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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05 March 2009


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…


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17 December 2008

2008/12/11 Birds and butterflies

Oh! It's already December. It's been such a long time since I've posted here. I just finished moving lately so my life is still very much in the air. I need to get things settled down and cleaned up. I've been rearranging my room and that feels nice because it is giving me a new start. Change is good from time to time.

Vivien and butterflies. I want to ink this later. Something about this makes it feel really sad...

Oscar without glasses has a kind of intensity in his eyes. I need to learn to draw birds better.

I like this sketch a lot for that same reason. I think it's a younger Oscar (at 13 instead of 18 like he is in the story).

It is kind of interesting to compare things that I drew earlier this year to my skills right now and realize how much I was able to improve in such a short period of time through sheer determination. Wow! I have to keep drawing.

Anyway, I finished a screenprint quite recently. This is probably the last one I will do for a long while since I don't have access to a studio anymore. :-( Life is sad. Hu hu hu hu *sad*

This is just a preview. You'll see the whole image sometime in the spring of 2009 or something. That seems like such a long time away! I already feel like I'm spoiling a lot by even mentioning this piece here!

I made three different colour versions- magenta, red, and black. Maybe the red is the most striking one but it is also the one I made the least of. *_*;

Now that we're nearing to the holidays I don't think I will have much time to post here for the rest of the year. Maybe I'll see you all (who ever is reading this- who reads this any more?!) in January. I have so much to do- and I really want to draw more for my comic...

BTW, some of my friends brought some copies of OSCP to Montreal's Expozine as well as The Royal Bison Craft's and Arts Fair in Edmonton last month. I don't know if anyone bought anything in Edmonton, but apparently one person picked up copies of OSCP 1&2 in Montreal and it was a guy. OMG WOW. THAT'S SO COOL. I don't know- I'm so happy just to make ONE SALE. *A* And I wasn't even there. Who was this person?! I wish that all the people I sold books to at events would email me to let me know what they think about it. *_*; That would totally make my day.

I need to work harder on the next issue. It will be so cool- and even longer than second issue since I will have more time to work on it. :D

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23 November 2008

2008/11/23 - Painting the Sky Red

I have lots of more important things to do- but I couldn't help myself from drawing this. I spent a lot of time today working on character sketches in pencil and I found myself inking and coloring this. It's kind of a bit psychedelic don't you think? The background and cloud like things are all composed from photographs that I've taken. Recently I've taken an interesting in photographing fabrics and using them in my artwork as background or to create effects. I guess it gives a kind of dimension to the flatness of my artwork.

I want to reink Jirou's uniform (the character on the right hand side)- maybe I will do it soon. I think I might use this image when I get around to redesigning the site- which I should do soon. Maybe I will try for something that is more of a simple design this time.

It's kind of strange to compare both the pencils with the colored illustration all inked! I think maybe for the facial expressions the pencils convey them better- especially Oscar seems even more devious in the original. Maybe I need to add more expression in his eye and close his mouth a bit more. Anyway, you can see download a larger version of this image on deviantart.

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21 November 2008

2008/11- It's been a while!

I haven't posted in such a long time! Things have been hectic here as my schedule hardly affords me any breathing time or sleeping time. Canzine went without a hitch. It was a lot of fun to be hanging out with other artists and people interested in self-publishing and zines and mini comics. It's not the most ideal place for comics though there were some cool artists to attend the event. I'll be posting more about the books I bought sometime soon when I have the free time. Next time if I do attend Canzine again I'll be sure to book my own table.

Anyway, a big thank you for everyone who stopped by the table and to those who picked up copies of OSCP. I hope that you weren't so surprised with the content and that you were able to have some enjoyment from the books. D: I worry about this so much. *_*;

I just finished a six page comic for a Christmas-themed anthology my friends are putting together. I'll post more information on the project as I learn more. My story isn't all that hot since I am out of ideas and all that- but there are some excellent artists to join aboard the book so it should be worth your while. :-)

I have some exciting projects lined up for the coming months including an online version of OSCP and some illustration projects. Look out for it! I'll post news about it as things progress. In the mean time, I need to figure out how to survive what is remaining of this term in school.

Here is Oscar from one of the working sketches for the web comic. It is a prologue to issue one and takes place during Junior year when Jirou first meets Oscar:

After I complete that I will have to work on redrawing all of issue one. So many things to do... orz Who knows what the future will hold?!

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09 September 2008

2008/09/06 - Oh Too Bad

I wonder what Oscar said to Jirou that made him angry. LOL

I'm feeling so anxious. These two are the only thing helping me get through the day. I wonder if I should create a LJ again for sketches or whatnot. *_*; Should I?

Yesterday, I got in the mail this manga called 、Sakamichi no apollon by Kodama Yuki. I really like the artstyle. And I like the presentation. The story takes place in 1966, and the simple and solid linework reflect simpler times. Times when, as they say, the world was soft. It is a school story with some music-related elements like one of the main characters plays the piano and discovers jazz through another character. I wasn't expecting much. I only ordered the manga because of the character with glasses in gakuran that graced the front cover. This is my weakness I suppose. Second volume will come out in October. I think I want to get it when it comes out because I like the interaction between the main characters. One of them is banchou-like and he has a cool school hat just like I do. <3 I want to get some artbooks from the Pan-Exotica series too. Hopefully my order can go through. I have to buy so many books this month that my budget is getting rather out of control. *_*;

I feel disconnected from the people around me and melancholic and often tired. :-(

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05 September 2008

2008/08/17 - Oscar's Eyes

Hey guyz. I realized today while I was sketching after doing some intense reading that I have perfected Oscar's perverted smile and his knowing sideways glance. Not like the above but a bit better maybe. Anyway, the artwork for the next book is going to be so much better. First book is so embarrassing. But then again it always is.

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11 August 2008

2008/08/09 - Cards

Click for a larger image. Jirou looks like a Host here. The first time someone told me about Host (we were looking at a billboard in Shinjuku advertising the guys from this one club) I really couldn't wrap the concept around my head. It took me a long time to finally make the connection between Host is kind of like Hostess. Oscar's suit is shoulder pads. <3 I like his expression. When he gives you that look with that smile you know you're in trouble.

I finished the illustrations for the Ogata calender and got a guest illustration from glorious Juu as well. I'm so glad Juu joined in since her illustration is so sexy and it counters all of the kimoi-ness of my lame illustrations. D:

From Juu. Look at those eyes. I can't draw like this. ;_;

Snippet from the illustration I just finished today. D:

Going to work on the little things like free talk and laying out the calender tomorrow for printing on Wednesday or Thursday. Wish me luck!

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03 August 2008

2008/05/07 - Here's my card.

Give me a call sometime.

It's been cool recently. What an odd August!

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29 June 2008

2008/05/29 - All these people.

Drawn in my Moleskine sketchbook while I was travelling.  I really like the quality of the paper.  It brings out really wonderful things from my pencil and lets the pencil move freely, creating fine and exciting lines.

Click on the image for the larger size.

The person in the center is Oscar.  He appeared several years ago in 2005 and already then I had kind of decided what kind of person he is.  Vivien looks a little crazy, even more than Justine.  Mi is scared because of all these people surrounding it.  Help!  I haven't drawn this kind of sketch with people layered over on another in a long time.  I used to do this all the time several years ago when all I used to do was draw heads.

I have all of these characters but no story to tell.  Won't a story come to me soon?  Maybe all I can do is illustration.  I want to draw comics. *sniff*

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