Wednesday, December 14, 2011


For the past few weeks been trying to get back into life drawing. Still can't achieve the values and contrast that I want. Definitely need wayyyy more practice controlling values whilst depicting form.

Weird legs methinks.

Dual colour fail.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011


Rwf from a few weeks back.

Cows were the easiest to draw simply because they sat and shat and ate.

Surprisingly enough the pigs rolled around a lot.

Amazed at the size of a draft horse. Almost twice as high as a human male, so if you sit on one, effectively gives you a treble height difference which makes it really intimidating. Wonder if they were used as war horses in the past? Top image is of regular, not draft horses running around.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

some school related work and other things

..... I think everybody knows that I'm sorely disappointed with the choice of program we were made to render with. I'm pretty sure no one uses this in industry. NO ONE. /dontevenknowwhyimpostingthis

30 minute study of le hand , which looked much better than my other, 2.5 hr struggle of a painting.

Final versions of skull/limb comparisons. Bones are always fun to draw!
Will upload my RWF stuff after I find them. Challenge was definitely trying to balance "realistic rendering" and clarity.

On a side note, discovered that Toronto Star Sunday is having a 3 part series about condos with awesome pullout illustrations.

If you didnt buy the paper, here's the link to the digital one.

Should really try and upload more non school things. /:

Sunday, October 16, 2011

art dump

Sketch for that layout street view. It looks so much better as a thumbnail.

Had feedback that said this was super stylised... and I agreed. I'd just generalised the direction of the cloth so it's not really draping the form. 

Friday, October 14, 2011


Decided to do some 15-20 minute paints of anything... mostly faces. And using the round brush, because I'm not good with it.  ;__;

Sketch dump coming on the weekenddddd. Hopefully.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Line quality is ruined, but it's 90% done at last!

Friday, September 30, 2011

Timeline time!

Last week attended Toronto's book and magazine festival. I must say, it was amazing because we amassed a mighty haul.

School is getting crazier, attempting to balance own work and school stuff.  Currently failing.  It's been a month, but feels like a single week compressed together.  Most of the projects I'm doing now are all... technical exercises, to use a pun.  After watching how awesome people's stuff I really feel the need to do more. MORE.   Time to buy a planner... and update every week.   
Pics below are of life and anatomy. I'm sure you can tell?  

Random quickie I actually did.  Still trying to nail mood down and values are too even. What sucks is that my intuos 4 pen is not compatible with the cintiques at school. Damn Futureshop and their old stock.

Saturday, August 13, 2011


Decided to try out this cinematic style of things after watching so many movies... really interested in lighting because it affects everything - trying to find sources for MOAR study.

Any crits please?  I'm not sure if the lighting on the hair is right, or if the mood succeeded.  I skimped on the rope, admittedly.
 Also, need to paint more hair, it was the single most frustrating thing on this piece.  ):

Still feel that my faces in general are not very good, gotta paint more!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Life painting is really different. Trying it out with digital made me realise how hard choosing colours were. Started out in b/w because I'd knew I would spend forever picking colours. Forgot half of my anatomy too.  =3=          Must practice more! Ugh, sometimes I feel that I'm not making any progress at all. But then again, I suppose everyone feels that way?

Monday, July 25, 2011

Somehow it turned out like this

Well, all I can say is, I've only been doing ref painting, which does absolutely nothing for my imaginary skills.

 Colour study. Ended up looking like something out of GOW... need to learn how to add more detail to paintings.  I think it's too aggressive in some areas.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Italy ... 2011

Well, here they are, the few presentable pages of my wonderful summer dream. I WILL  RETURN SOMEDAY - with better painting skills hopefully- I've realised how atrocious mine are during this trip.  Sketchbooks were of different sizes and the smaller ones were sooo much fun to draw in!  Will definitely think about getting those in the future- I find that they help me think about space better.

A small sample of how many sugar packets I consumed along with coffee..... the sugar packaging grew into a small collection.   :D

More food packaging...  cioccolates! 

Some inks/watercolours that we had to do during the trip - honestly I regretted buying that Bristol paper, hated the texture and lack of grip. My nonsense pad of old watercolour paper would be better.  /: Plus it was too big to work with - basically not enough time to capture everything I wanted. fail

 Bought the long watercolour sketchbooks for Vencie - but didn't paint as much as I'd hoped too.  The most magical thing would honestly be the interlocking waterways and bridges, the whole city on the sea bit.... other than that I felt that the tourist attractions were overrated compared to Florence. It spoilt me so. One example being gelato.  Sighhh.