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Recent sketches and activity

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Art cards I’m working on

Despite August being the “Summer Holidays”, my time has been filled with many different activities and events, including walks on the Moors and visiting the Dartmoor Summer Festival at Princetown Visitor Centre, going to see Finding Dory at the Reel cinema, taking more trips to Bigbury Beach and Plymouth Hoe, and last Saturday I went to a local anime and gaming meetup and met some amazing and funny people!  At home I’ve kept up with my usual work, including drawing practice and learning Japanese, reading The Manifesto on How To Be Interesting by Holly Bourne and Make Your Own Luck by Kate Moross, and my mum’s making us all clear out our old junk..  I’ve also been playing Monster Hunter Generations and Story of Seasons on my 3DS and have been taking pictures of the local area to help me work on part of the Plymouth Cubed project.

This month has been important to me because I’ve started volunteering with Plymouth Central Library.  I’m helping out with the Summer Reading Challenge, which encourages children aged 4-11 to read six books from the library over their summer holidays.  My first shift was at a Play Day on Plymouth Hoe, where I helped parents to fill out questionnaires about using the library, but my other shifts have all been in Central Library where my duties are filing, listening to kids talk about the books they’ve read, and giving them their prizes when they achieve their goals.  The prizes are pretty cool, there are collector cards, bookmarks, door hangers and keyrings, all with a Roald Dahl theme, and when the kids have completed their challenge they receive a medal!  The people at the library are really nice and it’s interesting seeing what books the kids choose to read and hearing what they think about them.

Here are some of the sketches I’ve been working on:

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A country girl in a fantasy land

A female character I’ve been thinking about.  I imagine she lives in a fantasy story, she might be a country girl who looks after horses and her family.  I think she has a big, big family!

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A nervous mage character

This is a mage, could be a male or female character, the sweat is coming off their head because they are nervous, they are about to fight a huge monster, something with enormous teeth and great cunning..

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Kaguya from The Tale Of The Princess Kaguya

This is a quick sketch I did of Kaguya from The Tale of The Princess Kaguya, which I watched for the first time with my brother yesterday.

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New things!

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New things!

Here are some of the new things that I have got recently:

Pearson Student Planner & Academic Diary – This planner is aimed at university students but it has lots of useful advice for all types of independent learners.  I looked at several different planners and chose this one because the planner section is simple and has lots of space for everything I need, with Monthly, Weekly and To Do pages, and every week there is a good study Tip which gives directions to more thorough advice in a numbered section at the back.

Sharpie pocket highlighters – four different colours for my planner which haven’t smeared my writing or the print in the book.

Pentel refillable brush pen – I was recommended this by a friend for drawing and sketching.  The ink is black and waterproof.

NEO Magazine Issue 163 – arrived this morning!  This is a different size than usual and has an article about Godzilla in it with a really cool photo of actors on set in their kaiju costumes.  I always look forward to the cosplay and art sections most and I have a six month subscription.

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Kuretake DAW100-6 “Practice Japanese Character Set That You Can Practice Many Times With The Water” bought from KMZ-tradings via Amazon.

Kuretake Practice Japanese Character set – in this set is a writing mat, a waterbrush and a pipette to help fill it (but mine filled under the tap easily), an instruction book (in Japanese), and a little folder to hold everything together.  You fill the cartridge in the pen with water then practice hiragana with the pen on the writing mat. The water shows up black as you write but fades away in thirty seconds or so, so you can practice without using up paper and ink.  The mat has guideline squares to write in and the whole set is really cute and useful.  KMZ-tradings included an origami crane which was a sweet surprise!

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Inside the DK visual dictionary

DK Japanese English Bilingual Visual Dictionary – I have been learning Japanese for a few months now and needed a Japanese-English dictionary to learn more everyday vocabulary relevant to the things I do.  This visual dictionary is thick and heavy and is really easy to use to find groups of words which all relate to the same topic, like household items, or sweets.  Its a great help but it would be good if there was a lighter pocket size version for carrying around!