Summer Memories 2021

I made a video. This video is a compilation of several time-lapse drawing processes of me making my comics “Time to Live” and “Fallen Clouds”, nature footage that I made throughout the Summer of 2021 year. Mostly nature footage took on Lake Baikal’s shore. Vlog style without voice-over. Just something warm, nice, and lovely I wanted to remember during this cold Fall season.

Two of my favorite things in the World is to be in my summer cottage and to draw my comics.

It was a lovely sunny day in August when we took a walk to the Baikal’s shore:

Panoramic view of my favorite shore

Here are couple more of close up photos of waves and some weird construction on the lake side. This thing was built out of dry logs washed by the waves from the lake to the shore. Such logs are very smooth and polished by the sand:

Here is a “Time to Live” comics poster, I actually drew this picture long time ago on paper. In 2013 or so. It’s been a long time and I finally colored it in Clip Studio Paint app on my tablet PC this year. And I am so happy with the result. This is one of my favorite drawings in terms of the mood and the way I depicted character’s personalities.

Characters from my comics “Time to Live”

Some of the backgrounds are from clip studio assets library, which means I didn’t draw them, just pasted into the picture. Anyway, this art is not pretending to be a masterpiece. Just a little funny picture which warms my heart. ^_^

I live in the place where the climate is very harsh: too hot in summer, too cold in winter. But, every season has its own beauty.

Maybe, next time I’ll post some golden leaves photos and snowy landscapes.

Until next time,

Have a nice day!

Working on new coloring book

I am working on new coloring book. This time I wanted to draw more common girls, not fairies and fantastical creatures, not princesses or traditional outfits, but normal average girls in casual everyday clothes.

I had the title in mind before I drew any pictures. I am in the process of drawing the content and I can tell that the majority of the drawings are done, several pieces are lest to complete. Here are some examples of the pieces that would be included.

Also, I opened long time ago promised Payhip store, where you could purchase my digital downloads directly from me, which are printable pdfs of my coloring books. I am thinking about adding comics in pdf format there later.

I know that some people prefer to buy digital coloring books and print them out on a paper of their choice I was actually contacted by the real customers who said it was the case. (Which I never even thought about before that.)

Unfortunately, Etsy doesn’t allow to open stores from my country. I also had unpleasant experience with gumroad website. I don’t want to go in the details, I was basically scammed there by a fraudulent on customer’s side, which I was informed about by GR support team on the email. The damage was not critical but it left some uneasy stain.

So, I took the products down and opted for a Payhip instead. Actually I found out about this payhip website on Joanna Pen’s youtube channel. I really enjoy listening to her podcasts when I draw. Her positive attitude and very useful tips and advice were what inspired me to create a coloring book in the first place back in 2017.

Hopefully future experience would be better for me and the customers. =^_^=

Until next time,

Heiseihi XO

Writing a story in a foreign language.

Writing a book is a reckless idea on its own, regardless of what language you used to tell your story. But when you are trying to pretend to be a storyteller using foreign language, it turns out to be a real challenge. Not only you have to master the craft but also to learn the language. It may become such a tricky trap. For someone like us, who wasn’t blessed with the opportunity to be born bilingual and pursued the learning of another language as foreign second or third, the very fact of writing fiction in the language other than our native is already cool. It sounds cool, looks cool, and feels cool. Feels like achievements.

Meanwhile, we usually forget that natives do not use certain phrases, they have slang, shortcuts and special speaking habits. And even if our writing grammatically correct to the extent of getting us excellent scores, if it was a study paper, it might not have the living soul of fictional text or lack the natural easiness and creative vibes.

What am I supposed to do if I am so desperately in love with prose in English? (Thanks to crappy translations, which can be found in our local shops, which motivated me to read the original texts). Should I give up on the dream to be able to convey stories of my heart to the world or should I give it a try despite the risk of writing something plain and boring using language that is not my mother tongue?

As you might have noticed, English is not my native language. But somehow, it is easier for me to express thoughts and tell stories using English. Even though it not might be always grammatically or stylistically correct.

Anyway, I am firm believer in “if you want to do something, but don’t know how”, give it a try and learn in the process.

So, I did.

The first story I wrote in English was a disaster. I mean, I still like the story, but the way I wrote it was terrible. It was 55 k words long fantasy and took me two Nanowrimos to complete.

The second one turned out a little bit better, but it was still in a desperate need of deep and thorough edits. This one I was working on for three years and it grew up to 88 k words. I am really proud of myself for accomplishing this. Also, a fantasy.

I am working on the third one which is little a mystery experiment. Still in the process.

And I am not planning to stop.

Let’s see how my writing experiments would turn out, and would I ever be brave enough to share them with the World.

