Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Monday, November 15, 2010
I was walking on the street the other day. It was cold but sunny and nice. The sky was so blue. I spotted some colourful chimneys on the building across my school. All I had that day on me was the cell phone which took a crappy pic. So I decided to go back and take revenge with my tele lense. However, the weather was bad until a week later. I waited, waited, waited and finally was able to take a nice pic. Later on I developed a habit of checking the colour of chimneys wherever I see them. I haven't found any other colour chimney. Most of them are just grey or black. I wonder who had the idea of painting these?
Thursday, October 14, 2010
I went apple picking last Monday. It was Thanksgiving long weekend. Monday was the only day off I have. I was dead tired at the end of the day but had a good time. There were times I considered learning photography seriously. However, I know I would put pressure on myself to become a serious "photographer". At the end, I decided to take it easy. So this is what I got from playing with the camera settings and wandering about. Without bothering much about techniques, I'm trying to capture what I find interesting.
Thursday, October 7, 2010
It has been a while since I last posted something here. My schedule was crazy. 2 jobs and 5 classes take away even my lunch time. I no longer have time to do anything creative for fun. However, I enjoy little in class assignments such as this visual diary spread. We were told to walk around taking photos of weathered found objects. 5 best photos are picked out. Then we got create something with those photos. In this one, the photo was glued on a spread of the sketchbook-visual diary-and we continued the image in however we want. I ended up with a semi-abstract landscape (or it can be anything else). It is fun just follow the flow of creativity.
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Sunday, August 22, 2010
It was painful (maybe my sketch looks like I was having fun but I wasn't). But after 5 days, I'm actually improved a lot. It is amazing to be able to imagine how to draw/paint things in front of my eyes.
"If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it, I know I can achieve it." _Jesse Jackson
Friday, August 13, 2010
A page from my Moleskine.
Today I decided to go back to watercolor. After ruining two Arches sheets, I grabbed my sketchbook. I had no idea what I would paint, which was unusual since most of the time I choose the subject matter, stretch the paper and plan the paintings step by step carefully. So I did a few quick strokes and developed from them. 4 small paintings in total shared the theme solitude. This is my favorite. It is peaceful and adventurous at the same time.
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Monday, August 9, 2010
Leaving my Moleskine at home, I went to Blue Lavender farm with the camera. Unfortunately, it was raining in the early morning and cloudy most of the day. Hoping to quickly take some photos of the violet field before the rain, I managed to fix the camera setting to compensate the poor lighting condition. Soon I found out the blooming season was over. 12$ for the entry fee was a waste. I ended up spending most of my time outside of the farm. To my surprise, I discovered plenty of interesting things to photograph. It was great walking in a peaceful countryside feeling the fresh air against my face.
Monday, August 2, 2010
When I finished The Adventure of Big Claw, I was so terrified by the intensity of the workload that I wouldn't want to do anything like that again. But I knew I'll eventually go back and develop the mixed media more since I haven't considered my technique refined enough.
I love the vibrant yet dreamy colors, and especially satisfied with the flexibility of the media. It mixes well with either wet or dry media traditionally and digitally. There are a few disadvantages working with detailed illustrations but in overall, I'm happy with it.
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Another experiment with wood.
It took me 5 hours to finish this 4"x4" illustration. I didn't glue the wood cubes together when I was working on it. A few pieces fell out by accident. I had a hard time putting them back together. I thought I was good with puzzle (at least with the one I created) but apparently I'm not.
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
This illustration is inspired by a conversation with a friend who really likes owls. The piece also reminds me of a teacher's joke. She told me to go carve my business card out of wood. Maybe I'll try it soon.