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LINKS FOR CREATIVES:

Society6- Online gallery and store for artists

AIGA - American Institute of Graphic Arts

Jakprints - Print & Apparel company in Cleveland, OH

Creative Commons

Society of Digital Artists

Mischief- freeform sketching ap

Manga Studio- Manga creation app

Wacom, Inc.-Tablet manufacturer

Sketchbook Pro- drawing app

Moleskine-Sketchbook company

INSPIRATION:

Abhishek Singh- Illustrator

Phoenix Tree Publishing-Cullen Nolan

Hi Fructose magazine

Shawn Barber - Artist

The Marquis by Guy Davis

Audrey Kawasaki - Illustrator

Katsuhiro Otomo - Illustrator

Katsuya Terada - Illustrator

Jean "Moebius" Giraud - Illustrator

Roberto Ferri - Fine artist

Yoshitaka Amano - Illustrator

Tomer Hanuka - Illustrator

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FENCING:

Vermont Fencing Alliance- Fencing club site

United States Fencing Association-National HQ

Monday
Jan112016

Fan art from a galaxy far, far away

Finn's Brigade

This is my alternate take on stormtroopers that defect to Finn's side after he joins the Resistance as a special unit. I've thought about this for some time after watching The Force Awakens and wondered if more of them would defect along with him. The red stripes are patterned after his jacket on the right shoulder.

He gets two stripes to signify his leadership and is also inspired by Poe's helmet. Finn carries the Z6 baton this time around. The others carry standard issue rifles, especially one sniper. I figured it would've made sense for a great stormtrooper rift that they would be fighting among themselves. 

As an inspired fan of the anime " Jin-Roh ", I wondered why did'nt Lucasfilm come up with a more intimidating version of a stormtrooper that has glowing lens for nightvision/infrared and having a darker body paint for the armor, apart from the Tie Fighter pilot in black. And if I were the Resistance, this is exactly what I would have done by using stormtrooper gear and modifying them to use against the enemy. 

I created this on graphite first on bristol paper surface and had it scanned from Scanbot app on my iPhone into Manga Studio software to be fleshed out on ink and color. Prior to that, I worked out some conceptuals on my sketchbook and comprehensive color scheme on Sketchbook Pro to see how effective it would look until I reached a decision to use the darker tones and red stripes, along with the Resistance symbol on their helmets.

This is strictly fan art. 

Star Wars is the property of Disney and Lucasfilm.

Friday
Dec252015

A Great Yuletide to All!

I wish everyone a great Yuletide and a Happy New Year!

I've been quiet lately and working on a few things, especially that one gothic piece I was creating that I'm making some changes to as a new version. It was originally going to be for the Art of Horror group exhibit but did'nt get the chance to get it in. However, I've decided to revamp it as a personal project inspired by fantasy elements of Heavy Metal magazine and other other themes.

Secondly, I was fortunate to have seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens at an early screening, the day before official release, at the local theater. I won't reveal any details for those who may not have seen it yet but will say that it is well done. Some sharp eyed people will notice some flaws in the film and I agree with some of what has been brought up. But don't let it stop the urge to see it. Truly, go see Episode Seven.

Who would'nt?

Saturday
Nov072015

Inktober 2015

Because I suffered pneumonia around October and had to recover from it, this is my first and only Inktober piece for 2015. During my recovery phase, I got a bit better and decided to get the ball rolling by doing some inking on my moleskine sketchbook. I used a Pilot G-Tec C pen that I bought recently which I really enjoyed using and I find this to be one of my favorite pens to use now.

This is my gothic theme of a character with pulcinella mask which is like a venetian culture of secrecy and a rapier blade walking down the cemetery towards some unknown destination while the statue weeps, perhaps that someone is about to meet his or her fate in death.

My Inktober piece on the moleskine

Thursday
Sep242015

In the name of Krishna

About over a week ago, I saw a flyer in the local coffeehouse that showed an exhibit titled " The Art of Storytelling: Five Tales from Asia, Then and Now " at the Middlebury College Art Museum. The asian literature mentioned are accompanied by modern illustrators who would create works of art based on the famous tales. They are: the Mahabharata and Ramayana ( India ), Shahmaneh ( Iran ), Journey to the West ( China) and Tale of Genji ( Japan ).

However, two major names on the list floored me. One was Abhishek Singh whose work I followed on one social network for a long time and the other is the creative luminary Yoshitaka Amano that I grew up since the late 1970s up til present.

I knew I had to go see the exhibit but also the timing was extremely fortunate, that had I not seen the flyer, I would've missed meeting Mr. Singh. It was incredible to find that his work would be exhibited alongside Amano's, both whom I admire greatly.

But he was'nt alone for three other contemporaries had their work shown. They are: Sanjay Patel ( Pixar animator ), Hamid Rahamnian ( graphic artist and film-maker ), and Gene Luen Yang ( graphic novelist ). All their works and processes would be complemented with the actual original tales that would imported from other collections. I corresponded with him about the flyer from the museum and that I was looking forward to seeing the exhibit.

Abhishek's work on the wall as a prelude of what's further down the gallery. Unfortunately, photographs were not allowed in the actual gallery space.

And so, on that day of the discussion of Krishna: A Journey Within published in 2012 would take place at the concert hall upstairs of the museum space. I was stunned at the quality of work of all these contemporaries on the wall pertaining to the famous stories. But to see Amano's illustrations based on Tale of Genji in person for the very first time gave me shivers. I grew up seeing this man's work ranging from the cult favorite Vampire Hunter D, Gatchaman characters, Final Fantasy character art and so on, despite having in my possession a huge paperback of Yoshitaka Amano Art Book Vampire Hunter " D " in japanese language.

I bought my copy of Krishna: A Journy Within graphic novel prior to that and awaited to see what Abhishek, accompanied by two other speakers, had to say. It was enlightening to see his process on the projection screen and how things came together in his creative process. All of this occurred inside a beautiful auditorium and concert hall up on the second floor of the museum.

After that, I finally had a chance to speak with him in person. We chatted for a while as he was kind enough to sketch and sign on my copy.

A true class act and spiritual man who emanates creativity and kindness.

Abhishek Singh drawing and signing

Abhishek's signature. Inspiring!

Krishna: A Journey WithinI managed to get around to reading it recently and thought the line art was unique in that it flowed within the panels, almost like wind. It was a beautifully bound paperback that has some ' behind the scenes ' conceptual sketches in the last pages of the book. How it opens the story and ends has a certain philosophical whim to it.

Especially the way it opens up from a child-like perspective to a more mature tone, basing itself on the Mahabharata on Arjuna's story and the kingdoms surrounding him, and transmogrifying into something of an elevated state of being, or enlightenment.

Interestingly enough, I was already familiar with Arjuna's story from Arjun: The Warrior Prince which I saw recently on Netflix.

The coloring, I believe, was digitally done over actual ink in very vivid colors. It was almost like watching an animated film in that sense.

The book does not bog down on heavy detail or dialogue but rather, it flows. It may appear simplistic but the depth is there, if one looks closely enough. I think the goal of the story was to introduce people to know who Krishna is and of his deeds. Again, it's a beautiful book and, in my impression, this was the artist's attempt to do ' self discovery ' through Krishna and find illumination from that point.

From the looks of it, he managed to do so. For those who are into the mythological nature of stories and of gods, give Krishna: A Journey Within a read. It is not the only creation he wrote but he has illustrated many other pieces based on that world and of what's out there. And within.

They are to be seen to be believed.

And to Abhishek Singh, thank you for bringing Krishna to light.