“Realm of Elves and Fairies” coloring book flip through.

The paperback of my fifth coloring book “Realm of Elves and Fairies” has arrived! Have a sneak peek inside and flip through its pages with me!

It took me a really long time to make all these drawings but it was worth it and I am happy with the result! 

Here is the flip through video I recorded:

And here is some “official” description:

The coloring book features the art of shoujo-manga and anime style,  26 drawings of elves and fairies including pictures of different complexity levels.

If you enjoy coloring cute fairy girls with pointed ears, this coloring book is for you! 

☙“Realm of Elves and Fairies. Manga girls”❧ coloring book contains:

✅26 original hand-drawn designs of pretty manga/anime styled girls




✅Butterflies & Dragonflies

✅couple of other animals and one bug

✅Cute manga girls

✅Coloring for relaxation

Calm down your stress and relax immersing yourself in 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 me.

And, here are some photos:

New Coloring Book – “Realm of Elves and Fairies. Manga girls.”

Hey there!

Recently, I’ve been working on a new coloring book. And it is finally out!

May I present to you “Realm of Elves and Fairies. Manga girls.” Here she is:

It’s a paperback collection of 26 one-sided drawings featuring elves and fairies of various kinds and complexity level for fun and relaxation coloring. I’ve been working illustrations for this book since last summer, and I am really proud of their quality. If you compare my first coloring book published in 2017 and this one – there is a big improvement in my drawing skills and designs of the girls to color. At least it seems so to me.

This time I’ve been partially using me new drawing tablet to make line-arts. In the previous books most of the drawings were done on paper.

Here are some examples of the drawings featured in this coloring book. As usual I’ve getting most of my inspiration from nature.

It is the fifth coloring book in the series. I have couple more ideas for other coloring books, so I am going to keep working on them. Stay tuned for more news!

Pretty manga girls for coloring. Coloring books by Heiseihi.

I am also planning to make a downloadable printable PDF version for those who tend to take books apart, scan, and print on their own paper of choice.

XO, Heiseihi

Drawing on Samsung Galaxy tab S 6 lite with Clip Studio paint and Ibis Paint apps.

It’s been two month since I bought Samsung Galaxy tab s 6 lite (pc tablet) and all these time I’ve been using it mostly for drawing purposes. Tablet comes with S-pen included. I really like how soft and smooth the touch of the stylus on the screen and it is very responsive and overall drawing experience is very nice and pleasant for me. On the other hand, I’ve never owned either PC tablet or any kind of drawing tablet with draw on the screen feature before (I`ve been using Wacom Bamboo for drawing since 2011). So I have nothing to compare with. Anyways, I am quite happy working with what I’ve got for the price it costs.

With that being said let’s move on to the drawing apps I’ve tried. One thing that I really like about drawing in both of these apps is timelapse feature, which auto-records your drawing process and squeezes it into small time frame ranging between 15 sec and 3 minutes if I am not mistaken (don’t quote me on that) on Ibis Paint. The longest video I managed to record on CSP was about 6 minutes. I have not quite figured out how to regulate the length of timelapse there,aside from picking between 15 seconds,30 seconds,1 minute and


Firstly, I tried Ibis paint app, barbecue CSP didn’t have timelapse recording feature at that time (now it has it, since December 10, 2020). I really wanted to try video recording process.

Interface was quite intuitive and easy to understand. There is free and paid version of the app, I used free version and it works fine for me. However, I found the brushes there a little bit harder for me to operate because I got used to other apps where my brush of choice was very smooth and sensitive. I really liked using this Ibis Paint app!

It also has big variety of brushes to choose from and materials library, where you can find backgrounds, screentones, patterns and use it in your art.  It’s awesome bonus. Ibis pant also has online platform where you  can share your art through Twitter. (You log in using your twitter account). I didn’t use this option myself, but I watched other people’s arts and drawing process recordings. That’s awesome!

Here is an example of my doodling process in Ibis paint:

Erifeya from my comic “Fallen Clouds”

One more simple sketch, background from Ibis Paint material library:

Sketching characters from my “Time to Live” manga in Ibis Paint
Katie and White from “Time to Live”


Clip Studio Paint turned out to be the best comics drawing app for me among other several apps I’ve tried. It is a fantastic app and I am completely in love with it. It has gorgeous resources (assets) library where you can fine literally anything you need.however, in my personal opinion overuse of pre-made brushes (flowers, hair, sparkles, castles you name it)could make drawing look stiff and lifeless. On the other hand, if used wisely, those assets are priceless, especially when it comes to speeding up the process,which is crucial when you have comics publishing deadlines to meet.

