Ave Maria by artist YaChin Bonny You

Ave Maria

Ave Maria by artist YaChin Bonny You

Ave Maria

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In this dream, I’d been looking for a three bedroom apartment for a long time. This particular apartment that the landlady was showing me was absolutely amazing. Along with two small bedrooms and common space, the third bedroom is as big and fancy as the ballroom in Versailles. What’s more, it was totally within my budget!

“I’ll give you a deposit, the paperwork, credit check, anything you need today. I really want to rent this apartment.” I told the landlady, almost in a begging tone. Imagine the kind of parties I’d be able to hold in here!

While I was so excited, a little question popped in my head. How can this big of a place cost so little? Maybe it’s haunted. Maybe somebody committed suicide here not long ago.

Suddenly, the entire place went dark. I saw ghosts dancing in the ballroom. Several friends who came with me to visit the place are now turned into stuffed animals. I knew it! This place is not clean!

I grabbed two lucky friends who are still able to move and we held onto each other tightly to form a circle. “Candle Formation! Quick!” My friends crossed each others’ arms to form a protective spell, and I started singing Ave Maria.

The “Candle Formation” featuring my friends and I burst into holy flames while the Virgin Mary’s light and presence shrouded us, protecting us from the evil spirits.

“We need to get outta here now!” I shouted. Suddenly, bam! The three of us were transported onto a quiet night street in Berkeley. I found myself with my bike beside me. Oh, okay, guess we are out of the danger zone now, thank you Virgin Mary!

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

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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.”

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.

finished_painted_converse_yachin_bonny_you

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!

Image of Post Apocalyptic Feast Drawing by Artist YaChin Bonny You

Post Apocalyptic Feast

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Image of Post Apocalyptic Feast by superflat artist YaChin Bonny You

Post Apocalyptic Feast

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Oh heaven, how do I even begin to describe this picture?

It all happened in this one night, after I closed my eyes and drifted to the sweet dreamland. Wait, except it wasn’t sweet. It was rather creepy. I was at this giant block party, where there are lots of people feasting on all sorts of food.

All of a sudden, a Hell’s Angels motorcycle team rode in and started throwing trash everywhere. They said, “Let’s see how long these people can keep eating with all this trash around, hahaha!”

I turned my head around and realized that this half rotted zombie woman with widening eyes and drooling mouth is swinging a large garden spade right towards my waist. I jumped back instinctively, dodged this strike and stepped to the side to avoid her subsequent attacks. “Phew,” I thought, “Thank god I take martial arts lessons.” I snuck in when she had an opening and took the spade from her. With a mighty swing I hacked her in half. Blood splatting all over the place.

After I woke up from the absurd adventure there was this question lingering on my mind, “Indeed. How long can we keep having the party with all this trash around!?”

Image of Held (On the Train) by Artist YaChin Bonny You

Held (On the Train)

Image of Held on the Train by superflat artist YaChin Bonny You

Held (On the Train)

In this dream, I was on a train driving by a beach on a beautiful sunny day. Sitting beside me was a stranger. A big stranger. A big stranger with claws. And furry. Yet I was not afraid. I sat sliding comfortably into his lap and fell asleep. Everything made sense. Oh how this stranger feels like my blanket. This really was a wonderful trip going who knows where.

Naked in London

Naked in London

Image of Naked in London by superflat artist YaChin Bonny You

Naked in London

This may be one of the funniest images I’ve ever made and I had so much fun!

In this dream, I was frolicking, naked, in a big and beautiful British garden where there were trees, flowers, grass and butterflies. The air was warm and the wind felt gentle and soothing against my skin. I ran around and thought, I’m in London! I gotta call Richard (who is a designer friend), I think he’s still in London! Then I encountered the biggest rabbit I’ve ever seen. It felt like he was Peter Rabbit. I was so excited I rushed forward to give him a giant hug. He was so big he didn’t move at all despite my momentum. I hugged him even more tightly and try to shake him. Then I started to climb up his giant body.

That’s about how much I can remember after I woke up. The most memorable thing was the sense of a warm and beautiful British garden.

Dancing With Transformer Neptune

Yes I gave birth to this finally.

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This is the first time that I made something with this much details, effect and shading, kind of like a video game matt painting. I usually do very flat and saturated images and don’t really like that style, but for this picture to come to life, like in my dream,  lighting, texture and effects were needed.

Psychologically I never left my school years in Taiwan. 90% of my dreams I’m in one of the three: elementary school, junior high or senior high, and hang out with friends who I got to know from then. Sometimes current people show up, but very rarely and/or in the backgrounds.

The girl in the picture is my elementary school best friend. In this dream, we were hanging out in an old church. It ‘s not any church but church of the god of the ocean. It was dark in the church, with faint streams of light coming through the stained glass windows. She was dancing giddily with the ocean god Neptune dressed as Transformer. She was so small, he was so huge and not moving very much. She was having so much fun and totally absorbed with herself. There’s a background music playing, it is Chopin’s Nocturne Op 9 No 2 in E. Flat Major. It was near the end of the song, she was spinning and asking me to take a picture of her and the Neptune Transformer. I was fumbling with the camera and because it was dark in the church, all the pictures I took were blurry. She said, come on, Bonny, take a picture, the song is almost over!

Image of Dancing with Transformer Neptune by superflat artist YaChin Bonny You

Dancing With Transformer Nupetune

Never To Be Aligned T-shirt

Never To Be Aligned T-shirt

In case you’d like this, it is available! Oh my, where else would you find this sh*#?

The picture of the girl’s skin on the shirt looks faded in the photo but in real life it’s pretty visible, just subtle. In this picture I’m wearing Large women’s fitted. I usually wear small, but I think I’m going to cut this up and turn it into a outer hangy thing for a dance outfit. Will post pic.

I made a guy one too in case any guy would like it. Get it here.

Never To Be Aligned T-shirt

Never To Be Aligned T-shirt

Never To Be Aligned

Never To Be Aligned

Image of Never to be Aligned by superflat artist YaChin Bonny You

Never To Be Aligned

I have alignment anxiety. The left side of my body is slightly bigger than my right side. Everything, my eye, my arm, my breast, my leg are all a tiny bit bigger on the left side.

In this dream, my left leg has grown so much bigger than my right. I thought of my yoga teacher Marianne, the posture expert Esther Gokhale, my martial arts teacher Brent. They say to me, “You need to work on your balance.” I thought, “Death be upon me! My left leg has grown so much bigger than my right! How am I ever to be ALIGNED!?”

School of Terror

School of Terror

Image of School of Terror by superflat artist YaChin Bonny You

School of Terror

This was a short dream. I mean, it was one of those dreams that you know all the context and mood after only a couple of scenes and then you move on to a completely different dream after.

In this dream, I was in a school where terror rules. If you violate a rule, a part of you would become pig-like. When you turn into a pig completely, you will be slaughtered and served as a warning to other students.

At the time when I dreamed this dream, I was mentally exploring what are the effective ways of teaching and learning. Besides drawing, I also take classes in improv theater, martial arts, yoga and in a way my work environment is like a classroom as well where I learn things every time I go. I’m addicted to learning, but sometimes I do get tired of people telling me what to do. I also have low confidence issue so I never like telling people what to do or teach. Arguing makes me sad and tired; unless the situation concerns my personal integrity I rather let others have their way and I come back to my own drawings, where nobody ever tells me what to do.

But, there are rules in every game, right? You can’t even play without learning the rules. Break out of the school or get turned into pigs? You have to answer that for yourself.