Friday, October 21, 2011

painting outside for class #3

Today we went to paint the trees near the alleyway of the music building. which seems less scary during the day.  We started with tonal values using raw or brown umber then blue for shadows. Then we would add the greens.  So far I think something clicked as I was painting and I would say that I was a bit happy  with the end result ......However, I think the black area on the right of the painting killed the whole thing :/.  It should have been a bit lighter and softer. =_= but I think I'll lighten it to see if I can save it.  Overall, fun day :) 

oh yeah, finally was able to collect them ALL! so happy when I got the final one I needed which was Mike. hehehe. 

Tuesday, October 18, 2011


Did this one in class of jasmine. She's a cutie. 

and this was when I went to hydration. I don't like his adam's apple  =_=....and the guy o the rights back is all off. 

Saturday, October 15, 2011


my drapery for Sheldon's class. I didn't really like this one. I could have pushed it more by making the farther back of the drapery darker cause so far it looks like it's the same plane as the second fold. >:(  ahhh.....with that in mind....on to the next one. 

some fun in Sheldon's :)

Friday, October 14, 2011

Black and White rendering

This is the photo I am working from.  Theme is red riding hood. 

just showing my process for my B&W painting. So far, we're only placing the wash and gradually adding layers and layers of paint. Overall, painting is frustrating me but hopefully at the end of 113A i will be able to get the hang of it. Paint, paint, paint.

things to do:
-darken the lower and upper left.
-more contrast
-paint the apples as "apples"
-make the plate feel like porcelain. had a light glow?
-plate is too bumpy, more oval.
-cloth in basket needs to be more light.
-fix negative shape between the plate and cup.
-more smooth gradations

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

something i read and wanted to share.

A while back, at the entrance of a gym, there was a picture of a very thin and beautiful woman. The caption was "This summer, do you want to be a mermaid or a whale?"

The story goes, a woman (of clothing size unknown) answered the following way:

"Dear people, whales are always surrounded by friends (dolphins, seals, curious humans), they are sexually active and raise their children with great tenderness.
They entertain like crazy with dolphins and eat lots of prawns. They swim all day and travel to fantastic places like Patagonia, the Barents Sea or the coral reefs of Polynesia.
They sing incredibly well and sometimes even are on cds. They are impressive and dearly loved animals, which everyone defend and admires.

Mermaids do not exist.

But if they existed, they would line up to see a psychologist because of a problem of split personality: woman or fish?
They would have no sex life and could not bear children.
Yes, they would be lovely, but lonely and sad.
And, who wants a girl that smells like fish by his side?

Without a doubt, I'd rather be a whale.

At a time when the media tells us that only thin is beautiful, I prefer to eat ice cream with my kids, to have dinner with my husband, to eat and drink and have fun with my friends.

We women, we gain weight because we accumulate so much wisdom and knowledge that there isn't enough space in our heads, and it spreads all over our bodies.
We are not fat, we are greatly cultivated.
Every time I see my curves in the mirror, I tell myself: "How amazing am I ?! "

Sunday, October 2, 2011

APE 2011 :D

This year, i decided to go to Ape to check out all the artist booth and buy some cool artworks. So I took Michael and we drove down to SF.  When we arrived there, there was no long lines or any hassle which made it so much more pleasant. We just grabbed our tickets and started exploring the place. 

We met up with Race and we made our stop at a drawing booth.


my shark man. 

Michvong taking a shot at it. 

Race's viking. 

Adventure Time Booth
We were very lucky to be able to meet the animators and character designer from adventure time! they were giving out free adventure time sketches! so we took the opportunity and asked for a sketch :D

I asked for prince gumball XD 

Danny fanboying ;) 

We stopped by this booth when we saw this and asked for a caricature. 

The artist 

the sketch. haha it was fun for a $1. 

Michael got a sketch of us as zombies. LOL

 Scott Campell
For those who don't know him, here is his website. So go check out his work! I was able to grab his book which is a collection of some of his works. He mostly works in watercolors and his stuff is really cute and fun to look at. 

Ted Methot 
I was really interested when i passed by these books. I feel in love with the covers and the artwork so i grabbed them both. I started reading them and man,.... I regret not grabbing the other volumes! It's a really interesting story and beautifully told! 

Daniela Strijleva, Katy Wu, and Jennifer C. Chang
I believe they all work at Pixar and I really liked how they made the book. They would each get a theme of two words and then design an illustration based on the word. It was really cute and I felt that this book was more cute and fun then their second one. 

"window and time"

"icy and sweet"

"steam and window" 

Tomas Overbai
I bought this book because I really liked the character designs in this one and the mechas. The artist told me that he was hoping to make it into a comic book soon so I'll keep an eye out for it. 

The only prints that i bought was were from Shelly Wan( her blogspot). the mermaid one is my favorite because of the pretty soft colors :) 

Overall, fun time and it was a day well spent!