Friday, April 30, 2010

So Out of It

Bleh! My brain needs some spring cleaning.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Silly Sabotage!

Today was a struggle. I've been drawing alot without getting anything 'done' if that makes any sense. I took one of the drawings that I didn't like and sabotaged it on purpose to get this result. When nothing is going right, always be on the lookout for any impressions that tickle your fancy and then seize it.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010


Headaches driving me crazy. Still got this done regardless.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010


Meh whatever. =P

Monday, April 26, 2010

Manic Mondaze

You suffocate me with your beauty.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Thursday, April 22, 2010

One day at a Time

It's a mix of Baffling Cuteness with the turtle riders from the last post. There's another sketch missing somewhere with a girl riding on a turtle as well haha. Gotta scan that in when I can find it. The guy with the funny looking teeth isn't totally random. I usually draw people with funny teeth as a warmup. Or creatures with funny teeth. I dunno why, it's just fun to do.

Since turtles, or tortoises, are recurring themes in the last while, I thought I should check up on the meanings behind them symbolically. From a dream dictionary it says:


To see a tortoise in your dream, suggests that you need to take some chances in order to get ahead in life. The opportunities for advancement are opened to you, but you need to take the next step. The tortoise also symbolizes perseverance, determination, and longevity. Alternatively, the tortoise may represent the need to be sheltered or protected from life's problems.

This can be quite accurate for real life as well. I do need to take the next step for the upcoming gallery piece and payment fees. I'll post more about that once I get past the initial stages.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Turtling On

Arghh. Feeling..... quite...... slow.... today....

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Baffling Cuteness Cont'd

A continuation of the Baffling Cuteness theme from yesterday. I wanted to play out the contrasts out some more with this theme. I think it works so I may explore some more with this later on.

I woke up with a lucid image along with the imagined falsetto-like voices of the feline characters in mind (shown in thumbnail top left) and thought it might be fun if I continued with it. I originally wanted to plan that image out and do it bigger and better, possibly for the upcoming gallery piece (more on that later), but got distracted and the image below played out instead.

It is so rare to start with images in my mind's eye before putting pencil down onto paper. That's twice since the new year so far. Usually it's the other way around for me. However seeing images first is how it all started when I was a kid drawing with bro. So maybe it has come back after so many years of being suppressed. Voot!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Friday, April 16, 2010

Annoying April

Updated: After messing around with colour combos for over 30 minutes without any satisfactory results, I decided to stick with this colour scheme to see how it works out in the end. I put all the colours on one layer. Then sloppily added a shade version on a seperate layer. Flattened them all and started to smudge them together.

It's very tedious work to zoom in there to smudge them all around like that but it's a necessary warm-up process to jump start my brain. During the process some things suggest themselves in which I would add a dark line, or a highlight onto it to work on later.

Alot of work left to do yet! Just thinking about it sorely tires me out. I need to simplify so I can get alot more done in less time. Maybe one day I'll figure it out.
So yeah, decided to do thumbnail roughs to get the annoy theme going once again and colouring them up. It's been awhile since I've done an annoy. I was getting annoyed by my recent random posts so I wanted to step it up a notch. Probably will start colouring one of them tommorrow. Voot!

Maybe April is Annoy month? A bit late but ah well. Really need to stick with a theme sometimes as I can take so much randomness at a time before it drives me nuts. Anyways, no idea which one to colour up. More on that later.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Even Monsters Need Shade

Randoms randoming me out.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Space Suits (them or doesn't suit them?)

Playing around with the idea of Snailiens in a space-suit w/ space weapons. You can see the space helmet being similar to the one for the shellmech's glass casing yesterday, albeit a miniaturised version of it. I may or may not go with this idea. =P

Weaker Wednesdays

Drew this inbetween chat sessions. Meant to draw it in peace but got distracted with random blog surfings, youtubes, videogame art, and MSN. Gotta get this out before going to bros! Laterz.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Terrible Tuesdays

Update: Coloured in one of the shells for fun. I really had to get the coloured version out of me before I fergets it.

Playing around with more Snailien shellmech concepts. I was looking through some art books upside down so that I can see things in another way and I caught a glimpse of tentacles peering through a glass which is similar to the image at the bottom. It reminded me of a Snailien that I did before so I had to do it. I think the one eye looks creepier than two.

Monday, April 12, 2010


Just one of those days where nothing is coming to me. A random drawing. Take it symbolically if you will...

Friday, April 9, 2010

A Company That Gets It


Click on the link above to view the 2 trailers (the first one with the circles/reds).

"For us it is very important to be children,.to experiment, to discover, to live, to feel what we are doing. The most important thing for Vasava isn't about making alot of money. What is most important for us is having experiences that accumulate over the course of our careers.

We try to have this environment, let the people develop themselves We try to do something which is different. When we set up this new space, we decided, Ok, lets try to have our design studio on the back and try to set up a space where the local artists can display what they are doing. So that's why we have this gallery, And thats why we have a shop in the front."

This is just a portion of what they said on the videos there. I agree whole heartedly on their philosophy behind the company too. The studio that they have there is awesome. The work environment looks nice, the murals on the walls, the way they set up the lights, the arch on their stairway. I DO WANT. Talk about a breeding ground for creativity, not like those stale and stagnant white walled office cubicles everywhere else.

Vasava, hire me? lol. =S

Coup D'etat Du Jour

Say no to the tyrannical reptillian brain (ego?) with its myriad draconian rules and let the inner child inside you OUT. Yay!

