Posts Tagged ‘illustration’

I’m totally putting off wedding craft posts, but these projects have been sitting around even longer.


I got the necklace at Tokyo Disney’s Pirates of The Carribean ride, if anyone’s wondering.


oh, the pretty colors made to create this ugly thing.


Decided to another Necronomicon box as a color, design and material experiment. I’m thinking of making an army of these for an Etsy account. Next up, I’ll be crafting with slightly bigger boxes to make a clutch.




this one was a request from a friend.


Well these drawings took a million years to upload. Colored pencil tattoo flash to kickstart my portfolio. I have hopeful news coming up real soon. For now, I’m keeping it a secret ’cause I don’t want to jinx it. I also want to see if I can somehow incorporate these types of illustrations alongside the Necronomicon crafts.

Happy Summer!



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Here is an “I’m not dead yet” post with my finished wedding invite designs.


side A

Our wedding is Godzilla x Mothra theme because on our first date, he gave me a Godzilla figure (on our second, he gave me Gigan—slowly building a kaiju army since then). Illustration inspired by this scene. I wanted to do a quirky invite to make it unforgettable. Also, we’re silly people.


side B

Kept the back real simple since there’s a lot happening on the other side. Cheesy movie posters are the best! I’ve had difficulties with design courses in college since precision is everything. It was nice to loosen up.

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Putting this record here because it’s the first time I’ve used layers in such a complex manner! Definitely an upgrade compared to the very first time I dabbled in digital painting and design. Going to the print shop next week with the fiance. I’m so excited!

Hopefully, I’ll be posting more projects after the wedding preparation shenanigans. For experiments and doodles, check out my sketchbook blog on Tumblr


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Over the summer, I collaborated with G.W. Smith of Thee-Gartisan Works for his steampunk photo book. When he told me he wanted one of his books to be in comic book style with colored pencils, I was super excited! Finally, I got to do a big project with my favorite and strongest medium.


We begin with the original photo. In the foreground, we have our dark heroin tearing off a cyborg’s arm. Everyone else watches in disgust, except for the little lolita fairy sporting a smug grin.


Then onto Photoshop, where I overlay a reddish gradient to unify the color scheme. It makes it easier when I move onto the colored pencil stage. Also, I thought it brought out the anger and horror in our two main character’s faces.

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I did a handful of paint-overs to construct the scene according to my client’s needs. The easiest part was adding more foliage to create a ground for the title text. Hardest part was making all the figures fit into the comic book layout.


Pencil outlines to be approved before I start inking and coloring. Drawing the portraits in comic book style while keeping their likeness made me a little nervous. As usual, I was afraid some audience would criticize how it looks “too anime”. Thankfully, the only comparison I got was with Archie comics.


Now to move Channing out of the way.


Plowing through the fun part of coloring in the figures. The details in steampunk outfits are incredible, so it was a challenge to determine what main characteristics to fully render.



Filling in the background one section at a time. I like starting from one corner and gradually move out so it doesn’t overwhelm me. Slow and steady wins the race.


Channing being my lazy understudy (thank god he didn’t leave in paw prints).



Now I can offer colored pencil projects to new clients with this piece as a sample. I enjoyed the process from start to finish.


Bonus image of my unfinished tattoo flash project. It’s been collecting dust for what feels like a decade, but I figured I’d post just to say it’s still a thing (although I’m actually not too far from finishing the set).


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Another warm-up doodle I got carried away with. You can see the clean scans on my website. I decided to enhance the marker drawings with colored pencils. It not only helps with smooth transitions, but adds interesting textures.





 I’m officially an Otakon 2014 staff member and pretty much set for the art auction registration. Instead of tossing them all in, I think I’ll have some of their veterans pick out which one (it costs $20 per piece for entry, yeesh) may be best for show. Ideally, I wanted them in the charity auction, but I heard that division’s primarily for items autographed by anime celebs (i.e. voice actors, directors, etc). It would be cool if the little money I make—if any—could be for a good cause.

It’s heating up in my room, so time for me to enjoy some sorbet.

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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’ve been doing a lot of colored pencil doodlings in my sketchbook. When I was in junior high to high school, colored pencils were a must in my bag. For some reason, I practically abandoned them when I reached art school. Now, I’m reconsidering them as a serious medium. I might ditch my current digital illustrations and start them over traditionally. The craft and process, I think, would be more enjoyable for me and the viewers.


I don’t know if it looks like him anymore, but he was fun to draw. Sonia and I bonded over how we share the same birthdate as Keanu Reeves.

“Hair Monster” is still around, just taking a break from posts.


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I figured I’ll post a few pieces I finished because otherwise, this blog will be neglected for months again. Both pieces can also be seen on my website. Feedbacks welcomed as long as you keep it drama-free!


My Favorite Things 01

I’m getting better at using colors in general. Before, I took a handful of my favorite colors and splashed it around until it looked decent, which made my paintings look muddier and muddier. I feel like I’m using my colors to the fullest now. Hopefully, I get to a point where I can strategically move colors around the composition.


WIP screenshot I posted on Twitter. I’m excited for this one because I’ve always wanted to do an “organized clutter” kind of drawing.  To be honest, I’m not too sure how I’ll make these colors work, but I’ll figure it out.


Sandy The Spirit Kitty

This piece is pretty old. Part of an unfinished mini series (it’s embarrassing how I have many of these) I did towards the end of senior year to commemorate my art school friends. Sandy has the power of sunshine and rainbows—enough said. Every Friday, she would bring us a generous supply of donuts for us to snack on throughout our 12hr studio sessions.

I like the raw look of sketches, but I also like fully rendered pieces. I want to somehow bring the best of both worlds.


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