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“What you think is your advantage could turn against you.”

 
Hokage Report,

 

Tony Taka, Rumiko Takahashi, Kantoku, Noizi Ito, Eiichiro Oda (and many more that I won’t even try to mention)…What do you think is similar among this well-known artists? Answer, they are known for their specific art styles. You know it’s a Kantoku artwork when you see a young high school girl with plaids and/or checks on her skirt. You know it’s Noizi Ito if it’s a cute petite girl with yellowish skin tone. You know its Akira Toriyama just by looking at the eyes and hair of the character. You know it’s CLAMP if it’s a slender, beautiful girl in magnificent outfit. You know it’s Tony Taka because…umh, well you get the idea…(^_^)

 

So why am I bringing this topic up? It’s because nobody can ever tell if an artwork is a Hokage brand of artwork, and it’s something I just realized.

 

Back when I was in High School, when I was at the peak of my manga-making days, I swore to develop my own art, an art style that I can call my own. Every day was a small step into nurturing my art as I practice and practice drawing. I’m happy with the result since every time I re-read my mangas now, I could tell how much effort the past me have put into each details, and it makes me happy. At the same time though, as I dwell deeper into the word of art, I knew that drawing on my comfort zone isn’t enough to make me a better artist. You see, what’s so darn great about being a solo amateur manga-artist is that you yourself are a walking studio. You have to be capable of drawing a wide range of subjects in order to create a scene every single time. “You have to be capable of drawing almost anything”. You have to be good at backgrounds because you don’t want your characters to be talking and fighting in a white void of a space. You have to be good at drawing effects or things will feel dead. You have to be capable of drawing the elements, especially fire and water. Draw animals, different plants, dentist chair, bicycle, cars, phones, a castle interior, a throne, armor, an imaginary magic machine, monsters and mythical creatures, a baseball field, a jewelry shop and many many more! Those days were my most productive and active time. You see, we don’t have a computer yet back then. I only rely on books and a short PC café visit to gain knowledge about the things I must learn. I collect those real estate property and house brokers’ leaflets in order to study houses. I stare at the sky to learn how the clouds work. I sketch a lot back then so that I could have a reference that I can use for my manga, and it was really a fun experience. But what is the connection between my past manga making life and my dilemma today? It all has something to do with the “be able to draw anything” part.

 

Everyone knows that my art style is supposed to be“Anime”, but I was never limited to just anime art because of my chosen career, a path that will change my perception of art forever. I entered college, and thus my art has to change for my future.

 

I finished college under the Advertising and Public Relations course. It never crossed my mind that I would take that course in the first place (My father said that I can be a good layer, but meh), but things happened as if destiny is playing tricks on me. In the end, I enjoyed the course and the many possibilities and opportunities it could offer me as an aspiring artist. As I take the course, I was exposed to many types of art applications like poster designing and of course film making. It was on those moments that forced me to go outside my anime art. I have to learn semi-realism and cartoonish style artworks in order to draw mascots, storyboards and product samples. One funny thing is that since I don’t have the resources to make posters digitally like my peers and classmates, I improvised by drawing them traditionally. Imagine a poster drawn by hand compared to a digitally printed one…good thing my professors aren’t too strict about it. As I venture into exploring different art styles for different applications, my approach in art changed. My art which is just for fun became my ticket for a future career as an advertising practitioner. I have to be capable of drawing anything in various styles and become as “flexible” as possible. If can show them that my art isn’t all anime, then I might have an advantage over the others. If you would observe my gallery, you will find a clutter of different styles and medium. I paint, I draw, I use vectors and I cut, digitally and traditionally in order to be the “All-around” artist that I have to be. I have to do so or else I won’t survive in the advertising industry. Being a “Jack of all trades” is seen as an advantage, but being a “King of none” is the problem. I don’t have a specific style that I could pinpoint as my “default style”. I thought being versatile would work on my advantage, but now my real art suffers from its influence. What’s really hard is when you have to jump from one style to another; all while keeping each style rust-free. It holds me down from mastering one art unlike those who have a specific single style where they can truly focus and hone. The only good part is that my gallery is full of various images with different styles as if you are looking into a gallery of different people in a single page. Still, I’m worried that I won’t be known for an art style with impact that will be very recognizable and will stand out from the crowd of artworks, something that would introduce me to the world. On the other hand, as long as I practice advertising, I have to master more and more art techniques in the future to be able to cope-up with the demand, even if it cost me my real art which is anime.

