Promarker Pro

Promarkers

There is a brand of markers that I am particularly fond of using. You may be thinking of Sharpie markers from my following post called Using Sharpie but you are mistaken. Don’t get me wrong. Sharpie markers are bold and effective for creating graphic images, but there is another kind of marker that achieves this as well: Promarkers!

I absolutely love Promarkers! I am so glad I have these within my desk drawers. The smoothness of the colours are perfect for colouring and the wide range of shades is useful for drawing realistic shades. Though you can get numerous shades with one marker, using more than one marker because you can blend the ink beautifully.

I first tried Promarkers on my 14th birthday when I received three packs of them. Now, I cannot stop buying these markers. The more I use them, the more I discover what they can do with them in my artwork. I use them for fine details, in hair for example, or for just scribbling, little flowers for example.

I have lost count of how many Promarkers I have! I know for a fact that I have at least over 100 but I don’t have a specific number to share. Yes, I am a bit in love with this product. Yes, I use them for many many projects… and Yes, it is difficult to resist buying them whenever I go to an art store.

a drawing for a school agenda contest
made with ProMarkers

My Roman Holiday with Bernini

Rome Trip March 2011

I like going on trips like any other person. The feeling of getting off that airplane you’ve been sitting in for hours and walking on foreign ground is just an exhilarating feeling. Honestly, the one thing I enjoy most is visiting a new place. This reminds me of the trip I took last year to Rome, Italy with 9 other students and 2 school teachers.

Rome is probably one of my favourite cities I have ever visited in my life thus far. Apart from the fabulous food, like their paninis, pastas, and pizzas, what I enjoyed most was the art.

It seemed like every where I went, there was something Bernini. If you don’t know who or what Bernini is, you obviously haven’t been to Rome before. Gian Lorenzo Bernini was an Italian artist who worked primarily in Rome as the leading sculptor of his age. He created many sculptures, much of which are featured in museums, churches, and fountains.

What I particularly enjoy in Bernini’s works are his representations of dramatic and dynamic moments. For example, the Apollo and Daphne (1622-1625) statue depicts the moment of Daphne’s transformation from a nymph into a tree, a true moment of change, which is difficult to sculpt. Another example is the Ecstasy of Saint Teresa (1647-1652) in the Santa Maria della Vittoria. Immediately when I saw the statue, I was in awe. Seeing something so majestic and heavenly is a feeling I have trouble describing.

The Ecstasy of Saint Teresa

If you have the opportunity to travel to a new place, I would definitely recommend going to Rome, Italy, especially if you like art history.

Anime and Manga: there is a difference

egg

Many of my close friends and family members associate me as a specific type of food: an egg. Although I would have preferred being associated with a Hershey’s Kiss or even a strawberry, they still call me an egg.

Why an egg?
Is it because I am boring on the outside and cool and bright on the inside? I eat a lot of eggs?

Even though the answers to these questions should be a yes, they are not the reason. It is because I have a slight obsession with Asian culture. I’m “white” on the outside and “asian” on the inside and that’s where the egg comes in.

This obsession started in middle school, when I received my first packs of ProMarkers and two books about drawing manga and making anime. While I started sketching out my own characters and achieving a graphic look, I also began watching many anime shows some of my friends recommended, like Death Note, Lucky Star, DearS, and many others. My three sisters took notice of this and, besides teasing me, think that manga and anime are synonyms, and practically the same thing. This has always bothered me, being the egg that I am, because there is in fact distinct differences between the two.

Death Note Anime

Death Note Manga

Manga is Japanese for comic, and anime is Japanese for animation. Often, manga and anime are so closely related that they will have the same series in both versions, like the series Death Note. When you study the both together more closely, the are differences in their art quality, the quantity, and the styles between them.

A normal animation runs for about 24 frames a second, making an anime quite demanding in art quantity. Therefore, an anime usually has about several million images. Obviously a manga has fewer images and are drawn in panels. As well, more space is used for the speech bubbles for the words in the story. So, manga uses much less space and pages than an anime and are usually drawn in black and white from top to bottom, right to left, whereas animes are done in colour.

Also, having a background is a crucial feature, especially in animes, to emphasize a place of action, the movements a character makes, and even to reflect a character’s thoughts. On the other hand, manga can get away with no background, following the motto “less is in fact more.” Not every panel requires a background, so more emphasis can be placed on the characters.

From these points, there are differences between anime and manga, strictly on the artistic content of each. Although they are both Japanese and influence each other heavily, they can never be the same concept. Each one has unique qualities, often resulting in people preferring one over the other. For example, I do enjoy the action portrayed in anime but am also interested in the simple beauty manga has to offer.

I am glad that I have this obsession with Asian culture because it creates a unique aspect of myself I can share with other people with similar interests. My sisters should read this so they can understand that anime and manga are not the same thing the next time they decide to tease me about my “egg” personality.