Ghibli Jam 2014

Just a quick update for now. This past week, from the 3rd to the 9th of March, a lot of artists have contributed their Ghibli-related artwork to The Ghibli Jam tumblr. I decided to join in, partly because I couldn’t find much love for one of my favorite movies of all time – My Neighbors the Yamadas. So I drew the whole family! Well, almost… I realize now that I forgot the dog! Here’s a link to the Tumblr post.

My Neighbor the Yamadas

If you haven’t watched the movie, here’s a semi-long review I wrote some time ago, just in case if you’re interested in my thoughts about it (no spoilers).

Cat doodles

Simon's Cat fanart

Last week, I watched this video from the Simon’s Cat channel on YouTube. Even though it was late at night, I decided to have a go at drawing a generic tabby cat. It went so well that I decided to try drawing a few more characters. To be more spesific, I drew The Kitten and a hedgehog from the series of short films about Simon’s Cat.

For all of the little drawings above, I used the Sexy Sumi-E brush from Kyle T. Webster. I highly recommend trying out his brushes. They’ve definitely altered the way I go about drawing digitally in Photoshop.

Happy 2014

Happy New Year, you guys! As I sit here eating leftover Christmas chocolate, I want to write a quick “year in review” for 2013, just to get it out of the way. And also to give the blog a fresh start for 2014.

I revisited this post from March last year, where I shared some thoughts about having goals. I’ll be bold and summarize the last year as a productive year. I made comics and illustrations for print, I started working freelance with drawing, continued my freelance engagements in graphic design, and I’ve learned more about being creative. I’ve also learned something that I kind of knew already… that there’s way too little time to be able to work on, and complete, every project and every idea I happen to have.

From August and through the latter part of 2013, I felt like there was always something going on. Either some graphic design work, drawings that needed to be done or comic pages to finish. This also resulted in me working late afternoons and often during the weekends. Luckily, this has made me more diligent about keeping an eye on my work schedule and, to some degree, planning things ahead. To my knowledge, I’ve never missed an important deadline, so it has always worked out fine. But I’ve also realized that I have to resist saying yes to every project or commission that comes my way.

Stress-related things aside, I’m grateful that I get to draw comics and create cool things for people. I’m busy as ever, but that’s not a bad thing. I also get astounded by the following fact on a regular basis.

Making comics

So there you have it! I look forward to keep making better and better things in 2014, and I hope to share as much as I can with you. Comment below if you want to tell me your New Year’s resolutions, or if you just want to say hi! I’ll be updating this blog with more stuff from my sketchbooks, new comics and (hopefully) fresh musings and thoughts about things that I learn as I go along.

If you happen to like the illustration above, I can tell you that I made it in Photoshop (based on a pencil sketch) with Kyle’s Ultimate ‘Mr. Natural’ inking brush and Kyle’s Ultimate ‘Wet & Wild Watercolor’ brush. I bought them quite recently, and they are super fun to use. I highly recommend them to anyone with Photoshop and a Wacom tablet! You can get them both, and a lot of other pretty amazing brush packs, here (some of them are free/’name your price’). While you’re at it, you can also check out his Twitter (@kyletwebster).

Drawing every day in October

 headphones-boyBoy with headphones (Oct. 6th)

Well, almost. I heard about this Inktober thing (#inktober on Twitter and Instagram), and I figured that I would give it a go. I started on October 3rd, and have been making one inked drawing every day now for four days in a row. I also decided not to play catch up just to get drawings in for the 1st and 2nd of the month… but I hope to keep it up from here with one drawing per day for the rest of the month. The drawings go up on my Instagram-account, and I also share a link to the image of the day via Twitter.

PS: I’m skipping Top Three this week. Maybe I’ll bring it back next week…

 

Spotted at Raptus 2013

Raptus cosplay

I drew these guys inspired by the cosplayers I saw at the Raptus Comics Festival 2013. Take note that this isn’t an accurate depiction of the persons wearing costumes, but rather just some of the characters that you could run into at the festival. From left; Jack Frost, Deadpool and Hatsune Miku. The only real similarity is that the guy portraying Jack Frost was walking around barefoot. A sign of real dedication, as the floor was probably cold and wet from the rain. Also, Deadpool was in fact wearing sneakers (which is not true to character, according to my limited knowledge).

I intended to draw a larger group of oddly paired characters, but that didn’t happen. In hindsight, I should’ve made them as small scale sketches, instead of going large with an A3 sized paper (the original drawing is about 24×24 cm). I used thin Pigma Micron fineliners for inking and Promarkers for coloring.

Top Three – Week #39

With this ongoing series of “Top Three” blogposts, I want to share links to things on the internet that are either interesting, worth reading or just simply inspirational. This time, I’ve focused a lot on making-of stuff and process posts.

Happy Dog poster - illustration and design tutorial
As I might have mentioned, I work with graphic design as a part-time and freelance job. This nifty tutorial shows a very nice step-by-step progress of how to make a stylish poster. I got the link to this from the Adobe InDesign page on Facebook. By the way, the gomedia.com tutorial section is a handy tool to have if you work with design and illustration.

Simon & Marcy - making of a watercolor illustration/YouTube video
A very nice timelapsed video made by illustrator Jamie Kinosian. I found this through the interview with the artist herself, featured on the JetPens.com blog.

Ryan Andrews’s blog - just because of awesome
Yes, I’m a fan. I recently got ‘Nothing is forgotten’, the book he made through Kickstarter. I like Ryan Andrews’s expressive style, and his pixel art is pretty awesome. The gif animations, both pixel and “traditional”, are simple, yet beautiful. And I’m sure they took a long time to perfect. Sadly, there have been few updates lately. I’m hoping for a lot more cool stuff to come out soon… like this process post and this making-of post