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(Dress up F.A.Q. here)

The (random) winners have now been chosen for the 2016 Dress Up Advent Calendar. My personal picks are still up in the air though there are already many strong contenders. Thanks to everyone who participated! All the entries have been hidden to keep the secret of the advent calendar a bit more secretive, so if you didn't go through through and list them all earlier you missed your chance. Ha!

With this year's comment entries I didn't bother checking every single character and link or start nitpicking every time an entry had both male and female characters, if there was way too much or too little content, if some of the links didn't work, the entry was about a character creator for a subject I find un-character-creator-able or something else weird. If the winning entries happen to have unclear situations and the participant didn't specify which is the most important thing for them I'll just use my own judgement (which probably means picking the solution that's the most convenient for me).

Fun fact: one of the winners was a subject I've already been working on for a while and which is actually nearing complete. So I used my randomiser code to give a new winner... and the same subject came up again (suggested by a different person). Second re-try gave someone else who was also already on the winner list. And the third re-try gave the same goddamn subject again for the third time. Sure, this particular entry had multiple people suggesting it, but man did the random number gods love it. Since I don't want to reveal my future dress up subjects in advance it did feel a bit bad that I couldn't tell people that they wasted their entry on something I was going to draw anyway, but if it's any consolation, at least they'll get their preferred subject in a much larger scale than what they'd get from an average lottery entry.

The next time you'll hear of the Advent Calendar should be in December, so that's all about it for now!
  • Mood: Llama
  • Listening to: One Punch! Sanjou! Hisshou! Shijou saikou!
  • Watching: One Punch Man is over
  • Eating: All the gingerbread cookies are gone
There is now less than three days left to enter the lottery for the 2016 dress up advent calendar. Please note that the deadline is in GMT (i.e. London's time).

(dress up F.A.Q here)
  • Mood: Llama
  • Listening to: One Punch! Sanjou! Hisshou! Shijou saikou!
  • Watching: One Punch Man is over
  • Eating: All the gingerbread cookies are gone
Just a reminder that there is now around a week left to enter the lottery for the 2016 dress up advent calendar.

(dress up F.A.Q here)
  • Mood: Llama
  • Listening to: One Punch! Sanjou! Hisshou! Shijou saikou!
  • Reading: What's with all these long shounen series lately?
  • Watching: One Punch Man is over
(Dress up F.A.Q. is here)

THE LOTTERY IS NOW OVER, YOU CAN'T ENTER ANY MORE.

After thinking about it for a while, I decided that The Dress Up Advent Calendar makes its triumphant return! Yes, that's right! It seems like a mighty fine idea right now, I'll regret later.

What is this about? I intend to make an advent calendar for December 2016 where you get a new dress up every day until Christmas. The content of the said dress ups will be determined by a lottery amongst the lottery entries from my visitors.


Here be the rules:

- The following will lead to disqualification: Trying to request/suggest/whatever me to draw something for you outside the lottery, usage of chatspeak, multiple entries from one person, general annoying troll/spam behaviour on my dA page, entries that show blatant disinterest in following the rules.
- Entering happens by posting a comment on this journal. In the comment put the words "Lottery entry" and description of what you want in the dress up. Entries without the words "Lottery entry" will be ignored. Here is an example entry.
- You have time until December 31st 2015, 11:59 PM GMT.
- I reserve the right to update the rules in case I remember something important.

You can edit your comment as much as you want before the deadline.

Linking to reference pictures is not obligatory but very much recommended. I can do a google search on the subject but not an extensive study; unless my gallery gives a reason to believe otherwise you should assume that I'm not particularly interested in the series. If you don't give sufficient reference you lose the right to complain that I didn't include something because if left to choose I'll probably pick what I like best or find the most convenient to draw rather than what's important in the series.

If you want different characters in the dress up and they have different body types, please specify whose body I should use as the doll.


I will not draw:
- Anything over PG-13
- The doll from photos or too realistic art
- Furries (animal ears and tail are ok but the doll must be human)
- Naruto, Bleach, Fairy Tail or My Little Pony.
- Original characters (OCs).
- Fan designs unless you can link to the author stating it's ok for others to use their designs.
Anything else is ok.

Size-wise the dress up will be medium-sized. That means that you don't need to limit it to only a handful of items, but don't except a character creator with hundreds of options either. So please no "all the 30+ characters and their alternate outfits from this long-running series". You can look for the earlier days of the previous Advent Calendars for reference if you want. If you ask for too much content I'll simply pick what I like to draw best so you may want to specify which is the most important thing.



Choosing the winners
Once the lottery is over I'll randomly pick half the dress ups and for the other half choose the ideas I like best. The names of the winners and what they requested will be included in the artist's comments of the finished dress up.


(Also, I haven't forgotten about the second prize for the previous lottery from half a year ago. I'm... uh, working on it right now. Sorry about the delay!)

Alright, that's all for now!
  • Mood: Llama
  • Listening to: One Punch! Sanjou! Hisshou! Shijou saikou!
  • Reading: What's with all these long shounen series lately?
  • Watching: One Punch Man
Before you ask anything about my dress ups, please see if your question has already been answered in the F.A.Q. Thank you.

