Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Working out what works best for myself! - Early August

Hi y'all! I've been busy awhile with my artwork and other odds and ends.  Working on filling up my portfolio in genres that I've lacking recent pieces in.  I got some lingering ideas and DIYs out of the way, I'm also working on some of my social media sites, improving them for promoting myself.  And here I'm sharing some of the samples.
Azeem lectures his genie, 2017
Vector Feather Pattern, 2017
Vector Animals, 2017
Vector Animals, 2017
JULY 21, 2017 - DeSerres @ Danforth & Coxwell
Triangular Sandwich Box Template, 2017
Black Box Easel, recently fixed up, 2017
What I'm hoping to get done very soon is create a bunch of assets that I can sell for some income.  Also getting hired on by a temp agency for some regular income to afford professional promotional materials (my printer won't print in black right now unless it's photo paper which I only got in postcard size) :(.  So I'll be busy doing that and hopefully have some news of my successes soon.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Staying Productive for the Summer - JULY

Well, I'm trying to do more things outside of the house while the weather is mostly pleasant.  Seeing the festival sights and sketching them. Also trying to get some part-time work nearby to keep myself above water while I get thru my current projects and online courses.

I don't know why I have the hardest time getting a job just in this city compare to working illustration jobs over the internet. That's why temp agencies seems much easier to apply for temp work verses getting permanent jobs with big corps; you only have one interview, get hired and then just be assigned job placements without having to always be prepping to sell your skills for each one.  I know that doesn't sound like being a reliable way of living but many people change jobs or even careers throughout their lives. I just need to get my foot inside the door and start making some headway instead of such a slow crawl toward a better lifestyle than forever living with my parents and I know that's not permanent.

Anyways, here's what I done in and out of the house. Feel free to comment on anything here:
Giant Inflated Ducky at HTO Park, Harbourfront.



Tim Hortons' Small Titbits Box




Unknown Foreign CD Tri-Folder Sleeve

Sunday, June 18, 2017

3 Amazing New Works - Pixel Art + Video and Watercolours

In the effort of getting back on track with my artwork, I've been busy making promos in categories that I'm lacking good examples in.  Also I've been busy making more memory room for my computer, especially when I'm making art videos that takes up Gigabytes in my Mac Mini.

First up is the new pixel artwork, Underpass Rain. These are 600 times enlarged from the original file size (108 to 648 px).  I've made it based on a video clip I took on a day trip last fall. It started rainy on me when I pit-stopped at around Dufferin and Queen West and being in the underpass of the railroads' bridge as it was pouring, saw an interesting scene with the bright light, the rain and the creeping plant growth. So I decided to make a pixel art from that clip.

After checking out the works below, there's also an art video demo of Underpass Rain on my Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XvKxZ3jaiQQ

That'll be it for now.  Come back again soon for more new works soon.

Underpass Rain - Wall Background (No Rain) 
Underpass Rain - Final with Raindrops
Underpass Rain - Animated

Oh, and lastly here are a couple of watercolour urban sketches from my recent day trips. Since buying some floral water vials with rubber caps and making wire clips for them to clip to my portable watercolour kit, I've been trying to do more urban sketches with watercolours rather than just colour pens and highlighters.



Thursday, June 1, 2017

A-MAY-ing Sketches & Box Templates

It's been rather eventful this month for me:

  • Strained my left knee while hauling two buckets full of beach pebbles for Civic's old pen, turning it into a garden planter. Probably after buying those strawberry plants and the extra soil.
  • Went to the TCAF - Toronto Comic Arts Festival and bought 4 volumes of Octopus Pie.
  • My brother Jason and my niece Caitlin visited for about 2 weeks; his rowdy, bouncing daughter wanting to always play with me over my parents. Helped her somewhat overcome her fear of pets.
  • Went to another TOUSK Meetup at Berczy Park, sketched the new dog fountain on display.
  • Got a bad stomachache last weekend, making me have to stay in bed about 2 days except for going out to buy antacids.
  • Been catching up on emails, online surveys, book reading, course studies, exercises and miscellaneous after I've gotten better.
So yeah, busy.  I'll be getting even more busy now that I need to get back into my working rhythm. 

Now to show some of the work I've lucky got done over the month:






Vector Template of The Beer Store's Card Stock Carrier




Vector Template of Random Trapezoid Food Box



Sunday, May 21, 2017

TOUSK Meetup Trip - Yorkville Village Mall, Yorkville - Toronto, ON

About once or twice a month, for a few months now, I've been going out to these urban sketching group meet ups.  To do some drawing/doodling and to socialize with other artists or hobbyists.  It gives me another reason to go out for other than exercise and scrap-scrounging.  

Urban sketching is basically drawing/painting an area, with the people, the scenery and all the activities going on. Usually it's drawing on site and from what you're actually seeing happening (you can add colours or any small details from a photo take, along as you started the sketch onsite or not if you're a true purist about it). It's a very popular hobby for anyone with creative skills; it's relaxing, you can capture things in a way that photos can't, and it's an international movement. And all you need is simply a notebook and any writing tool that you carry around easily, extras like watercolours or even a tablet with a drawing app make great add-ons!

If anyone interested, here are some links:

To check out my USK group and all the posted work we share:











Monday, May 8, 2017

Works from the past 2 weeks

Bloomy Sea, 2017
Inked on a gouache illustration board, from my large mural project 
Feathery Skies, 2017
(Added to the post on June 19; forgot to post it up)

Royal Oak @ Queen St East & Willow, 2017

Photo reference of sketch site


Burger Box Replicate (from a McDonald's McChicken Box)