Thursday, December 9, 2010

Boost high done and done!

Since I started working for Large Animal Games, I have had many opportunities to work on social games from facebook to iphones. But this one is so far the most interesting one. I was a lead artist on the project for boostup.org The game is not a social game. It's for high school students. They set up a character, and go through daily events to see if the character can graduate or not. This is a educational game so teachers can use this instead of a text book (playing game in school?! whaaaa?). I did UI design/integration, logo design, character design and asset creation. I'm so happy to hear that the game is released! woo hoo!
You can see the preview video here. You have to be a student and the teacher has to register to let you play.

Other games I worked on are...
Bumper Stars - http://bumperstars.com

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Rejected illustrations

So I've been working on invitation/ announcement cards for a company. These are some of the illustrations that got rejected. The main feedback I got was the color choices. Right now I'm studying what colors works when it's printed on a sheet of paper:)


Tuesday, November 9, 2010

doodle night

I swear I didn't try to make this one sexual. I was testing color combos and overlapping them. Oh well, I had fun with this one so it's alllll good! :)

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Recent inspiration

So you know how girls buy clothes when they get stressed right? Well, my "clothes" is art books. The more I get stressed the bigger the urge is for me to go to a book store. Something about the density of art book I love about, and I can't get enough (and every time I move, I kind of regret buying big books...) So here's my recent finds...

Charley Harper
I adore his simplified yet so detailed animals! I learn a lot from his "editing down" technique and find few shapes that defines that animal.

Gorillaz - Jamie Hewlett
I had an opportunity to sit in the first row of Gorillaz show recently and the art book I got from that show is beyond amazing. First of all, it's BIG. I can see all the strokes Jamie drew. I envy his line strokes so MUCH!
Mary Blair
I might have introduced her before but she is amazing. I imagine her work as retro american. Her choice of colors, painterly graphic shapes, and texture that's created from brush strokes is so effortless. I wish I had a chance to meet her in person.

Seasons - Blexbolex
I found this book in kids book section at Barnes and Nobles. The book immediately caught my eye because of how thick the book was. The book is filled with printmaking looking images and 1 word that describes the image. And the choice of words are so wonderful! It starts from the usual "Summer" "Watermelon" to "Happiness" "Meeting" "Accident". Some of the images hints edgy themes which I love.

Jim Flora
This guy's work reminded me of Tim Biskup. He can draw with lines and without lines which I'm struggling with right now. I learn so much from his use of limited colors and how to use lines as accents.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

What will you be for Halloween? (Boys ver)

This started as a test on limited color illustrations and getting the "appeal to kids" look back again. I have the girls version too but I'm in process of coloring those. What will you be for Halloween? ...Me? I'm not sure yet:)

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Illustration for Infamous JeanClaude!

It took a while but I finally finished illustration for Infamous JeanCkaude. We know each other since college and since then, he invited me to participate in his shows, I visited his group show and etc etc. He is very hardworking, humble, and talented guy. I was so excited when he asked me if I wanted to do art exchange. He requested me to draw him, and I requested to draw me a rabbit! Check his stuff out at http://www.facebook.com/infamousjeanclaude or http://www.liftedlab.com/ You won't be disappointed.

Sketch started like this...
And the final looks like this...

Sunday, October 3, 2010

what is this...?

So I went to Target recently. I was at kids toy/art section (because I love kids stuff so much!) just looking around. And I noticed this thing, air-dry clay. It was totally my "Ratatouille" where all the childhood memories came back. And so this weird secret project began...

Basically I'm making lots of weird shapes, dry it, over it with gesso and paint it with acrylics. I hope to get it look somewhat like Kid Robot toys.

So I have nesting doll looking things...
Line of teeth looking things...

And some weird creatures....
Most of them are already covered in gesso. Next step, paint!

Monday, September 27, 2010

coming soon + my No.1 motivator

I have been busy with my job and my personal Illustration lately. As soon as I come home, I walk our dog, eat dinner, and start working on my illustrations. ...Which sometimes is tiering. But it's good to have so much stuff to do! New ideas are finally born almost daily (phew!) so I just need time to execute them.
Since I can't share my illustrations until they are fully done and up on my official website, I wanted to share my motivator (?) Russel.

