Sunday, February 5, 2012


Tell me a little bit about yourself. Where did you go to school,
and what extra-curricular activities did you take up? What helped
prepare you to become the artist that you are today?

Hi!~ I’m Koi, I actually go by a lot of names, but I prefer to be called Koi.

I studied at University of the East, I took up Fine Arts. I majored in Advertising Arts.

Way back in high school, I used to draw a lot at the back of my lecture notebooks and books. But I never really took it seriously. I only did it to entertain myself from the boring lectures and the mundane life that is my high school life. I never joined school activities and contests because I disliked the idea of representing something that I actually didn’t believe in. I joined the science club, it was cool at first, and then got really boring really fast.

When I graduated I didn’t actually had a plan on what to do. I enrolled at Mapua and took Computer Science, I was actually doing ok, never failed a subject and met a lot of people but I somehow got drawn into the arts so midway through the second semester I dropped all my subjects and enrolled at an art workshop at U.P. and then I enrolled at U.E., I graduated and the rest is history.

What inspired or convinced you to become an artist?

I was never really convinced that I can be a good artist. I was really reluctant at first. I actually tried to quit, a lot of times now. But somehow, I always get drawn to it. I guess you could say that if you’re really meant to do it, the universe would mess you up just so you would end up doing it anyway.

What is a typical day for you, and who are the people you work with?

Hmm, I wake up early around 6:00 am, go to work. Try my best to go
through the day without dying from boredom. Go home, check some mails and messages from clients, go to sleep for at least an hour, wake up then go to work on some freelance gigs, then at around 2:00am I go to sleep. Then the grueling cycle begins anew. Ugh.

What are some of the things that you have worked on?

A lot of layout gigs, but I could never mention it here because then
they’ll have to sue me. All I can say is try to look at some posters
at shops and maybe you’ll see some things that I did the layout on. I worked on some commissions for some international clients.
I worked on this independent comic, titled Marco’s Delivery Service. I also got this megaman work that was featured at Udon’s Megaman tribute book.

Now, I’m working on another independent comic with a really great

How do you go about an illustration, what goes through your mind,
from start to end?

I usually research a lot about the subject first, usually stumbling on things not even related to it. I study the references given to me, or if none, then I try to find some related references for the subject.

Then I do roughs on my sketchpad try to give it as much energy as I
can. Scan it then if it’s approved I ink it. Then finally, color it.

Could you talk about your process in coloring your art (if at all),
as well as the types of tools or media that you use?

No! it’s a trade secret! :P
Kidding, I usually do flats first then work my way with the shadows
and highlights. But lately, I’ve been really interested on superflat
arts so I skip on the shadows and highlights.

For the colors I try to incorporate the color theories I learned from college. Usually the colors are important. It could make a good line work great, or it could ruin a great line work. Something like that. If I get really lazy, I skip the entire coloring process and scrap the whole thing.

What are some of the things that you do to keep yourself creative?

I go for photo walks, I watch movies, tryout something new, go on an
adventure, drink lots of coffee. Usually, if I’m really on a rut, I
just go for a long walk outside. Take my mind off some things for a
while. Most of the time this is the moment that I would come up with
something interesting, I write it down immediately so that I would not forget it.

What is your most favorite subject to draw, and why?

Faces, eyes, and clouds. I don’t really know why. It’s just something that I unconsciously do.

Who are the top illustrators whose works excite you the most?

Eiichiro Oda of One Piece; that man is pure awesome, Yoshinori Kanada, Hiroyuki Imaishi, Takeshi Koike, Lesean, Takeshi Obata, Kizer, Riichiro Inagaki, the guys from Catfish Deluxe; Bill, Gobi and Fabien, right now I’m really interested on the works of Gabriel Ba and Fabio Moon, Duncan Fegredo, Guy Davis and Sean Gordon Murphy.
For those not at the top but still excites me nonetheless, my awesome colleagues; Pol, Borg and Jules, oh and Henru.

What are some of the neat things you have learned from other
artists that you have worked with or seen?

Hard work usually pays off but only if you’re patient enough with the results. You might not see it now, but if you keep at it, the payoff will be great.

Don’t be afraid to take a break, it would do wonders.

Don’t be a jerk to people, no matter how dumb you think they are, try to be polite, most of the time they are the ones who would help you out when everything comes to full circle, and of course having who someone you can manipulate is not that bad haha.

Stop stressing over some things you completely can’t control. And
start paying attention to the things that you can control, like hard
work, effort and guts.

Don’t be afraid to mess up. If you mess up, things can only get better.

Put your best effort NOT into everything, but to the things that you love.

Be the flame that burns brighter than anyone. But don’t let the others get burned. And be ready to get burned and fade out yourself.
Nothing can happen till you swing the bat.
...And of course having someone who you could manipulate is not that bad haha.

There’s a lot more, but I think these are the most important ones that I can think of at the moment.

What are some of your favorite websites that you go to?

Hmm..Blogspot, tumblr, Wikipedia, wordpress, cgsociety, oh and deviant art.

Theres also this new site that has lots of great artworks;
It's still on beta though.

What wisdom could you give us, about being an artist? Do you have
any tips you could give?

Keep moving forward. Don’t dwell on mistakes and missed chances.
Be patient. If you’re not getting noticed, that means you just have
not found your audience yet.

Overnight success usually only happens in the movies. And you’re not
in a movie, so don’t stress about it.

Be ready to get disappointed a lot of times. Don’t try. You can only either do it or don’t do it.

Read a lot. It would keep your mind sharp. Whether it’s a comic book
or a novel or 9gag, just read, have fun and let your imagination do
the rest. I have no respect to people who do not read! Haha.

And lastly, be smart. You don’t need to be a genius to be smart.

If people would like to contact you, how would you like to be contacted?

They can send me an email at jml.carreon[at]gmail[dot]com
Or they can send me a note at my DA account at

Do you have any of your art work for sale (comics, prints, or
anything)? If so, for fans of your work can know where and when to buy it?

For a while, Marco’s Delivery Service can be bought at Comic Odyssey, but I have yet to restock it. It usually cost a lot to print that’s why I haven’t been reprinting it.
Oh if they have the money they can buy Udon’s megaman tribute book. My work is featured there along with a lot of talented individuals around the world. I think it’s sold at comicbook shops. I think I saw one at Festival mall. Or they can just pre-order it at Udon.

If you had a chance to ask Miku (from Vocaloid) one question, what would it be?

uhh. Miku huh. uhh. Lets see.. Hmmm.. Hey Miku, teach me how to sing?

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