Posts Tagged ‘charcoal’

This post is way overdo. Typically, I make at least 10  pieces a year and end up only liking 3-4 of them. The fact that it’s less permanent than paint on canvas is a blessing and a curse. Paper is a carefree surface that invites me to make mistakes and experiments, which essentially brings out my “real” self (I think it’s true with most artists, especially when you flip through their sketchbook). However, it’s also vulnerable and overlooked unless it’s later protected and embellished by mattes and frames. Anyways, before I get carried away, here are the recent works:


“And She Bit Her Tongue”




“Rage Study: Ringu”

Kind cheated with the third one, but the top three are the ones that made it to Art of Horror 2014 at S.P.A.C.E. Gallery VT. Me, being a dummy, forgot to being a camera to the event. Obviously, I need to join the 21st century and get a smartphone. Inspirations include victorian mourning hair wreaths and horror films that require no specifications.


“Caught in A Web”



Of course, the pieces I work on the longest get the least amount of feedback. It’s a never-ending dilemma. However, I feel like I’m going somewhere with using the entire composition as oppose to plopping the subject into an empty environment.

These are all up for viewing on the website! 



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I like it when the studio starts looking this cluttered. Four of these pieces will be placed in the “vault”, not to be seen ever again. One is unfinished.


p.s. I finally bought more fixative and giant roll of paper!

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I’ve actually had these drawings done a long time. However, I’m only posting bits of it because there are few more pieces I want to finish up for Art of HorrorInstead of making a “to-do” list, I need to make a “prioritize” list. I’m getting distracted by so many different projects.








A quick, self-explanatory post because I’ll have more time to reflect on them more meaningfully later.


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As promised, here are some progress photos with close-ups:


project one





two and three




It’s a pretty straight-forward post. Getting to the meditative stages in all three drawings. One of the reasons why they’re taking forever is because I’m constantly going back in forth between the charcoal and the kneaded eraser. Again, it’s a soothing process, but it takes soooo loooonnnggg… I’m trying to work every inch of the surface instead of rendering one corner and hashing everything else.


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This post is mainly a “I’m not dead yet” update. Also, I wanted to get the last post out of the way. I couldn’t stand looking at the ugly experiment and I’m in denial that it came from me. A lot of professors have told me to save my work no matter how old or horrible it looks, so I can look back and see the progress, but some works simply drive me nuts!


Anyways, while rearranging the studio space, I found the drawing above. To be honest, I don’t even remember what I was trying to achieve with it. However, I feel like it’s going somewhere, so for now it’s a keeper. I like the grotesque texture. It reminds me of something yucky like blisters and bug bites.



These projects are coming along slowly but surely. I’m finally at the detailing stage, which is tedious but meditative.  I think I’ll start part two of the portrait, so the diptych can look consistent.


As for the sloppy, messy experimental drawing that I couldn’t stand to look, I’ve turned it into some marker experiments. They were a lot of fun, but I have no idea what to do with them. Right now, they’re just sitting around looking pretty and collecting dust. 

Lately, I’ve been doodling obsessively more so than usual. I get so carried away with doing warmup drawings that I’m starting to neglect all other projects. It’s a gift and a curse.


p.s. Anime Boston and EXXXOTICA EXPO are around the corner! wheeee~~~!!

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I’m snowed in… blog post!

I’ve been working on a lot of illustrative works lately, but I always make sure I got a “Hair Monster” project in between. Since I’m not in the 21st century, I don’t have an Instagram (or a touch-screen phone for that matter, haha)  to make my WIP shots look cool. I apologize for the shoddy qualities


On top of that, my camera decided to die on me before I could get a clearer image. I guess this weirdly angled shot will have to do. I’ve actually changed the piece on the left quite a bit. Despite the mess and frustration, this “treating the final paper like a sketchbook page” method is generating positive results. Sometimes the direct transfer from blueprint to product works, but other times it feels very stagnant and boring. Meanwhile, the one on the right is a drawing a tore straight out of the sketchbook. I started doodling with charcoal and it turned into something that could be relevant to the series.


The close-up reminds me of helpless prey wrapped in a spiderweb.


A close-up of a creep show coming to a theater near you!


What’s currently crowding my desk. This type of mess follows me everywhere I decide to settle and work.

Okay, time for me to shovel my car out of the blizzard. Damn you, New England weather! Just few days ago, it gave us rain and warm(er) temperatures—now, it’s shitting snow storms.

Stay warm, my friends.


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I’m sorry for the lack of posts and this lazy one here, but I thought it was better than nothing. Being away from the computer is nice. Lately, I’ve only been using the internet for the radio and to occasionally ramble on Twitter. Holidays have kept me pretty busy at my retail job too, but the hours are giving me the money I need for new supplies.


I posted this teaser image on Twitter a while back. Trying to piece this drawing together on Photoshop was painful. I need to take a photo in the morning when the lighting is more even.








A lot of these ideas were forced, so I haven’t fully committed to any of these thumbnails. When in doubt, fight the art block with quantity over quality. At least that way, I’m keeping my thoughts and possibilites flowing.

Finally, some concepts I want to bring to life! I’m thinking both pieces would be relatively small (18″x24″ at the largest), especially the one on the right. I want to make a mini series with this ghostly character, but I’m not sure if I want to render him traditionally or digitally.

That’s all for now! Some left over sweet potato pie and gelato are calling my name.


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