Mercedita: Drowned Man

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My most favorite character to ink is this drowned man. What horror and dread have befallen upon this poor soul? Though I wont be able to show you this man’s hell, the culprit is going to take a center stage.Dan-dan-dan–DAAAN! I’m feeling very excited as I ink the final pages of my comic Mercedita. Please be ready for Supanova! *fingerscrossed*

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Mercedita OC

 

 

Hey guys! It’s been a while and I’m itching to post stuff here but my internet is really bad. *SOB* #firstworldproblem.

Anyway, here’s the opening page for my comic Mercedita. The first one is my first attempt at tone, ink and rendering. After a great feedback session from my wonderful Curtin Illustration Club members, voila !  The best render I did yet for a comic!

I’d like to share some of the points that were pointed out during our feedback session:

1. Font size! I changed the 9pt to 6pt that looks just about right in print size (approx A5 size page).

2. Gray Scales! Taking advantage of different grayscales to render faraway objects and to separate background from word balloons and characters

3. Black Ink! Our eyes tend to focus on the black, so I inked my characters which I was feeling lazy to do and it was worth it. Also, the trees were standing out too much so I used grayscale tone to make them subtle and blend them in the background.

And so far that’s all I could remember. Fingerscrossed I could finish in time to print and sell in Supanova…. >_<

Happy comic making weekend!

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first render = fail

 

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2nd render = kawai <3<3

New year new comic!

After struggling with the script for the myth of Mercedita, and after a number of revisions of thumbnails, I finally summed up courage to draft the comic pages. Here’s my Mercedita comic in it’s full rawness and loose form. First day of 2014 will be inking these babies! YAY Start the year right with comics.

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Also here’s an image of the unfinished script that helped me arrange my thoughts and ideas about the story.

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Niña

Niña is the main character in a one shot comics that I have been slowly conceptualising which is called “Mercedita”. Yesterday I finished my thumbnails for the 10 page comics which turned out to be a bit more tricky than I expected. Here is the art style that I’m  planning to use for my comic. What do you think? It’s a mix of style from Takehiko Inoue’s Vagabond and Taga-ilog’s Pasig as well as Tabi-po by Melvin Malonso.  I’m so hyped to finish this before the holiday ends!

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bayabas(guava) tree

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Afternoon snacks are picked from the bayabas tree in our backyard shared with Junior the goat. – Niña

One could tell, all of my comics are screaming of home back in Philippines. First post in December!

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So we have this graphic novel anthology project in the Curtin Illustration Club and I struggled for a long time about what myth I would choose. My  first idea is a myth about a room in the Architecture building(in Curtin) which is rumored to be haunted. And then there’re heaps more from my hometown in Philippines. I couldnt bring myself to choose among these…in the end I went with the myth that I am most intimate with, about witches.

The myth is about the name of our small barangay, Pila-pila. Heresay is, there were a number of witches (mangkukulam) in our baranggay that were burned. Withces fall in long lines for their turn. “fall in line” is a loose translation of the word pila-pila. Grewing up, I hear neighbors pointing out some specific houses in the middle of the field saying, ” That’s the witches house!” And there were also dwende(elves) in coconut trees and we were to say “Tabi Po”(Pardon us/Excuse us) to pay respect to them. And there is also Mercedita, that haunts an abandoned stone house in our town. Mercedita plays pranks and fool people in boats and is said to take away the souls of young men into her world.  (reference)

For my comic I will be exploring Mercedita in a short coming of age story of a young witch. Here are some conceptualisation. The main character’s name is Niña, a girl’s name derived from Santo Niño or a Child Christ and also the name of my cute niece. (wiki article)

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Now….I’m off to the drawing board!

24hdc: no entry

Finished my first 24h comic! AYAYAY not sure how to submit this. they only say to post online.  Time for some sleep….zzzz

Started at 12am oct 5 until 8pm.

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