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Winners from :icontaho:'s Redesign Rara Contest

1st Place

Rara Redesign by Vashtastic

2nd Place

Summer Rara by gtwotee

People's Choice

Rara Bunny Girl by migs308

Congrats to all the winners and those who participated!
  • Mood: Joy
  • Listening to: Still Alive - Lisa Miskovsky
  • Reading: Blade of the Immortal Vol. 23 - Scarlet Swords
  • Watching: Friends Season 4
  • Playing: Nier
  • Eating: cup noodles
  • Drinking: Coke
PALTIK Komiks Anthology
Me and my buddies are coming up with a comics anthology, slated for release next year. Check out the previews and other developments in our facebook page and our website. The anthology is a collection of 3 stand-alone, self-contained stories, roughly 300 pages total, in black & white; language is in Filipino (for now -- if there's enough demand overseas, we'll most likely put out an English version in the future). It's taking up an insane amount of our time and we're giving it our all to make sure that the anthology turns out interesting, at the very least.

Below are the preview pages I've uploaded recently:
In-Between Sessions - 01 by chesterocampo In-Between Sessions - 02 by chesterocampo In-Between Sessions - 03 by chesterocampo In-Between Sessions - 04 by chesterocampo In-Between Sessions - 05 by chesterocampo

ImagineFX Cover Vote

ImagineFX is holding a poll on which cover for the year 2010 you like best. The one that I did (Issue 58) is in the running, so if you really liked that cover out of all the several amazing cover artworks, please do show me some love and click the VOTE icon on the bottom of my cover's thumbnail image. In return, I will think you are an awesome person who deserves whatever awesome gifts come your way this holiday season.

Here's the full (and slightly naughty) version of the cover illustration:
Eye of the Storm by chesterocampo

Prints for Christmas...? Look no Further!
If you've got absolutely no idea what gifts to give the special people in your lives this holiday season and you're thinking about getting them some art prints, I hear this guy has some stuff you might like *winks* Hohohoho check out my prints store if this idea appeals to you :)

Hmmm... what else...
Oh, I just finished playing Valkyria Chronicles, after on-and-off sessions that stretched for several months. I have to say, it's pretty awesome! The gameplay is quite deep and amazing, but other than that, the presentation is just plain lovely. I'm excited to play the sequel, but I hear it's PSP-only? What gives? I would've gladly forked over my cash to play the sequel in the PS3. Anyhow, I'll try to squeeze in some fan art when I have the time.

That's all for now, folks. Hope everything's going well with you and yours. Later! :D
  • Mood: Joy
  • Listening to: Papa Jack's solid love advice
  • Reading: The Time-Traveler's Wife
  • Watching: 30 Rock Season 3
  • Playing: Valkyria Chronicles
  • Eating: potato chips
  • Drinking: Coke
Hi, guys! Just opened my DA Prints Shop today. If you're interested, just click on the thumbnails of any of the artworks below. It'll redirect you to that artwork's page, where there's a bright green button on the right that'll take you to the shop (although clicking on the link above takes you directly to my catalogue). :)

wetsuit by chesterocampo portent by chesterocampo

test pilot by chesterocampo

Mature Content

Mariposa Slays Pugita by chesterocampo

Midnight Monarchs by chesterocampo the dog and the sparrow by chesterocampo

Ara Two Point Oh by chesterocampo lonely city love affair by chesterocampo

V I C T O R I O U S by chesterocampo

Mature Content

The Gods of Harvest by chesterocampo

If you have any suggestions on which of my artworks you'd like to see in my shop, just drop me a line and we'll see what we can do about it.

Have a nice day. :D
  • Mood: Joy
  • Listening to: Still Alive by Lisa Miskovsky
  • Reading: Peepo Choo Vol. 1 by Felipe Smith
  • Watching: BBC's Life
  • Playing: Scott Pilgrim! :D
  • Eating: 3 Musketeers
  • Drinking: Coke
ImagineFX 58

I illustrated the cover for ImagineFX's manga-themed issue! :D Please do check it out if you're interested.

On an unrelated note...

