- Created By Wakusei Aoshi
I decided to stop being lazy and to actually post some sketches from meh sketchbook!
I've done a lot of sketches here and there, not as many as I thought I would have in my sketchbook, but I was totes drawing on any paper I could find....and I am too lazy to find those, but I am not too lazy to scan my sketchbook~! :D
My scanner sucks. The lines are all rough looking and I did some pics in color with copics, but it was blackened...;m; Also for some reason it scanned the pages in parts so I only have some parts of the pages of my sketchbook. Also I like to make a big picture out of all my sketches, like not putting space inbetween, but it didn't scan it that way, so a lot of these might seem like one pic but they are actually part of a much larger pic which I couldn't scan for some reason...O.o; (Does even given me any options just 'scan'....)
These were some sketches to brainstorm the main character of a manga idea I had, which I've decided against unless as a short story thing just because I don't have much passion for the story. I was trying to make a shoujo heroine who was cute, but intelligent and cold, but still catchy and fun. Like somebody who you would want to be friends with, but because of her personality it is very difficult.
It didn't get ALL of this one, but surprisingly most of this page. This is a good example of what I meant about putting sketches together.
I was really inspired by Kim Jung Gi when I started my sketch book. Everything in my sketchbook is with ballpoint pen drawn without outlines. Completely free handed drawings Kim Jung Gi style. I wanted to draw the way he does and just draw.
It is shame, though. All the lines in this one seem broken up when it was pretty heavily lined and shaded....>3>
I wanted to draw something surreal for this one. You can't tell because of my stupid scanner, but the full drawing is of a girl opening up her neck to let all these smaller doodles come out.
I got a pose book for my birthday. Hyper Angle to be more specific. It's a FANTABULOUS book of CRAYZEH poses. I got the Man and Woman one so a lot of the poses were very intimate. Which is helpful for me because I suck at those poses.
So I doodled my characters in those poses~! :D
I drew moonlit dream's Stefan and Gabe~! :D I actually drew them a lot at random times actually. I can't seem to draw Gabe, though. HE'S SO HARD! But he's the type of character that I don't have and I need to learn to draw to get out of my comfort zone of pretteh bishounen.
I'm not sure who the boy above them is...O.o; I think I just wanted to draw another face?
HISOKA~! Because Hisoka....:D I am trying to figure out how to draw him properly. I think this a good drawing him. Captures his cheerfulness~! :D He's supposed to be kawaii, but I feel I keep drawing him too cool...>3>
The boy from The Juniper Tree story~! :D I was explaining the story to my friends, so I drew a picture of him~ :D
I-I don't really know...O.o; I think I was listening to strange music or looking a bunch of haute couture and thought this would be a good idea to draw. Or maybe it's one of those cases where I drew the mask first or something and then the body around it. That happens sometimes. Actually, I think that's how most of my sketches end up. I might draw a hand or a shoe or something and then draw everything else around it, so it ends up looking really funkay.
I have more...I might post more later 'cause stupid scanner caused me to have like 10 more pictures than I was planning on having..O.o; So strange that scanner...>3>
Welp...proof that I have been drawing...
This summer I've mainly just been practicing anatomy though...<.< >.>
Last post was lame. Time for a real one! I forgot I actually had things to say! XD
I have not been posting anything on my Cheer! World because I have been having loads of problems with youtube on Google Chrome. I recently updated kubuntu and now Google Chrome does not work at all. Not only that but youtube videos, no matter what I do, will not play and just say that an 'error has occurred'. I am using Firefox now, and I might switch back to Firefox ultimately.
So that's what's up with that...
What's up with not posting stuff? I feel I addresses that in the last post on here. I am just lazy. And for some reason whenever I say I will do something on here, I never do...;m; But again, that is probably do to my feelings that I MUST post something on here. I should think of it as more that I should have fun posting things on here.
However, I would like to get more involved with tumblr because I hadn't realized how useful it was due to its sharing option. Why is this? Because I never share anything when I'm on tumblr. So I would like to make use of that.
But I'd also like to give back to this community in some way. So I will brainstorm it later.
