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

IBIS PAINT APP FOR ANDROID

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 APP FOR ANDROID

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. ^_^

Heiseihi

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.

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. ^_^

 

About nature, inspiration and wandering mind.

Have you ever noticed how the walk in the park or forest boosts your creativity and makes new shiny ideas flow in an unstoppable stream? Let’s talk about why.
I personally had this feeling for so long and I supposed it was because nature, especially wild nature, helps us distress and relax but recently I’ve stumbled upon a scientific explanation of this phenomenon.

photos of Siberian woods from my personal Instagram

What do scientists say

It happens because our brain forced to make so many decisions always occupied with hundreds of different tasks in everyday life, gets into the state of mind-wandering when all the distractions such as smartphones and computers are eliminated, which is natural and healthy for our brain. The problem is not only in how addicted to our gadgets we are, but it is deeper in cognitive. Our attention switches too often when we work, checking e-mails, thinking about what to buy, what to cook, choosing what to read and watch, and the most when we use the internet, with lots of pop-up messages, notifications, links, banners. Our brain multitasks while using gadgets the most. I was surprised to know that every link in text on a website we browse, makes our brain to decide whether we should go check this link or not, even if we do not consciously think about that. Our brain forced to switch its attention very quickly and often which provokes our short-time memory to be overloaded and our long-term memory doesn’t even get a chance to store information we consume. Constant brain activity makes us tired, absent-minded and lost, unfocused which influences directly on our productivity. Our mind is simply too busy trying to solve thousands of tasks a day, consuming loads of information, not all of which is quite useful. There is no room for new incoming ideas in such state of mind.

I am not a scientist and I do not know how to properly explain these things (for the better explanation you can read the book “The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload” by Daniel J. Levitin or something similar to that. I haven`t finished this book yet, but I am in the process). My point is when you are in nature, wandering in a wild or sitting by the shore, your mind starts to “wander” without focusing on a particular task (or daydream), your body and your brain refreshes and recharges from the natural surroundings, not to mention fresh air and physical activity from walking, which is beneficial to our health on its own. Such state of mind is natural and healthy for our brain.

To me, it happens very often, that all my story ideas or drawing ideas even, come to me when I am out of town in the countryside. I am lucky enough that my family owns a summer cottage in the woods close to Lake Baikal’s shore, where even now in 2019 the phone’s connection is beyond the coverage. I can catch 4G internet only in a certain spot on the veranda. Not indoors, not in the garden not in the woods. Unfortunately,  I can only live there in summer weekend but it is enough to recharge and get inspired and motivated.

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When I don`t have an opportunity to be out of town and beyond the coverage it is very helpful to simply walk in the park or beautiful alley without(!) headphones in my ears. Which, I am very guilty of using a lot. I`ve found out about this topic which turns out to be very interesting, from youtube chanal by Anastacia Kay (user funastacia – channel is in Russian), where she talks a lot about concentration, cognitive, and bad effects of multitasking (when you try to do many things at once and have nothing done at the end. It happens because our brain functions much more productive when it focuses on one task only, for a longer period of time).

Check up the video, which I filmed in the summer of 2018 and made into a short clip

This kind of landscapes with a beautiful view and fresh air help me to relax and recharge the most. Now in cold winter time, I can only look at my videos and dream of being there soon, in a few months.

Another side of inspiration

For us creatives, the brain is the most important instrument, so let’s keep it clear and operating on its best capacity. There are plenty of useful pieces of advice on the internet “how to eliminate and reduce distractions”. I`m going to try to implement some of them and see if there will be any effect.  Maybe I`ll share my experience next time.

For now, I know the trick with nature-recharging works for sure.

I also wanted to mention that you can get inspiration from a lot of different resources, but it might be tricky. For visual artists and writers both, for example, gaining inspiration from movie or book may unconsciously force us to create something similar to what we absolutely loved (draw a costume from the movie without even remembering it, or imitate a voice of the favorite writer). In this case, gaining inspiration from music and nature are much “safer” and organic.

That’s all I wanted to say for today. Go for a walk, let your brain wander for a bit and get some inspiration!~