Sunday, 22 November 2009

Katze (by Alex)

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This is my first drawing of a cat, and it too will be given away as part of the deal I've made. It can also be considered as my first sale perhaps, but I don't think of it that way. I was racing against time with this one(2-3hours), as I will have to settle a lot of things in this and perhaps next week as well, and I'll lose my internet connection in less than a week time so I might not be posting anytime soon.

I'd like to take some space here to thank everyone for your generosity, for visiting the site, for looking at my drawings, for leaving comments and for your precious time. Every little words every little gesture helps in keeping the motivation level up, and I am really glad that I've known so many wonderful souls from EDM. It has to be the best group I've joined EVER. ^^ With much respect, and much gratitude I bow down to everyone in the group. Thank you very much!

Monday, 16 November 2009

Knapsack Guys (by Alex)

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Graphite on 16.5" x 11.6" 190g/m² A3 paper

So here is the gift that I've been working on for the passed couple of weeks. It's a huge one and it is a gift for Sascha(the big guy in the front) and he's been one of the closest friends I have had in the whole 3 years I've been here in Germany. It's not the first drawing I did for him either, the first was a drawing of the cute version of Optimus Prime on the birthday card that I bought him. The names of the people from left to right starting from the bottom row are Frank, Alfred, Stefan, Sascha, Martin, Giacomo, Wolfgang, Thomas in his uniform, Marcus, Ralf, Bernd, and Heinz-Gerd.

He actually asked for this one... he said he wanted to have another drawing from me before I move away... he didn't specify anything, just something that's me. So I thought it'd be nice to draw faces of the boys I've been working happily with. I gave this to him this morning, I think he remained speechless for about a minute. So I asked him "were you expecting this?" and he was like "NEVER" and was smiling the whole time, like he won a trophy or something :) In my opinion, the best look ever, and that's also one of the reasons I love drawing in the first place, and that's the reason I gave all my drawings away prior to this year.

Thanks again for all your encouraging words and posts on my previous sketch. I am glad I could bring out the characteristics of Mandy Lane... it's a very twisted movie, but I love how the plot changed.

Blog Award! ^^

I have received this fun award from Ramona Davidson who's always sweet never fails to amaze me in her art work.

The rules are:
I need to pass this award on to five people, post on their blog to let them know I left this award, and then I need to answer a list of questions in ONE word.
So here we go:

1. Where is your cell phone?…Pocket
2. Your hair?… Dark
3. Your mother?… Nag
4. Your father?… Silly
5. Your favorite food?… Tofu
6. Your dream last night?… Blur
7. Your favorite drink?…Water
8. Your dream/goal?… Fly
9. What room are you in?… Office
10. Your hobby?… Many
11. Your fear?… Sharks
12. Where do you want to be in 6 years?…Successful
13. Where were you last night?… Apartment
14. Something that you aren’t?… Short
15. Muffins?… Blueberry
16. Wish list item?… Car
17. Where did you grow up?… Malaysia
18. Last thing you did?… Pack
19. What are you wearing?… Sweater
20. Your TV?… None
21. Your Pets?… Soon
22. Friends?… Awesome
23. Your life?… Fun
24. Your mood?… Excited
25. Missing Someone?… YEP!
26. Vehicle?… Home
27. Something you're not wearing?… Hat
28. Your favorite store?… Rewe
29. Your favorite colour?… Green
30. When was the last time you laughed?… Hourly
31. Last time you cried?… Movie
32. Your best friend?… Busy
33. One place that I go to over and over?… Work
34. Facebook?… Yes
35. Favorite place to eat?… Home

If I could I would be passing this on to everyone that has commented on my sketchblog, but unfortunately it says only 5 bloggers :(
So here are my top five in alphabetical order.

