The Panel of Experts (and an update after 6 months!)

It’s been 6 months (!!!) since I’ve last posted in my blog. Been 6 months since I’ve started a new series, and 6 months for me to settle down my brain and life. But boy… is it good to get started again! I’ve been working in San Francisco since last October, and have been enjoying this new life and getting to know all the awesome people I work with. Not a moment goes by though, without me missing illustrating and jotting down ideas, all while cupping an iced mocha under the sun (summer 2010, wut?!) Slowly, I’ve been readjusting my creative workflow to fit illustrating back into my life. My illustration series are like time markers; sectioning and denoting weeks and months of my life. Without it, everything just becomes a blur. So, I’m bringing “time” back!

While flipping through some old ideas in my sketchbooks (which have, shamefully, been collecting dust), I came across an old sketch of an elephant’s head on a nude, androgynous cartoon body. I remember when I first sketched it, I thought it was a bad idea, but it is now a project I am compelled to do. I’ve been looking at animals who have interesting faces to draw, and am planning to do a total of 10 paintings for this series.

I am, so far, titling this as “The Panel of Experts”. I am an indecisive person by nature and am notorious for discussing the same issues with multiple people to get ample feedback before making any decision. I think the multiple-animal theme is somewhat a branch off of my indecisiveness and needing support from different minds. Anyway, I’m excited to be jumping back into painting again! Please look forward to the series as it unfolds :)

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Polar bear series finished!

I took these babies outside last night to spray down with some acrylic UV protective fixer. It smelled terrible but the wind from this crazy weather blew most of the fumes out of my way. I’m really excited to get these displayed at Touchstone’s Diablo Rock gym this coming November. It’s gonna be really fun to be able to show an original piece rather than prints, which is what the rest of my work will be.

In this series I think my favorite piece would be the third one, with the autumn colors for background. However, since it was my last piece, I think I also painted it much bigger than the first two. The photos don’t do this series justice since I couldn’t get the lighting right to show the metallic powder I’ve used with the watercolor. It looks really cool in person, especially with the wood texture as well.

See more of this series on my website!

Polarbear series – progress

Usually after starting a series, its rare that I can sit still and diligently finish the whole thing in a matter of days. Most of them, like this polarbear series, I begin with an invigorating air of excitement, and then… I pause for some time. This “some time” can stretch from either a couple of days or to weeks, and it makes me feel somewhat guilty knowing how I haven’t finished something I’ve started. Whether it looks amazing or not, I always congratulate myself on finishing a project; its my own little pat-on-the-back for a good show of effort.

Another week’s gone by~

This week I’ve been primarily working on the digital series RIDEMAHBIKE, but I’ve also started on a new handdrawn series as well. For Katt’s commission with giraffes, I haven’t done much except the thumbnail sketches and some detail sketches. More bike series progress to come later today!

Bears – a collab (progress)

Met up with Julie today to discuss our long-term collab project; a children’s storybook centered around a little bear. I needed to do some color sketches to visualize the stylistic direction and these are a couple of progress sketches so far. We decided that we like the hand-carved, intimate feel that the pencil and watercolor combination gives the illustrations, but I need to add more color so my palette isn’t too flat. The faint neutral palette so far is good, but no enough “umph” just yet.

Helping Hands (completed)

Finished the series! Yay~
The intention is to put them side-by-side like a triptych but I haven’t got around to scanning/reprinting/framing yet. I’m just glad to finally finish this series so I can mentally move onto my next project!

Helping Hand #3 Progress

Finally getting the urge to finish this series once and for all! I’ve actually done more and changed some things after this photo was taken but forgot to take another progress photo. When I was finishing up the pencil shading and outline, I literally did the Ctrl+S motion with my left hand… I’ve been at the computer for way too long. Tonight I’ll be putting in the gold acrylic inking and it’ll be finished!