I’ve fallen off the blogging wagon for a while now, had been away from computer more than expected, ^^; On top of it all, one of our poor cat, Ginko is being treated for her seizures meaning unexpected extra expenses (argh!)
This year I’m not sure if I will carve anything too crazy on the pumpkins we’ve chosen just yesterday :P (pictured above)
On a different note, I opened a society6 account under puppy52 If anyone of you are on it, give me a shout and I’ll follow you if you like :3 Below is one of the artwork which I made while being inspired :3
And of course if you like any of the products, buy/share/promote any of them, I’d be extremely thankful and trilled! I decided to open shop with some new art which was inspired as I talked to my husband about refreshing an artwork I did before, and the idea grew into a little monster ^^;
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I got an idea to do some photoshop meddling with 2 of Mirai’s images from Danny’s recent Suenaga T-shirts news post! So what I have done is kinda somewhat merged (with bits of redrawing) Mirai’s image/Mirai maid pose together ^O^/ If you haven’t already noticed the Suenaga sisters’ recent page updates, go check it out!
After I showed Danny for a peek, he requested a little detail, can you find it? ;)
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Luckily I did not have to take a whole week to complete this one :P
After dinner, continued cleaning up and colouring and now it is done ^^! Clicking on the image below will get you a slightly larger image, I have also updated it into Gallery page under Colour ^^/
This image is cleaned up and coloured in photoshop :3
okie gonna continue doing some work before zzzz ^^;;;
The short: Puppy= Xiao gou 小狗
was my pen name when I submitted comic strips to the papers in my teens,
52 looked like a heart shape so the meaning = puppy love.
The picture above is the scan of the cover of my first book, drawn in my late 16, published when I was around 17 years old. It was entitled “from puppy with love” and designed such that to look as if it says “Puppy Love”. It was my first attempt to draw something that over 100 pages, and there is countless mistakes in it which I am embarrassed to mention!
I’m not very proud of the standard of my work inside, but I am still to date thankful for the chance to have it published at my tender teenage years. I must also thank the countless people who helped me made it possible then, it was definitely an experience of a lifetime!
When I was a kid, I really loved dogs, my first home was not the tall apartment flats we see so much in Singapore, so we got to keep dogs and some other livestock until I was about 6-7 years old. I was very lucky to have been able to live among the sparse nature in Singapore back then. I guess the dogs gave me a lot of fond memories about my childhood.
Fast forward, I was about 13 years old, and started submitting my very childish and ugly sketches to a student paper, I kinda forgot about them until one day I realized that my art was published. Over time I started to send in more comic strips and felt I needed a pen name. I guess at the time I did not realize female puppies will grow up to become Bitches, so I decided on “xiao gou/ 小狗” Translated to Small dog or Puppy.
At around 18, I discovered the world of the dial up internet, I needed a nick name, and picked puppy52 since 52 is a pager code, which supposedly looked like a heart shape.
Back to the book, I flipped opened it nostalgically, to read the “foreword” I harassed my mentor to write for me. I dare say I did not pick the wrong person to write it (Even tho I have to agree with my mentor that a foreword is not necessary in a comic book LOL) to date I think the foreword is probably the best page in the book!
Here is the scanned foreword in Mandarin:
Hopefully this won’t seem a little too self centered, but I did a quick translation (not the best) in English for those who are curious about it:
The day Puppy called and wanted me to write a “foreword”, I was surprised, why would a comic book need a “foreword”? Thinking back and forth, I thought maybe I should write about the “person” I know, rather than a supposed “foreword”.
This person is of course Puppy (xiao gou/ 小狗).
While hanging out with her, the feeling is amusement, most of the time when you’re unaware, she will give you a surprise/shock.
The first time I chatted with her, felt that the eyes behind the glasses are very “manga (comic)”, evidently the eyes are as huge as lemons, but her gaze is always shifty, unable to focus on the face of the person she was looking at!
After knowing her a little better, she seems to be able to look straight at you, but you would feel that her gaze is somewhat tearful and wavering?!
Later on I realized, her eyes are actually pretty sharp, they remember the things she sees. Example, this comic book there’s a few pages where there’s a dog in the scene, Puppy says she doesn’t have any references, mostly are drawn from memory!