 

So what have I learned? A ninja may carry a bag of shurikens so that he won’t have a shortage of it when the battle begins…but it’s that same shuriken bag that will get him injured since he’s movement will be too slow. It’s good to have knowledge about many things, but it is much better if you can focus on what you really like. On the other hand, if the situation demands you to show more than what you can do, it won't hurt to go out of your comfort zone and test the limits of your capabilities. Just be sure that you won't compromise or even sacrifice what you like to do the most. You really do not want to make artworks just because you have to...it won't look good in the end...so don't force it.

 

Well, that’s what I have in mind right now. If you guys have some pieces of advice or tips for me, I’d be really glad to hear from you, any word will be a great help. If anyone has the same experience, share it! I want to know how you deal with this kind of situation, since I know a lot of artists here having multiple art styles as well. Until then, this is Hokage…will come back later…promise (^_^)

 

 

Next:  Push, Tilt and Galaxy

  • Mood: Worried
  • Listening to: Anime music at random
  • Watching: Akame ga Kill
  • Playing: Dragon Nest SEA
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Four Seasons

Four Seasons

 

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Hey, hey, my parents are going home today. I’m so excited! I haven’t seen them for years, and I really wanted to spend my time with them. The only thing that’s making me sad is that they won’t be staying here for too long. They said that they are here simply to visit and check on me. Afterwards, they will be moving on to continue working and managing their respective businesses. Still, I’m happy that they are here for me, so I’m going to make the most out of their short vacation. Which is why before I sleep tonight, I prayed that the world would be different for at least a single day. I wish to experience the seasons; spring, summer, autumn and winter-all at once. Why? Because I wanted to make up for all the years and seasons that my parents weren’t with me. I wanted to relive all the lost moments within a course of one day. The lost spring when my family could have enjoyed a peaceful walk in the park, going to the nearest zoo and pick lots of fresh flowers. The lost summer, when we could have went to the beach and felt the hot sun while eating ice cream together. I could almost see me and my mom making sand castles while father take pictures. The lost autumn, when my parents could have teach me how to ride a bike, stroll among the fallen leaves or just sit along a lake shore and watch the sunset. The lost winter, when we could have built a snowman or throw snowballs at each other while laughing, then, and then they will hug me tight, I will feel their warm bodies close to me…by that moment I’ll know that they will always be there for me, by my side forever. I wanted to do all this things with them within a single day…so please, if it isn’t too much to ask, make all the seasons appear all at the same time, for I may not have this kind of chance anytime soon, and I wouldn’t ask for more. With that I’m hoping that I’d wake up seeing a beautiful scenery….I’m very hopeful.

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Hokage Report,

 
 

“Life is a live performance with little to no take-twos, and the show must always go on.”

 

Hello guys, what’s up? Hmm, it’s been a long while. I’ve been absent here for some time, being able to sneak in from time to time but am unable to stay longer to mingle. The title sounds like Love Live?  Umh yeah, I did watch Love Live! despite being a guy…..purely for research purposes (hey, that’s the only excuse I can think of right now). So, I’m here to give my journal some fresh and not-so-updated updates. I’ll include some past happenings that I was too down to even make a journal about….so without further ado, commence battle.

 

Like what I’ve quoted above, life’s a jerk sometimes. You wish it has that “Ctrl + Z” somewhere so that you can undo a small fault and prevent major disasters….but no, you are left dealing with a no turning back experience…no 1ups included.

