First off, as this article touches upon mental health, I would like to point out that (obviously) I'm not a mental health expert by any means, and the following text should be read as my thoughts and musings, based only on my own experience. If you are in any distress and looking for help, please… Continue reading Wishful thinking destroys creativity
Using words to describe a piece of art or the emotions it brings forth when experiencing it is often not up to scratch. In my videos, I often use the word "loose" to describe the style of painting and drawing that I'm aiming for, with the opposite being art that I can only describe as… Continue reading Keeping the line alive.
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
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
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
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.
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
(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
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