2015 recap & Happy New Year!

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My 2015 recap! I probably should’ve posted this sooner but I didn’t really get a chance to! My week off has been busier than I thought it would be. I helped a friend get his website up, which by the way is up! He’s launching next week! Check it out! I have such talented friends! I’m so excited to see what he’s been doing the last year. :3

Also, you’ll notice my website layout is different and my portfolio is gone! I’m currently in the midst of revamping! Hoping to get my work up soon!

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Christmas Holidays~!

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These past few months I’ve been trying to draw a lot more. Males being a bit of focus. Here’s a portrait of my bf I  did for the holidays! I’m not that great at drawing men, but I’ve been making more effort making them my main subjects. This was a fun one to do though. I’ve always been really terrible at getting the likeness of a person when I’m drawing. But I think I did a decent job of this. My only critique was from the man himself, “I’m not fat enough”.  We’re our own worst critics, right? 8D

A couple others from the past couple months..!

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2015…

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Thought I’d slip in one 2015 update post before the new year! I haven’t been actively posting at all! Actually, this year has been really busy. Mainly with work. I find the more I work, the less in touch I am with my own work. I try my best to draw as much as I can when I come home. But I have to admit, it’s tough! I spend all day at work, putting together wireframes, documents and revising screen flows that by the time I get home, I’m too tired to really do anything.

Anyway, it’s been almost two years since my last post! I’ve posted a lot of doodles and art on a lot of different social media, but I feel like I’ve lost some focus. For 2016, I’m hoping to take it back to posting in one place. It’s really easy getting caught up on trying to gain followers and comparing yourself to other people. I know I have a long way to go before it’s anywhere good.

I’m really just taking a few personal breaks and really focus on feeling good about myself and my work. Hopefully I can revive this blog. I think I’m the only one that knows about so maybe I won’t feel as self conscious when I make posts.  =D

2014!

 

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Long time no blog! I really should try and update this more often. A lot has happened since I last posted! I didn’t really realize it until I decided to update today. My last post was back in June. During that time I had been struggling to get back to doing UI design at the company I was working at. But due to huge company changes, I was stuck doing photoshop production work, which was not what I was hired for. I was very unhappy and felt no one was listening, so I looked elsewhere for work. Not long after looking, I got hired at A Thinking Ape in Vancouver! I’m very happy and proud to be working there. I’m now working at a studio that allows me to grow as an artist and designer giving me the opportunity to direct and design a vision for their products. I’ve been learning a lot and hope to continue doing great work there. 😀

Anyway, here’s a pencil drawing I did back in the summer. I started getting back into drawing with traditional media in the last year. I’m hoping to try getting back into painting and work on other areas of art I need practice with. It’s definitely been hard to with a full time job and I get demotivated easy because I lack the confidence. :’D But luckily, doing art makes me happy so it’s hard to stop. :3

I’ve started a webcomic as well! If you’re curious, have a look!

 

 

We met, and it was cosmic.

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Ah, it’s been a while since I posted a new blog entry here. Life takes me away from it! Well, actually, I started a group blog with some friends and colleagues called Draw Fighter 2! We come up with weekly challenges to get us drawing things we normally wouldn’t. We’re currently on week 4 and I’ve been consistently participating! I post a lot of random art there! I guess I should be doing that here too! :) I’ll try and be more active here to keep my website alive! I know I keep saying that. :S

Aside from that, I’ve been trying to get in as much personal art in as possible. I don’t get to draw very much at work and I miss doing it! Although, I find I don’t get very much sleep once I start an illustration. There really isn’t enough time in the day to get everything I want done. :/ But I’m trying my best! Sometimes I’ll do art during my lunch hour too! But again, not very much time. :’D

Anyway, here’s another fun piece of my astronauts… :) This has a personal meaning behind it, so it’s special. 😀 Enjoy!

 

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I’ve been neglecting this blog and should make an effort to post here more! Here’s a WIP I haven’t posted anywhere else yet! :p Will probably post this on instagram later though.. but this blog gets it first! Now that I’m free of any extra work, I’m going back to some sketches and painting them. I’ve been doing a lot of photoshop sketching lately. It’s been my favorite thing to do lately. :)

Lots of drawing

 

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Snow White and the apple. Pencil on 9 x 12″ Watercolor Paper

Lately, I’ve been doing a lot of drawing. They’re mostly quick sketches and doodles, but at least it’s something. I went from doing none, to trying to draw as often as I can. My job doesn’t really involve much illustration, and I’ve been feeling very rusty. Plus I have a few years of catching up to do! I spent a lot of time focusing on helping others with their goals and ignoring mine. Realizing this very late, I’m trying to get my motivation back. I want to feel excited about my work again, but it’s tough.

I received a copy of The Perfect Bait by Bobby Chiu from a co-worker of mine, who turns out, is friends with Bobby and runs the Vancouver Schoolism group! Anyway, I read the book and it got me motivated to start drawing as much as I can again. Even if I don’t feel like it, I’ve been picking up that sketchbook and pencil and just drawing anything.

