SwampConeMag.net and Freelance 3D, Graphic Design/Illustration Gigs

UPDATE: January 26, 2018

Hi,

Look what I got from the post office today. It’s the second issue of Swamp Cone Mag. Thank you, Ms. Anna. Please support Swamp Cone Mag.

September 2, 2017

Hello,

I was searching for some freelance 3D/graphic design/illustration gigs a few weeks ago some time last month when I was making the “Art of Silliness” issue for Killer Kamote Komiks when I stumbled upon a post on the Internet that there’s an open call for comic strip submissions for their Mag; named, Swampcone Magazine. So, I tried sending some of my work and they replied back and Miss Anna told me that my comic strip will be included in the first issue of Swampcone Mag.

They told me that their Mag’s goal is to spread Vancouver, BC, Canada’s comics to the world and comics from the world to Vancouver, BC, Canada. The payment isn’t that high once your comic strip gets approved but I am still grateful to them, fifteen bucks per page. This is also not just about money for me. Being included alongside other comics artists around the globe is really something for me. It means a lot to me.

I am looking for comics publishers (locally or internationally) and if there are some out there reading this, please consider my work. I already have more than four hundred pages or so of pure silliness the Killer Kamote Komiks goodness way. Instead of searching for freelance 3D/graphic design/illustration gigs from time to time and among my group of friends, I’d rather just make comics instead. If I can do that full time and focus on making comics, I’d drop everything I’m doing and just start and treat making comics as a full-time day job.

Here’s a sample freelance illustration gig that I got years ago. It’s a sci-fi concept art. I made a lot of character concept art and spaceships for this and I got 400 or 500 bucks USD for this, if I’m not mistaken. Sir David asked me to do this for him. You can check his website here: http://www.davidtheholiday.com

If you guys also notice, I don’t put google ads or any kind of ads that can be put on websites in my own website. I think those ads will just annoy the hell out of the readers. Most especially the pop-up ads. I’m saying all these things so that if someone out there can help me just keep on making more comics and stop doing freelance 3D/graphic design/illustration gigs from time to time, you can do so by contacting me and I’ll thank you and be grateful to you and just do what I want to do until the end of space and time. And that is to make silly comics. Not just silly comics though, you can download all my comics for free and see what kind of comics I make. I also promise to make it better and improve the quality of my comics in the future. Yeah, I’m not lazy, I still want to work and have some freelance gigs from time to time.

More than a decade ago, a year before I was to graduate from a civil engineering degree, I transferred school and decided to take up animation instead. Afterwards, I had a short day job stint as a 3D/graphic artist/copywriter in an advertising company and an Information Technology outsourcing company, both respectively somewhere here in Manila but it didn’t last long as I decided to quit and just be a full-time freelance artist and now, I still continue to do that and make comics in my spare time. I should’ve taken fine arts or any other degree related to making comics though but you get what I mean as this is what I want to do with my life. Or, be a rock n’ roll musician.

More Killer Kamote Komiks for everyone in the future!

Cheers,
Vin

Support us by grabbing a copy of Swampcone Magazine. You can see my name on number 18.

You can grab a copy of Swampcone Magazine’s very first issue on their website.

https://swampconemag.net/shoppe/
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Webcomic plug for a friend (captnheroic.com)

Webcomic plug for a friend [captnheroic.com]
July 31, 2017

Hello, guys!

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.

Of course, I had to cover our home addresses.

http://captnheroic.com/
https://www.instagram.com/jonathan_greer_/
https://www.facebook.com/groups/ILoveComicBookStuff/
https://www.facebook.com/groups/ILoveNerdStuff/

That’s it for now. Thank you for your time.

Cheers,
Vin

High on Life Cover Page Preview [Issue # 20; June 2017] and process on how I make webcomics

High on Life Cover Page Preview [Issue # 20; for June 2017] and process on how I make webcomics.
May 22, 2017

Hello,

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 in 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.

Cheers,
Vin

Sketches of the main characters below.

Rappler’s list of Filipino Webcomic Artists to Follow

May 6, 2017

Hello,

I want to thank Ms. Nile Villa and Andoyman of Rappler.com for including me on the list of Filipino webcomic artists to follow.
Visit their site to view the list, click the link below. 😀

http://www.rappler.com/life-and-style/arts-and-culture/169010-philippines-web-comics-artists?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=referral

Cheers,
Vin

Screenshot Image:

Summer Komikon 2017

April 1, 2016

Hello,

First off, the things you can see above are my Summer Komikon 2017 haul. I bought only a couple of comics and some art prints. 😀

I am really glad that I got to see my comics people friends again this summer, my brothers at Chain Mason group and to all the others as well, Chuck and his girlfriend, Patty (she looked a lot taller now), Jhorlie and her brother, Jheffer, (1921 comics) Julius, sir Andrew (AOA), Jess (whom I couldn’t find at the main hall in Bayanihan Center and even in the indie section), sir Paolo, sir Mark, Ms. Tepai and Maiza, Gioseppe and Giosdesk, sir Jon and the rest of the Komikon organizers and to all the indie comics artists at the indie tiangge section, let’s keep on making comics. 😀 I also wanted to buy Toto’s (Libreng Komiks) latest book but a lot of people are lined up when I stopped by his table so perhaps next time. I also bought Fatima and Adrienne’s (Ligaya Komiks) latest comic, Friendzoned and a little postcard art print from them. I also dropped by at the Indie section and bought some indie comics as well like from Mharz and Tori. And then I also saw Carol again, I just don’t know if she saw me when I walked past their table at the comic event as she’s busy doing something.

Lastly, sir Mark Navarro (he’s also an organizer for a comic convention as well, Komiket) gave me some advice regarding the comics that I make and he also asked me why I don’t sell my comics anymore at comic conventions. It is because that there are only a few ones who really buy my comics and my own merchandise before and like what sir Mark told me, probably the genre of my comic is not for the mainstream. I’m not a stuck up hipster and also not a purist. I also read mainstream comics though. Modesty aside, I can even say that there are a lot more foreign fans (worldwide, online) of my comics instead of local ones. I do have a few fans that I still cherish like Ranzell Rosales (he’s a high school student, also from Manila. I don’t know if he’s really a fan, :D). I enjoy making comics and especially if I give the reader some emotion like laughter of some sort. If you enjoy reading my webcomics, a buck or any amount donated to me each month like any webcomic artist out there do, which is they accept donation but nobody’s forcing you though. Although my webcomics is free for everyone to read. It’s just a simple gesture or a way of appreciating the hard work of webcomic artists out there do and of course, for the laughs or any kind of emotions or even constipation that the reader would feel after reading my comics. If there’s a lot of people going to do that, it’d amount to a lot and it’ll surely help me make more comics for free for everyone to read and I also thought of actually just focus on freelance work (illustration and graphics design) and just stop making comics anymore but I don’t know, sometimes I’m too lazy to make comics, sometimes I’m also really enthusiastic making one. All the comics I’ve made so far are my help and contribution to the indie/webcomics scene here in Manila. Thanks for the encouragement, sir Mark, yes I’ll still make some more as long as I can. 😀

Cheers,
Vin