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Watercolor plein air landscapes throughout SoCal

Sometimes, I think about restarting my blog over fresh and new, and I never do it, because I know that I’ll just forget to post as much to it like with this one. Since I all ready have history on here, I thought I’d come back again. I considered posting also, on the new blog I created with friends: Chromatonik, but find that this is more Tannie-like and personal.

What have I been doing since my last post? Practicing much more with watercolors. I guess ever since I was given free watercolors, and that my collection keeps building, I am using them much more. But also, watercolors are easy to do plein air painting with.

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This was a sketch painting at Turnbull Canyon in Whittier/Hacienda Heights in the 27th of April 2014. One of my faves from 2014.

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Here’s another watercolor sketch from last year in December at Palomar Mountains Observatory. Here, I am trying to move away from using ink outlines and just watercolor paint only.

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This one below is from a park near Escondido. I’m not sure which, I just asked my boyfriend to take me to a park nearby that is scenic. (He was very bored of course. It is very hard to date a non-artist, they don’t see what you see.) This was done in April of this year.

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This last one is from a park near my house. Shady Maple Park. Murrieta. It’s a very large field of grass where families can take their kids to play baseball/softball, and a play area for smaller kids with swings and park benches. But this is probably the backyard of one of the neighbors. Suburban sketching, let’s call this.

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There’s more to show, but can’t really upload it all right now. I have much more to learn from being outside. Another thing I would like to happen is actually more complex paints. The paints I’ve been using are color pencil watercolors, and whatever I can carry without carrying my entire supply arsenal. So my travel colors are rather dull because I use an outdated children’s palette (but I like it because if I put a color down, it lifts easily for sketching, and I can think more as I practice).

Most was done in the spring months because it’s not too hot outside, and not only bearable, but beautiful weather in California. But by summertime, it gets blazing hot, and I burn in the sunlight easily. I burned this year going to San Diego Comic Con, standing in line in an outside venue for a few hours… 😦 However, it looks like good weather is coming back to SoCal this year is 2016. Is it because of El Nino in the early winter, or the oncoming El Nina? The weather is still tipsy turvy, one week its in the 90ºF – 100ºF (plus!) and then down to 70ºF-80ºF. I think it will be like that for this week, but I’m too busy to go outside. We’ll see about October.

I keep thinking about bringing oil paints on my trips, but that is a thought for the future. There’s a lot of things to rearrange for oil paints, and drying time is different.

Art is always a continuous endeavor for me… I guess because for some reason, I feel like ever since I left to live at home and do online schooling, my skills dropped. I continuously faced critique from many instructors saying how my painting skills were terrible. It was true, and for some reason, I felt like I didn’t have enough classes to teach me even more fundamentals. So it’s been up to me to keep learning how to perfect my painting abilities. The critiques I’ve gotten over the course of my schooling still stay with me, and I guess, has been a catalyst to keep getting better at painting, and other things such as perfecting colors or shape recognition.

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Shinhan Premium Watercolors test

Hello!

Finally got around to testing out the tubes of Shinhan premium water color.

A little bit about Shinhan water colors:

ShinHan Water Colors exhibit strong transparency and brilliance. The uniform spread of our water colors leaves no hard lines at the edges of washes. Designed with accurate formulas, ShinHan Water Colors have excellent intermixing and overlapping properties that allow artists to work with a wide range of techniques.

ShinHanArt provides three major Water Color lines ­ PWC, Extra Fine Artists Water Color, Artists’ Water Color and SHAMI Water Color.

PWC, Extra Fine Artists Water Color
PWC, Extra Fine Artists Water Color is crafted with the highest quality pigments and the finest high-grade gum Arabic. To enhance
the clarity and depth of color, single-pigments have been used whenever possible and the usage of mixed pigments has been limited.
Using single-pigments, water colors are less prone to fading and the consistency of colors are improved. PWC offers exceptional clarity and transparency that artists desire, along with superior lightfastness to resist fading. PWC is ideal for spread techniques and color overlapping, bringing out the best in water color paper. The color palette offers a total of 84 colors that are transparent and subtle, yet intense and
vibrant, allowing for an even greater freedom of expression.

