How I make anime postcards. DIY scrapbook postcards.

I like making postcards with cute amine girls and decorate them with various stationery for scrapbooking.

The ones above I made for myself out of pure joy of making them. The process of creating anime postcard is very stress-relieving and calming. I mean, who can resist putting hand on glittery butterflies and washi-tapes? Definitely, not me.

I want to show the process of how I make such postcards in case anyone is interesting and want to make it themselves.

Let’s take a fanart postcard with Princess Yona from “Akatsuki no Yona” (Manga/Anime). Character belongs to Kusanagi Mizuho.

My process including few stages:

  1. Rough sketch of the picture I want to draw for the postcard.

2. Actually drawing a picture of a character I want to put on the postcard. I use small A5 size watercolor paper or paper for graphics or any kind of paper which would go well with the materials you are going to use. I mostly use Markers. Sometimes watercolor pencils to color the skin. But mostly markers. Sometimes I also use washi-tape to decorate parts of the clothes or other details of the drawing. To make more interesting and funny. I typically stick washi-tape on the top of the drawing and use extractors knife to cut out the shape I need.

3. The part where the magic happens: I take two-sided sticky tape and stick it to the opposite side of the paper (backside opposite to the one I was drawing on). It would look like this from the backside with the double-sided sticky taped glued to it:

4. Cut the crap! Take my scissors -friends and cut out a shape of a character with the double-sided sticky tape on the back

It is really easy. The tricky part is to decide what kind of decorations yo want to use and what kind of picture you want to draw.

5. Composition. I take a bunch of stuff out of the box where I keep my scrapbook supplies and a blank postcard made of colored carton. Then I try to rearrange these pieces on the postcard and try to fit this picture of the character on the postcard. I move things around until I like the result.

6. Finally stick all the stuff together and TA-DAM! The postcard is ready:

7. More decoration! Sometimes I also decorate the back and inside of the postcard as well:

The following postcards were made for my friends, mostly including their Original Characters, and sent to them.

^_^ Until the next time,

Heiseihi

Webtoon creators’ collaborations of 2020

Happy New Year 2021!

Last Year my friend LisHikaru, the creator of “the Sands of Gods” webtoon had introduced me to the thing which is called webtoon collaborations, which is a collectively created by fellow creators art in a form of vertical scroll, where everyone draws their original characters from webcomics (or webtoons – which is a term used for comics hosted on webtoon comic publishing platform)  all entries in these collaborations are united by one theme, sometimes color palette and/or background.

Last Year my friend LisHikaru, the creator of “the Sands of Gods” webtoon had introduced me to the thing which is called webtoon collaborations, which is a collectively created by fellow creators art in a form of vertical scroll,where everyone draws their original characters from webcomics (or webtoons – which is a term used for comics hosted on webtoon comic publishing platform)  all entries in these collaborations are united by one theme, sometimes color pallette and/or background.

Not only I got a chance to meet other fellow-creators this way, but it is also a very fun and creative activity which also serves promotional purposes. It is very hard to find any title on webtoon unless it is a part of add revenue program, and gets advertisment from the site staff.

Webtoons have two parts of the website

Originals –  for contracted comics which are being published by the site itself on a weekly schedule.

And webtoon Canvas – for anyone who want to use this website as free hosting for their comics. I am only talking about webtoon canvas’ creators in this post.

So, enough talking let’s have a look at the results of our collective creative activity

I have two comics published on webtoon canvas.

TIME TO LIVE COLLABORATIONS

(my manga Time to Live on Webtoon)

1) Maslenitsa collaboration dedicated to our slavic holiday. Creator- Lis Hikaru

Here is my entry:

Here is the link to see full collaboration – MASLENITSA

2) Mermaid feat. Annabelle from “Time to Live” who turned into  a  Mermaid for this special occasion. Creator- Lis Hikaru

And the link to see full collaboration – MERMAY

3) Zodiac feat. Annabelle again ^_^ collab leader that time was dreamcakes, the creator of “The prince and the wolf” webtoon. Every Zodiac sign was represented by two characters one girl and one boy. Annabelle was Libra, I have chosen this sign because I feel like it represents her the best always balancing between her dark and light sides.

Link to see full collab – ZODIAC

4) Canvas criminals organized by MarieJaneWorks, the author of “The Alley Cat” feat my pretty demon Shane from Time to Live.

