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

messed up graphics

Watch Me Fail & Try Again: Glazed Jewelry

Failed glazed images

Failed glazed images

Dear fans,

Failure is the mother of success. In this post, you’ll have a chance to watch me fail and try again at making glazed graphic jewelry using Diamond Glaze.

1) On to my merry way with Diamond Glaze I got this little bottle from a bead store a long time ago. After seeing that my new local bead store sells the metal charm that can hold graphics, I excitedly purchased a couple hoping to make some graphic jewelry with high gloss. Note that on the bottle it says the glaze is water-based.

metal pendant, chain and diamond glaze

metal pendant, chain and diamond glaze

2) Making the graphics since color markers are my favorite medium right now, I quickly made a drawing out of water-based color markers and water-based ink pen.

a water based graphic

a water based graphic

3) Adding collage from a magazine to make the image more interesting, I cut out some words from the inner pages of a magazine, which is just paper. So far so good, no big deal.

adding collage from a magazine

adding collage from a magazine

 4) Applying the diamond glaze Here comes the real deal. Without affixing each element together first, I happily squeezed ample amount of diamond glaze onto each pendant, hoping that the glaze itself will hold everything together. And then bubbles started to form.

bubbles forming in the pendant

bubbles forming in the pendant

5) Bleeding and bubbling in a little while, the aforementioned water-based drawing started to bleed into the water-based glaze. Moreover, since I didn’t stick the graphics together and to the bottom, more and more bubbles pop up from underneath.

bleeding and bubbling

bleeding and bubbling

6) The final “blow” yes, no pun intended, but losing patience, I decided to blow dry my jewelry so the glaze can set faster. Hot air made the existing bubbles bigger and bigger. The movement of the bubbles and glaze in the pendant made the bleeding worse.

blow drying the glaze is a very bad idea

blow drying the glaze is a very bad idea

7) Look at the grand mess voila! One thing I did right though, was to carve out the mess, cleaned up the pendants so that I can try it all over again.

messed up graphics

messed up graphics

TRYING IT AGAIN

Don’t we all, sometimes, wish that we can start all over again? Well, in this case, you can!

1) Background graphic learning from my failure, I know that everything that goes underneath the glaze can NOT be water-based. Since I’ve been collecting the foil wrapping paper of Lindor chocolate balls (don’t be jealous, I’m skinny and I eat a lot of them, ok), I decided to use it as the background graphic.

Lindor chocolate balls wrappings

Lindor chocolate balls wrappings

2) Sticking the background graphic using the glaze as an adhesive, I made sure the background image is securely stuck to the bottom of the pendant.

sticking the background layer

sticking the background layer

3)  Affixing the foreground graphic this time, I cut out the graphic, not from the inner paper pages but from the cover of the magazine, which is coated in a thin plastic protective layer. Again, securely stuck it on top of the background.

finding the graphic from the cover of the magazine

finding the graphic from the cover of the magazine

sticking the graphic to the background

sticking the graphic to the background

4) Adding some bling to add a little more shininess to it, I bust out my glittery nail polish that will sure add some sparks to it, plus help sealing the graphics.

My pa glittery nail polish

My pa glittery nail polish

glitterific

glitterific

5) Applying the glaze one more time I applied the glaze. This time, I used a small water color brush to scoop out any bubbles that formed. And of course, LEAVE IT ALONE TO DRY. It took overnight.

applying the glaze

applying the glaze

6) Done! The pendant is done after the glaze dried and it dries clear.  I then put on the chain and other hardware. Shown in the image is the other pendant that I made using the same method.

putting the pendants on chains

putting the pendants on chains

successful glazed jewelry

successful glazed jewelry

Thanks and I hope you enjoyed this Watch Me Fail report and learned something about applying diamond glaze. Do you have any experience using glaze material or making graphical jewelry? I’d love to hear from you!

Book of Junk Thoughts

Book of Junk Thoughts

Book of Junk Thoughts

Book of Junk Thoughts

Dear fans,

I’m betting that while you’re reading this, there are at least about 20 other things running at the back of your mind. If you don’t think so, well, that’s because you’re not aware of it. Or, maybe you’ve achieved enlightenment, then, congratulations! What are you doing here!?

