Howdy, Visual Studio! Do You Like Mushrooms?

#8: Howdy, Visual Studio! Do You Like Mushrooms?

Now that I have created my very first program in Hello, Pumpkin! using notepad and the command-line to understand what the compiler is doing for me in C# Compiler, The Wise, it’s time to step up the game and get Visual Studio up and running.

In this pumpkin, I’m going to redo that very first program, but now using proper Visual Studio.

So let’s see, where shall I begin?

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Manga Learning Log / Day #1


Design, Coding, Artwork, Music. One cannot make a great game without all of these, can he?

With the coding aspect now in full-throttle, I have decided to kickstart yet another long-delayed childhood dream. That of learning how to draw Manga.

Damn, I have absolutely no idea where to start!
Plus, I only type nowadays!
I don't even know how to hold a pencil anymore!

That was pretty much my mindset in the beginning. Amusingly, not for the lack of material but for the sheer overwhelming quantity of it. Run a search on Amazon for this subject and you’ll get a gazillion results. So which one is really the best for a complete, haven’t-drawn-since-early-school type of student-wannabe?

After some searching and comparing, I came across this dude named Mark Crilley, an American Manga creator with a truckload of quality instruction videos on his YouTube channel. He has also published a number of books on how to draw Manga that cover a great number of aspects of this art form, from the very basics of drawing big shiny eyes, to how you can plan the Manga panels while creating the story board, in an easy-to-understand yet methodical manner.

While I’m more interested in Manga artwork from the point of view of gaming, I’m so impressed by this guy’s no-frills yet structured approach that I’ve decided to start with his material.

This new series, Manga Learning Log will act exactly as the name says. The plan is to publish every single planned exercise I do from now on. I want to know how much (or if at all) I have improved in 10, 100, 1000 days from now. I also want to show that even an unskilled dude such as yours truly can learn how to draw when his mind is set to it.

So what’s in it for me? you might rightfully ask.

Well, that’s easy! You get to laugh at my absolute rubbish drawings and complete utter lack of drawing skills. Now isn’t that enough to brighten up your day? :D

The Exercise

Manga Learning Day #1


Source: Mastering Manga with Mark Crilley, Page 7.
Aspect: The Manga Eye


Not bad for a first try! As in, not completely and absolutely awful! At least they kinda look like eyes… Kinda. In a not-that-much sort of way. But hey, it’s only day #1 of many! :D

Lessons learned:

1) Don’t shake your hand.
2) Posture. Posture. Posture.
3) Never use a heavy felt tip when a fine one is more appropriate. It ruins the inking and spills into the page behind it as well.

Final Fantasy VI / “Maria And Draco” Opera Scene


This is one of my favourite moments in gaming history. Not only because of the sad yet beautiful poetry of this pixellated opera, but also the entire build up of the game up to this point.

This is the complete sequence of the Maria And Draco opera scene, including the gaming bits, from the original SNES English version of Final Fantasy VI.

Composed by the great ones Nobuo Uematsu and Yoshinori Kitase.

Thanks to youtuber tifita for taking the time to upload this.

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TAM Violin / Final Fantasy V / Clash On The Big Bridge


Before I saw this amazing performance of Final Fantasy V‘s hyperactive Clash On The Big Bridge instrumental theme by TAM, I never thought it was remotely possible for a human being to play this originally synthesised piece. The first few seconds of the this performance, with those fingers insanely dancing on that violin, as if it were that easy, show both why I thought it was impossible and how fortunately mistaken I was. This is wonderfully played.

I especially love the variation at 2:10, bringing even more heart into this hyper-energetic performance.

What do you think? Do you love this piece as much as me or even more?