سيدة الدماء الثلجية - رسوم الفنان المبدع ريوئيتشي أكيغامي
Examples of Ryoichi Ikegami’s sublime watercolour paintings for Lady Snowblood: Extra.
Ryoichi Ikegami and Kazuo Koike’s Lady Snow Blood:Extra.
Bought from JP Books(www.jpbooks.co.uk) in Leicester Square here in London. These my local distributor of Japanese language manga.
Why did I buy this and not dig out my Cying Freeman books? Because although Cying Freeman is beautifully drawn, it’s fucking ludicrous. Unchained insanity. And offers little opportunity to study Ikegami drawing people in normal situations. Almost everything in Freeman is exaggerated and extreme.
Here, Ikegami uses a combination pen and ink and brush in way which is so subtle that is not overbearing. I’ve never seen anyone draw hands, limbs and clothing with such grace and confidence with a brush. Ever. I want to/going to capture what he does in want I’m trying to.
Just a small selection of my books. Behind these three piles are a further three.
Be advised: this does not represent even %5 of my entire collection. The rest are in boxes in a cupboard or in my attic.
Yes, this is the bane of being an artist : that you end up spending more on books then clothes. But goodness, your find yourself surrounded with inspirational. Which is all important!
Fuck it. I’ll do the fucker myself. I write and draw the comics as best I can and learn as I go.
You only become good at something by doing it time and time again until to master it. And you only improve by recognising your weaknesses and confronting them.
So, that’s what I’m going to do.
Fuck fear in the arse.
Today I tackle a major achilles heel of mine : perspective.
Next week :anatomy.
An illustrator who I’ll be mainlining from this point forward. Among a few others.
The fruits of my labours.
More, much more to come. It’s my intention to fill my walls entirety with studies, sketches and finished artwork.
Righto lads. See you in a couple of years. I’ve got work to do.
So it appears that will be attending the Concept Art London Workshop after all.
Its going to be an interesting four days, that much I’m sure of. And I fully intend to make the most of it. Who knows what’ll happen. Who knows who I’ll meet.
One things sure :I sure as fuck know what I’m going to get out of it. ^_^
I’m still trying to put my thoughts into words as I found the entire experience to be nothing short of profound.
Never before have I been around people who were so passionate, warm, motivated and HUNGRY.
These people wanted to be better.
They wanted to be good.
They needed to create art.
Seriously man, I’m going to need chew on my thoughts for a bit before I even try to articulate them.
But needless to say: the game has changed.
The thing about it, the thing is: the human body can take a lot of damage. Even when you crush its spirit it’ll keep going like some kind of… Well, like something that isn’t human. But I believe, at least I’ve come to believe, in everyone there remains the light of humanity. And for it to burn again, all that needs is a spark.
The Authority, created by Warren Ellis & Bryan Hitch
And here we go.
On the way to the concept art workshop. Lets see what happens.