About a year ago I read this book The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron on how to move pass creative blocks. I must admit, I’ve never really had any sort of creative blocks. In fact, I’m always drawn to do too many ideas that what I need is focus. However I still find some exercises in this book very interesting and helpful, one of which is the writing three pages excercise.

The idea is to write three pages in your notebook everyday. Three pages of what? Of anything in your head. Absolutely ANYTHING. The laundry you need to do, the burp that smells like last night’s dinner, the hottie you want to fuck, the check that has not arrived in your mail box. ANYTHING. Dump it all out.

After you dump three pages, close your notebook and go on with your day. Do the same thing the next day.

But there’s one rule about this exercise and it is that NOBODY READS IT. Not even yourself. Nope, you don’t go back and see what you were thinking two days ago, or correct any grammar. What’s written is written and is only fit for the shredder, the recycling bin, or the fireplace.

It feels absolutely refreshing after writing the three pages. Currently I’m not writing dutifully everyday, but whenever I feel very stressed I’d bust out what I call my Book of Junk Thoughts and start dumping my junk thoughts onto it.

When it’s full, this book will be actually dumped into a dumpster and just like any other junk that I dump into it, I’ll never see it again.

And then, hehhhhhhh. What a beautiful day and I’m ready to create all sorts of wonderful things!

The Marker Mural

Marker Mural and Other Experimentations

The Marker Mural

The Marker Mural

Dear Fans,

Happy 2012! I hope you all had a wonderful time and are just so ready to kick ass in this new year. This new year that could be the last year of all of us. “Shit, does she believe in that 2012 crap?” Nope, I don’t, really. But I do believe that you, yes you, and I, could die any time and today may be the last day of your life.

Have you any regrets? Has it been good? You should be able to answer these questions…and enjoy the day!

I’ve been trying to take the marker drawings out of the small pieces of paper and stretch them into a bigger something in my life. Hence the 4′ x 7′ Marker Mural that I recently installed in my bedroom. Work in progress.

All I Can Do sketch

All I Can Do sketch

Another thing that I’ve been experimenting is to combine the line drawings that make up a bulk of Unobtainable Sceneries with the marker drawings. Again, work in progress.

I think it will all come out great, really looking forward to it!

Das Wilderbeasts

Das Wilderbeasts

Das Wilderbeasts

Das Wilderbeasts

Dear fans,

Das Wilderbeasts is a two-color, 5″ by 7″ linoleum block print on paper.

“In the landscape of your mind, there are beasts. Beasts without names or shapes. Beasts you cannot control. You watch them. The only thing you can do is watch them. They eat flowers you planted. They run around in the woods of your beliefs and the canopies that once shaded the raw soil come crashing down. You need this. Believe it or not, you do. Sit back. It’s like watching the Discovery channel, where you learn about nature. Your nature.”

For creative inspirations, I subscribe to a couple of different blogs and websites. One of the sites that I love a lot is grain edit, which features classic and modern design works. Many of the designs they showcase, vintage or not, have a variety of very charming textures, like this one done by Telegramme Studio.

These posts also reminded me of some German expressionists’ prints that I was introduced to when in college. Suddenly, instead of colorful, flat, sleek screen prints, I wanted to make limited-colored block prints with some rough texture. That’s also why the text of the print, instead of “The Wild Beasts,” is called “Das Wilderbeasts” some kind of pseudo German ;p

The Prophet--wood block print by Emil Nolde, 1912

The Prophet–wood block print by Emil Nolde, 1912

1) Idea sketch Sketching out the idea first on paper.

sketching out the idea

sketching out the idea

2) Transfer the image to the block I forgot to purchase copying paper, so I just covered my original paper with graphite, than draw on the back of it with the block at the bottom. Notice that you have to transfer the image onto the block backwards right now, otherwise your print will end up being backwards.

transfering the image to the block

transfering the image to the block

3) Mark the cutting area The graphite lines were a bit faint, so I tried to mark the lines with sumi ink, but it didn’t stay!

