Monthly Archives: August 2013

Doodling with Manga Studio

Finger Smear BlackAs I mentioned in an earlier post, I haven’t been creating much lately.  I haven’t even managed to get much Japanese done because I’ve been busy with family commitments.  I’m hoping to get really stuck into my new graphics project (using Manga Studio) in two or three weeks.  In the meantime I thought I’d share the tiny bit of doodling I’ve been doing.  The first one was created by “painting” stripes of colour on a black background and then smearing them together with the “Fingertip” tool.   I love the effect it produced.  Do you like it too?

frances1The second doodle is based on a photo (one of many) that a friend gave me to do arty things with.  She’s a beautiful dancer and I want to be able to capture some of that beauty in my art.  I used this picture to practice using a feature in Manga Studio called “layers”.  This lets you have blocks of colour in one layer of the picture and shading in another layer.  It means that you can change one without messing up the other.

There are all sorts of things wrong with this picture but it’s okay for a doodle!


Irish View for Belinda and Colleen

TheReekBelinda ( is on a virtual tour of the world.  Welcome to Ireland!  On the horizon of the photo is Croagh Patrick in County Mayo, Ireland.  If you click on the photo you will be able to see the mountain better.  This is supposed to be where Saint Patrick stood when he banished snakes from Ireland.

Update: I have added Colleen to the title of this post.  I would like to dedicate this post to all those people who are too sick to travel.  May you get well soon.


Spring blossom vert nihongoすみません」 is a multipurpose Japanese expression which means something like “I’m sorry” or “excuse me”.  I’m apologizing because I haven’t posted anything in a while.  I’m apologizing in Japanese because it’s all Japan’s fault!  Not really.  But kind of.  I’ve been studying Japanese since January 2012 and I love it.  Most days I do about an hour to keep things ticking over.  At the moment though, all of my craft projects are at the gestational stage (i.e. I’m thinking rather than doing) so I’ve been putting a bit more effort into my Japanese studies.  It’s not all books and flashcards though; I get to play games.  In order to memorize the 2000+ kanji* I play a game called Slime Forest.  It’s not a sophisticated game by current standards but I’m of the generation that got excited when Pong came out!

So, will you forgive me if my posts are few and far between?  I will post as soon as I have something to show you.

*Kanji are the complicated Chinese-style characters like the ones on the left here.  These are pronounced “nee-hon-go” and just mean “the Japanese language”.