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An Instagram-ready Rita Repulsa, Lord Zedd, and Kitty Goldar! This print is only available for sale at this Sunday’s Saban official “Morphinominal Art Show” at Meltdown Comics.

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I made a schedule of 2016-2017 Project Goals (for my eyes only) and I reached my first goal today, yay!

It was to nail down the lower third/onscreen designs for my ongoing web show, Token Talk presented by Racebending. You got the sneak peek in a previous post but after more than a month of doing test runs and working in my colleagues’ notes, I finally figured out the design format.

For the 'NEWS' segment.

For the ‘NEWS’ segment.

'NEWS' segment with guest host/photographer Jerome Villarin on Aug. 16, 2016.

‘NEWS’ segment with guest host/photographer Jerome Villarin on Aug. 16, 2016.

Image above: our show starts off with a “This Week In News” segment that does a roundup of news in diversity, racebending, social justice, etc. Sometimes the host Dariane Nabor does the news solo and sometimes she might have a guest host like our co-producer Catherine Manabat, so the main titles reflect that. I also wanted to credit Peter Ngaou as he’s been responsible for gathering the most interesting news bytes for our roundup.

I created a photo sidebar that would have a short caption and accompanying image. It’s specifically on stage left so Dariane can sit stage right (where she has full view of both the prompter and live feed) and a guest host can sit center.

'GUEST INTERVIEW' segment with writer Michael Mejia on August 16, 2016.

‘GUEST INTERVIEW’ segment with writer Michael Mejia on August 16, 2016.

Image above: For the “Guest Interview” portion, there’s another photo sidebar (that’s smaller than the sidebar during the “News” segment for a reason) with specific images and captions our guest(s) would like us to promote. This includes projects, current/past gigs, and the items they’re selling in the Token Talk store. Using the Tricaster provided by XSN, we can make the image fullscreen too.

In the main title boxes, I add in their names, occupation, special announcements, fun facts, and any social media accounts they might have.

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Since May 10, 2016 a couple months ago, I’ve embarked on a new project called Token Talk with host Dariane Nabor and co-producer Cat Manabat. Presented by Racebending (most famous for their anti-whitewashing Hollywood campaign against the live film adaptation of The Last Airbender), Token Talk is “a weekly live talk show promoting works by, for, and about underrepresented communities.”

Logo designed by Angela Gomez.

Logo designed by Angela Gomez.

Token Talk is a way to continue those conversations about underrepresented communities in pop culture. The show itself is broadcasted from Meltdown Comics in Hollywood, CA and produced by XSN, an online shopping network that dubs itself as “QVC 2.0.”

At its core, we want this to be a show that promotes work or products by, for, or about underrepresented groups. We want to do more than boycott whitewashed works. Show the industries you want to see more representation by voting with your dollar and supporting diverse works. We hope to encourage viewers to use their consumer power to support work done by diverse communities and show representation isn’t just about having a “token” [insert marginalized descriptor here] person. We hope to entertain viewers but also enrich, inform, and get them to discover and buy cool, diverse stuff, too!

      Subscribe to our YouTube Channel for the latest episodes.

      Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest updates.

      Please contact us if you’d like to be a guest and/or have questions by using the email address listed on the business card design below!

We passed out these business cards during San Diego Comic-Con weekend to indie vendors. I designed the back.

My design.

My design.

I also designed lower thirds for our live broadcast:

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EDIT. Pictures from set!

Our second episode featured artist Marcel Ramos and the duo behind Drunk Monk podcast (Will Choi and Keiko Agena, aka "Lane Kim" on Gilmore Girls).

Our second episode featured artist Marcel Ramos and the duo behind Drunk Monk podcast (Will Choi and Keiko Agena, aka “Lane Kim” on Gilmore Girls).

The time we had actor/martial artist Ernie Reyes, Jr. and author Paul Krueger on the show!

The time we had actor/martial artist Ernie Reyes, Jr. and author Paul Krueger on the show!


(Drawn today)

(Drawn today)

I was catching up on news about the upcoming Naruto film when I came up with the doodle idea. After seeing the various character sketches with their different poses, facial expressions, and collection of clothing pieces, I wanted to do something super similar (and perhaps sadder, iono).

I got to drawing and finally unpacked my scanner. I put in the text and lines (Shift-key and the Brush Tool at the lowest setting) using Adobe Photoshop Elements.

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The picture Mike took of the final product. Taken from an angle, so the image is not quite proportional.

The picture Mike took of the final product. Taken from an angle, so the image is not quite proportional.

Mike’s caption on Facebook: “I joke around with Melodie Miu about how with the casting of PATIENT ZERO, I basically shipped The Doctor and Margaery Tyrell. So she of course gives me the best Christmas gift: This amazing painting she did of Matt Smith’s The Doctor and Natalie Dormer as Margaery Tyrell!”

