I was able to score a nice internship at a small business company that deals with Otaku goods from Japan. It's unpaid, but it's an awesome step in the right direction. I pitched a couple of ideas for improvements that my boss says she thinks are awesome, so I'm currently working on designing a company mascot. Feels good drawing again, I'm even getting used to the feel of my hand cramping...sort of...
Their website, etc. hasn't been updated in a long time, so I'm tasked with designing improvements and getting the site more well known. I handle the visual stuff, and my boss and the programmer will implement it.
My boss says it's okay to share the designs I've made. I came up with 3 possible designs for the mascot, and made a couple rough sketches with color. These are all just the first pass on the character's design, I'll be making improvements as I go, such as incorporating suggestions/changes made by the company, and adding the new company logo (Which I'm also tasked in creating) into the design.
1) The "Samurai Schoolgirl" design, with her pink hair and Sailor Suit, is of course the embodiment of your stereotypical anime character.
2) The "Booth Girl" design is inspired by photos taken at Japanese conventions such as "Tokyo Game Show". Implies we mean business, but with a bit of fun.
3)The "Buisnesswoman" a more mature, professional look. Meant to give an air of professionalism and efficiency.
I'm thinking we might end up combining elements of one or two of the designs together. Again, this is only the first pass on the mascot's design. I'm personally starting to lean towards the Samurai Schoolgirl, her design seems to stand out the most to me. At the same time though, I like the Businesswoman's mature look as well. At the same time, though, the Booth Girl is kind of a nice in-between to the two of them, balancing business and fun.
On a side note, I just noticed that my linework improved between the characters in chronological order to me drawing them. (The Samurai Schoolgirl, the Booth Girl, the Buisnesswoman)
I took a ton of footage of my trip to the Philippines, and decide to give it a nice professional(ish) edit! Check it out:
Watch the rest of it in this playlist: www.youtube.com/playlist?list=…
Also, I've recentley started a Gym membership. So far I find it's really helped with my attitude and I feel like I can get more stuff done. I go typically about 3 times a week, but I want to start going more often if I can help it. I recommend it to anyone who feels like they need a motivational boost! It really does help!