1. Ann 2. Benedicte 3. Dan Kent 4. Phyllis 5. Raena

Monday, 26 October 2009

Mandy Lane (by Alex)

I am not sure if any of you have watched the movie, but I personally think that the movie is well directed. So it's just a quick sketch(took me 2 hours still) on my Moleskine of how I feel about the movie. Mandy Lane's character played by Amber Heard is both dark and innocent at the same time, and yet could have so much influence in people around her. So I am trying to experiment that with colors, I hope it works.
Thank you all for your birthday wishes, and I am so glad you liked the cake I drew ^^ Perhaps one day I'll learn to bake it myself.

Thursday, 22 October 2009

EDM#246 Draw something October (by Alex)

It's been a while since I my last EDM post, but this week's theme somehow made me think of something I usually would have in October when I am at home with my family. It's blueberry layered cake! It's my favorite kind actually, and my mom's and my birthdays are in October, so we'd normally have 2 cakes in the month, and one of them is always blueberry layered cake. I haven't had any for 3 years now since I started working here in Germany, but my co-workers usually would bring me out for something exotic. Last time it was TGIF in Oslo, Norway(yeah I know it doesn't sound exotic, but there isn't any TGIF in Germany), and this time maybe Mongolian buffet dinner somewhere in Cologne.

Thank you all for your comments on my previous post, and it's been fun doing things in colors again. Although I won't be having any blueberry cake in my mouth tomorrow, I'd consider this is the blueberry cake for myself in my heart(and on my Moleskine), Happy Birthday Alex! ^^

Sunday, 18 October 2009

Plunge (by Alex)

I've been listening to everyone, and I took Raena's advice of simply sketching a scene that I like from the movies that I've been watching. So I did just that, I was watching Live Free Die Hard 4.0, and that's the scene where Bruce Willis was leaping off a crashing F35 plane on the right, and after that I just drew something that resembles a face, and probably in flame or something, maybe he's angry, and he's not young too, I am not sure what I was drawing, but then perhaps I was inspired by the video game called Metal Gear Solid. I have never been a fan in that game but I thought the art was awesome. And then I just decided that I needed a lot of colors, so this messy piece is the result.
It's obviously doing a soul searching piece, I can't say I am happy nor I am not happy with it, it's just something that came up at that time, at that moment, out of randomness.

Thank you so much everyone for your encouragement, I really really appreciate them. I'll keep trying, and I'll try to isolate or channel my anxiety into my sketchbook, either way I know that I'll be fine. I am sorry that I've been ranting and caused worries.

Wednesday, 14 October 2009

Lala - Love Trouble (by jessie)

12813218437834 billion years later I post something again T_T *sorry*...Just a little thing, from quite a while ago (weeks)...Bad scan :-(

I'm doing the same one with PC right now - will come in the next days...

Friday, 9 October 2009

Plum Flower (by Alex)

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I wanted to do this in color initially, but I was afraid that I'd mess it up real bad so I thought I'd play it safe. In the end, it looks kind of messed up anyway -___- So maybe I'll try it again with colors some other time. I also notice that I am getting tired relatively easy these days, that's why I haven't been able to draw more than I used to. I am going to say it's due to weather change, and it is getting a lot colder these days.
The picture was taken by a good friend of mine Douglas, who is an awesome professional photographer. You could find a lot of great subjects for sketching and drawing here. Unfortunately his blog is in Chinese. But we all know that picture says a thousand words right? ;)
Thank you from the bottom of my heart everyone for your comments and your warm wishes in my previous post. I really appreciate them all ^^

Thursday, 1 October 2009

Seeing Double (by Alex)

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(Rough sketch stage)
(Light shading and some highlight)
(Hair detailing and more shading)

If you notice that these two people are looking very similar, that's because they are actually one person :) just with different poses.
I always have problems drawing people that are dear to me because I am afraid that they won't like the result. I practiced with my niece and that now gave me a bit of confidence to draw the one I am marrying soon. She did mention that I never drew her, not because that I didn't want to, but it's because I didn't think I was good enough yet(I still don't feel that I am good enough actually). But a lot of things have been going on lately, and she's not in the best of her mood. So I took up the courage to give it a go and hope that it's able to life her spirit up a little and cheer her up a bit somehow.
Tanna, please be happy. I can't do much right now, but I hope I'm able to just put a smile on your face by drawing you. I love you ^^

Many thanks to everyone who commented on my earlier sketches of my niece. All your kind words made this possible.

