In the Make of "V-Twin Engine At Heart"

Hi everybody! Remember my last post about motorcycle graphic t-shirt designs? Well here I am proudly presenting the finished works! This is the first of the three series. I enjoyed the process of this self-generated project, from researching, brainstorming, sketching to the final execution. I wanted to do this because motorcycle-riding is a new hobby I acquired this summer and I like how simple and straightforward t-shirt design is. So voilà, you got the combination.

B&W Refined Sketch 1.jpeg

This is the initial sketch that you saw around a month ago. Unlike the usual start of most of my works, which is from doodling and some daydreaming. This art actually started with the text “v-twin engine at heart” first. This quote just came to my mind one day then I began to think what illustration could go with it.

 Color comp

Color comp

For this design, I decided to go for a retro direction. There’s a lot of images of skeletons in the motorcycle graphic tee’s market, but most of them appear very scary or intimidating to my taste, I like to incorporate skeletons in my drawings because I don’t have to worry about the gender and racial appearance of the figure. It also matches my philosophy.
So after my professor approved the initial sketch, I did a rough color sketch, the one you see above.

 Details of the engine

Details of the engine

The engine in my initial sketch is oversized and it feels like a stuck-on to the skeleton, so I found a picture of an engine that looks more like a heart shape, and I warped it in Photoshop.
As for the reference of the skeleton, thanks to my friend Mark, who recommended me an app called Skelly, it has 3-D skeleton and human anatomy which you can turn to almost every angle to get the most accurate perspective of human figure.


And finally! Here are the outcomes. I designed two versions for printing on black and white t-shirt. You also might have noticed that I made the tubes from the engine connected to the skeleton so they feel more like one-piece now.
The t-shirts will be available soon so stay tuned. I hope you enjoy the walk-through of my work in process today.

Sketches from the Motorcycle T-shirts Design

Hello everyone! Hope you had a good weekend and happy Rosh Hashana! 

This week's post is to show five black-and-white sketches for one of my current school projects. I decided to do a series of graphic motorcycle shirts. I try to do something more unique and different from what I see in the current market, which the image is still and the idea is old. I try to revive some of the images I saw and add some fun and humor to it. Some of you might see this already on my social media, now you can see it all in one page and know my thoughts behind the design.

 The first idea that came into my mind. My friend suggested to put the engine in between the skeleton's ribs to make it feel more like a heart.

The first idea that came into my mind. My friend suggested to put the engine in between the skeleton's ribs to make it feel more like a heart.

 The reference is my own bike, a Suzuki TU250X. I love riding it to Long Island for a daily hiking trip. The landscape in the left mirror is Montauk lighthouse and on the right is Breakneck Ridge in Cold Spring.

The reference is my own bike, a Suzuki TU250X. I love riding it to Long Island for a daily hiking trip. The landscape in the left mirror is Montauk lighthouse and on the right is Breakneck Ridge in Cold Spring.

 The idea came from my own personal experience. I often hear people say this to me when I introduce my bike. Their thought on smaller bikes is, "they're great for starters." That I agree, but I also want to justify for small bikes, they also can do what many big bikes can't do, which is moving through small spaces. Small bikes are a blast in dense city like NYC.

The idea came from my own personal experience. I often hear people say this to me when I introduce my bike. Their thought on smaller bikes is, "they're great for starters." That I agree, but I also want to justify for small bikes, they also can do what many big bikes can't do, which is moving through small spaces. Small bikes are a blast in dense city like NYC.

 In this design, I want to emphasize the fun adventure a motorcycle can bring.

In this design, I want to emphasize the fun adventure a motorcycle can bring.

 Last one features a female rider cruising on the road under the sunset.

Last one features a female rider cruising on the road under the sunset.

I hope you enjoy today's series. If you ever question, "Why skeletons, Jamie?" It's because a while ago I started liking the idea of blurring the lines between sexualities and ethnicities. I don't have to worry about how to depict the character when drawing the skeletons because underneath we're all the same, right? 

Celebrity Headshots

Hi guys, this week's blog is a 2-pages of small sketches of random celebrity headshots. It's a good late night exercise I'd say, when you're in a mood to sketch but you're indoors, just go on Google search and sketch random subjects. 
The way I did is without any preliminary sketches, just straight on ink, this way it'd save your time erasing things or being unsure about your sketches, because the purpose of sketching is not to be perfect, is to be loose, free-handed and preserve each brush stroke you put on that paper. That's also why I like to use ink, it's permanent and straightforward, its unforgiving nature doesn't allow you to erase mistakes or unwanted marks, but that's exactly my philosophy in life, I don't need to forget the mistakes or ugly things, instead I remember them, and perhaps make it better next time.
I hope you enjoy this week's post as usual. I always enjoy your feedback.

 Each tiny portrait is around 2" x 3" and took me around 5-6 minutes to finish, so to fill up a page would take around an hour. It's a perfect daily sketching exercise.

