AUGUST 2015

Anime Designs Methods and Skills

by: Ivan Lim (reading – 6.7. - 12.7.)

There is variety of ways to design an anime series. Very often, it depends on how an artist draws or designs, or what his or her personal techniques are. With most things that relate to art, it can be difficult to apply a system or a structure to create anime. There are many anime series that start with the artists relying on the storyboard. This contains an artist drawing out plot and main flow before more meat is added further down the process of production. Animators who use such methods are generally structured in their ways and techniques. Other artist may have an abstract feel about their final project. They might have some vague idea in their minds writing it out panel by panel. They might not have a final progress in the whole story, lettering their ideas and imaginations run wild before choosing the one that feels right at the final stage. There are many artists who are said to be more structured and do not depend solely on visual direction. These artists can write different scripts that make different possible arcs to the anime plot. Then they choose the best one and start artistic design on it.

Despite the difference in technique, all animators still have to remember the final storylines to be delivered. This helps them to remain in focus in order to reduce waste of effort and time in not meeting production deadlines. Artists always try to improve themselves especially in the field of heavy industry as anime. There is no question that keeps a talented artist far, but nothing can substitute dedication and hard work. Most animators understand that and apply it to become good illustrators. To become an anime artist, you cannot gain new knowledge through the work of other animators. You should understand and learn their new techniques and see how you can work them into your own. It will lead to new creative stimulus and ideas.

While anime art is an artistic type of expression, animators should also research other forms of art such as writing, painting and even more boring and more structured engineering styles. These could be added to the overall experience and the anime art can only increase with different techniques and experiences from their artists. Anime is usually considered a type of limited animation. That means, the convention of limited animation is applied to make fool into thinking that there is more movement than there is. The internet has played an important role in the anime exposure of Japan. Before 1990’s, Japan had limited anime exposure in other countries. As the popularity of internet started, so did interest in anime. Most of the fandom anime came through the internet. The combination of different internet communities and raising amounts of anime material, from video to images helped to increase the growth of fandom. As the internet gained more popularity, internet advertising revenues increased from 1.6 billion yen to 180 billion between 1994 and 2004. Now, anime is considered as one of the greatest exports of Japan.

About The Author

I am Ivan Lim, anime fanatic and building an anime community through this site: www.SelectAnime.com

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A Brief Overview of the Japanese Bonsai Tree

by: Anita Proach (reading – 13.7. - 19.7.)

Contrary to belief, Bonsai trees do not originate from Japan. Discoveries have been made in Egyptian tombs with sketches showing miniature trees in pots. These are thought to have been kept for decorative purposes and the pictures date back to 4000 years ago! There are also records dating back more than 2000 years that show Bonsai being grown in China. The practice of growing trees in a pot was originally Chinese, but the practice of growing the bonsai tree was made into an art form by the Japanese when the concept was introduced to them about 5 centuries ago.

This has led to quite different styles in Japanese and Chinese bonsai; the Chinese bonsai being much more freestyle and more lightly pruned than the Japanese miniature bonsai that are very heavily groomed and pruned and look much more like miniature natural versions of the full sized versions.

Many people think of tiny little Japanese trees cut and pruned to a miniature size but literally speaking, bonsai is a Japanese word, but its roots are Chinese and are derived from the word punsa meaning tree in a pot. These bonsai were not as small as the bonsai that people often envisage and were grown on an individual basis outdoors in pots. It was, though, the Japanese that took this art form and progressed it to the level it is at now.

It is a common misconception that the bonsai tree is naturally small, but this is not true. While they are smaller than their wild counterparts they do not have to be a couple of inches tall; they can be grown in a pot in the garden and will be smaller than their wild counterparts. The bonsai tree comes from the same seed as its larger counterpart, but is grown in a specific way to ensure that it remains tiny. It is vital for the beginner to know that the main element to growing a bonsai is pruning. This is the technique used that allows the tree to stay small. Without regular pruning, the bonsai tree will grow to its standard height and size.

The bonsai tree can grow to various heights. There are trees that are a few inches high and some grow much taller. There are no restrictions; it is only important that the bonsai tree is grown in a pot and attains the image of a full-grown tree as it would in nature. In the beginning, growing these miniature trees may seem difficult, but it would not take long before you learn the art form of the bonsai tree and find that you simply cannot get enough of these unique plants.

Misconceptions About Bonsai Trees.

Some people believe that training Bonsai trees is a cruel pastime because the cultivator starves the tree and cuts it to such an extent that it becomes unhealthy. Quite the reverse is usually true; while they are cut and pruned quite heavily to keep them to the size of the pot, they are usually transferred from pot to pot regularly and are fed and watered much more often than their wild cousins.

Bonsai trees do not live shorter lives than wild trees. They regularly live for many centuries and are traditionally passed down from generation to generation. They lead nearly exactly the same long lives as their wild cousins and are often much healthier because of the attention they receive.

The Advantages of Growing Bonsai.

Not everyone has a large garden where they can plant numerous trees and let them grow as big as they want, and even those who do have large gardens still need to wait for many years before the tree becomes truly established. By growing bonsai you do not need any more room than the size of your pot and because you only need them to grow to much smaller proportions it really is accessible for anyone who is interested in growing bonsai trees. You can even grow them inside if you can recreate the correct conditions for the tree you want to grow.

The roots of a bonsai tree have to be pruned so that it will remain healthy. By pruning the roots, it produces a small thick ball or pack of root that permits it to be transplanted to an appropriate container. When pruning the roots, one-third of the roots are removed yearly so that new soil can be added and give space for new roots to develop.

