Thursday, 10 December 2009
In other news I've gone off the deep end and have started recruiting people to collaborate on a group anthology. This year's Manga Jiman competition has closed, with the results being announced in February. Only so many people get exhibited as winners, so for fun a few of us are going to club together to have them printed to make the most of the effort we all put in. Also worth looking out for will be Leek and Sushi 2 which will contain more entries from the same competition so it looks as though there'll be quite a lot for people to read next year! ^_^
Things such as the line up, page count and title are yet to be confirmed as planning only started under week ago. Things are already starting to take shape so I'm hopeful that there'll be a couple of pleasant surprises within its pages. It's a big project and anything could happen, so I'll keep the blog up to date as relevent news arises. :-)
Back to cross-hatching now...
Wednesday, 2 December 2009
Friday, 20 November 2009
As it's a long stretch of time I'm going to try and use it to make something epic. As such, Beholder of the Eye 2 is now deeply in the works. I actually started pencilling in the summer, but only recenrly has it started to get scanned and inked on computer. Pending launch is The Thing in March, so it's a little (VERY!) early to speak of real details. Also, the pencils still haven't been completed so I can't confirm a final page count, but it's definitely going to bigger than the first one.
I'm really trying to up my game with this one, so while it's a long way off please look forward to it! :-)
Bored waiting between now and then? You can follow me on twitter if you like...
Monday, 9 November 2009
It was kind of weird having to draw with other people around, but as everyone was doing it it was easier to get in and out ninja style without drawing too much attention. ^^ I came up with an angsty shojo thing for fun. It was cool to see just how varied all the other artists' drawings were, so it's a pretty neat idea which was fun thing to be a part of - will probably go again if there's half a chance. ^^
This is what I came up with:
Saturday, 7 November 2009
Also in other news: Japanofail just celebrated hitting 50 pages online! Yay!
Saturday, 31 October 2009
Firstly - A community event on the sweatdrop forums of a 'Serect Satan' is happening today where everyone puts their names into a hat and does a drawing for another member. The above drawing is my present for fellow member Alpoynter. I also recieved a great picture from Gothich_Madines_ who drew me a zombie-filled party. Rather than rip her work for the blog, you can see it on this thread:
Sunday, 25 October 2009
So I just got back from the Expo a little while ago... and look a bit worse for wear.
Tuesday, 20 October 2009
Because they are undeniably awesome people, they give Japanofail a mention not once, not twice, but THREE TIMES throughout the show! o_0; Considering I'm not a part of their group (thought I do spam up their forums somewhat) that's a hell of a lot of love that's being sent its way.
Essential listening then. ^^ It also mentions a lot of new titles coming out from both themselves and other UK circles and independant artists. There's a lot to look out for!
Chemical Blue 1
Talking to Strangers
Sun Fish Moon Fish - Lyre Fish Story (that'd be number 3 for those keeping track;-D )
And from other cool non-Sweatdrop peoples:
Far Out Mantic 2
Also Secret Colours which I mentioned previously in an earlier blog post. :3
And of course Japanofail 2 which as far as I'm aware is in transit and will arrive very soon!
I've probably left thousands of other worthy comics off this list - please forgive! More are certainly mentioned within the podcast, but no current links to find at the moment. Just listen to it for all the juicy info and get ready to spend your moolah! ^_^
Wednesday, 14 October 2009
This was the one I’d been trying to get done in time for the Expo - and I did! XD
It was a bit of a close-run thing, but I got Japanofail issue 2 finished and sent off to the printers last week so it should be good to debut at the Expo next week! 24 pages of otaku-related fail for £2 - come get some, lol!
Will update again once the physical product arrives, which I’m really looking forward to seeing. If you want to remind yourself of what Japanofail is then have a look here. There’s currently about 5 strips from this issue online of the 30-odd that are in the comic. Plus this also has a few bonus of content that won’t be appearing online, so alongside being a real physical thing, the hardcopy has a definite edge. ^^
Expo’s so close, but feel like it'll take forever to come - I can’t wait! X3
Tuesday, 13 October 2009
Sunday, 11 October 2009
Leading up to the Expo, Kairi-Moon will be selling Secret Colours, an art book with step-by-step guides as to how they were made. The quality of work in their looks amazing to be honest, there are a couple of previews on the Sweatdrop community forums here.
