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!



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!


And here are the decorations:


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.


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:




The True Meaning of Christmas

It’s finally CHRISTMAS! The day of presents under the tree, caroling, and drinking eggnog…

But wait, where is the birth of Jesus Christ in all this celebration?

For many of us, in the midst of all this festivity and time with family and friends, we lose the true meaning of Christmas: the birth of Our Savior. We must take this time to remember this day of salvation and God’s true love for us.

And so, for this year’s Christmas drawing, here is something to remind us of the Nativity:

Done in Copics and edited in Photoshop
Done in Copics and edited in Photoshop

May you all have a very Merry Christmas!



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:


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!


Anime Coloring Revised

Last night, I thought I was finished with my manga. But when I looked at it again this morning, I realized there were a lot of details unfinished! I feel a bit bad posting the (almost) same thing twice, but I’d just like to show my revised version of the manga I posted yesterday without deleting the unfinished version.

Snow princess color rev.

I added a bit of detail to the tiara, fixed some of the uncolored parts, added (invisible) eyelashes, cleaned up the eyes, made the flow of the hair more natural, and added some texture to the snow. The image still looks almost the same as the last one, though.



Photoshop Coloring: Anime

I found a photo of an unfinished manga sketch, which I have since lost the original sketch of. Since I am so infatuated with Photoshop these days, I thought, why not try doing digital coloring for once? I’d tried it a couple of times before and had failed miserably, but I thought this time would be better due to my fixed tablet. The result is this:

Snow princess colored

Considering I’ve learnt all the coloring techniques from YouTube, I don’t think this is a bad first effort, don’t you? I should fix my outlines, though. If you have any tips with that, please do comment below!

The image is inspired by Kamikaze Factory’s Shojo Manga: Pop and Romance.


Photoshop Shading

Since it’s summer vacation now (hurray!) I’ve decided to work on my drawing skills in general. First up is Photoshop. For some reason, Photoshop always evades me: I can’t get used to the digital-ness of it. I hope to change all that this summer!

Today I decided to conquer shading. Ever since my dad fixed my tablet for me, I’ve been able to control pressure. It helped for this quick sketch I did of a ball:

Shading 1
I then used the Blur tool for the second one. It looks much more blended but has lost some of the sketchy quality.Shading 2

I’m not sure which one I prefer.