Sunday, December 27, 2009

Warm Wishes

I hope you all are enjoying your holidays! =]

Sunday, December 13, 2009


The side of Humpty Dumpty we never knew...

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Tree House "Final" pass

Yay! Overall, I am pleased with how they turned out.

When I have time, I want to add more polish but, for now, here they are.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Sargent Master Copy

John Singer Sargent master copy "Alice Vanderbilt Shepard"

Friday, October 16, 2009

Tree House (WIP)

My first pass on my tree house.
If you would be so kind, crit please.

Thursday, September 17, 2009


I've been spending a lot of time at the library lately. While I love the vast supply of books, I can't really stand "old book smell"- too much of it and I physically get sick (nausea). Anyways, here's a sketch I did there a year ago.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Hayao Miyazaki

(deep in thought, his signature guttural groan)

On Saturday evening at Berkeley, there was a conversation/ interview with animation legend Hayao Miyazaki in the flesh.
Just being in the same room with Miyazaki-san was inspiring enough. The whole time he maintained a great sense of humor.

I sat six rows down from center section, which given the size of the auditorium was a pretty good seat. The girl who sat next to me had flown all the way from Fullerton for this. We were both joking about how horrible it'd be if some tall person obstructed the view. Of course as it turned out, this GIANT sat right in front of her.
Awww (but fortunately with some awkward angling of the head, she saw the stage just fine)

Ohh... a night to remember

Tuesday, July 21, 2009


What?! It's been over a month since I last updated?! How did that happen?!! Ugh I'm so ashamed... I won't let that happen again.

But (I think) I've been productive.

(Self explanatory I hope)

Backside to an envelope. Quick drawing.

And here's part of the a project I did last semester. They're mini bras made from pink ribbon and the "coat hangers" I made just last week from paper clips. Cute right? Hehe.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

[old] Random Doodle

I like to draw odd faces when I'm bored. (Like most artists) I have tons doodles floating around on random bits of paper, napkins, notebooks, and in this case my sketchbook.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Holding hands

"Time is just something that we assign. You know, past, present, it's just all arbitrary. Most Native Americans, they don't think of time as linear; in time, out of time, I never have enough time, circular time, the Stevens wheel. All moments are happening all the time."
-R. Green and M. Burgess,
Northern Exposure, Hello, I Love You, 1994

For this collage, I clipped out images of watches and pasted each down as I found them. Each new watch connected hands with the previous until there were enough to reach all the way around.
The challenge was I could not predict the next piece, i.e. the directions of the watch's hands nor could I manipulate them to connect.


"Our responsibility is much greater than we might have supposed, because it involves all mankind" - Jean-Paul Sartre

Friday, June 12, 2009

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Stuck in a Rut

Sketch, Persephone.
Done for Illustration Friday: Adapt

I've been having the worst artist's block. I know I shouldn't knock my own work, but lately I just haven't made anything worth looking at. ugh. I'm trying to get through it...

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Just Experimenting

Kind of interesting looking

Friday, May 29, 2009

A Little Less than Happy...

The previous and above posts were done during finals time, if that helps put them in context.

I've found that a self-portrait isn't a depiction of how you look so much as it is how you feel.


"Let them think what they liked, but I didn't mean to drown myself. I meant to swim until I sank- but that's not the same thing"
-Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Let the Summer Begin

School has been absolutely exhausting, but it's over. And about time too, I was so fatigued. My head was aching and my body had the chills all over. I generally don't get sick, so I was feeling pretty awful which... didn't exactly help me focus on exams. I'm still recovering two days later.

Despite the astronomical load of work I've had to do, I still managed to find some time to sketch (though I wish I could say the same about sleep).

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Watch out for...

To a certain degree everyone has these thought tendencies but I believe we, as artists, are more susceptible to distorted thinking. Severe cases will fester unhealthy mentality about one's work and self. While it's one thing to be your own worst critic, it's another to be a self-condescending dictator. Be mindful, recognize these thinking patterns, and aim for something more realistic, but most of all don't forget to be kind to yourself.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

I'm digging the new Coldplay music video. haha. so cute.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Elegant Lettering

Isn't this super pretty? Well thanks! I think so too!

But unfortunately it's not my work. Oh poo.

