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I love drawing fantasy-based themes, Polynesian themes, and Japanese themes.
...Which shows me being me; I've been reading fantasy books since when I was a child and still read them; I used to live in Hawaii working at Polynesian Cultural Center, where I fell in love with the Polynesian cultures (especially Hawaii and Tahiti) ; and my mother and my husband is Japanese.... making me part Japanese.
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 :)
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…
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…
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…
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.
I’ve been drawing ever since I can remember, so I guess I can say that it took me my whole life to get to where I am.
I’m sorry, I’m not doing commissions right now… I’m currently very busy right now, with taking care of my daughter and working on a picture book and trying to start up a business… among other things.
I would love to do it, but it’s just not possible right now… I’m sorry!
Thank you very much! I’m honored you feel that way about my art :)
I’ll always be glad to help someone in any way. It makes me happy for a fellow artist like you to let me know that I am making a difference for someone in this world :)