Soft kitty, warm kitty
Little ball of fur

Happy kitty, sleepy kitty
Purr, purr, purr


Oh, and I recently had a disastrous encounter in Demon's Souls. Long story: So my character was in the Nexus, chilling after slaying a humongous demon in stage 4-2. My Luck stat was pretty high so I had a lot weapons, ore, etc. and I was dumping all that into storage, under the safekeeping of one nice gentleman (NPC) named Stockpile Thomas. I also ordered pizza (in real life). As I was getting some cash from my wallet in the bedroom for the pizza guy, I wasn't aware that I had brought the Dual Shock controller with me, and accidentally bumped one of the shoulder buttons against the bedside table. Next thing I know, Stockpile Thomas wants to rip my heart out through my nose. Apparently, my character had swung that lovely katana across his face, and he didn't like it one bit. I had no choice but to kill Stockpile Thomas, hoping I could reload a previously saved game. But... this is Demon's Souls, where you only have one auto-save game per profile. One AUTO-SAVE. That's all you get, you can't save a game at will. And I just killed the guy who has all the stuff I've collected (which took several hours of frustration to accumulate). On a game I've been playing for 50+ hours.

Short version: I've actually discovered one disadvantage of having a wireless controller, when paired with a hungry man. Also, I'm a masochist. I made a new profile and started over from scratch. Curse you, Demon's Souls!!!
  • Mood: Joy
  • Listening to: Stolen by Dashboard Confessional
  • Reading: World Sculpture News
  • Watching: Big Bang Theory
  • Playing: Demon's Souls
  • Eating: Maccas
  • Drinking: Coke
is as ridiculously difficult as it is incredibly addictive.

character class: magician
soul level: 72
character tendency: neutral
weapon of choice: uchigatana +8
currently playing: world 1-4

that is all.
  • Mood: Frustrated
  • Listening to: JAM 88.3
  • Watching: Smokin' Aces
  • Playing: Demon's Souls
ArtBloom features the work of artists, writers, musicians, actors, videographers, etc. and their evolutionary process as creators. At the risk of embarrassing myself more than I already have, check out my feature article over at I have some really old drawings dating as far back as 1992! Thanks to Thea Cooke for inviting me over, and for letting me write an overly long article. :)

Army of Two
Army of Two: Across The Border by chesterocampo
I'm currently doing covers for EA Comics' Army of Two series, with the first issue hitting stores this month. Army of Two comics is written by Peter Milligan (X-Statix and several other awesome comics) and pencilled by Dexter Soy. Check it out if you have the chance. Also, the game Army of Two: The 40th Day is available in stores now.

It may not be noticeable in my art style these days, but I was a true blue Joe Madureira fanboy in my teen years. Naturally, getting Darksiders for the PS3 was a no-brainer. I have to say, I'm having a great time playing it! Reading some reviews on it, there were a lot of comparisons to games I never really played or finished, so Darksiders was all-new and all-fresh to me when it came to this genre of games. And c'mon, it's a Joe Madureira comic that you can play! What more can you ask for?! *cough* Battle Chasers video game *cough*

That's all for now, folks. Hope your new year's revving up to be a roaring ride. :)
  • Mood: Joy
  • Listening to: Urbandub - The Apparition
  • Reading: Dogs: Bullets & Carnage Vol. 1 - Miwa Shirow
  • Watching: 28 Days Later
  • Playing: DARKSIDERS!!!
  • Eating: McDonald's Chicken Fillet Rice Meal
  • Drinking: Red Bull, baby, yeah!
...have a good one.

see you in 2010. :)
  • Mood: Optimism
You Vs. You Contest Results
Winners of :icontaho:'s You Vs. You Contest. Congrats to all the winners! :)

1st Place
:iconfarewell-spring: with

2nd Place
:iconkirogi-dog: with turleDay remake? by kirogi-dog

People's Choice Winner
:iconasher-bee: with :Rainbows and Stars: by Asher-Bee

IGDA Manila Monthly Meet-Up…
I'll be having a short talk on illustrating for video game projects alongside introvert13 for this month's IGDA meet-up. He'll be talking about the business side of things while I tackle work processes, with a few tips and tricks about illustration in general thrown into the mix. If you're interested in the art side of the local video game industry, do drop by and listen to us talk some bullshit. High tolerance for gross-out jokes is a requirement. Entrance is free.

