Touken Ranbu [刀剑乱舞]COSCARD Smith Version

HoYA! So the plot I have been plotting in my head is finally realised/revealed! So I uploaded these photos on the net as I completed the work on the touken ranbu coscards for smith-san. In case you are wondering, Coscards are a way for cosplayers to get to know each other by having their contact on a small piece of card – bascially, a business card for hobbists (because cosplaying is a hobby!!). Some cosplayers have just one design of coscards, but most cosplayers have a variety of designs because it’s only then that we can feature all the many cosplays we do! There are cosplayers who came to Singapore and commented that our coscards culture is rather like trading cards – we trade coscards and each of us pull out a set of pretty/colourful coscards. Yes, this is the style in which I have been working towards. My coscards must always have that special something that other’s don’t have. I am working out a set of playing cards for myself you see! hahaha.

So, for a while, I have been waiting for the perfect piece of photo that some talented person took for my smith cosplay, so that I can execute it. When I saw Leon’s photo of my cosplay (click on the link), I knew it was the one. This coscard took me the longest to make, and it is also the most expensive, mainly because I wanted the super glossy effected we had on our pottermore cards (same thing, just in different fandom) so finally, after all the hard work, I managed to pull it through. The alignment is a little off, but well, I am too tired to do anything about that. And the cutting might not be too straight, but here you go!!!

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In Touken Ranbu, different types of swords have different forging time, and I wanted to show that in my cards too. Furthermore, the smith can only make the original (initial) 42 swords, therefore, there will only 42 sets of these coscards. NO MORE, NO LESS. I will not be re-printing them, which is why I will not be giving them out like nobody’s business. These are limited edition, man. I will be making another smith card (I hope) with another design. I actually realised how great these are for desk cover!! lols.

Because of the number of cards (42), I have 2 cards which did not fit into the template. These are made into normal, lesser glossy kinds.

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So bascially, the normal cards in which I will be dispensing are the white ones (5th design, if I didn’t remember wrongly) which are the 2nd latest design. The cards are shuffled and slotted into bushido road sleeves for cardfight. I am so lucky these come in time for when I made my cards. Really, I think I delayed my card making though, just so that I can distribute with the sleeves. The thing is, it reminds me of when I first started touken ranbu. I was … trying to decide my starter sword, and I was stuck between Kashuu and Yoshiyuki. In the end, I went with Kashuu, so now, I had Yoshiyuki. Then, when Kon-chan, the mascot of the game, run you through the game, you would also smith a sword for yourself at the smithy room. Therefore, it is like, having a starter card and a new-born card, in which you start playing your game with.

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AND TA-DA~ They were slotted into my Touken ranbu kogi cardfight deckbox, waiting for their fated owners to pick them out in lottery style. Hahaha. No cheating, guys.

<3, smith

[WIP props] Yagen Toushirou

Suddenly I am at a lost for words. hahaha. Must be some effect. So I have been working on the props for my Yagen cosplay, slogging for over a week (a week and 2 days, to be exact) to complete the armour. Before I start anything that I am unfamiliar with, or more than 50% unsure of, I will definitely talk to my shadow king, and get the king’s advise. After that, I start. And since my king requested for work in progress photos, I complied. Even though it is troublesome to take photos while you are working.

** Please note that these are by NO means tutorial photos. ** as if I am in any capabilities to give tutorials *snorts*

Before I start, this is the reference pic, and what I am supposed to be working on.

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Ok, so by the time le Shadow King requested for WIP photos, I was already like, this deep into the craft. Hahaha.

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I quickly managed to finish the above before I run out for conan movie with my friends. And Oh did I enjoyed it! lols. OK, moving on.

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I am so happy that I found my crochet needle again! It was lost in the yarn I stuck in very safely in for years! I was so worried that I might lose it that I tried my best to make sure that it is snug in the ball of yarn. So snug that I can’t find it ever again…..

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Too much orange?? By now I am very very tired of orange already. Hahaha. The thoughts in my head: This is so Ren/ Why same colour as Ichinii, and ORANGE-KUN!! But well, perseverance rewards, even if I realised that I am a cockeyed person (like seriously how can the rows end up being this … messy). Since I am nice enough, I asked Hanger-kun to be my model (you know how they say models are clothes hanger??), so you guys have the best model ever~

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Showing you side by side with the reference pic again:

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And since I needed something to calm me down after the intensive crafting. I decided to modify the sword that my seller made.

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AFTER:

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Crafting period: 26th July – 3rd August Total: 3 days and 6 nights.