My entry, background drawn by the collab leader, MarieJaneWorks

Here is the link to see full collaboration – CANVAS CRIMINALS

FALLEN CLOUDS COLLABORATIONS

(My webcomic Fallen Clouds on Webtoon)

1) My first collab in Fallen Clouds was magical boys and girls collab organized by M.RedDragon the creator of “Dissonant Paradise” webtoon. The date of publishing was 30th June because of SailorMoon’s birthday.

My entry was Erie as a magical girl:

Link to see full collab – MAGICAL BOYS AND GIRLS

2) Summer Beach collab .Creator – Lis Hikaru The Sands of Gods. I enjoyed drawing my characters in sweatsuits

My entry:

Link to see full collab – SUMMER BEACH COLLAB

3) Summer rain

Warm summer rain, colorful Hydrangea flowers in full blossom, umbrellas of various vibrant colors; couples hiding from rain under the trees, jackets and umbrellas. People running, dancing and having fun in the puddles splashing water; 

Summer rainstorm with heavy clouds and lightning. Raindrops on the window while someone sitting on the windowsill with a book and cup of coffee.

mer Beach collab .Creator – Lis Hikaru The Sands of Gods.

My entry:

Link to see full collab – SUMMER RAIN

4) For Halloween we had a party of characters from webtoon canvas, with supernatural/magical abilities and various kinds of fantasy/paranormal creatures flying from every direction to celebrate Halloween together!

mer Beach collab .Creator – Lis Hikaru The Sands of Gods.

My entry:

Link to see full collab – HALLOWEEN

5) The magical and cozy conclusion of the year is a photo book collection of memories, collected by webtoon creators with our characters celebrating winter holidays.

My entry:

Link to see full collab – WINTER PHOTO BOOK

That was a full year of collective creativity in review. Thanks to all amazingly talented creators who took part in these collaborations and the ones who organised, put together and made beautiful designs for logos and backgrounds.

Webtoon “Fallen Clouds”, trying new format of storytelling.

About my comic “Fallen clouds”

Somewhere far away in the North there is a land where clouds fall from the sky and cover everything with a soft cold blanket. Erifeya is a beautiful southern Nymph ready to risk her life for a chance to see the snow. After a stubborn northern barbarian Ratibor saves her from the deadly cold, Erie decides to return the favor. Nymph offers magical help in search of his sister, kidnapped by the warlock. Their journey full of adventures, sweet romance, and spooky creatures of Slavic mythology awaits

This year has been a bit crazy with global pandemic and all. I hope you all are doing well.

I came to tell here what I’ve been up to for the whole year of 2020

In the end of May 2020, I’ve began publishing my new comic project on webtoon canvas. This experience was interesting at least. Not only I made a decision to try creating a full colored comic, I also changed format. Instead of the pages, which I usually draw on A4 format, I went webtoon – vertical scroll format rout. And, hoo boy, I did struggle with it. Not only it takes me several times longer to make panels in full color, but I also had to change the format of thinking and push it beyond page limits. Sometimes it worked. Sometimes it didn’t. At the end I decided to make normal pages, as I used to, and crop them afterwards with rearranging for the vertical scroll. Scroll is good for smartphones, I can see why it became so popular lately. Not every one owns PC but a lot of people own smartphones nowadays. Not everyone, of course, but more and more people everyday. But even from the PC tablet it is hard to read at least for me – the text is too big the frames are too big. So, I prefer to have both formats available. Shame – it took me too long to realize. As they say, to live is to learn, or something like that.

Here is the video of one of the latest pages I have drawn, recorded with Clip Studio Paint App on tablet PC. One and half minute video actually took me three evenings to draw and color this page. And this one was relatively easy to draw.

Check out my comic on Webtoon

Also my friend LisHikaru, the author of “the Sands of Gods” webtoon had introduced me to amazing world of other webtoon canva’s creators and collaboration. Oh gosh! Those webtoon collabs we made together with other creators from Canvas section on Webtoons were the most bright impression of this year spent in lock down and remote work.

I mean I also got my second degree at uni, but that was definitely not as impressing as collabing with all the wonderful artists out there. So honored to be able to take part in such fun activity alongside amazing comic creators.

Fallen Clouds or what the heck does this supposed to mean.

Well, that is the title of my colored comic, which you are able to read for free on webtoon Canvas and Tapas. My original title is “Where the clouds fall on earth”. (Which was supposed to mean “snow”.)