Right now I am making a new character creator (no idea when it'll be finished. But it's going to have something new I haven't done before! Just don't get your hopes too high, the new thing probably isn't as cool as what you'd imagine and actually pretty pointless but it's a lot of fun to code). Anyway I thought I could use some tips on the subject in the title of this journal.

You see, at some point of my character-maker-making escapades I changed the skin colour set to have more options, but I got some comments about how the new colours looked unnatural. So for the next one I did some alterations, but the new set, too, was deemed odd. And I think I've had a third iteration too which still didn't work out. The skin colours have been described things such as "sickly", "weird", "not so natural" and "zombie-ish", to name a few.

There is enough criticism from separate people that this is a problem and not just some individual's subjective opinion I should ignore, so something has to be done. But the problem is, I don't really know what to do, and just randomly picking new colours and hoping that they'll work out hasn't exactly been successful. Some comments have been about the lightness or saturation of the colours which give me a bit more to work with, but for the most part the criticism is vague enough that I don't really know how to fix anything (not that I blame the commenters, it's not like I can dissect the issue any better and multiple comments on the same issue at least tell me where I should improve.)

So seeing as my previous attempts didn't fare too well I thought outsourcing the problem might help. Anyone have a concrete idea I should do? Like actual colour hex codes or a quickie colour chart in your scraps/stash or something? I'm thinking 20-25 different shades from pale to dark, and also some pinkish/reddish/orangeish/yellowish/beigeish (?) options. Thanks for your time!
  • Mood: Llama
  • Listening to: One Punch! Sanjou! Hisshou! Shijou saikou!
  • Reading: What's with all these long shounen series lately?
  • Watching: One Punch Man
I already have a F.A.Q. journal, but it lacks a lot of questions I get asked semi-frequently (= has been asked more than once maybe). That's because the answers can get into lengthy droning about dress up details that'd just clog the journal with trivia that probably wouldn't interest many people. But I have noticed that they are of interest to some people (at least to those who ask the questions), so, here is a little compilation.


How did you make this dress up?
This is a pretty common question but I often don't answer it. I mean, it's very hard for me to see what the asker wants in the first place. "I draw the clothes and then code them to work as a dress up" sounds pretty self-explanatory, but I doubt the asker is interested in the technical details of "well, I draw the clothing on layer 2, then turn it into a movie clip and give it an instance name, then I write this code that loops through everything in the _root array...", or that such a summary would be of much use anyway. 

It's easier to answer if you give a more specific question, like what program I use (that's Adobe Flash CS3 and CS5 Professional). If you are interested in making a dress up yourself but don't know where to start or need help with a project you already have I can get more technical, but spewing example actionscript code I use won't be my default answer.

(If you're looking for a tutorial, I have one here, though it's kinda ugly and outdated and I'd love to make a new one when I have time. Comment section of the tutorial or a Note is the best way to ask for help in your own dress up project.)


Why is there no background music in your dress ups?
1) Because I don't know how to add it and 2) to be fair I don't care enough to check out how to do it, I'm fairly sure it's super easy if I tried... I absolutely despise it when websites and flash games start playing music when I didn't ask for it and I always turn it off anyway, so it's very difficult for me to see it as something beneficial I'd want to add to my works. Also 3), most of the music out there would cause copyright issues; I can't just add the subject anime's theme tune and expect nobody to report it for copyright infringement.


Why are there no backgrounds in your dress ups?
Because I'm lazy. I'm sorry.

Anyway, I'm reeeeally bad at drawing  backgrounds, even coming up with some simple abstract dot pattern is a lot to ask. If you ever see anything resembling a background in my gallery it's probably a result of a lot of work. Pretty much the only dress ups with a proper background I've made are the commissioned ones; if someone paid for it I at least try to make the UI look decent.

Also, to me the dress ups are about creating an outfit for the character, not creating a pretty scene with it. And for that a simple background is best, so I'd choose the blank white one myself if I was playing a dress up. I have heard that the bright white makes some people's eyes hurt so sometimes I remember to include an option to change the background colour to something else (but most of the time I forget).


Why no 'save' button?
It'd be cool, but I don't know how to code one. The explanations I've found so far involve sending stuff from the flash game to a javaScript or PHP code, and while I technically do have some server space I could use for the jS/PHP code I don't think I want to use it for a purpose like this, so I'm not too motivated to learn either.


Why no 'finish' button in Pokemon Trainer Creator v2?
Because I didn't think of it back when I made the game, and at this point it would be an annoyance to add. Not impossible or even that difficult, but the coding of that thing is quite a mess and I'd prefer not to touch it. I wish I would have included it since it gets asked the most if for no other reason (it would improve the quality of the game a lot too though).


You forgot ____ from the dress up! / Where is ____? 
I wish people would word this one differently, because this way it sounds like you think that because you want something to be in the dress up I must want that too and the fact that it's missing is some kind of mistake. Chances are that I remembered ____ perfectly well but just chose not to draw it.

