LEIA HAM
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Insomnia.

I can’t sleep. Playing around with some cool charcoal brushes I found online.

Posted 5 months ago with 3 notes and tagged portraits,rough sketch,

Joined in a doodle party/art jam with a couple of my friends, and the theme was ‘space’. So this is my space girl. I don’t know what to call her, though.

I usually don’t do flat colour/no outline, and got frustrated halfway but everyone was super encouraging so I ploughed on and I’m really happy with the result! Thanks everyone, I tried a new style and had a lot of fun today! :’)

I painted my bedroom wall on a whim today. I don’t have a camera so I’m using my phone’s, so the colours and image quality leaves a little to be desired… It was nice to put paint on a tangible surface and get my hands dirty. On another hand I should probably do more studies and practice, rather than ill advised home decorating…

(But I’ve been dreaming of oceans and gleaming eyes, and sand crusted on warm skin.)

Quick sketch.

The world is large. 

Hei-hei-Heichou!

Hope your dashboards are squeaky clean. A quick Attack on Titan fanart!!~

Hey everyone, I deleted my old DA account and created a new one, for the purposes of being neat and professional-er.

Plus, the old username was picked when I was in secondary school and apparently I was incapable of spelling, then. I’ve only got two deviations there, but this public service announcment is more for whoever was following me previously on my silvercaffiene (now defunct) DA account.

Thanks for your time!~

1 March: 

Went out, wandered, and sketched today. Going back to pen on paper is really soothing, (does wonders for my anxiety, too) and it allows me to think without panicking ‘cause I’m half-focused on the drawing. I think it’s important to remember and go back to enjoying doing what we love, and having fun, and making mistakes, learning and just creating art. 

Have a great weekend, everyone. 

leiaham:

College Conundrum

saunterleftside:

leiaham:

ninjaeyecandy:

leiaham:

So I just got accepted into SVA and Art Center’s illustration courses. I’m waiting for RISD and Pratt institute to get back to me but now I have a problem:

I don’t really know which…

:D 

Thank you. I think the shock of getting accepted + immediate stress reaction has finally started to ebb, and I’ve suddenly realised that a new and shiny part of my life is totally going to start. Oh god. 

I’m actually rather comforted in the fact that I sorta know you guys! Somehow America doesn’t seem like this huge far-off country of legend when you know people who actually live in it, I guess? A Legacy con sounds amazing. I’ve been a fangirl of all your writing since i was in secondary school, so meeting you guys would be totally great. And surreal. And amazing.

Really guys, thanks for all your support and love and wisdom. I feel so much less out of my depth, and I’ve realised that being out of my depth is fine and good and that’s how big life choices are. :) My heart is full of love for the universe, today. :D 

leiaham:

gunmetal-blue:

leiaham:

ninjaeyecandy:

leiaham:

So I just got accepted into SVA and Art Center’s illustration courses. I’m waiting for RISD and Pratt institute to get back to me but now I have a problem:

I don’t really know which school I want to go to….

AMERICA IS BIG. 

That’s basically what I have gathered. Considering the size of my home country, America is so huge it’s like the land of unicorns. I can’t really properly conceive its size.

But yes, you are right. I’ve had wisdom and advice poured out to me from the internet and social media, and a lot of people are reminding me that whatever I do I’m still me, and I still have my art, and I’ll still learn and grow. Just gotta figure stuff out and take the first step, right? 

I’m also suddenly filled with love and affection for everyone and life because it’s good and there are people and opportunities and art and poetry, and life is exciting. Thank you for reminding me of that, as well. :)

jilauea:

leiaham:

So I just got accepted into SVA and Art Center’s illustration courses. I’m waiting for RISD and Pratt institute to get back to me but now I have a problem:

I don’t really know which school I want to go to. I’m in Singapore at the moment so visiting the campuses isn’t really a viable option. My…

I’ve lived in both LA and NYC, and it is down to personal preference. I enjoy LA’s weather and more relaxed vibe, but NYC’s busy environment is a great motivator for others. I would have to say the galleries in NYC are better, though they can be, and usually are, annoyingly pretentious.

Both cities are major hubs, as opposed to RISD. I had a friend who went to RISD and was very upset with the recent changes due to former president John Maeda.