One section of the book will be a general sketchbook-type section, where everyone of a wider range of abilities was asked to submit a random doodle (this was my point of entry ^^ ). Mine's here which is basically a random sketch that I got carried away with. I'm looking forward to seeing how it looks in print alongside everybody elses! ^^
Be on the look out for it at the Expo - I think there are a lot of different artists within those pages, so it will be a good chance to see everyone's work. Yay!
Wednesday, 7 October 2009
Saturday, 19 September 2009
The target is to have the same page count as issue 1, 20 pages of content with 4 more of bonus strips and extras. As such all the files for the rest of the comic are prepped and ready to go, with the dialogue in place to have picture drawn around them. The only things that haven't been thought about are the editorial and the front/back covers - something which I always underestimate - but the majority of it is there!
My attendance to the London Expo this October has been confirmed, so I'll definitely be having a table in the Comic Village with or without the new comic (I'll still have my other comics for your buying pleasure however!).
Will keep you posted as time goes on...
Sunday, 13 September 2009
I've been AWOL drawing an 8 page comic which for my entry to the Manga Jiman competition. Part of the rules state that I can't put any of my entry online before submitting, so with nothing to show I couldn't really update. ^^; The deadline's toward the end of the month if anyone's interested and feeling extra speedy with their art. Got my entry in during the week so it's done and dusted! Fingers crossed I can share it with the outside world at a later date...
Now for some bad news. Beholder of the Eye 2 won't be ready for the October Expo. ;_; I've got to a certain stage and realised that the plot's geting ever more epic, demanding a bigger page count and a story telling ability which I'm trying to measure up to. Basically it needs a bit more time to develop. If things go well with my other drawing projects I should start work on it again in under a month. Please bear with me - it's going to be immense!
Any good news? Well, work has started on Japanofail 2! Don't believe me? The first new strip has just been uploaded online! Go check it out!
I'm really hoping to get a whole new issue done for the Expo, but as I've literally just started on it I need to do something crazy like 2 strips a day in between everything else to make it on time. It's risky stuff, but I'm going to give it a shot so wish me luck! (don't hate me if I don't make it lol...)
Monday, 17 August 2009
Made it back from Ayacon today. My mind has been warped, twisted and disturbed, and my innocence somewhat shattered (the pub quiz has a lot to answer for), but I survived! Thus ends my second attempt at selling comics. Next event: October London Expo!
Thursday, 13 August 2009
I'm nervously looking forward to it. Mainly hoping to meet up with a lot of people I know online, but have never really gotten to meet face to face. I'll be milling around on the Friday and Saturday so I want to meet as many peeps as possible. All you need do is ask every person in the building 'Do you fail!?', and I'm sure you'll find me at some point! ;-D
If that doesn't work (why wouldn't it?), then I'll be in the dealer's room on Sunday between 10 and 5 attempting to peddle my comics. I'm carrying ample supplies of D.R.U.N.K., Beholder of the Eye and Japanofail with me along with some of my sketchbooks so I can use as much free time as possible to get more drawing done!
In terms of comic progress I've mainly been working on Beholder of the Eye 2. About 12 pages are pencilled, although I'm not sure how long the final count will be just yet, but it's coming on. As for Japanofail, I've not touched it! ^^; I've probably got enough ideas on paprt to get another comic done, but nothing's really happened to be honest, and probably won't until the pencils are done on Beholder 2. That said I think there's only about a month's worth of strips left to upload online, so time's running out! One way or another they'll come, but for now I'm sticking to the old pencils.
Will report back after Ayacon if there's news to be had. ^_^
Saturday, 8 August 2009
Okay so I've drawn myself up a little chart so I can get my new comics done in time for October's London Expo... and I'm in trouble already.
For Japanofail 2, I need to do on average 4 strips per week. Simple, right? Next comes Beholder of the Eye 2: I need to pencil a page a day, and once they're done it's inking a page every day without fail, which should then leave me with a couple of weeks to get it all sent off to the printers. These plans would have to run simultaneously as well so it's going to be a bit of a squeeze...
My never ending search for free time is starting to pay off, but even so this is going to be tough! That guideline doesn't allow for getting covers done, inevitable cock-ups and system failures or getting my Manga Jiman entry done.
