Tuesday, April 28, 2009

"you're so young, you're so goddamn young."

hand-painting type is tedious, meticulous and annoying. but i think i love it.

the little mermaid: finished

Saturday, April 25, 2009

"fight your rival!"

those of you who played street fighter alpha know the character kasaguno sakura. inspired by a world champion fighter, she pursues to be just like him. she knows all of his trademark skills by heart and emulates them as best she can in hopes to achieve her dream of becoming a champion herself. of all the characters in street fighter, her goals are the most relatable. we're not the most talented, and we have someone we look up to and aspire to be.

but let's be honest. chances are, she'll never be able to match the fighter she is aspiring to be. much like myself. players even realize she's little more than the token schoolgirl character of the cast and will never be taken seriously. it's ok though, i believe in you.

i make fan art maybe once a year. i sometimes get inspired and start to make images of trademarked characters from time to time but i never really finish them. maybe it's because it's someone else's creative design and not my own. but, this late at night i decided i wanted to scribble something street fighter related.

-edit-color character
a lot of friends who are artists and avid street fighter fans had a discussion where they explained to me about how it's hard to capture the "essence" of street fighter characters in artwork, and how small things could make it lose that quality. hope i didn't screw it up too much.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

"coloristic surprise"

i actually got a fortune from my fortune cookie today (i usually get ominous advice), and it was about cake. thought i'd mention it here.
what kind of cake? where? when? i hope it's not a metaphor of a cake.

speaking of cake, trees:

don't fall in love with your profession.

Monday, April 20, 2009

"you made a better paper airplane"

model was fun to draw. she was the first tall, lanky woman i had in figure drawing. it was also the first time i couldn't finish drawing in the time alotted. the result is a somewhat unsettling image, but i like that.

i made 2 purchases yesterday: the visual novel Watchmen and Regina Spektor's album Soviet Kitsch.

it's embarrassing to admit that the wide release of the film was the gateway for me getting interested in the original comic but there's a first time for everything. potent storytelling and dialogue with great images. i'm liking it a lot so far.

regina spektor is an exceptional singer, and soviet kitsch has an album cover that i actually like. she has a natural talent she utilizes in a very fulfilling and intellectual way. bittersweet, playful, melancholy, and stranger than fiction.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

brain lines

never realized how much i enjoy the act of drawing. starting to get over the timidity and nervousness that comes with producing a picture and just enjoying the process.

the feeling of pressing lead onto paper is immensely satisfying. wonder if i could bring myself to ever pick up the tablet again. i've been doing a lot of stream-of-consciousness drawings lately.

progress on the little mermaid:

Friday, April 10, 2009

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

the journey back to earth

sketch dump.

been learning lots from a man named John Ruggeri. i learned more just by watching him draw than any amount of explaining could do. significantly impacted my drawing knowledge and vocabulary. learning to draw things as they are, but trying something new. these places are alive.

progress: "The Little Mermaid" poster