Each tiny portrait is around 2" x 3" and took me around 5-6 minutes to finish, so to fill up a page would take around an hour. It's a perfect daily sketching exercise.

 Well, to be honest, not each of them is celebrity, some of them are just the faces I like.

Well, to be honest, not each of them is celebrity, some of them are just the faces I like.

How many celebrities do you recognize? Let me know! And I wish you a good Labor Day weekend!

Restaurant La Cienega

In the last week of July, I finally hung out with Herby, who I haven't seen for more than a year. Herby (It's actually just Herb but I like to call him Herby) is a friend who I got to meet when I was doing real estate. I was panicking during the closing of my first deal and he was kind enough to offer me help and answer whatever questions I had. He wasn't even my mentor or partner but someone in my company. Herby doesn't have that intimidating posture which I find in some business people; instead Herby is very funny and witty and can make instant friends with everybody! Also Herby is a foodie so it can never go wrong when you go eat out with him.

This time he brought us to this Mexican restaurant in Corona, Queens --- Restaurant La Cienega. Herby ordered a tlayudas and some baby tacos for us and I got myself a horchata. 

 Tlayudas, could I say this is Mexican-style pizza?

Tlayudas, could I say this is Mexican-style pizza?

The tylaudas was so delicious. It's mashed red bean spread on crispy-baked tortilla topped with three kinds of meats and fresh lettuce, avocados and tomatoes. It's huge, refreshing and doesn't give me food coma after.

 Herby in Restaurant La Cienega

Herby in Restaurant La Cienega

Herby is from an Italian family and he grew up in this neighborhood, so after the meal he brought me to this amazing Italian Ice which he grew up eating.

 The Lemon Ice King of Corona

The Lemon Ice King of Corona

The Lemon Ice King of Corona has opened for over 60 years and is well-known by the locals. I got a tangerine flavor and Herby got peanut butter. It's very tasty.

I feel so blessed living in Queens where you can enjoy all kinds of food brought by immigrants from all over the world. Asian, Spanish, Middle Eastern, European and so on. You don't need to travel far to get access to all these wonderful and authentic cuisines.

Do you have a favorite ice shop or Mexican restaurant in NYC? Let me know!

Additional info: https://www.cienegalastlayudasdeoaxaca.com

                          http://thelemonicekingofcorona.com

 

Sketch Night #4

Hi, there are not many words for this week's post because it's the Sketch Night again! 
For your information, Society of Illustrators is an organization specifically dedicating to illustrators. They host life models drawing every Tuesday and Thursday. So sit back and enjoy the sketches!

Bagelicious!

Earlier this month, my friend T who lives in Ohio now, spontaneously decided to drive to me on a Saturday. T loves fast cars and driving, so he doesn't mind going on a 8-hour trip on his Mustang. 

 T and his Mustang

T and his Mustang

I'm really glad he came over because we haven't talked for half a year. NY life has kept me busy and I haven't got much time to connect with many of my awesome friends.
T is few years younger than me but I always find him smarter. He is a handy constructor with a creative mind. T is also a pretty cool gamer; you could find his channel on YouTube as TREXIBIT.  

So when T came over, he suggested us to go to his old bagel place in East Meadow, Long Island while he still lived in NY. It's called Bagelicious! (The name doesn't come with exclamation mark, lol)

 Outside of Bagelicious

Outside of Bagelicious

It was a beautiful Sunday morning. What's better to start a day with bagel and coffee?

T's favorite is salty bagel with lox cream cheese (literally too salty for me.) He loves it so much that he bought 2 or 3 of the same thing! 

Rye_Bagel_w_Walnut_Raisin_Cream_Cheeze.jpg

Me on the other hand, was craving for something sweet and healthy, so I got a rye bagel with walnut raisin cream cheese. T was judging the appearance of the rye on my bagel so he didn't want to take a bite.

 Inside of Bagelicious

Inside of Bagelicious

I love family-owned business and their bagels are pretty good. I saw there's rainbow bagel on their website. I'll have it in my next visit! 

More info about Babelicious: https://www.bagelicious.com

Do you have a favorite bagel place in NY? Let me know!

The Buffet

On July 4th, I suggested to go to a Chinese buffet in College Point with my brother and two of his friends. Why I like about this buffet is its competitive price and the quality of the food, also, their tasty crabs!

 They chop the crabs in half so it's easier to eat.

They chop the crabs in half so it's easier to eat.

I'm not a huge eater but whenever I come here, I'd binge on eating crabs.

 Inside The Buffet

Inside The Buffet

The restaurant was packed on the holiday. Lots of families came here. The crabs were gone soon.

 The building complex where The Buffet is located

The building complex where The Buffet is located

The building complex includes a hotel, a hot pot restaurant and other shops. It's easier to drive here than taking the public transportation. The lunch here during week days is only $20!

You can find the info of this restaurant at: https://www.yelp.com/biz/the-buffet-flushing