Artist Spotlight: Yoshitoshi ABe + Red Winter

I typically don’t do this sort of thing but given my interests as of late I wanted to write a post about a lesser known artist by the name of Yoshitoshi ABe. He is a Japanese manga/anime artist and one that struck my interest from a very young age. I don’t remember all the details but I remember walking into a comic/manga shop as a kid when I was on vacation with my extended family. While perusing the store, for the little time I had to look around, I saw a poster for an anime on the side of a bookshelf called “Serial Experiments Lain”. The picture below was roughly the exact poster I saw.

Due to lack of funds, my young age, and how hard it was during the 90s to even watch anime outside of syndicated programming blocks like “Toonami”, I of course didn’t get a chance to watch the anime until I was in my late teens. Putting the anime and my opinions on it aside though, what stuck with me the most was the artwork. Eventually I watched other anime that Yoshitioshi ABe had worked on and even got a few of his art books as well. It’s hard to pin down exactly why he’s become my favorite artist and why his style captures my interest so much. Maybe after looking at the pictures below maybe one of you can share your thoughts on it.

If you enjoy his work as well as I do I’d highly recommend checking out his Wikipedia page to sees other anime/manga he has worked on.

On a side note, “Red Winter” is still on sale on Gumroad for “pay what you want” through Wednesday of this week. Please feel free to grab a copy using this link: https://gum.co/jjgjH

Until next time I hope you guys have a good rest of the week.

Red Winter Update + Tracing to Kill Time

Hey guys. So the cover is basically done for “Red Winter”, my upcoming anthology, and it should be out probably by Monday. Tuesday at the latest. Regardless I’m pretty excited about it for a number of reasons. After that is published I’ll immediately begin working on the final content for my second anthology. I plan on releasing four in total for this series and it’d be really cool to get them all done this year. We’ll see what happens though.

In the mean time I’ve been neglecting my artistic endeavors so I spent some time today just tracing a few pictures. The one below is from the artist Ilya Kuvshinov. It’s from his art book “Momentary”. He has a few art books on Amazon and I’m pretty sure you can find his Instagram page here: https://www.instagram.com/kuvshinov_ilya/

Anyways I hope you guys have a good weekend and I look forward to dropping the anthology very soon. Later.

Thirty Days of Drawing

Primarily I’ve wanted this site and blog to focus on current or future published works. There is one thing I did feel like sharing though. A number of months ago I bought a book called “You Can Draw in 30 Days” by Mark Kistler. Typically I don’t buy into books with those kind of titles but given the price point and generally high reviews, I decided to give it a shot.

While it didn’t turn me into anything of an art prodigy I can honestly say that I did learn how to draw from a basic level for the most part. Below I’ll show a gallery of my thirty days of learning how to draw with a sketch for each day. I’ll let you guys judge for yourselves whether I showed any improvement or not. Also my apologies if some of the photos aren’t of the highest quality.

If anyone reading this is interested in also checking out the same book I’ll post a link her: https://www.amazon.com/You-Can-Draw-30-Days/dp/0738212415/ref=sr_1_1?crid=207TU86P72WWY&dchild=1&keywords=you+can+draw+in+30+days&qid=1609191128&sprefix=you+can+draw+in+%2Caps%2C173&sr=8-1