Tuesday, April 22, 2008

new stuff

Lately, I have been experimenting with colors. I used to use textures to put down colors but now I like the lines with colors and/or color them with flat, bold colors. I researched some screen print posters and researched the color combination I liked. Some random bookmarks for myself that I looked at is here. Also I am a huge fan of "The little Friends of Printmaking". I am still studying the color harmony and trying to match it up with the mood of the illustration. So here are some experiments...

First, the line drawing... I did about 5 thumbnail sketches and 20 doodles of just people. I'm trying to give this a happy, celebration look.

I tried to have a techno feel to this... but it ended up being really cold looking... but I like the overlapped colors.
This one I tried to add more colors, and experiment with the earthy colors and pastel colors. Still not really happy enough...?This one looks like a summer poster. I like the color combination but not used well...:(This one is the worst out of all... it's hard to see, and looks like the characters are about to fight one another. choosing colors are scary. hahaThen I decided to take out the lines to see what will happen. The result isn't too bad but I still need something. especially on the top part.In the end, I setteled with this one (below) I think it's a good limited palette, enough white, and doesn't look too crowded.
I love love love colors so I never want to give up, but sometimes it takes time to get to the "right" color combination. I thank Photoshop for speeding up this process:)

Wednesday, April 9, 2008


Today I found out 3 of my pieces I did in College is going to be in the Illustrious catalogue. This was one of my goal since I saw Aya Kakeda's illustration in this catalogue 4 years ago. So I am very happy and excited about this! Other student's work looks amazing and I am so happy to have gone to school with them. Oh and by the way, I admire Aya Kakeda's illustration sooooo much! I interviewed her before and she was a very nice and easy-going person:)

Friday, April 4, 2008

painting on wood

Since I have been doing so much digital work, I wanted to get away from it for a little bit. I found some wood over the spring break and started painting. It is challenging that I have to mix colors to get the color I want. Sometimes I spend about 30 minutes just mixing colors. But I have so much fun looking at the wood grains and see what I can do with it. I have created 3 paintings so far, and I am not as satisfied as the digital work, but I am having so much fun with it so in the end, I am happy! I don't know what I am going to do with these paintings but if someone wants to buy it, I am more than happy to send it to a new home:)