Places Art Book Pre-orders update
Just a heads up, regarding some dates!
Book pre-orders will close on Monday, October 7th, 2013 12AM EST, and regular orders will start after that.
Regular orders will begin to ship out October 14th, since it will take me some time to wrap up the orders.
Thank you so much for everyone who pre-ordered! 8)
I've finished putting together my second art book, "Places"!
It is 5.5" x 8.5" in size, 40 pages, and features 38 paintings and drawings made between 2012 and 2013.
Printed on glossy stock, with 14+ soft cover.
Pre-orders are currently open on Storenvy.
All pre-orders will come with a set of unreleased mini bonus prints!
The orders will begin to shi
the myth about talentMany people are under the assumption many of the high profile artists in the digital art community are mainly good because of talent. This is not completely true(in my opinion). What does make them great is the simple fact of constant and regular practice. But if you still like to cling to the word, then talent is just in other words an ambition and motivation. This word,"talent" has been branded with something that you think is something that can only be inherited and if you dont have it you are doomed to fail. Many people has lost potential careers because of this.the myth about talent1 year ago in Personal More Like This
well folks let me put that myth to rest because i think anyone with ambition and motivation can learn any tool and any skill.And if you are not learning it, it is because you are not working hard enough on it.its simple as that.The practice will open your eyes and you will develop to see things in different ways, once again this has nothing to do with talent. Once your understanding of all the levels of art gets wide
To someoneSomething I want to get off my chest, hope it's not too sentimental.To someone2 years ago in Personal More Like This
He was an old man, in his eighties. I barely even knew him, he was an acquaintance of my parents. One way or another, he found out that I suffer from CFS (chronic fatigue syndrome, for those who don't know). He also knew that I loved to cycle, and how I couldn't do it very often because of the disorder. One day he phoned us, telling he had an electric bicycle he didn't use anymore. He wanted me to have it. My father asked what the price would be. 'We'll figure that out', he said. So we met him, and I made a little test drive. I loved it. When we talked to him, it became more and more clear that he didn't want to sell it, he wanted to give it to me. He even paid for the repairs. There were some tears in his eyes when he handed the bicycle to me.
Never have I fully realised how much this gift actually ment. Not just because an electric bicycle is very expensive, also because it gave me so many opportunities. Without it,
Do you like furigana? -update- UPDATE: I re-arranged the tools in a list so they're easier to find, and added a few more. I hope you can make use of them.Do you like furigana? -update-2 years ago in Personal Journal More Like This
Just in case, furigana is the little hiragana that you can see over kanji in Japanese text that helps reading them. Is very useful if you're studying the language.
The other day I found some really useful tools related to furigana, and though on sharing them.
A Firefox add-on that inserts furigana support automatically on Japanese websites
Another Firefox add-on to insert furigana in Japanese websites. It's needed for "Furigana Inserter"
-Dictionary for Furigana Inserter
Ancenstrybitterness about fathersAncenstry9 months ago in Scraps More Like This
is passed down across
my face contorts
in the same grimace
my father's face
when he talks about
it is not a cycle
of abuse, it is
it is something more
subtle, perhaps more
it is the number of times
late from work,
the number of days
missed from life,
the number of words
he did not hear.
it is the passive
withering of flowers
in spring, the
chilled descent of
quietude of a
death that creeps
up too soon.
i see his shadow
in every man's wake,
and i cannot escape
his stunted ghost.
let's talk feelingsHave you ever laid on your bed at night and wonder what is the absolute worst kind of feeling to experience?let's talk feelings1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Not in the sense of physical hurt or injury, but a deeper and more mentally taxing one.
To me I'd say it's the lost of someone. Which brings us to the subtopic of... "what sort of lost".
There comes a time in everyone's journey through life, where they find someone special. Romantics might refer to them as their "lover", while most people call them their "soul mate".
I've always been an introvert my whole life. I am not a shut-in, and I do believe that I have a rather generous amount of people who I can regard as friends. I just prefer to spend time doing productive things like reading and writing and watching a good home-movie and exploring nature's wilderness that sadly, doesn't quite fit in the usual cliche party group that facebooks about their every night-outs.
You could say that I enjoyed being with my own company though it was a little lonely. And when someone did turn up
5 Comic Book Truths (that I don't think are true)There are lots of tips, chestnuts, and other pieces of advice that I've heard over the years--tidbits of wisdom passed on from one generation to the next, from professional to professor to prospective student. Some of them are drawing tips, some of them are tricks to dealing with publishers, and some are general guidelines on how to survive in comics. Most of them are useful and true and will stand the test of time, but a few of them have become hackneyed platitudes and have gone unquestioned for too long. Here are 5 that I'm questioning...5 Comic Book Truths (that I don't think are true)4 months ago in Personal More Like This
1. READERS WILL ONLY LOOK AT A PANEL FOR 5 SECONDS, SO DON'T SWEAT IT TOO MUCH.
I understand the intention of this bit of wisdom, and I mostly agree with it: drawing great interiors is important, but at the same time, you don't want to get bogged down with small details that most readers won't even notice.
