Inspiring and useful Youtube channels and podcasts for authors and artists.

Once upon the March of 2017 I was sitting home with the heavy cold caught. I was very sick and couldn’t  do anything useful, so I was entertaining myself with YouTube watching. Before this I had been watching only speed paints or drawing tutorials or music videos, bus this time I have accidentally stumbled upon authortube channels and they blew up my mind in a good way. This is how I have discovered the world of self-publishing and indie authors. I mean I knew this things exist, but I’ve never got into the depth of it.

  • The first channel which has impressed me a lot was The creative Penn by Joanna Penn – she is gorgeous really admire this women she has series of podcasts/videos which are aimed at helping people with their indie author career and dealing with self-doubt and so on. Her channel has lots lots of useful advises and tips on self-publishing and living creative life and writing. I`ve found there an interview with coloring book author which motivated me to try.
  • The second channel which helped me to start moving forward is Bruce Jones’s channel. Where I’ve found something very interesting about coloring books self-publishing with the Createspace.

Thanks to these two YouTube channels I have decided to give it a try to make my own coloring book. Also, I need to mention that I am not an English-speaking person – it is difficult for me to understand accents or when the sound is not clear enough, but I have no difficulties understanding these persons’ speeches, which is great. This is how I live in the small Siberian town got the possibility to self-publish two coloring books with the Amazon Create Space. Could I imagine that this thing is actually really possible before? No, I couldn’t. In fact, I have a very time-consuming daily job and it is not over after I leave the office, I have to take my working laptop with me and continue working from home… In the normal condition, I would hardly allow myself to spend so many time on youtube, but when I was ill and sitting at home for the whole month I think I have used this time wisely for self-education sort of. ^_^

After all, this happened, I have discovered many more interesting and inspiring youtube channels which I’d recommend to watch people who want to get inspired or motivated or have fun because the ladies I`m going to talk about are have very bright personalities. here they are:

  • Writing Excuses podcast is the best of the best.
  • Jenna Moreci – my absolutely favorite authortube channel – she is great and I love her =D Lots of tips for aspiring authors and she is so freaking funny. I am not writing books – I’m actually drawing comics and illustrations but it makes no difference when it comes to storytelling, character development, world building, outlining and so on. General rules are the same for all kinds of stories.
  • ShaelinWrites very informative channel hosted by the lovely girl studying creative writing course at the University.
  • Positive and pretty channel by the author and English teacher Kim Chance which I find again very useful as she sometimes explains English language rules and gives story-telling advises.
  • My mangaka life is very funny inspiring and helpful channel by manga-artist watching which I enjoy a lot.
  • Happy D. Artist channel is hosted by the talented artist given up on her office job and living artist dream life drawing her paintings. I am not a fan of oil-paintings but she has a lot of important information to share with artists and both drawing and being self-employed tips.
  • And the last link I want to share here is This video by Texan in Tokyo. That whole channel is not dedicated to being an author or creator, and unfortunately it is not active anymore…but this video helped me a lot to understand the createspace publishing process.
  • Brilliant storehouse of information podcast titled “thebestsellerexperiment” by two Marks with a great sence of humor  which I am currently listening.

Here is all I`ve got for today. I am very thankful to all the above mentioned people for sharing their knowledges with the World. Some of them inspire and motivate to take actions in your creative journey, some of them give tips, tricks and advises to make this journey easy and all of them bring a lot of positivity. And, probably no one of them have an idea that some russian girl on the opposite side of the globe making her books taking their advice into consideration =D

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my coloring books

“Dark Beauty: Manga girls” My second coloring book for children and adults.

Hello!

More than half of the year has passed since I`ve written something here. And all this time I was working on my second coloring book which is already finished and released on November 8th 2017. This coloring book was inspired by the dark vibes and aesthetic. Needless to say I was alway driven to and enchanted by dark and somber things but my drawings still keep this girly smiley “kawaii” mood on them. Darkness can be not only gloomy and sad but cheerful and funny as well.

