Thursday, December 20, 2007
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Monday, December 17, 2007
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Friday, December 7, 2007
Thursday, December 6, 2007
Monday, December 3, 2007
Friday, November 30, 2007
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Monday, November 19, 2007
Thursday, November 15, 2007
OMG! OMG! The new Namby Pamby is out!!!! Actually it's not, but it's very close. This is just from a dummy cover that i created for the "in-progress" Namby Pamby book. See, I print out the pages that I have done already and put them in book-form. So when I'm on the bus or sitting in the living room, I can look at them in their final scale, and see how the images look in that size and how the story flows from one page to the next. (I'm posting this because the doodle I drew today was scanned poorly and looks like ca-ca poo-poo.)
Monday, November 12, 2007
Even in California, you can tell that Fall is here. Driving through Hwy 17, leaves were changing and the wind was crisp and cold. We could see the pine-covered hills in the distance, and I just wanted it to snow right then and there. Of course, if that ever would have happened, it would have been a horrible ride through all the twists and turns. So I dunno... but, yes, Fall has arrived!
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Friday, November 9, 2007
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
I haven't had a chance to post this ballpoint pen doodle from Friday evening. It was just a nice Fall night with family, eating good food and drinking some good wine. (Please, I am not a wine conniseur by any means, but it was nice.) The only bad thing about the evening though, was that we didn't get to go sing karaoke after. Damn.
Posted by Rina Yay! at 8:15 AM
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
That game was incredible. No, impossible! I have never seen us play that well against a most hated rival ever. And what a night to win it, with all the Steeler greats present for the 75th Anniversary celebration. What a nice way to honor those guys. Awesome way to honor the tradition. I hope we keep winning games like this one in the second half of the season. Go! Go! Go! Okay, yeah, yeah, back to art and creative stuff, okay. okay.
Posted by Rina Yay! at 8:09 AM
Monday, November 5, 2007
Friday, November 2, 2007
I wasn't the only one transfixed by this. Many of the other people on my bus took double-takes and sat in contorted fashion to stare at this all the way across the bridge. It was like we were seeing a quadruple rainbow, and Michael Jordan and Hulk Hogan were having tea on a fluffy cloud, while Moses yelled from afar "Let my people go!"
edit: rescanned for better image quality. people were havin' problems reading it.
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
We had such memorable costumes. I think my sister holds the record for wearing that witch costume for 5-6 years in a row. And don't get me started on the "80s Ghost". That was my brother's idea. Anyway, happy halloween to all. And Happy Birthday to Dodo!
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Tuesday, October 30, 2007
I was eating my burrito (actually, Ken's burrito) and I turned around and saw him writing and Cat sleeping peacefully. Then I suddenly realized that it was strangely quiet, kind of like the same feeling you get when you look up from the book you're reading in the library and realize where you are. No TV (NO "Heroes"!), no music, no noise from the street, and I thought... "Wow, is this the very last scene on earth or what?!?" Thank god, it wasn't... I think. I mean, I KNOW.
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Monday, October 29, 2007
OH BOY, the last page I just finished last night was a killer, okay. I ran the gambit of emotions before finishing it. I was kind of trying to ignore it there, just sitting on my desk, mocking me. It was really bumming me out! But, I finally worked it all out, and we're friends now. But let's forget about all that and post a panel for the new Namby Pamby #5!
Friday, October 26, 2007
Note that I wrote the caption when the only thing on the page was the glass of water. Drawing glasses with liquids in them, all dripping of condensation, is an exercise in concentration. Everything felt good with the world when I had that the glass of water down pat. However, I have a tendency to add more and clutter a page, and then it goes all downhill from there. Do you even see the glass of water now? Sometimes when I see this, I love it. Other times, eh.
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Early morning, the white moon loomed largely in front of our living room window. 30 minutes later it traveled to the kitchen window, and changed to a deep orange, as the sun took over the sky. I could have stood in front of the kitchen sink for hours, charting the moon's course till it disappeared into the distance. Then I wondered who would be the next person to see the moon in it all its glory and in what country they'd be in. Of course I could just look at a map for this, but I'm glad you bore with me at least till the end of this paragraph. THE END.
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Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Okay, I guess I need to do a better job at hiding my bad attitude. It must have been sooo bad that my chinese take-out place had to remind me in not just one, but TWO fortune cookies. Maybe my mom put them up to this. At least, the broccoli chicken was good.
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Awh, i love my brother. He's one of the greatest men in my life. This is a sketch from a picture taken the morning of first day to his first-ever job. He was the pizza maker in the local Giant Eagle ("Iggle"). My dad took this picture. He was never so prouder of him. I remember that day like it was yesterday. It was weird not seeing him around for the next 8 hours. Oh well, more pancakes for me!
Monday, October 22, 2007
Note to self, don't draw things before you've really woken up and maybe had a sip of a caffeinated beverage.
That game was just such an annoying thing to watch. We never seem to be able to win a game televised on national network TV. It's as if we freeze up because of the pressure, or play so sluggishly that we have no idea what's going on in the field. Notice how I say "we" in these previous sentences, as if I was actually playing this game. Boy, fanaticism can make this girl go batty.
But onto happier thoughts such as...the new King Cat #68 is now available! Go get it!
Friday, October 19, 2007
Yeah, i know i messed up on the plates. I freaked out. I was so happy that the teapot came out the way it did, that i was thinking "man, this sketch would totally blow if i screwed up the last bit... the plates in the back"... Dang, talk about a horrible 9th inning bullpen disaster. Yeah, it's a baseball metaphor. Forgive me.
