Drawing Dump.

I forgot to post these drawings, I did. They’re from 2019.

Alain.
Meryl Keioskie
Self-portrait.
Meryl Keioskie

At this moment, I am still practicing pianism and music theory. Mind the delay in updates… more or less, I’ve other things to tend to. Enjoy these drawings, anyhow.

Pianistic Practice ’til 16-01-2021.

Alright, onto music!

In review for the new year, here are some objectives of what I plan to achieve this year with pianism and music in general. That is, between other obligations of mine… ’til the closing of this year:

  1. Memorize, and learn all 24 keys before the end of the year.
  2. Advance to second grade repertoire on piano.
  3. Advance to fifth grade theory.

In-between this, I’ve the intention of expanding more of my skillset in musicality, finger control, finger strength and so-fourth. I first began studying music some six months ago. Pianism was then studied three months after that. The journey has been a tremendous one, that I will indeed continue for many years to come. Progress may be delayed slightly, due to my PhD being due in early 2022. However, again, it doesn’t matter. The progress is of the utmost importance.

Pianistic Practice:

*Scales:

From my experience, when I first started taking lessons under my piano teacher… I was instructed to always practice scales–even she, at her level still practices with scales. I’ve found, in my practicing scales… they are perhaps the most beneficial way to acquire technical skill on the piano, past a sole reliance on repertoire. Many of the fundamental, and underlying skills (there are a lot of meta-skills–think, skills within skills, that a pianist must learn) can be acquired through scales.

Repertoire however, is still important for learning more micro-skills… just as well as articulation, rhythm, hand positions, different fingering, and so-fourth.

Scales have assisted in my becoming familiar with all 88 keys of the piano. Just as well: the amount of weight I ought to apply to register a better quality of sound (no thumping all the time); Finger independence, with finger switching; The position of hands on the keyboard, as well as the elevation of wrists above the keys–and my observation that the forearm, and wrists ought to be utilized past the fingers themselves. The fingers move to a minute degree, however, ‘power’ should not be sourced by the fingers alone.

As a pianist, economizing the use of energy throughout your playing is paramount. Especially since, there is more demanding repertoire to be learnt–and some pieces can extend over thirty minutes. With extensive octave leaps, and articulations… Rachmaninoff, I’ve heard is some of the most difficult repertoire to play. His, and of course… 20th century pieces.

LH & RH separate:
C Major (1 8ve & 2 8ve)
A Minor (1 8ve & 2 8ve)
A Harmonic Minor (1 8ve & 2 8ve)
G Major (1 8ve & 2 8ve)
E Minor (1 8ve & 2 8ve)
E Harmonic Minor (1 8ve & 2 8ve)
F Major (1 8ve & 2 8ve)
Chromatic G Major & C Major (1 8ve)

Contrary motion both LH & RH:
C Major (1 8ve & 2 8ve)
A Minor (1 8ve & 2 8ve)
A Harmonic Minor (1 8ve & 2 8ve)
G Major (1 8ve & 2 8ve)
E Minor (1 8ve & 2 8ve)
E Harmonic Minor (1 8ve & 2 8ve)
F Major (1 8ve & 2 8ve)

Relative motion both LH & RH:
C Major (1 8ve & 2 8ve)
A Minor (1 8ve & 2 8ve)
A Harmonic Minor (1 8ve & 2 8ve)
G Major (1 8ve & 2 8ve)
E Minor (1 8ve & 2 8ve)
E Harmonic Minor (1 8ve & 2 8ve)
F Major (1 8ve & 2 8ve)

*Repertoire:

Skachka – Bi 15 from Dvadtstat Chetire Legkiye p’esi Op. 39.
Note:
Micro-slurs.
Dynamics. Piano. Forte.
Articulated notes.
Hands higher up on the keyboard.


Light blue from Piano Grooves I:
Note:
F Major.
Dynamics.
Deviations from key.


A little hush-song No. 5 from First Year Pieces:
Note:
Compound time signature.
Dynamics.
New Rhythm Pattern.

Some more practice composing:

Three flats in the key signature, BB~

The tonic is ‘Eb’, with the piece finishing on Eb–I made it more uniform by starting with Eb, also. Just a test really, with rhythm, articulations, and the sostenuto pedal. A piece truly doesn’t feel complete, unless one finishes a piece with the tonic… it appears to be an implicit rule within many compositions. The bass–or the left hand of the pianist with the triads reveals the time signature, also.

