Thursday, 6 December 2012

Count down to Malta Comic Con this weekend in Malta!! :D
Hi, I, Chie Kutsuwada, and Richmond Clements are joining Malta Comic Con this weekend!
Richmond and I bring our comic "Ketsueki", Chie and I will do Manga portrait for visitors!

There will be so many amazing comic artists and writers taking part of the Con including special talks.

Now I'm packing with my head full of expectations. ヽ(=´Д`=)ノyay!

Thursday, 22 November 2012

Hyper Japaaaaaaaaaaaaaan!!!
Is coming to Earl's court this weekend!

Yes, me and Chie Kutsuwada are joining too!
I'll bring my latest manga "Kestueki" with me, this is the chance to get signed copies. ^^
There are more at the festival: Manga, cosplay, Japanese fashion, Japanese food...nom nom nom nom...

See you in there! :D

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Count down for Yuri & Yaoi Con in Lyon, France this weekend!

I'll take small BL mangas, Yuri & BL postcards, sketches.
Me and Chie Kutsuwada are sharing a table, and both of us offers commission work!
1 character from €8!

I started packing with a full of excitement!

There will be a quick manga lesson with me from 5pm on Saturday, and Yaoi talk with me and Chie Kutsuwada at 12:30pm on Sunday!

See you there! xxx

Saturday, 6 October 2012

On 27th & 28th October, I'm joining an event Yuri & Yaoi Con in Lyon, France with my fellow manga artist, Chie Kutsuwada.
This young event is for specifically girl-girl love and boy-boy love romance contents.
I will bring my Yaoi manga 'Ascending' and me and Chie will have a Yaoi talk on Sunday 12:30 - 1:30pm at Screening space.
If you want to get how to draw tips, speed How To Draw session is on 5pm at Activity space.

Oh... I can't wait to join in the event! :D

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

An exhibition at Brighton! :D

A hoy! Finally the exhibition is opened:


Many artworks in this exhibition are collaboration between me and David Blandy, there are comics, cut-outs, posters, animations...and more!
Enjoy the artworks!
Dates: 1-23 September 2012
Times: 11-6pm, Mon-Sun
Preview: 6-8pm, Friday 31 August 2012
Venue: Phoenix Brighton , 10-14 Waterloo Place, Brighton, BN2 9NB

...and more events connected to this exhibition!!
Anime Film Screening – Princess Mononoke – Monday 17 September 2012
Comic Book Workshop – Wednesday 19 September 2012
Fated Dual Gaming Tournament – Saturday 22 September 2012

Thursday, 26 July 2012

During the Olympic games, me and Chie Kutsuwada joining an event called : Arigato event London.
We'll present a short manga workshop (around 30min) twice in a day on 29th, and 31st July at County Hall!!
Tokyo local government officially backing up this event, so anyone who's thinking of visiting Tokyo should come and have a look! :D

In the workshops, we'll talk about a brief history of manga, and live drawing demonstrations!

So please come, it should be fun!

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

JAPAN EXPO Paris Thu 5th July - 8th July 2012!!

Getting ready for the biggest Japanese festival in Europe!!
Manga, Anime, cosplay, J-POP, marshal arts, and more!

Here is info of my table sharing with Chie Kutsuwada and Deadly Kawaii:

Booth sign: DK/UMISEN-YAMASEN                        
Booth number: DM32                                    Exhibition Hall: HALL 6

I'll bring my new picture book "Rachel moves to Brighton" and some new drawings.
Of cause if you want your manga portrait, that's also available.

The line drawing is 'Shun' the personification of Husky - for a project with Mayamada.

Thursday, 28 June 2012

In Dublin now. 
I hope many people come to the talk tomorrow at Chester Beatty Library in Dublin, Ireland...! I'm preparing plenty images and doing a demonstration of drawings. A workshop for children on Saturday, and for adults on Sunday!! Should be fun!! :D
The image is from David Blandy's artwork which I did line drawings. ^^
The image will be introduced in the talk tomorrow.

Friday, 15 June 2012

London MCM Expo finished as I draw so many portraits and talked to so many people!
The next event is workshops & a talk at Chester Beatty Library in Dublin.
I'm very excited to join, and see the display of old "bamboo cutter" drawings from Japan.

The England is in a festive mood for Olympics - The image is a poster I made during the workshop at school. :)

Thursday, 7 June 2012

Inko comes to Jubilee Library in Brighton tomorrow!
From 10:15 onwards, there will be a "Rachel moves to Brighton" launching event. Reading of the book by the author and both she and Inko will do the signing of the book on purchase.