Date: Saturday, December 12, 2009
Time: 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Street: # 5 Ideal St., cor McCollough, Brgy. Addition Hills
City/Town: Mandaluyong, Philippines

Thanks for the DD :)
Wow, didn't expect to get one so soon. I do expect though, this will cause some uproar from a few folks because of some 3-month rule, but I am nevertheless appreciative that one of my drawings got a daily deviation. Thanks, guys :)

Dragon Age: Origins
[potential spoilers ahead. you have been warned...] So I chose to include Loghain in my team, and I got a lot of flak from crybaby and whiner extraordinaire Alistair. He disagreed so much that he left my team! Geez, that guy's so full of himself; the Blight is bigger than you, me, or Ferelden politics, man. Get some fucking perspective, you self-absorbed drama queen. I'm tired of your reluctance to have the balls to do what needs to be done. And Loghain is more useful in battle. Too bad Alistair ran off with my enchanted axe with a lot of darkspawn runes on it. I'm guessing he'll be back by the end of the game? No, don't tell me -- I still haven't finished it!

That's all for now. I gotta get back to work! Later, y'all. :D
  • Mood: Cheerful
  • Playing: Dragon Age: Origins
  • Drinking: Coke
M3Con 2009 Aftermath
Thanks to everyone who dropped by; I had a great time meeting all sorts of different folk. I absolutely appreciate each and every one of you for taking the time. Thanks to the Mangaholix crew for inviting me over, and congratulations for pulling off a fun event three years in a row. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to take any pictures of the convention, as much as I wanted to; my digital camera's battery proved uncooperative for the duration of the event. Even if it was working properly, I still wouldn't be able to take pictures as I was quite busy managing the booth. To all those who purchased prints, a big thanks to you guys, I hope you enjoy them! :)

DA Is Broken In My Browser
Browsers, actually. I even installed Google Chrome just to check if it was a Firefox or IE thing, but nope, DA is the only site that doesn't load properly in my browsers. As a result, I can only view other people's journal entries, but not their deviations. All images turn out blank. And the page layouts are all over the place. Thoughts?
Problem solved! Thanks to jessiah for the tip on how to work around my ISP's glitch. :)

Why I Love Print
So I picked up my complimentary copy of ImagineFX Issue 50 today from the Central Post Office. Odd, as the mailman usually delivers all the comp copies directly to my address. Upon opening the parcel, I realized why I had to pick it up from the Post Office. The glossy, laminated, gold-embossed cover certainly made it luxurious (the Post Office people perhaps thought that I was smuggling something expensive and illegal into the country). Artwork presented this way is simply stunning. While I acknowledge the many advantages of online publishing, its reach and multimedia gimmicks, I can safely say that this is one thing that print will always have an edge in. Wow is an inadequate word, but it's the closest reaction I could articulate.

Dragon Age: Origins
Still haven't pulled off that slow-mo finishing move I keep hearing so much about. How do you guys do it? I so want to see it in action, with exploding body parts and spurting blood, a la Fallout 3 finishing blows. Haven't advanced much in terms of story and character levels, as free time constantly evades me. I'm also hoping the game has some sort of katana-looking longsword, like the elven swords in the LOTR movies, although I doubt if I'll ever see one here. Maybe in the sequel?

As always, I hope you're all doing fine. Have a nice day. :)
  • Mood: Cheerful
  • Reading: The Elephant Vanishes by Haruki Murakami
  • Watching: Cowboy Bebop - The Series
  • Playing: Dragon Age: Origins
  • Eating: Chickenjoy :D
  • Drinking: Coke

For those of you attending the Mangaholix Convention this Saturday and Sunday (November 21 and 22) at the World Trade Center - East Pavilion, do stop by my booth and check out the prints. Since this is my first foray into selling prints at a convention, I've decided to give a discount on all the prints; they'll be priced lower than what I would normally charge - Bueno Mano Discount! There will also be discounts if you buy prints in certain quantities.