Know what flyers are good for? To draw on! I didn't know what to draw so I decided to warm up by drawing this kid from another flyer. That way 'drawing what you see' relaxes you and eases you out of the left brain mode while shifting into the right.

I drew the dragon kid/brain/whatever last and decided to throw it in there with the kid. Yesterday I was looking through Pokemon concept art so it must've seeped into my drawings today. I realise now that children's body proportions are probably what inspired the super deformed styles. If that was too obvious for you, well pfft to you then! It just dawned on me while drawing the kid. =P

I did this while waiting for water to boil for my instant coffee + cappuccino since I'm out of regular coffee. Blech! It tasted awwwful.

Have a good weekend everyone!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Demotivational Post

"Why do it today when you can do it tommorrow?" -- A (un)wise snailien saying.

Free Room! and Bored

Oops! Posting a little bit late tonight. Was over at bro's haus with Ved drawing for our weekly get togethers. Oh well. Still managed to get this guy drawn tonight despite being late with the scanning part. =S

Playing around with the idea of a snailien with a nursery on its back. A class of snailien that are giant living buildings. For now one of the names floating for it will be "Lieu'tenant Leisure" or even a "Landlord" can go in there somewhere. Har har. I like it so there.

The bottom half for its body isn't really shown as its undecided. Still figuring that part out and may fix it up later on Photoshop as the whole drawing looks kinda weird to me. So for now just pretend that it's coming out from a hole in the ground. =P

Slugs of War!

Nah. Too much Gears of War 2 tonight. You can tell eh? Snipers and Grinders would suit them though. And maybe a Mauler, or whatever those guys are called with the shield and spike weapon.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Shellacking Shenanigans Again

Was partly inspired by looking at the bathroom floor tiles as part of the scrying process. And no, I'm not on drugs (does coffee count?). If you stare at something with an abstract pattern to it long enough, you'll find something eventually. Since I was thinking of snailiens at the time, it came out as a snailien.

Shellacking Shenanigans

I woke up late today so the post is coming sooner than later. As long as I beat the midnight deadline then it's all good. I just wanted it done sooner than later though. It's almost as I'm fearful of skipping the daily posting habit. =P

Drew this while watching a hockey game on TV. I'm able to channel in all the things that I love about the dynamic sport into these drawings. It's usually drawn from memory of player interviews that I read online as part of my news reading, just all the things they've said and their love for the sport and then being able to apply their energy/ love to my art afterwards. Every time I look up at the screen it's a constant reminder to stay positive and hope for the best. It's taking some effort but so far so good. It's also why I posted the Sidney Crosby commercial from yesterday.

The image bottom right is a battle-suit. I saw this as a glimpse of it as soon as I woke up today while laying in bed. I could see it so vividly in my mind's eye. The drawing is not exactly how it looks, what you see in your mind doesn't always translate so well but I'm still liking the fact that it happened. After a year and a half of meditations, this sort of thing is finally paying off. It's what I wanted. But then again, it could be working with dream recall as well and being able to direct it to the things I want to see or draw for today. *knocks on wood* I hope this keeps up indefinitely.

The stomach-shell is part inspired by another drawing using the same design. I'll scan that in next post.

Tis Never Too Late...

I watch this every now and then to wake myself up.

Monday, April 5, 2010


First image was drawn in with a red bic pen as I ran out of blacks and blues. Sketched that outside in the beautiful weather today.

Second image is a revised edition of one of the snailiens in the lineup. Currently a work-in-progress. The method I'm using is taking some time with the brush opacity settings down to 25%. That way I'm building everything up over layers and layers. First starting off with big broad strokes to get the shapes in, to block it in a way, then progressing into smaller brush sizes until I'm able to refine the edges/add details. We'll see how that method works out in the end.

Saturday, April 3, 2010


This old drawing was part of a warm up that I did by doing some automatic writing. The point is to write out without stopping or editing as you go along and seeing what comes up. It was done in part to loosen up, to lighten up if possible and to tear down the mental blocks.

Anyways, I'm thinking of posting old sketches on the weekends but will take it easy on myself even if I don't post old stuff here. For now I like the idea of taking the weekends off to recharge the batteries. There are tons of stuff just laying around, some of which still needs to be scanned in. If I'm not drawing then I could do some scanning instead if I'm up for it. That way low maintenance work keeps the posting habit going without burning out the brain.

It's a big deal to me to post daily since it is a struggle right now just to keep up. But with a no pressure philosophy behind it, whether its a 10 minute doodle or a 23 hour study (thanks to the sketchamathon blog for that) it just makes it that much easier to breathe. Granted, I could see the majority of my posts being 10 minutes at least just to get it out of the way, but over time I will probably warm up to the idea and improve with bigger, detailed, conceptual-like posts or whatever. Here's hoping as I really do want to be much, MUCH, more than this level I'm at. We're never happy with what we have right? We always want MORE. That's to be expected. So even though I'm pushing it now, I know that it will get easier down the road.

Also, an update for "All plucked out".

Friday, April 2, 2010

Thursday, April 1, 2010

All plucked out

WTB a muse and some spicy hot chicken wings.

Updated: Apr. 3

Blue image is the original sketch drawn with a blue bic pen.

I wasn't really happy with the way the drawing turned out. The hands bothered me. The head looks funky and off, hell, the only thing I liked were the shoulder pads/vestigal wings, so I decided to digitally mess the rest up on Photoshop for kicks.

Also, I gotta learn to use reference while fixing things up too. It'd make life so much easier, eh?