BUDDING artists from Ateneo de Iloilo’s Komix Ink and Anime Lovers clubs were taught with the rudiments of cartoon sketching by Filipino Marvel and Upper Deck artist Jun Premiro last July 7 at the ADI-SMCS High School’s computer laboratory in San Rafael, Mandurriao, Iloilo City.
A freelance artist for international clients, Premiro taught 45 high school comics and anime enthusiasts how to draw cartoon or comics figures using different media. The afternoon workshop, which included sketching and art appreciation, took about two hours to finish. He also presented his different masterpieces and comics collections to students.
“I wish to visit the school again soon,” Premiro said, adding, “I see a lot of potential from them in the area of art and caricature.”
Iloilo-based Premiro, who is also into oil and charcoal painting, showed students his style in drawing the whole body of Batman. He also facilitated in the workshop proper where students were asked to sketch their favorite comic book or manga character.
To note, Premiro is a graduate of Fine Arts in Far Eastern University. He did editorial cartooning for Panay News and serial comic strip for Hublas Kamatuoran. He is currently a graphic artist as well as the sketch artist for Upper Deck, an international trading card company. His works include Marvel Now, Captain America Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel Premiere and Marvel Legendary (Trading Card Game). He also is a layout artist for Toon City, which is a subsidiary of Disney here in the Philippines.
Meanwhile, the Komiks Ink members also attended this year’s Hobbycon held at Robinsons Place Iloilo last July 11. The event, participated in by various interest groups in Iloilo such as Iloilo Comic Con and Iloilo Toy Group, gave more options for the comics-loving Ateneans to appreciate the various artworks present in the Western and Eastern worlds.
The students were sent to various interesting stations. For fantasy players, Magic the Gathering celebrated the pre-release of MTG Origins which showcased the history of the various planeswalkers that defined the world of Magic. To those who were into collecting comic books, various shops sold comic books as well as original arts. Video game tournaments were also visible such as the ever popular League of Legends and Tekken just to name a few. And to cap it all, a Cosplay competition took place.
Hobbycon, which is spearheaded by Carlo Borromeo, was originally created to invite hobbyists and fellow enthusiasts to showcase their love for their respective hobbies. (JP Chua and Herman Lagon)