1.18.04 I didn't like the shading
for this page. The figures blend into the background too much.
I do like how the characters turned out though. I guess it's
a bit abrupt with the end of this chapte. Oh well. I think
I should have drawn one or two more panels to tied things
up a bit better.
Feel free to drop a line or two. I'm curious what people think
of the story so far. I know there are quite a few questions
to address. Don't worry, I haven't forgotten them yet. :)
Thanks to everyone who's been reading (and voting) my story!!
I really appreciate it! Plus, it motivates me to keep going.
12.24.03 Well, last update for
the year. Feeling lethargic since Thanksgiving. I think it's
a combination of things. I had quite a bit of trouble drawing
this page because of the body proportions, but the facial
expressions turned out the way I wanted. In the end the page
turned out ok. One more page and it's the end of Chapter 2.
Hopefully, I'll be able to do a few pages (draft at least)
when I'm on my vacation.
11.23.03 November's been a really
crappy month for me. Oh well. This page took a lot longer
to finish than I expected. I intentionally screwed up the
dialogue for the last panel. Hehe.
10.25.03 Many thanks to Amy and
her friends for giving me helpful tips on improving the shading
of this page.
10.11.03 Notice that I went back
to 'the usual' after the pages 25-27? I made the previous
pages different and simple so the reader gets a different
feeling than all the other scenes.
I was very happy with the line quality of this page, but it
didn't matter too much in the end because I had to do lots
of cross hatching anyway. I do like the layout of the panels
this time. Lots of symmetry.
9.26.03 I think the last panel
9.12.03 I had the most problem
drawing Alice in the third panel. Another page that was done
completely with a brush pen. :)
8.30.03 I'm making the next couple
of pages a bit different from the usual pages. I've finished
the next three pages of Down (counting this one) so it'll
be updated regularly for the next few weeks. Hopefully, I'll
have a chance to draw more so I can resume regular weekly
8.23.03 Sorry again for the lack
of update, but I got a good excuse this time. I was in Taiwan.
Woohoo! I was so busy with everything, that I had no time
what so ever to actually sit down and relax and draw. Not
that I'm complaining because I had a great time! Wid was there
too and that made it extra nice. All right, on to the comic...
I finished this page quite quickly this time and I actually
like this page. The only thing I don't like is the wording
about the second hand kiss. I really like the panel layout
because it's actually quite different from my other pages
(notice the panels lined up vertically instead of horizontally
like most of my pages?). I should experiment more with panelling.
I think Jon looks quite Chinese in the close up panel, but
what do you expect, I use myself as reference.
I want to thank everyone (you know who you are) who's been
giving me kind words about my comic. It's great to hear that
my little project has inspired others to draw more and work
harder. Hee. Thank you!
7.20.03 Sorry about the lack of
update for the past month. I had to deal with quite a few
things and they took priority over this comic. This is the
first time I colored this comic and it's to mark the second
year anniversary of this comic. I dedicate this page to Widhy.
Not sure if I want to do the rest of the comic in color because
the colors pulls the eyes away from the lineart itself. I
actually like the b/w version
a bit better.
I don't like doing dialogue pages because I don't know how
to keep the images interesting. I did try to change the perspective
in the large panel for a bit of variety as well as emphasize
Jon's emotional state. I also like the first and the second
to the last panel.
I'll be out of the country in late July. Hopefully, I'll get
a chance to update the comic before my trip.
6.24.03 This week's update was a bit late because of
the nice weather and me wanting to bake. This page isn't really
100% done. I really should do more shading on the birds and
add a background in the first panel. I kind of like panel
2, but that's where all the mistakes are found. Bleh. Oh well,
I least I tried something new.
6.9.03 Oooooh, I updated the comic
on time. again! Maybe I can get back to a regular updating
schedule again. I was experiment with the paneling this time.
The theme is symmetry. I also tried to make the actions flow
more smoothly, but unfortunately, I goofed a bit between the
last panel in the second row and the first panel in the third
5.25.03 Woohoo, I actually updated
this comic on time. I had a lot of fun drawing the first two
panels as well as the poses in the other panels. Too bad the
image is too small for you to see the hatching. You can check
it out here.