  • 84 very pure and exuberant colors
  • Carefully selected, fine pigments
  • High-grade gum Arabic vehicle
  • Highest degree of lightfastness
  • Maximum degree of transparency
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15 mL tubes

They’re a Korean based company, and they’re specialty is color luminosity, and quality paint products. They also have a line of markers called Touch markers, which is pretty much similar to Copic — I will be doing a review of this later also.

Here’s a test page. So basically, I was testing to see the luminosity and opacity/transparency. The paper I used is Arches Natural White, Cold Press, 140lb. Overall, I’ve found them to be quite transparent able to retain good luminosity on the white of the paper. The only other test is time, which is lightfastness, but that’s really something I’m going to put off doing. But as I visited their booth at Comic Con, I met Mrs. Han, who showed me a demo of the markers, a picture from a couple of years ago – maybe 5 years? She’ll have to correct me on that… I can’t remember! 😛 — well, least to say, the colors in the markers remained the same. I think its safe to assume their watercolors, being professional quality is exactly the same.

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So the top ones are the Shinhan paints. I really can’t do a color comparison it feels like, because sometimes there are so many pigment names and color variations, each company names them differently; there’s no one unified name. And sometimes one red can be totally different from another red. It really comes down to what pigments each company uses. But I picked colors to compare that best matched as much as possible. On the left side, I tested what they looked like charged together, and then when you add alcohol to it.

I think these are pretty bright paints. I can definitely see that my Reeves Pthalo Blue is the most opaque, because it shows up on top of the black line. But the rest of the other paints are rather transparent over the black line (which is India Ink). And then the Van Gogh Permanent Blue Violet is the next most opaque. This one matched with the Shinhan Permanent Violet, is a lot more blue-ish in hue. Although all the Shinhan paints were really hard to scrub out of the paper after applying a lot of water, it could just be that most of the time, cool pigments tend to stick much more. So these pigments are quite permanent, as in the paints didn’t wash off so easily; the blue was the least difficult to lift off. And the not sure because of the brand, Reeves, but the Pthalo Blue lifted off really easily. So, but this brand is normally really easy to lift off… I like it for when I’m starting out a painting and can apply colors on top gradually. (As you are painting in watercolor, the opposite method of painting versus oil applies — you paint from lights to darks. But with oil colors, you paint from darks to lights.) I know the manganese Blue by Windsor isn’t as dark as Peacock Blue, but they were similar in hue so I just put it next.

I did this chart back in 2009 and probably need to update it again, as I have much more paint colors now and want to swap out for my better quality stuff. But normally, this is similar to what I did up there. I just wasn’t as thorough — I didn’t test how each of the other paints would react when mixed together — but that is for another free weekend.

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I also tested them alongside colors that I all ready own. So the best watercolor brands I had before this, currently is Windsor and Van Gogh. I started off with Reeves and Grumbacher – these were hand-me-downs from my sister’s bestie, so she was a designer, but she didn’t need them anymore. So lucky me, I got to inherit them along with some other nifty art supplies. But they didn’t really give me particularly rich colors, I started off with using them in the class room. And have since added more to my collection, so I’m happy I got these Shinhan pwc’s to add to it also. 🙂

Here is a video demo of me painting with the three colors:

Finished painting:

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I made the mistake of adding too much alcohol and that made me unable to lift off anymore of the watercolors… so I had to add white back in with white paint. I did extra touch ups with the white paint after the video as well.

I think overall, I’m very impressed with the colors, really nice and really saturated. I hope they’re products get a little more attention. If you’re trying to find a retailer for the paints, DickBlick’s online store and Jerry’s Artarama online store also sells it. As for finding the retail location, you may have to get in touch with Steven Berman at steven.berman@shinhanart.com and I think he’ll give you more info.

