Webcomic plug for a friend [captnheroic.com]
July 31, 2017
I just got this from the mail today and I want to thank my friend, Jonathan Greer for sending me this pin buttons and a sticker of his webcomic. The sticker got crumpled though. I got acquainted with him through the Internet. He’s from America. Sometimes he gives out free stuff like comics and like what he just sent to me. I’ve also been a follower of his webcomic, it’s always a good read and a bit silly as well that’s why I like it a lot. I am making this post to advertise/plug his webcomic and Facebook pages and of course to thank him. You can find the links below. Please check out his webcomic and join the Facebook groups he maintains. We talk about comics and other geeky/nerdy stuff on these pages I’ve mentioned. Follow his Instagram as well.
High on Life Cover Page Preview [Issue # 20; for June 2017] and process on how I make webcomics.
May 22, 2017
Here’s the cover page and the process on how I make my indie/webcomics. I’m going to start making issue # 20 for June 2017 “High on Life”, Chapter 1 come June. I’ve also updated my online portfolio site this past weekend: http://arvinvalenzuela.com/
If you think I fit your needs for a graphic artist/illustrator, just message so we can talk and let’s see if we can do something, okay? Thanks!
So, here’s my process. There are a lot of ways to do this and I’m not saying this is the best way because you can do all this digitally. I am just sharing my own process:
First off, I pencil the page:
And then, I ink over my pencils using technical pens and markers:
Now after that, I’ll scan the inked illustration at 300 dpi to have my lineart ready and then I will clean the image I just scanned on Photoshop and play with the levels, curves, brightness, contrast and other settings to achieve a crisp and sharp black and white lineart. The image below though still needs a little bit of tweaking for the final lineart that I want before I start adding colors:
Lastly, I’ll put flat colors for the lineart. This is the cover page. Sometimes though, I’d make the cover page like a digital painting but most of the time since I started adding colors to the cover pages of my comics, I just put flat colors to it. And that’s it. It’s done.
FYI(to those people who reads and follows my comics, if there’s any. :D) I just want to give credits to the people I give thanks to on my credits/thank you page at the end of each comic that I make. Sometimes they would also suggest and give me some notions to work on for my comics. 😀
On the top is Luis Buenaventura, those links on the images are his websites and if you search him on the internet, you’ll find tons of websites that he owns. It’s like he owns the world wide web.
This is Liz Buenaventura, she’s a pro comic book colorist. Liz and Luis are siblings, Information Technology and all-around geeks. They’re part Filipino, part Brazilian.
Caroline, she’s part Chinese, part Filipino. They have their own website forum before who are mostly populated by writers and artists from the Philippines, Highfiber.org.
Up is April Tan but that is just a lookalike photo of her, that’s actually Armie Millare of the Filipino rock band Up Dharma Down, I don’t own this image, I just got this photo on the internet. April’s part Korean, part Chinese, part Filipino.
Piya Constantino. She’s also part Chinese, part Filipino, another writer and artist.
I guess you can call us ‘the colored people’ because of our diverse mixed race but I’d like to think that we’re still all pure Filipinos. We were all born and raised here in the Philippines.
My grandpa from my mother side is pure Chinese who immigrated here in the Philippines a very long time ago together with his brother so that gives me a bit of Chinese blood but I’m still pure Filipino.
All of us were born and raised here in the Philippines and there are actually a lot of these people I’m talking about. These people I just mentioned are just to name a few. Another one of them is Jason Ortega, a sessionist drummer for another Filipino rock band, Slapshock. I think Luis and his friends also helped them and other Filipino rock bands have their own new music records and sponsors for their bands. Some of them are my sister’s friends and the rest are really old friends. You guys know who you are, to the mainstays and the rest of the gang.
