Thursday, November 25, 2010

I like turtles

I wanted to finish up with yesterday's post but it wasn't working so I decided to try something else, something different and paint it with colours this time around. This took about 3 hours. Still got some more to do yet.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Some Bird Doodle

Ahhh finally the fun comes back. A work in progress.

I'm starting to realise that this is the way I gotta draw from now on as I had minimal frustrations with this process. Gotta throw in some of the scrying process into the mix as well. Then drawing on top of that to solidify your shapes and so on instead of the other way around, which can look screwy at times. At least that's how it seems to work for me... =S

Friday, November 12, 2010

Partial Scrying of a Snailien

After spending the entire day drawing with fruitless results, I get this one when I have given up all expectations and decided to scribble a bit before going to bed that night. I love how my muse shows up whenever I'm tired. I was looking at a towel and saw this drawing on it. Stared at it for awhile to memorise it, then drew it from memory.

Some days it comes easy, but most days it's a struggle. A never ending battle against the tyrant Ego. Sometimes you gotta bore it to death in order for it to leave you alone so that the right brain can come out to play. Or in this case, too tired to even stay awake that the Ego had already fallen asleep.

And the process will repeat itself all over again. Gotta keep on keeping on.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Slow Days

Just a quick sketchy sketch of some Snailiens.

Saturday, November 6, 2010


Keeping the whole page to a dragon theme of sorts, as inspired by the artwork from "How To Tame a Dragon" from dreamworks.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Something fishy again

Finally got back to scrying again. This one was off a towel. The textures of the towel suggested the lines and the shadows of the folds suggested the shapes.

It was a tricky session as the shapes were very subtle. It seemed to change shape every time I look back at the towel. To avoid losing track of it, I had to rely on blind contour drawing to get most of it done, really slow. Once I got the segments down I look back at the drawing to fix it up.

The uncoloured parts is the throne where the king sits which also was in the shape of the fish but with wires and tubes at the back, as if its inside a spaceship or something.

Fish hats remind me of mythology all over again, about Sumerian priests wearing fish hats, Oannes as one of the Fisher Kings, dogon tribes meeting fish-like aliens that taught civilisation everything it knew, as well as the Jesus fish symbol which to my theory represents the Age of Pisces that it was in.

Hats of fish, before that, of bison. And the last post was a cat fish creature (either pirate or fisherman) as well. Other than that, I have no idea how to interpret this information. Oh well, not going to overthink it. =P

Monday, November 1, 2010

Fishy Mcfish

Nothing fancy, used references to warm up with, at least for the fish head.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Happy Halloweenies.

Sketches drawn while watching Saturday Night Hockey double-header during commercials and intermissions.

Thursday, October 28, 2010


I wanted to do some scrying but nothing showed up so I ended up with this drawing for now.

The 'normal' drawings of the 2 old geezers at the far right are referenced from the local paper as a warmup process. Although the process of drawing these were fun, I still don't get it nor like the overall piece. Oh well, whatever. =S

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

No sleep, no peace!

Ah, there's no end to this painting at all. I worked on this for 8 hours straight without any breaks, and then some more after I woke up. It seems too awfully long for a piece like this. I wish I worked faster.

It all started from a doodle drawn on the back of a bank envelope (as shown) while I was waiting for tea to boil. It was the only drawing I liked all day so I wanted to post something to keep up with the dailies. By the time I scanned it, I was already fiddling around with it when I meant to scan it, post it on the blog and then go to sleep. One hour went by and then another. I've been up for 24+ hours and then forced myself to sleep around noon. I couldn't sleep afterwards. Then once I did manage to sleep, I only slept for a mere 5 hours. Fun. My sleeping schedule is so hopeless. So I woke up, got up, painted some more and now I'm pretty sick/cranky of this piece. Still looks like a long ways to go but ah well. Eff it.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Alien Jackolantern

WIP2, top sketch. So far, trying to push it out further. Determined to finish this piece for its sake. Yesterday's painting is a bit different because its not truthfully a dark to lights experience. Its more of a fixed experience where the lines are already there and I'm trying too hard to be accommodating to it when all along certain forces are screaming inside me to change it, that its not the way to be, or that line is out of place or the 3dness is off or for some other reason. But it looks like I'm still too accommodating to it, too fearful of losing the image that I have set out to paint because I really don't want to deviate too much from the original. Well, screw it! =P We'll see where it goes tommorrow.