More details:

Monday, 7 May 2012

I'm joining CamCon this Saturday 12 May!
It's a brand new convention in Cambridge, I'll take "Rachel moves to Brighton" books.
There are more of new prints, too!

See you there!! :D

Thursday, 3 May 2012

(´∀`) My first picture book "Rachel moves to Brighton" written by Morag Ramsay is out 5th May!! This is a tiny sweet book for children. It's only £3, should be available on Amazon.

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

I'm joining Artists' Open House in West Hove, East Sussex. I'll be doing manga portrait on 5th, 6th, 13th, 19th, and 20th May.
It will be interesting to see all different media works at the same time!!

All manga postcard sales will be donated to charity through Japan red cross for rebuilding affected area.

I do hope weather will be nice!! Look forward to it! :D

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Drawing - Before & After 2

I thought it's interesting to see the progress for some people! :)

Colouring - before & after

I thought it would be interesting to see a line drawing and the same image after colouring together.
I used Photoshop after scanning in the original pen drawing, with at least 8 layers for :
Petals behind the figure
line drawing
skin tones
clothing & hair
petals front of the figure
overlay effect

Normally Colouring takes 4 times longer than B&W.
I didn't time properly, but I think I took about 3 - 4 hours in total.
I wish I can work much faster...!

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

This weekend in Norwich...

At Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, I'm joining in

After Hours: Kingdom of Characters event!

Please come to enjoy cosplay competitions, Anime tunes, Manga workshops...
It would be a great experience!!

Friday, 16 March 2012

Manga workshop at New Addington Library

What I'm up for now is a manga workshop at New Addington Library in Croydon on Saturday 17th March.
It runs from 2pm for 2 hours.
The workshop includes practical manga skill learning with a brief introduction of what manga is.
I'll give away a lot of useful tips.

Beginners, amateurs welcome!

Thursday, 1 March 2012

Japan Expo in Marseiile, France

Now I'm packing for flying to Marseille!
Me, Chie Kutsuwada, Deadly Kawaii/Nippon Aisuki are having a table at Japan Expo Sud in Marseille this weekend from Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th March.
Visit our table to say hello, getting a manga portrait, lovely prints & original sketches!
Our table number is H113, under the name "D.K./Umisen-Yamasen".

See you there! :D

Thursday, 23 February 2012

Hyper Japan this weekend!

Hello people, finally the sun is coming back and we can sense the presence of Spring...!
I'm join in Hyper Japan in this weekend in Earl's court, and please visit a table of Manga artists!

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Manga fans in Kent, this is a great opportunity!

Manga/comic fans! Please book your place for an event & workshops in Kent this week!! :D

AIC2 is open until 26 Feb 2012
Join us for the Inspiration/Perspiration Workshops, £10 each:
11 Feb: Sequential Narrative Illustration with Merlin Evans 11am-4pm
18 Feb: The MangaMangaManga Class with Chie Kutsuwada 11am-4pm
19 Feb: Making it in Manga: a practical guide with Ai Takita-Lucas (Inko) 11am-4pm

Get in touch to book your place.

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Just after Valentain's day...

I'm joining a film screening & talk event at Asia House in London on 16th February! :D

The films Anjin 1600 (2012), a 'Japanese Anime Space Opera' and Child of the Atom (2010) ahich Inko took a part of animation scenes will be on accompanied with a talk with an artist David Blandy and Inko. Blandy won the Times/South Bank Show Breakthrough Award in 2010.

Book a ticket here :

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Just a little gift

...for a friend of mine.
A birthday card with a devil & an angel. :D

Friday, 13 January 2012

2012 should be a much better year!

There are so many exciting events and projects are lining up in this year, I really wish this year will be a great year for me and everybody.

Monday, 9 January 2012

Happy new year!!

I've come back to England after 3 week holiday in Japan!
So lovely to visit actual temples & shrines I refer to for coming manga I'm doing now.

If you have a chance to go to Kyoto, Japan, I strongly recommend San jyu san gendo temple and Heian jingu shrine.
The shrine has the theme of 4 imaginary creatures, which depicts different features of nature:

Seiryu (blue dragon) - East / Spring / blue
Suzaku - (red phoenix) - South / Summer / red
Byakko (white tiger) - West / Autumn / white
Genbu (black Tortois) - North / Winter / black

It was so much fun finding out these mythical creatures themed on wells, buildings, and in a garden.
2012 is a year of dragon, let's make it strong and amazing year!! :D