Sunday, July 27, 2014

Digital Illustration comic_Elaine and Guybrush's first meet

              Another long day of rain, and what a prefect day to stare in front of the computer to make this. It has been a really long time doing computer digital artwork, and with the motivation from my digital illustration class this summer, I wanted to try this. Especially if I'm thinking of doing a webcomic.
               These are comic pages from "The Secret of Monkey Island", by Ron Gilbert, that I created this summer. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to convert the pages with the dialogue talk bubbles into JPEGs so you get to see the digital artwork I done in photoshop.

Friday, July 25, 2014

MAC Comic Camp

             Today, I want to thank my best friends for being with me after volunteering after another awesome summer camp by the Mystic Art Center (MAC). The ice cream and summer shop browsing is fun to do. Next week will be a lot more fun and more time to use.

       This week, I helped out Instructor Conam Lee, Alumni RISD Illustrator. For the five days, he taught the basic of comic book layouts and the expected presentation of different type of comic books. Conam was well prepared with a number of samples, especially with anime concept art and illustrator studio of Gurihiru. You may know this these people by the American Anime style like the "Avater, Last Airblender". Check out their artwork and their blog to see for yourself-

           Anyways, each day would be learning a new tip or technique for the students like drawing the suggestion of existing landscapes, negative & positive space and different perspectives. Then there would be assignment would be to draw a particular amount of panels, starting from two panels to five panels. But it isn't something that the students can make up, it is all decided by the roll of dice. Each side of the dice has an image and has to create the comic story with those images. It really strengthen the creativity and imagination when putting together sequence art. Especially with these students, who were really putting all their efforts into their comics like real live artist. For a moment, it actually felt like I was part taking in an illustration class, where the student do their critiques and I would let them work at their own pace unless they needed suggestions.

              Overall, I really glad that I got to volunteer at this camp. I got to known a graduated illustrator from RISD who gave me great feedback on my work and good advice to think about when pursuing this field. Be sure to check out Conam Lee's digital artwork here and support his classes at the MAC: 
Also, here are some of illustrations I did when helping out in the class.

                      Then on Monday, after last week pastel, I decide to try again. I wouldn't really call this a masterpiece, more like a color skin theory where I figured out the different tones of the body. I enjoyed creating the defined shadows on the body but it took a lot of time to color in the lighten up skin tone. There must have been four to five types of colors I kept layering. Even my teacher, Jennifer Wheeler, Alumni Fine art and illustrator teacher, allowed me to use her special portrait selective pastel to capture the warm curves on the form. You should definitely look at the website with her beautiful oil painting pieces, which are similar to her Wonderland painting : 


Sunday, July 20, 2014

"Tails", in Watercolor preview

All this week and today, I have been working on painting colors on the "Tails" graphic novel. I have to say that I am half way done watercoloring the pages. I do plan on darkening more of the panels and layering more colors upon the first coat. Here is a preview of the pages I have done and my favorite pages.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Sorry for being late

Hey, Sorry for not doing a Sunday response. Last week got very tight while this weekend has been constantly producing artwork before the upcoming vacation trip in August. Also, Sunday was the day my cute cousin came over and did a puzzle together. So this is a little illustration for them.

So most of the time I been doing watercolor illustration and charcoal or hard pastel  for life drawings. Here are a couple I created this week:

Here are some more still lives done in watercolor of shells.

 More landscapes of the beach coast that I have been hanging out with. Also done some sunsets that happened in front of my house.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Tired and Volunteering

            Either this week has been too hot or I'm been out of work for a while. I have been happy about helping out at an summer art camp at the Mystic art Center. There the campers learn to experiment with different medium and find new projects for the campers to try out. It is very different from the first summer camp I worked with, where the kids would have a little freedom to playing around while following most of the activities. With Art, you are doing a lot of art involved exercises that may inspire and educate the students. For example, the artists we introduced were Edward Hopper's seaside paintings and Andy Goldsworthy's natural sculptures. There were also some projects to help illustrated the art sketchbooks, such as a cut paper caricature and the pen&ink hand illusion.
               Those are great things, that I get to help or part take in the art project. Mostly it is cleaning the tables and setting up the materials. But then I had to bring up some icebreaker games to entertain them, since these students are beautiful artists but they still are kids. I must thank the Junior leadership programs for all the games that I learned bring people together.

Then for the final day, I did the whole day of portraits for the students. From morning to noon, I did disney drawings, cartoon, unicorns and even a few dog portraits. Pretty much children would love to have something unique and creativity to hold on to and will be instantly attracted by anyone with good drawing skills. It's very really impacting, especially when they have the courage to ask for some drawing lessons in the last few minutes. Make me miss doing my how-to manga drawing classes. 

Here also one of our big projects, where they incorporated art and poetry into this decorated tree. Then they was the art craft where they made portrable rafts/boats made out of nature and art materials. 

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Preview Scenes for the Desert Silhouette

                From enjoying all the easy going week and days of exhausting heat, I now getting ready for my summer are courses at Lyme Academy and my volunteering time at the Mystic Art Center. Anyways, here are some illustration that will be told in the story. Here, I would figure out the color pallet for this webcomic and capturing the cultural environment in this story. 

The Desert Meeting, Pen& ink, Watercolor
Starry Wishing, Pen& ink, watercolor and gouache
Deron and Kambas, pen& ink, Watercolor

Two Warriors, pen& ink, watercolor

The New World, pen& ink, watercolor

Women Study 1, pen& ink, watercolor

Women study 2, pen& ink, watercolor

Women study 3, pen& ink, watercolor

Women study 4, pen& ink, watercolor
Deron's Ride, pen& ink, watercolor