5.12.03 I added a 'page flipper'
version of viewing the comics. Now you can go foward and backward
from one page to another. I found the script at JS
Made Easy and modified it a bit. Unfortunately, you have
to start from the very beginning. Don't ask me about integrating
the page flipper with the frame version because I don't know
how to do that. This is a fairly temporary solution until
I find something better.
5.11.03 (Ch 2, p 19) Nevermind
about the first panel. The background is totally screwy. My
favorite panel is actually the one Dillen gets punched in
the stomach. That panel turned out well, and I really had
fun doing the shading of Claire's pants. I want to thank Wid
for the "Gimme some sugar, baby" line from Army
of Darkness. It's perfect for that panel. All I need is to
find a place for "Hail to the king, baby." Heh.
4.21.03 (Ch 2, p 18) Dang, it's
been about a month since my last update. I'm waaaay too busy
with work to have any time to draw. sob. I like the whole
page and the various expressions and poses I used. The large
panel at the bottom took the most time to draw because I didn't
like the first
draft. Then, I drew the figures in the front and the back
in the wrong perspective so I had to fix that in the computer.
I also wanted the figures to be more separated, but I don't
have enough space.
3.25.03 (Ch 2, p 17) I like
the last row of panels, especially how Alice is sort of out
of the boundary in the second panel.
For some reason I'm having trouble drawing heads.
3.8.03 (Ch 2, p 16) You can
consider this either a very early update or a very late update.
Heh. I'm trying the 3/4 view in panel 3.
2.18.03 (Ch 2, p 15) I'm tired.
I tried to get this page done on Sunday but no luck. There
were too many panels in this page but I wanted to end the
page at a nice point instead of just cut things off in the
2.4.03 (Ch 2, p 14) Another
page that took way too much time to draw. I think I spent
about an hour for each panel that had a background. This restaurant
is based on a real place and their best items on the menu
are cheese steak sandwich and bi bim bap.
1.10.03 (Ch 2, p 13) This page
took way too much time to draw, but I'm very happy with the
result. This is one of the first pages in which I included
background in every single panel. It looks so much nicer (and
professional according to Waiji. Heehee) than the other pages.
12.13.02 (Ch 2, p 12) Laurie looks really cute in panel
2 (and he's so nosy). Bonus - I was bored so I cg'ed the second
row and added random text; the result was this,
which I titled "Down."
I also changed the links in the index so that now when you
click on the link, the image opens on the top window. This
way you don't have to keep going back to see a new image.
12.6.02 (Ch 2, p 11) I decided to shade the background
using cg instead of markers. I think it looks ok. I looked
at what I drew so far and I can't believe that there's a huge
discrepency in quality and style from the first page to what
I have so far. Oh well. I guess it shows that I'm improving,
and it's not as embarrassing as the fiasco known as Dreams.
Oh, as you can see I redesigned the site and updated the character
descriptions (Lynn, Shelly, and Dillen). For those who
are familiar with the T, you might recognize a few names.
Finally, I added a new
sketch. Many times my random sketches show Jon with a
11.29.02 (Ch 2, p 10) Once again the background took
more time to draw than the actual figures. In this page I
tried small changes in gestures and facial expressions to
show changes in emotions or reactions. Overall, I'm pretty
satisfy with this page, but unfortunately, by shrinking the
page down to 72 dpi, I lost lots of details in the facial
expression. Feel free to check out this larger
11.22.02 (Ch 2, p 9) I played around the arrangement
of word bubbles. When I was looking over my old pages, I realized
that I've been drawing necks way to skinny. I'll try to fix
that in my future pages.
I think I'll go back to my weekly update until I decide what
to do with my other stories (and figure out how much spare
time I have).
11.15.02 (Ch 2, p 8) Believe it or not, but the prof,
both physical appearance and personality, is based on a real
person whose class I unfortunately have taken. First time
drawing an overweight man.
