(16.1) Courage: The View Up There

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Get ready for a week of courage!

Courage is the ability to do something despite it frightening you, and if you look at it there are so many types of courage people face every day from physical courage, social courage, the courage to be your authentic self, intellectual courage, and so much more. So to really scope out all that courage has to offer I decided to make a comic for every day this week.

Yes, this took an insane amount of time.

But it was worth it, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. So for the meantime enjoy them, and I hope they inspire you or at least hit you right in the feel good!

Physical courage is a more obvious one. It deals with physical things you’re scared of. A couple of things that terrify me are insects, the ocean, and a major one is heights.

This comic was inspired from the time I vacationed in the Philippines. After this long winding hike, there was this observation deck with the steepest ladder. Nothing about that ladder screamed safety to me. But I knew up there was a sight I would probably never get the chance to experience again, so I pushed through.

I was terrified, my heart was beating, and I had a death grip on those railings. At one point my legs refused to go up any further. Like I knew I was afraid of heights before this, but at that moment it reinforced how scared of heights I actually was.

But if I didn’t reach the top I knew I would regret it, and I’m so glad I overcame that fear because that reward was far greater than any fear I had. The view was truly beautiful.

Well, that’s all for today, see you tomorrow!

 

(17) Indifference

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Indifference is the lack of interest, concern, or sympathy.

It’s something we all experience at different points in our lives.

We all face through our own struggles and sometimes we have too much on our own plate that everything else gets placed on the back burner, and in the worst-case scenario, eventually, we no longer care and give up.

Honestly, to be indifferent is a terrifying feeling. To completely lose interest in the things that were once important to us is awful. I want to be excited about life. I want to be able to look forward to my future. I want to see myself succeed and be happy. To completely lose motivation for all of these things is terrifying. And it’s amazing how quickly that nonchalant feeling can creep up on you.

If you’re expecting any of kind of advice to handle indifference, I don’t have any, I’m no expert. It affects everyone differently. But if I did have to say something for myself, I would say is try to find something so great that it will cancel out any kind of negative emotion. My desire to see myself succeed and be happy overpowers any kind of roadblock I face. Believe me, that is definitely easier said than done, but it’s what keeps me going and pushes me back on track. But it’ll be different for everyone, so all I can say is do your best to focus on what want in life. As long as the end goal is solid, you can take any method to get there.

For this illustration, while brainstorming I quickly found out that indifference opens a lot of doors in terms of interpretation. But I believe one way to view indifference is that it’s the act of turning your back to anything that could possibly better your quality of life, and choose to completely emerge yourself in the obscurity and negativity that plagues your mind.

The post played quite the low tune, but then again every high we experience in life we’re bound to come across a low one every now than then, and that’s perfectly fine!

Well, that’s all for now!

Until next time!

(14) Black

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With the prompt being the color black, my mind started to think of things that were related to the color, such as gloomy things, black cats, the night, etc. However, like usual, I didn’t want to do what I immediately thought of. So with some time spent browsing on the interweb I realized instead of using black as the subject matter, I can try using black as part of the technique.

In the end, I decided to use black as the negative space, complementing a white line drawing. Though for the illustration to be a bit more dynamic the line drawing definitely needed to have a more complex image that required heavy details in the line art.

In the end, it was a fun image, and it’s quite different for me in the sense that when I make a line drawing it’s usually inverted with the black line art and the white background, but this time around the black really needs to be prominent, and this was a solution.

Also, this was a new experience for me in the sense that when I usually drawing characters like this in casual wear they usually stay in their original pencil drawn form, so it was something else to see it taken into illustrator and have the drawing cleaned up. It’s definitely something I want to explore more in the future.

Until next time!

 

The next prompt is:

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(13) Purple

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Purple can be a lot of things.

This time around, I thought I would combine it with a flower theme. I have always been interested in flowers and their meanings.

