Houkou Studios

Adventurer of art and games

New desktop

So, this news is a couple of weeks old, but my old desktop computer died. For a third time.

I decided that it was time to retire it, so I am now on a brand-new desktop which is many, many times more powerful than the old one. Expect new and better arts and such out of me now.


July 26, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Happy Birthday to me

It is a good day. It is my birthday. That said, it doesn’t stand out much beyond than distinction, though.

To this point, I’ve received wishing-you-wells from a few friends, family, and a acquaintances. However, there haven’t been any notable gifts yet beyond cards and monetary favors from some of my family.

However, there is something special that I will be giving myself today. Or rather, it is an effort that I will try to satisfy. My gift will be that I will stop being so hard on myself when I draw. I am simply notorious for being hard on myself, and it’s even very discouraging at times, so I would like nothing more than to stop it outright. I believe that by doing so, I will be able to enjoy my drawing again a lot more than I am at present.

Regardless of it being my birthday, I am still busy at work on my Reimu cosplay for Otafest. This has been the case for four years now, and in all honesty I don’t mind. I am making a lot of progress and see it as unlikely that I will need to rush to finish it, which also happens to be a lot of stress that I don’t have to worry about this year.

The only unfortunate thing is that my throat has been a touch sore today, but it’s certainly not enough to spoil this perfectly pleasant day.

May 11, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Making a cosplay from the ground up is not so hard

Today, I began working on my cosplay for this year’s Otafest, which is a month away.

I’m starting with the skirt, since it’s the largest part of the costume. I have to move some stuff in my room out of the way first, though. I’ve cut a length from the full piece I bought that is sufficient for the first part I’ll be working on, since it’s just awkward handling the entire length of fabric. I’m working off of a pattern, but I think I may lengthen and widen the skirt a bit. It’s already too wide to fit on a lengthwise-folded sheet, so I’ll do myself a favor and fold it the other way now that I have a length that I can use. That way, I can also keep the fold on an actual fold while not having to worry about cutting too much off of the ends first. Really, I’m a person who likes to add a little extra and then just adjust later if I have too much.

Since I’m in my room, I’m working on carpet, which isn’t really the best work surface to pin and cut stuff on. What is nice is that I can quickly pin something down by just sticking a pin down through the fabric and into the carpet, which is handy enough.

4:27 – I’m getting quite hot and tired in this room of mine. I’ve long since opened my window, and thankfully there’s a nice, light breeze today to help cool things down. I have to adjust a couple things still, but I think I will take a short break and get something cool to eat first. The day is pleasantly cool thanks to that wind outside. Had I dressed in more appropriate attire for the weather, I wouldn’t have mind taken a short outing on my break.

5:51 – I’m taking another break. By this point, my legs are sore. However, I’ve nearly all the pieces for the skirt placed and adjusted as needed. The only ones remaining are pieces that I need to cut multiple pieces of. I’ll cut stuff out tomorrow, I think…

Honestly, I don’t understand why  some people might have trouble doing this sort of stuff, but then again, it comes very easily to me.

I will be going as Reimu Hakurei to Otafest this year. I know I haven’t mentioned that yet, so that’s why I’m doing so before I actually post this.

April 21, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Easter Monday

So this year’s Easter was a little unusual for me.

First off, my dad left to ski on Saturday afternoon, and returned Sunday evening. So that’s Easter come and gone, right. Well, by this point, I now understand why he had told me not to bother with putting away the groceries right away when he returned.

Afterwards, I was awake pretty much the whole night. All-nighters aren’t common for me, although my sleep habits are out-of-place at the moment. So I was up until my dad was awake and eating breakfast, and I said both good morning and good night to him before turning in.

I couldn’t sleep right away, in fact it was probably an hour before I finally slept. But after that I slept until about 10:30, got up, lied down on the couch, and watched a bit of TV. I dozed off again until about noon. At that point, I got up, and went to the bathroom to wash my face (I was still a little groggy). It was only at that point that I finally noticed the M&Ms and chocolate eggs all around. I honestly didn’t realize before then. Don’t worry, though, I’m feeling well-enough rested now.

Personally, I would have preferred a little bit of dark chocolate to the bowl of M&Ms, milk chocolate eggs, and Hershey’s Kisses that I got, but ah, well. At least more will be had than the white milk chocolate mix that I got for Christmas (I seriously need to give that to someone who will actually drink it).

Well, I hope everyone had a good Easter, however you chose to celebrate it. I know it’s become a bit of a marketing holiday, but eh… At least you get some chocolate.

April 5, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | | Leave a comment

I’m in an unusually good mood

So, earlier this month I wasn’t really all too sharp.

Now, though, I’m feeling strangely satisfied. It’s pretty odd, especially considering that the past couple days have not been too amazing as far as results go. I did manage a bit of decent art today, though some of the days leading up to that weren’t all that great.

I’ve had days where I’ve not been up to drawing, days where I’ve hit more walls (fact: I still don’t have a job yet), and just generally unexciting days.

The good is that yesterday I really sat down and started playing osu! again…this time for real. I don’t know why, but that made me very, very happy. I haven’t truly dedicated myself to playing like that for months, and now that I have, I can’t help but ask, “Why didn’t I do this sooner?” So maybe that’s why I’m in such a good mood. Everything else has been going average, and that’s been my one big highlight, the one time where I delved into something and had an unimaginable amount of fun with it.

Maybe I’ll go out for a run tomorrow. Maybe I’ll work more on my artwork. Most certainly I’ll sit down and play some more again. I’m hoping to get things set up again sometime so that I can start recording my plays again.

