Saturday, October 24, 2009

Homage to Chuck Jones' "Transylvania 6-5000"--Happy Halloween!

Took an old sketch inspired by Jones' Dracula design (and one of my favourite Bugs' cartoons of all time) and played around in photoshop with different painting methods. Here's what i came up with. Any comments and crits compared to what i usually do?

Seems like a fitting sketch, yes? Happy Halloween!!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

pro: duo monitors, con: small buggy dinky tablet

Just got my copy of Adobe Master's Collection CS4 and have only played around with Photoshop thus far. In fact, this quick painting below is the only thing i've really done with it.

Bonus: borrowing my girlfriend's extra 17" LCD monitor while she's away without asking..thanks Kelda!

i'm used to CS2 and so it was refreshing and slightly confusing shifting over to the CS4 interface. The brush options palette was hard to find at first but when I did, I tore it off and put it on my 2nd monitor. Along with it i placed my layers palette, the color/swatches, and this new 'adjustments' palette that I have yet to use or figure out. In the rest of the space I place reference photos and a smaller version of my current painting. This tip was taught to me by Bobby Chiu -- go to Window -> Arrange -> New Window for [filename]. This opens up a new frame your current window that I use to shrink down and keep as reference while painting. It's like when you paint traditionally and take a step back to assess the piece as a whole. Handy!

My only drawback is that i have a 4x6 tablet which is not suitable for widescreen, but the extra real estate really helps me organize the workspace.

Going to be working more on my desktop these days and less from my nearly-explosive laptop. If anyone knows where I can get an affordable larger Intuos3 (or better) let me know!

Friday, October 16, 2009

curing the itch to sketch which induces barf..

Once again, finding time to sketch is increasingly hard to come by. Once in a while I get the itch during times where it isn't quite convenient or comfortable for sketching. Got the itch while in a long grocery line up. Luckily i had a mini sketchbook with me at the time.

This time around the itch came while I was on my 1.5 hr commute. I find that it's easier for me to draw on a subway versus the bus. This is mostly due to the fact that subways only move in 2 directions, and generally i face forward or to the side (going backwards makes me want to yak).

So my point is, i haven't had the itch in a while, and the itch came while i was on a bus ride--which involves acceleration, deceleration, winding turns, the aromatic smells of people's food, limited leg room and arm room (and i'm not a tall person, that's how crammed it was). What is one to do?

I busted out the clipboard and doodled some live sketches, memory sketches until i felt like puking (took about 30 minutes), and then dozed off for the rest of my trip.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Peter De Seve's amazing sketchbook -- drawing from imagination?

Picked up Peter De Seve's amazing sketchbook a few weeks ago, and it is very inspiring. He has some amazing drawings of characters; I wonder if these characters are inspired by actual people he sees. I'm sure some of them have to be from his imagination, like this one drawing of a wiry naked man in a tree.

Just goes to show that drawing out of your imagination is just as important as drawing from life. I feel like i've spent so much time drawing people and caricature sketches in cafes through observation that i often forget to delve into my imagination to draw something out of my head. I've almost forgotten how to make something up. I used to be good at this. I wonder if our imagination-power decays as we get older....I suppose like most things, it only decays if you dont exercise it. I'm going to start drawing more from my head and blogging it.

This quick sketch however is from observation and served as a warm up for today's workload. And what a workload it was...

Been so busy these days, it's getting hard to find time to sketch, draw and paint for myself.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Free Caricatures @ Nuit Blanche & Time Out Beijing October

Attention all Nuit Blanche attendees--i will be drawing free caricatures at the 11th Annual Design Competition called Art of Fashion held at The Distillery District's Fermenting Cellar. I'm only there for the beginning portion of the event from 6PM until about 8PM. So if you're going to be at Nuit Blanche, come a little early for a free drawing. Hope to see you there!

And on a completely different note, I'd just like to say that I'm really happy to be continuing my work with Time Out Beijing from abroad. Here's a new commission for their October issue. Let me know what you all think in the comments!