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So yes, I watched the royal wedding... and enjoyed it much more than I expected. The ceremony wasn't too long, with gorgeous uplifting music, the guests were kind of po-faced, but the couple themselves were adorable. I love how William got a running commentary from Harry as Kate came up the aisle, and how he seemed to say "You look beautiful" when she reached the altar. The snuck looks throughout the ceremony? Adorable. The readings? Articulate and emotional in all the right ways. Princess Beatrice's headgear? Dreadful, but sod her, it's not her day.

And that dress... ♥ I want it. I'm glad Kate went for lace and no pouffy bits. If there's one thing I hate it's pouffy dresses, so her elegance pleases me more than I can say :3

Sadly, after the news I had to turn the TV off to avoid headaches (and butt numbness) only to miss the drive back to Claverton House where Wills drove the car, but my Mum happily told me about it over the phone. Yes, we watched it 'together' at 250 miles apart :) have to admit, I ended up designing costumes for Kuang based in the chiorboys in the service, but have chosen a different design now. Pomp always brings out my inner designer.

All this of course, led to baking.

Yay, patriotism! Haven't tasted yet, but expecting a thickness of icing not unlike the thickness of the ice surrounding Sanzo's teenage heart. Must gird loins for this! Kind of wanted to do the crown from the 'keep calm and carry on' posters instead of a heart, but didn't have enough silver balls.

So who else watched, and where did you watch from? How did you celebrate? Pictures people! :D

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Current Location: On the sofa, in my butt groove
Current Mood: bouncy delighted
Current Music: Ash - Petrol

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A question for those among you who translate/read japanese - any recommendations for an easy-to-use kanji dictionary? I'm looking for one ordered by stroke number, not reading, and it doesn't have to have a grammar section etc. I'm getting a bit sick of having to switch on the laptop every time I attempt to translate something ^^;;

Also, my (apparently big) Ao Family Portrait is progressing thanks to the recent spate of bank holidays, and the linework for the brothers is now complete, sans clothing :3

From Left to right: Qin, Kuang, Shun and of course the lovely Jun.

Aaaaaand a few colour design ideas. Pretty much what's on the face is going to be the final scheme for each one, but I want to change Shun's eyes - they look a bit evil! Also, the braids look so dense without the colour detail on the hair that will eventually get done.

Now all that's left is to design Kuang's clothes (Why, whyyyyy are you so hard to design for, man?!?) and think up a background, because I have zero ideas on that side...

That is all!

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Current Location: On bed, watching boyfriend pack
Current Mood: contemplative contemplative

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I know, this is very late... but better late than never, right? :S Back to work tomorrow *depression* I was enjoying not having to work... :C

Also sent a picture of JunJun (This one)Collapse ) with a message on the back:

It reads (I think):

Minekura-Sensei, watashitachi kibou anata o daiji ni! Ganbatte kudasai!
Minekura-Sensei, we hope you get well soon! Keep going!

Watashi wa Gojun-sama ga ichiban suki desu ♥ Migoto to kyokou kara.
My favourite is Gojun-sama ♥ [This is] because he is beautiful and strong.

Gojun doro ichidan onegai shimasu.
Please draw more of him.


(Igirisujin desu).
(I'm English).

... yeah, my japanese is probably horrible, but I hope she gets the idea, anyway! ^////^ I've probably used a load of those kanji wrong, but what they hey :)

Current Location: Living room
Current Mood: depressed depressed
Current Music: There She Is! Step 5 - Imagine

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Just to wish everyone a very merry christmas, filled with family, friends, great food and thoughtful gifts ♥♥♥

Off to my mum's tomorrow, through the snowy countryside - sadly, boyfriend will have to return early to feed kittens, as all the local catteries were booked solid, but his family lives close by, so neither he nor the kittens will be alone during the festive period.

