Archive for November, 2012

The boyfriend has a birthday coming up, so I decided I’d make him some artwork. He asked for three cephalopods and a George Carlin portrait. Once I’m done, I’ll definitely upload little studies and thumbnails on the sketchbook blog as well as the finished pieces. I’ve officially taken over parts of his place (the wall in the living room and his desk in his bedroom) as my studio, haha!

It’s nice to have a desk facing the window. There’s lots of good natural lighting pouring in during the day. As of now, it’s only an underpainting, acrylic on canvas paper. I love starting paintings with blues. My fave is brilliant blue, but I used ultramarine for this one this I want to paint him in warm sandy colors later.

Close-up, ignore the bad cast shadow and enjoy the bubbles! I had a lot of fun painting them bubbles. I’m trying to take it slow with these paintings because whenever I try to rush in with colors, the surface ends up muddy.

I might haul my heavy-ass glass palette from my apartment to finish the painting in oils since I take forever to mix colors. Acrylics tend to dry on me while I struggle to decide what colors to use. Plus, oil pigments has a nice glow to them. It feels good to paint traditionally again after going digital for a while.



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A post on Thanksgiving because I have no life, haha (forever alone). Continuation of this post: another series of sketches about how “Hair Monster”, the character, came to be. I’m not sure if I’ll keep exploring this idea since it’s too literal and strays from the creature’s true meaning, but it was still fun. Who doesn’t enjoy crazy princesses once in a while?

You know those scary, pale ghosts in Asian horror films with long, dark hair that seems to have a mind of its own? Apparently, they are known as “gee-sheen” in Korea and they only exist for one purpose—revenge.  Maybe I’m a bit twisted, but I have a soft spot for heartbroken femme fatales (and those movies are so addicting), so I came up with a gee-sheen of my own. She’s an “impatient Rapunzel”.

Another “Rapunzel” being silly. Simply playing around with negative versus positive space.

 Recently, my boyfriend enlightened me about the “Flying Spaghetti Monster“. Thanks to that bit of information, her hair looks more like spaghetti. Before that, she was the “Fallen Rapunzel”. I saw this photo and had to draw it!

“Messy Rapunzel” trying to hide everything that makes her unhappy. It kind of bothers me how the right one has a big head, but oh well, she’s already there. Inspired by Lisa Yuskavage paintings from her book Lisa Yuskavage: Small Paintings 1993-2004 (aka best birthday gift from my boyfriend!).

Finally, “Lost Rapunzel” after she get kicked off her tower. She’s vulnerable, but she’s okay because she’s decided to stop grieving and move on without her prince charming.

Go stuff yo’selves crazy! My boyfriend and I will be making curry and indulging in chocolates.


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When I’m not working on “Hair Monster”, I make silly mini series like this one. “Skinny Walrus Cat Shop” is an inside joke with me and my art school friends. If you’ve read any of my old blog posts about my studio in Hartford Art School, “Skinny Walrus” was the name of my half of the Painting & Drawing department (the other half was “Fat Manatee”). Why supernatural cats? Well, why the heck not?

Links to all my artist friends and the cats from scribbles to finish can be found on my sketchbook blog posts here and here.


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Alot of people ask me what exactly is “Hair Monster” and how did she end up this way. In my mind, there is no straight-forward answer (however, the character’s always been female to me). Every creature has its own story. Some say she’s hiding from the world that rejected her, others say the world made her a sacrifice in hopes of salvation. Here are some sketches I’ve made in the past that could be the potential origins of “Hair Monster”.

Note:  this post is about the character not the image. The visual inspirations for this creature is a whole different story (in fact, it’s a PowerPoint presentation, haha). 

The word “curse” kept popping up in my head when I started these sketches. As I’ve mentioned in the artists statement, the character was inspired by a confused teen torn apart between two racial identities. I’ve been there myself and believe me, I didn’t cope well. I started noticing in middle school how my father would constantly ridicule me for being “too American” and put me down for “not being Japanese enough”. To this day, I can’t express how much hate I have towards him. When people have a lot of anger in them, they turn themselves into something terrible—something they’re really not. That is mainly why, I call these series “Curses”.

If you’ve noticed, this one is labeled “3” because I used to have a “1” and “2” until I’ve managed to lose them (probably during studio cleaning). Thankfully, I still have this sketch because it’s the one that lead me to this piece. I wanted to show how a curse can take over other people the way hate spreads its influence so quickly and easily.

The quote is from a Linkin Park song that just happened to be stuck in my head. It has no significance to the image whatsoever. I think I was flipping through a figure drawing book and liked this posture.

This quick sketch was a “what if?” scenario sketch. I imagined a character that was in total control of this “curse”. What would she do and look like. She’s showing that she can peel away her second “skin”.

What curse isn’t complete with an enraged medium? Sometimes less is more.


Another “what if?” sketch with the figure having the upper hand. Looks like she took a few people down with her. In my mind, she’s a dancer, haha.

An extension of the “what if?” scenario. Has she given into the curse or is she resisting? Risks of using hate to your advantage. Rage can be an important part of a process, but should never be an outcome.

I called this one the “Humiliating Curse” after reading and watching various articles on racial suprematists. The figure was inspired by a Japanese print of a defeated samurai.

That is all for part one! It’s bad how I find making these more pleasurable than the actual pieces.


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