The sketchbook page was as far as I wanted to take it before quitting after an hour or so. It was drawn too big anyways taking up the entire 11x17 page. Rendering it would take foreverrrrr so I decided to take it up with Photoshop instead. Hopefully this will get done tonight.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Singed Sunflower meets Spawn?

Playing around with Hallowe'en card ideas...

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Homunculus Hijacking Humungous Hemp Hosts

How a wandering nature spirit seeking to find its own expression in life, commandeers a pumpkin into a living sentient plant creature.

The visage of the pumpkin itself gives inspiration for the form the nature spirit wants to give to its host. If its a frightful look, as usually the case before the days of halloween, then its first impressions will determine the hosts' final material form and 'nature', that of light or dark. With that in mind, the nature spirit beings its work by implanting itself within the pumpkin's core to metamorphosize into a living jackolantern.


This piece suffered from a mental fight within me. At first it was starting to look like a super-villian with a costume idea. I didn't want it to go that way since my Ego wanted to keep it to a jackolantern theme. So you can see half of it as a villain in the making with the other half trying to go for a jacko vein to it. Now its a twisted mess of either version.

Little did I realise that costumes/superheros/villains go well with halloween. So I should have been more faithful with the original idea in the first place!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Punkin' Pumpkins Pillaging Pennsylvania

Continuing with the Jack'o'lantern theme for the annoys. Each drawing took about an hour and a half or so. Slightly edited on Photoshop.

Muro Drawings

Using a pallette of limited colours and the whole '8 bit' goodness teaches us to work with less to create more. Learning with new ways of thinking or broadening your thinking despite these limitations set before you. That's what muros are for me.

These are all screenshots of the muros I've drawn over the last few days at deviantart. I thought, what the hell ,why not post them all on the blog to keep track of them? That way, it's a good way to see how far they've progressed over time. Already seeing some repetitions here with the creepy blood-splattered theme. =P

In a way, muros remind me of "Mario Paint". =S

Monday, October 11, 2010

Hellowe'en Time again

For this experiment I took an earlier drawing and started messing around with the transform tool. First it starts with cloning the batch o' mini-heads on the left, then another batch beside it, and another on top of that. Rotated them all to get the right angles, etc. I kept thinking "okay, that's enough...time for bed" which of course got delayed into a "oh wait, what if I cloned this piece here? and put it here? or wait, how about here instead? OoOooh..." and on and on for 2 more hours. Then I covered it by drawing on top of it, to reconnect severed lines, fix corrections wherever necessary as best as I can to 'hide' the cloned pieces. Except for the "arm" which is really part of the croco's jaw. =P

Of course I can just easily draw it all from scratch, but with this type of experiment it can open up new doors of seeing.

The surprise for me comes with the discovery of the croco head in its belly. I originally wanted to make a big opened stomach-mouth similar to Bishamon from Darkstalkers. The rest just fell away to reveal more croco features as I went along.

Hunger calls: Updated WIP

Started working on the merman type of creature by smudging all the lines to get all warmed up with the process. After I have done that, I went over with a paintbrush at 25% opacity to smooth it out even more. So far so good.

Some of the facial features are getting a makeover. You'll notice the cheekbone area being changed which at this point is still not finalised. Hopefully it doesn't deviate too much from the original drawing.

Original drawing here

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Hellowe'en Time!

Remember kids, say NO! to bio(technology) foods! They just might eat you instead.

Actually I might keep up with this theme and do a jackolantern sketch every day from now on until Hallowe'en. Or maybe forever if it's too much fun.


Sometimes no matter how bad it gets, I keep going with it for the sake of finishing it and to make it look as best as I can. Although I really do need to put some more effort into the hands. =/

The one on the left was the first drawing of the day so I just went with whatever comes to mind. No judgements whatsoever. It's best to save the critical process for the editing phase. If it ever gets that far...

Those two are not meant to be interacting with each other.

Likes long walks at the Beach..

Cthulhu / Ganesha or both. Or other? Take your pick.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Hunger calls

11x17 computer paper
red bic pen (not that good for desaturating!)

I was staring at my blog banner for awhile thinking of what to draw next until I begin to see/scrye this image drawn here. It really wasn't done on purpose. It just happens. Gotta love it when it works like that.

