.

Anyway, have a wonderful day!

5 Mar 2017

I am the one they call...


Everyone in my family runs late. The only time any of us are on time is if one of us as told the others the wrong time.

Anyway, here are the last two faces.

Day 28 - All the way from American comics!

Kimberly Rose from Zodiac Starforce
Ok, Zodiac Starforce is on my list of must reads (Next to my Miss Fisher novels, and next to my anime list), so I don't know a lot about it. But this chick is cool. Her weapon is a sheild! AND!! AND!!! SHE'S A VOLLEYBALL PLAYER!!

Volleyball was the only sport that I wasn't black-listed from in high school, but it was also the only sport that did not get any attention from teachers and whoever had the purse, because all of the sport stars did rugby (if male) and netball (if female - which I did do, but the girls were nasty and I always ended up covered in bruises). So Volleyball was cut as soon as grade 9 was over.

But I like volleyball. Only time I see it is at the Olympics and when I was at uni. And whenever the volleyball anime was in my newsfeed.

So Kim = Cool.

Now. Day 29.

"MangaMem," I hear you cry, "What about the poster girl of Magical Girls?"

Well... No, I don't hear you. My music is often loud enough to tell someone is talking to me, but not the actually words.

Anyway... Here is the one they call Sailor Moon.

Sailor Moon from Sailor Moon
Now, I'm not sure if I have every talked about my... lack of interest?... with Sailor Moon.

Now, close your eyes. Imagine yourself as young child under the age of 10. Got it? Good. Because being a small child with long blonde hair and blue eyes meant several things.
1) "You're such a cute Jeannie" - Mum did not help, as she often did my hair "The Jeannie Ponytail"
2) "You'd make such a good Sailor Moon"

Maybe you wonder why a ten year old would have such a severe reaction to those.
1) Jeannie (with all due respect) dedicated her life to a man
2) Sailor Moon dedicated hers to justice (mostly- but I respect that), but holy crap she was a ditz.

It seems to be a trend that has continued in almost everything I watch.

First Supanova, Mum bought a Sailor Moon outfit for me. I have worn it twice. Once then, then again at a Book Week dress-up where I wore a long dark coat and jeans too (to be Nancy Drew who 'transformed' into Sailor Moon). And long leggings under the skirt (Mum as a picture of it next to her computer). Everyone loved it. I was netural.

And maybe that's why when I create characters, I use myself and others as a basis with the question of "What would I have liked to see when I was younger?" and "What do I still want to see because I need to fill a hole in my life?"

And sometimes, it turns out the answer is Magical Girls and (almost) every iteration and variation on them.

29 Faces: COMPLETED!

Now, if you excuse me, I may be back. Maybe because the new season of Ladybug comes out May and I need to probably learn some more French besides reciting the opening word for word (no matter how many times it causes Mitch to laugh - and he always says "Please mind the closing doors" in Mandarin which causes me to, so we are even).

Have a wonderful day!!


1 Mar 2017

Day 26 and 27


There is a breeze blowing through me room which is nice, and I hope it lasts because it was stifling hot today.

Continuing the magical girl theme and variations!

How about a genetically-enginered hero? From Argentina? The answer better be yes, 'cause I am sorry but I made the choice for you.

Cyber-6 from Argentine comic Cybersix
Look - her design is really cool. Simple, but very nice.

Oh! Mum is calling for dinner, so I better make this one quick.

I know - no politics allowed, but please allow this face because, naturally, the Australian version of a magical girl causes the (American) Christian groups to protest.

Ah... Good times.

Guy Hamdon/Shezow from Shezow


27 Feb 2017

Day 25 - Up for a little trip?


While in the inital stages of choosing which magical girls to do (or at least, find as many as I could), I thought about the Power Rangers.

Maybe they counted? Probably not, as it was (most of the time I think) a male dominated team. But they had the uniform, and the transformation sequence, and the whole "must-not-tell-normal-people". So maybe?


Instead, I decided to do a Kamen Rider. Before you ask - No. I don't actually know much about the Kamen Rider TV series. There are something things that I do;
1) One of them carries around a spare pair of clean underwear
2) Most of them ride motorcycles
3) There is a small handful of dudettes who transform
4) There are movies where they have fought the Super Sentai (Original Power Rangers) and some people called Space Sheriff - all in all a misunderstanding each time, but it all worked out.
5) I may have watched most of the movies

In my defence (which lets face it, I proudly admit to many things I watch no matter what age or quality, so I really don't have much a defence), there was some really, really, really good choreographed fights and action scenes.

So, here is one of the female Kamen Riders that appears in the movies.

Day 25 - Kamen Rider Nadeshiko
Look - buddy - I know the armor is crap. And the shadows are off. And the body is uneven (to be fair, I only added the body because I didn't like the superimposed idea I had before). And that it is a lazy background. But this picture has been sitting in my to-do pile for too long and was taking up some space.

Moving on...

It's getting late, and I have work tomorrow.
Aaaaannnnnnd 4 faces to crank out. So...


26 Feb 2017

Day 24 - Read all about it


Well, now that I am behind, and three days until the end of February - it seems that I need to crank out faces.

