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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

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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.

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!

The foot

On the feet

The foot

The foot

Dear fans,

I kicked someone in the knee with my right foot yesterday during kickboxing class. It hurt some at the time but I quickly regained composure and continued doing whatever I needed to do through the rest of the day. However, just when I was drifting to sleep in bed, about midnight, my right foot started to cramp up like there’s an evil gremlin who’s trying to split my foot in several pieces!

After a night of practically no sleep and crawling around on my knees I’m happy to report that my foot is doing much better and hopefully can handle my regular, quite brutal, activities in a couple of days. It just amazes me every time I get an injury about how our body heals. It is absolutely magical! A couple of musings on the foot:

1) Pisces govern the feet. I’m an quintessential Pisces and do have more feet problems than any other body parts. (that link describes my personality to the T and might as well put my name on it)

2) Do you know that your big toes carry around 40-60 percent of body weight when you walk? Quite fascinating.

3) If you don’t stand right, your knees, your back and eventually your neck and head will all be screwed!

4) When I broke my toe last year, my acting teacher told me that, because of my limited range of motions, I was given a chance to excavate more emotions rather than movement on stage.

5) I know a person who’s one foot got broken into 72 pieces inside that never got fixed. He can still walk around, amazing!

6) “I wanna be where the people are / I wanna see, wanna see them dancin’ / Walking around on those – what do you call ’em? Oh – feet!“–Ariel the little mermaid

7)Be steady on your feet / No matter the trouble you meet…I’m learning how to get up off my knees / and all it takes is practice. “–Lion by Lights

What’s your relationship with your feet? Be nice to them!

 

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

Post Apocalyptic Feast T-shirt (Zombie Included)

Post Apocalyptic Feast T-shirt (Zombies Included)

Post Apocalyptic Feast T-shirt (Zombie Included)

Post Apocalyptic Feast T-shirt (Zombie Included)

Image of Post Apocalyptic Feast Drawing by Artist YaChin Bonny You

Post Apocalyptic Feast

Dear Fans,

I received this shirt a hell of a long time ago and just having a hard time photographing it. I could NOT find a suitable bottom to go with it. All my shorts and skirts failed, so I went with this pair of checkered pants from Felix the Cat which my mom got me when I was in junior high. Don’t be jealous, I’m still wearing stuff from junior high and they fit great. Is it a good thing? I don’t know.

The T-shirt is $24 printed by Spreadshirt on American Apparel shirts. Women and men. Get it here.

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…)