Saturday, November 2, 2013

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Claire Wendling Studies

Relaxing with some tigers and Netflix. The two on the left are studies of Claire Wendling's drawings from drawers 2.0, while the one on the right was from my head. The stripes on that one are more disjointed on that one :P Still got a lot to learn about tiger anatomy. Placing the stripes on tigers always confused me the most.

also, this pen is amazeballs. the packaging is even more amazeballs

Thursday, October 17, 2013

This week! In 114...

I'm not sure why some of them are turning out grey. They look fine on my desktop :l but anywho

AND THEN HELLO A BRIGHTER ONE. Blogger must have a thing for long poses.

I feel like I caricature women a lot more than I do with men. Perhaps it's the muscles?
These next few were technique experiments, so the values are a bit wonky. Still, I learned a lot from this, but I tried doing it again last night and I'm not sure how I did it anymore ಠ_ಠ welp

These next few are from SJSU's Listening Hour. We got to listen to some beautiful singers and I liked looking at their attire.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Friday, September 6, 2013

Bye, Santa Cruz!

A sketch I did this morning. Beautiful day, especially with the boardwalk mellowed out.

People at the zoo + Sampler Plate

Some more stuff from the land of 114:

In Walt Stanchfield's notes, he described a situation in which he assigned students to draw a person using an umbrella. Many of them forgot to draw the umbrella. I thought that was extremely relevant to this assignment because at face value, people at the zoo are just standing around looking at the animals, but I think illustrating the contact to the animals would be the most effective when drawing "people at the zoo." What else can they be doing besides just look at the animals? What kind of relationship can they develop with them, even just for a few seconds like the boy with the lemur? What relationships do we build with each other while going to communal places like these?

I then thought of what kind of relationships the zookeepers would have with them.

Naturally we are all curious about the animals there. What would happen when zoo-goers push their curiosity a little too far?

We were also assigned to do 25 animal gestures and sample them in order to find which one to study:


Some coatimundis for warmups. These little guys are sooo cute!

Some giraffes and elephants. I felt like I had a lot of resonance with the elephants because they had a lot of visible shapes to play with.

Some burrrrds and a burd lady at the lorikeet exhibit

The biggest challenge were the cats. I was only able to get one tiger clearly since they were lumbering around on the other side of the exhibit, but I might be choosing them as my animal because of the challenge.

What the original scan looks like, lol

more to comeee

Thursday, August 29, 2013


For 114. There are two more pages but these four are my favorite. These are drawn from life but I tried to be inventive with the storytelling. While doing this I've discovered how funny and quirky people's mannerisms can be, no matter how subtle.

Fun fact: That arrest actually happened. An ice cream man was arrested shortly after

Thursday, August 15, 2013

poopy pants

I can't help but feel like a pretentious douchebag when I wear them but I also feel like a pokemon so that's cool i gUESS

I danced around the house lookin like a damn fool and it felt grrrrrrrrrrreat

male study

off of reference. Was going to full on paint but felt keen on the colors

Friday, August 9, 2013

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Summer sketches

Summer's almost ending so here's a bit of what I was doing in my spare time. This has got to be one of the most productive summers yet. I feel like I learned a lot about myself and I'm grateful to be busy with such creatively enriching projects! Definitely going to take advantage of my summers from now on.

I got a little 6 x 6 and people always ask me if I cut it in half. Nope, I bought it like that :P I liked the size of it and felt like I achieved a lot more with it due to the small paper size. It's also a lot easier to carry around when you want to do a spontaneous on-location sketch.

I've dropped this thing in countless bodies of water so excuse the warping on the pages. Hard to get a good quality scan without sitting on it. Here's a few I've done in Santa Cruz, the place I've spent more than half my summer in:

If it's one thing I thought I improved on this summer, I feel like I've gotten over the fear of thinking a subject is "too hard" to draw, or the state of thinking that a drawing has to have every single renderable detail. I remembered that ultimately, I'm drawing because I love it and it makes me feel good. I felt like that simple notion is what we forget everyday, and then we end up miserable because of it. Before I would be too anxious to try out landscapes, or paint in gouache, or recklessly experiment in watercolor, but I found myself a lot happier when I try something out than to not try it at all, no matter the end result. Because of this I still have a whole lot to learn about sketching, drawing, painting etc and I don't think I'm ever going to get bored :) I think what I should do next is slow down for some of them.

Here's a few I did at Philz Coffee yesterday. One thing I want to achieve in my work is story:

Large Tesora, Medium Sweet

What I usually get is Ecstatic Iced, not-so-sweet with cream

A self portrait from the reflection in my laptop, since the screen's light wouldn't turn on...

Here's the gouache epitome I had a while back. It's nothing special but I felt like I finally got a handle with gouache, especially after struggling with it for the past year I had this set. Using the right amount of water (not too much or too little) and using it opaquely like an acrylic is what I learned from doing this. I also found that I layer a whole lot more in gouache and I like how it can still be moved around after drying.

I'm sad that summer is almost over and I won't get to go to Santa Cruz as much during the school year ;_; but I had a bangin good time, met some fab people and spent a lot of time with good friends.

Stay tuned for more stuuuuff! I also have more pages to scan from the beginning of summer so there will be that. Got a Rama Lama update coming soonish