And it seems like I will be leaving out some faces that I really want to do - so maybe I will do more than 29.

Anyway, here is Day 24! Continuing the Magical Girl Family thing that I am imagining

The young magical from the 1970s Blue Fairywren
Oh... I just noted a mistake in the text. Opps
The text says;
Sydney’s New Saviour? A Small, Blue Fairywren

'Yesterday, traffic grinded to a halt along George Street as another dark mass dropped from the sky and caused chaos. As people fled from the street, the dark mass continued to grow unabated until the arrival of a young girl dressed in blue. She quickly set-up a barrier and warned people away. The Crimson Rosella appeared minutes later and the two went in to combat the mass. After a tense wait, a blue and red light flashed as the mass retreated into nothingness, the two saviours left standing among the abandoned cars.

The Crimson Rosella took off as quickly as she appeared, but the other young girl remained and ensured that the general public were safe.

A reporter that was at the scene questioned her about her name, how long she has been active.

“I’m the Blue Fairywren,” she responded, “I’ve been around helping the Crimson Rosella for a few years from the sidelines.”

When questioned about being related to the Scarlet Robin she laughed.

“The Scarlet Robin and her team are quite an inspiration to live up to and model ourselves off, having been told many stories of their heroics by my father.”

Perhaps sensing that the reporter would keep her there the afternoon, the Blue Fairywren cited that she needed to return to her homework and she disappeared into the moving crowd.

This makes her the second magical girl to appear in 5 years, after the Crimson Rosella, and 20 years after the assumed retirement of Sydney’s first Scarlet Robin. How many more girls are there that will take up the mantle and example of Sydney’s saviour?'

Anyway, have a wonderful day!

22 Feb 2017

Star vs Winx


Bit busy with work, but hopefully this weekend I will have the time needed to visit other blogs.

Day 19 - An American magical girl this time

Star Butterfly from Star vs. the Forces of Evil
Days 20-23 - How about we go back to Italy?

From left to right - Musa, Flora and Tecna from Winx Club
I used to have a toy of Tecna. ... I wonder where it went...

And - wait - what?! 




Screw it. I'm going to sleep tonight. I obviously need it if I can't count correctly.

Have a wonderful day!

19 Feb 2017

Days 17 and 18


Fell a bit behind - we had a small, energetic visitor who requires attention and supervision.

So, today I decided to visit some early origins of the Magical Girl genre in Japan.

Sally from the 1960s Sally the Witch
Sally the Witch is considered one of the earliest magical girl shows around - its basic set up of "magic-that-must-be-hidden-in-normal-world" is the standard for plenty of others. It was also initially in black and white - so it was early!

Naturally, with going to the origins of magical girls, I wondered if the Father of Manga had done something (for those who don't know who the title belongs to, it is Osamu Tezuka - famous for Astro Boy and many, many other series - I have a wonderful book on his work, my uncle gave it to me). Anyway, he did. And it was called Marvelous Melmo.

Melmo from Tezuka's 1970-1972 Marvelous Melmo
Only counting as one face, since it is that same character (who takes a candy to switch between being a 9-year old and a 19-year old). Now, this is kinda funny, because Melmo was created as a children's introduction to Darwinist evolution and sex education, which caused problems because parents did not want to have that conversation with children. Hilariously, it was only aired in Japan and Italy. There was also some social commentary about the trials that girls experience while growing up.

Honestly Tezuka is one of the most interesting people to read about (I find anyway) - he was a pessimist of humanity (war, discrimination, etc), but seemed to hold children in high regard in that with proper encouragement, they would learn, change and florish.

I was told to not go political with 29 Faces, and I am not. But the more I read about Magical Girls, it is amusing just how political some of them are (natually overlooked and treated as only child things, and girl things on top of that).

That said, still won't watch Sailor Moon. Maybe one day, but not any day soon.

I have my reasons.

Well, have a wonderful day!!

16 Feb 2017

Day 16 - An Oldie but a Goodie


When I started my theme of Magical Girls (and a boy) I was not going to create anything original.

Then I got ideas.

So I did.

I thought, 'wouldn't it be cool to have a family of magical girls'.

So, using my family as the basis, I decided to do just that.

So, the first - The Scarlet Robin. A magical girl from the 1930s/40s. She was the leader of her group (hence the red)
No shading. A colour test so to speak.

Don't be fooled by the walking cane - she only carries it because she can't hit people with her handbag and the family have placed no rules on the cane (yet).
So taa-daa?

Anyway, John Wick is on and I have a bag to pack.


15 Feb 2017

The Valentine Post


Although a day late, Happy Valentines!

You all hopefully know my usual (don't particularly like it or Ferris Wheels).

Anyway, back in Novemeber last year, I went to Supanova. Naturally dressed up. Me and Mitch caught up with an old school mate of ours, who was dressed as Bill (from Gravity Falls) one day and Rocket Raccoon (from Guardians of the Galaxy) the next. Mitch had two outifts as well, and I had slaved and hit the sewing machine over one to avoid a catastrophe, so I was getting my wear out of it.

