Sunday, February 15, 2015

Sketches and Valentines

Been sketching more lately:





and started a personal piece that I've wanted to do for a long time. Its on yupo paper, It's fun and frustrating at the same time! It throws out the standard rules of watercolor and you can lift things out with just a little dab, so saving whites are not an issue. It's slick surface forces you to be looser and creates beautiful textures. It can be hard to control at times, because its literally like painting on plastic, buts that's part of the fun too. Below is the work in process, will post more as I find time to complete the piece.

I hope everyone had a great valentines day yesterday. Even though it is an over the top commercialized holiday, it has always been a rather special day for me. Not only does my husband buy me flowers, it is also the anniversary of adopting our cats from SPCA 6 years ago. Our valentines gift for each other this year: he bought me a pot of my favorite plant, hydrangeas, and I painted a our baby girls as a heart shape for him. I love my family and can't imagine my life without them





Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Yoga Sketches

Finally started doing yoga again and it felt great. Did a few doodles of some poses.



Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Goodbye 2014, Hello 2015

Its been a bit more than a month since my last post, and so much has happened! I must say it is the busiest I've been in my entire life! I have never been so exhausted physically and mentally, glad I got to go on a vacation to unplug afterwards. So to recap:

SF BAZAAR went great,  I sold out of all the Fuzzball calendar and totebags! Hedgehog totes were really popular too. Too bad I didn't take a picture of all my products... but sleep deprivations does terrible things to the brain, I don't recommend it ;).  It was a lot of work preparing everything, but it was definitely worth it. Thanks to all of those who stopped by and said hi! Will be applying for another booth next year!


Me and my booth mate Ciaee

After that weekend, I wrapped up teaching for the Fall semester and started packing. Yes you read right! I moved! And boy did we had to move fast, packed everything up in 4-5 days, WHILE taking 2 full day (9 hours) scuba diving lessons. Moved into our new place and had to unpack everything in 3 days! Mostly because we rented these recyclable plastic boxes designed for moving, and we only had them for a week. It sounded like a great idea at first, better for the environment and don't have to worry about tape and all that stuff....but after experiencing that, I would not recommend it. The movers actually don't like them, they are heavy and the time constraints were just stressful. At least we got it all done fast and I love my new place. I finally get my own studio space separate from the living room and lots of sunlight. My cats love it too.


That weekend right after, we drove to Monterey and did our ocean dives and got our certification! It was FREEZING cold, but we were glad we got it done in time for a trip to Mexico where the dives were amazing! Below are a few sketches while we were in Monterey.




As soon as I got back from Monterey, I jumped right back into finishing Leo's Ball. I painted day and night to make my deadline, and I think I broke a record even! 8 spreads/16 pages in 2 weeks, plus scanning and editing too! Heres a sneak peak and a wip:



The back to back work schedule for months on end was soul crushing. Looking back, I am very proud I did so much in the last 4 months. Though there was a downside, I got sick twice, constantly stressed and I was absolutely burnt out at the end of it. I'm still currently trying to get myself out of it. Been feeling a bit stuck creatively. I am a very lucky women to have my husband to be there for me, I honestly don't know how I would make it without him.

For 2015, I definitely need to say no to projects sometimes and really carve out some "me" time. To play and have fun with my work again, to live life and let it inspire my work, to enjoy my time with my friends and family.

At least out of this overworked tunnel was a light! It was Mexico! My husband and I finally got to relax and enjoy the sun and beach for a few day, did a lot of diving and visited ruins. It was a lovely vacation and I was glad I got to unplug for a little bit. Here are a few sketches I did there:






Painted this old man on the plane back to SF, but had to stop because of turbulence. That was seriously the bumpiest plane ride I ever had! At least we arrived safely and early too. Now, its back to reality, got to work on alternations on 2 different books and get ready to meet my students this week.

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

SF BAZAAR

I will be at ‪#‎SFBAZAAR‬ this weekend (12/13 & 12/14) at Fort Mason with my Booth mate Ciaee Ching! This place is like a live esty store, perfect place to complete your holiday gift shopping, AND its FREE admission! Come by and say hi, we are at booth 28! Our friend Yuki Yamagata is right next to us at booth 27 too.


I'll be selling prints, tote bags, greeting cards, books and other goodies. One of these goodies are Fuzzball sticker sheets! They are thick durable vinyl with uv laminate protection. 8.5 by 11 sheets with 10 different Fuzzball stickers!



Just got the word that Fuzzball ‪#‎emojis‬ will be available on Ree early next year! Can't wait to see him on my phone. For now, check out the free app @ www.reestickers.com.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Demos this Fall Semester


Catching up on posting here, below are some demos I did over the last month:

Subbed for a class where the in-class assignment was caricatures. After showing examples from amazing artists like: David Levine, Jason Seiler, Ricardo Martinez, Steve Brodner & Tim Bower. I handed out mirrors for all the students to do a self-caricature. I did one too!


 A step by step landscape demo I showed my watercolor students:


Another landscape:

Subbed for another class, where I took the students out for their first plein air painting! We went to Huntington park near Grace Cathedral.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

November already?

Phew, time just flies on by! It's mid November already. Work has been crazy! Juggling teaching, finishing painting "Leo's Ball" a sequel to "Leo's Job", painting a set of Fuzzball emojis, worked on an exciting but secret project, preparing for Holiday SF Bazaar, planning for a move and a trip etc etc..... I've never been so burnt out! I need to stop saying YES so much. Just need to push through another month! Crossing my fingers I don't get sick!

Meanwhile heres an update on October, it was inktober and I managed to participate 15 out of 31 days. It was a lot of fun, wish I could do more or spend more time in my sketchbook, these definitely revived my love for ink! Here are my ink doodles:


My favorite ink piece, started as a demo for my class, then I just had to finish it.














Finally got a haircut a week ago! :P


Thanks for stopping by, heres a sneak peak of the endpapers of Leo's Ball:




Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Friday, September 26, 2014