Friday, September 30, 2005

RVP Corrective Measures: Nicholas

Okay, I've been talking about RVP Corrective Measures: Nicholas for sometime now and maybe it's just right that I post a preview of the inked page here. Just one though, so Grant won't hammer my head for showing too much. As I've said I'm pretty excited about this baby. This would be the first sequential comics that i've done who will see publication in the U.S.

Here's page 1:(to view the drawing in a bigger size, just click the image)

A very busy week

Ahh!!! I havent posted anything for quite a while! Sorry for those people who've been dropping here for sometime now since virtually there's no posting whatsoever that I've made for around a week now (well actually 10 days to be exact). It's just that I've been pretty busy these days. I think this is the bussiest I've been since putting up this blog. I've been pretty caught up with my dayjob since we have so many incoming projects now and all of the guys in the office are working like madmen to cope with it.
Plus, i'm also beating the deadline for Ronin Studios' RVP Corrective Measures: Nicholas written by Grant Chastain and pencilled and inked by yours truly. I'm just wrapping it up to pass to the letterer & greyscaler since I'm also starting pencilling a 10-pager gig for HOPE Anthology, a book benifit for Hurricane Katrina victims. Plus, I have BLUE FOX in the pipeline, a superhero book greenlighted by Ronin Studios and written by Canadian Lerone Graham. The first issue will be a 28-pager standard that should see publication by early next year. And amidst all of these, I still have to find some time for my wife and kid too, and even watch tv with them. It's tough but I'm not complaining. Things are really opening up for me right now and I cannot complain with these blessings.

for those who've been waiting for the next pages of Hell Fury in this blog, It will come, don't worry. It's my brainchild and i love making it. Maybe if i get a bit slack of a time, I'd go on and scan and letter them pages too. When, i still don't know. Hopefully, sooner.

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

UAP Reminiscence

UAP stands for United Architects of the Philippines. A recognized professional group for Filipino architects which I was (and still am) a member. I belong to the Cagayan de Oro chapter which has its base on central Mindanao (cagayan de Oro City). I remember having so much fun being a UAP member. From the simple chapter outing and meeting to the conventions and conferences held all over the archiphelago. now that I'm in singapore and working haf- past dead, I missed that and hoping to relive some of that moments with the group next time when I have the chance to go home for a vacation. Back in 2000, I participated in a contest to design an official logo for the chapter. And, in the most twisted turn of event, I won. Below is the winning (and has been used since) logo.

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Discovering HOUSE

If you've been watching cable tv lately, you should have noticed this new program (well not really that new) called HOUSE, a show that stars Hugh Laurie as Dr. Gregory House. Here in Asia, it is currently shown at AXN. I do't know the primetime timeslot since I only catch the re-run every Saturday where I'm not as busy as during weekdays.

At first glance, I thought it was just another medical drama in the mould of E.R. and Chicago Hope. But watching my first episode proved me wrong. I don't even want to classify it in one genre. It’s a concoction of drama, medical stuffs, comedy and investigative approach. It literally kept me glued to the sofa for the whole hour! I think the freshness of the show is its charm. It's like watching ER and CSI in one show with a whisk of Everybody Loves Raymond. The investigation suspense is there, medical mumbo-jumbos are there, and a lot of sarcastic and funny (yet brilliant) delivery of lines. No wonder it is nominated with 4 Emmys this year including a best actor nod for Laurie. This is another one for my tube bag aside from my usual doses of CSI, The Shield and Star world's Rockstar INXS.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005


This is the one of the main characters of Matthew Spatola's published book "The Venger".

Friday, September 09, 2005

working in Indie comicbook

I have been in contact with a number of American Indie creators recently, and most of them has bee nsending me scripts, asking me if I wanted to draw their stories. Most of them though, pays on a back-end system (like most indie companies do). So I try to pick only the best stories I think that comicbook readers like me would want to read that I will shell some hard-earned bucks to buy it.(Of course I still have to work my dayjob to support myself and my family) Most of my weekends now are being spent on my home drawing board making comicbook drawings-- both sequentials and pinups. I think so much that Jean has been giving me the cold shoulders recently for not taking her out with Fergus like I used to on weekends. I have to make it up to her and my son this weekend though. But of course, I still have to bang that drawing board.

Here's a pin-up that will see print on the upcoming C.H.E.S.S comicbook by creator Alfred Paige under the Ronin Studios banner.

Monday, September 05, 2005

Looking back my Past

I pity the people who hide where they came from or those who are ashamed to admit things about their past. I feel sorry for them because no matter how much success they can achieve in their lives, they will forever live in fear. And they have the reason to be afraid of. If they cannot accept their own past, I see no reason why society will. The truth is, society never give a damn. Some people may judge you, but believe me, most will even admire you for reaching where you are now (if you achieved high- stature in life) and appreciate how you climbed you way up.

Well I'm not there yet (laughs). And I don’t even think I’ll ever be rich enough to make my income exceed far more than that of my needs and wants. In my 30 years of existence I still have to find the golden cup to end all the problems I am having now in my life. But one of the things I cherished more like treasures aside from my family, wife and child is my past. I've never tried to block out the memories of my past, even though some are painful. I don't understand people who hide from their past. People who live in the past generally are afraid to compete in the present. I've got my faults, but lying about my past is not one of them. There's no future in it. Everything you live through helps to make you the person you are now. It molded you to be stronger and better. I think one of my fondest would be my childhood. Until now I still recollect with smiles the times when I go with my parents and siblings to a river picnic or in the beach bringing along lunch and just be who we were--a happy big family. "Happy", I guess was the key why I'm not ashamed to say that I was raised in a rural place. That I played with dirt and ran carefree in the rain with my friends in the grass field. That I was the eldest of 8 siblings who has looked at me ever since as an inspiration. That I was raised in a humble but very warm home. That I've learned so many things in life-- both good and bad--being in the place that I still call home. I've had so many things I can still recall, like pain and hurt and happiness and glee. But shame and to feel sorry are not one of them. It was brief, I know. Because I was too in a hurry to be on my own footing. But it sure was worth to look back for.