I’ve always been a fan of Bobby’s messages. I used to listen to his podcasts while I worked and get inspired by what he had to say. Needless to say, the book helped me bring some perspective to my own work. Of course, I still beat myself over it. I mean just today, I was beating myself up over some designs I had to do for work. I just felt horrible about myself and wanted to produce better but frustrated with my constraints. But alas, life goes on. I just have to move past it and learn from it and do better next time.

Coming home to do my work has helped me de-stress. I’ve been feeling a lot of pressure lately and sometimes I just need to unwind with mindless doodles that don’t have to mean anything. I’m very much looking forward to my trip to San Francisco at the end of the month. I really need a break! This will be my first “vacation” since 2007. Holy. :) I sure don’t give myself much time to relax.

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A quick wip of an illustration I started~! It’s actually just a practice piece, but hoping to continue working on it further. This is my first piece of art I’ve done since I got back from Japan! I guess I never mentioned that here, but yes, I went to Japan for about a month for work. It was my first time going anywhere out of this country on my own and was extremely exciting! I got to stay and work in a different country, see new things and eat amazing food! My favorite part. :p It’s opened my eyes to travel, so I hope to do that more soon.

I also plan on doing more art this year as I’ve gone through a lot of changes. I know some of you have been asking. I have a feeling that I will have a great year. :)

Samus Green Hair Edition

Finally managed to get another illustration done… not really anything spectacular but it’s something! I had been struggling to finish a few older illustrations but I haven’t been that inspired with them. I’m not sure whether I should try with them anymore. :S I may do a half ass attempt of finishing just to get them done.

This was originally a random sketch that  I started colouring for practice. This is usually how a lot of my illustrations occur. I wish my planned illustrations would work out as smoothly as my unplanned ones. I think I just need to produce more. Anyway, I may have a slight obsession with Samus Aran. She made quite the impression on me as a kid and I’ve been a fan since. I love this form cause it’s different from her usual and she seems so extraterrestrial with her green hair.

I have one more illustration in mind that I really want to start working on. I know I promised I’d have prints soon, but i’ve been really procrastinating with it. :S I can’t decide whether to get some now or after my next piece. I’m thinking I should just get some now cause who knows how long the next illustration will take… :’D

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And of course, after posting countless WIPs of the same illustrations for months, this is what I come up with. Yup, I haven’t finished any art other than this! :( I have tons of new ideas for illustrations, but it bothers me a lot that I have two major pieces waiting for me. Not to mention some sketches I wanted to develop. :S

I’m not really sure what’s holding me back from wanting to do more. I know I want to, but I always find excuses to why I don’t have time to do it. Well, this kitty illustration was a nice break. I had the incentive and this was random, fun and took pressure off myself to produce perfection. Well, okay, I did repaint this cat a few times and was up pretty late doing it… :S So I had to finally settle. Even after I  finished, I wasn’t sure what to think of it and worried it wasn’t good enough! If I hadn’t already set deadline for myself, I’d still be hacking away at it. This made me really nervous to be honest.

Happy to say, the person I did for loved it. Thumbs up for me! 😀 I haven’t gone out of my way to do an illustration for someone in ages and have them be excited about it. It reminded me why I love doing it. Even if the content is a bit ridiculous. :)

Beads & Feathers WIP

I’m going to try and make more of an effort to update my blog. I’ve been pretty busy with the new job and finding myself getting into more art roles, which is exciting for me! I’m really enjoying my current job and already being addicted to some of the games my company produces. I’m curious to know what else is in store for me at the company. 😀

Here’s a WIP of an illustration I’ve been working on and off with for the past few months. Actually, I also have my pencil illustration to finish up too but as soon as I get home, I’m pretty tired! I’m thinking about bringing in some personal artwork into work and doing it on my lunch break. I usually sit through lunch and work! I’m so used to not taking a lunch break. :S But I think I’ll try and take one more often.

I know I really like painting faces and pretty things, but I’m hoping to start conceptualizing more art. It’s definitely not my strongest area and could use the practice. I’m been pretty focused on getting my technique down, which I’m still trying to perfect. I only started really painting in the last 2 years (ish) and I think I’m almost finding my style. But I need to do more so I can speed up the process!

The Sea + Job

I did a quick doodle on my lunch break at work to try out the cintiq! Oh yeah, I got a new job! I now live in Vancouver working for a big mobile gaming company as a UI Artist. :3 For my work station, I was supplied with a brand new computer and a large Cintiq~! I’ve never used one before, so it was a bit of a learning curve the first day. I spent two days trying to get comfortable with having two screens (one being the Cintiq). I found the setup rather bothersome at first and longed for my intuos. But on the 3rd day, things got easier. Although, during this time I was using it to build assets and UI screens in illustrator—which I rarely even work with on a tablet. I had a few dabs here and there drawing with the Cintiq, but only for a few minutes as things are pretty hectic at work.

Today I took about a half hour to doodle up this image during my lunch break. The inking went pretty quick! I think I like it. Still not sure if I prefer it over my wacom yet because I haven’t really gotten the chance to jump right into painting or coloring. I did the line art and flats at work, then took it home to shade. The inking was a lot quicker with it though. I really liked that I could have right up to my face when I ink! Well, maybe that’s not so good for me? But for my opinion right now, I definitely could live without one.