Saving words for later.

One of my goals for the last year, and something that I'm trying to continue in this one, was to give myself more time to read. Reading is one of the few things that allow me (sometimes) to "switch off" completely and just immerse myself into a different story, something that I seem to need… Continue reading Saving words for later.

Rainy day writing fight!

Palm m500 vs. Pomera DM 30 We sometimes go with Kana for a hotel "day stay" to a very nice place near our house. This way, we can rest from our small apartment while not actually meeting anyone and keeping in line with the pandemic guidelines. I really like to read and write while in… Continue reading Rainy day writing fight!

The “moe” style problem PART 2

Since I wrote the article about the "moe" illustration style problem, this issue kept being (and still is, to be honest) a thorn in my side. I continued to think about what can be done to improve the situation we face in the Japanese visual industry. Still, it's tough to do something without knowing from where… Continue reading The “moe” style problem PART 2

Adventures in writing 03 – Psion 5mx

In my first adventure with retro writing devices, I mentioned that I would really like to test the famous Psion 5mx PDA as a candidate for a good portable writing device. I say "famous" because many articles about distraction-free and mobile writing mention this PDA released in 1999 with almost starry-eyed nostalgia. May it be… Continue reading Adventures in writing 03 – Psion 5mx

Sketchbooks collection

Lately, I have been trying to pay a lot more attention to my artworks’ contents than just how technically good they are. This approach means spending more time on the concept stage, deciding what to put in the piece, and translating the things I want to say into the visual medium of illustration, comics, or… Continue reading Sketchbooks collection

Reading summary and recommendations 2020

One of my goals for 2020 was to read more good stories in books and comics (and how a adequate plan for this year it proved to be). I read stuff anyway — I prefer books to TV or games, so there is always something in the "currently reading" category on my Kindle and a… Continue reading Reading summary and recommendations 2020

Seeking the Balance

As freelance artists, we (me and Kana) have to be our bosses, managers, coaches, and counselors. Apart from supporting each other, we have to try to manage ourselves — this is important even more in the current pandemic situation. The best way to do this, I think, is to have a good look at oneself… Continue reading Seeking the Balance

The “moe” style problem.

This article has been brewing in my head for quite a long time. Not only is this an intricate and delicate topic, but it's also hard to explain to someone not immersed in the Japanese visual scene. I don't feel like the best person to describe this either. Still, because of my unique position as… Continue reading The “moe” style problem.

Thinking in parts.

What to think about when drawing objects. I get asked a lot how to get better at drawing human-made objects like furniture or buildings. For me, this comes naturally, so it's hard to point people in the right direction and "administer" a set of exercises to help. Recently though, I finally discovered the source of… Continue reading Thinking in parts.