Saturday, December 15, 2007

Traditional Media!! Oh Dear!

Well, greener pasture here I come.... I deeply felt the lack of traditional color training is starting to eating in my conscience, so I gathered enough courage to went out and bought watercolor. (And then figured out I need to gather a lot more money to keep buying them.) I choose watercolor cause no one so far had told me how they bring the wet oil painting home from their painting spot, and I figured watercolor drys faster. But man, it is HARD. These two small paintings I did in complete panic. Now I'm starting from the beginning, from getting to know m colors first. I mixed them with white and with each other and indeed I learned something new.

This is a road of no return (since I spent so much), I can only hope that after thousands of studies, that I can begin to get the hang of it.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Stuffed Giraffe

This is the state of my mind these days, haven't decide whether I should move on to something else. Maybe I'll move on to a greener pasture.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Lighting study

Painting light from imagination is a pretty daunting task, especially for people like me who didn't have much real time outdoor practice. Maybe one day I will strike up the courage to paint outside, away from photoshop, away from undos....or I can just wait for digital canvas and a wacom brush.

Sunday, September 30, 2007

What I wish to see

Oh man! I'm now at a stage where I have some ideas for making art but I don't have the necessary skills to pull it off. I wish my tool box of paint and brushes hadn't been stolen during my last year of the university, then maybe I would have kept painting instead of going completely digital.... (guilt trip for you, paint-stealing thief!) I would really like to learn how Kim Cogan did his wet road surfaces with those beautiful effortless strokes. Is it possible to practice and learn that kind of skill digitally?? (Meaning: Is it possible to be an excellent painter and still keep my pants clean??) If not, I'd better go buy a new set of paint!

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Fishy on my mind

I dreamed that there are black goldfishes swimming around me in air.
Black goldfish are the most fantasy-like animals that are cheapest to own. But I never bought them before and probably never will. Digital images of any living organisms outlast any real ones anytime.

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Page Padding!

The first picture is a texture study, I tried to paint a leaf without bump or specular, just straight diffuse.

The second picture is a practice I did after reading Dice Tsutsumi's apple tutorial here.
The onion kept telling me that he's embarrassed to be put together with the apple, since I only had an web reference (on an odd perspective and camera flash) for him, nothing fancy like the tutorial that apple had. He stopped talking to me altogether now since three weeks ago he found out that I actually prefers shallots.

The third picture is the first painting I did in my life that is not a study, a practice, or an assignment. It is an actual a-r-t, with a concept and idea and feeling and stuff. Inspired by my good friend and ex-boss Simon, (who didn't want to be called Cass anymore), who drilled the idea of art into my head.

Suburban Cheetah

I have this wonderful sunset color out side of my apartment, and I've been wanting to paint it for a while. I'm not sure about the cheetah, it kinda blurred the focal point, but I don't know what else to put there.

Monday, July 30, 2007

Hello, world!

Hi, first posts are always painful, let's get it over with so I can get to the real post. That's me smiling at you.