As for "where is ___?", if I take it as an actual question of the location of some item, check the most obvious solution. A shirt is probably in the shirts section, and all possible characters are in the character select section. Very few works have hidden content (so far only Usagi Drop, One Piece girls v2 and Madoka Magica IIRC) so if you can't find it it's probably not in the dress up.

If you have trouble finding something that's actually included it's obviously a problem on my part. Sometimes the pages can be too crowded, or my categories might be off. For example the buttons for the second page of "Other" in the Digimon character creator are easy to miss, causing the impression that there are no glasses in the creator. It's good to point out those so I can hope to screw up less in the future.


No I'm really interested why ___ isn't in the dress up.
Some possible reasons why something isn't included:

- I left it out on purpose because I didn't want to draw it
- I didn't consider it important enough for the scope of that particular dress up; while at times I try to include absolutely everything, in most of my works I don't have the interest to draw whatshername-who-shows-up-in-one-filler-episode.
- I'm not knowledgeable/nerdy enough on the subject to know it even exists.
- The dress up was growing so large that I'd never get it finished if I drew everything I wanted, so I had to stop at some point.
- It didn't exist at the time I made the dress up. I do update some of my works with newly released stuff from the franchise, but I don't have the time or interest to keep up with the antics of the subjects of 100+ dress ups.
- It was too difficult to draw or code.
- The dress up was a contest prize and the subject was chosen by the winner. If the winner didn't ask for it to be included I didn't feel an obligation to draw it. Or most likely I knew nothing on the subject so if the winner didn't ask for it to be included I didn't even know it exists.
- Also possible: I forgot. There are times when I missed something that I did want to include. Like that stupid GS ball in the PokeTrainer Creator v2, that thing missing bothers me so much more than the lack of a finish button or any of the bugs... [not bothering to add it though]


Options for alternate poses / different body types / yaoi/yuri couples?
This is so much easier said than done, unless you want a dress up like this. Alternate poses or body types or whatever would mean practically redrawing the entire game because if I alter the base body I have to alter the clothes too to fit the new body, Flash doesn't do it for me. I have made some works with multiple base bodies, but those are always a pain to make, since drawing the same clothes over and over again is just plain boring.


How about a One Piece character creator?
One Piece is one of my favourite series ever and it also has a lot of great designs, but I don't find it a good subject for a character creator. To me a character creator has one purpose and that is creating characters that design-wise could be from the subject series (you don't say). So, what is an One Piece type character design? What do Nami, Franky, Chopper, Wapol, Foxy, Dorry and Apoo have in common appearance-wise? Even if I ignore all the different body types as per the previous question and only stick to the generic male=Luffy/female=Nami bodies, the clothes still don't have a theme since there are so many different cultures. In the end pretty much anything can be an One Piece character as long as it's drawn in Oda's style so the dress up would be just me trying to emulate the art style with a random mess of a clothing selection.

The same applies to things such as Fullmetal Alchemist, which is a great series but there really isn't much to say in terms of a clothing theme outside the army uniforms. 

At times I have considered an One Piece creator with a smaller scope, such as One Piece Mermaid Maker, but if I made that I might just as well make a larger mermaid maker and not limit myself to One Piece.


More colours for the W.i.t.c.h. Guardian maker?
Like the previous question says, my top priority when making character creators is that it creates characters that look like they could be from the subject work, so nope. Witches wear green and purple in the comic, and if the dress up allowed you to colour their magic uniform blue and yellow instead it'd break my principles. To me alternate colours would look as out of place as if there was an option for space suits or fake beards. I guess it would benefit the people who want to use the dress up for something else than its intended purpose, but I don't want to sacrifice my artistic integrity for that. Feel free to grab your Paint or Gimp or any other drawing program and change the colours yourself though.

There is the thing that to the people who are only familiar with the cartoon version of W.i.t.c.h. that changed the colours a little the outfits should be green(ish) and pink, not green and purple. I, however, go by the comic version because that's the only one I know and I find the cartoon colours ugly, and I don't consider the benefit from adding the pink version large enough for the trouble including it would be.



Why so many "normal" dress ups and not character creators?
I can see why character creators would be more popular, but they're also more annoying to make. With a normal drag&drop you just draw and the clothes and copypaste one short code to make them draggable, and -voila- the dress up is done. While with a character creator you need to make item buttons and colour buttons and the menu needs more work, and items need to be coloured, and while I have managed to reduce the amount of code I need there's still a lot more to do in that front.

With drag&drop dress ups it's also more rewarding how you can see the progress. I take one reference picture, draw everything I want from it, and move it to the "already done" folder, and at all times I can see that the number of pictures still waiting is going down. But with character creators I draw one item group at a time, as in all shirts first, and when I'm done with that it's all skirts, and so on. This way it takes a long time until everything from a particular reference image is drawn and I can get rid it.

The whole thing is probably pretty stupid, but I'm the kind of a person who always takes pleasure in measuring how many minutes of a lecture there are left, how many kilometres to walk home, how many spoonfuls of some unpleasant food I still have to eat, and so on.


Do you often play dress ups?
No, I find it pretty boring. Huh? 

