Hi There! I’m Juha Ekman a.k.a Okuha. I’m an anime and manga artist, youtuber, entrepreneur and genuinely passionate about digital art and this is my story in short.
I have always loved digital art and anime art especially. Drawing anime art, however, was a somewhat different experience. You see I struggled a lot. How to draw eyes, mouth, body (still a pain point), how to color, etc. I didn’t know where to start.
Doing art traditionally was, how would I say, unforgiving. A mistake in line art or in color choices was irreversible. There is no CTRL+Z in traditional art. Unfortunately. That did affect my motivation to draw and eventually made me quit drawing for a while.
I wanted to draw, I tried to be good at it. Feel confident with it. Seeing all those excellent artists and drawings online, only pushed me forward. How I could not feel inspired. People are so awesome and the art these days. Damn!
I was missing some crucial parts though, and it was the tools I had at my disposal at the time. You see. Traditional art didn’t give me the confidence to move forward. However, after a lot of research.
I found that you could connect a drawing tablet to a PC. How could I have missed this before? Long story short, finding the correct drawing tablet finally put me on the right path. A path that I will never stray away again.
Finally, I could sketch, draw line art, pick the right colors. It fired up my enthusiasm towards drawing again.
Never have I achieved complete wisdom in digital art and most likely never will. But that is not the point. I see now that I only need to know the techniques to bring the vision from my head to the canvas and for you to experience.