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Squishface Coaster Show: Skull coaster

Hi!  Another one of my entries to the Squishface coaster show coming this Sunday!  I actually did this last weekend at a friends place.  This was inspired by a skull that was sitting on her table. I know, I am starting to sound like a broken record, but I am extremely busy this week.  I need to get a very big job done in about 5 days..since I actually want to attend the Moshi Christmas party this Friday, spend time in the country on Saturday and actually be at the Coaster show on Sunday...not to mention have time to bake for the coaster show.... very flat out at the moment.  I mean really flat out.  I need to gun it majorly this week to make deadline.   I actually spent most of today on an illustration job and did some of the animation work this evening and took a day off yesterday.  Once can get burnt out really quick without a breather here and there.  The next four days will be me gunning it...  See how we go!

Daily Sketch: Ravng Rabbid

Here's a doodle of the Raving Rabbid I spotted and bought in Paris.  I loved the game and I particularly liked this figure. It's going to be a heavy drawing weekend.  I have been enjoying keeping a journal and sketching all sorts of things again.  Not everything is drawn to be sold.  Sometimes it's nice to just draw whatever takes your fancy without any pressure that it has to be a masterpiece

Daily Sketch: Lucky Cat01

Hi!  A sketch of one of my lucky cats.  I actually have a lot of lucky cats at home.  I used to collect them quite a bit and I wouldn't mind a few more...but there's only so much lucky cats you can have.  I like this one in particular, it was a present from my mum around 2008 or 2009.  It's made of metal and a lot heavier than it looks.  I tend to take it with me when I'm going to be at a Studio for a while.  Comforting to have with me, I guess!  It is now back with me at home and next to my computer. This cat was at my workspace when I was at Ettamogah for almost two years, then at Squishface when I was there for over a year and at Studio Moshi, there since 2012 and ended today.  More or less.  Studio Moshi was an amazing place to work in.  It was great and I hope to go back there too.  That said, might be nice to just freelance from home and wander from studio to studio for a while!  Change can be really good for creativity but I do look forward to working wi

Daily Sketch: Fancy Bear

Fancy Bear!  This is my little orange bin that I've been using at Moshi for almost two years.  It's sometimes scary on how quick time flies.  I am finishing off my last 3 fix-ups tomorrow.  It will be good to get that all done and start on a new chapter.  I haven't heard back from the company that offered me work for a while.  That's okay though....I submitted an e-book yesterday and picked up another e-book job to illustrate already.  I also have a quick turn-around animation to do next week there's still stuff for me to do!  I also applied for another gig last night (just incase things fall through)

Daily sketch: honey

Hi!  Gone back to food diary and sketching the nearest objects (that may or may not have to do with food) around me.  I find it relaxing and I also control my food intake better when I write it down.  It's amazing how much food you can end up eating without knowing.  On another note, I've gotten addicted to Blood Mary's...without the vodka for the most part.  Tomato juice is really nice...then add Tabasco, Worcestershire sauce, paprika, salt, pepper and lemon and a stick of celery to stir and to garnish.  Yum!  I wonder if I've gone over quota though...I've had like 3 glasses today! Feeling burnt out since am a tad under the weather (darn temperature changes) and am a bit overloaded this week.  Finishing off Moshi, submitting 2 exhibition pieces, finishing an illustration job, got mounts done to send a commissioned framed piece to Tasmania, work emails, got to go and do an early vote...gah!  I actually had to skip training and Japanese today since I really wasn

First coaster for the Squishface Coaster Show!

Spot the 2 coasters I did! Picture by David Blumenstein from Squishface Coaster show 2013 My first coaster to the Squishface Coaster Show!   Come one come all!  I will be baking something again as per usual.  The coaster show is always a fun event and am looking forward to being a part of it again this year!  It's on at Dec 07 from 12-5pm at 309 Victoria Street Brunswick. I managed to draw up quite a few coasters last Sunday at my friends house, where we were playing with all her art materials and I came up with a few that I was happy with. Am quite the busy bee at the moment....always doing a lot.  I may need to slow of these days...

House sketching!

