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The Road to MCC School Tour: University of Santo Tomas

Posted in Comics, Events, Podcasts, Seminars by J.R. Bumanglag on July 26, 2009

It was on a Wednesday afternoon, July 22 that I attended the next leg of the Road to MCC at the University of Santo Tomas. I came in just a bit tad late because of other responsibilities but I did manage to record most of it. The panelists for this leg were Heubert Michael, Yuri Timg and Wilson Tortosa and hosted by Ernest Hernandez. It was at this time that the once Manila Comic Con was renamed Metro Comic Con instead. I do not know exactly why but it still stands the same.

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Just like last time, the talk was mostly in Taglish. Another big thanks to the organizers of the Metro Comic Con and the UST College of Fine Arts and Design. Listen well and listen good!

Runtime is 42 minutes.

Download from Mediafire.

Listen online at my Multiply.

Song snippet’s from Bamboo’s “Masaya” and Rivermaya’s “Alab ng Puso.”

Heubert Michael in Deviantart.

Wilson Tortosa in Deviantart and Glass House Graphics.

Yuri Timg in Suspended Animation Media.

Metro Comic Con in Deviantart.

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Of Pixels and Paints

Posted in Comics, Workshops by J.R. Bumanglag on July 20, 2009

Pixel Pintura

Almost a month ago, I enrolled myself in a workshop called Pixel Pintura. Since I had a lot of time on my hands and with thesis needing a lot more than knowledge in traditional watercolour painting, I invested in improving my less-focused digital skills. After setting up my 30 minute assessment, I borrowed kuya’s map of manila to pinpoint my route to the actual place of curious creativity. It was like finding the X on a treasure map, a needle in a haystack. Setting out a clear day, I was very excited to meet Joel Chua at his turf at Mandaluyong. Following a 45 minute travel time from Fort Bonifacio to Shaw, I found myself trekking through Addition Hills in search for the house pictured in the Pixel Pintura website. Not a long time later, I did and finally met Joel face to face.

Joel welcomed me into his humble studio. I immediately noticed all of his artworks scattered around the space. He introduced me with the computer setup that we would be working on. One thing lingered in my mind – I have never seen such a wide Wacom Intuos before. Seriously! But I was glad because I was going to work on it soon. We talked about what course was appropriate for my art and design background. I settled for the Digital Coloring Pro as advised by Joel. So there began my journey into digital arts as seen by Joel Chua and his Pixel Pintura Workshop…and here’s what I have to say about it.

The workplace was simple and welcoming. No distractions from the surroundings whatsoever. You can focus on your work with no worries from irritating noise and distracting objects. This is crucial because every session will only last 3 hours. In such a compressed time of learning, any waste of time is a waste of money. Fortunately, the one-on-one interaction between student and instructor increases productivity and learning experience. If you think you know enough…think again. The lessons go in-depth into color theory, photoshop techniques, useful shortcuts, screen-to-print tips and a different perspective in art as a whole. The activities are pretty straightforward – everything that you need to do are as clear as day. But the challenge of rendering the subject is another story.

One great thing about Joel Chua is that he can work around the any student’s style. He’ll even suggest the best way to color the student’s chosen piece of artwork. As you work on your artwork, he will observe your habits and tendencies, correcting and critiquing you along the way. Plus, he’s easy to get along with. At the end of the workshop, you’ll be entitled to more useful freebies and reviewers for everything that you’ve learned.

So, take my word for it. If you want to improve your digital art skills, enroll now! I enjoyed the workshop and every minute of it was well spent. If you want to know more about Joel Chua and Pixel Pintura Workshop, the links below will lead the way!

Pixel Pintura Blog

Pixel Pintura Mainsite

Joel Chua

The Road to MCC School Tour: UP Diliman

Posted in Animation, Comics, Podcasts, Seminars by J.R. Bumanglag on July 14, 2009

I never thought it could happen…but it did! After months of listening to comics podcasts day in and day out, I finally decided to record a podcast of my own – not entirely mine though. It was on a gloomy Saturday afternoon at UP Diliman that the first leg of The Road to Manila Comic Con began. With my girlfriend-sidekick Joy accompanying me to the seminar, I made up my mind to record the event. There’s one thing I learned from attending these kinds of seminars, talks and discussions catered for aspiring artists and writers – once it’s announced, you wouldn’t want to miss it for the world. Unfortunately, not a lot people can attend due to time constraints, conflicting schedules or just plain bad luck. Luckily, this podcast is willing to step in to that void. I know the feeling of missing out on the opportunity to learn more from professionals who have made a mark in the industry. It’s not every day that they have time to share their experiences, advices and critics to those who are willing to listen.

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Hosting the seminar was (far left) MCC Orgnizer Ernest Hernandez. The featured panelists were comic book professionals (from left to right) Harvey Tolibao, Jay David Ramos, Heubert Michael, Carlo Pagulayan, Ernest Jocson and guests from Suspended Animation Media Abet Ongkingco, Yuri Timg and (not pictured) Vishnu Chua.

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Note! The discussions are mostly bilingual – Taglish if you may. Audio quality is a bit rough, but I was able to clean it for increased clarity. A big round of thanks to the organizers of the upcoming Manila Comic Con, Lunarock and the UP Diliman College of Fine Arts for making this event possible.

Runtime is 2 hours and 32 minutes.