NYC can be very daunting, while the Art Center is located in more easy going Pasadena. However, if you’re looking for immersion, New York is the way to go. There’s nothing to do but dive in.

Other things to think about may be transportation. I went to the Art Center for a few summer classes before, and you definitely need a car to get around Los Angeles. But in NYC, driving is a nightmare, and though the subway can be scary at first, it’s very efficient and actually pretty cheap.

I’d rant some more, but I feel like this is way too much as it is. Feel free to message me if you want more info! :)

Hey there! Thanks for taking the time to comment on this! :) 

I had actually liked the sound of RISD a lot, but after thinking further I think a major city, as you said, might provide for more opportunities both personally and professionally.

Honestly, NYC is rather intimidating to me, but the idea of public transport is awfully appealing, because I’m not really a fan of driving. I feel like the bustle and pace of NYC would be, as you said, incredibly motivating, or really just inspiring. 

Thanks for this, though, I feel like I’m getting a way clearer picture of both cities from all the first-hand comments from people who have lived in either places, and that’s a lot more insight than what I’ve gotten from trawling articles on the web. 

Right now I think it boils down to what I want to do as an artist - I’m having second thoughts about the whole pre-production Visual Development in Animation thing, and I’m torn between that and more editorial and publication-related illustration.

I suppose, once I’m sure of what kind of work and things I want to do as an artist, everything else seem clearer. It’s a decision that I’ve got to make for myself (and it’s terrifying! D: ) But I’m glad for all the advice and insight that everyone has been giving me! :’)

saunterleftside:

leiaham:

ninjaeyecandy:

leiaham:

So I just got accepted into SVA and Art Center’s illustration courses. I’m waiting for RISD and Pratt institute to get back to me but now I have a problem:

I don’t really know which school I want to go to. I’m in Singapore at the moment so visiting the campuses isn’t really a viable option. My …

I don’t know anything about either of the schools, and I’ve never lived in New York or LA. I imagine you’ve already taken finances into consideration, as well as the cost of living in both cities—I don’t know how that compares to Singapore, either!

But if you talk to the admittance offices at the school, they should be able to put you in touch with students or alumni who can tell you about their experiences at each school. You should also find out about the professors you’ll be working with; do you like their work? Do they teach the type of work you want to do, or will they try to force you into their own channels? (I’ve heard that at some art schools only certain types of work is considered “art”; make sure that you won’t be going to a school whose professors look down on your chosen field.) Find out about alumni networks, because they’ll be useful in helping you get a job later, if that’s what you want to do. 

New York can get super cold, but it doesn’t get as fiendishly hot or polluted as LA, and the public transit is much better. (So’s the food.) As a tourist, I much preferred New York. On the other hand, LA has beach and mountains. 

But congrats on getting accepted! I’m excited for you. :)

I think Singapore has made me immune to heat forever. (It’s 31°C, today…) I’ve been looking at alumni and faculty work and everything is amazing. I wish I could go to both schools and study everything…

The general consensus is that SVA/New York is better for editorial and advertising illustration, whereas Art Center/LA has better opportunities and is focused on animated and film related work. I want to…

DUDE, CONGRATULATIONS.

I don’t have much useful to add to the conversation r.e. schooling choices — I did all my studying in England — but both LA and NYC are pretty cool places. I think the living costs in NYC are more expensive, at least in terms of rent. Actually, here’s a neat article from a woman who lived in both places: http://www.learnvest.com/2012/09/la-vs-nyc-how-much-ive-spent-living-in-two-different-cities/

If you end up in LA, you’re going to be in the same state as me and Nezu. We shall cheer you on from the further reaches of San Francisco! If you land in NYC, you’ll be closer to Gunmetal. 

(Either of those might be incentive to flee to a different state entirely.)

Either way, very best of luck! Both choices look incredible. 

THANK YOU. :’)

(Wow, everyone online has been so congratulatory and sweet, my parents sorta just grunted at me when I told them I got in, haha) I’d actually love to meet you all, really. Definitely no fleeing going on. I’m just going to spend the weekend ruminating over this and quite possibly pulling most of my hair out in the process. But you’re right, both choices are incredible, I should probably remind myself of that and be excited instead of stressed. 