Friday, 25 September 2009

KaQin in supermarket (by Alex)

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(Outline stage)
(Light shading and hair detailing stage)
(More shading and detailing...)
Moleskine Sketchbook (5"x8")

Another drawing of my baby niece. She's wearing the dress I bought her from Zara in Cologne, and I am pretty sure she will not fit in the dress in a year time. But that of course won't stop me from getting her more dresses in the future ^^ Since I am pampering her forever, I am only getting good designers' stuff, stuff I could only dream of having when I was little(not that I knew what they were or if I would appreciate them anyway).
I took a little longer this time because I wasn't feeling too well these few days, maybe sleep deprived, I am not sure. But I am adding more steps this time because I couldn't do as much at one go, and I needed to rest almost every half an hour. Getting old maybe? -_-;;
And as I told Dan and Raena earlier that I would do something with my kneadable eraser. I didn't put a lot of effort in this one, but here's a skull ^^

Friday, 18 September 2009

KaQin in a Car (by Alex)

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(Outline stage)
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Moleskine Sketchbook(5"x8")

Here's a drawing of my baby niece whom I absolutely adore. We are not that close because I am working in Germany, and she's in Malaysia, and I've only seen her twice in 2 years for no more than 4 weeks in total. She's 18 months old now, and growing up real fast. I am not sure when is the next time I'll be seeing her again, but I know that it won't be soon.
This is the first time I am drawing my family member, and I've got this pressure all the time telling me that I won't be able to do it well enough to their approval(and I still have that). But I really hope that they'll like it. And I'd like to tell everyone here that I love my family, I love my nephews and my niece, and I miss them a lot, and I am sorry that I've been away.

Monday, 14 September 2009

Show and Alien (by Alex)

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(Outline stage)
(Light shading stage)

That's all for this extremely hilarious Taiwanese show host duo. Thank you so much everyone who visited the site for you kind support and all your comments. I am so glad what I do here is being appreciated.
I will keep posting the steps, and this time it shows a lot of changes from one stage to another. The outline stage this round is more like japanese manga style I think ^^ And then the light shading stage was weird looking this time(usually I like this stage the most as things start to come alive). Iit's been great fun drawing these two celebrities, especially with the hair. Thank you Show Lo and Alien Huang, you two are great entertainers!

Thursday, 10 September 2009

Alien Huang (by Alex)

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(outline sketch stage)
(highlights & light shading stage)

Yes, no kidding! His showbiz name is Alien Huang, and he's another famous Taiwanese singer, actor, and host. He also owns A.E.S(Alien Evolution Studio) clothing line in Taiwan. I watch the variety show (Entertainment 100%) a lot, which he co-hosts with Show Lo, so I was thinking that it would be nice to do a couple of FanArts of them by sketching them.

Thank you all for your comments, your encouragement, and your motivation. And I am glad that some steps shown in the course of sketching are being appreciated, so I will keep doing it and hopefully it'll be somewhat helpful to those who wish to do portrait sketching. Not that I am a pro or that I've attended any art school or classes(I really should take one someday), so I really don't know what's the right way or the wrong way, I just do it base on how I feel and whichever way that makes sense to me. I'd be grateful if you could give me some pointers if you see what I did wrong because I'd love to improve myself too ^^

Monday, 7 September 2009

Show Lo (by Alex)

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(rough sketch stage)

Hands got a little stiff not sketching after more than a month. I just finished watching a Taiwanese drama series called "Hot Shot" and it's about basketball, and one of the main characters in the series is played by the all hilarious and talented host, singer, fantastic dancer, and clothing line owner(Brand: STAGE), SHOW LO. He's about my age but the level of success if obviously incomparable ^^

