Wish you all a very belated Happy New Year!
Hopefully your year started well. ♥
The last weeks have been quite overwhelming and today I’ll share it with you. In January, I had my second exhibition opening. It’s going on until 31st of March.
The audience attending the overture was extremely poor but things turned out better than I could have asked for. Even though there was basically no one I still am grateful to say that we had a great conversation with the communes’ mayor. He told me that after all what’s really important is who visits the exhibition in general and not who is there at the overture. His words were quite motivating as I think he’s kinda right. He also asked for a commission! Thanks to the exhibition a week later I got an email from the newspaper who asked me for an interview which really was mind-blowing for me and to be honest it literally made me nervous. But it was a great experience and it felt great to see something happening. It simply made me happy to have my work be recognized. Sometimes it’s easy to stay blind to the progresses you’re making. Even though you see little things moving forward it may feel like nothings progressing. Like for example there’s this small art and craft market that I’ve been attending as an artist since … must be something like 2014? It’s been quite a few years now and of course there are more people who now remember me, there is a rise in sales and more business cards that are being taken with compared to when I first started doing this, but sometimes it feels like nothing’s going on.
Last year and this one especially feels like a blessing. Not only about the exhibitions or the fact that there’s an article of me in the newspaper, but also the small increase in commissions. Yeah, it’s not much but to me personally the progress that I’m making is much more visible and it’s motivating. These are small steps and I’m far away from making a living from art and other that but at least it’s something. Even small steps are steps forward. Also, to have friends, family or even strangers who support you in what you’re doing can be really motivating and it’s something to be grateful for. What I want to say is: Before you get discouraged please count in the small steps that you’re making because they’re as much worth it as the big steps. Everyone has their own space. Just because you need three days to finish an artwork and someone else only needs one day doesn’t mean you’re less talented.
Everyone has their own way of doing things and none is better or worse. If it works for you than it’s good. You don’t need 1k of followers on Instagram to prove what you’re capable of. Care less about what others will say and do what makes you happy.
A short blog post about what’s going on …
Starting of with my new “main” art shop. If you follow me on instagram or if you’ve been on my website you may have stumbled upon my artworks, which you possibly even liked. If you did then you’re probably interested in checking out my new art shop on spreadshirt. Link to the art shop
It would mean a lot to me knowing that my art actually speaks people so if you feel like supporting me then you’re welcome to follow me on social media or check out my website.
What’s up next? It’s also about art and an upcoming comic.
I’m not telling much, but it’s going to be a series of short one-page comics about life. (slice of life) I don’t know yet when I’ll start with the uploads but I’ll keep you updated.
Anyway for those who like cute and relatable things, this might be interesting.
I now take Tattoo Design Commission (only the Design not the final Tattoo), price range is between 40 and 120 euro depending on the complexity of the motive.
Here’s an example of a design that I’ve done already: Please do not reuse the design, as it is customized for the person who’ll wear it and therefore personal.
If you’re interested in commissioning me you may contact me here or on social media.
A lot is going on right now and even though sometimes it doesn’t feel like it, I’m still moving forward. Whatever your dreams are NEVER give up.
I know sometimes we’d love to simply let it be, because sometimes it sounds easier, but it doesn’t have to be. Whatever the path you chose looks like, you’ll always come across hurdles. Even if your dreams feels out of reach and far away you’re getting closer step by step. Someone else might be there sooner, but remember this is not a competition, it’s you who want to reach your dreams and you do it your way. If you’re slower than someone else than don’t let this disturb you, because everyone has their own pace of doing things.
Hello! How are you?
The last weeks have been quite and for a reason:
My first “real“ exhibition opened yesterday! Wohoo~ ! ♥
And what’s awesome too is that one of my artworks has been sold too! The buyer will get it at the end of the exhibition and honestly seeing him was a big surprise because it’s someone with whom I’m working on a project! He said he saw that I had an exhibition in the newspaper and that he decided to surprise me and I swear he did. xD I was shaken.
Right, anyway this experience is really exiting. And this is only the beginning …
I feel like the last weeks brought back my motivation and energy. I’ve realized that even though I knew what I wanted I didn’t really move. Isn’t it that sometimes we feel misunderstood and overseen and in the next moment we’ll realize that we don’t even understand ourselves? How are others supposed to understand you or to see you a certain way if you don’t do it yourself? How are others supposed to acknowledge and take you serious when you don’t yourself? You might not even realize that you don’t, but if you did believe in yourself then you wouldn’t struggle to move on towards your dreams or not? At the same time sometimes we need to stumble and fall to rediscover ourselves, don’t we?
