The picture book I was working on is finally being processed at the publisher!  

We estimated the books to be finished by the first week of December. 

The title is “Granddaddy’s Fables for Children” written by Horace Edward Aubertine, and illustrated by me, Chihiro Howe. The book contains three short stories originally written by the author for his children when they were little.

The author is printing 150 copies for now, and will print more if there are more demands. 
He is still figuring out how to sell them other than through local bookstores.

The picture book I was working on is finally being processed at the publisher!

We estimated the books to be finished by the first week of December.

The title is “Granddaddy’s Fables for Children” written by Horace Edward Aubertine, and illustrated by me, Chihiro Howe. The book contains three short stories originally written by the author for his children when they were little.

The author is printing 150 copies for now, and will print more if there are more demands.
He is still figuring out how to sell them other than through local bookstores.

Q: I'm a huge admirer of your work. I've recently started using Copics in my art, and your tutorial on the Copic website helped A LOT! I was wondering if you had any recommendations/tips on how to achieve the clean blending of the blush and skin tones that you have? Sometimes, my blending of the blush and base tones doesn't come out as smooth as yours. Same with the shadows. Thank you and please continue inspiring us with your talent! :)

Thank you!

This image was supposed to be in the tutorial, but I guess there was a mix up… but as you can see here, I work on the blush little by little. I do one cheek, and immediately blend it out with the base skin color of your choice. It’s important to do it right away before the ink dries, because once the ink dries it won’t blend as well.

Same goes with the shadows! I do it little by little, blending it out with the base skin color.

Hope this helps :)


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http://sakurajoker.tumblr.com/post/97747564989/owl-farts-i-dont-even-know-where-to-start-i

If I sound too freaked out about people using my art, I don’t mean to… I’m ok with people using my art as reference, because I do it too. It’s creating a replica and passing as their own creation is what I have a problem about. As long as they comment on it saying they used the art as a reference, I’m totally fine with it.

As a freelance artist trying to make a living off of it, I try really hard to create my own art, try to be unique so I stand out and people notice me. If people notice me, then I have more chance of earning more money to take care of my family. 

If somebody comes and take my idea and send it out into the world as their own, I lose my chance to do my job. If the potential customer thinks the art was created by someone else, then that someone else will never know about me. 

Unless you work for a big company, or if you’re really famous, being an artist takes great effort… you have to try really hard to get your work out there, to get noticed. (This doesn’t mean we do things for free for exposure… this will hurt our image)

If the person is in middle school or high school, they should have learned in English class that plagiarism is wrong, and in my opinion using art without permission and passing as their own is the the same as plagiarism. It’s important for them to know this, even if they’re young… and when they’re young is when they should be learning right and wrong, because once you grow up the consequences are bigger.  

I’m thrilled that people are using my art to improve, don’t get me wrong. I’m honored that they love my art enough to see them as inspiration. I encourage people to improve, even if it means they’ll be using my art as a reference. 

But if they are going to expose it to the world, like on social networks, They should always comment where they got the image from. If you don’t know who the artist is, say so. 

And fan art and stealing is not the same, if some of you are wondering… fan art is drawing characters that already exist in your own way; you can change the drawing style, the composition, their hairstyle, their clothes… it is not stealing, because you are not passing the characters as your own (unless you are). 

Stealing is when you copy or trace part or whole of the original artwork, and telling people it is your own original work, or not telling them there is an original artist. You might think people won’t notice if the artist is not well known, but people do notice.

I’m very serious about this, because it is shocking and hurtful when I see other people passing my work as their own… I work very hard on my art. 

So please understand when I get upset… it WILL make any artist upset. 

And if you ever suspect the art is not their own, let them know nicely, in case they didn’t know… (if they knew and they don’t care, report them to the administrators of the website, for the artists’ sake!)

Thank you for reading :)

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The fourth and final tutorial is up on Copic blog!
https://www.copicmarker.com/coloring-a-manga-style-character-part-4-clothing

The fourth and final tutorial is up on Copic blog!

https://www.copicmarker.com/coloring-a-manga-style-character-part-4-clothing

If you’ve seen a drawing similar to this… Just letting you know this drawing is the original! I’ve had people copy my work and not credit me for it.

If you’ve seen a drawing similar to this… Just letting you know this drawing is the original! I’ve had people copy my work and not credit me for it.

owl-farts:

I don’t even know where to start…I was on Instagram not to long ago when I came upon a drawing. It was basically the same as sakurajoker's drawing of Rapunzel, Flynn, and Pascal, but the only difference between the two drawings is the styles that they were drawn in. I think I said my initial response to this drawing nicely, and I tried to stay as calm and mature as possible. In spite of that, @carly.jaye on Instagram would not listen to me; what I said went through one ear and other with her. She was really rude with me. She blocked me after my second comment. It infuriates me when people won't, at least, give other artist's credit for the idea of a picture. Her ignorance with the concept of stealing/art thieves also angers me. Am I being rude and hurtful? Am I justified? Please, spread this throughout Tumblr and comment on her drawing and other drawings that are in the same situation as this. Thank you for taking the time to read this :) 

P.S. I think it’s a bit funny that she won’t credit other people’s art that she uses as references, but she expects credit for her work.

