Monday, October 10, 2016

It's been quite a while.

It seems that I haven't posted anything here for more than a year. Been very busy with work and living in general that I almost forgot about this blog site. Not good. But yeah, life happens. Sometimes things don't work as planned but we just have to pick ourselves up, move on, and do better next time. 

Living as an artist is tough. It takes a lot of emotional strength, really. The struggle isn't external, it's internal.There are days that we feel like crap that we can't draw a thing. I experience that a lot. It even feels like a cyclic thing. But we just have to fight our way through it. And the tricky part is, it's not even about the lack of MOTIVATION. It's about DISCIPLINE. We need to discipline and push ourselves to just DRAW and PAINT as focused and consistently as we can. I learned that the long and hard way. It's not easy, yes. But it's the only way. 

I dunno why I'm talking about this. But these are my thoughts and feeling this very moment. Or maybe because I feel like a crap at doing traditional inking and missed a lot of days for #INKTOBER. I'm trying to catch up though. For now, here's my first entry for Inktober. This was a real struggle. 

Monday, February 16, 2015

Still Life 1/100

I suck at painting! I gotta admit it. I figured I needed to review the basics and all. Bought this tutorial from CtrlPaint about Basic Rendering and it's really cool and worth it. You should check it out!

Here's the piece I did.

By the way, I did the sphere exercises before doing the still life to refresh myself. I'm glad I did it. Took some quick notes. And it's really about breaking down the basic components of light and shadow. Observe and simplify it. 

Here's the little process I did. Not tracing the image trains your eyes to look closely. It pays off in the long run. So I sketched out the reference. And I painted it similar to how I painted the spheres. So directional light first, then the reflected light, and finally I added the occlusion shadows. And some polishing and detailing. Then called it done. Hope this becomes useful to anyone who's still starting out in digital painting. 

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Anyway, gotta practice more!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Master Study 1/100: Thomas Moran, Cliff Dwellers

I'm starting to do master studies. Rules are: 1.No color picking 2. No tracing 3. Use only one brush. It probably looks easy but it's really not. It takes some time to get into. Zoomed out most of the time to get the big shapes and to simplify the colors. This was just a quick one and it looks like a big mess, i know. Will do a more focused and semi-detailed study on the next piece. There's really a lot to learn from these great masters. 

Friday, June 20, 2014


Some experiment with new brushes I bought from Steambot. Lovely brushes. But still, I gotta master the foundations/basics first. Long way to go, but I'll get there. :)

Wednesday, April 2, 2014


Trying to learn a new way of designing and rendering characters. Very much outside my comfort zone. Max here is part of a series of character designs I'm working on. Still lots to learn. Very much inspired by Ryan Lang and Jose Oli -awesome guys!