Hishgraphics.com is Now Online

19 August 2005 | Hisham | | Hishgraphics.com
Good news, everyone.

Well, I hope it's good news to at least my 5 regular readers out there. (Okay, 4 regular readers I admit. Happy?) It would appear that hishgraphics.com, the website I've been working on is 90% finished.

I've removed the "Under Construction" label on the index page. I still need to work on the copy on most of the pages here. CSS and some of the site design are still screwy to me, but it should be transparent to you. But most important of all, the first product, the e-book named The Secret Library is finished. You can check out the black and white free download of the book on the site.

Check it all out at www.hishgraphics.com.

NYC 2123

18 August 2005 | Hisham | | Comics, Trawling The Net

We've seen online graphic novels before. But we haven't seen one like NYC 2123, which is the first to be optimized for and downloaded for viewing into a PSP. Like the title implies, the story takes place in New York City in the year 2123; a post-apocalyptic, cyberpunk dystopia which is a cross between William Gibson's Neuromancer and current computer and information technology trends. Who needs a brain jack when you have wi-fi neural connection? Everything is open source, even drugs. The bodysculpting subculture is also briefly seen.

If you have a PSP, download it and view it whenever you have the time to read. If you don't have a PSP, like me, just enjoy the online version of the story.

Irfan's Aunt Emma's Graduation

17 August 2005 | Hisham | | Family Pics
As was reported in an earlier post, we were all at Universiti Malaya for Emma's graduation ceremory. Irfan's grandparents along with assorted uncles and aunts were there for the occasion. They spent the night at Rumah Universiti, booked many weeks earlier to avoid being sold out.

I was worried of the day being ruined by thick, smothering haze that'd been plaguing us for the previous two weeks. But like a miracle, the air cleared. Not a bit, not even moderately... it cleared almost totally. So we had blue skies and could clearly around us during graduation day.


Illustration Friday: Wisdom

16 August 2005 | Hisham | | Artwork
Someone with great wisdom would be revelling in relaxation, high above the hustle and bustle of the tedium of mediocrity that is the life of regular people.


Future Player's Companion: Tomorrow's Foundation

14 August 2005 | Hisham | | Artwork, Recent News, Role Playing Games


GenCon Indiana
will be on later this week at the Indiana Convention Center, Indianapolis. That's when The Game Mechanics will be launching Future Player's Companion: Tomorrow's Foundation, a game supplement for d20 Future.

Where my professional artwork in the game industry will be published. The document will be an e-book for now, and will have two other volumes following it later in the year. To see five of my ten illustrations created for the book, click to read the rest of the article.

More Like His Old Man By The Day

13 August 2005 | Hisham | | Recent News
There were thousands of humans swarming the area before the Dewan Tunku Canseler in Universiti Malaya today. I swear if I didn't know there were individual consciousness behind the motile meatbags I'd say they were subject to nothing more than Brownian Motion.


My New Hobby

11 August 2005 | sila | | Food

I thought and thought and thought about my new hobby - bread baking, and I wanted to write a long paean to it. But now the days keep passing me by and my workload has not lessened. The summer is zooming by and I'm sure Hisham thinks I've totally forgotten that he'd done all this work to get my pictures formatted for the blog.

Well, rather than research bread and write a history of bread, this will mostly be a photojournal of my new obsession.


Haze: Returning With a Vengeance

11 August 2005 | Hisham | | Recent News
One of the things I hate most about living here is the periodic invasion of unhealthy particulates that floods (and I mean floods) the entire region, known in local jargon as haze. Once I thought why not call it smog cause that's what it essentially is, but know I know that such an evil, soul-sucking phenomenon should have its own unique name.


Illustration Friday: Empty

09 August 2005 | Hisham | | Artwork
My first Illustration Friday piece, with the title Empty. I had a bunch of concepts for this, but somehow I took the easy way out and just painted a somewhat empty room. Click on the thumbnail below to view a large image.


So That's Why Cally Joined Up

09 August 2005 | Hisham | | Humour, TV
You go, Cally!

Found on Scifi.com's Battlestar Galactica forums, obviously cobbled up after (and in context of) the episode Fragged, two Fridays ago. Made me laugh quite a bit. Or at the very least, chuckle out loud like a nutcase.

Illustration Friday

08 August 2005 | Hisham | | Artwork
Last week Lilian brought my attention to Illustration Friday. It's a website that posts an idea for an artwork every week, and links the artwork you made in that particular week. Sounds like a great exercise for me and the Wacom. According to the Welcome page:

Illustration Friday is meant to challenge participants creatively. We believe that every person has a little creative bone in their body. Illustration Friday just gives a no-pressure, fun excuse to use it. No clients looking for a particular thing. No one judging the outcome of the work. It's a chance to experiment and explore and play with visual art. Curious about collage? Try it here. Never even picked up a colored pencil? Why not now? Just have time for a doodle? That's okay, we'd love to see it. You don't have to be an illustrator or an artist to participate. Just pick up a pencil, for the love of pete.
If I don't participate this week, then look for an Illustration Friday artwork next week. ;-)


My Faux Star Wars TV Promo

06 August 2005 | Hisham | | Artwork, Star Wars

9 PM / 8 Central

A new Star Wars TV show?

