What inspires your art? Main Inspiration for My Illustrations

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.

Calligraphy

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 made a mood board of the calligraphy collection on my Pinterest.

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

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.

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Jose Parla

Dave McKean

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

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Dave McKean – Varjak Paw

Jean Haines

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.

Jean Haines

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.

Sin City Frank Miller

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.

 

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.

Manga Review: The World’s Greatest First Love: The Cases of Ritus Onodera.

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Artwork and Story by Shungiku Nakamura.

English published: Sublime manga. 

Genre: A slice of life/ romance/ Comedy 

The Junjo Romantic saga continues with a new romantic stories and hot couples. 

Ritus Onodera is a rookie at the shoujo manga editing department. The work is very tight with deadlines. Ritus is inexperience editing shoujo mangas. His boss, Masamue Takano is strict, cold and take no-nonsense.

However Takano was Ritus first love. When Takano recognised him, he forces himself to make Ritus fall in love with him again.

Takano is very persistent on making love to Ritus and doesn’t want to lose Ritus again. Ritus denies that he loves Takano but his internal feeling saying otherwise. The sexual chemistry between Ritus and Takano is and unusual but intriguing.

The sexual tensions is on point in every volume, very hot, saucy bedroom action! Just as you expect of Shungiku Nakamura’s manga’s. Most Bl manga are is too fast with the bedroom action. In Junjo Romantic and World’s greatest first love there alot of building up with he romance interest and plot development 

The manga starts get interesting in Volume 3 when the relationship between Ritus and Takano get steamy and intense. Also Volume 3 there is a sub story of Shota Kisa and Kou Yukina. 

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Anime: World Greatest First Love on Crunchyoll

The World Greatest first Love manga series is fantastic. I keep reading the manga over and over again. Shungiku Nakamura creates very creates great heart throbbing  romantic combined with good drawings. The drawings improved a lot since Junjo Romantica. 

I own all the volumes of this manga and watched the anime series on CrunchyRoll.

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There is a separate manga World Greatest first Love, Chiaki Yoshino and Yoshinyuki Hatori. Which is not available in english publication to buy. Only Japanese publication.

I was disappointed that Chiaki Yoshino and Yoshinyuki Hatori was not included in the sereis as in the anime.

Personally, Shungiku Nakamura is one of the best classic Yaoi/BL manga artist.

I really wished Junjo Romantica was re published in english publish again by Sublime Manga.

The anime is available to watch in crunchyroll.

I rate the manga series 6 out of 6 stars, highly recommended manga to read.

Sublime manga website: https://www.sublimemanga.com/

Anime Review: Orenchi no Furo Jijo

A very handsome mystify merman, Wakasa. lives with a high school boy, Tatsumi. Tatsumi looks after Wakasa, he feeds him and provide him everything he need in his bathroom.

Wakasa is a very playful merman. He is very comfortable with the luxury of the nice scent soapy baths and doesn’t want to go back to the sea.

I like Wakasa’s rad blond hairstyle.

I’m a sucker when it comes for anime with good looking male character.

Tatusmi is a quite teen, live alone. (I don’t know how a teen lives home alone) but his little sister visit him sometimes.

Wakasa friends come joins in the bath with Wakasa. Takasu the Octopus and Mikumi the Jellyfish. They are all a hand full to deal with.

It is 4 minutes long. The anime is funny and lighthearted.

The anime is very eye pleasing, i like the style and look of the characters. The characters are drawn nicely.

The Intro is very strange and confusing.

The only critic I have with this anime is there not enough interesting scenarios. The anime doesn’t go as far with the storyline. It could have more playful interaction with Tatsumi and Wakasa. Maybe a hint of romance *wink wink*

There is an manga also that you can buy from amazon. I have not read it.

I rate this anime 3 stars out of 6.

Anime Review: High School Life of a Fudanshi

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BL for is everyone Fam!

Sakgaichi Ryo (nick name Gucci) is a normal high school boy who has a passion for BL manga. He is a Fudanshi a Fanboy of BL/Yaoi (I don’t know what Fudanshi means in Japanese).

A Fangirl is a Fujoshi (meaning Rotten girl)

He struggles to buy BL manga from bookstores without someone take note. He also worries he’ll get judged as a guy who like reading male gay romance. He stated in the first episode that guy who like reading Bl manga doesn’t mean he’s gay. (is true fam)Screen Shot 2018-11-26 at 02.31.22

His dreams is to find other Fudanshi out there and make friends with similar interest.

He already has friend with really cool hairstyle, who is not an Otaku. but is just a good friend to Sakgaichi San.

