Monday, May 29, 2006

Bye Old Template

Finally I have the time and resources to edit my blog and change its appearance now that I'm home here in Kidapawan. I decided to change it so that when people visits my blog they would get the impresion that I love comics and I'm creating one too. As you can notice, I posted some of my drawings and the artworks of the people that I look up to in the Industry like Joshua Middleton, Frank Quitely, Olivier Copiel, and Carlo Pagulayan among others. Hoping that like them, people would notice and appreciate my passion.

I've decided to have a hiatus on my proffesion as an engineer to make way for my child-long dream to become a comic artist. That's the reason why I joined animation to enhance my style by drawing everyday and practice some more when I'm home. Yes, if you look closer at my fingers, dami na nya kalyo. Hehehe but it's ok because people started to notice and appreciate my works and it means a lot to me. I've got small projects like tutorials, book covers, indie comics and graphix designs too. Even if I'm still far away, somehow I can already taste what it feels like.

I do hope that you keep on visiting my blog and be patient if at times I won't be able to post some articles. God bless and more power to all of us.

Sunday, May 28, 2006

Is that you (Statue)?

I find these guys very intertaining. You can see them regularly at Island Grill located at Shopwise Araneta Center, Cubao. At times they startled passersby who thought they were just statues. They would then dance and do some tricks and would send you smiling (even laughing) and at times you can't help toss coins as a sign of appreciation.

When you take their photos, they would gladly post for you like the guy shown on the photo above. Appart from what they do, unconsiously people would like to see more of them, thus, they would enter the restaurant. What a strategy, and a good one too.

Sunday, May 21, 2006

Entry Level To Animation

It's been 3 months since I started training as a clean-up/In-between artist and I'm having a lot of fun with it. After the training a month ago I'm dying to start to put into action what I've learned during the training. When I finally started I'm so thrilled and I told myself that this would finally be the first step in fulfilling my childhood dream into reality - becoming a comic artist or animator. I just want to draw and want to share it to all. It's not that far anymore.

During the first week I've realized how hard the field that I'm trying to be a part of. How every minute counts. How you spend your time and effort will surely be felt when you finally receive how much you earned. You will truly value every Peso that you receive during the week ends when you finally take hold of your pay. How you avoid your favorite food and comic book just to have something to buy for your basic necessities. And how you come to realized how you are able to give respect to the people who've been working in the said field for the very long time. It's not that easy.

Despite all the hardship I still enjoyed it. I'm happy just to sit there w/ my pencil and pen drawing all day. I am able to smile from the "out-of-the-blue" side comments of my peers and how we all felt the same with our chosen field. And how we became "very" nervous when "Lizzie" passes by carrying lots of folders to be "fixed-up" by artists who made errors in there drawings. And the endless chats that we exchange when the day ends during our long walk from our office to the Crossing where we part ways. But happiness is not enough to live life, we still need to eat and pay our obligations.

A lot of us in the studio are just starting out and we do our best and exert our efforts to be able to draw as much as we can in a day to receive a much higher pay when the week ends. I'm not complaining though, I'm just merely sharing my experiences in case you get me wrong. In fact, since I started working, this is the only job that I get so excited to go to work. The thing that I look forward to. I've never been so happy but it's difficult and I'm trying "hard" to cope up.

People say that you really can't have it all or it's hard to have it all. You get high pay but you're not happy. You're happy yet you become hungry. Even if that I'm happy being there in the industry but when I look at how much money I left in my savings, I think twice. It's hard to let go of your dreams in exchange of better living. Truly I sacrifice all my high paying jobs to follow the path to my dream. With so much more in stake how am I going to last. Will I ever get there in the end or choose another path that would somehow help me survive and be able to help my family have a better life. Only time will unfold the outcome.

Friday, May 19, 2006

Things you could find inside my bag

It's time one's again that I have to clean my back pack coz it dirty. As what youcan see in the picture, those are the things that you can find inside my bag. Hmmm. Pencils (lots of them, some colored for shadows), Pens (again, lots of pens), erasers (auto, kneeded, rubber, etc.), sharpeners, prayer book (Novena for my panata), markers, wallet, bus tickets, powder (loose and pressed), lotion, cologne/perfume, lip gloss and comb (Hindi ko na pinakita mga scratch papers kase sobra dami d na kakasya sa picture hehehe).

Saturday, May 06, 2006

Pinoy Komiks in Danger!!!

Below is some part of the entry that I read from Gerry Alanguilan's blog. Please have some time to read it and comment on the entry, your views are well appreciated.

The Death of a Once Great Industry
by Gerry Alanguilan

I was browsing through one of my online message boards just the other week, the one specializing in the local Philippine comics industry. I read a message from long time illustrator Nestor Malgapo that illustrator Rod Santiago was reporting Atlas Publications' cessation of publication of all their comics.

It was the last report in a long line of alleged reports indicating the end of comics from Atlas. I had been hearing the same thing as early as last year during October's Komikon, the First Philippine Comics Convention at UP Diliman.

Although early reports have proven to be untrue as I continued to see komiks being sold at my local town store, this last report by one of the illustrators working for Atlas itself, seemed to confirm the inevitable truth.

Komiks from Atlas had been limping along for the past few years, appearing only sporadically, and hardly ever these last few months. I realize, much to my chagrin, that the last batch of comics I was able to buy was from late last year and early this year, and then no more.

Atlas Publications had been the repository of a truly great and legendary line of comics, passed down from company to company, beginning with ACE Publications, which originated these comics as early as 1947.