I used to play dress ups a lot when I was younger, but nowadays I don't find it that interesting. If I stumble into a new dress up I usually quickly create one character and that's it, but other than that my attention is almost always at the technical stuff, i.e. is it easy to use and if there's anything I could learn from it. 

I do enjoy seeing what people create in my character creators and sometimes try to search dA for people's creations (so I appreciate people who tag their stuff properly). Or at least the newer ones, the older ones not so much since my old art is embarrassing to watch..


Add ___ to the dress up/Make a ___ dress up.
No. Since when was I a servant you could just order around? No need to add "please" as an afterthought, it's not going to change anything. I always check if the commenter isn't a native English speaker which would make things a lot more understandable, but almost always their country says US and any other content they've uploaded suggests that they can speak English just fine. It's baffling to me that plenty of people apparently actually believe that they'd get me to do anything this way. 
Before you ask anything about my dress ups, please see if your question has already been answered in the F.A.Q. Thank you.

I now have chosen the winner for the lottery in the previous journal entry using this random number generator. And it issssss.....

(drumroll)

:icondiscordisbestpony: - Princess Peach dress up!

Congrats to the winner! I'll probably throw in Daisy and the girl in the light blue dress too to spice things up.

As for the other prize (the subject I pick myself), that... is still up in the air. I have quite a few candidates and I'm trying to narrow down, but it's hard to choose... It'll probably come down to what inspires me the most on the second I decide that it's time to start drawing the other winner entry.

Anyway, thanks for participating! Except the dress ups to be finished within a few months or something.
(dress up F.A.Q. is here)

I haven't had the Advent Calendar dress up lottery in a few years since it's so much work, but I thought I'd have a smaller one for whatever arbitrary holiday occurs next. Which happens to be Walpurgis Night. The prize is a dress up of the subject of your choice.

Here be the rules:

- The following will lead to disqualification: Trying to request/suggest/whatever me to draw something outside the lottery, usage of chatspeak, multiple entries per one person, general annoying troll/spam behaviour on my dA page.
- You have time until April 30th 2015, 11:59 PM GMT.
- Entering happens by posting a comment on this journal. In the comment put the words "Lottery entry" and description of what you want in the dress up. Entries without the words "Lottery entry" will be ignored. Here is an example entry.
- I reserve the right to update the rules in case I remember something important.

You can edit your comment as much as you want before the deadline.

Linking to reference pictures is not obligatory but very much recommended. I can do a google search on the subject but not an extensive study; unless my gallery gives a reason to believe otherwise you should assume that I'm not particularly interested in the series. If you don't give sufficient reference you lose the right to complain that I didn't include something because if left to choose I'll probably draw what I like best or what is the most convenient to draw rather than what's important in the series.


I will not draw:
- Anything over PG-13
- The doll from photos or photorealistic drawings; I need a drawing for reference.
- Furries (animal ears and tail are ok but the doll must be human)
- Naruto, Bleach, Fairy Tail or My Little Pony.
- Original characters (OCs).
- Fan designs unless you can link to the author stating it's ok for others to use their designs.
Anything else is ok.

Size-wise the dress up will be medium-sized. That means that you don't need to limit it to only a handful of items, but don't except a character creator with hundreds of options either. If you ask for too much content I'll simply pick what I like to draw best so you may want to specify which is the most important thing.

As for choosing the winner, get a random number somehow and use it to pick one winner. I'll also pick one other winner myself based on which entry inspires me the most.
Before you ask anything about my dress ups, please see if your question has already been answered in the F.A.Q. Thank you.

(2012 / 2011)
(what I didn't do one for 2013?)


It is that time of the year again. I thought I’d have more works on this list because I felt I read a lot of manga this year, but a lot of it was the sort of mediocre library manga you forget right after you return the book.


The Lego Movie
An ordinary dumbass Lego minifigure becomes the Chosen one and must save the world.
I was so sure I wouldn't watch this one because the trailers were so stupid, but it kept getting so good reviews that I had to check it out, and boy what a good decision that was. Hilarious movie but also managed to be surprisingly smart, something I wouldn't expect I'd say about a movie about Lego minifigures. And on top it all, it managed to avoid the worst pitfalls of the "be yourself, it’s all about you, you’re the special unique snowflake" morale like half of the animated films from America force down our throats. Only the token romance was almost good but ended up awful, but other than that, what a great film.


How to Train Your Dragon 2
Dragon riders end up in a war against an evil dragon rider, also family reunion.
I had quite high expectations for this one, which were actually met. A good continuation that answers the question “what happened after the events of the previous movie?” well and introduced plenty of new stuff so it wasn't just a rehash of the predecessor. Villain was a little weak though. Also, props for handling Toothless so well. He got his own thing to do in the story so he wasn't just Hiccup’s accessory, but what he did was still fit for an animal so he didn't come across as some Disney-esque super smart cartoon animal.


The Legend of Princess Kaguya
A poor man finds a princess and gold inside a bamboo shoot. He does his best to give the princess a fancy life, but the princess herself would prefer a less restricted poor lifestyle.
Didn't care too much of the thing itself but more about how different it was from every other movie I had seen. Obviously it looked very different, but also in the story department. I don’t remember seeing an ending like that in any movie from the West, or Japan for that matter, and the angle of seeing the “overcome a quest and get the princess” story from the princesses point of view was interesting.


