26 September 2009

Arabesque Zine

Preorders for the otome (maiden) aesthetics zine Arabesque have started! I contributed a lot to this zine with the cover design, layout, and illustrations. There are lots of really interesting articles in it with fashion illustrations and photoshoots. There are even colour pages! We are being a little mysterious with the content right now but will probably reveal more as the book gets printed and assembled. :-) I am going to handle the handbinding for each copy. I hope that it does well so that we may produce another issue for summer 2010 that is even more gorgeous than this one. <3



We've been planning this since July last year and now I can't believe this is finally going to be a reality. It started out with some wishful thinking by my friend Rinna, and we decided to organize and get a zine done. For this zine we have 16 international contributors. :D

Please check it out. Thanks for your support! We will debut the book at Canzine in Toronto this November 1st.

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24 September 2009

2009/09/24 - Jirou

Yesterday I went out for lunch and didn't realize that the leaves were turning colour until that day. It was very beautiful. Autumn is already here upon us. Can you believe it? A year has passed since I decided to draw more comics.

A few days ago I finished the pencils for OSCP4. It is something like 95 pages. I wonder if how many pages I will have to throw away and whether what I have right now makes any sense at all or not. Comics take so long to do yet they are so easy to read quickly. What takes me several months to produce probably only takes an hour to read at most. How long will it take me to ink all this?! D:


I scanned in and started inking parts of the first page today. Here is a part of a panel. I'm kind of out of practice. Already I feel that the drawing is going to superior to OSCP3 in so many ways. I can't even look at OSCP3 without cringing or thinking about how I would draw a certain thing different. If I start a new comic project someday I want to try doing it in a different style.

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15 September 2009

2009/09/15 - Arabesque Profile


Profile I drew for the Arabesque zine. Not really accurate I suppose but recently I've been drawing this kind of illustration.

There are many things left to do in terms of illustration and layout!  Hopefully the first issue will be done by the end of September.  Show debut will be at Canzine this November 1st, but of course you can order online before that. We will have actual colour pages! *gasp* It is more aesthetics orientated, and I didn't have a lot of time to do any comics but there are illustrations and lots of interesting articles. Please look forward to it. :-)

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13 September 2009

2009/09/13 - Cute sketches

If I drew comics like this, it would make my life easier:

Somehow this reminds me of Sazae-san.

In other news, my drawing in general has gotten much, much better:

This does not happen in the comic, BTW. Ha ha ha- don't you wish it would? >:D
My drawing has gotten better but it has also become more cuter and rounder. D:

Working on the manuscript of OSCP4 and finishing the layout for Arabesque. There are a lot of little knick-knack things to worry about.

The zine should be finished sometime at the end of September. :D

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21 August 2009

It has been a while hasn't it?

So much has happened in the past few months! I went to a lot of events over the summer including TCAF, MoCCA, and Otakon.  I am not sure if I will be going to SPX or APE or not but deep down in my heart I really wish I could go!  I already signed up for Canzine in Toronto which is happening this November 1st though. :D I hope to see some of you there! I should have a new zine and mini comic out by then. Please look for it!

I'm working on the pencils for OSCP4 now.  I'm 34 pages in!  About 1/3rd into the comic... Can you believe it? It was around this same time last year that I drew and finished the first issue of OSCP in two weeks. D:  My artwork has changed so much since then.  It is really embarrassing just to look at it and realize how bad my drawing was a year ago.  It is still really horrible (as in needs more improvement as always), and though I am happy for improvement it is kind of bad how there is no consistency between issues

From June 2008


From May 2009


I think it really helped me to keep my lines simpler and thicker.  I guess the art has gotten more stylized, and it has helped that I am more familiar with my characters as well.

Inking my pencils has really helped me improve as through the process I realize what is drawn poorly and what I can improve on.



The difference really is astounding!  And already my pencils are so much better as you can see from this page for OSCP4!



Anyway, I'm going to keep working hard.  Thank you everyone for your continued support! I'm going to try and update this blog more frequently as well. :D

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12 April 2009

2009/02/16 and 03/08

Whoa- long time no see- I've been so busy with school and drawing comics that I forgot that I had a blog or a website to even update. D: Anyway, I just did a massive update on the website a few minutes ago. I finished inking the third issue of OSCP today except for three pages that I am dreading to ink because they are so boring. D: D: I am accepting preorders for the third issue. But it is kind of thick (about 75+ pages) and so the price has to go up. Which is kind of sucky. *A*; I'm so sorry that it is so expensive. (>_<; Who is going to buy this? OMG. >_<;

From 2009/2/16


From 2009/03/08


I've been trying my hand at brushwork but wasn't able to apply any of these skills for the comic I just finished since I can only draw monsters well with it. Also, my brushes are already starting to curve instead of having nice points like when I bought them. Maybe it is because of how I hold the brush...





(click on the image to see a larger size)
That duck in the corner saying "OH BOY OH BOY" gets me every time. I need to make a comic featuring this duck. If only a day lasted more than 24 hours, then I could get done all of the things that I want to do. orz

Oh yeah, some of my screenprints and some paintings are up at an exhibit at the RPS Collective in Oakland until April 25th. You can buy some prints and copies of OSCP#2 there as well. Photos from the reception and other info can be found here.

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05 March 2009

2009/03/05

Recently I have been sick! So depressing! ;_; I wish I would stop feeling so nauseous and have migraine whenever I wake up in the morning!

I went to Toronto a couple of days ago- I checked in with The Beguiling and apparently they sold out of the books I left on consignment there. I can't believe it- was it really sold? Did someone really buy it? I'm really amazed to think that people would purchase it especially since it was shrinkwrapped too because I included so many extras in the second issue. I hope that the people who bought the books didn't feel disappointed afterwards. :-( I am always afraid of what people think when they buy the books without knowing what it is. *_* Maybe because the cover looked interesting? D: But I'm very happy though. I got some money, and I used it to buy a new brush and a tube of red gouache that I really needed. I take money I make from comics to buy supplies to make more comics. *A*; I don't think there is such a thing as making profit from mini comics- at least not for me. But I'm happy that there seems to be people reading my stuff. ;_; Thank you so much...!


Oscar and Jirou with their clothing switched. Maybe it fits them better.



ライチのアンソロの原稿を作って始めたけど、まだまだですね。ゼラを描くのはなぜか難しいです。うまく出来ない。(泣 来週には全部完成しなくちゃ… イラストは2枚を描く予定ですが、今日はファンサイトでゼラタミ中心小説を読んで、時間があったらギャグ・マンガも描きたいなと思い始めた。内容がまだ決められないが…

学校で色々なことがあって、あまり余裕がないね。
早く春が来ないかな。ここ、雪はまだ溶かさない!

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20 February 2009

It's 2009 already

I haven't posted here in so long. Really late but happy 2009 everyone. So many things have been happening recently. I don't know what will happen the next day. Losing so much faith in things, and I often feel like I should just quit drawing and making stuff.


I made notebooks recently- but I failed in the binding so that the paper does not really attach well. Will try harder when I actually have the time and find some good paper to do the job. D:

Anyway, here are the original pencils I used for the bottom illustrations:


And here is the final product:


Yeah. These days I just feel like walking into the sunset and never reappear again. See you again someday maybe never tomorrow today and yesterday.

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