Shadow of the Colossus-the Epic it was Felt.

Well, it’s all like some strange hazy dream, I could barely remember all the details despite it being a mostly minimalist game. Used to remember all the large scale battles that was focused on taking on large heavily armored and armed colossi, one by one. And indeed the Battles were rather drawn out. Even with the fast ones.
Played it on the playstation2 back in the mid 2000s,(almost over a decade for me). Tried to do a few glitches and funny businesses within the sandbox it is.
First year, took forever to figure out how to take on the colossi, had to use the terrain to my leverage. “Normal attacks” are mute, had to force and climb up the thing.
Took too many tries on some of the colossi, didn’t have a solid tutorial like the lets plays on ‘tube. Very agonizing times they were.

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some notable creatures of the forbidden lands…

However it was one of the most impactful games ever in the generation it’s from.
Will never ever have the same feeling, a chapter that is read and will be closed off forever, like my daily life. You only get today once after-all.
They are like fond scattered memories for me, I can remember them barely, but in reality, they are not quite the way I recalled exactly.
What is the appeal of the game? well, it was one of the only good PS2 games I played at my former friends house despite the fact he is a more of a GTA fan doing funny things on it.
But the game stuck with me due to it’s distinct look and feel. A more fleshed out world despite not being inhabited by a bunch of NPCs, but by essentially a hall of bosses to fight one by one.
Fast Forward into the 2010s. This is when things start to pick up the old thing again. Just walking, and pondering. Remembered listening to the Soundtrack of the game dozens of time with a former roommate. And as time went on. Ruminated and thought of doing all the Colossi for once. A Big undertaking it was thought of back in the day. Never done it due to perceived lack of adequate skills to cover such things.
But as the years went on. And my art skills developed relatively fast in the short period of the mid 2010s to it’s later years. Got to work on my painting skills and inking skills during the 2014-2017 phase. Yep. Tried to do much experimentation and working on other IPs to get attention. But that’s is for another article.

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ones that are indeed troublesome…

Finally. in the early spring of 2018. Decided to do the whole Colossi series in a month or so. This involved
having a budget to support the creation of each piece.
having a set routine of when to work on them.
when to post on social media and just let it do it’s thing.
drafting the composition for each piece
It was a good start, but upon going to the halfway mark. Got Sick. So the whole project being a few weeks in now becomes a grind. By the time I go the final one done( the first 16 that were in the game mind you), the illness went away. People on the social media, they had their time. But realized that all good things have to come to an end.

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the only designs that resemble the great evil…

Naturally, given my tendencies I do like to revisit past projects even if it’s been weeks or months left behind.
The last several of them where well, fine. But somehow my attitude towards the series changed. Perhaps it’s a lack of attachment to them. as if doing the Series in the method I envisioned was my mental burden all along since the mid 2014s.
….it was a good time, doing the project to pass the limited time I had. It was actually.
Should start working on Ico and Trico soon…

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Gallery of the Works.

Etsy Shop with Prints for them.

Why I snapped more than half my things away like a certain mad titan…

Well, at a teetering 2400 or less followers on my main account on Instagram and so. I had a hunch. A will to destroy what I have apparently created. Hoping to find more meaningful work in my own little sector and doing tasks I’m more suited for. The problem with social media is that well. It takes away my time and energy altogether. And after starting my IG account and running other things since 2017. I felt the least content making about 2000 or so posts in the years. Why am I doing this? I would ask.

Simple. There are no real results from the platform for me, perhaps I’m not suited for the society the platform has founded. As I blog this particular thing. More of my former places I have used to manage will be terminated. Systemically, and without mercy.

The Only things that may well be standing.

So, what is next?

The Site will go under more projects being published including my notable fanworks too. Perhaps this ‘Site’s main purpose is to hold and act as the main hub of all my presentable work both former and ongoing.

Blogs might continue, as long as what I have to say is significant to the Brand and other related fields in it.

There is no point in playing a game I’m quite mediocre at. And Social media nor online portfolios aren’t those.

all good things have to die…

 

March of the Robots 2019

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Visiting the golden age of anime and game robots.

Well, lets turn back the clock to years ago. When things were more carefree.
And it was more abundant with considerable amounts of robots.
Perhaps it should already be known that I do like my
mechas and robots.
However, it’s not really talked about as much despite my heavy display of it.
Namely due to the fact that my former friends and people in general just simply don’t care.


Yes, I used to remember when Gundam Wing and Seed was a thing back in the early 2000s.
But, my fascination with mecha goes much deeper.
Back in the early 2010s, hitting it’s end around 2013 or so.

A Few black and white brushpen works that is becoming a staple for my practices and showing what can be done with just a brushpen.

Marathoned lots of retro Mecha Animes such as Votoms, getter Robo, Mazinger Z, Ideon, Gunbuster, Evangelion, Big O and bunch of other things. It was a real “weebou” times. But mind you this was a time when anime was just becoming mainstream unlike the very recent days. And in the years of 2016-2019 and perhaps beyond. It will become more of a thing too.

