[ Idea a Day 4 – Candy Land Sketch ]

Posted on August 9th, 2013 at 1:37am

I like character development and I often draw backgrounds for fun. So i thought I’d challenge myself today and do a background. Very often I find that backgrounds often taken longer than when I draw characters, probably due to the level of detail I like to have.

I ended up drawing this today. It took me ages just doing the sketch. It’s now just gone 2:30am and now realise that I’m not gonna get it coloured (even roughly) even though I’d started. Often I find that art isn’t about miracles, but a hard slog at times. Even though I’m slightly annoyed I didn’t get the colour it, I also know my limitation… so I’ll finish doing a rough colour tomorrow so hopefully it gives me time to do another idea…. we’ll see =P.

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[ Idea a Day 3 – Teen & girl sketch ]

Posted on August 7th, 2013 at 5:23pm

Sometimes it’s nice to do a simple piece and leave it in sketch form. Maybe one day I’ll go back and line & colour this. I really like character development, to give an unspoken personality and story.

Usually if i’m drawing for myself i start out with a blank page. I tend just to start making shapes on the page with no idea what I’m doing. Then suddenly something will appear in those shapes, a face normally, be that a human, monster, animal etc. From the head the rest just clicks into place. When I was younger I use to get board after just drawing the head, now I’m better at realising a whole figure =)

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[ Idea a Day 2 – Wolf Boy ]

Posted on August 6th, 2013 at 10:15pm

I wanted to explore yesterday’s idea a little more. I feel that I have a story starting to form in my head, though it would prob take a lot more time to explore a fuller story so I might try something new tomorrow. Also experimenting with backgrounds =)

I’m really liking this story a day, it’s forcing me to work quickly without the guilt of perfection. It still is some what daunting looking at a blank page but exciting to see what will appear without restriction.

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[ Idea a Day 1 – Panda Girl ]

Posted on August 5th, 2013 at 10:09pm

After feeling a bit stuck in my work, a friend suggested I try doing an idea a day. I thought it was a great idea so I’m gonna “attempt” to do a drawing a day on the week days and see where it takes me =). What better place to start than with my favourite animal. Was also feeling a bit of a super hero mode.

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[ My New Online Comic – Stray Thoughts ]

Posted on June 14th, 2013 at 2:53pm

Ops meant to update here soon, better late than never =P

In April 2013 the Adopted the Comic project I was working in collaboration officially came to an end. As the last comic was very restricted to the topic of adoption, I did a couple of comics for myself for on different topics. When Adopted the comic came to an end I decided that I should just formalise the new comic and finally lunched my new website at the same time as the end of the old project.

For any Adopted the Comic fans, don’t worry, I will still be doing adoption comics occasionally  and with that in mind that is why I launched the new comics with “Journey”.

So there you have it, Stray Thoughts Comics is born. =)

You can find the website here: www.straythoughtscomics.com

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[ Drawing on Paper ]

Posted on June 14th, 2013 at 11:01am

 

Since I got my graphics tablet all those years ago, I have hardly done any drawing on paper… almost to the point that I doubted I’d be able to draw on paper again so reliant I’ve become on computer. My friends kindly gave me a gift voucher for my birthday this year for an art supplies shop. So out of curiosity I bought some drawing ink, paint brushes, paper and some water colour pencils. Here are a couple of images I did… it fun to have a physical  piece of work for a change, but I doubt I’ll be able to tear myself away from my compter any time soon =P.

 

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[ Learn Thai – Book 1 – by Karine Jones illustrated by Jessica Emmett ]

Posted on March 11th, 2013 at 5:52pm

I can’t believe! The book “Learn Thai – Through Stories, Grammar & Exercises – Book 1″ by Karine Jones has finally been printed and went on sell! It has been a great project.

We started out the project, both having no experience of publishing a book, but armed with Karine’s language skills (I think she knows something like 3+ languages), a thai language consultent and my experiences of drawing online comics/design experiences we set out on our journey.

Karine worked away with the script while I worked on developing the character and story pages. After many months of slog, Karine decided as the book was specialist  that she would go the self publishing route. So I stepped up and took on designing and typesetting the whole book ready for the commercial printers. I also wanted to disprove the misconception that just because a book is self published does not at all mean that the quality of the book compromised.

After months of throwing ourselves into finishing the book, my copy finally arrived in February 2013! =D As someone that has a been a long digital artist I had almost forgotten the feeling of holding an object in your hands.

A lot of lesson have been learnt about the publishing process and it really has sparked some hidden inspiration in me to a point I’m looking to focus on illustration full time =).

You can now buy the book from: kaweepublishing.com
You can see more examples from the book on my [Illustration] page.

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[ Contributor to the book Chosen – Living with Adoption ]

Posted on January 8th, 2013 at 3:54pm

Chosen - Living with Adoption book coverThe few times I have submitted work to adoption compilation books it’s often been visual work. In this case I decided to try something new and submit a written piece despite my unconfident with my dyslexia. The irony is I love to write and feel that I’m a creative person and writing is just another way to express that.

