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.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Russel: my idol!

I draw animals a lot. I am obsessed with rabbits (as you may know from my logo and other doodles) so I draw them the most. But lately I've been doodling my dog Russel into sketches. He is goofy, a sweetheart, and always ready to be drawn. I hope to do more of Russel doodles and include them into final illustrations.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Post it project

I got an review from 3x3 magazine's art director recently, and he said my work needs more "ME" in it. Especially the ones on my website. And he is totally right. It always always ALWAYS helps to get a honest review. So using the post its, I started doodling, trying to focus on what I like to see.

It definitely helps to just doodle in fast pace. I'm still searching for what's me, but I think I'm getting somewhere. I need to test it by making a final illustration.

On the completely unrelated note, Russel likes to sit on my laptop at night. He uses it to look out the window. haha

Monday, July 19, 2010

PostIts and prep for new illustration(s)

I went to a show opening night few weeks ago at Giant Robot. The show was structured like this. All the talented artist had the opportunity to draw/paint/collage on PostIts to be sold at the show. The wall was like a live animal, so organic. Since there was a lot of buyers, it was so important for me to capture the moment. So the wall looked like this... (see photo below)
Then I got inspired by drawing on a PostIt. There's size and color restrictions and I wanted to know how much I enjoy it. It turns out, I like A LOT. I only had 5 minutes to doodle, and I got this much! (see photo below)
I think I'm going to continue with 5 minute doodling everyday. It should be fun.

After doodling on PostIts, I started working on new illustration for self promo. Since I have about 5 sketch books (2 to carry around, 3 to do thumbnails, sketches and color comp) my desk is always filled with books and materials. I'm 90% done with sketches. Color comp tomorrow:)

Thursday, July 15, 2010

test test on my imac!

Tonight I messed around with performance for Photoshop on my imac. It's been getting slow, especially when using effects. I don't have a clear solution yet so if anyone has any performance tips, I would love to know! I think it gets bad when applying color or inner glow.

Oh and I used this doodle chick to test. nothing exciting but still...:)

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Nuts and Bolts ends!

I'm a little late on posting this but I basically had so much fun at the Nuts and Bolts conference! I was one of the quiet person at the conference (which I'm not too proud of) but at the end, everyone was so nice and kind to me. As I got more comfortable, I got to talk with wonderful people at the conference, and also amazing speakers! I was mostly so surprised how all the speakers were so humble and genuinely nice. I am motivated than ever was, ready to go out and promote myself! I also gained huge confidence in what I do as an artist for my game company. My worries have disappeared. Now I'm ready. Thank you thank you thank you to 3x3 magazine staff!

Friday, July 9, 2010

Nuts and Bolts conference in NY

I had a rare opportunity to attend the 1st Nuts and Bolts conference by 3x3 magazine today. I will be attending tomorrow as well but so far the experience has been fantastic! I felt a little uncomfortable knowing everyone in the room was probably students or people who just graduated. But all the speakers were great and inspiring. Also I got to meet Mr. Marshall Ariesman! He has been one of my idol since my professor at SCAD talked about him. His obsession with analyzing himself and putting himself in his art is just mind blowing! I'm looking forward to tomorrow!