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A Comic that is based on the current technology of robotics.

I admit, power watched Darling in the Fraxx. Marking a half a decade dormancy of watching anything mecha. Frankly, it was not quite the way I wanted but it will have to do. The Show was about the characters, not the mecha, and the mecha’s designs are not as expected.

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It was a good run. But shaved off lots of resources like inktober 2018.

Tools of the Craft-circa 2018

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Well, it’s should be already be established of what I use often in my current works.
But for those wondering, I use the following.

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Brushpen from pentel medium point, (the difference between a new and old one, side by side, one year difference). A Pretty Cool tool if you ask me. Handy to have cartridges when Inking with speed in Mind, but as always everything have a trade-off.
Uses Cartridges, so compounds in price unfortunately, prep up a budget for this case.

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Cardstock Paper I just buy at the local Wall-Mart or Staples.(comes in 8.5x11inches), good for Inking and Marker Sketches, may well be my new go-to papers for on the spot sketches and demos to show-off on IG
Strathmore 300 series Vellum Bristol(the standard for either more finished works or comics)
The Standard for Making the Panels by hand on my current comic projects.

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Grey Brushpens-something I just get periodically at the distant daiso store(Japaneses dollar-store basically)
Pigment Markers from Winsor Newtown.(which are getting phased out in my area by the way)
Ko-I-Noor Colored Inks.(unsure of how the others see it, but is a rather good ink for overlays and has a strong ability to tint. A bit too powerful and easily dries like real black ink. )

3Of Course, there are the Cutting Board, Utility Knife, Metal Rulers of various Sizes, and painters tape(blue preferred).
Some things are obviously used more often than others, while others are just once a while,
but the listed are the main things for most of my main works. The reason behind my rather regulated approach is that it’s more manageable. I have used a number of brushes and pens, but in the end only a few of them are worth using long term.
They are all good, but in the end the frequency of my use for them is rather Limited.

Just pick out the ones that will be good for you long term.

Coffeeshop Drawings-a thing I just do to pass time and get publicity

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Coffeshop Drawing, a thing that is apparently now new.-and a bad habit too. It’s a strange thing, kind of started as some series of repetitive habits of visiting meetups and drawing by my self at shops such as Timmies.

2It’s like some sermon like people going to places of worship. But overall, it’s a casual walk-in and realized how things aren’t quite as is. First of all the environment, noisy, chaotic, crazy kids destroying things, etc. But, overall the place and spots I pick are survivable.

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Not too sure about the process, but guessing that there must be some level of planning involved when doing the work. There are processes like ballpoints and rough layouts involved for sure. But, in general, the planning is brief. Another notable thing is that I simply use cardstock paper that can be bought at the local store easily. Serving as the material I do light pencils and Ink via Brushpen on.

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The Interaction given from the inking, not that heavy. Unless it’s at the specific meetups and other artists will be actually intrigued by my work and process.
At times, I simply make a piece on the spot and give it to those who gives me a good lead to a thing or two to aid my endeavors. they get my thanks.

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Frankly, I find doing these challenges under the circumstances to be taxing on my mind and wallet. Don’t expect it to be sustainable for few weeks if these aren’t selling somehow.

Divers-A subject that is now overlooked

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Well, it’s not really the most notable thing I have done, but the idea of divers goes much longer than just the “Big Daddies of Bioshock” for those uninitiated. You see, back in the 19-20th century, the seas was still a thing to explore for biodiversity and the myths of sunk ships holding treasures.

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But ultimately they are nothing but tales to fuel the concept of Pulp Mags, promising adventure and glory.
Fast forward into today, the idea of these nautical relics being used in video games has shed new light, and unfortunate a seemingly permanent mark on this kind of nautical wear for the time being.

 

Cable Punk-A sub-genre in the making,

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Well, I can’t really recall how it all started. It’s like some obscene thing that I have seemingly almost forgot about.

It all started as a conversation with a person I know of. He mentioned the name, Mr Cu
a shorthand for Mr Cthulhu. since the designs are reminiscent of Love’s Craft Iconic creature.
Though the original idea behind the designs are closer to the obscure to the west, but well established circle scratch built modelers of the East. Using ideas from industrial works I have done before briefly and gong about trying to see what works for me.
Kind of absorbed all the look of the industrial, rusty, and cable heavy stuff I seen on my commutes.

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Some of the earlier Designs, first started off as mere black and white inks but after a risky color treatment via markers, the results are not so bad. The One in the middle, is the first, and served as the design template in mind to create the series and eventual world it will create.

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A Couple designs that focuses on some rather weaponized if not, heavily industrialized look of the strange genre.It’s almost like as if the bodies are being overrun by these strange vines. Mind the Big energy cannons, they pack a punch.

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These two are based on street wear, much closer to home especially during the winter observing all the funny commuters showing their expensive parkas and puffers. Or cowardice to the rather mild whether of the area, no matter. The way they carried themselves is notable enough to become blueprints to these distinct and apparently fashionable beings.