colored markers for drawings

30 Days Challenge: A Drawing A Day Week1

30 days challenge: A drawing a day, first three days

First three days

30 days challenge: A drawing a day, 2nd three days

another three days

30 days challenge: A drawing a day, 3rd three days

Another Three Days

Dear Fans,

This is the 10th day of my 30 days challenge of a drawing a day. Matt Cutts was right, I really member these 10 days a lot more vividly than if I didn’t do these drawings. It’s a bit obvious though that I remember the days better because I’m leaving some visual documentation for it. But I guess that’s the whole point–leaving something for the days that otherwise just fly by without a trace anyways. If so, would leaving 30 days of trash also make my days more memorable? I’m guessing yes. This idea sounds even more interesting than 30 days of drawings because we produce so much trash everyday unconsciously that by documenting just one piece of trash everyday would be raising awareness of our habits. This, however, will be for next month!

colored markers for drawings

My little mind liberators

Okay, I’ve been waiting for this question and you finally asked. Why do these drawings look like they are done by a 10- year-old? Here’s my answer. Because I AM a 10-year-old.

These drawings took no time, no thinking, no deliberation, no expectation, no philosophy, no clients paying for it, nobody’s going to buy it, I don’t care who’s going to see it, nobody’s going to judge me for it, although you might be judging me for it, but that’s alright. They are a direct reflection of my mental state, and for better or worse, it is like a 10-year-old’s.

(and I turn my head to see the pile of letters from insurance companies…)

Japanese Fashion Magazine Scan girl in summer dress

Japanese Fashion Magazine Scans

Japanese Fashion Magazine Scan girl in summer dress

A girl in summer dress

Dear Fans,

I’m so excited to be gifted two Japanese Girls’ Fashion magazines, FRAU and FUDGE, from my friend T.K. who just came back from Japan. If pictures are worth a thousand words, magazines are such a great deal–think about the total amount of words you get per dollar!

Seriously though, magazines have always been creative folks big inspiration source and what’s more, you never feel too bad to cut it up and make a collage out of that fold-out page gal and the Fedex man on page 32. Fun fun!

I love to see the different editorial design and decisions that the Japanese artists make when they create these pages. The font, color palette, layout and pretty much the whole aesthetic is different from conventional western magazine style. Here are some of my favorite pages.

Japanese Fashion Magazine Scan girl in a poster

Japanese Fashion Magazine Scan “girl in a poster”

Japanese Fashion Magazine Scan girl with long legs

girl with long legs

Japanese Fashion Magazine Scan girl with sneakers

girl with sneakers

One of the magazines has a Taiwan travel coverage and there are tons of beautiful pictures of Taiwan. Home sick!

Japanese Fashion Magazine Scan food from taiwan

food from taiwan

Japanese Fashion Magazine Scan special report on tea

special report on tea

30 days challenge drawings

30 Days Challenge: A Drawing A Day

30 days challenge drawings

30 days challenge drawings

Dear Fans,

Haven’t posted in a while, I feel like I’m in a rut. Yes in a rut. Yes I’m in a rut. In a rut. So many things had happened and I let them get to me. People break up, people get sick, people die, people leave. People leeeeaaaave.

Then I saw this video about what to do when you’re in a rut, like I am. Like I am in a rut.

So I decided to Make A Drawing Everyday for the next 30 days. Okay, this is kind of a cop out because I already make drawings everyday, but I thought to do this consciously and make a collection out of it would be something interesting.

The most important thing is, that every drawing could be what it is, no masterpiece or anything, just brain dump. Simple, filthy and pure in its own way.

Yes only I can save me.

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Quiet Explosion :: screenprint

quite_explosion_screen_print_yachinyou

Quiet Explosion Screen Print

Dear fans,

It’s Friday! Today I made this editioned screenprint using a gradient background with two colors and grunge effect text with talc powder/body powder. The paper is Utrecht American Masters 90lb printmaking paper that has a slight cream tone and holds the ink very well. If I were a goat I’d eat it, it’s nice.

