A week ago, I had Cintiq lust and then Cintiq price bust. A hobbyist seriously cannot even.
However, this time I discovered a cost friendly alternative – the Yiynova.

Granted I’ve only been playing with it for one night, but so far:

  • Like many reviews mention, there is a huge distance between the digital cursor and the physical pen nib.
  • What bugs me the most personally is that the nib only comes in shiny plastic. I am really fond of the felty nib Wacom has.
  • However this has still been worthwhile considering purchasing it refurbished meant it cost less than a 16GB iPad. But again, I’ve only had this for a day.

OK, this aside, Wonder Woman!

Her Wildest Dreams, Watercolor, 2014.

It turns out my friends share my wildest dreams which lead to this wonderful commission. This piece is 12x12’ (The last piece I did on whim for myself was 8x8’) on thick watercolor stock paper. It’s a huge pleasure to be supported by my friends.

Added the susuwatari, chu and chibi totoro, :)

Painting process on Instagram ➡
Find me on Dribbble ➡

p.s. I’m taking the summer off to experiment with painting projects. If you like this sort of thing and want to support, I’m offering a limited edition set (maybe 5 or 10 max) of ‘Wildest Dream’ commissions for a set price of $600 for the original foot by foot watercolor. It doesn’t have to be Totoro – just your childhood dreams realized.

Email for details: bysusanlin at gmail.com

I illustrate your life goals!

Susan’s moving plane studio vs. Howl’s Moving Castle… Mine is way less cool.

But, oh, cotton candy No Face.

There is so much to catch you guys up on… Can’t stop shipping ⚓

More up to date channels:

Instagram — slice of life collage recaps.

Many state of the studio shots. Making any and all dining tables into a studio that is. Embracing nerdery wholly again. Letting myself play games and go do things that I wrongly rejected as ‘wastes of time’

I remember receiving this feedback in art school:

You’ve got the technique down, but stop wasting your time only drawing manga-style.

I still haven’t listened.

Life is short. Draw, illustrate, paint, collect, live the way you want. Responsibly, of course.

Wildest Dreams, watercolor, 2014.

You CAN even. Whenever I get creatively dysfunc, I can always rely on my neighbor Totoro to remind me why I was inspired to be creative: to immerse others in a magical world the way Totoro’s world still immerses me.

Hooray, photographs in natural light~
And a bonus process gif, since I remembered to take some photos along the way.

Also on dribbble ➡
And of course instagram ➡

Saturday morning painting session.

It’s always a pleasure to sketchnote designplus.

Thanks to all the speakers: Sushimita, Kate, and Soleio.
And hosts: First Round and Phin.

p.s. You can see all the #sketchnotes I’ve done under this tag, :)

Sketch Neo-NYC! My color profile of this city is something like this, a quick follow-up to the last post as if to purge the angst. ❤
Also on dribbble!

Sketch Neo-NYC! My color profile of this city is something like this, a quick follow-up to the last post as if to purge the angst. ❤

Also on dribbble!

Sleep on Totoro or Chewbacca?

1hr 15mins, Fire Alpaca. Look, I remembered to take process screenshots! (A screenshot of process screenshots pulled off of process blog)

May the fourth be with you.

Friday night:
Gawked at gorgeous CG concept art.
Found an app called Fire Alpaca.
Spent 40 minutes painting a tree scene.
Another episode in a severe case of I-want-to-do-all-the-stuff-in-all-the-mediums-and-can-never-commit-to-one.

Friday night:

Another episode in a severe case of I-want-to-do-all-the-stuff-in-all-the-mediums-and-can-never-commit-to-one.