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.

RISO Lab at SVA

This weekend I attended a Risograph workshop at SVA, lectured by Nathan Fox and Andrew. We had so much fun learning this printing tool and together created a zine. I’ll definitely utilize this in self-publishing!

My page in the zine, drawn by hand then scanned.

My page in the zine, drawn by hand then scanned.

This one is done Adobe Illustrator then printed digitally.

This one is done Adobe Illustrator then printed digitally.

Surrealism

We were doing distorted human faces in class today and this is the fun I got! Hope you enjoy it

My friend said the shape looks like Africa

My friend said the shape looks like Africa

And this one looks like a bumper car

And this one looks like a bumper car

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.