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!

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.

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 <(^_^)>(”’)

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.