However, after some thinking was done on my part, I decided to shorten it. I’ve always been using “fallen clouds” as working title for this story anyway. I thought something shorter would be much easier searchable on the comic reading ups and give less chances of misspelling and mispunctuating since webtoon’s app recognizes punctuation as well and not show the search results if you mistype the title.

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As of today when I’m writing this post on December of 2020, my comic got 2,6 thousands readers on webtoon. It is bizarre to think about. I’ve never had more then hundred people interested in my stuff. And here I have more. I am not sure how many of those people are real, tho. There are actual readers who reading my story and leaving comments on every episode I publish. It is shocking to me and I am so very grateful to each and everyone of them. Nice feedback helps me move forward with the story. And I want to thank them all. Unfortunately, webtoon doesn’t allow people to have profile pages, so I don’t know who they are. But I want to thank them all for taking time to write kind words about my story and drawings.

A also mirror this story on Tapas.io and I also have readers there which I am very grateful for!

XO, Heiseihi.

Coloring book “Russian Fairy Tale”. Unboxing parcel and flip through.

Hi!

Storytime here: I`ve ordered 4 copies of my coloring book “Russian fairytale. Manga girls” – to see how would they look on paper. I always do that and usually give them to my nieces later ^_^ But Amazon sent me 3 copies. Probably, there was some mistake during processing the parcel. And they send one more copy separately ^.^’ for this one copy they used the super fast delivery method so it arrived two weeks prior to the second parcel with three copies. I didn’t film the first parcel’s unboxing because I got it snatched out of my hands and unwrapped by someone else =D

But as the second one arrived I set up my camera and here it is:

Here are some pictures of the first one, which arrived at the beginning of October.

This coloring book turned out to be really pretty. I am kind of proud.

 

Now I have four of them in total. A collection of 105 drawings .

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if you are interested you could grab a copy here 

New and old manga on Tapas and Webtoon

Hi!Hi!

This journal entry is dedicated to my manga ^_^
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I`ve been waiting for 10 years for this to happen.
I started this series in 2008-2009, then trashed all the pages I had by 2010.
Then I started again in 2013.  And paused for many reasons.
My story doesn’t wish to vanish. It wants to live. So, let it be!
It is Time. Time to Live. ^___^
As much as it “time to live” for my OCs inside the story, it is time to live for the story itself.
I`m uploading it on Tapas. The first episode was up this week, and I’m planning to upload once a week, We’ll see.
It’s paranormal/urban fantasy/romance with demons, witches and bunch of other supernatural creatures.
And I love this story, I can’t even express how much! I am so excited about this project of mine like I`ve never been before. :happybounce:

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Read on Tapas|or Webtoon
When I first started, I had no idea, what I was doing, but now, since I`ve finished my manga “Videira” earlier this year (Yay!) I have a little bit of experience ^.^

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Videira on Tapas

Also, I’m in the process of translating and uploading my “Valkyrie” manga to Tapas as well. It’s finished as well.

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Read on Tapas

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With all that being said, I would be very happy if you consider to check my stories out!
Thanks for your attention!
XOXO, Heiseihi <(^_^)>(”’)

☙“Russian Fairy Tale. Manga girls”❧ New coloring book!

I am so happy to announce that my fourth coloring book is finally live and available on Amazon. I called it “Russian Fairy Tale” as it features various representations of Russian traditional culture and mythology. I’ve spent this summer working on these drawings and I am glad how drawings turned out. I tried to include various levels of complexity and the number of details.

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If you enjoy coloring manga girls in historical and traditional outfits, this coloring book is for you.

“Russian Fairy Tale. Manga girls” coloring book contains:
✅27 original hand-drawn designs of pretty manga/anime styled girls
✅Traditional Russian outfits
✅Attributes of Russian culture
✅Mythological creatures
✅Flowers, patterns and ornaments
✅Cute manga girls
✅Girl’s power in its beauty
✅Russian musical instruments
✅Few animals
✅Delightful historical scenes for relaxation
✅ Rusalka
✅ Firebird
Coloring book suitable for children, teens, and adults featuring the art of shoujo manga and anime style, including pictures of different complexity level.
Calm down your stress and relax immersing yourself into the enjoyable craft of coloring various female characters.
Recommended art-tools are colored pencils. If you decide to use markers or something which may bleed through the paper, it would be better to put a sheet of paper beneath the page you color to prevent spoilage of the next drawing.
All pictures in this book are one-sided.
All drawings made by artist Heiseihi.
Have fun and happy coloring!

