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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 just finished attending 10 of 10 UK comic conventions over the last 10 months. A great experience, which I hope to write more about in the near future.

Chatted with loads of great people over the course including Deviantartists:
:iconyoneyu: :iconflyingviperart: :iconentenn: :iconpauscorpi: :iconm0zch0ps: :iconcoldcoldethyl: :iconkittyillustrations: (sorry if I missed anyone out)
Was great to meet so many artists all doing their own thing and making the effort to put themselves out there :) (Smile)

Currently plans are to slow it down- attending two or three cons a year unless I decide to create more con-friendly artwork, i.e. fan art to make it financially worth my while.

How-To Books:

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

* 'The Artist's Guide to Drawing Manga'
will also be available at the end of August : 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 :) (Smile)


Art Related:


* I created a new portfolio at www.benkrefta.com to replace my previous personal site Organic Metal.

* I'm still tattooing part-time, coming close to having carried out 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?

* Looking to do more sketching and produce more personal artwork over the coming year. I don't feel as though I devote as much time to my artwork as I should at the best of times and would like to change that and execute some of the ideas that have been rattling around in my head for years!


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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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 2 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I purchased 2 of ur books there very helpful
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Bomu Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you. I'm glad they could help :)
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Micheal81shadilver Featured By Owner 1 day ago  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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