October 28, 2009

Tha's All

I guess today is Animation Day, so I celebrated by finally watching "Sita Sings the Blues." It was just as amazing as I'd heard it was! And even more so after I read about all the hardships the artist went through to release it. If you have an extra one and a half hours, do yourself a favor and see it.

Sita Sings the Blues

October 23, 2009

Over, Under, Sideways, Down

Been drawing a ton of shit lately...none of it's finished though, heh! I'm thinking about redoing my online portfolio, something simpler, but not sure about the design yet. Hmm.

Nothing too exciting, but here's the preview of the second page!

I'm not sure whether to use gray tones, or leave it stark black and white. I like how clean and crisp the b&w looks, but I think graytones would make for more dimensional storytelling. 

October 14, 2009


I think I need to find a new place to put my tablet, because whenever I draw for a while it starts killing my shoulder. But I can't really think of anywhere else to put it. hmm. I've been drawing like a fiend lately! It feels really good after having a sort of block for a while. Thanks to everyone who's been so supportive of my art and my comic thus far! It means a lot, and has really helped me to keep going. <3

And now for something completely different. XD A friend of mine pointed out this weird etsy shop to me: vulva love 

I guess it's a feminist shop, in which everything is basically artistic representations of different female organs; breasts, uterus, and particularly vaginas. Now maybe I'm missing the point or something, but I don't really get how crap with vaginas on it is necessarily feminist. I can appreciate it artistically on a certain level I guess, but the feminist message is kinda lost on me. Isn't it more like it's propagating the idea that women are defined by our bodies and physical attributes? Does vagina = feminist?  Of course not. 

But I guess it's trying to say that part of feminism is revering women's own unique private parts...but I'm not really into that. Not that I find vaginas ugly or shameful or anything, just that I don't find them particularly pleasing to look at. It's the same with penises. If some guy went around wearing a "dick pride" necklace I'd think "wow, what a fruit loop!"

I do, however like the uterus plushies, hehe. But that has more to do with me liking internal organs and gross stuff in cute plushie form than feminism, heh. To each their own, I guess. I bet Georgia O'Keefe would love this store.

October 12, 2009

comic preview and self-doubt

Here's a preview of my comic. It's coming along slower than I'd like it to, but I'm really taking my time with it because I want to try and do the best that I can, and grow as an artist. I haven't worked on a comic in a long time, so it's kind of hard to get back into it.

Also, I have a lot of hope for this comic, which gives me a new set of insecurities. As pretentious as it may sound or whatever, I'm kind of considering this my masterpiece...it says a lot about me as an artist, I feel, and it's probably the happiest I've been working on a comic since years ago. There's definitely a lot of me in there, both as a writer and an artist, and for that reason I'm incredibly scared of failure or rejection. I think that's what's had me frozen from doing comics seriously for so long. Ever since I was a kid, I knew I wanted to be a comic artist, and it's pretty frightening to come to terms with the idea that you may just not be talented enough to fulfill your lifelong dream. It's been crippling to me in the past. But nowadays, there are so many options for artists, especially with the internet and all, that pretty much if you make something, someone, somewhere, will find it interesting. So that's encouraging. 

And recently I've also realized that sometimes in our human flurries to fulfill our wishes, meet self-imposed deadlines or worry about supposed expectations, we can lose track of why we enjoy that thing which do, that we hope to build a career with. The point in doing comics is to have fun, and to express oneself. And I'm letting myself do that again now. :)

So any comments, concerns, pointers, feedback whatsoever on my page would be most appreciated. Like I said I'm very seriously working on it and want it to be the best it can be! And sometimes you stare at something so long you lose all objectivity. 

Sorry for the long, rambling post! I'm very tired and my hand is cramping up, so good night!

October 11, 2009


The evolution of a character.

I'm happier with her modified costume design, and can't wait to finish these! (Forgive my horrible, sloppy sketches. D:) I know there's a lot wrong with them that I need to fix, but I'm just happy to have so many ideas lately. :)

October 10, 2009

José González

Sadly I'm just now discovering the work of José "Pepe" González. I'm not usually into really realistic, classic "comic book" style drawing, but there's something absolutely beautiful and captivating about his art. I guess it comes from him having been a classic painter before getting into comics. He had an incredibly soft, sensual touch.
I love this page! It's everything comic erotica should be! Look at those beautiful, expressive faces and passionate poses! You can almost feel their skin.

I'm particularly fond of his work with charcoal and pencil. I love the retro-ness, the mysticism and sensuality it has. I know whatever I saw with this guy's art on it, I'd definitely have to pick it up!

And although I'm not very fond of the same old overly sexy, objectified versions of female characters that so often fill comics (especially from decades past), there's something exhilarating in González's depictions, though it's hard for me to pinpoint just what. Perhaps it's the confident, regal air most of his females seem to carry themselves with, or the way in which he seems to genuinely care about his subject, faithfully reproducing every curve of a (albeit well-endowed) woman who looks as if she could really exist, instead of an extremely fetishized exaggeration whose only purpose is titillation.

October 9, 2009

Catching Up

Happy Up Here

Holy crap, it's been a long time since I updated this thing, eh? I honestly forgot I had this blog and kinda neglected it, heh. But I shall return! And with a vengeance. I have so much art stuff to post, and pictures, and stuff to rant about and just bore you to death with! :)

But for now, just a pic of my new glasses. I'm quite pleased with the excessive dorkiness.

Oh, and the other night I was looking at Halloween candy and for some reason Blow Pops sounded really effing good (I haven't had them since I was probably like 12 or something) and holy cow, those things are so amazingly good!!! I'm so addicted to them lately. It's kind of cool when you rediscover a good thing. :)