Saturday, July 15, 2017

Paranoia




Saturday, July 8, 2017

The New Girl in School

A few years ago, I did a comic strip regarding the Swamp Monsters where Richie first saw these "monsters".  I loved them and for a while I thought of creating a stand alone series called the "Swampies" centering on these monsters.  So I created a couple of comic strips about them (which have gone missing?) but I felt that I don't have much material to go on.  Will the cartoons be centering on the life of the monsters?  Will they be funny or something else?  How different will they be from the current cartoons that I'm creating?  I don't know the answers so I shelved that idea.  From time to time, I will still think about the Swampies but never really know what to do with them.  But now, a comic strip idea pop out where I want them involved and they're making a comeback.  So here they are once again and I hope they'll be staying for good. :)

Saturday, July 1, 2017

The Difference Between a Cyclops and Cerberus

... besides how they look like, that is!




Thursday, June 29, 2017

Hand Lettering: Be Careful What You Wish For


It's been a long time since I've done a hand-lettering project.  So here you go.  :)
Saturday, June 24, 2017

First Time Savior


... saving the world starts with little things, right?

Saturday, June 17, 2017

What do you Mean?


In general, I love how this comic strip turned out!  It's splotchy by accident.  One tip for beginning watercolor users: make sure not to use water-based brush pens when inking.  They keep blending and running with the watercolors-- :(.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Spell What?


Have you ever written a story where you are not sure if it's going somewhere?  Such is the case with this one.  You are not sure what is the point or moral lesson, you just want to create it.


Saturday, June 3, 2017

OMGoddess

... and my first comic strip made with real watercolors, not watercolor pencils.  In short, it's a mess right now but I'm really excited  to try the medium out.

The comic strip is starring Nyx, the Goddess of the Night in the Greek Myths.  I read that she is one of the primordial Gods and has such an exceptional presence that even Zeus is afraid of her.  Cool!  I would like to draw her but I don't think I could do her justice.  In my mind she would look similar to Cara DeLevigne's Enchantress in Suicide Squad.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Play Time

For the past couple of months I was busy with something else that I wasn't in the mood to create comic strips.  And I think it showed in this one!  But I've already accepted this fact -- sometimes you suck and sometimes you are doing pretty good.  But even that is relative -- I have done some comic strips in the past which I do not particularly like yet other people like it and vice versa.  Anyways, have a nice day everyone!

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Other Side of the Story




Saturday, May 13, 2017

Decisions, Decisions

This comic strip is something I would write as a short story a couple of years ago.  I've always liked writing sci-fi/horror/thriller type of stories and this is just so old-fashioned me.  I'm thinking about going back to writing but I took it too seriously (i.e. read too many magazines, forums and whatnot) that it sucked the fun out of it.  I never took comic strips too seriously so I continue on.  Have you ever done that?  You took something you are passionate about too seriously that you lost interest in it?  What did you do about it? 

The only remedy I have for the moment is to lose my Writer's Digest subscription...

My old stories are in my deviantArt Account in case somebody out there is interested.  :P

Saturday, May 6, 2017

The Weresomething


Of course Neko is non-human too, just like his friends.  It's just not obvious until full moon.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Riches Down Under


... and this is the reason why Richie is broke all the time.
Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Capiz Gang Trivia

If you've been following my blog, you probably know that my comic strips revolve around three different themes.  There's my "Capiz Gang" cartoons based from Filipino folklore creatures, my Greek Mythology Cartoons and there are those that do not fall under these two categories which I call General Cartoons.  Of these three, Capiz Gang is the most thought of since I have to create characters, name them and give each character their own unique characteristics.

Throughout creating my Capiz Gang cartoons, I've accumulated some trivia which I might have mentioned before or not.  Some of my comic strips do not have any accompanying text because most times I'm just too lazy to write a lengthy commentary.  Also, some facts are not important at all so I just let my art do the talking.  But alas, I thought it might be fun to give you a glimpse of what is on my mind while creating my characters or what has changed since I started my comic strips.  So here you go-- trivia time!

1.  The first character I created and named is Mutya.  Her name is a Filipino word which translates to "muse" in English.