Also, latest volume of Matsuri Hino's Vampire Knight came through the post early, so an early christmas for icicles! :D

Current Location: Home, at boyfriend's desk, slightly drunk
Current Mood: excited excited

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Stolen from eyesofshinigami because her answers made this look like fun :)

-Name: Charli
-Birth Date: 19/10/87
-Current Location: Living room, dossing on the sofa and eating toffees
-Hometown: London, but I live someplace better now :D
-Hair Color: browny/auburn - going blonde in the sun
-Righty/Lefty: Righty. Very strongly. Apparently my siblings dithered for ages, but I was right in with the right hand!

-Your fear: Needles, drowning, death in general.
-Your dream of the perfect date: Out doing something physical like walking or cycling, or conversely watching a film. I'm rubbish at small talk.
-Goal you'd like to achieve: Get a PhD. Someday.
-Your best friends: You want a list? :) Bestest friends of all are Jenny, Lousie, Gez and my student housemates Marcus, Hannah, Jack and David

-Your thoughts first waking up: SLEEEEEEEEP...... -_-
-Your best physical features: My boobs, according to my boyfriend, my eyes and smile according to less... distractable individuals ;3
-Your bed time: Often quite late unless I force an earlier bedtime. I'm such a night owl, which sits Ill with both work and studying!
-You miss the most: Seeing my family (especially the cat) and not having to worry so much about money :(

-Pepsi or Coke: Both disgusting. Lemonade.
-McDonald's or Burger King: Burger King, but only because they have awesome chips.
-Single or Group Dates: Single dates, even thought the prospect of small talk makes me nervous.
-Adidas or Nike: Sketchers :)
-Cappuccino or Coffee: Don't do caffeine.

-Smoke: NO.
-Take showers: Obviously, but I vastly prefer baths for a spot of good lazing. Plus, I'm a lush addict!
-Have a crush: Does my boyfriend count?
-Like school: Yep, even though that was years ago now. Uni was awesome, and I don't want it to be over XC
-Believe in yourself: Yep!
-Believe what goes around comes around: Definitely.
-Believe everything happens for a reason: Kinda, but in a complicated non-linear sort of way.
-Think you're a health freak: Not a health freak, but health conscious... discounting the huge amount of chocolate and other forms of sugar I eat, of course.

-Gone to the mall: If the Southgate Centre in Bath counts, then I guess.
-Eaten sushi: Will be on Friday!
-Been hurt: I keep bruising myself, but I have no idea what on! Also, had a sore shoulder today from the backpack hoover at my cleaning job (no more next week! Yay!).
-Dyed your hair: No, not in about a year now.

-Changed who you were to fit in: Changed, yes; to fit in, no.

-Age you're hoping to be married by: Why is everyone asking me this lately?!? Thirties, I guess.
-Number of kids you're planning on having: Hmm, I think three will prevent boredom :) I'm biased by my large family size.

-Best eye color: Green/blue? I don't really mind, so long as I can look at all the interesting colours in there.
-Best hair color: Whatever.
-Short or long hair: Probably what fellas would call long.
-Looks or personality: Personality, but looks doesn't hurt either! ;D

A MINUTE AGO: Watching Blue Harvest with my boyfriend.
1 HOUR AGO: Eating homemade pizza.
1 WEEK AGO: Recuperating from the previous day's work.
1 YEAR AGO: Slaving away in Oxford on placement.

I FEEL: Sleepy.
I HATE: Cleaning work. Bleh.
I HIDE: My porn! Haha, well, my fanfics, anyway :)
I NEED: MONEY!!! And perhaps more sleep.

What is a food that you'd hate to be allergic to? Cucumber. Strawberries. Chocolate. Actually, quite a lot.

What color was the last towel you used? Turquoise, with a peculiar yellow stain on it - I still have no idea what it is.

When was the last time your nose bled? During my last cold - I was blowing my nose so much that I wrecked my nasal capillaries. It was sore and messy.

