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the Missing April Megapost

April was a kind of busy month for me. But I did manage to get in some practice doing things I’m just not used to, and start focusing a little more on working from imagination.

So let’s play catch-up in one mega, mostly chronological post:


A speedpaint done exploring some new things I’d learned about lighting. Done with less reference than I had recently been using.


As you might have noticed from the blog, I don’t tend to draw animals often. So it’s a bit of gloating, but for my first time drawing cockatoos (piecing these guys together from reference and imagination), I’m fairly pleased with this one.

The background was not such a success though 😛

This one was inspired by my own personal Easter weekend alarm clock. Thanks, guys.


I’ve always been a bit nervous about exaggerated caricature – it feels a little like the extremely skilled but at least moderately evil twin of portraiture. One very cool cartoonist on Twitter suggested these were more cartoony portraits, which I’m a little more comfortable with.

Although I really do want to crawl up on character #1’s cheeks and fall asleep. *_*


Practice with environments, something I very much need. Neither from reference.


A bit closer to my painting roots after a bit of a mad week – simple, four tone painting (not including eyes, background or clothing), form and lighting from reference. Lately I’ve noticed that I seem to be able to crack out of a tough art time more quickly when I’m painting my favourite muse…funny that.


And to cap off mega-post, a quick speedpaint.



Goodnight, everybody!

Speedpaint – March 26 2012

Speedpaint, referenced from a photo
Speedpaint, referenced from a photo


I have a livestream channel, and last night I livestreamed a sketch! (You can watch it here)

Which sounds a bit dirty but in truth, all I did was record a video of me drawing.

Referenced from a photo. My big challenge with this was that I tried to limit it to four values only.

Me being me and nitpicky, I also edited the picture a little bit more after the video stopped and I thought I was done with it. :B As a likeness, I can think of a few things that could definitely use improvement. Otherwise, it turned out okay 🙂

february 29 2012

happy belated February 29!

Quick paint. Quicker to do than the previous Pirate Princess piece, but much tighter and fewer messy impressionist-y strokes. Happier with this one, feels like I’m properly getting back in the painting saddle. Picked colours pretty much the same way I picked for the Princess piece, and most of my other paintings, but everything seems to have come together much more nicely in this one…perhaps I am learning, after all!

Speed challenge: Character concept design in an hour

I recently attended the Melbourne Concept Design Workshop. Much, much love and a great brain-opening experience, but I’ll not gush about it in this post.

On one of the last days, one of our teachers ran a concept challenge for the class: create a character for a game and according to a brief, in what was supposed to be an hour but probably ran a little bit over.

So I tried my hand at applying everything I’d learned over the workshop, and here’s the result.

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Happy Lunar New Year 2012

Happy Lunar new year, everyone! Having two new years is more fun – it lets you do over those resolutions you made the first time around 😉 I’ve got one resolution so far this year, and that’s to be able to do forward splits…

But I digress.  This year is the year of the water dragon. Good bye, metal rabbit 🙁 Have this quick paint to celebrate!

The couplet is something my dad recommended, to be a little more interesting than the standard happy new year. Maybe another resolution should be to work on my calligraphy.