Thank you owl-farts for standing up for me! In my opinion you weren’t being hurtful at all, you were just telling her what she did. Usually when people are guilty of what they are being accused of, they tend to get angry if you point it out.

Just to let you guys know… I DO EXIST ON DEVIANTART and I DO EXIST ON INSTAGRAM.

For deviantART, it’s http://sakura-joker.deviantart.com/

For Instagram, it’s under my illustrator name, @chihirohowe. I will upload my original Tangled fanart there so everyone using Instagram can see it.

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Another tutorial at Copic page :) This time it’s on coloring hair.
https://www.copicmarker.com/coloring-a-manga-style-character-part-3-hair

Another tutorial at Copic page :) This time it’s on coloring hair.

https://www.copicmarker.com/coloring-a-manga-style-character-part-3-hair

The second part of the tutorial on coloring eyes is up on Copic’s blog!

Check it out here:

https://www.copicmarker.com/coloring-a-manga-style-character-part-2-eyes

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Q: I was wondering if u were going to come back to paigeeworld because I love ur art and I'm sure a lot of others wud luv ur art as well- I know you must be quite busy but I wud luv to see u upload sometimes

I haven’t done much new art lately, except for work-related things which I am not allowed to show yet… I will upload more when I get the chance! 

Thank you for the comment :)


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Q: Hi! I've been a fan to your art works since I saw you at PW. I have a few questions though. It's out of topic but I still think you're the only one who can answer my question. I might go to Japan next year and I really want to know the dos and don'ts. I'm so sorry for asking this suddenly. I hope I'm not rude and all.

Thank you!

I guess some of the main things are…

Take off your shoes when you go into someone’s house or Japanese-style inns (basically, if they have slippers you’re supposed to change into them from your “outside shoes”, or if they have a step right inside the door it means they separate the outside from the inside so you’re supposed to take off your shoes)

Aisatsu (greetings, thank-yous, etc) - I hear them complain all the time about people who can’t greet or say thank you, so it must be a really big thing…they love it if you can say it in their language:

thank you - arigatou gozaimasu

hello - konnichiwa

good evening - konbanwa

good night - oyasumi nasai

excuse me - suimasen

good bye - sayounara

I’m sorry - gomen nasai

delicious (use it when you go to local restaurants- they love it when gaijins [foreigners] use it!) - oishii

I don’t quite remember if this is true, but if you ever go visit a shrine or a temple, they have a wooden beam running across the entry ways. I heard you’re not supposed to step on them, so step over it :)

And depending on where you are (Osaka area or Tokyo area) people stand on different sides of the escalators. In Osaka area people stand on the right, in Tokyo they stand on the left. Watch them and always stand on the same side they’re standing. They do this so people who are in a hurry can go past them without getting stuck.

And on the trains, there are reserved sections for the elderly, the pregnant women, and disabled people. You can tell by the picture on the window right above. Try not to use them if the train is packed. There are a lot of inconsiderate Japanese people who ignore this, but to make the “foreigners” look good (believe me, some people really don’t like foreigners… Japanese people could be really racist), try to follow the rules! And as a courtesy, try to offer your seat to an elderly or a disabled person (again, there are a lot of inconsiderate people, but don’t be one of them!)

This was what I could think of, but they tend to be much nicer to you if you’re a tourist (unless you look Asian), because they assume you don’t know their culture…


asked by Anonymous
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Q: I just ran across your art and I'm loving it so much!! Also, what are some tips you might recommend for drawing full body sketches in various positrons? I haven't yet reached a level of artistic ability where I can execute that in an appealing manner. :)

I answered how to do the body to another user, but for doing different positions too remember the proportions! 

And remember that we have bones inside our bodies. There is also perspective, where the closer part overlaps the part further away, far is small and near is big.

I will do a chart for this one too when I have the time… 


asked by sykadorian1707
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Q: Advice on how to draw body's? :3

Always think proportions! 

The ideal human body (realistic) is 8 heads high, meaning you can fit 8 heads into the height of the body from the top of the head to the heels. From the top of the head to the groin would be about 4 heads high, and the legs would take up the rest of the length.

The elbows come to where the bellybutton will be, and the wrists will come to the bottom of the groin. Knees will be about halfway between the groin and the heels.

For cartoons, in my case, I draw characters that are 5 1/2 heads high. From the top of the heads to the groin would be 3 heads high, then after the 4th head i add the knees, then another head before I draw the feet. 

Sorry if it’s confusing… I’ll draw up a chart when I have time…


asked by sunsetsakura
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Q: Hi! I love your art <3 are you an animator, illustrator or a concept artist? *-*

I’m an illustrator :)

It would be cool to do a concept artist though! But I can never be an animator… I can’t draw the same thing over and over again, like how classic animation does… I don’t have the patience for it, I’m afraid.


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