I have also been thinking more about that webcomic or manga I had in mind. I redesigned a few of my characters, which I feel are still under development, but here are just some of the major-ish characters.
From right to left I will explain le characters~! :D
First we have Yukiko! Remember Yukiko?
Toy gun toting firey red head? Now she's gone bluuueee! But actually she is more of a combination of characters now. She is calm and reserved, with a cool and level-head. However in her 'battle-mode' her true self is the red headed Yukiko. I might explain the plot to make this explanation of her make more sense....XD
Next issss...REESE! Yeahhh! Finally a pic of Reese! The Klan obsessor! I am not satisfied with design of him right now. It's mainly the outfit. Doesn't quite match his personality. He looks a bit too much like a punk here. I will fix it laterrr. Basically Reese here is a cocky rich boy genius who is a moderator (important person) in le story.
Next we have le main characterrr....Seiichi~! :D Seiichi basically looks the same. I am happy with this design. Exactly what I imagined him to look. 'cept them shoes. Seiichi is a young man with depressive tendencies who gets bullied or ignored often in school. He doesn't have very many friends and spends most of his time with toys and video games than he does with talking to other people. He is very intelligent and analytical, but he does not put forth much effort in school except for topics that interest him. He is childish and pure at heart. He just likes to live life without restrictions, but there are so many restrictions in the world...;3; Mah poor babeh! ;m;
Lastly is Tadao~! Old Tadaooo....Not really. He might be a few years old??? Anywayy...His design is basically the same but he has spiky hair instead of curly. I felt I had too many feminine looking characters with curls so I gave him spiky hair instead. I am not happy with his jacket. I just can't seem to get it right....hrmmm...I'll figure it out later I guess. I think I just now had an epiphany about what kind of jacket I'm looking for.
Okay, okay, I'll tell you guys the ploooottttt...
In this setting there are machines that are used to heal those that are mentally ill. There are no policeman anymore, only therapists. Instead of punishing the public, they try to help the public become outstanding citizens. The machines allow the users to control their consciousnesses and dig deep into figuring out their problems for themselves and fixing them for themselves. But it turns out that there is a whole organization that uses these machines illegally for entertainment through battles against avatars created by consciousness. The strength of the person's ability to control their consciousness, usually through meditation, decides the strength of the avatars.
Thus red headed Yukiko is blue headed Yukiko's avatar. I am saying avatar 'cause I have no idea what else to say. Maybe I'll figure it out.
I'm trying my best to choose a shounen topic where there can be multiple participants so that readers can feel that they can participate as well.
Welp, I think this post is long enough.
I will end it here.
Something about the grammar in my title....whatever.
I feel ashamed that I never post anything on here even though I say I will. I think the problem here is that I worry about not posting on here. Which makes me not post more. So maybe I should think of posting as a positive thing...???
Welp, I did a meme. Since memes are usually what I post most confidently on here, I shall post it confidently here~!
Been a while...;3;
Summer break is here!! Which is both exhilarating and dull because on one hand I have more time to draw 'n stuffs, but on the other I will miss many of my friends, the bulk of which I will not see until 2015...;3; I will miss them dearly until then. Although 2 people in that group I will be able to see over the summer due to summer workshops at my school so that will keep me going! XD
I will DEFINITELY be posting more here this summer 'cause I have so much time to! XD I already started posting my manga that I worked on in my Japanese class. It's in Japanese, but it's not complex or anything so it's not big deal and the story is totes cheesy, but that's what ya do with first level japanese...;orz Write like a child.