So what is “Quiet Explosion“? Well, I’m referring to those moments when you encounter something so beautiful that your eyes widen, your heart hurts, you hold your breath and there seems to be an explosion in your brain and you think pieces of your skull must be scattered all over the place. All this happens in absolute silence in a split second, yet you are a different person now. Prepare to accept. It’s hard to accept, but you’re different now.

It could be a blooming flower on the road side, it could be realization of some kind of knowledge, it could be a mysterious stranger who passes you by on the street. It could be anything, anything that blows your mind yes yes yes.

Anyhow, here’s the total steps break down of how I screen printed this.

1) Sketch: I rolled out of bed and sketched out my idea on my sketch book.

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Quiet Explosion screenprint sketch

2) Design: I did my design in Illustrator, testing out fonts and making the shape of the explosion. As you can see the explosion is made of several circles and many long triangles.

quiet_explosion_screenprint_tutorial_font_test

quiet_explosion_screenprint_tutorial_font_test

quiet_explosion_screenprint_tutorial_explosion_shape

quiet_explosion_screenprint_explosion_shape

quiet_explosion_screenprint_tutorial_final_design

quiet_explosion_screenprint_final_design

3) Make contact paper stencil for 1st layer: I printed the design flipped, then use it as a guide to cut out the contact paper stencil to affix on the screen.

quiet_explosion_screenprint_contact_paper_stencil

quiet_explosion_screenprint_contact_paper_stencil

quiet_explosion_screenprint_background_stencil

quiet_explosion_screenprint_background_stencil

4) Mix and print gradient colored ink: As you can see from the design above, I wanted to have a gradient effect on my background from red to orange/yellow. Once I have my orange color mixed, I put the two color together side by side on the screen. This is how you make a gradient shape. At first it will appear to be two clear cut colors, but after a couple of pulls they get mixed better and became a nice gradient.

quiet_explosion_screenprint_mixing_orange_color

quiet_explosion_screenprint_mixing orange color

quiet_explosion_screenprint_two_colors_side_by_side

quiet_explosion_screenprint_two_colors_side_by_side

quiet_explosion_screenprint_two_colors_mixing

quiet_explosion_screenprint_two_colors_mixing

quiet_explosion_screenprint_mixed_ink_on_screen

quiet_explosion_screenprint_mixed_ink_on_screen

quiet_explosion_screenprint_background_layer

quiet_explosion_screenprint_background_layer

5) Make text layer stencil: while the bottom layer is drying, I went ahead and made my text layer stencil on the contact paper.

quiet_explosion_screenprint_text_layer_stencil

quiet_explosion_screenprint_text_layer_stencil

6) Grunge effect with talc/body powder: To create the distressed, grunge effect on the text, I used talc powder, also known as talcum powder, which is basically body powder which you can buy from Walgreens. I have no idea why someone would want to put this stuff on their body. What the powder does is that after you sprinkle some on the screen, the powder goes into the surface of the screen and clogs the pores of the screen, creating stencils of those shapes. Now maybe that’s why people put on this stuff because they want to clog their pores!?

quiet_explosion_screenprint_grunge_effect_body_powder

quiet_explosion_screenprint_grunge_effect_body_powder

quiet_explosion_screenprint_grunge_text_effect

quiet_explosion_screenprint_grunge_text_effect

6) Print text layer and viola!

quiet_explosion_screenprint_text_layer

quiet_explosion_screenprint_text_layer

Done done!! It too me all day and fortunately I had turntable.fm with DJs spinning sick dance tracks to tie me over. Ate a bowl of rice noodles and 2 sweet potatoes. You know how we roll :)

numbers and colors at work

Some tools and inspiration for designing infographic

numbers and colors at work

numbers_and_colors_at_work

Dear fans,

Look what I do for work! Today I had a chance to design some infographics that are related to milestone data of child development that we collected from moms engaged on our site. Of course the above image is NOT the thing, it was just something I was playing around with for the design of the bars and the charts and the bar charts. When it is published I will post more details here.