But here's my concern with this: if you treat every panel like it's disposable, then you're less likely to make an impact with reader
HumanHuman is a Device and his heart is a pump,Human2 years ago in Personal More Like This
And he's got a cabinet of thoughts in his head,
And his body is boiling with energy,
And it's good to be a creature like this after all.
Человек - механизм, сердце - насос,
В голове - мыслей картотека,
Есть еще электричество в теле его,
И вообще хорошо быть человеком!
Top 5 Mistakes (I've made over the years)To many people in comics, I only arrived a few years ago with Joe the Barbarian. Then came Hellblazer (completed in 2008 before I began working on Joe), American Vampire: SOTF, and finally Punk Rock Jesus. Once in a while someone will mention Off Road (an OGN I did with Oni back in 2004), but for the most part it seems like I've been published only these last few years when in fact I've been published professionally for a decade now.Top 5 Mistakes (I've made over the years)1 year ago in Personal More Like This
This isn't a plea to have everyone go back through my previous work--in fact, I'm glad that a lot of the books I've done over the years aren't on readers' radars. I'm proud of it all, but the books above are a nice, tight group of titles to be associated with. They're all in a similar brand, they're all recent, they all have good creators/publishers associated with them, and the artwork is mostly consistent. Go back further than that, and you'll see artwork that looks nothing like the stuff I'm doing these days. (Although Off Road still holds up to some de
5 Reasons to WriteI wrote a blog once that urged comic artists to try writing their own books. I held back a bit on what I said--Punk Rock Jesus hadn't come out yet, so I didn't feel like I had the proper authority to really speak up.5 Reasons to Write2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Since then, there's been a lot more discussion about the etiquette of publishers toward their freelancers, the recent rise of creator owned books, and the effects of Hollywood moving into comics (or vice versa). And as friend of mine at Newsarama pointed out recently, I'm one of a few guys who's found a middle ground--not only because I'm writing and drawing my own book, but because my OGN is partially owned by DC Comics.
Certain events of the last year have created new concerns within our industry. Do you still need to work for big publishers if you want to "make it"? Do they deliver a better product than creator owned books? Are the Big Two treating creators as fairly as they've always been? Between the rise of digital comics and comic-based movies, are creators getting
Background TipsHey all! I've gotten a few people asking me about advice for drawing backgrounds. So instead of being a true gentleman and writing each person back separately, I figure it's easier to tackle this with an nice, impersonal journal post! Maybe one day I'll shoot a tutorial or something to actually demonstrate what I'm talking about, but for now a quick list will have to do.Background Tips3 years ago in Personal More Like This
*Before I start, a quick disclaimerby no means do I have "it" figured out. My opinions on backgrounds and how to tackle them are always changing. And a lot of what I think is based on the artists on whose shoulders I stand upon. Feel free to disagree with any of this.
Remember those point-and-click adventure games from the 90s? I loved those games! Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis, Flashback, Full Throttle, Space Quest, Hero Questadventure games blew me away by how beautiful, imaginative and expansi
4 years of loveわたしのなまえをひとつ あげる4 years of love2 years ago in Personal More Like This
So this is it guys, I'm flying back tomorrow morning. 4 years of studying in Australia, Melbourne has finally come to a close. After this I'll have to change my profile location back to Singapore for good lol~ There's going to be along mushy post ahead, so please bear with me >.
5 Year Plan*Because I'll be teaching in about a week at SCAD, I've been thinking a lot about what to tell the students. And I wrote it out so that I could solidify it in my head. This stuff is for younger artists mostly, so feel free to skip.5 Year Plan2 years ago in Personal More Like This
When I spend time with another comic artist, sometimes I'll ask, "What's your 5 year plan?" In other words, what steps is he taking in order to gain control over his career in order to move up the ladder? Usually I don't get much of an answer.
The reason I think many comic artists aren't forward-thinking has to do with the way our industry is set up. Whether by conscious design or through the neglect of its participants, younger freelancers get into a habit of complacency while hoping for a chance to suckle from the teet of a major publisher. Waiting around for a career doesn't promote the idea of freelancers taking active control of their OWN careers.
If I had to sum up the 5 Year Plan
Devious Journal EntryI don't know if I will have the time to write anymore letters because I might be too busy trying to participate. So if this does end up being the last letter I just want you to know that I was in a bad place before I started high school and you helped me. Even if you didn't know what I was talking about or know someone who has gone through it, you made me not feel alone. Because I know there are people who say all these things don't happen. And there are people who forget what it's like to be 16 when they turn 17. I know these will all be stories someday. And our pictures will become old photographs. We'll all become somebody's mom or dad. But right now these moments are not stories. This is happening, I am here and I am looking at her. And she is so beautiful. I can see it. This one moment when you know you're not a sad story. You are alive, and you stand up and see the lights on the buildings and everything that makes you wonder. And you're listening to that song and that drive withDevious Journal Entry1 year ago in Personal More Like This