This is considered my "exercise" sketch, and you could see a lot of "laziness" in it, but I'll start working on something else soon. Thanks again for all you warm wishes and for liking my wedding invitation card design. I was having a lot of doubts, whether it'd be too chinese, whether it's not special enough etc. But I am so glad everyone of you approved :)

Sunday, 6 September 2009

Wedding Invitation Card (by Alex)

(Outside layout, front & back)
(Inside layout)

Yes it is final, and that's how it looks like ^^ The theme is Plum Flower, and main color is ivory and red. I've designed the borders and most of the elements myself, but I drew and vectorized everything myself using Inkscape(I love freeware!).
I've been away for a while now, but that's because I've been caught up with a lot of things that need to be planned properly ensuring a good and smooth transition.
I'll get back to my usual sketching very soon. Sorry for the wait, and thanks for your patience. I am very happy that everyone loves the picture of Gilwi =) He's such a pretty horse!

Saturday, 1 August 2009

Gilwi the Horse (by Alex)

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Just a quick post of Gilwi(I hope I spelled the name correctly), a cute horse of Sylvia, a wonderful co-worker of mine in Germany. She loves her horse a lot, and I was still thinking about drawing something with beautiful hair and she burned be a CD with pictures of her beautiful horse.
:) I got those picture 3 months before, and I just hadn't got time for it, with all the traveling and other sketches that I had to do first. So I am sorry Sylvia for taking this so long, Tanna loves this one too by the way as she loves horses.
I finally got to Louisiana, after getting stranded in Memphis for a night because of the tornado. I'm still trying to fix the broken clock in my body, and I need to fix by tomorrow because I'll need to get busy starting tomorrow for the whole week. I am hoping that I'll get more clues on how to proceed next with my life after the meeting with my lawyer on Tuesday in New Orleans. I've never been there and frankly I am looking forward to this day-trip. Wish me luck guys because I'll need a lot of it.

Thank you all again and again for all your comments on my drawing of YUI. I really had fun doing that, and I didn't think it looked like her but apparently everyone's been telling me otherwise. I probably need to fix my eyes too XD Happy drawing everyone!

Friday, 24 July 2009

YUI (by Alex)

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-Outline stage-
-Light shading stage-
-Hair detailing stage-

Yui, a 22 year old singer-songwriter, actress from Fukuoka, Japan. She has 3 albums, 1 compilation album, and 14 singles released to date. This is drawn from her compilation album cover called "My Short Stories"

This is just another attempt of a celebrity sketch, so Yui fans please don't get angry if you think it doesn't look at all like her, because I know it doesn't :) But I am showing the stages again, showing how it was done, I hope you like that.

Thanks again for all the comments left on my previous drawing. I really do appreciate every word there, and that gives me a lot of motivation to work on the next piece everytime. Happy drawing everyone! ^^

Wednesday, 15 July 2009

:DDD (by Alex)

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Yeah, you might find the title weird, but the DDD stands for Dr. Dany's Daughter ^^ Dr. Dany is my boss, or was... but he's a great guy and by far the best boss I've ever had. He's got a couple of beautiful kids, and he's got pictures of them all over his office, so I thought I'd want to draw the youngest one because I like kids too. She might not look the same as she looked in the picture, still I hope he likes it.

I am doing another step by step, so that people could see how I worked my way through, and perhaps give me some pointers too.

Thank you all again and again for all your comments on my previous posts. You all are great! :)

Friday, 10 July 2009

Ruling the dance floor (by Alex)

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I just thought I'd like to capture a little glimpse of MJ's moves on my sketch book, and how people would remember him. He has a lot of signature moves of course, and this is one of it :)

Thanks for all your comments on my previous post, I appreciate them so much. I am sorry to say that I won't be posting the wedding invitation card design yet, until it is printed, because I'd want to make a comparison ^^ Thanks for your patience though, and for having so much interest in that as well. Happy sketching everyone!