I had this left-over from 2020. It’s an edit of ‘Tender Confession’ From my Gaspard suite. Edited through Adobe audition to make it sound more ambient. Enjoy~

Drawings Dump: Some Of My Digital Sketchbook.

Some drawings I did from earlier in 2020. I never got to post these, initially–this site is rather new, after all. Anyhow, here are some. Enjoy looking inside of my psyche.

I have a muse, yes.

NOTE: They’re uploaded in their original resolutions… therefore it’ll take a while to load, for some.

Alain.
Meryl Keioskie.
The treasure master of 88 keys.
Alain is mean.
The Snufkin.
Meryl Keioskie.
I am you.
Meryl Keioskie
When the mind plays tricks on you.
Stuart Yoshihiro concept inks.
Alain~ aehhehhh~
Some Jean Giraud inspiration.
Kite flying, and the romantic possibilities.
He’s smiling because she’s shit at the viola.
I AM… MUSIC MAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN.
Meryl Keioskie.
A depiction of myself and my ex.
Jazz hands,
Sleep angel, sleep.
Alain hates being called a sexy priest… but he is.
I sketch on my research notes often. Hurr-hurr-hurr.
I laugh at my own drawings, due to the absurdity of them.
Quiet, you!
Stuart is not impressed.
Love? You call that love. Get out of here.
How I flirt with men. Not pictured: the hours and hours of crying.
Meryl Keioskie.
Meryl Keioskie
Inspired by Max Richter’s ‘Infra five’.

Enjoy, my lovelies~

Drawings: Some’ore Sloppy Joes.

Here’s some more drawings I did for warm-ups, in-between inking marathons:

Mimicking some more of Craig Thompson’s whimsy, with his: “Thank-you god, for your perfect creation.”

People tend to get a kick out of depicting the feminine form. I get a kick out of drawing bean-pole dudes with large hands, long necks, and large ears.

Hell… yes.

“Delilah”.

Lady. You’re scaring us!

Where the title of this post comes from.

Sketch Redux “An Ivories Man”.

I wasn’t satisfied with the above, so I’ve re-drawn him to be more ‘warm’.

He’s a treble, and bass man. One for each hand. And he isn’t all that nice, per se. He is an imago to the darker side–the shadow, of one’s psyche. In this case, my character Stuart’s psyche. The darker aspects of one’s psyche, if integrated successfully holds great potential for creativity. The best of creatives, have danced with the darker aspects of themselves at one point or another. Those who deny that darkness within themselves, are doomed to be forever controlled by it… that is, unconsciously.

Mmmmm… next time, I will draw his hands in shot. Them ivory ticklers like to display their hands~ those with large hands, and long fingers which taper to a point are my favorite to draw… that as well as, wispy gamine pianists.

Comic Inking: More Progress.

Here’s some more inking progress I’ve done, from my PhD.

For those sleepless nights, where you’re laying in bed wide awake. I often work nights, as mentioned. From 10 PM to 4 AM. I prefer the night. There’s less distraction. I can draw, study, research, and practice music as much as I like.

He still can.

That’s all the inking done for tonight. Now, onto writing research. On a side note… I can’t stop thinking about my damned piano. With its 88 keys. Bewitching.

Late Night Comic Inking.

Here’s a spread I’ve just finished, pre-ink and post-ink.

Pre-ink.
Post-ink.

Composition, and layout speech bubbles are of utmost importance above all else.

For all of the hours of drawing/inking I do. I digest a lot of music. Here’s one which deserves all of my love:

My ears! MY HEART! MY SOUL~!

Warm-up Sketch: Angel.

Another sketch from my mind, before commencing more comic drawing.

In all your loveliness…

Comic inking progress.

Some’ore inking of panels, I’ve done.

I’ve no time to pen my dialogue by hand, otherwise, I gladly would. Props to Apostrophic Labs (Frederic Nade) for their wonderful Komika font series!

One day, I will be sure to create a digital comic type face from my own handwriting when I’ve the time.

Sketch: Insomnia.

In-between inking comics. Here’s another sketch from my mind. “Insomnia”.

I prefer working nights. I’m not much of a morning person myself. I find there’s less distraction during these later periods. Wherein, I can focus on my preoccupations as much as I like.