Thursday, November 04, 2010

Pixar Times TS3 tribute

Ken & Barbie disco party, drawn for The Pixar Times to celebrate the DVD release of Toy Story 3!  i was invited to this project by the very talented Jerrod Maruyama, you should definitely check out his work!

here's the thumbnail sketch for figuring out the placement/gesture

Wednesday, November 03, 2010


hope everyone had a fun halloween!  here's a little fall-themed illustration to celebrate my favorite season... i was probably the only oddball who did this after halloween as a kid, huh~ :P

loose sketch + color test ... this step's always fun!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

layout sketches

quick update, just some vizdev sketches for a story. done in corel painter on one layer with large brushes (no sketch underneath) ... this helps me keep things basic and impressionistic~

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Juxtapoz Ad for Canson USA

one of two illustrations commissioned by Canson USA for an advert about their new line of marker paper.  it was featured in the Oct 2010 issue of Juxtapoz magazine, out in newstands and bookstores right now!
since the ad used the b&w lines, i guess i'll post the marker + texture version~

Monday, September 27, 2010

light me up

ink sketch on Canson marker paper + photoshop color overlay (original sketch below)

conceptual sketch for a full-page ad for Canson USA, maker of high-quality fine art papers.  i ended up going in a different direction for the final illustration (which i'll post later), but i wanted to share this anyway~
incidentally, it does fit quite well with the Illustration Friday weekly topic of "old-fashioned."  how convenient! :)

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Cretacolor on Canson

i just realized i haven't posted any life drawings in ages!  i still find these studies to be immensely helpful, but they're such a pain to scan... anyway, here are my best sketches from yesterday's session.  same model as the last post, woo~

sketched these with a Cretacolor "Monolith" pencil (6B) in a Canson XL mixed media pad.  this paper has a really great tooth/texture for taking extra-soft lead! i received a sample of it a while ago, now it's my favorite sketchbook~ :)

Friday, September 24, 2010

fall evenings

sorry to go so long without an update, life's been hectic!  here's a brush pen doodle turned lighting test sketched on Canson bristol paper, my preferred surface to ink on ...  i'm having lots of fun testing out new papers and mediums lately~ :)

kudos if you can guess who the characters are...

Friday, August 20, 2010

dreamworks fine art: master & student

here's a print i made for the new release over at Dreamworks Fine Art. the Chinese phrase reads, "as one piece of firewood burns out, the flame transfers to another."  it refers to the skills passed on from master to student!

Po & Shifu eating noodles in a forest... one of the first sketches i sent in

Thursday, August 19, 2010

starlight geisha

fun with corel painter and origami textures... also, here's a close-up~

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Illustration Friday: Caged

eep, talk about a late submission!  in any case, here's a little illo i made for this week's Illustration Friday topic: caged.  i tried to think outside the box since the topic was my suggestion and i intended for it to have an "emotional" connotation.

the illustration is about shyness, which i believe is best described as a self-imposed "cage" around those who suffer from it.  it is both ubiquitous and all-encompassing; for many people, it underscores every social interaction they take part in.  i think that the best cure for such a condition is to learn to love yourself, and only surround yourself with people who accept you as you are.  don't let it prevent you from being all that you want to be! :>

Saturday, August 07, 2010

painter oldies

some ace attorney painter studies from late '09... these served as a fun, no-pressure means of learning corel painter, color theory, and lighting~

and HOLY COW, i got the topic of the week for Illustration Friday!  the topic i suggested was "caged."  it's my hope that people will aim for an emotional interpretation of the word, rather than a literal image of a caged animal or something.  go crazy and be creative!! :)

if you came here via the IF link, i'd like to thank you for visiting my blog! now i want to draw a nice piece for this topic since i'm the one who suggested it! :>

Monday, August 02, 2010

green spirit

just a quick corel painter warm-up... i'll post some better updates after i hit my deadlines this week!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

classy lady

been super duper busy with deadlines!  just a small update~

Thursday, July 22, 2010


haven't posted environments for a while, so here are some loose color/lighting studies for a personal project