2.  Mutya's brother is named "Ku".  In the Philippines, an older brother is called "kuya" and I've always heard my cousins shorten it to "Ku" whenever they refer to their older brother.  So I borrowed the term.

3.  Kat is the only character who doesn't have a uniform of sorts.  Some have distinctive colors, e.g. black and green for Anger, Fury and Contempt, red and white for LoveJoy; and some have a specific clothes of choice, e.g. red tracksuit for Kap.  I've made Kat to have the most freedom when it comes clothing since she's also a part-time fashion designer (well... she's a part-time everything...).

4.  In my first comic strip with Kap, I made him to be a humongous giant.  To save up space, I made him smaller.  Now, he's just around a foot taller than Jake.

5.  "Neko" is the Japanese term for cat.  Is this significant?  I've always thought it was a dead giveaway to this.

6.  So far, I believe Kat is the only character with a last name.  It is Mandu.  I just played around with the word Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal.

7.  I don't really know Billy's hair color since he always has it dyed.  Thinking about it, it must be brown since he has brown eyes.  Billy hardly makes an appearance but to remind you, he's Jake's cousin.

8.  In my first few comics, Anger, Fury and Contempt as well as LoveJoy could "zap" things.  I haven't referenced this specific ability for a loooong time. 

9.  Neko is from a high-tech hidden forest village.  I've never explicitly written it but he's meant to be from there.

10.  Ku made his first appearance in an old comic strip before being introduced as Mutya's brother.  Yes, I already have his character thought up from the very beginning.

And in a somehow vain attempt to get conversation going-- if there's anything you'd like to ask about Capiz Gang, just let me know in the comments!


Sunday, April 23, 2017

Phone Commercial




Sunday, April 16, 2017

So Good to be Me




Saturday, April 8, 2017

Weaving with Arachne


In Greek Mythology, Arachne is a weaver whom Athena turned into a spider.  From her name came the word "Arachnid".

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Swimming Credentials



Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Let's Solve Puzzles with the Capiz Gang


I decided to do a little "guess what this drawing shows" puzzle thing with you guys.  I will give you a sample and the kind of answer I'm expecting so you know how it goes.  Also, just so you know, the drawings contain my Capiz Gang characters so it will make your life easier if you know the characters in my comic strips.  If not, try to answer anyway.  Who knows, maybe you'll be able to answer correctly!

And here goes the sample:

Answer:
Stripes trying to climb up a tree

I hope you got it!

Now let's start with the real thing.  I have three drawings for you in...



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Jake playing in the monkey bars

A close-up of Kat's glasses

The triplets sitting on a bench

How many did you get?  Let me know in the comments!


Saturday, March 25, 2017

Hold it Up




Saturday, March 18, 2017

TMNT Capiz Gang Style




Saturday, March 11, 2017

One More Push


"Higher Kap!  Just one more push," Neko said.
Then Kap obliged.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Me and My Tools Part II

Me and My Tools Part 2... really?  Who would have thought.

So I'm still reading about stuff that people are using in their art stuff.  Remember how I  love my Prismacolor colored pencils?  Well, I love it then and I still love it now.  However, now there is another item in my arsenal:

The Prismacolor colorless blender
Yes, I'm a Prismacolor convert.  So what the blender actually does is blend your colors to have a smoother look and in my case, to spread the color.  Now, the Prismacolor pencils blend pretty well on their own and before, I blend colors with the use of the white colored pencil and the effect looks ok to me.  But after experimenting with the colorless blender I can't help but think, "Where have you been all my life Prismacolor blender??".  It just retains the vibrant colors better than the white pencil and I have to admit, it's one of the best finds I ever had in my cartooning journey.

And then, since I upgraded my colored pencils, I looked forward to getting a better pen.  I always used ordinary black ballpoint pens in my art, and I supposed I just have to buy a better quality (and more expensive) pen.  Maybe I will luck out and buy a pen which produces less blots and gives a more reliable, even ink.  But I was not happy with that reasoning.  So I had to do research.

My brush pens

In comes the brush pens.  I am going to admit, I just came about them by googling "what pens do cartoonists use"  or something like that so I'm just a crowd follower.  But this is actually a good thing because I'm pretty happy with my brush pens.

