J.K. Riki

Art

Production vs. Progress

As my wife and I continue to work on our new full-time Indiedev venture, I am learning lessons on a daily basis. (Most of them revolve around patience when technology doesn’t do what I expect it to. Or rather, how little patience I currently have for such times.) One interesting and unexpected lesson from this new job is discovering a pretty massive difference in views on productivity between Artist and…
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Artistential Crisis

I’ve had my fair share of existential crisis experiences in my life. One might say more than my fair share. Today I am experiencing something new, which I think is best explained as “an existential crisis, but art.” Long story short, I like this image: That is a good looking image, right there! It has appeal and style, and I am content to look at that image for a long…
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Listening to Yourself

Sometimes we KNOW what we need to do, we just don’t do it. Last week I wrote about listening to others with more experience. The truth is, sometimes we don’t even need someone else to tell us the right path. Often we’ve already learned it, but we don’t listen to even ourselves! Case in point, this past week I decided to jump back into animating for the first time in……
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Artistic Arrogance

When I was a younger artist, I was arrogant. I’m sure I haven’t completely rid myself of this terrible habit, but I remember many instances when I scoffed at the advice of more experienced artists, thinking I knew better. Or, at the very least, thinking MY journey in art was different, so I didn’t need their advice. I was super wrong. I live life without regrets. I do my best…
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Looking Towards 2018

A new year is upon us, and I noticed something as the calendar rolled over. A lot of artists (and folks in general) did not think fondly of 2017. I saw comic after comic of people fighting with an anthropomorphic version of the year. Some of them were beaten up by Mr. 2017, some of them delivered the blows, but in all cases the same theme appeared: Violence. It was…
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What’s Next…?

After giving it a great deal of thought, I decided on what would be next for JKRiki.com and future updates. Then some other things changed, and I had to go back to the drawing board! At the moment I’m still a little unclear about what the future holds (do we ever really know?) so I am going to keep focusing on getting over my recent dizziness issue and working towards…
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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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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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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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