Hourly Comic Day 2014

Yesterday, February 1st , was Hourly Comic Day. Here are the comics I drew. If you’re interested, you could also check out the comics I did for Hourly Comic Day 2013.

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That’s it! Thank you reading! Not too exciting, but it was fun (and exhausting) to draw. Shoutout to Matt Cummings (@EiffelArt), who got included in the comic through that sneaky tweet.

Update: Here are some of my favorites from Hourly Comic Day 2014. I definitely recommend checking them out!

 

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 specific, 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.

Coloring collaboration

Sophiechan recently published a piece of lineart on her Facebook fan page, asking people to color it the way they liked. I decided to go for it, and tried to make a full out “anime illustration”. I made use of a few reference images that I like for style guidance, and the result can be seen below.

Sophiechan-coloring-competitionToday, Sophiechan uploaded a gallery containing 30 of the best pictures to her Facebook fan page, mentioning at the same time that she had recieved 200 entries. I was lucky enough to be among the 30! It’s interesting to see how different the various artists colored the same girl, so I recommend taking a look. I was also amazed to see such variety and skill among the entries.

Sophiechan is an up-and-coming manga artist. Her website can be found at www.myanimediary.com. She’s also got a YouTube channel and her Twitter handle is @Sophiechan90.

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).

Prospective house buyers

Oh, hi there! About time I updated this blog… I’ve been working a lot lately, mostly with freelance graphic design and layout, but also with comics and illustration!

Prospective house buyers

I made a few caricatures for a real estate business-themed magazine (which, incidentally, I did the graphic design and layout work for as well). The one above was one of a few caricatures I was commissioned to do; a family of prospective house buyers looking through an apartment/house. I know the latter is very much implied because of the lack of background… so maybe next time I should try to show where the people or characters actually are, by drawing them in an actual environment. Yeah, that’d be a good idea!

Prospective house buyer

This character  is from the same set of caricatures. He’s the neighbor who just pops by an open house viewing while walking his dog. Notice the dirty paws leaving stains on the implied floor…

So yeah, that’s one thing that I’ve been up to. I’ve also worked on and finished a four page comic for a children’s magazine. I’m pretty happy with the result, and I’ll be showing some character designs and maybe a panel or two in the next update.

The main characters from “Ciphers”

I had the pleasure of being the first featured artist in a series called “The Uprising”. It includes an interview where I talk about my influences and my favorite artists. Please check it out if you’re interested!

I’ve been working on a few character designs based on “Ciphers”, which is a sci-fi novel by Mary, the author of the very same blog I mentioned. Now, I could say that Mary is an aspiring writer, but that would be wrong, as she’s clearly way beyond the “aspiring” stage. “Ciphers” is a novel aimed at an audience in the 18-30 age bracket (New Adult), and the story revolves around Brid and Siph, a tomboyish linguist and half-alien guy with a considerable temper, respectively.

Brid and Siph

Mary is not only a proficient writer, she’s also worked as an English teaching assistant in Naju, South Korea, and is currently working and living in Osaka, Japan. There are several honest and vivid anecdotes from her experiences as an American abroad on her blog. She also blogs about everyday life, writing and her passion for language.