Monday, December 22, 2008

Christmas 08

I am having a busy holiday... again.
but anyways, here's season's greeting from our family.

Happy holidays, stay safe!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Sketch: Tetsuwan Atomu

The available time to draw has been significantly lacking compare to my work hours in the past. Myra has grown so fast, she just can't go through the day without having attention on her most of the time. Being a stay at home dad, naturally, I am her only play mate during the day. That leaves me between 2-4 hours of work during the day. My real work day don't start until the mom comes home, and most of time doesn't start until Myra goes to sleep, which is usually 9:00pm. So that really doesn't leave me much hours to work. 

So I am mostly doing the night shifts these days, I work when my wife and baby are sleeping. Somtimes in the middle of night, I would get tired from working on regular stuff and goof off on some quick sketches. Which brings me to the title of this entry...

I've fell in love with some of the techniques used by some of the European artists, the crosshatching techniques that creates light and shadow as well as depth. So I eager to experiment this technique. So resulting this sketch of Astroboy. I wanted to finish the background, but I am tired. Maybe I'll get back to it when I have more free time.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

News: R.I.P.

I finally decided to update my blog, but it's a sad sad day. On the day that America made a history by electing a African American President, which I never thought I would see the day, was the day that Michael Crichton Pass away. If it wasn't for him, one of my favorite movie Jurassic Park would never be possible. I thoroughly enjoyed the novel much more so than even the movie.
Thank you Mr. Crichton, may you rest in peace.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Artwork: Spotlight Sideswipe preview pages

I've always wanted to get better at coloring. There isn't a whole lot of chance to do that when I am always rushing to meet deadlines, spare time seems like a luxury item these days. There's nothing better than to learn on the job. When the opportunity to color my own comic turns up, I couldn't pass it on. I started to work on the ongoing series of IDW's Transformers back in 2005, if I remember correctly, I started sometime in June of 2005. Now that the "Dead Universe" story line is about to conclude, there's no better time than ever to end the ride with the best effort I can muster, and hopefully I don't fall flat on my nose.

The first 3 pages are especially difficult to do, mainly because I wanted to find the most efficient way of doing this, I mean doing this 22 pages isn't an easy task, especially I have not ever done this before. 3 pages took couple of weeks to do, but after the initial "growing pain" I think I've started to fall into a better working pattern. Things have been moving along a lot better than I first did.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Book: Mecha Force

Mechaforce is the result of my laboring over for more than 6 or 7 months. This is the first book that I ever written, so the excitement for me is without word. Impact Books came to me about an idea of a book to show people how to draw robots, I just couldn't pass up the opportunity.

The book was divided into 3 chapters, chapter 1 being fundamental of all things, not just drawing robots. I've always felt that artworks will look better if you could build it up from the very basics.

Chapter 1 deals with perspective and some sketching techniques. No artist should be without these skills, even if you are not drawing robots, perspective also applies everything in life.

Chapter 2 deals with robotic anatomy. I'd like to get novice artists a different perspective on robots, a view on the inside. How to translate flesh, tendons and bones into something might function mechanically.

Chapter 3 is all about step by step instructions. Taking a few different body types of robotic and show you how I would draw them from scratch, and also in various different angles.

Those who are interested in drawing robots, please check it out, and let me what you think of the book. This is my first book, it's far from being perfect, I hope I get more chances to do more books like this. The more comments and suggestions I can get from the masses, the better I can hope to do in the future.

Mechaforce on Amazon

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Cover: Revelation

Here are couple of recent covers I did for IDW's Transformers line. These the first 2 of the 4 connecting covers.
I will be working on interior pages of the first and last issues of the series.

Spotlight: Cyclonus

Spotlight: Hardhead

Update: gallery comments

I haven't have time to log into my gallery for awhile. I decided to do some maintenance, but when I log in, I found over a thousand spam messages in the comment section. I must have enough viagra ads to last me for life time. Needless to say, It took me awhile to clean all that up.
Considering the fact that most people don't actually leave any comment, I thought that feature will probably hardly missed, I decided to turn off the comment altogether.
I thank those who has made any comment on my artworks in the gallery.

Monday, February 11, 2008


One nice thing about Nintendo DS is its portability. I put it in my pocket and will be able to paint anywhere. It's light weight, and good battery life too. Although it takes a little getting used to small screen to paint on, I think I'm slowly getting a hang of it. I tried something really quick but I didn't finish it, so the painting is looking rather cruel at the moment.

The next picture is just an experiment coloring from one of the panel of Transformers: Devastation #5.

Saturday, February 02, 2008


My last entry I said I was going to try to post something everyday. The purpose was to push myself to create contents for my blog, as well as pushing myself to do some sketches for self improvement. Unfortunately, it's been several days, I didn't even keep it up for 2 days straight! ha!

I may not keep up with my a-post-a-day, but I'll definitely need to stop being so lazy on blog entries.

Anyways, this is one of my illustration I recently finished for DK Publishing in UK. I believe it's one of those hard cover technical guide. My previous experience with DK was when they asked me to illustrated 2 pieces of mechanical cut-away views of Optimus Prime and Megatron and 2 pieces of their transformation. They were used in Transformers Ultimate Guide. Batman has always been one of my favorite Superhero, of course I wouldn't say no when they approached me for couple of Batmobile illustrations.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Scribble: Girl Face

Quick sketch of a girl in the middle of the night.
I am trying to update my blog as much as possible, and working toward the goal of a post a day, but having a baby kind of make my schedule hard to predict.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Myra's Snow Day

This Saturday, a friend of my wife's asked us to go to something called "Snow Day" in a park, something I never knew about it. What it is, is some organization goes around different parks, set up booths for kid activities, games, crafts, concert and most importantly, they brough some real snow and dumped in the park for kids to play in, even made couple of snow sled trails. Very fun stuff for kids.
Our friends' kids are all over 2 years of age, they rolled around on snow and made snow man. Myra could only stare at all the other kids running around, but she really enjoyed it, she was kicking her feet and waving her arms excitedly.
It was really a fun day for us to be out there in the Sun and enjoyed the afternoon.
Myra was wearing her new poncho, she looks like little red riding hood. :D

Friday, January 04, 2008

Sketch: Myra 3-monthes-old

I've got a little bit of break at this time, so I took the time to do a little sketch of my daughter which I've put off for awhile. My wife wanted it to hang on our wall. She is constantly complaining about how her friends' kids all have a portraits of themselves done by me, but I haven't drew one for our daughter. Now I have a little bit of break time, I'll try to make that baby album that she's been nagging me about as well.

[Sketch] Animated G1 Transformers

I might do a whole series of these guys.