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Manga and Anime are a new generation of art, spreading all over the world right now. It is an important aspect of Japanese culture, a solid part of the youth-generation in the US and slowly starts spreading in Europe as well. Even though many people still don’t know what Mangas or Animes actually are, most kids already know and they even try to draw this new kind of art themselves. This way the tolerance among adults starts growing as well, a good way to expand the Manga-culture.

But as for any kind of art, many people have problems in improving their own style or even finding it. This news-article is directed to any kind of artist that is interested in improving himself/herself.

I’ve been asked multiple times how some artists manage to improve very fast and others seem to never improve at all and even though I first thought it has to do with practice I had to admit myself that it does not only depend on mere practice but much more on how you practice and especially on how you handle your finished piece of art.

Improve your Poses and Characters


One of the most widespread improvement-blockades is the missing of helplines. Only very few artists that passed a certain line of skills in drawing Mangas draws them without helplines! Many sketches are posted on deviantart from really good artists that look as if the artist started with the outlines right away, but that’s just wrong. Many of these artists either use a blueprint-pen for the helplines (the scanner can’t detect this color-> the helplines disappear) or draw them so soft and light that they are nearly not visible in digital form.

Helplines are a giant aid for any kind of poses or angles you want to draw your chara in. Many artists can’t draw more than a few poses because they wouldn’t know how to change the different joints of the body so that it is another pose.

poses by Dea-89

Now that you know how your pose is supposed to look like, you can build your character around it by giving him/her a face, cloths, ... You don’t have to focus on your pose any longer.

This is a giant step and will help you improve a lot!

Giving your character a Personality

Some people look at an artist’s characters and somehow… every single character seems too look just like the other characters of this artist… Sometimes that’s the fault of the person that looks at them. They don’t really look at them… but often it is the “fault” of the artist. A character has life in him/her. If you draw a character just to create a picture with someone in it, it will never look as interesting as if you draw someone that has a personality! For example this chara:

faces by Dea-89

On the left side the chara seems neutral even though she smiles. You can’t see any kind of personality in her. The right picture seems much more interesting. The smile looks a little mean-she could be a thief or something. The eyes have much more life in them now and the face is a little longer than before. Such little changes in a characters face or pose give him/her so much more life that it looks a dozen times more professional than a character without personality.

Even if you are just drawing a random character, think of a rough personality for him/her. It doesn’t have to be much but just think of it like “This character is supposed to be shy, but she loves sunlight,…” That’s enough. Now you can draw a picture of a girl in a sunflower-field that enjoys the sun but still seems fragile. Just imagine how such a girl would look like. With this you can even create awesome effects in manga-stories. If one of your characters uses to always be in a bad mood and suddenly starts smiling, it seems creepy cause it doesn’t match with his personality. Or a very cheerful character. If this chara all of a sudden is serious, the reader knows that something horrible must have happened. With these little tricks your characters and stories grew much more interesting than before.

On a side-note: No character is perfect. Everyone has a flaw in his/her personality or abilities. A “God-moded” character is totally boring cause you know before that this character is never going to fail in anything… all humor and intense is erased out of your story that way. Just take a look at popular mangas just as (for example) Naruto. None of the characters there is “perfect”. Naruto is a trusting person and a very good fighter, but what makes him so funny and interesting is not Kyuubi’s might in him, but the flaws he has-> His kind of humor, his Sexy-jutsu (I think it has a different name in English… sorry I only know the German name…),… things that make him different from others. Who’d care about him if he was overpowered, win every fight with one hit and be the most mature person on earth?

So don’t worry about giving your characters flaws. It makes them so much more human.

Practice your Characters

If you have OCs that you want to draw more than once, try to make sketches of them from different angles, in different poses,… try something new with them! Don’t be afraid to try poses that you weren’t good in before. Just try to draw them by using the helplines. Rough sketches are easily finished in a few minutes but they give you a lot of experience that you might need later on when drawing a real picture again. It also helps you with interactions of characters (take a look at the next chapter for details.)

Only few artists post their rough sketches, but if you search for them you come across a lot of awesome sketches in which you can see the progress of an artist’s work.

:thumb83783212: by Dea-89

Building a Story

To write a Manga always starts with a story you want to draw. But how to build an interesting story?

The basic of a story is a good idea. You must have a clue where you want to set a story and what you want to show with this story. You must decide before getting started with your charas if you want it to be a fantasy-story, mecha, mystery, dark, ... whatever. So you must be aware of the genre you want to draw (doesn’t use very much to draw a mecha-chara for a story that takes place in the Mid-ages…)

Now that you know your genre, set up a good idea for something that happens or that happened and makes the adventure of your charas start now. For example: A giant flood destroyed the village your charas live in and killed most inhabitants of the small village.

And now think of a way to solve the problem-> They must find a new home and so start a journey through the lands to find a new place to settle down.

And to make it a little more interesting think of a second problem that might occur: The village lay on a beach, but was surrounded by a desert. Now your charas have to travel through a hot desert instead of just wandering around.

The main-idea for your Manga is born. By giving your characters problems and finding solutions for them you can set up giant stories. This system works: You have one giant main-problem which’s solution ends your characters adventure, but in between the start and the goal more and more problems appear and your heroes have to solve them. What makes such problems even more interesting is if their solution is necessary but distances the charas from their main-goal.

This way you can build your story, yes, but what keeps a story alive are not the events in it, but the charas.

Charas have to match with each other to keep the story running on. If you put two charas together in one room and they are both shy, they will sit in a corner and stare at the wall… if the charas both are hot tempered they might start to fight without a clear reason.