I expect to read a ton more anime, play a ton more video games, and do my summer homework of watching game of thrones. Heck, I might even read a book! O.O
I have been playing a lot of Pokemon X and Animal Crossing New Leaf...and...now that I think about it...I want to go play them right now! XD
Tomorrow I plan to draw a ton of stuff and start my own sort of summer school for myself to further my intelligence and to keep up the frequency of work that should be expected from my school so lots of work will never bog me down! ;D
Bye-bye~! (Such a short post! O.O)
I have been reading loads of manga! By loads and by reading I mean I actually read and finished 3 stories! That is a lot of reading mon! On top of that I caught up to the most recent chapters of a webcomic called Gunnerkrigg Court and also another webcomic called Cucumber Quest. I am loving the heck out of Cucumber Quest, by the way~! :D
I also came up with another idea for a manga~! Haha! Hopefully I stick with it 'cause all my other genius ideas flew out the window. From inspiration of all the things I read, especially since I actually read some webcomics (I never do that) I feel like this idea I would like to make into a webcomic. Waiii??? Idolling is sorta a webcomic...but mehhssss...I think of it as just practice, like my scratch pad. I try to keep with a story and try and make it good, but that is also for practice. How do I write a story the way I want it to go?
I will get to what my idea is about first...as I explain everything I have read recently~!
In fact, I think we are in for an informal review~! ;D
First thing I finished reading....]
This delicious 60+ manga has been on my list for a while. Every now and then I would come at the guy and read some of 'em, but not until recently...when I tried reading Gunnerkrigg Court for the first time, actually...did I read it all. In fact, I wanted to not read Gunnerkrigg Court so badly that I finished 40 chapters, the whole rest of the series, in one day. One single day. Now, I do not mean to say that Gunnerkrigg Court is terrible, it is just that I was really not used to webcomic storytelling style and I was only reading it 1. because my friends told me to and said it was really good. and 2. because I felt bad for having never read a webcomic before...;3;
Anyway, back to Bokurano.
The basic plot is this:
13 kids stay at a summer school (sorta kinda) and during their break to play at the beach they find a man who asks them if they'd like to play a game where they are in giant robots defending the earth. Of course, that sounds completely awesome, so they all (most of them) sign the contract to play the game. Little did they know this was a game for their lives!
(Haha, lame synopsis)
At first reading this I was prepared for some action packed mecha adventures, which kinda bored me. I wanted there to be more. And I got my wish. This is 100 times more than mecha adventures...in fact, it is not even a mecha adventure...O.o;
It starts off sort of corny. One of those introspective 'this was the time of our lives' sort of thing. You have the kids getting ready for fun and then at the end of the first mecha battle the real story kicks in. This is not really mechas, but about humanity and what it means to live and die.
This story tackled so many issues I have never thought of or seen before in any other manga.
But I will get on with the specifics:
Things to watch out for: This manga is a seinen manga which means they will talk about rape and show the ugliness of humanity, but it is not particularly graphic (as in, you do not see it, you just feel the sadness).
-Storytelling is amazing! I may have said above that it starts off corny, but those are lies! The opening lines actually tie in so perfectly to the ending that I felt those were entirely needed.
-Creative backgrounds of fleshed out characters. Nobody here is particularly flat. You get to see every character's life situation and philosophy on life and death.
-Crisp art style which delivers the perfect amount of emotion to each scene.
-The biggest pro here is overall just the story and philosophy. As one example, one of the characters reflects on the time when her parents' were thieved and questioned why they parents not only were not mad at their thief, but treated him with overwhelming kindness. Her parents just told her that she is too young to understand. This is a type of thinking I have never come across and leads into several different kinds of discussions. Reading each chapter you argue in your head how to think about each situation presented.
-Some of the characters look the same, and it is somewhat difficult to figure out if the character is male or female. I kept getting one of the boys mixed up with one of the girls the entire time! ;3;
-The art style is quite rough. This is only a very very minor complaint since it does not really detract from the story and the anatomy is overall very good, but if you are looking for wowing art, that isn't really found in Bokurano. It is more about the storytelling and thoughts presented in the story.
-Sometimes the material gets a little far-fetched. There was one scene, which still bothers me, where they go on about talking about how science behind how the characters can teleport in and out of the robot and it was quite convincing (I mean, not with real science, but it was fairly in-depth). Then they started talking about duplicating people, it made a little bit of sense, but when the characters questioned if they could just duplicate people can get out of situation the person explaining it said that they couldn't because the duplicate does not have the person's soul. What? That is how they got around it? That is just a small, but recurring problem with the story. I feel if you do not like the story it is because of these little cut offs. Why give us all that information and then just slap something flat and as close to saying 'I dunno why?' even though they knew to say all that other stuff why not explain everything if you explain some. Too much copping out made the story not as realistic as I would have liked it to feel.
