Sunday, June 18, 2017

3 Amazing New Works - Pixel Art + Video and Watercolours

In the effort of getting back on track with my artwork, I've been busy making promos in categories that I'm lacking good examples in.  Also I've been busy making more memory room for my computer, especially when I'm making art videos that takes up Gigabytes in my Mac Mini.

First up is the new pixel artwork, Underpass Rain. These are 600 times enlarged from the original file size (108 to 648 px).  I've made it based on a video clip I took on a day trip last fall. It started rainy on me when I pit-stopped at around Dufferin and Queen West and being in the underpass of the railroads' bridge as it was pouring, saw an interesting scene with the bright light, the rain and the creeping plant growth. So I decided to make a pixel art from that clip.

After checking out the works below, there's also an art video demo of Underpass Rain on my Youtube channel:

That'll be it for now.  Come back again soon for more new works soon.

Underpass Rain - Wall Background (No Rain) 
Underpass Rain - Final with Raindrops
Underpass Rain - Animated

Oh, and lastly here are a couple of watercolour urban sketches from my recent day trips. Since buying some floral water vials with rubber caps and making wire clips for them to clip to my portable watercolour kit, I've been trying to do more urban sketches with watercolours rather than just colour pens and highlighters.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

A-MAY-ing Sketches & Box Templates

It's been rather eventful this month for me:

  • Strained my left knee while hauling two buckets full of beach pebbles for Civic's old pen, turning it into a garden planter. Probably after buying those strawberry plants and the extra soil.
  • Went to the TCAF - Toronto Comic Arts Festival and bought 4 volumes of Octopus Pie.
  • My brother Jason and my niece Caitlin visited for about 2 weeks; his rowdy, bouncing daughter wanting to always play with me over my parents. Helped her somewhat overcome her fear of pets.
  • Went to another TOUSK Meetup at Berczy Park, sketched the new dog fountain on display.
  • Got a bad stomachache last weekend, making me have to stay in bed about 2 days except for going out to buy antacids.
  • Been catching up on emails, online surveys, book reading, course studies, exercises and miscellaneous after I've gotten better.
So yeah, busy.  I'll be getting even more busy now that I need to get back into my working rhythm. 

Now to show some of the work I've lucky got done over the month:

Vector Template of The Beer Store's Card Stock Carrier

Vector Template of Random Trapezoid Food Box

Sunday, May 21, 2017

TOUSK Meetup Trip - Yorkville Village Mall, Yorkville - Toronto, ON

About once or twice a month, for a few months now, I've been going out to these urban sketching group meet ups.  To do some drawing/doodling and to socialize with other artists or hobbyists.  It gives me another reason to go out for other than exercise and scrap-scrounging.  

Urban sketching is basically drawing/painting an area, with the people, the scenery and all the activities going on. Usually it's drawing on site and from what you're actually seeing happening (you can add colours or any small details from a photo take, along as you started the sketch onsite or not if you're a true purist about it). It's a very popular hobby for anyone with creative skills; it's relaxing, you can capture things in a way that photos can't, and it's an international movement. And all you need is simply a notebook and any writing tool that you carry around easily, extras like watercolours or even a tablet with a drawing app make great add-ons!

If anyone interested, here are some links:

To check out my USK group and all the posted work we share:

Monday, May 8, 2017

Works from the past 2 weeks

Bloomy Sea, 2017
Inked on a gouache illustration board, from my large mural project 
Feathery Skies, 2017
(Added to the post on June 19; forgot to post it up)

Royal Oak @ Queen St East & Willow, 2017

Photo reference of sketch site

Burger Box Replicate (from a McDonald's McChicken Box)

Monday, April 17, 2017

My Recent Sketches

City Workers Woodchopping, 2017

Meat Truck, 2017

Centre for Social Innovation - Annex Cafe, 2017

No Bull Burgers, 2017