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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


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.


Fall comes around

Now that summer is out of the way which I truly detest for it depletes the creative energy and Fall is coming around. It's my kind of season where I thrive in the cooler temperatures with rising fog and mist amidst the mountains until darkness. 

The annual Art of Horror at Space Gallery is coming up in Burlington, VT for October's showing which I can't wait. However, the deadline looms so soon that I'm in the process of creating a single black and white piece, with possibly one color for contrast. 

I've worked out the layout and have found some way to compose the elements together.

A conceptual sketch of what may come

I haven't revealed the entire composition but there will be some tweaks here and there. Once completed, I'll be able to show it after the deadline passes. 



A Rush from 1979

" A Rush From 1979 "

After a long time of working on a personal project, I've finally completed it. This two panel piece was my attempt to recapture my memory of being in my older brother's room in the 1970s with rock posters placed prominently which towered over me when I was a kid. It was the Meatloaf: Bat Out of Hell poster that got my attention. It was also at the time Rush became huge in Cleveland, Ohio which my brother was a huge fan of. Even though the illustration is to the best of my memory as much as I could recall. I never understood the music at the time due to being deaf, but it was not until decades later when I started getting into some classic rock such as Pink Floyd where things started to click.

I said to myself, " Man, these guys really knew how to compose their stuff! ". It was still the Bat Out of Hell illustration, famously done by Richard Corben (EDITED), that ingrained itself into my mind all those years. It was one of those various influences that made me want to be an artist. But there is definitely a sense of symbolism involved in the two panel piece, especially the first one.

Especially one 2112 Rush album cover that ties in with the actual pose of my younger self that connects with my creative mission. And I quote from this wiki page as it states this connection quite well:

" In the year 2062, a galaxy-wide war results in the union of all planets under the rule of the Red Star of the Solar Federation. By 2112, the world is controlled by the "Priests of the Temples of Syrinx," who determine the content of all reading matter, songs, pictures — every facet of life.

A man discovers an ancient guitar and learns to play his own music. Thinking he has made a wonderful discovery that will be a boon to humanity, he goes to present the guitar to the priests of the Temples, who angrily destroy it and rebuke him for unearthing one of the "silly whims" that caused the collapse of the previous civilization. He goes into hiding and dreams of a world before the Solar Federation. Upon awakening he becomes distraught and commits suicide. As he dies, another planetary battle begins resulting in the ambiguous ending "Attention all planets of the Solar Federation: We have assumed control." (This spoken section was created by Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson reportedly "messing around with a tape recorder.") On the "2112/Moving Pictures" episode of the television series Classic Albums, Neil Peart confirmed that he intended the ending to be a happy one as the people of the Solar Federation are liberated. "

The idea of the Starman holding the guitar would be like me awakening to the creativity of visual art as the real world resists the idea of fantasy illustration as not a form to be taken seriously. So instead of the guitar, it's my pencil or brush. And hiding away in my own world until awakening to the harsh realities of condescension that sequential art, back in the day, was considered beneath society's standards. Today, it's become mainstreamed and accepted. 

The shadow of my older brother can be seen lip synching to the music that's playing, even though you can't see him since he's way behind me.

The STOP sign was definitely there in his room as I remember it along with other items, including his denim jacket he used to wear all the time where he could reach for his cigarettes from the front pocket. One could see cigarette smoke coming from the ashtray atop of one speaker, but it's not really a cigarette one which is actually a counter-cultural version of it, stemming from the hippie era.

The second panel shows the present time of being in my studio space working away, surrounded by wall scroll posters of my favorite anime/manga. There is definitely a technological shift between those two panels from the large stereo speakers to that of my iPod being played from the corner. And my original hearing aids from the first panel consisted of chest straps ( which was a pain ) to that of the BTE ( behind the ear ) version of today. It's somewhat subtle but it's there. 

What was interesting is that Paul Pope, a well known comics illustrator whom I follow time to time, created a short story called " 1979 " based on his experiences at that era, and I believe it's long out of print. I did'nt know about its existence until I stumbled across it. This was while I was working on this project in the same time. I think the underlying message is to keep going, no matter what.

The entire project was done on Manga Studio software after I scanned in the original drawings as a foundation. The panels are actually 11 x 17 in size and when compiled together, it's much larger that it appears to this web version.

I've considered making it available as a print on my Society6 store but we shall see. 


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