My digital piano is at the repair shop for sticky keys, so I was messing around with my synth...was improvising and came up with this! A short, melancholic, and relaxing improv of Crystal Gems from Steven Universe! Sometime it's good to not have the tools you want! Enjoy!
I headed out to the River Trail Nature Center in Illinois to get some photos of wildlife. I was hoping to stay long enough to get some nice photos in golden sunset light. I found out that the place closes early at 4:00pm, so I was a bit worried. But thanks to the early setting sun in winter, there was already beautifully warm golden light by 3:00pm. Here's a shot of one small mourning dove on a cold day basking in the warm evening (late afternoon) sun.
Also, here's a new drawing I made! I drew my old home, Saikai in the style of Steven Universe! I moved to the countryside of Japan around five years ago and loved every moment of it! The scenery was breathtaking, the people were kind, and the bugs were terrifying. It was a very unique experience, I'd look out upon this ocean view with the huge futuristic looking bridge in the middle of the small countryside town almost every day. At night you could see the milky way with just your eyes, and in the summer you'd smell of the fragrance of flowers mixed with the cool ocean breeze...you'd hear the gentle crashing of waves and the peaceful drone of cicadas.
It's been about a year since I've been there, but I'm supposed to head back there soon! Just waiting until travel restrictions from Covid lessen. The left side is supposed to represent my old home in Iowa since there's...corn. And an old barn! It's much less flat than Iowa though. I suppose this drawing represents two places that mean a lot to me, combined into one! The right side you can see Oshima bridge, a scene I'd see every day across the ocean from my apartment on my way to school. If you look in the center way far down you'll see a road, with a small brick area with two reallllllly tiny palm trees. That's a little area just outside of my where my apartment was! The little rocky things just off the roadside barrier are called tetrapods! Really big rocks shaped like jacks that help break up strong waves.
You can barely see em, but Peridot is sitting on the hill with pumpkin! Peridot is probably my favorite character in the show because she always has a positive attitude and is just a funny character all around. I watched the entirety of this show with one of my good friends just before leaving Saikai, and it very quickly become one of my favorite shows of all time. I love the characters, the messages, and the music. Might try reusing all the lineart and drawing a sunrise version next!
Recorded a new piano arrangement! This one a beautifully moving piece from Chrono Trigger called "Wind Scene", it gets pretty crazy about halfway through . It was composed by Yasunori Mitsuda (光田康典) who is my favorite composer of all time. He excels at writing unforgettable melodies that convey a breadth of emotions simultaneously, while remaining surprisingly simple. I think that simplicity is what helps make his music so powerful. Anyways, I hope you guys like this one, it's one of my favorites! Also, Casino Night Zone is almost ready!