To be honest I should be more sensible about it, focus on one comic at a time with the full expectation that only one comic will get done... but I'm not a very sensible person. It's all or nothing with me so I'm going to try and bust myself to get these done, and hopefully not at the expense of the quality (it's thin on the ground as it is!).
Anyone reading this: Don't let me get behind. If you're at Ayacon, ask me how much work I've done, demand to see my sketches. At any other time, send me messages here, PM me on forums - just make sure I'm on track! I'll be giving updates here (and sneak previews if there's anything non-spoilerish to show, like the above pic from Japanofail, hee!), it's time to sink or swim! >_>;
For now though I'm tired, pessimistic and vaguely determined... this so isn't going to happen, lol.
Regardless: Ganbarimasu! XD
Tuesday, 4 August 2009
On top of that, I've gone and booked a table for the Sunday! It was a last minute decision as I wasn't going to bother and just use it as a chance to lose my 'con-newbie', but what the hell I may as well do a bit of everything! ^_^
Think registration for the event ends this week, so if you've not booked you better hurry! Anyone who's already set up, please come see me! Being a newbie also means I don't really know many people who are going... ;_;
Kind of made this longer than necessary. To summarise:
Buy my comics?
Fun times. ^_^
Hope to see you then! And if you really can't make it, there's always my online shop (it looks a bit weird, but seriously - it does work, lol!).
Sunday, 2 August 2009
Japanofial will basically be more of the same. I'm slightly worried that my jokes might start to repeat a little as I reuse theme, but for now I've got a bunch of ideas and just want time to draw them up. If I'm lucky the weekly updates will proceed uninterrupted. ^^
As for Beholder of the Eye 2... whew it's going to be a tough one to crack. I've pencilled about 6 pages so far, and I'm trying to develop in all areas as much as possible. I'm making things deliberately difficult for myself to force both my artistic and narrative skills to improve. More action scenes and very controversial themes will make or break this series for a lot of people. I seriously hope I can pull it off.
Chances of getting these done in time for October Expo? Let's just say I'd be very ambitious to say they'll be there. But if the wind's behind me and have the time then who knows?
Will update soon, maybe even with an image or two! ;-D
Sunday, 19 July 2009
Their latest podcast is an Expo special, and they spend much of the time talking about al the people who had new coimcs to sell. It's a great compliment (and a little scary) to hear them mention my coimcs as well! A little quote on what they said about each one:
D.R.U.N.K - "... I'm slightly worried."
Japanofail - "It's really, really funny."
Beholder of the Eye - "Draw more, there will be the beating stick if you don't!"
If you want to have a proper listen then go here here. My stuff appears at just after the the 36 minute mark, but be sure to listen to the whole thing to get the scoop on everybody else's work as well! ^_^
And of course if you're intrigued by what's said and want to read my stuff, the shop is here. *enters pimp mode*
I'm suddenly feeling good about myself and have an hour or two to spare. It's been a couple months, so it's about time to get drawing again! :-O
Sunday, 5 July 2009
Find it here:
Payments are by Paypal only but I'll post to anywhere with an address! It took me a while to figure out how to make everything work, but it's finally good to go!
Please feel free to have a browse - and perhaps even buy something!
Monday, 29 June 2009
So what have I been doing?
We have have on in some form or another, we just have to deal with it. ;-D
On the plus side I've had a chance to sketch out some random ideas. I've probably got enough for Japanofail 2 once I've got the time to draw them up. Also have some ideas floating around for a couple other stories, although I really need to get some established projects done before I can seriously consider that (Beholder 2 anyone? Lol!).
My brain is alive, but my body is running somewhere behind it. Once the time comes I will start drawing once again!
A little known fact, but I also write reviews on anime and manga from time to time on eyeonanime.co.uk, so if you feel the need you can find me floating around on their forums. My obligations there were seemingly sacrificed while I drew some comics, so I'm desperately trying to clear my backlog of reviews. Once I've caught a little up I will try and establish a balance between writing, drawing and life. Target: October Expo, and already I want more time for get ready! XD
Thursday, 18 June 2009
Have also tweaked the blog a little, adding a links section for sites related to my drawing and other places I like to hang out. Please take a look if you've the time!
