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Airbender cover released

Posted on 2010.03.30 at 17:10
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The cover I did for The Last Airbender Prequel: Zuko's Story is up.


http://www.amazon.com/Last-Airbender-Prequel-Zukos-Story/dp/0345518543/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1269992750&sr=8-2

I'd like to talk a little about my own process for illustrating the comic.

Because film environment shots were limited and the prequel covers many locations seen in the cartoon but not the movie (as of yet), many of the environment and clothing designs were based on the cartoon. Big kudos to piandao.org and their many screenshots of the Airbender cartoon. Asides from the film pictures I was provided with by Paramount, that site and the book The Lost Scrolls: Fire were my biggest source of reference. With their help, I was able to get some of the smallest details down, from commoner outfits to forts to how Zuko's ship room is laid out. One of the writers, Alison, was also a great help and even went to the library in search of any photos I could use as reference.

For the action scenes, I researched some of the martial arts firebending was based on: namely Northern Shaolin and Xingyiquan. I looked up numerous pictures and demonstration videos online to ensure the firebenders had proper form. I also researched dao swords and had to do a whole lot of slow-moing of videos.

I was disappointed in how Zuko's trademark scar was toned down for the movie, so I exaggerated it for the comic (which makes sense in the context of the story anyway since he's been freshly scarred). One thing I like about movie!Zuko's scar is how it goes into his hair, but again, it's kind of subtle so I emphasized that. For the cover, I was pretty much free to do whatever I want; no direction was given. I made sure to feature Zuko's scar and make it one of the first things you notice, as it's a crucial part of his character.

Dave yaytime, Alison aliwilgus and I are confident that fans of the show will enjoy the comic. Since the story takes place before the film and the series, we had a lot of room for creativity and were able to stick closely to series canon. Please support our work!

ETA: Oh, and don't forget -- there will be a free preview of Zuko's Story in Del Rey's Free Comic Book Day sampler so go to your local comic shop on May 1st and get a copy!


art updates

Posted on 2010.03.19 at 23:58
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Whoo okay, lots of new art since my last post here.

First off, it's what you've always dreamed of: Final Fantasy 6 meets The Simpsons.



Then I filled out this end-of-year art improvement meme.


Posted some Airbender sketches I had sent to Paramount:


Did a couple of Samus pieces in support of The Speed Gamers 72 hour Metroid marathon. They raised over 11k for autism!


And in the past couple of days I worked on some original digital paintings because I felt I needed to do more illustrations.


That's all!


Posted on 2010.02.01 at 11:02
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Boy I've been neglecting this journal in favour of Twitter. Here's some notable news:

* I've signed on to be an official guest at this convention in my hometown:

Anime Evolution
Vancouver, BC August 13-15



* If you live in Vancouver like me, check out the Chapters at Metrotown -- I signed their copies of Yokaiden 2 there! (photo)

* Yokaiden 1 was recently picked by YASLA as one of the 2010 Great Graphic Novels for Teens.

* I'm just a couple of days away from finishing work on The Last Airbender Movie Prequel: Zuko's Story, which can be preordered online.


happy holiday

Posted on 2009.12.25 at 02:31


Merry Christmas!


art update

Posted on 2009.12.21 at 03:18
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I began inking the Last Airbender prequel comic, and it's looking good so far. Here's some art I've done recently. As you can see, I've been on a streak of digital painting...but being such an impatient and easily bored artist, I'm sure I'll move onto a different phase in no time.

First is Sniper Wolf from Metal Gear Solid. It was done for Obligatory Ice Level Day hosted by The Speed Gamers, who I'm watching right now. They've been holding a Pokemon marathon for charity. They've raised over $13,200 in just 59 hours. Today is their last day of the marathon, so be sure to head over and donate some money. My donation won me a Legendary Pokemon-naming auction and I got to name their Phione "Momar". (I drew fanart of Momar for them.)

Second is Calvin & Hobbes in my rendering of the very last panel of the comic strip.

Third is Luanne Platter from "King of the Hill" in memory of Brittany Murphy who died yesterday.



Yokaiden character sketches

Posted on 2009.12.09 at 20:51
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While putting Yokaiden 1 together, I was asked by my editor Dallas if I'd like to include character designs and other concept sketches in the back. I declined, because that would mean having less room for actual content. Now that both books are out, I'm posting these never before seen character sketches I'm required to show before I begin drawing any comic pages.

Lots of artwork and commentary within. There are also BIG SPOILERS so do not read if you haven't read the books!Collapse )


Yokaiden preview online now

Posted on 2009.12.09 at 17:29
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If you have yet to convince someone that Yokaiden is totally worth getting or if you prefer to flip through a comic before buying it, now there's an online preview at Yokaiden.com.



I've been helping a friend support Obligatory Ice Level Day by following her lead and drawing fanart of wintery game stages, wallpaper sized! Here's some fanart I did of Ice Man from Mega Man and the Snowfield level from Contra.




spotlighted!

Posted on 2009.12.08 at 13:34
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Yokaiden 2 spotlighted at Ain't It Cool News Anime! I wanted to make special mention of this because Scott Green's manga reviews are unlike any other's. He does a nice and thorough analytical look -- an almost academic approach. See his Yokaiden 1 review too, if you haven't yet.

This holiday, let's buy less crud and give to charity. The Speed Gamers Pokemon Marathon for Charity is coming up in 10 days. Take a look at Obligatory Ice Level Day, a winter holiday for gamers created and run by one of my longtime friends. I can't mention charity and gaming without bringing up Child's Play, something the gaming community should be very familiar with by now.


toyote update; another design?

Posted on 2009.12.02 at 03:07
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Patch Together has uploaded a much better photo of the resin crazy coyote figure. Take a look!

purchase link: http://www.patchtogether.com/store/store/view/id/163

Remember, these are very limited and they'll only make however many are ordered; they won't be available for purchase forever. Get your toyote before it's gone!

I love the more detailed human figures PatchTogether makes (you can see in their portfolio) and am thinking of submitting a character from one of my works. A human character will be more expensive ($50+), but the result should be great. So I ask you:

Who would you like to see as a figure?

Hamachi (Yokaiden)
13(20.6%)
Madkap (Yokaiden)
7(11.1%)
Sysreq (Saturnalia)
19(30.2%)
Ellipsis (Saturnalia)
17(27.0%)
other
7(11.1%)

If other, please specify:



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