Artist Spotlight featuring...
Posted by Lady Heromorph on 2017/3/1 17:01:19
Heromorph's Artist Spotlight featuring...
I've appeared as a featured model in FHM Philippines twice (once wth my sister!), and have also appeared in Femme Fatales, Mirror, Play, Wizard, and two calendars.
I am creator/writer/artist/main character/cover model for BANZAI GIRL
pijon: For this month's spotlight, we'll be interviewing the lovely and talented Jinky Coronado. Thanks for the interview, Jinky. Jinky Coronado: I'm happy for the chance to chat. I don't do these interviews often, so fire away! pijon: I've been looking forward to this. Yours is probably the coolest resume I've ever heard: model, writer, artist and star of your own comic! It doesn't get any better than that! Jinky Coronado: Movie or TV star would be nice! I'd love too do a comedy like I Love Lucy! The closest I've come is a couple of local TV commercials. pijon: ...and my, you've been busy! Much to get to here, with all those great books and side projects you've been working on! The examples you're showing are from several projects past, present, and future. Jinky Coronado: The first is, of course, BANZAI GIRL, a character named after myself battling Filipino monsters of myth in her very fetching schoolgirl uniform. Of course, we have a very strict dress code around here, so her skirt is approved Heromorph length! My BANZAI GIRL series is a free streaming comic on the PowFolio app, and is featured at banzaigirl.keenspot.com.
And My BANZAI GIRL first graphic novel is on Amazon in hardcover and softcover ~ Banzai Girl Volume 1: By Dreams Betrayed (Banzai Girl Tp).
The interesting part is, although folks haven't seen a new BANZAI GIRL story from me in a few years, I'm working on one RIGHT NOW. As soon as it's finished, I'll launch that second graphic novel on Kickstarter. I hope Heromorph fans will support me.
The second is best-selling author Sherrilyn Kenyon's DARK-HUNTERS. I'm working on adult coloring book illustrations, T-shirts, and posters for that series for Dabel Brothers ~ https://store.dabelbrothers.com/collections.
That third one, with Jinky painting herself, is one of many dozens of pieces I did for a BEAUTIFUL DREAMERS Adult coloring book that was supposed to get publicity from a small publisher that didn't happen. So look for me to Kickstart that soon, too.
The fourth one is a layout by me, finishes by Mel Joy San Juan, for an upcoming comic book series called VIXENS OF VALOR. Expect to see that one in Summer 2018. There's even a beautiful model ready to slip into that costume for Con appearances!
The last of those five images was from DANGEROUS SECRETS. As you're aware, I drew a bunch of issues of the sexy X-Files-type EXPOSURE comic book -- also on PowFolio and exposure.keenspot.com and on Amazon. At one point, we decided to turn the characters into schoolgirls to see what would happen. We didn't pursue it because we just continued the regular EXPOSURE series, instead. But you never know...! pijon: I find it really interesting the way you've managed to get your modeling work and comic work to compliment each other. Could you tell a little bit about your modeling work? Jinky Coronado: Except for some TV spots, I haven't been in front of the cameras much lately. I do like being behind the camera a lot, though!
Some years ago, after I'd won a dozen beauty pageants in my native Philippines, I was an FHM Philippines model twice, was on a bunch of magazine covers, and had two calendars devoted to me. That was pretty nice. Of course, it helped my BANZAI GIRL series that I was able to be both cover model and appear in costume signing my books. pijon: In addition to such a beautiful appearance, you appear to be remarkably talented with a pencil too! Your work is exceptional and you draw some of the sexiest heroines I've ever seen! I was stunned after asking if you'd had a different inker on one image and it turned out to be a demonstration of your versatility and skill because you don't use an inker. You then posted some raw pencils that demonstrated linework so tight, an inker would be completely unnecessary. Jinky Coronado: A lot of people think my work is inked, until they actually look at the original art.
I actually have both Larry Tuazon and my brother Pejee to thank. When I'm too busy -- or lazy! -- to do finished pencils, Larry Tuazon helps me tighten it all up.
Then my brother Pejee Calanog scans the original art and does some magic in Photoshop with cleanup and contrasts and levels, and makes our work better than I'd expect it could look.
Pejee is an actor and male model in Manila, by the way....it kind of runs in the family! pijon: Tell us a little about the process of what goes into the finished piece. Jinky Coronado: That one was pretty simple. I did the layout you see there on tracing paper. All the thinking, the expressions and body language and character performance, is worked out in the layout stage. Sometimes i'll do a bunch of variations on tracing paper with arms and legs and expressions all different and pieces of figures taped together. Then I draw the whole thing on illustration paper -- sometimes on 11" x 17" size, sometimes smaller. This was is about 9" x 14".
