Writing fiction is great for developing the unique characters personalities. Putting them in scenario, how they would interact to certain situations. I wanted to write my own stories as a kid but struggled because of my dyslexia.
Ince I got very bad criticism for my writing on FanFiction site. Then I relIsed how brutal the reader can be.
I did felt knocked back but I picked myself up and decide to self teach myself creative again. I read a brought a few writing exercises books to start writing my own fiction. I learnt a few writing simple techniques and my stories are much better. I leant Show and don’t Tell is key techniques in writing and point of view.
I discovered fiction thesaurus on kindle to use for fiction writing.
I have started developed confidence in writing and I can write easily without flowery language. My character are interesting and less boring. I got load of ideas for my next fiction. I keep a notebook for writing stories ideas.
Sometimes i can’t draw what I imaged, so I write it down. writing the visual description of what my characters are doing, which helped to create a picture.
I don’t know if i will publish theses stories online. But I keep writing because it is very therapeutic.
I created another watercolour romantic illustration. I like painting flowers with purple hues such as lavender or lilac.
I like Purple, it is very calming colour. I get a calm feeling painting with certain colours. It helps to reduce stress. I was going to buy a specialised colour from Daniel Smiths but the winsor and Newton Cotmans Paint are great quality for watercolour painting.
I’m including Coptic marker pen on my watercolour paintings. Ink, marker pens go well with watercolour, in fact anything can go with watercolour. I might invest more Copic markers and coloured inks. the colour inks are good for colour in cloths without creating streaks.
The story processes on, I’m still discovering got new techniques on the software and editing the story as I go along. I post screenshots on my twitter page @reebeksart. I want to be authentic in my drawing style, I included gesture scribbles/ lines. So far it looking very polished and the two characters personality are showing more. I’m taking my time to work on two pages a week, which manageable and allow me to come up with new ideas.
Clip Studio Paint contacted me and asked to feature one of my screenshot of my comic pages on their official website! You can see my post on the artist testimonial section.
I heard about ASMR on YouTube before. It suppose to help with ease anxiety, aid sleep and simulated the senses.
Somehow recently I accidentally click on on ASMR video. It was alright. Then I discovered on YouTube of Cat purring ASMR videos and other creative ASMR.
I like the sound of cat purring it very relaxing. It soo cute!
I look at a few on YouTube to see what ASMR videos interested me.
Liquid, gels, slime or water triggers my senses. I always liked listening to natural water of streams or waterfalls. It the only sound I can fall asleep too.
The sound of the slim gel feels oddly satisfying, like a release of tensions.
ASMR spa, head massage videos are very nice to watch. It’s feels realistic, like I’m getting a nice massage on my ears.
Cooking/Food eating ASMR videos are oddly satisfying. The crunchy noise oddly feel good. There this woman who do eating ASMR videos eating slowly, crunchy foods. I like the corn dog video, it has a satisfying crunchy sound.
I don’t like scratching noise, it hurts my ears.
I use my beats headphones to listen ASMR. I have my headphone very low so the sound don’t feel too sharp.
After Watching these ASMR videos, I did feel relaxed and less anxious. I suffer from anxiety attack’s most times, so I have to put a lot of effort in doing relaxation techniques.
I do deep breathing, eat well and avoid stressful situations. I also avoid watching the news too which was also giving me to much stress.
This will give you an idea of how i develop an my own art style from taking inspiration from other artist. I discovered them during my art education. they are the basic guidelines i use whenever I am working on an illustration or comic.
Often my drawing or paintings has gesture, scribbles inspired by calligraphy writing. At college I was fascinated with the beautiful lines of calligraphy strokes. I researched Chinese, Arabic or traditional English calligraphy.
I did practice calligraphy writing. Then I started the habit to including calligraphy scribbles in my drawings. The rush energetic scribble lines give my drawings an edge. I was drawn to the movement of lines. My older artwork just had scribble. Then I developed calligraphy writing techniques and write some random word or alphabet along side with the drawing.
Jose Parla uses calligraphy drawings for his abstract paintings. He was the first artist that inspired me to combine calligraphy into painting. His paintings appear like an urban calligraphy street art. His artwork have so much elementals of collage and scribbles all combined together in one massive piece. It very similar to Jackson Pollock works.
Dave McKean is my next artist that I was inspired by. He creates unique drawing, combining mix media, collage and digital in illustrations. I likehis drawing the most especially his graphics novel illustrations in his books ‘A Picture that Tick’.