sumi ink doesn't work on linoleum block

sumi ink doesn’t work on linoleum block

Luckily the sharpie marker worked! Note that the image is backwards.

marking the lines with sharpie

marking the lines with sharpie

4) Carving time to bust out the knives and do some damage. I have accumulated many sets of cutting knives of various brands throughout the years. For linoleum, which is quite soft, it doesn’t really matter which brand I use.

my carving knives

my carving knives

 

Carving Progress

Carving Progress

For some really fine areas, I used an box cutter to cut. There’s no rules saying what tool you need to use, as long as you get the job done and it looks right to you.

using box cutter for cutting small areas

using box cutter for cutting small areas

 

Close up of the beasts

Close up of the beasts

5) Printing the background layer since I threw out a lot of my block printing equipment during the house fire last year, I needed to purchase some new stuff. Here’s a sheet of mylar, basically a thick piece of plastic, on which I’m going to squeeze and roll out my ink.

plastic sheet

plastic sheet

The painting knife is for handling the ink once it is squeeze out of the tube. The Barren is for hand printing block prints, applying pressure on the back of the paper.

ink, painting knife, blocks, barren and paper

ink, painting knife, blocks, barren and paper

And don’t forget, the ink roller!

block printing ink roller

block printing ink roller

I must insert an educational moment here. Please do NOT put your roller with the rubber side down on any surface! It hurts the surface of the roller, causing it to become uneven and will not be able to distribute ink nicely onto your block! Plus, on a hot summer day, your roller may become soft and melt and stick on your work surface!

don't put the roller side down on your work surface

don’t put the roller side down on your work surface

Here, I squeeze out a blob of ink, “stir-fried” it a bit to make it softer, and draw out a ribbon for the roller to roll out.

squeezing out the ink

squeezing out the ink

 

rolling out the ink

rolling out the ink

Inking the background layer.

inking the first layer

inking the first layer

Using the barren to apply pressure on the paper to pick up the ink. This was tiring and aggravating to my sore wrists (which I have only myself to blame). If you have a printmaking press, you wouldn’t have to do this.

barren action

barren action

first layer

first layer

 6) Printing the 2nd layer rolling out the blue color first.

rolling out the blue color

rolling out the blue color

rolling the ink onto the block

rolling the ink onto the block

close up of the inked block

close up of the inked block

And of course, nothing good ever get made without there first being tons of mistakes. The major challenges here are aligning the second layer with the background, and also not over ink and put too much pressure on the paper while printing.

mistakes and proofs

mistakes and proofs

too much ink and pressure causing double image

too much ink and pressure causing double image

 

it takes more time to print blocks than silkscreens

it takes more time to print blocks than silkscreens

And…drum roll please! Here’s the texture!

the block printing texture

the block printing texture

 

printing an edition of 15

printing an edition of 15

 

Das Wilderbeasts

Das Wilderbeasts

Voila! Here it is, Das Wilderbeasts! I hope you have learned something from this post or at least been entertained somehow. Isn’t printmaking entertaining? I think so. As always, I dedicate this print to Larry, who taught me how to print.

And, as always plus, if you’d like to own this, just let me know! XOXO

"For Them" Silk Screened Holiday Cards

Silk Screened Holiday Greeting Cards “For Them”

"For Them" Silk Screened Holiday Cards

“For Them” Silk Screened Holiday Cards

Dear fans,

“For Them” is a set of silk screened holiday greeting cards which I made for friends and families, featuring two designs and six cards in a set. Each design has three layers using contact paper as stencils and printed on American Master Natural color paper.

The idea behind this set of cards is that, instead of me giving my friends one greeting card that I write, since I have the ability to reproduce images, why don’t I give them the cards so that they would be able to pass on the greetings to other friends? Sounds more romantic. Yes, anything more romantic I’ll do! I started working on these holiday cards early so that my friends will have plenty of time to send them out.