I work on a big, heavy art table that I bought in Brazil, a massive light table with a glass surface and great lighting beneath it. It's exactly the same type of light table that Mike Deodato and Will Conrad have used for many years. So as I pencil tightly over my detailed layouts, I pretend as though I'm inking. Since I can't handle a pen and brush for anything except calligraphy, I do a pencil style with all the rendering looking like ink.
Then I scan it at high-resolution, email it to my brother who does all the cleanup and finessing, then send it to Katrina Mae Hao for coloring. We'll talk over her first pass and tinker until we're both happy with the results. pijon: So how did you get started in comics? Jinky Coronado: Back in '99 or 2000, I attended David Campiti's Creating Comics Seminar in Manila. It was free, they even served free meals, and I was one of 84 artists who attended, along with Bong Dazo and Stephen Segovia, both of whom went on to become pretty big names in comics. I learned a lot but went back every time Glass House Graphics had a Seminar there. It's funny that, much later, I became both a figure model and a teacher at those.
When I moved to the USA, Glass House helped me pitch BANZAI GIRL, which sold to Sirius Comics. In the years that passed, I worked for Arcana, Zenescope, Random House, Red Giant Entertainment, and more. pijon: Mag Cabot's Avalon High books have had a high profile, even landing a Disney film adaptation. You got to work on the Avalon High comic adaptation! Tell us a little about that experience. Jinky Coronado: It was a pretty stretched-out experience, drawing three manga-format graphic novels over, I think, a two-year period.
It was for Random House, so everything was professional and on-time.
I never met Meg Cabot, but I think we chatted once on the phone.
I keep waiting for my AVALON HIGH to be collected and re-published as one big book, but so far that's not happened yet.
I know there's that AVALON HIGH TV movie out there, but I've not yet managed to see it. pijon: I've noticed some great images you'd posted from Sherrilyn Kenyon's DARK-HUNTER series a while ago. Could you be considering another novel series adaptation? Jinky Coronado: You know, I like working for Dabel Brothers a whole lot. Les Dabel is a really nice guy, and his brother Ernst has probably the most cultured, soothing voice I've ever heard. They have a loyal team.
Their new DARK-HUNTER series ACHERON is being drawn by Mel Joy San Juan, who is drawing it beautifully and has a real knack for that type of project. Her men are so beautiful. She's also drawing about half of their DARK- HUNTERS adult coloring book material but can't possibly do it all, so I've jumped in to do some images. If Dabels would like me to draw a DARK-HUNTERS project and we can get the schedules to work, I'd be happy to. I'm not as fast as Mel Joy, though. She's a real talent. pijon: So you're best known for your own creation, Banzai Girl. I know you have many fans here at HM, thanks to all those great Banzai Girl images you've shared with us here. Your stories, the characters and art are really terrific! I love Banzai Girl. What a great book! Action, fun, humor, fantasy, sci-fi... this book's got it all! ... and the art and colors are just amazing too! Tell us a little about it. How did you come up with this idea? Jinky Coronado: When I started on it, David was saying, "Write what you know!" All the guys in his Seminars were doing stuff for Marvel and DC super-heroes, but I didn't know a lot about those. I was a huge fan of native Filipino comics, chiefly anthology stories. So I was, quite literally, an Asian schoolgirl writing about an Asian schoolgirl. Gradually, it went from a silly thing about me and my friends and my family to my character battling the Filipino monster of myth that we all grew up on. pijon: There're some great characters in this series. Tell us about the some of those colorful characters from Banzai Girl's World(s). Jinky Coronado: For American readers, I tried to make everything -- including the environment -- a character. I was drawing pretty authentic areas in Manila and Iloilo, and people who live in the Philippines recognize the buildings, the jeepneys, the tricycles, the foods.My "Rogues Gallery" was pretty much all the Filipino legends. pijon: I really like the Filipino flavor to the work, which even includes some creatures from Filipino folklore. Could you elaborate a little about that? Jinky Coronado: I had everything from old, old trees that seemed to be possessed to the Kapre`, a giant cigar-smoking man-monster that lived in one. I had the Snakeman that, stories had it, lived beneath the Robinson Mall. I had the Manananggal, a Filipino vampire that splits at its waist and consumes unborn babies from the mother's womb. I had the Duwende and a whole lot more. pijon: You can go check out Banzai Girl for yourself here: http://banzaigirl.keenspot.com
You also have another comic series that I've been greatly enjoying, Exposure. I'm sure . Tell us a little more about Shawna and Lisa. You can read their adventures and buy the collected editions here: http://exposure.keenspot.com Jinky Coronado: EXPOSURE began back around 1999 or 2000 as a series at Image Comics, written by David Campiti and drawn by the late, great Al Rio. I loved his art, so fun, so sexy! They stopped working on it around 2002, but they brought it back on Keenspot some years later, to see if they could bring in a whole new audience. It worked! Al Rio was too busy to draw a revival but, after he saw what I did with the DANGEROUS SECRETS pitch to try to do the characters as teens, he thought i'd be right to handle a refreshed, new version picking up where he left off. He did some new art, and al this work got collected into a trade and hardcover. Then I picked up doing as many story pages as he did -- a whole second volume of stories.
