Well this is embarrassing.

Hey there everyone, its been so long a little over a year since I wrote anything here. How have you all been doing, if anyone is still reading this stuff.

Well I am 21 now, got glasses (nearsighted), loosing hair, fairly happy and doing well. I have been reading a lot too.

I am still working at this dead end job but planning to leave soon. I have decided to do my master’s from NID (Nation Institute of Design) so Japan will have to wait I guess, it’s considered one of the top 20 design colleges in the world. Its tough to get in, as for 15 seats 350,000 students apply via 3 stage selection process. I will be applying for Graphic Design discipline and specialize in illustration and type design (people who make fonts; this will surely help me with creating new fictional languages for my story). The process starts from second week of Jan. I will see to it that I do everything to get in. Tough challenges are so fun they make you forget everything around you, I love them: few joys of being alive

I’ll post some work soon.

Let me know how you people are doing.

Tutorial – Manga Writing : 03

Hey its been a long time since I posted a tutorial, so here it is.

First of all I want to apologize for my previous tutorial (Tutorial – Manga Writing : 01) the part where I talked about 3 Act structure I found out its bullshit :P, but I wont delete it because it shows my inexperience which is important coz you wont become Geroge R.R. Martin or Paulo Coelho  or Eiichiro Oda or Tsugumi ohba the first time you write a script.

“You learn to draw by drawing and learn to write by writing.”

Reading or watching tutorials wont take you far. Reading books helps a lot though, read anything you can get your hands on good or bad, old or new, fiction or history or romance or anything else, if its bad figure out why its bad and how can you make it better or if its good try to notice what makes it a good read.

So putting all that 3act structure crap aside lets start fresh.

Now a story can have as many acts as you want 3, 15, 22, 50, 100 or 100+ but speaking specifically for manga which publishes 22 pages weekly or biweekly or monthly the last page should end in a way that readers cannot wait to read the next chapter thats where a act structure will come in place, in the beginning of the chapter you start building a situation and as you get to the end, your story should reach almost to its peak (emphasis on the word almost), you leave your readers involved and hanging (remember this will only work with a serialized manga with multiple chapter, one shots have a different approach)

I am reminding you again forget about the 3act structure if you want to make a complex story, it will kill your script.

Q> Why is the 3 act structure that I talked about in previous tutorial so bad?

A> I am working on a story which is extremely complex, its 14-17 times more complex than one piece. While creating it and read some good books I realized that none of them had a 3 act structure if these stories were limited to a 3act structure one piece, naruto or bleach would end in lest than 10 chapters, avatar would be a 12 minute short film, harry potter or A Song of ice and fire or The alchemist would be a 100 pages short novels. 3 act focuses on just one character this wont work in any story with multiple protagonists like one piece, naruto, bleach, harry potter, game of thrones etc. and their are so many more draw backs to it. Read this to learn why 3Act structure is bad – http://www.raindance.org/why-3-act-will-kill-your-writing/

Creating a story is not an easy task you may think it is coz all you come up with is a concept which is quite easy to come up with but developing it into 100-600 chapters in a progressive way by which your readers feel involved and connected is the hard part. A story has so many components concept, plot, character profiles, environment, setting, back story, hints of future, etc. Don’t feel down no writer before or after you got or will get it right in their first try even the one with a born talent. I myself am struggling though it but as I said earlier we can only learn to write by writing. Have some people proof read it for you of different age groups and non professionals, this will help you know what readers like and don’t like.

I dont know how much this helps, but I am happy I posted it.

One more this the reason I might not post things anytime soon is I have graduated from college and working at a very low paying job as it is the only thing I can get my hands on and other times I draw, paint, read and write. I will post but not anytime soon.

I am back!!!

Hey, long time no see. I hope your are all doing ok. 6 months it has been, it feels good to be back. For the past 6 months all I did was draw, write and read. I am not really good at the drama part so I’ll just cut the chase and get right to the point.

First off the mistakes I made that you shouldn’t. You see the day I went off grid and days following it I was too excited and started studying everything at once. It was like I was doing portrait in the morning, anatomy in afternoon, figure and poses in evening and after that studying perspective. Well that continued for 4 months after which I met a nice person who is a painter but has color blindness (meaning: he cannot see the colors of the world as they are but see it in a desaturated way not black and white :P), he told me the right way to practice drawing.

And the right way is to take one step at a time, start with what you like, I started with faces coz I thing they carry the most emotions then anatomy then poses then background and so on, dont try to swallow everything at one you will choke like me. So I have been doing it the right way for the past two months. I am still not where I want to be and at this point this is 2% of where I see my self. If you are just starting out too remember quantity matters, the more stroke you put on a paper the better you become.

