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.

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.