there's a waterfall

Inking In Progress

there's a waterfall

there’s a waterfall

Hello fans,

Last week I did a whole ton of inking, bringing out the lighter and darker objects and added a lot more details.

It’s really hard to tell the subtle shades of gray when the ink is wet, but once it’s dry the difference between a lighter shade and a darker shade become a lot more pronounced.

Hopefully I’ll be able to start (or even finish!) coloring tomorrow!

background on the left side

background on the left side

top of the right part

top of the right part

adding shadows on the face

adding shadows on the face and the hair

progress so far

progress so far

Close up on the bottom left corner

First Add Lines, Then Ink, Then Colors

Inking the background mountains

Inking the background mountains

Dear fans,

How much of what your elementary school teachers told you can you still remember now?

I went to an art elementary school where “gifted children” go develop their talents early. I took several tests at the age of 8 including watercolor, drawing and sculpture, got admitted to the school and became one of those “gifted children.” Gifted children’s curriculum include watercolor, sketching, drawing, design, calligraphy, sculpture and Chinese ink painting.

I got beaten a lot when I was in this school because I liked to talk, I liked to draw people my own way and I liked to read comic books during class. During the four -year program, there was a group exhibition every year showcasing these children’s artworks and there were prizes to be awarded. I never got any prizes. My mother sent me to extra drawing and sculpture classes and still I didn’t win anything.

When I started working on this big ink painting with a bamboo brush in my hand, magically some of what was taught in the ink painting class 18 years ago came back to me.

“Mix the light ink, then the mid tone, then the dark ink.”

“Wet the paper first for a more expansive look.”

“First add lines, then ink, then colors.”

I wonder how much of these things does any one of my classmates back then remember? The ones who always had their hair up nice, dress nice, and looked especially nice posing for the camera in front of their award winning paintings?

From all those Facebook posts and profiles, I know I’m the only one who’s still making my own art works. Not winning awards just yet. But, still in it. So, there, *itches.

Close up on the bottom left corner

Close up on the bottom left corner

Close up or upper right corner

Close up or upper right corner

Death Can Catch You Up Quite Soon

This Life

Dear fans,

Hopefully you have noticed that I updated the theme to a responsive and grid based WordPress theme. Now you can view all the images on the home page without scrolling through a long post, AND it looks good on your mobile phone and iPad or whatever pad you have! I’m so excited and this is going to be awesome!

Sorry that I always miss posting every couple of months. Today I come back, and this also marks the first day of my thirty day “post something in the blog everyday” challenge!

I’ve been working on a giant ink drawing that is kind of a diptych, although the two pieces of paper are stuck together. It is very difficult to continue such a big project while work, grad school, family, friends, workout and sleep all need to happen in one day. But when I feel hectic, I find comfort in thinking that I can die any time, and that what good is a life if I just lounge around feeling unchallenged and not doing much? Death is coming up soon, we need to accomplish all that we need to do before it catches up.