I use my sketchbook Sketchbook Again

At first it felt awkward as I haven’t done this level of drawing in my sketchbook for a while. I started off drawing and writing then gradually drawing more my characters (often Yaoi drawings) with ink and marker pens.

I used anime screenshots as references. They looks like panel in comics. I thinking maybe that what I can work with just simple box panels of imagery. The images already tell the story.

The quote I created worked, “drawing is playtime” it has made me look at drawing relaxing and fun. I have been reading ‘Street Sketchbooks‘ and it has inspired me to draw and be creative. I’m going with the flow with my drawing to see what Ideas and drawing I create.

The often I draw, is the more often I get into drawings and feeling the organic process.

It great keeping a sketchbook because It can be very personal and a safe place to explore ideas and fantasy.

This year I’m not going to do the inktober challenge. But I’ll still use ink. In fact i want to use up my ink.

Writing stories improves my characters

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.

My main genre will be on romance/erotica. I read :Get Started In Writing Erotic Fiction: How to write powerful, sexy and entertaining erotic fiction is a good book for started writing erotica fiction with helpful writing exercise.

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.

Lilac and Lavender: Romantica Watercolour Painting

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.

Flower and Romance Watercolour

Manga watercolour and Copic illustrations.

During last weekend, I decided to got back into watercolour painting. I chosen to use Hot Press 300g watercolour paper. It has a smoothing surface than cold press.

I like drawing / painting subject with a Male romance and flowers because it very therapeutic to me.

For the characters skin tones I used Copic markers pens. It colours on the paper smoothly and nicely without bleed through the paper or streaks.

I’m planning to create more romantic watercolour illustrations.

Thanks to The Daylight light box, I can easily transfer drawings into watercolour papers. I drafted two drawings on one A4 paper. Theses drawing where copied from my sketchbook.

The Way of Manga like A Pro through World Greatest First Love and Nichijou.

Episode 20, Nichijou

I always watching world Greatest first love anime on CrunchyRoll. The anime is an insight on how manga publishers work. Ritsu and Tanako are both manga Shojou editors. Thier jobs is to work closely with the manga artist.

There is a sub story on world Greatest first love, manga Shojou Artist Chiaki Yoshino and Yoshinyuki Hatori the manga editor.

Chiaki and his team work in a studio. They working endlessly to meet the deadline.

It seem that working on a manga series is a lot of work and stressful! Luckily for me I am a one man band and don’t have to meet deadline.

I see the story board or rough draft in the anime where the character discus the rough draft. The drawings are drawn very simple, thumbnail rough, include the dialogue. The manga artist makes many pages of rough drafts drawings then show them to thier editor.

I noticed watching World Greatest first love, the manga artist divide the paper and draw two pages roughs in one page. This give them an idea how the manga read into the next page.

World Greatest first love

This gave me an idea to do the same with my drafts. I am using a layout paper to do my manga rough.

My manga will read from left to right western style.

I write my story first. Adding details to the scene and the character dialogue. I write my stories like a fiction because I want to get the essence of the characters. It is a good way to develop your characters. I aim to write between 500 – 1,500 words.

Draft drawings

After I am happy with the roughs, I will start working the real manga on my computer on Clip Studio EX. I have a Wacom Display Tablet so it more easily draw with ease.

I am still working on my manga and uploading them on my Deviantart page. I am trying to find a good method in creating my manga. So far it coming much more nicely together.

‘Chained to you’ manga comic drawn on Clip Studio

Tip: Stick to manga that you like or inspired by. Take note on how the manga is directed, how the tone convey the mood and the panels works on the page.

Nichijou gave me encouragement when I feeling like my manga is not good enough. I just remember how Mio chan felt with her manga. She inspires me to follow your dreams in becoming a manga artist.

Episode 20, Nichijou

Episode 20 on Nichijou is when Mio’s friend help her complete her manga, but did not go well. It is a good episode to watching because you will see that every artist has those days when nothing is coming out right.

It’s not just “Art Style”

Recently I have been watching YouTube on “art style” How to find your art style. They are many different theories.

Its not wrongs to say Art Style. But I like to use other art term than saying “art style”.

To me it sounds some sort of quest for starting artist has to achieve in order become an established artist.

It mainly comes down to you own influences, technique, personal perspective and how your own visual communication that will to piece together your true “artist expression”

Take time!

It take time to develop yourself as a artist and will continue to develop as you practice drawing.

As you learn the basic skills in drawing/painting, new idea, methods and mediums will come to you naturally.

It could take years to develop!

