Friday, February 5, 2010


It's kind of scary how it's already February. I think this semester will be passing by a lot faster than last semester.
I guess it's cause once the semester started, it's been busy busy busy.
I really like all of my classes. Especially the landscape class. We went on our first field trip this past Sunday to Huntington Gardens. I have some sketches that I have to clean up. And then I will post them when I get the chance.
Since I have some time right now, I thought I would post a little bit of what I've been working

The sculpture class that I'm taking this semester is realllyyyy fun. It was a bit expensive getting all the materials and supplies but this class really is a lot of fun. We're sculpting a head right now. And we can choose whoever we want to sculpt. So I chose my grandpa. The process is really interesting. We started with a really flat generic profile. And now we're building out the lower area of the face. I thought we were just going to throw a bunch of clay together and start sculpting away :P
But we're actually building from the inside to the outside.

I've also included pictures of my grandpa. The front view only.
I also have a picture of him laughing. So when I'm done with my sculpture it will look like the first picture. hopefully...

Last semester, I was taking a creative writing class and we had Max Brooks come in as a guest speaker! Max Brooke is the author of The Zombie Survival Guide and other zombie books. It was awesome because he's a really animated guy and his books are great! His talk was also really inspiring because he was explaining how if you're going to be an artist, you have to not be afraid to put your whole heart out there for everyone to see. Because that's basically what you're doing when you're creating art for film, commercials, museums, etc. And it takes a lot of courage to do so.
To prove that Max Brooks is a really animated guy, I have pictures of my pen that he broke when he was demonstrating something to the class :)

I highly recommend his books for a great read.

I notice that I haven't been posting any Chinese paintings. Or, I can't remember the last time I did. So I took some pictures of some recent work I've been doing. My main subject right now is fish. I've been painting catfish and goldfish.
It's really fun. And as I get better, my teacher will start teaching me how to paint those big goldfishes called Koi.
I don't know the name of the fish in English. I only know it in Chinese and Japanese :P
So when I start posting pictures of Koi, that means I have mastered the catfish and goldfish :)

This is a painting of a bunch of flowers called wisteria. There's different styles of painting wisteria but this is my favorite by far. I actually should've posted my teacher's painting. Cause his looks better...

I'm working on a bunch of things right now that I hope I can share on this blog.
I'm making my own business card right now and a motion graphics piece.
Until then, I'll be busy busy!


  1. really cool stuff.

    just wanted to mention that my aunt is a traditional chinese painter lol. looks cool but I doubt I'd have the patience to learn it.

  2. What in the world did MAx Brooks do with your pen? Throw it against a wall? LOL

    I can't wait to see progression on your sculpture - I always watned to take a sculpture class, but at our school it was mainly for Industrial Design students. But the mouth area is looking good, already in the likeness of your grandpa. It's amazing how you can sculpt inside out?

    The paintings are looking wonderful! Very cool catfish and colorful goldfish.

    I love Koi Fish too. I'll sit there at the ponds and lose track of time. Happy to hear your teacher will teach you how to paint them!

  3. max brooks threw my pen against the table because he was saying something about how when he finished writing, he would believe in his work and not care about anything else.

    and then he broke my pen.
    it was really funny. haha