He illustrated one of my favourite childhood book ‘Varjak Paw’ by S.F.Said
I love Jean Haines has approach to watercolour. Her watercolour style is very close to how I like to paint with watercolour, Her watercolour painting organic, loose and free. She instantly become one of my favourite watercolour artist and inspiration for watercolour. After I graduated, I wanted to include more vibrant colours in my illustrations. I felt my artwork was dull and abit too dark in topic. It her use of colours, she teaches how to use pure colour from paint. I learn watercolouring techniques from Jean Haines for my watercolour illustrations.
Frank Miller Sin City graphic Novel
Frank Miller’s Sin City gritty. I liked how he use negative space within the black background. Some have key colours for key characters for example in ‘That Yellow Bastard‘. I liked the use of composition and great dialogue. (I did watch the movie too)
It was good to explore different style of comics not just manga. I learn a lot from the drawing techniques reading Sin City. It made me consider negative space for drawing.
I trying to find and experiment with different drawing techniques while I’m working on my comic. I would like be authentic in my comic artwork.
Shungiku Nakamura Junjo Romantica
My personal favourite and main manga inspiration for my own manga. Shungiku Nakamura’s drawing style are different to the traditional style in most manga comics. I love the direction, layout and storyline. I always refer to Nakamura mangas for tips for creating boy love romance.
I discovered the wonderful possibility you can do with crocheting. I have so much old yarn use for knitting. I don’t knit as much these day as I use a years ago. I mostly knit during the winter for hat or scarf. So I try crotchet with my old yarns.
Mio chan enjoyed of good of Finder. Naughty gal!
Crocheting is very easy, once I learnt the basic techniques and understood how to read the abbreviations I was able to create cool amigurumi toys.
They look so cute! I found so much joy in craft. The weekends is time I spend on craft. I would like to explore different crafts such as embroidery. So far Crotchet and Needle Felting I enjoyed the most.
It is one of those manga book that took me by surprise.
There are main stories Nights, Emotional Spectrum and Reply. The manga mainly focuses on attraction. it very sensual and moody. the artist used of tone to set the sensuous ambience of the night.
NightS and Relpy I enjoyed reading. I liked the intimate relationship between Masato Karashima and Musaki Hozumi.
The men are drawn greate and not overly stylised, realistic. The emotions and expressions are subtle and in dept. I felt the Mangaka artist wanted you to explore the characters thought and the build up of Intimacy before the bedroom scene. I thought the dialogue is very well written.
The bedroom scene is short but very sensual and steamy.
Nights is an engaging read, you would want to take you time. the pages are easy to read with a simple layout.
The front art cover is beautiful illustrated and mysterious.
Personally I felt this manga was a work of art, brillanly executed and well though out characters. My top 5 mangas too read. 6/6 Stars
There is Nights- Another Nights is an additional one shot manga available only on kindle to buy. where the bedroom scene between Masato Karashima and Musaki Hozumi get very saucy.
Spend 15-30 minutes on your artwork then take a 10-20 minutes break. During break time, move around, have a hot drink, do something completely different from art. Then resume your work. Have a time or stopwatch near to monitor how long you been working. I use my iPhone to time myself when I am drawing or writing. It helps me not to overwork and reminds me to takes breaks. You will be surprised 30 minutes on working gives you enough time.
Plan your week: create a weekly planner chart. I typically do artwork and writing three times a week. This keeps me organised and manage my day. Sometimes I change my schedule. Keep it flexible.
Try to do creative work in the morning. The brain is more active and fresh. Better natural light coming in to see the colour hues clearly. If you have not much natural light coming in, a Daylight lamp will provide extra light.
Make creative work your top priority before doing other task.
If you can not work at the morning, maybe 1-2 hours before bedtime. Some artist found doing creative activities before bedtime, it can be very therapeutic. Schedule in the day that you have enough time to focus on your creative work.
Don’t not put the TV/Computer on (unless you are working digitally). There no need to put the computer on if you are just drawing or painting. The computer/ laptop can be very distraction.
Mute notifications on you phones or small devices . You want to be able to forces on your artwork without distraction. my notifications are switched off. I like have no concerns or distraction.
Listen to music that motivates you creativity. it can be any music. relaxing, Ambience, nature or Lo Fi Music good music for Focus.
Only do one task at a time, try not to multitask. it not good for productivity. For example draft on day then outline the next day, then the next colouring. Keep it small and manageable. Avoid trying to complete the artwork in one day. It good to leave the work and come back to it a couple days. it good to get a fresh perspective from resuming it after a couple of days, to see what you noticed and what could be adjusted.
Do 5 minutes sketch doodle to warm up first. At first the brain may be reluctant to work on anything. Do scribble, draw small thumbnails, make marks. This will ease you in to drawing. Make the sketches very rough and bad.