Posts Tagged ‘sketches’

I’m a really bad blogger. Lately, the most I do on the internet is answer e-mails and bookmark reference images. Since there are so many people pouring their feelings out online, it feels gratifying to keep things to myself. Anyways, before I start ranting:

Go to my new sketchbook blog to see shots of my amateur tattoo portfolio! Finished products will be cleanly scanned and posted here.



I will be painting a goat for Matterhorn Mini Golf! It was a little bigger than I expected, but it’s a good challenge. Contemplating whether I want to keep it simple and go straight to painting or add any sculptural elements to it.

Thanks for stopping by.



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I got paid for a birthday commission! A friend of mine wanted a silly portrait of her boyfriend riding a stegosaurus. It’s a pretty straight forward project and post, so here are some pics with a few comments:


The most challenging part was his face not only because he loves to photo bomb with crazy expressions, but also because my dingy, childproof brush kept fraying. If I had a professional calligraphy brush, I’d have more control over small details in tight spaces. I felt ridiculous squatting in front of the easel and trying to keep my hands from shaking.


The palette reminds me of summer; left side is a night at a festival and the right is a day at the beach. Thankfully, she didn’t mind how the painting ended up with really saturated colors. I guess that’s what happens when you rush through color mixing.





As usual, I tend to think I do a better job sketching than the actual painting. Two things I should do next time: 1) after doing a monochromatic underpainting, work with a limited color palette and add color variety with glazing 2) offer colored pencil and mixed media commissions instead of a plain painting. Like I’ve said before, I think I’m better at drawing than painting anyways and they look a whole lot more interesting. Of course, that isn’t to say I don’t enjoy painting. Drawing just happens to be more “me”.


Well, I just received a text from her saying, “He LOVES it!!” It’s a mission accomplished. I don’t paint nearly as much as I should, so this project was a great excuse to get back in touch.


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I’ve been trying to start a collaborative project with Laura Spicer, Amanda Zenobio and Anne Saffron, so my mind and projects have been everywhere. Crossing my fingers that it comes together gracefully, but until then, it’s a secret! It’s been a while since I posted any doodles on this blog, so here are two sketches I thought were relevant:

hairmood01April had a really shitty start for me, so it’s my panic attack in a drawing. It’s not so much drawing what I feel, but making marks that calm me down. I don’t imagine it becoming a fully rendered “Hair Monster” piece though since I don’t like forcing linear narratives in the audience’s minds.


Soon after that gloomy doodle, I had to somewhat cheer myself up with a little bit of RiRi! It’s always the songs that you don’t even like that end up playing on loop in your head. Again, this type of mark-making slows me down and helps me get my shit together.

Mood swings are no fun. I don’t know what I’d do without my love for drawing.


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Tonight, I’m posting a few small projects that I’ve fully finished. I’ll update more “Hair Monster” WIPs in a day or two. Taking progress shots motivates me since I don’t work linearly from one project to another. I’m the type who likes working on multiple pieces at once, so sometimes it’s hard to see if I made any accomplishments. Thank you loyal bloggers, who haven’t un-followed me yet!


“My Favorite Things 02”

 Anyways, this piece took a million years. Part two of my “ghost persona” illustrations—part three is in the brainstorming because “3” is a sound number. Also, I personally think there’s a HUGE improvement between part one and two, so why not take it up a notch with part three? Unlike the first attempt, this piece seems more interesting and authentic in terms of color, composition, and subject matter. I was going for a “soft grunge” look, but next time, maybe I’ll do something about those puke green walls.



 Full photos of the marker sketches from the previous post. Lately, I’ve been very inspired by ilse Valfé. Her fashionable girls with that sweet-and-sour attitude makes me smile. At Anime Boston 2014, I was invited to join Otakon’s art auction by their staff representatives, so I might submit these guys for their charities. The money would go to a good cause, the drawings won’t have to collect dust in my studio—it’s a win-win.



A little birthday piece for Nina Hartley, whom I’ll be seeing at the EXXXOTICA Expo next week.  I can’t wait for that little vacation! April has been a crappy start for me.

Time for some bagels and  Real Time with Bill Maher. Stay tuned for more!


p.s. Bonus: my Anime Boston 2014 Cosplay Favorites are on Tumblr.

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Of course,

right when we got comfortable with the gorgeous weather, mother nature decides to pms and release massive amounts of cold rain.  Soaking up the sunlight in the studio felt amazing! Now, it’s all doom and gloom again. I guess it’s about time for an update.


