Sunday, April 12, 2015

Happiness for Creative Tuesday: Bright Colors and Kawaii Fashion

So, this theme for "Creative Tuesdays" is happiness.  And not necessarily long-term happiness, but, things that make one happy in the moment.  

Bright colors make me happy, both looking at them and painting or drawing with them, and so my submission for C.T. is one I've worked on for a class I'm taking, because making this picture has been something that makes me happy.  Plus, the imagery in it is connected to things I find cute/like to look at, which create a fleeting moment of happiness and a smile, even though it may not be as profound as something like meditating.   I also like working with mixed-media, and it made me happy to do that for this piece (using Prismacolor, watercolor, gouache, and acrylic).

Plus, looking at the prints and designs in Japanese pop culture fashion (called Lolita fashion) is something that I find fun, even if not a huge happiness in the zen, overall life and meaning sense.  So, another part of this happy picture I've created has to do with being lighthearted, and fun.

So, looking at Anime Images/Fashion/Bright Colors are what makes me happy, for this theme.  And creating them, too-- and it's more about it being a fun art piece, than necessarily one which illustrates something serious.

This is going to be cut up and turned into a handmade book, which can then be taken apart to form this poster image on this side.  Should be interesting to see if it works.

(Also, Koalas and Puns, especially this one of "Koala-Tea" that I use all the time make me happy, but that I found too big of a happiness for the small moment/temporary themed happiness of this challenge-- and marsupials/Australian animals in general-- the things in this image that aren't Koalas are Bilbies, which are endangered, and a sort of combination of a Rabbit and Bandicoot).

And now, it's time for links!  If you want to see everyone's entries for "Happy," head on over to Mister Toast's Blog!  He's the great guy behind this very fun collective:

Take care, and hope everyone has a happy week.,

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Flower For C.T. Creative Tuesdays

Here's my Creative Tuesdays Entry for Flower, the theme of this week.  I painted it late last night, after being inspired from experimenting using graphite and watercolor together at a figure drawing session.  These flowers are all watercolor, Blocx pan watercolors to be exact.

I think it's kind of morphed into an odd bouquet on its own (which is actually the theme for our next challenge), as my original idea was to sort of have a single Koala popping out of a rose, but I wanted to then do other flowers surrounding the first flower.  It sort of now looks like a strange but fun flower arrangement, meant to look like a Koala.  My favorite toy is named Fuzzles the Koala, and this looks like a Fuzzle Flower.

In very important news, Mister Toast and Alex (two of the great artists behind Creative Tuesdays) have a GoFundMe page that I encourage people to check out and donate to.  Alex's brother has had some terrible, tragic circumstances, and deserves for things to go up/could really use the help:

I myself am going to make sure I donate, as well as read everyone else's flower posts, I am hoping tomorrow (Wednesday) or Thursday.  I'm running out of w ork right now and will not be back on the computer, but I wanted to make sure everyone saw that link in hopes that they can give something or spread the word.

As far as C.T. goes, you can post your flower creation up until Midnight tonight.  Head on over to the link below:

Sending everyone good vibes, hugs, and good wishes on this Saint Patrick's Day.


Monday, March 9, 2015

Latest #wip post of current projects and comics (with an initial release at L.B. Zine Fest)

Hello, All!

This is a quick post to go over some current #wip pieces.  Well, they're more than #wips as they have largely already been finished, but, they are new releases self-publish or card or comic wise, and I am posting just to show an overview.  For starters, I am posting my Elephant Shrew in Thai Elephant's clothing-- a new little character I plan on having in cartoon cards and prints, and having some of his own stories.

The following comics and prints will be available (knock on wood) at the upcoming inaugural Long Beach Zine Fest!  A few were available at L.A. Zine Fest last month, and the new material will also be available in April, on the 12th at the event down at MoLAA.

Next, are some clips from my new comic "Lonely," to be published eventually as a webcomic, and also currently a self-published minicomic.  Family trauma and trauma, with some surreal elements, and, well, raccoons.

To break up the sadder elements of the above comic, below is a page from my new Pun sketchbook of comic art I self-published, which is also a greeting card.  Make sure you Seize the Day when you can.  Shar-Pei Diem.  And, well, seize your dog if he or she is floating up up and away, with the help of an Anime themed umbrella.

Next up are some more sneak peeks, from my new self-published "How To Draw" comic zines for kids.  The two samples below focus specifically on character design.

Next is a shot of a new print I'm releasing, of an Indian Bollywood dancer mixed with a Black Swan dancer.  She too is also being made into an illustrated story sketchbook/comic, given her swan and morphing dance abilities.  She's a perform-y superhero.

Annnnd, last but not least, some more sneak peeks from my new Pun-Up sketchbook, which are also available as cartoon greeting cards.

Take care and thanks for reading :-)

Friday, March 6, 2015

"Path" for Illustration Friday

I've posted this on IG before, but it's relevant for this I.F. theme, on which I am so behind, yipes.  Haven't posted in forever.  In any case, this is a path home, shadowed by various darkness with the house (metaphorical and otherwise), as well as the looming presence of past (knock on wood) interlopers.  Specifically, raccoons.  

I often post links, so, here is a link to something I update more regularly than my blog, I'm over at

Monday, March 2, 2015

"Under The Leaves" for Creative Tuesdays!

So, this is my first time attempting to update my blog from my phone--here goes!