Originally I was to give away 20 sets, which means a total of 120 prints, 60 in one design and 60 the other. However, I mistakenly printed the first design on all 150 cards (extra 30 for error margins), therefore I had to get another 150 cards for the other design. For some reason, I cut myself 60 of those wrapping straps while in fact I only needed 20. In total I ended up producing around 50 sets that took 3 weekends. All I have to say is, kids, stay in school and learn your math good!

1) Design brain storm Knowing the volume that I was going to produce, I tried to simplify the ideas down to just some simple shapes that are iconic for the holiday season.

design brain storm1

design brain storm1

design brain storm2

design brain storm2

design brain storm3

design brain storm3

First of all, the two designs should utilize the common holiday graphic elements and be able to relate to each other in terms of shapes and color schemes. The X’mas tree decorations came to mind. What does the holiday season mean to me? Since I’m not so  religious, it mainly means love, warmth, friendship, something from the heart, and…eating! I tried to combine the heart and stomach, but they just didn’t go very well and the visual was too complicated, so I scratched stomach. Another major icon for the holiday is the star. What does the star mean for me? At this stage of my life I see the star as some kind of guiding light, kind of like a north star. Therefore I put a compass in the middle of the star.

2) Refining the design I created the design and mockups in Illustrator. Tested some fonts for “For Them” text and see how it’ll look like. Again, I will have to manually cut out from contact paper, therefore choosing something that will work with that was an interesting challenge.

Designing in illustrator

Designing in illustrator

Testing the font for "For Them"

Testing the font for “For Them”

Adjust tracking for the text

Adjust tracking for the text

A mockup for how it should look like

A mockup for how it should look like

3) Making the stencils Printing out all the shapes in black makes it way easier to cut stencils out of contact paper.

shapes for cutting stencils

shapes for cutting stencils

Stencil for the text

Stencil for the text

the star and the heart

the star and the heart

 4) Printing the first layer for the X’mas ball design It was pretty straight forward, a ball!

printing the x'mas ball

printing the x’mas ball

 5) Printing the hanging string on the X’mas ball Again, quite straight forward, printing that layer. For simplicity’s sake, I did not layer or put any element adjacent to one another, therefore making it very easy. Well, I’ve told one of my friends that my house is currently full of flies, as illustrated below. They like lights, you see.

my house is full of flies

my house is full of flies

Closer look at the X'mas balls

Closer look at the X’mas balls

An interesting phenomenon occurred while printing these small shapes. The ink was sticky enough and the paper is light enough that every time I pulled the print, the paper itself would be stuck on the screen. If not separated carefully, the wet print could be ruined.

a stuck print

a stuck print

 6) Printing the heart Since the heart is the focal point in this design, I made sure to print a whole bunch of proofs.

printing proofs of the heart

printing proofs of the heart

first design complete!

first design complete!

 7) Printing the star of the star design Illustrated here is the slight tear at the sharp ends of the star. Sometimes you just can’t cut that precisely. In these tiny tears ink would leak out and the beautiful angle would be ruined. Foreseeing this based on experience, I cut out extra stencils to cover up the torn area, however small they were.

Mending the stencil

Mending the stencil

proofs, proofs, proofs

proofs, proofs, proofs

all the stars

all the stars

8) Printing the hanging string By this time you can see, it’s in the evening already.

printing the string for the star

printing the string for the star

9) Printing the compass in the star Because of the “doughnut hole” problem, I needed to put the middle stencil back into the doughnut hole. Since the area was so small, the ink leaked out some, the position moved some which only required more proofs and readjustment.

the compass stencil

the compass stencil

ink leakage

ink leakage

proofs!!

proofs!!

completing the star design

completing the star design

close up of the star design

close up of the star design

10) Printing the wrapping strip I made a little registration marks to make sure the text printed in the middle.

registration for the wrapping strip

registration for the wrapping strip

it's all for them!!

it’s all for them!!

close up look for the strip

close up look for the strip

11) Packaging I got 300 envelopes in total from Staples, and used up all of them. Still had a lot of plastic sleeves from my previously failed craft business that was never quite a business. Some double sided tape to help hold the text strip. I’m so happy they are all going somewhere outside of my bedroom!