Depending on a charas personality the reaction will always change. And especially by putting more charas together they will change the story by interacting with each other. Place two shy charas in front of a dark cave and nothing will happen… they will sit there and they won’t do ANYTHING!!! But let it be two self-confident charas and they will eagerly take a look what’s in the deep dark cave. The most interesting combination though is if the charas are totally different. If one chara is shy and the other one is self-confident and curious, the self-confident chara will stragger the shy chara along into the cave, even if this chara doesn’t want to go in there at all…

Cave by Dea-89

A funny combination can also be a mature chara and a childish chara… it adds humor to the worst situations and makes them amusing.

The true heros of Midgard by Dea-89

Think of interesting constellation of personalities and create your characters depending on this. If you have one or two charas you want to keep the way they are, add characters that match with them and interact with each other.

A story doesn’t have to have much content… as long as the charas keep the story running and interesting.

Again: Try to practice this by drawing rough sketches. Chibi-sketches are perfect to practice here! Chibis are the 5x over-acted version of your charas-> If you can draw a chibi-interaction a usual interaction won’t be much of a problem.


To keep improving</u>

Many people say the key to improve is practice a lot. Others say it is talent… Both are correct and both are wrong.

Talent makes it much easier to improve, but with enough knowledge and practice you can “create” talent. Drawing is 60% knowledge, 30% creativity and 10% talent. If you lack creativity it is hard for you to think of anything good to draw… but all in all you can still draw something if someone just tells you what to draw. A little talent helps to make your pictures look special but these 10% are not so important… what is important though is your knowledge about anatomy, poses, perspective, use of colors, skills…

A child draws as it draws due to the lack of knowledge and skills. The more we learn how a human body looks like, them more our drawings improve. We learn over time how to make good shadings, how to add contrasts, or how to draw good facial expressions… If you take a look at drawings you made when you were 8 years old and look at your drawings now there is a giant difference-> cause you learned a lot.

How to gain this knowledge?

The best way is probably to always have a close look at your surroundings. Take a look at your hand for example. Many people draw pointy fingers but in fact your finger-tips are round. Or fabric. Many people draw cloths as if there are no creases at all in them. But look down on you and you will notice a lot of creases on your own cloths. So a picture of a character with cloths that does not have a single crease just looks unnatural. You don’t have to add many of them, but a good amount gives your picture life and a realistic touch.

This is a rather hard way to learn things though. An easier way is to buy some sports-magazines and look at the photos there. Try to draw the poses you see on the pics for your own charas. This is a good way to master new poses you haven’t been able to draw before. And you practice with your eyes that way too. If you can draw poses you see on pictures, you will have an easier time to draw poses you see in real life.

Any artist (at least 99,9% of all artists) have an idol they admire. It does not have to be someone that is really better than you, but someone that manages to draw pictures that captivate you somehow. Now take a close look at these pictures and try to figure out what exactly fascinates you on them. Find out what your personal preferences are, what you love, what you want to have in your own pictures.

Some people consider this as copying other persons styles, but think about it: You haven’t found your own style so far and you want to draw things that fascinate yourself. You want to be happy with what you draw. You don’t copy an artist’s pictures, you just learn something about yourself: You learn what you like on your own pictures, and now you found your own style. It is important to see the difference here: You DON’T draw their pictures. You draw your own pictures but with the knowledge of what you like due to another artist’s pictures.

Some people don’t like to use this method. This is all up to you.

Can critic help me to improve?

Of course it can as long as it is a good critic.

There are many comments like “Wow, what an awesome work!!” “I :heart: your picture it soooo sweeeeeeeet!!” and stuff like this. Guess anyone likes to get such comments every once in a while cause it gives you recognition of your skills and you gain self-confidence for your works. Anyone needs them once in a while to keep up your artistic mood. If no one likes your works it is hard to draw on… (Sadly I’ve seen lots of artists with much potential that stopped drawing due to flamers… )

But these comments are NOT critic.

Some people think “Your art sucks” is a critic too *Meeeeeeep* Wrong!

A good critic is made of different parts:

-What someone likes on your picture
-What you might improve on your picture
-All-in-all opinion of your picture.

(For anyone that wants to write a crit: If you can’t find anything you like on a pic… THEN DON’T COMMENT!)

By telling you what someone likes on your picture you learn about what other people find interesting on your pics (Like what I stated in the previous point: Personal preferences and what others fascinate on your picture). If many people tell you that they like something on your picture you can be kinda sure that this part is already high-quality so you can focus yourself on improving other things.

You might have notice one thing: I stated “what you might improve”, not “what is bad on your picture”. By stating how to improve something you automatically give the artist a hint on what to do better next time to prevent a fault. If you keep telling an artist “Your hands suck” He won’t know what is wrong with them. But if you say “Your fingers are rather pointy. Try to make the tips rounder” it will show the problem and give a matching solution.

It is really hard to accept critic first, but this is the very best way to improve. Selecting which critic is a good one and considering it makes you improve a dozen times faster than by just trying to improve your main-knowledge. It is weird, but somehow we rarely see our own flaws on pictures, but after a few months we can see them. Persons that didn’t draw the picture often see it immediately and show you where you might improve your knowledge.

This way you can improve your art within a few months to a totally new level!!

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In this section I want to state some of my personal experiences and opinions. I’m not sure if they match with the huger part of artists here in DA so I made an extra section for them.

To improve your style it is important that you draw many different OCs. Fanarts are nice, of course, but a well-drawn OC needs much more skills than a character you didn’t create. So if you really want to higher your drawing-level try to draw many different OCs even though they don’t give as many pageviews as a Fanart ;P Focus on a couple of OCs you really like and keep drawing them again and again but also draw other charas that don’t have to do anything with them. By drawing older OCs again you can notice your own improvement much better, but by drawing new OCs you gain new experiences because you have to draw new faces, poses, personalities,…

A good balance between these two helps you to see your own bettering but in the same time gain more and more skills.

