Lala's Wedding Portrait

A friend of mine from high school is getting married this month, I couldn't attend her wedding in Taiwan because of my schedule, so I decided to offer her a wedding portrait. The artwork will be at her wedding on behalf of me. Below are the steps from start to finish.

 This is the photo of Lala and her soon-to-be husband =)

This is the photo of Lala and her soon-to-be husband =)

 This is the finished line work based on their photo. Lala wants a longer hair look so I adjusted to her need. It's done with Sakura's fine brush pen. I really love their micron pens and brush pens.

This is the finished line work based on their photo. Lala wants a longer hair look so I adjusted to her need. It's done with Sakura's fine brush pen. I really love their micron pens and brush pens.

 And this is the color sketch. I scanned and transferred the drawing into Procreate then colored it. I love the combination of traditional and digital medium.

And this is the color sketch. I scanned and transferred the drawing into Procreate then colored it. I love the combination of traditional and digital medium.

Above are the added background versions, they chose the one on the right.

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And finally, the finished painting/drawing! It's done majorly in ink and acrylic ink, touch of  watercolor and Sharpie's markers on 11"x14" clay board. I love the smooth surface and shiny finish. This is my third time to draw on clay board. I plan to do a lot more in the future.

Vincent van Gogh Loves Dollar Shave Club

This semester we have a fun assignment for our Photoshop class, which is to pick an artwork from an old master and re-dress the person in the painting. I chose one of Vincent van Gogh's self-portrait because I'm always in love with his works and his passion about art (Who isn't I mean?) 

So first of all, this is the original painting:

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And then this is my interpretation:

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So I imagined van Gogh shaving his beard using the razor from Dollar Shave Club. This idea came quickly, I guess it's because I've been watching their commercial on TV and thought it's funny, plus their packaging seems nice. I'm also secretly hoping this work could bring me some advertising jobs!

Below are some screenshots of my work in progress. 

 Always blocking out the big colors first, the details come later.

Always blocking out the big colors first, the details come later.

 I was thinking about icing on the cake when I was painting the foam, lol

I was thinking about icing on the cake when I was painting the foam, lol

Lastly I made a GIF, I hope you enjoy this blog! I like to share my work in progress and see others too!

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Recent School Works

After we entered the junior and senior year of college, there's not much of life drawing classes anymore, we focused on illustrating from references. So yesterday was a rare chance we got to draw from models again.

Each sketch is done around 15 mins using white charcoal pencil.

Lastly I want to show you the sketches I did for my oil painting class. I went to a Chinese buffet last weekend to shoot my own pictures. The crabs are delicious.

 From 1 to 4, which one is your favorite? =)

From 1 to 4, which one is your favorite? =)

Above are the reference photos. Hope you enjoy today's blog!

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:

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.