300 envelopes

300 envelopes

packaging station

packaging station

12) Voila! Merry X’mas and Happy New Year!

"For Them" Silk Screened Holiday Cards

“For Them” Silk Screened Holiday Cards

Thank you for being here. Again, with all my prints, these are dedicated to Larry, who taught me how to print. If only he can write from the grave, I’d give him a set. Every set has a name on it and they are all flying out of my house in no time. Yes!

From Afar silk screen print on paper

From Afar :: silk screen print on paper

From Afar silk screen print on paper

From Afar silk screen print on paper

Dear fans,

Back! With another print! “From Afar” is a six color silk screen print on paper using contact paper as stencils.

This is a print that talks about seeing something from a distance, and thinking how beautiful it is without having a clear idea what it really is. It is precisely this ignorance of the reality of it that makes this thing you can’t quite see or obtain so beautiful. So, would you pursue it, hold it in your hand in close examination, risking your appreciation of it, or would you just admire From Afar? Your choice :)

There is not really a central focus in the composition, rather it is a collage of bubbles with different patterns and colors. Yes, just like seeing the street lights at night without your glasses on. So, you ask, what’s the inspiration for those particular patterns and colors? Well, they each represent something but if I tell you, I’ll have to kill you. Or, you’ll have to kill me, unearth one of my hidden sketchbooks and maybe you’d know. Heeeeee…

Here’s how it was put together:

1) The original sketch I got the idea from one of my marker drawings that I do daily. The color combination had some kind of Bob Marley flavor to it. Hmm.

From Afar marker drawing

From Afar marker drawing

2) Designing it Illustrator I redesigned it in Illustrator. The final font chosen was Orator Std Slanted.

Designing the print in Illustrator

Designing the print in Illustrator

3) Making the stencils for each layer I separated out each color and shape, printed it onto a piece of paper from a printer to help cutting the stencils from contact paper.

the stencil print out

the stencil print out

Cutting the stencils

Cutting the stencils

Cutting the stencils

Cutting the stencils

Cutting the stencils

Cutting the stencils

 4) Printing the first layer One circle, quite easy!

printing the first layer

printing the first layer

5) Printing the second layer I had to tweak the color of the pink a little to match the tint of the yellow circle.

tweaking the pink color

tweaking the pink color

printing the second layer

printing the second layer

6) Printing the third layer Because all the circles are pretty small that it didn’t make sense to use up all the contact paper to cover the whole screen. So I just taped some extra paper to cover the rest of the screen up so the ink wouldn’t leak. For this layer I used a fun metallic colored ink.

stencil of the third layer

stencil of the third layer

 

printing of the third layer

printing of the third layer

close up of the third layer

close up of the third layer

 7) Printing the fourth layer I used some left over ink and added a bit of different colored ink here and there to achieve the dark green color. As long as you have basic colors such as black and white, yellow, blue and red, you can mix any color. It may not be as bright or pure as store bought ones but it is often times more interesting.

mixing the dark green

mixing the dark green

printing the fourth layer

printing the fourth layer

8) Printing the fifth layer or rather…NOT printing it! I experimented with a scrap paper and found it too distracting for the whole composition, so this layer was scratched. Again, printmaking is all about the experimentation process.

the layer that never was

the layer that never was

9) Printing the fifth and sixth layer yes with the previous layer scratched all that’s left are the highlight dots. They were pretty straight forward and I took the colors right out of the can. For the yellow color, I had to change it to more of an orange for it to show on top of the yellow circle better.

testing the colors of the dots

testing the colors of the dots

10) Okie Doke sit and look at them from afar. No, from very close!

all the circles

all the circles

From Afar silk screen print on paper

From Afar silk screen print on paper

Yes, that’s it for now. I love you, thank you for stopping by. Again, thank you Larry for teaching me how to print. As with all things in the universe, ask, believe and receive. If you want this, let me know.

Ciao Ciao!

Cross the Swamp :: screen print on paper

cross the swamp screen print

cross the swamp screen print

Dear fans,

Oh my god, I made another screen print! Cross the Swamp is a screen print on paper with 5 layers of colors using contact paper as stencils.