The story is about Lisa Shannon and Shawna Diaz, childhood friends separated by tragedy who reconnect as adults. Lisa has a sensitivity to the supernatural, and Shawna is a cop when the reunite, and they soon band together "to reveal what lies beyond the truth," as the story goes. Very much like X-Files type stories but a lot more fun and, it seems, a lot more reason to put the girls in tiny clothes. I've enjoyed it. pijon: And we've been seeing previews from Pandora's Blogs. I understand that series is scheduled for release this year! I'm really looking forward to it based on what we've seen. Could you tell us more about plans for this series? Jinky Coronado: PANDORA'S BLOGS was created by David Campiti, and I designed the characters around some neighbor friends. I'm using a very different art style. It's at once more realistic and simpler! More realistic because the faces are all based on real people, despite my keeping the style very clean and open.
A teenager named Pandora Sargent, a very social media savvy girl, moves into a Florida town and could swear she sees monsters. She discovers the monsters are indeed real -- but they are normal people suffering genuine, debilitating diseases. A Doctor Bethany Pike has a specialty clinic in town to treat these illnesses. But it seems like they're only becoming more like the monsters of legend! Her social media posts unspool the tale as it unfolds, and other reading her blogs tell their part of the tale, and it all gets told in Rashamon fashion. Very clever and kind of exciting. So far, I've drawn four stories for the publisher, Red Giant Entertainment. The first story has appeared in a preview book, but I haven't been told the release schedule. pijon: I've really been enjoying the recent Vixens of Valor posts as well. I'm hoping we'll be seeing more soon. Any news on this project? It looks to have enormous potential. Jinky Coronado: VIXENS OF VALOR is created by a very sweet man named Marc Heller; I'm not allowed to tell much about it other than it will probably come out from his new company Alchemy Comics, in Las Vegas. But it's probably at least a year from being released. We're still doing designs on it, which he's allowed me to share with my fans on Heromorph. pijon: There was also a coloring book project. I just loved the samples I'd seen posted at Heromorph! Is this project still in the works? Jinky Coronado: YES! That's the BEAUTIFUL DREAMERS adult coloring books project I mentioned a little while ago. I've decided just this moment that, since I have close to a hundred drawings for it, I'll release it in two volumes. I think I'll call the first one COLOR ME PRETTY, and the second one will use that BEAUTIFUL DREAMERS title. I think I'll try to Kickstart them both. You heard it here first, folks! pijon: We're celebrating your Heromorph Artist Spotlight by having a "Color Me Jinky" challenge this month where we'll be asking our membership to color your work. I'm looking forward to seeing the submissions.
Jinky Coronado: Wow! That would be wonderful! Remind me to look and see if I have any images you haven't seen! pijon: Any other upcoming new projects up we should know about (or I forgot to mention)? Jinky Coronado: Look for Kickstarters for BANZAI GIRL Volume 2 and the adult coloring books later this year.
Color Me Jinky
Color Me Jinky
Take any line art from Jinky's gallery posted at Heromorph and color it in your own style. Click here to join & follow the competition.
Aside from those, there is one other interesting thing. Are you familiar with the YouTube star Markiplier? There's a MARKIPLIER comic book coming out later this year, a four-issue mini-series, and in the second or their issue Markiplier crosses over into the world of PANDORA'S BLOGS, and I drew that story. It should be out this summer. pijon: Thank you for the interview, Jinky. So many of us really look forward to your images and posts. It's been a real pleasure and I can't wait to see the rest of what you have in store for us this year! Jinky Coronado: Hugs to everybody!!
pijon: For more information about Jinky and her projects, please visit the following links:
To visit Jinky Coronado's Heromorph art gallery Click Here
To visit Jinky Coronado's Banzai Girl Facebook Page Click Here
Be sure to tune in next time, folks, and I will have a new Spotlight on another talented Artist. See ya'll then!
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