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

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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.

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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

-aKino.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Now to move Channing out of the way.

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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.

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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.

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

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Finished!

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

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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).

-aKino

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It’s almost 2:30 AM, but thanks to two cups of ice coffee, I have the energy to finally post the process shots of “Frank”. Also, I’m currently working relatively big commission for a co-worker and I’ve taken enough progress photos to do another one of these “step-by-step of what I’ve been up to” post, so may as well get this one over with. I have a bad habit of starting more projects than I can finish, so sorry for the lack of consistency.
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Let’s start with a blank goat.

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I drew out the design with sharpies. At the time, I was still attempting to wrap him in hair. When I finished drawing on him, I found it hard to work the “hair monster” concept into a goat, so I ditched that idea.

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I still kept the flying ends on his belly though.

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Just getting all the darks painted.

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The colors on the rag looked prettier in person.

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 The above two images are my “blooper” moments. When I drew in the stitches I thought, “Hey, maybe if I paint the patches different colors like Sally (Nightmare Before Christmas) he’ll look less creepy!” He didn’t look creepy—just hella ugly.

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Whitewashed the patches and filled in the eyes.

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Started working the “flesh tones” in on the other side while I waited for the whitewashed side to dry.

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Beep boop meow—filling in on step at a time. Most painters encourage people to work every part of the canvas simultaneously, but I’ve always been the steady type that starts in one corner and spreads out.

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After covering him up, I sprayed him with fixative until my throat closed up several times.

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Yay, he made it into my car! The new owner coated him with car varnish to protect the painting. The red sharpie turned pretty bright and showed through the paint, but the audience was convinced that I’ve magically created his veins. Happy accidents are nice.

Alright, this post has been done!

-aKino

p.s. Bonus pics:

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Probably my favorite part of the goat.

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IMG_20150313_155734Here’s a teaser photo of my goat! Ditched the black and red color scheme since it looked too Satanic to be in a mini golf course. I’ll leave it at that!

-aKino

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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.

-aKino

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

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

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project one

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two and three

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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.

-aKino

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

-aKino

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

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