[anime] BEARGGUY F (Family)

>>>>> WARNING! SPOILERS AHEAD!!! <<<<<<

WOW I never enjoyed watching competition anime for a long time! Ok, to let me explain things, recently at the Gundam Docks in Ngee Ann City, me and my friend saw the BEARGGUY F Gunpla and fell in love with it. I love the Mama, and she love the baby (really don’t know why. Mama is clearly cuter). So we split the money and share the Gunpla.
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After that, I decided to watch that one episode (episode 10, if anyone is interested) in which BearGGuy appears. And here are the screenshots. I enjoyed myself so much that I decided to make a post out of it. LOLs. I doubt I would have enjoyed it as much if I was watching the entire episode.

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So BearGGuy is all ready to start (I always feel weird about mama being called a guy. lols) Mama is all in battle mode. Look at how serious petite bear is. That’s right, hold onto your seat! and Mama is off!!! Pretty colours gundam-rashi.

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And mama pewpewed out into the rally world!!! Lookiee! But wait! what is this! The onflow of Gunplas. Why is mama the only one having problems? Pull up your socks, Mirai-kun. (BUT MAMA IS TOOOO CUTEEEE)

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Ohh, mama landed properly~ savveeddd!! and baby is still around!

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Mama is ahead of everyone else!! Yeahh!!

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Oh but what is this! Some celebrity dude is here to create havoc! -ZZZZZ- can you feel my anger. Baby is preparing himself for the landing! How cute! But mama is the cutest.

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Luckily Mama is a good swimmer. So pro~ And look at that turbo. hahha. I actually hoped that my gunpla also has working spinning turbo thingy. I can dream.

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Just when they thought they could go on, what is this!! Evil celebrity dude attacks again!! Mama got hit! And if it is not bad enough, the baby chair broke!! /ok, just kidding./ And evil celeb dude is now going to finish off baby. MAMA TO THE SACRIFICE!!! Mama bear, you are best! BUT WHYYY

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Oh mama…. no more energy… omg… please don’t die ok… baby bear dislike wetness but his eyes grew wet. Can gunpla sob? I feel so cheated cos mine cannot (JKJK!!)

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Mama bear is down, so switch to baby bear. Don’t look down on that petite fellow! He comes packed with a punch!

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What is this? Petite bear knows kungfu! So he shoots the celeb dude down. and…. it’s time to move on.

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Baby bear throws mama a super long look, and didn’t want to go without mama. Or his baby chair. But he has to….

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so baby bear really no choice. He has to go. He turned around and blew a – wait! A bubble!!! What!? This is no time for bubble, though I am sure sunrise has a reason for it. Ohh, you are gna travel on it!! But wait, why run with a bubble? Are you sure you are not flying? It is against the rules to use flight function you know… Oh maybe that is why you didn’t win.

Ok. I am done. Really don’t feel hyped up nearing the end cos mama is not around, but thank you mirai-kun. I am sorry I thought of you as a useless girl. Without you, there is no mama bear. Nevermind about baby bear. That’s not important.

[cosplay] SWORDSMITH

[Credits]
cosplay and outfit by xlandar
photo by Leon Mah

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So after the 7 year old kiddo, my next cosplay debut for the year is the figure everyone loves to hate – the “papa” of 42 swords, The swordsmith in TOUKEN RANBU. I cosplayed it knowing that i would most likely face things that are not pretty. I was aware of that, and I kept going. Because i am a cosplayer, and I am raised of the older generation. I cosplay him because I want to cosplay this character; I like this character to a certain extend that I pulled my friend to cloth shopping with me to ensure the correct cloth is chosen, spend a week trying to figure out how to make something I have never made before. I did not get a backache bent over the cloth on the floor working it for people who hated him. I did this cause he never spoke a word to me in the entire game but yet gave me so many members of my team. In some part of my heart, he is a very special chibisuke.

Other than that, he is a very enjoyable character to cosplay. I get to troll people and shock people with my cosplay. His outfit is easy to put on and yet very well coordinated. He doesn’t look too simple or too complicated. Plus I get to decide/customise my own version of him, which is something in which other characters who did not have. The freedom i get from cosplaying him is refreshing. Nobody thought I would do swordsmith, so everyone was surprised. I like to surprise everyone. I like the swordsmith. Thank you, dear, for forging so many swords for me, and for keep trying to forge on. That being said, because of this cosplay, I learnt something new, made more new things, and this is the first time I made 90% of an outfit on my own! Only the wig and the socks and the geta and the contacts where not made by me. 

