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!

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!

Looking at drawings from 10+ years ago and it doesn't really look stylistically that different from how I draw now...I just draw slightly more confidently now perhaps? And probably some general technical stuff I'm better at drawing (clothing and hands?). I still admire ppl a lot, but I'm also at the point where I've settled in to what I do artistically (even if that means I'm not the best).

I started to draw the comic mentioned before, Here We Are.

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Loosening up my inking after 2010 was a good idea I think, probably both visually and physically (for my hand).

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Some day I will also draw buildings better, haha!

Today's music post: It Ain't Fair (The Roots feat. Bilal). This song really reinforces all of the garbage that has been happening in the world... lyrics are here.

Not ready for to actually draw the aforementioned comic, so here are some scenes for now!

Jake really likes to go to the aquarium, so he dragged Austin to go too. Austin's favourite past time is camping/hiking (always loving nature).

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WIP photos. The aquarium one is loosely inspired by my trip to Osaka Aquarium, specifically the "central" main stage pacific ocean tank with the whale shark! Originally both colours were going to share the same colour scheme, but it diverged at some point. I outlined the aquarium one with a fineliner because it felt too low contrast, but then I immediately regretted that decision.

I probably could have done more work to define shapes and increase contrast, but as soon as I rip the painter's tape off, it's over!

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Inaccurate colour scans.

I was listening to this 80s remix of Ariane Grande's "Into You" on repeat... too catchy! I don't even know what the original sounds like!

I was on a long flight with no in-flight entertainment, so I continued to plot out a longer-form comic that I hope to slowly release online mid 2018. I feel adverse to the idea of doing weekly updates, so it's more likely that it will be chapter releases every couple months. It will be titled Here We Are. I have 8+ chapters outlined thus far!

The idea for the comic is neither epic or particulalry interesting; it starts with the relationship between Jake and Austin from FujoSports/Expired Seafood: Tied Up, and may eventually branch out from there. Not unlike my other comics, it is really all about the feelings that people experience in every day life.

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The name inspiration comes from Gloria Estefan's Here We Are.