We celebrated our 4th year anniversary in mid-December and before I went to visit Mike, I spent around 5 days on his present. Referencing our inside joke, I made a fanart painting of Doctor Who’s Matt Smith and Game of Thrones’ Margaery Tyrell.

I used these two images for my main reference:

This image is a lot greener than the official promo (http://bit.ly/1xmAybl). I liked it a lot more because the color of her dress stayed faithful to the book depiction of Tyrell color green.

This image is a lot greener than the official promo (http://bit.ly/1xmAybl). I liked it a lot more because the color of her dress stayed faithful to the book depiction of Tyrell color green.

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I sketched out the forms on 12″ by 18″ acrylic paper until I got the details like Margaery’s hair and The Doctor’s crossed feet in the way I wanted.

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Natalie Dormer and Matt Smith have the MOST interesting faces I’ve ever had to draw. Over the course of three days, I kept studying their pictures and painting over their faces until I finally got it right, particularly Dormer’s signature smirk.

Here are some versions of it before I settled on the faces I liked.

Version 1.

Version 1.

Version 2.

Version 2.

I unfortunately forgot to take a proportional picture of the painting in its final form in its wooden black frame. Currently, the painting looks most like Natalie Dormer and Matt Smith’s faces. So the first picture of this post is what I’ll show for now until I go visit Mike again.

Materials: acrylic paints, acrylic markers, Sharpie pens (for smaller details), acrylic paper, and colored pencils (for shadowing).

I’m so happy for Mike Le and his many successes. Here’s a few of his accomplishments so far:

Daniel Austin. (DARK SUMMER)

Daniel Austin. (DARK SUMMER)

      -Sold three scripts last year alone.

      -One of which, his action-thriller script, PATIENT ZERO, was sold within 6 days during a bidding war to Screen Gems.

      This guyyy.

      This guyyy.

      -Talented young actors including Keir Gilchrist (United States of Tara), Grace Phipps (Teen Beach Movie), Stella Maeve (The Runaways), and Maestro Harrell (Suburgatory) as well as the prolific Peter Stormare were cast into his ghost horror film, DARK SUMMER. Directed by horror film darling, Paul Solet.

      -Wrote the first draft for PATIENT ZERO while on the production set of DARK SUMMER, more than a year ago.

      DARK SUMMER got picked up by IFC Midnight.

      -Stefan Ruzowitzky, who won the 2008 Best Foreign-Language Film Oscar for The Counterfeiters, is set to direct PATIENT ZERO.

      -British actors and fan favorites, Natalie Dormer (Game of Thrones) and Matt Smith (Doctor Who), have officially been cast into PATIENT ZERO.

      -He continues to tirelessly write numerous screenplays for both TV and film. His compelling storytelling has never been better and he has lots of exciting projects on the way.

Mona Wilson. (DARK SUMMER)

Mona Wilson. (DARK SUMMER)

And now the trailer for DARK SUMMER has been released yesterday (video below)! The film will premiere in the United States on Jan. 9, 2015. Mark your calendars!!!


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I gave him a DARK SUMMER-related painting as a Christmas/anniversary present that I wasn’t able to show for over a year because of spoilers.

It’s a rendering of an underwater kiss between the actors Gilchrist and Maeve. Done with acrylic paint and markers.

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EDIT. The new DARK SUMMER poster and social media banner has just been released!

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EDIT. Here’s another new social media banner.

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Yesterday, Saturday, I celebrated two people’s birthdays (my friend Francesca and my paternal grandpa, who turned 80) and made two birthday cards.

Since Francesca is a big fan of Pusheen the Cat (the chubby little feller on Facebook) and we often communicated with each other using those cat emojis, I drew her a bunch of Pusheen Cats. I sketched the images first with a pencil, traced over them with an ultra fine-point black Sharpie, and colored them in with Faber-Castell color pencils. I added a bunch of bats as well, since Francesca loves those critters too.

Close-up.

Close-up.

The card.

The card.

I presented it to her during her birthday high tea. We felt just as fancy as we looked.

She's such a darling. I also gave her that charm bracelet.

She’s such a darling. I also gave her that charm bracelet.

Thank you for the photo, birthday girl.

Thank you for the photo, birthday girl.

For my grandpa, I drew a caricature of him using a photo — which prompted him to comment that his cartoon was wearing his old pair of glasses.

It’s about 7 inches tall; I colored and masking-taped it over to make it sturdy, waterproof, and so other relatives can sign their birthday greetings on the back without the ink bleeding through. With some folded up paper and tape, I also made it a base and backing so the cartoon could stand up.

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I wasn’t done with it by the time dinner rolled around so I was cutting tape and fixing its edges at the restaurant with my big ol’ scissors and giant masking-tape roll.

The man on the left is my grandpa. Do you see his cartoon self on the table?

The man on the left is my grandpa. Do you see his cartoon self on the table?

He liked it.