How old are you turning this year? 23 this October ^^;;;

What is your favorite thing to snack on while watching a movie? Toffee popcorn. Oh, the sugar!

Swimming pool or hot tub? Hot tub, because I'm lazy, not because I dislike swimming.

Can you swim well? More or less.

What body part do you wash first in the shower? My upper chest and shoulders. I've never really considered this before...

Who would you allow to read your thoughts for one day? I'm not sure someone else could cope! My brain doesn't shut it :)

What kind of first impression do you think you make? Loud, bubbly and probably a shade weird too.

Name your last reason for using a camera? Photographing Welsh castles and an archaeological dig (which was very cool).

Where was the last place you fell asleep other than your bed? Errr... Probably the car.

When was the last time you laughed really hard? Yesterday evening whilst looking at an article on cracked.com.

What are you wearing? Jeans, a stripy blue and white shirt with a mad spangly bit on one shoulder and a part-denim-part-woolen jackety jumper thing.

Have you enjoyed your weekend? Saturday was fantastic; went to see Caldicot, Usk and Raglan castles in Wales and then found some standing stones, a mystic well and an archaeological dig in Trellech on the way back home. Sunday was quiet and chilled.

Do you regret anything you've done recently? Nothing comes to mind.

Is there anybody you wish you could see? Loads - must see some relatives this summer!

How many people of the opposite sex do you fully trust? A couple.

Will you be married in 10 years? *shrugs* I'm pretty sure that's what the families want!

Name a fact about guys? They never bloody listen. yes, I'm talking to you, boyfriend *grrr*

Do you like getting flowers? Yes.

What's your favorite flower? Red roses or anything blue. I like if there's a reason why the particular flower was chosen. My boyfriend got me a sunflower on a whim once because it reminded him of me, which made me stupidly happy and soppy for ages ^___^

Will you be in a relationship 4 months from now? I hope so! I'm not planning on ending it!

Does it bother you when your friends bring up your past mistakes? Yes, but sometimes it's funny. I try to fix old mistakes if I can, otherwise it bothers me because it's a unresolved issue.

Could you go out in public looking like you do now? With trainers, yeah.

Whose the first person you texted today? Amazingly, I haven't texted anyone today!

Would you move to another state to be with the person you loved? We don't have states in England... but if it was serious enough and a good time to do so, then yes.

Do you ever get a text saying good morning? Yeah, sometimes from drunken friends it what is technically the morning.

Last movie you watched? Lord of the Rings: Return of the KIng.

How's the weather today? English.

What color are your eyes? Green.

Do you like poptarts? Errr... I think I may have had one somewhere and liked it. Would probably find them a bit much now.

Where will you be 12 hours from now? At work, probably mopping some undeserving person's stairwell XC

Is it easy for others to make you feel intimidated? Kinda, but I don't like to show it.

Do you know what you are going to wear tomorrow? Black work clothes. XP

Are you on a desktop or laptop? Laptop (MacBook).

Does anyone hate you for no reason? If they do, I don't give a toss.

Can you make yourself cry? Yep, though I hate crying in front of people.

Play an instrument? Piano, but trying to learn violin.

Would you go back in time if you were given the chance? Yes! I don't know what I'd do though!

What are your favorite colors? Purple, red and aquamarine.

Where did you get the underwear you are wearing right now? Primark! :D

Have you ever passed out? No - I fight it.

Are you easily confused? If I'm tired or flustered, yes.

What's your favorite kind of ice cream? Coffee flavoured, weirdly. Not fussy about brand, but carte d'or Lavazza is really tasty and easy to scoop :)

Do you like summer? Goodness, yes. I love the sun! I'm beginning to suspect I'm solar powered...

Is your current hair color mostly your natural hair color? Yep. I haven't dyed it in a while now.

What color are your socks? Blue argyle.

Where were you at 8am this morning? Hoovering some council property stairwells.

Have you ever dated someone more than once? Yes - now I live with him!

