Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Skottie Young, Ben Caldwell & ME !

Ok, I know the title seems misleading like I'm doing some special project with those two great artist. HAHHAHA ....... well no........ but I did get to meet this two awesome artist and talk to them in person. I also took my blue pencil and threaten Ben Caldwell to draw a sketch for me!!! LOLx Anyway, this two great awesome guys came to SCAD and did a portfolio review. They both gave me great tips and shared their industry experience. One of the things that Skottie Young said kept me thinking: " It is easy to get into the industry, the issue is, how do you keep going making sure you get work." He also talked about his story, how he got into Marvel. The interesting thing is, the mindset he was in back then and the idea of getting connected with people is something that I truly believe in. And to see the fact that your idol walk through that same path gives me a huge confident boost. 

On the other hand, our Kickstarter campaign is still going strong!!! Thanks for spreading the word everyone! I'll be at a panel this Friday at SCAD with my team and a Kickstarter representative talking about (You guess) Kickstarter. I've received many messages and emails about Kickstarter from strangers and friends and it seems like more and more people around me are beginning to notice the advantage and possibilities of the Kickstarter community. Which is a great thing and I always encourage my friends to use the platform because in time to come as all things good, will mellow down. 

Ben Caldwell's Sketch!!! Thanks to my Buddy Chi 
for offering his sketchbook paper!!!

I finally bought a Lightbox, 12 by 18 inch for tracing purposes.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012


As most of you guys know, our KickStarter Project has reached its initial goal. Much hyped has gone down as I've predicted but the initial success was really a steep climb beyond what most of us can imagined. We've put up a new challenge of $6000 and if we reach that goal, we'll be able to make a better quality book and add in more pages. An idea that I'm starting to doubt and feel bad that I might have lead my team down the wrong path and make them all look bad.

ALL FOR PASSION - I spoke to a few friends and some of them said that I should have planned this goal higher. Now it just seemed like we're trying to scam everyone in putting more money. First of all, I'd like to thank all the current pledges for their great help and secondly, we're NOT asking our current pledges to add more money. It is just an announcement that SHOULD WE CROSS $6000, all those money will go back to the book making it better, more pages and higher quality all AT THE SAME PLEDGE. WE DON'T POCKET ANYTHING out of all this. I was even hoping we can cross over a higher goal so that every backer gets a hard copy book. And that is expensive, there is tax, shipping and lots of misc stuff including intangible costs like bad copies from the printing company, potential lost copies to our backers when we start shipping. These are things that can't be seen. 

BEHIND THE SCENES - For those unfamiliar with KickStarter, you can't just go in and change the goal as and when you like it. There are a few comic anthologies in the past (and also currently) that set high goals and fall way short not even reaching the halfway mark of the goal. There is really no hard and easy way or magic number around this. This is our first project and we just want to make a good anthology, great drawings and high quality. I did lots of homework, think about every aspect of the project and work with my great committee to plan all of this. Hopefully our friends and family understand what we're truly trying to achieve. In time to come, when our supporters receive the book, they'll know how much sweat and pain we put into it. 

KEEPING IT ALIVE - For the past two days I've been going around clubs pitching our KickStarter idea and getting people to try to know us. Tonight was yet another attempt to get exposure and get people to know about GAME OVER. This will go on for the remaining 26 days and I truly hope we reach our final $10,000 goal. Because me and my team  wants to put a great comic anthology in your hands.

On the other hand, my personal work has really suffered and I think I need to get my shit back together and find time to work this all out. Once the KickStarter Drive finishes, I'll put up a post on what I've learn and  how you too, can create a kickstarter project. Thanks for reading.

My recent illustration for New York Times. 
Never got selected but I've learn a great deal about illustration from this.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Video Editing and Sound Cloud

Our KICKSTARTER Blog is up at http://gameoveranthology.blogspot.com/ While we await for the KICKSTARTER's approval for our project to be up, I'm busy editing the final video and it has taken me longer than expected. Partly because of the that I have to find an alternative music from "intimidated by silence" due to copyright issues. (Or to avoid it I should say) After listening to 367 songs on Sound Cloud which has creative commons, I still can't find any usable one. NOTHING CLOSE. This is driving me insane!!

Friday, February 10, 2012

10000 Hits! and KICKSTARTER

10,000 HITS - Hi everyone! Its Friday and time for some blog update. Work has been piling up like crazy recently! I'm hard at work on 2 short (crazy fun) comics and working on a new illustration. Its been one and a half year since I started this blog (The same time when I first arrived in the west) and I'm proud to announce the fact that I've hit 10,000 pageviews! (I know what you're thinking, nope I didn't refresh the page 10,000 time. I lock out my own ip) So here is a cute bone sketch I did to thank you guys for visiting and hanging around. It really isn't easy to keeping a blog going with fun frequent updates.  (traffic has been picking up recently!) Without you guys, I probably would have stopped a year ago. 

Comics and Kickstarter - Here is one of my Bone MMA comic in tight roughs. There are still tonnes of work and changes from scrapping panels, adding them and changing drawings etc. But all these crazy work is fun and great because I'm putting up a Kickstarter project. YES. FINALLY a kickstarter project! (I've been talking bout this ever since the beginning of time) I'm collaborating with 15 other awesome comic artist to put up an Anthology! (This is not your average anthology!) so stay tuned for MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT SOON! Meanwhile, hope you like what I've got so far!

Sunday, February 5, 2012

SCAD Scholarship Gala 2012

Last year during this time, I volunteered for SCAD's annual Scholarship Gala helping out the auctions in the one day gallery where numerous gorgeous works were on display. This year, I have the opportunity to participate in the gallery and actually manage to get two of my works in! 

If you don't know, SCAD's Scholarship Gala is an annual one day exhibition where faculty staff and selected students donate their artworks for auction. The money collected from the event goes a long way, funding the scholarships of numerous students in SCAD every year, making their education possible. This single event has helped many hardworking, passionate and needy student including me! That is why this year, I insist on submitting two artwork (I was told to only send in one, but my love moved the administrator. LOLX) to show my appreciation to SCAD and also help out more needy students. The Gala starts in the evening with a preview show where buyers can walk around and start "hunting". During the preview show, there is an option call "BUY IT NOW" where you can secure the artwork right away so you don't have to worry about a particular piece of artwork being bid too high when the actual show starts.

When I came in half an hour later, my work was already sold. GOSH, 
I need to find the buyer and thank him/her for helping out SCAD's students!

When I walk into the Gala, one of my friends told me that within 10 minutes of the show, a buyer immediately snatch our piece "DADDY GO ROUND" with the "BUY IT NOW" option. When I found out that its been sold, I was totally stunned and shocked!

*Note. Both paintings were sold out in the event.

Another one of my work, "Rain Drops" was up for auction. 
I left before the show ended so hopefully someone did grab it!!!

This year, The GALA is huge and awesome because it is hosted at SCAD's own museum! (Yes, that's right, my school has a museum that houses lots of great artwork from fame artist throughout the world!) My friend Jessie also sold her painting too! I'm really honored to have exhibited with all these great artist. I had a personal favorite which is Lisa May William's Oil Painting Three Graces. Wish I had the money to buy that piece!

Jessie and her beautiful painting. Check out her stuff HERE.

Doesn't the show look awesome?!

You can still see some of the artwork online at SCAD's website.