Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Man of Steel and Toycon 2013

Have you seen Man of Steel yet? Dee and I have seen it once and we liked it. We really want to see it again.  The only thing we didn't like about this new Superman film is the main theme music. That Superman theme composed by John Williams is still the best! It's majestic, it's heroic, it's triumphant... It's still the best Superman theme!

So have you seen the film yet? I'm curious to know what you think of it. Reviews are very much polarized! A lot of MoS haters keep complaining about the controversial ending and the amount of collateral damage caused by Superman's battle with the other super dudes and that hot super dudette! Well, all I can say is... If you're a rookie Kal-El raised by humans and you get pitted against a whole bunch of Kryptonians (renegades with high ranks, a lot of military training and battle experience, and exactly the same superpowers), how the hell could you possibly go toe to toe with them and not generate horrendous amounts of collateral damage? I don't know how any writer could possibly fix the script so that Superman literally gets to save everyone and put the super bad guys in jail. Could anyone do it without making it corny? I find that highly doubtful.

That said, I really liked this new Superman. I like Henry Cavill's portrayal of the character as much as Christopher Reeve's.


ToyCon 2013

We weren't able to take a lot of photos because the place was just too damn crowded. We've been to many ToyCons before but the last one was much more crowded than usual. I feel sad about not getting the Red Ranger helmet that I really wanted. I didn't get a new sword replica to add to my collection either! Boo! But we didn't go home empty-handed. I got Dee a Gokai Yellow ranger key. Good find! Then I got to chat with one of my idols, Harvey Tolibao at the Comixhub booth.

Here's a scan of the blank cover sketch I did. Supermen. This one's for a friend and fellow artist, Allen Geneta. His original request was a sketch of Cavill as Supes but his birthday draws near so I decided to make it a little more special by adding Christopher Reeve as well.

And here are a few more pics that Dee and I took.

I'm terrible at covering events! I hope you guys like that blank cover I did! I would like to do some more and I think I'm getting the hang of it! :)

We still enjoyed ToyCon 2013 so I would like to thank Mr. JC Villaverde and Mr. Lawrence Sol Cruz for inviting us to join them at the Comixhub booth. Cheers!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Talisman - The City expansion pack (and other stuff)

It's a good thing there are no laws against bloggers who don't get to update their blogs as often as they should. Otherwise, I'd be serving a lot of time in jail!

Well, first things first. This is meant to be an art blog so I better post some artworks. Ladies and gentlemen, I present two more card illustrations I made for Talisman - The City expansion.


City Guard

These images have been up on my DeviantArt gallery for a quite a while. What I haven't uploaded anywhere else are progress shots. The ones I did for City Guard are more... varied. Yup. Varied! So those are the ones I chose to include in this post. Here goes:

The art director Mr. Mike Linnemann chose the third one and I felt glad he did because it is the most dynamic of the three compositions. You'd notice that the final artwork is a much closer view of the guards. That was one of the several revisions I needed to do. Now here's the funny thing. Among the many revisions, having to crop the image (despite being the easiest change to make), was the one almost objected to. I really wanted to show more of the background. I mean, I'm pretty confident I can do it in a way that I can keep the viewer focused on the characters. Then I found out how small Talisman cards are! So... Cropping - 1, me - 0.

Here's the rest of the process.

I would describe their initial costume design as something of a cross between 15th century Spanish armor and the guardia civil. I was shooting for a somewhat desaturated painting.

What's posted here as the third WIP shot was actually my first final pass of this particular card. At this point, Mike said it didn't look Talisman enough. It looked more like Warhammer which is not a good thing since those are two very different games. So I was asked to change the details of the armor, add more color (as in make it a little livelier), make some foreshortening corrections especially on the weapons, and add some glowing gems to "fantasy up" the picture. The next image is the last WIP shot I submitted before I gave Mike the final final.

This particular card currently holds the distinction of having taken more time to complete that any other FFG commission I've taken. Given how many times I've had to revise it, I was afraid they'd never contact me again but it turned out to be quite the opposite. It really counts when you are able to provide what your clients need when they need it. So now I don't feel bad about having iterated as much because in the end, I was able to provide what they needed for The City expansion and I was able to do so without messing up their schedule.

But wait! There's more! Icing on top of the cake! I got my complimentary copy. Pics below. :)

I love doing freelance work!


I know, I know, it's already mid-year and this is my first blog entry for the year 2013! My blog is horrendously outdated! I have a lot more to talk about. I actually (self) published an art book this earlier year. It's in full-color. Then I got me a new daytime gig. I also began working on another card game. I went to ToyCon 2013 last Saturday and I saw Man of Steel with my girlfriend, Dee.

But it's already 3am so... Until the next post guys and gals! :)

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

2012 Holiday Greetings and Stuff

Merry Christmas to everyone! I hope you guys are all having fantastic holidays! I didn't spend as much time this Christmas as I did in the previous years but I had a blast nevertheless.

Now let's see... Here are the treats that I got.