Hope this review was helpful! I hope I’m not missing anything else that people might be curious about, if so, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment. Thanks for reading. :>

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San Diego Comic Con International 2014

San Diego Comic Con has been a really wonderful and amazingly awesome experience. As a first-time goer, there was tons to do, with little time for rest. And I’ve been to my fair share of conventions. I’ve been going to Anime Expo since 2006 on and off up til the present, as well as to E3 this year and last year (which was amazing when I first went but has since dulled this second year), and then to some smaller conventions such as ALA, AM^2, and APE, and big ones like CTNX, GDC, WonderCon. Least to say, this is really my most favorite convention ever. All the other conventions seemed to lack something, but honestly, SDCC seems to have a lot of things to make up for anything that it does not have. There’s just so much content, you’ll never have nothing to do. Anime Expo this year was extremely crowded, and for the first time, reached max capacity. That was a surprise. A very bad surprise. As there was very little content, even if you find that a panel has been completely reached capacity, you’re left with nothing to do. I got frustrated and bored, or maybe it was because I’ve been going to it for so long that there’s nothing interesting about it anymore? Dilemma. My only reason for going is social obligations to friends. However, I’m not going to get completely into this, as Comic Con has some of the most fanatical fans ever (overnight camping just for a panel?!) but even if there was a panel that was completely full, there’s still plenty to do inside the convention and outside of it.

For me, there was a lot of firsts. Initially it was very scary for me, as I am prone to getting lost and feeling extreme anxiety when I can’t visualize where I am. But I got over that learning curve pretty fast, like trying navigate around the city to find good parking. I got super excited on Saturday when I found great parking spots at a reasonable price — if thursday and friday weren’t so awesome, I would have been pretty pissed at having to pay $30 for parking for only 10 hours per day. That’s almost more bad than LA during Anime Expo…my wallet was quite sad, but you cannot imagine my inner triumph on Saturday and Sunday. Ha-ha! And also how tired I was at having to wake up early just to snag good parking. Least to say, I can check this convention off my bucket list. But I will hopefully be returning next year and with another buddy. I do things by myself quite often, and I don’t mind meandering alone down the exhibit hall and exploring by myself as this is something that I a relish, but sometimes, its just nice to share in that experience with someone else who is a comrade in your adventures — especially, with something like Comic Con. There’s a point where you’re just standing in line and you’re taking pictures by yourself, but then you see someone behind have a fun group photo, and you wish deep inside, “Darn, I wish my friend was here with me.”

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I liked all the different booths though! This one is from the Outlanders booth for Starz. 😀

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Also, can’t not be without an Adventure Time pic. :>

But in any case, I got a lot of productive things done, so going by myself was really more for expanding positive business connections.

I sacrificed watching the Once Upon a Time panel to get my portfolio reviewed by Nickelodeon, and hopefully, I’ll get around to applying now that I’m feeling much more confident about my portfolio. I’d been working extremely hard the following year to make a lot of new content. Such as my Bearskin project, which has been very positive as dark as it is — I recently got it published with Oxford University Press for their Kaboodle educational textbook — and getting around to designing Zetes von Boreas, the Harpy ship captain. Sometimes, I feel like I haven’t made much progress at all, but I had the opportunity to reflect a lot as I organize my portfolio pieces, that I’ve actually done a lot. However, this certainly won’t stop me from creating because there is just SO many ideas that I’ve yet to do. It is rather unfortunate that I never got around to pitching for Nickelodeon as I originally intended. There was a lot of factors on the days before the convention, and time simply ran out, but I am always working on my next story, so this isn’t too much of a problem. Hopefully, I’ll be much more prepared for the next opportunity that pops up.

I feel like I’m constantly busy, and after not being busy for a good while, its a very good change. I wish I could show off accompanying videos for my recent freelance stuff with Free Range Studios, but I think they’re not yet released, so I don’t really want to toot any horns while of my past projects may be still under radar.

But anyway! I’m also super excited that I got to meet some of the members of Girls Drawin’ Girls finally!

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I did not once feel bored helping out at the booth and in fact, loved talking with my booth buddies. They’re awesome! I don’t know why its so much easier to help someone else sell, but I have trouble selling for myself at these things. ahahah… >_>

We had a very successful show at the Chuck Jone’s Gallery on Thursday night last week during Comic Con. Linda Jones, who the daughter of Chuck Jones was there doing signings. Pretty rad.

