Monday, June 30, 2008

Monster Monday!

Well, its Canada day on July 1st, so why not draw a beaver monster in red. But this one instead of wood, he like to chew on bone and make the whole beaver dam with human bone!!

Friday, June 27, 2008

random sketches...

They will just be meaningless image from my head...... There are alot of meaningless stuff in there. I will try to draw them out so they are not any longer in my head. I guess that make sence.... or probaby just a meaningless blah.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Yoshitomo Nara

I like Nara's painting. There is something about them, they are mostly children looking at the viewer with an angry look. They draw you into the picture and keep you interested.

Yoshitomo Nara is a contemporary Japanese Pop artist, and is born on 1959 in Hirosaki, Japan. He currently lives and works in Tokyo, though his artwork has been exhibited worldwide. Nara received his B.F.A. (1985) and an M.F.A. (1987) from the Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music. Between 1988 and 1993, Nara studied in Germany. Nara has had nearly 40 solo exhibitions since 1984. He is represented in New York City by Marianne Boesky Gallery and in Los Angels by Blum & Poe.

Nara is renowned for the creation of children characters that are simultaneously cute and menacing with big, evil eyes. Nara's work instills the audience with a sense of irony of the innocence of children and the evil nature of humanity. They portray children as emotionally more complex than most adults acknowledge: "charming and accessible yet enigmatic and charged with undercurrents of malaise and discontent".

"Emotions were not expected to be filtered, when make-believe was not equated with lunacy and when the world was a fantastic and terrifying kingdom to be explored, not conquered".

Nara has a huge following amongst teenagers as he seems to understand and capture the emotions experienced by young people, whose feelings and opinions are suppressed by society and feels the pressure and the obligation to do what is right as opposed to do what one feels.

Gallery of Yoshitomo Nara's work :

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

The Victims....

Well, not all clay work make it. Below are just some of the victims.... They die a horrible death. They just explored and melted. Its kind of scary seeing they all like this when I open my oven, but its kind of funny in a way. (Yes, for those student have their work explored, they got to remake them, they actually love to work on it again.)

So what went wrong? Probably the baking time. Different size and thickest have a different baking time. I already group all the similar size together, but some are still bigger than the other. That's why i have to rotate them every half an hour, for four hours. Anthen poke holes at their bottom, anthen bake them for another 2 hours. I think I just perfected the baking technique. :)

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Dough work

Now on to the finish work! Some of them turn out very good. Its a lot of works. Making and baking the works. The student all have fun with it. Seeing the students loving their creation make all the hard work worth it. But i still thin i wouldn't do this lesson again anytime soon...

A green flower

Happy yellow dinosaur
Dinosaur with long tongue

Angry pink bear scaring 3 people with a brown banket

Pink and blue flower

Thursday, June 19, 2008


Thats the lineup for the oven!!! Oven can only take 6 trays at the sametime... and we have to bake them 6 hours in a row. Thats right, 6 hours! Everynight i have to bake till 6 in the morning, and i have been bakingfor the past 6 days stright already...(whats with all the 6s.. , anyway) It just alot of work baking them. you have to turn them around once in a while, just to make sure all side is bake. If not horrable thing will happen to them! Will post up some finish work tomorrow. Some turn out really good.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Ready to bake

Finished works of the students. They still need to be bake. Its a nightmare naming all of them and keeping them in the class tray. They all look the same after a while.
They have fun making the dough project. hopefully they all turn out fine after we bake them...

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Paint like Jackson Pollock

Pollock, Jackson (1912-56). American painter, the commanding figure of the Abstract Expressionist movement.

Pollock's name is also associated with the introduction of the All-over style of painting which avoids any points of emphasis or identifiable parts within the whole canvas and therefore abandons the traditional idea of composition in terms of relations among parts. The design of his painting had no relation to the shape or size of the canvas -- indeed in the finished work the canvas was sometimes docked or trimmed to suit the image. All these characteristics were important for the new American painting which matured in the late 1940s and early 1950s.

link to his bio and works :

I also find this interesting site, it lets you create your own Pollock-ish works online.It's one of them websites that have no use, other than wasting your time. But it's a fun waste of time!

Here is some of MY works! haha.
Now, anyone want to buy it for millions of dollars?

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Dough Week

This week is Dough week. We dont get to do clay or dough in drawing class alot. INfact this is the first time we did it in the normal class. Of course there are special clay class inthe studio, but not everyone got to do it. It was fun, they had fun building object with the dough.
They are home made salt dough. I made them myself. Well, it not fun mading dough at all. Its alot of works. I spend five hours each night making them....

If you want to know how to make salt dough, follow the link HERE

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Three drawings

The same photo, done by three different students with three different colour choices. Its interesting how they all have different feel to them. Different people paint in a different way and this is why art is so interesting.
The green one is done in watercolour and the other two are done by acrylics paint.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008


A while ago, we have 2 new pets in the studio. Of course being Blue Tapole Studio need to have tadpoles in the studio! Well, I didn't buy them. One day i walk into a pet shop and the girl who work there just ask me if i would like to have 2 tadpoles, for free! I dont know i might look like a guy who like tadpole or something. But i dont mind having free tadpole, i would buy them if i see them.
I put them in together with the fish, they seen to get along fine.

well, these pic was taken a while ago, they are different now...

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Phil Hanson - Influence

This is pretty amazing!!!
The artist is Phil Hanson. He drew 30 different people that influenced my life were painted one on top of another on his torso. He either painted a picture of the person or an object that represents the person. Then the entire piece was peeled off! He spent 20 hours painting and had the piece on him for about 30 hours. He even slept with it. lol

Heres the site of all the 30 image in detail :

Picture of the week

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Book cover

I spend quite alot of time on this drawing. It was all done in photoshop, digital painting all the way. I really like how it come out, how all the colour works together. The leave at the bottlom took me forever to finish. The sloth was very fun to draw, with all the fur and stuff. I had a fun time drawing this piece.
What is it for? Well, its a cover of a story book i am going to illustrate. If everything go right, it will be publish in Taiwan soon. I cannot tell you the name or what the story about, at least not yet. The book is coming along nicely, I just hope I have more time to work on it.

Monday, June 2, 2008

Monster Monday

Who am I?

A drawing lesson we did with the student. Using colour to define an object, not line. Can you see who is in the drawing above?