Daiso flexi-brush pen 

I'm really, really tempted to hunt down the Pentel Pocket Brush Pen since it has really, really great reviews and it looks like a lot of cartoonists use it.  But alas, being in the Philippines makes it hard to find a store that carries it, the pen is expensive (as expected!) and I'm not sure if it's what I need.  I hate buying stuff which I'm not sure I'll use.  After a few more googling, I came across a post which tells of a great nylon-bristled brush pen sold in Daiso, of all places.

There are a lot of Daiso stores in the Philippines so one trip and 88 PHP less later (around 1.50 USD) and I got the pen.  Thank goodness it was available; it's the only kind of brush pen available in the store and only two were in stock.  And although I came to learn that it looks like it's better for calligraphy use, I am still in love with it and will definitely play around with it.

Pentel Pocket Brush Pen -- I still might hunt down for you because I am curious.

Sakura Pigma FB 

When I googled for Sakura Pigma, the reviews are ok.  Not great, not bad, just ok.  But it's the brush pen I chose amongst the sea of brush pens in the local bookstore because of its fine line.  And I need fine lines in my comics because my panels are tiny. 

During that time, I had no idea about brush pen differences.  I don't know what's felt-tipped or nylon-tipped and if their differences even matter.  I am hardly a brush pen expert now but at least I know the difference.  My Sakura Pigma is felt-tipped so there is not much variation in ink width (kinda like Sharpie) unlike the Daiso pen which is nylon-tipped, has much more ink flexibility and has a more "water-y" effect.  I love the feel of my Daiso pen but I have to admit, the Sakura Pigma is better for my cartoons since I need neat, even lines.  Unless there is some kind of trick and style that I still need to learn.

Left: Sakura Pigma
Right: Daiso brush pen

I will still be looking for other brush pens because I might find something better and it's fun to experiment with them anyway.  Plus I would like non-black ones since they look like so much fun.

How about you, how do you ink your cartoons?


Sunday, March 5, 2017

Flying Kiss



Saturday, February 25, 2017

Palm Reading



Saturday, February 18, 2017

War and Peace


Starring:
Artemis - Goddess of the Hunt
Ares - God of War
Eros - God of Love (a.k.a Cupid in Roman Mythology)

Saturday, February 11, 2017

He Loves Me... Not


A pre-Valentine comic strip.  Sort of.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Incredible Bulk

One of my co-workers mentioned that she saw somebody trying to shoplift a laptop. I was like, "how...??".


Saturday, January 28, 2017

Mane Tale


Created using a brush pen and watercolor pencils.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Cat Face Bookmarks


I planned on making bookmarks with all of my characters but alas, only these two are decent.

The bookmarks were inspired by stained glass window effects I learned on an art class when I was in elementary.  It's made of construction paper + some orange ribbons.  My 12-year-old self would have been proud.

This "art" is created by a brush pen and watercolor pencils.   And yes, it is filtered oddly...



Saturday, January 21, 2017

Earthquakes and Rumbles


I've made a couple of comic strips with Zeus and his thunderbolt and Hades and his bident.  So of course I'm going to create one with Poseidon and the Trident!  I hope you enjoyed the series!

Zeus with his Thunderbolt
Hades with his Bident

Saturday, January 14, 2017

The Bident


It is the first time I learned of the name of Hades' weapon.  I've always kind of called it the pitchfork or the two-pronged thing or (I know this is wrong--) "the scythe".  Apparently, it's called the bident.  Interesting trivia is the three major Gods, Zeus, Hades and Poseidon, have different number of prongs in their weapons.  Zeus has the thunderbolt which sort of seems like a one-pronged weapon, Hades has the bident (two prongs) and Poseidon has the trident (three prongs).  Kind of interesting; at least to me.  :)

And of course, if you want to see my comic strip with Zeus and his thunderbolt, you may view it here: http://www.homemadecomicstrips.com/2017/01/wheres-my-thunderbolt.html .

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Where's my Thunderbolt?


Zeus' parents are titans Cronus and Rhea.  In the Greek Myths, the Greek Gods were never depicted as children.  I could imagine them getting into a lot of scrapes if they were.


Sunday, January 1, 2017

Up, Up and Away


Starting the year right with a new comic strip. 

Happy New Year to all!!! <3



 
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