First Day In Japan

It's my first day in Japan.

Japan is basically not much different from what I had thought of, from either the textbooks, or videos. I did not sense too much things in Japanese style until I reached my hotel.

First of all, I hadn't expected that the receptionists in such an international hotel can barely speak English. I have already heard the officers in the immigration port speaking English in Japanese accent, but that was still clear to me. But arriving at the hotel, it took us several minute to communicate with the receptionist -- And this is a good change for me to practice my oral Japanese anyway.

Hardly had I entered my room when I noticed that there's small, or wait, no extra free space at all. Everything are carefully packed in some places. I have to watch my steps moving myself -- no it's not crowded actually. I do have heard about this before, Japanese people are always trying to save resources, especially spaces.

Equipments, I have never seen so all-sided utilities in any hotel. First example, many hotel provides wired network, but none of those I've been provided cables. Others, face soap is in foam, but not solid or liquid, and hanging on the wall near the shower you will find body soap/conditioner/shampoo -- while most hotels like to provide these in small bottles or small plastic bags. There's also a spray for disinfection and disodorization of clothes and shoes.

Finally, I've rarely seen toothbrush/toothpaste in hotels outside China.

Oh no, I should not have forgotten the special washlet in Japan, the water spray.

The valve of the bathtub is a electrical handle, actually there are three handles there, respectively for shower/bathtub/temperature. There's also a safe button on the temperature handle at 40 centi degree...

I understand that this is a different culture, but not purely a good thing. This may looks weird in western countries, but I feel quite good about this, I do see their consideration of the customers, of the people, and especially how to make a better life with scientific technologies. But actually still I have some doubt, I think that too much convenience may lead to more lazy and stupid people...

At 6pm, we walked around the hotel, we saw men and women are in suits, carrying suitcases and umbrellas, women are in make-up, with their heads slightly lowered, walking swiftly. -- These are indeed the classical shape of Japanese workers, in my mind.

So this is how I feel about Japan, in the first day.


New Painting: Kuugen Tenko

Requested by a friend of mine, then I made him waiting for nearly one year.... until now

He requested just after he saw Marybell I draw one year ago. What he didn't know is that I became quite fear with painting colors after that drawing, as it cost me too much time...

Recent I have tried several simple paintings with color, I some I've made some progress, so days before I decided to do this one for him.

This one costed me 20-30 hours...oops, even more than the Marybell one, however the quality is much better, I learnt some gradient this time.

Another thing important is that this is not imitated except for the character, I had browsed a number of the images of this character before I started to draw. It's quite fun not only copying something, but creating something.

Well I guess I need some rest before next such-time-costing painting, feeling too tired.


My Sis

I promised my sis for a new avatar of her, and this is it.

I am actually learning colors, theories and practical tricks. I started trying to mix up colors since the last few color drawings, but in comic style, which is much easier then in realistic style.

And now comes the challenge. Before, my problem was that I always focused on the details on a small part of the image, for example, on the eyes, I would try my best to finish the eyes, but often resulting in a pair of beautiful eyes on a strange face... They just did not match... I knew this problem, but sometimes I just cannot relax...

After watching several videos, I have already got a rouge idea of the steps, say pick up highlight/normal/dark colors, fill in with the normal color, mark the dark part and light part, blur, reduce the size of the brush and repeat the steps to add details... Just something like that.

And I forced myself to relax while drawing this one. Actually it took me a week for this one, each day I just drew a bit before I felt boring, and I spent a lot of time looking at it, to find the strange spots. In this way, I have always be aware of a global idea of the picture, the picture looks good to me in the end. (well I mean the colors, I do need more practice on hair drawing).

Here are something I have learned:

1.Add some red on the highlight part of the skin, to make it lovely, instead of a illness looking
2.I learned the snow effect from a software that is able to make styles of oldish photos. I mean the while short line segments, quite useful!
3.For the lips, use a red color with similar hue value as the skin.
4.Use a stylus! I made up my mind to buy a stylus for ipad just before this drawing, it's not cheap but I do think it worth the price. The stylus helped a lot!
5.Use a good monitor! The colors on iPad are perfect, but not on my laptop... The colors are just quite dull there. Until now have I realized such huge difference...
6.iPad is great! Sketchbook Pro is great! I was trying to draw with my graphical tablet, but then I found still ipad is better (at least to me, since I don't need too much pressure sensitivity, but I do need to see where I am going to draw at)

OK, that's all

New Pencil Sketch: Xiao Putao

It has been days from last sketch 'A Baby Girl', or actually already half a year. I've been always eager to draw a better one, but only when I could see a new lovely photo.

And recently, I did saw one, this pouting little girl called 'Xiao Putao'. I instantly got that familiar feeling that I am eager to draw this one, then I know I can probably make it better than the last one.

Well, the result, some parts are indeed better, some are not. But what is important, through this drawing I did realized something about drawing, and I did know how I make this one.

Last time when I drew 'A Baby Girl', I was so concentrated for about 7~8 hours, then I suddenly realized that it had been finished, and I did not even know how I did it, which is not a good thing since first this means the drawing is good just accidentally, second I had not learned much from this drawing...

This time it is different, I spent days for it, made some progress each day, I did design the shape, shades etc... I just felt so good!

Well now I will pause pencil things temporarily for a period, and start to learn colors, on iPad... Let's see (the next post)