Treating this as a working file, to be thrown on top of the other working files that needs finishing. Zomg. =S

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Creepy and Cute?

Going for a creepy and cute approach to maximise the appeal.

However looking back on it, I think its partly inspired by my dog who earlier in the day woke me up from my sleep by having her leg involuntarily kick me repeatedly. For hours.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Annoy Sketch of the Day!

Original sketch is in red. I edited the final one on Photoshop using mostly the transform tool to stretch/resize various parts with copious amounts of cloning.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010


11x17 computer pager
bic pen

Yeah, got back into doing the "Annoys" again! I have to say that this was the most fun I've had drawing in a long time. I enjoyed every minute of the process easily getting into the zone thoroughout. I've been drawing/staring at it up close for 2 hours straight. Still not done with the entire shading process but the pen was sputtering out of ink so that was a sign for me to slow down and take a break. =P

Perhaps it's just getting back to my roots again. Who knows. I want to keep this up every day like the way it was meant to be back then. Hopefully I'll figure out a way to make sure it works daily without falling back to the usual rut and typical slacking.

Some things bug me slightly. The hands and one of the foot really irks me. But I figure I might colour it later and fix the hand/feet from there. Gotta update my deviantart with some fresh paintings. It's been awhile.

I must give credit to an exercise called "The morning pages". It's about writing 3 pages worth of streaming-conscious type of writing which must be done daily. It's from the Artist's Way site, the link can be found here but I must warn you as it's in .PDF format so it might be a long load for some viewers. You can go to this link here instead to get a general idea of it. I usually have the PDF link as my bookmark as that is what I usually go back to reading every now and then to refresh on my objectives. I totally recommend this exercise for anyone who struggles to open up their creative flow. Not only does it open you up creatively, it also teaches you to be less critical with everything.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Space Thug --- Updated

Ok, so, after I posted earlier I thought about the Snailien thing a bit further and saw that it could be more of a caterpillar type of creature than a slug. I really wanted to get away from the typecast thing this time. It's still sci-fi so they could easily be integrated with that world anyways.

Space Thug

A doodle while waiting for things to cook, about 15-20 minutes or so. My hunger seems to be channelling my muse these days.

I can't tell if that is one creature or two as my thoughts shifted immediately once I drew the head/torso part with the gun. The slug was there as if I had nothing else to go on with. Maybe a "Snailien" tried to merge with it, or come out of there.

Must all slugs of mine become Snaliens? I feel like I'm typecasting them already. =S

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Sleepy Skelet-ember

Skeletor's long lost distant cousin? His lesser-evil twin brother? I don't know.

Drawn on line paper with a bic pen while boiling noodles. Touched up on Photoshop slightly.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Fall Sucks.

Yep, persistent issues annoy me. Oh well, got an 'annoy' out of it. Yay.

Sleepy September. Its officially Fall season naow. =(

For this one I tried to fix up a bad drawing, forcing myself to make it better instead of just giving up on it and doing another random new sketch. I kinda like how it turned out despite some persistent issues that I need to address asap. I know it's gonna bug me later on. Also, left some stuff undone because I r lazy. Yes, I know. Stop looking at me like that.

Also copy/pasta is fun. Used it for the back scales and the stomache parts and for the tail off-camera. It's a good way to experiment and see some interesting patterns or whatever.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Head(ache) Fun.

Figured I'd draw something backwards, from dark to light this time around. It's not as frustrating compared to the normal way of drawing so it's a nice break from the old ways. Still not easy to do though. I like it easier, thank you very much.

I hate fighting with this piece.

Sleepy Septembererer

Inspired by Zain and Bro tonight.

Digitally drawn for about one and a half hours or so. Still got a long ways to go. Possible W.I.P. Screw it.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Something Sombre (for) Sleepy September

Ten minute doodle on a newspaper corner. It's about all the drawing that I can stand at this point...

Bic pens + newspapers go hand in hand. There's something about the texture of newspapers that bleeds LOVE (albeit cheap love) for bic pens.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Sleepy September Two

My Ego's pretty mean. It should not be tormenting my inner Ego-slayer like that.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Sleepy September!

Digitally drawn. Not to be continued. Evar...

Friday, August 6, 2010

August Apathy Too

And yet another fungal expedition yielding secrets from within the inner catacombs of my mind.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

August Apathy!

Oooooh, it feels so good to finally get this drawing thing out of my system.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010