Antelope Canyon.

I haven't updated this as much as I could have (my bad!) but I did want to provide a long-needed update on my Antelope Canyon oil painting.

I was inspired by a Momentum wallpaper (seen on the laptop to the right) and wanted to try my hand at the lighting and textures. The first layer was pretty messy, I'll admit, but once I started on the second layer I started experimenting with thin lines to imitate the texture from the photograph. I'm actually quite happy with this and I hope to play with more texture in future oil paintings.

Return to oils.


I am back, hopefully for longer this time. It's really been a while. I just finished my first oil painting in ~4 years. Has it really been that long? I think the last time I remember painting in oil was for an ex-boyfriend.

Anyway, I'm here to update with my latest work, which I'm obsessively proud of because, well, as I mentioned earlier, it's been a while since I touched oils and I'm actually pretty happy with how the painting came out. In the past it was easy for me to look down on my own work because it didn't look exactly like what I was trying to paint/draw. I like to think I've matured a bit and am starting to accept that I have a different style and my work will not always look like the original (whether it be a photograph, another person's work, etc.).

I decided to paint a Magic: The Gathering card for my boyfriend. He loves the game and keeps trying to get me into the game...I am reluctant to play simply because I know how much money an…

Void buddies.

A friend's birthday is coming up, and I was having trouble thinking of something to get for him. So I decided...why not draw two League of Legends champions that he likes to play? If you know anything about the lore, Vel'koz is from the Void and not, but he has a skin that's void-themed! It kind of works out.

This gave me good practice with drawing and using colored pencils as well. I'm pretty pleased with how the sketch came out; the coloring...could've been done better, but I didn't realize that the purple colored pencils have such weird texture and blending properties. I definitely still need work on those. Yellow is easy to work with, though; it blends so well without much effort. Lessons learned.

“I dream. Sometimes I think that's the only right thing to do.”

Drawing by Amy Sol, colored with Prismacolors by me.
I have this little artbook full of little drawings by various artists that I made at the Oakland Museum of California when it had the Super Awesome and Giant Robot exhibit. I wanted to practice using my colored pencils because I've had these Prismacolors for probably close to 10 years, and most of them I haven't even used. Plus, I'm so bad at colored pencils, so why not practice?
Anyway, while looking through this artbook, I discovered a new artist whose art I really like: Amy Sol. This outline was done by her, and I felt like coloring it in to practice. I like the colors used on the main subject, but I think I did get a little lazy on the thing next to the girl. But, it's practice, and I like the direction I'm going. It's refreshing to see different art styles, and I hope that one day I can develop my own.

In the name of the moon...I will punish you!

Pencil sketch with ink overlay.
Erased the pencil lines. I need to work on my inking.
Colored with Prismacolors.
My roommate loves Sailor Moon, so it only makes sense that I would draw her a Sailor Moon card. I didn't take a picture of the final card (with the happy birthday message and stuff, but eh, that's just extra, right?), but you can see the step-by-step process. I wanted to try out my Prismacolors again, though I have no idea how to color with colored pencils so...yeah, the final product looks kind of...meh. It's the thought that counts, though, right?
I'm glad I gave it a shot though; I still want to master colored pencils and watercolors, among other media. I brought all my paints and my canvases and easel back from home to my apartment, so hopefully I'll get a lot more art done. Requests gladly taken!

I also signed up for adult education art classes in the city. Six weeks, three hours each...teaching me the basics of drawing. I hope that this will at least…


Welcome to the new age.
This is it, the apocalypse.

Edit 11.17.13 Okay. It is colored. It is late. I am a bad person. It's always such a relief to paint again, even when I suck at it (I'm so bad at watercolors). Regardless, it lets me get some tension out and I always feel a little better after drawing or painting something. The colors are appropriate for what I've been feeling lately, so I figured...why not finish this one up.
I finally have an idea of what to draw after so many months of not touching pencil to paper. I'm thinking I'll paint this with watercolors. Dark colors on everything except the terrarium. I got this idea after listening to Radioactive, the song by Imagine Dragons. What if we lived in a world that we couldn't breathe in, we could only walk around in gas masks? And the only form of nature was in this tiny little world, sealed from humanity. That's the idea, at least.

Cap'n Teemo.

Riot: Possible new skin idea?
I painted this for my boyfriend's birthday. It's Teemo (a character he played a lot in the game League of Legends when I first started talking to him) as a pastry chef (because that's the boyfriend's area of expertise). Oil paints on an 8"x10" canvas, mostly because I didn't have the time to paint on a huge canvas. At first, I had made the background more of a peach color but then realized that everything in this picture except his pants are pretty light, so I changed the background color to blue.
I have better sketches of this...I think in general my sketches are more in line with what I actually imagined but most of the time when painting it or trying to solidify the concept, it turns out to not be as great as I thought it'd be. To be honest, I was worried that he wouldn't be able to tell what it was. But, he did, so...that's good. Got to work more on these things...or maybe I'll find a more appropriate medi…