Puppy used to wish that I would lend her a set of comics, but she would emphasis more than once that I need to wait until she was 18 years old before I could lend it to her! (She was 15 years old at the time, hold old is she now? You ask her yourself.)
Because she said that that set of comics has some rather R(A) scenes, she is underage, can’t read it! Actually that set of comics you can buy it on the market without any problem.
You see, in her heart there is actually a form of “censorship” a very strict one too, “REALLY” exciting.
Puppy probably have a lot of “Pig and dog friends” (a Chinese idiom, usually referring to “bad company” but can be used in a humorous manner) — in her comic strips, she often has a “tortoise shell-patch” (a hokkien word) dog. But her catch phrase is often:”PIG—– YOU!” (where Pig is dragged for a longer time)
While you say the catch phrase, you need to open your eyes really wide, like your eyeballs are going to crack thru the lenses of your glasses, mouth is pluckered up, this is Puppy’s comic expression, copyrighted!
Coincidentally, me being born in the year of the Dog, often becomes the “Pig” in her mouth!
This definitely agrees with the saying of “Pig and Dog friends”.
Puppy’s “exciting” bits, also comes from her occasional blur-ness, as aside from school and home, I’m sure she hasn’t been to anywhere further.
Once, we were in a Bubble Tea shop, discussing about this book’s progress, maybe she drank a little bit too much bubble tea, she had to go to the washroom. The strange thing was, the toilet of the particular shop appears to be out of the shop.
After Puppy asked the waitress, she went on the quest for the washroom. As I watched her step out of the doorway, I drank my cup of tea, and asked for another cup, it felt like she had lost her way, and I started to worry if she had fell into the toilet bowl, she finally came back.
After she sat down and we chatted a little longer, she suddenly looked down and acted a little strange, I pressed her for the reasons and she said,” I forgot……”
…. Sorry, Puppy went to the toilet and forgot what… she asked me not to write, you can try to guess, I remember at the time when Puppy finished telling me, I almost drowned in my mouthful of bubble tea, and she kept saying “Pig” non stop.
Come to think of, such an exciting Puppy, her book would have some exciting parts no?
You be the judge okay?
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Thank you gordon for helping me with the script (which I hope I am using correctly!)
I did not have internet most of today, so during slower times I busied myself with sketching ^^ It was actually quite fruitful :)
So… which one do you like best?
Girl in bikini?
Girl and cat?
or girl and cookies?
If you could pick which order of preference would you like to be coloured first(second and third)?
Please feel free to download them for personal, non profit use ^^;/
For the original artist’s Mirai wallpaper, please check out Yuko Azami sensei’s page! :D
Full version in Gallery :3 I guess this piece of artwork is somewhat suggestive, in comparison to a lot of my other artwork ^^; Really enjoyed using Sai to ink this piece of artwork! I end up colouring most of it in photoshop tho ^^;
One of my all time favourite Mangaka is Masakazu Katsura san, I dare say he was possibly one of the (in)direct influence to my evolving art style. I was presented 2 translated mangas of Video girl Ai in my teens by an aquaintance from a comic shop — so touched as I really enjoyed the 2 books when I borrowed them at the time, but couldn’t afford buying the whole set from my pocket money.
I really like how sensual and soft the females he draws, and I strive to become a fraction as good as he is ^^! Years ago, he used to have a website where I actually submitted a fan art to, but unfortunately it is not online anymore ;_;
My dearest friend Saka actually managed to meet Katsura in person during one of the anime conventions in USA and kindly got me a wonderful autograph from him (which I treasure!) Maybe I should try to scan that sometime :P
Finally! I got around modifying puppy52.com a little, I hope I did not make too many mistakes, and that you like the new look! My previous site design’s html coding was a huge mess, so in a way it is spring cleaning for 2008!
Changes made thus far:
– Blog added, this section will be to announce news and updates and random stuff :P
– Redid the overall look of the main pages.
– Navigation bar is now on the right hand side.
– Links will mostly be just my friends and some personal favorites for now, as I do not have time to manage a large link database.