Also, lately I've been reading the comic blog posts of Rutu Modan on the NY Times website. I got word of these from Jillian Tamaki's blog I really love the storytelling in these strips about her family and nostalgic episodes in her life.
Posted by Rina Yay! at 7:35 AM
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Have you ever watched "Animal Precinct" on the Animal Planet channel? I took a break from it and started watching it again. Crazy cases of animal cruelty ensue! This one, I think was supposed to be a special episode where the animal Fuzz tell their most memorable stories. One was of this black lab who had a huge tumor hanging from his face. It was soo heavy that it was dragging the skin over his left eye so it looked like he had only one eye... "Awh, man! Why you even got to do a thing!" Anyway, there was also a case about a dog with 200 ticks on him, but that was actually grosser to draw than the huge tumor dog. After this episode, there was a show about parasites found in your body. The Animal Planet has some grossie shows.
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Here's a panel from the latest Namby Pamby/Heirloom project....after much effort. Ha ha! Awh, that Ruth sure seems to be having fun! I have to admit, I'm having much more fun too with the stories in this upcoming comic. Even though people might find it another yawner or a crapper, it's all good to me.
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Well, still working on the comic. I'm on page 18 of who knows how many. Here's a picture of my desk again. No, I don't draw in the dark (maybe mentally though.) I just had to throw something in the garbage can there, and then I thought, "hey, that's some good lighting." And technically, I tend to draw more on my coffee table in the living room in front of the TV and dirty everything up with eraser marks. Also, sometimes I take a break to eat Otis Spunkmeyer cookies.
Anyway, on my breaks, I also tend to recommend some places to visit. Like here for Hellen and Lark's awesome exhibits. And here, here, and here to find out what great new stuff I'll be missing out at SPX. Do you know other good comics I'll be missing? Let me know!
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Monday, October 8, 2007
I love drawing arrows. Arrows are fun. What is not fun is when someone uses all their letters on the last turn of a Scrabble game and still asks me how much my remaining letters add up to, so they can add it to their final point total of the game. That is downright insulting and bad playmanship. Actually, I probably would have done that too myself. What I will do right now though is blame this loss on my being more focused on the Green Bay Packers game as well as drawing in my sketchbook, than coming up with a word for my next turn, because in my game excuses are welcomed.
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Wednesday, October 3, 2007
Here's a sketch I did this morning, done with my ole Tombow dual brush marker which I haven't used in a while. I'm not sure why. I actually think I forgot I had it. The marker has two tips on either side: one being a big felt-tip brush and the other a medium nylon-tip. Anyway, I always liked using the Tombow pen because the nylon-tipped side makes a crisp "crackling" line that cuts into the paper nice. The brush pen side is now losing ink (supposedly there's only 1 ink reservoir for both tips), but it still makes a nice faint gradient for shadows. In case you're wondering, this is a sketch from a Paris photograph mixed in with random objects on my coffee table.
Posted by Rina Yay! at 9:03 AM
Monday, October 1, 2007
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Monday, September 24, 2007
Photo of the show by Tammy Salzl.
I was invited by artist and curator Anthony Easton to draw my take of what a 1950 Ford looks like from memory. (That's not me in the above picture. I'm a girl!) The finished product is being exhibited right now in a group show. The details don't say who else is in this show, but I believe there might be drawings from comic geniuses like Sammy Harkham and Seth.
The 1950 FORD SHOW
Art Gallery of Alberta
September 22, 2007-January 6, 2008
Guest Curated by Anthony Easton
Edmonton artist and curator Anthony Easton takes American Pop-Conceptualist, Ed Ruscha at his word. Ruscha's 1977 drawing: WILL 100 ARTISTS DRAW A 1950 FORD FROM MEMORY plants the seed that Easton cultivates by actually soliciting 100 artists to concretize Ruscha's Conceptual fantasy.
The results range from café sketches through pop commix renditions to highly crafted illustrations. The ensemble makes for a delightful installation, reasserting the primacy of mark-making and reconsiders the Conceptualist implulses in contemporary art.
Friday, September 21, 2007
Thursday, September 20, 2007
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Well, my FTP is on the blink... so no new doodle to post today, bad news bears. I was going to put a page from an older story in its place, but then I thought maybe you're interested in knowing what projects I'm working on right now? Maybe? No? Anyway, above is the title page to a story in my next comic that I have had tucked away on my web servers. The process is going pretty well. I've been good at working on it everyday, and the mean-critic side of me hasn't forced me to abandon the whole thing entirely... which lemme tell you, is a personal best and waaay more than I could've asked of myself. Okay?!? Geez, I don't have to explain myself to you people!!!
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Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Friday, September 14, 2007
Now you gotta go to this! I went to the opening of this, and it's a really good show. Everything here from top to bottom is worth the trip. Check it out! Above is one of two pieces I have in this show all about the dirtiness that is comics.
Dirty Drawings by Dirty Drawers:
Work by well-travelled young underground cartoonists of the Bay Area
Rock Paper Scissors Gallery
2278 Telegraph Avenue
Oakland CA 94612
Exhibition Dates: September 7 - September 29, 2007
Gallery Hours: Tues-Thurs 2 - 7pm, Fri - Sat 12 - 8pm, Sun 12 - 6pm
Dirty Drawings by Dirty Drawers: Andy Hartzell, Brian Kaas, Calvin Wong, Daria Tessler, Eli Bishop, Francoise Vigneault, Fred Noland, Gene Yang, Geoff Vasile, Jared Katz, Jesse Reklaw, Joe Sayers, John Isaacson, Josh Frankel, Julia Wertz, Lark Pien, MariNaomi, Mark Haven-Britt, Melanie Lewis, Rina Ayuyang, Trevor Alixopulos, Vanessa Davis.
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