WHATWHYWHENHOW: Artwork Analysis 15


manga.happy, mixed media, 2013-2014



What: This is a graphite (pencil) drawing of a manga character which I conceptualized. While anime is Japanese animation, manga (漫画) is Japanese comics and cartoons. Through reading about manga, I learned that a mangaka (漫画家) is translated as a comic artist or cartoonist and also refers to the manga author whom is often Japanese. I guess because I am getting more into this art form, then I am a wannabe mangaka!

Why: I am in my 30s and yes…I am a “girl gamer” or more correctly “WOMAN gamer”. Or how about “lady gamer?” Not ashamed! Nope! Video games have come a long way from Mario and Duckhunt (although I did play those & I respect early games for being foundations of the gaming we have now). Games are very visually and technically sophisticated now. Also being that I am an artist, the visuals appeal to me very much (there is a debate on whether video games, visually, can be art and I say “yes”). So I have a PS3 and have gotten quite serious about gaming (I do not destroy TVs or spend every waking hour playing games, though, so not THAT serious). The characters from the Persona games inspired me to get more interested in manga and anime. I’ve had an interest in that already and did a couple of earlier art pieces (which I’ll do posts on eventually), but my interest became more concrete around 5 years ago. Manga’s outlandishly fun and highly creative appearance fascinates me. By the way, I’ve never finished a Persona game! The battles get super hard as you progress! I am currently playing “Mass Effect 3” (the imaginary characters, the missions and exploring so much in the games is fun and challenging), have played many Call of Duty games, Assassin’s Creed games (started 2 or 3 of them, but not finished them…those are unbelievably long games, amirite!?), Remember Me, Shadow of the Colossus (gorgeous game), some of Mirror’s Edge (which simply pissed me off, but it’s still a very cool game), Heavy Rain (which has to be the MOST EPICALLY depressing game of ALL TIME) and others. My favorite is the Uncharted series. The adventure! The interesting characters! The dynamic scenery! I’ve played the 1st three. When the 4th was introduced in PS4, I became sad because I don’t have a PS4!! Cruelty! One day, PS4, one day… I will get it just to be able to play Uncharted 4. By the way, I am glad Mark Wahlberg (whom was to play main character Nathan) dropped out of the Uncharted film production. Mark is a very neat actor and all, but, no…….  Just NO. Mark playing Nate Drake? No all day. Amirite??


When: This drawing was started in 2013 and finished in 2014. So sometimes I’ll date any posting about it as 2014, even though I wrote 2013 on the drawing. 


How: This drawing was achieved using graphite and colored pencil on paper. The drawing is very linear, the main element focus being the line-work (in the contours and detailing). I wanted to base the character on something in order to build. I built upon the emotion of happiness. To relate the work even more to the Asian culture, I used other Asian elements: the Japanese characters (in glowing orange) translate as “happy” (kofuku 幸福) and on her clothing there are clouds; in Chinese culture clouds symbolize happiness. I even used the traditional style these is seen in Chinese drawings and paintings of clouds. The color blue is a calming color, calmness being as emotionally positive as happiness. In the background is, of course, the familiar and bold Japanese representation of the sun and its rays. The sun is also very often representative of happiness, joy, life. All in all, this character is an imaginary figure conveying happy vibes! I plan on doing more manga characters representing other emotions.

I hope you enjoyed this post! I actually published an earlier post while on the early stages of the drawing. You can read that HERE.

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MANGA MANIA: manga may take over my drawing pad from time to time!


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“mangahappy” (pending title), graphite on paper, 2013.

MANGA!!!!   漫画 !

I sound just as hyper as manga characters usually appear, huh? You can probably picture vocal lines coming out of my mouth or stars exploding from my head as I say that, huh?! Now I really DO sound hyper…

There are actually a variety of stylistic approaches to manga and the word “manga” refers to comics and cartoons (as an extra note: while manga is printed, anime is the Japanese version of animation). Now the story of how this drawing came about below:

I’ve tried my hand at manga and elements from manga before (I will feature images of those soon, along with this one, in another post about my foray into manga), but a couple nights ago I developed a renewed spark for creating it. I was reading an art book about the art of Persona 3 FES (if you are a gamer or into anime, you know what Persona is). The art is extraordinary and the costuming the artists create are daring and full of the creativity and imagination I love! So, with this refreshed inspiration, I started drawing at 12 or 1am into 5am…I had so much fun with this and, of course, it still isn’t finished. I have to finish her face, hair, create a background and may add some color. This is also a partial image, it is not the full-length image.

This is a happy gal and I wanted to further that by drawing clouds on her top or blouse (aren’t those two words confusing?…top or blouse…meh). You can see one a little bit of one of the puffy clouds. In Chinese culture, clouds represent happiness. I also realized the clouds also relate to the wings I drew spanning from her top…..or blouse. And interesting fact: “mangaka (漫画家) is the Japanese word for a comic artist or cartoonist and mangaka refers to the author of the manga, who is usually Japanese.” (from wikipedia.com).

Update: I started adding color!

What do you think of this, so far? I will post the final image when I am done! 

I finally did finish the drawing in 2014 and just published a post about it on November 3, 2016. You can read it HERE!!!! Thanks!!

