Friday, January 25, 2013

The moment of truth

Plain and simple, I've decided that I will no longer manage this blog, but to start over from scratch. It's to make way for my new and huge venture into the art world, and to do that restructuring is a must. For those of you who have been following this blog (and there aren't many ^^; ) I thank u for your patronage, and the next time I post here it's to put a link to the new blog and that will be the end of The Diary of a Mad Art Hobo. So keep a lookout for that big finale!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Back to painting...

So Deviantart had this new contest posted sponsored by a renowned The Art Department ( ) and the prizes include free summer or winter session onsite or online with up to four classes taught by acclaimed artists of varying industries (from film to comics to, well you can guess already).  And somehow I am so tempted to take a shot at it.  Though my art has gotten kinda rusty having been sidetracked by recent events at home, it's kind of a good chance to brush it up again and get my fingers lubed and running again.  :)  I might enter at least two entries, all original, nothing from my existing slush pile.  More on that later.

And did I also mention I've taken the giant leap and sent in a proposal for a graphic novel I've been working on and putting off a gazillion times to number of publishers last month?  I probably won't expect a quick reply at least for the rest of this year, considering I'm sure there are thousands more of unopened submissions piled up in the editor's rooms.  Even if I ultimately get rejected, at least I tried, right?  Thus the old saying, "You never know unless you at least try."


Wednesday, October 24, 2012


So I have a Deviantart page, I haven't put up any new pics there in a while since I don't really have anything to put up there, because I didn't do anything to have anything to put up there.  I am rambling here.  I do notice that some of the pics I DO have there has gotten some love from other visitors, mainly the ones about the zombie shooter THE HOUSE OF THE DEAD of which I am a huge fanatic of, and some fan pics of games like TEKKEN.  And most recently this one has gotten some pretty good amount of attention, and it has nothing to do with either titles just listed:

Somehow it's become a new image of 'girl power.'  Man I haven't heard that term in a long time, where did that start, in the first place?  But looking at it again after a while I have to admit there are some parts I am quite pleased it turned out well.  I ought to get into this stuff sometime again soon.


Thursday, October 4, 2012

Setting in motion

So from my last post, my goal back in grade school was becoming a writer and artist.  I guess I've always liked being a storyteller at heart.  Lately I've been telling Mom bedtime stories to help her fall asleep.  I know sounds silly, that's what parents usually do to their little children, not the other way around.  But as noted earlier Mom is going through tough treatment for lymphoma, and sleep is one of the things she direly needs, as sleep doesn't come so easily for her these days due to the side effects of the chemo and other drugs she takes.  So I tell all sorts of stories, mostly fairy tales, mythologies, stuff I read back in kindergarten, etc. and it's done some magic so far.  It's also done some magic for me as it rekindled my passion for storytelling.
Actually I was in the process of creating my own first ever comic book, which happened back in '01.  I was pretty far off, then some things happened that I got derailed and put the comic on hold in '07, and haven't gone back to it for three years.  So now I'm getting back on it, and I have since revamped the whole book as the art looked plain crappy.  It's been over ten years and as an artist I can see when a drawing look crap; it's such a huge difference in the ten year gap.  I'll let you know more about the book some other time, along with several other story ideas I've been piling up in my closet, and I hope to get some of them in the light soon.
I've just been so inspired by a particular individual named Nick Vujicic, a man who was born with no limbs but lives every day of his life like he's got a full body.  I wish I could be more like him, so happy and optimistic, which I haven't been, even though I'm far better off.  I give him big credit for helping me realize my new path in life.

P.S. the above sketch was scanned with a brand new portable scanner wand.  I cannot believe how much more easier it is and why I wasted so much time and effort using this big hunky old scanner...

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Rekindling an old dream, pt. 1

It was in my elementary school yearbook from '91, where you write what you want to be when you grow up, I wrote that I want to be a famous writer and illustrator of book for kids and young adults. That was like 22 years from today. Oh how much time has passed, and how so far I had gone from that "dream.". But it's good to know that at one point I did have a dream, and it's never too late to pursue your dreams, no matter how far you gone.
And so it begins...

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Something to think about

The past two years has been nothing but a blur. My mom diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma and going thru the tough chemotherapy; then my dad is found to have gastric cancer at the start of 2012; and just couple months ago moms lymphoma came back, and this time they recommend she do the stem cell transplant that will save her life in the long term but will be a very very rough procedure and recovery short term.
It really isn't easy to be staying home and acting as the caregiver for two sick parents. Especially in my current sit when I'm in my 30s and in desperate need of a job and a life of my own, I really have zilch to show for the past seven years since leaving college. I had big dreams, but they all got derailed and for what? To be a couch potato and a lug nut living off my parents and drowning in self-pity? Hey, I never said this aloud, but my parents are partly at fault for the way things have turned out.
And now I'm caring for them and putting up with their occasional fits and childish whinings, and not getting much glory out of it. I'm no Mother Teresa that's certain.
But on the other end of it this time has given me plenty to think about, a bit of self reflection. I almost feel like I'm not quite the same person that I was two years ago. In a way this recent ordeal has opened my eyes and made me really look into myself, who I am what is my deal in this life and how will I be planning to move forward from all this. I known that sometimes it takes a crash to wake you up, and I think that's what's going on with me right now.
Rather than sit and mope about what should have been, I ought to take this chance to make amends with my parents, a way to give back to them for raising me and putting up with my craziness for the past 30 years, to be thankful for what I have and that i am actually quite better off as it is, and to rethink my path for the next 30 tears. I am constantly reminded of what I had written in my grade school yearbook, what my future plan was gonna be. And oh, how I've strayed away from it since. I am on my way to rekindling that plan I set 20 years ago. What that is, it's another story...
I got no drawing to share today, only this photo I had saved on this iPod. I tell you, lately this guy's been giving me nightmares... >_<;;

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

I'm baaaaack....

Sorry, long time been absent here.  I just been hit through some major storms in my house.  Long story.  And I'm too exhausted.  I don't think I'll be continuing with the previous blog series I started like what, few months ago.  I just don't have the time and the energy.
Will still occasionally post some pics when I'm able.  I do need to brush up on my drawing, it's gotten pretty rusty.

Starting off with some b/w sketches, just copies from photos and mags.  First one here

I've been watching the whole series of "The Tudors" for the last month, and this guy was one of the reasons.  I first saw him in the movie "Immortals" and hear he will play Superman in the newest reboot next summer (yes just leave it to the Englishmen to revive our favorite American superheroes, hehehe).  Also he sorta reminds me of an old friend I used to know, just saying.

Hasta La Vista...