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Lady Green and the impression of Digital arts to students

As a teacher I really want to put the message that 3d is art. It is Digital Art and done using a computer- preferably with a pen and tablet. It is different from traditional art and 3d art has a genre all its own so please don’t compare or say that it’s better in comparison to traditional art.

Most of the students I taught first have the impression that computer graphics is an easy course and an easy subject.  That is not the case. To be a good Digital artist you still have to study the basics and you have to have patience, perseverance, and imagination.

The common mistakes of students that take the subject is that 1. It’s easier than Fine Arts, 2. It’s faster output due that you are using a computer (in some projects this is true) 3. It’s a VERY lucrative job.

Most of the students fall for number 3.

Since 80% of the students are impatient when dealing with traditional drawing.  I make lesson plans that make them do traditional drawing projects to be submitted each week. 🙂

Lady Green is my first traditional to computer art output. I drew the sketch in a day and uploaded it an hour after the drawing. I edited this in Photoshop, in 4 hours sans pen and tablet due that they are broken. IF there was pen and tablet at that time I could do this in an hour. Broken equipment is one computer drawback. If I do this in watercolor and ink, it would only take me 30 minutes.

Young man waiting

Six years ago I started drawing his face in a small scratch paper and and a year later his body.

I like sketching out characters when a story or an idea pops into my head. The only problem is when the sketch is good the drawing isn’t enough. I have more than dozens of this fiasco.

When my younger sister saw the snippet of a drawing it drove her crazy and asked where the rest of the drawing is? When I realized that the drawing was good I slapped it on a larger paper and added his body.

She gives me the evil eye when I show her works that are half made and in small papers and they turned out like this.

After this fiasco I now draw in large papers  regardless the drawing be good or not.:)


Finally! I can work on my drawings and start posting with woooords!

During the times that I have been uploading my works here, this is the first time I am including words.

The reason is that I had been doing Hell Month duties. For the college students they call it “Hell Week”, for us profs we call it “Hell Month”.

Yes, the checking of works and papers, the paneling for Theses, the grading of students, the deadline of submission of grades to the Dean’s office, and the listening to students groveling about why they should have this grade instead of that.

The only thing I can’t stomach during these months are the students that cry in sheer abandon in front of me when they get their final grades and failed.:(







I am one of the “young-terror professors” in the college as described by some of our older students to the freshmen last semester. That’s because I only teach and not talk to anyone much after classes.

That is unfair to be called such…

So last June when I was asked to meet with the freshies and the rest of the students I gave them a short speech: “The reason I am a terror professor is because I wanted to make professionals out of everyone in this industry. I don’t want you to finish 4 or 5 years and still act like an amateur, when the job you entered required an artist that can handle the toughest situations, and you just worked like a kid- you’ll only last a month- not to mention that the disappointment of being fired on your first or second job can make you start questioning yourself. This isn’t scaring you but letting you know that what’s out there is far from what you are doing in  school, so it is my job as a teacher to prepare you now, and your job to make sure that you can deliver the best that you can at all situations. If in real life you work hard to earn money, start here in school: work hard to get your works done to get the grades right. Also make your parents proud because they are the ones that are currently working to provide you with the best education.”

I am glad to say that my students are all doing exceptionally well and though I fail students because of their being head strong and submitting works late. They don’t get mad or retaliate, they just look at me and tell me that they’ll do better next time.

The ones that graduated are all working in the best industries here I know and I do get the occasional thanks.

I never imagined myself to be a teacher but even if I run in a couple of stress-related work such as shown in my strip above and to deal with very strict regulations in college that seem impossible to do, as well as the revision of documents time and again. The emails and texts of appreciation and thanks that I get from the students or parents is the drive that forces me to better my skills further as a teacher and as a person.

Congratulations to the graduates of 2012 and their parents!

Koji and Me: Chibi and Ragnarok style

This was me 3 years after university. I was hooked in Ragnarok at the time so I drew myself in Ragnarok fashion. 😀

“Chibi” in Japanese means baby or something cute as Koji-chan told me. Kojimalyn is my half Jap-half Fil office mate when I was working as an ESL teacher for a part time gig. She really does look like the chibi Koji I drew, except that she is a very big woman- when I mean “big” it means she is tall, voluptuous, and if you mess with her, her fist can measure 1/4 of your face. Only that no one messes with her because she is really sweet and has this sometimes-annoying childlike attitude for a 23 yo. I felt the generation gap there!

We have a lot of same interests especially in games so when it comes to computer games I showed her this drawing of me in chibi character and she liked the idea that she wanted to have one. She isn’t a Ragnarok player so I just made one in her near likeness.

I made this a few weeks before the tsunami hit her hometown. She was supposed to go visit her family there in the farm but was unable to due that we can’t have personal leaves at the time.

Pencil, Pen and Watercolor



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Hunt for Redemption: character concept sketch

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Hunt for Redemption: character concept sketch


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