Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Bunny's talking device

Bunny made a brilliant pair of talking devices for communicating. Except it might not work so well due to User Errors.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Trees outside my window

Hello oh lalala everybody (tossing rose petals)~

So my mom didn't buy the excuse that I need to pack and relax, mom said I can relax when I go back home . So I painted again, but only from what I saw outside my window (I'm very insisting on the easy and relaxing bit, I'll be damned if I have to drive all the way out to some place to paint and endure the bitter coldness and burdened bladder for hours).

Something happened to me last night while I was sleeping that I must take note. I came to realize that sometimes while I'm sleeping, I unconsciously scratch myself on the face or shoulders. Last night I half woke up finding my left index finger wondering aimlessly around my nose, it seemed to me that it was hoping to pick my nose but lacking the muscle strength and precision to achieve a satisfactory result. Therefore I decided to help it along but unfortunately the finger failed miserably and ended up jabbing the side of my nose in a rude manner. That woke me up completely. I didn't know who to blame and was peeved for the next few minutes until I fell asleep again. That's all I wanted to share.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Globe and Music Box Render

Oh Lalala Hello Everybody~ (as if the whole world is reading this blog. When in fact my most faithful reader is my mom .)

Speaking of my mom, my mom is a retired high school art teacher, and my dad has been a professor of interior design for over a decade now. Here they are again:

BUT! Do not be fooled by their gentle and non-threatening appearance, because in fact, they are a pair Art Police.

People might be wondering why I post once a week. (actually nobody noticed) But the reason why I post once a week is because I call my mom once a week, and if she didn't see a new post on this blog every week I would be "reminded" that I should doing something about it. And then the phone would be passed on to my dad who never fails to deliver his standard 5 minute monologue about 'sketch everyday of everything', 'I've been at this for several decades I know what I'm talking about', and finally 'If I wasn't so tired with full-time teaching everyday I would totally sketch all the time'.

But I digress.

This week I finished two renders that I've been working on for the last three weeks. If you want to see them animated then go here.

(I was seriously considering saving the second render for next week's post, cause I have a feeling I probably would be too lazy to make any more stuff.) I'd be too busy packing for my trip going home to see my family. That sounds like a totally legitimate excuse!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Small Cabinet

Bunny was asked to sit in this really small file cabinet, but it just doesn't fit as bunny tried to shove in its behind fruitlessly. The labored afford had caused a racket and Turtle granted it a disapproving look.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

A weekend in Sonoma

Ola everybody.

Some people, like me, gets lazy sometimes

you know
and I haven't been painting for awhile

I guess you can tell

Monday, November 1, 2010

Oh yeah my new website is done

The link is here.
Updating my website made me realize how much I sucked I mean how much I've improved over the years.... Better take those crappy drawings down quickly before anyone else sees them. Hmm, that means five years later I'm gonna look back at this and feel equally embarrassed. But hopefully I'll be fabulously famous by then and anyone who says otherwise will get a "off with their heads!" Muahahaha ... .ha.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Old Record Player Render

I spend two weeks on this gramophone, the model was bought online but it was way too high poly and I ended up rebuilding half of it. It is fun to make Asian style art, I'll see if I can do more of it.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Face Render

I found this face model on Modo's inventory so I used it. It wasn't very good looking and I had to adjust it a lot, especially the ears. I tried my best to make the skin look decent using Modo's shader system, in theory there should be more layers and the shader should be more complicated. But considering I'm doing this at home with nobody to help me figuring stuff out and I had instant noodles for lunch today cause I had no time to make better lunch this is good enough.

One night I was scrutinizing over the render and trying to see what should be fixed next, I was suddenly afraid that the eyes would open up and look back at me. But that wouldn't happen because 1. it's silly and 2. I didn't make any eyeballs for it, so there's nothing behind those eyelids! (Somehow that sounds even more scary.)