If someone gave you some sort of a deal related to me and to the things I do such as comics, etc. or even if I just got acquainted to you, which involves your own thing like comics, if you collect toys/action figures, play video games and they gave you some, all forms of media compensation, movie deals, music record deals, sponsorship to your work or any monetary compensation for the things and favors they’ve asked you to do, it’s them. I’m not bragging about them as I am not “them” but being just around these guys in their presence is actually an honor for me. Almost all of them are from U.P. Diliman, Ateneo, La Salle and other Ivy League schools here in the Philippines. Some of them even studied abroad and they could’ve stayed there for good but most of them still went back here in Manila. I am the lone guy who’s out of their league. I know there’s still a bearing from what school you came from because if you’re from a good/reputable school, your CV/resume would smell really good to employers on the best companies where you can work here in Manila but I know and for me, it’s still up to the student and it’s not your school who will carry you to success, although I’m not saying I’m as good as them and I don’t think I am really good or great though. You just need to work hard so you can steer your own future into the “future” you want to be and be successful in your chosen field of work when you finally graduate. Learning doesn’t stop for me until I get really old and about to kick the bucket as I still try to learn new things from time to time.
They are also really wealthy and powerful, they’re millionaires and billionaires and I’m not talking Philippine Pesos but in U.S. Dollars. They’re really intelligent, talented, skilled and powerful because of their influences and connections around the globe. They even have connections all over the world who even make Hollywood movies in America. Most of the people I give thanks to are also writers and artists like Carlo (he’s part Filipino, part American) and Mike who, after all these years is like my older brother and also both of them are also programmers. I just want to give credit to them. That’s it for now.
Lately, I’m trying to find my own distinct and “own drawing style” and “voice” so that whenever a reader reads my comic (without seeing the credits of the comic first), they would instantly think this was made by this guy. I don’t think so highly of myself though, I just want to have my own style whenever I’m making my own comics and originality comes into place.
Some of my major influences generally when making comics are as follows: Adrian Tomine, Dan Clowes, R. Crumb, Hernandez Bros. just to name a few, those are for alternative comics (comic book artists and writers). I think it’s really rare to find an alternative comic which is written and drawn by two different people. It’s highly likely that most alternative comics are always made by one person, the writer and artist is the same person. When it comes to mainstream comics like Marvel and DC, I am a fan of Gerry Alanguilan, Leinil yu, Whilce Portacio, Frank Quitely, Jim Lee and a lot more, they’re just too many to mention. When it comes to writing- Warren Ellis, Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman and a bit more with the likes of them. I’m really not that of a snubby hipster who only reads indie or alternative comics. There’s always room for me for indie/alternative and mainstream comics. For comics locally, when I was a lot younger, during my elementary days, I used to buy Filipino comics like Pilipino Funny Komiks, Aliwan, Bata Batuta, Pambata Magazine and stuff like that.
My default drawing style is semi-realistic (as best as I could) and you can see this on some of my work like Stacheman, Hibangers, Bad Hair Days. And then whenever I intend to make my comics look cartoony, my major influences are cartoons like We Bare Bears, Adventure Time, Clarence, Gravity Falls and cartoons like I just mentioned. Some of the comics I’ve made with that drawing style are: After School, Kira and the Canines, Mang Gayber and Tabon Kid (which is greatly inspired by R. Crumb’s drawing style and it was actually a short 2D animation, I just converted it to comics form).
Regarding my writing, I already mentioned some of the comic book writers that I am a fan of. I read books from time to time but what I read mostly are comics, graphic novels, magazines, newspapers, blogs, webcomics and all sorts of things that a person could read on the internet. Nowadays, technology can easily be in our hands and kids who grew up in the early 2000s can just use the internet to google something and find information on the internet. They don’t need libraries anymore. During my elementary school years, I’d always hang out on our library after school hours and read Dr. Seuss books, Choose Your Own Adventure pocketbooks, Asterix and Obelix, Adventure’s of Tintin comics and books like that. I would borrow them on our school library and bring them home to read them again so that my library card gets stamped by the librarian and make my library card full of stamps. The same goes when I stepped my foot in high school and college but the libraries didn’t have other recreational books like when I was still in my elementary except for textbooks. If you’d think about all the artists and writers that I just mentioned since I was a kid (my major influences on how I write and how I draw) and throughout the years I’ve spent in this world (I am now 34 years old, by the way), I think I can say that my own style of illustrating and writing is just an amalgamation of all of the artists and writers who’ve influenced me in one way or another with their own work. I guess that is also a big part of how I write today. I am really going to try my best to have my own distinct style on the following comics I’m going to make after, Ice Cube, coming in February 2017. Perhaps if there’s one thing that gives my work its own “trademark”, it is the silliness that I inject into my comics most of the time.