Moleskine Sketches

As promised, here are my sketches from the Moleskine exchange that my cousin and I are doing. Enjoy.

Pumpjack. Pencil & Ink.

Grain Elevator – Nanton, Alberta. Watercolor, Pencil Crayon & Ink.

Chinatown’s Dragon City Mall – Calgary, Alberta. Pencil.

“The Conversation” Stephen Avenue – Calgary, Alberta. Pencil Crayon.

Calgary Flames Jersey. Pencil Crayon and Ink.

President Barack Obama – Pencil.

mmm… coffee.

Moleskine Sketchbook, Ink, Pencil crayon

Finally, an update! HOORAY!

Sorry, I haven’t updated since… February 2009… wow, that’s almost a year ago.  But I have good reasons for my absence.   I finally learned to drive, I got a new job, new car, new laptop, new haircut… many things! 2009 was a pretty busy year for me.  Now I’m back, hopefully this time I will update a lot more often.

As for the drawing above, it’s one of the drawings that I did for the Moleskine exchange that my cousin and I are doing. I wanted this Tim Horton’s cup drawing to have that same style as the one I did for the Second Cup drawing.  I don’t know what’s with me with coffee cups lately, but it turned out pretty well, don’t ya think?

I’ll be posting up some more scans of my drawings from the Moleskine exchange on my next post.  It will just be my drawings for now though. But maybe in the future, when it is all done, we’ll have all the pages put up for everyone to see.

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Chinatown


Happy Chinese New Year!!! It’s the year of the Ox which is my Chinese zodiac so hopefully this year will bring me many good luck. haha. Above is a drawing that I did for the Moleskine exchange that my cousin and I are doing and coincidentally completed the drawing on Monday (Chinese New Year) isn’t that funny? Sorry about the picture, the lighting wasn’t very good where I was at and this was the best I could do.  The building that I drew is the Dragon City Mall located in Calgary’s Chinatown which I always go to whenever I get a chance to go downtown. I love that mall! I’ve been going there since I was eight or nine years old, I would go there with my parent and brother to buy Anime posters like Sailormoon and DragonBall Z and other cute stuff. (I still do that now btw. haha) They now have a Japanese beauty products store there on the second floor for those who love Japanese cosmetics like I do. I also get my haircut there ($25.00 for a haircut is a good price!) and the BEST Bubbletea IMO is there too. Calgary’s Chinatown is a bit small but even though I think that everything that I need is there.

As for the drawing I did it all in pencil. I haven’t done a pencil drawing in a while and I forgotten how messy it can get. haha. But I love it though. If you are wondering what’s that strip of words on top of the drawing, it’s actually double sided tape for the tracing paper that I’m going to attached so that the pencil drawing doesn’t smudge off on the next page. I’ll take another picture of it when I apply the tracing paper for my next post so that you can see what I mean. Also I’m selling a bunch of printer Laserjet ink cartridges (HP and Lexmark – Brand new) on Ebay. If you are interested in buying here is the link. Gong hei fat choi!!!!

What’s this?

Are my eyes decieving me or did I got a lot of hits today? haha. I usually get about 30 – 40 average hits a day but this is pretty cool. The most hits I ever got was in Feb 26, 2008, 107 hits. lol. This is not the first time I’ve hit around the 80’s but its nice to see it jump like that. haha. Anyways, here’s another sneek peek on our Moleskine exchange between my cousin Derrick and I.

This drawing is based on Nanton’s two beautiful fully-restored Grain Elevators on north-bound Highway 2 here in Alberta. I’ve been only there twice but I’d like to go back.  I drew this with Winsor & Newton watercolor, Staedler pigment liner, and Prisma Pencil Crayons. Usually when I draw, I don’t plan out how the drawing should look like in the end, I just go as I go along.

I’m pretty suprised by the outcome (that’s usually the best part of drawing – seeing the finish product). I was going to leave the sky with just blue watercolor that I painted on but I decided to scribbled on some white pencil crayon to give it a bit more characteristic and a bit of purplish blue crayon to blend it in with the blue. It was pretty risky but it turn out pretty darn good, dont ya think? =)

UPDATE: I ended up having 99 hits at the end of the day. lol. I was just one hit away from 100!!!

Moleskine

Yikes! I haven’t posted in awhile! Anyways, my cousin Derrick and I are doing a Moleskine exchange. We started it around July.  I thought it would be a great art project for the both of us, plus it’ll get me to do more drawing. haha.  He lives down in Conneticut and is an amazing artist.  You can check out his flickr page here.

I’m almost done my 10 pages so I’ll be sending it out in about a week or so.  I put a preview of one of my drawings up there.  I’m not too sure yet if we are going to post the drawings online but keep checking back for updates.

Also, my brother got me a Cintiq 21ux! Can you believe that? I had it for almost a month now, I’m still learning to use Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.  I even got some books from the library to learn from. Maybe in a few months I’ll get good at it. =)  I’ll post up some pictures some time this week. So check back soon!

I love my Reese Peanut Buttercups!

Ru Journal. Pencil Crayon and Ink.