Overall the story is fantabulous! As I have been saying!
This story deals heavily with children faced with death and because of that it is a very depressing story. If you are in the mood for depressing stories or in the mood for thought-provoking stories then you should definitely read Bokurano.
Here is another manga where people die every chapter or so~! :D I sure like me manga to come with a good helping of death.
Ikigami is abouutttt:
In the Japanese society depicted in Ikigami there have been laws put in place for several years in which everyday 1 in 1000 people between the ages of 18 and 24 will die for their nation due to the ingestion of a poison when they were in elementary school. Every child is forced to take a pill with chances that it might have poison which will kill them when they are older. Ikigami is about the deliverer of the ikigami, the death notice, to each person 24 hours before they die.
I think you know where this is going. I feel there are several manga like this (and I always read them, because they are so good). Basically you have people every chapter who show their lives and struggles as they learn to cope with their inevitable deaths, cutting their life short, before they are usually able to grasp any sort of dream.
This does not delve as deep as Bokurano into existentialism, rather it focuses more on societies affects on people. The problem of society and government's relationships. Although the society is obviously fictional, it is clear that the author has a lot of social criticism under his belt. The story here is more on the drama and feelings of the individual. It begs the questions 'What if I only have 24 hours to live?' Nobody has that answer.
-Art is gorgeous. It will make your jaw drop. It will make you want to go draw a picture of every emotion a human can make because this guy is AMAZING at drawing faces. I was already a fan of his from Heads, which is the main reason I even read Ikigami (I mean, plot sounds lovely, but plot synopsis really means nothing because the story could be written in a completely different way than you imagined). Everything is so clean and so perfect in this. It makes it a bit hard to read anything else not by this mangaka...;orz
-Story telling is masterful. It is just so clean and...masterful. What more is there for me to say? Each scene unfolds with the most perfect flow of drama. Every panel tells every detail of the story. There is never a time where I just skip over looking at a panel because then I will miss an important display of emotion.
-Similar to Heads, it is sort of like a movie. It is quite dramatic and I felt like somebody was always going to get mad and go on a killing spree...which happened several times. I do remember face palming on the last killing spree because I was just thinking 'Why does everyone want revenge? How come nobody thinks 'I want to make everyone happy and feel bad when I die' instead of 'I want everyone to die to know my pain'. Luckily (sorta) that problem was (sorta) answered in a few chapters later, but still...If I was going to die and I wanted revenge on somebody (actually I still do this) I becoming as nice as I can be so that they hate themselves and then my revenge is satisfied. Killing is not the way gaiz! Go read some Higurashi!
-Not really a complaint about the manga, just watch out about bad translators! It really ruins the moment when in the middle of the story the editor is cracking jokes and playing around with the spelling of words or using weeaboo slang. It ruins the overall atmosphere of the story. So bewarreee! Or just buy it...heh...XD
Similar to Bokurano, if you are in a mood to be sad or touched read this. If not then don't. This one is not as hard on the 'what if this happened' sort of situations. Many of the stories are in the end very touching and make you think more about life...which....woah....that is what the presence of the law was supposed to do to the people in the society...I see what you did there mangaka! >;D
And last but not leassstttt....
This is probably the weirdest manga I have every read. That and it is also one of the greatest experiences I have every had reading a manga.
The story could turn some of you guys off to it, but please read manga at all times with an open mind! It is truly a gem of manga!
It is more the opposite of Ikigami. The society in Ultra Heaven has all drugs legalized, although now the government is slowly beginning to crack down on this law and clean up the streets of drug abusers. Bars in this manga have become pump bars which allow old and young to take whatever they want to feel however they would like from the expertise of the bartender who has become some sort of therapist in a way. Our main character is a heavy addict who is beginning to lose sight of what is reality and what is just a hallucination.
