Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year!

Since it's already 2012 in Japan, I'm going to go ahead and saaaay HAPPY NEW YEAR! I hope everyone's 2012 is fantastic and filled with happiness:)

Doodle while cleaning the apartment

I cleaned the apartment before 2012. I got bored at it so here's some doodles I did from the magazines I threw away. Now back to more cleaning...

Monday, November 28, 2011

Friday, November 25, 2011

Life drawing from SOI

Another life drawing night at SOI. This time I definitely focused on the figure's shape, in a stylized way. I know I wrote this before but I really appreciate life drawing now than when I was in college. 

Totem pole - storyboard

Started storyboarding for the totem pole idea. This is the general direction we talked about:)

Sample totem pole animation

So based on last Totem Pole post, I did a sample animation:) Just something to set the tone, and just for fun. I think this is kind of too cute but I had fun.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Totem pole - Night and Day Illustration

I just finished 2 Illustrations of totem pole Illustration. It's for a new project I am working on with my husband and etc. I wanted to get the look & feel down and the tone of this project right. I'll probably simplify a LOT but I think as an Illustration, I love this level of detail. Actually, I used 3pt pen this time. I wonder how much detail I can get in with 1pt? Would it get lost?

Final Illustrations 

And some process. I started out with quick research (meaning google "totem pole"), and from the reference images, I did TONS of totem pole sketches. I probably did about half a day just coming up with new shape, overall silhouette, faces. More and more I explored, I realized how much "simple" works better to make the thing look like a pole. It's also easier to focus the attention to the details when the silhouette is simple. 
Once I was happy with the shape & face, I lightbox-ed the sketch twice, get the right proportions, and moved onto inking. Then quick color sketch. I learned this process in college and I still think it's the fastest way for me to get to the end product. THe right amount of planning makes the Illustration loose but controlled:)

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

My Halloween costume was...

So yea, I was my own Sim from Sims Social. I work for a social games company so it was kind of a natural choice. And I didn't have much time preparing costumes this year. I hope everyone had a great Halloween!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Happy Halloween 2011!

Happy (early) Halloween! What are you going to be? Halloween is my favorite holiday because I can be anything for the night and wonder around the city haha. Unfortunately I planned late this year so my costume is kinda lame. I will post it later:) The illustration I did tonight is what I wanted to be. Yes, a zombie Pan AM girl. I am a big fan of the show PAN AM and Walking Dead. Well, my husband was into Walking Dead last season, and he also showed me the comics. So this season I'm starting to get into it. With PAN AM, I just love that uniform and all the clothes they wear. And I started to get into the story as well. Kind of my dream life to be honest, I LOVE traveling! Anyways, I couldn't decide on drawing one thing, so I decided to combine them. Kinda weird? Well, Happy Halloweeeen!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Project Day at my office: 6 Illustrations in 24 hours! (well, 9 hours to be exact...)

My office had a project day. It's basically a day to do whatever you want to do but in 24 hours. I collaborated with one of my co-workers and she did a poem about the teams in the office as animals. And I decided to represent each team as animals. My challenge was to complete as many illustrations as I can and improve the work flow. It took me about 9 hours total to finish 6 illustrations so I'm pretty happy with it:) So here's the process.

After some research, interview people in the office, I started out with thumbnails.

Then did some sketches from the thumbnails we picked.
Tightened up the lines...
Did quick color research to get a sense of what kind of tone I wanted these series to be.
Did quick color comp.

Aaaand the end results looks like this:

Monday, October 17, 2011

sketch before sleep & comic con NYC

Quick sketch before going to bed. I would like to do some final stuff with these.

I went to comic con NYC for the first time. It was kind of overwhelming but overall good energy. I loved seeing american & anime comics. Both were interesting in different ways and I loved seeing all the creativity and passion.

Below are the photos of nothing related to artists I saw. But something I love. haha

Friday, October 14, 2011

In progress sketch

In progress stuff. I couldn't finish coloring it tonight because I'm so tired..... more to come tomorrow:)

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Sketch and a snapshot of stuff above my desk

Tonight's sketch came out something like this. Hmmmmm?
Also a quick snapshot of stuff above my desk. It's filled with stuff I adore.
Yes I love ironman, Aya Kakeda, toy story (Buzz to be exact) Munny, Fafi. oh and MAC wonder woman eye makeup is soooo awesome!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

sketches - does it look 3D-ish?

Getting the illustration grooooove back. Tonight's sketch is these...
I hope the image above looks somewhat 3D-ish. I was watching Brain Games on National Geographic channel this weekend and was fascinated by how human brain works. Nerdy fun!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

SOI sketch night!

My co-worker introduced me to SOI sketch night and I was finally able to go. It's happening every Tuesdays and Thursdays with live music. There was two models to sketch when I went there. It was a relaxed and fun experience! Below are the sketches.

Left side: In college I hated how I couldn't draw anything other than the model. Well, now I'm out of the college, this is what I draw.
Right side: This was more of a life-drawing of the music.

I usually prefer drawing women figure. I think it's because of the hips.

With the male model, I kept seeing him as a frog. Not sure why... so here's the Before and After. haha.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Guess what... I'm back and I'm married!

I got married! Yep, I was away from the blog for a while because of my wedding. We decided to DIY as much as we can (which took a lot of time... but it was worth it!) We rented a rustic B&B for the weekend which was also the place for the ceremony & the reception. Orange, yellow and hint of blue was the wedding color. My husband and I are duck and a lion (inside joke;)) and our dog Russel was carried our ring down the aisle. Ceremony & reception was held on a big grassy yard, and we were so lucky to have a non rainy wedding (phew!) We had antique apple cider maker, photobooth, guests book with MUNNY, and lots more little clues of us, games and ect spread throughout the reception area.

Thank you so so so much for everyone that came out! You guys are sooooo sweet! And to all the people we couldn't invite, we are so sorry! Join us when we have a 10th anniversary party?;)

Below are some of illustrations/DIY things we made. Fan, sign, star wands, cake topper, table number, dog bow tie, photobooth props were made by us!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Raining day makes these kind of illustrations

It was raining all day today. Which made me do some wedding work, an illustration for Matilda, and also spear time to do something personal. Here's what I ended up with.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Illustration for Matilda

I just finished an illustration for my dear friend's new baby. Matilda is her name (which is super duper cute!) and her mother loves giraffe and butterfly. So with that, this is what I came up with:) I would love to meet her soon! But until then, I hope you like the illustration, welcome to the world Matilda!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Awesome Illustration from Daehan!

Daehan emailed me this the other day. I saw her sketches and line work and I loved the illustration! And the final illustration looks great! I love her use of colors, how it has a glow to it. And the girl is super cute/flirty!

I thought I brag about this awesome gift here;)
You can see more of her work here.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Guache sketches

I forgot how much I LOVE guache:) I need to do more sketches like this!

Little figurine making

I've been making little figurines. I'm not sure where this is going but it's soooo relaxing when I make this:)