Looking back now, I wish I never tried so hard to grow up very fast that I haven't enjoyed that childhood to the fullest. Still, it has it’s own happy highlights worth remembering for. I realize that a very special person passed briefly through my life--and it was not the girls I was foolishly infatuated with when I was young, or the persons I truly idolized before-- it was me. My childhood. Now it is not too late to find that person again. For I have nothing of him but a memory.

Below is a song by a filipino artist whom I like so much because it brings so much memory of my childhood and growing up days.


by: Noel Cabangon

Panapanahon ang pagkakataon
Maibabalik ba ang kahapon

Natatandaan mo pa ba
Nang tayong dalawa ay unang nagkita
Panahon ng kamusmusan
Sa piling ng mga bulaklak at halaman
Doon tayo nag simulang
Mangarap at tumula

Natatandaan mo pa ba
Inukit mong puso sa punong mangga
At ang inalay kong gumamela
Magkahawak-kamay sa dalampasigan
Malayang tulad ng mga ibon
Ang gunita ng ating kahapon

Ang mga puno't halaman
Ay kabiyak ng ating gunita
Sa pag-lipas ng panahon
Bakit kailangang din lumisan
Panapanahon ang pagkakataon
Maibabalik ba ang kahapon

Ngayon ikaw ay nagbalik
At tulad ko rin ang iyong pananabik
Makita ang dating kanlungan
Tahanan ng ating tula at pangarap
Ngayon ay naglaho na
Saan hahanapin pa?

Lumilipas ang panahon
Kabiyak ng ating gunita
Ang mga puno't halaman
Bakit kailangang lumisan
Panapanahon ang pagkakataon
Maibabalik ba ang kahapon

Lumilipas ang panahon
Kabiyak ng ating gunita
Ang mga puno't halaman
Bakit kailangang lumisan
Panapanahon ang pagkakataon
Maibabalik ba ang kahapon

Friday, September 02, 2005

I wont let the devil have all the fun

When I went home last year in the Philippines I found out that the cassette tapes of my favorite musicians that I used to collect from college out from hard-earned money were deteriorating. I can't even play them anymore because most of them are already infected with dust fungus. I was miserable to say the least, because most of these songs were part of the most memorable days of my college life. I was not really concerned that I cannot play the music anymore. I was more attached to the sentimental value that my collection holds. This collection was as varied as my mood. They range from classics such as America, the Eagles, and the Beatles, to metal (Poison, Megadeth, Slaughter, Metallica, etc.) to Grunge music (Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Sound garden, Verve Pipe), to Punk ( U2, Duran Duran, Greenday), and even mellow music like Barry Manilow, Jose Mari Chan and Tommy Paige. Though the rock albums far outnumbered the mellow/ pop ones.

I remember that back then, I get criticism from older folks about my choice of music. And I used to laugh a lot when I hear these crap from people. I can't understand why they like branding rock music as the "Devils Music". And Mellow gospel and pop music has always been the goodie oldie-friendly tunes. It makes me sad to know that people judge music by its loudness or the costumes performers wear. I agree that there has always been a strong relationship between music and religion. Maybe it is because they both plug directly into the heart and can have real power for good or evil. But saying that it is an evil deed to listen to rock 'n roll or headbanging to metal and grunge band is insane! Music is beautiful. And it is irrelevant or even unfair to classify music in lieu to one's religion or being typecasted as being an evil sound just because it's loud and it has guitar riffs that echoes. We have to face the fact that good music is good no matter what kind of music it is. I mean, there is no feeling, except the extremes of fear and grief, that does not find relief in music. People are people. And like any ordinary person, we dream, we cry, we laugh and we feel things like love, hate, joy, pain, and so on. And being in the moment of these feelings, we need something to capture that feeling. To bookmark it in a compartment in our brain and recall it whenever we need it to. We need magic, and bliss, and power, myth, and celebration and religion in our lives, and music is a good way to encapsulate a lot of it. Like me, I can still remember the days that I was doing graveyard shifts with my design plates-- and this is further amplified in our memories when we hear music that was played on during those times, or albums of musicians you used to pound the boombox with while drawing dusk till dawn. Music is like an instant recollection- activator. And we always associate it with the highest and lowest moments in our lives. So irregardless of what kind of music it is, as long as it hit you straight in the heart, be with it. Screw the hypocrites. Rock music is good music. And never will I resign to the idea that it is the music of the devil. For heaven's sake, I wont let the devil have all the fun!

The "other" side of me

Blogging seems to be good for me. Since i've started blogging just around less than two months ago,nothing but good things has been happenning to me so far. I have picked up a couple of pencilling gigs for independent comics studios and a number of pin-up drawing gigs for some creators. Of course, that's because I have featured my comic drawings heavily on this blog. But since the title of this blog is "ARtKITEKTO (read: Artist na Arkitekto), it's just only fair for me to post some of my dayjob creations here. Afterall, this is the work I do from Monday to Friday, before I morphed into being the comics artist again on the weekend.

So here are two of my latest works, all done in 3d using Sketch-up, and finished in Photoshop. These are images of the two entrances of a project we're currently doing in Beijing, China.

Oh yeah, I'm an architect but I work in an Environmental Design/ Site Planning Consultants' firm. :)

Thursday, September 01, 2005

Hell Fury Pin- up

This is a pin-up for Hell fury I made around two weeks ago... Just click on the image to see a bigger version. :)