January 28, 2010

Snow in New York

It was snowing when I woke up. It's nice if I didn't have to go to work.

January 25, 2010

Progress 2

Some progress made. I will start adding colors tomorrow :)

January 23, 2010

Work in progress

One of things I always wanted to do but didn't execute is to draw an illustration for my grandfather's alphabet poem. My grandfather, who passed away a decade ago, was a chemist who researched about traditional colors in ethnic dresses. Not only he had good eyes for colors, but he also had a talent for writing poems. He loved literatures, especially poems by Goethe, and wrote quite interesting poems during his spare time. Sometime before he died he wrote an alphabet poem in English that truly represented his character, humor, and love for his family.

After holding on to his poems for years I finally took a pencil to start drawing his world. This is the first, but probably not the last illustration for the poem. This will be an experimental illustration. I didn't want to draw things too literal. I had an idea of making the poem into playing cards.

So here it is... the work is in progress, but I'm getting there. Design and composition of cards are inspired by Japanese playing cards called Hanafuda. I will be posting my progress every day from now on. I'm excited!

January 21, 2010

Honey Ginger Tea

I have a new routine of drinking honey ginger tea every day as part of an attempt to improve my body's poor circulation.

January 20, 2010


Thank you, jetlag.

Panda project completed

With small adjustments from yesterday, I finished the panda illustration. It will be 510mm x 360mm on a glossy paper! Yaay :)

January 18, 2010

Panda preview

A sneak preview of my Panda illustration.

January 17, 2010

Back in NY

I'm finally back in New York with a huge jetlag and some new items for the new semester. Murmurbird postings will be in full force from now on...!

January 8, 2010

Pandas in preparation

I was asked to draw pandas. Here's one of sketches I did...I will draw more and decide what to finalize. The only requirement for this drawing is to have pandas in a business meeting with one of pandas say "speak up" to the rest of the group.

January 6, 2010

Visiting Bandai

Today I visited Bandai, a company famous for producing Tamagochi and other digital toys. It was very exciting to see so many fun gadgets and toys...!

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