Wednesday, August 31, 2011

derpy hands part 1

So I've come to the realization that I draw really atrocious hands. :'D
I've known it subconsciously for a long time, but never had the willpower to really confront it. Going to start trying now! It's going to be an arduous battle ahead...

Took some time to draw from my own hand and 3D models from PoseManiacs as a starting point.

My permanent facial expression while drawing these:

I intend to dedicate some time regularly to practicing hands. I'm pretty embarrassed because after modeling the skeletal hand in Maya and drawing a bunch of hands for my master's research project, I should have good knowledge of the hand structure. Yet it just doesn't really translate in my head.

Any tips for drawing hands would be awesome!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

TnB: Taiga & Bani

Ahhhh, I can't stop drawing Tiger & Bunny! It's a severe addiction... I wanted to do something more stylized and not painstakingly rendered after doing those portraits. I just wanted to have fun so I didn't get hung up on details or refining for once! I've forgotten the joys of doodling! :)

PaintTool SAI 1.01

Eagerly awaiting episode 22 subs!

Random: Wow, I just noticed how the art style is completely different in the last 6 blog entries. I am so bad at drawing consistently - I like changing it up! I never figured out whether this was a good or bad thing... D:

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Black out the sun

I've been a huge fan of Darren Hayes since his Savage Garden days and Darren his new music video for Black Out The Sun is gorgeous! I wanted to capture the colour palettes and mood (and didn't even begin to attempt to capture the likeness of Darren...*sigh*). There was a bit of optical flare abuse in the video, so I wanted to include that as well!

Now all the love's gone...
PaintTool SAI 1.01 + Adobe Photoshop CS4

Okay, I swear I will fix my sleep schedule in two days...

Friday, August 26, 2011


I felt like drawing at an unreasonable hour again! I felt the need to wash the animu out of my system lol! I forgot about these fish I drew about a year ago. I was going to paint them, but ended up subjecting them to major texture abuse instead. :'D

Pen & ink + PaintTool SAI 1.01
Multiple textures from CGtextures

I...really need to fix my sleep schedule.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

T&B: Kaburagi T. Kotetsu

Finished procrastinating on packing drawing Kotetsu while listening to his dorky character song lol! I'm not really satisfied with it but I think it's time to move on. I've had enough of Tiger & Bunny portraits! I had a pretty difficult time with this drawing - not used to drawing older men with darker skin tones. And that hand! And that watch! And that hat! Ugh! I'm too ashamed to admit how long this took me... Might have to give him plastic surgery later. :P

This one is supposed to match the Barnaby I drew earlier!

Kaburagi T. Kotetsu
PaintTool SAI 1.01 + Photoshop CS4

Although I really enjoy drawing Barnaby, Kotetsu is actually my favourite character from Tiger & Bunny. You just can't help but like the guy. Two days until ep 22! :D

Monday, August 22, 2011

WIP T&B: Kaburagi Kotetsu

I tried so hard to fix my sleep schedule, and it lasted about three days...  I decided it was time to attempt a drawing of Kotetsu from Tiger & Bunny to go with Barnaby. I just couldn't get into drawing Kotetsu's hair - not curly/layered enough for my tastes! ;) 

I was discussing with some friends about drawing speed and I think I'm a really slow artist. This is where I'm at five hours in (from blank canvas)... I expected this to be done in less than three hours. :(

That hand/arm is giving me a lot of grief (and just noticed the strange colour difference from his face haha...)!

Shall continue at a more reasonable hour! 

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Shark-loving couple!

Finished the new shark card! I must thank the enthusiastic engaged couples who have contacted me about using my shark card for their wedding. This wouldn't exist without their support. :)

I wanted to make it as close to my original shark card as possible (yes, I reused the border and background :'D), but I quickly realized it's hard to draw the same way you did a year ago!

If the text is too small to read in the picture, I am basically allowing couples to use this illustration for free as their wedding card, etc. as long as they show me their commitment to the cause. :)

Terms of use and instructions on how to get the high-res file from me after the jump:

Monday, August 15, 2011

Summer's end

Ahhh drawing always keeps me up late at night! Here is a rather ominous looking summery illustration. :)

summer's end
Sakura microns + Photoshop CS4 + PaintTool SAI 1.01 
Paper texture from

(I'm totally going to look at this tomorrow and want to tweak it, aren't I? :P)
Anyway, I should get back to the shark card soon. Hope to get it done in a week!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

T&B: Barnaby version 3

EDIT: half a year later... I repainted his face again lol. I can't even tell if I'm making it better or worse anymore, but I thought the proportions looked a little better like this. Until next time... :'D

Barnaby Brooks Jr.
PaintTool SAI 1.01

I ended up spending the night giving my Barnaby illustration more plastic surgery and refining the CGing. I think school has caused me to become much more obsessive persistent with reworking my art. Okay, someone take this drawing away from me, I'm probably going to want to tweak it again in a few days... :P

Revised gag version because I just can't take Barnaby all that seriously (especially after episode 19 :'D)!

"Kotetsu-san... Why did you bitch-slap me? *weeps*

It is Saturday, but the subs for episode 20 aren't out yet... Sadness. D:

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

WIP: new shark card

The details are taking a while! But I wanted it to be clear the people are the bride and groom this time around. :)
Still some ways to go...

I'm going to apologize in advance to whoever uses this for their wedding cards - the reds are not CMYK-friendly at all. B-but I really enjoy painting in RGB mode. Yay for screen displays?!

Saturday, August 6, 2011

WIPs & doodles

Doodle sketch for new shark card that will be freely available to couples getting married who are against shark fin soup! I plan on fleshing it out this Sunday. :)

Tiger & Bunny has hit the point of being an addiction lol. The show's just too good and they keep ramping it up with each episode! I must admit I first liked Barnaby's character design for jokes (I mean, look at that hair!), but it's really grown on me. Barnaby's hair is so time consuming but it is my favourite thing to draw right now. :D

I had all these test render times of like a minute or two during the last couple months, and I never figured out what I should be doing during those short intermittent periods. This is what happens when I'm left to my own devices... 99% of the drawings are really bad but I thought I'd share more evidence of my obsession lol! ;) 23 pages and counting hahaha!