Productivity's gone down a little in terms of drawing. Looks like real life is going to kidnap me for at least the next 4 weeks, but if I'm psychotically determined enough I might still get some drawing done. (the effort needed will probably shorten my lifespan, lol) At the very least the weekly updates for Japanofail won't be interuppred because it's already been done, so that's something. ^^
Wednesday, 10 June 2009
After the hustle and bustle of the Expo, there's been a bit of a void in the last two weeks where I don't really know what to do with myself. In an attempt to kick-start myself into action, I'm going to announce my intentions for the next few months which should put me under the gun enough to get going again. (or just finish me off ^^;)
1 - Otaku Bytes - Did this a while ago now, but my first 4-koma comic (I did it before starting Japanofail) is imminent I think. It's only a page's worth, but will be in the next Anime Connect magazine if anyone's a member on the UK Anime Club. Despite the short length it's highly likely that it'll have a much bigger circualtion than my other stuff combined, so hopefully a few people will read it. Will have to make a start on the next one soon I think...
2 - Manga Jiman - The Japanese Embassy manga competition. I think in it's third year now but this will be my first time entering. The task is to write a 6-8 page story with the theme of 'The Sun'. I've come up with an idea, so between now and September will try and get something done. :-)
3 - Japanofail 2 - There's no getting out of it: Out of all the stuff I've done so far, this is by far the most popular. Haven't touched it for a while as the online updates are still working through the backlog from issue 1, but I've got a bunch of ideas for later on for when they inevitably run out (I've noticed they're getting stranger).
4 - Beholder of the Eye 2 - Have you read issue 1 yet? Well, have you? Lol! ;-D For anyone who took the risk on this all I can do is repeat myself and say thanks so much! I've had a couple of people give a positive response, and that's enough to get me started on issue 2! It's in the thumbnail stages right now so work has already started. Who knows how long it'll take though, but fingers crossed for October Expo if things run smoothly.
That's about it for now, I suppose I should really spend more time just practising on backgrounds or using colour or something, but I'm happier just to jump in and try to learn on the fly. We'll have to see how things go so wish me luck!
Saturday, 6 June 2009
I've done little in terms of a real range, but so far it's been totally non-shojo in terms of style. Was a change of pace from other stuff I've done, and was glad to have an excuse to experiment with colouring again. The challenge was appreciated! All things considered I think I came out relatively unscathed.
I got my entry in before the deadlines at the end of May, but it was since extended until the end of June. It does mean that us early birds are already on there here. While I did it, I think copyright now lies with them so I hope they don't mind me talking about it here. ^^; Will be interesting to see how many other people enter - I look forward to seeing everyone's work!
Thursday, 28 May 2009
The above pic is my Artist's Alley entry for the Expo. The theme was 'Self Portrait' so went a ways to reveal a bit of my eeeevil side! >:-) It didn't place anywhere in the contest (congrats to the winnars! ^_^ ), but I had a lot of fun doing it. Does it look anything like me? That depends I suppose, heh...
Still feel very much in an experimental stage where I test the waters with various techniques at every opportunity. With this one I had a big play with inking... hatching, cross-hatching and 'let's do a thousand more lines' hatching were all in full swing. Kind of went overboard with it but at the same time I almost feel as though I didn't do enough. ^^;
Oh and please excuse the signature thingy in the bottom left. I'm normally loathed to do that on illustrations, especially one so big, but there was big white gap in the corner that needed filling somehow (maybe that's the wrong attitude...). I made the siggy up at the last minute and came up with that funky little thing. It's a bit unusual so might stick with it for now, lol. Oh and I'm still trying to work out the best way to draw hands, damn them. Think I got about half of the fingers okay, but it's always hard!
I entered this on Saturday and later saw it nestled in the top left corner of the over 16s section... if anyone saw it there I hope they liked it! ^_^
Sunday, 24 May 2009
Tuesday, 19 May 2009
Japanofail Issue 1 - 24 pages of 4-panel jokes based on or around Japan, anime, manga, video games and pretty much whatever else I think up. Starting out mainly as a testing ground (found here), the feedback so far has been really positive so ran with the idea.
