Sunday, July 24, 2011

Toy Story Video Teaser

Couple months ago - I went to Pittsburgh to visit my ASA friends. I'm making a video documenting my journey. This is a little preview of what I'm working on.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Figure Quick Sketch, Portraits, Gesture Drawings

Hey - I just wanted to take time to say thanks to everyone who reads my blogs and sends me comments. I'm honored that you take the time to look at my artwork.  I feel like I've been growing a lot recently - artistically and as a person. Once you toss aside your ego - and get rid of inhibitions - you can have limitless potential to do what you really love.

Recently - I started to do some full figure drawings instead of just doing portraits. I'm always up to challenge myself. I'll probably tackle some full figure paintings soon. 

I also tried to do a portrait of my friend this past week. It's much more difficult than drawing a model. The likeness has to be so much more on point. If the drawing looks great and it doesn't look like your friend - ultimately it's a failure. So it's a really great way to challenge yourself. :)

Practicing Figure Quick Sketch - Inspired from the Stuff at Watts Atelier (




Sunday, July 10, 2011

Head Drawing Class Review (Continuing the Fred Fixler Lineage)

Yesterday concluded the 10 week Head Drawing course taught by Glen Orbik at 3Kicks Fine Arts Studio.  It was a really great class.

He is a what I would call the "old school teacher" - back when a teacher was also your mentor and friend. Glen always stayed after class and talk to you and look at your work.  He was not concerned with you learning his specific technique - but rather you learning the fundamentals and applying them. He always brought in various art books every week and encouraged us to learn and study from other artists.

In- Class Demo

Originals and Photographs of Fred Fixler's work
I expected an analytical, step-by-step approach to head drawing. However, Glen's teaching method was more about the art of balancing the 2D/ 3D aspects of drawing (2D refers to using shapes - a more painterly method. 3D means using construction - a more vis com/ ID method).  Prior to this class, I trained almost exclusively in one method - 3D drawing: Vis Com, Analytical Figure Drawing. Therefore, learning how to draw using 2D shapes and embracing the art of balance - rather than relying on the methodology of construction - was a huge challenge for me. I realized that was there was not one right way to draw - but many different ways - and it was my job to make those artistic decisions.

Glen's job was to incessantly challenge you. I would always be learning a new way of thinking and seeing every week:  losing edges, idealization, reilly rhythms, construction, shapes, values, composition. Just when I thought I was getting the hang of the lesson last week - Glen would give us another mountain to tackle.

Over the course of 10 weeks I learned many new tools and techniques. Now, it's time for me to actually put those tools to use, learn and create great work! Take his class if you have the chance - I highly recommend it.  

Originals of Fred Fixler's Work

Full-size Illustrations done by Glen Orbik and Laurel Blechman 

More Head Painting/ Head Drawing (Reilly Method, Glen Orbik, Asian Girls, Gesture Drawings)

Woah - it's been a while since a posted! Got a new job recently, I have been really really busy. It also means I've accumulated lots of good stuff over the weeks to show you guys. 

Naila at Courbet Art Circle
Preliminary Study for Painting
Paul at LCAD workshop
Preliminary study for Paul. Doing a lot of Reilly rhythms on this piece. Going for a Leyendecker look.
These are some photograph studies. where I'm paying attention to the bigger shapes. Instead of copying the photo, I'm studying, interpreting and designing the shapes on the photographs (even changing things to make it "read" and "look" better.  
Aye Hasegawa - Dope dancer (

Left is a Zhang Lu study. Right is a Korean girl from makeup ad. 
Stacy Walker at 3Kicks Fine Arts Studio

Head Figure Quick Sketch
Gesture Drawings - Anime Expo, Barnes and Nobles. Working on Basic shapes.
Doing studies based on stuff I read in a Mark McDonnel's book (The Art and Feel of Making it Real)