Tutorials are awesome! I love taking a look at them even though I can draw most of the stuff I look at already… for example kiss-tutorials. I made two of them myself already, but I love looking at other people’s tuts. They use techniques that I don’t use, but that have interesting aspects too. Analyzing other tutorials is a great help. With a certain kind of practice you can look at pictures and think of ways to create the same effects of coloring, pose,… Tutorials help you to practice your eyes a lot. I love browsing DA and guessing how some artists created certain effects. Just try it out! It’s really funny.

Another advice I want to give any manga-newb out there is to keep up your work =) Don’t forget about a good story you wanted to draw just because you don’t have the skills yet to draw a good Manga. If you are not satisfied with your work anymore don’t be afraid to restart anew. One day you will have enough experience to keep up your work ^^ I enjoy looking back at my first Manga-pages from 2006 and comparing them with my pages now. It makes me really shocked sometimes, but it is so much fun looking back. You should stick with good stories. :giggle: The longer you write on them, the better and deeper they will become!

OMG O.o by Dea-89


I hope you enjoyed this article. Spread the MANGA-LOVE!!!


And here a selection of very fine pieces of (partly semi) Manga-/Anime-Art I found on DA. These artists really have much potential! ^^

:thumb88816885: :thumb84053447: Morning Snow by aiki-ame :thumb69366269: The Ladyknight Of The Moon by mazjojo Hey by tyrowish the good doctor by azarath Meteo by CherryOrange :thumb45140906: Mai by Tabon Goldilocks 2 ver. by Lavah Ray of Hope by Art-on-a-Stick :thumb74113312: Glamorous Sky by Murasaki-Hoshi
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Okie, you may or maynot have already read them, but anyway I'll just recommend some manga I read recently and take a liking to ^^. So here we go:

Yamada-kun to 7-nin no Majo

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if you've loved Megane-chan to Yankee-kun before, then you will also love this. Lol this manga is full of fanservice for fangirls and fanboys alike, and it's so damn funny on top of that
Some fanservice scenes XD
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Oh man, I really like this manga. I love cooking, I love food, I love shounen fighting, I love adventurous fantasy world, I love bara (well not that much) and this manga have it all. Awesome shounen, for me, it's better than Naruto and Bleach, just behind One Piece <3

Okie, Below are some shounen-ai manga, if they're not your taste then pay no mind to them. Oh and by shounen-ai I mean soft Boylove, if you're looking for manga that have sex scenes every pages like my boss :iconmazjojo: then you probably wont find them here XD

Slow Starter

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Gosh, cuteness to the max, it leave me with a smile for hours after reading. I really love these type of manga, slow and steady, warm and fuzzy, great character's feeling development, not like those ["I love you" in 2nd page and "Kyaaah, stop that~<3" in 3rd page] kind of instant noodle yaoi manga =v="

Kanemochi-kun to Binbou-kun

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Another one that make me go "Awww" and think a lot while reading, sweet and funny. I like the grandpa character so much.

Sorenari ni Shinken nandesu

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After taking a look at the cover and see that it's another manga from Asou Kai-sensei, I already know that I would taken a liking to this manga. But it surpassed my expectation after reading it, I'm totally in love. So sweet and adorable. Come to think of it I've always fond of this kind of "taking care of the child" manga before (like Aishiteru ze baby, Akachan to Boku, Usaigi Drop, etc.) Lol, maybe I have family fetish.

Recipe no Oujisama

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When I found this I was like "OMG, cooking manga? From Junko-sama???? This totally in my favorite list". And it totally didnt fail my expectation. Consider I love cooking, this bring a smile to my face nonstop, oh and, I really love the art class chapter, so damn funny XD

Omamorishimasu, Dokomademo

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Another masterpiece from Junko-sensei. The sheer amount of cuteness from this manga can make me giggle for weeks.

The end for now, if you have same taste like mine and have some good manga you want to recommend to me then please do, by all means, I would love to know. ^^
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It is not about winning or prizes, but about challenging yourself to create more Saiunkoku Monogatari fanworks, for all of us to enjoy! And for everyone to have fun in the process!

(A) Theme : Friendship/ Courtship/ Hatred/ Love

Show any Saiunkoku Monogatari character(s) expressing any kind of emotion, such as love, hate, jealousy, envy, joy, sorrow, etc. (It does not even have to be emotion towards another human … it can be towards an inanimate object, like Shurei's love of money! :evillaugh:); or show the  characters in a relationship, such as friendship, courtship, kinship (brother-brother, brother-sister, father-daughter, etc.), rivals, mentor-disciple, master-servant, boss-subordinate, courtesan-client, and anything else you can think of!  

Side-Note for those interested: This theme is inspired by a childhood game we used to play.

The origin of this game is unknown. The game was played as follows: The child would write down her/his own name, and the name of the one she/he fancied. She/he would then cross/strike out every common pair of letters in both names, and label the remaining letters with F, C, H, or L (for Friendship, Courtship, Hatred, Love), repeated from the beginning of her/his name, to the end of the other's name. Whatever letter was used last was said to indicate the kind of relationship the two of them could expect in the future.

Do you have a similar game in your country/culture? ^^

(B) Deadline : March 20, 2013 (Spring/Vernal Equinox)

This will give you 4 months from now to work on your entry. The reason for such a long duration for the contest is so that every member should then have enough time to participate … if you think you are going to be busy in March 2013, then please start now and get your entry in early!

The count-down timer will be shown on group page.

(C) Any media, any style, but no OCs, no Mature filters, no written works

Traditional, digital, pixel art, artisan crafts, dolls, cosplay, comics, animation - all acceptable – but no fanfiction.

Anime/manga, chibi, semi-realism, realism, abstract, neko, anthro, same-gender love - all acceptable.

Entries can be coloured or not (pencil drawings and lineart acceptable); with or without background; with any number of characters from Saiunkoku, but no OCs; and nothing that would require mature filters.