Here is a photo of some drawings included in this coloring book:

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New coloring book theme reveal.

Hi everyone!

Thank you for stopping by!

I want to share my new creative project with you all, which would be the 4th coloring book in my series of random pretty manga girls.

I had this idea for a couple of years on my mind, and only this year I became brave enough to pull it out and do something with that. Which is to make a series of drawings inspired by Russian traditional outfits, fairy-tales, and mythology. I really love everything pagan and Slavic but I want to avoid cliches or try and play around with them. I was afraid my skills were not good enough to make justice and to represent these things in a beautiful way. Anything we create always looks so much better inside our heads than it does on paper.

Anyway, I’d spent this summer gathering these artworks together and trying my best to make justice to the culture of my country. Here are some drawing examples:

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I hope you’ll like it.

Until next time,

Heiseihi XO

Summer update.

Hey there!

This summer goes extremely well. I have a good time enjoying the fresh air and freshly picked berries in the woods at our summer cottage, as I had taken much-needed vacations from the “real job”.  I’m trying to make at least something creative every day. My art always has this therapeutic effect and has been a huge stress relief for me.

Meanwhile, I’m almost done drawing all the pages of chapter 0 from my manga-project I am really passionate about. I am aiming for an autumn launch. But I’m going to have my time and if it takes me longer, I won’t stress out because of that.

Also, I’m toying with the idea of creating another coloring book. I have some thematic drawings in process, but I’m not going to reveal the theme or the title just yet. I need to be sure I would be able to finish all of them and that I’d be able to produce good quality drawings before I announce anything. If this won’t work out the way I anticipate then I would push this idea aside. Hopefully, that wouldn’t happen and I’d go as I planned. We’ll see.

And the last but not least, I’m still trying to figure out how to write fiction. I know, I know. You probably are rolling your eyes up, my English-speaking friends out there. Just bear with me for my cringy grammar and awkward word usage. I am in the process of learning. And, I just can’t shut up these stories flowing in my head. They need a way out, or my head is going to explode one day if I won’t let them out.

I hope you all have a great summer!

 

I have finished drawing my manga (comics) “Videira”. Yay!

My graphic novel “Videira” has come to its conclusion. I can not believe I’ve finished it. Yesterday on 31, March 2019. Holly crap! It’s been 8 years. 10 chapters. 266 manga pages.

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 Well, I didn`t draw only this comics exclusively (or graphic novel or manga, whatever you call it). But it still was so much more time than I had initially expected. I remember how I started to write dialogues for the first chapter in my Totoro notebook while I was sitting in the University’s library when I came late for class and the teacher didn`t let me in. LOL. That notebook is very precious to me as I had bought it in Ghibli shop in Kyoto, which the whole another story for another time.

It’s been so long since I’d started to draw the first chapter in 2011. There were a few times when I wanted to drop it or give up on this story entirely but I am so glad that I didn’t.

Firstly, I wanted to have it traditionally published and when I pitched it to only one publisher which existed on the Russian market back in the day. I got a rejection, which drove me into half a year of depression. I shelved this project and began working on other projects. But I was lucky enough to have my manga-drawing buddies and dedicated readers who supported me and genuinely liked this manga. I will be forever grateful to them for being such great support for me and my characters, with kind encouraging words and beautiful fan arts of my characters from Videira. Could you actually imagine that? Such wonderful artists draw portraits of my manga-babies and they were amazing. 

I am happy that I have found the strength to continue drawing for myself, even if I knew it would lead to nowhere in terms of desirable career, but it meant so much to me. Regardless of everything going on in my life and the daily job, I was able to finish this story because of only love to my characters and their journey, because of my few but so precious readers out there, waiting for every chapter and cheering me up along the way. I made it for myself, just to know that I can, that I am capable of finishing something bigger than one-shot story. By the way, all one-shots I drew during my university years when I had half a day free time it was easier than with 8 hours a day job + 3 hours to get there and back. +)

“Videira” was the easiest, loveliest and the lightest of all my stories. I don’t know if it transfers to the page or not but it certainly feels like it. Maria, the main character, is such a positive and cheerful girl, even when she cries. I had a lot of fun with this story as well as a lot of troubles, for example, I had no clue how to draw the freacking crocodiles, but I did it anyway. This manga came from a pure place of joy. I am still sitting here and rereading my readers’ comments and smiling from ear to ear because they liked it and crying at the same time because of how much it meant to me.

