Saturday Sketches: Week 7

Hopefully, everyone will be able to tell who this is. After all, it’s got to be one of the most iconic scenes in the series and possibly the most memorable in anime…

What did you draw this week? That’s quite the opening statement! I’m not sure if it is the most memorable, but surely, everyone should know this scene. It’s over the top in the most incredible way and just a hell of a lot of fun.

This sketch is from my favourite anime and it’s also my favourite character. Got it yet? Of course you have, it’s Saeko Busujima standing on top of the Humvee as they rush to rescue Komuro.

There’s a lot going on in this picture with her apron and hair flapping in the wind. It makes for a fairly dynamic picture, so I just hope I’ve done it justice.

This was another sketch in the larger A3 pad, so again I was able to get a little more detail in, which is essential with the apron, otherwise it would just be a big blank blob.

I’m pretty happy with it, although the head isn’t quite to the same scale as the body. Maybe, I’m just trying to be too perfect as it is Saeko. I’m sure I’ll find another excuse to draw her again, so it’s a good start for now.

Want to see me draw someone or something (I’m prepared to draw mecha or monsters too) then put in the comments and I’ll see what I can do.

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Saturday Sketches: Week 6

It turns out we’ve been lied to. Now, I’m not talking about politicians or the media, although I’m sure they’re a part of it. I’m talking about ninjas. Everything we know about them has been a lie.

What did you draw this week? So, it looks like I’m taking inspiration from the series I’ve recently watched. This week I managed to squeeze in Senran Kagura, which is the new found source for everything ninja. It’s an interesting watch and I’ll be sure to get the review out soon.

Basically, in Senran Kagura there are good ninjas and evil ninjas, which admittedly is a bit on the nose, but whatever. All of the ninjas that the show follows are girls and there is a great deal of clothing shredding action…

Anyhow, as I was watching there was one character that stood out as one to draw, especially as I had said last week how I’d like to draw more of the body too. Well, this one has body, that’s for sure…

So, here is Haruka the evil ninja. Enjoy!

And you thought ninjas wore black, tight fitting clothing. It was all a lie!

For this sketch, I switched to an A3 pad, which for those that don’t know is twice the size of the regular A4 sheets. That’s close to twice the size of standard sheets of paper in the States too. That combined with the mechanical pencil means that I’ve been able to get more of the body in without sacrificing detail.

Want to see me draw someone or something (I’m prepared to draw mecha or monsters too) then put in the comments and I’ll see what I can do.

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Saturday Sketches: Week 5

What did you draw this week? I just finished watching Goblin Slayer! and felt compelled to follow that up with a quick sketch. The review will be out shortly, but at the moment, I can tell you that I loved it. I think the first episode was so polarizing that for some the rest wasn’t as compelling, but I would disagree and I’ll get into that later.

For now, let’s just enjoy the Goblin Slayer in all his glory. I also felt the need to add a splash of colour to this sketch, because is he really the Goblin Slayer if he’s not covered in goblin blood?

It’s also the first male character I’ve drawn, although he could be a mecha with all that armour on. The hands are the only thing vaguely human about the picture. Still, I think it captures his rage, which is what I was going for.

I never realised just how cool his helmet is until I drew it. It has all those little details and curves that make it look like a dragon. I think I need to start doing more pictures from a distance. It’s great focusing on the details, but I feel like I need to get a full body on the page. Maybe next week.

Want to see me draw someone or something (I’m prepared to draw mecha or monsters too) then put in the comments and I’ll see what I can do.

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Author Journey January 2019

Any big announcements? Sadly not, but my new laptop has been a joy to work with. The fan is basically silent, it’s so much faster than my old laptop, and it’s definitely helped me speed up my writing/editing/blogging. This is also the third month in a row where I’ve published a post every day. For a while there I thought I wasn’t going to do it in January, but then I decided to do episode reviews for The Promised Neverland.

How’s the writing going? It’s still pretty slow at the moment, but once I’ve got my blogging into a nice routine it will pick up. I haven’t written anything new in a while and I’ve got so many projects lined up ready to go. On top of new projects, I still have eighteen novellas in my Valiant Lineage series to edit and the three novels in the Black Death trilogy. Black Death is the top priority. It’s a collaborative trilogy written by myself and two other authors. One of the other authors is finishing off their part for book three. Once that’s done, we can really focus on putting it together.

Done anything interesting? I decided that I needed to spend a little more time working on my drawing. To aid this I started up my Saturday Sketches, where I draw something anime related every week. I’m open to suggestions so if you want to see me draw anyone, let me know in the comments. So far,

I’ve drawn four different characters, one of which was an original character from my science-fiction novella – Asteroidea. I’m planning on rereleasing it on my website chapter by chapter. It’s a bit of a homage to the classic creature feature, so if you enjoy Alien or The Thing, then you should give this a read.

What have you been watching? I watched the last of the Fall 2018 anime yesterday, well, the ones that aren’t continuing into Winter 2019. Goblin Slayer! was the last one I completed, so expect a review of that shortly. With my routine of waiting for four episodes to be available before watching, it’ll be a little while before I really get into the Winter lineup. That said, I couldn’t wait for The Promised Neverland as the internet is full of spoilers.

On top of that, I’ve started a couple of challenges. The first is the A to Z Anime Challenge where I watch a show starting with each letter of the alphabet throughout the year. I’m trying to do one series every two weeks. So far, I’ve watched Aesthetica of a Rogue Hero and Blood-C. I’ve already started C, but I’m not going to tell you what it is just yet!

The other challenge is my Animercise challenge, which sees me doing ten push-ups, sit-ups, or squats after each episode or movie I watch. This month, I’ve managed to do four-hundred of each. I’ve also realised that just doing ten of one was too easy, so going forward I’ll be doing ten of each after every episode.

What have you been reading? I’ve actually been really bad and haven’t finished a single book. What’s worse is that I have the latest Seraph of the End, six volumes of Dragonar Academy, a load of Monster Musume, and three Magical Girl books sitting on my shelves staring at me. I shall make it my goal to clear those off before next month…

Any plans for next month? I may allow myself a couple of days in the month with no blog posts, possibly. I do need to spend a little more time editing my stories, so I have a good reason, although now that I’ve gone this long, it’s going to be hard to watch an empty day sit in my calendar. We’ll see.

Saturday Sketches: Week 4

What did you draw this week? Maybe, it’s too soon for an original sketch of an original character in a story I wrote. Maybe, but you try telling me that. After two weeks of requests, I decided I would bite the bullet and have a go at one of my characters.

Obviously, this means that you have no basis for comparison. What I will do, however, is give you a little more information about the character and the story she’s in.

This is Doctor Joan Crawford. She’s a marine biologist who has dedicated her life to finding proof of extraterrestrial life. You’d think this would be easy once mankind started to colonize the galaxy, but so far, nothing. That is until Joan is sent to a frozen world where a water extraction plant believes it’s found something in the water…

This is my first original sketch and one that would probably accompany chapter one when I turn my novella, Asteroidea, into a light novel. I plan on publishing the chapters on a weekly basis here in the not too distant future, so keep an eye out for those.

Again, I’ve focused on just the line work as I’m going to try to do the shading/colouring on my computer. Going to try and get some more action poses going for the rest of the images. Anyhow, I don’t think it turned out too bad. Any feedback is welcome.

Want to see me draw someone or something (I’m prepared to draw mecha or monsters too) then put in the comments and I’ll see what I can do.

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