(D) Prizes


:bulletyellow: 636 :points: and feature; from :iconpergamjee:
:bulletyellow: 400 :points: from :iconobasan45:
:bulletyellow: 1-week feature from :iconmiyeong:
:bulletyellow: 2-month group feature, and a 2-month advertisement slot (which can be used for commissions, or anything else you wish to advertise); from :icondrawanime: [>25000 watchers]
:bulletyellow: 2-week group feature, entry into their "Contest Winners" gallery (which is featured in a slideshow on the group's page); from :iconanothercontestgroup: [>9000 watchers]
:bulletyellow: group feature from :icons2scans:
:bulletyellow: group feature from :iconsaiunkokumonogatari:
:bulletyellow: group feature from :iconpeacemaker-fanclub:
:bulletyellow: group feature from :iconclubkenshin:
:bulletyellow: group feature from :iconuniverseofthe4gods:
:bulletyellow: group feature from :iconshojobeatfc:
:bulletyellow: group feature from :icontime-after-timexxx:
:bulletyellow: group feature from :iconanime-lovers-united:
:bulletyellow: group feature from :iconnostalgia-azekifc:
:bulletyellow: group feature from :iconzanpakuto-club:
:bulletyellow: group feature from :icontwilightlotus:


:bulletyellow: 424 :points: and feature; from :iconpergamjee:
:bulletyellow: 300 :points: from :iconobasan45:
:bulletyellow: 1-week feature from :iconmiyeong:
:bulletyellow: 2-month group feature; from :icondrawanime:
:bulletyellow: 2-week group feature from :iconanothercontestgroup:
:bulletyellow: group feature from :icons2scans:
:bulletyellow: group feature from :iconsaiunkokumonogatari:
:bulletyellow: group feature from :iconpeacemaker-fanclub:
:bulletyellow: group feature from :iconclubkenshin:
:bulletyellow: group feature from :iconuniverseofthe4gods:
:bulletyellow: group feature from :iconshojobeatfc:
:bulletyellow: group feature from :icontime-after-timexxx:
:bulletyellow: group feature from :iconnostalgia-azekifc:
:bulletyellow: group feature from :iconzanpakuto-club:
:bulletyellow: group feature from :icontwilightlotus:


:bulletyellow: 212 :points: and feature; from :iconpergamjee:
:bulletyellow: 200 :points: from :iconobasan45:
:bulletyellow: 1-week feature from :iconmiyeong:
:bulletyellow: 2-month group feature; from :icondrawanime:
:bulletyellow: 2-week group feature from :iconanothercontestgroup:
:bulletyellow: group feature from :icons2scans:
:bulletyellow: group feature from :iconsaiunkokumonogatari:
:bulletyellow: group feature from :iconpeacemaker-fanclub:
:bulletyellow: group feature from :iconclubkenshin:
:bulletyellow: group feature from :iconuniverseofthe4gods:
:bulletyellow: group feature from :iconshojobeatfc:
:bulletyellow: group feature from :icontime-after-timexxx:
:bulletyellow: group feature from :iconnostalgia-azekifc:
:bulletyellow: group feature from :iconzanpakuto-club:
:bulletyellow: group feature from :icontwilightlotus:

Looking for Prize Donors - anything you can pledge towards prizes will be appreciated! Pledges can be points,  feature on your page,  a drawing, a plushie, piece of jewellery, sculpture, etc. Prize donors can still enter the contest.  Let me know your prize pledge in comments below, and I will add it to the list above.

(E) Other Submission Rules

(a) You must be a member of the group.

(b) Judging will be by all members of the group, by the voting of their first/second/third choices. And that is final … each method has its pros and cons, and there is no one method that can satisfy every contestant. Any complaints will be totally ignored. As explained in the previous contest, the poll system shall never be the method of choice in a contest in this group.

(c) Your deviation's date submitted/uploaded to dA must be on or later than today, 20 November 2012.

(d) Minimum number of entries for contest to proceed to voting is 3 (from 3 different contestants). If less than three entries are submitted by deadline, the contest will be void.

(e) Must be your own work - No tracing, screenshots or manipulations of images from the manga/anime/artbooks.  If you eyeball the image, but draw it in your own hand traditionally or digitally, that's acceptable. Referencing from such images is acceptable.

(f) You can submit more than one entry, but you can win only one prize.

(g) You can substitute your entry anytime before the contest ends, whether with an edited version or a totally new picture. Just give me the link to your entry here in this journal, in the comments below, or on the contest folder page (not on group page!), and I will make the swap.

(h) Your deviation description must state that it is
”submitted to :iconsaimono: 's Friendship/Courtship/Hatred/Love Contest 2012”.

(i) Entries to be submitted to contest folder, or you can give me the link to your picture and I will do the necessary.

I look forward to seeing your entries! :icontuzkiyesplz:

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UPDATE: This competition is now OVER. i will be judging the entries over the next week

Firstly, sorry this group has been so quiet for so long, been really busy, but now it's time for a competition!

I know it's near the end of summer but this competition is still going to have a summer theme, anyway, on with the rules:

The theme is Ice Cream

:bulletred: The image must contain screentone if it has no screentone or no obvious use of screentone it will be declined, this is after all a screentone based group.
:bulletred: It can be any style! Not just limited to manga, it can be traditional or digital, which ever you prefer! Obviously no literature, as it doesn't contain screentone . . . .
:bulletred: It MUST be submitted to the contest folder called 'Ice Cream Contest'
:bulletred: Only one entry per person
:bulletred: The image must be made for the contest and must, obviously, follow the theme

:bulletgreen: October 1st, unless there are only a few entries, in which case it might be extended

I'm still looking for more prizes so if you would like to contribute a prize, please do!!