But thank you for your well wishes and enthusiasm, it makes me really happy and sorta fuzzy inside. I hope I actually get to meet you all one day! ;__; 

College Conundrum

gunmetal-blue:

leiaham:

ninjaeyecandy:

leiaham:

So I just got accepted into SVA and Art Center’s illustration courses. I’m waiting for RISD and Pratt institute to get back to me but now I have a problem:

I don’t really know which school I want to go to. I’m in Singapore at the moment so visiting the campuses isn’t really a viable option. My parents are mainly just concerned about my safety, and my bro’s just like “LA has nicer weather than NYC”, but it feels like there are so many factors to think about and I’m more than a little confused.

Is anyone a student at either of these schools? Or, alternatively, how the hell do you chose which school you want to go to? What factors weigh in the most? 

… The only time I went to America was in LA for Siggraph, and the deepest impression I had was that bathroom hooks were way too high up and that everyone was really tall. 

I don’t know anything about either of the schools, and I’ve never lived in New York or LA. I imagine you’ve already taken finances into consideration, as well as the cost of living in both cities—I don’t know how that compares to Singapore, either!

But if you talk to the admittance offices at the school, they should be able to put you in touch with students or alumni who can tell you about their experiences at each school. You should also find out about the professors you’ll be working with; do you like their work? Do they teach the type of work you want to do, or will they try to force you into their own channels? (I’ve heard that at some art schools only certain types of work is considered “art”; make sure that you won’t be going to a school whose professors look down on your chosen field.) Find out about alumni networks, because they’ll be useful in helping you get a job later, if that’s what you want to do. 

New York can get super cold, but it doesn’t get as fiendishly hot or polluted as LA, and the public transit is much better. (So’s the food.) As a tourist, I much preferred New York. On the other hand, LA has beach and mountains. 

But congrats on getting accepted! I’m excited for you. :)

I think Singapore has made me immune to heat forever. (It’s 31°C, today…) I’ve been looking at alumni and faculty work and everything is amazing. I wish I could go to both schools and study everything…

The general consensus is that SVA/New York is better for editorial and advertising illustration, whereas Art Center/LA has better opportunities and is focused on animated and film related work. I want to do film-related work, so career wise LA would be better for me, but NYC sounds like a really cool place to live… It sounds ridiculous but I feel like both my personality and wardrobe matches New York better. 

… I think my main problem is that I’m deciding where I’ll be living for the next couple of years, but at the same time I’ve got to decide what sort of artist I want to become, and it feels like a massive choice that I’m not entirely equipped to make. I guess it’s the whole eternally-confused 20-something thing. 

That being said, you’ve raised some excellent points - both the geological/weather differences and about the alumni and faculty. I guess the only thing I can do now is lots of research and figuring out what I want to do and what is important to me. So I guess I’ll take this weekend to ponder and come to some sort of decision. I suppose, whichever I go to, life will work out (as it always does), and both are great schools and great cities, so I shouldn’t worry overmuch! 

Seriously though, thank you so much for taking the time to write and help me out with this, I somehow feel a lot less lost and freaked out about the whole moving-away-new-chapter-in-life thing, now. :) 

EDIT: Uh, this might be a double-post because I replied to this earlier in the day using my personal blog, and then it’s 2am now and I just tried to rectify that by reblogging the post again back to the leiaham blog, but I ended up reblogging it twice to my personal blog. Then I tried to delete the extra reblog fails, but ended up deleting my original message. So I’ve managed to find the reply and once more reblog my reply to ninjaeyecandy’s reply. Um.. this is probably why I shouldn’t be allowed on the computer at this time. 

I’m biased, but I say you should go to NYC. I have no evidence to make a supporting argument. You should just be in the same state as me.

Heyyaaa. Thanks for this comment, I actually really needed it. I just spent the night unable to sleep having anxiety about this and this massive artistic identity crisis, but this made me laugh and I feel a lot lighter now. I’d love to be in the same state as all of you! At the same time! (Because yes this entire thing is about me wanting the best of both worlds states, hah) But geography and stuff. Can we build a portal machine thing? 

College Conundrum

ninjaeyecandy:

leiaham:

So I just got accepted into SVA and Art Center’s illustration courses. I’m waiting for RISD and Pratt institute to get back to me but now I have a problem:

I don’t really know which school I want to go to. I’m in Singapore at the moment so visiting the campuses isn’t really a viable option. My parents are mainly just concerned about my safety, and my bro’s just like “LA has nicer weather than NYC”, but it feels like there are so many factors to think about and I’m more than a little confused.

