Oh hai! Back when I acquired this felty pen in September, I drew this sketch in Bryan Lee O’Malley aka Scott Pilgrim style and colored it with Copics. Added extra texturing on the clothes with Watercolor Pencils.

You can see from my process I don’t bother with pencil and go straight to ink. Is there a grand reason? Well, you could say I’m just aiming to ship more things.

In the darker hours of life, seek imagination.
Let the rest go.
Make a mess.
And, maybe clean it up afterward. [Not Pictured]

Copic Marker Love

& now, I have slightly better documented versions of the pieces I worked on last long weekend.


This is based on the well known promo image for Autumn’s Concerto (下一站幸福), aka the best drama ever. (Unfortunately, I liked it so much it ruined anything I watched after it.. so lo’ and behold: high standards and more free time.)


 

Concerto-palette

And for the curious, these were the colours used in the piece.

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The instagrams which documented this magic. Much, much credit to the newly obtained copic white opaque paint. I’ve never worked with such a smooth yet opaque formula. Totally recommended. I bought mine off Amazon. (It ships prime if you have it!)

& to finish, some nicer close-ups of the 2nd piece (unfinished). Couldn’t resist adding the white sooner.

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plus bonus shots of some art on my entrance walls.


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tree paintings old gouache on paper pieces of mine.. circa 2010.
black & white prints purchased from fab.com, but I believe Melanie Greenwood’s prints are available on etsy.

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big awesome tree painting of monrovia old town alley by my former painting master, Min Li. the curious can see and buy prints here.

It’s nice to finally have art up on the walls.. which aren’t just your own (or your mum’s).

Ah, the perks of having an income (finally).

Musing on Recent Illustrations

Here are some things drawn recently, digital and analog.

Liking Illustrator after figuring out it is quite easy to adjust the pen to sense pressure sensitivy rather effectively much like Flash.

Rose-traced
Rose
Rose
Just practicing. Moved to Photoshop and quickly filled in some tones.
Leaves-notes

Here is some more nonsense in Illustrator.

Illustator-pile

The Illustrator canvas looks like this from a previous post.

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Some analog drawing.

Looking to the past now:

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Soot2

Seeing these ink+nib sketches makes me want to upgrade above the play set I have.

In between all of this action, there have been plans to start a cross-country collab blog.
& of course, everything that comes with having a fulltime job - thanks Mr. President for the day off! It’s weird, have less energy to assemble these posts than I cared to during university, especially design posts. /thinking out loud

That’s all, for now. 

Jack of Trades

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Sizable Copic collection from the glory days. The sad reality is it’s very hard to be very good at everything. Unfortunately, lots are cursed with this blessing of being supremely interested in related, but rather different, fields. (I think lots are, or at least, I am.)

There is only so much time to develop a true expertise, so choosing what to spend it on is vital. I’m writing this because for damn reason, putting things public makes me commit. So here we go: the focus is building a product. Focus on the skills which come with that. Meaning, painting, coloring, sewing, gaming, and so on so on are on the backburner.

Super old Copic original from August 2008. You can see this and more very old work (mostly cute and anime art) on my inactive, but existent, deviantart.

I miss you smelly markers, but there is only so much time left.

Attempting to unwind after a long day and (would be) trivial rude encounter.
Stones&Steel More from Design Drawing: Using the same forms, now shaded with markers (good ol’ Copics). Greys: Neutral 1, 3, 5, 7 and Warm 1, 3, 5.

Attempting to unwind after a long day and (would be) trivial rude encounter.

Stones&Steel More from Design Drawing: Using the same forms, now shaded with markers (good ol’ Copics). Greys: Neutral 1, 3, 5, 7 and Warm 1, 3, 5.

New Watercolor Pencils

A quick sketch featuring my new Rose Lake Madder watercolor pencil.

If you haven’t noticed, my paper prototype was sitting on a colored pen sketch. I uncovered a few drawings from last year which I never shared. Here is my favorite of the bunch, Set me Free. Quick sketches have a sort of distinct, alluring energy.

If you haven’t noticed, my paper prototype was sitting on a colored pen sketch. I uncovered a few drawings from last year which I never shared. Here is my favorite of the bunch, Set me Free. Quick sketches have a sort of distinct, alluring energy.