Last thing you got in the mail? A package from my mum full of clothes for holiday! I love her so much.

What is your current crave? Peaches. I've had 2 already today!

What color nail polish is on your toes?: I don't really paint my nails anymore; lab conditioning.

Do you find members of the preferred sex confusing? Sometimes, yeah. Perhaps annoying is a better word? ;D

What are you listening to right now? Random songs my boyfriend is playing on spotify; currently Ocean Drive by the Lighthouse Family.

How has your week been? Knackering, and it's only Tuesday!

Is there something you wish you could tell someone but can't?: Well, it defeats the point to say, doesn't it?

Favorite shirt to wear? My chocolate brown fitted T-shirt. It goes with so much!

Favorite drink? Water or fruit juice (Sainsbury's tropical).

What's your favorite color gummy bear? Ummm... the red ones? They're all pretty similar.

Have you ever run into a dishwasher? *snorts* What? No!

Is there a baby in the room with you right now? Nope, just me, my man and our old main of a hamster.

Ever had a song sung about/for you? Only when people are messing around.

Do you know how to dance? I burn up the dancefloor!

Where do you sing the most? In the living room, often when it's just me in the house because the boyfriend doesn't like the stuff I sing to :)

What is your favorite thing that is orange? Well, oranges of course. And my sister XD

What do you smell like? My nice deodorant. Much better than how I smelt at work!

What's in your pocket? Nothing at the mo.

Anything in your mouth? Y'know, mouthy stuff.

Do you have freckles? No, but I think they're cute!

How many languages can you speak? EEnglish, basic Japanese, passable-ish French, holiday Spanish and hopefully some portuguese soon!

Ever jumped/fallen/been pushed in a pool with your clothes on? Only jumped. Anyone pushing me in would have to jump in and save me afterwards.

Are you wearing any clothes that you wore yesterday? Yep. Jeans.

Name a song that you know all the words to: Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen. Plus the moves by Lee Evans :)

What's the last thing you watched on Tv? Lion Man! I love that programme.

What's the last video game you played? I don't really play any, so probably Portal all those years ago.

Can you do the alphabet in sign language? No, and I really want to learn!

What was your favorite childhood show? Wow, loads. The Magic Roundabout, The Dreamstone and Mowgli to name a few! Plus all the Disney animated films.

Do you bite your nails? Only if I have a hang nail and no manicuring stuff to hand.

Do you like your feet? Meh. They're a bit wide, but I like them way more than I used to.

Do you sleep well at night? Usually.

Current Location: Living room
Current Mood: tired tired
Current Music: Random 90s music

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Uweeee! Very excited over the Big Move this weekend - after 3 years of knowing it will happen and roughly a week of haphazard packing I'm almost ready to move in with my boyfriend! Hopefully, I'll find a job and be able to help with rent soon; I swear, if it wasn't for my boyfriend I'd be back in London with my Mum already ^^;;; It's shocking to see how much stuff I have, never mind the amount of stuff I have that can be thrown away. I'm honestly appalled I didn't manage to get rid of at least some of this crap before now *shame*

Other than that, I have a couple of requests to the fandom at large;
1) Does anyone know where I can get my mitts on some (free) doujinshi featuring Gojun? I only have Hanatoki, and that's untranslated.
2) The EGS website went wibbly a while ago, and while I was helped to find the new site all the pretties have gone, so does anyone have any EGS art they'd be willing to share?

