Tuesday, December 30, 2008

sketchbook 12/30/08

While drawing the chess pieces, I had Helvetica, the documentary playing and it inspired me to render the names of the chess pieces in this timeless typeface.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Saturday, December 27, 2008

sketchbook 12/27/08

Had a Boxing Day dinner at my dad's place with family. Too much good food had the usual effects on everyone and as a result, I caught my brother in-law snoozing and my sister lazing after dinner.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

IF: voices

This week's submission for Illustration Friday.

I had three objectives for this drawing. The first being to fulfill the Illustration Friday theme. Second to do a self portrait, because I'm really not good at drawing portraits. (You could see some sketches of self portraits I did in my sketchbook here). Third, to integrate my my pencil drawing with Photoshop rendering techniques. (Not too sure it went smoothly).

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

sketchbook- 12/23/08

I'm not very good at drawing portraits so I thought I'd practice with my own face. I've been doing one drawing of my face for the last 4 days and not one of them looks like me. It's nice though to see the the different ways I've drawn myself over a four day span.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Sunday, December 14, 2008

sketchbook- 12/14/08

A spread from my sketchbook. I really wanted to pack images into this spread.. and perhaps I'll do it for a few more spreads.

Friday, December 12, 2008

1/8 of my bedroom.

Drawn from my bed.
I find whenever I draw with this micron 03 pen, it lends itself to a looser way of drawing. I like the effect that it has on this drawing and also the definitiveness it gives to it.

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

IF: similar

After years of wearing the same pair of running shoes, each shoe has acquired similar wear characteristics.

Monday, December 08, 2008

My first PSD illustration.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

IF: balloon(s)

It's been a while since I used watercolour and so I thought it'd be nice to jump back into this medium with this week's IF theme.

Thursday, November 27, 2008


The pressure of drawing on the first page (or in this case the second) of a new sketchbook! Should it be in pen, pencil, watercolour, charcoal? oh the choices. It turned out cramming the spread with images was more important than the medium to get over "first page" jitters.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Wajima Kiriko t-shirt

A friend asked me to illustrate a new image for his taiko group. This is the result.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

my kitchen…

Things I made in my kitchen: soba salad, soba, PB&J sandwich, tofu croutons, pizza, chicken adobo (need more vinegar next time), vegetable stock, baked chicken wings,
scrambled eggs, over easy eggs, vegetable chow mein, split pea soup,chicken noodle soup,toast, spinach salad, salad, raspberry vinaigrette, white wine vinaigrette, pasta, tomato sauce, risotto,baked potatoes, roast chicken, feta eggplant melt, cheese omelette,steam salmon fillet, tuna sandwich, fried rice, regular brown rice,guacamole, steamed tofu, spam sandwich, spam tempura, spam omelet.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Monday, September 15, 2008

Dirty Bird

A willful reaction to all the rationalized "design" I do during my 9-5 job.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Thursday, March 06, 2008

I.F. Leap

My contribution to this week's Illustration Friday's theme of "Leap".

As I produce more and more drawings, I find I'm a doodler by nature and it's pretty evident in this drawing. A lot of the rough, sketchy marks are still present and again, this was produced with a papermate pen on some paper destined for the recycling bin in my office. My little contribution to the green movement.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

I.F. multiple

Inspired by another boring day at work.

Thursday, January 31, 2008

I.F. Tales and Legends

The beginnings of a Tale and a Legend.

It's been a slow few days at work and I thought I;d chip away at this weeks I.F. theme. I realize I'm a doodler by nature so using a fine point papermate pen was the perfect medium for this drawing.

So many thoughts running through my head while coming up and executing this drawing.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Slow day at work…

These drawings resulted from having nothing to do at work today.
This is what's around me in my cubicle.