The online version's nearly up to number 20, while the comic goes ahead to nearly double that due to a frenzied drawing session a couple of weeks ago. There are a couple of extra strips in there as well so it's pretty cool I'm pretty pleased with it - it took less than two months from between the first page upload to holding a finished copy in my hands. It's been a rough road but I hope people enjoy it!
Here are a couple of previews, but as half of it's already online you can go here and read some more! Hope you enjoy it, but remember: Physical comics are better. ^_^
Interested but can't get to an event? It is now available on my little shop: http://www.ushiocomics.co.uk/
Saturday, 16 May 2009
Thursday, 14 May 2009
Not much to add from what I said on the previous announcement, but here are a couple of preview pages to check out.
Currently being printed, so should be fine to bring to the Expo next weekend! I'm absolutely petrified about the idea of selling these things and its repercussions. I think I'm getting better at it, but on the scale of things I've still no real clue on how to write a comic or anything like that. I'm just going with the flow for now and hoping that people like what I've done. I resist the urge to descend into a screaming panic. There's no room for regrets! Onward! XD
Beholder of the Eye is available at my online shop: http://www.ushiocomics.co.uk/
Sunday, 10 May 2009
Not much else to say. If you want to read some of it, check out: www.drunkduck.com/japanofail, but be warned the comic goes well beyond what's currently available online. ;-D Will reveal more info once I've got a physical copy to show. Please look forward to it!
Friday, 8 May 2009
Tuesday, 5 May 2009
I can't relax just yet as there's still lots to do! Current comic-making status:
D.R.U.N.K. - totally finished. I have a stack of them ready and waiting to be sold.
Beholder of the Eye 1 - Finished and over at the printer. Will get a proof and then decide on how many I want done.
Japanofail - SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT! I am hoping to get a hardcopy of my webcomic ready for the Expo. I've got about 13 pages worth of material done so far, just really need to dig in and get that page count up! Reckon I'll be working on this all this week so fingers crossed I can make it in time. If you want to check it out it's still ongoing here: http://www.drunkduck.com/Japanofail/index.php
It's all happening then! Will I rise to the challenge, or fail epicly? We'll find out very soon! ^_^
Thursday, 30 April 2009
Here are some sneaky peeks!
Sunday, 26 April 2009
Monday, 20 April 2009
Saturday, 11 April 2009
- Japanofail is still ongoing, quite happily it seems. Up to page 8 so far which is faster than I originally intended, but uploading pages is strangely addictive so I'm struggling to help myself! ^_^
- Have sent D.R.U.N.K. off to a potential printer who seem like very nice people. Pending the proof and deciding on how many to get printed, this one is pretty much done and dusted! *squee!* How on Earth I'm going to get this into people's hands for them to read is something else entirely... o_o;
- D.R.U.N.K's pretty old now, but I'm actually nearing the end of a much newer comic. Have only just given it a name, but reckon it will be called 'Beholder of the Eye'. You heard it here first folks!
More news as and when it happens. :-)
Thursday, 2 April 2009
It's intended to be a comedy, so hopefully that means people will find it funny. Only time will tell when it's out I guess. Now all I need to do is get the pages arranged and find a printer...
I'll do some previews closer to the time, please look forward to it! :-3
In other news, my webcomic's still going ahead - it didn't die after the first one. Up to 4 pages now - and a few people have even left comments! Please feel free to have a look. Updates have been fairly regular, but reckon I'll try and slow the pace to one a week from now on: http://www.drunkduck.com/Japanofail/index.php
Thursday, 26 March 2009
Much earlier than expected, I've started a webcomic called Japanofail (as opposed to Japanophile - see what I did there? >_> ) and is out there to be read by the world! Okay so it's only one strip so far, but I have quite a few ideas for this so should be able to keep it going for at least a few months. ^_^
Please read and enjoy!
Monday, 23 March 2009
I started out drawing by sitting on my bed which was surprisingly comforatble, but from slouching from being on a soft surface led to back pains. So: I got a chair.
The chair is fairly nice, but due to lack of space I am forced to sit at and angle that I fear is developing something equivalent to a trapped nerve in my neck... not a nice sensation as I feel the occassional zing.
Also my hand's started feeling funny, and after an epic 6-hour toning session last night, I looked at it and noticed it was swollen compared to the other one. Also my forearm was starting to cramp up as well.