Honestly I did not read the synposis for this before I read it! XD I just saw the cover art and I was like 'looks familiar....and I like the style...Let's read it!' Because anything in a semi-realistic style is immediately a good idea to me! XD Probably would not have read it if it was about drugs...and that would have been a terrible idea! Do not ignore this because of the plot! It is AMAZINNNGGG!!
Since the main character is constantly hallucinating you have no clue what is going on as well and I felt an immense feeling of disorientation and confusion, but a great sort of confusion. It was like I was high with him (not that I would know what that is like, but stillzzz). IT WAS AMAZZZINNNGGG!! Okay, okay, let's get on with the pros and cons!
Watch out for: All the manga I have listed are seinen. This one is a bit more mature than the others due to sexual content.
-The art is amazing. Ikigami was lovely for the faces and expressions, this one has that and more. Let me just show you a page:
That is pretty much the detail that is shown on every page. Every page is a work of art on its own, it is crazy that is can actually tell a story, as trippy as the story is. Half the pages in the manga are so dizzying I do not know how the mangaka could draw them.
-Not only is this manga a crazy experience reading and looking at, but the story is just genius. It focuses more on the idea of 'what is reality?'. Similar to Paprika and Inception it focuses on the merging of the dream world and reality, but this does it to an unbelievable skill. How did the mangaka do this?!
-There is something in here for everyone~! :D Not really! But if you are looking for inspiration I highly recommend this! There is at least some technique by this mangaka that will catch your eye. It is so different from anything that I have ever read immediately after reading my mind was just popping with so many different ideas!
-Can't really think of anything...Maybe the ending was slightly not so satisfying...and maybe the story was hard to catch onto, but I think that is the point. You don't know what's going on and neither does the main character.
I HIGHLY recommend this to everyone! READ IT! I mean, it's not for kids 'cause....sexual content and adult themes and yadda yadda, but I feel this would be incredibly helpful for anybody stuck in art block.
Not gonna talk about webcomics...Sorry, but if you would like to read about Gunnerkrigg Court or Cucumber Quest then go and read them. That's how I experienced them...sorta...Also I have no expertise in webcomics to recommend anything! ;orz
But back to the above...my new manga idea~! :D This will probably go away by tomorrow...'orz
Basically it is inspired by Ultra Heaven.
It's about dreams~! :D Definitely had an idea for this a looooooong time ago and then I came back after lots of research saying 'Y'know what, I do not care about dreams'...but Ultra Heaven took it from a different perspective. It's not dreams, it's the comparison of dreams and reality. Dreams are not some separate world exactly, they aren't the world of imagination, they are part of the process of our brain when we sleep. Therefore I would like to set up some sort of organized story blah in a society blah where dreams are somehow incorporated where I tackle, from my perspective, that idea of 'what is reality?'
It will still be action slightly shounen with liiike deaths and whatever ('cause that's what I do, man), but now I actually have a reason to write it! :D I mean...a theme...whatever you call it. Over arching idea? The other stories I tried to write were like 'This is quirky and fun, let's write this' or something...but I feel like the overall idea I am thinking of is flexible enough for me to add both science-y stuff and my own imagination instead of trying to force it.
This way I found that I am able to put my OCs in to a story! FINALLY!!
Finally Klan and Reese will be placed in some place they belong! Finally mah boy Vincent has a place to go! Finally Poe and that guy with the smiley face afro has a place to go~! :D Makes me happy has a mother of so many OCs that I now have somewhere to put them! But I do need to make a good amount of changes to each character and make them not stand so much out. I needed characters with eccentric personalities and struggles and I found I have a lot of them! I also found I have a lot of flat characters, too...so some of there characters I really like I can't use because they are paired with somebody else and that just won't do. No pairs you guys. If they can't live without their foil then they are too flat to go on.
CONGRATULATIONS ON MAKING IT TO THE END OF THIS POST! You must be tired and thirsty. Here is some tea and cookies and a nice fluffy bed after that terrible trek up the mountain of this post. Please relax your head now.