ARNOLD ARRE Filipino Fantasy Artist

New website + trying my hand at animation

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Welcome to the latest version of my website! We finally found time to load it with new works (for the first time since 2004 :D). Cyn and I agreed that a simpler portfolio site with a blog is best since it’ll be easier to update. ( In case you miss the old site, it can be found here. )

I always get messages asking about where copies of Trip to Tagaytay, After Eden, Andong Agimat, and The Mythology Class can be found. Sadly, you won’t find them anywhere since they’re all out of print. However, I heard from Nautilus Comics publisher (and my Private Iris partner) Jamie Bautista that Martial Law Babies is still available so please check it out too and I’ll see what I can do about getting the others republished.

There hasn’t been a book from me since 2008. That was when I decided to switch gears and focus on a long time dream of mine… film. With the help of family and friends I was able to produce two shorts, Chapter One and Kaye for Komiks. I’ve screened them in schools so you might have seen them already. For those who haven’t, I’m still researching on how to stream the full-length movies from this site and I’ll make sure to give you guys a heads up when they’re finally online.

When I work on my stories I always play them in my head as movies with sound, music and motion which is why I’ve always felt hindered by the limitations of  the static comic book page. Music is especially tricky to interpret although I did my best with the “Night and Day” sequence in After Eden, and this concert scene from Martial Law Babies (the page on the right), but I guess it’s not the same.

Due to this frustration, just half a month ago I decided to try my hand at animation. Apart from making flip books as a kid, I’ve never done it before but I took that as a challenge and went ahead and made one.

Two weeks and several sheets of paper later, I’m happy to present my first animated work. It’s a 4 minute long short film titled Andong Agimat: Kanya ang Kalye. Animation is tedious work but I really enjoyed making this and I hope you’ll like it. You can watch it below.

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