burnedbuho said: i'm so in love with your art. it's amazing congratulations :3
Thank you very much! C:
intellichick said: So glad they picked you for the #WeCanSurvive Poster artwork! Love your work!
Aw thank you! It was a fun job, there will be more, I hope ;)
Anonymous said: Congratulations on winning the advertisement illustration! :D It looked super marvelous!
Thank you soo much!:)
ocicatsy said: Hi! Picked up Ladies Havin' Fun this weekend at SPX. Cannot get over how awesome the saxophone picture is! <3
Thank you SO much!!
Happy long weekend! This week, I’d like to keep this post easy and short, and filled with tools that can make life easier on many levels. This post also concludes the toold I use in the non-digital world —you can also catch up by reading about drafting & inking, choosing paper, and a step-by-step case study.
Drafting Tools: Templates, Compasses & French Curves
My grandmother was a chemical engineer before she retired. Growing up I drew on the on the backs of industrial blueprints, and that was amongst my first memories of lines on paper. I love the organic aspect of the art-making process; but the mechanical side of drafting and drawing always fascinates me.
Last year my grandmother gave me all of her drafting templates and compass sets that she used in the 60s (which I constantly stole to draw with when I was little) The different sized circles and shapes are made for drafting volts, containers and circuits.
The making of time travel map for ImaginAerial’s variety show ‘The Bizzare and Curious Quest of Killian Kog,’ a map to be projected onto an 8 ft tall stage backdrop.
When I was younger there seem to be a myth between doing something ‘freehand’ and using ‘rulers’. Like, if someone could produce a straight line without the aid of tools, it is somehow better. I’m sure that now anyone who is a working professional would not say that’s true.
I draw a lot of buildings and man-made objects; unlike objects produced by nature, these are industrial products made from geometric templates.
I always use a ruler or compass to draw the geometric shapes; and then I ink the lines following the under drawing. This way the geometric lines blend well with the organic ones, and there is no awkwardness of unnaturally straight lines that attract unwanted attention.
Using rulers is also an excellent way of figuring out perspective, proportions and relationships between shapes. Sometime when I’m figuring out a composition, I pick up the compass and start doing overlapping circles on a page, and sometimes a composition emerges on its own.
Christmas opening spread for Robb Report China.
Lastly for this week, I’d like to share two time management tools I use in able to work more efficiently:
I learned to use the Pomodoro method from Allison Sommers:
To put it simply, I set the timer for 25-minute intervals and take a 5-minute break strictly every 25 minutes. I find it a really effective way to start working, because it breaks a big chunk of time into small intervals. Personally I only use it to start the day; the first hour is the hardest to concentrate. After I get into the work mode I like working for long hours.
I first heard about TeuxDeux when I attended Tina Eisenberg’s Keynote speech at SXSW earlier this year. Her ’11 Rules to Live By’ is on my inspiration board to this day. This to-do app is refreshing on the eye, and lets me cross-out tasks once I’m done with them, which is a huge pleasure.
Helps you focus. It’s true.
That’s it for this week! Thanks for reading on the long weekend, and hope you are taking the time to relax and recharge before fall starts. I would like to share a short TED talk that might go along with the theme of the weekend, from Huffington Post’s found Arianna Huffington: http://www.ted.com/talks/arianna_huffington_how_to_succeed_get_more_sleep.html
Thank you so much for tuning in! In the next few weeks I’d like to shift the focus to the digital half of the process. (YES, all that yummy Photoshop stuff!) While it is 30% of my overall process, it is 80% of the whole ‘look.’ I’d like to share a few tips on cleaning up drawings in Photoshop, coloring methods and cool things Photoshop can do.
Sneak peak: My very first Photoshop book, circa. 2004.
Talk to you next week! Have a great weekend!