2 Years

From time to time I look at my older art and with some of them I think “you could have done that better,” and I’m confident I would. This doesn’t mean I’m not proud of my past works though, I see them as progress to the artist I am now. They remind me how I started and where I was 2 years ago.

 

So much has happened since then. I was excited when one of my pictures received one view but now, since the beginning of the year, I’ve been receiving dozens of requests. It’s the sort of thing I didn’t think could happen, the idea never truly entered my head as a possibility. I’m still amazed by it all, even when I’m receiving requests now. =)

 

I decided to take a break from requests for the time being as I’ve been working on multiple backlogs since Christmas and I’ve also had spells of being unwell perhaps due to tiredness. I have taken a couple of short breaks between requests but have now decided to take a longer break to “recharge my batteries”. I do love my drawings I just think I’ve been a bit over-enthusiastic and perhaps not rested as much as I should have.

 

I hope to produce a picture to celebrate my own personal achievement for the last two years. My initial achievement was being brave enough to share my very first picture publicly but now the other achievement is making others happy with my drawings. =)

 

Thanks for your support, everyone.^^/

May Updates

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Hello.

Here I am, reporting in my monthly update.

Not so long ago I chipped a tooth and booked an appointment to get it checked. I was somewhat anxious as it would be my first ever filing… or so I thought. My Dentist told me my “chipped tooth” was in perfect condition with a tiny scrape at the top. I felt much better after this, I was anxious over nothing. =)

For the past few weeks I’ve been very poorly. I was suffering with bad dizzy spells to the point where I couldn’t draw and lost my balance whenever I walked. On top of that I caught a cold in the process.

I wondered if it was because I had been drinking decaf tea for over a week as opposed to my normal regular tea, so I switched to regular tea… only to experience no sleep that very same night. The dizzy spells seemed to have disappeared though. Haha!

I’m more or less better now I just need to rest more and sleep better. I do feel up to drawing more requests so I’ll resume them this evening. =)

Thanks for reading. =)

Ryan.^^/

PS, I’m learning Japanese, more specifically Kana. I now understand the difference between Hiragana, Katakana and Kanji. Hurray. =)

March Updates

Pre-Natal Class Picture

Hello.

Many good things are happening lately and here we are now in the third week of March. It feels as though everything is happening in such a short space of time, especially art wise. This is an exciting time for my art journey. =D

Sadly I did lose a lot of steam and I’m still ill as of now, it’s one of the reasons why I decided to not accept any more requests until April. It still hurts to talk and I was unable to vlog fantasy football for the past couple of weeks. Thankfully I’m not as bad as I was, if I keep disciplined and continue to relax I should be better sooner than later. Admittedly I never like to rest, I always like to keep busy and work from morning till night. That’s not working for me so I gave myself cutting off points to chill out a bit before bed.

I drew a picture for a dear friend of mine who is also my Yogi teacher. She asked me to draw her Pre-Natal class, I said yes and gave it a go. I don’t usually draw real life people but I worked hard at it. It’s taken me a month or so to do but she loves it and that makes me happy. =)

Ever since I finished drawing my Elf Goddess Gaia I’ve been coming up with many ideas for future manga/comic/stories etc that surrounds her. I don’t have a strong foundation for a story I just visualise her beating the stuffing out of evil myriads. For that reason it will probably work better as a manga but in truth I’m still not sure.

I won’t think too hard about it. For now I’m just happy that I managed to draw a colourful picture of her but if a story comes out of it, that’ll be a marvellous bonus. =)

 

Thanks for reading,

Ryan.^^/

Negativity to Positivity: Epiphany

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I think its human nature to get down in the dumps sometimes, and it’s happened to the best of us. It happens to me from time to time, especially when I’m tired or whenever I’m anticipating the thought of socialising with people.

Sometimes when I think about going out, it can trigger negative emotions in me. However, just because you feel sad or think sad doesn’t mean you should succumb to it. I can stop it, not by fighting those feelings, but rather, override them with the positives. And when I do, I end up feeling much better.

At the beginning of the year I had a throat and a chest infection. It was really bad and I had it for weeks. I couldn’t move, I couldn’t eat, I couldn’t read or go on the laptop as it made me feel dizzy, I felt constantly sick and I couldn’t talk without coughing. All I could do was lie down. It wasn’t a very pleasant experience and it was the worst I had felt in years.

I didn’t like feeling sorry for myself so I ended up willing myself to draw. ‘One little sketch couldn’t hurt’ I thought… I ended up doing back to back drawings and actually completed a full length comic based on the DanMachi series. It was the first ever doujin (fanmade comic) I’ve ever completed. I was really happy and fulfilled with my comic and additional art and gradually, I felt myself getting better because I was ignoring my illness and indulging in my own happiness.

Since my recovery I achieved a number of other personal goals too.