We were in line for an audio book thing, but were talking about an author talk me and Mitch went to - called "Death of the Anti-Hero: and other tropes". We talked about what we would like to see less of in TV and books and movies. Naturally, I said "I would like to see a lot less romance."

"That's kinda hilarious coming from you," Mitch laughed.

"Yeah. I admit I haven't watched the show you're from, but isn't your character a little bit on the romantic side?" Our friend (as Rocket Raccoon) added.

"A little?" Mitch burst into another round of laughter, "Try a lot!"

"I appreaiacte the purr-fect irony," I said as I mimicked a pose that my character does and flicked my recently cut hair (as Mitch called it, "The French Boy").

There was (and still is) a little joking debate between us as we talked about our favourite pairings in the show, but then line started moving, so in we went.

During Supanova there was also a dad and his son watching me as I walked around.
"Must be Catwoman," The 'all knowing' father mumbled (what he thought was low enough so I couldn't hear).
"No, Cat Noir," The son responded. I think the Dad was going to say something about why would a girl dress as a male character, when another Cosplayer that I had talked to (and seen everyday) came by with a "Hey Chat Noir! Found your ring?"
"Miraculously yes," I smiled back as she continued by. A quick glance showed me that the Dad was eager in trying to look away and the kid smiled - so I gave him a wave and continued trying to find Mitch.

Anyway, you aren't here for a story or two. Nor hear about anything else (most likely), so here is the face for Day 14! A Magical Boy this time.

Chat Noir from Miraculous: Les Aventures de Ladybug et Chat Noir (or Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Chat Noir)
The punny partner of Ladybug, which is coincidentally why I dressed up as him. And I wanted to wear something with pockets. Also I wanted a haircut. The hairdresser thought it was hilarious when I pulled out a cartoon picture and said "As close as possible to this please".

So, with a Chat Noir singing his partner's graces, I naturally thought of another face.

Alya and Marinette from Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Chat Noir
 I got lazy with the colouring

And so...

Days 14 and 15 - Done and dusted.

That's it. I see a bunch of problems with them (Chat in particular), but I have yet again slaved over it and I need a break. My brain is trying to think of more puns, but my stomach is saying "FOOD FIRST".

14 Feb 2017

Day 13 - Sometimes You Have To Be A Little Naughty!


I lied - one more face.

But first, a story.

Mum, Trin and I love musicals and we love going to performances. For a Christmas present, Mum bought Trin and I tickets (with two more to bring a friend along) to a show.

And long story short, we really liked it and I am listening to the soundtrack as I write. Although I wish Mum got a ticket for herself to come along to. And my friend from Uni got a bit of a shock - it was her first time going to a performance - but said that she enjoyed it.

So, for Day 13, the face is of a Miracle Girl (and totally counts as a magical girl).

Matilda from Roald Dahl's Matilda

This Matilda is based off the little actress/singer that performed.

Hm.... I feel like I drew her too old... Do you think so?

Oh well!


13 Feb 2017

Day 12 - Rock and Roll


Last post for the day (maybe), then I am only a day behind - but I already have an idea about what to do.

Anyway, a storm seems to be blowing in which is nice and hopefully gives us a cool break during this heatwave.

So, how about a Roller Derby magical girl?

Lydia Bloom (AKA "Thorn To Run") from Stardust Slammers (link to the comic)
My Volenteer supervisor played roller derby - her partner would freak out with every injury, and us volenteers would wince and marvel while she recounted her teams exploits (as sometimes her injuries made it that we had to climb and lift things).

Huh. Now that I think about it, with Guardians of the Galaxy 2 coming out, she will be going to the cinema a lot when it does.

Anywho. The storm has hit full swing. And if Mum taught me anything, it is to get off the computer when it does. So...


A Catty Witch and a Teenage Witch


I'm a few days behind again! So here is a quick post and maybe another tonight!

Days 10 and 11

Salem and Sabrina from Sabrina the Teenage Witch, but with some style cues from the Archie comics
Now, I know that somewhere in the 29 Faces rule book there is a rule that says "No animals". But technically, Salem is a witch cursed to stay in animal form - so logically still a person, just stuck as a cat.

That works right?

9 Feb 2017

Days 6-9

Good evening!

I fell a little behind in my faces, but I caught up quickly (I couldn't have Mum gloat over being a head for too long).

Day 6 - Buttercup from The Powerpuff Girls
 Funnily enough, Buttercup was my favourite. I started liking the colour green from a young age obviously.

Day 7 - Blossom from The Powerpuff Girls
 Blossom was my third favourite out of the PPGs. Ok, I know that seems harsh (maybe it is), but she was still good!

 Anyway, marching on with the theme...

I was doing some research and found a nice little blog/tumblr that is very passionate about magical girls and has done a history of it. As well as made several lists of different countries magical girls.

So, here is a Canadian Magical/Super Girl!

Day 8 - Betty from Atomic Betty
 Look at that - a much better chibi!

Close up
"MangaMem," I hear you say, "What about something that isn't in English/French/Japanese?"
Well, I have one (of many) answers... Meet Day 9 - flying in all the way from Germany!

Bibi Blocksberg from Bibi Blocksburg

Ok, I am being called for dinner, so have a wonderful evening!