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Ben Krefta
Artist | Professional | Digital Art
United Kingdom
Current Residence: Kent, UK
Favourite genre of music: Chillout, Liquid Drum and Bass, Modern Classical / Soundtracks
Favourite style of art: Anime CG
Operating System: Windows 10
Favourite Manga: Jojo's Bizarre Adventure, Gantz, Guyver
Favourite Anime: My Neighbour Totoro, Ninja Scroll, Vampire Hunter D: Blood Lust
Favourite Game: Metal Gear Solid
Personal Quote: "Iron helps us play!"
Interests

Conventions:


I'll be attending at least another two UK cons this year:

MCM London [May 26-28] and London Super Comic Con [August 26-27]. Feel free to stop by and say hello if you'll be attending also :)

How-To Books:


* 'Digital Manga' is available for humans to buy on my website at www.benkrefta.com/shop/digital… : An in-depth tutorial book teaching virtually everything I know about Photoshop and colouring characters.

* 'The Artist's Guide to Drawing Manga'
 is also now available on my site www.benkrefta.com/shop/artists… : A beginners guide to manga and character creation. It's effectively an updated version of my older book 'The Art of Drawing Manga'.

With, 67,000 words of written content across both books, I'd like to think there's at least something in there that most artists could benefit from and enjoy :)
Both titles sold with free postage within the UK. I can also ship to Europe, US and worldwide also.

Art Related:


* My portfolio is now at www.benkrefta.com 

* I'm still tattooing part-time, having carried out over 300 tattoos or sessions to date.

* I've got a vague idea for a new book project, but no publisher on board thus far, so might just release pages as a series of Blog posts on my website?

* Commissions open, so if interested, send me a message :)


Social Media Stuff:

Follow me on Instagram: www.instagram.com/benkrefta
Add me on Facebook: www.facebook.com/ben.krefta.1
Like my Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/animemangaart…
Follow me on Twitter: twitter.com/BenKrefta
Follow me on Tumblr: benkrefta.tumblr.com/
Watch my Youtube channel: www.youtube.com/b0mu
Follow me on Pinterest: pinterest.com/benkrefta/
Connect on Linkedin: uk.linkedin.com/in/benkrefta
Follow me on Google+: plus.google.com/11163092596226…

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Occasionally I do a reverse image search on my artwork to see if or where it's been used on the web. I ended up discovering one of my Goku fan arts had been used without my permission on shirts and products on a number of websites.

www.saiyanstuff.com removed the artwork on request.
www.aliexpress.com refused to act after I reported my design being used by 3 sellers on their site!
www.hoodietime.com ignored my correspondence and continue to delete any posts on their social media accounts whereby I mention the artwork they post on their products is infringing copyright.

It's not just my stuff - I've found other devianartists who have had their work ripped off by HoodieTime alone and if I had the time to reverse image search the dozens of different products for sale on these sites, I'd bet my life I'd find LOTS of cases of artists being ripped off.

How can we stop this? I've messaged 3 other deviants who have had work stolen and used by this company, but there doesn't seem to be a way to report these jokers to Facebook or Instagram for their illegal activities. 

Feels like artists are being bent over and screwed and have no choice but to take it! Companies that use their platform to sell illegal products do not take complaints seriously or investigate these cases.

How can we stop this?

Conventions:


I'll be attending at least another two UK cons this year:

MCM London [May 26-28] and London Super Comic Con [August 26-27]. Feel free to stop by and say hello if you'll be attending also :)

How-To Books:


* 'Digital Manga' is available for humans to buy on my website at www.benkrefta.com/shop/digital… : An in-depth tutorial book teaching virtually everything I know about Photoshop and colouring characters.

* 'The Artist's Guide to Drawing Manga'
 is also now available on my site www.benkrefta.com/shop/artists… : A beginners guide to manga and character creation. It's effectively an updated version of my older book 'The Art of Drawing Manga'.

With, 67,000 words of written content across both books, I'd like to think there's at least something in there that most artists could benefit from and enjoy :)
Both titles sold with free postage within the UK. I can also ship to Europe, US and worldwide also.

Art Related:


* My portfolio is now at www.benkrefta.com 

* I'm still tattooing part-time, having carried out over 300 tattoos or sessions to date.

* I've got a vague idea for a new book project, but no publisher on board thus far, so might just release pages as a series of Blog posts on my website?

* Commissions open, so if interested, send me a message :)


Social Media Stuff:

Follow me on Instagram: www.instagram.com/benkrefta
Add me on Facebook: www.facebook.com/ben.krefta.1
Like my Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/animemangaart…
Follow me on Twitter: twitter.com/BenKrefta
Follow me on Tumblr: benkrefta.tumblr.com/
Watch my Youtube channel: www.youtube.com/b0mu
Follow me on Pinterest: pinterest.com/benkrefta/
Connect on Linkedin: uk.linkedin.com/in/benkrefta
Follow me on Google+: plus.google.com/11163092596226…
I can see how self-criticism is a good thing. We need to identify our weaknesses in order to improve. But sometimes also nice if we can take time to appreciate the positive aspects of our work. Acknowledging strengths doesn't mean you're big-headed, boastful or arrogant. I'm sure most people can identify at least one or two things they're doing right or improving upon?

So what do you like best about your artwork?
What is the best way to improve artistic ability? I think we can all agree that practice through repetition is generally the way to go, but is there anything that helped you improve either at the beginning of your artistic journey or learning tools/methods you use now to improve your craft?

If you had to teach someone to learn art as efficiently as possible, how would you rank the following learning aids in order?:

- Instructional websites (including memes / images / blog posts)
- Instructional Books
- Instructional Videos
- Watching other people draw online or IRL
- Going to art school
- Mobile Drawing Apps
- Online Classes
- Portfolio Reviews or Critique
- Other?

Any reason why you would rank them as such? Would love to know your thoughts on this.
Anime Girl with Kitty
I wanted to do another cute girl pic and just concentrate on the face and hair so that:
A) I could attempt to produce a nice looking pic which just focuses on what makes the manga style so cool- face, the eyes, the hair without overcomplicating.
B) So I get to play around with different facial styles, which is fun for me since I like so many different style of manga art.
C) Save time, since I work pretty slowly and don't want to otherwise put 100 hours into the full-body character art.
D) Right now I'm liking the idea of framing heads with the hair, using ink splats and drips to make something that looks more like a sticker, tattoo design or something I could potentially put it on t-shirts.
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Micheal81shadilver Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I purchased 2 of ur books there very helpful
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Bomu Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you. I'm glad they could help :)
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Micheal81shadilver Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh anytime
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GFORCELEVEL1988 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2016
Hi, Happy Birthday and Hope you have a nice day as well :hug:
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TigerDude51087 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2016
Happy Birthday!
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teturo Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2016
A Very Happy Birthday To You ^_^
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AkiDIDmorning Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Happy birthday!!
Best wishes from your watcher ^_^
Have a wonderful day today! :party:


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themissingmystery Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2016
Happy Birthday!
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Kittyillustrations Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
thanks for the watch it was good meeting you at LAGC!
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Bomu Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
No probs. Thanks for reciprocating. See you at the next con :)
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