  • A little bit about manga from wikipedia.com: CLICK
  • And some more manga art: CLICK

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WHATWHYWHENHOW: Artwork Analysis 5 (a second look)


  • NOTE: When I was going through my posts, I saw that I had already done an art analysis on this piece!! Go see “Artwork Analyses 5”...that one! Being somewhat of a perfectionist, I became somewhat perturbed and annoyed. Silently so. My roommate even noticed a change in my temperament from cheerful to meh. But then I got over it because stuff like blogging mistakes are not the end of the world or the worst thing in the world. I next figured out what to do & have decided to make this a two-part study (hence me titling this one ‘a second look’. I could have kept it as “Artwork Analyses 10”, but I want #10 to be a completely new work. I have a thing for order, sue me! So , anyway, this is basically the SAME work with a fresh perspective. End of note!

 

Another in a series of analyses on my art. This one’s an abstract one! I am mainly a realism and naturalism artist, but abstract art is growing on me. In my head, Picasso and Mondrian are becoming friends with daVinci and Ingres (two of my big BIG art idols)! Man, imagine if they were really friends? Those would be some awesome chill sessions.

Feel free to comment with questions you may still have.

3 Paths, Oil paint on canvas, 2010.

3 Paths

What:  This is an example of my accumulating interest in abstract art. There are many ways to approach abstract art. It can be blocks. It can be splatters (technically called action art), it can be minimalist strokes… Abstract art is freeing and I guess you could say the liberal side of art. Yet it still adheres to the elements and principles used in every other visual art style. What else this is is also my mind going off on a whimsical tangent; creating while thinking, but not thinking too hard…like The Kardashians. Whoa. Let me take that back. I thought more than that while painting this. I don’t let my brain slip that much! Theirs is a whole other level of cerebral decay…

The other What is within the title itself. 3 Paths. It has to do with the configuration of the strokes. It is not the letter A, by the way!!

Why: I created this painting because I am becoming more appreciative of the simple and yet, complex, beauty and pleasant oddity of abstract art. I wanted to break away from being so detailed and careful with my technique and skills. There are, as I said, so many ways to approach an abstract idea. It is very exciting to work out and watch it form. It can be very unnerving, too, because there are less restrictions it can be easy to slip up and not get the result you want…because despite how free-ing or simplistic (at times) it is, even abstract art is being worked out to result in an appearance pleasing to the artist. Another Why is a need to expand techniques, styles and to progress is something that is natural for most artists to want to do.

Another Why is that I was inspired by the artist Qin Feng, a Chinese-born artist. I was trolling the ‘net (I am a website freak…I have bookmarked tons of sites from art to food to humor to history and more) and came across this wonderful, sublime artist and his dynamic art. His form of abstract really appeals to me for this reason: it is abstract with a mix of classic and bold. The lovely lines of his work are reminiscent of the care daVinci or Ingres put into the contours of their subjects. Just powerful stuff! It really speaks! To me, he is like a graffiti artist eating caviarthat bold and sophisticated at once! There are links at the end of this post about this artist and his work.

When: I painted this two years ago. I wanted this to be part of a triptych (triptychs are basically a series of 3 works alongside each other working or relating as one artwork; there are also diptychs-2 works in a series-wonder if there are quadtychs or cinctychs…okay, I’m being ridiculous now!),but I stalled. But this month I am picking the idea up, again, and have been working on my 2nd painting in the series. You can see it in my post: “HMMMM…WHAT WILL THIS BE 2: after a faulty start, i have figured it out”

How: Did this with broad and repeated strokes of oil paint, going wayward here and there, for a lose and at once boldly defined effect! My, what a way with words. I feel like I’m writing a novel!  I also did this with a hand more accustomed to realism and naturalism, accustomed to controlled and careful and very detailed work and not abstract. I’m more Renaissance than Rauschenberg. I’ve done abstract before; simplification before, but only within classroom situations in high school and college. I knew abstract is an art style and respected the artists (old and new) of the movement, but I did not have the appreciation that I had for realists, naturalists; old and new. But I am growing in that appreciation, so I guess I also created this piece-not only with oil paint and brushes-but also with an open mind and appreciation for the dynamics of abstract art.

Final note: When I was finished with the piece, I was actually sad that I was done because it was so much fun to do! It turned out nicely, to me. What do you think? All black solid paths and wisps against a bed of deep crimson. To me, this painting ended up having a decidedly Asian look to it, which is great as I love Asian art and influences. Makes me think of the long, deep black wispy hair that those scary ghosts have in movies like The Grudge. Except my painting is much less frightening, doesn’t make those creepy throat sounds and won’t have me running out of my house!

Thanks for reading this post and please do view my other posts and also pages in this blog! My next post will be the 11th art analysis and it is a long time coming and will be on a piece of art that was featured in these posts: “BACK TO BASICS: drawing in progress 2” and “BACK TO BASICS: drawing in progress 1”. I finally finished the piece a few months back. Below is a detail of the artwork (I will post full image and more in the next art analysis!!):

DETAIL. This is a sneak peek of Art Analysis 11!

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Definition of abstract art: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abstract_art

Qin Feng (artist that I am a new fan of!): http://qinfeng-art.com/ and http://www.artnet.com/artists/qin%20feng/