Punch Up, it has everything I like, Interesting character, engaging storyline, and hot sex!
Plus there are Cats
I did not know what to expect from reading Punch Up. but from the first volume. I’m HOOKED!
What I liked the most about Punch Up is the relationship between Maki Motoharu and Ohki Kouta is nice and playful. I liked that they discover a sexy scenario together and they were naturally attracted to each other. Both Maki and Ohki learn from each other and make a procession in their relationship.
The manga is creative with its layout panels. The character is good looking and has a quirky personality. Maki acts like a horny, silly teenager. He is 31 years old.
Ohki is often a reserved character. He can get aggressive and punch anyone who crosses with him.
Maki and Ohki are like chalk and chess but together in the bedroom they HOT! The bedroom scene does not shy away from male parts (no sir) the Mangaka artist draw the scene in the crudest angle.
The drawing is clean. It has a distinctive style. The artist draws the male’s character eyes very beautiful. I love male eyes drawn beautifully in the manga.
Fun, witty and sexy. Combined with smuttness and comedy. I was lucky to find this manga. I discovered it at my local library. It was tucked away covered by massive books. I was surprised to see this manga in a quite library.
At first glance It very smutty but as I read it I actually grown to the storyline. I borrowed it and check if it available to buy on Amazon or Book Depository. Book Depository has a copy to buy for £11.99 (pushing the price), I brought it for £8.99 via Amazon marketplace. I know June Manga are expensive and are rare to have so I brought it immediately.
The Male characters are hunky. Kairou and Togawa work at a toy company, they always have beef with each other. Everyone think they are enemy but behind closed door they are secretly love making.
This manga have 8 stories inside, Kai and Toga the main character and the other are sub stores. The relationship between Kai And Toga is very funny. They say sarcastic words. Togawa always attempts to get into Kairou’s downstairs department.
The side stories are fun to read too. My favourite is ‘Aroma of Romance’ a love affair between a sale man and a scientist.
The drawings are good, it on the masculine style of manga art style. Which it nice to see masculine couples together.
It is a feel good manga, My first choice to pick if I wanted something lighthearted with sauce on top,
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.