Some of the prints for sale at the convention include:

A3 size, glossy 220 gsm paper - discounted price of Php 350

Mature Content

The Gods of Harvest by chesterocampo
the dog and the sparrow by chesterocampo V I C T O R I O U S by chesterocampo

A4 size, glossy 220 gsm paper - discounted price of Php 200
Midnight Monarchs by chesterocampo FantaSiege 01 - cover by chesterocampo amber crescendo by chesterocampo Pepper Pinay by chesterocampo Princess Malya by chesterocampo

If you want to see the full line-up (4 A3 size artworks, 8 A4 size artworks) of the prints I'll be selling, come over to the convention this weekend. :)

Discount System
- for every purchase of two A3 prints, Php 100 off the total
- for every purchase of four A4 prints, Php 100 off the total
- for every purchase of one A3 print and one A4 print, Php 50 off the total

For every purchase, you'll get a FREE convention-exclusive Bookmark! It's limited in supply, so for those of you interested in buying prints, you might want to drop by early.

  • Mood: Cheerful
  • Reading: What the Dog Saw by Malcolm Gladwell
  • Watching: 30 Rock - Seasons 1 and 2
  • Playing: Dragon Age: Origins
  • Eating: hard-boiled egg!
  • Drinking: Coke

Miscellaneous Updates (uh... updated)

Journal Entry: Tue Oct 6, 2009, 7:06 AM

As some of you know, the Philippines has recently been struck by devastating floods. Several people lost homes, livelihood, and loved ones. If you're overseas and wish to help, here's a list of organizations you can donate to… as compiled by Madame Paraluman. Every little bit helps, so don't be shy about giving any amount. I'm rarely one to ask others for help, but during these trying times, the flood victims really need it.

Mangaholix Convention
So I'll be making an appearance at the M3con09 next month as one of the guests. I have absolutely no idea what we'll be talking about. I *might* be selling some stuff, we'll see. If you're in Manila on November 21 - 22, and you're interested in anime, comics, and videogames, drop by and say hi.
53 M3con09 Special guest by mangaholix

Been doing some Q&A illustrations over for ImagineFX these past few issues. If you've got any particular art-related questions you'd like me to answer, send them an e-mail and we'll see what we can do about it. You'll have to buy the magazine to find out the answer, though. ;P Thems the breaks.
test pilot by chesterocampo portent by chesterocampo

EA Comics
The teaser site for games publisher EA's Comics line has gone live. Points to those who can recognize whose artwork is on the front page... At the moment, I can't say anything else about it. Register for updates if it's gotten you curious. :)

Uncharted 2 Multiplayer Beta
I suck at Deathmatch, but boy oh boy, do I love Naughty Dog. Can't wait for the full version.

Fallout 3 Game of the Year Edition
Definitely looking forward to continuing the adventures of my lone wanderer. Easily one of the best and most time-consuming (as if I had any to begin with) games I've ever played.

Free Time
I miss you badly. I wish we could be together again.

Catch you later, folks. Hope you're all doing fine. :)

  • Mood: Optimism
  • Listening to: Rivermaya's FREE album
  • Reading: Death Note volume 10
  • Watching: Superbad
  • Playing: Uncharted 2 demo
  • Eating: SPAM!
  • Drinking: Coke


Journal Entry: Sun Dec 7, 2008, 1:25 PM

Let's play catch-up...
I know, I know, it's been a while. Lots of stuff happening lately, and all before the year ends. One thing's for sure, though: I'm back in the motherland. Good or bad (like it was ever only good or ever only bad...), there's no place like home. Here's a shout-out to the awesome folks at IFS, my home away from home; you guys rock! No goodbyes 'cause we'll definitely meet again. :)

Oh look! A website!
Finally have my website set up, from bits and pieces of CSS tutorials i cobbled over the 'net. Please be gentle, it's still in its early stages (well, it's mostly functional and totally done, but please be gentle anyway :D). If you can spare me a click and check it out, it's

Pepper Project is OUT! Grab a copy!
See Artgerm's beloved Pepper as rendered by a multitude of artists in a multitude of styles. Just in time for the holidays. Here's hoping they do a World Tour for book signings *cough*Philippines*cough* :D

Stuff I did for the Pepper Project:
W + P :: stellar swimsuits by chesterocampo The Specialists by chesterocampo Pepper Pinay by chesterocampo

Later, y'all! :)

  • Mood: Optimism
  • Listening to: Up dharma Down - Bipolar
  • Reading: Skywriting by Word of Mouth - John Lennon
  • Watching: How I Met Your Mother - Season 2
  • Eating: SPAM!
  • Drinking: Coke

Entry Accepted, Issue One Out

Journal Entry: Sat Aug 23, 2008, 1:43 AM
Allow me a few words of pimpage, please...