The Legend of Korra
The final two seasons of Avatar Korra's antics. Bye bye Avatar franchise!
Luckily the quality picked up significantly from the second season which I think I'll rather forget save for the Varrick parts. He is my favourite character of the Korra franchise. Lin, Su and Tenzin are up there too. Even Korra got a pretty good arc and while the first two seasons did so much damage to her that I couldn’t be bothered to care about her nearly as much as what a main character should expect she was still fairly okay towards the end. Also I couldn’t care less who she ends up with.


Kill la Kill
High school girl is trying to avenge her father's murder, and gets ridiculous clothes that give her superpowers to aid in cool battles against the student council and other foes.
This rivals the Lego Movie in the dumbest premise of the year. I wasn't going to give it a second thought due to the fanservicey super outfits giving the impression that the show wasn't even trying to do anything but show skin, but it kept getting praise for its other content and the character designs were interesting, so I gave it a go. The story got even dumber as it went on, and it was awesome. 

I wasn't in the target audience for the fanservice so it bothered me a lot, but seeing how the story revolved around wearing or not wearing clothes it was at least somewhat justified by the plot so there's little room for me to complain. And how can you not laugh at an organisation being named "Nudist Beach"? 



Free!
The swimming club of some high school guys.
The Swimming Anime. Nice animation and lots of muscles, but little else to offer. Everything felt just shallow fujoshi fanservice and the characters seemed little more than obligatory tropes to get the cash from the fans of different character archtypes. I was hoping for a stormy bromance between the main guy and the jerk from the rivalling team, but even that didn't properly start until the last moments, and the main guy was insufferable anyway. Ending theme was cool I guess.


Happiness Charge Precure!
Magical girls fight bad guys in a kids' show.
Only 14 episodes in so far. I ended up watching this because I love magical girls and the blue girl was so darn cute. She is the best character and quite a pleasure, but unfortunately I pretty much hate the pink and yellow girls. Show itself has been more or less what you'd expect from a Toei toy commercial.


House of Five Leaves
A shy samurai becomes involved with a kidnapping gang.
Best thing of the year, hands down. The fangasm has calmed down a little since summer when I found the series, but the love has not. The anime was awesome and the original manga was even more so, and I can't remember any manga experience being more intensive than the last two HoFL volumes. A surprisingly calm and quiet series about criminals, there's not much fighting and most of the drama comes from the characters' relationships. Really good writing for the two main characters. Also, lonely people finding a family in each other is one of my favourite tropes and you can’t go too wrong with that one. 


One Piece
Pirates still searching for the legendary treasure and meeting various friends and foes on the way.
The long-runner continues. I'm not the biggest fan of the current Dressrosa arc; it feels like there's too much stuff going on, too little focus on anything, I don't really care for every side character getting a fight, and Rebecca sucks. Doflamingo is a cool villain though, and against all odds Law went from my least favourite character (generic stoic pretty boy with hax powers and too much screen time) to an actually likeable one with a sympathetic flashback. Rocinante is the best character of the year, Bartolomeo's gag is funny no matter how many times I see it, and Usopp's sniping moment was awesome.


Oyasumi Punpun
Coming-of-an-age story of one Japanese boy I guess.
The What The Hell of the year. I'm very glad I read it, but I don’t think I'll ever want to touch it again.




Best….
Music
- Kill la Kill, especially Blumenkranz (even with the silly German pronunciations)
- Honorable mentions to Flying with Mother from HtTYD2, Wally's theme from Pokemon ORAS and Everything Is Awesome from the Lego Movie (...).
Animation/visuals
- Princess Kaguya cranks up the awesome during the running scene.
- Honorable mention to Madoka Rebellion movie.
Art
- Kaoru Mori continues to deliver with Otoyomegatari
- Honorable mention to Yuusuke Murata's One Punch Man and Yana Toboso's Kuroshitsuji.
Laughs
- The Lego Movie overall
- Honorable mentions to Bartolomeo's fangirl gag from One Piece, Thermae Romae, Silver Spoon and anything Varrick does in Korra.
Dress-uppability
- I really want to make a Happiness Charge Precure character creator.
- Honorable mention to Kill la Kill which is likely to sneak into the cosplay sections of other dress ups and Shiemi with her pwetty kimonos from Blue Exorcist.
Moment
- The ending of House of Five Leaves manga
- Honorable mention to the HoFL anime ending, and plenty of other moments from the manga, the beginning of Kill la Kill's ultimate transformation, Yotsuba's (Yotsuba&!) grandmother finally appearing and the Punch from One Punch Man's space invasion saga.
Romance (the least uninteresting)
- Varrick & Zhu Li from Legend of Korra. Do the thing!
- Honorable mention to… I don't know, I ship so little. Sai & Baby5 from One Piece was funny and brief I guess.
Relationship (non-romantic)
- Masa & Yaichi from Five Leaves
- Honorable mention to Kill la Kill and HtTDY2's focus on family.
Male character
- Either Masa or Yaichi
- Honorable mentions to Varrick from Korra, Rocinante from One Piece and Gamagoori from Kill la Kill.
Female character
- Hime from Precure is best girl. Dem eyebrows.
- Honorable mentions to Lin & Su from Korra, Satsuki from Kill la Kill and Alice from Shokugeki no Souma.