In return I swear I'll be back properly soon with lots of artwork and maybe some fic if I can poke the writing muse into something creative again. She gave me a blast in a dream the other night, but when I eventually surfaced from my grogginess it had all but vanished *woe*

Current Mood: tired tired
Current Music: Framing Hanley - Lollipop

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Have realized recently that I draw faces way too pointy from the nose down, like some kind of neanderthal, so have decided from now on not to do this in such an exaggerated fashion because now everything I drew looks kinda funky. Revelation was caused by scouring DeviantArt for Gojun piccies because I was procrastinating from doing practice questions for exams ^^;;; I think it was Drkav who set me off with her gorgeous Gojun sketchesCollapse ), though there were many other pretties to be foundCollapse ). It made me so jealous I wasn't sure whether to be sick or just keep on drooling. Seriously. DX

The fruits of this epiphany did, however, surface later that evening when the urge to draw got over feeling sorry for itself and decided to take over my body for an hour and doodle (Why does that happen when you're supposed to be working?); most of it was just experimentation, but it drew the cutest damn thing that has ever left my hands/brain/fantasies - Gojun kissing Hakkai! Yesyes I know it's mangling the timelines but I don't care; I just keep telling myself that Hakuryuu had some nifty 'assume your true form' sort of spell whacked on him by some youkai (probably aiming for Hakkai or Goku) and seizes his chance to let his wayward Marshal let him know how he feels... 500+ years too late. Hopefully the cute cancels out the bittersweetness or something...

For the first time in a long time I've also not wanted to immediately redo the lineart in photoshop and splash colour all over something. That's good! :D

Okay, back to revision now!

EDIT: Aaaaaaalso finally started to get my vision of Gojun's family down on paper; this has been bouncing around in my head for years, mostly fuelled by the events on ever_west and flemmings's unbelievably complex world of courtly dragons. I see the family slightly differently to both the situations seen in those tow examples, but also have incorporated little bits from them, so I want to apologize in advance for my stern Kuang/Gokou and for filtching Gojun's son's names from flemmings (though I see Kaifu as the elder name for some reason) and for generally taking advantage of dragon's being any colour I want outside of legendary characters X3

So yeah, my (early attempt at a) vision of Kaifu, the golden-yellow elder son of Gojun;

I see there as being two classes of dragon - the ones who dance to bring down the rain, and the ones who sing it into falling. Gojun and Kaifu are dancers, and Kaifu an extraordinary singer, but Kaifu wants to be a rock god, so here he is practicing. Gojun's already accepted his sons will probably have to co-rule, because Kaifu is much like Qin/Goshou in that he cares little for propriety and Kaishou is damn smart and pretty much exactly like him in mannerisms and face (in public), just navy blue instead.

MORE EDIT: Aaaaand I just caught up with everything on ever_west and Ping is almost exactly how I wanted Kaifu to be (but with much more awesome hair) DX Whyyyyyyyy~

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Current Mood: ecstatic ecstatic
Current Music: Red - Fight Inside

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Is anyone else having trouble accessing the EGS website? I used to e able to see it on http://www.beaten-track.com/~EGS/top.html, but now it says it can't see it on my server when it could before :S Does anyone know why?

Current Mood: annoyed annoyed

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After a year and a bit of agonizing :) This pic has an epic tale of loss behind it; drawn 26/08/08, almost finished colouring Jan '09, hard-drive died Jan '09 before I could back up the nearly-complete coloured version, picked this back up Jan '10, finished 21/02/10. Only took a year and a half! ^^;;; The upshot was that I had a lot of time to mull over the look of the thing and ended up with a different colour palette altogether.

This version is a lot darker and moodier than the last one, which I think works better for the piece, so thanks to all the peeps who helped out with that! ♥&hearts♥

Okay, I'll shut up now.

Title: Warrior Gojun
Fandom: Saiyuki
Artist: Icicles
Warnings: Gory, but probably SFW.

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Current Mood: accomplished accomplished
Current Music: Something Marcus is playing down the hallway

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Hello f-list!! I'm almost done with the epic picture of epicness, but I wanted to ask you all a question regarding the piece - more extreme shadowing Y/N? I'm not very brave when it comes to extremes of shadow, and I wanted to know what you think ^^;;

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Current Mood: blah blah
Current Music: sailor moon theme tune, thanks to the f-list :)

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