Artist Aims to Make People Smile, and His Adorable Comics Do Exactly That

Guys Kopsombut is a writer/illustrator/webcomic artist living in Nashville, TN. He has been drawing comics since high school and drew for his college newspaper, too. Even though his profession is in comics right now, his background isn’t actually in art! When he decided what he wanted to study in college, he was torn between engineering and art but thought it would be harder to learn engineering on his own. He chose to study Computer Engineering and went on to get a Master’s in Leadership and Organizational Performance, but life took Guy in a different direction. 

“Around seven years ago, I was watching the news and everything just felt very depressing and hopeless. I wanted to do something to remind people that there was still good in the world. I wanted to help people smile. I asked myself what I could do on a daily basis to bring joy to the world and I remember drawing comics in school and how it helped them smile. I made a goal then to try to draw a comic each day and just help one person, any one person in the world smile. I ended up drawing a comic each day for six and a half years, “ shared Guy when reached out by Earthwonders.

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Guy is very active on his social media. He counts 210k followers who like and support his work. Lately he has chosen to post on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, as he is focusing more on publishing. Last year he published his first book “Everyday Smiles: Finding Joy In Every Moment”

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“The book is super unique in that it provides readers with a way to find joy in their lives while also helping them smile with my comics. It’s part 4amShower comic collection and part self-reflection journal. It’s been one of my proudest moments having my comics published. When I’m not working on my comics or book ideas, I am helping my parents at our Thai restaurant, The Smiling Elephant, in Nashville. In my free time, I love playing computer games with my friends, practicing my tennis swing, and eating yummy things like pie,” said the artist.

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Guy’s main inspiration it’s to make people laugh, and when he sees that that’s working through his comics, he keeps creating even more getting ideas from multiple sources. “The first way is that my readers suggest animals and themes to me. I then brainstorm a comic from their suggestions. 

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The second way is by empathizing. I try to think about what others might be feeling and what encouragement they might need to hear. I try to help people see the good in themselves and others as much as possible. A lot of other comics end with a cynical joke, but mine always end on an upbeat note. There’s already so much negativity in the world and I don’t want to add to that. This doesn’t mean that I don’t touch on harder topics. In fact, I do my best to address major events in the world, but provide comfort in some way or another. My comics are always positive and guarantee to help you smile. 

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Finally, I try to observe my daily life as much as possible and look within myself. You never know when a comic idea might pop into your mind just by watching what’s happening around you or listening to your own thoughts.”

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The artist also shared with us his working process and everything that goes on behind the scenes of these adorable comics which involves long periods of reflection to ideate the comic idea and intense moments of rapid creation.

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” While I’m going throughout my day, I will constantly think of comic ideas. Depending on the comic, I may need to do research to ensure I’m getting facts correct. Once I develop the concept of the comic, I’ll play around with words and character positioning in my head and try to get the right dialogue for each panel. If I’m on the go, I’ll jot down ideas in a doc in my phone. If I’m by my computer, I’ll put it in a google doc. Both documents are filled with pages and pages of ideas. The thing with me is that I truly believe in fresh inspiration. So, sometimes, even though I have an idea plotted down, I’ll forgo it to try to come up with something in the moment when I’m sitting down to create a comic.

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Once I get the dialogue down, I’ll arrange the dialogue into panels in the google doc. I’ll then take the dialogue into Clip Studio to make sure it all fits. I’ll sometimes add or remove words to ensure the words fit and are aesthetically pleasing. Once the words are there, I’ll sketch, ink, and color the characters in Clip Studio (all of my comics are made digitally). I’ve started a new process of using photo elements for the background of my comics, so once the characters are completed, I’ll search for background images. Once the background is compiled, I’ll add in the word balloons.  

