Saturday, June 23, 2012

Sean Cheetham and Nathan Fowkes Wk 10 + 11

YUP!! Sean and Nathan's class at LAAFA concludes! Here is some of my final work I created for the class. I'll be posting up a review and some helpful art notes soon. :)

wk10 painting - not my most polished, but Sean liked the chiseled look.  

self portrait - took a risk with the pose and lighting. but wanted to try it out. not as successful as my other one with Chris Legaspi, but it was quite a fun challenge to paint this one.
Chris Legaspi from
5 hr pose at courbet art circle today. i liked how it turned out. the colors. very challenging frontal lighting too. almost no shadows. :o
Nathan Fowkes Landscape quicksketch - done from photos shown on a TV screen.

top 2 are done from life at placerita canyon park. Rest are done from photos, except the last one, which is a view from my house.

japanese garden

done from photos + mastercopies show on a TV during Nathan's class.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

PokeBooth Revisit/ Environment Painting wk5

Had a blast a AM2 this weekend. This week has just been amazingly fun - lots of hanging of with friends, dancing and meeting new people ;) lollllz...

Wanted to revisit a painting I've done about 2 years ago, and apply all the new things that I've learned. 


after about 4 hrs of "finding the simple statement"

added a venasaur and made people more prominent

I'll be posting a final class review for my Sean Cheetham and Nathan Fowkes classes soon - so stay tuned!

Saturday, June 16, 2012

environment painting wk 4

I don't think it's much better than last weeks. Sorry my head isn't in the game this week. :/

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Environment Painting wk 3

Some quick color thumbs. Using photo reference for colors. 

Class exercise: painting over photos

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Sean Cheetham and Nathan Fowkes Wk 9

wk9 - superman
30 min flower quicksketch

you are welcome!
sketchbook painting  
I don't think I ever got around to posting this - but this piece won the CGW competition on facebook recently.
What I learned was that the secret to making something really good, so to spend a lot of fucking time on it, get a lot of fucking help, and work fucking hard. :)

I think this piece took about 2 months. I spent around 3 weeks just doing research and iterations to get a view that conveyed my concept in a clear and compelling way. It took a lot of time to just nail down my idea.
When it got to the illustration part, I biked to a actual farm to take pictures of a farm at sunrise. When drawing the people, I got a lot of images from google and drew them very carefully. I had reference for EVERY part of the image.

I had lots of help from this piece. I started this image in Mathais' class at Kazone - he worked with me on concept, composition and lighting. Charles also helped me with the photo-texture element on the building.  When it got to the illustration part, I even had help from Nathan Fowkes and Sean Cheetham at LAAFA - and they gave me advice on the finishing touches. Of course - I also asked a lot of my friends on facebook for help and they gave me really good feedback. I feel like I had an entire ARMY help me with this piece.

When it was done, I posted it on several forums and  got a feel of how people reacted to the piece. They didn't really respond to the title "Under the Old Sky" - so I changed it to "Epilogue to Wall-E" and I think people really got it better.

Total - I think it took me around 50 hours.