Sunday, November 22, 2009

New sketchcards from Spiderman Archives set from Rittenhouse.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Xmen Archives Artist Proofs

It's been a while since the last post so I figure I'd post some new work.Here are my commissioned X-men Archives Artist Proofs. I also just finished inking some Xfactor pages for issue 49 and 50. Fun stuff! I am working on a mighty new book now ;). More about that when it comes out!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

New video Montage

Here is another video montage compiled by the talented Jon Gong!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Couple more timelapse vids

Mary Jane Pencil to colors

Spiderman Color Phase

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

doodles 1

Some rough sketches for fun.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Spiderman sketchcard timelapse

Timelapse vid of a spiderman sketchcard I am working on for Rittenhouse Archives.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Slam Ridley First Five page pencil preview

Here is a preview of the first five pages and cover of The Intergalactic Adventures of Slam Ridley, a sci-fi series written by Ian Sharman and Peter Rogers; brought to you by Orang Utan Comics and Markosia Enterprises, the creators of Eleventh Hour and Alpha Gods. Pencils here by me! (Cover inked by Ian Sharman) More info here : The Intergalactic Adventures of Slam Ridley

Monday, May 4, 2009

Artwork trailer

Youtube version

Filefront HD version


This is a trailer of my artwork that Jon Gong made.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

X-men Origins:Wolverine Sketchcards

I did these for Rittenhouse Archives a few months ago. They hit the shelves today! Collector trading cards for X-men Origins: Wolverine to coincide with the upcoming movie! Anywho here are scans of the 51 i did. They are randomly inserted into the boxes. A whole bunch of talented artists worked on this and was glad to be a part of it! =). Happy Hunting!

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Chinese characters and tatoos

This is a slightly off topic post. Although I guess chinese characters and caligraphy is considered inking in some respects so it's somewhat related. I was watching some UFC tonite and one of the fighters, i forget the name had a chinese character on his back. The character was the word for bravery. Going into the tatoo shop, I can see how this would have been a nice character to get for his tatoo. However, I talked to someone with more experience in the chinese culture and experience than me about it. It turns out that that word was printed on the front and back of solders during the Ching dynasty. Still pretty good on the meaning there; Bravery into battle and all. However, in today's culture and slang, that word and how it was printed on the back of the chinese soldiers, is used more in a derogatory way. It pretty much means that's all you have, no brains, no strength, no smarts, no win, just dumb bravery. Words change over time, and as such, it should not be a surprise that a word that used to mean something heroic now means something totally opposite. In the english language, we see this as well. Would you like the word AWEFUL tatooed on your chest? It doesn't have the same meaning it did when the word was invented to mean something great and eye opening. Kinda like sic or bad has changed meaning as well these days. Point is, usage of chinese calligraphy has been hot in tatooing for a while now. Make sure you research the word you put on yourself carefully before going through with it. My two cents to help the non chinese not get burnt when tatooing chinese calligraphy on his chest or back. Incidentally, the UFC fighter got knocked out. So in the end, the tatoo was pretty befitting of him. Who knew?

Tuesday, April 14, 2009


So I got finally got a Cintiq. I was monitoring the pricing on Futureshop for the last 6 months. It was 2100 in December, then went up to 2500 in January and just this month was 2800. (Futureshop is Canada's version of Best Buy) . I attribute it to the depreciation of the Canadian dollar in recent months. On the one hand products are increasing in price and on the other, most of my paychecks are from the US so more money for me when i exchange. Well, instead of waiting for it to rise even further I found a place that was still selling it for just under 24oo CAD and got one. It's really pretty awesome if you've done painting or whatnot in the past. Takes a bit of adjustment but it's so much more awesome than using a mouse or regular tablet. I hope to do a lot more digital paintings, although I think most of my finished pencil stuff will still be on paper. I think it works better for more finished pencil stuff to be done on paper first and then brought into the computer for color. Although I may change my mind on this when I get more comfortable with the Cintiq.

Anywho, here is an early color painting test for documentation heh.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Inking 101

So you want to be an inker. The first thing like everything. Practice Practice Practice! Every inker has their different tools. Pen, brush, technical pens, wacom tablet. I would classify that there are two types of pencilers in today's comics. The first is the penciler that draws fairly loosely or tight, but expects the inker to embellish. The second is the penciler that draws super tight and expects the inker to follow close to the lines, a method which master inker Joe Rubenstien terms as lamenating. Sometimes a penciler inker relationship can start with the lamenating process, but as a penciler becomes more comfortable with the inker, then they allow the inker to express more freedom and embellishment. This comes down to communication.

I will not discuss the techniques in this post. There are better resources that can explain it better than my blogging at this time. Instead I offer some resources on the web...

Ok first thing. Practice!

There are several ways to practice.
  • Inking on the actual artwork
  • Inking over vellum
  • Inking on blueline
  • digital inking
Here are some pros and cons:

Inking on the actual work: This is usually the best case scenerio, but starting out, these can be hard to obtain. Who will trust you to ink on the actual pages? This is the tried and true way of inking. As well, it adds collectibility value to the finished pages. The cons are that sometimes the penciler may have a heavy hand and dig into the page. When this happens, the paper is brittle and ink will bleed on it. A downside on the production side is that it takes time for transit between penciler and inker. This can also become costly for the independent creator if fedex is required.

Inking on blue line: This is a more preferable method of inking these days with the advance of technology. It is easy to get high res images, especially if you ask nicely! In this case, it is best to invest in a oversized printer that can print on 11x17 boards. This will save you time and money in the long run. No more late nite runs to kinkos! This method also reduces cost and time because you don't need to rely on fedex either. The downside is that the collectibility of the pages are not as desired by fans as much.

Inking on Vellum: This is probably the best way when starting out. It is cheap and cost effective, especially if you cannot afford the more expensive printer, comic boards, or even the runs to kinkos. You can get individual sheets of vellum for like 50 cents. It is not necessary, but you may need to invest in some type of lightbox as vellum is opaque and can be hard to see through sometimes. Downsides to vellum is that they are usually thin and buckle. The ink also does not get absorbed as well as paper does, leading to a lot of pooling

Digital Inking: all the benefits of higher turnaround time, probably even faster than blueline printout because you skip the printout and scanning. There are different types here, but I am talking about the type of digital inking that involves actually inking with a wacom tablet or similar form. I have not had much experience in this so some professional digital inkers can give better advice on technique. For me, the only real con is that there is no physical product at the end.

I'll end the post here to let things digest.

For some more practical advice, here is a link to a previous post Inking tips

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Wonder Woman Sketch

This is a sketch I did last year of Wonder Woman.

Saturday, March 21, 2009


Inking straight for a few days, had to do a quick sketch. Sharpie and kohi noor 10 mins!

Friday, March 20, 2009

Inking Tips

Here are some small inking tips for aspiring inkers:

Ink over professional work! Two obvious reasons for this is you can learn from the artists, and you can practice your techniques on professional grade material. Many artists have no problems sending high res digital files for you to practice on. Just ask nicely!

When possible, always communicate with the penciler. A good dialogue can sometimes turn into a working relationship! If the penciler likes what you do, he is more likely to request you for other jobs!

Always treat each new gig as a test!Don't be afraid to change things up, especially if it's a new penciler you are working with. If it's a rush job they want you to do, it's more than likely it's also a test to see if you are a good fit with the artist. Try to do your best job on it!

Hehe, notice all these are common sense tips! It has nothing to do with technique or whatnot. Like anything, the technique of inking comes with confidence and practice!

Now, go at it!

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Inking Today

So I'm inking today. What I love about inking is that you get to work with so many talented artists. Sometimes it just humbles you. Every year at San Diego, or New York Comic con, you see a bazillion artists looking to get work, many of whom have been published before. Deep down though, I still want to be able to bring my pencil work into the industry and make an impact. I guess that's every comic book artist's dream. In the meantime, I can just keep on learning from these artists and improve my own pencilwork.

Saturday, February 28, 2009


I've had this site for a while now, but I haven't posted much on it. So, last night, I was thinking of what the purpose of this blog will be for me. I could do rants, but so many blogs do that already out there. There will be my artwork from time to time. Although if you are looking for my art, my deviantart site will always have new stuff uploaded on a more frequent basis. No, I think in the end, I am going to post my experiences in the wonderful world of comics. I don't profess to be an expert in the subject matter, far from it. I can only tell you what I've experienced.

I'll end off this short post with a link to an interesting thread. Link .This is a critique from the late Alex Toth on Steve Rude's artwork done several years ago. It's interesting because the critique is quite honest and brutal which we all need from time to time. When someone critiques your artwork, you may not agree with all the criticisms pointed out, but I think you should be aware of what others think. Try to take critiques constructively and advance in your artwork!

Friday, February 27, 2009

Slam Ridley Teaser. Page 1 Pencils!

The intergalactic adventures of Slam Ridley,

This is a pinup for a project I'm working on with Ian Sharman called The Intergalactic Adventures of Slam Ridley. It's a chance for me to do some penciling! This was a fun piece to just dive into.

A lil about the project: The Intergalactic Adventures of Slam Ridley will be published through AAM/Markosia (the wonderful people who brought you Eleventh Hour Vol 1). Slam Ridley is plotted by , with a script by Peter Rogers and you can find out a bit more about it here.

The Intergalactic Adventures of Slam Ridley created by: Ian Sharman and (c) Orang Utan Comics Studio

Monday, February 16, 2009

New sketchie!

More sketches at