It was not until the early 1900s that the bonsai tree was introduced to the western world, but it soon became not only a popular hobby which requires attention to detail, foresight of how the tree will grow and plenty of time and care. It began to be considered a serious art form in horticulture by many people and today, there are bonsai tree displays and shows, as well as stores dedicated to the bonsai tree. You will undoubtedly feel considerable satisfaction if you decide to grow Bonsai and if you are any good at it.

Bringing the exquisiteness of a Japanese garden into your home with the bonsai tree is a great way to add beauty and elegance to your surroundings. If you are looking for a new type of indoor plant, or simply a new hobby, consider the bonsai tree.

About The Author

Anita Proach has always had a love for the Japanese-style. The traditions and history with the beautiful simple lines, the minimal approach to interior and exterior spaces and the blending of such wonderful elements like the bonsai, koi fish ponds, gardens, art and architecture, all working in harmony with nature.

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What Is Inspiration And Where To Find It

by: Amy Twain (reading – 20.7. - 26.7.)

Sometimes, I used to think what exactly is inspiration? I looked in the dictionary and thesaurus and found out that inspiration is similar with vision (which most people have), genius (hmm…maybe only a chosen few of us are), and also it’s synonymous to influence (now, this really depends on the person and circumstances). But how do you define inspiration - is it something you do, see, hear, taste or smell? Is it anything which any of your five senses can perceive? It depends on the person really, the reasons behind why we look for it and the various situations surrounding it.

And real inspiration can be compared to a fingerprint, different for every person. My close friend Jessah is a musician and gets her motivation from the different sounds that we have around us. We were out walking in a rainforest one time and I brought along my camera as usual. Then, we came to a nearby clearing and we decided to sit awhile and bask in the relaxing atmosphere that surrounded us. Nature really has some of the greatest and the most original and best pieces of art for those of us that truly take time to notice. As for me, I started to take note all the things I can utilize in my work…the rough edges of the rocks, the shape and majesty of the trees, the grandeur and contour of the heavenly clouds.

However, my friend Jessah just sat down still while listening to the gay birds chirping, the subtle rustle of the leaves, and feeling the cool breeze over the mountains. She actually wanted to work out how to represent everything she absorbs in her music so that other people too would feel what we did that day. Therefore, same feeling, different people, same atmosphere or setting, different focus - the common denominator is, we were both inspired. For an artist like me, I am asked oftentimes where I get the needed inspiration for my work. So instead of my head, I can look into my heart for the answer to that.

Then, the best that I can come up with is anything that moves me as a person, fosters and animates me to do and prod me to do something that I enjoy and love doing. As to where inspiration could be found, well, that’s actually an easy one. If you want inspiration or need it that bad, look around you! It could be found wherever you go and just open your eyes to perceive it. Inspiration can be found everywhere. The universe can always provide something for you. But if you’re waiting for it to strike you like a flash of lightning, well, I suggest that you rely on yourself to get you off your cute little tush and go and look around to find the things to inspire you to lead you into the pathway to your destiny.

Inspiration is after all that very thing which makes you chase your dreams. It’s that blissful and exciting feeling that you get when your heart glides and your soul is moved.

About The Author

The author of this article Amy Twain is a Self Improvement Coach who has been successfully coaching and guiding clients for many years. Amy recently published a new home study course on how to boost your Self Esteem overnight. More info about this “Quick-Action Plan for A More Confident You” is available at www.FabulousSelfEsteem.com .

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A Look At Science Fiction Books

by: Morgan Hamilton (reading – 27.7. - 2.8.)

Science fiction books have been my favorite reading since my childhood days. I was introduced to the world of science fiction at the good young age of eight, when I was introduced to a science fiction book club. We children enjoyed good time reading classics like 'The Time Machine', 'Invisible Man', 'Journey to the Center of the Earth', and a whole lot of science fiction books. The experience of reading them was so unique that I can't really forget the story line and characters in space operas like ‘Citizen of the Galaxy’ by Robert A. Heinlein, 'Ender's Game' by Orson Scott Card, etc.

I always liked to anticipate the unpredictable, see the future. It is the epic scope of the science fiction books that attracted me. The books of a specific kind called speculative fiction try to tell today what the world looks like tomorrow. Space opera captured my childhood fantasy and still continues to. Whole galaxies lining up for a war, one party to establish supremacy and the other one defending their ground; there is suspense, thriller, unpredictability, and everything you need to unleash your fantasy. Alien races from a different dimension, prophecies, betrayal, love, honor, etc made science fiction books playing with my emotions for many years now.

Many that become sci-fi lovers asked me suggestions on science fiction books. My advice to them is to browse through collections. Science fiction books are the best categorized form of fiction writing. There come dozens of new collections every year. You can find them in different combinations. While making your choice from among the variety of available science fiction books, always make it a practice to skim through the content. At first read excerpts from all science fiction genre, and without much delay you will identify the science fiction books that are really suited for your taste. Just go with your heart – do you find it interesting to read a story? Pick it. Do you find the storyline tough? Drop it. It is that simple to make your choice.

Fantasy books sometimes overlap with science fiction books, although they are always not the same. If you have a taste of fantasy, chances are higher that you have a heart for sci-fi too and vice versa. You can clearly distinguish between fantasy and sci-fi in most cases, but there are no rules to distinguish them. Harry Potter series is pure fantasy while Time Machine is purely sci-fi. Fantasy books come with some magic, supernatural powers etc, while sci-fi characters are made more believable by defining technology, timelines and possibilities and the topics sci-fi writers choose generally will be of interest by common man.

About The Author

Morgan Hamilton offers expert advice and great tips regarding all aspects concerning books. Get the information you are seeking now by visiting www.thebookblowout.com/books/books/a-look-at-science-fiction-books.html