Jen's Wedding Portrait

Over the Winter break, I got to know Jen through our mutual friend Ann. Jen is an interior designer who also lives in Forest Hills (actually just 7 minutes from me!). She commissioned me to do a wedding portrait of her and her husband Peter as a Valentine's Day gift. I was very pleased to work with Jen for her caring personality, appreciation for art and understanding of the commissioned art business.

The 1st color sketch. Jen wants to have a romantic and fairy-tale like vibe, so I used roses in the background and keep the colors subdued to achieve the tranquil feeling and to avoid the over-excitement. 

The 1st color sketch. Jen wants to have a romantic and fairy-tale like vibe, so I used roses in the background and keep the colors subdued to achieve the tranquil feeling and to avoid the over-excitement. 

The 2nd and final color sketch. I added the blue and violet colors and changed the pink to orange to have a little contrast.

The 2nd and final color sketch. I added the blue and violet colors and changed the pink to orange to have a little contrast.

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Above 2 are the alternative sketches. I tend to do sketches digitally for faster and more convenient changes, but the final is ink washed.

Above 2 are the alternative sketches. I tend to do sketches digitally for faster and more convenient changes, but the final is ink washed.

I enjoy meeting and working with people like-minded and sometimes even become friends with. In a fast-paced world like now, such connections are precious to me.

Sketching at Toast Chat Cafe, Taipei

It's the third day since I came back to Taipei. I'm still fighting the afternoon drowsiness everyday. The key is not to stop moving and doing things, otherwise you'd fall back to sleep. 

Today I'm sketching at this cafe right across my house. It's a cat-friendly cafe. They keep couple of cats in store. The cats would stroll down the aisle freely and jump on your table suddenly while you're sipping your coffee, but everybody loves it. 
 

Portrait of My Family's Cats

My sister adopted two cats Jojo and Athena last year after our old cat Momo died for breast cancer. We had Momo since she was a kitten, so her death was really traumatizing to our family. My sister, especially, couldn't stand the missing feeling of Momo at home. Not long after she brought two cats back. 
I haven't met Jojo and Athena personally since I'm in the U.S. But my sister asked me for a portrait of them for her birthday this year. So here it is:

A Wedding Gift

Makoto and Whitney are friends I have back in Seattle. They both play soccer and are nice couple together. After few years of dating, they're going to get married and have their wedding this Summer in Montana. Although physically I couldn't be there,  I did a quick drawing of them as their wedding gift. Another friend of ours will bring this to them =)

Skeleton Sex

NEW PRODUCT ON THE MARKET! So "Skeleton Sex" is one of my major projects this summer. I was thinking something marketable to draw and sex came to my mind because I assume everybody likes sex right? And I also make it funny. This is the first series of my project. Wear it today or take the print with you! Click on the link below!

P.s Also you could PM with some of your ideas, maybe I'll include that in the following design. Thanks!

https://society6.com/product/skeleton-sex-1_t-shirt#s6-7193317p15a4v104a5v18a11v49

Introducing you Hannah!

Hi guys, I know I haven't been posting for like forever, so I don't know how may readers I have left out there. If you're reading this now, I appreciate you stopping by =) I'll pick my blogging up this Summer so you can hear more from me!

So allow me to introduce you to the portrait of Hannah! Hannah is a 13-year-old guide dog of a senior couple who I visit weekly. I mixed quite a lot of molding paste with the acrylic to leave the thick brush strokes on canvas so Michele and Eva can feel it. Michele, the owner said he wants to take the painting to the grave when he passed away. I did this painting for free just for them. Once in a while I like to give back to the people I care. What do you think of this painting? Do you have a pet/family that you cherish so much?

The Root of Hatred is Love

So the one-third of this semester has passed and I just finished this series of 3 illustrations of Grand Central Terminal. I had lots of fun doing it in ink wash; it's my favorite medium.

And you can see there are words on each drawing; together it says: The Root of Hatred is Love. I'm not a writer, but I have had a habit of keeping a journal for 4 years. I jot down whatever flashes through my mind as possible as I can, and maybe there would be 1 out of 1000 is good. So "The Root of Hatred is Love" is what I came up with after a break-up. You know sometimes you try so hard to hate a person, but deep down you actually care about them. This is how I feel. 

I hope you all enjoy my ink wash drawings as much as I do. I believe if an artist puts much efforts in his work, he can invite the viewers to join this intimate journey with him.