It was my first time designing infographics and there are a couple of tools that I found useful. First of all, you need some data about something. Just in case you lack something interesting to say, check out Google Public Data. They have many interesting data sets about the world which are visualized in charts such as this one, general government debt as percent of GDP in European countries.

general government debt as percent of GDP in European countries

general government debt as percent of GDP in European countries

Another tool I found useful is IBM’s Many Eyes, a data collection and visualization tool. Here you can upload your own data sets and choose from a variety of visualization methods such as bar charts, pie charts, bubble charts, square charts…etc. All the data that the users have uploaded is available for anyone to see, so it’s also an interesting place to explore data, such as this one, degrees earned by gender over 5 decades. Looks like more and more women are completing higher education!

degrees_earned_by_gender_over_5_decades

degrees_earned_by_gender_over_5_decades

Many Eyes is mainly what I used to create my infographic. I publish a set of data using their tool, then take the results into Adobe Illustrator to design the layout and the looks.

To see some really inspiring finished infographics, check out Daily Infographic. I practically drool over these designs and want all of them as posters in my house.

daily_infographic_website

daily_infographic_website

Another website that might inspire you is Cool Infographics, a blog about infographics by designer Randy Krum.

cool_infographics_website

cool_infographics_website

Yes we learn something everyday and it’s even more special to learn from something beautiful everyday!

Mountain lion notice near a camp site

I mean business

Mountain lion notice near a camp site

Mountain lion notice near a camp site

Dear fans,

Site revamp, you noticed. I’m just trying to make it easier for people to find stuff they like and be able to download them for free, or get a T-shirt. Seriously, doing all these logic, flow, goal, metric, analytic things is KILLING ME.

Sorry, I’m not complaining here, but I really think productization really sums up what our era is about. Everything needs to be a product and everyone needs to be a brand, a personal brand. You’ve probably heard of this if you’re into business.

Okay, I’m a brand. I’m a brand that comes out of my mother brand’s womb after my father brand and my mother brand had sex. What kind of brand does that make me? I don’t know! I’m skinny and I can’t drink milk. But probably no one cares about that. What’s important for a brand is what kind of products this brand makes, either for itself or for other brands, which is also called a JOB.

Julie, This Is Our Country by artist yachin bonny you

Julie, This Is Our Country

Julie, This Is Our Country by artist yachin bonny you

Julie, This Is Our Country

Click the above player to listen to music while you read.

I was in a fighting troupe on a mission to defeat evil creatures like zombies, vampires and such. We were in somewhere like a basement full of small, dark rooms where evil creatures hide and ready to attack. In one of the rooms, my troupe mate, Julie, who in real life is my coworker, got attacked and bitten by a vampire. She would soon turn into one of them.

Frantically we dragged Julie out of the basement and checked on her wounds. Her face was pale and her heart was beating slower and slower. Some of the troupe mates started to weep. I scooched in closer to her body, put her head onto my lap and placed my left hand close to her mouth. I said, “guys, I have an idea. Julie, go ahead and suck my blood. My fresh blood will flow into your body, and your toxic blood will flow into mine. I will harness the power of the sun to cleanse my body and turn the toxic blood into clean blood again for both of us. Let me be your blood transfusion. I can save you.”

I held up one arm to receive the power of the sun while Julie cycles out her toxic blood into my body. Seeing Julie was doing well, I finally looked up and paid some attention to our surrounding. Lo and behold, we were in a building situated in the middle of the ocean. Looking out, I saw the waves of the sea gleaming underneath the sun and hitting against the glass windows, whales, dolphins and mermaids playing and splashing at the surface of the sea. I could see miles and miles away where the sea and the sky meet.

Sensing Julie’s body turning warmer on my lap, I said in a whisper, “Julie, this is our country. We live together with all creatures of the ocean. We are one. Isn’t this amazing? I think you are going to be okay.”

That is Not Real Love sketch

That Is Not Real Love sketch :: art process

That is Not Real Love sketch

That is Not Real Love sketch

Dear Fans,

This is my idea for the next screen print.

I’m sure that you all have friends or families who are going through relationship troubles at any moment. In fact, you might even be in relationship troubles yourself. I’m not currently in trouble *chuckle-knock on wood* but I have many times in the past and it is a pain in the…heart…and something that is a perpetual human mystery everyone is trying to solve.