Besides commissions and art trades, I’ve been working on two new “Hair Monsters”. To be honest, I’m not sure what I’m doing, but strangely I feel like that’s a good thing. I want these pieces to be like my sketchbook pages where people can see my struggles and experiments of coming up with an image.




A few sketches that sparked the idea for the two drawings.

It may seem like I’ve planned out the process, but I’m trying to avoid being too formulaic. Making the same drawing from start to finish can be pretty boring for me and the viewer. I only do that when I have a straightforward project like an illustration or a commission. My brain’s ready to explode, but these drawings are my therapy.


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Before this blog becomes too neglected again, here’s another set of  “Hair Monster” sketches I’ve collected from the sketchbook blog. It’s kind of like how deviantART artists combine their Tumblr doodles into one post… yeah, that kind of update. Archer is on in less than thirty minutes, so I better get a good portion of my commission done along with this post.


A painted “Hair Monster” on the back of my sketchbook. Whenever I finish a sketchbook, I’m always in denial that I’ve used up all the pages. Also, I still had the urge to keep painting after I finished the Nautilus piece, so I’ve combined the two desires and painted on the back of my sketchbook with leftover paints. I’d like to expand on this experiment in the near future.



Inspired by “The Wolf Girl” and “The Dog Girl of Ukraine”, it’s so strange how animals and humans are so close yet so different.


Playing around with enraged, fearful, and jaded eyes from various movies. Can you guess who and what film they’re from? Needless to say, I’m a horror junkie.


Found a wonderful set of stock photos by SenshiStock. I’m probably scrapping this idea, but definitely taking advantage of her reference photos.



Witch and Lost Rapunzel II, not much to say.

The landlord gave me permission to thumbtack walls, but I don’t think he knows how much I actually need to use to pin down a giant, heavy-duty paper. Seriously, it’s easier said than done; however, my boyfriend and I may have found an alternative technique. We’ll see how it goes before I destroy a part of the apartment. Then, hopefully, I can start posting about new “Hair Monster” projects!


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Here’s the much awaited walkthrough of my Nautilus painting I did for the boyfriend. I was hoping to have a better documentation of the final product, but it’s gonna be a while until I get my hands on a decent camera. Note: my way is NOT the only way. Read up as much as you can and pick out what works for you best.



Studying how to draw the subject from its shape, gesture, and lighting. Also, brainstorming potential narratives  for the character. I would typically have 2-3 pages of ideas, but in this case, I knew exactly what I wanted the nautilus to do since I was revisiting an old concept.


Thumbnails studies of the composition. Some artists create elaborate sketches at this stage, but I like to keep it simple. Creating a detailed drawing and trying to copy it with paint never worked for me. The repetitiveness not only makes the final product look so “empty” and “soulless”, but also makes to process very boring for me . Leaving space for invention keeps me interested in the project.



This stage is almost like fleshing out the thumbnail sketch with paint onto the canvas paper. For the underpainting, I’ve decided to do monochromatic “cool” blue. Monochromatic to get an idea of light and shade; “cool” blue to contrast the “warm” oranges I was planning to use on the Nautilus.



Again, I keep the study small, quick, and simple, so I can get enough info without overwhelming myself. I usually do these in acrylics since they’re fast-drying. On a small palette, I dab primary colors with a side of black and white. When I say “primary”, it doesn’t necessarily have to be basic red, blue, and yellow. Here, I used alizirin crimson, ultramarine, and lemon yellow. Then, I spend time mixing colors until I come up with combos I like. The colored dots on the left are colors I’ve decided to use; the study on the right shows how I applied those colors.


After the color study sketches, I recreate the palette as much as I can with oils. I started off with these colors above, but mixed and made more and more along the way. Some colors I ended up not using at all! It’s always good to leave some room for play in-between formulas. Otherwise, it’d be like paint-by-numbers. When I finish a painting, my palette ends up looking like this mess (this one was for another painting).



There’s not much to say but apply colors and mix more if necessary. However, don’t just fill in the underpainting with paint. With something as fluid as oils, use its materiality to your advantage (although it’s easier to show it on a large-scale painting). For example, playing with the brushstrokes like I did on the Nautilus’s shell and the bubbles.



The key is to have fun and don’t be afraid to make mistakes—even if it means starting it all over. Personally, I’d much rather redo an entire project than keep going with a piece I’ve lost interest in.

Here’s what I’ve made with the left over paints. Happy painting!


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