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A lot of my comic ideas are generated at 4 A.M. I’ll wake up on the dot at 4 A.M. and will have a comic idea. I’ll write it down and it will either make sense or not in the morning. I do a lot of my dialogue refining and ideating in the shower. There have been so many times that I have stepped in the shower without an idea and will come out with one. When I was coming up with the name for my comic, I basically placed these two concepts together.
I would say it’s challenging but not in a negative way to come up with comic ideas. The way I view it is like a puzzle. It’s really fun trying to get all the pieces (characters, dialogue, concept, etc) to fit together. As for illustrating, at this point in my career, I don’t think it’s challenging to create them since I have the methodology down. The benefit of knowing the process is that it allows me to experiment and try new things like using photos as backgrounds!

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Guy is always working on something. Currently he’s moving forward full steam going into publishing. He is working on a middle-grade graphic novel concept and hoping to publish children’s books later on. As for 4amShower, he hope to make it into a brand that focuses on positivity and joy. Moreover, Guy expressed his wish to partner with charities to create art and raise funds for them with his artwork. 

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15 Brilliant Hidden Facts in Pixar Movies That Have Been Spotted By Some Sharp-eyed People

When we think of our childhood, a big part of it was influenced by our love for cartoons. For instance, Pixar movies impress us even as adults. We all were waiting with impatience for Toy Story 4 to hit the theatres. Imagine all other adorable movies that remain a sweet part of our life. Ratatouille, Inside Out, Finding Nemo, Toy Story, Coco, and so many other movies bring us back to the sweet moments of the past anytime we sit in front of the TV.

However, besides its movies, this animating studio is known for something else as well. This one interesting detail that we didn’t notice as kids. It’s the tiny details that are hidden in the story.

Some people with sharp eyes, have noticed these details and have shared them on the internet. From the paintings to the pizza toppings, there are quite some details that didn’t cross our eyes until now. Scroll down below to find out what they are. Also, make sure to share this fact with Pixar fans that you know.

1. Kid notices something that most of us wouldn’t have: UP(2009), Cars 2 (2011)

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2. In Finding Nemo (2003), Gill is a moorish idol. This species is known to not handle captivity well, so him being the one who constantly comes up with escape plans makes sense.

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3. In Toy Story 2 (1999) , the American flag is replaced by the globe in rest of the world.

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4. “A113” is an animator’s inside joke: It refers to a classroom number at the California Institute of the Arts where many of the Pixar folks got their start. The number has worked its way into nearly every Pixar movie.

5.  Incredibles (2004) Elastagirl’s Original Suit Was Red And Mr. Incredible’s Suit Was Blue, Their First Child’s Name? Violet

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6. When Mike marks an x on the calendar in red marker, it’s brighter and fresher than the rest of the marks, which have dried

7. The carpet at Sid’s house in toy story (1995) was intentionally made the same as the carpet at the overlook hotel in The Shining (1980), one of many references to the horror film throughout the Pixar series

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8. In “Up” (2009) The Town Buildings Develop Over The Years

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9. In Inside Out (2015), Riley’s Clothes Become More Muted As She Becomes More Depressed Throughout The Movie

10. In The Incredibles 2, The Painting In Helen’s Hotel Room Is An Illustration Of Her Seperation From The Family

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11. In Inside Out, The Pizza Toppings Were Changed From Broccolis To Bell Peppers In Japan, Since Kids In Japan Don’t Like Bell Peppers. Pixar Localised The Joke

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12. For Brave (2012), Pixar Developed Two New Software Programs Over Three Years To Allow Simulation Of Merida’s 1,500 Strands Of Hair Curls To Move Together With Her Movements

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13. In Up (2009), Dug Is The Only Dog To Successfully Track Down The Tropical Bird Because He Is The Only Hunting Dog (Golden Retriever). All The Others Are Guard Dog Breeds

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14. Whenever Characters Play Guitar In The Movie, Their Hands Form The Actual Chords Corresponding To The Music… Even Though It Would’ve Been Easy To Just Fake It

15. In The Pixar Logo After The Credits Of Wall-E, Wall-E Replaces Luxo Jr.’s Lightbulb With An Environmental Friendly Bulb After His “Round” Bulb Goes Out

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