Compared to some, i haven't been on hitRECord for long -- only since early August 2010. But the months since have been some of my most creatively productive in years; and i do believe it's causation rather than merely correlation ;) My only regret is not having found hitRECord earlier. The concept is brilliant and it combines everything i love most about being on the internet. It's the internet as it should be.
Anyway, these are the records that i feel best represent me as an artist right now -- the list may and probably will change with time. i mostly draw for hitRECord, although i do sometimes write. It tends to be an either-or thing for me where i'll either go on art sprees or writing ones, with little overlap.
tiny stories - I've Never Run, But I Can Fly - This is perhaps the most personal art i've done in years, if not ever. i debated with myself for some time over whether it was something that i wanted to put out there or not, because, well, being online is my escape from the physical and the one place where nobody has to see and know about my 'issues', unless i bring them up. It's the one place where people judge me solely on my actions and thoughts and skills first. Did i really want to give that up? Yet as much as i hate to admit it, my body is as much part of me as my mind, and it's something i have to accept. i really didn't want to seem like it was a cry for attention or pity either. It just is what it is, and what i am.
tiny stories emblem [coloured] - Seeing this projected on the stage literally half-way around the world for the last SitC show, on the same laptop that i'd coloured it on, was such a surreal and amazing experience. That was the moment when it really hit home just how much impact something i did on the site could have, not just online but in the physical, tangible world. i wish i could have bottled that moment and sensation. It was one of the best moments of my year.
tiny stories - Sardine City - This is one of the records i'm most proud of although the graphics were rushed and could do with polishing up, because of how the actual forms of the words illustrate their meaning. It's not something i've often achieved.
A Strange Symmetry Through the Looking Glass - i've always loved the Alice stories, and it's fun trying to create images based on the strange world. i've done several both here on hR and off, but this is probably the one i'm most proud of.
A Stitch Out of Time: Born too old - One of the many things i've made for the sTiTchTown collab, and one of those i like best despite it not being that impressive to look at, really although i spent hours on the lineart T.T That's why i kind of gave up doing proper colours for it, heh. It combines character design (that being the first drawing of Ned Needle) and story/interactions. Facial expressions is one of the things i've been trying to work on more this year, and i consider this one of my best attempts so far. A proper reading of the strip depends on reading not just what's being said, but what's written in their faces and body language -- which, i think, is true to Ned and Pearl and how they interact (at least as i see them). i'm a big fan of subtleties like that and often try to incorporate symbolism or at least hints of a story into what i create, if only to please myself. 8D;
iambatgirl's Alice in colour - This was the first record i made exclusively for hitRECord, and it kind of bowled me over that people seemed to like it. Did i mention i love darker twists on popular tales?
Medusa - i also love reinterpreting traditional tales and trying to see them from viewpoints other than the usual protagonist's; because in life nobody is all good and nobody is all bad, and everyone's the hero from their own point of view. Also, some of the things the traditional heroes do are seriously messed up and i like pointing it out.
tiny stories - Connecting the Dots - While the execution and text aren't perfect, i like the whimsical tone. It also shows some of my life philosophies/beliefs, one of which being that we shouldn't depend on others to complete us; they can give us advice and share their insights ("help each other find hidden dots"), but we must draw our own lines and connect the dots ourselves. If you can't make yourself whole and happy, why should anyone else?
Phenomenon - [coloured] - Just like how the colours turned out, particularly on the smoke.
On reflection - i have a bad habit of drawing people in towels when rushed for time. Also, i tend to draw the same characters over and over again rather than create random new ones.
[ run while you can ] - Sadly no meaning to this one, but it's a good example of a style i've been developing this year mixing my usual stylised-realism sketchiness and a sort of abstract fake vectorish look. Also, texture abuse,
Pieces coverart v1.1 - The record i remixed the most resources for, to date. It was fun to try to work in as much of the imagery/motifs of the song as possible into the image.
Stitchpunk [coloured] - Kind of flipped out when i saw this got featured 8D;; i liked the overall effect of the colours, but the aspect i'm proudest of is how it played a part in the starting of the amazing "saving sTiTchTown" collab.
The Dezidens of Stitchtown - Maybe it's bad to say it, but i'm a bit proud of my idea of basing the batch of characters on the contents of a sewing box. 8D;;
For Science! - Unless it fits the character or there's a good reason, i very much try to avoid drawing scantily-clad females. It's not just a feminist thing; when i first started posting on art gallery sites in...2000 or so, i noticed that the posts that were just pin-ups tended to have way more hits and faves than most others, regardless of skill-level. i promised myself then that i would not resort to such pandering purely for more attention.
Libertas - i like both darker themes/schemes and happy-shiny-pastel ones like this. Not so much into bright colours, though i've actually been using them a fair bit this year.
Full of nothing and feeling a little blue - An example of some of the more graphicy and typographical things i've been doing this year. i'm oddly fond of the line, "But your eyes are always amber/ and mine are always blue".
Thank You - Basically a graphical representation of how i view hitRECord - inspiring, uplifting, able to lift one out of looking at things from a set perspective.
tiny stories - Lady Marmalade - Hi, this is my lame, punny sense of humour.