Today, I went to a friends house and there was so much to sketch!  She has a really quirky and awesome home and not to mention a great array of art supplies.  This was a stuffed ant on her table. There was cake and so much yummy food to be had and I got so many references on where to buy art stuff and new techniques and inspirations that I can't wait to try when I finally have some of that elusive free time.  Maybe I really should attempt to have a month off one of these days just to draw and experiment on my own.  No rest for the wicked though, had to finish a commission job which I need to get a mount done this week and mailed asap with a frame, still have to do 3 more illustration for my e-book gig, finishing off at Moshi and I have another animation job that will be running on top of Moshi before it ends.  Madness.  Absolute madness.

Urban Sketching: Ceres Visitor Centre

The Melbourne Sketchers where at Ceres Visitor Centre today at East Brunswick.  Was certainly a lot of fun! I mentioned I was ending at Moshi some time next week or the week after and it looks like I will still be busy as I've just picked up freelance work that might keep me busy all the way till end of Jan.  I am certainly going to be exremely busy getting jobs done by Christmas.  So much to do!!  It's insane!

Illustration Job: (e-book, Blanca)

Started on another e-book job today.  Not too sure if this is quite finished yet.  Thinking of adding in some gradients here and there.  We shall see.  All digitally done in Flash this time because of the patterns which is easier to do on a computer.  Hoping to get this done next week....but we shall see.  A lot of heavier detailing this time! week is looking mental since am finishing up at Moshi...see how we go!

quick sketch at coffee shop

A quick sketch last weekend!  Was a really busy day today so didn't have time to draw again.  In fact...there's a lot of busy days coming up but there will be a lot of drawing this weekend though! Got a rest now....

Cafe sketch.

A quick sketch I did at the Botanical Gardens a few days ago,  Didn;t have time to draw anything today!  Spent most of the night doing house chores.  Bleh.

Animation job: Mixed up Maths

Mixed Maths A screen shot captured from the Mixed Up Maths website.  Check out all the animations there!  I was one of the animators on this project and I was working on this on top of my full-time animation contract at Studio Moshi. ...for the project :The Day my Butt went Psycho." We had about a month to complete the animation on Mixed-Up Maths and it was good fun to work on.  The storyboards and design were done by Aaron Davies and the project was for Suitcase Murphy .  I was actually one of the animators on another Suitcase Murphy project which was Planet Right , done in 2010 I think. For Mixed Up Maths , the episodes I worked on were: "World Famous Structures", "Dominator or Denominator", "Unlikely or Possible?" (most of my animation powers were used here) and "Hot or Cold? Wet or Dry?"  Please have a watch when you get the chance!

Piece 01: Lucy Liu ..done

Hi!  So I finally finished the Lucy Liu piece tonight.  The colour pencil was done a few days ago but I felt it was lacking so I played around with it in Photoshop.  I do love combining traditional and digital techniques.  It's good fun.  Anyway, thought I would attach both versions for comparision sake.  So what's better?  The original or the digitally altered version?  This piece is going to Girls to the Front . 

Urban Sketching: Government Building

Hello, hello! Was at the Botanical Gardens today with the rest of the Melbourne Urban Sketchers (the meetup is getting big) and I decided to draw the Government Building with a few of the others.  It was a lot of fun!  Quite a few friends came today too from Studio Moshi.  It was a good day all around! I took the big panoramic sketch book today and it takes me forever to draw and it really is quite cumbersome to bring around.  With that book, I need to be sitting down (tried to draw standing up and it hurt my left wrist) and with a table and if I don't have a table, I need to draw in portrait so I can use my legs to support the weight.  I was also trying to pencil today and it really doesn't work for me.  As soon as I ditched the pencil, things flowed much better!

Angeline Jolie: work in progress

Hi!  Still a work in progress.  By the way, Google seems to do something silly like changing the orange eyes to black for some stupid reason.  Maybe getting rid of red eye?  Who knows.  Either way, her eyes are actually orange and not black. Colour pencils are tough as I need to keep adding layer after layer to get it right.

Anniversary commissioned piece...done

Done and client approved!  Yay!  This will be posted to it's new home tomorrow to Western Australia.  Hurrah! Busy day usual and I have spent the night relaxing a bit.  I need it every now and then.  catch up on emails and just ake a bit of a breather.  Two more weeks before Moshi ends too.  I am sad but looking forward to a break from animation and concentrating on Illustration projects for a while.