:trophy: 1st Place:
:bulletblue: 100 :points: from :iconmokona--modoki:
:bulletblue: A month journal feature on :iconscreentone-manga:
:bulletblue: full coloured drawing from :iconloekazz:
:bulletblue: Full drawing of OC or character of choice from :iconasheill:
:bulletblue: Llama and feature from :iconasheill:
:bulletblue: Winners Package by :iconanothercontestgroup:

:trophy: 2nd place:
:bulletyellow: 75 :points: from :iconmokona--modoki:
:bulletyellow: A month journal feature on :iconscreentone-manga:
:bulletyellow: free line-art from :iconloekazz:
:bulletyellow: Waist-up drawing of OC or character of choice from :iconasheill:
:bulletyellow: Llama and feature from :iconasheill:

:trophy: 3rd Place:
:bulletpurple: 25 :points: from :iconmokona--modoki:
:bulletpurple: A month journal feature on :iconscreentone-manga:
:bulletpurple: free line-art from :iconloekazz:
:bulletpurple: Bust drawing of OC or character of choice from :iconasheill:
:bulletpurple: Llama and feature from :iconasheill:

Please spread the word about this competition, it would be greatly appreciated!

Have fun :) I look forward to seeing the entries :)

:iconmokona--modoki: mokona--modoki
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edit// NEVER MIND. Testing an alternative for prints right now +_+b ideally I can have both original and fanart, prints and non-prints and just everything all in one place. Anyway, will update later if it ever works out. For now, original things are available thru dA and fanart prints thru me.


Unrelated...thanks so much for all the congrats on my grad TwT I really wasn't expecting those ;A; 
I've been at university since 2006 though so what you guys should actually be saying is "geez, finally!" and "about time!" =3= Regardless, I'M SO GLAD TO BE OUT OF THERE YAHHHHH (Technically though I'm still waiting for them to check my credits and approve my graduation application....)

So now, at the ripe old age of 24, I'm finally learning to drive \o/ (because I won't have a bus pass from school anymore, boohoo). I had to retake the knowledge test since I last took it 7 years ago and it's long expired. When the licensing office guy looked at my old card, he laughed .__. 

This was my first exchange with my driving teacher cause apparently I don't look my age:
Instructor: Are you a high school student?
Me: No D: I just graduated.
Instructor: Oh. So where are you planning to go to college?
Me: No no, I just graduated.....from college :I

My parking is ok but my turning is horrific.
Yesterday I drove onto the curb. (/ - \) Guys, please run.
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Now, there has been a lot of problems over this I'm gonna tell you what to do with some handy screenshots.
It gets really annoying when you loose pressure sensitivity and you're in the middle of drawing and that is because sometimes SAI can lose you're settings, after you have been told to remove all preferences and that, you, like me, may get no response from your pen but only when you press hard on it. I have found a great solution.
This might not work for all users, because of the type of laptop and the type of tablet because it has no sensitivity installed on it at all., but I hope that this will work for you.
Note: Before we go on I forgot to say that you need a tablet, Wacom preferably and you also have to have purchased SAI.
Without Pressure...:
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So, thats what it looks like. yours might be different though, but the next steps will help. Go to Others - Options - DigitalSupport
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Your settings should be at 0%, if it is at 100% then that is why you have to press so hard, if it is other than 0% then set it to that.
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Before you fiddle about with SAI, you still mustn't, for smoother lines go to Advanced settings and change your Quality to 4 (smoothest)
Size and Dens ticked. Come out of sai (if in the middle of project save as a .sai)
Close then re open SAI and feel free to draw!
Any questions ask and I'd love to know that I've helped you ^^
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This will also work with trials, there are no more possible ways to download SAI so you must buy it ^_=

Happy 2013
  • Mood: Joy
  • Listening to: Numb by Linkin Park
  • Reading: Guardian Angel
  • Watching: Eastenders
  • Playing: Angry Gran
  • Eating: Turkey
  • Drinking: Champaign
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Knite Book 1 on Sale at and Anime Expo

Journal Entry: Fri Jun 28, 2013, 6:33 PM

Knite Book 1 is finally out for pre-order at 4DE.COM!

The first 500 pre-ordered will come autographed by me!

And if you're going to Anime Expo this weekend, you can get a signed copy before everyone else! There will only be 200 copies available at the con since the rest of the shipment has not arrived yet. My Artist Alley table is at A24 and A25. My other book, 1000 Words, and all posters will also be on sale at the con.

See you there! :D  











"The night sky is black, shrouded with a fog of soot and toxins. The gears of China's industrial revolution turn, unceasing, manufacturing the wants of an entire world. The consequences soar upwards until the lights of the heavens have dimmed and vanished altogetherů

But there will be stars this night.

The Knites have made it their mission bring the stars back to the night in China, hanging from the tails of kites. Some call it foolishness; others will find hope in the Knites' work. Hope that someday the shroud will lift, and people will see beyond the towering monoliths of industry and gaze upon the true stars once more."

Reading Level: Teen and up
Hardcover: 68 pages
Price: $15
Author/Artist: Wenqing Yan
Publisher: 4th Dimension Entertainment
Language: English
Dimensions: 10.5 x 8" (26.7 x 20.3 cm)

Pre-order now at 4DE.COM

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To learn how to use the quest, combo and NPC buttons or any dA emoticons in general, follow this simple tutorial!!


Get your bunny suits and baskets, we're going egg hunting because heavens, this holiday isn't about Jesus Christ resurrecting, it's about bunny's laying eggs and girls in revealing  bunny costumes picking those eggs up!! ! !

