Want to buy my art prints?

My Society6 store

My online store account for art prints.

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

Procreate - iPad app

Clip Studio Paint- 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

FENCING:

Vermont Fencing Alliance- Fencing club site

United States Fencing Association-National HQ

Entries in manga studio (9)

Tuesday
Nov142017

Clip Studio Paint on iPad Pro 

One of the biggest reasons I acquired the iPad Pro over a year ago was due to the portability of the device and pressure sensitivity of the Pencil. However, I had long hoped that the company responsible for Clip Studio Paint , formerly named Manga Studio, would finally come to their senses to bring it over to the iOS ecosystem. Because I've had excellent experience with the desktop version for several years for my illustration work, it would be such a boon to be able to carry the native file formats and continue the work on the go and back home.

The wait would end just recently as of this month of November when I had just discovered that it was released to the iPad Pro. I was quite shocked and excited. And so I went to download it for FREE to test it out. 

But there IS one huge drawback to it. It would be a subscription of $9.00 a month AFTER the six months of free trial is used up. Fortunately, I have until May to give it a try when the subscription kicks in. I just hope that the developers at Celsys would change their mind and go with the one time payment fee for the license OR reduce the monthly subscription to no more than five dollars which I would not mind paying for. It's a huge app at around 500 MB in size to download which is something to be prepared for. 

However, having tried it out briefly, I can certainly say that this application is awesome. It behaves EXACTLY like the desktop version to my amazement and the half tones being used were perfection. All the tools I was familiar with on my desktop were replicated well onto the iPad Pro. Despite the beautiful UI on it, the rotation on the canvas is a bit choppy and not as seamless as Procreate. I'm hoping Celsys will clean up the code and make the scaling and rotation of the canvas much smoother without any slowdown. 

Keep in mind that there are a lot of tools in this app that takes time to get used to and using the Materials such as half tones work beautifully. In fact, one can convert half tones to a solid in monochrome or in color. I will continue to test it out some more, now that I'm in the trial mode to see if I can move my original CSP files from the Mac desktop to the iPad Pro, hopefully they might allow the use of Files on iOS 11 to interact with Dropbox. 

I've taken some photos of my experiment with CSP on iPad Pro and have had to download some gray tones for starters. Most of the effects and material tones are free on Celsys' website but one would have to register to have a profile to access them which I recommend. 

The tools from pen, pencil, eraser, brushes and so forth are a godsend on this. One can produce comic panels or dialogue balloons in this. Even text. One can also change the canvas resolution from 75 to 600 DPI but I suspect the higher it goes, the more it may slow down on iPad Pro, although I haven't gotten to that point yet.

Would I recommend this app? For a hard core CSP fan and one wouldn't mind spending a subscription per monthly, the answer is HELL. YES. I would go so far to say it would complment Procreate and Sketchbook Pro nicely as well which I also highly, highly recommend. It's great for manga creators and/or digital artists on the go. 

 

The CSP icon

Introductory panel to CSPThis is the only big bummer of this deal, although six months is quite generous.At close up, you can see the default DPI and canvas size.The entire user interface of CSP for iPad ProThe pencil tool works beautifully like the desktop versionOne of the few color palettes I can work fromHere's the Pen tool sub-menu. I chose the Real G-pen.Layers section works flawlessly. The Materials menu with the halftone dots. Works beautifully. Love them.You can see the half tones up close. EXACTLY like the the desktop version.This is a test image to see how the ink and tone lines work. I'm really impressed.

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.

Saturday
Jun062015

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. 

 

Wednesday
Apr222015

New Society6 Art Prints

Over a month ago, I illustrated and designed a t-shrit for the Champlain Cup fencing tournament with an irish green backdrop as a transparency. Once it was printed, it sold out very quickly almost on the first day of the event and people had to request for more orders. I had the idea of re-creating it as an art print instead in black and white which was the original intention and so, therefore, two alternative versions have been made available in my Society6 store.

 

One would be with the white background and the other in black for a more dramatic effect with some quotes. However, the half-tones for the mask in this print has been re-created. I certainly hope that those who have missed out on the shirts would have a new chance at it, especially there are phone case offerings for them on my Society6 store.

 

" Fencer's Glory ". White background version as originally intended." Fencer's Creed ". Black background version with quotes.

 

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