As you can see, he often sits on my lap when I'm drawing. Yep, he tries so hard to motivate me...
eh....comfy there sir?
And when he doesn't want to sit on my lap, he usually motivates me by sitting (sleeping) near my scanner aka my left side of my desk.
He is such a good motivator;) Thanks Russel!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Music is ♥

It's been a while since I last did a full Illustration. I am getting stuff ready for all the competition happening soon. This is one of them I did today.

Inspiration:



Tuesday, August 31, 2010

kind of boring to look at, but it was so much fun to make it!

Even when I don't feel like creating something, I still like to move my hands. From the paintings I did this weekend, I made some textures for my future illustrations. I have no idea when I'm going to use them but it's always good to have selections of textures in hand. I think it makes my photoshop illustrations a little more... natural and easy to look at.

mmm boreddd with just scanning textures... lets put face on itttt...

Monday, August 30, 2010

End of summer... and I got a new shelf!

Since I got a new shelf in my apartment, I decided to (finally) paint something on the little canvas I got a a year ago. The base color was already painted, so I had fin colors that matched each canvas. It was a fun mini project:) I still have 6 pink canvas to go... maybe 6 pink elephants?
Oh and my desk has so many things...

Sunday, August 22, 2010

pencil drawing

I've been experimenting like crazy. Basically I wanted to try every medium I used to love. So I did pencil drawing tonight. Conclusion: I love how delicate pencil drawing can be:)

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

ladies:)

Before going for a short summer vacation, I did quick sketches of ladies. I love drawing girls and ladies! It's so much fun thinking about what they look like, what kind of personality she has, and what outfits, makeup, hair style she has etc etc... I colored them tonight, mainly to get back into coloring with photoshop again.


Wednesday, August 11, 2010

summer summer SUMMER!

It's so HOT and humid here! And waiting for the train is the worst...! Soo... tonight's illustration looks hot and unhealthy... ha

pen and ink and photoshop

Tonight was a pen and ink experiment night. I didn't do any sketches before drawing with pen and ink so some of the lines looks too wonky. I had so much fun with pen and ink though! I like how I force myself to be looser with lines.
I picked 2 pen and ink drawings and photoshopped them. yep, I still like this process!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Wedding portrait for my friend!

This weekend I worked on an illustration for my friend. I know her since I was 5 years old. She requested to do a portrait of them for the wedding (because I couldn't fly for her wedding:(...)

So I started with sketches... (this is part of it)
And some bigger sketches...
And then final with Guache, watercolor, color pencil.
And then realized the groom's eyes were BLUE!!! So after a quick fix, this is what I came up with.
Now into the frame I picked up at Brooklyn Flea few weeks ago (I had this part planned out early enough. phew!)
Done! Now relax time:)

Thursday, August 5, 2010

New scanner!

I bought a scanner from my friend today! I'm sooo excited! I've been looking back through my sketch book to see if there's anything I can share. I found out that I LOVE drawing women from neck and up. I think face to neck in woman is one of the most beautiful parts.
And this is what I was listening to while doing the sketch/test scan illustration above.

Monday, August 2, 2010

late night sketch result

Today was very tough day for me. Nothing was bad, in fact it was a really good day. But the rain made me have a HUGE headache throughout the day. I don't know why but New York rain effects my headache so much. So all the urge to sketch went away until late night. So this is what came out from late night sketch. Notice the wobbly lines. I'm still practicing on sketching with tablet thing.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

My scanner decided to quit helping me...

My scanner I have had for more than 4 years decided to quit functioning tonight. I tried to fix it but all I got was "BEEEEEEEEEEP". le sigh. This scanner traveled from Alabama, Georgia, and to New York so I knew it was going to break soon. BUT not tonight...:(
I have no idea what kind of scanner I should replace it with. I want a scanner that can scan pencil lines well. Any recommendations?

So instead of working on sketches with pencil and paper, tonight, I practiced with tablet. NOT ideal at all and I need to get used to drawing lines with tablet more.