Sep 30, 2009
When I was a kid I knew nothing about art supplies. I didn't even go into an art supply store until I was in college. In grammar school if I had a project to do, my mom would send me to the candy store with a quarter and I would buy a piece of oak tag for nineteen cents. What the hell is oak tag anyway? I asked some people at work and everyone knew what it was. It's all I ever used as a kid. I found some big sheets of paper in my office. They reminded me of this oak tag stuff. I wondered what it would be like to draw on it now. So this is my little effort at working on oak tag after a million years. I'm not sure I'd try it again but I did feel nostalgic.
Sep 29, 2009
Charlene Chua illustrates the cover for Santa Fe Reporter's 'Sweat' issue. The exercise focused special edition features a female kickboxer as one of the main articles.
Full article: http://blog.charlenechua.com/2009/09/santa-fe-reporter-sweat-cover/
This piece will be one of 40, at a Dia De los Muertos Art Show, premiering this Friday Oct 2nd, at Proximity Gallery by the Autumn Society. More info HERE.
Sep 28, 2009
[click here to see the whole piece!]
I participated here in my region (Tyrol) in a Design-Contest for Cotton Bags organized by M-Preis, the local supermarket, and I am on the short-list.
If you guys could vote for me, I really would appreciate it! That contest means a lot to me.
Here is the link to M-Preis, and here my 2 submissions, you can vote once a day for several candidates until October, 11th:
I just finished this up last night, and saw that the Challenge this week was hats, and couldn't resist posting.
This is baby c'hthulu. This is based on a story a friend of mine once told me about a rotund little kid and his trial and travails regarding a strawberry. The kid was apparently, dressed just like C'hthulu here - right down to the hat.
So there you go: hats.
Hey Everyone. Here is a piece I did for a gallery show I'm doing as part of Nuit Blanche in Toronto on October 3rd. The name of the show is called "The Side Show" and it's taking place at 2nd Half Gallery, 250 Queen Street west in Toronto. Hope to see you all there.
Illustrators Guild of Ireland
Sep 27, 2009
Sep 26, 2009
Sep 25, 2009
Be sure to add the appropriate label to your entry - SFG: Hats
The next challenge begins Friday, October 2nd, 2009.
Yes, I'm moving the SFG Challenge's back to Fridays. :)
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Sep 24, 2009
I just came across this really interesting online sketch site called odosketch. It's a neat little sketching application that attempts to replicate the experience of drawing with natural media. It's got a nice selection of colours and media which look at act pretty realistically. You can also save your creations and what I think is the coolest feature is that you can watch them get redrawn before yours eyes.
click image to see more detail.
I've been messing around a lot with vectors lately. I also want to do more people so I can develop the illustration side of me. But I will never get tired of doing crazy creature characters.
NOTE: I used Von's Crumble Crackle Burn for some of the textures in this illustration. I highly recommend that book.
It's a wonderful arts hub full of creative individuals. Please do go and have a search through the portfolios to open your eyes to some very talented folk.
here are two drawings i did on my moleskine in these days! one is about U.S. baseball team (I've seen them at a World Cup game here in Italy) and one is regarding some things I'm searching for or I recently bought on ebay!
hope you enjoy it!
you can see both on my flickr, here and here!
So you thought you used to play 2D games. If you had taken a look behind the screen, then you'd have seen this.
The featured game is Space Invaders from Taito and Midway, a classic 8-bit video game for the arcades, released in 1978.
More at Sevensheaven.nl
Sep 23, 2009
Sep 22, 2009
So, Wonder Woman Day is fast approaching. WWD is an art show and sale that benefits Domestic Abuse Shelters and Hotlines. Last year was the first time I'd been a part of it, and it was fun. Apparently, they raised something like $26,000 and had Adam Hughes, Allison Sohn and Aaron Lopresti in attendance, doing sketches and signings.
This piece is my submission for this year. I decided to really step up my game this year and push myself a little. I think it turned out pretty well. This is all drawn in pen and colored with Copic Markers.
Sep 21, 2009
This is one of those "I did it because my daughter wanted to give her best friend something special for her celebration" jobs.
I guess I can't call her jazzy, but she's sure beautiful.
I thought this would be an easy cake because my plan was to run the picture of her through the cutout filter in photoshop and leave it with that. (But like many times before, my cunning plan turns out to be not that brilliant after all.) I started about 11.30 pm and found myself yawning in front of my mac at 6 am. This filter is great on complex areas like the hair, but when it came to the fine details like her eyes and mouth I once again had to do it myself in illustrator. And once I start mending tings in illustrator the hours runs by like crazy.
I guess I should have learned by now and said no at occasions like this, but I never do. On the other hand I feel blessed by getting the same tingeling feeling whenever I get the chance to create something, whether it's paid or not. As long as there is food on the table it really doesn't matter, its all about the joy of creating.