[Cosplay prop] Gun Holster

Hiya~ Long time no see! So I have been pressing a lot of pause on gaming in favour of propping. I am happy to say that I am finishing stuff up. While I dislike tough props, easy props were always a happy process~ I love how things look when I first conceptualise it in my head, halfway through the propping and finally seeing the end product~ But I don’t really like it when I am staring at the raw materials and wondering how to cut or start. That is always the most difficult. M always says to make a template/prototype/testing first, but… my lazy + impatient formular = NO WAY!!! I mean, after I successfully made a prototype, I have to remake the actual one? zzzzz I feel tired suddenly.

In any case, I never really take in progress pictures. This time I figured I will take one after I am more or less done w the crafting and then I thought  I will take more, like painting and stuff. Yikes. Not from start, but who cares.

So anyway, this is the paint that I am using for the main base. Ho ho ho, my art supplies from my student times always save me~ So I have a mix of student supplies plus other supplies I got after that for crafting.  The next picture is the base itself while in progress of making. You can see some pencil marking (for hole). While painting, I often find myself with different shade. I prefer darker shade for this prop, but too much of it is not good~ and jiang jiang jiang jiang, the final product~ with the gun (that still needs work on)

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Not a propmaster here (forever amateur level man) but I like to prop/make stuff cos it reminds me of my art lessons in schools. It’s a happy hobby, you know~

Tourabu <3 Ranking

MY BIAS. So Touken Ranbu not only tires me out/frustrates me, but also make me super happy when I get a new sword (baby, I call them). So after I had been forced to do a ranking, whereby I had 11 number 1s, And after playing for 97 days, I have a new and improved ranking!!!

Here you gooooo~~ (I waits for more change~)

1 Urashima Kotetsu (浦島虎徹)
2 Kogitsunemaru (小狐丸)
2 Mikazuki Munechika (三日月宗近)
4 Akashi Kuniyuki (明石国行)
5 Uguisumaru (鶯丸)
6 Taroutachi (太郎太刀)
6 Jiroutachi (次郎太刀)
8 Shishiou (獅子王)
9 Imanotsurugi (今剣)
10 Tsurumaru Kuninaga (鶴丸国永)
11 Souza Samonji (宗三左文字)
12 Nagasone Kotetsu (長曽祢虎徹)
13 Mutsunokami Yoshiyuki (陸奥守吉行)
14 Ichigo Hitofuri (一期一振)
15 Hotarumaru (蛍丸)
16 Nakigitsune (鳴狐)
17 Ishikirimaru (石切丸)
18 Shokudaikiri Mitsutada (燭台切光忠)
19 Kashuu Kiyomitsu (加州清光)
20 Yamatonokami Yasusada (大和守安定)
21 Iwatooshi (岩融)
22 Kousetsu Samonji (江雪左文字)
23 Maeda Toushirou (前田藤四郎)
24 Yagen Toushirou (薬研藤四郎)
25 Izuminokami Kanesada (和泉守兼定)
26 Yamanbagiri Kunihiro (山姥切国広)
27 Gokotai (五虎退)
28 Ookurikara (大倶利伽羅)
29 Hirano Toushirou (平野藤四郎)
30 Aizen Kunitoshi (愛染国俊)
31 Namazuo Toushirou (鯰尾藤四郎)
32 Atsu Toushirou (厚藤四郎)
33 Honebami Toushirou (骨喰藤四郎)
34 Midare Toushirou (乱藤四郎)
35 Akita Toushirou (秋田藤四郎)
36 Nikkari Aoe (にっかり青江)
37 Horikawa Kunihiro (堀川国広)
38 Sayo Samonji (小夜左文字)
39 Otegine (御手杵)
40 Tonbokiri (蜻蛉切)
41 Doutanuki Masakuni (同田貫正国)
42 Heshikiri Hasebe (へし切長谷部)
43 Kasen Kanesada (歌仙兼定)
44 Hachisuka Kotetsu (蜂須賀虎徹)
45 Yamabushi Kunihiro (山伏国広)

[cosplay update] Kotoishi Naru

DEBUT OF THE YEAR!

[CHARACTER] Kotoishi Naru
[SERIES] Barakamon
[PHOTOGRAPHER] Kamuiatmyrealm Photography

OK, I must start by saying that I am really really very happy that I managed to cosplay Naru, and it wasn’t a cosfail. I guess  I am happy whenever I didn’t cosfail. But the thing is that while Naru was easy in the sense that she did not have any complex outfit – her outfit is perfectly casual. The only thing that was really difficult… was as what my friend said: the size is wrong.

