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Latest Project Completed

I have been hearing everyone claiming that 2011 is his or her year. Well, they can have it. I’m making no claims to any year now or otherwise. The only claim that I will make is that I will continue to kick ass this year, as I did before.

That said, there is one last project that I have completed from 2010. It was a Christmas gift to my uncle for the family’s gift exchange. In the end, I’m split in my opinion of it. I think I did well to capture the moment of this image with graphite on paper. However, I was also in pain from a thrown out back as I was finishing it up, so the art might look a bit rushed. In any case, I did finish last year strong, even as I was limping and gimping along the way. And I plan to start this year the same. Just without the limping and gimping, though.

Preview for this year’s Christmas Card

Every year for the past few years, I have made a custom Christmas card to be sent to friends and family. And every year, I’m always falling behind. However, I still intend to send them out by the end of this week (though much apologies to my overseas friends since it may take longer).

In any case, here’s just a preview of one of the sketches to be used for this year’s card (as well as a quick example of concept art).

And if you really do want to receive a card from me this year, then please contact me privately.

A Day for Art in the Park

Last Saturday was a last minute impromptu outing with my dear good friend, and fellow artist, Aileen Holmes to a Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles event at Griffith Park. I had just come back from MMA practice (where a newbie accidentally put a knee to my nose) when I saw Aileen was looking for a carpool for the mixer. Having no real social life of my own and, thus, no real plans for Saturday, I decided to contact her and hook her up with a carpool. After the hell this month has been, I needed a reason to get out of the house.

Waking up early in the morning was not pleasant start to the day, but I got enough sleep the night before to pick up Aileen and to make the trek to Griffith Park. We were greeted by Society with coffee, Halloween-themed donuts from Krispy Kreme, and a place to sit down and begin work on sketching/drawing/painting/etc. A few people were already setup with their chairs and easels and paints. Others were getting their sketchbooks ready for both short and long studies. A model was already in pose against the backdrop of the park.

I myself brought out my sketchbook since this was a perfect opportunity to actually catch up on my “homework” for the life drawing class I am currently taking. I warmed up with a quick gesture drawing and then a longer quick sketch on the same page. I then did a longer drawing, using the model as the main focus and ignoring the park for the most part. I could have done better, but I don’t always perform at my best when I feel rushed when it comes to my art. I finished it off with a really quick 5-minute sketch using Aileen’s brush pens. But I had fun, and so did Aileen. Just look at her; doesn’t look happy?

We got to talk with several of the members present there, both in between breaks and at the end of session. Though I usually don’t get out in the park as much, this was a fun little excursion to break out of my humdrum existence back at home. Thanks again, Aileen, for having me along. And for those interested, below are the drawings that I sketched that morning. Not bad for having my alarm wake my sorry ass up at 6am in the morning.

Private Reserve Art Show wrap-up

Yeah, it has been about a month since my last post. And I know that I am late following up on the art show. I have been going through some weird business here and there and have been distracted from posting here. But I did say that I would post some more photos, so here it goes..

Now, there is a Facebook photo album with pictures from the Opening Reception. You should be able to view it here:
Drink & Draw Social Club OC Chapter Art Show

As for my own photos, there are a few that I did want to share with you here.

Aileen Holms with one of her pieces
Here’s my friend and pseudo-mentor, Aileen Holmes, with one of her pieces from the show, a sketch of Strawberry Shortcake.

Here’s the staff of the ARTery Gallery, Tracey Taylor, the new director of the gallery, Gordon Dooley, the photographer for the night, and Phee, one of the assistants to the gallery.

As for what I submitted, I had taken pictures of actual scenes from our Drink & Draw events, and decided to render them in graphite pencils on bristol board. Here are some photos of them after the show.

Drink & Draw: Erin and Evan
This was actually bought at the show, so now I guess you could say that I’ve gone pro as an artist!

Drink & Draw: Aileen
Yes, here is Aileen again, caught with her chip in mid-air. I was having fun with the camera, not intending that they would be used as inspiration for the art show later. But I think I did capture her playful and whimsical side, which isn’t all too difficult with Aileen.

Drink & Draw: Drinkin’ Teo
And here, Aileen turns the tables on me and captures me in mid-quaff of my beer. I got to say, I should have seen her coming.

Private Reserve @ the ARTery

Private Reserve Flyer

Well, it has been a while since I posted. I have had a bit of a rough time the past couple months, but now I’m feeling better. In fact, I had just participated in my very first art show last night! I haven’t been able to get good photos of the pieces before I submitted them, but I did get photos from the Opening Reception. Here’s just a quick preview before I post the rest of the photos. Enjoy!

New Sketch: Aileen

It’s been a while, but I finally got back to the putting my noise to the graphite. If you recall a few posts ago, then you would know that I had planned to work on a new project of drawing up a collection of portraits. I haven’t really made too much progress in that regard, but a good friend of mine, Aileen Holmes, has been great in kicking my creative ass into shape this past month (and for months prior). And with her inspiration, I was able to cobble together this sketch of her.

Sketch of Aileen

Thanks, Aileen, for putting up with my sorry ass for the past month. And good luck at the Patchwork Show in Long Beach!

Arise, oh Great Wyrm!

I managed to finish up that card from last month. It’s been completed for a week or so already, so I have sent some copies of it to a few friends for their own birthdays. I really think that my experimenting with the fire turned quite well. Enjoy!

New Sketch: Claire (again)

Well, my friend wanted this other sketch to be posted as well, even though I’m not completely happy with it. Still, it feels kinda cool to be in demand.

New Sketch: Claire

This is a recent sketch I did of a friend of mine.

Sketch of Claire

After finishing this little exercise, as well as looking back on the two other portraits I’ve done previously, I think I’m going to start on a project over this coming year. I’ve had fun doing these portraits, and they have been good practice for honing my skills. So I’ll be working on a number of portraits of people I know, to build up a small collection of themed work.

I already have an idea of some people I want to hit up as models, but if you are interested in getting your face immortalized in graphite, then give me a buzz. What I’m looking for is personality, something more than just a smiling pleasant face. Hell, I’ll even take commissions for a price. I can’t guarantee if I can use you as a model, or when these pieces will be finished. Still, if you make it worth my while, then I’ll put your commission on higher priority.

Hey, I got no shame in pimpin’ out my art. Teo still got to eat, you know.

New Card Sketch: “Arise, oh Great Wyrm!”

I’ve had this card in the works since January. I have the initial sketching done, so now I’m just working on the colors. I don’t want to do a half-ass job on it, but that might be why I have been holding back on finishing this. Here’s what I got so far, and I’m hoping to have the final version done within the coming weeks.

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An artist, illustrator, designer, Silly Little Flip, and overall one of those crazy creative types. Hey, I'm just trying to get by, and hopefully some of the stories and pictures I share here makes it worth it. Feel free to contact me at Enjoy!