1. The Talisman Artworks I did got posted on the FFG Website!

It's on this link that my AD sent to me:

Here are my two paintings that got included in the post. I've included the progress shots as well.

2. My ever so lovely girlfriend gave me a Nerf Sharp Shot. I modded it!

There's a Nerf craze going on at the office right now. So instead of a copy of The Witcher (which isn't even on the shelves of Datablitz anymore), Dee got me Nerf instead. I didn't take a picture of it before modding but this is what it used to look like:

taken from the Nerf Wiki

In my opinion, it kinda looks cool for a toy gun. I heard it shoots rather far too. But the thing is, there are several Sharp Shots in the office already so I thought about making mine somewhat different. Instead of putting just a simple marking on it, I decided to do a full paint mod! I know. Pics or it didn't happen so here you go. 

The toughest part of the modding process was taking the blaster apart. I thought it would be very easy after all the Sharp Shot modding videos and pictures I've seen around. Unfortunately for me, the blaster that I got has some of its parts glued together! I don't know if it's been like that ever since or if it's the new standard for the blue trigger variant of this blaster. It looked like a counter-measure against internal modding because it made removing the air restrictor very difficult. I had to break the glue without breaking the plastic. For someone like me who's a total noob when it comes to scale modeling, that was kind of nerve-wracking. Fortunately, I was able to do it. So I used Tamiya spray cans to primer the pieces. I used semi-gloss black as a base for all of them. Then I sprayed a layer of dark yellow for the accent parts.

It kinda looked OK with plain colors but I wanted to push it further so decided to go Star Wars on it. I dry-brushed the black parts with gun metal to make it look like worn-out steel. Then I hand-painted the accent parts with deck tan to get that worn-out battle droid armor texture. The next thing I did was the addition of details that resembled chipped of paint. Again, I used gun metal for that.

The final touch was the addition of rust which I did by brushing my blaster with sepia and sanguine dust.

I coated all pieces with Mr. Hobby top coat before the reassembly. It still fires! Whew! And it's looking really bad ass now! I can't wait to have Dee try it! :)

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Termite Bianca

This is my rendition of Marco Bianchini's Termite Bianca which will be included in the book called "Fantasia Termite Bianca - An International Tribute" published by Pavesio Editore.

I painted this artwork a few months ago. If I remember it correctly, I think I did this around... June this year? The biggest challenge I faced while I was doing this (aside from this being one of my few sci-fi illustrations) was the fact that I never knew a single thing about the character when I was asked to paint a tribute. I took my time researching. I went to every comic book store I knew, hoping I could find a copy of a Termite Bianca graphic novel. Unfortunately, I found none so I had to rely on whatever materials I could gather from the official website which happens to be written in Italian.

This is the output of my efforts. I'm glad Marco liked it and I'm really grateful for having been given the chance to be included in the upcoming book! It should be in book stores soon!

Sketch Dump 11/03/2012

Sometimes I feel the need to take a breather. This is one of those times. Okay. Maybe I need a little more than a breather. I am so exhausted right now because I pushed myself in order to complete a certain commission in just 2 days. I've actually been given 10 days to do it so what I did was really crazy. But it got approved on first submission so it was well worth it. Other than it's an illustration for a popular card game based on a popular TV series, I can't say more about it but I'll make a post about it with the creative process included once the NDA gets lifted. I hope you guys will stay tuned.

Anyway, here are several quick sketches I did over the last couple of months. The first five ones are digital drawings while the next five were made using Letraset markers- my new favorite trad medium!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Komikon and STGCC 2012

To say that I enjoyed the recently held Komikon 2012 is an extraordinary understatement. I enjoyed being busy with all the on-the-spot commissions I did during the event. The only things I'm not so happy about are:

  1. Not having enough time to roam around and see the stuff from the other booths.
  2. As a result of it, having gone home with fewer Komikon loot compared to the previous one!
  3. Not having taken any pictures! The ones included in this entry are taken with permission from fellow Makasining members, Ferdinand Ladera and MJ Pajaron.
But I'm still happy because this Komikon was greater than the previous one! I mean there's also stuff in the hallways that used to be vacant during the previous Komikons that I have attended. Here are the pics!

Many thanks to the organizers of this event, to my fellow Makasining members and to my future wife, Dee! I should also give thanks to Teejay, CJ, and Jed for contributing to Charles' comic book entitled "Indie". Makasining welcomes Charles! Haha! Thanks to Zil too for assisting us! He is... the programmer of the group!

The next set of pics are taken by me and my beloved Dee during our trip to Singapore to attend the STGCC 2012!

It think it's fair to say that I learned a lot more about self-publishing and marketing because of our experiences from those two conventions.

I shouldn't forget to thank all who supported us and to our newly-found friends from abroad, Sheldon Goh, Lia Ong, and the rest of the Banshee Creative Family, it is a great honor to meet you! :)

Komiks is alive and well! And there will be more awesome stuff from Makasining in future kons! :D