Saturday, 29 December 2012

Did I not update this? How could I not have updated this..I CAN'T BELIEVE it!


I really totally thought I did! Yes the progress is going sooo painfully slowly because I just have no time! But I really did think I updated it.

Using OpenCanvas on flowers, it works so much better for painterly blending strokes than PS.  I like to use a blend of these two programs because they each have their strengths.

Wednesday, 26 December 2012

Blue Boy

Last month, I was browsing through my old laptop's hard drive and I found this one psd file.  It's an unfinished painting from November of last year and I apparently totally forgot about it.  I can't recall why I left it unfinished, but most likely it's because I had no time for it due to work commitments and then eventually it slipped from my mind.  I don't think when I started this picture I had any grand goal, meaning nor story for it.  I just wanted to play with certain colour combinations, which in this case are bright aqua and blue as ambience colours and how they affect skin tones.

I used OpenCanvas to paint hair.  I think OC works MUCH better than Photoshop in painting hair.  I switched back and forth from OC to PS - OC for painting and PS for colour adjustment.

p.s. I just realized how I contradicted my last post....hahahahaha!

Thursday, 20 December 2012

iPad art again

It seems to be the only kind of personal art I have time for these days, because I can paint while I'm out and about and stuff.


I painted this using ArtRage for iPad, mostly the crayon tool.  I'm starting to find my way through that app.  In my last Artrage posts I used oil paint tool.  Usign different tools when painting digitally is a new thing for me, because I would normally just use the round brush tool.


Monday, 10 December 2012

more iPad art!


This time made in Procreate.  I think I'm really getting the hang of it and am more able to get the details in.

Saturday, 8 December 2012

Photoshop painting demo - luminous backlighting effect


A few months ago, somebody asked me how I create the "lights and shine" in my paintings.  I took it to mean the golden lighting and how I used it to illuminate the subjects in my paintings. So, I made a video demo to walk you through the way I create the intense, luminous backlighting effect.  I'm a newbie at making videos so after a lot of struggling and frustration with Windows Movie Maker and after that, Adobe Premiere Pro, I finally did it!

Hope you like it.
Vid after the jump.

Friday, 7 December 2012

even more Artrage iPad art!

I think I'm DEFINITELY getting much better with the oil painting tool in that app. Most of which is attributed to getting a better idea of what I'm doing.

I tried to limit myself to using only palette knife tool here.

Thursday, 6 December 2012

my uncle and his family

My present for them

I used Photoshop and OpenCanvas...trying to get the hang of OpenCanvas, and eventually any painting program other than Photoshop, hopefully.

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Caricature drawing.

Hi guys.  I didn't update for a while because I've been busy.  A new set of pages came in so I've been doing that. 


I was given a crash course of caricature drawing by Osman.  This is my caricature version of him.  He said that this is the best caricature that anyone's drawn of him.  I'm sure he's just being nice, but it's nice to hear nonetheless!

Today is the fir st day I taught one on one tuition which is exciting.

Thursday, 29 November 2012

New Artrage iPad paintings


 just getting used to the oil brush tool.

Saturday, 10 November 2012

November OIC Portrait After Dark


woo yet another month of drawingy goodness!  Lots of interesting people to draw.  Also the guys from Threadless came to town and invited all of us to a party.  How nice of them.

my artwork is on this month's promo poster!


the Threadless guys came to town! This is one of them.





Tuesday, 6 November 2012

birthday card

My sister had her birthday almost two months ago and I was supposed to draw her a card but never got round to doing it until now.  I used Derwent Drawing and Colleen coloured pencils.  DD has a fantastic colour range for drawing skintones and stuff, and then I used Colleen for brighter areas.  uhm. yeah. anyway I cannot stand cats and thus in normal circumstances I would never draw them but Kahti (his name means coconut milk in Thai) is like her sidekick.

Sunday, 14 October 2012

wheekayness WIP update


I swear when/if I do a new banner, I'll make the layout wider.  yeech!
Anyway last time I worked on this pic was a few months ago.  I just was so busy.  Now my schedule's just beginning to free up a bit so I can work on my personal art.

Friday, 12 October 2012

Portrait After Dark Oct 2012







Pics from Portrait After Dark.  I'm sure when Michael/OIC peeps upload the pics, they'll be much better taken :P.  I guess today wasn't my day...I don't know, I just didn't feel like I was particularly good today.  Perhaps it's because I used a new watercolour paper (Fabriano instead of my usual Aquafine).  The main difference is the sizing, which affected the absorption rate of the paint.  on this paper, the paint stays on the surface a lot longer and a lot more.  Presumably this is a good thing, since this paper is a lot more expensive and is advertised as artist grade (as opposed to student grade of Aquafine), but I was so used to Aquafine.  Oh well.  I still sold pretty decently though.

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

bunch of portraits

I have a lot of art supplies sitting around because I've been collecting and hoarding and not really using it.  Here are a bunch of portraits I did with these art supplies.  They all have their strengths and unique characteristics.  The drawings done in coloured pencils are done on Strathmore Bristol Vellum paper, 200 series and the watercolour ones are done on Fabriano cold-pressed watercolour papers.  I tried on a few different styles, techniques and colour combinations.


This one is done with Derwent Drawing pencils.  I have a tin of 24 (the full range) and I think it's the best pencils for rendering skintones!  The colour selections are very unique (you won't find anything similar in other lines) and according to Derwent, they're especially formulated for rendering nature subjects such as animals and landscapes, and portraits.  The consistency is like half waxy-coloured pencils and half pastel.


