It has been a while since my last post. I recently had the pleasure of hanging out with fellow comic artist and game maker Ben Rivers to chat about comic creation process, as well as to do a quick comic jam! It was interesting to see his process and working documents (script writing, thumbnailing, etc.) and how regimented his process was. Something that I can definitely aspire to! Check out his games Alone With You and Home, both of which I've played and enjoyed, as well as his comic Snow! Honestly too prolific...

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One thing that I flagged about my own process is that I should probably slow down, do more research, and take more time to think through character actions, personalities, motivations, voices, etc. I think this is especially true for longer form comics that are primarily character driven. I'm starting to build those frameworks now, but it's nice to have starting points from the internet! I recently retook a personality test and got ISTP-A (Virtuoso), which is different from my INTJ result from a couple of years ago.

Since I changed my home desk to be a stand desk, I have been very unmotivated to stay on the computer (haha) and have been doing a lot more analog writing in a Leuchtturm1917. Today I just finished writing the first drafts of 8 chapters of Here We Are, half with a wine coloured felt tip pen, and half with a TWSBI Eco with stub nib in Absolute Brown Waterman ink. Such an enjoyable experience!

Although this comic will have zero readership, I'm stil feeling pretty excited about getting started on it! I'm also feeling jazzed that I can start to link all my modern-day OCs together in a world, even if they're all living individual lives.

Oh, and Love Love Hill got into Toronto Comic Arts Festival 2018, so looking forward to seeing all you comic lover/readers on May 12-13 2018!

Today's music post: Show You the Way by Thundercat (feat. Michael McDonald and Kenny Loggins). There is also a live version here. I am a big fan of Kenny and Michael's previous collaboration This Is It, so I am delighted to hear their voices tripleted up with Thundercat's voice and instrumentals!!!

I wanted to draw a holiday picture for Love Love Hill, so I drew a CHOW CHOW because 2018 is year of the dog! I follow chows online and everytime I see their photos come up on my feed, my heart swells up to 2x its original size. I've seen a lot of chows wear bibs too, and it is just TOO PERFECT!

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Here is the final version! I haven't tried this salt-in-watercolour trick since elementary school, ha!

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Here are some good chows to follow:

Today's music post: Monkey Bath by Floex

Today I'm feeling a little bit sad because I perhaps had the ability to change a situation, but now it's too late. Whatever was there, is now lost. I know that beating myself up over it isn't going to help in the long run, but hopefully the self-reflection can help prevent losses from happening in the future.

For the past few weeks my drawing hand gets numb whenever I use my computer at home (sit desk). It doesn't seem to happen when I'm using the mouse as work (stand desk). I'm not really sure what's going on, but I suspect it's a pinched nerve somewhere else in my body that is causing this. Will be asking a RMT about it tomorrow!

As a result, I haven't really been drawing much at all, especially not at the computer.

Here's a picture I drew of my holiday party outfit this year. Most people assumed that I was going to wear a bag dress (as usual), so I decided to SHAKE THINGS UP and go with a full menswear-inspired outfit, inspired by cool people like Esther Quek from older-era, DapperQ, and of course, Janelle Monae.

I came pretty close to replicating this drawing IRL, save for a few things:

  • Didn't find a knitted tie in time...
  • Opted out of the flower pin for a pocket square instead! Well, the pocket square was just a piece of scrap fabric
  • My tie bar was a bobby pin, ha! SO CHEAP!

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Oh, I drew my own hair part wrong. Everything is mirrored...

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A while back, I also drew some stuff to get embroidered on to a varsity jacket! I'm really happy with how it all turned out! Everything on the jacket was designed to represent some aspect of myself, so it is very personal. Kudos if you can figure out how everything is linked to me...!

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I also sewed on the Love Love Hill patch and put on Saicoink and Wai's pins.

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Today's music post: Grand Poppa by ZAMAGI chill japanese hip hop!

Let me tell you about some things that I like...

Sapphire crystal watch glass.

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I'm currently sporting The Hemmingway watch from Hawthorn Watch Co's kickstarter. It has all the features I need in a watch: highly contrast watch face, 3 watch arms, numbers, and date. I toyed with the idea of getting an automatic watch for a while, but decided that the reliability of swiss quartz movement is more functional for me and what I use watches for (running to meetings, timing workshop activities, etc.). Automatic watches also tend to be way more expensive, taller, and mostly marketed towards man-sized wrists. The Hemmingway is definitely on the bigger side for my wrist (40mm) but I guess that makes it easier to read time as my eyes get older. It always aggravates me I see "women" versions of watches that are tiny and bejeweled to the point of non-function!

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The watch I had prior to the Hemmingway was a Grenen watch by Skagen. It was the first "adult" watch that I ever bought, for the purposes of looking like a legit workerbee when I went to client meetings, etc. I remember within 1-2 days of wearing the Skagen it already had a permanent scratch on the surface (you can see some of the scratches in the photo). The strap is also not replaceable and has begun splitting after a couple years of wear. Many reviews on the Skagen website also note the same problem. The strap problem plus the mineral crystal glass led me to retire the watch . I love the look of a lot of Skagen watches, but the quality of the make is just not good enough!

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I have accidentally banged the Hawthorn watch on many things before and it shows no sign of wear! Sapphire crystal totally makes a difference (even if it is domed/raised, which you would expect would scratch more often). Apparently sapphire crystal is second in hardness to diamond! Will see how long this watch survives!

In other news, I have updated my Bludit to 2.x without a hitch, so now the RSS feed works!

Music post: What's That Perfume That You Wear? by Jans Lekman. This artist was chosen by one of my colleagues as a song that might represent aspects of my personality... interesting!

Looking at drawings from 10+ years ago and it doesn't really look stylistically that different from how I draw now...I just draw slightly more confidently now perhaps? And probably some general technical stuff I'm better at drawing (clothing and hands?). I still admire ppl a lot, but I'm also at the point where I've settled in to what I do artistically (even if that means I'm not the best).

I started to draw the comic mentioned before, Here We Are.

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Loosening up my inking after 2010 was a good idea I think, probably both visually and physically (for my hand).

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Some day I will also draw buildings better, haha!

Today's music post: It Ain't Fair (The Roots feat. Bilal). This song really reinforces all of the garbage that has been happening in the world... lyrics are here.