Can I assume this is not a good sign? Maybe the slightly thicker nature of my Wacom pen isn't working well, or perhaps I just grip it too tightly, but I really don't want to develop a case of RSI when I've barely gotten started!
Any tips to relieve the situation is welcome, just don't tell me to stop drawing!
Friday, 20 March 2009
There are currently 4 active projects in the pipeline that I've been working on, so here's a little info about each of the in order that they'll likely appear.
1 - This will be a (very) short work in 4-koma format (4 panel gag manga). There's not much else to say as it's so short any more info would spoil it, but the strip itself is done and I'm currently working on the logo. This will most likely be my printed debut, so will try and make an announcement at an appropriate time. ^_^
2 - A complete 23 page story. Again, the work itself it completely done, it's just a case of getting it organized properly. Around 90% of it was drawn early last year, with the finishing touches done last month so it's perhaps not my absolute best work to date, but it's quite fun and I hope people take to it in its own little way. I'm hoping to get this one ready for the London Expo - which would mark my self-published debut!
3 - Another comic, 24 pages long, and the first chapter to a longer story. Have probably worked on this one for arond 4 weeks now, and in that time all the pencils have been done, as has most of the inking. What's left are some final details, a few backgrounds (which will likely take most time) and all of the toning. I've working quite hard on this one, doing a couple of hours every day, so after having tried so hard I really hope people like it. I don't want to spend perhaps a couple of years working on something that everyone hates!
4 - I really enjoyed working on project '1' and the 4-koma format, so started mucking around with some ideas to do a bigger project. It's quite random and has a slightly more evil sense of humour in regards to otaku-based humour. I'm a little worried people won't get some of the reference-based jokes as they do require a bit of general know-how. I could test the theory out by starting it as a webcomic, but out of preference I'd rather it on a hardcopy book. Haven't figured out the length yet as the bitty nature of 4-Koma means the sky's the limit really. Probably around the 20-page mark. Work is ongoing between sessions on project 3, but in terms of idea and drafts I'd say about 75% of it is ready to be drawn properly.
Phew! That's a lot of info (did anyone even read this far? lol!), but it somehow lacks real substance without artwork previews! I'm actually quite nervous about this whole business, so only want to reveal info when I'm 'ready'.
Ok, to reward anyone who made it to the bottom of the post, I'll throw in a very early sketch for Project 2, it was actually the initial concept sketch in fact - it's really old now (getting on for 18 months)!
The proper announcements and revealing of secrets will come, I promise! ... just not today.
Thursday, 19 March 2009
Had a dig though some old unfinished images and found one I kind of liked and BOOM, a header for the blog is born! Hadn't touched the image itself since 2007, it was only half coloured and full of weird curiosities in the layering (well, there weren't any! @_@;), so spent a few minutes filling some blank areas and working out how to resize it properly. Ok so I admit it was a bit of a rush job - but for now it serves its purpose to make this page just a little shinier. Not too confident in my colouring as I've mainly been focusing on my black and white work lately, but yeah let me know what you think! (Please be gentle lol!)
I'll try to resist doing daily posts from now on as things will quickly descend into pointlessness as I run out of things to say. Fingers crossed I can keep things interesting and hopefully have some fun on the way. I'll do my best in true shonen style, ganbarimasu! And now that's out of the way I'll try to never use romaji again...
Finally, if any peeps out there want to direct me to their own blogs of manga/comic drawing drop me a line. I've yet to really suss out how to find other people on here but it'd be nice to see what other people are doing!
Wednesday, 18 March 2009
... ... ...
Now what? >_>;
Ok, introductions! I'm Ushio (not real name) from London, an anime/manga fanboy with a desire to draw some illustrations and comics in said style. I figure a blog will be a bit more productive than just sitting around doodling at home - must get stuff out into the real world!
I've been doodling on and off for a few years now, but life has been getting on my nerves lately so reckon it's about time to start taking the drawing more seriously in a feeble attempt to run away from it all. Not much work that I'm ready to show just this moment, but there is definitely some stuff in the pipeline (the next two months at least should be fairly active on here ^_^ ).
For now though, here's a fun thing I did that was introduced in a thread on the Sweatdrop forums (found here). You have to draw out a character in each of the listed styles. Didn't spend very long on it, but it was fun and produced some random results!