I like the girl’s fluffy hair is like mine. Well... I think I am drawing myself there! I will make a big one soon!
People always asked: When you make picture book, does picture or word come first? For me, there were many times my characters came first. If I like them, I will find a story for them!
Is there anyone having same weirdness like me? I am right handed. When I feel my drawings are too well control, I shifted to draw with my left hand. But my weird brain only makes me write mirrored text with my left hand, naturally without thinking. So I created this video to show you how strange it is! Stay till the end for my writing please!
Stay weird and you are loved!
One more try, it is actually quite fun~ If I live 50 years ago I would do window writing for retail stores. :D
This is the completed video of my ink drawing alphabets.
Draw well, think deep. This is what I am thinking as I am drawing this. Making a piece of good art is not just make it, my brain is working actively in deed.
I sketch with 4B pencil today, love the softness and the darkness. It is a nice break from my digital painting.
So happy I found my 8B pencil in my drawer, then I made a fun sketch when a bird was singing loud by the window this morning. :)
Just a quick flip of my art I did a while ago, enjoy~ :)
If I don't feel too tired after supper at night, I like to do some sketches simply just for fun. I did not plan to sketch for a specific project, but sometime it may turn out something at the end. I think art came out naturally from inside of me just bring so much joy, and this joy will be continued to my commercial projects. This is what I sketched lately, I am eager to see if any elements may turn into something in the future~
I have decided to take the challenge from the Global Talent Search coordinated by Lilla Rogers Studio this year. To be honest to say that I am not a big fan of competition, but I think GTS is a great opportunity to give a little push to myself in this summer. It is fun to see what I would come up with among hundreds of artists from around the globe. The theme of the assignment was "Little Terrarium". I know terrarium and succulent have became popular objects these days, so there are so many great arts have been already done by talented artists. I wondered what could I be able to create through my own interpretation? From a new perspective? With a different colour palette? Is it going to be serenity or dreamy? Quirky or traditional? Is there any surprises or messages I like to deliver to the audiences through my art? I had quite a few questions to figure out before picking up my pencil to do my sketches. Don't' get me wrong, I was not nervous or confused. I was just trying to set a direction for this specific piece of art. I do not have a high expectation to be the winner, but I expected to gain a new experience in creating. I want to see my growth. It is my calling to create professional art to deliver happiness to both adults and children. Hey, I am running a happiness business! Seriously! No kidding!
I like to share my creative process below, it also helps me to recap what I have learned:
1. After I read through the detail of the theme, I took couple photos from what inspired me at home, the most easiest and nearest resources that I can find immediately: My two terrariums, plus the colour palettes from my old wooden spools collections:
2. Sat down at my desk and did LOT of sketches! I drew whatever came across my mind, different shapes of terrariums I could think of, and how it coordinates with plants, birds and letterings.
3. Then I started my hand letters. I used black ink with brush and tried to write in different styles, kept on writing until I got one looks right. I like the clouds and rain from my sketches, so I drew a nice set as well. Then I scanned them to my computer, edited by Photoshop to prepare for future use.
4. Now the fun dirty time had began! I first played around with different colour combinations on watercolour papers, it helped me to get the actual look of the background colour for my final painting. Then I tried to transfer some sketches into colours. I started with small pieces, they are only 4"x6" paintings. I just made them quick and easy. I also pulled out few old paintings from a while ago, I picked some icons that I like to use for this assignment such as the bird, the pattern on the rocks and some geometric patterns on the leaves.
After I gathered all icons, I was ready to make a large collage painting! I use acrylic paints (including my favourite neon colours), acrylic markers, oil pastel, charcoal pencil, old magazine papers and paper tapes. I also made a few rubber stamps so I could create some repeated patterns for the background.
5. I created my final assignment by the combination of different techniques: acrylic brush painting, paper cut out, stamp and digital. I found my bright colours are better well control when I finished my art in digital.
Finally I came out two collage paintings I like the most. My first attempt was in vivid red orange colour background with a single terrarium. The second attempt was in light yellow green with multiple terrariums.
When I have hard time to pick one, I will leave it for a day or two, and go back to look at them again with my fresh eyes. I also showed both to my good artist friend to get her opinion. We both agreed that we like the red background but we like the composition of the triple terrariums. She also suggested me the text changed to "Life is Awesome". I played around different text styles I did earlier and picked a more free style to go with the final art. So…. here is the one I submitted to GTS. YEAH~
I enjoyed the creative process very much for two reasons. First, I found so much fun in making mixed media art, it gave a lot more possibilities than purely digital art. I will certainly take this approach more often from now on. Second, I have learned how to set a clear direction before I started creating. Although I explored many interesting ideas from photo captures to sketches to final art, but I did not get lost during the process, my direction always brought me back to the track. At the end, what surprise me was I did not stress out myself by doing this assignment at all, I completely dived into it. This art was so ME! :-)
There are total of 999 artists participated in this event. Although I may not be selected to get into the top 50 artists in 2nd round, but what I have learned will leave great impact on me. I am so looking forward to see other submissions from my fellow artists. It is like we are writing the same book in 999 different languages! Isn't it exciting?!!!
I am proud to be one of the students of Make Art That Sells (MATS) 2014 hosted by Lilla Rogers. The first assignment is about Bolt Fabric. I have been working very hard followed by Lilla's teaching. I did lot of sketches which I may not normally do. The assignment has done and uploaded to the site today. Although it may not the greatest design but learning new things and exploring ideas were a wonderful experience. There are lot of information I received within a week, it was certainly a productive and rewarding week. Below I like to show you some of my sketches and designs from this assignment. I am developing the designs into a full collection. Stay tuned for my update! Hard work does not stop here~ :-)