Sadly, no.

Yesterday, as I was monkeying around with Painter, I remembered that once I thought of making a opening credits-type of video of my IRC Star Wars RPG gaming group, Sabredart. So I figured, why not just do a storyboard for the credits. Then it hit me, how about a storyboard for a promo using images like the old Justice League opening credits (before they became Justice League Unlimited).

You can check out the storyboard on this SWAG thread, and as an added bonus, my good buddy Derek Jones has actually made it into a real quicktime video, which you can download from the page. (Note: Thread has since been nuked. Click here to view the video on Youtube.)

Edited: 12th June 2013


1942 Photo Of USS Long Island Mishap

05 August 2005 | Hisham | | Humour, Star Wars
Landing Accident USS Long Island 1942

A Banyan Tree

05 August 2005 | Hisham | | Artwork
A Banyan Tree In The Morning Sun

More scratchings with Painter Classic using the tablet, with some highlighting using Photoshop. This barely resembles a real banyan, since I drew this without any references. Note to self: use more references if you don't actually remember what things look like.

Click on the thumbnail above to view a larger image.

Stephan Martiniere Concept Art Gallery

04 August 2005 | Hisham | | Artwork, Star Wars
In addition to Ryan Church in my post before this, I've also noticed that Stephan Martiniere, the illustrator that was employed on a freelance basis by Lucasfilm for Revenge of the Sith, has also started to display his production paintings from the movie. Apart from that, you can also see samples from other movies he worked on, such as I, Robot, The Astronaut's Wife and Red Planet.


Ryan Church's ROTS Concept Art Gallery

03 August 2005 | Hisham | | Artwork, Star Wars

Looks like Ryan Church's official site has updated with new Revenge of the Sith concept artwork in his pro gallery. As with his Attack of the Clones pieces lower down in the same page, his stuff here are spectacular displays of digital painting. I miss Ralph McQuarrie's and Joe Johnston's (among others) concept art from the original trilogy as much as the next fan, but I think Ryan's work make up for the former masters' absence in the prequel trilogy.

Click on his pro gallery link above to see some of his work on the movie.


A Spider-Man Portrait

02 August 2005 | Hisham | | Artwork, Comics
I saw Spider-Man 2 again today. The movie version of the Spidey costume is quite rich and detailed in texture, yet true to its comic-book origins... As before I wondered how a student / freelance photographer, making barely enough as it is, is able to afford to come up with the costume. Did he sew it himself, or did he make a custom order from someone. In which case, how did he hide his identity from the costumer. Anyways, it caught my attention again enough for me to try to recreate some of its texture in a piece using Painter.
Peter Parker

Imperial Black Ops Project Funding

02 August 2005 | Hisham | | Humour, Star Wars
Well, he had to get the credits from somewhere

Valley Orchid

30 July 2005 | Hisham | | Artwork
It's not much to look at, but there's something that barely looks like an orchid in the picture below. No, I don't know which species it is, only that it's yellow. And yes, there's a water-filled valley beneath it. This is my second piece using Painter Classic, scratched out with dry media mostly. Using the program is more difficult than I thought.

The Valley Orchid

Oh, by the way, check out this amazing colour-based optical illusion. It's quite amazing, especially the third one.

Arise, New Graphics Tablet!

29 July 2005 | Hisham | | Artwork, Recent News
New Peripheral On The BlockThe other cool stuff I bought the same day I bought the table is this Wacom Graphire 3 graphics tablet. In fact, I've been wanting it for many years now that when I finally have it in my hands, I didn't have the heart to remove it from its box and plug it in for FOUR DAYS. This morning I finally did it.

After getting the tablet up and running with my computer, I proceeded to install the bundled Painter Classic software. When I finally ran the program, my blood went cold. All the colours were screwed up! It took me about 30 minutes before I decided to increase my monitor's setting from 16-bit to 32-bit colour.

Only then did I let out a sigh of relief. I grabbed the stylus, played around with the controls a bit; then tried playing with different brushes and tool on different layers; finally wiped the slate clean and proceeded to paint this:

An Oasis

My first Painter-made art ever. My technique is still way out there. It's gonna take some more practice to get myself up to speed with the new tablet and software. Ultimately, I believe that my work will go much smoother and faster on the computer.

Addendum: I just remembered that I had Open Canvas prepared for action in my computer. So, a mathematical equation came to mind. Graphire3 + Open Canvas + Hisham's Tired Imagination = ...

Bernhardt Baker
That's one of my favourite DC superhero from the late 80s and early 90s, Animal Man.

Addendum 2: This is so much fun I can't stop myself.

Some Random Volcano