I dont’ know how to define real love which incorporates so many aspects,  but certainly there are things that we all know is not real love. Now wouldn’t it be great if you can identify them when they come your way? They are not all bad, they just need to be in their place. For example, I don’t think obsession is real love. Niether is dependence. However, you can turn your energy from obsession into say, writing a song, and turn your dependence into a spiritual quest. Then they all become something beautiful.

Then maybe it will be a bit easier to identify/find/create what is real love for you. (okay no Dr. Phil here…^_^)

Finished painted converse

Paint Converse Tutorial :: art process

Dear fans,

I’ve been wearing my painted converse around town and it feels great! Nothing compares to wearing something you’ve made just for yourself. It’s one of a kind and full of LOVE yes! It’s fairly easy and here’s how I painted mine.

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finished painted converse

1. Get the shoes :: I got mine from the art store Utrecht in my area. But I think you can order them online too. They come in two types. One is regular converse and the other is with higher ankle and more like boots. I’m using the low rise kind. They are about $40.

blank converse you can paint

blank converse you can paint

2. Get the paint :: You’ll need good quality fabric paint which you can get in most local art supply stores. I think some people use acrylic paint, that’s probably okay as well. Ask your local art store people, just make sure to get something that will not run when it rains. Here you can see I got a couple of different types of fabric paint and marker.

paint_converse_fabric_paint

paint_converse_fabric_paint

3. Start by painting the flaps :: I started by painting the inside flaps. I guess my logic is that if I mess up with the color there it’ll be more hidden and wouldn’t matter as much.

painting the inside flaps of the converse

painting the inside flaps of the converse

The pearlescent paint gives it a nice subtle shine to it. Yes don’t be afraid of some glitterific effects!

pearlescent paint for the converse

pearlescent paint for the converse

4. Paint the body of the shoes :: Okay, here’s when the rubber hits the road, I mean, the paint hits the shoes, the main part of the shoes. Just go for it and you can always paint over if there’s something you don’t like. I was being careful not to paint on the white/sole part because I wanted to keep it white. But it’s okay if you miss a bit. First it won’t be too obvious when you wear them. Second you can always buy white paint and paint over it!

paint the main part of the converse

paint the main part of the converse

painted bottom layer of the converse

painted bottom layer of the converse

Not a perfect paint job but it’s okay. Nobody is going to bend over and critique you! If they do, kick their butt!

not a perfect paint job on the converse

not a perfect paint job on the converse

I left the back strip blank because I wanted it to be black. You can choose to paint over or paint a different color.

leaving the back of converse blank for now

leaving the back of converse blank for now

4. Paint second layer of background :: I chose to have a bottom layer that is pink for the entire body. A second layer of gold to add a subtle variation, and then black line drawings on top. I’m using Jaquard gold metallic paint here. I’ve used their dye products and was very happy about the results. It did not disappoint this time either.

jaquard lumiere gold fabric paint for converse

jaquard lumiere gold fabric paint for converse

second layer paint on converse

second layer paint on converse

5. Paint top layer line drawing :: I’m using a DecoFabric fabric marker to do the line drawings on top. This is my first side, and you can tell I was trying to cram a lot of details in there. The tip of the marker could get rougher over time, making it harder to achieve fine details, so I just forgot about the fine detailed drawings and went for bigger lines and shapes on subsequent sides. It turns out that bigger drawings will give a bigger visual impact also because people can see the pattern more clearly when they’re standing and looking down.

top layer drawing on the converse

top layer drawing on the converse

Bigger drawing looks better, I think.

bigger drawings on the converse

bigger drawings on the converse

I chose to paint the back strip black. I used the fabric marker but that was a pain because the felt tip just a hassel to work with when you need to cover some big area. I’d suggest you use paint and brush to cover.

painting the back strip of the converse

painting the back strip of the converse

6. Painting the toe area :: I chose to paint the tippy toe area black and draw some *hearts* with gold paint.

painting the toe part of converse

painting the toe part of converse

7. Finish!! :: Done Done!! You know, it always take two people to paint a good work of art. One is to paint, and the other is to club the artist’s head so that he/she faints when the painting is done. I stopped when I thought it was enough on the shoes.

finished painted converse

finished painted converse

My dear fans I hope you enjoyed this and now go out and get some!