Amjie and her Animes-A A +A
By Mimi Olarga
Monday, September 16, 2013
SHE started her doodles in high school. The usual stuff - teenage girls and boys, fad items, animals and cartoon characters - were her subjects. In college, she was very much into her elements. From hydrogen to oxygen, bicarbonates to dioxides, acids and bases, she studied them all to finish her chemical engineering course. But in between her chemical elements and substance molecules, she still made her drawings. This time, more refine that her high school years’ artworks. After graduation, she was able to land a job in one of the multi-national companies in the export processing zone in Cebu. For five years, she did fine. Just one typical young professional, she worked, had fun with friends, and enjoyed the finer things life offers. But the thin and bold line strokes, and their different hues, shades and tones continue to stir up her person This time, her characters, who look like the Japanese manga characters, have become heroes and villains who are treading on a certain plot.
Thus, Amjie Love’s anime characters were born and continued to increase in number. Moreover, her pencil-made characters have become parts of her novel story creation.
Yes, Amjie Love R. Maming is an artist, a very good one. Amjie dabbles on comic book sketching. And because she’s good, she had reaped for herself numerous awards. As she fondly recall, her high school works had won numerous awards. When she joined an on-the-spot drawing contest during the Manhua Festival in one of the malls here in Bacolod, she also took home the bacon. During her work-stint in Cebu, she also won the gold medal for an e-game on-the-spot drawing contest held in one of the big malls there. Her comics also gave her a regional award from the Department of Tourism.
Now working full-time as the editor-in-chief and founder of FHATE comics, an independent comic series, Amjie had made two anime comics to her credits. “Katunga” and “Suruan” are made available during the independent comic creators’ convention in Manila.
Young, independent, artistic Amjie Love is now having her current projects: “Autumn Rose” and “Project Clockers.” Her current online job with an American comic book company makes her enjoy doing her flexible time to do both her work and her passion: drawing.
And drawing Amjie will continue, so that her anime characters will continue living and re-living in the pages of her sketchbooks and manga comics series.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on September 16, 2013.