Who am I kidding House of Five Leaves was best at everything


I love "the Worst" lists, but it’s harder to think of one off the top of my head. And a lot of bad manga is just so dull that there's little motivation to complain while I watch so little anime that when I do it's something I expect to be good. What comes to my mind right now is that I hate Megumi from Precure (very much of current interest right now) and the precocious little brat from Kuroshitsuji has harmed the current arc but luckily not irreparably so. Hikaru from Magic Knight Rayearth is also pretty unbearable and I've never liked Shokugeki no Souma's Erina.


Plans for 2015:
- When Marnie Was Here should come to Finland next year hopefully maybe.
- Little Witch Academia 2
- Shokugeki no Souma anime
- Digimon Adventure reboot! Nade Nade!
- New Pretty Cure season maybe, if I survive this one.
- Pixar has not one but two movies coming next year?
- I plan to pick up Pandora Hearts, NaruTaru and Millenium Snow on the manga front.
- And maybe finally watch Evangelion (original) and Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann on the anime side.
Finally the results for the Pokemon design contest! And with two winners instead of one! Reasons below since there would be no use writing them here considering everyone would scroll to the winners first anyway.

So the winners (in alphabetical order):

Vs. Elsa of the Elite Four by Taizen-KaoruFire pokemon trainer, Jasmine! by Shoujo-chi

Congratulations to both! I'll send a note shortly.

(I didn't know you can now put :thumbs: in a journal even if you're not a premium member. Hoo.)

So why two winners? Well, I only have experience on drawing generic Pokemon trainer outfits (like what the player character wears), I've never drawn a champion or a gym leader outfit. So while judging I noticed that I was only thinking of whether the entry would look good on the vaguely 10-year-old protagonist. Which is obviously unfair since a champion design is obviously supposed to look different from the average nobody. But then I started having problems with how to compare the quality of a generic all-around Poketrainer design to all the other trainer classes, because I personally enjoy the generic designs the most which puts everything else at a disadvantage, but on the other hand it wouldn't be fair to the generic poketrainer designs to choose some other trainer class if I was purposely trying not to pick any of them. And since I didn't know what to do I just picked my favourite of both groups.

Not that it made the judging much easier since there were plenty of designs I would've wanted to reward, but drawing two prizes is already enough work. Thanks to everyone for participating!
Apologies for the slow process of judging the contest entries. At first I messed up the date and gave the contestants a few more days time to compensate for it, then I needed a short period for the contestants to point out that I had forgotten to put them on the list if need be, then I decided that I'd need a few days for the judging so it wouldn't be based on just first impressions, then I was just plain lazy for a few days (...), then I wasn't able to get online at all because I was in London for a few days (that's why I haven't been responding to anything lately), and now I'm recovering from the trip and having to stay up all night because of a delayed flight. But now I'll step up my game and try to get the results out during weekend.
Whoops! I totally thought the dead-line was so that the contest ends when July starts, but apparently the first day of July was still within the contest. Because it was my mistake to end the contest sooner than I said in the rules, I pushed the dead-line back to July 3rd, 23:59 GMT so you can still enter if you want.

Ding Ding Ding! the deadline for the Pokemon design contest is over. Here are the entries! I'll start judging them in a few days.


Entries in alphabetical order by the entrant's username (no pics this time because I'm not a Premium member).



:iconabrigedfoamy: : Pegasus (Hercules)
:iconagehunt: : Chel (Road to Eldorado)
:iconalbaxd: : Chel (Road to Eldorado)
:iconarsenxixquinn: : Celia (Monsters inc)
:iconbebeline: : Sofia (Sofia the First)
:iconbloolovellwolf: : Charlotte (Princess and the Frog)
:iconbogidream: : Lucy (Despicable Me)
:iconbousisummer: : Elsa (Frozen)
:iconcaramelcookie: : Yzma (Emperor's New Groove)
:iconcat-of-energy: : Toothiana (Rise of the Guardians)
:iconcheshireparadox: : Margo (Despicable Me)
:iconcloakedapprentice: : Duchess (Aristocats)
:icondeiluva: : Hiccup (How to Train Your Dragon)
:icondonutturtles: : Cinderell (Cinderella)
:icondracometeor9001: : Jack Frost (Rise of the Guardians)
:icongumicookie1: : Ellie (UP)
:iconemeraldwings1: : Thumbelina (Thumbelina)
:iconerinprimette: : Jim Hawkins (Treasure Planet)
:iconethos-clock: : Celia (Monsters inc)
:iconfauna4ever: : Grand Councilwoman (Lilo & Stitch)
:iconfluffygirl1023: : Ariel (The Little Mermaid)
:iconfrostedbinary: : Marie (Aristocats)
:iconfukayamayuki: : Violet (Incredibles)
:icondivinitasx: : Elsa (Frozen)
:iconinnudoggy: : Chicha (Emperor's New Groove)
:iconkingdomheartsgirl57: : Lilo (Lilo & Stitch)
:iconkyokota: : Rapunzel (Tangled)
:iconleannaqua: : Elsa (Frozen)
:iconlegendary23: : Simba (Lion King) (alt pics 1 2)
:iconlordofthefuzzys: : Lilo (Lilo & Stitch)
:iconmermain123: : Bo Peep (Toy Story)
:iconmomo-no-kuni: : Minion (Despicable Me)
:iconnimfia: : Marie (Aristocats)
:iconpokemonluver13: : Elsa (Frozen)
:iconpriffyviole: : Elsa (Frozen)
:iconsapphiregirl101987: : Alice (Alice in Wonderland)
:iconshippyshipper: : Edith (Despicable Me)
:iconshoujo-chi: : Jasmine (Aladdin)
:iconsteampunk-explorer: : Vanellope (Wreck-it-Ralph)
:iconsweet-li: : Eve (Wall-E)
:icontaizen-kaoru: : Elsa (Frozen)
:icontamamomae: : Elsa (Frozen)
:iconvoodoo-who-do: : Amelia (Treasure Planet)
:iconyatotheamazingespurr: : Elinor (Brave)