According to https://www.interflora.com.au/blog/post/flowers-colours-orchids

Purple orchids are ideal to use to show someone you respect and admire them.

I have always wanted to be fluent in the language of flowers, it’s amazing each flower and their colors all have their own meanings. How crazy would it be to form an entire sentence through just a bouquet, how I envy the professionals.

 

The next prompt!

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Until next time!

(12) Brown

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When I first saw the word brown I immediately thought of chocolate, however, I did several illustrations with chocolates already so I thought it would be best to switch it up a bit. Then after browsing through Pinterest, I saw this cool image of a display of brown books like at those stationary stores and I knew I was set.

This prompt was really fun to do in the sense that I love stationery and stationary stores. I could spend hours in there just looking at the different notebooks. Though when I did buy a couple of notebooks I could never bring myself to write in them because I didn’t want to ruin the designs I liked so much. Which in the end defeated the purpose of getting those notebooks in the first place.

But back to the illustration, instead of those fancy designs, I would usually see in the stores I decided to make the notebooks have a more minimalist look to them like those notebooks you would see at MUJI. Their notebooks are stripped down to the essentials to give off this clean and simple look, which in a way makes them really appealing. A mature vibe if you will. And I wanted to mimic that look for this illustration.

Also to give the visuals another level I added some texture so you can really feel the notebooks with your eyes. Because another great thing about notebooks is not just their aesthetics but when you actually get hold one and flip through it. A good notebook will have a sturdy cover as well as quality parchment. Also, if I’m going to make an illustration about notebooks you can bet that the notebooks themselves are of the high-quality variety.

This is really making me want to explore some local stationary stores, but with my budget I know I should hold back.

That’s all for now!

Until next time!

 

Next prompt is…

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(11) A Muscled Body

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This one was a fun one. I don’t get to draw intensely muscled bodies too often.

And if I get to draw a muscled body, I might as well go all out!

But bringing things to a more relative standpoint. It’s summer right now, which means a majority of people are all about that summer body. Working hard during the down seasons to finally be able to flaunt your body when it’s bright and sunny. And by all means, go for it! You worked hard for it, you should be able to show off what you got! Of course, only if you want to that is.

Me, on the other hand. I have never been the type to strive for a “summer body”, even if I was I should focus on making sure my own body stays healthy before anything else, and that has been quite the long journey itself. I don’t have the drive or focus to aim for that chiseled body, so I’m quite envious of those who do. Also, those “everyday at gym” kind of routine tires me out quickly, nor does it excite me to exercise. Instead, I prefer going swimming and doing yoga. I even tried out kick-boxing for the first time, and I recently signed up for pole dancing, which I quickly realized that I have no upper body strength for. All in all, I try to find my own ways to stay active. Though I do have to say, my main problem is consistency, but that’s my own problem to worry about.

Though a majority of people aim for this Greek god/goddess type of body, (which by all means is still a fine goal) we can’t forget to exercise for our own physical and mental sake. Our bodies are precious so we should make sure to do our part and treat them right.

Also this entire blog post I have been referring to the “summer body” as that chiseled and muscled physique, but honestly let that summer body be whatever you want it to be. We all come in different shapes and sizes, so we should all be confidently rocking that body of ours because every fat, muscle, hair, stretch mark, and much more, are truly beautiful.

That’s all for now,

next prompt is:

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Until next time!

 

 

(10) Moonlight on Snow

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I’ve become addicted to painting my illustrations this way.
This style somehow creates the atmosphere I’m looking for.

I don’t know if you have ever taken the time to look at it, but seeing moonlight on the snow gives a homely kind of feeling. Something warm despite it being below zero degrees Celsius outside.

Though I’m not entirely a fan of snow, I do appreciate the beauty it provides. A lightly snowy evening authors a more serene and romantic setting, than an evening during the summer days.

Well, that’s all for now.

Next prompt is

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Hoooo….This will be an interesting one.

Until next time!