Yeaaaaahhhh, I should have written this like a month and a half ago. Cos it might not mean much now, since the initial hype is long gone.
But maybe this is for the better, I'll be able to write more objectively. C:
I'll assume you don't know what this is all about, so I'll throw in a little reminder:
Around August I posted two statuses, one about a "place called Potentially Life-Changing Experience" and the other about a "book titled Potentially Life-Changing Knowledge".
I'm writing this journal because I want to explain these vague words, and also tell you about my life-changing summer.
Place of Life-Changing Experiences
It really is a place. I didn't plan this trip, I just sorta coincidentally found out about a summer school in a city at the seaside. It was the Summer School of Visual Identity and Graphic Design. A group of young people who put their souls into organizing workshops and lectures about Photoshop and Illustrator, web design, photography and design in general, the whole package basically. And the trip was pretty cheap, too. A win-win situation, am I right?
I mean it though. It was an enlightening trip. Like a pilgrimage. Not only did I get some pretty useful tips for Photoshop (which is frankly too big a tool to learn all by yourself), I also met a lot of inspiring people who all share the same passions. They told me that they had the same doubts I have now before breaking free from whatever was holding them down.
And a line from one of the lecturers that really spoke to me:"You will find satisfaction and success only if you keep telling yourself 'I'm successful!' until you yourself start believing it."
Meaning, as long as you doubt yourself, you'll never be able to improve, to move forward.
A line like that was all I needed to finally realize my mistakes.
I came home from that summer school a different person. ^^
Book of Life-Changing Knowledge
Believe it or not, it's not a philosophical or religious book, nor a book of motivational quotes or anything of the sort. It's a textbook. One that could easily be used in school or college. It's a textbook that seemingly talks about one specific thing, but actually talks about something that can be used in a much wider context.
This magical book is Manga in Theory and Practice: The Craft of Creating Manga
by Hirohiko Araki.
Now, this will require some explaining, right?
Ok, first, Hirohiko Araki is a mangaka who's been in the trade for 30 years and counting. He created one of the longest running manga series, namely JoJo's Bizarre Adventure
. So, yeah, he's THAT guy.
The reason I bought the book definitely is "because of JoJo", but the reason I like it so much is not "because it's JoJo". The book has actual quality, not just if you aspire to become a mangaka, but any kind of storyteller or artist. Araki gives many detailed descriptions and really good examples for all the constitutional elements of a story, and also pretty good tips on how to improve as an artist.
So, to me personally, this is a book I will come back to every time I need help structuring my stories, describing my characters, drawing my characters and settings and conveying my message to the readers (or in case of game design, players).
That said, I highly recommend this book to all who wish to create stories in any form or shape. I think it's really worth it, despite all the examples being in Araki's weird but recognizable JoJo style. ^^
Summer of Life-Changing
The two above are only the biggest life-changing things that happened this summer. There were many more, smaller and more personal life-changing moments, but still significant in their own way.
It may sound a bit weird, but JoJo's Bizarre Adventure
definitely played a crucial role.
Not because of the memes (even though they're undoubtedly my drug
), or the Stand powers, or the music references, no. It's because of the story and characters. I think they're really well-written. Even the art style has its charm, once you get used to it.
What I mean to say is, the manga is not badly drawn. If anything, Araki is in love with the golden rectangle and the golden ratio, praises famous works of art like the Mona Lisa quite a few times in the manga! His art is good and recognizable and sometimes a bit hard to look at
, but at the end of the day, by all standards of good art, it's not as bad as it may seem at first glance.
Other than that, I also have a few people around me to thank for some of the life-changing.
People who came up to me and offered me advice on things concerning my art and ideas. They see potential in me, and that's my motivation. Or maybe it's the other way around.
In any case, I felt like sharing this with everyone.
It concerns my art and my little projects that I will definitely bring to life in the course of the next two years. Maybe not all of them, but one for sure. And this summer and all these life-changing events are the reason I am not giving up on this artistic side of mine. I'll hone my skills as much as possible.
Inktober is already a start!
Thank you for reading this. ^^
Cheers, kind readers!
Don't forget the golden rectangle is everywhere in nature!