Mountains

I was pretty sure that I’d already posted this piece, but I guess not! There’s no draft of it either, so either the post was a figment of my imagination, or I deleted the draft. Both are possibilities. Or it could be something else.

Regardless, I think this was one, if not the, last project I did using Adobe Illustrator before moving to Affinity Designer. This was an attempt to depict mountains before I did so using Copics. I’m pretty happy with it, though I wish I’d done more detail. I based it off of this photo by “shrimpo1967”.

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I Like Affinity Designer!

I only realized a while ago that Adobe’s creative products had moved to a subscription-based payment system, even though this change happened years ago. I’m not a full-time artist, and I use Illustrator and Photoshop only once in a while. I thus did not want to pay the monthly or yearly subscription for my casual use. After some research on the internet about good alternatives to Illustrator, I came upon a review about Affinity Designer. And I want to say that this is a great alternative!

I’m not going to give an in-depth and full review, partly because others have reviewed this program already (like this one or this one). But today I wanted to show something that I’ve done with the program. As a fun project, I wanted to redesign the book cover of J.D Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye. I haven’t finished the whole thing, but I have done the typewriter – one part of my design – using Affinity Designer. And here it is!

Typewriter

 

I used the image from this website to create the typewriter.

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Merry Christmas!

My first semester of college is now over, and it’s now Christmas! This year’s Christmas picture shows the drive home for Christmas. I think it’ll go well with the song “I’ll Be Home for Christmas”.

Driving Home for Christmas

I drew the background with pastels, but I wasn’t satisfied with the saturation, so I added the other features with Photoshop using my tablet. I think it went quite well!

Merry Christmas, everyone!

K

Catch Up

Since a lot has changed since my last post, I thought I’d give a little overview of what’s happened.

  • I finally moved from Singapore to California! After living in Singapore for so long, it was a bit sad leaving, but now I’m in California!
  • I met my grandparents in Korea and gave them a couple of my acrylic paintings that I posted here.
  • And I’ve started college!

I’m taking one design course, which is good because I’m awful at making posters and designs, and I really enjoy it! Here’s one of my projects on color:

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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas, everyone! I know this post is a bit late, since it’s past December 25, but since Christmas is 12 days long, I hope you still have time to enjoy this post!

I’d originally drawn the below drawing with pastels on common printer paper, but it turned out so awfully that I had to redo it in Photoshop. The final product didn’t turn out that well either, so I’m posting my family’s Christmas decorations to make up for it!

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And here are the decorations:


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Happy Monster

Hi, everyone! Well, good news: my final exams are finally finished! I still have school for a month, but I’ll probably (hopefully) have more time to do art.

As soon as my exams had finished, I checked the IF blog to see what they’re theme was. I had no inspiration to draw anything, and IF always helps to revive that art creation spirit in me. I saw that the theme was “Monster” so here’s a little creation I made:

Monster

It was just a couple-minute creation, so it’s not that good… but at least I’m back in the zone!

Hope to update you with more art soon.

K

 

The True Meaning of Easter

Hello, everyone! First of all, Happy Easter! I hope you enjoy this great celebration wherever you are.

Secondly, it’s been almost two months since I last posted, and I’m extremely sorry. Looks like the International Baccalaureate program has finally taken hold of my life… sigh. Well, at least during this Easter break, I’ll be able to show you what I’ve been doing so far! And I’ve been doing a lot of things, just haven’t had the time to upload.

For today, I did a quick digital drawing on Illustrator, perhaps about the true meaning of Easter. Wish I had more time to do it, but maybe next time.

Holy Cross Stained Glass

I love the stained glass in churches, don’t you? So beautiful, and when the light shines through it, it almost seems like you’re in another world.

Happy Easter to you all

K

P.S. Perhaps this “the true meaning of…” will become a series 🙂

Sleeping… Relaxing

So, I’ve realized it’s been forever since I last uploaded something for Illustration Friday, and I felt really guilty about it, and it’s my week-long holidays, so I decided to… post an old illustration for the theme. Well, it’s better than nothing, right?

Massage

This was actually a picture for a massage coupon I made for my dad, done on Adobe Illustrator.

Hope you’re all having a nice spring break!

K

Jack-o-Lantern Puppet

Happy Halloween everyone! Hope you’re all having nice chills and spooks celebrating wherever you are.

I realized that I had not posted an Illustration Friday themed post in ages, so I thought I’d do so today. This week’s theme: Puppets.

Halloween

It was just a quick five-minute thing done straight from the computer, so please excuse its extremely awful proportions, stance, etc.

Happy Halloween!

K

The Lonely King

So, now that unpacking is over (which was a hard and dusty process, believe me), I can finally use my Wacom tablet! I’ve missed you, my precious, over the seven long, hard months with using the mouse. My friend HPE24 (you can see her portfolio on this link) is a master of digital drawing, and so I was inspired by her to draw – drumroll, please – only using the tablet! No sketches, no underdrawing, nothing. Only my tablet and Photoshop. Here’s how it turned out!

Blue Man

 

I have no idea why I came up with this drawing. Somehow, I just had this image of a wineglass fixed in my head…

And I know he has no crown, but I think he kind of relates to this week’s IF theme: King. What a lonely king of the world.

K