As an adult, I feel pretty awkward cosplaying a 7 year old character. I am not confident that I am able to pull Naru off. But I wanted to try being her for one day, after being touched and semi-inspired by her… especially when Naru felt like a sometimes irritating character initially. Well, you know what they say: just do it.

At the end of the day, I was rewarded. First. Even though not it’s not a popular character, I had my pictures. I really want to thank the photographers who helped. Then, to add to the joy, after we decided to end the day (after less than 2 hours of attending the event on my side) in favour for some food, I was stopped by this dude who asked if  I am Naru. That question stunned me for I did not ever think I would be stopped by anyone who recognised my character. What was even more surprising was that he was so happy! We took a picture, and he thanked me for cosplaying Naru, which I felt was not justified. I should be the one thanking him for recognising me.

Happy New Year!!!

So everyone was busy compiling their cosplay list for 2014 and I was busy watching anime and feeling the nerves for 2015. I had complained to sooo many people about 2014 that I really don’t know what to think. When 2012 happened, I thought it thought it can’t get any worst. When 2013 happened, I sort of give up on hoping that my year will not keep up the bad streak. BUT!!! After a breakdown, things took a turn for the better! I don’t think I feel it cos I was too busy trying to straighen my life and finally living it! So I guess that’s why things turn out good. I decided to stop waiting for it to be better and just live it as it is, creating as many good memories as I can as I go along.

So thank you! To everyone who gave me a saiko 2014. I look forward to seeing you guys again in 2015!! Here’s to working hard and having fun and making things happen! People in Schrodinger’s Experiments are like my extended family, so please know that I am sparing a moment for each and everyone of you to smile and think fond memories about.

*HAPPY NEW YEAR!!*

Chuugakkou Hange } Ichimonji
Levi } Xu Yun
Hange } Saga Yuui VX

Photographer/Assist } Mizurei / Zero X Cross Photography

2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. I never really paid much attention to Statistics, but WordPress’ statistics are very interesting in general in the fact that they will find interesting comparisons to make~

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 520 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 9 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

The props of Kin the Kirin

Well, I am here again to share the accessories and props that surround my Kirin, Kin! While I was unpacking, I was wondering what to do with these, so I decided that I will box them up and hide them somewhere, you know like Christmas tree decors style (since Zero Antiquity is an annual thing). But as I took more and more things out, I thought, why not make a post? Anndd~ here we are! This is a continuation post from the previous ^——^ These dingy photos are taken with the phone, so well… I tried to edit them on computer, but they are just not majestic enough. LOLS. Gambaaa~

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[weapon]

First up is the main props/accessories that Kin wears. The weapon that Kin uses is this double-edged spear. In this photo, the spear is broken up into 2 parts. It is actually missing one part, which is the middle section. This spear is the first image that jumps into my mind and which stays there throughout the entire production period. However, it is made by Mizurei before the gathering. The gold pointed ends were made of gold paper with designs that fitted the oriental Kirin. It was a lucky find as we browses through the art store. The handle is painted whimsically with gold paint. It could be fitted back into one long spear again if there is the need. That is why I asked Mizurei to help me with it.

[horns]

The very first item I started off with was the horns. I wanted a golden horn, but after researching more, I realised that one of the phrase in which I had based my beast on, Chinese single-horned-beast, was inaccurate. A kirin actually has a pair of horns, However, there are also stories revolving around the single-horned Kirin.  Therefore, to make adjustments for that, the story of the battles and in which resulted in Kin losing one of his horn began. I also thought it would be a nice thing to remind people that horns are precious things. It is a touchy subject in which I would rather not talk about, therefore, I shall only lightly mention here. As for the design of the horns, I went along with the same design as my previous wired headgear – Winter’s headcap. The only difference is the wire used. I do lament the thinner wire which makes the horns less impressive, but it’s gold is pretty and the actual complete product was very delicate and beautiful. It actually does remind of me how precious horns are, which is why certain things are a give and take. It might look more impressive on my head if I were to use a thicker wire, but it would look less delicate. The balance of things is a hard choice we must make.

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[rings and bangles]

When I first considered the accessories that my Kirin would wear, I thought about ancient China. Jade and gold were the two common jewelleries. This is not to mention that gold is part of the theme as well. I went to shop in an accessories store and sighted these black and gold bangles which matched the theme perfectly. I had to get them. The jade ring I found after some searching for booths in shopping malls. The hard thing about finding them was that the cheap ones could only be found in temporary booths that popped out in certain malls from time to time. To make things worst, the mall near my place was shut down for renovations for a really long period of time. I even called Aki to ask if she had spares. It was to my luck that I finally found one, and one that is really green. Other than that, I already had some gold rings and it was a matter of selection to choose which ring to use. On one hand, I would use the gold, and on the other, I would wear the jade as well as the tessellated scales I made into a bangle for this purpose.