Below is my C.T. "Under The Leaves" entry, of a Koala Mom and Baby having High (koala) Tea, under the shade of some Eucalyptus boughs.

Done in Watercolour and Gouache :-) Was a fun little Children's Illustration slash Nursery Art type piece to do.

And known it's time for some links! I am hoping I post these correctly and that they actually become live links-- but if as I am posting via mobile they do not, please forgive me. At least it will definitely be possible to copy and paste those links, then read them.

Below is the link to post to this week's Creative Tuesdays theme of "Under The Leaves."

And below that, here's Mister Toast's regular blog link:

Thanks for reading, and looking forward to everyone's work (-: I'm still playing catch up on last week's entries too, so I will make sure I leave comments on last week's and this week's work everyone did 


Monday, February 16, 2015

"Pillow" for Creative Tuesdays

Hello, C.T.-ers!  I am so swamped, so I won't write as much as usual (even though I'll probably ramble), but I made sure to do a Doodle from the heart, and on the theme of this week's theme, "Pillow."  Something I feel like I don't have much contact with anymore, and that I didn't wish I had to!  In other words, sleep is over-rated, but, I cannot avoid it.

Below is a portrait of myself as a Koala (looking an awful lot like my Stuffed Toy, Fuzzles The Koala), in my current mode.  I just did a Zine (meaning self published Comic or Magazine) fair this past weekend, which went great and I'm really grateful for the experience-- but it took forever to prepare for, and there are more I'm interested in/have to apply to.

I spent all day today writing comic book lesson plans (luckily I had the day off to get things done), as I'm teaching at four centers right now, afterschool program wise.  Excited about the lessons, I just wish there were enough hours in the day.  And, I have homework to do for that art class I'm taking, hence the spilled ink-- and, that the Koala collapsed before even getting to sleep on her Precious Pillow.  "So close, and yet so far," in so many ways.  (I downloaded this great packet called "The Focused Creator," and it's all about Time Management for people working in the arts... and I totally need to make time to read it, and actually implement it.  Oopsie face.)

In any case, I will get to looking at everybody's work tomorrow, knock on wood!  Thanks for providing a great theme, and I hope to do a more detailed one next time.  I did use my last bout of energy to draw this cartoon, before falling at the base of my pillow myself ^_^

The link for this theme closes tomorow!  Head on over to the link below to submit:

And below that, here's Mister Toast's regular blog link:

Thanks for reading, and looking forward to all your entries <3 nbsp="" p="">

Monday, February 2, 2015

"Around The World," For Creative Tuesdays

Hi All!

So, my "Around the World" is a duel purpose piece and it is actually huge (usually I work on small-ish illustrations, small cards, and comic pages, which range between 3"x5" to notebook size to 11"x17" but not too much huger than that), 50" tall and 38" wide.  Still untitled, but phone photo (and one zoomed in detail) below.  I did it with a combination of some sketch placement with blue pencil, but a lot of it organically coming out with Pentel Brush Pen, and actually painting with a brush from a pot of ink.

It's an illustration I created, where the biggest part of the "Around the World" part to me is the Bollywood dance aspect of it (one of my best friends dances in an internationally touring Bollywood dance company, and while seeing her perform in New York has been great, I'd love to go overseas and see her/such dancing, too), but the ballet and more hip music parts of it also make me think of going around the world (Russia, for ballet, and America, hip music parts-wise).

Around the same time this challenge was proposed, a class I'm taking on Tuesday nights had the homework assignment of creating an illustration based on three combined genres of music.  I was inspired by Bhangra (Bollywood dance music), Romantic Classical (read: Basically Ballet music; this was my excuse to do something with Tchaikovsky, slash, "Swan Lake," as I have an obsession with that ballet and the film "Black Swan"), and, Techno.

These different music and dance forms inspire me because I love the dance aspects that go with them, and culturally all three have different relevance.  In America, it's great to let loose and have fun at a party and dance to a Techno song, in India there's a lot of cultural and historical significance to Bhangra (and the dance form itself is amazing to watch), and "Swan Lake" is performed worldwide, but I got lucky enough to see the Bolshois from Russia perform it a couple of years back when they came to Los Angeles, and, I think the Russian cast did that ballet the best of any cast I've ever seen do it.  Again, probably because of the cultural/historical significance.

So, for C.T., I thought this piece fit the theme of "Around the World," as it's a character of Fusion, whose perhaps traveled around the world to learn these various dance forms, so she can stand en pointe, do the traditional and beautiful movements of Bhangra, listen to her iPod as she dances, and think nothing of it as the Swan Lake Swans are born out of her.  For me personally, I love world travel and going new places.  I'd love to travel around the world and see these dance pieces in person.
Plus, I am taking this continuing education class that this piece was homework for, in an attempt to broaden my world, become a stronger illustrator, and if I'm lucky, be able to use those skills when I do travel, so I can create art when traveling/do a better job of it.

So, now that I've written a mini-novel, I will sign off.  I hope my concept for "Around The World" wasn't too conceptual, and I appreciate everyone tuning in my blog.  Looking forward to seeing everyone else's work, and hope everyone had a great couple of weeks!

Now for links.

Creative Tuesdays' link to submit for February 3rd's theme of "Around The World" is coming up soon, but there's still some hours!  Click here to Mister Toast's blog to submit:

To view the overall Link to Creative Tuesdays, head over to: 

Thanks for reading, again ^_^