Hi! I'm a digital artist and comic-er. Check out my website, or my webcomic KiLA iLO. :)
I mostly just post my artwork here, but occasionally I share something I've found that I think is amazing! And sometimes I talk for a long period of time without stopping.

Note: All art posted here is an original design unless I say it isn't. (Or if it's reblogged from someone else who deserves to be shown off, or is not actually art)

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Art & Writing Help Blog (note: this doesn't really update much anymore because I got lazy and just started reblogging all that stuff to this blog ^^;)
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5,000 Followers Giveaway


Scribophile, the online writing group for serious writers

Let me tell you about this snazzy little place called Scribophile.  It’s a peer-review site, where you earn “karma” points by leaving critiques on the works of others, then spend those points posting your own WIP for feedback.  There’s also a forum for writing-flavored discussion, groups where like-minded writers can go to get like-minded critiques, writing contests, and a blog full of writing advice.

Why am I telling you about this?  Because I’m giving away a one-year membership to Scribophile, plus 10 Karma points to get you started. (Not to mention I’ll probably critique stuff you put up.)

Benefits of a premium membership include:

  • The ability to post unlimited works (non-paid members only get two at a time)
  • The ability to use Personal Spotlights (get work critiqued faster)
  • Unlimited Private Messages
  • Detailed statistics for your work’s readership
  • The ability to save critiques in progress
  • Privacy controls
  • No advertisements!

Yup, all of this and more can be yours for the low, low price of “hit that reblog button.” :D

  • Each “like” and “reblog” counts as an entry, and you can do that as many times as you’d like
  • The giveaway will run until October 25th
  • The winner will have to set up their own account on the site before I can gift a premium upgrade

And that’s it!  I told you it was a low, low price.  Good luck!

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Hello, writerly friends~ ♥︎

It’s finally here! I’ve finally gotten around turning my old planning guide into a video series— and just in time for NaNoWriMo!

Over the course of a couple of years of running this blog I’ve gotten tons of writing questions, and without a doubt the #1 question I’ve gotten is: "Max, how do *you* plan a novel?" Well, click on the video above to find out how I go about brainstorming, fleshing out, and plotting a book! :D

This planning guide is broken into two parts. The video above should be annotated to take you to the second part, otherwise feel free to click on this link!

► Want more writing advice videos? Subscribe to me on Youtube!

And, of course, if you want your daily dose of writerly advice, positivity, and prompts, then make sure follow my blog: maxkirin.tumblr.com! ★

This is very helpful! The only planning advice I’ve seen that makes me want to actually go plan things.

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Tuesday Tips — Simple palette

I’m a huge fan of a simple palette.  And this is the way I approach it.

1.  I think about the main focal color that I would like to showcase.  In this example, my “pumpkin pie kitty” painting, I want to showcase the orange of the pumpkin pie; so my main color that I MUST use is orange.  

2.  Then I add black and white, and another color.  The other color will mostly likely be an analogous (orange-red or orange-yellow), complementary (blue), or shifted complementary (blue-green or blue-violet).  

3.  Do color comp.  Pick one.  And….  Happy painting!


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A classic novel isn’t good because it’s a classic, rather it is a classic because it was important to the development of the art. And that certainly doesn’t mean that any given person, on any given day, will enjoy reading it. It means that, as a writer, I should be aware of what the classic novel changed in the historical progression of novel story telling. Some classics are pretty terrible, even unreadable, but they are still important.

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Interestingly I just saw the ask about Who writers, as I've been trying to work up the guts to ask something for a while now about this: A friend & I are working on changing that "nobody". Particularly we want to do a whole spinoff -- we've an outline for an entire first season plus a bit already and we think it's pretty awesome. So if it's not a bother I wanted to ask for any advice you might have on the matter of pitching it to the BBC, as I've heard they can be stubborn about such things.


I’m thrilled that you want to write for Doctor Who. It definitely needs some women writing for it.

If you’re serious — and I assume you are: the BBC can be stubborn, yes, but possibly not as stubborn as you imagine. They really want writers. They may be more stubborn about Doctor Who, mostly because it’s their flagship show. If they are hiring a writer, they want to know that they are hiring someone who can do it, who, having pitched a great idea will, at least, turn in a script that they can shoot.

So my advice to anyone who really wants to write specifically for Doctor Who would be, write stuff that’s going to get you noticed, write stuff as a calling card. Write plays. Make fantastic, well-written, small cheap films with friends, write short stories and books and comics, do things so that when you ask to write Doctor Who they get excited. It’s the BBC’s flagship show, and if you are going to write an episode, make them want you. 

I remember, when I was about 20, walking past the BBC in Portland Place. Back then they had a doorman outside, and I went over to him and said, “How would I write for the BBC?”

"You can’t, mate," he told me. " You ‘ave to know someone who’s already in ‘ere."

These days I know how not-true that is, and how not-true it was then. The BBC want scripts and writers, and even, now, have websites which tell you how to  submit/format etc your work, including unsolicited scripts.

My reply about “nobody to hug” was mostly wistful, by the way, and not, as I’ve seen it interpreted, an attack on the Doctor Who team or anyone on the team.

In the six years I’ve been working with the Doctor Who team, the producers and script editors I’ve directly worked with (four out of six of whom have been women) have had a lot of attention on getting women writers onto the team. They’ve reached out to a lot of women writers — I know that Steven Moffat has personally been in touch with a lot of female writers and been defeated over and over by scheduling problems, and people saying no, and been as frustrated as anybody (probably much more frustrated as he’s the one reaching out). It’s a priority for them too.

To get started, head over to http://www.bbc.co.uk/writersroom/

The BBC Writersroom informs new writers about how to submit unsolicited Drama and Comedy scripts to the BBC. They are on the lookout for writers of any age and experience who show real potential.

BBC Writersroom will read all unsolicited scripts for BBC Films, TV Drama, Children’s Drama, TV Comedy, Radio Entertainment and Radio Drama. They accept unsolicited scripts written for film, television, radio or stage.

BBC Writersroom is always on the lookout for fresh, new, talented Writers for a changing Britain. If you have talent, an original voice, and stories to tell, then BBC Writersroom wants to know about you.

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Don’t like Manga Studio? Get this instead.





I know I’ve been basically acting as a clown with a sign outside the Manga Studio shop, but I do realize that some people are just too used to other programs to change now. And that’s fine, if you actually work better with it. But part of the reason I went over to Manga Studio, when I’ve tried Photoshop, SAI, Gimp, FireAlpaca, Sketchbook Pro, and Corel Painter… is because of the exceptional stabilizers and penstroke guides that let you make distinctive shapes, draw easily in perspective, and make it all look highly organic and professional.

Well… for those of you who want to stick with your other art programs… There is Lazy Nezumi Pro.


I do not use it. But that’s only because I feel that Manga Studio can already do all this stuff. But I am exceedingly impressed with what LNP has created. They’ve created a program that brings stabilizers, perspective guides, pressure sensitivity editing, and much more to programs that don’t normally have them.

I will just let the images speak for themselves:







This is the exact reason I have strayed from Photoshop. Because of the lack of ARTIST tools, and the profound lack of stability.

Well, here it is. They fixed it. And it works with other programs too.

So… yeah. If you aren’t interested in Manga Studio, but you still want to improve your digital penstrokes, definitely check out the demo.


I’ve been using this nearly constantly since I got it.  It’s amazing~


it doesn’t have mac support yet, but it looks really nice….