It’s been a long while since I drew Slam Dunk again. I’ve been real busy with a lot of things, writing, talk commitments, regular work, a lot! There are times I upload artworks in my IG for my new comics and other stuff — and some followers tell me they want Slam Dunk. It’s kind of a mixed emotion for me.
Hi, guys, I missed drawing SD too
and I know that most people follow me for this. But I’m an artist —and a fictionist, a writer too– I believe I can draw anything or write anything I want as long as I don’t harm anything. Make that anything.
There are actually many times that when I draw SD, I get more followers—flooding the numbers up. And when I post NBA illustrations, some unfollow me. It’s funny, really. I got nothing to say about that, but I just want to thank those who stayed with me even at times I don’t post anything.
Truth is I gained friends—a lot of them—since having my artist IG account. And these “friends” aren’t just regular followers who comment every now and then, we connect. We chat when we have time. We share thoughts. We wish each other good things. We ARE friends, despite not seeing each other, despite miles apart.
Posting this image of a simple Hanamichi Sakuragi in casual clothing got me a lot of “welcome back” greetings. It may just be words, but I truly appreciate it. It was very warm and welcoming, reassuring I might add. Making me want to make more —not just SD of course. I draw what I want. I know my friends will always be here.
My other title card design need to wait. I’m doing my Born to be Wild portfolio first.
I have said it before and I’ll say it again, BTBW is my favorite account. Not just because we went places for some adventurous shoots. Not just because we got great animal and nature footages. The brand itself is so fun to play with, in a creative’s (the person) perspective. Best of all, great people to work with. Yes, it is a commercial show, but the advocacy is real.
Enough with reminiscing. Just sharing here my favorite designs.
Time flies… we’re at the 9th year!
The following three are billboard designs, the only ones I found available in my hard drive 😦
Right now, I’m just compiling some of my old works for an updated portfolio. And so I thought of creating blog entries too, about it. But I have just so much, and really not possible for me to put them all here. I decided to just choose the ones I love most and maybe the most memorable too! Also, I will create separate posts of them, hence “Part 1,” “Part 2,” etc. Maybe by category or by account, or by any theme I come up with.
In this post, I will be showcasing title arts where I used a 3D software and Photoshop, combined. Some are approved and some are left as “studies” —which most of the times, I love more.
The following are Tonight with Arnold Clavio tcard studies in 3D. I loved the freedom of color use! But none of them were approved. T.T
These 2 were the ones approved. Through the years, we constantly changed title cards. Me being the art director, tried something new or radical here and there. Most of the times, we still come up with something closely derived from the previous style. So I myself couldn’t if it was for 2017, 18, or 19… if weren’t for the filenames.
Yeah… NOT 3D. Approved.
Now, here’s my favorite account. Design and art directed for more than 10 years. What a run!
With so much design I created for Born To Be Wild, I think I’ll create a separate post for it.
And more title cards! In 3 and D! And… P and S.
For Wagas, these last two are not 3D. So, forgive me, okay? Well I have a lot more coming in Part 2. I just don’t like posting long entries. See you again, guys.
It’s hard to be funny in a corporate world full of serious people who won’t stop for a bit of laugh—when it won’t benefit them. I’m just your regular crazy guy, the type who finds something to chuckle at almost everything. At most, I win friends; and I’m happy that this could describe the bigger part of my life—fun-loving people for friends! But the world is not perfect, unfortunately for us good guys. Some people just won’t appreciate it. Some people would choose to throw in hate, if it meant display of their power or authority. Whew, tough life! For them.
Well, I am just glad that from time to time I could still squeeze-in some fun at work, and get away with it! Here are some of my favorites in my past works. Not the best I could do, but certainly some of my most loved creations. 20 years in the business. I. Am. Still. Alive.
This was a seasonal plug I art directed (and illustrated!) for GMA Network, a back-to-school-college-edition-greetings plug—really can’t say PSA. It’s not as funny as me and my writer-partner could have done or originally imagined, thanks to client comments and the legendary deities of MTRCB, but it’s one of my favorite works.
One does not simply caricature and animate his officemates—invert a friend—and get it aired. Much more, win an Ad of the Quarter Award for such mischief.
The story was this: most of my senior peers were out in a vacation leave, I chose to be the “taong-bahay” (let’s say, the office caretaker of the week). Not much is left at work, we (they) kinda finished everything before they went out of town. I’m the only senior personnel in the unit.
This was supposed to be a regular episodic, the type of plug that just aired for a week. With not much to do (because we finished most things in advance), I poured my heart and bile for this. Who signed to approve this? Told ya, it was just me around. He. He. He.
What a shame, I couldn’t find the animated one. I’ll update this post when I have it.
^Great guy, believe me!
Let’s get this straight early on, I’m not a guy who watches soap operas and there were only a few Filipino sitcoms that I could say I really liked! Most of my career, I worked with GMA’s News & Public Affairs accounts, not much with the Entertainment Group. But art directing Love You Two was something, I loved it. Gabby Concepcion, Shaira Diaz, and Gerald Napoles were particularly very professional and great to work with. I didn’t write the script here, so don’t you judge me! Haha. I enjoyed doodling over the videos, I admit.
Well, this has been a long post. I’ll just end it with another favorite, in terms of theme and artistic reasons. Artistic, huh? Nah, I just love drawing and getting paid for drawing.
Holloween! Every year… er… of the year(!) I look forward to creating Halloween plugs! I’ll just leave it here in my blog, so I can remember it when I’m way past my Tito-ness.
This is a retelling of the award-winning short story of the same title by the Palanca Hall of Famer and premier writer Jun Cruz Reyes. I’m planning on having it translated very soon, so wait for it.
Mula Kay Tandang Iskong Basahan: Mga Tagpi-tagping Alaala graphic short story was selected and published in Likhaan (Volume) 14 in late 2020, but as of now, we’re still waiting for the printed volume. I had to keep it short—within 10 pages to be exact, to be accepted in the call for entries of the said journal. Also, the technical/printing requirements kept me limited in shading the art. Thus, panels and overall appearance were heavily affected. It’s still okay though, yet in my opinion, I could have done better. This version is the one that I could say I have told the story I was trying to convey without restraints. No deadlines, no page limits, no printing capability restrictions—and I’m really happy with the way it was finished. I believe I updated the story with some current issues yet still tried hard not to veer away from the beauty of the sorrow of the original material. So if you can find the original short story, you really should read it—much recommended.
For the Filipino-speaking readers, enjoy. For those not, I’ll get back to you. Translators are actually welcome. Have fun, all.
Mula Kay Tandang Iskong Basahan: Mga Tagpi-tagping Alaala Original Story by Jun Cruz Reyes Retelling and Art by Erik Guzman Pingol
I’m planning on creating an artbook for all these 🙂 Maybe a hundred page of illustrations is enough?
A lot of guys emailed me asking how can they buy my artworks. The truth is I still don’t know how. Whether to create a “store” in this site or sell the artworks somewhere—I really don’t know how those things work. If you guys have suggestions or ideas, you can email me. I just need all the help I can get. Thanks 😭