So I was delighted that my submission was excepted a few months ago for the BAAF book by Perlita Harris.

It can be found below:

www.baaf.org.uk/bookshop/book_Chosen
or
www.amazon.co.uk/dp/190758563X

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[ Small Adoption Interviews ]

Posted on March 22nd, 2012 at 9:32pm

As an adoptee, it not surprising that adoption makes a good “story”. It’s hard t decide when and who I do interviews with, cos in the past I have been disappointed with interviews i’ve done in the past. So learning the hard way I’m much more choosey about who and why I do an interview about adoption. I wanted to share two little interviews that I did which have come out recently.

British Association for Adoption & Fostering (BAAF) Blog

BAAF Blogspot websiteI did a short interview for the BAAF blog about being a transracial adoptee which was posed yesterday. It’s really nice to see a big organisation have such an active online presence both with this blog & their social networks.

baafadoption.blogspot.co.uk/2012/03/trans-racial-adoption-from-vietnam-to.html

 

Somewhere Between – a documentary film project

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As part of their Kickstarter funding drive they have edited a small clip of the interview that I did with them at the start of my adoption journey. While i was cut (to my delight as i’m not a big camer person) for the main film, I’m not completely horrified to see myself here and glad that I didn’t say anything too stupid =P. Also it is the first time 1 of the 3 comics specifically commissioned for the film project has been show. Help support this great project by pledging before 11th April 2012 at the link below:

www.kickstarter.com/projects/677091478/somewhere-between-a-documentary-film/posts/192621

Related Links

Related BlogNational Adoption Week Film Competition

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[ Fantasy & Comic vs. Contemporary ]

Posted on March 18th, 2012 at 10:31pm

It’s true, I’m a geek. Every since I was young I loved drawing dragons and made up creatures and I have be often found doodling. Throughout school & into my foundation I was heavily discouraged away from fantasy work and pretty much was told that it wasn’t “real” art. I did end up just falling into line, annoyingly o_O.

This question comes up for me again and again throughout my life. Why are some forms of art seen as more valid then others?

To try and answer, I first ask more questions, the first and most important is, what is art? This is prob. quite a complex question to ask, and if I think about it too long it would prob. start to hurt. But if I go on my gut feeling and say as quickly as possible, I’d say art was the ability to make real thoughts, ideas or concepts through creative making skills. I’m also interested to see what my Apple computer’s dictionary says:

art 1 |ärt|
noun

1 the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power.
• works produced by such skill and imagination.
• creative activity resulting in the production of paintings, drawings, or sculpture.

That was pretty dammed close to what I’d thought art was as well.

I have to admit, coming through essentially an art degree/masters where we were always asked to find something “meaningful” to do art about it, in some ways that process took away some of my child like passion for just creating & making for no other reason then just “because”. Of course I hugely appreciate my education cos it helped me understand the power of art & how to focus that voice into something co-herent. However since leaving uni it has been so rare for me to just sit and create just for fun as I feel guilty for not finding something deep and socially meaningful every time.

It’s taken years to shake off this feeling of having to make “high art” for exhibitions & screenings etc. Don’t get me wrong I still do it from time to time and enjoy it, but my focus has changed from exhibition work to freelance & commercial work. It was a hard transition because I always got the impression through my education that commercial artists weren’t seen as “pure” artists and only in it for the money… it has taken me a long time to shake off that dated and frankly unfounded idea that you can only call yourself a true artist if you have shown your work in X number of galleries, shows, screenings etc or some how been at the forefront of cultural commentary. Also I got the distinct impression from the “Art World” that commercial work is seen as “lesser”.

Finally I’ve been able to reject the idea that commercial art is some how inferior to contemporary art. I also really have gained such a sense of satisfaction and usefulness since doing more freelance work, more than I never came close to as a conceptual exhibition artist.

So here I’m back at my original thought. It’s clear to me that there is a sense of art hierarchies that many people, including creatives themselves have. First it’s the Art world … then the commercial creative/design industry… then right at the bottom is fantasy/sci-fi/comic art. I never have understood why. All my life people in education basically disregarded it as if it was almost medico tack. This is why it shocked me so much to find that the comic I created about adoption (adoptedthecomic.com), which I know isn’t the most skilled illustration, has prob had a bigger and more poignant global impact then identical issues voiced through my “serious” contemporary adoption art work. I see countless impressive, expressive & thought provoking works & illustrations by comic & fantasy/sci-fi artists.

There seems to be such rigid criteria on what constitutes as “art”. Does it matter if a piece is exhibited in a gallery to rave reviews, or fulfils the need of a paying client, or makes someone laugh, or fits into a small demographic? To me it’s all art, different forms and execution platforms of art yes, but none better than the other.

With all this pressure on artists both having to prove their skills and wit on a daily basis, it’s easy to forget the fun in art. After reading a manga (Japanese graphic novel/comic) last night for the first time in ages I was inspired to do just that, art for fun, just for myself but decided to share it above… and yes I proudly call it art! =D

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