I sometimes get really into observing my planted tank and shrimp. Here's a compilation of recent photos!Image description

To take these photos I'm just using a clip-on macro lens on my cellphone camera. It is pretty hit and miss, but I'm glad to have some photos stored to look at my tank growth and progress!

My left arm has been in pain for the past while, and I've been having insomnia as well. IDK what the cause of all of it is, but hopefully it subsides soon. Body is aging and aching...

Today's music post: Symphony No. 5 by Sibelius, conducted by Leonard Bernstein,performed by Vienna Philharmonic. I went to hear Sibelius's Symphony No. 5 performed at the TSO last weekend. The most interesting parts to me were the swan-inspired wing fluttering emmulated by the cello (?I assume?) bows knocking against the strings. Another interesting read here, here, and here.

Here's a bonus sad swan song called Olim lacus colueram/Once I swam in lakes, which is 1/25 of Carl Orff's Carmina Burana movements. The song is meant to be sung by a tenor in falsetto (haha). The song lyrics are BIG MOOD.

I got really into looking at hanfu-inspired modern fashion this week... which led me back to drawing these wuxia characters again from Martial Spirit!

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Suen Hong Sun and Li Fung

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I accidentally scanned the watercoloured version in BITMAP mode, and it... maybe looks better than the final versions...??

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My only regret is not having good enough calligraphy skills to put some text on the righthand side. There's also a timelapse video here!

Today's music post: Big Marvel's cover of Africa by Toto. His videos always make me laugh because they're ridiculous but his face is so deadpan. This video also has a bonus chicken in it, on top of the usual rubber chicken. He is actually very talented (vocals and instruments), so check his other videos out too

I just sent off my 12-pages for a short comic called REFRAME for Love Love Hill's next comic anthology, themed around COOKING + CRYING. It's a bit of a dramatic story, but I think it ends on a positive note! This comic features a mom and son. The mom also appears in It's Getting Hot in Here, while the son is a familiar face from Motivation, Concentration as well as Tie the Knot.

Worlds colliding! Everyone is connected! I'm unstoppable!!

Here's the sketch, inked, and toned version of the first page

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Some quick snapshots of my monitor as I was inking

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To be honest, I like drawing kids quite a lot. They are usually very expressive, so I get the chance to draw a wide range of expressions and make them say silly things!

Here's a timelapse of some digital inking (done in fire alpaca).

The comic anthology will be debuting at Toronto Comic Arts Festival in May 12-13, 2018!

Please look forward to it!

Today's music post: Shine on Me by Chris Dane Owens. I found out that the music video is going to become a full length film this year... I CAN'T BELIEVE IT!

I thought I was going to have a less busy season work-wise, but more things got piled on to me than I expected! Every year I tend to destroy a bit of myself for the months of March-April to finish all my comic submissions.Every year I try to stay on top of it so it doesn't get too bad!

I finished my Plant Fever 2 pages in January. The pages are in colour for this issue! It's going to debut at TCAF 2018 in May 12-13. The same garbagey autobio drawings and stories you expect from Life on the Hill, but with added garbagey colour!

A bunch of random panels, in no particular order. My mom's artwork will also be debuting in this zine, which I'm very excited for!

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Last week I also did work on some other comics for medical education purposes. Drawing in this kind of squashed style makes it more challenging to stay consistent with proportions, so I find that it takes a lot longer to ink; likely because I'm redrawing/deviating from my sketches a more. These were inked in Adobe Animate because they'll be coloured/animated for the web.

A bunch of random panels, in no particular order (again)

A bunch of random panels, in no particular order

Today I worked on my thumbnails for the 2018 Love Love Hill anthology. The theme is something along the lines of "cooking and crying" and I'm really hitting the CRYING part hard! I have so many pages of crying, haha!

These are the thumbnails in my sketchbook for the first 6 pages. The whole story is ~12 pages!

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These are the digital sketches of the same thumbnails

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It's always funny to see where I deviated. This time they're pretty similar!

I feel more at ease now that I actually have a story and sketches to go with it. The story will feature some familiar(?) faces if you read my other anthology comics.

I can't remember if I actually talked about this here or not, but I changed my home computer desk to be a stand desk by propping my monitor on top of books (sketchy) and my keyboard/tablet/mouse on top of a bed tray that stands on my original desk. The actual heights are all still a couple inches off to be ergonomic, but I have to say, my wrist numbness has decreased drastically! I suppose the pain is now felt in my feet...

Today's music post: Hopopono by GoGo Penguin!

I occassionally participate in an improv comic where I'm assigned to draw 1 page based on 1 other page (that either comes before or after my assigned page), so it's always pretty interesting to see what you have to work with!

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The page I was given starred Neil DeGrasse Tyson, so here he is. hanging out with a good lamb named Yarnball (my creation). Also check out David Goodsell's paintings if you're not familiar with them.

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I wonder if this turned into rabbit x human doujinshi? I felt sad drawing sad rabbit clutching teddy bear plush!!!!!!!!

I actually haven't seen the full books with my page(s) inserted into them, but they're always fun to draw because it makes me draw/explore things I would normally never draw on my own.

Today's music post: PrimeTime (Janelle Monae feat. Miguel). I once attempted to karaoke of this and it was an epic failure. I got to see her live as a part of the PanAm games in Toronto. Janelle Monae is so talented cool amazing fashionable ETC. ETC. I wish I could be more like her!

Been drawing OCs in firealpaca with lazy colouring! Why do I love glasses but am not very good at drawing them (cry).

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After doing the first couple, I realized I had an overabundance of male characters, so I gotta work on fleshing out the non-male characters more and try to carve out roles for them that occupy a larger piece of the pie. I don't know why I ended up with so many dude characters. I also want to do more research/reading on different cultural backgrounds to better capture their upbringings! This is why it's going to take me forever to draw a comic, haha. How do you balance the notion of "just make a thing" vs "take time to research the thing but get really deep into research"?

Miitomo service is ending... so for prosperity, I am uploading some of my amazing miitomo outit! Image description Image description Image description Image description Image description

Today's music post: Hey You by Cyndi Seui. Always get energy and positive vibes from his music!