|9.18.05 So I've been
spending the last few months drawing lots and lots of Slam
Dunk fanarts.... After a while I felt like I was learning
enough from drawing fanarts and I was ready to get back to doing
comics. For some reaons I was feeling very unmotivated about
drawing this page. There were a bunch of things that was giving
me trouble (well, more like everything) and that added to the
frustrations. At least I got it done and my favorite panel is
actually the shoes. Hehe. I'm a bit disappointed with the background
in the first panel, but I like how Jon looked. Some of my friends
commented that he's looking older.
7.9.05 Between the
last page and this page, I did my Slam Dunk fan comic. Some
of what I learned from doing fan comic was applied to this page.
I really like the lineart for this page. It's a lot stronger
than the previous pages. It's mainly because I switched to a
thicker nib and in some ways I'm less afraid about inking. Not
that I was ever afraid of inking, but I think I was able to
be bolder and be not so afraid of drawing thicker lines. I also
switched back to using nibs to do cross hatching because the
new nibs I got is capable of producing lines when I use fast
strokes. It's actually pretty fun doing speedlines (another
thing I picked up from doing the fan comic). Overall, I like
the layout of the page, but as much as I hated drawing the fat
dude, the first panel turned out better than expected. It was
quite agonizing trying to draw that panel. In the end I switched
2.28.05 Yikes, it's been too long
since my last update! I was in a slump from October to December.
Then, from December to middle of February, I was working on
an offline project, a short story about two people in a coffee
shop. I have another offline project that's due in early April
(Slam Dunk fan comic). Before I start the new project, I wanted
to updated Down. I miss drawing my boy. :) I want to thank everyone
for your patience and support.
Not too much to say about this page. I wonder if I improved
between this page and the previous page because I drew 20 pages
between these two pages. I like the different perspectives?
My birthday was a few days ago, and I received a bunch of awesome
presents from some wonderful friends and artists. Included were
two fanarts for this story.
was from Kim.
Alice looks sooo mischievous and cute while Jon looks quite
manly yet flustered. A friend thought Jon was Kogure (glassed
dude from Slam Dunk). Hehe.
one is from
We spent a whole afternoon drawing in a cafe, and I had the
previlege of seeing her drawing from start to finish. She always
makes my characters look way more pretty than I ever can. Jon
looks so cute and innocent.
10.4.04 Drawing the fat guy was
surprisingly fun, but that doesn't mean I like the guy.
7.25.04 Nothing too exciting about
the process of creating this page. The first four panels can
be read two ways. I tried to draw the second to the last panel
in different perspective, and in the end I settled for the front
view. The shadow I used were supposed to be darker (but I'm
too chicken), but I like this compromise.
7.14.04 This page took a lot longer
to finish than I expected. This page has more words than any
of my other pages so that took a while to figure out where to
put all the text. Also, it was quite complicated to put all
the elements together. I wanted to try something different;
I wanted to change the way I usually draw a conversation. At
first I wanted to do a soluette of Jon and Dillen, but in the
end I chickened out.
I still can't believe Down but Not Out was nominated for "Outstanding
Use of Black and White" at the Buzzawards. Thanks to the
judges who nominated me and thanks to those of you who voted.
I doubt I'll win but that's ok because I'm already happy that
I got nominated.
Monday (7.12) marked the third anniversary of Down. I can't
believe it's been three years. I should draw more pages. Hehehe.
I'm still trying to think of how I want to celebrate. Check
in later for more updates.
6.26.04 It was nice taking a bit
of a break from doing comics. Hardest panel to draw was actually
the first one; the fifth was a bit of a pain also. This page
gave me a lot of problems overall because I didn't know how
to fit all the text into the page and I couldn't think of an
interesting layout. I'm pretty satisfy with the result though.
5.23.04 I liked how this page turned
it; it's much better layout than my original
draft, which was drawn months ago on the trip to Asia. I
also tried to draw view that's closer to profile but still 3/4
view (is it still considered 3/4 view or it's something else?).
I always have problem with it, which is why I practice drawing
it this time.
I tried to give Jon a bit more confidence in this page, sort
of showing his pre-prelim attitude. Hee.
427.04 I was a bit late in updating,
but now it's done. I haven't done hatching for a long time,
and I was really, really rusty. Someone once said the most manly
person in my story has a pony tail. Haha. I like Jon's expression
in the fourth panel. This page has a couple parallels with other
pages in which Dillen appears, but probably I'll be the only
one notice since I'm the creator.
4.12.04 As always the background
took way more time and energy to draw tha I liked. At least
it turned out well. It's been too long since the last time I
played with perspective.
3.15.04 Wow, that was a long break.
Still much less than the 6 months break I took over a year (or
two?) ago. I had a lot of fun doing this splash page and it
actually got me motivated to draw again. Yay!
The mechanical pencil in the drawing is my favorite pencil which
I use for most of my drawings. Also, there's the Mono eraser
I got at Taiwan last year. Color scheme is pretty randomg, but
I intentionally used a bright yellow sticky note to draw the
reader's eyes to the title. I also decided to add a picture
of Jon's family.
1.19.04 I liked one of the images
so much in the last page of Chapter 2 that I decided to use
it to redesign my site. Actually, I like the other panels even
more, but it would be a major spoiler if I used them as background
image. Haha. As much as I like the previous
site design, I wanted to do something lighter, more cheery.
So what's going on in the next chapter? All I'm going to say
is Jon is going to help Alice move, but the rest you'll have
to wait and see. Hehe. I hope it'll astonish you. Haha. Ok,
maybe not 'astonish' but I hope you'll be surprised and amused.
In the next chapter I hope I'll get to show more of other characters'
personality, including Alice. I don't think I'll be introducing
more characters though.
I got a rough script already, but I won't be able to draw and
put stuff online until late February, after my trip to Asia.
I hope I'll be able to draft a few pages though (mostly while
I'm in the airport. haha).
HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR!
|7.09.05 - Yay, I finally updated Down.
I miss drawing this story and I hope that in my few months absence
(was drawing other comics), that I've improved. Page
10 of Chapter 3 is now online.
5.15.05 - Oh man,
the SD fan comic took a lot more time to finish than expected.
I'll resume my update of Down in a few weeks after things calm
down a bit, but currently I am updating my new short story Coffee
Break once a week. Sorry about that!!!
4.11.05 - Next update of Down is
around end of April/beginning of May because I'm working on
a Slam Dunk fan comic,
but currently I am updating my new short story Coffee
Break once a week.
2.28.05 - Ch 3, p 9 added (finally)
and new gifts (from Kim
10.04.04 - Ch 3, p 8 added.
7.25.04 - Ch 3, p 7 added.
7.14.04 - Ch 3, p 6 added.
7/12 marked the third anniversary of Down but Not Out
7.6.04 Down but Not Out has been nominated for Outstanding
Use of Black and White at the Buzzawards.
Please support Down by voting (voting ends on 7/12)!
6.26.04 - Ch 3, p 5 added.
5.23.04 - Ch 3, p 4 added.
4.27.04 - Ch 3, p 3 added.
4.12.04 - Ch 3, p 2 added.
3.15.04 - Ch 3, p 1 added. I still
need to do the cover.
1.19.04 - New page design.