Is anyone a student at either of these schools? Or, alternatively, how the hell do you chose which school you want to go to? What factors weigh in the most? 

… The only time I went to America was in LA for Siggraph, and the deepest impression I had was that bathroom hooks were way too high up and that everyone was really tall. 

I don’t know anything about either of the schools, and I’ve never lived in New York or LA. I imagine you’ve already taken finances into consideration, as well as the cost of living in both cities—I don’t know how that compares to Singapore, either!

But if you talk to the admittance offices at the school, they should be able to put you in touch with students or alumni who can tell you about their experiences at each school. You should also find out about the professors you’ll be working with; do you like their work? Do they teach the type of work you want to do, or will they try to force you into their own channels? (I’ve heard that at some art schools only certain types of work is considered “art”; make sure that you won’t be going to a school whose professors look down on your chosen field.) Find out about alumni networks, because they’ll be useful in helping you get a job later, if that’s what you want to do. 

New York can get super cold, but it doesn’t get as fiendishly hot or polluted as LA, and the public transit is much better. (So’s the food.) As a tourist, I much preferred New York. On the other hand, LA has beach and mountains. 

But congrats on getting accepted! I’m excited for you. :)

I think Singapore has made me immune to heat forever. (It’s 31°C, today…) I’ve been looking at alumni and faculty work and everything is amazing. I wish I could go to both schools and study everything…

The general consensus is that SVA/New York is better for editorial and advertising illustration, whereas Art Center/LA has better opportunities and is focused on animated and film related work. I want to do film-related work, so career wise LA would be better for me, but NYC sounds like a really cool place to live… It sounds ridiculous but I feel like both my personality and wardrobe matches New York better. 

… I think my main problem is that I’m deciding where I’ll be living for the next couple of years, but at the same time I’ve got to decide what sort of artist I want to become, and it feels like a massive choice that I’m not entirely equipped to make. I guess it’s the whole eternally-confused 20-something thing. 

That being said, you’ve raised some excellent points - both the geological/weather differences and about the alumni and faculty. I guess the only thing I can do now is lots of research and figuring out what I want to do and what is important to me. So I guess I’ll take this weekend to ponder and come to some sort of decision. I suppose, whichever I go to, life will work out (as it always does), and both are great schools and great cities, so I shouldn’t worry overmuch! 

Seriously though, thank you so much for taking the time to write and help me out with this, I somehow feel a lot less lost and freaked out about the whole moving-away-new-chapter-in-life thing, now. :) 

EDIT: Uh, this might be a double-post because I replied to this earlier in the day using my personal blog, and then it’s 2am now and I just tried to rectify that by reblogging the post again back to the leiaham blog, but I ended up reblogging it twice to my personal blog. Then I tried to delete the extra reblog fails, but ended up deleting my original message. So I’ve managed to find the reply and once more reblog my reply to ninjaeyecandy’s reply. Um.. this is probably why I shouldn’t be allowed on the computer at this time. 

College Conundrum

So I just got accepted into SVA and Art Center’s illustration courses. I’m waiting for RISD and Pratt institute to get back to me but now I have a problem:

I don’t really know which school I want to go to. I’m in Singapore at the moment so visiting the campuses isn’t really a viable option. My parents are mainly just concerned about my safety, and my bro’s just like “LA has nicer weather than NYC”, but it feels like there are so many factors to think about and I’m more than a little confused.

Is anyone a student at either of these schools? Or, alternatively, how the hell do you chose which school you want to go to? What factors weigh in the most? 

… The only time I went to America was in LA for Siggraph, and the deepest impression I had was that bathroom hooks were way too high up and that everyone was really tall. 

Eren

Some Eren Jaeger to fill your dashboards with anger and the will to live!

Some personal Shingeki no Kyojin/Attack on Titan fanart done to relax (my will to draw has been weak, these days…) I’ve been reading so much reincarnation fanfic that my heart is full of sorrow and angst and I suddenly need to worship green-blue eyes and the stubborn set of a certain Titan shifter’s mouth.