Happy Easter!

When I was a kid, I always used to draw comics of a little walrus character. Whenever it was Easter, I’d always make a special comic of this walrus dressed up as the Easter bunny. I called him the “Easter Beaster”–he’s a harmless cutie who’s super excited to take on the duties of the Easter bunny but is so clumsy that he usually breaks the eggs he sets out to deliver on accident ( he always managed to fix them up though). I felt like drawing this jolly little fellow today since it’s Easter.

I wish you and your families all the best for a happy, joyous Easter with friends and family! We hope you’re all enjoying the spring time season and I look forward to sharing some exciting news next post!




Chuck Jones Red Dot Auction Paintings– Final Phases

What’s up docs? Today I’m posting to follow up on the paintings that I’ve completed for the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity’s Red Dot Auction ( See the first post here)

Below are some photos I took of the paintings in different stages of progress since the beginning.

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Here are the progress photos on the second painting:

Screen Shot 2015-02-18 at 4.17.10 PMIn the end I decided to do without the Roy Lichtenstein painting look. I liked the simplicity of the dot-less look more.

Preliminary canvas drawing: photo 4First  few applications of paint:

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Screen Shot 2015-03-14 at 5.33.41 PMSo I wrapped up painting these the other day and I’ve already shipped them out to the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity. For more information on this event ( which will be held on Friday, May 1st from 7-10 PM) check out this link.

This has been a very fun project for me to work on as it has been a while since I’ve taken out my acrylics and painted with them. I’m already looking forward to the next painting project!

Big Hero 6 Sketches!

I typically try to do some warm-up sketches and drawings everyday in the morning. Today I thought it would be a lot of fun to draw some characters from Big Hero 6. I’ve been especially inspired from the concept art book, which is absolutely gorgeous.

Here’s what I came up with earlier today. They were particularly fun as I got to fuse my love for color with my love for drawing fun active poses ( save for the Hiro and Baymax one).

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2015–Happy New Year!

Since it was Chinese New Year yesterday, and since we’re all happily living in the future, I thought I’d work on a fun character design sketch as a little break from my comic-projects and painting projects ( See here ). So 2015 is the year of the goat/ram/sheep (assorted hooved creatures that go “baaah”) and since 2015 is the also year that we seriously ought to have hover-boards by now, I thought it might be fun to mix up a little Back to the Future 2 with this year’s honorary creature of the Chinese zodiac.

Hence I bring you my character design of Marty McShy ( He’s shy because he’s sheepish, get it?! Okay…. I’m so sorrynotsorry)

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Chuck Jones Red Dot Auction Paintings– Phase 1

It’s been a while since I’ve last posted, but I’ve been hard at work planning a lot of projects and art gallery submissions/attendances at conventions for 2015! It’s going to be (already is) a busy year for me and I couldn’t be more excited to take on new challenges. I’m optimistic and motivated to do a lot this year and as always, I’m a big believer in the idea that “fortune favors the brave”.

Anyhow, one of my first projects that I’m working on right now are some paintings that will be auctioned off at the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity’s 4th Annual Red Dot Auction. The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity is an awesome organization that works tirelessly to expand the reach of the arts and to inspire the creativity in budding artists. I’ve requested and received two 12×12 canvases that I’m working on right now.

photo 2These babies have already been gesso’d and are ready for the pencil drawings. For this project, I wanted to plan out the drawings a little differently than how I usually do. Typically I sketch out the painting in my sketchbook, but I thought I’d try sketching out the ideas for my paintings out in Photoshop. In doing this I was able to get an accurate sense of scale, spacing and make decisions about color choices in advance.

Here’s Canvas No. 1-Sketch: I sketched a classic Bugs Bunny lost in the desert.

“I knew I shoulda turned left at Albuquerque!”

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I made two samples for the colors on this painting since I was also curious about how a version that used more primary colors would work ( As Bugs would say, “You don’t have to be crazy to do this… But it sure helps!”). The style I’m going for with these is something along the lines of Roy Lichtenstein ( all that 60’s pop-art goodness-I dig his comic-esque paintings). In doing the second color test, I think the use of mainly primary colors comes across a bit harsh on the eyes… so I’m thinking about using the sample on the left.

