just finished my next button.
4 more to go until I’m done with these.
just finished my next button.
4 more to go until I’m done with these.
Ok…so as some…or really very few of you probably know, I am a Taiwanese American. And quite proud of it too.
So when the opportunity came to be involved with my Taiwanese culture, I couldn’t pass on the chance.
Generally, I HATE entering art contests. The truth is, I have NEVER won an art contest in my life. And I’m talking about my entire life. I remember always losing when I was in elementary school. And being so discouraged to ever enter.
Then in my high school years I had entered a art contest at a local comic store in Jersey…where I got 5th place….
I recently found out that my buddy Cliff Chiang had entered the very same contest only to get 2nd place. We would both really like to see who won 1st place now…
And then finally a few years ago I entered a art contest for Threadless…where I obviously failed as predicted.
Honestly…I am just assuming I have zero chance to win. I just wanted to be somehow involved with my Taiwanese background. Most people don’t know what it’s like being an Asian American. Here in New York, I’m considered Asian. But when I head over to Asia, I am considered an American. It really can be difficult at times and a little demoralizing.
That being said, whenever I head back to Taiwan…I sincerely mean that I feel welcomed and at home.
I love Taiwan.
So I hope that my love for Taiwan is conveyed a little bit through this illustration. To hell with the contest. I already know I’ve lost.
But I hope I get to achieve what I sought out to do. Which is to just be a little more involved with my Taiwanese culture.
I tried to involve some touristy things like Taipei 101(not easy to draw by the way), the gondola ride of the Maokung mountains, the Shilin Night Market and I also wanted to show some things that I think of when I think of Taiwan. Like all the mopeds at each traffic light and the beetlenut stands.
So I’ve been pretty busy with work recently. And haven’t had too much time to actually sketch. So thought it was important that I simply make the time to get this Lara Croft Tomb Raider sketch in for the Sketch Lottery.
Kinda rushed through this one. Not exactly how long it took me, but it was pretty quick. If I had to guess, I’d say around 20-30 minutes.
Done with a 4H pencil, Sharpie Pen and Prismacolor Markers on a 9×12 pad.
You can see all the other Lara Croft submissions HERE.
I’ve been getting asked a lot about the sketch lottery lately. And just wanted to make it clear that the Sketch Lottery is open to the public. I’m doing these drawings strictly for practice/fun. Sal Cirpriano does a great job of hosting the site and making sure everybody gets a chance at showing their work. I highly encourage any and everyone to participate in it.
You can read the rules HERE.
I have been super excited to talk about this. And I finally get to tell you about the latest event/project I’ve been lucky enough to be involved in.
As most of you probably know, the last few years I’ve been working with the New York Asian Film Festival on doing some tshirt designs and what evolved into doing some poster work for them as well.
This year we get started with the Old School Kung Fu Film Fest!
April 18-20 down at the Anthology Film Archives in New York on 2nd Street and 2nd Avenue. There is a Lau Kar-Leung tribute as well as a nice little art show that I had the honor/privilege of helping to set up/curate.
I was able to gather some great talent to give us their vision and reinterpretations of the featured movies by illustrating a new poster for them.
The above image is the official poster being used for the Film Festival. And there will be a limited signed and numbered run of these prints available at the festival for purchase. Just in case you didn’t know, I was the one that illustrated this particular piece so I am sooooooo honored/excited for this.
So if you’re in New York April 18-20 and love kung fu movies or just looking at great art, definitely come by The Anthology Film Archives.
The art show will be open to the public.
All art prints hanging at the Festival are measured at 13x19”.
You can see the schedule and purchase tickets for the Film Festival HERE.
You can read more about all the posters and artists involved in the show HERE.
And hopefully I’ll see you all there.
Game of Thrones….Buttons!
So Comic Con isn’t until June and October here in New York. But I couldn’t help myself. I’m obviously a BIG BIG BIG Game of Thrones fan.
So I have been wanting to draw and then press these buttons for literally like 2 years now. But since this obviously isn’t like…real “work”, it just had to keep getting pushed back until I had some free time.
Which…I finally got.
So I decided to start by drawing 6 characters I thought I just HAD to have. I started by drawing Jon Snow. Followed by Khaleesi, Tyrian, a White Walker…and then to wrap it up….forgive me, but I just thought this was so clever. I had Bran and Hodor…as two separate buttons, but if you put them together, you’ll realize its the same drawing.
