Friday, January 27, 2012


This semester I'm taking ANI 112A and our first assignment was a self-portrait in charcoal!  I drew the portrait in my room with the window shut and just the room light on, to keep a constant light source.  We were not allowed to use photographs.  Here's my portrait, start to finish (sans fixative):

Blank drawing paper. 
Quick sketch
Darkening some lines and hair.
More corrections and more hair. 
I look kind of angry, but it's too weird (and painful, after a bit) to simply smile at myself in the mirror.  This drawing took about eight hours.  Hopefully at the end of this semester I'll be faster!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Shoes 'N' Sharpies

I have been doing hours of art this weekend.

On Saturday I drew on some white low-top Converse shoes provided by Sears.  These "Hunger Games" themed shoes took several hours, but we filmed the process and my sister made a time-lapse video of it:

There are more pictures here, and here.  

I've Sharpied a couple other pairs of shoes before (all Converse--my favorite shoe brand). Here are pictures of the very first pair I drew on (Harry Potter themed--my favorite book series) way back in 2009:

Of course I had interesting socks on that day...

On Sunday, I finished a baby room mural I've been working on for a while.  It's Peter Pan themed, and I'll post photos of that soon!

Happy Chinese New Year (新年快了!) and see y'all back at school (which starts very soon--yippee!!)

Playlist: Feist, The Black Keys, Michael Johns, Snow Patrol, The Dandy Warhols

Sunday, January 15, 2012


So I've been reading like crazy for the past few days.

Image from here
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater: A bit slow, but there were some really nice sentences in there.  That sounds weird, but it's true: every once in a while there was a really good sentence that made me smile or think.  My favorite character was Finn, by far.  Really well-developed and interesting.  Love the "frog face" :-)

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Thirteenth Child by Patricia Wrede: Kind of predictable.  I liked that you could see the characters grow up, though.

Image from here

Divergent:  Wow.  Amazing.  If you like The Hunger Games, you'll like this book.  Literally couldn't put the book down until about page 200, and that was with some reluctance.  And also because I had to sleep.  SO eager for the 2nd book.  Lots of twists, great story.  Only didn't really like the names of the main characters.  Best novel I've read all year/January.

In art-related news, I found this blog that's really awesome, and is written by a bunch of artists with frequent updates:

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Drawing With Friends

Yesterday I went drawing with friends.  It's nice to just get together and draw.  Conversation is optional, and as I'm someone who really dislikes small talk, that's nice.  When we talk, it's about art stuff or life, not the weather.  Or it's about how strange a squirrel is:

This squirrel was somehow interesting enough to stare at for 10 minutes.  It was really fat, and very itchy.  It kept scratching itself and rubbing its belly, and it live in this, er, interesting piece of modern art on the Art Building with another squirrel.

We went to draw at an oversized monopoly board with non-perfect cube dice..  I played around with my Prismacolor gray marker a lot.

There were many animal sculptures around, so I drew the hawk:

Drew my dog (Koa) later, but she wouldn't stay looking up long enough, despite me making my sister talk in weird voices so Koa wouldn't move.

Playlist: Lana Del Ray, The Black Keys, Of Monsters and Men, Broken Social Scene

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Winter Break [Edited]

At the beginning of Winter Break I went with the church group I'm part of at school to Santa Cruz for a fantastic retreat.  I'll put more pictures from that trip later.  Here are a couple that I took:

Here are some pictures some friends took:

Photo by Jeiji

Photo by Jeiji
(I was drawing one of the buildings.)

And everyone in sight. (Photo by Jeiji)

I was drawing for a while... (Photo by Sean)
Ran around in freezing water. That was fun, but I couldn't feel my feet for a while.
(Photo by Sean)

Group picture! (Photo by shivering stranger--Sean's camera)

Great retreat and I'm really happy to have gotten invited to SJCA.  It's a truly great second family.

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I've still been drawing.  Here are some more superheroes I drew recently:

Last week I went to Boot Camp at Sheldon's Art Academy.  I flew out to LA and stayed with a friend. I had a great time drawing for hours on end, even if I had to listen to Cat Stevens all day.

Drew a person at the airport.

I liked the graphic of the tripping person.
Of course, while taking this picture, I tripped and ran
right into the guy in front of me, no lie.
 My friend, her mom, and I went to Whole Foods to get food for the week.  I hadn't been to Whole Foods in a while, so I don't know if these labels are typical, but I thought they were funny for one reason or another, and took several pictures of them.  My friend's mom thought I was weird.

Before Boot Camp, this is how I did gestures:

After drawing from photos at Boot Camp, Sheldon said this gesture was pretty good, and I think that's when I had an epiphany.

From a photo

From a photo

From a photo

From a photo

From a photo

From photos; notes
I was running out of paper in my sketchbook,
so I drew on pages I'd previously drawn superheroes on.
From photos
A really useful activity we did was a collaboration between three people.  One would draw the layin, a second the construction, and a third would finish the drawing with Cal State Cools, etc.
From photos. (I wrote "wee! I think I'm getting it!")

From photo; collaboration

From photo; collaboration
 We had two live models.  Here are some of the figure drawing I did of them:

My personal favorite drawing.

Copied some Rockwell faces.
I drew more people at the airport for the return flight:

This guy was pushing two wheelchairs.
Bootcamp Playlist: Day 1: Mumford and Sons; Day 2: ABBA, and someone that sounded like Graham Parker; Day 3: ABBA, Phil Collins; Day 4: Cat Stevens.  When I say "Day," I mean it.  We listen to these artists all day on a loop...

My playlist since returning: The Black Keys, Ingrid Michaelson, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs