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I’ve been drawing more than just pencil sketches of people but… that seems to be all I’m posting on my blog lately! Haha. Follow my other social media stuff for more random posts of art I guess. :) This is a sketch of a friend on the subway.

People Watching in Toronto

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Some recent sketches of people in public spaces around Toronto. Mostly on the TTC and in coffee shops.

I didn’t intend to, but my sketchbook is fast becoming a collection of mostly these people creeping sketches. YES because I really hate that sketchbook – the way it’s bound makes it impossible to lay flat in the middle and it annoys me so much having to press so hard when I draw. These sketches are making me burn through the pages pretty fast, I’m almost halfway done. Pretty soon I’ll move on to a new sketchbook I hope.

A bit about these people – Kiro, the guy on the left in the 3rd picture, was the first stranger I’ve drawn that I had to confront because I was drawing them. A lady (in the next drawing) went up and told him I was drawing him while I was leisurely chatting with friends. We made a big fuss in Second Cup and I was so embarrassed lol. But they were all super nice people so it’s all good. (Hi Kiro!)

Ally, girl in the second last drawing, is an engineer like me! I was drawing her until I got to her hand and noticed her Iron Ring. Wasn’t wearing my glasses that day, so it took a lot of staring to make sure it was indeed the Iron Ring, and a lot of courage to eventually walk up to talk to her. Turns out we both graduated the same year, from the same engineering program, but different schools. She was nice and talking to a stranger for no reason was not so daunting after all!

I’ve uploaded more of these people watching sketches on my Facebook page, and will update that album as they come. Here is the link to the album.

Figurative & Portraiture show at Project: Art

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Last Friday, the studio I go to for life drawing held a figure drawing & portraiture art show! It was a fundraiser for the studio space, and these are the 3 pieces I contributed. Each were done at this very studio. This studio is very special to me, my very first life drawing session ever was done here, back in late April 2013. I was mainly looking for Toronto life drawing sessions to do my homework, but even after class ended I continued coming here to draw. It’s a very nice studio space, and a very nice community of artists. It’s great being able to contribute to the studio! The show was also my first group show ever, you can imagine my excitement when I saw my artworks up on the wall! Haha.

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Project: Art is located 230 Queen St West, downtown Toronto.

Were I to dream,

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Portrait of a lady from Humans of New York. Willow charcoal.

Boxhead returns!

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Boxhead is back! With a make-over! (Paint-over?) I’ve been sketching Boxhead drawings but I can’t believe the last time I painted her was 2012. That ought to be fixed.

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Follow my Twitter for random Boxhead sketches that don’t end up being painted!

Sunrise Paintings

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I’ve recently started waking up early in the morning to do some speed plein air paintings of the sunrise. I do these with Procreate on iPad, and each painting takes about 20-30min before the colours and clouds totally change. It’s been about a month, and I’ve created a separate Tumblr to keep track of them, check it out! I won’t be posting all of them here.

http://sunrisepaintings.tumblr.com

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1min poses, conte

1min poses, conte

10min, charcoal

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35min, Procreate on iPad

35min, Procreate on iPad

I took a long break from life drawing… but finally getting back into it! I must admit I had no idea what I was doing for the first few warm-up gestures lol good thing peripheral memory is real! It came back to me eventually, and I’m actually pleasantly surprised by how well the iPad portrait came out. I barely remembered how to use Procreate haha.

Process video of the iPad portrait:

Yellow Roses

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Acrylics, 16″x20″

First post of 2014! I love yellow roses. Palette knife painting again, fun stuff. :)

Winter in 2011

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Experimenting with palette knife painting! It’s surprisingly very fun and spontaneous. Brings out a different mood than my usual stuffs. Looks a lot angrier lol. I also painted faster with a palette knife than with brushes.

The painting is from an old photo I took en route to Mont Tremblant in QC Canada, almost 3 years ago by now. I painted a Summer Afternoon in 2011 on my iPhone before!

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I’m a messy painter, haha.

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The initial painting I made on my iPad looks nothing like this. Portable painting is nice but nothing beats good old Photoshop.

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