Adventures in Writing 01

After finishing my second book called "Tokyo at Night" which consisted of mostly big and highly detailed watercolor paintings, I decided that I needed a break from this kind of work. I felt a similar sort of weariness as I did while painting animation backgrounds for months without a break.I was itching to get back… Continue reading Adventures in Writing 01

Thinking hurts!

(I'm still going to do it.) First, this story is more an analysis of my current artistic predicament than one of my usual articles. Still, maybe you will find it useful for comparing with your creative mindset.Let me tell you two stories to illustrate what I have been thinking about lately. When I was still… Continue reading Thinking hurts!

The Creative Refrigerator

This article started with another idea that came from me discussing art related things with Kana. We always seem to look for new metaphors that would help us understand what exactly are we doing with our art careers. Also, we get excited each time we manage to find a parallel that is a particularly good… Continue reading The Creative Refrigerator

Working under own name

This is again one of the topics that have been on my and Kana’s minds recently. The realization was caused by an event held in Japan’s most famous center for animation (anime), comics (manga) and the all-present, cute "moe" illustration culture which is Tokyo’s Akihabara.We were invited to an event for published artists and spent… Continue reading Working under own name

Printing lines for watercolors

One of the problems of coloring a piece traditionally, and especially so with watercolors is making mistakes. If we make a big mistake when coloring a line art, not only we lose the time we spent putting the colors in but also the original line art done with ink or pencils. To be less stressed… Continue reading Printing lines for watercolors

The all important 5%

We often wonder what makes good pieces of art (may they be illustrations, comics, animations or anything else really) different from only competent work. What makes them stand out. With Kana we discuss it a lot, trying to figure out what is the compelling aspect that makes us save some art to be studied, enjoyed… Continue reading The all important 5%

About fountain pens

I have been using fountain pens for drawing since I can remember. We have been using them in Poland for writing in primary school (your letters were supposed to look better when written this way) so, naturally, I used them for drawing too. Sometimes I switch to other pens, multiliners or rapidograph pens for the… Continue reading About fountain pens

Stacking the curve

I recently got a comment under one of my Instagram posts asking if it was hard to get back to painting my comic “Yuragi” after few months of break and painting a completely different thing (anime backgrounds).The answer was “no” it was very easy to match the style and to get back into the groove.… Continue reading Stacking the curve