Thursday, September 29, 2005

Robot in disguise

The relaunch of Transformers comic by IDW is almost upon us. Needless to say, I am very nervous how it will be receive by the fans considering that a lot of fans are very fond of the artworks from the previous publisher, and my take on robots are very different from Dreamwave.

Transformers: Infiltration #0 will be shipping in the week of Oct.19th with $0.99 price tag.

In this new series, some of the classic Tranformers will be updated with the modern day vehicles, such as the "Seekers" will receive a F-22 alternate mode instead of F-15 from the 80's.

The series will also be getting covers from Transformers fan favorite artists, such as Adrew Wildman, Guido and James Raiz.

Draw for a cause

Andrew Wildman, a long time comic book, concept artist and illustrator has asked fellow artists to get invloved with helping out poor children around the world with Draw the World Together. Many well-known and respected comic book artists has already joined the effort to raise fund by contributing original artworks for auction. Go to the website and read more about the cause, check out the artworks that has been donated, maybe some stuff you might be interested.

Monday, September 26, 2005

Music: More than a bird, more than a plane

I've been inspired by a lot of songs that are Superman related. "Kryptonite" by Three Doors Down, "Save Me" by Remy Zero and "It's not Easy to be Me" by Five for Fighting have found their way into my play list quite often.
"It's not Easy to be Me" I am particularly fond of for its lyrics. It must be pretty tough to be Superman, or to a certain extend, anyone that carries a heavy burden of having high expectation put on him/her. The song sounded a little sad, and I usually like sad songs.

Sunday, September 25, 2005

Tools: Microman Material Force

The best alternative to the wooden manequin is of course the 18" Super Poseable Spider-man 2 action figure. Eventhough slightly exaggerated in anatomy, with 67 articulation points, it allows you to make just about any pose imaginable.
Since I work at both home and a studio, sometimes I even go to a local book stores or coffee shops to draw, carrying the huge and heavy Spider-man figure would be inconvenient and attracts unwanted attention. I found these Microman Material Force Series.

Here's a photo of the size comparison with my PITT pen and eraser. The female figure is roughly 3-3/4" and the male figures are slightly taller. With 30 points of articulation, they are as poseable as the Spider-man figure except the fingers, but the interchangeable hands are more than made up for lack of finger movements.Male figures comes with 6 set of different hands while female figures comes with 7. Female figures are usually sold with a set of 3 pack, small, medium and large breasts size.
Microman doing Kung-Fu

Some body parts can be taken apart

Here's a photo of hands that came with the figures, and a view from their behind
Highly recommended if you are looking for good manequin.