I’m may not be the best artist, but I’d like to believe that I’m among the most adventurous and versatile! Warning: very long, very image heavy post…
To start, I’m a big fan of sketching as a method of observation and thinking process. It is almost a reflex by now.
Sketching the Trevi Fountain in Rome.
Sketching the famous Eames House in Los Angeles.
Sketching the Castelvecchio Museum in Verona.
Sketching some diagrams and notes during my visit to a Ruth Asawa exhibit at the Hauser Wirth Schimmel Gallery in Los Angeles. It’s such a fantastic way to get around the ‘no photos allowed!’ rule 😛
Sketching my family at the Getty Center in Los Angeles while they sketch the artwork… haha.
With that said, I’m also very open to all sorts of art. I really mean, all.
This is a simulated image of clutch pencils. I studied the object forms, modelled them in 3D, applied materials, created lighting, and rendered it. This was my first time modelling and rendering digitally – it was really fun! In hindsight, this image isn’t super well done. The material for the silver bits is somewhat off (it should be more rough and textured).
A self-portrait, sculpted out of clay. I keep this in the basement because it’s a little creepy to have your own head on display in your room… but it’s not really any less creepy to walk downstairs in the dark and stumble upon a head, haha. This was a really fun project, and taught me a lot of about the process of carving, forming, joining, and detailing clay. It also taught me to be (mostly) unbiased, but objective in documenting how I look 🙂
This is work-in-progress shot of a pillar at my high school that a group of us painted together. The figure skater depicted is Joannie Rochette, a Canadian who won the bronze during the Olympics 2010.
Two one-minute life drawing sketches, overlaid on each other. I had tried to develop many styles of quick sketches, and this one so far is my favourite.
An ink illustration of a strawberry patch. I was quite detailed with my hatching here.
The reverse here. This was doing with a scratchboard technique, where you use a traditional pen (nib only, no ink) to scrape away from the black film attached to the board. This was difficult as it trained me to think in negative space. This fantastic woman, by the way, is of course Madam Marie Curie.
A hidden image illustration. Look for the two hidden things, and let me know when you find them!
I made a silk painting, and then I framed it in some card stock… and then I realized I had a whole pile of fabrics painted and dyed in different techniques, so I put them in a book! And learned some simple bookbinding along the way. The “recipe” is included, so feel free to try it out 🙂
A storyboard that I wrote and drew did in ink and watercolour. With the help of a few friend I shot this and screened the short feature in class. It was really cold while filming hahaha.
Life drawing of a model, using pencil crayons. Pardon the poor image quality, this is an old photo. I love the way I treated the lighting here, but that left hand and the facial features… terrible!
Oil pastel. I won’t lie, I drew this from an image on a post card. I believe the original was in oil painting, but it was really beautiful and I wanted to capture it in my own way.
Another one, still with oil pastels. At this point I really fell in love with oil pastels and how rich they can be!
Sketch of a hutong, in pencil.
And down an alleyway.
Back to some more ‘weird’ stuff! Haha. I started to experiment with appropriating other artists’ famous works for the purpose of critique. This one is meant to show that despite this woman ‘wearing’ her emotion for all to see, we don’t really know her, and we don’t see her face. She is starting to bare herself, and perhaps turning her head around.
Some process work, in case you are interested in house I start these projects. Here, I compile reference images, composition tests, colour swatches, and a mock up.
This is the remains from a technique called silk screening. You stretch silk over a frame, fix it in place, making a ‘canvas’. Then, you use a masking liquid to paint you design, the positive space, which would have been the green-ish areas in the image. Take care to have nice sharp corners and edges for a beautiful image, and don’t make things too detailed – it will become difficult later! After the masking liquid is dry, use the copper liquid, pour it, and use a card or squeegee to smoothly cover the entire canvas. Once that is dry, you can wash off the masking liquid, and all that’s left will be the copper liquid covering all of the negative spaces! Now, you can use this as a template to ‘print’ many different cards, posters, t-shirts, and so on!
This one was one of the first gradient prints I made.
Drawing the Sydney Opera House at night, at night, haha. Pens and shading markers.
Finished product. Worked in some typography and designs, to suit the style of the opera house.
Drawing my professor on our end of term project so that she will give us bonus marks hahahahahaha. Unfortunately she didn’t give us bonus marks, but did end up using this image as her Facebook profile photos for a long time. I’ll take it!
That’s it for today. I hope you’ve enjoyed/learned something/see something you want to try for yourself! There’s are a lot more projects that I haven’t documented yet. Let me know if you want to see some more, I’d be happy to share. Hope this inspires you to try new things! Art is in everything; don’t limit yourself 🙂