I went skating today and had an amazing life epiphany that can apply to everything, including art. I was ollying curbs and I realized that the outcome of the olly depends on my mindset before I even attempt the trick. A big part of skateboarding is fear and if you don't have your mind 100% resolute before you attempt the trick, then you will bail.
The same is true of all art, you must know exactly what you are going to do before you even begin an art piece. This doesn't mean that you won't fail, but it will allow you to have more power over the outcome.
Of course, skateboarding has real dangers, but failing in art has no lasting effects whatsoever. You must make bad art and you must fall in skateboarding to learn. Skating is such an amazing activity and I'm constantly learning new things everyday. Can't wait for Spring to start riding my motorcycle again also.
I got myself a Totoro calendar for Christmas and I've been having some fun doing some little sketches in it. There's some Studio Ghibli sketches in it along with some of my own doodles and watercolor manga.
It's funny how my day planners and calendars become the best sketchbooks that I have. I think this happens because there's no pressure to make a 'good' sketch in them; it's all about fun. The more fun you have while you draw, the better your drawings will be.
I'm in the process of starting an American illustration studio called Studio Mouseion that can produce illustrated works for children. I feel that an American studio is something that a lot of children and young adults would enjoy. It'll produce illustrated works in various styles inspired by academic painting and Japanese manga and anime.
I'm also going to continue and finish my own watercolor manga called "Soma's Paradise" and include it as part of Studio Mouseion's library.
I know that starting something like this is really hard, but I want to create something great and bigger than myself.