Monday, January 27, 2014

Applied art

The use of the principles and elements of design to create functional pieces of works of art.

"Manga" refers to comics drawn in a style based on Japanese art, usually published in Japan. I knew my drawing set was Sakura, a Japanese based company but didn't know that "Magna" had a particular meaning.
Along with my Sensei pens I love my inks, and I spray them onto small trays which I can reconstitute with water using my water brush.

So our Journal52 prompt this week is to draw a character so I decided to jump out of my box and try for the first time to draw an anime character! I mean, I am using Japanese writing utensils, so I'm half way there, right? lol Well, ok, so I had some studying to do...

Anime Basics:
very large eyes
pointy small chins
hardly any nose or mouth
hair, pointy and usually down across the face

I used Google Translation to interpret my quote into Japanese, after all I seem to have evolved into a theme here :) I used a point 3 for the written Japanese words and a point 6 for the English words.

I love their exaggerated large eyes although they were a little daunting for me to 
make for the first time. ( I love my artist eraser that comes in the drawing set 
because lots of erasing went on here,  )I added some glimmer paint and sprays to
the eyes and tears.

Here is a slideshow I made with the steps I took to make my first anime:
( plus some creepy eerie music, lol ) Also please excuse the misspelled words, I am too accustomed to spell check and evidently it doesn't work in my editor program! )

I don't want to bore you with my thought process behind making this anime character but you can click on this link if you want to read about it.

entering my Anime art journal page in:

Paint Party Friday
Inspire Me Monday ( where I was inspired to try something new )
Art Journal Everyday


Jill Jacobsen said...

Very good drawing and I like the way you used the definition in Japanese and English in the background.

DannyB said...

Great video about your process! Nice work.

Jean said...

Again - holy cow!!!

Pam said...

Great artwork! The eyes are so intense.Interesting background with the English and Japanese wording. When our girls were in High school we had a Japanese exchange student live with us for a while. She told us the Japanese language has 3 interpretations or 3 different was to write it. I love my waterbrush pen!I have only used it with chalks so far though. I have many many professional quality brushes for all the different paints I have. I really need to paint more!

MaryH said...

For a first effort, you did magnificently with Manga. This is very effective, and pure inspiration to let Google do your translation! Good job, and good for you on trying such a new technique. TFS

Barb Craft said...

Wow!! You seriously do it all!!! This is incredible… love the use of both languages in your background! And those EYES!! Holy Cow!! Sooooo cool!!

barb :)

Carole Z said...

HI Sandee, wow you Manga is fabulous, I think you have made a stunning piece of work here! Thanks for your lovely comment on my blog, waving back from the West of England! Hugs, Carole Z X

Nicole Beadwright Campanella said...

Sandee this is a great post. I love this art. Your have expressed so much in the face and the eyes. The tears are fantastic. Well done