I used Derwent Aquatone for this one.  Its slogan on the Derwent website is "Paint in a stick" and it's called "Woodless Watercolour Sticks", but I think it's more like a woodless watercolour pencil.  It doesn't EXACTLY behave like watercolour paint - it's more chalky and the colour becomes lighter when wet and darkens when it dries (true watercolour is the other way round).  The chalkiness lends this matte look to the painting which is more apparent in person.  Compare with this one:


which is done using Winsor Newton Cotman watercolours.  I don't think it's obvious from the scans but the quality of the paint is a lot more glossier and 'transparent' than the Aquatones.  Both works really well though.


These are done using the vintage Prismacolors that Stephen got me from ebay a few months ago.  They're the Berol ones.  I read from some forum that that's when Prismacolors were still 'good', because apparently when they were acquired by Sanford and the manufacturing plant was moved to Mexico the quality of the pencils declined.  I didn't grow up using Prismacolors so I don't know how true this is, and wanted to test both to see for myself, so I bought the modern Prismas and managed to hunt down this set of vintage Prismas.  I haven't used the modern Prismas very much but so far I feel that the quality of the pencils are the same.  This set of vintage has some politically incorrect colour names, though.  For example, there are two pencils called 'Flesh' and 'Light Flesh', which in the modern Prisma set are changed to 'Peach' and 'Light Peach'.  I had a bit of difficulty with the skintones here, and by the time the last layers were applied, the paper was already over-saturated.


This one was created using my beloved Colleen coloured pencils. Out of all the colour pencil brands I own, this is the only scholastic grade one, or rather, the only brand marketed to children, but the consistency rivals those of the pro-grade stuff I own.  This means the colour selection tends to be a LOT brighter, which I absolutely adore!  I tried doing a semi-manga style with this one and I'm very pleased with how it came out.  I used Prismacolor blender and white to blend and burnish some areas.


This is created using Lyra Rembrandt Polycolor pencils.  Going for a more expressionistic style here.  I don't think it came out badly but I'm not quite sure what to think of it.

Sunday, 7 October 2012

A Hero's Journey

my latest finished commissioned piece!

I was commissioned to illustrate A Hero's Journey concept.  It was an EPIC of a picture!!! LOL...I think this project poses quite a lot of new challenges for me, since it contains so many scenes yet all of them are part of a whole, and most of the content is some sort of a personification/materialization of abstract concepts, which necessitates quite a lot of stylization. My clients are happy with this picture, and so am I!

Stage 1

Stage 2

Stage 3

Stage 4

Stage 5

Stage 6

Stage 7

Stage 8

whole pic.

Friday, 5 October 2012

more iPad art


So you can see I'm making progress with creating art with my iPad! :D  At least I think so, and I hope you think so too!
Both are created using the Sketchbook Pro app.  For some reason I can't quite articulate now, I think the way the app works fits the subject matter and style of these pictures.

I painted the second picture first, but I put the pics in their supposed chronological order :P

Saturday, 29 September 2012

Urban Sketchers Singapore - Chinatown 29 Sep 2012







The last drawing is the first.  The first drawing is the second one.  It was that time of the month again (for Sketchwalk, of course :P), but this month it's in the evening because in Chinatown there was a Mid-Autumn festival parade.  Lots of lanterns, colours, decorations and lights!  There was music and dances and other stuff too.  It was a very busy day.  I think I'm getting better at sketching more loosely and not get too bogged down with details and stuff, and learning to be a bit more expressionistic with my brushstrokes.

Sunday, 16 September 2012

Arts Fiesta @Pioneer

I was sooo forgetful yesterday. My sister and I volunteered to be portrait artists at a local art festival and we received instructions to arrive there "at the latest by 5.30 pm". Around 5-10 minutes after we left home I realized that I forgot my set of watercolours, which is a real bummer because I typically work using ink and watercolours for my portrait day work, so how on earth am I going to paint now!? We were still near enough for me to dash back home to get the watercolours, but I decided against it because I really did not want to be late, and good thing my sister brought my tin of Faber Castell Polychromos colour pencils and some of my markers and coloured pens so I thought that perhaps I could work with those.  I was still anxious however, because I am not used to working with coloured pencils and was afraid that it might not turn out to be as good as my watercolour works.

It happened that it turned out fantastically in the end. I attracted quite a lot of attention and a lot of people were watching me work.  One lady even filmed me working on her phone (she was standing a little too close though o_O).  Here are some of the pictures I drew.  Others were sold and the volunteers who were running the event took them away so fast that I didn't have the time to take pictures of them.

I guess it was a perfect opportunity for me to get out of my comfort zone and try a 'new' medium!

BUT.......in the end of the night, when I got back home I realized I left the tin of coloured pencils there. UGHHHHHHHHhh *facepalms*

so much fail. I hate days like these.

The surface I used is Strathmore Bristol vellum board.



 when I came back, I did this experiment of using coloured pencils on cold pressed watercolour paper.  If you have read any colour pencils instructions book, they probably advise that should you choose to use watercolour paper for your work, it should be hot pressed because any paper with rougher grain will consume too much pencil unnecessarily.  While I agree I guess I had to try it out for myself. soooo yes, I can confirm that.