Finished Sketches

Week-In: Sketches and an Award

Hello everybody! Here’s a regular update of what went on during the previous week. Now, I don’t usually do these kind of posts (you know, plain summaries of a week), but since most of what happened got more updated on Instagram, I’ll just… try and keep things here in a flow.

DSC_0174 DSC_0170DSC_0172If the pictures aren’t already a give-away, I’m currently exploring traditional typography, using different mediums like watercolor, markers, pens, and others. I’ve also been experimenting on character design among other things.

Also, I think I’ve mentioned this in one of my previous posts that last week was going to be busy because we’re holding the annual Ateneo Digital Arts and Animation Festival (ADAAF). As the Event Coordinator, I was placed in charge of the Venue and the props to make the theme pop. This year’s ADAAF was also a special one for me since I have two entries in the animation categories, one for the Animated TV Commercial (solo) and one for the Animated Short Film (I’m 1/3 of the group). Both films won awards, but one award that really SHOCKED me so much was this.

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Such a SHOCK. Seriously. I actually didn’t like how my ATVC came out, though I have to admit my concept was pretty neat. I’d love to tell you all about it, but since it’s an entry in a Nationwide event (Animahenasyon, Nov. 25-28), I can’t say anything about it just yet. However, once it’s over, I might be allowed to upload a snippet by then.

It’s just weird how a commercial I didn’t really put much effort on (given the time constraint and just pure procrastination) landed the Viewer’s Choice Award at ADAAF and made it into a Nationwide animation competition! Who am I? Haha. Seriously though, it’s still unbelievable.

So yeah. That’s last week for you. :) I’m doing another project for school right now, but I can’t get started because my darn graphics tablet broke down on me a few days after the semester began. I’m on the hunt to find my next one. But until then, I’m sticking to sketches and scanners.

Illustration Friday

Yeah, regardless of the title, this isn’t an official submission for this week’s Illustration Friday. Still haven’t gotten back to joining their weekly challenges though I hope it’ll be soon.

There’s a funny story to this artwork that I want to share with you guys. You see, I remember sketching this last 2012 on my sketchpad but never planned on finishing it. It was supposed to be a random teenage girl on the bed talking on the phone, but recovering it 2 years later made me want to change everything. It’s weird how you find old art and be able to finish sketches or improve finished art.

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A really rough pencil sketch colored in Photoshop.

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So there. Finished a few days before Halloween came. :)

Ciao!

To Be With You (a short comic)

Be creative, they said.

It’ll be fun, they said.

YES. It WAS fun. But very sad at the same time.

I even almost cried while doing this very very short comic.

And though it’s not written, like, you know.

Written… It’s still something I did.

Okay. Off to it.

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3 hours spent averagely wisely. XD

I might sound bitter, and though I can relate with the story… :)

This was inspired by the lyrics of this video. (<< Click to view!)

The Sea Down Under

Shipwrecks and the notion that mermaids have caused some of them have always been fascinating to me. As a mystery-lover, I do what I can to know how these notions were formed and how they have become more or less influential in these modern times where almost everything can be explained.

For this entry/challenge/homework, we were given two photos/artworks to choose to write about, and I chose an artwork by David Wyatt:

 Before I decided on my topic, I asked myself, “What do you see?” Well, there’s the obvious: jellyfish floating around, a few people by the entrance of the shipwreck, the rays of light from above and of course, the wreckage itself.

Another striking detail about this artwork is the fact that if this is really an underwater wreck, those people by the entrance should be having a hard time keeping their feet on the ground. Though an argument about its being in a cave of some sort may also be valid for a few reasons, the floating jellyfish contradict it.

But no one’s really interested in what they see. Most people long to know what is going on behind the scenes. As for this image, I wanted to cook up a story about the goings-on inside the shipwreck – if there are bodies, gold, hints of its past grandeur, and most importantly, if there are creatures who have made it their fortress. However, the story I have in mind isn’t short, and it would probably take me a week just to edit the first two chapters.

So, I just made a drawing to explain my thoughts on what lurks inside the ship.

Yes. Mermaids are so cliché. But what can you do about it? It was the first creature that popped into my head when I saw the the shipwreck, and the presence of those people by the entrance inspired her pose and placement. I’ve always thought of mermaids as confident and beautiful creatures of the sea, but this time, I wanted to contradict it somehow. How awesome would it be to know that mermaids (or “mer-people” to be less gender-biased) were actually afraid of humans?

Now that I mention fear, is it true that what we fear the most is what we actually long to learn more about? Take the mermaids for example. If it is true that they are feared by sailors, would our interest in them lessen if it was vice-versa? Would we want to know about mermaids if they were afraid of us? How about sharks? Would we really be interested in placing them on the cover of magazines (like The National Geographic) if we weren’t concerned enough about what they could do to us?

Going back to the artwork, I can think of a few more things to point out, but doing so would lead me into a longer post – and that is plainly going against my plans for this challenge. :)

Until next time, dear readers.

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#latepost

These past few days, I’ve been experiencing everything. Yes, everything. I didn’t know if I should cry or laugh, pity myself or get angry. I felt like every emotion a person could feel was placed upon me like a burden. Love isn’t an emotion, so no jokes there.

I got sick, both physical and emotional, and had to stay at home for my afternoon class period (which turned out to be a double bummer).

But enough of that.

I am now doing okay, if it pleases you to know, and am regaining zest for life. Aside from prayer and medicine, I managed to get myself together through drawing this:

Messy, but it speaks for the chaos my mind was going through. Not that I’ve ever done really clean art with this style, though I’ve attempted a few times.

I felt hot (not the hot hot) during my sickness, and I guess I needed to release it through her fiery hair. Even her eyes seems sickly now that I see it with a clear enough mind.

And yes, many anatomical errors here. Many areas for criticism – take your pick.

Well, I hope this post isn’t depressing for those who’re caring enough to read it. :) GTG. Lots more projects to finish.