Como ya seguramente saben, el legendario dibujante francés, Jean "Moebius" Giraud, falleció hoy a los 73 años, luego de una ardua batalla contra cancer. Es imposible mencionar su nombre sin contar los inummerables proyectos de ciencia ficción en los cuales participó, como Alien, Blade Runner, Tron, The Abyss, Masters of the Universe, El 5to Elemento...además de ser amigo e inspiración de…
A inicios de Febrero en el Museo Internacional del Manga de Kioto finalizó la exhibición titulada: "El Manga en Norte America: ¿Esto es manga también?", sobre manga "OEL" (por sus siglas en inglés, Original English Manga, lo cual quiere decir, manga original en inglés) de los Estados Unidos. A través de esta exhibición, se introdujeron por primera vez al publico japonés artistas como…
So I decided to not give GoDaddy any more of my money after reading this:
“Baskin was referring to Bob Parsons, the founder and CEO of Web hosting site GoDaddy, who posted a video link of his elephant shoot in Zimbabwe on his Twitter account last month.”
That, and I’ve been pretty discontent with their service – it’s not really that good and it really does feel like all they want is just your money. There’s much better options out there for hosting, but since I’m a bit tight on cash right now, I decided to just go back to free blogs for the time being. And since WordPress is such a great place, awesome support and all, I migrated to their free option blogs (I already owned one, all I did was just import all my content back to my free blog). All that’s left is to switch my domain name to it, but that’s gonna have to wait a bit…but at least this year I’m saying good buy to those money-grubbing a$$holes.
That and they were supporting SOPA, but that’s all over now –
Bah, I’m going back to WordPress.com ~ ♥
Tongiht, in a bout of inspiration, I made 5 new galleries for this site (all in about 3 hours!) – thank you, coffee!
I realized I had all these pics floating around in posts and since I don’t think I’ll get around to making another Flash portfolio anytime soon, I figured it would be best if I catalogued them and gave them all specific galleries. So now you can easily navigate and see my drawings and illustrations in neat, easy to find galleries. I ♥ WordPress!
I finally got around to making a comics’ page! I’ve put the comics I’ve made so far on a detailed list, with English, Spanish and Japanese versions! I had been trying to get this done for months but I finally managed get the free time to work on it. I’m also working on a theme-change and re-edit of the whole site, as well as Sketchbook and Illustration pages! Your feedback is SUPER IMPORTANT (it helps me improve as an artist and designer!) so please take 1-2 minutes to write back and let me know your thoughts, suggestions or just say hey
Just a quick note to wish you all a Happy New Year 2011! May this year be awesome for all
Just a quick note to update that I made an entry to my Resume, due to my recent appearance in the Catalogue of the 19th SOSABEOL International Art Expo Flame show 2010 @ Pyeongtaek, South Korea. Thanks to a classmate, I was able to participate, and although I didn’t go to Korea for the show, it’s still pretty cool to be included amongst the artists
Hisashiburi! (“It’s been a while!” in Japanese)…so yeah, I was away on holiday, plus a LONG trip to Europe for, also holiday but also a conference (pics here) and I hadn’t posted any new art, and to be honest well I haven’t really made anything “complete”, but one thing I have been learning recently is to stop worrying about not having “completed” art, or “perfected” works, and just doing it, just gettting it out there. Sometimes we artists worry way too much about getting it right, that we never actually get anything done. This can lead to slumps and even depression.
The joy of being an artist (for me) is to DO art, that is the joy of my life. So, who cares if its not perfect/complete/done/etc?
Ok, a bit of a ramble there, but anyways, here are two sketches, the most up to date art I have done:
I was just sitting one afternoon in my (tiny Japanese) apartment having tea and the light hit my glass teapot so nicely I just HAD to draw it…I was having a very nice vanilla tea I had bought in Switzerland this past summer.
This I made literally hours ago, in class, while listening to my teacher talk to some guests students from Germany that we are currently hosting at our school. Guess this is what was actually on my mind at the time *smirk*
Actually, when I spoke to one of the guest students, she told me that she did a project where she made herself draw one picture every morning, and then after she had a bunch done, she published a book with the drawings. She said that she realized she wanted to be a “drawer” (that’s the word they use in Germany, at least in her school, to refer to artists whose main focus is to draw, as opposed to paining), and that if she wanted to be such, she should really draw everyday! So she did that project…and it got me thinking, hm, well I think I will try it. That, plus I still want to work on my webcomic about Kyoto, but that one will have to wait till I’m done with my Graduation Project (I’ll talk about that another time…)
I’m thinking of starting a webcomic about some of my (funniest) experiences in my time here in Japan, so I made this strip to start with. I want to draw my impressions and funny moments with friends here, and I though this one would be a good place to start I don’t know yet what I title I will give the project, but for now, here is the first strip.
It’s true what they say: real life truly is stranger than fiction!
Yes, you “heard” me right! I’m posting NEW art, in less than a month! I can’t believe it myself. I’m really busy recently with many things, such as the asbestos manga project, classes, zemis, plus my 2 arubaitos (part-time jobs), and YET I’m making some new artwork. I think this is proof that art flourishes in times of hardship, and perhaps it is difficulties which bring about more inspiration (although this could just be an espcape mechanism, but whatever, it gets the job done!)
For my “Tomodachi Manga Portraits”(I gave it a name finally!) Project I had mentioned earlier that I would start to draw my guy friends, since I had concentrated a lot on the girls. So to start it off, here’s the portrait of my good friend Alex, from the UK. I already showed it to him and he was quite pleased with it (thankfully!). Alex is an Astrophysicist doing his PhD at Kyoto University (I seem to have a handful of friends in that school), and is currently studying Supernovae, Stars and hopes to someday make contact with extraterrestrial life.
In regards to the style, I’ve been really inspired by an anime I started watching not long ago called Hetalia. Besides being ROLF kind of funny (it really is hilarious, please check it out!!!), I absolutely LOVE the drawing style! It’s so simple yet so interesting! The artist, Hidekazu Himaruya frequently posts artwork of the characters in his blog, and he draws digitally like me. So by looking at his artwork I’m inspired in regards to style and color and I wanted to try out some of his techniques. So I used Alex’s portrait to try them out. It’s nowhere as good as Himayura-san’s work, but I hope to reach that level someday…
My second drawing is of another friend, Vesi, from Bosnia and Herzegovina. I have already made a portrait of her, but I made this doodle in my sketchbook (while I should have been paying attention to class, nonetheless), and I wanted to try out more of the digital screentoning I have been doing with my own manga. I made this in particular because she is a Film Director (yes a real one!!), and she is currently shooting a movie here in Japan for her Graduation Project, so to make sure the crew knows who’s the boss I gave her this shirt
Please click on the drawings to see them bigger, and please leave a comment, I really want to know your opinions/feelings/thoughts/ etc. Enjoy!
As some of you have noticed on my Facebook page, I made a new self-portrait, mostly from a doodle I was making while I should have been paying attention at a zemi (seminar in Japanese). So, I decided to give it some color, and I like how it came out.
However, I recently bought some screentones for the manga I’m working on and I wondered how it would look in “real” manga form, so I applied some tone to it and changed it to black&white. Here it is:
So with these, I decided to update my meishis (business cards, and mostly because I’d run out!) and make new ones with my new self-portrait. Mostly because I have a gakkai (conference) coming up and they’re quite useful to hand out in such settings (actually my gakkai is in an hour so I should hurry up with this post! haha), so I made this card. I made 2 sides: English and Japanese, so that way no one can complain that they can’t understand :p Douzo:
What do you think? Please leave some comments! Thanks~