Emptying the contents of my sketchbook.
Sunday, March 24, 2013
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
I've been having a tricky time trying to get myself back into doing personal work. Errands, tasks I have to complete, work, I always seem to get distracted, and end up making a lot of excuses. Thankfully, I rediscovered gradient maps, and I've been working into an old image I had sitting around on my wall for a couple of months that I never knew quite what to do with. The idea kinda came out of looking at a bunch of Chinese art and music instruments that I then wanted to make into some kinda creature. It went through a couple more ideas and work arounds, and eventually became this archer and monster showdown.
Posted by Hing Chui at 11:17 PM
Saturday, December 15, 2012
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Sunday, December 2, 2012
Finally, after weeks of waiting, getting the wrong parts, getting the right parts, and trying to navigate terribly-designed auction house websites, I got my cintiq set up at home! Super big win for me. I honestly didn't expect it to have as big of an impact as it did; I spent the entire day after I set it up painting, almost ten hours straight. It was great, and here's some of the things I worked on over the last two weeks. Some random stuff I've been playing around with, getting used to the whole digital set-up.
Posted by Hing Chui at 8:08 PM
Saturday, October 13, 2012
I've been kinda bouncing around different projects, as my interest in things jumps all over the place. I went to Gnomon workshop that was hosting art demos by several artists a few weeks past, and though they each had different styles and techniques, I was nonetheless blown away by their collective ability to begin loosely and quickly problem solve as they went. My own process has been very labor intensive and grinding, trying to break down all the problems before I begin, and seeing their casual approach has made me rethink the way I begin a painting. I've been obsessing over two pieces I have in the fire right now, and the stress of getting things right has made me too rigid and unable to play and learn. Going over my old sketchbooks, I think I can probably pull a few loose ideas I didn't do anything with, and just approach them with an open mind, and focus on learning rather than completing. Basic stuff, but things I always seem to forget about. With that attitude, I took my sketch from two weeks ago and tried to keep an open approach. I did one version where I was just thinking about color as design, and then another where I played around with light and texture, using a bunch of brushes I found sitting around the attic of my computer.
Posted by Hing Chui at 9:22 AM
Sunday, September 30, 2012
Sunday, September 9, 2012
Alright, another post finally. I've been in the process of moving from the East coast to the West, and that's shuffled a lot of my priorities in terms of making art around. Getting used to the new job and the expectations as well as finding a place to live ate up a lot of my energy, but I'm finally almost settled, and hopefully I can start working again. I'm pretty excited, I have a lot of new ideas that have been just sitting around collecting dust, so hopefully I can sit down and get some pencils moving around. I've been thinking about how the most interesting animals I've been drawing have always ended being amphibians, so I thought I might as well continue the trend and see where it goes. From what I remember in elementary school, salamanders are also amphibians, and I wanted to combine that with an earlier idea about taking a kind of tea bath. For whatever reason, tea's always been fascinating to me. The history of it, the ritual involved, its aroma and properties, the way it appears dried up and boxed in a thousand different strains; its cool. I'm getting a little noodle-y with tweaking the composition in photoshop, but I'm enjoying working again. Feedback about composition balance or anything else is always welcome.
Posted by Hing Chui at 12:23 PM