A few days ago, I received a confirmation e-mail from Ballistic Publishing; "The Gods of Harvest" made the final cut for Exotique 4. Having spent countless hours of my after-work free time on it, I am no doubt pleased that it got accepted.

Mature Content

The Gods of Harvest by chesterocampo

Needless to say, whether it made the cut or not, I was still happy with how it turned out. :)

Freedom Formula

So I finally got my hands on a printed version of the comic book ukitakumuki and I slaved over for 2 months. All things considered, I think we managed to make a decent issue with a distinct art direction. It's totally different from what you usually see from our individual works, making it a totally collaborative piece of work. Cheers to you, man, we had one helluva ride. :) The first issue's out, so if you happen to pass by a comic book shop and you're interested, do give it a shot.

On other news, Singapore weather is taking a turn for the worse; it's been raining non-stop for the past few days and leaves a sour smell in our laundry. It almost matches the ever-changing weather we have back in the Philippines. What a way to spend a Saturday.

I hope you're enjoying your weekend. Later. :)


the imaginary friends are:

:iconimaginaryfs: :iconartgerm: :iconkunkka: :iconukitakumuki: :icontorei: :iconkingmong:
:iconjasonlan: :iconbenqwek: :iconscabrouspencil: :icondcwj: :iconmarcwashere: :iconwhoiszid:
:iconpsychedelichic: :iconsunnygho: :iconarf: :iconadmirawijaya: :iconsami-b: :iconerufan:
:iconthegerjoos: :iconshuqing: :iconkiiiat: :iconwraithdt: :iconchesterocampo: :iconyjianlong:
:iconmischievousmartian: :iconpumpkinbear: :iconluches: :iconsaktiisback: :iconharuningster: :iconhenryz:
:icon2ngaw: :iconanggasatriohadi: :iconhendryzero: :iconifan80: :iconplue: :iconchrisnfy85:
  • Mood: Optimism
  • Listening to: About A Girl by The Academy Is...
  • Reading: 100 Bullets: A Foregone Tomorrow
  • Watching: School of Rock
  • Playing: Metal Gear Portable Ops
  • Eating: Nissin Cup Noodles - Chicken Flavor
  • Drinking: Coke

weekends are mini-vacations

Journal Entry: Sat Jul 5, 2008, 12:54 AM
WARNING: long, insignificant journal entry up ahead.

July marks my first year in IFS. To say that a lot of things have happened since I got here would be an oversimplification. For starters, Singapore is way different from Manila, but still very similar in societal norms, being a Southeast Asian country and all. Also, I've stayed in 4 different places in total, before finally settling in the recently-leased (more like 4-month old) IFS dojo. It's where IFS houses all us foreign nationals.

The IFS Frat House is empty except for me and :iconwhoiszid:. He's hard at work playing Monster Hunter Freedom 2, so don't disturb him. Saturdays are usually like that in our little semi-detached mansionette. It's impossible to keep clean because we're rarely ever here, and on weekends like this, when we actually have time to do laundry, it rains for the entire day. :iconplue: and :iconchrisnfy85: are off hanging out with their non-work friends. :iconhenryz: is probably at church. :iconreal-fiduciose: and his sidekick V are most likely in the office playing Ninja Gaiden. :iconwraithdt:, i bet, is spending quality time with his ladylove. Likewise for :icon2ngaw:.

And I, having spent most of my drawing anergies at work, would rather write ridiculously long journal entries. Excuse me while I administer some self-inflicted therapy.

STCC (Singapore Toy & Comic Convention) 08 was a fun, exhausting ride. It's my first time to go to a Comic Convention as a participant. I've always been kind of a lurker in the Philippine Komikons, at the most, only spending half an hour to make the rounds and bugger off. STCC 08 was also the first time I've ever drawn in front of a large number of people. Stage fright kicked in for the first half hour of the demo, being unaccustomed to being watched while drawing and adjusting to a laptop's weird keyboard layout. Nevertheless, I finally became conscious of my drawing methods, more specifically my bad CTRL-Z habit hahaha

got a neat idea for a digital brush from plue yesterday... might be testing that one out on a new piece one of these days.