I'm surprised that the cross hatching of the eyes in the last
panel came out so well. Too bad the lines blended together
in the 72 dpi version. Check out the details
in the eyes. My first sketch of the last panel made Jon look
a lot more angry. It was too scary so I decided not to use
I received an awesome gift from
Halliday. He was going to draw the end of chapter 1, but he
was really busy with school. I really like his use of shadows
(lots of solid black) and different perpectives. I need to
do something like that. Man, he made my story more extreme
looking. :D I always like to see intrepetations of my characters
I'm debating whether or not I should go back to my weekly
update. I'm psyched about drawing the next part of the story
(and I doubt I'll be able to start Meng Mei anytime soon).
11.08.02 Tiny update. I added
more characters in the description page.
11.02.02 (Ch 2, p 7) I like how the cheese cake pic
turned out, but there's too much negative space up on the
top. I like panel 2 too, but I think that image is too big
compared to the rest of the page.
10.18.02 (Ch 2, p 6) I like the second row of panels.
10.11.02 (Ch 2, p 5) Tried a different scene switching
method. My 20% cool grey marker dried up during the shading
so I didn't shade the background this time. The chocoloate
chip cheesecake recipe is actually real and I made the cake
several times. Always a hit among friends. If you want the
recipe, email me.
10.4.02 (Ch 2, p 4) I used too much gray and there
are a few weird things, but other than that, I'm pretty happy
with this page.
9.30.02 (Ch 2, p 3) Got this page done a week earlier,
but I didn't have the chance to upload this on Friday. I like
panel 4 and 5.
9.20.02 (Ch 2, p 2) If you look closely, you might
have noticed that page 32 (ch 2, page 2) was finished weeks
before page 30 or 31. I'm pretty satisfied with this page,
9.12.02 (Ch 2, p 1) Phew, just finished page 1 of Chapter
2. I didn't have my sumi ink so I had to ink everything by
Microns and the awesome brush fountain pen I gave to the bf.
I felt like doing a splash/title page after reading Will Eisner's
book Comics and Sequential Art.
9.6.02 Cover of Chapter 2. I don't consider that as
a page, unlike a lot of people. Also, I do not think that
character designs and a page of text can be called 'comics.'
|1.18.04 - Ch 2, p 32 added. End of Ch
12.24.03 - Ch 2, p 31 added.
11.23.03 - Ch 2, p 30 added.
10.25.03 - Ch 2, p 29 added.
10.11.03 - Ch 2, p 28 added.
9.26.03 - Ch 2, p 27 added.
9.12.03 - Ch 2, p 26 added.
8.30.03 - Ch 2, p 25 added.
8.23.03 - Ch 2, p 24 added.
7.20.03 - Ch 2, p 23 added.
6.24.03 - Ch 2, p 22 added.
6.9.03 - Ch 2, p 21 added.
5.26.03 - Contact info added.
5.25.03 - Ch 2, p 20 added.
5.12.03 - Now with page flipper.
5.11.03 - Ch 2, p 19 added.
4.25.03 Changed the webpage design.
4.21.03 Ch 2, p 18 added.
3.25.03 Ch 2, p 17 added.
3.7.03 Ch 2, p 16 added.
2.18.03 Ch 2, p 15 added
2.4.03 Ch 2, p 14 added.
1.10.03 Ch 2, p 13 - cute boy
I changed the links so that the comic appears on a separate
page from the index. The frame version is for ease of navigation
12.6.02 Ch 2, p 11 (see who's at the door) redesigned
the site, and added a new sketch and more character descriptions.
11.29.02 Ch 2, p 10 added (writing
and a knock).
11.22.02 Ch 2, p 9 added.
11.15.02 Page 8 and gift from Halliday
11.8.02 Character profile updated.
11.2.02 Page 7 of Chapter 2 added.
10.22.02 renumbered Chapter 1.
10.18.02 Page 6 of Chapter 2 added.
10.11.02 Page 5 of Chapter 2 added.
10.4.02 Page 4 of Chapter 2 added.
9.30.02 Page 3 of Chapter 2 added.
9.20.02 Page 2 of Chapter 2 added.
9.12.02 Page 1 of Chapter 2 added.
9.6.02 Cover of chapter 2 added