Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Woodburning + Retro Kid Flickr Pool + Javier

I tried woodburning for the very first time during the weekend. I think my burner is too hot (950 degree F) and it burns really really fast... I need to shop for a temperature controller so I can adjust it and maybe have better control over the lines. But so far I like it; it feels like drawing on wood. If you have any suggestions please let me know! :)

Also, remember to take a look at the Retro Kid Flickr pool that has thousands of images contributed by people around the world. What a great source of inspiration!

And then, this is not really related to doodling or anything... but please allow me to just say this: isn't Javier Bardem the most adorable man ever? For some reason I totally missed the Oscar, but my co-worker showed me this clip and I just think it's so sweet that he brought his mom as his date. Now I really want to watch No Country for Old Men. He is HOT!

Sunday, February 24, 2008

IF: Multiple (Study of Birdies #2)

This is another sketchbook page since my first study of birdies, but it also fits this week's Illustration Friday theme: Multiple.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Tagged: Show My Workspace + Love and Peace Meme

I got tagged by my sweet friend Christine to show my workspace. At first I was like, "OH NO! My space is so messy... there is crap everywhere; should I clean it first?", then I thought I should just keep it as is to show the real thing. So here they are; click to see bigger images:

This is my home studio (the embarrassingly messy one). I don't work at that big table too much, only when I need to. (Especially it's always freezing cold in the winter since it's right next to the patio door... very drafty, I just doodle on my couch or in bed instead.) Behind that table is my computer desk; that's when I blog and do my digital works.

The second group of photos are my space at work, my full time job. I am here 80% of the time and I do lots of works (which I can't post on my blog). I really love my office; it's warm, it has great lighting, plus there are people around me all the time that I can chat and joke with while I work. I try really hard to keep this little space neat and clean.

Here are some stuff I display in my office...

Now I'm usually hesitant when it comes to tag other people since everybody's so busy, but it's so fun and inspiring to look at another artist's workspace, so I am gonna tag three people; hopefully they will want to play along. I tag: Bob, Maura and Kelly. Guys, it's up to you if you want to play along and if you want to tag other people! : )

I've also been tagged by Zari (who created this beautiful image and message) and Aspa on this Love and Peace meme. But instead of tagging other people, I would just ask all of you who's reading this to take some time to think about love and peace, pray for countries that are facing troubles and for those people you love and those you don’t. We are all in this world together, as one big family.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Leap Year Gig Poster

A poster I did for our band's next gig. Come see us if you are in town.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

IF: Theory

“An ounce of action is worth a ton of theory.” - Friedrich Engels
As I would say,
Walk the walk, don't just talk the talk!

Monday, February 18, 2008

Puppies + Kitties in Paris

My friend's client in Paris liked the puppies I did previously and requested a matching set with kitties in it, so I have to help out again. Here they are. I've made them more gender specific this time. I hope he likes it.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Sketchbook Page: Study of Birdies

Here is a sketchbook page of birdies from this morning...

I wanted to be more productive this weekend, but I had a headache yesterday which lasted whole day (urrr... cold winter, go away already!!!) and didn't feel like drawing anything. But I am feeling good right now! Hope you guys all had a lovely weekend. : )

Sweet Pea has given me the You Made My Day award on her blog... Sorry Sweet Pea, I should've gotten back with you sooner! Thank you so much! XOXO

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Happy Heart Day

I wish everybody a warm and sweet Valentine's Day with your loved ones... xoxo

IF: Choose

Miss piggy wants to choose just one bon-bon for her teatime treat, but she ends up eating more than half of the candies... Who can blame her?

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Puppies in Paris

My friend has a client in France who needs a couple of cute puppy artworks to put on his souvenir products for babies, so he turned to me for help. Here are my initial designs and they might do whatever tweaks needed down the line. Do they look French to you?

Saturday, February 9, 2008

Hobo and The Mysterious Creature + A wild Party

Last night we had a combined birthday party for two of our dear girlfriends. One of them is Mimi (yup... the muse of the "Chomp Chomp Chicken") and Mimi LOVES hobos, so I drew this birthday card for her! We had Greek food in a restaurant called Tasso's, and man, I have no words to describe my experience cause there were just too much going on! On top of the flaming cheese and awesome food, you got breaking plates, staff yelling "Opa!" every few minutes, live guitar and keyboard playing music from traditional Greek tunes to Abba's "Dancing Queen", a hobo man named "JazzBo" (as a Jazz Hobo) palying a trumpet and a big conch shell... and best of all, a belly dancer dancing her way in between the tables! Wow... it was crazy but we all had a fun night!

More Bags from Mommy

My mom has been taking quilting lesson, and she just sent me photos of new bags she made, so I'd like to share them with you. I especially love the third one with flowers on it. It looks like it could be an Anthropologie bag.

It is Chinese New Year over there; the year of rat. I'd like to wish my family and you all a happy and healthy new year to come! xo

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

3 Houses

I've always wanted to draw little houses...
10.5" by 7", drawing with pens on watercolor paper

After note:
This illustration has been added to the House Party Flickr pool.
There are so many wonderful house related artworks and craft goodies.
Take a look! :D

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Happy Tree Hats

Some sketches I did this morning while waiting for oil change on my car...

Sunday, February 3, 2008

IF: Blanket

This is a really quick one because I am too cold to draw at this moment. I am so ready for the winter to pass...

Happy Little Portraits

From my sketchbook this afternon... I adjusted spacing between some of them on the computer, but otherwise it was not touched digitally.

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Big Crazy Sketchbook Page

Friends, I am combining two pages of doodles at once and giving you a giant page of craziness (sounds like a really bad TV commercial)... hope your eyes are still ok after looking at it.

Have a happy weekend! : )

Love You Award

Yay!!! I got the Love You Award from sweet Pupu! Thank you so much Pupu! I love you this much too! (And I should've said this long long time ago already: thanks for the postcards and artworks you sent me. Your country is so beautiful!)

Here I am sending my love award to my dear fellow bloggers; finally I don't have to pick just 5: kelly, marci, maura, bob, gisele (thanks for the "You Made My Day Award", sweet Gis!), mush, aspa, christine, geninne, ester, and many many others (I have too many blogs bookmarked on my Google reader). You guys inspire me everyday and I love you all! XO

Friday, February 1, 2008

I Hate Double-Faced Backstabber...

Sorry friends... this is not gonna be a happy post. since I can't vent it in the office, at least I can vent at my own blog.

What would you do if you know for real that somebody has been hurting your best buddy at work behind his back for the sake of that person's own interests, but you can't say anything because everybody else thinks the backstabber is the nicest and most genuine person ever? It's killing me, but because my friend really wants to forgive, plus I want to protect my friend, I just have to tie my tongue. But if I hear one more person praises that guy one more time (which I don't blame them cause they have no idea), I am seriously going to throw up! I just really want to warm my other friends to keep a safe distance with that person, because you don't know when it's gonna be your turn to get bitten... But what can I say? Office politics... I just HATE it!!!