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#854279 Exarion's Journey through Pokémon Art Academy

Posted by Exarion on 19 January 2015 - 04:36 PM

Here we go!

All the LESSONS in game have a step-by-step on the upper screen, so we draw on the touch screen.


We start the game with an "admission exam", drawing a Pikachu/Froakie/Piplup face with nothing but pastel crayons.

Then we go through the Beginner course, where we draw upon a layer of outlines... This isn't so interesting, so I won't post those pictures.


The Novice course is a bit more challenging, where we draw upon basic shapes (and start to use other tools, shadow effects). Now, this still isn't the same as drawing by myself, yet we are much more free to work on details.


After that we have Graduate lessons, starting with a blank layer. Of course, we still have the step-by-step, but now it's real work!


Actually, it's possible to "cheat" by requiring the basic shapes and even the outlines, but I don't do that. >_>



I really liked some results in my Novice course. Keep in mind the backgrounds are added by the game. <.<


Snivy with pencil tool.



Chimchar with the regular marker tool.



Eevee with pencil tool.



Pumpkaboo with marker tool.



Lugia with paintbrush tool.



The "final exam" (but not different from a lesson, really): Pikachu with pencil and paintbrush tools!


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#861534 Come Chat With Us!

Posted by Hypermaster117 on 10 May 2016 - 06:27 PM

Just. Let. This. Place. DIE ALREADY!!!!!!!!!!! You already killed off half the damn reason people came here in the first place when you got rid of YuGiOh.. Just pull the damn trigger and get it over with.. 


If you really didn't care you wouldn't come on just to be a whiny little bitch.

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#861670 Come Chat With Us!

Posted by RiverShock on 08 June 2016 - 03:56 PM

Out of curiosity, would it be possible to change the chat link in the navigation bar at the top of the forums to link to the Discord server considering it currently leads nowhere anyway?

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#855453 Exarion's Journey through Pokémon Art Academy

Posted by Exarion on 04 March 2015 - 04:55 PM

Many thanks, guys. =]


Hurry Bardon!




So I tried the FREE PAINT mode for the first time.

Unlike the LESSONS, here we don't have a step-by-step, but still they offer several templates (event downloads are stocked here). They quickly present "basic shapes - outline - template" before starting, but the upper screen is static. We actually may switch between those 3 options and no image, in addiction to show the outline/basic shapes on the touch screen. Yet I adopt the standard "complete reference" on upper screen, "blank" for touch screen, but with grids to get a minimal help.

Backgrounds still from the game.




Espurr with outline pen and paintbrush tools (template from free paint, bg from Gengar lesson):



And back to graduate LESSON, a harder one:

Charizard with paintbrush and pencil tools


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#854316 I'm bored, d00d.

Posted by Gardevoir on 20 January 2015 - 11:07 AM

It's been a really long time since I've bothered to post anything of actual meaning anywhere on the internet. Since I last posted the "yes" above this post, I have gone through many sucky things in my life, and until recently, nothing was going my way. I ruined some friendships but made other ones (which turned out to have been made only on false pretenses), I had lots of internal struggles, I've been injured a few times, etc. It's not all bad, though. Something good happened in my life at the beginning of this year, but before I get to that, I want to vent. 


1. Burning bridges


So... I don't know how many of you know (but I'm sure some people on XC have guessed at it), but for a good while, I was (for lack of a better word) a nympho. It was an actual thing I was addicted to. Admittedly, it made for some really fun times but it also led to some of the worst moments of my life. In the span of about a year, thanks to my love of lewdness:


- I lost a very very good friend

- I almost leaped into an early grave

- I made it so that a LOT of people (both online and in person) either don't respect me or straight-out harass me


I've been focusing on ridding myself of that curse. I don't do the things I used to do anymore. I still get urges, but I'm either ignoring them or releasing them on my own somewhere. Even now I've had moments of weakness where I almost broke down. It's going to be a really hard road, giving up something you really like always is. 


If I wanted to make excuses, I could say it's probably not my fault for being a nymphomaniac. As some of you know, I was raped a few years back. I'm sure there's probably something in my subconscious that connects that and the nympho stuff but since I'm not a shrink, I don't know. Either way, it's not like I shouldn't be able to control myself, it's not like I'm that weak-willed or anything. 


But yeah... Because of my mistakes, I don't have too many friends now. To be honest, I never really did have many friends (which is why I spend like all of my free time in chats), but most of the friends I've made online are gone now. It's been a lesson learned the most hard way possible. I still garner a great deal of respect in the business world, but outside of a professional setting, I'm pretty much disliked by everyone. I don't blame anyone but myself, though, since I gave them reason to treat me like bleh. 


2. I'm a cat, apparently


Last year, I got fed up with living such a terrible life so I decided it'd be nice to rid people of my existence. My bedroom is on the second floor of my house, and my house is already pretty high up. There's also a pool near my window. I figured I'd jump out of my window and land in the pool just to see what would happen. I didn't care if I missed the pool or not, I didn't want to live anymore anyway. I jumped and did indeed land in the pool. 