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[belt and knot]

In the above picture, you are also able to see the belt and the knot for the waist. Nothing much to be said about the belt other than the fact that I had followed ancient Chinese attire for that. This is the first time I made an entire costume on my own instead of 1) buying and assembling as I did with Winter or 2) buy and modify as I did with my other cosplays. While I like to do those, buying and making entirely on my own gave me the chance to learn, improve, get more confident, as well as to make more mistakes. It feels nice since I do not have to worry too much about fitting when I am making it, because it will definitely fit me… right?

As for the knot, I went shopping in the beads store and got my jade and blue/green beads. While I could have and did intend to make a Chinese knot with strings as it is with traditions, the strings are too small and the knots would not look as nice as it looks in other pictures you find on the net. What a waste of searching for knots tutorial and learning a couple of knots! Well, I learned a little bit about beading while I worked part-time during my studies and that helped me fashion this knot accessory. The tassels were sponsored by kind Luna who said she would buy it as a gift for me last Christmas since she didn’t prepare a gift for me. I was spoiled rotten, I tell you. It was hard enough to find gold tassels, and it had to be the right size (too big would be too hard to be worn but too small doesn’t even look nice at all). Then, there was the price. I seriously sweated because I really wanted it (I did not have the confidence to find it again) but did not have the money for it. Well, thankfully and with the grace of Luna, it was resolved.

[scales and ear cuffs]

Oh the scales! I could hardly believe that I chose a scaled creature to visualise/conceptionalise and to create. Well, that is part of the reason why I am so amazed by this creature. The cloth for the scales was bought before the cloths for the outfit was. I had wanted it for a cape, but after I changed and finalised the design for Kin’s outfit, it would be too much of the same type of cloth for it to be truly usable as a cape. I had to discard the cloth until I realised a couple of days before the gathering that I could use it for the scales. Well, that happened because of the inspiration for the scales came from an attire I saw online apparently suitable for “dragon-riding”. It was a simple long sleeve grey/black turtleneck with leather patterns down the length of a shoulder to look like scales. It was truly beautiful and my original intend was to use my leftover fake leather cloth for that… until I couldn’t find it and remembered that I threw it away after it was ruined by time.

Luckily for me, I had the foam I bought for the pet dragon that I was not skilled enough to make as well as this cloth. I had intended for the scales to be tessellated hexagons due to the descriptions of the ancient creature, but did not really follow a strict tessellation rule as I wanted a layering effect. It would look more popup and 3D.

I originally used 4 ear cuffs, the chained one on 1 side while the remaining 3 on the other ear. However, one of the ear cuffs I had bought hurt my ears too much that it was all red throughout. I had my friend help me remove it and had a shock when she thought my ear was bleeding. Well it’s ok now, but it turns out Kin only had 3 cuffs on the ear, all bought from Ireland and gifted by Katou. They reminded me of clamp so much and I sort of knew there was a high chance I would use them for Kin (due to the suitability) and told her the same. Well, luckily I had a hole pierced in my ears only and while it was pretty sensitive, it did not react to the piercing end of the cuff (wow!!! That is a first, ok! What did you use to make your piercings, Ireland?)

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[utensils & miscellaneous accessories]

The cups and bottle that Kin uses would be asian-style. No compromise on that. I had purchased a sake bottle and a sauce plate for that (haha!) earlier. I like the swirling design on the sauce plate and it became the wine cup (drink in small portions, people!). Other than that, I found a 3 legged cup/mug when I was in London’s Selfridge and … I had absolutely no resistance to it. It became an extra accessory unplanned for. The tray and bento box were the other unplanned for items. I brought them because they were useful to contain food/tray things around. They were items I owned previously anyway.

Next, the fan! The fan was another lucky find and I kept it since I first bought the cape cloth. In actual fact, I almost lost it on the day I bought it as it was buried under the cloths laid around on the table as the seller cut and folded my cloth. The glasses…. was something I bought before I left for London… my fetish for sunglasses – ‘nugh said. I didn’t get a chance to use it and therefore brought it out. It ended up being useful for a east-meet-west theme since my Kin is said to return from a (probably) decade long travel all around the world. Well, because of that, he writes to his friends in a fountain pen (though he uses his own ink) even as he sorely misses his brushes. Well, he is a very IN kinda creature.

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