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Available on Amazon

One of the greatest examples of funny aspect of the darkness is loved by everybody Halloween, which inspired some drawings in this book as well (I`ve drawn a lot of witches, pumpkins and cats). I was intended to finish my book by Halloween but I failed this personal deadline which I set for myself and delayed the release for 1 month.

Darkness has recently been popularised in modern pop-culture, even kid’s toys nowadays depict zombies and vampires. I was very surprised to see my niece’ doll which looks like monster… and she loves it. So I guess there is nothing wrong with adding something dark into coloring book.

Moreover darkness for me is not associating with the evil, bad or cruelty, for me it is something associating with elegance, grace and delicacy from gothic-victorian style, deep velvet calmness of abandoned cemeteries, slumber of the Moon hiding in clouds and eternal beauty of night.

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I was working hard and I have improved my draing skills a bit while I was working on this coloring book and now I am finally able to take it in my hands. I am really happy about the pring quallit and cover but I wish the paper itself be more thick to use markers or watercolor on it now it suits btter for colored pencis only.

“Dark Beauty” coloring book contains gothic, victorain historical and fantasy gowns, halloween/spooky creatures, art-nuvo frames and just cute japanese manga girls. This coloring book is a collection of 26 original hand-drawn designes  inspired by the dark aesthetic. Coloring book for both children and adults featuring art of shoujo manga and anime style, laces, flowers and pictures of different complexity level. All pictures in this booke are one-sided. It features: witches, werewolf, lolita-fashion girls, mermaid, dark fairy, fantasy creatres, vampires, cats, pumpkins, gargoyles, ravens and so on.

I have plans and ideas for two more coloring books in this series and some other.

But for now I want to concentrate on my manga first ^_^/~

Thanks for the attention!

Check up my books on Amazon

My self-drawn Coloring book with shoujo-manga girls!

My self-drawn and self-published coloring book for children and adults Beauty is magic: Shoujo-manga girls

Hello. ^_^/~

Yay! My Coloring book titled Beauty is magic: Shoujo manga girls.: for children and adults is available on Createspace and Amazon So happy! I did it!

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All my social media have been suffering from the lack of updates lately. I got a heavy flu with complications and my productivity and social activity were somewhere around zero. But I did draw actually (on paper only) sitting by the computer was kinda hard…

But those “couch drawing” gave me a great opportunity to manage one drawing project which I was thinking about for a long time but never actually thought it could be real, until I discovered something interesting from YouTube =D and now I feel like I could do literally everything. I just need more time.

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This drawing project is not a manga, but something different and still demands a lot of drawing and post drawing work. And it is a book. A small experimental coloring book featuring my original designs of 26 shoujo-manga girls in different styles and outfits ^_^ and that was a lot of fun to do!

You know, I always had a sense that my line arts look like pages from colouring books for girls before I color them or tone with screentones.

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I was going to self publish it with Createspace and Amazon.com. The funniest thing is for me living on the opposite side of the Globe – that it is even cheaper to buy few copies from Amozon then to order the same few copies in my country and the delivery cost is almost the same O_O WTF?! Lol.

I am already waiting printed proof copies for my one-shot manga o(^.^)o Yay! Want to draw more coloring books a have so much of ideas! Nothing is gonna stop me from fulfilling my wishes.

 I mostly draw my original characters from my comics but I didn’t want to include them into colouring books, because they are mine and it would feel like a betrayal for them. So, these girls from colouring book were just spontaneously drawn sketches or few of them I was thinking to draw a manga with, but I gave up those ideas later. And when I put all the drawings together I have finally decided to do what I wanted. Because “why not?” I can.

If people would like it I would be happy, if not… Well… I still can think of it like an artbook of my line-arts ^_^ and after all, I’ve got a lot of nieces and friends to give presents to. I’ve got nothing to lose, so why not to try then? ^_^

Could you imagine my surprise, when this book actually has started to sell. I was really shocked (and glad)! Thank everyone for purchasing a copy of my coloring book for children and adults!

Currently I`m working on the second coloring book of this series.

Thanks for the attention!

Sincerely, Heiseihi.