J.K. Riki

Author Archive: JK Riki

Author, animator, and overwhelmingly grateful everyday to God for the life to do those things. www.JKRiki.com

Art Post: Then and Now

Today I have some art to share, seen below. I also want to walk through the process, for all who might be interested in an analysis of redoing a drawing fifteen years after the original creation. I found the drawing on the left, done in 2002, in an old sketchbook from my early art-school days. Back then I had a particular affinity for anime/manga, which is the art style predominately…
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Gone Travelin’

Sorry for the spotty updates, summer is in full swing and I’ve been fortunate enough to do some traveling lately. Figured I’d share a few photos from a journey around Arizona! We drove from Phoenix to Sedona and back, with a stop at a little roadside restaurant that had the best pie I’ve ever eaten. Would have expected such things to be found in a New Jersey diner rather than…
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Why I’m Leaving Twitter in 2017

Much like the time I “left the Internet” last year, today’s blog title is misleading. Let me explain. In early 2016, I chose to limit my time online to one hour per day. It was a useful experience, and I learned a number of great lessons. I rediscovered that post a few weeks ago, and now it’s time for Round Two of the experiment. This time the focus is Twitter.…
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Birthday Thoughts

This past Saturday was my birthday, and while I don’t generally do a “Birthday Post,” the milestone of 35 years on this planet seems like a good time for a few reflections! Here is some wisdom I’ve picked up along the way, use it as you see fit: 1) You get more with honey than you do with vinegar. A lesson taught to me by my mother, this advice keeps…
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Positivity is a Choice

Every day we experience things both good and bad. How you approach each and every experience will have a major affect on your life overall. Dwelling on negative things keeps them fresh in your mind, and strengthens the parts of your brain where negativity resides. On the other hand, finding silver linings and looking at challenges as opportunities to improve literally makes being more positive easier for you in the…
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Q&A: Creativity, Art, Fred the Monkey, and Negativity

Today we’ve got some questions and answers, so let’s jump right in! “What are your favorite and least favorite parts of the creative process? Does each creative experience have moments that are predictably pleasant or unpleasant for you?” –Adam My personal favorite part is definitely the beginning. When all ideas are still on the table, and the table doesn’t even exist in your mind yet, the possibilities are endless! The…
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Questions and Answers Open Here

Today I’m opening up the blog for a little Q&A. Do you have anything you’re struggling with right now, and would like to hear another perspective about? Ask away. It can be about anything, from creativity to writing to motivation to art to just general life stuff. I’ll do the best I can to help! Feel free to leave the question in the comment section, or email me via the…
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Another Time I was Wrong: “Anyone Can Make It”

I’m wrong sometimes. I’m grateful for the opportunity to live long enough to discover many instances in my life where I’ve thought about things the wrong way. Some people don’t get that chance. Others don’t take the opportunity and just go on believing they are, and have always been, right. This is often due to pride, fear, or a simple lack of knowledge. At any rate, today I want to…
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Lessons from Ludum Dare

This past weekend I had the privilege to enter Ludum Dare 38, an online “game jam” where entrants work to make a game from scratch in just three days. Today’s post features that game if you’d like to play it, as well as some work-in-progress roughs and a bunch of lessons learned from the experience! First of all, here’s the game. It’s called Mr. Fishy’s Small World. (Note for my…
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Work Art vs. Fun Art

I normally post my art on Instagram, Twitter, and DeviantArt rather than this blog, but today’s entry is based on an idea I put down in comic form: I spent a large portion of the past few years working and worrying about practicing art. It had become a routine done through gritted teeth. This is necessary sometimes when we’re practicing a skill, especially early on when we aren’t any good…
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