Sketch: Insomnia.

In-between inking comics. Here’s another sketch from my mind. “Insomnia”.

I prefer working nights. I’m not much of a morning person myself. I find there’s less distraction during these later periods. Wherein, I can focus on my preoccupations as much as I like.

Comic Progress.

Lots of drawing for this week. In-between both research and music studies. Here’s a screenshot of progress, for how I tend to ink hair.

Rest you silly boy. Rest.

Inking hair is probably my most favorite thing to do. It’s very intricate, what with its little strands and handling of depicting each strand in reaction to the imagined light source.

Drawing Comics: Progress II

Another panel I’ve semi-inked. Here’s some progress, that I thought I’d share.

Seven hours a day/night, if I can manage it.

Also listening to some Jazz, because Jazz is my favorite:

Especially Jazz Piano.

Drawing: Comic Progress.

In-between music, I still tend to my other love. Drawing.

Here’s some more progress on my PhD Comic:

More to go.

Post-scriptum: For this arc, if you know the comic artist of whom I am being influenced by, style wise. You gets a damned, digital high-five. Heueheuheu~

Drawing: Frederich Chopin

Warming up before drawing comics.

I drew my own take of the Polish composer and pianist, Frédéric Chopin. From his heart to his soul, he let his fingers do the talking.

My Chopin is relaxed, past pensive… which is what he often appears to be, in his daguerreotypes. Honestly, Chopin… how did you keep your eyes wide open for many of your shots?

Many prefer Liszt in the world of piano, but I say “Meh.” Give me the sweet-faced Chopin, with his soulful eyes and huge nose. It’s the conk which does it for me~ (no, not really).

Sketch: Stuart Yoshihiro.

More on my PhD project. A graphic novella. In revising Stuart’s narrative, I wanted to draw him in Craig Thompson’s style. Stuart is a character, who is completely fictional. He is influenced by research on high-functioning Autistic individuals… as well as my own experience.

This is the original style I drew him in, for the first narrative. The style is influenced by two favorite Mangaka of mine: the late Satoshi Kon, and Katsuhiro Otomo of Akira fame. Stuart’s last name ‘Yoshihiro’, is a nod to Satoshi Kon, who adopted this pseudonym during his earlier works. His name ‘Stuart’, is a reference from the fictional Gorillaz front-man “2D”, who’s true name is ‘Stu Pot’. His appearance, is probably based on an amalgam of Alexander David Turner from “Arctic Monkeys”, during the Humbug album–and elvish-looking men. Although, people who have read through drafts of the comic thus far… have mistaken Stuart for being me–so, there is most probably that influence, just as well.

Well, he is my son. I created him after-all.
One takes the symbols, which connote their supposed representations and ‘water’ down the depictions to mere abstraction. That is my process in changing/adopting styles. It’s implicit. Not much thought is given to it, truth be. I just do… Also–Hah, there’s only five staves there. Stuart, you wrote them wrong! Start again!

Warm-Up Sketch.

A Warm-up sketch, before I work on setting out compositions for my PhD’s comic. I enjoy changing styles, or “borrowing” styles from other artists, when the mood calls for it. However, I do not mimick them completely–I like to augment little things here or there to the style, as per my own tastes. For example, the French comic artiste Mobius (Jean Giraud) has a nice way of shading with lines. I add this little detail into anything I draw.

The PhD I am due to finish in two years, is really… if I were to simplify it, about utilizing comics as a means of communication. That is, for addressing a sociopolitical issue. For my PhD, the research is concerned in bringing more awareness and understanding to high-functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder. That is, through fictional depictions of characters diagnosed–to depict a more authenticated experience, of how they (may) process the world. One character is a fictional representation of ‘myself’, whilst the other is an amalgam of interviews, literature reviews, and surveys.

I have always been a strong believer in merging both, what one would define as ‘art’, together with ‘theoretics’. That is another reason why I love music. The ‘instrumentalist’, as my viola instructor would call the ‘serious musician’, is a scholar practitioner. They learn the theoretical underpinnings of their craft, and of course, just as well… they apply this knowledge through their respective instrument. And yes, I love music theory. ‘Deed I do.

Now, as for Craig Thompson’s manner of drawing. I am referencing his graphic novella Blankets. I highly recommend it! Thompson draws with his heart.