Oh, and I sifted through the pile of work on my printer today and put a decent amount of it away. Sometimes it shocks me how much I’ve improved at drawing within the course of a couple years. I flipped through an old sketchbook with work from earlier days at deviantART. It makes me smile being able to see how far I’ve come.

Anyways, that’s just me putting a little from my head down onto virtual paper. It’s 2:40am, and I’m feeling quite cheery. I hope everyone else has been enjoying life lately, too! And that’s really all I have for now, so maybe I’ll write more later.

March 17, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Feeling down today

You know, there are simply times where I really don’t feel all that great about myself. I just don’t feel like I’m where I want to be.

As some of you know, I’m a novice artist. I’m not the best out there, but there are many milestones which I intend to reach. But there’s often days like today, where I have the urge to draw, but nothing that I try comes out as anything even worth finishing. I become very down on myself on days like these, and all my positive energy just seeps away. I look at where I am and feel like I’m not getting anywhere.

I know, I still have a lot of time ahead of me to improve, but I don’t feel like I’m living up to my expectations. This isn’t the first time something like this happened, it’s an issue that’s come and gone in the past, but it doesn’t make me feel any better knowing that I’ve been through it before. I worry a little that maybe I’m expecting too much of myself, maybe looking too far ahead, but it’s who I am to expect big things… It bothers me that I’m not already where I want to be.

March 8, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Computer died, revived

About a week ago, my computer just plain out stopped working. Obviously quite annoying. I’m still gathering everything up again, and just now got back here.

Luckily, I hadn’t been actively working on any major art projects, and most of the rest that was lost that’s particularly important is recoverable.

Also, I need to post here more often. I bought Phantom Brave a few weeks ago.

February 18, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Back from Holidays (late)

Okay, I promised it… I’m just horribly, horribly slow.

We drove. It was a seven hour trip, which was actually shorter than expected. We stopped a couple of times on the way. The first time was at Tim’s to get a bit of food before leaving (I got an unfortunately strong ice cap as well as a cinnamon roll–nowhere near as good as those at Cinzeo, mind you). The second notable stop was at a gas station out in a small town in the middle of nowhere, where I persuaded the kids to get juice instead of soda: we still had a long, cramped drive ahead, after all. When we got to the resort, I suffered fear of heights and feeling as though the floor underneath me could give way, but also was pleasantly surprised that we had free internet access (the only downside was that only browsers would connect).

We just chilled on Sunday. I spent much of my day between browsing the net and working on a comic. It was nice and relaxing, at least.

We went skiing at one of the two nearby hills. I hadn’t skied for a couple years before then. It felt a little like I didn’t have enough control of my skis, though at the time I wasn’t sure if it was because my boots were loose or if my legs were just weak from not skiing for a while, or some combination of the two. After lunch, I stayed at the lodge a while longer and then went up again for a couple more runs before closing time. I have to say, though, my brother’s boots are awfully heavy. My skis were a bit touchy too, especially when we started, which added to the trouble. As well, if we stood on the snow too long, our skis would get stuck to it.

Today was another rest day. Again, I spent much of it browsing the net and drawing, although I strayed a little more from my comic today, drawing a couple other things as well. By the end of the day, my brother had the complaint that he was bored: the kids had only brought Grand Theft Auto with their PS2, and although the younger had brought her DS, brother didn’t have much else to turn to as World of Warcraft obviously didn’t connect while we were there.

Today, we were to ski at the other nearby hill. However, I stayed behind to work on my comic some more. It turned out that I had made a good decision: I was later informed that it had been horribly cold at the hill. I still got an egg sandwich, so that’s even better.

We got ready and then left. The trip back was rough just as the trip there was. Meh.

And for Christmas I got some pajamas, The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks and Muramasa the Demon Blade (both amazing games), a chocolate orange, some cash, and a gift card, among a few other little things. All-in-all, it was pretty good.

Ladidah, that’s that. I’m slow, I’m late, currently in the final exam week at school, and can now move on from this journal. Have a good day.

January 19, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment


Alright, so tomorrow I’ll be leaving on vacation, and won’t be back until Christmas Eve. During that time I’ll likely be skiing, having fun, and slaving over my comic.

This is the first time I’ve been where we’re going during the winter, so it’ll be interesting to see how it goes.

While I’m there, I’ll keep up with what’s going on (there) and post a full update when I return, which will be sometime between when I return and maybe shortly after Christmas. I won’t have internet so you won’t hear from me until then.

December 18, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment

We can be slow sometimes

Okay, so, I was listening to the following arrange this morning:

I actually requested this one, to be honest, and I’m quite pleased with Emiya’s choice, so I’ve been listening to it a fair deal the past few days. Well, as I said, I was this morning too, and had my sound quite loud so it could resonate through the whole house as I got ready for school (late).

Anyways, I just started up Firefox something like ten minutes ago. I had forgotten that I left the tab open when I closed it, so when I opened it up, I noticed it was still there. As the page was still loading, it didn’t really dawn on me yet… Eventually my gaze slowly moved over to my left speaker as it usually does (the left speaker is the one with the volume control, by the way), and even then it took a few moments for me to realize what would happen. It was still way up from this morning. I finally realized after a few moments that I was about to be blasted with some amazing piano right in the face, and quickly moved my hand to the speaker, when just then…

…Well, I’m sure you know the rest

Also, I just greeted someone who had posted on a shoutbox two hours ago, and only afterwards realized that they had posted so long before.

December 14, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment