Wednesday, November 11, 2009
The first thing here is my new business card for freelance gigs. It's the Chinese side. The english side says illustrator. I'm trusting a Chinese friend the chinese says the same. Hope it brings in the big bucks, because I'm all about selling out and buying myself an apartment in Monte Carlo, and hang out with superficial posh people at parties and exchanging opinions on swiss watches.
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Well... where shall I start? basically this whole thing not working out is based on a lot of miscommunication.
Something that 6 months ago seemed like a gold mine, dream opportunity... etc. etc. didn't come through. It looked good, got to meet a lot of top industry people, got to travel to Taiwan, Japan and the states, but it's not to be. The project is now officially on hiatus. With apparantly back in swing in 6 months. If it is, I'm right back... till then I need a job. I'm still going to continue with this though, just in my own time as I spend most my time looking for new work, and when I find that work giving that 100% if it's drawing. Anything else, just the bare minimum to keep me employed :P. BTW this year marks 10 years since Naomi & Poggie been published. Because they haven't really hit any form of real success, I'm not going to celebrate this milestone. I like these characters, but I have failed them so far. Don't want to celebrate that. Before I dwell more into melodrama, I'll just tell you what these pics are. As the time goes by I'll keep posting more production art. These are some of the toy designs. Tobacco Bunny was the first on to be fully fleshed out. As you can see in the rough box design, I had the Idea of having all the toys be story based, with the final panel being the actual toy. This concept was going to be pitched with some of the other IPs we were negotiating with, mainly Speed racer and Vampire Hunter D, that had comic panels already ready to use. I also included some Idea sketches for the animated shorts to be used to promote each toy line for Naomi and Poggie. I'm still going to finish those, as they will be pretty fun when finished :)
I'm not really a prolific writer. I struggle in all languages I speak, which is why I draw pictures ;) My Chinese is awful. If things sort out and I stay, I will take lessons ;) *cough* bullshit *cough* no, really, I will! I drew one strip to demonstrate some culture clash. Again I draw crass, but it is meant in good spirits, and foreigners misunderstand local culture, customs and habbits. Me too. The strip with the monkey I drew, when I knew things weren't going too great ;)
I have to explain myself here. I have had many mixed fortunes in this country, but must say I have been very fortunate to been here, and out of the 166 cities I visited as recorded on facebook. Shanghai is one of my favorite cities in the world, as is Paris and London. I don't know what's going to happen now, as I'm desperately looking for a new job. My philosophy stayes, I'll be extatic to live anywhere as long as my drawing pays the bills, but for now Shanghai is my first Choice. I hope this doesn't send the wrong message.
Haven't updated in ages. Been a bad couple of weeks. Found out the cash for the toys been pulled. Won't get into it much in this post. Look! Slutty chick! What the hell? How does this fit in? Just browsing on the web I discovered a cool Japanese artist referring to himself as 'Rockin' Jelly Bean'. He does these cool pin-up art, and been inspired to imitate. How does this fit into the Naomi and Poggie universe? Well ten years ago I did this comic called Quay-Line and this sex object character I created in my female deprived high school years called 'Rose' was the main character, but Naomi and Poggie's first appearance was in this comic. So that's how that ties up. Although since the toys officially are on hiatus and I'm looking for a new job, expect such non derivative crap to be posted up more often \(^_^)/