Download from Mediafire and Rapidshare.

Listen online at my Multiply.

Song snippets from FrancisM’s “Three Stars and a Sun” and Bamboo’s “Masaya.”

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If you want to know more about the panelists, here are some of their personal websites:

Harvey Tolibao in Deviantart and Glass House Graphics.

Jay David Ramos in Deviantart and Glass House Graphics.

Carlo Pagulayan in Deviantart and Glass House Graphics.

Heubert Michael in Deviantart.

Ernest Jocson in Deviantart and Glass House Graphics.

Yuri Timg, Abet Ongkingco and Vishnu Chua in Suspended Animation Media.

UP LUNAROCK (League of University Artists on Cartoons and Komiks) in Deviantart.

Manila Comic Con in Deviantart.

How Old Is Old?

Posted in Comics, My Art, Technology by J.R. Bumanglag on July 9, 2009

Sample Page

Some things never grow old like the enthusiasm I have for comics. For years, I have pondered long and hard to why I give much interest in a medium most people see as children’s entertainment. It’s a somewhat search for the truth, the purpose and the reason why I love comics so much. Everyday is a new discovery as I read the many thousands of work being churned out by great artists and writers. And it’s a journey one page at a time.

Surprisingly, I never thought I’d be so inspired by being exposed to the works of the old Filipino masters. Anime, manga and all other foreign influences have been my primary influences for the most of my artistic endeavours. I could imagine asking my younger self to enumerate Filipino comic book artists and hearing only a few. But the names Alcala, Redondo, Coching and Nino have permanently found a home in my heart as great artists. I would have wished to see them stroke their brushes one more time – sans Nino who I had the pleasure of such.

It has come to a point that I give them a nod, a pat on the back, a shout that their styles are, in my sincerest belief, have become more relevant and meaningful in this day and age. In as much as we drown ourselves with the modern styles of our foreign counterparts, an opportune moment has presented itself ever so silently. There is a Filipino style of illustrating komiks and the fact of knowing that is great.

Here I present a sample of what I want to play around with. The meeting of old illustration techniques and digital editing skills placed into one piece. The juxtaposition of conformity and modernity will be the biggest challenge in the proposal. This is where I skew the timeline and create an alternate reality – that’s the idea anyway.

Here’s the process that the art went through. A many thanks to Joel Chua from Pixel Pintura for giving plentiful advice given to the piece. I also added the logos that were based from old scans of Pilipino Komiks. I’ll probably trace other old komiks logos and converting them to vector and uploading them to this site for others to use sparingly to their own artwork.

Process

Logos

Digital Art and Beyond

Posted in My Art, Technology by J.R. Bumanglag on July 7, 2009

It’s interesting to learn how many artists today are shifting to digital art. With the proliferation of computer programs such as Photoshop, Painter, Illustrator and Maya, art has become somewhat more accessible and appealing to people. I’ve come to know that the creative and media industries today prefer applicants to be knowledgeable with the said programs. The digital paintbrush has become an industry standard and can become a powerful addition to an artist’s already abundant tools. I’m a traditionalist in terms of how I approach my art. But these past few years of being bombarded with digitally rendered paintings, edited photos and 3D models have changed my perception. At first, I was hesitant and a non-believer of such a technology. I soon realized it was just a means to an end. Soon, painting with an invisible brush was inevitable.

Painting Digitally

Digital painting number one. A first of many artworks to come, my first digital painting was a blast! I had never had this much fun in a long time. It was a challenge, yes, but overall a mind-exercising experience. And to think I didn’t have to go through my usual setup session of preparing tubes and palettes, cleaning brushes and containers. Of course, traditional has its advantages. But professionally, going digital is a must if I have to hit deadlines and such. The possibilities are as far as the infinite digital canvas.

Road to MCC: UP Diliman

Posted in Comics, Events, Seminars by J.R. Bumanglag on July 5, 2009

Road to MCC

From Carlo Pagulayan’s Multiply. I’m so excited for this year’s biggest local comics convention and I’m definitely attending. I don’t want to miss out on a possibly annual comics event. I’m expecting it to be a hit to comic and non-comic fans. See you there!

Visual Merchandising Arts

Posted in Advertising, My Art, Photography by J.R. Bumanglag on July 5, 2009

Speaking of Transformers and all the hype it has caused in cinemas, I remembered a particular piece I made a year ago for my visual merchandizing art class. It’s basically a gondola for the new Transformers toys. It is an output of my continuous desire to have a transformers toy after the movie hit theatres two year ago. Working with little pieces, I envisioned the toys coming to life inside the gondola for children to see. The diorama on top of the piece would give life to the toys, as if they just shot out of the movie. It took me at least a day to finish it and I had fun making it. Until now though, I still don’t have a transformers toy. Poor me.

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The little pieces gave me hard time placing them altogether. I wasn’t working with tweezers and only my little fingers did the job.

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was supposed to be a light behind all of the displayed toys in the diorama, giving it a more spectacular effect. But miniature light bulbs aren’t readily available and are very difficult to install.

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Another piece I did was this Honey Stars gondola. It’s as simple as it goes.

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And here’s another piece I did for The Spirit movie. It took me awhile to sculpt the red logo. But I enjoyed the whole design. The end result was an overall team effort with a classmate of mine, so big thanks to Kevin Perez.

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