I’m totally addicted to the process of interacting with ink, paper, stencils, my hands, water, the wind that blows through the curtain in my room, the sun that shines through the window, and my own breathing while laying down the screen. And most importantly, in the end of all this, I get to hand them out to people who I love and care about. What in the world is better than this!? Hmm…sex? But that’s something else entirely :)

So what does “Cross the Swamp” mean? What is this swamp? I recently read the book Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown, who is a love and joy researcher, but before that she was a shame and fear researcher. She said,

In Jungian circles, shame is often referred to as the swampland of the soul. I’m not suggesting that we wade out into the swamp and set up camp. I’ve done that and I can tell you that the swampland of the soul is an important place to visit, but you would not want to live there.

What I’m proposing is that we learn how to wade through it. We need to see that standing on the shore and catastrophisizing about what could happen if we talked honestly about our fears is actually more painful than grabbing the hand of a trusted companion and crossing the swamp. And, most important, we need to learn why constantly trying to maintain our footing on the shifting shore as we gaze across to the other side of the swamp–where our worthiness waits for us–is much harder work than trudging across.

So yes, it’s the swamp of shame! How dark. well, we’ve all got it, you’ve got one too. Have you tried crossing it? Or have you crossed it many times? It fracking sucks!

Here’s how I put it all together.

1) Pencil sketch and creating shapes in Illustrator

pencil sketch and creating shapes in illustrator

pencil sketch and creating shapes in illustrator

2) Designing in Illustrator

The final font selected is Kabel LT Standard. It is such a thin, beautiful and elegant font with a nice contrast with big blocks of color.

designing in illustrator

designing in illustrator

3) Layers sequence

Since there are multiple colors which will layer on top or overlap each other, it is important to decide which layer to print first. Usually you’d want to print the lighter color first, then finish off with the darkest color to make sure everything shows through nicely.

layers sequence

layers sequence

4) Cutting stencils

I use contact paper to cut out stencils for each layer.

stencil for the swamp

stencil for the swamp

stencil for the flowers

stencil for the flowers

5) Printing the first layer

The first layer is usually the easiest and really no big deal.

printing the first layer

printing the first layer

6) Printing the second layer

The second layer was a bit trickier. Since I was using the leftover semi-transparent ink from the last print Twin Heart, I had to tweak the colors and transparency several times to get the right shade. For multiple color layers, registration, which is lining up of each layer, becomes very important and can go wrong a lot of times.

experimenting with colors for the second layer

experimenting with colors for the second layer

7) Printing the third layer

The third layer, the flowers, was the easier layer since they pretty much just floats on top and doesn’t matter if they line up with anything.

close up of the third layer

close up of the third layer

 

printing the third layer

printing the third layer

 8) Printing the 4th layer

This layer was easier too since it only involves the tree trunk and the text that is kind of far away.

printing the 4th/text layer

printing the 4th/text layer

 9) Printing the swamp

The swamp is decidedly the main element in the whole composition. The dark color and swirly outline anchors down the whole image.

On the top right area of the swamp there are two white reflections. For this kind of “white out” or “donut hole” you need to cut out those particular shapes and stick it back on the screen to block out the ink.

It is also why on my prints, the O, the A, the R and the P of the text layer all have a black out style, because I was too lazy to put the hole back to the donut you know what I mean :)

the white out area in the swamp layer

the white out area in the swamp layer

testing the swamp layer

testing the swamp layer

printing the swamp layer

printing the swamp layer

On registration 

One of the toughest things to get right on a multi-colored or multi-layered print is to line up all layers correctly. Here I’m showing the mistakes that I made before I could get them right. For every good print in your hand a number of prints died because of registration or other mistakes. Even more regular printing paper also died for experimentation. They sacrificed bravely for the collective (collectable) good—the limited edition.

registration mistakes

registration mistakes

cross the swamp screen print

cross the swamp screen print

Voila, that’s it for now. Thank you for visiting and I hope you found it useful or entertaining either way. Again thanks to Larry who taught me how to print, and the universe who provides all that’s necessary for this to happen.

