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:

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...





 Take your time.  No hurries.  Answers below in three counts....

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

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: .

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