(stuff that isn't
answered anywhere else )
- How did you get the name "Obaba"
- Will you do graphics for my site?
- What applications do you use for your
- Will you make me a site/webpage?
- Why do you give discounts to "Pirates"?
- What is the meaning of life?
- Will you draw me a pic of (subject of pic)?
- You have characters. Are you going to
put them in stories?
- Where are your adoptables?
- Why purple and pink?
- I want to learn how to draw. Can you teach me?
- Where can I learn about web design/ drawing?
- Can I link back to your site?
- Can you put a link to my site on this one?
- You don't do fetish and pr0n art?
You can make lots if you did!
- What are some of your influences?
- A lot of your art looks like anime/manga.
Are you copying that Japanese stuff?
- How did you come up with the site name?
- Can you speak Japanese?
(then followed by) Can you tell me how
to say (a curse word) in Japanese?
- Dub or Sub
did you get the name "Obaba"
when I started seeing my friends, they all had nicknames from anime. So when
trying to find one for me, we figured since I was the oldest at the time,
and there was almost always an Obaba in any series, the name kinda stuck,
and I don't mind it at all.
you do graphics for my site?
Not at this time.
- What applications do you use
I use a combinatinon of several:
For Graphics I use Photoshop, openCanvas (small but extremely powerful graphics
app),Lview and MSPaint.
For web design, I use Dreamweaver and Notepad.exe. Even though Notepad and
MSPaint are so unassuming, they still get the job done.
- Will you make me a site/webpage?
No. I have enough trouble keeping up with this site without me possibly booching
yours. And I like this site. =P
- Why do you give discounts
What have ye against pirates?
Seriously, Yohoho Puzzle Pirates in a fun game. And the charcters are simple
and fun to draw. I also know that if a crew or flag wants a group portrait,
it shouldn't be 10 dollars a person. Oh...and Yarr! Ye be defeated!
- What is the meaning
I don't know? Ask your mom?
- Will you draw me a pic
of (subject of pic)?
Sure! As long as it meets all the criteria listed on the commisions page.
Follow the directions and I can work on it.
- You have characters.
Are you going to put them in stories?
Yes! The Sleeping Dragons Page will eventually lead to individual character
pages, and there is a comic in the works.
- Where are your adoptables?
Please read the adoption page. I will be changing the layout so somethings
are easier to get to than others, but until then read carfully.
- Why purple and pink?
When I got my first bedroom I didn't hafta share. I was really happy. Then
I had the opportunity to pick the colors when my parents were repainting all
the bedrooms. I picked pink as my main color, and orchid as the trim. As I
got older, still liked the colors, but the purple more. So that is why the
text (foreground) is pink, and the background is purple!
- I want to learn how
to draw. Can you teach me?
There are a lot of reasons to want to draw. But I drew firstly because I felt
I had too, because my handwriting was so bad, and second, I've had no real
I don't know how to show anyone how I draw, because my art isn't some formula.
It's best put like this: I can copy someone else's style sometimes because
I know there are rules to their style, but if they try to draw my stuff, they
sometimes get frustrated. I had someone challenge me like that in high school.They
called my art crappy and easy to draw. So I got mad and challenged him to
see if he could draw like me. All I had to do was pick a subject and draw
it as realistic as possible, while he fretted over how exactly to draw Ger's
head. He was a good artist, he just didn't know my rules, which are none.There
prolly is another lesson in there.
In either case, the best thing I remember about me learning to draw, was the
fact that no one told me I couldn't, and as long as I thought I was getting
better, I didn't stop.
- Where can I learn about
web design/ drawing?
There are loads of resourses on the internet to help you with this.I find
doing a search for "tutorials" in these subjects turns up loads
of info. Knowledge on the web is free, as ALL knowledge should be. How you
use it determines how wise you are.
I link back to your site?
Yes. When linking, you can use this button:
Save it to your hard drive and place it on your site with this code:
width="0" height="0" border="0"></a>
And thank you for linking me if you do!
- Can you put a link to
my site on this one?
That depends. Have I ever been to your site? Do you have a link back here?
Are you going to give me pizza or cookies? All of these are very important
decision making factors.
- You don't do fetish
and pr0n art? You can make lots if you did!
I know what I could make, but I am not interested in anything but PG
and PG assumed art. I'm sure there are a lot of artist better than me willing
to produce that type of art and would appreciate if
you'd see them for a commision, instead trying to engourage me to do their
- What are some of your
In art, even though I am really not encouraged by all of their practices,
Disney had a huge influence, as well as Warner Brothers. Anime took what Disney
did to another level and made it palettable for adults and children before
it made sense to do so in the US.I am often offended by people who assume
anime is either:
C. For Kids
It is assuming you are an intellegent person of the demographic that they
are aiming for. "DBZ" is not cool for me because of that
thinking, however Azumanga Daioh is.