Thing I did that were right to do, I read a lot for every theory you study you practice it 50 time. Leonardo the Vinci (the only person I consider my teacher and mentor because he was good artist and he is dead. I know one thing about myself is that I cannot learn from teachers who are alive or in a classroom, I need to do thing myself and I do them my way) said :

“He who loves practice without theory is like the sailor who boards ship without a rudder and compass and never knows where he may cast.”

So I guess its time to show my work, I cant show you everything coz I don’t know the exact amount of pages but by reviewing the bill its about 18,000 pages. I might have done about 50,000 sketches if not more and its nearly impossible to take that many photographs but some that are lying on the top I can show and by the by art has made me a philosopher too, let me know if it happened to anyone else.

Sorry for wrinkled  pages I didnt keep them properly.

 (5 minute Portraits)

  (5 minute Portraits)

                                                                       (Watercolor Skin tone study)

 

  (Hands and feet)

 

I know I didn’t grow much and I don’t feel good about it, but I will keep drawing until I die I guess, oh that reminds me you see every other motivation fades away after a while but the best motivator is death (I am serious) death is a universal truth for every thing that takes birth. It really works for me try it for yourself and remember:

 

“A satisfied artist is an artist no longer” 

                             -Rahul A.kumar (me)

 

See I told you I became a philosopher :P. Its good to be back 🙂

Hiatus

Hi I have got some news for you people.

I am going on a Hiatus. Well as you know lately that I have been improving in drawing but my skills right now are not even close to 1% of what I want them to be (I mean to say my drawing sucks right now). I need to get better and fast, I have 5 months left before I graduate from college after that I dont think I will have much free time to spare. So I am going off-grid (no social network, no parties, no blogging, no nothing only drawing) I will be drawing for 14-18 hours a day for next 6 months. There will only be few times when I wont be drawing like when I am sleeping, eating, bathing or I am in toilet XD. Anyways I cant promise that I will come back exactly after 6months, if I get better fast I’ll be back early or might take a little more time than 6 months.

For people who have read or watched Naruto or One Piece – you can think of this departure as a when Naruto left his village with Jiraya train or when Luffy left to train with Rayleigh. XD

I am not saying I am them and I dont even I have a real teacher I will be training on my own only (I have some mentor who I like to think will be watching over me ^^ I’ll talk about them when I get back). But if I ever want to be like a character I want to be like Zoro and learn skills from the Devil himself ^^

Anyways I might post on 31st March when I submit my manga for the competition. I will simply post it to let you how my first manga ever turns out. It wont mean I am back. My training starts tomorrow 10th February 2014 so I know that I wont be back before 10th July 2014.

It was pleasure knowing you all, even though it was for a short time I really appreciate all you support, likes, comments and everything. Your support was something that kept me on track but from here I have to figure things out myself.

And I know this post sounds a little dramatic and cheesy, well I want to make manga and create world’s best stories, so its given that I would make this post a little dramatic 😛

K then Time to say Good bye ^._.^

Thank you, ありがとうございます, 감사합니다, 謝謝 , Merci, Danke schön, Grazie, Благодарю вас! , Gratias vobis ago.

Practice Post : 07

Well I though of a story. The guy is the youngest and the strongest Field Marshal(highest post in world army) earth has ever seen and the girl is the daughter of the king of Oranus (earth is in war with this planet). The guy is captured by the people of oranus and the girl sees him and falls in love. They both run away but are caught by the their people. The two worlds start fighting again as they want to take them to their planet and set an example by killing them but the girl is killed on the crossfire and the guy being the strongest kills the troops of both army alone. Now neither earth nor oranus will accept the guy so he set of to wander the universe alone with his dead love. ^^ Well I portrayed it as a love story but in my dream it was mainstream battle story. I was the guy in the dream but I changed the character a bit by removing the beard and keeping the hairstyle.

 

Well I know I don’t post a lot now but most of the time I am practicing, I don’t even get time to use facebook or google plus. Well as you know I started with anatomy, I am still going at it and rather than learning the manga anatomy I am learning the real human anatomy then stylizing it to make manga character. You dont have to do it this away. For me this is easy and I have started working on foreshortening and poses too.

 


Till next time ^__^

Practice Post : 05

Well now that I am as good in drawing as I was a year ago its time to tell you that all I can do now is not even 2% of what my goal as manga artist is. Its time to take the next step ANATOMY!

girl with braidsdifferent sides to a face  boy 01

I have started with anatomy of highschool girl in 2nd or 3rd year(16-18 years old), that is a 6.5 head figure.

0301 02  04 05 06 07 08

(cant draw feets and hands yet :P)

I have only been practicing this for 6 hours so I am as good as any other beginner. I’ll post a tutorial on this once I master it myself.