Tuesday, 7 July 2009

for Michael Jackson (by Alex)

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I'd wanted to do this since last week, but I was of course busy with my own wedding invitation card project. But that's been completed, so I'm back into sketches and drawings.

I must say, I grew up with MJ's musics. I remember when I was 6, I was obsessed with the Beat It video, and was always trying to copy his moonwalk. Thriller scared the skin off me during that time, and then Smooth Criminal has and will probably always be my favorite video from MJ.

Despite all the ups and downs in his life, he's genuinely a great performer and without a doubt one of the best entertainer of all time. Wherever you are now MJ, you'll always be remembered as the one who made Moonwalk known to the world. Rest in peace MJ.

Friday, 3 July 2009

Rejected Wedding Invitation Card Ideas #1.5 (by Alex)

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This is pretty much what I did, and I ended up having what's on the right of the page as part of the card design at the back. I am glad I didn't have to go through so many rounds of it because I still had to work on the layout and all the stuff which I spent most of my time doing and fiddling with.
I'd say the card design is completed, but I won't post it up yet, not at least until it's actually printed out, and then we could perhaps compare the printed version with the one on computer. In the meantime I'll try to get back to the usual sketches and drawings.

Thank you all so much for your comments, ideas, and wishes earlier, I appreciate them so much, and I am glad I made some of you happy because of the cuteness of it. ^^

Sunday, 28 June 2009

Eternal Sonata

Drawn from a magazine, slightly changed - Here she looks less like a child...Pencil, then Watercolor...

Sunday, 21 June 2009

Rejected Wedding Invitation Card Ideas #1 (by Alex)

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As I told a few people that I'd be busy designing my own Wedding Invitation card for these couple of weeks, and that I'd also try to post something each week at least.. so here it is ^^

I am still working on the card, and I am planning to create several layouts so that we could see which is better and pick the right one. I'm still very new with the Open Source software "Inkscape" which I am using. It's not as powerful as Adobe Illustrator, but's free and it gets the job done :) So it might take another week or two, but I hope you'll have patience. I promise that once it is final and when the printing done, I'll post it up and share with everybody here. And in the meantime I'll just post things that I won't be using on the card. I am not using this because it's too cartoony.

Thank you so much for your comments and encouraging words in my previous post. James and Carine really like it, and they said they'll slot it into their wedding dinner presentation, so it will be in a big screen and my parents will be there too :) I am really happy that even I can't make it there, some part of me is still going to be present. Thanks James and Carine, and may you both silly bunnies live happily ever after just like in the fairy tales.

Sunday, 14 June 2009

James & Carine (by Alex)

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Being away for almost 4 weeks now, and I could already feel that my hands were starting to squeek :)
Anyway, this is a picture I drew for my friends who are getting married in July this year. It is not at all accurate, but I hope they'd appreciate it anyway.
So James and Carine, if you guys are looking at the blog, CONGRATULATIONS! ^^

P.S. : Thank you so much for all your kind words on my previous posts, the daisy and Rachel. I really really appreciate them ;) Happy drawing everyone!

Wednesday, 20 May 2009

Natsuo and Yoji (Loveless) - by Princess Koda

Drawn from a manga I'm reading now (Loveless).I'm actually not really a fan of all that yaoi stuff going on, but I love Kouga's drawing style ^3^

Saturday, 16 May 2009

EDM#76 Draw some flowers (by Alex)

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Another EDM attempt on a single Daisy. I took a picture of it during my visit to the hydro power plants in Weser last week, and I thought, I just had to draw it. Even though the EDM challenge says "Flowers" so I guess my chibi sketches count as well ^^ I pressed a little too hard on my color pencils, and broke the lead a few times. And I also realized that I've been using a lot of blue and greens. My next color pencil drawing would be a lot of red and oranges :)
The picture is not so clear, so I might take a better one and repost tomorrow. I hope you like it.

Thank you all so much for your comments on my Rachel Weisz sketch. I'll try harder next time to increase the level of similarities. I am so glad you all liked it, as much as I enjoyed doing it.