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I acknowledge that some of my mash-ups are combinations of the digitised works of others - images highly available off the internet. If there is any 'art' it is in how I see new possibilities in the original poses and spend my time working to achieve that idea. I've tried to acknowledge all sources and originating artists.

I hope you enjoy the results. Thanks to those of you who fav my work. I'm honoured.

P.S. If you notice that I've taken something of *yours* off the Net, please leave a message. I'll gladly acknowledge you as the originator and add a link here to your homepages. Or remove.




Oh! (Overbalance!) by Lookafar
Oh! (Overbalance!)
My beloved Osaka-San, famous for being a klutz.

But I can so relate! - In nearly every way she encapsulates my entire childhood, and that is why I love her dearly, even when I do horrid things to her.

The pose - as any Azumanga fan will know - is from the opening animation. The 'trampoline sequence'. Much loved, referenced, mashed-up and lampooned. My source image here, however, is on the cover of Disc 2 of the DVD series. I use her face unaltered.

Acknowledging the originator and artist: Kiyohiko Azuma - who is a Manga-drawing God!
Mixed Messages
Sakaki-San and Kaori-San: the anime world's most famous *not-a-couple*.  This sequence is an extension of my drawing from last year:…  One, I might add, that pleased me greatly.

I regret embarking on this animation. it was a massive time-suck! (Need to change my method, stat!)

Anyway, I developed a storyline and began creating frames. Many false starts. Hey! -I'll have them breathing!  <hours of work> Uh - no. Looks crap! ... and so on. 150 frames or part-images altogether, and that's only counting the ones I saved!

In order to get the tie-handling sequence, I set up a camera and filmed myself doing the same thing, with a pair of full-length ladies gloves on. I literally rotoscoped myself! That's why that bit looks so good!

The storyline kept changing and evolving. I kept going, mainly simplifying. Kaorin didn't grab Sakaki's boobs (the obvious cliche) simply because I would have had to set up and film it all over again. Bloody tiresome!

There is a sequence where Kaorin reaches for the tie, hesitates, looks up at Sakaki for permision, Sakaki smiles ever so slightly and nods her approval. Kaorin resumes. I never finished it. 

Acknowledging mangaka Kiyohiko Azuma for the characters, and for his original faces in profile - copied and used unaltered.

Chiyo's Turn by Lookafar
Chiyo's Turn
Fair enough - Chiyo-Chan wanted to do what her classmates were doing. Borrowing a pair of knee-highs she joyously took the plunge. 

The final surviving photographer, about to get out, turned in time to snap some adorable photos that soon went world-wide via the internet. Onya, Chiyo-Chan; saved the day!

- So, who's left?

So what's with kneehighs in the pool / photo thing? This:…
Sakaki takes the Plunge by Lookafar
Sakaki takes the Plunge
After Kagura-San fled the scene in embarrassment, Sakaki-San realised it was up to her to redeem the reputation of Higashinishi Kitaminami High School. Hastily donning her customised sukumizu, she took the plunge for some close-ups.

Several of the photographers had to be dragged from the pool after inhaling water, but some satisfactory shots were finally secured. 

So what's with kneehighs in the pool / photo thing? This:…
  • Listening to: Clous Age Symphony
  • Reading: Facebook.
  • Watching: Haruhi Suzumiya
  • Playing: Railroad Tycoon II (yeah, I know)
  • Eating: Icecream
  • Drinking: Gin and Tonic
2014 rather sucked, actually. But I didn't know what was in store for me on Jan 10th when I put up my first deviation for the year: "Vanellope Von Jamesdean" Vanellope Von Jamesdean by Lookafar - a very typical mash-up, and one that I'm very proud of. (The mashuppery, since the original images are not mine.) Fave detail: the reflection in the wet road.

Since then: TWENTY-EIGHT DEVIATIONS! Some being really quick and dirty (borrowed images (always acknowledged) mashed-up or modded.) But significantly a lot of Gif animations - THIRTEEN OF THEM. They DID take a lot of time, and strained my creativity to the max. 

My personal fave: Coffee Tron: Coffee-Tron! by Lookafar - Original Character design (effectively my first), and a load of complex drawing (mostly from scratch) and tinkering to get her to run. Fave detail: the reflection in the shiny counter-top.

Two big series started (and none of them yet finished). And the usual random 'ah-hah' moments.

As to the rest of 2014 - as mentioned it sucked. I became frightfully sick for three months (to the pneumonia-stage), and two valuable people died, 5 weeks apart. Many other painful loses, too. I just haven't cried enough.
I guess Deviant Art is my safe haven, and my 'release'.

Currently my "Osaka Go!" animations have been fun. More story-telling, with a dash of comedy. Hope you're enjoying them.

Thanks for the watches, and all the faves.  Means a lot to me!

Cheers, & happy bloody merry Seasonal Festive Day to ya all!


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I was born before TV, before Elvis rolled his pelvis, before Gene Pitney even LEFT Tulsa, before anyone thought of M*A*S*H (but while it was really happening). Louis was still tootled his horn, cars still had running boards and headlights like toads' eyes. All telephones were black and Men still wore Hats. I played in dirt, I teased cows from the trees, I walked to school and I scraped my knees. I fidn't dit, yet damn it I could draw!
A long time later, I came here to hide my secrets.

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tophxomi Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Ever had a fetish that no one else seems to have, so there are no pictures of it?
Lookafar Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm not admitting anything here! (But yes, theoretically, that could happen to a few poor wretches. How lonely!!) 
tophxomi Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm one of them.
Lookafar Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Well I for one am intrigued, but I am entirely too much the gentleman to ask, so as to spare you the anguish of exposing your private anguish in such a public place.

<whispered> Meet me behind the bike sheds in ten minutes.
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COMPUTERMANMIK428 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2015
yw XD
COMPUTERMANMIK428 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2015
hello i was wondering if you plan to put powerpuff girls z and panty and stocking underwater?:)
Lookafar Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
<sigh> This could turn into an *industry*!

I'm sorry, no. No plans as such. I've three more to do in this Azumanga series, then get back to more pressing projects.

how about finding an artist who already loves those characters and asking him/her?
COMPUTERMANMIK428 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2015
wait let me correct myself i guess i'm alittle sleepy. your just answering my question:) thanks and o.k :XD:
Lookafar Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
All good!
(and thx for the Faves!) 
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COMPUTERMANMIK428 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2015
sorry i wasn't trying to upset you.
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