WIP: Angelina Jolie

A very busy day today with gym, pulling out some footage, sketching, an interview, commission job and now to illustrate something last minute for one of my clients.  Got to work on a last minute illustration now too.  Almost forgot about it!  Lucky it is simple!

Lucy Liu for exhibition "Girls to the Front"

Hi!  I scanned the black and white version am entering to Girls to the Front before attempting to colour her.  Just in case.  I will probably leave the details off on one side of her hair though.  I quite like it. See how we go!!!  Doing a whole lot at the moment and looking forward to doing more illustration work and projects. Thinking of doing pop art characters and drawing actors and actresses people recognise and maybe cartoon and comic characters.  We shall see. I have so many projects in mind and so little time to do it all!


Thongs prototype Check this out at Flipdivision !  I was contacted to submit some art work that could POSSIBLY be made into thongs.  This is  just a prototype and no guarantee that the product will be made just yet.  Here's hoping that it will though!

Some pics from the Urban Sketching in Boroondara exhibition

It was the opening on the Urban Sketching in Boroondara exhibition last Saturday.  The exhibition was great and I am very proud to be a part of it!  It will be up from November 04 to December 06.  It was a great day.  My parents and quite a few friends came to check out and support the exhibition, I bought my mum a painting and it was lovely to mingle, get framing ideas and just be a part of a great and talented group of people. I would love to do my own urban sketching exhibition or to compile a book with a theme.  We shall see.  Currently I have separated my urban sketches into this tumblr ...just to keep it ordered!  More or less.  Have a look and feel free to suggest sketches!

Pic with works

Hi!  Here's a pic of myself today with my pieces at the Urban Sketching in Boroondara exhibition todday!  More pics hopefully tomorrow as I haven't had a chance to go through my photos yet.  It was a great day today.  I had a few friends come to check the works out, was hanging out with good people and just having a great time really!  I even bought a piece for my mum.  Big thanks to Evelyn Yee and Kym Steinke for organizing it all! Will write more tomorrow, got to get some illustration work done tonight!

Urban Sketching: Public Inn at Castlemaine

Public Inn Hi!  The other drawing I got to do at Castlemaine!  I would really like to go back as there were some cool churches to draw down there.  This one was part of the decor at the Public Inn and I was drawnt to drawing it straight away.  The other sketchers and I actually all sketched this while enjoying bowls of hot chips. Well, things have been insanely busy, so much going on as per usual and rampling up finishing the contract so really doing a lot right now.  Urban Sketching exhibition tomorrow!!!

Urban Sketching: Old Town Hall in Castlemaine

Old Town Hall Castlemaine on site! Forgot to put this up last night Hi!  So on Tuesday I went to Castlemaine with 3 other urban sketching friends and we had a great time!  First we sketched at Southern Cross and then couldn't help but to draw the Town Hall which was really nice!  There were a lot of other buildings I wanted to draw but there was no time! Currently am really busy with freelance, commissions and events.  It's quite crazy at the moment really and the Urban Sketching exhibition is this Saturday too!  Can't wait, should be great fun!

Urban Sketching:Southern Cross Station

Met up with some of the Urban Sketchers at Southern Cross Station yesterday morning.  We were planning to go to Warangatta but that plan changed when we realized it was the Saturday timetable. It was the Melbourne Cup day yesterday and a holiday  We ended up drawing at one of the cafes for a couple of hours before heading to Castlemaine and here is my take of a part of Southern Cross Sation.  Was pretty hard to draw and I wasn't quite sire how to colour it because of the amount of detail this just coloured parts of the building in the background.  I think am going to have to try drawing Southern Cross again.  So much to draw here that's for sure!

Exhibition work in progress

The exhibition is coming up!  My pieces are now on the walls, am so pleased with it!  The Gallery is gorgeous ant is at the  Town Hall Galley, Hawthorn Arts Centre at 360 Burwood Road Hawthorn  The opening is this coming Saturday!  Nov 08 from 2-4pm!

Paul Frank hat

A character with a Paul Frank hat.  I did the drawing some time ago but alas, I haven't had a chance to draw anything new this weekend.  Quite a few social events and trying to get a couple of jobs done.  Always busy!!!