Welcome to Paradise

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Jennifer Paradise is the Nexus's new sex columnist. This is the art for her column on the do's and don'ts of university sex. I honestly have no idea why I decided to have one of the guys wear a Santa Barbara City College hoody while the other is wearing a Dethklok shirt. I guess it's my way of taking a stab at the city college people living in my area. But then again I'm also a fan of Metalocalypse on Adult Swim so it balances out.

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Freshmen Orientation

Saturday, August 26, 2006

I wrote and drew the art for this year's Daily Nexus Orientation issue opinion column:

See if you can find what’s wrong with this picture: Twenty people are crowded inside a small, black-lit room with Paris Hilton’s newest single bumping on an iBook’s meager speaker system. On the bed, a guy with a “Jesus is my homeboy” T-shirt puts his arm around an ambiguously legal-looking girl he just met. He hands her a cup of beer, which she declines. He asks the girl why she doesn’t want to drink it. She complains that she doesn’t like the taste of alcohol and instead downs several bottles of wine coolers. She then proceeds to suck his… uh, face. Oh yeah, they’re also cousins.

I’ll be honest, there’s plenty wrong with what I just described, but since we’re all familiar with the countless million-dollar advertisements advocating responsible drinking, I’d like to focus on the bizarre concept of associating flavor with alcohol.

It’s understandable for a person to be concerned about drunk driving, alcohol poisoning or losing their inhibitions. These types of people are called designated drivers. What bothers me are the people at a party complaining about the flavor of their drinks. What exactly are they going for?

Alcohol isn’t supposed to taste good and you should appreciate that. The sting in your mouth is what keeps you from unwittingly drinking yourself to death. It’s also a good rule of thumb to know exactly what you’re drinking, right? Well, a can of beer is still a can of beer and a shot of tequila is still more than most people can handle.

A screwdriver, on the other hand, is orange juice with uncertain amounts of vodka. Since you can no longer taste the alcohol, you can all of a sudden drink more vodka than you normally would straight.

Hard liquor should be taken in shots. If that’s still too strong, take a chaser. The point is that you’re drinking the alcohol for what it is and not because it’s hidden within juice.

That’s not to say that you shouldn’t demand quality in your drink. Take beer for instance. The typical beer you’ll get at a party is something cheap, like Natural Ice from a keg. Sure, chugging or taking a beer bong of the stuff will give you a decent buzz, but you’ll probably think all beer tastes the same as that swill.

If you want good beer, go buy your own. Getting the same stuff in a can will taste better than from any party keg, while the bottled version tastes even better than their can-terpart. Interestingly enough, the same beer poured at a bar — which comes from a keg — tastes better than from the bottle. Go figure. I recommend any of the fine beers brewed by Firestone Walker Brewing Company.

So what happens if you stumble across a gem like Southern Comfort or PatrĂ³n Tequila? What keeps a person from drinking an entire bottle of the stuff? Here’s where economics saves the day. High-quality liquor tends to be expensive. You probably will choose to drink it in moderation, if only to make it last longer. Buying something cheap will most likely end with a hangover. It’s as if some overprotective uncle were looking out for you.

Flavor is only an understandable concern for the rookies and lightweights. Remember why you’re drinking alcohol in the first place. You drink to temporarily gain some type of abstract trait, such as the courage to tell your cousin she’s hot or the ignorance to help forget that you just told your cousin that she’s hot.

Instead of worrying about the way alcohol tastes at a party, ask the important questions: What’s in this drink? Whose bed are you on? And what will Uncle James do if he learns of your dark-side activities?

Daily Nexus Art Director Mark Batalla has watched one too many French films about sexually frustrated cousins.

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Summer Daze

Sunday, August 20, 2006

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Tenjo Tenge

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Last year I drew this picture using the same composition as a Tenjo Tenge picture by Oh Great! I didn't trace the figure so I was really surprised at how close I was able to get to the original body shape just by looking at the original. I changed the proportions a little bit but for the most part they're pretty similar. The superimposition even seems like a see-through view underneath the clothing.

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New Blood

Here's Elizabeth, one of the new characters I'm putting in Hullabaloo. I'm not completely done with her design yet. I'm thinking of making her hair a really dark brunette. What I do know is that she'll be rooming with Honey, Austin, and Tress. Elizabeth is several years younger than the others and hopefully it will be apparent during dialogue. I'm currently working on some redesigns for the three returning characters. I'll put them up soon.

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Finished Product

Friday, August 11, 2006

Here are the next steps in the process. I've gotten rusty with using pens and the Wacom tablet after months of not drawing. It felt good to finally finish. I stretched this 8.5 x 11 drawing out over three days but I'm hoping that once I get back in the rythm I'll be able to do similar drawings in less time.

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Work in Progress

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Here's a project I'm working on for somebody's website. I'll put up the inks and the color versions when I'm done.

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Back to Business

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Alright, it's been a while since I updated. After reading Drew Mackie's post on Nexite bloggers, I figure it's time to do this blog justice again. It's not like I'm overloaded with schoolwork now. With all the inspiration I got from the San Diego Comic Convention and John K's appearance at San Francisco, I now have plenty of material and projects I can post in the future. I can hardly wait. Oh yeah, Hullabaloo shall return with a new innovative format.

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