There is one time purchase for PC version, and monthly or yearly subscription price model for clip studio paint app. The price is reasonable for what you get in return. I am more then happy to pay this price to continue using this app!

I’ve tried clip studio paint on PC before, however it was rather hard for me to get used to, but, on my tablet it works perfectly for me. The interface seems more intuitive and easy on app version.

Here is some video process of me doodling my original characters in CSP:

Sketching characters from my “Time to Live” manga in CSP

And the drawing itself:

Shane and Christine – my original characters from “Time to Live”

I guess, that’s it. I will update if I have anything to add in the future. ^_^


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,


How I make coloring books.

How I create coloring books. 

By no mean this is a rule set in stone it’s just the way I do it.  I want to share my process and give you a little look behind the scene.

Step 1. Pick a theme. 

This step is not necessary but I find it so much more easier to come up with the drawing ideas if they are within one theme. But you can go without any theme. My first coloring book was just bunch of random girls thrown together. In later books i made drawings according to the themes like “Dark beauty” or “Russian traditional outfits”

Some people might be interested in coloring only certain themes. Like the one who prefers coloring fairies may not want to color creepy spooky witches and werewolves. 

Step 2. Sketches. 

There are two ways you can make sketches: traditional (on paper) and digital (using graphic tablet). 

I prefer to make sketches on paper using graphite pencil. Either way is totally ok, it’s just my preference. Also, I try to minimise the time spent staring at the monitor so this way if transfering a little but if work away from computer. Besides, I tend to make majority of sketches away from home, so caring around my computer and graphic tablet is not an option. 

 By the way, traditional artworks require a little bit more of effort while turning them into a coloring book but we’ll get to it in one of the next steps. 

Step 3. Lines art (or inking). 

Lineart is making a trace over your sketch with smooth lines. Do not forget to make variety in the thickness of lines. Main shapes should be lined more thick than insignificant lines within these lines. And, if possible, try not to break the lines marking the borders of one shape – not to confuse the possible colorist. 

If  you make digital sketches, this leaves you with no choice but make a digital line unless you want to print it out and trace using light table, which is totally possible but heck a lot if work. 

If you make traditional sketches, this leaves you with two ways of making lines – digital, when you scan your pencil sketches and trace it in graphic editor program. And traditional with actual ink and pens. 

I tried to make both and they have their own advantages. The only thing  you need to keep in mind is that traditional linearts require cleaning after a scan copy is made where you need to look very close for any potentially uneraised pencils, earasir strokes clung to paper, dust dots or whatever small fragments may stick to your sheet of paper. Everything should look clean and smooth. 

I prefer to make line-arts traditionally on paper. I usually use sakura pigma micron multiliners and sometimes copic multiliners to ink.  However, in my 5th coloring book most of lines are digital.

 Step 4. Pdf

Alrighty, you’ve finished all you drawings. Now they look clean and pretty. It’s time to slap our book together. Depending on the format of your choice you may use different templates where I strongly recommend to mark margins for yourself to avoid any lines go over the edges of printable area or the borders which would be cut off when the actual book is printed. 

At this step you need to keep in mind that the book itself must have images printed only on one side to avoid bleed through the page. Don’t forget to place blank pages after each drawing. Since we are discussing amazon kdp here, the paper they use for printing is rather thin and it is better to have drawing on one side of the paper. If you use any other company for printing your coloring books, which allows to have thicker paper, go ahead and place images on both sides of the paper.

Do not forget about additional page for isbn (which you could purchase or use  kdp publishing isbn) and other information in the beginning. Also you may throw some blank pages on the back for people to test their coloring materials. 

Some people like to duplicate their drawings in coloring book twice. I personally don’t do that but consider trying this out one day. 

Convert all the pages into PDF file and combine PDF pages together using any PDF redactor of your choice. 

Step 5 the cover. 

Cover requires  a special template depending on the size and page count. You can download template from your KDP account. Don’t forget to leave the space where bar-code would be placed on the back!

Step 6 . FInal!

Upload. Order physical or download PDF proof-copy. Check it for any mistakes. 

Enjoy! Your coloring book is ready. You can put it on sale or use as a gift to your friends and family if they enjoy coloring. I used my coloring books as gifts for my nieces. They were from 6 to 9 years old and they totally loved it. I also have my coloring books available on Amazon and printable PDF version on gumroad.

Recently I’ve been working on creating my new coloring book – “Realm of Elves and Fairies. Manga girls”. So, I’ve recorded video footage of some parts of the process and combined it together. Here is the video:

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.


(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


(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.

panels from my colored webcomic

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 and I also have readers there which I am very grateful for!

XO, Heiseihi.