If your entry is missing from the list even if you got a "You are in the contest" note please contact me asap (or if I typoed your username or the link url or something like that).
A reminder that there is now around a week until the deadline of the Pokemon Design contest (dead-line is July 3rd 2014, 11:59 PM GMT).
It is time for an outfit design contest again! This time it's Pokemon outfits again, but for a wider range of characters.

In short: Pick one character from the accepted movies (list below), and draw him/her in the Pokemon world in an outfit you've designed yourself. I'll pick my favourite design, and the winner gets a free dress up.


The Rules
1. Read this journal entry. I'm afraid that your chances of winning are rather slim if you don't. If there's something unclear you're most welcome to ask more.
2. Pick a character from any of the movies listed here and draw him/her as if he/she was a character in Pokemon world.
3. You have time until July 3rd 2014, 11:59 PM GMT. Entries after this will be ignored.
4. Only one entry per person. All entries are final and can't be replaced with a newer idea.
5. Only use your own art and not your something drawn by your friend/sibling/grandmother/random internet person whose art you stole/your goldfish, or screen shots of dollmakers or dress ups.
     *You can use a base if you link to the source and the creator of the base explicitly states it's ok to use it
6. Both traditional and digital media are welcome, but please colour your work.
7. Mature Content entries are not accepted.
8. I will be the one to judge the entries. The winner is chosen based on the originality and creativity of the design, and how well it fits the character and the Pokemon world.
9. All entries will be posted in some kind of a compilation.
10. I may use the designs in non-commercial fanart. The designer(s) will be credited in the description.
11. I reserve the right to update the rules in case I forgot something super important.

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This is a designing contest, not a drawing contest. I'll pick the winner solely based on the design, not based on who has the best drawing skills. And no medium is better than other, just because someone has an expensive drawing program does not mean that they have any better chances at winning than someone who uses coloured pencils. So please don't be afraid to take part! And especially, please don't comment "I'd like to take part but I can't draw....:(", for this contest I only care about your designing skills and not how anatomically correct you can draw a human.
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Humans only, you may pick a nonhuman character but you have to draw a human version of him/her. You may change the character's age for your drawing. You can also draw whatever extra stuff in the picture if you want (Pokemon companions, other characters etc) or write a little description of the character, but only the character design is judged. If there are more than one characters in the picture please tell which one is participating in the contest. Also, please draw the whole character and not just clothes on a faceless mannequin.

Finally, please write somewhere what the character is supposed to be in the Pokemon World so I can judge the design accordingly. There's a difference in whether you're aiming at an all-around Pokemon trainer (like the player character), X type Gym Leader, villainous team boss, Pokemon Nurse or a Day-Care Lady. Anything that fits the Pokemon world is accepted, it doesn't need to be a canon "occupation". If you need support with the Pokemon world occupations or fashion styles, Bulbapedia is ready to help you: player characters / Gym Leaders / Elite Four / villainous teams / Professors / trainer classes for a start. Here's what I've drawn on the subject for an example, but you're more than welcome to come up with something better.


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How to participate
1. Draw the picture based on the rules above.
2. Upload it to your DeviantArt account.
3. Send me the following Note (not a comment):
     * Title "Pokemon Design Contest"
     * A link to your entry.
     * The character's name and the movie he/she is from
     * The character's "occupation" (Pokemon trainer, gym leader, pokemon breeder etc.)
     * (whatever else you wish to say, optional)
4. Usage of chatspeak gets you disqualified.
5. When I read your note I will send you a note back so you know I've received your entry. If you do not get a note back within 3 days please inform me so we can make sure your entry didn't somehow disappear to the depths of internet.


