As a person who knows how to draw, I get to do it with almost every endeavor or employment, past and present. There’s always a point somewhere that I need to whip out a pencil, grab a piece of paper and draw. I can’t remember any of my jobs that didn’t figure in a sketch, a drawing, or a design. It can be a logo, or a sign to put up. During college, I may have drawn anything for my friends. I also earned a bit on the side, when I’m at home, students drop by to have some illustration done for their projects.
Most of my doodles end up lost. And I seem to have accustomed myself with how I draw, my methods, of sorts, and even with the rigid in-betweening habits I picked up during my gig with TOEI Animation, of which, by the way, took me years to scrape off from my system, because it almost took over my own way of drawing stuff, my accustomed “style” was to do some rudimentary sketch, expound on it, do a clean up on a light box [a skill I picked up with animation] and revise some more.
I have always thought my illustration skill is second nature, not just a hobby but something that came natural. But I’m not that proud of my work. I’m not as good as Mannix , or Aries, or Maestro or even color and paint like Uging. Wish I could, but these are seasoned artists whom I have grown to admire even when we were still doing work in a studio cramped with drawing tables and paper.
I’m a total slouch with my art.
So one night, while we were just waiting for graphic work to arrive for the news, I took my ink pen and did this:
Don’t get me wrong. This is not a single ink drawing. It’s a three-in-one. I just put it all together to make up one story in visual form. I started with the hand on a cup, and the thing just grew. Pretty drastic for someone who’s used to sketching first. And with ink! can you believe it?
I wanted to find out if I am worthy enough to publish my own komiks this November Komikon. And my confidence is very much at an all time low for sometime. I do have the stories, and the characters. I have been blogging about it here.
My style needs a lot of work. And I mean a LOT.
But I am enjoying this.