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.



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.


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.


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.


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. 


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.



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

Japanese YouTubers: My Favourites

YouTube has a lot of Japanese content to watch. I was really surprised there are very good, entertaining Japanese videos to watch. I subscribe to a few YouTube who are very popular in Japan and over the world. I normally watch games videos, vlogs and travel. It also helps with recognise some vocabulary. I can listen to how Japanese natives speak naturally which really help me pay attention to the sounds.

I’ll share some of my favourite for Japanese YouTubers:

Hikahin TV and Game channel

One of the most famous Japanese YouTuber, over 6 millions subscribers. Hikahin San is extremely fun to watch. He posted top quality content everyday. I really enjoy watch Hikahin San, he my most favourite YouTuber. He was the first I discovered and subscribe to for Japanese.

Hikahin San also plays Minecraft and does series on Minecraft his game channel. It is really fun to watch, I play Minecraft too. also Hikahin plays well know Nintendo games Such as Super Mario Odyssey on Nintendo Switch. If you are interested in watch Mario Odyssey on Nintendo Switch in Japanese, then visit his game channel.


Seikin TV and Game

Another famous YouTuber with over 3 millions subscribers and is a partner of Hikahin San . They did a music video and videos together. Seikin San mainly play games and review interesting products.



Extremely funny to watch, Hajime San dose comedy. He talks very fast which is hard to understand but still entertaining.



Fun, quirky and super cute. えむずちゃんねる is really good to watch. えむずちゃんねる (sorry I dot know how to write the name in English) create funny creative stories with children toys. She also reviews toy children’s toys and does live stream chats. Here are my favourite videos.


Tips for Note taking Japanese: IPAD

Tips for Note taking in Japanese

I discovered that it be more easier to write down notes on my IPad. I have the IPad Air. It’s more convenient and practical to write down note I learnt in an app. I try to write down or use exercise books book but that did not helped me to retained any information. I have dyslexia and always relied on technology for assignment. I need the text to be clear and to have grammar and spelling correct.

If I have the IPad Pro I would of brought the Apple Pencil for writing.

Tinycards app for learning new vocabulary

I use app flash cards to learn new vocabulary daily for 5 mins during the day. These cards are easy to make on a app called Tinycards. I’ll learn a set topic for a week till I learnt the words and remember the vocabulary in Japanese. I can create my own cards that I want to remember the most.

Bear / Notebook app

I using apps on my iPad to keeping Japanese note I learn from YouTube lessons. I can write them in Japanese and record my speaking in Notebook app. It is really good for taking notes and keeping information organised. I can clearly read Japanese and edited the notes.

Notebook app is very good for recording myself speaking Japanese with written annotations.

Journal app DayOne

I use dayone app as a personal dairy but I also do write down a few Japanese sentences.

There are other app you can get, some you have to pay. The three app I used are free and the best pick from App Store.

I sometimes screenshot videos from YouTube for added information.

This can apply to any language you are learning.


Tutorial: The Pen and Paths on Adobe Photoshop

This is an easy tutorial for anyone who want to edit and rearrange the images with the pen and path tools. How to use the pen tool and other features and functions on Adobe Photoshop will become very useful for future projects or artworks.

Tool and Features used are:

  • pen tool
  • Paths
  • layers
  • place
  • Free Transform

let’s get Started! 

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Step 1. Click file > New. Select sizes for example A4 sizes paper then click OK. change the orientation of the paper by image > image rotations > 90 CW. the paper will turn landscaper. This section is optional, use whether portrait or landscape.

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Step 2. Click File > ‘Place…’ it will open your computer files,  select one image then click  ‘Place’. The image will be place as new layer. Move the image or scale it larger or smaller by the corners of the image. Once you have decided, press ‘Enter’ on the keyboard.

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Note: the set the image completely, you have to click on the image with a brush tool (keyboard short cut ‘B’). A window will ask if you want to change it click ok. Now the image is set. Do not worry, you can resizes the image for later.


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Step 3. Click on the Pen Tool along the tool panel (normally on the left side) or (keyboard short cut ‘B’)

Next go to the Path layer on ‘The Optional bar’. Which is located nears to Layers  or click on Windows > Paths.

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Once you click on Paths, Click on the icon at the bottom to ‘create a new path’.



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Step 4. Zoom in or out Command ‘- + ‘(mac) Control ‘-, +’ (PC). With the pen tool start clicking around the figure making a trace. I started by clicking around the cats face. Do not click and hold as it will drag the lines.

If you made a mistake press command (MAC) Control (PC), Alt,  Z  to undo.

Note: You do not have to trace the whole image, just trace the area you want to focus on, for example, I just tracing the cats head.

Most importantly do not forget to save. Save project as a format file Photoshop (PSD)  to resume the project for later.


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Step 5.  Join the last dots with the first dot making a link together to complete the path.

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Step 6.  Click on “load paths as selections” located at the bottom of the Path layer.

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Step 7. click on Select > Inverse, then Edit >  Cut (control X PC/ Command X Mac)

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Ta Da! An accurate cut of the cat’s head, now we can get very creative by adding background or re scaling the image. Click back on Layers (key F7) on optional bar or go to Windows > Layers.


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Step 8. Right click on the selected layer, click on ‘Duplicate Layer’ to copy the layer.

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Step 9. Press V on keyboard for the Move tool. Click on the image and move it across. You will see to copies of the image but on different layers. Click back to the first layer and press command, T Mac / control, T PC for Free Transform  right-click > flip horizontal.

Note: To deleted a Layer just simple select the layer, right-click > delete layer.


silhouette (optional)

You have already create a path of the figure. why not add a silhouette of the cropped image

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New layer (Shift, command, N MAC / Shift, control, N PC) then go to Path tool on the optional bar as in Step 3 select the path layer you created earlier. At the bottom, Click on Fill path with foreground icon.

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Another cool tool on Path is stroke line, just click on Stroke Path with brush to create and outline. Make sure the foreground is not the same colour.


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That is the basic of using Pen and Paths tools on Photoshop. You can create very unique college. Practice and see what you will create.

Once you totally finished your work or practice. Click on File Save as… choose a different. File JPEG to save it as an image file.

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Choose the quaintly of the image you want it to be. the higher the quality the larger the file will be.

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If you have any suggestion or feedback back on this tutorial please make comment. Also anymore Photoshop tutorial you want me to do on please make a suggestion or idea, i be very happy to do it.