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The Prize
1. The prize is a medium-sized dress up.
2. The winner must be ready to tell me what he/she wants, "I don't know, just draw something" kind of indicates you're not interested in the prize.
3. The winner must be ready to help with providing decent reference if it's a subject I'm not familiar with.
4. I will not draw:
     * Anything past PG-13
     * The doll from photos or photorealistic drawings (way past my skill level, I need a drawing for reference)
     * Furries (animal ears and tail are ok but the doll must be human)
     * Naruto, Bleach, Twilight (the vampire book) or Pinkie Pie.
Anything else is ok. Outfits can be from photos.
5. I'll discuss the content of the game with the winner after the results have been published, please don't talk about it until the winner is declared.
6. I reserve the right to postpone the making of the game in case I get sick or have technical problems etc. But I'll try to make it as soon as possible.
7. If the winner doesn't reply with a subject (and reference) within 2 weeks of the time I send them a "you won!" note someone else gets the prize.


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I think that was all, I hope I didn't forget anything important. Good luck to everyone!

[edit] changed the dead-line from 1st to 3rd.

The Ultimate Disney Princess Popularity Poll

Journal Entry: Fri Dec 20, 2013, 7:38 AM
Before you ask anything about my dress ups, please see if your question has already been answered in the F.A.Q. Thank you.

I once had a poll on people's favourite Disney Princess. Now we have three more, so it's time to see what the situation looks like now. I'm even capable of makin DA polls again, but with thirteen princesses the ten slots of a DA poll just aren't enough. So I made my own.


Only the members of the Disney Princess franchise (or future members in the case of Anna and Elsa) this time, no other princesses or females who aren't princesses. I may make a different poll for them later though, and maybe for the dudes too.


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Before you ask anything about my dress ups, please see if your question has already been answered in the F.A.Q. Thank you.

December has come so fast that I almost forgot that I have to start uploading the Advent Calendar dress ups soon... For those who don't know it, I had a lottery where people could send in dress up ideas, and I randomly picked some of them and made the dress ups. And now, starting on December 1st, I'll upload a mini dress up every day until Christmas (unless technical difficulties get in my way or something).



SnowflakeDress ups will be uploaded when it's morning in Finland, probably something like 6AM GMT. Which causes some timezones get the dress up on the wrong day, but I believe we can live with that.
SnowflakePlease no fandom nerd rage on the stuff that is not included in a dress up, if something is not in it's most likely because the person who sent the dress up idea didn't ask it to be included and their word is the law here.
SnowflakeI did have to leave out some stuff that was in the entries though, mostly because it was too difficult(or annoying...) to draw. But hopefully most stuff did get in.
SnowflakeThere will not be an Advent Calendar lottery this year in case anyone is wondering.



Since this seems to have confused people: the lottery is over and the winners were chosen months ago. This is not a place to "suggest" what kind of dress up you happen to want now.


Aaand that's about it for this journal entry, I'll see you in the AC2013 Dress up #1 on Sunday!

It's a blog!

Journal Entry: Mon May 20, 2013, 11:25 AM
Before you ask anything about my dress ups, please see if your question has already been answered in the F.A.Q. Thank you.

A few months ago I watched "Sofia the first : Once Upon a Princess" in the hopes that I'd get more princesses to draw for the Pokemon Princess project. I didn't (the background princesses weren't named in that film), so I ended up writing a rant review on how much I disliked the film instead and suggesting I should put up a blog where I could whine about children's movies I don't like. And now I suddenly actually created the blog! So, uh, here it is:

~Hapuriainen's Disney Blog~

As of now there are only two posts, three if you count the introduction one, but I hope I'll get more soon and that I won't run out of interest too soon. And it shouldn't be all about complaining, I have a lot of movies I like that should fall to the four highest tiers.

Despite the "Disney" in the name the blog should include stuff from DreamWorks etc. too, it's just that I've never been good at thinking good names. Luckily you can change the name on WordPress if I ever think of something that is not dreadfully boring.

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Lottery is over

Journal Entry: Wed May 1, 2013, 11:29 AM
Before you ask anything about my dress ups, please see if your question has already been answered in the F.A.Q. Thank you.

The dead line for the dress up lottery for the advent calendar 2013 has passed. The winners will be chosen as soon as I get to writing an algorithm for that.


As for drawing, if there's something that seriously confuses me or is technically impossible to draw I will have to leave it out, but I will do my best to include everything that was in the entry. Iif an entry was on the verge of disqualification but got a pass for being almost ok I may be less interested in drawing absolutely everything. If something in the entry interests me very much I may draw something extra.

You'll start seeing the results on Dec 1st then!

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Last lottery reminder

Journal Entry: Sun Apr 28, 2013, 10:22 AM
Before you ask anything about my dress ups, please see if your question has already been answered in the F.A.Q. Thank you.

The last reminder for the Dress up lottery for the 2013 Advent calendar is here. Dead-line is April 30th 2013, 11:59 PM GMT which is pretty soon, so please hurry if you're thinking about taking part but haven't done that yet.

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Lottery reminder

Journal Entry: Sun Apr 14, 2013, 10:05 AM
Before you ask anything about my dress ups, please see if your question has already been answered in the F.A.Q. Thank you.

The second-last reminder for the Dress up lottery for the 2013 Advent calendar is here as there's now a little over two weeks left before the dead line. There will be one last reminder for two days if I remember to put it up.

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