Luck of the Draw: Old West Sketching

The week before last, our gesture sketching group theme was pistol slingers of the old west. Our drawing soundtrack was the entire score from The Good, The Bad & The Ugly. It really  made for some great energetic poses and  fun sketches!

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Gesture Sketching with Cafes & Cowgirls

After work on Monday evenings I’ve been going to gesture sketching classes instructed by David Pimentel, and they’ve been so awesome to experience. I’ve been getting great practice in and I feel like I’ve been making some tremendous progress–just loosening up and going to bigger, bolder lines and shapes and most importantly, I feel like I’m getting a better hang of how to convey caricature and story through my sketches. Capturing story moments in a drawing has always been a tricky thing for me, so I am so excited to see that I’m continuing to make progress on that front. This class has helped me so much, Mr. Pimentel’s suggestions and encouragement are very helpful and I am eager to keep up the sketching sessions on a regular basis. Below are a few of my sketches from this class. One of the themes was a Parisian cafe and the other was a western cowgirl theme. I really am having a blast with all this drawing!

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Kickin’ It with KK!

I hope everyone stateside had a great 4th of July yesterday. It’s always neat to see all the nice fireworks–I didn’t see any yesterday, but that’s okay. I decided to draw a picture of my idea firework watching. Basically I think the best way to watch fireworks would be around the coast, with a nice breeze, kickin’ it to some cool tunes by KK Rider in the Animal Crossing world. In high school I used to play a lot of Animal Crossing Wild World for DS. I’ve always loved just how cute everything looks in this particular game-verse–everything is just so charming ( except for that Tom Nook guy, but everyone KNOWS I got a beef with him). Anyhow, I hope everyone had a great 4th and a fantastic rest of the weekend! 😀

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Phalanges First! A Safety Poster.

Having studied design, I just love looking at classic posters from the 30’s–one of my favorite styles is the Works Progress Administration’s Federal Art Project posters. I love the crisp colors and bold cut-out-esque shapes and clear imagery on many of these posters. I tried my hand at creating a poster in this style today that caters to the artist community at large. I quite enjoyed painting the letters!

Protect those phalanges, folks!

Protect your hands! You Draw with them!

A Good Memory

In honor of Father’s day, I wanted to make a special illustration of a particular memory with my papa that’s near and dear to me. We’ve had a lot of great times together–he’s taught me so much and inspired me tremendously. Because of my papa, I’ve learned to never give up and to always keep fighting for my dreams, and to always be generous and lend a hand to others ( I’ve also gained a good deal of knowledge about fixing cars, how to drive a bike and a car, medicine ( my folks are docs), our family history and about fixing all sorts of other things).

The particular memory that I thought about when I woke up yesterday was back in our first years living in Oregon. When my papa used to work at the local hospital, I remember being about 5 ( maybe closer to 6?) and spending some afternoons at his office waiting for the time when he’d finish up and we’d go to pick up my elder siblings from school( kindergarten finished at noon). My papa was going in and out of his office a lot working with the other doctors and nurses, so I would sit and work on the 2 or 3 coloring books that I would bring with me with my 64-box of crayons. One particular day, I had worked through all of my coloring books and I remember feeling really sad. My papa came in with lunch and then noticed how sad I looked. He asked me what was wrong and I said I was sad that I had nothing else to color. He smiled and left the office for a few minutes. I was surprised. I was sad and he just smiled and left! I was confused by this, until minutes later he came back with a gigantic stack of continuous feed paper that he said they wouldn’t be using at the hospital anymore–I was free to color on them to my heart’s content. Shortly after we ate lunch and I remember thinking that I was so happy to have my papa. I’ve felt so much better knowing my papa was looking out for me even when it came to something as small as paper to draw on.

From that time on whenever I would be at his office in the afternoons, I’d be busily coloring pictures of a little bear family and their adventures–these drawings would trail on sheets of these papers ( I once drew an adventure of little bear knights going to rescue a bear princess from a dragon’s castle, only to find she and the dragon were having tea parties. One of my favorite sets of drawings was of little bears running around in a hospital trying to do surgeries and treat the sick bears with pills–the sick bears all had sad faces). My papa always smiled and got a good laugh and chuckle from my drawings–I like to think they cheered him up on the busier and more stressful days he had. At least, I sure hope they did. I’m always happy to share what I create with my papa and I sure hope he sees this post. I am so grateful for my papa’s encouragement and I can’t wait to show him all the big projects I’m working on.

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(A quick sketch/painting of good old times at the hospital office)

Ice Cream is a Dream (On a Hot Day)

There’s nothing better than having a super cold delicious ice cream on a really hot day. I spent much of the day adventuring and meandering through downtown Pasadena at the Make Music Pasadena Festival which featured hundreds of different bands performing at different little venues. It was fun to check out, and I really admire the charm and classic architecture of old town Pasadena–it’s quite a cute area. I’m thinking I’ll take another trip to go sketching in that area sometime. Today I’ve got a cute little ice cream guy to share.

Keep it “cool” folks!

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Happy As a Clam

Lately I’ve been a bit tied up with work and freelance projects, in addition to planning new large-scale art projects (more on that later)-so I apologize for not updating as frequently as I am used to doing. One project I’ve been working on recently is designing fabric patterns. The pattern I created for today features a little walrus under the sea who is ” as happy as a clam” as he is swimming surrounded by them. There is also a “warm” and “cool” colored version of the patterns as well.

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Russian Around

Today’s illustration is a vectorized rendition of the St. Basil’s Cathedral (Собор Василия Блаженного) in Moscow, Russia. I definitely wanted to use as many vivid colors as possible especially considering that the building itself is just so colorful.

I’m going to be working on a few more pieces this weekend to have more posts for next week. I’ve just been so busy Russian around and stuff.

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