 

Life is extra challenging because we always have that “once-in-a lifetime chance” with many things, and it’s up to us to choose a route we feel we deserve.  It’s either a good route or a bad route. One example of a bad is this: Way back last year, I think it was on August (?) when something awful happened. I was getting ready to go to work, when I noticed a familiar bond sized paper. It’s a short story I wrote when I was still in high school. It was written in English. Yes, I recognized it and I was looking for it for a long time. I really want to laugh at how I suck at English back then. Who knew it was stuck in the same shelf where I put my home-made comics/manga. I pulled it and I was surprised….TERMITES eating the other end of the paper! I feared the worst that moment. If termites are present there, then how about my precious works? It didn’t take long before I got my answer. I pulled out stacks of my comics from the shelf, and there, my early works, the foundation of my art…..covered in soil and a colony of termites. I mean all hell breaks loose! I’ve never seen such a number of termites in one place…those creeps made a relaxing termite haven out of my pile of self-made mangas!!!! Me and my mother managed to bring that heap of termites, together with my works outside the house. There, I knew that it was too late to save my works. The damage is irreversible. Much of the pages were eaten. There’s only one thing to do to get rid of the pests, and that is to burn them. The termites have to be burned together with my early works. As the fire engulf my works, my mind goes blank, maybe out of shock of watching my works becoming ashes in front of me. Those were the mangas I made. They were my companions when I had no friends to talk to. I spend my years drawing, book after book, and now I won’t be able to read them again. I won’t be able to recall the moment of each creation, all of it gone. Years of effort, destroyed in seconds. I’m just thankful that not all my works were damaged. If only I did a good job storing my stuff, but what’s done is done and I can’t turn a clock back….it’s a bad route. I still miss that series till now, all the 30+ notebooks burned that day, it was very saddening. 

 

Life isn’t always half bad though. You start to become hopeful that things happen for a reason, and there’s a good outcome from every bad events. I’ve always been a shut in. I don’t like going out, it exhaust me. But then I just keep meeting people whom eventually become my friends, friends whom will reintroduce me to a social life I forgot I have. I do often hang out with them. I admit, I’m having fun with them. One instance was when a friend girl (notice: friend girl, not girlfriend---like I’ll have one) asked me to watch a movie with her. I know she really wants to go to the movies for the longest time, and I promised so I agreed. Then I realized that going out with her alone feels kinda awkward (yeah, I don’t take those chances), so we asked another female friend to go with us. On normal occasions, I won’t even entertain the thought of going out to watch movies with others. We went to a mall to watch a movie, “on my expense” (drats! I knew it, those girls)...hehe, but it was on my own vocation….guys pay right? They were in-charge of the food though. The movie we agreed to watch isn’t really my type, but miracles happen and I enjoyed it, maybe because I was with them. It’s a revelation when you watch a movie with somebody, it’s like they are a different person…like screaming at a horror trailer or eating half of the popcorn snack even before the main movie begin… it amused me more. I’ve been very busy lately, but it’s not half bad. I never imagined having so many people to talk to can be this rewarding. It affects me in terms of art since such interactions give me a broad range of experience that’ll be useful in creating artworks that require a human touch and feeling (because I don’t like making depressed artworks very much).

 

On another topic, my resignation has been delayed, for the 3rd time! I was supposed to be out of my work since last November, but my boss keeps asking me to extend my stay for another month because they haven’t found a replacement yet, and the extensions reached till February 28. My coworkers’ attempts to make me change my mind and stay is a day to day ordeal. Good thing I’m never out of excuses and alibi. I’m hoping that this is my last extension. I really want to get a good rest and find myself a better job soon. Looking at the course of things, the recent applicants show promise. Most of them suck at drawing though. Not to be boastful but my Boss wants me to stay because of my drawing skills which she hasn’t found in any applicants to date. To be honest, I’ll miss our office a lot. I’ve learned so many things there, and I’m forever grateful to them for helping me all these years (^_^).

 

So, what have I learned about my recent experiences, its connection to art and life itself? Well, like I always tell myself before doing something “No Regrets!” I believe a life live with fulfillment isn’t a life lived with so many achievements, but a life lived with few regrets. A life lived simple but happily will always outweigh a life of luxury but with a feeling of emptiness. You can’t undo what already happened. It hurts and will always do. The best lesson is to learn from those mistakes and move forward. Fall twice, stand up thrice. Make use of the time given to you and don’t waste it. Be productive. Make artworks, as many as you can, while you can. You’ll regret it if you exchange a piece of art for procrastination. The show must go on, so perform your best act that you can be really proud of!

