Practice with G-PEN and MARU-PEN

It’s been a long time I don’t use them, maybe 2years? Anyway when I tried again, I forgot how to use them, ended up being messy >_> it’s a problem, since I plan to use them to make comic for zenon competition. I have to practice from the start again.

The difference is, this time I’m using imStudio B4 paper. When I hold the pen, It felt like I was a decent mangaka, using tools that most Japanese mangaka used ^__^;; and seconds after that, I realized I suck LOL.

Like Miura-sensei said, if you don’t practice much, you’ll end up stay behind. Worse, you’ll forget how to use it.

Here is my first practices:Image

the very first try after years ^_^ using g pen and 100% beta. I spend too much inking lol but you know, it has some..different feels inking those beta compared to just paint-bucketing it on photoshop.

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still with g pen, but I used many maru pen on this. I am pretty fond of maru pen, but the line is too thin therefore I have to make the main lines with g-pen first then detail it with maru-pen.

By the way, anyone knows how to make straight line using ruler and g-pen? I tried many times during making beta flash and the ink..well going everywhere. I still don’t know how to make it properly and the tints won’t go crazy like this:

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It’s been years and it’s very fun! It’s much more fun than doing digital lining, I don’t know why, eventhough there’s no undo button, still can’t grasp the feel and it’s so messy ^_^ I’ll practice for one week then I’ll have to start doing the comic no matter how bad the result ^_^;

wish me luck~ look forward for another result!

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EDIT: I’m reuploading since my friend said he can’t see the pages, I don’t know if it works well now. Well, since the webcomic provider is down and I can’t upload, then I’ll upload it here first. It’s not like there’ll … Continue reading

Sharing some thoughts + Warmup 23.11.2012

I have just finished my commission after 15days struggling ^^ I’m glad, eventhough I was slightly stressed and dying few days ago, the outcome is very good and my client is very satisfied. I’m very happy, there’s nothing make me happier when my art can make someone happy ^_^

Well to be precise, she’s shocked.

How can this:

become like this:

In her first commission too, she said that she didn’t expect the outcome will be like that.

This is something that always happen with me some long time ago. I planned something, I imagined it will be like this, but it ended up different like what I planned earlier. It can be far better, it can be worse. This is why I called myself ‘luck-based’ artist.

This is one of things that make me obsessed with art. When in halfway, you get stuck. You detest yourself, especially when some hard critiques come to you, you ended up confused and dunno what’s better anymore. It was tough, really. I feel like I don’t like drawing anymore. I feel like no one will like my art. (okay this is an exaggration) Or maybe because I was a girl, I’m confused very easily. My mood swing is pretty, pretty bad.

But I really believe, when you are stuck, when you think art is no fun anymore, there’s something hidden in that which will make you stronger. And when you did it, the satisfaction is multiplied, like many times. I feel like those stresses and rants few days ago have never been there from the start.  My previous commission was also like that too. I got stuck, I dunno what to do to that art to make it better, but in the end the client is very happy, which makes me so happy.

So, just believe in yourself.

Well yeah, I’m still lack of confidence till now. But I will try to get it back. I have to. Because, while I weep over something I thought I can’t do, people around me try to do it and they make it, thus I come to regret it even more and ended up wasting time not doing anything.

So, get up. We musn’t give up. No matter how difficult, we may be stressed and bored when doing the art, but always remember to enjoy, whatever will be, will be, because only you who can draw your own art.

So, for you who want tips to overcome artblocks:

1. The hell with anatomy, proportion, perspective, techniques etc etc. Be perfectionist won’t make you any good. Only remember that the art you make is part of your soul, you spent hours making it, so it’s better be the best that you can draw in that moment. 

2. If you’re stuck and bored with your current drawing, delete it. Repaint it. Your heart isn’t with that drawing anymore. (though I can’t say this if you have deadlines, of course) I left my entry in some comic competition, not because I’m afraid I’ll lose, but I just don’t feel something half-hearted like that have to be born.

3. If you have strict deadlines, always remember what my friend told me “Just imagine you’ll die tomorrow. You’ll die and unable to make art anymore.” this moves me and I don’t have time to think about this and that. Well if you die, nothing matters right ?

4. If number 3 doesn’t do any good to you, just get out from that chair. GET THE HELL OUT. Don’t play games nor browsing, sometimes browsing makes me down even more. Go out to your usual mall, go to the zoo, go to festivals, hang out with your friends, travel outside the city if you can. Have fun. Enjoy. Just a day will do. Then get back and draw again.

5. If number 4 is no good too, then something is wrong with you.  Just sleep and turn off your internet. Get away from things that makes you lazy. You require to gather some will here.

6. Be patient. We’re not some geniouses like picasso, or even picasso need days to make one painting. Nothing instant will come good. If I keep telling myself I have to do this art in 6 hours just because people around me can do it, I can’t improve.

And last tip is:

ENJOY. ENJOY. ENJOY. ENJOY. ENJOY. ENJOY. ENJOY.

ENJOY. ENJOY. ENJOY. ENJOY. ENJOY. ENJOY. ENJOY.

ENJOY. ENJOY. ENJOY!!!

Enjoy the stress and artblocks too, if you can.

If you have deadlines, some tips above maybe can’t be applied. But if you truly enjoy art, automatically you’ll get away from other things such as browsing (especially to me is Twitter) But you are different than me, who only have 5hours in computer max and can’t sleep above 00.00 AM due to my health issues, you have at least 20hours a day to make your arts, so spent it well.

Sorry if there’s some offensive words there. And here’s my warmup for today:

I want to tribute something to Pixiv since they have made my day. I got mails that I am one of Mirai competition’s winners  (though I have to read it by google translate LOL)

And oh look, the download has finished. Time to watch Psycho Pass ^_^

Have a great Friday, everyone! ^_^

– Mimi N

“Be grateful to God for creating you, because only you who can make your own art.”

Sketch Corner #5

I caught artblock on Saturday. By artblock I mean, I can draw things but don’t feel like having a soul on it. One kind of artblock that mostly sucks.

But I still did sketching XD

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Here’s the sketch I told you. I did this when I was in artblock, well… it may be come up good but doesn’t satisfy me.

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Did sketching using pen. It’s been a loooooooooong time I’ve abandoned using pen for drawing medium. I’m glad I’m not deproving. By the way, I really love this chara, I can’t wait to draw her in World Inverse. Can’t draw her many times before her apperance though.

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I did this by pencil btw. Yea I love Rye more than Livt, but maybe it’s because I know the character more than anyone else and know further ahead of their stories. Hopefully there’re more and more people loving them 🙂

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After a long time, finally practicing inking by drawing pen. I kinda want to practice back using B4 paper and G Pen, tho I must buy a new ink since it was spilled out -.-”

By the way, I’ve been researching on some comics lately. Wanna know why I can’t grasp the feel yet. Is it because I don’t use G-Pen? it’s one of my idealism nature that drawing comics doesn’t simply drawing. My friend said that I must change my lazy behaviour and doing the works with full focus and dedication so that I will understand it. Technique is easy to understand, but delivering message is hard to do.

See u tomorrow! ^^

All d’ best

– Mimi N