Saturday, September 24, 2016

The Return of the Greek King


Odysseus is one of the most famous heroes in Greek Myths.  He joined the Trojan War, which lasted ten years, and took ten years to get back home to Ithaca, his homeland.

Penelope, his wife, is also a famous figure as she is known for her intelligence and faithfulness to her husband.

Telemachus is the name of their son.

Lastly, I almost titled this comic strip "The Return of the King" but the late J.R.R. Tolkien might sue me.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Don't Wake the Big Guy



There's something about creating cartoons about these four guys that makes me smile.  I dunno, I may be biased but boys get into a lot of adventures and scrapes than girls.  And they are just so humorous and funny that they are forgiven.  If I draw Kat knocking Mutya and LoveJoy out it just doesn't have the same impact.  But these boys?  It just feels right somehow.


Saturday, September 10, 2016

Kap's Great Idea


This was titled after "Kristy's Great Idea", the title of the first book in the Baby Sitters Club Series.  I loved that series as a kid... doesn't help that I just listened to a podcast about that book today.

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Piggybank


#throwback
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Friday, September 2, 2016

Portrait of a Lady

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Note: Medusa is one third of the Gorgons and it is said her gaze turns men to stone.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

No Easy Task


Had fun inflicting an activity Kat's kind needs to learn how to do.


Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Me and My Tools

I am going to tell you a secret.  I never thought that I'll be maintaining a comic strip blog EVER.  I am not the best artist.  I am not the best story teller.  I don't even have a comic book collection except for my beloved Archies. 

But what I do know is I kinda like doodling from time to time.  I know I like stories.  It seems like I could write short, short, short stories.  And it seems like I could post regularly.  Hence the blog.  I do it for fun and relaxation.

This only meant that though I like flexing my "creativity muscle", I never really thought much about my tools.  I am budget conscious and I don't need anything fancy to create artwork.  I make homemade comic strips, not fancy artworks.  So I use whatever black pen is lying around.  I use ordinary colored pencils.  I just buy whatever paper I could find.  My rulers are jagged.  And that's ok.  The greatest pleasures in life could be very, very simple. 

But as I create more art, I also encountered more artists and artworks.  I rarely read other cartoons anymore but suddenly I am looking at calligraphy works.  I am looking at illustrations.  I even started looking at the works of the greatest artists of all time (yes, I am a nerd).  Then I read other blogs some more and stumbled on posts on what other people's tools are (e.g. Stars for Dreams and SnapperDoodle's tools).  And I have to say, I was very, very inspired. 

So I experimented with their main medium: water colors.  I even bought a couple of calligraphy pens and some sharpies to experiment.  And what I realized was that other people's tools are not necessarily the right fit me.  Or maybe just not the right fit for me at the moment.

But then one searching suddenly brought me to another and before I knew it, I was dreaming to buy a highly rated set of colored pencils and one of the biggest splurge in my entire life.

The Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils

And what could I say?  So much ouch in the pocket but when I tried it I literally fell in love with it.  The colors are so vibrant and the texture is just so creamy, if that even a description for colored pencils.

Sample Colors.  Prismacolor on the left, my regular colored pencils on the right.

I have a long way to go when it comes to creating art but it never hurts to try out new stuff.  Now, if I could only force myself to get a better pens/markers...

Colored Pencils and my ratty journal

P.S.  I am residing in the Philippines so it was quite hard to search for this set!  But to those Filipinos curious, I bought it from our neighborhood-friendly National Bookstore Eastwood Branch.

 
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