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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:

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“And She Bit Her Tongue”

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“Hanging”

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“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.

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“Caught in A Web”

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“Fester”

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! 

-aKino

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Well,

as usual, Otakon 2014 was a whole lot of fun! This year, I not only made new friends, but also learned a lot from them. Running out of business cards to hand out is actually a nice feeling. I got me some pretty cool souvenirs too.

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my official staff badge.

Lesson 1: Know Your Audience

Unfortunately, I didn’t sell any pieces, but all four of them made it to the art show free of charge (staff perks). It’s an anime convention after all. Here, people seek fan art to express their fandom love. I could go on about my personal policy on fan art, but in this market, I have to throw that pride out. At least there was one original artwork that made it to live auction. I’m still challenging next year. My pride wants to see if my skills can make people want to own my art. Also, let’s be real, who doesn’t like a little extra cash? #shameless #sellout

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Tina Lam’s adorable business card. She is the coolest. Congratulations for making $1800 in live auction!

Lesson 2: Small Talk to Networks

Working in retail for 6+ years, I have mastered the art of starting small talk. People generally enjoy sharing a little thing or two about themselves. Why not take advantage of that? Tina Lam is a professional graphic designer and master convention-goer. From job hunts to presentation, I learned so much from her through one conversation than my communications class in high school. No joke, I found myself browsing through her website for a good hour or so. Anyways, my point is, you don’t have to be an ass-kisser to make connections. Admire someone’s work ethic? Tell her, maybe she’ll share their secrets. Love an artist’s drawing? Complement him, you might learn more about each other. Warning: if it feels fake, back off, it probably is. Start small and follow your gut.

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I got a Kiiroitori “trophy”!

Lesson 3: Always Expect Long Nights

It’s inevitable. Again, my retail experience came in handy. Due to technical difficulties, art show and art auction staff stayed up till 4 AM—which outlasted the rave next door! We were running on candy and Gatorade. However, these crazy hours are what gets you staff perks from food vouchers to free art show submissions. Thanks to this experience, I got my first flair!

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Space☆Dandy couple’s cosplay.

Since we’ve been stuck running around in Staff Catering and Exhibitions departments, I couldn’t take as many pictures as I wanted. We were suppose to (because we kept forgetting) hand out ribbons to our top 3 cosplays and upload them to @Otakon. See my cosplay faves on my Tumblr!

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I’ve been hunting for this hat for a long time and now I has it!

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I know it’s on the wrong hand—the point is, he put a ring on it.

Cool souvenirs for myself include a “Miau” hat from a K-pop vendor and a very-very-VERY special ring from my now fiance! It’s got diamonds and amber with a fossilized jumping spider. He planned the whole theatrics at the Baltimore Aquarium. Literally, all our families and friends knew about it, but me. A scuba diver in the shark tank presented the plaque during feeding time. There was even a photographer who recorded every moment of the proposal. Of course, they’re not here for viewing because I looked like a total mess. I’ve never been to a wedding before, so the next step’s gonna be interesting…

Overall, this year’s Otakon was a blast. It’s always great when you get to go on vacation and gain new knowledge from it. Already can’t wait till next year!

-aKino

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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.

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 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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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

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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.

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

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

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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.

-aKino

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Hey-hey-hey,

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

-aKino

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Slow progress is very slow, but I’m updating because I was enjoying my nice day off. Also, I’m learning that slow isn’t always a bad thing. Working slow is preventing me from rushing into conclusion and helping be build up the quality in drawing. 

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Knowing me, I probably could have finished this piece by the end of today.  I love it when I reach a meditative state with a piece. When I’m in the zone with my drawing, especially with the music on in the background, the rest of the world disappears. However, reality kicks in when my stomach and bladder demands to be treated.

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Hair and charcoal and tears of frustration everywhere! I haven’t touched the drawing on the left since I got carried away with the right one. As for the piece on the easel, I can finally say I’m proud to have it be part of my portfolio! Initially, I was gonna scrap it again, but little changes go a long way. I’ll upload the piece with a commentary in the near future.

I honestly don’t know how long I would be working with “Hair Monster”, but until my gut tells me to stop, I’ll keep investigating this project. Who knows? Maybe it’ll evolve into a complete different creature in a few years.

-aKino

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Wow, I totally forgot I’ve saved a draft post. Before I neglect this blog any further, here are some GPOYs/WIPs from Tumblr.

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Creep show post.

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Charcoal fingers. I’m pretty proud of the creature behind me. Finally, I feel like I’m going somewhere slightly different!

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While I was cleaning, I found these! Way before I started working large, I had a series of small “Hair Monsters”. After looking through Zak Smith’s pieces, I thought it was really cool how he makes a statement by overwhelming the viewer with a mosaic of little paintings and drawings. To get my mind running on how these creatures act and behave around themselves, I made twenty small sketches. Unfortunately, they were rejected from my BFA show, but I’m considering to re-explore this small to medium scale again. After all, not all memorable pieces are large—look at da Vinci’s Mona Lisa or Dali’s The Persistence of Memory!

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Close-up of the four drawings I was particularly found of.

I may be joining a local group show in the near future. Since their space is pretty limited, it’s an even better excuse to not only crank out more pieces but also revisit working small.

-aKino

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