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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K

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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.

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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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

Identical

Thanks to my amazing cousin, I have finally learned how to use the pen tool in Illustrator. It’s strange, I know, that in all my years of using Illustrator, I’ve never once used the pen tool! But now that I know how to use it, I absolutely love it. I tried a few random curves and came up with the inspiration to do this. It also matches with the IF theme: Repeat.

Pen Characters

 

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Trip(ping)

I’ve just come back from a trip to Los Angeles! It was really amazing: the weather was perfect, the sights were spectacular, and the people were so friendly! I’ll post at least some pictures sometime later this week (I’ve given up promising to write travel guides).

In the meantime, however, I looked at IF’s theme: Revenge. For no reason whatsoever, I came up with the illustration below. I don’t know why I thought of it. Blame the jetlag. It’s 2:47 a.m. in the middle of the night and I still can’t go to sleep! Aargh!

Tripping

I tried using some perspective for the woman’s legs. It didn’t turn out too well (neither did the arms), but I’ll also blame the jetlag for that.

Did you get the pun in the title? I went on a trip, the guy is tripping the woman… yeah, I’m not good at jokes. Especially at this time.

Goodnight! (I hope…)

K

The Spirit

Wow, can’t believe that it has been a month since I last posted and, more importantly, it is ALMOST CHRISTMAS! I cannot believe that I only have to wait two more days until it’s the actual day of Christmas. Wow.

But, more importantly, for this week’s IF theme – Spirit – I have decided to draw a Biblical reference. From Luke 3:22

and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form, like a dove; and a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.”

Therefore, this is what I have drawn in Christmas cheer:

Dove

First done in Illustrator, then moved to Photoshop for background and effects. It didn’t turn out as mystical as I’d hoped, but perhaps that’s all for the best, as I can never capture the true holiness of the Spirit.

Merry Christmas to all!

K