Tag Archives: cc_2012

They called me statistically average

It was a little mean

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When I went beyond 20 cards in 2009, it became obvious I would have to rethink my plan of attack for larger quantities. Writing them all down on a piece of paper to be stuffed in my back pocket or torn up when I needed something to [sneeze] into wasn’t going to work. shuffling through my dA notes as I finished each one was also not going to work out as I skipped around and doubled back on requests that were giving me trouble. It was too cumbersome and painful to sift through doubles, wondering if I had already done this one or that, and trying to remember which card pertained to whom.

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did some math for time spent on cards

it wasn’t easy as pi, but I think sum estimate is better than nothing.

I remember one of the most commonly used lines for an Asian in high school was “if I were to get xx% on every test from here, I can still get a x.xx GPA.” And as one test or a second slipped below the proposed average, a new figure was hashed out and viewed, however unreasonably, as a perfectly feasible goal. I thought the same of cards. “If I can finish two cards a day from the end of October through November, with an extra two every weekend, I can guarantee 70 cards with two weeks to spare for envelopes and writing comments. At that rate, I could even possibly ask for more!” In much the same way that experience and repetitive disappointment taught me nothing in my years of academia, I found myself not sleeping the day before my birthday, folding envelopes and writing addresses with the only black pen I could find in my apartment.

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The actual math of how long it took to draw them all is a fairly long problem:
20-30 minutes of actual drawing per card (1875 minutes)
20 minutes of downtime between cards to think about the next request, or chat, or watch anime, or browse, or browse porn, or just daydream (at two cards per day, 32*20 = 640 minutes)
10 minutes at the beginning of each session to scribble nothing and erase it all (~30 sessions = 300 minutes)
5 minutes to write something on the back (375 minutes)

I was folding envelopes and writing addresses at about 5 minutes a piece (375 minutes)
Give the usual 10 minutes warmup for two sessions (20 minutes total)

So the total is roughly 3585 minutes, or just short of 60 hours, with about 30 hours of actual drawing. Half the time was spent on indirect costs and overheads… otherwise known as the misplaced optimisms.

Good thing I get paid a salary and not an hourly wage? It should be obvious at this point that I’m not expecting any monetary gain, or hurting for cash to keep this going. So enjoy the cards. Try not to get them too sticky. Paper does not wash well.

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In reality, I haven’t a clue how much time was spent. Most of those numbers are completely arbitrary and without base.

throwing bottles and cans can seriously hurt people

unless it’s a soft drink. But even then, make sure to consult Dr. Pepper.

There’s a lot of interesting dynamics at play when I go about drawing Christmas cards. A lot of people who have never tried drawing a large quantity of cards would underestimate or overlook some of the complexities of the project. The most obvious is simply investing the amount of time and work necessary for it, but the most challenging could possibly be in building towards the greater end product.

I put together a collage of all the cards (or most of the cards – I’ve forgotten to scan one or two in previous years) every year, and certain things become notably more apparent: rehashing, consistency, and shear quantity. Rehashing and avoiding it is an issue that most artists struggle with. We do not want to be seen as one dimensional in our abilities or simply robotic. Not reusing the same pose, expression, or overall mood becomes a major challenge for all artists who want to develop any sort of portfolio; professional or amateur.

The problem is compounded when placed in a collage scenario. It’s easy to quickly pick out recurring details in the drawings. In addition to that, popularity puts in an extra spin: certain characters and trends will likely be requested multiple times. Drawing “character x” doing “task y” automatically puts a strain on possible options for pose and expression; being the same character, spotting similarities between those specific cards is even more prevalent. As in the case of “Makise drinking Dr. Pepper:”

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The requests had some additional details with “looking embaressed,” “in a Santa costume,” and “with AKG K701’s,” which helped immensely in separating the initial aesthetic, but left the pose in question. There is only so many ways to drink Dr. Pepper without going for a phallic approach. And, in the greater scheme of things, not conflicting with other cards I had already drawn with poses that had already been used more than once (setting a pose rehash limit). In this instance, I chose different angles and perspectives. A simple solution that pushes the comfort zone of most artists used to only drawing certain poses and certain angles.

Although in my case, I’m not quite sure if I’m getting as much practice as I used to with the Christmas card challenge, or I’m still playing around in my already existing library of options. It still becomes the prerogative of the artist to challenge themselves; the exponential decay of gain continues to escalate the effort required in finding and approaching those challenges.

Whiskey-San is a gentleman

He doesn’t come in cider.

So don’t worry about your waifus and daughterus, they’re in good hands.

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Whiskey-san, wishing you the best. On to another faptacular and lewd 2013!

They asked me how I stay young and lean

told them it wasn’t a huge issue.

Somehow, I thought 75 Cards would look a bit more impressive:
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I’ve fapped many long sessions, but nothing prepared my fingers for the 6 hour folding and labeling session of the envelopes:
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I folded and stuffed so many girls. Maybe your girl. Probably got more finger dexterity than Tchaikovsky and Ron Jeremy combined now.

Was only a couple cents away from the great mile marker as well:
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And this is what I did on my birthday.

Why don’t turkeys live in coops?

Because they’re too big, they would need at least a sedan.

On the loneliest Thanksgiving of an isolated American in Canada, I find myself thankful for the faint warmth of spending it with my gifts to you:

(Yes, I actually use pencil board for their intended purpose. Crazy, eh?)

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Halloween is for kids and sluts

So I’ve decided to start Christmas early this year:
Just think, you’ll finally get a letter from a real human.
(Free Christmas Card thing I do to torture myself)

If you don’t have dA, you can try emailing me at medical.panties[at]gmail.com
If that email gets completely spammed and shut down, then you’re just shit out of luck.