I’ve learned a lot. If I were doing it now I would have done many things differently. Especially in regards to the representation of other cultures and people with perspectives different from mine. When I came up with the story idea and started drawing it, I was barely more than a child, I didn’t even consider the possibility of such things. Now, as I am a grown-up person, I see all my mistakes, but it is kinda late to go back and fix everything. I’ll try to avoid the same mistakes in my future works. Hopefully, this experience would help me to become a better author and a better artist.

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Even though it’s a little bit sad to say good-bye to these characters whom I had spent that much time with, I am glad to have it finished. And more than anything, I am grateful to the people, my wonderful drawing-buddies, whom I met thanks to this manga. ^_^

 

Character’s POV troubles.

In anticipation of upcoming camp nanowrimo.

One gigantic problem I have with my writing, which gives me a massive headache, is POV switching. I am not a fan of the 1st person POV. I might sometimes enjoy reading it, but writing it doesn’t work for me at all. It gives me the creeps. Meanwhile, most of my favorite books have multiple 3rd person POVs and switching them like crazy. But those done by masters. Not me, making baby steps in writing, and trying to write my story using a foreign language (which is kinda hard on its own).

For drafting, I use YWriter program which is small and light and has a very simple clean interface – exactly what I need. I tried scrivener, and I was so overwhelmed by how many features are in there I couldn’t use it. These features might be very useful, but I find them rather distracting.

So I use the simplest writing program I managed to find. And the most important thing which it does: allows you to create chapters and the scenes within chapters and move them around however you wish. One of the cool additional features – it allows you to “export outline” – basically what it does is exporting only chapters’ and scences within chapters’ headings.

The story, which I`m working on (not very intensively working at the actual writing at this moment, but constantly doing it now and then) is the one which I came up with the idea of when I was 11 years old. It was quite a long time ago. And since then I have this waste world and lots lots lots of characters living in my head. I managed to cut a huge chunk of the cast out, but there are still a lot of them and everyone has their own stuff going on. One of the trickiest parts for me is to keep POVs sustainable.

Idd2nkt4-92f11085-15be-48c3-b0d6-2d4a3a74355a knew I might have trouble with my large cast, but what I beheld when I exported my “outline” (chapters and scenes’ headings) and color-coded them in regard to POV… well, it had punched me in the gut. Just look, how freaking random it is. [on the right]  I removed the titles, but I guess the idea is clear. Every POV character in particular scene has their own color. It is only the first part of the beginning and I already have 8 POVs. One of my main leads is not even presented yet. And I don`t know what am I supposed to do with that? Is it a good thing? Is it a bad thing? Am I making a disservice to my beloved story by using so many POVs? Or is it what I need?

According to writers’ advice:

  1. You should use the POV of the person who has the most at the stake at the moment or who has the most of action or most of the emotional impact. © Brandon Sanderson
  2. The important thing is to make POVs of different persons sound different. I get it. But I doubt it is humanly possible for me to make all of them distinct and different from each other when there are 8 main characters POVs and about 7 additional throughout the whole story. Some of them have more vivid personalities and distinct voices, but most of them do not. It’s something to work on. In my case, it might mean to cut down the number of POV characters.

From the other hand, I am a fan of being able to see the larger scope. Maybe this is why I do not like 1st person’s POV. I want an ability to see from the bigger lens. More “cinematic” 3rd person is my POV of choice.

3) You should make breaks between POV switches clear, whether it a chapter break, paragraph break or including a little bit of omniscient 3rd person narrator in between and try not to confuse the reader with it, which is another struggle for me. Its all clear for me of course. But would it be clear for another person? Probably not.

I already had been told by beta-reader, that my narration jumps between different characters’ perspectives and also I was told I should better rewrite it from one person’s POV (it was another story where I had much fewer characters then I do here: 3 or 4).

I inclined to disagree as “jumping between people’s heads” was exactly what I wanted to do, I’d just failed to present it correctly. As I mentioned above, all my favorite stories juggling multiple POVs and I want to learn to do the same. So let’s keep learning. 

I`ll just leave it here as a small reminder to myself and a warning.