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

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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I Think Science is More Important Than Art

Let me start at the end. “Until we treat Art as equally important as things like Science, we will never find the balance needed to produce the fullest human beings.” Now let me explain what brought me to the idea above. First, there’s something you need to understand. Until now it has been a secret of mine. Something I’ve tried to hide due to how unpopular it is among my…
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Art: Ukrainian Eggs 2017

A break from the Creative/Inspiration posts today to share some art. Here are some of the Ukrainian Eggs I did for 2017. It was a tricky year for pysanky eggs, as physical limitations meant I couldn’t do my usual 50-70! Still, I did what I could, and am grateful to others for stepping up and producing a bunch for our annual Egg Show. Now that the show is over and…
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On Allowing Yourself to be Changed

In the past few weeks I have changed in some rather significant ways. I’d like to believe that this change is permanent and for the better, but that remains to be seen. In the meantime, here are how and why those changes took place:  I have been reading a number of books that challenge me to approach things in a different way. Not radically different, because a radical change is…
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