Okay, that's it, back to spacing out and shortening my life 5 minutes a stick.

I hope you're having a great weekend. :)

the imaginary friends are:

:iconimaginaryfs: :iconartgerm: :iconkunkka: :iconukitakumuki: :icontorei: :iconkingmong:
:iconjasonlan: :iconbenqwek: :iconscabrouspencil: :icondcwj: :iconmarcwashere: :iconwhoiszid: :iconpsychedelichic:
:iconsunnygho: :iconarf: :iconadmirawijaya: :iconsami-b: :iconerufan: :iconthegerjoos: :iconshuqing:
:iconkiiiat: :iconwraithdt: :iconchesterocampo: :iconyjianlong: :iconmischievousmartian: :iconpumpkinbear: :iconluches:
:iconsaktiisback: :iconharuningster: :iconhenryz: :icon2ngaw: :iconanggasatriohadi:
:iconhendryzero: :iconifan80: :iconplue: :iconchrisnfy85:
  • Mood: Hungry
  • Listening to: 1/2 (Shoko Nakagawa version)
  • Reading: Wildflower (Shunya's 2nd artbook)
  • Watching: Tenggen Toppa Gurren Lagann
  • Playing: Monster Hunter Freedom 2
  • Eating: waiting for Maccas
  • Drinking: Coke

Pepper Project - Thank You Bonus

Journal Entry: Thu Mar 13, 2008, 10:01 PM
a note from the imaginary friends...


Hi everyone! Right now we are still sorting through the 700 + entries for Pepper. The response has truly been much better than we could have dreamed and as a result we are also going to include a lot more entries into the books than we originally planned!

Now for an added bonus. We are doing a very VERY special promotion for our Imagine and Imagine Prime Artbooks to help make it more affordable for those of you who haven’t yet bought a copy for yourself.

For a limited time only (or while stocks last), we are offering

30% OFF ALL PURCHASES (that’s a savings of almost USD$30 for the Imagine1+ Imagine Prime Bundle!)

The discount will show up automatically and all you need to do is to enter the codeword in the shopping cart: PEPPER

*You don’t need to have submitted anything to the Pepper Project to enjoy this.

This goes out to all those who could not enter but supported with comments, watching and spreading the word! Thank you all of you!

Visit our store:

the imaginary friends are:

:iconimaginaryfs: :iconshern: :iconartgerm: :iconkunkka: :iconukitakumuki: :icontorei: :iconkingmong:
:iconjasonlan: :iconbenqwek: :iconscabrouspencil: :icondcwj: :iconmarcwashere: :iconwhoiszid: :iconpsychedelichic:
:iconsunnygho: :iconarf: :iconadmirawijaya: :iconsami-b: :iconerufan: :iconthegerjoos: :iconshuqing:
:iconkiiiat: :iconwraithdt: :iconchesterocampo: :iconyjianlong: :iconmischievousmartian: :iconpumpkinbear: :iconluches:
:iconsaktiisback: :iconharuningster: :iconhenryz: :iconmeisan: :icon2ngaw: :iconmarkovah: :iconanggasatriohadi:
:iconhendryzero: :iconifan80: :iconplue:
  • Mood: Hungry
  • Reading: Street Fighter: Eternal Challenge
  • Playing: Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike
  • Eating: Burger King
  • Drinking: Coke

PROCESS: The Specialists

Journal Entry: Tue Feb 26, 2008, 7:31 AM
You asked for it! (well, some of you, anyway)

Hi, guys. :)

Recently, I've had a lot of inquiries regarding my work process. And although this journal is anything but comprehensive, I thought it would be worth sharing anyway, to appease some of you curious minds. I don't usually work this way, it actually depends on what type of illustration / comic / subject matter I'm working on.

This image was created using Adobe Photoshop CS2 and a Wacom Intuos 3, at 300 dpi on an A4 canvas. It was completed in roughly 24 hours, spread across 3 days. A bit slow, I admit. That's what I get for not having a definite work process to stick to (although working on this did give me a few ideas on that...). And for not having a clear idea of what I wanted for the image.

When I first started with the image, I had no idea of what the final outcome would look like. All I knew was that I wanted a girl, a guy, guns, and blades. Danger, a hint of action, tension. And with inspiration coming in different forms, no matter how absurd or simplistic, this was as good a starting point as any. Besides, I just wanted to draw a finished piece so bad.