Talking about the universe, ask and you shall receive! If you’d like a print from this edition, just let me know :)

Ave Maria sketch1

Ave Maria sketches

Ave Maria sketch1

Ave Maria sketch1

Ave Maria sketch 2

Ave Maria sketch 2

Ave Maria sketch 3

Ave Maria sketch 3

Ave Maria sketch 4

Ave Maria sketch 4

Dear fans,

I’m so happy to start working on new images again yay! If you’re reading this, I want you to know that I love you and I’m so lucky to have you here.

This new image Ave Maria was a really bizarre dream of mine with a slight bit of religious coloring. Do you believe in god? I kinda do in a higher power sorta sense, not particularly in any organized religion. I feel that all the metaphors  from major religions are there to help us understand something we otherwise would not be able to comprehend at all.

What would you do if you have another career choice? Me, I would be an exorcist :)

Yes, Puppies animation and free art print

Yes, Puppies: animation, free art print and T-shirt

Click to see animation.

Yes, Puppies animation and free art print

Yes, Puppies animation and free art print

Dear fans,

This is the piece I worked on for almost 2 months! It was a very brief dream in which I was on a train passing this beautiful pasture full of giant cream-colored puppies wagging their tails.

I thought for the tail wagging action it’d be really cool to make it an animation. This is also the first time that I’m trying putting the art work, music and download links on its own webpage and creating a full page experience for the audience with sharing capability. I think it worked well and really did the art work justice rather than stuffing it in a narrow column blog. This I will continue to do.

The tail-wagging of the puppies was a very simple animation, but I think I chose the wrong approach and it took many weeks of my free time to complete. First I built out the graphic assets in Adobe Illustrator, which was good. Then I tried to animate it in Flash, thinking that I would be able to export it as an animated .gif. That was a wrong decision. Although it was easy to build scene and animate in Flash GUI, the exported .gif was of extreme low quality there was no way I could have used the result. I then had to export it as a .mov and then, using Photoshop to turn it into a .gif. Once everything was in Photoshop it got better because I’m very familiar with the Photoshop environment and could create effects and backgrounds easily. The trouble, still, lied in compressing the resulting image so it would animate gracefully while looking sharp. After some tries of different compressing options I arrived at the result that you’re seeing.

The one page site was built in HTML5 and I was happy to experiment with new tags such as <article>, <aside> and most importantly the <audio> tag. It is really cool to be able to pop an <audio> or <video> tag and stream content through all major modern browsers. Still a lot to learn here.

The intended virality of the content did not catch on at all. I simply don’t know how or what to do in this area. Need to read some more blogs/books about this.

30 days challenge: A drawing a day completed, pt1

30 Days Challenge: A Drawing A Day Completed

Dear Fans,

So a month has past. A month of confusion and tears, mixed with occasional light-heartedness. You ask, what, was it really that hard? Well, I experienced some pretty serious relationship issues and I’m still recovering from it. You know, sometimes I just wish somebody can turn me into an androgynous ET and I’ll never have to deal with relationship, love, heart break, freedom, growth, intimacy, what-have-you. I can then say, “I’m an ET. I love you in an extra-terrestrial sense. I’m not afraid to show you all my ET parts and my ET heart will never break if you leave.”

That said, the whole drawing-a-day project was fun and really mother-fracking made every day more memorable, good and bad days alike. There were some days that I skipped either because I was too tired or  simply forgot. I usually quickly do it the day after or so.

Another cool thing about doing this project is that it forces me to face the fear of creativity everyday, even for a mere 10 minutes. “I’m too tired.” “I don’t know what to make.” “I suck.” “I’m hungry.” “I’m doing Facebook/Google+.” “How about that novel?” No excuse! I gotta sit my ass down and mother-fracking draw something NOW! Anything! So “anything” came out and that was the fun part.

I highly recommend this project to everybody.

30 days challenge: A drawing a day completed, pt1

30 days challenge: A drawing a day completed, pt1

30 days challenge: A drawing a day completed, pt2

30 days challenge: A drawing a day completed, pt2