Love Is In The Air

All You Need Is Love
Lovebirds in watercolor, 2019

My first completed artwork of 2019!

I recently turned 30, which has filled me with mixed emotions. What did I expect my life would be like at this point? Am I satisfied with how things are? Am I at peace with the path I’m on? What needs to change?

Having my birthday right next to New Year’s has always been interesting. Growing up, it meant stunted parties. Now, it’s a double-whammy of traditional life evaluation dates. For the past 10 years or so, I’ve always had the same New Year’s resolution- “Next year will be better.” It’s nebulous, and can be interpreted in dozens of ways. It doesn’t necessarily mean everything will be better; just something, anything.

But turning 30 is starting to impact me more than I thought it would, and it’s probably time to start having more solid goals going forward, which means I have to start thinking about what those goals actually are.

#1: Prioritize painting again. Hopefully I’m off to a good start. I’m excited to share soon what this painting is for.

The South Pasadena Arts Crawl

I recently got the opportunity to make this season’s South Pasadena Arts Crawl poster! I love that the posters are always done by local artists, and a great variety of art is always featured. After a little brainstorming back and forth with the art director, we hit upon this idea- something that celebrates women’s history month, an exciting nighttime procession, and, my personal favorite bit, a nod to the Olympic Games white tiger mascot.

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The finished art for the South Pasadena Arts Crawl poster

Each element was painted separately in black and white ink, then put together and colored in Photoshop. It’s like the next evolution of the process I used in college, where I would draw all of my elements separately, play with moving them around to make the perfect composition, then transfer them all onto my watercolor paper.

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My standard-bearer
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The winking tiger

 

A Completion, and a Milestone

I’ve made two achievements of sorts lately.

The first is that this blog hit 12,000 followers (pops party poppers, sprinkles the cat with confetti and streamers)! That’s pretty cool, I think. I don’t know how many of you out there actually look at the things I post, but I know that some of you do, and I am eternally grateful whenever any of you chime in and let me know you’re taking a peek. Thank you.

The second achievement is the completion of the zodiac series! I started these ink paintings at the end of January, hoping to hold myself to finishing a collection of something. And I did! Here are all of the paintings:

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Sagittarius

Capricorn
Capricorn
Aquarius
Aquarius
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Pisces
Aries
Aries
Taurus
Taurus
Gemini
Gemini
Cancer
Cancer
Leo
Leo
Virgo
Virgo
Libra
Libra

I’m not sure what I’ll paint next, but I hope you’re all along for the ride!

Constellation Collection, Half Complete (so far)

I’ll admit, I have a very short attention span when it comes to painting. It’s how I knew early on I would never make comics; whenever I tried, I could never get past 15 pages or so. Always, after I’ve made a dent into a project, I get restless and have to switch to something else, probably painted in a different medium to boot.

So, I decided to challenge myself- 12 paintings, done in a relatively timely fashion, with one theme, and stylistically cohesive. Definitely a difficult task!

Well, here I am, half way through! I can feel some creeping restlessness, but I’m also excited to tackle the next constellation (Libra, for all you scale signs out there). Here are the first six signs:

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Aries, the Ram
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Taurus, the Bull
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Gemini, the Twins
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Cancer, the Crab
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Leo, the Lion
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Virgo, the Virgin

As you could probably tell from the in-progress pictures I’ve been posting for the last few weeks, these guys were all painted in black ink, my favorite thing lately. That definitely makes it easier to keep going! Hopefully I’ll be posting the second set soon. In the meantime, keep an eye out for more progress photos!

Send In The Hounds

After a post dedicated to cats, I decided it was time to let the dogs have their day in the sun. On my desk, at least.

As much as I love drawing highly stylized, brightly colored animals, I also want to get better at drawing them a bit more realistically. I guess these guys are still very stylized, but not as much as, say, here. I decided to tackle smaller dogs, but I’d like to try drawing bigger dogs in the future as well. Maybe a greyhound or Irish setter. Or a St. Bernard.

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First up is a Pembroke Corgi, based loosely on one of my parents’ dogs (yes, I am lucky enough to get to hang out with a pair of corgis when I visit my family, as if visiting family wasn’t awesome enough already). I love their oversized ears! For the longest time my drawing didn’t look right, until I made the ears bigger than I thought realistic. But that’s exactly what he needed, larger-than-life ears!

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Second, a Pekingese. I am a huge fan of these little guys, with their flowing locks and little waddling steps. In my opinion, they have one of the greatest origin stories for a breed of dogs- they were bred to look like Chinese lions, and would be kept hidden in peoples’ sleeves, ready to jump out and bite anyone wicked!

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I’m hoping to use these guys in an upcoming project, so hopefully I’ll have more doggy things to share soon!

Treasure Chest

I recently had the honor to work with Light Grey Art Lab again and create a collection of jewelry for their current show, The Omnibus Treasury. I’ve worked with them three times before, and they consistently come up with the coolest ideas for shows (my posts about the last three shows I participated in are here, here, and here).

Here’s the artwork I did, inspired by melanistic jaguars and protea flowers:

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And here’s the beautiful jewelry collection, titled Jungle Lord, they made out of it!

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