I suddenly had the urge to re-write my first children’s picture book and I completed it in a single day. I’m really happy with it and I feel that it’s much better than ever before. It’s now currently in the editing stage where I’m getting the opinion of family and friends alike before publishing it on Kindle. =)

The other big achievement for me is that one of my pictures was featured in the Kitacon Karnival booklet this year. My brother encouraged me to email the picture over to them and I thought “why not?” so I submitted a picture of Kirin Toudou from The Asterisk War anime and to my surprise and delight it was in that book! =D This year’s Kitacon convention was good and I enjoyed it more than last year as I managed to be brave and speak to more people.

There has been lot of good things that has happened to. I cooked eggs benedict based on Erina’s recipe from the Food Wars anime, getting my first ever platinum trophy which I achieved on the Atelier Shallie game, creating a YouTube Vlog channel about Football and most recently I received a like on a Twitter post from the one and only Alan Shearer… that truly was a heart-stopping moment. =D

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What I’m trying to say really is that you can take the positives from the negatives, even when you are really ill. I took one positive from the time when I wasn’t in the mood to think positive and it has led to a lot of wonderful things, especially new and fresh ideas for my book which is especially important.

I will always get anxious whenever I’m about to go out as it’s an instant emotion that takes over me, but I will always claim my mind back as I should be able to think what I want, and feel how I want.

Anyway, this is the strategy that works for me and I thought I’d just share it. Now, I’m going to go and draw and make a start on my Birthday list. =)

 

Thanks for Reading,

Ryan.

Dragons Rioting Volume One Review

Dragons Rioting Volume One

I got this book for Christmas and I can’t express how happy I am that I’ve finally got my hands on the Dragons Rioting manga. =)

  1. REVIEW

To me, this manga offers something different. Instead of the standard of the main male in this ecchi/harem type of story you have a guy, Rintaro, who has a rare life threatening condition called “Hentai Syndrome.” This condition surfaces whenever he is sexually aroused and makes him go into a cardiac arrest. So, he underwent many years of training to discipline his mind and body, under the guidance of his Father.

 

Rintaro’s training was a success and he enrols in a school, however, to his horror, 99% of the students consist of girls. Oh well… R.I.P. Rintaro, it was nice knowing you.

 

I think this is unbelievably refreshing. You have plenty of girls, and certain girls, who are not afraid to show their skin in front of Rintaro. Whilst I do feel sorry for the chap I must say that the way he gets out of situations, like avoiding physical contact with the girls, utterly hilarious.

 

He avoids these “life threatening” situations by using the special techniques that he learned during his training with his Dad. These techniques are part of his Moon of the Reflected Lake. He uses these techniques in the most comical and mundane ways but he also uses them in serious situations and battles. Some of his skills and moves are both quirky and badass.

 

All the battles and little fights are exciting to read, and the art makes it even more engaging. I think Kyouka is especially cool. I think she’s like the female version of Kenpachi Zaraki as they’re both bloodthirsty during fights and they’re both incredibly powerful as well as durable. She’s scary but I think she’s strangely attractive. Does that make me strange?

 

The uniqueness and quirkiness of the characters make the battles and manga more enjoyable. That brings me nicely to my current favourite character of Dragons Rioting, Ayane.

 

Ayane reminds me a lot of Kirin Toudou, adorable to look at, sweet personality but deadly. To put it another way, I wouldn’t want to get on their bad side in a dark alley… or any kind of alley for matter. She is very likable and is extremely powerful. I like it how she displays her power to crush Asuna’s fighting spirit rather than beating the snot out of her. It’s very admirable how she’s willing to endure pain to protect her friends. She doesn’t really need Rintaro to train her but I do think it will benefit her from learning his art of fighting. =)

 

The battles are brilliant, the art is eye-catching, the girls are beautiful but the plot is refreshing. The three “Dragons” are gunning to be number one in the school but it isn’t without its politics as the Disciplinary squad demonstrated at the end of this volume.

 

It’s an on-going battle for supremacy and a personal battle for Rintarou to keep his sexual arousals intact.

  1. RATING

Two Thumbs-Up. (My Rating System) (My Manga Series Rankings)

Two Thumbs-Up

 

THANKS FOR READING

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I’m recovering nicely but I’m still poorly. However, Dragons Rioting has completely cheered me up and suddenly my illness doesn’t seem all that bad. Drawing Ayane has especially kept my spirits up. I could literally draw her all day. The latest picture of her, which you can see just above, is my newest DeviantArt profile picture. I may make it my Twitter cover but I will see how I feel.

 

For now, I will continue to rest up. Thanks for reading.^^/

 

Ryan.

Recovering

Hi everyone.^^/

 

Usually when I’m under the weather I get the odd cold here and there, especially around Christmas. However, I’ve recently been under the curse of both a throat infection and a chest infection.

 

I’ve felt rather sick to the point where I felt dizzy when I was reading text and walking around the house. I’ve been chilling these last few weeks by watching stuff on TV. I’ve been watching Disney Films, White Chicks, Football, Marvel films, Jessica Jones, Only Fools and Horses and anime.

 

I do think I am on the mend as my appetite for food is gradually coming back and I can read text for longer periods. I can even draw on my tablet now a little bit which I’m very happy about. Not being able to draw or write did make me rather unhappy. To compromise I drew on paper for a couple of days, and I spent half an hour last night drawing Alice Nakiri from Food Wars! on the tablet. It turned out really good and I intend to use that Alice picture to be my profile picture on websites like MyAnimeList and Pixiv.