Costume related

Elsword Button: Events by ElswordRPsElsword NPC: Echo by ElswordRPs Hop, skip, jump!
:bulletorange: Draw your OC in a bunny suit! Yes... an actual bunny suit. (+20:star:)

Elsword Button: Events by ElswordRPsElsword NPC: Luichel by ElswordRPs HOP, SKIP, JUMP!!! ! ! !!  !!!!
:bulletorange: Draw your OC in a bunny girl/guy costume!  (+25:star:)

Elsword Button: Events by ElswordRPsElsword NPC: Chacha Buch by ElswordRPs Switch
:bulletorange: Draw your and your friends OC's with switched outfits! (+30:star:)

Elsword Button: Events by ElswordRPsElsword NPC: Daffar by ElswordRPs This game's buggy...
:bulletorange: Draw your and your OC in a bug inspired costume! (+20:star:)

Other quests

Elsword Button: Events by ElswordRPsElsword NPC: Allegro by ElswordRPs It detaches sometimes...
:bulletorange: Every year, on April the 1st, the moon and the sun come in such a position that they chant a spell on the whole continent of Elrios, switching everyone's genders! Draw your OC genderbent! (+30:star:)

Elsword Button: Events by ElswordRPsElsword NPC: Aida by ElswordRPs Flower power
:bulletorange: Draw your OC in a flower theme! They can be picking flowers, making a flower crown, wearing a flower crown, in a flower field and so on! (+30:star:)

Elsword Button: Events by ElswordRPsElsword NPC: Lucy by ElswordRPs Painting eggs
:bulletorange: Draw your OC painting eggs with their friends OR paint an egg in a way to resemble/remind you of your OC! (+30:star:)

Elsword Button: Events New by ElswordRPsElsword NPC: Ann by ElswordRPsBig egg hunt
:bulletorange: More details on the quest here! (+300:star:)

Elsword Button: Events by ElswordRPsElsword NPC: Hana by ElswordRPsPhoru appreciation day!
:bulletorange: Draw your OC hanging out with the cool kids (phorus)! (+20:star: )


Some basic quests to get you started! Please don't just sketch these quests, that way we won’t be able to accept them as valid

Elsword Button: Story by ElswordRPsElsword NPC: Lowe by ElswordRPs Welcome to Elsword-RPs
:bulletyellow: Fill the Elsword-RPs character sheet (+1:star:)

Elsword Button: General by ElswordRPsElsword NPC: Lowe by ElswordRPs Standing by
:bulletwhite: Create a platform for your OC to stand on in the character selection screen (+3:star:)

Elsword Button: General by ElswordRPsElsword NPC: Ann by ElswordRPs Loading!
:bulletwhite: Draw a loading icon for you OC (+1:star:)

Elsword Button: General by ElswordRPsElsword NPC: Hagus by ElswordRPs Cut!
:bulletwihte: Draw your OC's base job in a skill cut in (+2:star: x #skill cut ins - max 3)


Elsword Button: General by ElswordRPsElsword NPC: Glaive by ElswordRPs Epic NPC
:bulletwhite: Draw an epic NPC for each of your OC's job paths (+10:star: per job path)

Elsword Button: General by ElswordRPsElsword NPC: Echo by ElswordRPs Upgrade your weapon!
:bulletwhite: Draw your character with his/her attributed weapon [ask one of the admins which attribute should it be and they'll throw the dice to decide] (+2:star:)

Elsword Button: General by ElswordRPsElsword NPC: Helen by ElswordRPs Emotions
:bulletwhite: Draw your characters in-game emotions [such as /sit, /laugh, /cry...] (+3:star:)

Elsword Button: General by ElswordRPsElsword NPC: Luichel by ElswordRPs Heart Chart
:bulletwhite: Fill the hear chart!! Follow the instructions in the description of the chart (+10:star:)

Elsword Button: General by ElswordRPsElsword NPC: Glaive by ElswordRPsWittle Babby
:bulletwhite: Draw your OC when they were a little child. (+10:star:)

Elsword Button: Daily by ElswordRPsElsword NPC: Adel by ElswordRPs Every day I'm Roleplaying!
:bulletgreen: Draw a roleplay scene (+1:star: x difficulty)

Elsword Button: Repeat by ElswordRPsElsword NPC: Praus by ElswordRPs Animation
:bulletblue: Make an animation (+1:star: x difficulty per frame)

Elsword Button: Repeat by ElswordRPsElsword NPC: Glaive by ElswordRPs Stay sexy!
:bulletblue: Draw sumthn sexy! It can be anything really as long as it's Elsword-RPs related! (+1:star: x </sub>difficulty)


Elsword Button: General by ElswordRPsElsword NPC: Glaive by ElswordRPs Ice burner
:bulletwhite: Draw your character in one of the ice burner sets (+10:star:)

Elsword Button: Repeat by ElswordRPsElsword NPC: Richian by ElswordRPs Let's get fancy
:bulletblue: Draw your OC's custom set (any) from the Item mall! (+5:star:)


Elsword Button: Class Change by ElswordRPsElsword NPC: Lenphad by ElswordRPs Class change (1/3)
:bulletblack: Draw your OC's first Job class [Full body, colored please] (+3:star:)

Elsword Button: Class Change by ElswordRPsElsword NPC: Echo by ElswordRPs Class change (2/3)
:bulletblack: Draw a reference sheet of your OC’s first job class (+10:star:)

Elsword Button: Class Change by ElswordRPsElsword NPC: Hoffman by ElswordRPs Class change (3/3)
:bulletblack: Let’s see your characters new combos! Fill the job class template! (+10:star:)


Elsword Button: Class Change by ElswordRPsElsword NPC: Adel by ElswordRPs Class change (1/4)
:bulletblack: Draw your OC's second Job class [Full body, colored please] (+3:star:)

Elsword Button: Class Change by ElswordRPsElsword NPC: Allegro by ElswordRPs Class change (2/4)
:bulletblack: Draw a reference sheet of your OC’s first job class (+10:star:)

Elsword Button: Class Change by ElswordRPsElsword NPC: Lento by ElswordRPs Class change (3/4)
:bulletblack: Let’s see your characters new combos! Fill the job class template! (+10:star:)

Elsword Button: Class Change by ElswordRPsElsword NPC: Adel by ElswordRPs Class change (1/4)
:bulletblack: Draw a job change comic! (+3:star: per page)