When you are starting out drawing you may not have a style yet, that’s ok be don’t be discouraged eventually your own unique language will start to show in your artwork.

All you need is to understand yourself, re fine your skills and have a good judgement on what work visually or not.

Don’t not create art styles you think people would want.

Stick to things that had an real impression on you and that you really relates to. For example manga had a huge impression on me as a child. I had vivid memories of watching Sakura Card Capture, Pokemon and Street fighter.

I was fascinated by the anime characters and the way they are drawn. I thought the anime was highly skill drawings as a young child. Watching anime made me feel happy. It brought joy to me when going through difficult times.

My artwork is very much a Manga style. I focused creating manga character. I feel that my true authentic artist expression and style manga illustrations. I always stuck to manga and motivated me to take up art.

I was encouraged to move away from manga and anime during higher education. I was told by tutors that manga would not be taking seriously. So my manga work has been kept secret until I graduated.

This same experience could apply to the art style that had an impression on you. There could be something there. Don’t change it for what the mass want.

Don’t feel pressure to be the technical good.

I tried to be technically very accurate, realistic in my artwork. but everyone told me there’s no character. Then I change my focus on being creative rather than to be realistic. Most of my best work were the expressional artwork.

You may feel you have to be technically good but that only is one part. If you are technically good that great but does not make your artwork engaging enough.

It’s good to have quirks in your artwork that make it fun, engaging and entertaining to view. This will make your artwork more authentic and diffident from the others. Focus on the core basic art skills such as anatomy, lighting, lines, colour, shapes and mark-making.

Try different way of drawing

Try out different exercise; the continues line drawing; gestural drawing; no peaking; tonal. There hundred of drawings exercise to explore. Regularly do them as a warm up in your sketchbook less than 10 minutes.

Keep an mind open and look at different art genres.

Watch art documentaries, read art theories books or visits art Exhibitions if is contemporary, fine arts, surrealism or photography. Broaden your horizons and have a better understanding of art in general.

This is when art education can be very benefit because i art education they make you explore the different flide in art. Plus you have tons of art resources in art school.

But always keep yourself open to different art genres, you might see something which can be be included in your art style

Have fun!

Have fun, laughs and smile at your artwork. I like to laugh at my work sometimes.

Have good critics not bad critics

Not the bad critics who say something does not work visual well and has nothing to else to say on how you can move on.

A good critic will not leave you hanging and can give good advice on the weak point and strong point in your work. a good critic will try to understand what you are try to tell visually. They can become art mentors to you, help you guide to your true artistic expression.

It’s a delicate situation for a starting artist who might be young or not technically Good. But a good rule is to take everyone’s opinion a “Pitch of a salt”

It is ok to copy seriously

A student learns from copying, it a way of learning and understanding how to drawing/painting is created.

It only very serious if that person is benefiting from your artwork. But that’s a whole new topic, that I could write about in the futures

So don’t worry to much about copying when you trying to get better in you drawing.

Stick art medium you feel right with your artwork

Try out pens, pencils, paint, marker pen or digital software. Pick one or a few material you that suite your art style. Some artist love the feel of using copic marker pens or blue point pen. It could be two art material. For example I use mostly pens, watercolour and digital software.

A medium can have a huge impact on how the drawing will look, especially with colour!

Colour give a mood or theme to the drawing. Black and white drawing can only give an mood depending on how it is drawn with tonal value, shade and texture.

Colour pencil will give the drawing appear a soft, textural. A marker pen will give a bold, intense colouring. Ink is very permanent, bold, fluid or etched depending on how you use Ink. watercolour is a transparent and watery.

The material alone will determine how the work will be executed.

Digital Vs Traditional

There nothing wrong with using digital software. If you enjoy then stick to it. BUT! Is Important to develop basic traditional techniques first.

I use both digital and traditional. I always done both traditional and digital artwork for years over 11 years back in my teen, I look at a digital art fantasy magazine and was amazed what you can create on computer.

Digital painting requires a lot of skills and follow the same principal as you will do in by in traditional painting.

If your are starting out on digital art. Remember to follow the same principal as in traditional.


I could write more on how to find your art style, it may be a helpful guide to you when you feel stuck on developing yourself as an artist.

I can understand why YouTube artist find it hard to explained how to develop a art style because they are art theories, not objective answers. But you can watch YouTube videos to get different perspective on art style and see which one that you find most helpful. This is my own theories into art style. I could write more, but i don’t want to write an essay on it.

If you have any more suggestions leave a comment or contact on social media.