Archive for October, 2007

Nice costume,

Monday, October 29th, 2007

OK, so there’s been some real shake-ups with me and school. Long story short, I’ve decided to switch majors from Computer Science to Creative Writing. This is a big deal because I’ve got like two or three classes left in my Computer Science major but I’ve decided to drop the whole thing. I’m just sick of programming. Fortunately I can at least convert my Computer Science major into a minor so I don’t lose all of it. The downside is that I’ll be in school for another two years or so, but at least I’ll be doing something I’ll enjoy. Now I gotta think of places where I can use this degree in Creative Writing. [ponders]

The temporary upside is that, as soon as the dust settles, I’ll be able to get more pages up. Yay.

Incredible Change-Bots

Monday, October 22nd, 2007

The Incredible Change-Bots is a Transformers parody/tribute by one of my most favorite comic artists, Jeffrey Brown. I got this over the weekend and have since read it twice. I’m slightly biased in saying that the book is awesome, if only because I’m a huge Transformers and Jeffrey Brown fan. :) If anything, just realize that the book is 144 pages of the page I just posted. (Well, not literally.)

There are two things I want to do after having read Incredible Change-Bots:
1. Photoshop up some fake Incredible Change-Bots toy boxes, a la the old skool Transformers toys.
2. Work on my own parody franchise. Jeffrey Brown already did Transformers, but I can do Pokémon! So… coming 2010, it’s Philippe Van Lieu’s Aventure Battlemon! :)

BRB, AFK

Friday, October 19th, 2007

Yeah ok so I’m gonna be away from civilization for the weekend. I don’t even think phones will work there! I’ll see you folks later.

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Sunday, October 14th, 2007

Yap, this is me posting comics outside of my originally established “Monday-Friday” deal. Blah, who cares.

I don’t like how I transition between the second and third frame, so I might fix this up. I would have done so tonight, but I’m tired. Good night.

EDIT, October 18th – OK, I made my fix; I added in frames 3 and 4, pushing the original frames 3 and 4 into 5 and 6, respectively. The original frames 5 and 6 will make an appearance at some other point very soon, maybe within 24 hours or so.

Now this Friday and Saturday I will be north in Occidental, away from the internet (I think), so I might not get any pages up if I don’t get a page in within 24 hours or so. I’ll be back Sunday night. In this time though, I’ll maybe draw up a new page or two. We’ll see how things go.

Oh and BTW, October 20th is my birthday! Buy me something?

EDIT, October 22nd – OK I made yet another fix. I dropped the condom frame and got rid of Anne in her Pippi Longstocking costume. I’ve got the next few pages sorted out, so I don’t think I’ll need to do these kinds of reedits again for now.

20080904: – The original versions I had for this page can be seen here: The first version originally posted on October 14th, the reedited version made on the 18th. The current version is the one made on the 22nd.

My Top Five Artistic Influences

Sunday, October 14th, 2007

Just a little post I wrote up at the Hyatt Art Forums….

I gotta say that my five biggest artistic influences have been…

1. Bruce Timm; he’s the guy behind the Batman Animated Series. There’s quite a few techniques I picked up from him, namely how I do female eyelashes.

2. Yukito Kishiro; writer/artist behind my favorite manga series, Battle Angel Alita. His action styles, robot designs and attention to detail has been a foundation for my more “serious” styles. Yukito Kishiro, in turn, was influenced by Frank Miller.

3. My dad; in turn, Pops was influenced by Frank Frazetta and Robert Crumb… seeing my dad’s work when I was a little kid gave me something to learn drawing from.

4. Jeffrey Brown; author of his super-personal “girlfriend trilogy” graphic novels: Clumsy, Unlikely and Any Easy Intimacy. His minimalistic style single-handedly allowed me to realize that you don’t need to be a high-quality artist to put out a book, and that, when it comes down to it, the story is more valueable than the art.

5. Wes Anderson; writer/director of the films The Royal Tenenbaums and The Darjeeling Limited. His writing styles and subject matter, as well as the general Mise-en-scène of his films really clicks with me, and I’ve added a lot of his styles to my tool belt.

Honestly though, that’s pretty much it. I really don’t read and watch a whole lot of stuff. People who claim to be quote-unquote “art buffs” think they are so because they watch a lot of movies, read a lot of books, listen to a lot of music and try to know everything there is to know about them. Me, I consider myself to be an “art buff”, but it’s not because of my breadth of what I’ve seen, but more of what I feel I’m capable of and what I feel I can add to the world of art. Now I’ll read something, I’ll watch something… but I really don’t have much of an interest in being an expert about, say… the Beatles’ entire discography including when each album was released. If I happen to know certain bits of information, it’s not really because I exclusively sought out that knowledge…. it’s just that I happen to know it.

Avoiding people’s work isn’t something I deliberately do, but more like something I naturally graviate towards. If I DO have a deliberate motive, I guess it’s because I believe that if you have little to no influences, you’re forced to create stuff out of nowhere, and in doing so, you run a good chance of creating something new and unique. Take for example Homer’s epics Iliad and Odyssey; Star Wars took cues from it, O Brother, Where Art Thou? was based on it… but what other writer did Homer copy from to write Odyssey? Then consider the pioneers of cinema, like Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton, or Dziga Vertov’s Man with a Movie Camera; modern films use their styles and content as an almost standard for filmmaking, but who did they copy from? With no influences, you gain the freedom of, well, ignorance! If you don’t know anything about a particular style, then you won’t know what to copy of that style, whether you’re doing it consciously or unconsciously. This in turn will help your work to start looking less like “oh, it’s like he combined Bruce Timm and Yukito Kishiro together” and more like “wait… this looks really new and unique!”

At least, that’s my angle.