So I drew these all straight in Photoshop. No pencils or paper.
Honestly, I did something that almost any monkey could do. I simply downloaded jpgs off of google, then opened them up in Photoshop. And then I literally added new layers and just “traced” the photos in Photoshop. It’s relatively easy to do.
But tedious and somewhat time consuming.
The more I drew, the easier/faster it became.
Overall, these 5 drawings took me a good amount of time. Maybe a solid….4 or 5 hours in total.
But I’m super happy with the way they came out. And can’t wait to get some more characters added.
And these buttons will be available at the NY Comic Con for like…2 buttons for $3.
So I’ve been a little burnt out recently with all the “grey” weather here in New York and just a LOT of work.
So I decided to take the night off, and just draw one of my childhood favorites….Jet Jaguar!
Did a quick line drawing and then colored it up in Photoshop.
The drawing itself took me about 20 minutes. The colors took about 40 minutes. But I have to admit I wasn’t working too fast coloring. Mostly was watching basketball as I colored.
So here is my latest Sketch Lottery entry…I happen to be a BIG Evangelion fan. So this was pretty damn fun for me.
It always blows my mind that the character designer of this series decided to color the main mech purple…with hilites of bright green and yellow. And somehow he still looks totally badass.
Thought I’d show the lineart to this drawing.
Usually I give myself a 30 minutes time limit for these. This one took me about an hour to finish. It was hard trying to make sure all the gadgets and screws and the what not were all in the right place.
You can see all the other Evangelion entries HERE.
I L-O-V-E the Super Mario Brothers….
So when Super Mario came up for the Sketch Lottery…I felt compelled to draw in Luigi and Bowser….I mean…how could I not???
I think what makes me love these guys so much is the amazing world that has been created for them. I don’t really play video games…at all, but Super Mario is one of two games I’d always be willing to at least watch someone else play(Champions of Norath is the other game if you’re curious).
Also, my two nephews happen to LOVE Mario as well. So I was hoping to use the lineart of this drawing…print out a couple copies of it, and give it to them to use as a coloring book type of thing.
Anyway, this entry took me well over the usual 30 minutes I generally shoot for. I think this one took me about 90 minutes.
You can see all the other Super Mario entries HERE.
So the month of February marks the angryversary of the Asian American pop culture website known only as AngryAsianMan.
I am sooo honored to be one of the artists doing a daily banner for the site. Phil Yu is the writer/blogger/pioneer.
And he has helped out not only sooooo many Asian Americans across the States, but he has definitely helped yours truly out with a number of things.
So I felt some serious pressure to make sure I didn’t drop the ball on this one.
My initial thought was to do something Bruce Lee related…I mean….of course, right? But after I thought about it for 2 seconds, I also kinda thought that probably every other artist was having the same exact initial thought as I did. So I went with what will most likely be each artists SECOND initial thought! Chow Yun Fat!
The top animated gif is actually my second attempt at the banner…and actually my second attempt at a animated gif ever in my life.
Which I know to most of you, must seem silly as like….everyone and their mothers makes animated gifs with their eyes closed.
The second banner was actually my first attempt…which clearly kinda blows.
As you can see here…I really did have a little bit of a hard time trying to first trying to wrap my brain around what should be moving, what shouldn’t, etc.
Again, this was my first animated gif ever, so please forgive me here.
I think I learned that simplicity is best…much like most things in life.
Here is a jpg of just the line art I did for both the failed and hopefully successful animated gifs.
Anyway, you can check out all the other Angryversary banners HERE.
Stay Angry everyone.
So I’ve been super busy recently. Trying to get lots of work done. Sometimes I feel like…the best thing to do is actually take a night off.
So I thought since I was taking the night off from work, I might as well do a sketch of some women. I wanted to get a action-like pose of two women together. And who better than Chun Li and Cammy from StreetFighter?
I wish I could say I knocked this out quickly. But this was the first time I had drawn either of these ladies. It took me a solid 90 minutes to draw this.
I like trying to do these “warm up” drawings quicker. To try and get me a little faster in general when I draw.
Even though it took me a little longer than I was hoping for, I am more or less pretty happy with it. Thought I’d include the black and white line art for you all to see.
Used my typical 4H pencil, Sharpie Pen and Prismacolor Markers to do this on a 9×12 sketchpad.
Now….back to work.