Tag: ghibli

Fountain Pen Inks and a Flying House

Title: House of the Master Tinker
Novel: Whimcircusical ( My Original Novel)
Materials: Tomoe River Paper, Fountain Pen, Copics White Copic Ink

The video is a clip of how I drew  “House of the Master Tinker” , which is the home of my favorite muse and the protagonist of my Fantasy novel, “Whimcircusical”. It is home to the whimsical and magical Chester Whimsy and Poppy Le Frou, Potions Mistress. The home is designed to be a magical lair for their concoctions, creations and the base for all their adventures.

I did this piece mostly to practice before I did a major gallery piece for the Fountain Pen Day Gallery  on November 5-6,2016 at SMX Aura. I really don’t do galleries/exhibits but I got invited and I was thrilled! I do love inked art and enjoy creating them so I am looking forward to it.

The Making of the Piece

This piece is done on Tomoe River Paper, same paper as the Hobonichi Paper. Smooth but darn so fragile. It’s easy to wrinkle and so i taped it down to my drawing board, even that didn’t help much.  I wonder if I can iron it out or heat straighten it?

The piece was inked with fountain pen inks  like J.Herbin , KWZ – Orange (iron Gall), Pilot Iroshizuku inks and Fountain pens which I found very fun to do. It’s the first time I am doing this kind of art so experimenting was part of the fun.  I was especially impressed with the KWZ ink that seems to work magic on my paper. The orange color turned gold and then a great dark shade which I would love to use in future paintings. I experimented on blending inks and with the grass and got good results. I really had fun in making new techniques which I can use in my next illustrations.

For those who want to know where I got my stuff, I got them from Everything Calligraphy and Pengrafik.

I’ll be scanning the piece soon and linking and posting it to this post after.


To all in the Know: This is proof that work is getting done to finish the story that has been in my head for a long time.

I realized that I didnt really post about my novel. I just haven’t had the time and will tell you more about it in a separate blog post. And yes, the house is inspired by Howl’s moving castle but I think I made it all my own.The story however, is completely original.

Inktober days 3-6 Prompts

Ok, so it was busy! But I have to update you on my  Inktober stuff. I have not missed a day and it really was fun.  Just click to see the full picture!


For obvious reasons , I collect ART MATERIALS. I am a hoarder and I cant seem to stop! I did this inktober on my art journal/ leuchtturm1917 had fun with using plain inks and just drawing in the raw.


A 10 minute sketch of ponyo and her ham ramen XD this was a crowd favorite. I inked with brushpens, colored with copics and yeah, made a rough mess. but this was fun!


I was literally sad this day as I had a a migraine. Drew this one at the doctors office on my Bullet Journal


 In a hole in the ground, there lived a hobbit.
I thought that it was appropriate,  hobbits are creatures that can stay unseen to those they do not want to see them and they stay hidden in the Shire. Plus, Bagend was hidden under the tree.Done with brush pens and copics in 15 mins. I had a lot of fun!

Tonight I do DAY 7! So far so good! i have not missed a day!


Arrietty in the Flower Garden

Arrietty in the Flower Garden

Arrietty in Flower Garden

This is a piece I did last week. Arrietty in the Flower garden was my attempt to capture the adventure and wonder that was Ghibli’s Arriety.

Information about Arrietty from Wikipedia

Arrietty is Arrietty, titled The Borrower Arrietty (Japanese: 借りぐらしのアリエッティ Hepburn: Kari-gurashi no Arietti?) in Japan and The Secret World of Arrietty in North America, is a 2010 Japanese animated fantasy film directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi and scripted by Hayao Miyazaki and Keiko Niwa. It is based on The Borrowers by Mary Norton, an English author of children’s books, about a family of tiny people who live secretly in the walls and floors of a typical household, borrowing items from humans to survive. The film stars the voices of Mirai Shida, Ryunosuke Kamiki, Shinobu Otake, Keiko Takeshita, Tatsuya Fujiwara, Tomokazu Miura, and Kirin Kiki, and tells the story of a young Borrower (Shida) befriending a human boy (Kamiki), while trying to avoid being detected by the other humans. Toshio Suzuki produced the film and Studio Ghibli provided the animation. Read More…

Watercolor Studies: Ghibli and Final Fantasy

My Collection of Watercolor

My Collection of Watercolor

Early this year, I got into watercolor. I don’t know what possessed me actually. It might be the fact that I was obsessed with Sakuem’s mixed media art, and I wanted to emulate it using the stuff that I have. It might have also been the fact that I have been watching Ghibli. Miyazaki’s creators use watercolor to express their art and I was obsessed with the soft look it has. OR it might be that copic refills were getting rare and expensive and it was hard to get them. OR All of the above.

So I ventured into watercolor once again. I used to dislike getting out my gear to paint. It was bothersome to clean up too, but I discovered a love for it after I challenged myself to  create my fantasy worlds.

The former posts had lumen in it. It was one of my earliest watercolor creations this year. I’ll be dumping here some of my watercolor work and what I learned from each one. I hope you enjoy.

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