Artist that influence me are, Henri Rousseau, and Leonardo Da Vinci,
Pablo Picasso and Salvadore Dali. Others include Preston Blair, Wendy Pini,
Chuck Jones (who heavily influences my work for those that can see it) CLAMP,Don
Bluth,Rumiko Takahashi, Vicky Wyman, Kenji Miyazawa and Sugiyama Gensho (gotta
love the cats),Hayao Miyazaki, Rankin Bass (The Last Unicorn=Art), Amano,
Walt Kelly, Alan Davis, Akira Toriyama, Robin James (all those Serendipity
Books we had) and Sally Cruishank (Quasi shorts).
Authors that influenced me are Peter S. Beagle, Jim Henson, Piers Anthony,
Anne McCaffery, JRR Tolkien,JK Rowling, Ezra Jack Keats, Janice May Udry (Mary
Jo Books!), Steven Kellogg, Richard Adams, Douglas Adams, Stan Lee, Mildred
Taylor, Chris Claremont, and Jeff Smith.
I know that's a slew of folks, and some of them even cross-reference each
other since they can wear both hats of author and illustator. People are capable
of creating so much. Entire worlds can spring to life in one blessed moment
of inspiration. These are a few of the people that show us that this genisis
is possible in each of us.
- A lot of your art looks
like anime/manga. Are you copying that Japanese stuff?
No. I like the style of anime a lot, more for it's storytelling than the graphic
style. What draws me into the art is the "cleaness of line" as I
call it. It's something for a sloppy artist like me to aspire to.
The storytelling is usually assuming the viewer/ reader is intelligent, and
will not itself dumb down just in case you don't understand right away. Even
better is when it's a purely artistic piece like, Ginga
Tetsudou no Yoru (Night on the Intergallactic
Railroad). Light on the dailogue, and basically looks like a children's
movie, but portrayed in such a way that the viewer is still moved regardless
of age. Not the same way that you feel when you may be moved in a Disney movie,
deeper than that. If you don't understand what I mean, look at the console
RPGs that are popular here and in Japan. The story is a key element and things
happen for a reason. The endings aren't always happy and may leave you with
a sense of uncertainty, but that is the way life moves.
And I dare any grown man who wept when they saw what happened Arieth in Final
Fantasy VII to rebuke this.
- How did you come up
with the site name?
This is a flashback...please keep your hands and feet inside the memory
at all times...
It was the summer of 1999. I was with my friends, Rei and Daigo, and we decided
to revive Rei's Anything-Goes Anime Mailing List. This was my first
time working on any webpage stuff.
We camped out at Daigo's, and worked on a layout, art and got several pages
done. In between working, we made runs to the Wawa, and played Dino Crisis
as a 3 player game. I was navigator, Rei solved the puzzles, and Daigo shot
all the stuff. Rei also got all the people working on the site to do staff
pages. It was a bunch stuff about everyone working on the site. You can see
it's still here,
but the site is in disarray. You can still see who else was working on the
site, but many people liked the idea, but were lost in the battle. It was
the first time I ever used the term "Hut" in reference to myself,
and it sounded cute. So even though it didn't go as planned, that blissfull
summer has not been forgotten and has a memorial in the title of this site.
- Can you speak Japanese?
Then followed by:
Can you tell me how to say (a curse word) in Japanese?
Here's an idea. Go learn a language, how to read write and speak it. Then
emerse yourself in it's culture and then you won't need to ask such things
I said I'd give you an answer. I didn't say it'd be easy.
- Dub or Sub?
Why do people make this an issue all the time is beyond me, but my opinion
on is: It depends.
If you watch dubbed anime now, at sometime you should graduate to subtitlled
or raw. Why? Because it's like going through life with blinders. You don't
watch a movie with comprehension filters on and you shouldn't do that to anything
you watch or see. Dubbed translation is severely hindered by what it is assumed
viewers understand. Kinda like what I said about anime on
For example, if an anime has a character with an accent, one of the frequent
ones is the rural Osakan accent, no amount of dubbing can portray that. I
have heard the Osakan accent interpeted like a Brooklyn or South Bronx accent,
California surfer, Texan and a deep southern drawl...None of which can convey
that sound. It is not the fault of the voice actors and actresses that are
doing their best. It is simply something that is best left alone. As are certain
words, as with the case of Fushigi Yuugi, where "no da" a
character trait spoken by Chichiri, is translated into "ya know..."
because they HAD to represent his humorous way of speaking for english speaking
ears. The term means nothing of consequense, but here it is with a meaning
that doesn't fit.
I have heard many people that tell me watching subbed is too hard cause they
said if they are reading words, they won't know what's going on and miss the
action. Trust me, you still don't know what is going on. If you don't believe
me. I can say that when I watched the ultimate "new fan of anime movie",
Akira, I never comprehended the total meaning of what was going on
until I saw it subtitled. The lights came on and I immediately knew!
The American entertainment industry doesn't expect you to know anything it
doesn't tell you itself. In that sense, it's as stupid as it thinks you are.
If you are watching anime in it's original form, it's going to assume you
are interested. And that's enough, is it not?