Friday, October 1, 2010

Miniature French Chair Render

I bought the model on-line and tweaked it quite a bit, and redid all the UVs cause it was unusable. Texturing this one is pretty fun. I still need to learn more about Modo's rendering tricks, but it's not too difficult to handle.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Photoreal Render

I'm working on some photoreal texture work.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Tuesday Gesture Drawing & Long Pose

That model doesn't really have that much of a pony tail, I just saw him as a top Arabic assassin, and he whips his hair tail to wrap around people's neck and rips it off! Right now he's pondering on his next move, because he had doubts whether his opponent really deserves to be dead.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Tuesday Gesture and Long Pose

This gesture class we were told to concentrate on bring out the story side of the poses, think about what are the models doing first, and the drawing must communicate that successfully. I also got some corrections from the instructor, which made the drawing made much more sense.

The long pose model has a face that belongs on a dollar bill, I'm sure one of them Kennedys or Roosevelts looks just like that. I suggested to him that he can have career being politicians' double; good money, though they tend to get assassinated.

Saturday, September 4, 2010


I'm always on the look out for good looking trees these days, I found a couple in Bend, Oregon this week while vacationing there. There are mostly pines and junipers up there, not too interesting shape-wise, and sometimes there's a good one but it's well concealed, so it's hard to find the perfect one in a visually pleasing setting.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Tuesday Gesture Drawing & Long Pose

This nice looking black girl is back for a two week pose, yay. She's very interesting to draw.

On another note, I have several nemesis in my life, one of them is the revolving door. I have not yet successfully passed through one without making a fool of myself. It happened again today :-(.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Tuesday Gesture Drawing & Long Pose

I sort of drew the model as if there were a wheel of stinky cheese under her nose hahaha.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Tuesday Gesture Drawing & Long Pose

Today's gesture drawing pasted by really fast, I didn't feel like it was an hour and half at all. All I remember was I didn't have enough time to finish my sketch again and again, and then the time was up.
It was a two week pose for the long pose session, I thought I try watercolor and ink today on the same model.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Tuesday Night Long Pose

I only caught the end of gestures at noon due to meetings, so not much to show there. I'm studying how other story artists do their gestures and hopefully rub off on some of their greatness someday.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Tuesday Gesture Drawing

I only went to gestures this week, I was going to do long pose but I have to work late. Really late. but I'll take working late over no work.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Tuesday Gesture and Long Pose

I was advised that I should not use watercolor for gesture, it's hard to change and can't do much details. I guess I was hoping to do some quick shading as well with the watercolor brush but seeing the lighting set up does not favor shading, I might as well draw with pen next time.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Bunny swims in shallow pool

Bunny enjoys having a blast in very shallow pools, the kind that your tummy touches the ground when you float horizontally. This pools happens to have a bit of snakes in it. They are harmless though, and very statuesque.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Tuesday Gesture Drawing & Long Pose

I did both gesture and long pose on tuesday in our newly finished art room. It was very tiring doing both, and a very long day. I had trouble with the model's face, probably was because of out of practice for a month.

Monday, June 28, 2010

What lies ahead

It's a cliff if you can't tell from my crappy rendering. I really should do more live sketches of cliffs before I draw imaginary cliffs. There's more to the story later I just got tired shading all this.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Tuesday Gesture Drawing

There won't be tuesday night long pose for four weeks, but Gesture Drawing session at noon is still going for a bit so I checked it out. It's been ages since I did gestures, I was never very confident with it, especially with a pencil. So today I tried using brush strokes hoping the mess would blur the apparent lack of good lines... We did a bunch of 1 minutes poses and a bunch of 3 minute poses. I was completely exhausted at the end of it because it was so fast and tense.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Tuesday Night Long Pose

This is a two-week pose, so I'll be finishing the bottom half next week, taking my sweet time shading things. I already tried to draw as small as it can fit in my scanner, and it still doesn't fit!
I realized while looking at this that I have a slight proportion issue. Gotta get it right before I start shading next time.

Monday, May 31, 2010

Lake Chabot Park

A very long hike at Lake Chabot Park legs....

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Tuesday Night Long Pose

I bought better tools this week. A charcoal pencil PITMO B and a jar of graphite powder which came just in time for this week's sketch. It would have taken me more than 3 hours if I draw this with pencil, powder is the way to go for big coverages. And the combo of charcoal pencil and powder leave my fingers relatively clean, I no longer have to leave a sketch session looking like a Dickensian coal mine worker.