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
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.
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.
From when I first began to read by myself until now, most of the books I have read were science fiction works. I love a good, fast-paced novel with aliens, adventure, spaceships, robots, and maybe even robotic alien spaceships (like the Bobiverse series). Still, I also read with pleasure stories with more concrete roots in… Continue reading Literature Immersion
I called this blog “Art vs. Entropy” because I have been thinking a lot lately about the meaning and purpose of art. Is what I do for life worth anything? Does anyone even need it? What is the use of what I do? Such questions come to my mind from time to time. Still, especially… Continue reading Art vs. Entropy
In my search for an interesting, distraction-free writing device, I went first for the most capable options – my laptop and the iPad Pro. With a good application, such as Scrivener, writing and editing on my iPad is just a pleasure (especially lately with the wireless keyboard and trackpad support enabled). I could just end… Continue reading Adventures in writing 02 ARDATA
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
(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!
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
The first thing that I want to make clear is that I’m still using a lot of the equipment that is listed on my website for my various projects. It’s just that my approach to writing and drawing utensils changed a lot during the past few months and I wanted to talk a bit about… Continue reading Sustainable Gear