For reference, this for example, is a very common Lichtenstein sort of painting:


Canvas No. 2–Back Alley Oproar

The 1948 Looney Tunes classic, “Back Alley Oproar” has always been one of my favorites ( I tease my brother (an opera singer) about this cartoon a lot as he sings Largo Al Factotum quite often).

Here’s a bit of the gem that is “Back Alley Oproar”

Here’s the color sketch I did:

Screen Shot 2015-02-19 at 2.16.09 AMI’m pretty happy with how the colors came out on this one and I’m super excited to start painting. I’ll be posting updates on the actual painting process.

Also, if you’re an artist interested in participating in creating artwork for the Red Dot Auction, you can find more info to request canvasses here. All artwork is due March 15th. You can swing by and get canvasses at the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity (located in Costa Mesa) if you’re based in Orange County or the Los Angeles area.

Well, back to the old drawing board.

Tai-koon Care of Business

Yikes. I’ve been away from my blog for far too long. I’ve been drawing, just not posting. That will be quickly changing though since I have working and completing a number of projects that I’ll be excited to share more in the weeks leading up to CTN!

Today I’ve got a sketch of a card I’m considering selling at my booth. It’s a noble work in progress.

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Inked Comic–Woken Beauty

For the last few months I’ve been taking a character design class at Gnomon. This past week my assignment was to create a one page comic that serves as the first part of the traditional hero’s journey arc–introducing the main hero(ine) and their mentor figure. My comic is based off of the Sleeping Beauty fairytale. In this story, Aurora is being trained by Merriweather to fight and defeat Maleficent, who has killed the other two fairies, cast a sleep spell over the whole kingdom and brainwashed Prince Phillip to be one of her pawns. I guess I just really wanted to draw a badass Aurora, taking a much more active role.

The first image is my sketch from the previous week, followed by the final inked version.

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The Gift of the Magi

Today’s illustration is based on the famous O. Henry story entitled ” The Gift of the Magi”. This short story is one of my favorites to read around Christmas time, and for those of you who haven’t read this story before, take a few minutes to do so–it’s a nice read. (http://www.online-literature.com/kipling/1014/)

I started working on this illustration concept a little after last year’s Christmas in photoshop. I tried reworking it a bit and I decided to leave it to pursue other projects. Below is one of those many Photoshop attempts to get it right:

I recently reread the story and the illustration idea jumped back to me again. I revisited the concept and worked on the illustration again from scratch using pencils, gouache paints, and pens, with a pinch of some Photoshop editing.I feel like the latest version has a warmer feel to it that I wanted to capture the first time around. I am sure I’ll come back to this version again though and fiddle with the colors, How I do love me some color-fiddling.

The moral of the story:it’s okay to put down certain drawing ideas. You can always come back to them later.



Happy Thanksgibbons!


In honor of Thanksgiving that was this past Thursday, I wanted to create an illustration that embodied a special Thanksgiving tradition shared between my two elder siblings and I. For a few years, on Thanksgiving day, my sister and brother and I wish to each other a happy “Thanksgibbon”–placing special emphasis on the “gibbon” part. We don’t exactly remember when this particular tradition started, but in the beginning it involved sharing pictures of various gibbons with each other. For those of you unfamiliar with this particular creature, allow me to share with you a few images of said creature. Consider it a gift that keeps on gibbon:

This fellow is wistfully watching a delicious Thanksgiving feast from afar. He wasn’t invited. Hence the sadness.

These guys don’t want any part of your Thanksgiving festivities. They think themselves above that sort of thing.

This particular fellow is furious that there is no more pumpkin pie left. He finds it simply outrageous and will make his rage be known across the land.

Being with friends and family is important–so be sure not to take them for granted. I for sure am thankful for the extremely wonderful friends and family that I’ve got who have supported me through this trying and crazy whirlwind year. Anyhow, I hope that you ( folks in the States) had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend.

Enjoy your turkey leftovers!

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Momo the Japanese Dwarf Flying Squirrel!

I’ve been trying to work a bit on my digital painting skills lately. I created this painting of a Japanese Dwarf Flying Squirrel with the intent of reducing my reliance on lines to render a form. A new goal I have for my artwork now is to work on rendering forms with more volume. Hopefully this work is one of the first of many steps in developing that ability.

I named this little guy Momo since the scientific name of this squirrel is Pteromys momonga!