Thursday, November 28, 2013

Surviving Thanksgiving 2013

Survivor of this years Thanksgiving slaughter in SF Zoo. Surprising number of people dropped by and yelled "I am going to eat you!", while I was sketching.  The stud held his ground and toughed it out. See you next year!
 
 
 

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Never ending challenge to maintain the chops


Not sure if it is normal or just my personal addiction, there always seems to be an urge and need to constantly keeping up the skill set that I often do not get to practice. Every time I focus on one aspect of the work, the opposite gradually worsens.(talking about grass being greener on the other side.) Been drawing primarily using lines for the last few months, so I have to practice drawing with tone and shading in my own spare time. Below were all done from life, with charcoal on paper. 20 minutes each. There is so much to learn still.




Sunday, May 06, 2012

Product Photography work

Some of my product photography stuff have finally been released. Here are some of them. For the rest of the pictures, they can be found an the link below.

http://www.etsy.com/shop/Emilycraftshop







Thursday, April 05, 2012

Exercise for the sleepless

Been doing bot sketches as a late night/early morning exercise when I cannot sleep. Obviously, sniffing the fume from the markers is the ideal way to help one fall asleep... (Yeah right) Color pencil, markers and felt tip pens on paper.









Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Boxing day sketches


For the uninitiated, Boxing day in Canada is the day after Christmas, where every store would offer special discount and/or door prices with ridiculously low price tag. Every year, there would be army of shoppers battling it out for some bargain in hoping to save a few bucks. This year is no exception.(and so is my annual event in sketching the feeding frenzy)



 Some tired shoppers resting on the bench in front fake plants, while at the same time discussing the next move in the plan of attack.


A couple of teenage girls seated on the floor after a round at Old Navy. Not sure why all the husbands and boyfriends need to be standing when it is much more comfortable sitting down. It seems to be happening everywhere I go.



Once a gift wrap station for Christmas gifts, now turned into "high rise" bench. With all  the "never before seen" citizens showing up in the shopping center, there is barely even a place to stand. All the regular height benches were either taken or given to senior citizens.



A line of well trained husbands and boyfriends waiting outside the Ladies room, guarding all the precious loot. I am not sure if their puppy at home behaves this well.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Back to pencil

For no real good reason, I have been avoid using pencil for many years. Time to get back into it. From the figure study this week. Roughly 1.5~2 hours, 9x12in Cason sketchbook.(the red one, for those who wants to know)


In case you were wondering, the contacts/links on the right disappeared after couple of click in the blog setting.(bad fingers, bad fingers...) Hopefully I will get them back some time soon.

Monday, October 17, 2011

The obsession for purple continues...

This weeks purple figure. Where is the purple? as one may ask. Trust me, it is in there. If you were only there to see the bucket of the violet brush washing water at the end of the painting session... The challenge this week was mainly about capturing the model's delicate frame while preventing things from feeling out of proportion.(that was the original goal before the green entered the picture... stiff green paint... arrrg....) Looking at it on the day after, part of the background actually seems digital for some reason. Perhaps some had use similar source to create the custom brushes in Photoshop? Anyways, the picture was done with the usual material, acrylic on board 18x24 and about 1.5~2 hours.


Friday, October 14, 2011

From this week...

 Still following the trend of purple figures while trying slightly different palette. 18x24 Acrylic on board, about 1.5~2 hours.


Finally got to draw life animal for the first time in a very long while. As one may expect, it was total panic right from the very first stroke. Boy, do I need more practice.

Sunday, October 02, 2011

Purple...

Study from today. Acrylic on board, 18x24. Roughly 1.5~2 hours.(No, don't ask me why it is purple...)

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Summer Sketches


Finally there are some nice sunny days and it is time to head out with the watercolor box!

Did this in the shopping mall near by while the water in the fountain kept splashing on my back...(only realized that after sketching for a while...)

Still in the mall, sketching around bunch of old sleepy people on couches. Free air conditioning is hard to resist.

Sitting on the grass while avoiding bird dropping just to my left while being crawled all over by spiders...(bringing my stool next time for sure.)

Sitting in Starbucks sketching another Starbucks across the street. Yeah, they are everywhere...

 Painting rocks on nude beach, believe it or not. There are all kinds of naked guys and gals tanning around the spot, with a boat blasting dance music from few miles away. I am sure those on the boat were either deaf or going to be...


Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Thumbnails

Usually I post stuff from life studies. Just for a change of pace, here is a sample page of thumbnail studies I usually do for compositional studies.(un-edited and all...) Each is roughly 2 inches wide, done with Lamy fountain pen and about 1~2 minutes each.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Sketches from California

Just came back from my visit to California. Love the Spanish/Mexican influenced architectures. Had great time visiting friends and simply wonder around to sketch. All were done with watercolor plus white gouache.
About 2 hours total. Sketched in the overall shape the first day and completely gave up after 30 minutes. After a night of sleep, crawled back to finish it off.

Similar story... except the painting portion went a lot faster. About 2 hours total.

Hanging in Starbucks while drinking nice cup of coffee.(Thanks Kevin!) About 1.5 hours total.

Change pace and went directly with paint without the usual color pencil drawing. about 1 hour.

Sunday, April 03, 2011

Repetition, repetition...

No matter how I try, just can't get to the point where it is possible to "auto-pilot".("auto-pilot" without falling off the air that is.) No sure how some can claim to know it all... From this weeks session. 20 minute poses, charcoal on sketch paper.
 

 

Monday, March 21, 2011

Good old newsprint

Finally got to draw on newsprint paper for the first time in about 3 years. The archival drawing paper are nice, but there is just something about newsprint that make the charcoal goes on very easily. One was done during 2 minute poses, the other was 5 minute poses. 15x24 newsprint with pastel pencil.