 

Whew, this has been yet another long entry, but I felt good writing since I haven’t done this for a long time (^_^). I hope this journal made sense. So until then, this is Hokage…

 

Next:  Tilt, Seasons and Push

  • Mood: Optimism
  • Listening to: Yui Horie music
  • Playing: Dragon Nest SEA

“What you think is your advantage could turn against you.”

 
Hokage Report,

 

Tony Taka, Rumiko Takahashi, Kantoku, Noizi Ito, Eiichiro Oda (and many more that I won’t even try to mention)…What do you think is similar among this well-known artists? Answer, they are known for their specific art styles. You know it’s a Kantoku artwork when you see a young high school girl with plaids and/or checks on her skirt. You know it’s Noizi Ito if it’s a cute petite girl with yellowish skin tone. You know its Akira Toriyama just by looking at the eyes and hair of the character. You know it’s CLAMP if it’s a slender, beautiful girl in magnificent outfit. You know it’s Tony Taka because…umh, well you get the idea…(^_^)

 

So why am I bringing this topic up? It’s because nobody can ever tell if an artwork is a Hokage brand of artwork, and it’s something I just realized.

 

Back when I was in High School, when I was at the peak of my manga-making days, I swore to develop my own art, an art style that I can call my own. Every day was a small step into nurturing my art as I practice and practice drawing. I’m happy with the result since every time I re-read my mangas now, I could tell how much effort the past me have put into each details, and it makes me happy. At the same time though, as I dwell deeper into the word of art, I knew that drawing on my comfort zone isn’t enough to make me a better artist. You see, what’s so darn great about being a solo amateur manga-artist is that you yourself are a walking studio. You have to be capable of drawing a wide range of subjects in order to create a scene every single time. “You have to be capable of drawing almost anything”. You have to be good at backgrounds because you don’t want your characters to be talking and fighting in a white void of a space. You have to be good at drawing effects or things will feel dead. You have to be capable of drawing the elements, especially fire and water. Draw animals, different plants, dentist chair, bicycle, cars, phones, a castle interior, a throne, armor, an imaginary magic machine, monsters and mythical creatures, a baseball field, a jewelry shop and many many more! Those days were my most productive and active time. You see, we don’t have a computer yet back then. I only rely on books and a short PC café visit to gain knowledge about the things I must learn. I collect those real estate property and house brokers’ leaflets in order to study houses. I stare at the sky to learn how the clouds work. I sketch a lot back then so that I could have a reference that I can use for my manga, and it was really a fun experience. But what is the connection between my past manga making life and my dilemma today? It all has something to do with the “be able to draw anything” part.

 

Everyone knows that my art style is supposed to be“Anime”, but I was never limited to just anime art because of my chosen career, a path that will change my perception of art forever. I entered college, and thus my art has to change for my future.

 

I finished college under the Advertising and Public Relations course. It never crossed my mind that I would take that course in the first place (My father said that I can be a good layer, but meh), but things happened as if destiny is playing tricks on me. In the end, I enjoyed the course and the many possibilities and opportunities it could offer me as an aspiring artist. As I take the course, I was exposed to many types of art applications like poster designing and of course film making. It was on those moments that forced me to go outside my anime art. I have to learn semi-realism and cartoonish style artworks in order to draw mascots, storyboards and product samples. One funny thing is that since I don’t have the resources to make posters digitally like my peers and classmates, I improvised by drawing them traditionally. Imagine a poster drawn by hand compared to a digitally printed one…good thing my professors aren’t too strict about it. As I venture into exploring different art styles for different applications, my approach in art changed. My art which is just for fun became my ticket for a future career as an advertising practitioner. I have to be capable of drawing anything in various styles and become as “flexible” as possible. If can show them that my art isn’t all anime, then I might have an advantage over the others. If you would observe my gallery, you will find a clutter of different styles and medium. I paint, I draw, I use vectors and I cut, digitally and traditionally in order to be the “All-around” artist that I have to be. I have to do so or else I won’t survive in the advertising industry. Being a “Jack of all trades” is seen as an advantage, but being a “King of none” is the problem. I don’t have a specific style that I could pinpoint as my “default style”. I thought being versatile would work on my advantage, but now my real art suffers from its influence. What’s really hard is when you have to jump from one style to another; all while keeping each style rust-free. It holds me down from mastering one art unlike those who have a specific single style where they can truly focus and hone. The only good part is that my gallery is full of various images with different styles as if you are looking into a gallery of different people in a single page. Still, I’m worried that I won’t be known for an art style with impact that will be very recognizable and will stand out from the crowd of artworks, something that would introduce me to the world. On the other hand, as long as I practice advertising, I have to master more and more art techniques in the future to be able to cope-up with the demand, even if it cost me my real art which is anime.

 

So what have I learned? A ninja may carry a bag of shurikens so that he won’t have a shortage of it when the battle begins…but it’s that same shuriken bag that will get him injured since he’s movement will be too slow. It’s good to have knowledge about many things, but it is much better if you can focus on what you really like. On the other hand, if the situation demands you to show more than what you can do, it won't hurt to go out of your comfort zone and test the limits of your capabilities. Just be sure that you won't compromise or even sacrifice what you like to do the most. You really do not want to make artworks just because you have to...it won't look good in the end...so don't force it.

 

Well, that’s what I have in mind right now. If you guys have some pieces of advice or tips for me, I’d be really glad to hear from you, any word will be a great help. If anyone has the same experience, share it! I want to know how you deal with this kind of situation, since I know a lot of artists here having multiple art styles as well. Until then, this is Hokage…will come back later…promise (^_^)

 

 

Next:  Push, Tilt and Galaxy

  • Mood: Worried
  • Listening to: Anime music at random
  • Watching: Akame ga Kill
  • Playing: Dragon Nest SEA

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Artists have within them the power to create, and the responsibility to do so, in order to make this world a more wonderful place to live in. Despite many challenges and sacrifices, an artists must continue to walk this path as his/her contribution to the world. That is what being an artist is all about.
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Neoconvoy Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014  Student General Artist
Merry Christmas!

God bless you, your family and friends!

www.youtube.com/watch?v=xgitjJ…
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Hokage3 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yoh...Happy New Year to you and your loved ones as well...

Hope you had a wonderful holidays.

God Bless and may this year be bountiful for all of us.

*btw, nice music....thanks)
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Rosey-Mae Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Hey Hokage! I have about a month of break before college begins up again. Would you like to do a collab with me? :la: A collaboration is when two artists work on the same picture, and I think it'd be so fun to color one of your line-arts if you wanted to draw one for me to color! :la:
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Hokage3 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Waaa, Art Collab. Yeah I've heard about it. I've never been into an Art Collab before. It mean this is my first hehe. Hmm, I might be able to start with my lineart this early January since I'm going to be very very busy with other stuffs as the year draws to and end. Is it ok with you? And what artwork do you prefer coloring? It matters because if you enjoy what you are coloring, it will turn out great.
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Rosey-Mae Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2014  Student Digital Artist
:happybounce: Oh goodie! :happybounce: I'm so exited now! :squee:

Wow, um, what lineart would I prefer coloring? :'D Wow. I never actually thought about it. :XD: Um, how about something steampunk? :D Like, a cute steampunk couple with a pet? :D Does that sound okay?
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Hokage3 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Woo, steampunk...you really know
my taste hehe. I like steampunk in a way.

a cute steampunk couple with a pet...got it

Now, you do know I have lots of art styles...
would you want it simple or complicated hehe.

Simple I mean no more extravagant BG...just
the characters in a simple abstract setting...
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Rosey-Mae Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Oh my gosh! Your new icon is so cute! Eeee I just wanna hug it!
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Hokage3 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hehe, I really like it too...

Thank :iconjesi-jess: for it...

She gave it to me as a surprise gift...
She made my last avatar as well, for free (^_^)
she's so thoughtful...I have to at least
reciprocate her kindness...
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Jesi-Jess Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
>//^//> shush //paps you <3
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Hokage3 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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