The Specialists - 0 by chesterocampo
I sketched out some silhouettes. At this early stage, my only concern was the composition.

The Specialists - 1 by chesterocampo
Once I settled the composition, I put in rough values using varying degrees of gray. Then I made a rough color guide using gradients with a few select colors. This color guide is the topmost layer, set on the layer blending option overlay.

The Specialists - 2 by chesterocampo
Time to put in rough details on the subjects. All colors assigned to the characters were picked from the canvas and adjusted slightly, according to my preferences. This ensures that the subjects will match with the background later on.

The Specialists - 3 by chesterocampo
Based on the rough details and character color guides, I proceed to smoothen out and create fine details in certain areas. The character renderings are not finalized yet, but they're nearly done.

The Specialists - 4 by chesterocampo
Now it's time to move on to the background. Based on the intial rough guide, I create a more refined structure for the background, blocking in all the basic shapes. Along the way, I also add more detail to the characters; they're close to finished.

The Specialists - 5 by chesterocampo
I continue refining the background by adding textures to it (photographs I took and textures I created using custom brushes and filters). At this point, the rendering part is finished.

The Specialists by chesterocampo
The last step, a step I haven't done much until recently, is applying treatment on the image. I added a subtle texture on top of the rendered image, a few filters here and there, darkening some parts and lightening up other areas. Also, using the color balance image adjustment tool, I amped up the red, which the image seems to have lost in the rendering process. There, done! Hooray!

I hope that helps. :)

Later, y'all! :D

The Imaginary Friends are:

:iconimaginaryfs: :iconshern: :iconartgerm: :iconkunkka: :iconukitakumuki: :icontorei: :iconkingmong:
:iconjasonlan: :iconbenqwek: :iconscabrouspencil: :icondcwj: :iconmarcwashere: :iconwhoiszid: :iconpsychedelichic:
:iconsunnygho: :iconarf: :iconadmirawijaya: :iconsami-b: :iconerufan: :iconthegerjoos: :iconshuqing:
:iconkiiiat: :iconwraithdt: :iconchesterocampo: :iconyjianlong: :iconmischievousmartian: :iconpumpkinbear: :iconluches:
:iconsaktiisback: :iconharuningster: :iconhenryz: :iconmeisan: :icon2ngaw: :iconmarkovah: :iconanggasatriohadi:
:iconhendryzero: :iconifan80: :iconplue:
  • Mood: Love
  • Listening to: Sweet Soul Revue - Pizzicato Five
  • Reading: Hardboiled Wonderland - Haruki Murakami
  • Playing: Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike
  • Eating: Maccas
  • Drinking: Coke

kick... START!

Journal Entry: Wed Jan 2, 2008, 2:36 PM
i'm on my way back to be with the imaginary friends

i took some much-needed vacation to be with loved ones, family, and friends for the holidays. had a lot of catching up and lots of great times, reminding me how uplifting it is to simply be back home. :) now, i can safely say that i'm reinvigorated in both mind and spirit (but alas, my body is still reeling from the lethargy brought about by vacations). i've also gathered enough inspirational creative media to help me rev up for this brand new year.

and no matter what the fortunetellers say, us year-of-the-dog folks will kick ass in the year of the rat! we are stubborn mo-fos, yes we are! 2008 is gonna be interesting. :)

apologies for not being able to respond to notes and comments lately. i purposely fell off-grid to make the most out of my vacation, i hope you understand. rest assured that i *will* respond when i find the time.

for now, i gotta fly back to singapore and get my ass back in gear.

later, y'all! :D

the imaginary friends are:

:iconshern: :iconartgerm: :iconkunkka: :iconukitakumuki: :icontorei: :iconkingmong: :iconjasonlan:
:iconbenqwek: :iconscabrouspencil: :icondcwj: :iconmarcwashere: :iconwhoiszid: :iconpsychedelichic: :iconsunnygho:
:iconarf: :iconadmirawijaya: :iconsami-b: :iconerufan: :iconthegerjoos: :iconshuqing: :iconkiiiat:
:iconwraithdt: :iconchesterocampo: :iconyjianlong: :iconmischievousmartian: :iconpumpkinbear: :iconluches: :iconsaktiisback:
:iconharuningster: :iconhenryz: :iconmeisan: :icon2ngaw: :iconmarkovah: :iconanggasatriohadi: :iconhendryzero:
  • Mood: Optimism
  • Listening to: urbandub - under southern lights
  • Reading: haruki murakami - the wind-up bird chronicle
  • Watching: bedazzled
  • Playing: final fantasy 12
  • Eating: spam and rice
  • Drinking: coffee


Journal Entry: Tue Nov 13, 2007, 9:07 PM
Exclusive limited edition autographed artbook!