I’ve only liked two kinds of chocolate bars, Reese and Oh! Henry.  Those were the only chocolate bars I ever reached for when I have a chocolate craving or when I needed an energy boost.  Also, I think it’s the biggest reason why I gained an extra 10lbs this year. haha.

The drawing was done using ink and pencil crayon using the continuous line technique.  If you do not know how or what a continuous line technique is it’s basically drawing without taking your pencil/pen away from the paper.

It’s really fun to do because it’s a great drawing exercise and you don’t have to make the drawing so perfect . Plus it looks great at the end.

Mosh

This is a drawing that I did for the July ’08 Drawing Jam at the Drawing Board.  The model is Miss. Mosh from Deviantart.

You can see the original photo at the July 08′ Jam at the DrawingBoard or the deviantart page.

I wanted the drawing to look sort of like a fashion Illustration. I colored her dress using Faber Castell Pitt brush pen in red and embellished it with gold flowers and white highlights to give the dress some color. I purposely did not color in her skin and hair because I thought it would be too much. I then used Prismacolor colored pencil for the background.  After finishing the drawing I realized I wrote the date wrong, haha it should say ‘July’ oh well… lol.

Please check out her deviantart page there are alot of great photos!  I’m hoping they’ll do another Drawing Jam soon ‘cuz I had alot of fun with this one.

Link: Drawing Board – Drawing Jam O8‘, Miss. Mosh Deviantart Page

Back to sketching!

Second Cup Sketch, 4 1/8″ x 5 3/4″, Ru Journal.

Okay, so… today, I promised myself that I wouldn’t avoid my sketchbook any longer. I’ve been making WAY too many excuses not to sit down and draw something.

This sketchbook that I bought (well, it’s really meant as a journal) back in March, I’ve only filled up three pages over the past few months. Sad ain’t it? But starting today, I’ll be sketching out like crazy! Even if I can’t think of anything to draw, I will draw something!

The Ru Journal is by Xonex, it’s an A6 Blank Journal, 4 1/8″ x 5 3/4″, embossed Italian Paper, Latex infused for durability, 128 acid-free pages, elastic closure, and hidden storage pouch. I bought it at Chapters for around $10.00 CDN. It may not be a Moleskine, but I find it to be just as good for sketching. I also have another Ru Journal which I use for keeping notes. Highly Recommended! =)

UPDATE: I put a new image of the drawing. I finally have access to a scanner so now it looks a lot better! =)

Home, at last.

watercolor still-life
Still-life, Watercolor.

Sorry for the lack of updates. I’m still recovering from a very long flight from Rankin to Calgary. Our flight got canceled on Monday because of the blizzard.

We moved our flight to Tuesday afternoon and arrived in Calgary early Wednesday Morning. It was such a super long flight, way too many stops. It wasn’t fun at all. I felt really sick when we arrived in Calgary. I’m feeling better now though. I’m just really glad to be on the ground and at home in Alberta.

I can’t believe how fast Calgary has grown. I’m so amazed by the city, just as if though I’ve seen it for the first time.  There are so many cars and condos everywhere… new roads, new buildings. I don’t even recognize it anymore. I’m still trying to adjust from coming from the North to living in the city. Everything is new to me. I couldn’t even figure out how to use a vending machine for crying out loud. haha. I think I’ve been away for far too long.

For the past few days, I’ve been going around the city, doing a bit of shopping here and there. Prices are so much cheaper here than in the North. haha. I went to Ikea for the first time today. That place is HUGE! I got too overwhelmed. haha. They had showrooms and arrows on the floor pointing you where to go. I felt like I was in a tour guide ’cause everyone was going the same way. haha. It was pretty fun. I didn’t buy any furniture though, I just bought a green bowl and two tea cups.

I haven’t had a chance to do any drawings yet since I arrived on Wednesday. I will probably start doing some tomorrow. =) The still-life above was done around December. I was testing out the Winsor Newtown Watercolor pan set I bought on Ebay. haha. I love Ebay.

High on Copic Markers

Okay, I decided to put up the drawing that I did with the Copic Markers.

I know it’s not the best drawing I ever done, but I’m pretty darn proud of it.

traveller
Traveller, 11″x14″ Marker Paper

I mainly drew this to test out the Copic Markers that I purchased, so I wasn’t really thinking about making the drawing really “perfect”. Blending was a bit difficult at first. I had to save certain areas with pencil crayon. Plus, I ended up covering up her legs with mesh stockings because I didn’t blend her skin color very well. But I think overall, it worked out pretty well.

As for the suitcase, I wanted it to represent all the places that I have lived or traveled to. So I drew up some stickers on the suitcase to symbolize that. Here’s a close up:

suitcase
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I won’t go on too much detail about the flags but the flag on the top, which has a whole bunch of question marks on it, is suppose to represent a country or a place that I might go to in the future. Maybe Japan? haha who knows. I also used white ink to do the highlights and white gouche for the seam on the suitcase.

My brother wants this drawing so I’m giving this to him when I arrive in Calgary. But I know that with practice, I’ll get better in coloring with these Copic Markers. =)