Monday, March 24, 2014
Himalayan bus.

Himalayan bus.

Monday, March 3, 2014
Amin Amat demonstrating a few inking tips
This posting is bit belated. Last week Amin Amat, who’s done a more classic style pencilling and inking for some independent comics showed a few tricks. Essentially within a couple hours he pencilled and inked a simplified page putting me to shame, so it was good to know that:
Japantown has the best brush pens.
He uses a couple different nibs but buys dozens at a time (I also just ruin mine quickly).
How to tell if a bristle of a brush will make a pointed tip (involves spitting-quietly-at the store).
how to speckle inked paper using frisket (athletic tips).
It was inspiring as I’m prepping to do some inking of sample pages for the anthology on traveling.

Amin Amat demonstrating a few inking tips

This posting is bit belated. Last week Amin Amat, who’s done a more classic style pencilling and inking for some independent comics showed a few tricks. Essentially within a couple hours he pencilled and inked a simplified page putting me to shame, so it was good to know that:

  • Japantown has the best brush pens.
  • He uses a couple different nibs but buys dozens at a time (I also just ruin mine quickly).
  • How to tell if a bristle of a brush will make a pointed tip (involves spitting-quietly-at the store).
  • how to speckle inked paper using frisket (athletic tips).

It was inspiring as I’m prepping to do some inking of sample pages for the anthology on traveling.

Saturday, February 15, 2014
So my moniker ‘kkoktu arcade' will be tabling at the LAZINEFEST!!
For better or worse I’m sandwiched up at the opening with a few other unknowns inbetween the likes of Fantagraphics, Press Gang (Study Group, Floating World, Family Style) , and Yam Books (Rina sells Renee French book among others). Some guy with no website on one side of me and Sam Alden on the other.  :o!!!  While this is exciting it’s also kinda intimidating with my couple mini’s and all. It’s like Ive been upgraded to sell liquor at a comedy club.
Well  lets play.

So my moniker ‘kkoktu arcade' will be tabling at the LAZINEFEST!!

For better or worse I’m sandwiched up at the opening with a few other unknowns inbetween the likes of Fantagraphics, Press Gang (Study Group, Floating World, Family Style) , and Yam Books (Rina sells Renee French book among others). Some guy with no website on one side of me and Sam Alden on the other.  :o!!!  While this is exciting it’s also kinda intimidating with my couple mini’s and all. It’s like Ive been upgraded to sell liquor at a comedy club.

Well  lets play.

Thursday, February 6, 2014
Rough thumbs for a short bio I’m working on about Jispa, Himachel Pradesh India and travelling alone (as a woman). This is part of an anthology Broads Abroad curated by a professor on the East Coast due this summer.

Rough thumbs for a short bio I’m working on about Jispa, Himachel Pradesh India and travelling alone (as a woman). This is part of an anthology Broads Abroad curated by a professor on the East Coast due this summer.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014
lazinefest:

GET TO KNOW YOUR ZINESTER: kkoktu arcade
What was your first zine about and when was it made?
My first was an expressionistic urban rendition of the Persephone myth. I was too embarrassed to turn it into the local comic shop, Comic Relief in Berkeley, so it ended up getting submitted and published in a POC poetry anthology called “smell this”.
Describe your most recent zine.
It’s the beginning of a series, somewhere between an urban fable and speculative fiction. Travelling in Asia or even within my own hoods I’ve heard the most remarkable personal mythologies, I wanted to open a space to retell these stories: slightly recognizable, a tad dystopian, yet with potential for an otherworldly subversion. Right now it’s more visually surreal but I’m hoping for it to gain a stronger narrative boost as the series grows.
Read the rest at the LA Zine Fest blog!

lazinefest:

GET TO KNOW YOUR ZINESTER: kkoktu arcade

What was your first zine about and when was it made?

My first was an expressionistic urban rendition of the Persephone myth. I was too embarrassed to turn it into the local comic shop, Comic Relief in Berkeley, so it ended up getting submitted and published in a POC poetry anthology called “smell this”.

Describe your most recent zine.

It’s the beginning of a series, somewhere between an urban fable and speculative fiction. Travelling in Asia or even within my own hoods I’ve heard the most remarkable personal mythologies, I wanted to open a space to retell these stories: slightly recognizable, a tad dystopian, yet with potential for an otherworldly subversion. Right now it’s more visually surreal but I’m hoping for it to gain a stronger narrative boost as the series grows.

Read the rest at the LA Zine Fest blog!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

I’ve been warned of dangers of spec work, however, in applying for a job perhaps it wasnt unusual for a ‘test’.

So here’s a lesson: Applyed to a place on craigslist that wanted entry level artists to apply for tutorials for fast paced work etc. They emailed those of us that managed to make it to the out of the way suburb a “test”—5 pictures related to Lincoln. To be honest I never did historical pics before and was selling my website to them etc. After the test (idea of only one-two hours on each pic) the coordinator emailed me and said”

Your style is JUST what we’re looking for…if you could revise these pics just so and re-submit in a few days

I was really busy but spend time cleaning the pics up, revising and resubmitting. Today I just got the email:

Unfortunately your style is not what we are looking for…good luck!

Whaaa? Actually Im disappointed but somehow I began realizing this was a lot of work for no sureness in a gig. Okay, good lesson but here’s the deal…I was already using some pics as on a ‘graphic design/illustration for educational sector’ brochure I was sending out to potential employers with some positive response so it’s not a total waste. But good lesson and to be honest…How f*cking rude!!

Sunday, November 24, 2013
A quickie for the illustration friday theme ‘shadow’

A quickie for the illustration friday theme ‘shadow’

Friday, November 22, 2013
Legba, one of my favorite renderings…

Legba, one of my favorite renderings…

Lovely book I got in the mail!

Lovely book I got in the mail!

Sunday, October 27, 2013
Lamia. In honor of @auriea halloween twitter handle. Should probably make a ‘real’ illustration outta this one.

Lamia. In honor of @auriea halloween twitter handle. Should probably make a ‘real’ illustration outta this one.