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! 

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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

Reality vs Perception

Here are the concept sketches of the theme of subjective nature of reality. Sometimes what we see is not what things are; the perceptions might differ from the reality. 

 Sketch 1: A man's profile or mountain ridge?

Sketch 1: A man's profile or mountain ridge?

 Sketch 2: A beautiful desert or woman's body?

Sketch 2: A beautiful desert or woman's body?

 Sketch 3: A hidden tiger in the bamboo forests?

Sketch 3: A hidden tiger in the bamboo forests?

 

 

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!