Half of me did, anyway.


The other half got totally destroyed. Broken ribs, bruises, messed up my knee, my head got pretty beaten up, etc. I wish I had died. I must be some sort of cat though. Anyway, the whole thing left me alive but immobile for a few weeks. My casts got really itchy and all I could say to myself every time I felt pain or an itch or an urge to go outside was "you deserve worse". 


3. Depression


So because of the sort of life I've been living for the past 3 years or so, I've grown depressed. I'm basically the way I was back in middle school now. I'm the emo kid again that everyone picked on, except this time, I gave them reason to pick on me. 


But anyway, people who care about me for some reason have noticed I'm significantly less cheerful. I almost never leave the house unless it's for work or to get food. It's gotten better as of late, but eh. Every time I think of why I'm depressed, I think of people who have it way worse than I do and I think to myself, "your depression is nothing". From a neutral, third-person view, it really is nothing. However, it's hell for anyone going through it, and that actually helps me cheer up a tiny bit. 


4. Something good


As of December 30, I have improved a great deal. I'm starting to feel cheerful again and I've managed to keep my sexual urges repressed with ease. This is largely because of what's probably the best thing to ever happen in my life. 


My best friend since I was 4 (and my boyfriend for months now) and I are getting married. I'll be a Mega Gardevoir soon.


It's something I've been daydreaming of ever since Fran brought it up a good while back. I've kind of played scenarios in my head, but I always convinced myself that they were nothing but fantasies. I've also been friendzoned before by him [:'(], but things happen I guess. Anyway, he's the main reason why I still exist. He makes me happy in a way that no one else can. Thanks to him, I'm pretty much back to normal. I owe everything to him. 


Aside from that, I'm also getting back into the swing of things with YGO and Pokemon. I'm going to tourneys again, learning the metas, and so on. Right now I'm buying the stuff to make an Infernoid deck (since I can always just borrow Burning Abyss and Qlililililiramalamadingdongs from friends - there's no point in making a deck we already have); I'm also preparing my Pokemon team for the new VGC season (which I like a lot, since it lets me use things like Cresselia for Helping Hand fun) and am looking forward to entering a VGC tourney this February. 


...I started writing this feeling really morose. Thinking back on some of the positive stuff has made me smile. 


I'm still very sad and I still regret many of the things I've done in recent times. I won't apologize to the people I've hurt however because words mean nothing. Instead, I will bear the guilt for the rest of my life as a reminder never to be a horrible person again. I know I've left a sour taste on pretty much all of XC's mouths and nothing will change that. I'm not looking for forgiveness, and those who are willing to forgive me should probably reconsider. I'd just like to let people know that I'm doing everything in my power to be a good person now. 


I don't like to end things so negatively, so I'll end on a lighter note. If anyone reading this is willing to help me out with Infernoids and things like what people are siding these days and so on, please PM me or add me on Skype (gardyvoira). In addition, if anyone wants to talk to me for any reason at all, there's the aforementioned Skype, PMs on here, and Pokemon Showdown (Gardy Voira), where I usually go when I have free time. 


My hope is to have many positive and fun experiences to share with the remainder of XC. I want to bring good vibes wherever I go.



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#851953 Not sure how much of a farewell this is.

Posted by Amon on 01 October 2014 - 08:54 PM

This last year has been rather tumultuous on my end. Some of you might vaguely recall me mentioning a house fire that forced my family to move out at the end of last January.

Needless to say, it hasn't been happy camping since then.

Well, between the IRL problems and lost hope that someone will figure out how to save XC, I've been wondering why I'm still here. If even the admins have given up, that's a bad sign. And since I managed to rekindle my friendship with Manda after over a year since I screwed up, Idk... Maybe it's time to call it quits myself. I mean, I've been here off and on for a decade, and the times weren't always good. I also kept feeling like I didn't truly belong with the rest of the XC veterans, aka the "old people", even if 10 years lets me qualify as old.

To those who might still need me, well. Maybe I'll just ease myself off of the drug called XC, and continue to fade to black, or maybe I'll return if someone figures out how to breathe new life into the site.

Whatever the case...yeah, I think it's time to just leave my last speech here. This most likely won't be my final post, but the rest of you know now that my days here are numbered.

I won't give out alternate contact info. Anyone important enough already has it.

Until XC's next life, I guess...
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#850214 Create-A-Card Competition

Posted by kyros27 on 02 June 2014 - 11:29 PM

Maybe, but it depends on if MST negates its resolution.
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Posted by Yami Stomach on 23 January 2016 - 06:32 AM

Shut up eel


no seriously, shut up eel. this tournament was great. sure it died down a bit towards the end but that wasnt your fault. it was the lack of incentive to duel any longer. the decks were fine and honestly quite balanced (with some exceptions though far and few between)


i would be more than happy if you did another one sometime and i'm sure so would plenty of other people. you've got a lot better than you used to be and people appreciate that.


so don't you dare stop making tournaments!

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