Friday, March 27, 2009

March works

Some works my studio did during the March Break class, its clay and craft all week long. Even its a crazy week for me, but seeing how they enjoy doing their work make all the hard work worth it. :)

Some clay work my studio did, they all have fun working on them. They glow in the dark too!
This is probably my favorite art work of the class. Doesn't it look like its done by a famous expressionist artist, you know the arts that people will buy it for million of dollars? Well, this is done by a 3 and a half year old!!

Class in action! We will be doing this again in the summer. It will be non stop craziness for 10 weeks!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

YMCA coloured

Here it is, i finish this a while ago. Its was a quick colouring in photoshop, the background is also done in photoshop. I like how the colour go, but over all, I wish I have more time to work on it.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009


Recently, I have been working on a illustration for YMCA. It was aim at more to the teen and the kids cause its about volunteeing at the Y. The blue one is the pencil rough i drew, I then go over it with a 2b pencil to give it a rough dark outline. I didnt use marker cause I want to keep it kind of lose. Then I will scan it in and colour it with photoshop. I will post the colour one tomorrow, since its not all done yet.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Gustav Klimt

Gustav Klimt, 1862–1918, Austrian painter.

"Whoever wants to know something about me must observe my paintings carefully and try to see in them what I am." - Gustav Klimt

Gustav Klimt explored the themes of beauty, eroticism, life and death through his subjects, embellishing them with richly patterned surfaces. Although he is best known for his paintings, however he also produced thousands of drawings. Public commissions were the basis of his early success, but he later broke with traditional Viennese art society and formed the Vienna Secession, promoting the advancement and exposure of modern art in Austria. Gustav Klimt's "The Kiss" is one of the best known and loved decorative painting in the history of art. It is the golden yellowish one below. I use to have a copy up on my wall.

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Sunday, March 22, 2009


Finally the week is over and its crazy!. The kids is off school and I have March break class running from morning till afternoon and then classes from 4 - 9. I am just Happy that its over. ON top of that, i have 2 deadline to meet. A logo for a company and a illustration for YMCA. I really do need some sleep next week..

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Clay cake!

One of my students' work. Its done in femo clay and its really small. The penny is just there for size comparison.
mmmmm.... cake...

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

new Dora unveiled !!

Last week I post up a shadow showing how the new Dora the Explorer will be like. Well, today the new Dora unveiled. It doesnt look as bad as alot of people think it will be. It show you a silhouette can make you think differently :)
I actually like it when cartoon characters grow up with their audience.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Monster Monday

Its seem the past monsters has been black and white or really grey and depressing. So, its time for a monster with happy colours to balance things a little!!

March Break begin...

March Break begin and that mean i will be at the studio from 9 in the morning till 8 at night. We will be running a March Break special clay class thru the week , so its going to be a long week for me. I am not really a morning person.... I am sure i will be filling myself with coffee the whole day.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

A sketch

Just a quick sketch I did with pencil and photoshop colour,a while ago. I need to do more exercise like this more often.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009


One of my students' art work. It's Rosalina from Super Mario Galaxy!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009


I didnt really do anything latey, well, not that i dont HAVE anything to do. I am just very lazy .... I just cant bring myself to get anything done. Well, at least i clean up my office, its not a store room now and I can actually work in it. I still need to design a poster, a logo and business card, pay bills, wash dishes, tidy my workroom and whole lots of other stuff... I guess i better stop blah-ing away in here and get something done...

Saturday, March 7, 2009

New Dora the Explorer !

Old Dora

New Dora!
The cutsie cartoon character is ditching her shorts and the neat little backpack for what her creators are calling a "new fashionable look."

Although the new Dora will not be officially unveiled until fall, Nickelodeon and Mattel released a silhouette of the revamped figure that shows her with long locks, a short skirt and pointed ballet pumps.

And it has some parents up in arms.

"What next? Dora the Cheerleader? Dora the fashionista with stylish purse and stilettos? Dora the Pop Star with Hoppin' Dance Club and "Juice" Bar?" says an online petition started by two moms, Lyn Mikel Brown and Sharon Lamb, who coauthored the book Packaging Girlhood.

"We can expect it all, because that's what passes as "tween" in the toy department these days."
Creators of Dora the Explorer, a favorite character among preschoolers that teaches kids English and Spanish, say they are just making her move with the times.

The tweenage Dora will live in the big city, attend middle school and have a new wardrobe and accessories.

"For nearly ten years, Dora the Explorer has had such a strong following among preschoolers, catapulting it into the number one preschool show on commercial television," said Gina Sirard, Mattel's vice president of marketing.
"Girls really identify with Dora and we knew that girls would love to have their friend Dora grow up with them, and experience the new things that they were going through themselves.
"The brand captures girls' existing love of Dora and marries it with the fashion doll play and online experiences older girls enjoy."Critics say they would prefer Dora to grow up true to the character she is as a child.

"If the Dora we knew grew up, she wouldn't be a fashion icon or a shopaholic. She'd develop her map reading skills and imagine the places she could go," the petition says."It's such a sell out of Dora, of all girls."
Here's some expression I randomly draw for the character. Some expression look better then the other, and some are just not really on model. Its just one of the step of creating a character, putting them in different emotions and see how they look.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

This is a character design I did with Dawn. Its for her animation portfolio. I like the character, he has a very cartoonly feel to him. Its also nice to work with someone while designing. I also did some more poses and expression of him, it will post them later also.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Albert Hirschfeld

Albert Hirschfeld (June 21, 1903January 20, 2003) was an American caricaturist, best known for his simple black and white satirical portraits of celebrities and Broadway stars.

Hirschfeld's art style is unique, and he is considered to be one of the most important figures in contemporary caricature, having influenced countless cartoonists. Hirschfeld's caricatures are almost always drawings of pure line, with simple black ink on white paper, with little to no shading or cross-hatching. His drawings always manage to capture a likeness using the minimum number of lines. Though his caricatures often exaggerate and distort the faces of his subjects, he is often described as being a fundamentally "nicer" caricaturist than many of his contemporaries, and being drawn by Hirschfeld was considered an honor more than an insult.

During Hirschfeld's nearly eight-decade career, he gained fame by illustrating the entire casts of various Broadway plays, which would appear to accompany reviews in the Times. Though this was Hirschfeld's best known field of interest, he also would draw politicians, TV stars, and celebrities.

Hirschfeld is known for hiding the name of his daughter, Nina, in all of the drawings he produced since her birth in 1945. The name would appear in a sleeve, in a hairdo, or somewhere in the background. Sometimes "NINA" would show up more than once, but Hirschfeld would helpfully add a number next to his signature, to let people know how many times her name would appear. Hirschfeld originally intended the NINA gag to be a one-time gimmick but it soon spiraled out of control. Though the NINAs were a popular feature in his cartoons, with many enjoying the game of searching for them, on more than one occasion Hirschfeld would lament that the gimmick had overshadowed his art. On occasion he did try to discontinue the practice, but such attempts always generated harsh criticism.

Permanent collections of Hirschfeld's work appear at the Metropolitian Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

He died of natural causes at his home in New York City at the age of 99 on January 20, 2003. His late wife, Broadway actress/performer Dolly Haas, mother of Nina, died of ovarian cancer in 1994 at the age of 84, and he never lost his anger over her painful death.

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