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Crotchet Cute Neko. Mio Chan and Snowy Chan

During the weekend, I created two small Neko’s from ‘Little Bears Crotchet’ free pattern. Creating them was so much fun. I got myself hooked into crotchet.

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.

BL Manga Book Review: NightS by Kou Yoneda

NightS by Kou Yondea

English published by SublimeManga

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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.

 

 

 

 

Time management Tips for Artists

 

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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All images scoured from http://www.canva.com

How Do You Handle Criticism?

Handling criticism is an balancing act. Art in general a subjective topic.

Criticism is can be hard! When I was younger I cried a lot if a teacher critis my artwork. I thought that they favour more other people’s than mine and I would complain a lot.

In art education and in the commercial work, you would have to deal criticism and may clash with ideas.

There are different kinds of critique. Someone who mainly look for technical flaws and someone who mainly judge the style of work.

Art teacher should suppose to develop a students artistic expression, develop your visual language and understand who you are.

Teachers have to complete a education criteria marking a students artwork.

I had to learn smart in distinguish what good and bad critique. Eventually, I learn to take criticism with a pinch of salt.

During my university studies in Illustrations. I would get different perspectives from different tutor or peers.

I had a mentor in university named Bex, Bex helped me with writing and organising my course work. She was really good to me. Bex gave me a fair critique without discouraging me with my art style. She talks to me very positively and pointed out unique elements within my work. Bex was a huge help me when I was beginning to feel negative about my artwork

Don’t take there criticism to heart. It does not mean your work is totally bad or your suck at drawing/painting. Go with your instincts on what will work visually. Never try to match what the mass what!

If someone was judging your artwork too harshly, find someone else.

Criticism is good for your creative process. It is important to get different opinions, to see what work and don’t works. To make improvements and have someone  see things you did not noticed before. But ultimately you decided to make changes.

I don’t normally get criticism for my work, Nor I would I care now. If somebody random critics my artwork, it would not bother me.

I enjoying creating comics and illustrations without any anyone interfering. But I am open for feedback.

 

Having to much Fun With the New PS4 Pro! 🎮🔥

For Christmas my family got a PS4 pro with the Red Dead Redemption 2 bundle . My family did not had a consul gaming system since the Nintendo Game Cube. I would normally played my games on Nintendo 3DS or on the computer. It is really exciting and nice to have the a new gaming consul system again. Finally i can really Immerse myself into gaming again. I could buy myself a gaming PC, but I preference Apple Mac for digital work.

Luckily Playstation store are doing a January Sale this year. I brought a few games that I wanted:

  • Sonic Forces
  • Kingdom of Hearts Final Mix 1 and 2
  • Soul Calibur 6
  • God of War 2

i also download some free game:

  • Fornite
  • Tera
  • Paladins

 

Sonic Force

This was one of my top list game to buy Sonic Forces. I am happy to buy Sonic Force game in discount (£12.99). it is a really fun game. I can create my own character and let them do cool stuff like saving the world in style. (which is a dream come true) I drew sonic fan art characters a lot when i was young. I played Sonic Battle 2 which was one of my favourite childhood games. I created a wolf avatar character that looked like SqaureFox. The cut scene animation with my character involved is very entertaining to watch.

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Red Dead Redemption 2

I brought this game with the consul. it very very good game, one of the best! it like watching a movie. There so much thing you can do in this game. The graphics are amazing.

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it hard to get back into routine after Christmas holiday. I will be continue my comic artwork this month.

I may stream PS4 game straight to occasionally on Twitch . i already have tested and stream Kingdom of hearts and Red Dead Redemption 2 on my channel at Reebeksart Channel.

I am having technically issue with the mic, The Beats Headphone mic would not work on the PS4. instead i have to use the simple Playstation headset untill i find a good head set with a clear mic.

Merry Christmas Everyone!🎄🎅🏾🔥✨😚

I wish you a Merry Christmas an a Happy New year from Reebek illustrations!

it is time to get festive fam! I made a few Christmas cards with my characters wishing you a Merry Christmas. pick your favourite and share it with friend and family this Christmas.

Three BL manga I would recommend you to read.

There is so much to choose from. It really goes by the readers personally preference. I would read any BL manga depending on my mood and what I fancy to read. I brought a range of mangas to read. (It’s like creating my own mini BL library at home)

There only a few manga books I would Constantly read.

Here are my top recommendation:

1. Junjo Romantica; By Shungiku Nakamura. great romantic storyline combined with hot smutt. A romantic story between a wealthy man and young student. You can read it for free on MangaFox.

2. Strange and Mystifying Story vol 1 and 2; by Tsuta Suzuki. A handsome mysterious demon with wolf ears cures an illness of a lonely young man. Beautifully drawing style and great romance.

3. Crimson Spell; by Ayano Yamane. fantasy action with lust. A love affair between a mage and Prince. The prince is cursed and turns into a demon at night. The Manga can only tame the demon by giving the prince sexual release. Absolute guilty pleasure!

This list can change anytime. I do have more BL manga book to share.

First BL Manga you ever read?

I remembered the first BL read was in my teens. I would regularly go to my local Waterstones bookshop after school to read books. Waterstone was introducing manga books in their stores.

TOKYOPOP was the main manga publisher at the time. The first manga I brought was DearS. (I still read that manga)

There were other manga books too. I picked up Junjo Romantica.

When I first read Junjo Romantica for the very first time, I was shocked with the graphics detail of the bedroom scene. I was taking a back by the rawness.

The drawings was different, unique to other manga styles.

Junjo Romantica by Shungiku Nakamura
Junjo Romantica by Shungiku Nakamura

I never knew this kind of manga existed in a book to buy. It was very entertaining to read. I blushed and squealed reading this manga.

Since then I been obsessed with reading BL mangas.

I brought only two volumes 2 and 3. I could not afford buying mangas with little pocket money back when I was young. But I was lucky to read Yaoi/ bL from local library.

Then the publisher close down and I could not continue to buy Junjo Romantica. I hope someday SublimeManga could get Junjo Romantica license again.

Junjo Romantica has been a inspiration for my stories.

Junjo Romantica it is one of the classics BL stories. The storyline is great. The characters Usagi and Musaki look goo together and very sweet. I love the chemistry between the couple.

It extremely comical too. Shungiku Nakamura humor in her manga are hilarious.

They even made an anime series from the manga which is also great to watch. (Available to watch on CrunchyRoll)

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