On episode 2 he made friend with a girl, a Fujoshi, she nice to him. In future episodes she helps him buy BL to save the embarrassment. 

The anime is sweet, nicely animated. Its a short 4 minutes long show. Packed with funny scenarios and quirky characters. This anime made me laugh a lot. Sakgaichi Ryo is like the male version of me.

He has nice eyes and a beauty spot.

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He has a huge tempura pillow! I would like to own one. It look like a he is hugging large chicken nugget.

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I normally buy BL manga online. But I did used to borrow a BL manga from the library. I get really embarrassed because the librarian have to open the book and scan, the first page has two guy touching each other up.

The anime also reminds me of Gakuen Handsome. which is also available to watch on Crunchyroll. 

There are a small percentage men who read and enjoy romance genre.

If you are a Fudanshi or fanboy and feel embarrassed it. Don’t worry Fam, it dose not matter. Enjoy reading BL!

Watching this anime will be very relatable to you.

I rate this anime 4 stars out of 6.

I wish the anime continues with more episodes.

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Anime Review: DAKAICHI -I’m being Harassed by The Sexiest man of the Year

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This anime will leave you feeling hot and tingling.

It is a modern anime. A new yaoi anime now available to watch on Crunchyroll.

I was lucky to discover this anime by chance. I was trilled it was a new yaoi anime. I always watched Junjo Romanic or World greatest First love on CrunchyRoll, so it was refreshing  to  watch different Yaoi anime.

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Takato Saijyo is an attractive famous Japanese actor, trying to get by in his acting career, but another attractive actor Named Junta Azumaga (aka the Pervert Angel) is taking over his crown as the most sexy man.

The story is very fast pace, 20 minute  watching the anime theres already a bedroom scene.

I was not prepared for what happened next.

In that scene Junta San confessed his love to Takato San and make a fast move on him. He is very persistent and obsessed with Takato San.

The bedroom scenes are very suggestive and steamy.

There is no graphic details, only scene of hot kisses, licking and touching. However is very clear what they are doing. (forplay cough cough)

Junta San tries to get into Takato San his downstairs department anytime he can. whenever he does that to him, Takato San behaves like a little  submissive school boy (he’s age 28 by the way)

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There are a lot of funny moments is this Anime. After the film shot, Junta San takes Takato San away and Takato’s manager just allow Junta to kidnapped him. Also Junta San keeps tipping Takato San with 1,000 yen.

Both character Junta san and Takato San are good looking couple. The drawings on the characters seriously good. The animation is neat and well executed.

There is a manga to this, I just discovered on the comments. It is named Dakaretai Otoko Ichii Odosarete Imasu. I found it on MangaFox.

Personally I prefer the anime to the manga. The manga version is not very well drawn as in the anime. But beware! You get to see full detail of the bedroom scene.

I keep watching certain episodes 3 and 4. (I was not the only one doing that) especially episode 4 as Takato san wears his old school uniform, both Takato San and Junta San play teacher and student.

The only critic on this anime, it lacked development in the story and not enough conflict. Perhaps the anime could have good plot.

I rate this anime 5 stars out of 6.

i would definitely recommend this anime to someone is already into BL/Yaoi. 

New  episode available to premium members every Friday after 4:30pm GMT

Inktober Drawings 2018

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Last month i took part in the Inktober challenge, to use ink martials in drawings everyday in October.

This was a good opportunity to get in the routine and habit of drawings daily. I liked using inks, I mainly do use them for most of my work. I used traditional tools such as calligraphy ink, Chinese brushes and pen nibs. As well as modern tools fine liners and brush pens.

The source for inspiration came from Sktchy app @reebek.

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My drawings gradually improved each day, I seem to improved the shading and technical skills.

I draw subjects that are out of my comfort zone and pushed myself to draw challenging, technical details such as hands, face and facial expressions.

I do a quick warm up sketch first on a separate paper. Analysing the portrait before I start drawings on my sketchpad.

I allow the drawing to dictate what it needed.

I post  drawings everyday on my Instagram @ree.bek, twitter @reebeksart and Sktchy app.

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What next

I will going to continue drawings daily on my sketchpad and upload them on social media.

Artist Plays Cuphead

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Cuphead is now available for the MAC Now on Steam!  I so happy and excited! I really wanted to play Cuphead since it was released. it is such a fun, challenging  games. the 1930’s cartoons are very well drawn and entraining

I will be recording and playing Cuphead. I already recorded and made two episodes  of my gameplay on Cuphead.

 

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