For about 25 long years of my existence, I never used paint. Ever. Pure pencil – and rarely, I’d use ink. I felt that the aliveness, or energy of the raw pencil lines were the most important part of my drawings. In some cases, that is true; but ultimately it was my reluctant nature to travel into a new expressive style. Being a hardcore graphic novel fan can do that to you.

This is my first painting. This was the beginning. Now, when I say painting, I mean the first painting I’ve done that wasn’t a colour study or gradient project. This was the first painting I made where it was just me and some tubes of gouache. It was love at first sight. The way the paint took to the illustration board was like watching two soulmates make love for the first time and then; symbiosis. Ectosymbiosis to be exact. Then, just to test things out I traced the outer lines with blue and red ink from micron pens and the ink held and soon dried perfectly. I was sold. I haven’t stopped since. My second painting was actually that of Dr. Gonzo – which is on this blog somewhere. These paintings were created in 2005 or maybe 2006. I’ve re-painted Dr. Gonzo since then, but the background remains untouched. For this painting I was inspired by Katsuhiro Otomo’s Akira. I was actually trying to replicate the animation style as if youcould actually see the squid moving in your mind like that of Tetsuo’s transformation in the movie.

I love gouache. Imma marry it.

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