• slipware
  • ceramics
  • making my own paper
  • graphics and following up with the publication
  • Ceramic structures with booklets to accompany
  • stay away from the literal
  • oil pastel on screen print
  • more hand drawn images of food and crystals so on
  • A3 images of each aspect
  • try out different types of print

plan for each book

  • plants
  • food
  • astrology
  • crystals

each book begins with a small paragraph or page of writing explaining what I’m going to talk about and how it has effected me personally and how it can help

consider layout of book, inspired by braulio amado and nejc pra, discuss other possible  graphic designers i have looked at to assist my

consider shapes of the book, experiment with print/consider the print style

consider images, a starting image, a cover image, fonts, formats

imagery, what sort of drawings, how each will reflect the theme, etching images of star signs. do some drawings….. oil pastel drawings, mess with oyster and mango..do more

floral drawings, water colours ?

start with food.

this guide to general well being, considering natural holistic methods before resorting to pills and tablets from doctors… consider how much research i have now on anxiety and depression, the health of your gut effects your mental health tremendously. as your gut has a similar amount, if not more, senses and neurons which are present in our brains. hense, the stomach is the second brain

mess about with fonts for that phrase !


Visually and aesthetically there are different drawing styles and genres of anime, a popular one being, “Shojo” (少女), which is often translated as “young girl,” is the female counterpart to shonen, and anime and manga of this type are aimed at girls between the ages of ten and eighteen.” They focus on relationships and growing up, but still being a strong female, Sailor Moon Crystal (2014), is a great example of a shojo style anime. Moe, pronounced Mo-Eh, is the feeling of being attracted to a character, wanting to protect them. The moe girls have a similar look, cute and small, ditzy and the drawing style usually holds little deatil on features except for their big beautiful eyes and hair. This is a technique used by illustrators so they can produce more work at a faster pace due to lack of detail, but the fans just ended up loving it as well. A specific genre of anime that people obsess over which usually features a moe girl, is ‘Slice of Life’ anime, in which they do nothing of real interest, they are nearly always based in schools and I feel as though people like to watch it or have it on in the background as a sense of company. Many Japanese people, and people all over the world are living alone and this would be comforting, like putting the tv or radio on.

In comparison we have some great anime series, in which detail is put purely within the artistic side and the depth of storylines, “art educators need to understand what is happening in Asia, how it is spreading to the West, and its implications for art and visual cultural pedagogy” (Wilson and Toku, 2004). The Tatami Galaxy is based in four different dimensions, the timeline of the story resets for each episode, with some scenes repeated,  but every episode has a slightly different colour palate and the moral of the story is that it doesn’t matter what you do, as long as you do something, because every possibility has its own unique colour! With mad and mind bending story lines comes Satoshi Kon’s Perfect Blue (1997), which focuses on an idol girl group, the main character Mima is tormented by an obsessed fan, reality and her mind are totally distorted and at times it is hard to tell what is real and what is not, the style transitions and blends between reality and dreams.

Overall, I intend to  immerse myself into a lifestyle which people love so much. Try and understand a bit more what it is about this genre and style of animation which grips the minds of so many, not just in Japan, but all over the world.





Baseel, Casey . 2014. What do Japanese people think of when they hear the word ‘Otaku?’ [ONLINE] Available at: https://japantoday.com/category/features/what-do-japanese-people-think-of-when-they-hear-the-word-otaku. [Accessed 22 May 2018].

Chen, Jin-Shiow. 2007. A Study of Fan Culture: Adolescent Experiences with Anime/Manga Doujinshi and Cosplay in Taiwan. Visual Arts Research. University of Illinois Press. Vol. 33, No. 1 (2007), pp. 14-24.
Richard Eisenbeis. 2014. How to Identify the Basic Types of Anime and Manga. [ONLINE] Available at: https://kotaku.com/how-to-identify-the-basic-types-of-anime-and-manga-1538285518. [Accessed 22 May 2018].
No Sex Please, We’re Japanese. BBC, UK. (2013). One hour, https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2674ug.




I plan to carry out this study in various ways with in depth research into articles and journals, documentaries such as, No Sex Please, We’re Japanese (BBC, 2013) and of course, the fans forums/blogs. Reflection on my personal experience of Japan, in particular, the main source of pleasure and anime’s hub, Akihabara. I also wish to carry out first hand research by communicating with and being around people at London’s annual event, Hyper Japan held at Tobacco Dock in July, which is a perfect celebration for all things Japanese. Initially I had wanted to do a study of anime and manga, based purely on its artistic style. At times there has been a reflection and comparisons made between scenes in a specific anime, and great painters and artists, such as Edward Hopper with Texhnolyze and Yayoi Kusuma with Kuuchuu Buranko. Both these comparisons were made on https://guriguriblog.wordpress.com, which is a great source of information for me moving forward. There were times I found some good pieces of writing, such as, A Study of Fan Culture: Adolescent Experiences with Anime/Manga Doujinshi and Cosplay in Taiwan (Chen, J-S. 2007), but more often than not, while researching this subject all I was really finding were fan based forums such as Reddit and MyAnimeList, with endless question, answer and debate on certain shows or films, but also the fan culture itself. People will back their favourite characters endlessly, and take offence if you comment otherwise. It was then I realised that a study into not only the art, but also the mindset of a hardcore anime fan would be an interesting one.