Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Eve of new year

Wow, the year has gone by so fast...

I still haven't gotten my resolution figured out, though. Too much to think about. Still pretty uncertain about my future, but I have to hold on to my faith. This year has to be the year something starts happening in my favor.

Anyway some update to my piece. Did some detail work.

Coming along nice, I think. I could still do some work on the monster.

TBC. C U next year, in about 3 hours...

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Christmas woes and more WIP

Well this Christmas was pretty interesting.

My sis and bro-n-law had come down from Norcal for the wknd and on Thurs (Christmas) there was a big family gathering that included my aunt and uncle with their Chinese friends. Well they decided to have the dinner at some Chinese restaurant in Monterey Park, and let's just say, if I ever went to China I think I prefer to eat at McDonalds. @_@
After Christmas we spent all day up at Cabazon and two big fat buffet meals at the Morongo and later to Pechanga. Came back with sick stomach and sour mood after having blown off big fat dough on the damn slot machines.
As if I didn't learn from the previous night Saturday we go out to Fogo de Chao, the infamous Brazilian BBQ joint in Beverly Hills. Having not eaten anything since breakfast I had planned to really pig out all night, only I ended up with another sick belly. Bleh...

Anyway it's finally settled down after such hectic weekend. Now I can sit down and continue my work. Some update here:

Added some textures to the tree trunks and the big lizard. Now I've bumped up the dpi and started adding the necessary details, starting with the bg. Will get more to it later.

Not sure what to look forward to in the New Year. Have to think about that. TBC...

Sunday, December 21, 2008

More work

So tonight for dinner I prepared me a casserole, Korean style: ramen, dumplings, eggs, pork bacon, chili peppers, shrimp, and mushrooms. I know that's a lot of stuff; I call it 'The Hobo Stew' because in the old days the poor didn't have lavish dishes like the rich do, they just mixed a whole mess of stuff together. I'm pretty stuffed, and I'm continuing my work. After almost two hours, I got in the base details:

Now you can kinda see the images coming together and you can see what the situation is. Still have little more to do before I bump up the dpi and put in a whole mess of details and refinements.

Currently watching "The Hulk" the old one by Ang Lee. I can kinda see why it didn't do too well; though it had some depth that the newer one didn't have. And Jennifer Connelly made a better Betty Ross than Liv Tyler, imo. No offense, I like Liv also.

TBC, again...


Spent 30 min. Got the base shapes and color down.

I'm a bit nervous moving on with the next stage: background. I've never done a forest scene before and I'm sure to have lot of hard times getting the trees and the leaves down. But as they say, never be afraid to do something new and master it. So I'll just give it a go, after a few drinks maybe. ROFL.


Thursday, December 18, 2008

New project

Started up another piece. This sketch was done in less than half an hour:

Another action-oriented piece, this time trying to incorporate some creature into the scene, which until now I have not done. I'm gathering a whole mess of ref pics for this creature, which will be modeled after a mighty Komodo Dragon. Now let's see how long this will take to

Another Koi Painting

Here's a glimpse of me at work on yet another Koi painting. I've gotten fair amount of requests for them, they seem to be popular these days. Who knew people loved them fishies!

As I can't yet afford my own studio, I must settle for an outdoor patio for my working space.

My tools of the trade. Some of the oil paints and brushes I had for more than ten years!

I'm working on the underpaints

All the underpaints are done, I have base idea of which colors goes where and such. Will be posting more progress in a while.


Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Finished Christmas Card

Merry Un-Dead Christmas!

Nuff Said

Back to old school - Oil Painting

Yes, yes I remember I said I was going to post some oil paints up here, but I kept putting it off and off get the idea. Now, finally, I am.

The first of numerous Koi paintings. I had gone down to this Japanese Garden at my former college, and they had a real nice Koi pond which I took a bunch of pictures of. Somehow I got the idea to paint out of them, and I had this old block of wood sitting in the garage, and I thought, why not give it a try. I've been working on the standard canvas most of this time, so the wood was a challenge. I was trying to go for Van Gogh-esque Post-Impressionistic style, which has always appealed to me, and you could somewhat see it in my digital paintings. I had to get custom framing for this because of the odd size of the panel, cost me nearly $400 bucks man.

This was painted way earlier before the Koi. There was a garden park near my old college which had bunch of different styles of gardens. I particularly liked this one, because it gives a sense of mystery of what could we see on the other side of this road. This was also done on wood.

Yup, after seeing my first Koi painting hanging in full glory on the wall of the family room I got couple of requests for large-scale Kois. This was if I remember correctly a 36x48 canvas. I like the vibrancy of the colors in this one. I had done another one similar but that one wasn't as good and as populated as this, and I had already sent it off before I could take pictures, so boo.

I had a bunch of paint leftover on my palette, and rather than wipe them all off with newspaper and toss it into the trash I wanted to make the most out of them. This turned out to be a speedpainting done in an hour ona 5x5 canvas, a self-portrait. I don't know why this picture came out as a portrait, and there is no picture rotate feature on this blog.

Yeah, every now and then I like to take a break away from the computer and turn to the old-fashioned way of making art. It's also better to be handy both digitally and traditionally. Now I'm working on yet another Koi painting on request, it'll be a housewarming and a late late birthday present to my sister. I'm also looking into rekindling my old love for watercolor and printmaking, and maybe even submit some stuff to local galleries. I'll keep u posted about that.


Monday, December 15, 2008

HOTD Webcomic part deux!

After much delays I finally managed to finish Part 2 of the HOTD comic. Lettering was all done in Illustrator by me. Yes, I'm a one-woman band!

Won't spoil too much of it, the full comic will soon be up on But first, man I have to hurry and finish that Christmas card.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

HOTD Christmas cont.

I hardly have time to post anything here this month. I've been pretty booked on all these projects. But at least I finally got the comic done, which will be up sometime next week.

Some update to the Christmas card:

Some more brushwork and I should be able to send this off to the editor by end of this week. whew.

Monday, December 8, 2008

HOTD Christmas

Feeling better now. I'm getting pretty busy.

I've started on a HOTD based christmas card. Hope it's a hit.

The little kid on the left is suppose to say "Santa, there's something different about you..."
Yeah, he's a zombie, kiddo!