When I employ language, every sentence is bi-lingual, or allegorical, saying one thing, and meaning another, or even several, including the obvious.
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Re: take a Buddhists perspective on the morality
WED, 3/3/04, 9:54 p.m. - In Response To: take a Buddhists perspective on the morality issue (Michael Goodman)

MG,
It's funny that you mentioned this. The first issue of Alchemy includes some captions that relate to this in detail.

Best,
DM

Saphire,

Thanks for the insights. I enjoyed your commentary on the story and understanding Ukiko's and Keiko's feelings.

Andy,
You're both right. In the heart of the moment (during the reading) we are filled with emotion. After some time goes by, we can grieve and reflect.

I'm no expert on Japanese culture. But I'm preparing to move to either Okinawa or Japan by next August (hopefully through the JET program). So I've been making friends with Japanese students and Americans who have lived in Japan in order to learn the language and culture. Most Japanese are Buddhists. And in Buddhism (I'm not an expert on this subject, either), there is a belief in rebirth. It's okay to die, because you get reborn. In the West, we fear death. We dread death. But in Eastern philospophy and religions, especially Hinduism, Buddhism, and Taoism (which I am practicing), death is not met with fear and dread, instead, it can be seen as either the soul entering the next stage of life (Hinduism, Pre-Nirvana Buddhism), or as a return to the primordial source of energy (Taoism). Miss Fumiko of the First Zen Institute, if you are reading this and I have errored, please correct me.


Mega Con in Orlando this Fri-Sun!
THU, 3/4/04, 5:23 a.m.

A reminder that Andy Lee, Andy [Anh Tran] and I will be there.

I will sign any of my books or work with no limit. Any of my books that you bring, or that you pick up at my table.

I will have original artwork, 11x17 prints, shirts, hardcovers, paperbacks and back issues. Andy Lee will be doing commissions all day.

Though the Alchemy #1 is in production process right now (and unfortunately I won't have the printed issue at the show) I do have a completed mock up copy of the issue. If you are from this board, and if you ask to see it, I can give you a little sneak peak to give you a sense of the work.
If you don't want to see it to not risk spoilers, that is understandable too!

Please stop by and say hello.

David


Re: drawing technique question
THU, 3/4/04, 5:29 a.m. - In Response To: drawing technique question (Phuong)
Hi Mack,

I'm working on a story for my comic (and it's hard because I couldn't get Kabuki out of my head!)

However,as my story develops it has less similarities. In drawing my comic I tried to emulate your technique of using watercolors. But I'm having a problem capturing the HAIR STRANDS!! I use a very small brush and sometimes a 005 Sakura ink pen, but the effect is still not the same!!

HELP!!

That said,thanks for your time and consideration.

I do use the Sakura Micron pens when I need a thin line somewhere. (often for lettering, and but also the occasional stray hair!).
I also agree with the other poster who suggested using shapes of the water color to suggest the shape of the hair without worrying about individual strands.

I go for contrast, usually letting the natural shapes of the water color turning abstract color coagulations into the shape of the characters, and then occasionally for a close up or something, doing a detailed line drawing to contrast that and remind the reader of some of the details.

The brust too, can give you some nice runny or bleeding hair shapes. Sometimes you think you want a thin line of the hair, but often the bleeding of the water that turns a brush stroke into a bigger shape than a small line makes a more interesting suggestion of the hair.

Best,
David

PS: like an idiot I emailed and asked if internship was available. SORRY!!



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