A while ago, I read about an illustrator who was excessively anal with his drawings and would take him days or weeks to complete one of them. I tend to be that way as well, so I thought the "workday" would be a nice time framework for me to complete as many drawings as i could! Also, I used a staedtler permanent fine tipped marker for my drawing so that there would be no erasing and the marks tended to be a bit more looser as well, I found with this particular medium.

each piece is not that great on it's own, but I thought it'd be better in a mosaic format.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

January 20

Really cold weekend and I was hibernating for most of it.
But I got stir crazy this afternoon and decided to go to the local Starbucks for a coffee and a bit of on site sketching. By the time I finished sketching, it was evening and I wanted to fill in the window area with a solid colour. Used the last remnants of my coffee to do so instead of cross hatching.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Dr.Sketchy's-January 14

Went to my first figure drawing session in a while. It was nice to get the rust out of the ssytem, but as usual, it seemed I only loosened up at the end of the session. Great model: Chantal Fry. A figure skater.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Saturday, January 12, 2008

January 11

Didn't Sketch yesterday and actually felt crappy because I didn't. That's a good sign! Must be equivalent to a runner who missed out his daily jog and didn't get his runner's high!

So here's my next installment. Another weekend has rolled around and hopefully I'll get a chance to sketch at my local coffee shop!

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

January 8

My abode. Ma casa. Watashi no uchi desu. Chez Wil. Mia Casa. My house. This is where I have lived for the last year and a half. A basement situation that has slowly grown on me (although a bit more natural light would be nice, thank you!).

Started this sketch from the right side, and you could see that the lines were quite hesitant but slowly loosened up as I worked towards the left.

So that's it and just barely got it in!

Monday, January 07, 2008

January 7

The wall was hit pretty early on in the sketch. Need to work beyond it, but I'm just too tired right now.
Hopefully it'll be better tomorrow.

The main objective to this page was to get an even watercolour wash. Not successful. ughhh.

Sunday, January 06, 2008

January 5 + January 6

Well started my new sketchbook and I had a bit of stage fright on the first page.
My dad's plants (January 5) and laundry-mat (January 6)

Saturday, January 05, 2008

January 4

It's already feeling like an assignment: doing ONE drawing for everyday of January. Will do it anyways. However, it's the first weekend of January and hopefully I'll draw a lot more than just one per day and will have a number of drawings to choose from to to scan in for the following two days.

The hand drawing marks the end of one sketchbook and the starting of a new one. Slightly excited about that. (Call me geek)

Friday, January 04, 2008

January 3

Technically I finished the pen drawing portion at 12.34am and added all the extra stuff later this morning. So I broke my new year's resolution already.

Why does it take me so long to draw? Am I anal? yes. for one, I'm not particularly good at drawing circles in perspective. It's right up there with drawing a really good hand...

Uploaded are the raw image as well as a slightly modified one.

Thursday, January 03, 2008

January 2

To try to fulfill one of my resolutions, I broke out the sketch book last night after a tiring, yet invigorating, aikido class (side bar: my sensei wooping ass). I had sleep on my brain but instead I sat down for the next bit and concentrated on my "still life". Needless to say, I didn't want to break my 2008 resolution so quickly, so here's my first installment to sketching everyday.

I've looked back at some of my sketches and everyone had to be pristine and finished to some level. No doubt, with some of the sketches that i'll be drawing, they won't meet this subconscious standard I have for myself and that's probably a good thing. It might even lead to a development in style, something that I've wanted to happen since university.

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

2008 resolutions…

#1. Add more posts to my blog, which means draw more.
#2. Draw something everyday, be it a doodle on a napkin to a full blown piece to everything in between.
#3. get a new day job.
#4. clean my apartment on a regular basis
#5. eat healthier.
#6. spend a bit more time with dad.

Everyday Objects 2

The Swiss Army knife was invented by Karl Eisner in 1891. Eisner was inspired to create a tool for the Swiss Army that was not manufactured by Germans, so he set out to produce a Swiss knife for the Swiss Army.

The first knife he made was called the “Soldier’s Knife,” which featured a wooden handle and a variety of tools including a blade, a screwdriver and a can opener. Later Eisner created a revised version of this knife that featured two blades instead of just one. Eisner needed another spring for the second blade, which also made room for him to add more tools such a corkscrew.