Re-Evaluating My Art

Lately my current projects have me re-evaluate my approach to art itself.

No matter how many times I sit back and overview my situation, I can’t help but be amazed at my own personal achievements over the past three years.

10 years ago, the idea of becoming an artist and completing a fantasy story would have been a far-fetched dream.

20 years ago, drawing and writing were nothing more than hobbies as I often created my own stories centred around Thomas the Tank Engine, who was my hero at that time.

( ( Psst, I still consider him a hero even now! ! ! ) )

30 years ago, I was born, having no idea what this beautiful blue world was all about. I always wondered who I was as a person and what I should do in life. Now, I’m comfortable in my own skin, I like who I am and what I do, and in all honesty I’ve never been happier. I know what I want to do in life;

  • to complete my own story
  • to be a successful artist

Ever since I was a toddler I’ve always liked doing scribbles of pictures on paper and even arranging words together to form a sentence. As unsophisticated as they were, it was always rewarding to see the thoughts in my head, come to life on paper. It was only recently I realised that I wanted to turn these hobbies of dreams into the real thing. It was certainly a long time coming but that is the beauty of learning and discovering things about yourself. You never stop learning.

 

Journey as an Artist

My art is getting better by the day and every new picture becomes an enjoyable project. My newest picture of Wiz from KonoSuba is gaining more attention than I expected and it made me re-evaluate myself as an artist.

Throughout the years I’ve been studying the human anatomy as well as looking at other artists for inspiration. Before, I’ve been content with random sketches and scribbles without receiving notoriety, but now I’ve been striving to improve and enjoy more of what I do, and if my works get noticed- I consider that a magnificent bonus! I will admit and say that I always did struggle visualising a scene which was why I usually just drew the anime girl herself without a foreground and background.

As of late I’ve been slowing down on my illustrations, both in the drawing sense and uploading them to public sites like DeviantArt and Pixiv. It’s partly due to the fact that I’ve been susceptible to being ill and catching colds this year. I’m even recovering from a cold as I write this. I don’t seem as bad as I was last week thankfully, I just need to keep taking it easy and go to bed at a reasonable time- night owl. It’s my own fault really for lacking discipline it’s just that I never like to put down my stylus because I enjoy what I do so much, speaking of which…

During my phase of slowing down and putting no pressure on myself, I found that I was enjoying what I’m drawing. My recent Wiz picture emulates my new approach of taking my time with each illustration, no pressure, and figure out what I want the picture to represent. Because I took my time to complete it, it came out exactly how I envisioned it. =)

Luckily I’ve got an abundance of artwork in progress and in spite of my illness I’m going through a period where I’m enjoying absolutely everything. I’m able to figure out what I want to do and how I want to achieve it and hopefully you will enjoy, or continue to enjoy, my future works. =)

 

Journey as an Author

I think it would be fair to say that my journey as a writer is a little more complex. I’ve always liked the idea of being an author but the only books I have read were the Railway Series involving Thomas the Tank Engine and Harry Potter.

For around 10 years I wanted to write a novel about this one character I created by accident, but I always struggled and was forever stuck on Chapter One. It was at that point that I decided to emulate the Harry Potter series and complete 6 books in that time. Yeah. It’s good to plan things in advance like holidays and World Cup fixtures but planning to complete a story is never a good idea. Considering the fact that I was barely able to complete the first book gave me that pressure that I created unnecessarily.

Time after time I would give up and start again…

One day I started to read heaps of manga but more significantly, Japanese Light Novels.

Light Novels were the key to opening my horizons and to improve my writing style and how to convey the plot of my story. Since then my whole attitude towards this story has changed dramatically and if you were to look back to when I started it, it’s unrecognisable. Everything about it has changed with the exception of the main character.

The biggest inspiration for this sudden bout of change is the Light Novel published by YenPress, ‘I’ve Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years and Maxed Out My Level.’ It’s become one of my current favourite novels to read this year and I’m eagerly looking forward to Volume Two this coming August. As to why this has inspired me…

I love to create female characters, be it in art form or in written literature. I find them far easier to create than I do with men and deep down I wanted to write an all-female cast in my story but I didn’t think the idea was feasible enough. That hesitance alone hindered the progress of an idea that I was trying to build on.

However, during my inner turmoil I read this nice little story about an immortal witch who was reincarnated from another world called Azusa. The story was very simple and easy to understand but equally as enjoyable. It was only after I completed the first volume that I realised that the book itself, with the exception of one or two male extras, had an all-female cast!

This revelation struck a huge chord in my head. If the author, Kisetsu Morita, can write a light novel that comprises of an all-female cast, why can’t I?  When that came to mind a ray of endless possibilities entered my head and in the space of only a few months, I’ve not only completed one chapter, but TWO chapters! It may not seem much in the scheme of things but to me this is a humongous achievement.

Being older each day comes with the benefit of wisdom, and it doesn’t just have to happen when you turn a year older, you can become wiser in a single second of a day. I understand now what to do and what not to do… the goal right now is to finish the first book rather than complete the whole series of books. Unlike before the notion of completing my first book no longer feels impossible and I have to give my thanks to Kisetsu for giving me this huge wave of inspiration.

 

I still have a long way to go but it’s a fantastic feeling to finally get things started, both as an author and as an Artist. =)

 

Thank you for reading.

Ryan.^^/

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