Elsword Button: Skill by ElswordRPsElsword NPC: Camilla by ElswordRPs Skill quest – Beginner
:bulletred: Fill the skill tree template for your OC’s base job! (+20:star:)

Elsword Button: Skill by ElswordRPsElsword NPC: Camilla by ElswordRPs Skill quest – Intermediate
:bulletred: Fill the skill tree template for your OC’s first job change! (+25:star:)

Elsword Button: Skill by ElswordRPsElsword NPC: Camilla by ElswordRPs Skill quest – Advanced
:bulletred: Fill the skill tree template for your OC’s second job! (+25:star:)

Elsword Button: Skill by ElswordRPsElsword NPC: Camilla by ElswordRPs Skill quest – Expert
:bulletred: Show us your OC’s combos through the combo meme! (+15:star:)

Difficulty scoring:
:bulletgreen: Normal – lineart - :star:
:bulletblue: Hard - colored, no bg/sketched comic - :star::star:
:bulletgreen: Very Hard – colored, bg/lined comic page - :star::star::star:

More about doing quests in Rules Book
If you have any questions ask them in FAQ

last update: 11/21/2014

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My High School Teachers Sucked

Journal Entry: Fri Jan 25, 2013, 12:17 AM

Thats what I get for not getting into selective school, now the more I think about it, the more I realise that my teachers back in High School really sucked at their jobs. From a mature point of view now I can understand why certain teachers did certain stuff etc, whether its trying to teach a class of bad student or simply taking a day off to do whatever. Lets start with my maths teacher shall we?

Maths teacher: I was never good at maths, I'm an Asian fraud. All I remember learning is Sine, Cosine and Tangent. What were they? I have no idea, I just remembered they were somehow important. Yet I have never used it before afterwards, how weird right? So our class was pretty bad, it was a bad class in a bad school with a bad teacher, how bad? My Teacher used to teach a little bit then says he needs to get something from the office and then never come back. He did that so many times! I think he just went for a nap or something. He didn't wanna teach us, he knew we didn't wanna learn so he didn't bother.

English Teacher: One year we had a new english teacher, he looked like an old hippie who smoked too much weed back in his day. He was all pale and slow and looked tired all the time. We had him for like the first two lessons before he disappeared, we had different substitute teachers for like the rest of the year. I think he came back to teach one more lesson in the middle of the year then completely gone again. I also remember hearing he smoked a lot, some say he died of lung cancer and some say he got hit by a bus. We will never know what happened to him.

Another English Teacher: This teacher we all liked very much, because he may be one lazy ass guy but at least he didn't just disappear without saying goodbye. This one would pop on a video before he leaves, he says the best way to learn english is to watch a movie. And you know what? I agree! I have learnt so much english from movies compared with reading those boring books, everytime I pick up a book without pictures I get a massive headache... So yeah that year with the English Teacher we must've watched over 30 films just from the classes. The question is.. was he a good teacher or a bad teacher? Hmmm

Science Teacher: We had an indian teacher called Mr Kuma for science, we couldn't understand his english at all. It was both his heavy indian accent as well as using the wrong words all the time. One time he was meant to say 'Chemical Reaction' but he said 'Chemical Erection'. Its like come on dude! At least get us a teacher who can speak english!

Hence I did bad in school... well it was mostly my lack of interest. I was just more interested at talking with friends and playing Pokemon in class or drawing in my homework. I did do pretty good in maths one year though, it was when we had Ms Johanson, because she would wear a low top every class, so everytime we asked her a question she would come around and teach us while bending over revealing her big cleavage. so naturally... us 14 years old boys had lots of questions. I remember my friend Stanley would even stand up to get the best view. I think this is a tip for all female teachers trying to get motivation out of the class, just wear a low top and downblouse to teach. Yup. Ry-Spirit cares.

:bulletred::bulletyellow::bulletpurple::bulletgreen::bulletred::bulletyellow::bulletpurple::bulletgreen:IT IS CURRENTLY DISNEY MONTH:bulletgreen::bulletpurple::bulletyellow::bulletred::bulletgreen::bulletpurple::bulletyellow::bulletred:

  • Mood: Joy
  • Listening to: SHE
  • Reading: No
  • Watching: Stand up comedy
  • Playing: Sonic All Star Racing Transformed
  • Eating: Hungry
  • Drinking: Spilling it everywhere out of clumsiness
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This time I want to share another drama cd ( this not otome, because there also got female seiyuu in some of volume ^^) special for who having insomnia! No matter you are girl or boy:heart:, the another drama cd that having a similarity( that could make you sleep) is Kannou… . I hope this series could make you sleep, because I'm also sleep by them :XD: but sometimes they also fail :XD:

Anyone here counting sheep before sleep? If you ask me, I never counting sheep since I child because I hate Mathematic :XD:, the one who counting is myself and that's totally bored! Am I right? Then, after this, you no need to count sheep by yourself because YOUR FAVOURITE SEIYUU will takeovers that's job and help you counting the sheep! :la::la::la::la::la::la::la::la::la::la::la::la:

Hitsuji de Oyasumi

Official site:…
This Drama CD only about counting sheep, then no need any translation or review, because you only hear the seiyuu said " ___th sheep" with their own style XP. They will count 1-100(for 1st seiyuu) or 201-300(for 2nd seiyuu) and stop for make sure you already sleep or not, after sure you haven't fall asleep( usually 'you' won't fall asleep at 100th ),  they will continue counting and stop until 150/350, got some of them nagging when you haven't sleep, and got some of them almost fall asleep before you fall asleep :rofl:...after check you haven't sleep, they continue counting until 400 and end at the sheep because 'you' already fall asleep~(usually, at 200th I'm already fell asleep :XD:)

Because this series have a lot of volume, it will be very LONG LIST!

