Painting redo

As stated in my last post, here is a rework of the Baby Mika receiving gifts for walking down the hallway illustration. I basically rebuilt the hallway, this time actually creating a vanishing perspective point. And instead of starting with color, I first painted in black and white values. After that, then I started adding hues. Future note to self: if you’re not going to use layers, start with items in the background first and work your way up to the foreground.


I think the colors, shading, and perspective are more convincing now. But I still feel like the painting could be livened up…. Don’t know how yet. Some day, I would love to be able to add crazy colors and make really beautiful moody scenes. At work, we have a guy currently producing mood paintings for the renderers. I tried. I sucked. I did some research online. There are some amazing concept and viz dev artworks. The ones I took interest in used really vibrant lighting and colors…. I don’t even know where they came from in the scene. But they looked delicious.


The Adventures of Baby Mika #1: Mika receives gifts while walking down the hallway

Earlier this week, the Baby Mika chat group posted a photo of four random items: a Hello Kitty keychain, a paper hat (or boat?), a flamingo puff ball, and a 100 Thai baht bill. The description: “Mika’s gifts that she received while walking down the hallway and back.” So I speculated…


This is an example of a painting with bad colors. And perspective. A good example will soon be in progress and will be posted when I have succeeded.


Happy 2017!


Thought I’d start my first post of the new year with a fun family moment. When I became a yee-yee (which is Cantonese for “aunty from your mother’s side”), I had no idea how interesting it would be observing little humans grow up.

Here’s my nephew again, perhaps revealing a slight grudge, or trying to discipline me, for not allowing him to leave the bedroom to rewind a dvd, aka “pressing triangles.”


For context, his mother was on a conference call in the living room by the TV and needed it quiet…

Coming up next: the quickest transition from laughing joyously to crying in distress! Stay tuned!


Interpret the pasta sauce smear


A fun twist on the Rorschach test, don’t you think?

I saw Phoenix:


Blendo saw a robot penguin within the pasta bits:

My sister sees a… mohawk shadow king creature holding an octopus?


So, what do YOU see??