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