Vol. 1
Volume 01: Bokura no Koe de
CV: Ishida Akira (mature grownup type), Hoshi Soichiro (childish type)
Theme: The healing type
~Akira Ishida making cute voices and melodic X33 it's make me laugh than sleepy!, Hoshi Soichiro-san counting without tune, but I don't know why, I feel sleepy listening him XDDD

Volume 02: Nemuttara Iinjanai
CV: Suwabe Junichi (arrogant type), Okawa Toru (more masculine type)
Theme: Arrogant type
~Junichi-san so arrogant he nagging when know you haven't sleep yet, and when he counting almost reach 100/150/200...his tune become lower and Kyaaaaa~~:heart: :iconblushplz:

Volume 03: Zutto Soba ni Iru yo
Theme: Big brother type
CV: Yusa Koji (smart, megane-wearing oniichan *oh~megane moe~~*), Ito Kentaro (athletic oniichan)
~Yusa Kouji-san always cute! And caring here :heart:, but in this volume the interesting track is Ito-san's...he the one who counting, but he the one who fell asleep first :rofl: but, he still want to counting until 400! Aww~

Volume 04: Chotto Nemuritte minai?
Theme: 'Boy' friend, not 'boyfriend'
CV: Kōsuke Toriumi (laid back type), Suzuki Chihiro (rational type)

Volume 05: Issho ni ne te mo ii?
Theme: Shonen
CV: Fukuyama Jun (straightforward type), Kishio Daisuke (indulgent type)
~This kawaii volume~:love:

Volume 6: Nenai to Punpun
CV:  Tamura Yukari and Saito Chiwa

Volume 07: Oyasumimase Ojousama
Midorikawa Hikaru and Okiayu Ryoutarou
~They call you as 'ojou-sama' >/////<, Okiayu-san sound like want to sleep when at 330+ XDD~

Volume 08:  ~e~ Nemuretainda?
Release Date: 2010-10-29
Miyano Mamoru and Taniyama Kishou
Download [pswd: A42]

Vol.9 ( this also female seiyuu)
Volume 09: Anata no Soba wo Hanaremasen
CV:  Inoue Kikoku

Volume 10:  Boku ga Kazoetemo Ii no
CV:   Suzumura Kenichi and Hirakawa Daisuke
Download: Part1:… | Part2:…
~SuzuKen like I guess; Tsubasa!! But the serious Tsubasa! At the end, he singing a bit XD (well, this drama cd series also developed by HONEYBEE, same as Starry Sky XDD)~

Volume 11: Matasetane Senorita
CV:  Inoue Kazuhiko

Volume 12: Itsumademo Issho ni Iyou ne
CV:   Yoshino Hiroyuki and Kamiya Hiroshi

Volume 13: Kimi yoru Saki ni Boku ga Oyasumishichouyo
Ono Daisuke and Nakai Kazuya
~Ono-san counting with half-singing X3, when he stop at 100th & the end, I'm not sure what he talk, but later then he punched by 'you' XDD~

Volume 14: Minna de issho ni neyou yo
CV:  Takahashi Hiroki

Volume 15: Hokago wa Kimi no sobade
CV: Masakazu Morita and Sugiyama Noriaki

Volume 16: Iikagen ni Neroyona
CV:   Nakamura Yuuichi and Yonaga Tsubasa

Vol.17 (AGAIN! Female Seiyuu XD; but they famous acting as male character)
Volume 17: Oyasumi no Sono Mae ni
CV:   Minagawa Junko and Kaida Yuki

Volume 18: Ashita wa Motto Kagayaku Kimi ni Naruyou ni
CV:  Hamada Kenji and Shinpo Shiba

Volume 19: Kimi no Negao ni Iyasarete
CV:  Narita Ken and Horiuchi Kenyuu

Vol.20 (The Elric's Brothers is here!! XD)
Volume 20: Iikara Yoko ni Nareyo
CV:  Paku Romi and Kugimiya Rie
Download: Part1:… |Part2:…

Volume 21: Tagosaku demo Nemurinshai
CV:  Kondo Takashi and Namikawa Daisuke

Volume 22:
CV:  Toshiyuki Morikawa

Season 3's
Volume 23
明日のためにいい夢を (先行版)
CV: Terashima Takuma & Okamoto Nobuhiko
Download  [password:A42]

Volume 24
CV: Katsuyuki Konishi & Yasumoto Hiroki
Download [pswd: A42]

Volume 25
CV: Okitsu Kazuyuki & Hino Satoshi
Download [pswd: A42// under same files download with vol. 26 & 29]
Volume 26
CV: Morikubo Shoutaro & Majima Junji
DL [pswd: A42 //under same files download with vol. 25 & 29]

Volume 27

Volume 28
CV: Shimono Hiro & Kaji Yuuki [Totally cute volume X33]

Volume 29
CV: Tsuda Kenjiro & Tomoaki Maeno
DL [pswd: A42 //under same files download with vol. 25 & 26] // Trans [Maeno use Yukina's voiceslkjhgf]
e 30

All here are EXTRA!!!
Vol. Bangaihen
Ore ha Nemukuna-i
CV : Wakamoto Norio

Vol. Kakumei: Baba Toru & Ookawa Genki

Hitsuji de Oyasumi Complete Series Digest Disc

Hitsuji de Oyasumi Series Special- Kuroda Takaya, Ohtsuka Akio, Kanaya Hideyuki

Yokatta! Still remember I mention before about SPM? I'm PASS! I get what I sought...even the sciences subject a bit disappointed me, but I can predict it! Jyaa~ at least I could register into form 6, nee? If my SPM result release...that's mean, my studies gonna start soon! Then, my time for Drama CD will time for online also become short. But, I'll try to share but not as often as now. For now, I'll do my best to share what I have, okay? ;)

Here the official website for this Drama CD:…
  • Mood: Shame
  • Listening to: Hitsuji de Oyasumi~
  • Reading: Starry Sky ff
  • Watching: Durarara!
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