Tag: Anime

Teaching Myself to Draw Comics/Manga and Ray Fawkes Inspiration.


Thought I would have a little post about my drawing up, or should I say attempt at drawing as I am not very good.

It started because for my New Year’s resolution I decided to trim down my hobbies and focus on just the ones I was passionate about as I didn’t have enough time for them all.

I was spending too much time watching sport, running a few websites I had little or no interest in anymore and so I stopped them.

Now after this I was basically just writing, reading, watching the odd TV show/Film and spending time with my family which was nice but I did have a little spare time and I really wanted to fill it with something new, something again that I was passionate about, and then I seen this.


I am a massive Ray Fawkes fan in regards to both his writing (Mnemovore, Constantine, Justice League Dark) and his art which you can see on his website HERE.

Now ever since I was a kid I’ve always wanted to be able to draw but have just not been any good BUT I though SCREW IT, and it’s my new hobby the break the monotony of looking at a screen when both at work and whilst writing.

Feeling inspired by Ray I headed to the supply cupboard at work (shhhhhhh) and got myself a notepad, pencil and rubber and the first day began.

Being a comic book fan as you are probably well aware of I thought I would try and draw someone, I didn’t know who, what sex, age or anything I literally just started drawing and came up with this.


I rubbed out the eyes a few times and struggled a bit with them and so hence the practice eyes on the sheet.

In all honesty it was better than I thought it would have been, I haven’t really attempted to draw since 2nd year at school 23 years ago unless you count suns and rainbows with my kids.

It seems due to the fact I was (kind of still am) an anime and manga fan so my drawings kind of fell Into looking like that I think.

After that I spend an hour Monday night drawing eyes and another 30 minutes dinner time yesterday doing the same like in this image.


I have got a better understanding now definitely than I did on Monday and then Tuesday night I drew this 🙂


Looks much better I reckon, and then today’s dinnertime I have just drawn this 🙂


Anyways, I know I am not amazing and I don’t expect to be drawing any comics anytime soon but it does feel good finally learning.

My main hobby will still be writing though and any comics you get from me will have my name firmly under the ‘writer’ section and not the art one.

Next I’ll try some mouths/lips as struggled a bit with them too.

Will show you some updates over time and hopefully see some improvements, hell, I might even start a deviantart 😉

Should have some news on ‘The Odd Lot’  and ‘Here They Come’ in a week or two also.

Take it easy