Sometimes life moves on so fast that we almost lose sight of all the little things surrounding us. It is now that your living not yesterday, not in an hour and not tomorrow. Right now whatever you’re doing is the moment to live.
Do what you love and live your life after all no one can take it away from you but you yourself. So move on and live the moment. Our thoughts form our reality, don’t they? If that’s the case than you’re capable of everything. — An ye harm none, do what ye will.
Btw. I made a Flyer for the exhibition and thought you might be interested in it that’s you’ll see it at the end of the post. (It’s only the front page though)
Today is information day. Sorry, not sorry. It has to be done. First things first: I HAVE NEWS! I now know that my next exhibition will start on November 9th at 4pm! (This year in the Marienkloster in Düren-Niederau/Germany btw.)
This is so exciting because it’s my first time experiencing an exhibition this way, with opening and what’s all around. There’s also a musician. Like a guitarist, and they said he was young to, and they think it’ll match and I can’t wait to hear what he’s doing!
Are you interested in seeing a bit from the progress for the exhibition and the exhibition itself when it’ll be time? Let me know in the comments.
What’s new? Actually today I opened commissions for custom hand-painted clothing and accessories. (See Featured image) So for those interested you may contact me here.
Also this is not all that I’m doing. For those who don’t know: I’m an artist that does a little graphic design, too. You can check all information about commissions whether it’s illustration or graphic design here.
Don’t forget to check out my portfolio and for those who like what they see check out my social media (especially Instagram @yukiryuuzetsuart) for regular updates and lots of artworks, sketches and doodles.
Last but not least:
Just wondering … Do you also feel guilty when using words like “I,my, me“ all the time?
This was a short post. Next one won’t be. Promise.
When I was studying (Illustration and Graphic Design) there was this semester where we had a class called “Motion Graphics”. The first exercise our teacher gave us was to choose a song that we relate to a lot and create an animatic for it.
For those of you who don’t know what it is. An animatic basically is a video that contains a series of drawings with audio in it. It’s not automatically animation or stop motion.
What I did was an animatic about an original character of mine that is based on the universe of “Durarara!”. Since the musician I would have loved to use a song for back then hadn’t replied, some years later I decided to resurrect the whole project and make something completely different out of it WITH royalty free music, because that’s what you gotta do when you don’t get the rights to it, don’t you?
The result is to be seen in the video above and with that a new concept for a series of videos awoke — How does it sound “awoke”? As if the video series had some sort of spiritual awakening. Haha. —
Anyways, this series will be called “OC Aesthetics” (OC = Original Character).
The main focus will be on giving you a feeling of my OCs personality. It will be more about emotions than about storytelling.
But honestly I don’t want to tell anyone what they have to interpret in these videos, because that’s what’s so beautiful about making art. Two people can look at the same artwork, interpret different background stories in it and feel something completely different.
If you’re interested in the topic of original characters though and how they have an impact on life, I’d be really happy to write a blog post about it. Same as I’d be to tell something about my original characters so don’t hesitate to ask.
I hope you enjoyed the video and if you want to see more of them then follow me on youtube, be patient and stay updated.
Why is it somehow harder to create something for yourself than for others? Is anyone able to answer this question or is it just me making it seem hard? Because see? Currently, there are four combined variations. Personally I’d probably say something like the first one or the second one but the same time — eh.
The problem with the fourth one is that “If it was printed on a pencil” (as the teachers while studying would’ve said), it is hard to read if I wouldn’t somehow change it to the third one which kind of looks likes the symbol is pushing the typography to the right. Also, as you can see the typography is not blue anymore, but black which is due to personal taste.
What do you think? Which one do you prefer? Or do you think all variations just look “eeh“ ?
Almost two months ago was my last blog post, for which I deeply apologize. It became very quiet here which isn’t what I had planned by starting a blog.
The last months I was given the opportunity to work on three storyboards. Two of them are still in progress. I am grateful for those tasks, especially because two of them are from the same customers which means there is a customer which I could persuade enough with my latest work for him to come back. The third storyboard is for a bigger project and I am glad to get to see the progress of it. All in all I find it interesting to see how, even though the tasks are quite similar, the approach is very different. It’s nice to work with different people and to get to see different characters.
By now I can only say that I really enjoy working on storyboards for other people and I hope that I will get to do more of them in the future.
I am grateful for these experiences I am allowed to make and the lessons that I gather from it.