Thursday, July 29, 2010


here's a new character i've grown rather fond of. i call her ari- short for aria or ariel- i haven't decided which. oh and my scanner still hates me.

this is how she looks normally.

don't be fooled by her candy coated appearance though, she's secretly a BIG troublemaker (mwahaha).

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

guess who?

1-hour speed paint of an original character. as to her identity... well, you'll see when i'm done with this ;)

this somehow came out completely differently from what i had in mind, argh. perhaps ditching your original thumbnail at the last second is a bad idea...

Sunday, July 25, 2010

honey honey ha!

i think i have some kind of weird artistic ADD/wanderlust cuz i can't seem to carry any of my paintings to completion D:

why does blending take such an excruciatingly long time to finesse?? i always get mind-numbingly bored halfway through rendering (even with rocket summer blasting through my headphones). also, new ideas/concepts have a way of creeping into my mind whenever i'm working. i know, why am i so weird? i don't know.

...yeah. i'm gonna call it quits for now (sorry steve!!). i'll prolly go back to it sometime after august since i do plan on finishing it.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

i need a break....

but i'd rather have a break through D:

so tired of looking at this, can't wait to wrap it up and move on -_-

things to remember:
1) paint in BANDS (thank you andrew loomis)
2) NEVER forget to backup your files, layers too!
3) do NOT paint before blocking out the masses
4) careful of highlights; less is more

for the remainder of this month, i'm hoping to get a head start on 2 more pieces before switching into pre-production mode for my thesis animation. haha, talk about a screeching 180. weeee'll seeee how it all pans out! :D

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

baby steps

duurrr not much to say. just an updated version of the sketch i posted last night. i ditched the paper boats idea and went for rose petals instead... thought it suited the mood more.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

paper dreams

i got tired of sucking @ mass painting so i switched to good ol' line art for a breath of fresh air. god, it is SO much easier drawing with lines than tones -_- i blame my addiction to graphic novels for this asymmetry in perception.

anyway, here's a wip that i hope to finish some day. girl in the pic's supposed to be seated on a ledge with paper boats sailing/floating on the clouds around her. the idea's largely inspired by a conversation i had w/ a friend. i remember that one distinctly because it was the last time we spoke before she went to study abroad.

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Monday, July 19, 2010

lesson #29417

okay so i know in my last post i said i'd update every other day and completely didn't follow through.
but before you shoot me, just hear me out:
i took a week off from digital painting in order to learn more about the medium i'm working with. in retrospect, it was a reckless move to rush into digital painting with so little prep work done beforehand. if anything, DP has shown me just how little i know about form and rendering. consequently, i found myself trapped in an endless maze of confusion about 90% of the time -_-

so long story short, i decided to hit the books and picked up harold speed's the practice and science of drawing. when i got about 1/5 through the book, my head was already exploding with a long series of HOLY Ffdsakshit.

now i understand why the guy who rec'ed it to me dubbed it as the artist's bible. god, seriously, do yourself a favor and go pick up a copy.

oh yeah, this is some speed paint/doodle/thumbnail i did earlier today (that's a rose tat over her heart btw, in case the quality's too shitty for you to tell). having read TSPD, i realized that in the past, i've been way too focused on technicality and not nearly as much on the emotional quality of my works. so of course i'm gonna make amends from now on!


Thursday, July 8, 2010


i know there's like 298289428 mistakes with this pic but i really can't summon up the energy to care (any more).


i picked just about the hardest angle to draw the head and i don't know why.

give up?

and so ying's fail saga continues... i'll prolly update every... other day? july's a busy month. yesh.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

more fail

i was too wuss to go into color, so i decided to mess w/ grayscale some more.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

change of pace

i've been working on this on and off for the past two days and it's still unfinished. whatever. i give. for an experiment piece it's served its purpose. i'm running on a tight schedule and it's time to move onto bigger and better things!!


Friday, July 2, 2010


oh this is the start of something good
don't you agree?
i haven't felt like this in so many moons
you know what I mean?
and we can build through this destruction
as we are standing on our feet

these reeling emotions they just keep me alive

they keep me in tune
oh look what i‘m holding here in my fire
this is for you