A gift from a friendly Parisian. ^^

Wednesday, April 8, 2009


Figure drawings from the past few sessions. We have this new model who's just fantastic. I love it when the pose can just draw itself :)

Friday, March 20, 2009

Help! the arts in public schools!

(It could be the because of the lighting but that "crayon" is actually assembled with a tapioca straw, green construction paper and black marker)

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Our Lady

Re-posting seems like I'm "cheating" or something to that similar effect. Hm. Well it was originally here and as a submission for Illustration Friday, I didn't really want to edit or rearrange that old post. So here, it's special enough to have its own post now.
(Although it's been many months, this Notre Dame drawing still stands to be the best architectural piece I've done since.)

Oh Paris... I miss you :(

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Saturday, March 7, 2009

NEW figure drawings

Last semester I was studying and practicing a lot of figure drawing and saw improvement each week. It was awesome. Here's where I currently am this semester:

Friday, March 6, 2009

More Old Stuff

I remember being really tired when doing this one ^

The sun was blazing in my eyes and my feet hurt from walking so much... ^

From top to bottom is my parents' kitchen, Alacatraz as viewed from Fisherman's Wharf, and the Dutch Windmill by Ocean Beach.
The Dutch Windmill day was kind of strange. heh, in a good way. I walked there from my house (in my head it seemed a lot closer). I then started to chat with this old man sitting next to me and told me about the newly wed couple taking pictures by the windmill. And not like he was proposing but of out curiosity, asked if I was married... heh well can't say I've ever been asked that before.

Afterwards I was sketching and this woman sat besides me. Again I found myself chatting. She was an artist too and... a tarot card reader too. Naturally I asked, and she said sure (still had to pay though. darn it!) She asked me to think up a question in my head. At first I thought about my future career/ success but ultimately thought something else. Despite that, a lot of the cards ended up being about money. hmm sounds like a good thing. :)

Then Nelson, Chris, and Priscilla showed up to sketch also. How kooky! :P

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Two Sketchbooks Ago...II

Sometimes I don't think I know what I'm doing. My head feels like a pretzel.

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Two Sketchbooks Ago...

Two sketch books ago was last summer, during and after the month long stay in France. Looking at the them I saw my enthusiasm and growth. I don't know why I hadn't used some of my pages for my portfolio earlier, but I'm getting on it. Here's a sneak preview: This is an artisan bread maker in action by Pier 39. He was working behind a large panel of glass so tourists could watch him roll out dough bears, dough crabs, dough alligators, etc. There was even a button and speaker people could press to talk the baker. It was pretty cool to watch (and sketch). But with so many people around, a couple of them brought attention to the baker I was drawing him... I (reluctantly) showed him the sketch. And I don't think he liked it. hahaha. Yes I exaggerated the nose but he, as well as a not-so-quiet tourist, didn't find that to be particularly appealing.
Ugh there's just too much pressure in showing portraits to the persons I draw. If I know they're going to see it, I feel like I have to capture likeness and flattery. Then I end up not being able to draw them at all. I don't want people to not like it.
I'm sure I'm not the only one who feels this way.

Sunday, February 15, 2009


So Valentine's Day was yesterday (i.e. a little more than two hours ago). My dad told me there was a poor selection of cards this year sooooo he asked yours truly to make one for mumsie dearest instead. Being the day of, I didn't have a lot of time (like I ever do) but today especially since I had to submit my paper to my online class at something o'clock. Fortunately the card didn't take as long as usual and I'm relatively satisfied with how it came out. My mom is too =)
(and pardon the poor quality, I don't have my scanner here)

Hm the inside looks like it needs another heart or two... nugh oh well I'll let it go. hah

Saturday, January 31, 2009

So the list of recipients for "The Annies" has been put up:

(Wow. Major congrats to the Kung Fu Panda crew)

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Self Portraits

To be quite honest, I generally dislike doing self portraits. I'll still do them if the only willing available face is just that of my reflection's.
The first one I did here started out representational but towards the end of it I got bored so I decided to reek havoc- cue the pen scribble a.k.a. (semi)blind contour. I kind of liked the product and wanted to play around even more. The following four pieces were born as I alternated between blind and semi-blind contour. I hope it's obvious but I really had a lot of fun doing these.

They're all kind of fine artsy looking don't cha think?