It Was A Long Week . . . In Retrospect

…and it was full of everything.

I remember from my previous employment. I get attached to the people I work with. The feeling might not be the same for them like me, but it feels like finding a family, however dysfunctional it may be.

The last time I did have that feeling was with an animation studio.

Not the big one, the other one.

You meet a lot of people as you go through life. I’m fortunate enough to have met some really, wonderful human beings – Artists, Musicians, Animators, Writers, simple people – all sorts of interesting, stimulating creatures. The kind you can swear your loyalty to.

I have a problem with loyalty. Often times it gets me into all sorts of personal turmoil. Like a dog for his master. I get territorial when it comes to those I value, and love. I am quirky that way. I was also a philanderer, so that makes me a walking, talking contradiction.

But heck, people change. I know I did.

Misplaced loyalty kept me from moving forward before. I tried very hard to defend and support my animation studio, that it almost kept me from opening new doors. Like a dog subservient on a leash, patiently waiting for his master to let go. Continue reading

Behind The Scenes – CS/N on Pagbabago2013

A rare moment of non movement

This is a time when all the labor and toiling and drudgery and frustrations and milestones converge.  I wasn’t talking about the recent polls that up until now, has yet to finalize its tally.

Pagbabago 2013 is TV5’s election coverage. And most of the motion graphics you see on TV is from our motley crew of mean, creative machines.

I want to talk about the people behind the the screen – like the cameramen, the carpenters, the production assistants, technical directors, runners, coordinators, make up artists and everyone else that work in the background. Specially us, the graphics specialists. Working with talented people everyday seem to dampen the greatness and awesome experience, when all just seem to be just a normal thing.

Well, to us, it is normal.

What I mean is, you get to work, you see people you collaborate everyday, with different talents and skill, each an important cog or nut to keep together and make this big engine of a tv network running. Creativity is our fuel. I have often felt humbled to be working side by side with such Continue reading

Perils of Craftsmanship

Sample Illustration for tv simulation, original is in full color

I whip myself silly, because I had to make quick fixes with the head . That was my fault not reading the script entirely.  It’s very obvious that the head was drawn with a full head of hair and I had to make him bald.

 This was done with so short a time I was not really keen on submitting this for tv broadcast. This is a part of a series of simulation drawings that depicts a letter sender’s story. My intent was to create a good comics/book style drawing that will add drama to the letter sender’s predicament, as being discussed by the hosts.

Sadly, this kind of drawing [this is probably the fastest way to stick all the details to the characters, keep the background with less emphasis] even with the right composition is not what I want it to look. But life in tv broadcast is always fast-paced and deadline weary.

I could live with that.

But I really love to illustrate in the best detailed drawing possible, something that would grab the audience and immediately identify with the story being unraveled.  A simulation drawing that could carry the storytelling itself. Continue reading