Imagine Prime

** To preview the contents of the artbook, please click this… **

Special bundle offer is also available for those who wanna get both of the artbooks. :)


UPDATE! (For you guys going to the Philippine Komikon 2007 this Saturday)

:iconmarkovah: will be there at Komikon; he'll be bringing along hardcover copies of the brand-spanking new Imagine Prime and copies of Imagine (the first IFS artbook).

Check out mark's journal to learn more.


:iconshern: :iconartgerm: :iconkunkka: :iconukitakumuki: :icontorei: :iconkingmong: :iconjasonlan:
:iconbenqwek: :iconscabrouspencil: :icondcwj: :iconmarcwashere: :iconwhoiszid: :iconpsychedelichic: :iconsunnygho:
:iconarf: :iconadmirawijaya: :iconsami-b: :iconerufan: :iconthegerjoos: :iconshuqing: :iconkiiiat:
:iconwraithdt: :iconchesterocampo: :iconyjianlong: :iconmischievousmartian: :iconpumpkinbear: :iconluches: :iconsaktiisback:
:iconharuningster: :iconhenryz: :iconmeisan: :icon2ngaw: :iconmarkovah: :iconanggasatriohadi: :iconhendryzero:
  • Mood: Love
Want to be an Imaginary Friend?

Hi everyone!

Imaginary is a studio created by artists for artists. We are looking for people who work hard and play hard, and who have the talent, experience and passion to take things to another level.

Our studio is well structured and open. Collaboration is a critical part of the process.

Everyone has a say and quality always comes first.

This is not a business. It’s a movement.

We now have tremendous opportunities for talented artists to come on board to work on high profile projects in comics, games and major motion pictures.

We are now hiring for the following full time positions:

Concept/Production Artists:

* Must have outstanding digital illustration capability, and a broad conceptual scope
* Knowledge and application of Animation/3D applications a plus
* Game/film industry experience preferred

Comic Artists:

* Both Line artists and/or Colorists
* Ability to deliver realistic art style
* Experienced, with published work preferred

All applicants must be based in or willing to relocate to Singapore or Jakarta

If you think you’d make a good imaginary friend, send your application to

Please include the job title in the email’s subject header.

Have a kickass portfolio?

Please don’t email it to us

Set up an online portfolio and send us the link with your application.

We regret that only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.
  • Mood: Sunny Mood
  • Listening to: The Thrills
  • Reading: WE3
  • Watching: Balls of Fury
  • Playing: Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones
  • Eating: Maki
  • Drinking: Sake
... NO POST.

currently wading through tons of work that's been keeping me occupied most of the time. haven't even updated my blog for the longest time (which was supposed to be a daily thing hahahaha).

but instead of a new drawing, here's something i've done several months ago.
Midnight Monarchs by chesterocampo
it's funny how, at that time, i thought this was the coolest drawing i could come up with (which is how i always treat my latest major piece). but being in IFS (in as short as 2 months... and counting) has made me realize a lot of things about style and technique, and how i've sort of cheated my way through several of my past drawings, technically speaking.

all i see in this piece now are the mistakes. but even so, i like the mood and feeling that i put in here; that much i translated well, from concept to execution. and that's something technical skill will never be able to compensate for.

i can't promise any new artwork to show you guys at the moment. but i have a feeling my next major piece would have a huge difference in terms of quality, hopefully for the better.
  • Mood: Content
  • Listening to: Song of Four Seasons by MINMI
  • Reading: PULPHOPE: The Art of Paul Pope
  • Watching: Ratatouille
  • Playing: Chrono Trigger
  • Eating: Niku Udon
  • Drinking: Hot Green Tea