Figure Skater

I originally posted this on my Facebook page for an art nomination, but thought I’d post it here on my blog too. I sketched this illustration, outlined it with my wonderful artist marker, and colored it with Copics. My beautiful new artist marker is waterproof, so I can color with Copics without any worries of smudging the ink. Hurray!

Figure Skater

I was thinking of doing the background, but I think it looks like ice as it is. What do you think?


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The Color Red

I was assigned to do the color challenge: by using only colors and brushstrokes, I must portray an emotion. My first task was portraying “anger”, upon which I came up with the painting below:


Anger first comes in hot bursts of passion and is followed by dark grief and evil, which ultimately overpowers the fervor that first appeared. After, static lights fuzz the memory of the anger, and only the emotion is left.

I realized that the main color of this painting was red, which is IF’s theme. What a nice coincidence!


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Pagoda on Water

I got some wonderful Inktense blocks as a gift and was itching to use them, so I decided to use it for a beautiful photo my dad took when he was in Korea:

Reference photo

And here’s how it turned out!

Pagoda on Water

It turned out slightly brighter than actual photograph, but I suppose that screams “Springtime!” in my mind. I also only learnt the laws of reflection after I did this painting, so the reflections aren’t that accurate. On the bright side, though, I absolutely love how ink cannot be disturbed after it dries, unlike watercolor. It makes it worse when you make a mistake, but it gives great layering. Here’s how it looked like in the drafting phase, before I added water:


The tree area looks better, as it is drier and has more texture, but the leaves look better when wet. I guess I’ll do a mix of both next time.

Overall, the Inktense blocks work amazingly!


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The Beginning

While checking my blog, I realized it had been quite a while since I’ve done anything for IF! Shocked, I immediately went to the IF homepage, checked their theme… and forgot about it.

However, I have joined the group 1hour1sketch on Twitter (which is a bit like IF, except there’s a time limit of 1 hour and it’s daily) and drew a quick sketch for it. I then saw that I could reuse the sketch and edit it to fit this week’s theme for IF: Space. Here it is!



Linked to the Book of Genesis:

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and the darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.

And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And God saw that the light was good.

I did the background in Photoshop and the hands on paper in ink. I was so happy to do inking for the first time! Recently, I bought a Faber-Castell Artist Marker and used that for the first time. I’m very happy with it. Here’s the original inked sketch:




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Tree in Snow

One of my resolutions for this blog was showing my work in progress, and I hope to do that today!

There’s a tree in front of my house that looks very nice in snow, so I thought I’d draw it with mixed media. The picture below is my first sketch done in color pencils. I’d also just bought a colorless blender that I tried and found that it worked really well!

Snow Tree 1

I then added in the background (watercolor), darkened up the tree, and blended the snow more with some black and white pastels. It turned out to be:

Snow Tree 2

I still don’t think it’s finished as the background looks a bit plain. Perhaps I’ll add some bushes in watercolor or another tree. Not sure yet. Any ideas to make it more interesting would be great!


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2013 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,700 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it would take about 45 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

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Settled Down

I’m finally used to the twelve-hour difference and so can post as usual now! A lot has happened during the past two weeks, such as me getting used to the cold (and inches of snow), as seen here:

The coldest day in a decade!

The coldest day in a decade!

I’ve also bought some new art supplies. And by new, I don’t just mean that they are unopened, but I also mean I got materials I have never used before! Such as pastels!

I was so excited to use them (I have never used them before. Wait, I just said that!) so did a little experiment on blending, layering, and gripping. It turned out like this:

Field of flowers

I think I was a little cold and wanted some summer. Who knew would ever want to be hot!


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