Tree Sketch

I actually sketched this tree around a year ago. I remember that we had just moved (for my college!). I sketched this tree while sitting on the porch of our new house. A lot of our stuff hadn’t yet arrived from Singapore, so I drew this on printing paper with a pen that was available. But it turned out quite well!


It’s kind of funny to think that I drew this before I had started college, and now I’m a second-year student…



Backyard Shed

I posted recently that I’d gotten back into Copic markers and gave a sneak peek of my Copic drawing. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to work on that drawing for a while because I was waiting for the delivery of a new gray marker that I had bought. I will finish it though (eventually)!

I thus finished the one below first. It’s from a photo of a shed in my backyard. I used this website to turn the photo into line art that I could use to color in. I’m pretty happy with the way it turned out!


Also, this is the first of a series of scheduled posts that I’ve written. What with the semester starting next month, I wanted to pace myself so that this blog wouldn’t be abandoned yet again. You can expect posts every two weeks for a while. I hope this will help my efforts to resuscitate my blog!


End of the Year: A New Start

It’s the end of 2013 and therefore a new start tomorrow. But for me, that is happening in more ways than one. Today, I’m leaving a country I’ve lived in for 11 years and going back to my hometown. It’s exciting, worrying and nerve-wracking all at the same time. Which is not lightened up by the fact that there is a snowstorm in New York right now…

So, I won’t be able to post for around two weeks, unfortunately. But at least I’ll finally be able to upload pictures of real snow, rather than the fake one that is falling down.

But there is some unfinished business here for this blog: New Year Resolutions. Let’s see how I’ve done this year!

  • Upload Illustration Friday posts regularly. Now, this is debatable, but I’d say check!
  • Write travel guide for Niagara Falls. Unfortunately, no… But with more time in the U.S., I’ll be able to!
  • Continue book reports. No… sadly, no…
  • Draw things unrelated to Illustration Friday and post. Check!
  • Get 100 views in one day. This is my long-term goal. I haven’t done it yet, but I won’t let that get me down!

Two out of four… I could do better next time. And for that ‘next time’, I’ll write some new resolutions!

  • Write travel guides
  • Upload progress of drawings (not only finished projects)
  • Explore the WordPress community of artists: I’ve found it’s wonderful!

And, as usual, my long-term goal of 100 views.

Thanks to everyone for a great year!

Happy New Year!


Leopard, Lion… what next?

I recently got a new mac! Goodbye Leopard, hello Lion! It’s two years since I’ve seen a new mac, and four years since I’ve used a new mac laptop. The new sensation of pressing the buttons on my keyboard, instead of whacking them in the hope that my computer will recognize the pressure, is delightful. And I can actually adjust the volume with my F10-12 buttons! (Translation: I can quickly kill the volume if I’m doing games instead of homework and my mom comes along!) Miraculous!

In addition to doing the functions that my old computer should have done, it also provides some new functions. Like swiping horizontally with three fingers moves between apps. And swiping with two in Safari goes between pages. I’m not sure what I think about the first function (as it only works when the app is full-screen?) but the second function is certainly useful.

On Photo Booth, there are lots of cute CG effects. Like hearts erupting from your head and birds circling above you, always following you, trying to peck you to death.

In regards to the appearance, the Lion seems rounder than my Leopard, which I think is cuter. And it looks thinner too, though I’m not sure how that affects the weight. The magnet installed at the edges of the base allow the laptop to close without making a small but apparent ‘tick’ sound. Thank goodness, because I was getting tired of that.

On the other hand, there are some new updates on the Lion that aren’t as useful as I thought (or not useful at all). For instance, there’s no key repeat. None. Nada. Like, I can’t say NO~ (with many ‘o’s) because I’d have to type every single ‘o’. Good for proper English, bad for FB slang. Apple says they have a reason for this, and say it’s for use of accents like à, è, or ç. I got these accents easily by holding on the letter in question and selecting the accent I wanted as I would in Pin Yin. But I think I’d use key repeat more often than accents. There were shortcuts for the accents previously too, anyway.

And the Mission Control isn’t organized neatly. Pressing my F9 button on my previous computer laid out all the current applications and programs I was using, spread out evenly. The Mission Control lays things over so that sometimes a program is hidden completely behind another and I forget that I ever opened it. This is especially worsened by the fact that I forget things every 5 minutes if I’m not reminded.

Nevertheless, I’m grateful that I have a new laptop, more so that’s it’s a good one. Keep on rocking, Apple!

Home Sweet Home

After a 6-hour travel, I am finally back home! I visited America and Korea for around a month altogether, and both were very fun in their own ways. Although I am stressed out about it, I am going to write travel guides for each of them. I’ll have a lot to write about, definitely, so look out for the guide! As soon as I came back to this country, I was struck by the hotness and humidity of the whole place! I was so shocked, I took a step back. But now that I’m fully rested, it doesn’t seem that bad. Funny what tiredness can make you think, right? Oh, there’s no place like home, there’s no place like home…


P.S. If this post makes no sense, or does not have a good ‘flow’, don’t blame me. It’s the jet lag’s fault. :p