 

I still do have a few dizzy spells and coughing fits here and there but I just need to remember to take it easy. I’m not the type who likes to just chill out as I like to keep myself busy. Sometimes though you have to adapt to situations and in my case I had to do nothing in order to get better, and as of right now, I’m still recovering.

 

Right now I’m going to go and watch the latest episode of Dagashi Kashi and then watch Non Non Biyori back to back. =)

 

Ryan.^^/

The Christmas Spirit 2015

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Are you getting that Christmas buzz yet? I know I am. Admittedly I am rather sick and have a bad cold but I’m taking it easy and focusing on my favourite things. I managed to put my decorations up, all I need to do now is wrap the presents and I’m done.

 

I can tell you with pride right now that I am on a chocolate diet. I started the diet since the first of December and as of today, I have managed to fit chocolate into my diet and gorge on them every morning. I will continue to gorge on them until my belly is nice and round. Wish me luck!

 

If I can manage that then my diet is a success! Haha. Of course I’m joking. I am doing this amazing exercise that I learnt from yoga. It requires breathing and sucking in the stomach. Apparently if you keep it up, you can get a six pack. In all honesty I’m not so bothered about a six pack but if I get one, so be it.

 

If we were all meant to have six packs, we would probably be born with them. Yet, we are all so different because we were meant to be different. Can you imagine Father Christmas having a six-pack? I know I can’t. He’s my favourite chubby person in the whole world and I would never want to have him any other way.

 

Getting back on track… the Christmas spirit is quite spectacular. Normally all of my drawings, writings and generally everything that usually takes priority is suddenly becoming second priority. Usually I take pride in my writings but I decided to give in to the spirit. Just because, well, why not? After all, Christmas comes once a year, it’s magical, it fills you with happiness and it lasts for one month. =)

 

The Christmas Nostalgia is the best kind of nostalgia. There’s good nostalgia like remembering a book from your childhood and bad nostalgia like someone or an object reminds you of a sad time in your life. However, with the Christmas nostalgia, I remember literally everything good. Opening presents, opening the cards, school plays, the music, and films and spending time with the family.

 

I went to Bents Garden Centre with my beautiful niece the other day to buy some decorations for my house and my bedroom. It was her first trip to Bents and she really enjoyed the lights on the trees. The trip was spontaneous as I nearly said no to the invitation because it was too sudden but I said yes because it felt appropriate. Because I did, I ended up buying some good decorations and spending time with Lucy.

 

I’m now aiming to complete my Christmas picture before Christmas day on Deviant art. When I finish it I will be sure to share it. It comprises some of my favourite anime characters. I will make it the best that I can. So far, it’s in its inking stage and I really like the way it’s going. =)

 

That about does it. I will probably have an early night to take it easy but I will see how I feel.

 

Speak to you all soon. =)

Ryan.

 

Ps… it’s not an early night as I’ve just realised that it’s a few minutes passed midnight. Oh well!

Living a Happy Life

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May Tidings.

 

I’m going to take this opportunity to talk about life. It may seem serious, depending on how you look at it, but that’s not my intention.

 

WWE are known for many controversies but they also do a lot of amazing things. Like, for example, Make-A-Wish Foundation where people who are seriously ill get their wish and meet their favourite superstars. I’d explain it but you can just watch the video below, it’s only 5 minutes long so shouldn’t take any of your time away. =)

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xfS0deQlgHw

 

Did you watch it? What are your thoughts? I find Connor to be a very strong boy. He was ill but here he chose to focus on the positives and be himself rather than feel sorry for himself. I find that to be amazing and it shows how strong people like Connor really are.

 

Young people like Connor do make you think about life in general. To me, it’s something that you should never take seriously. Sure, there are many hardships for many people, I’ve had many hardships when I was little, but at the end of the day it all depends on how you look at life. I know what’s happening in the world and many things happened in my past that I didn’t like. Sometimes, it can be painful to recall those memories (depending on my mood) but, sometimes, life guides you through unexpected journeys.

 

I learnt in my years to let things go and appreciate what I have and what I am. There are things I can’t change. The only thing I can change is my perception and views on life. My view on life: Be happy.

 

John Lennon said it himself. His mum told him that the most important thing in life is to be happy. So, when his teacher asked him what he wanted to be when he grew up, he said he wanted to be happy. The teacher said that he didn’t understand the question and John replied that he didn’t understand life. A very compelling quote right there. =)

 

What Connor has shown in that video, the point I’m sort of trying to make, is that whether you live until your 10 or 100, you should fill that time by focusing on what makes you happy. We all go through hardships but those hardships should not hinder your chance of being happy. Dealing with those hardships make you strong and make you who you are. Being alive and happy in this world is an amazing feeling. =)

 

Life is worth living, and I’m living the life I want to live and focusing on the things I love in the given moment. =)

 

Namaste.^^/

Ryan