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

inkity ink ink

threw some photoshop colors over that previous sketch ... also, have some nude ink studies! that left pic is one of my best freehand figures, so i uploaded it in high-res :)

Sunday, July 18, 2010

random inks

here's something hot off the scanner!  been testing out all kinds of paper lately... this was sketched on Aquabee hemp sketch paper.  it has a really nice texture and is made from 100% recycled materials~ :)

Friday, July 16, 2010

pocket brush pen

these sketches were done with my trusty pentel pocket brush pen that i carry with me at all times.  this pen really does the trick if you want to loosen up your lines!
click the right image to view an animated gif of the coloring process

character studies from months ago that i never posted here

Thursday, June 03, 2010

family fluff

this blog needs some color and variation; too many 'figure study' posts on the front page.  so here's some less rigid junk that i forgot to post from last year. :S characters are from capcom's ace attorney, some of you may be familiar with this game as one of their best!

these were sketched w/ pencil, brush pen ("pentel pocket"), and corel calligraphy tools... it's important to shake things up! ;)
these guys are my favorite fictional family ever, so cute

    Monday, May 31, 2010

    figure studies

    here are some contour studies from a while ago that i forgot to post... sketched at an open studio life drawing group i go to on fridays~
    i find that if i don't keep up with regular observational studies, then my drawing skills deteriorate quickly... life has been stressful lately, hopefully this month will be better T__T

    Wednesday, April 07, 2010

    Dreamworks Fine Art Gallery: Tigress

    so i was fortunate enough take part in a Dreamworks-sponsored gallery program a while back~  made this print of "Tigress among plum blossoms" (inspired by traditional chinese watercolor) for the gallery opening, hope you like it!  more prints are on the way for the second launch, so stay tuned! :)

    sketch studies in pencil & ink:

    Tuesday, March 30, 2010

    Conté on Canson

    ... is my new favorite drawing medium! :p started drawing w/ Parisian conté in late '09, thanks to a tip from an artist at life drawing. it's a very challenging medium, because unlike vine/compressed charcoal, conté is wax-based and nigh unerasable. definitely makes you slow down and think harder!
    finally got back on track w/ life drawing after being out of it for so many months... now i'm really close to having a full sketchbook, woo! will try to photograph it soon, digitizing artwork is just so tedious to me :/

    also, here are some corel painter brushwork studies... gotta keep up with this stuff or else i'll forget how it works. now if only i could figure out how to get corel brushes to work in high-res...

    Sunday, March 07, 2010

    one more because i'm forgetful

    ack, forgot about this one! finished this when i got back home to the States... added some vague shading this time, although it's still meant to be a contour line study.
    i started doing these observational contour studies thanks to a tip from an artist i admire, and it really does help train your eyes!! plus i think my lines feel a bit more fluid now...

    from Beijing to Yueyang: train sketches

    greetings all!! just got home a few days ago from my 3-month sojourn to China, visiting my entire extended family over Christmas, New Years', and Chinese New Year (Feb 14)! it was a pretty sweet trip overall, although the internet censorship thing got kind of infuriating by the end... Blogger, Youtube, Livejournal, and pretty much every website i use regularly were ALL blocked - which is why i've been MIA for so long! @_@

    that being said, i think i set off a lifetime's worth of fireworks with my cousins over the last few weeks, heh~ ;D gotta admit, it was pretty incredible to see the entire city skyline lit up with fireworks!! i hope everyone is having an AWESOME Year of the Tiger; may all your hopes and goals for 2010 come true!

    i've got plenty of backlogged art, so i'll start by posting this batch of contour sketches i did during a 19-hour train ride from Beijing (mom's hometown) to Yueyang (dad's hometown) ... been doing observational studies for many months now, so it's about time to post a few!

    first sketch i made when i got off the train, this is my pretty cousin BeiBei~

    i got these kids to sit still long enough to draw them... their mother was very impressed, haha ;p

    man, you have no idea how happy i am to be able to browse art blogs again!! :) more stuff is on the way...