I got an awesome autograph from Dave McKean! He drew in my sketchbook. I wish he signed my name too, but I felt like these news reporters just butted in and he ended up having to rush the sketch in the end. :\

It was cool anyway. I’m really horrible though, as I knew I was supposed to really like him, but I could not for the life of me remember why. And then when I got home, it hit me that he did the covers for Sandman, which I looooove. I wish I cosplayed as Death that day… hahaha ..I also wish I had more to say to him when I saw him too.

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The perks of going to SDCC is the fact that all the biggest artists in the industry usually come to these events, so I’m really lucky I got to see Stephan Martiniere and purchase a print. I actually had barely any time to visit all the artists as the exhibit hall was HUGE, and there were so many events happening all at once. It was difficult to walk through at times as well due to the humongous crowds. I need to find some space on my inspiration board to pin it up. I feel like when I pin up something I aspire to, it usually helps me visualize.

It was also great seeing all the creator content too, I like to see how the new age artist revolution is doing with all these independent projects in artist alley and small press booths. Going once really is not enough to fully immerse yourself, I feel like maybe a 2nd time will actually complete the experience. I feel like I need to go to all the creator content panels as I only got to see 2 or 3, one of which was how to get into the Gaming Industry. I really love hearing stories on how it all worked out for the people working in their creative fields.

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I’m a huge TMNT fan.

As a newbie, it was all very overwhelming each day. My feet hurt, and my right knee as well after preview night and thursday — really wasn’t used to all the walking, since I’ve been a lot less active lately. In the end, I took the bus pretty much whenever I could. But sometimes, the streets were so crowded, it was hard to do.

But no pain no gain?

The night still had fun things to do, but as the days wore on, I felt much less inclined to stay out late, and much more eager to go home as early as possible to sleep and wake up early for the next day. I think next year, I will attempt to obtain a hotel room at a reasonably closer distance so I don’t have to wake up too early… 😛

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I also got to connect with the president of ShinHan Art, and his wife, a really nice Korean woman, which I am pretty excited to test out as soon as I am not too busy with my freelancing. I will be writing a full review on the markers that I bought and comparing it with Copic markers — they’re basically very similar marker products so we shall see~! I’m also going to be testing out the watercolors shown here too, so yeahhh I’m pretty excited. 🙂

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42nd World Wide Sketchcrawl

Ultimately, I had a pretty great time! It was the first time I went into Olde Town Temecula. Main Street is incredible tight and busy. There is only one narrow street, a lot of street parking, and a ton of shops. It had a very old western feel to it. There was a lot of construction going on however. They are apparently building some town homes around the area.

I decided to finally whip out my Canson Watercolor booklet that I hadn’t used yet. It’s a 140lbs and it’s not a block, but there wasn’t too much warping. I also finally got around to using my water-filled brushes and watercolor pencils outside. But now, I realized that the pencils aren’t good for covering large areas quickly, so I may be looking for a mini, travel palette/tray to carry around in the future.
I wasn’t planning on buying anything, but I happened to stop by a crystal and meditation shop. I couldn’t help but purchase some stones. I would have loved to have found this place earlier I think. I would have bought some smudge sticks too, but I feel like nowadays, I don’t feel any negative energy around me, so there isn’t really a use for them anymore. In any case, I didn’t want to go shopping for too long, although there was a lot of gift shops and little knick knack stores all around including a few American places to eat. There was restaurant and lounge area that I came across with a man singing some classic songs from the 50s (I think) – He sounded like Frank Sinatra! I thought it would be interesting to sketch him. He kept saying to people outside, “Yes, I’m really singing!” Although, I must say, some people are pretty dense. There was an old man who kept standing in front of me even after I moved spots…. ._. I don’t get it.

I started off painting in watercolor, but for the 2 vertical images, I went with marker because it was much faster and easier.

I think one thing I found incredibly annoying were the cars revving up and down the street. It was so very loud and distracting… I think I’ll keep that in mind for the future. The noise was disorienting whilst I was happily sketching and painting. There’s a ton of bikers who come down here with their cohorts and such. Lots of families as too. I really wanted to get a scorpion lollipop, but maybe next time… 😛
Eventually, I wasn’t prepared for the windy weather, it got too cold for me to continue drawing… so I’m a bit sorry the last sketch came out a little half-assed! But it would have been a great shot too if the sun hadn’t gone down so quickly also. I blame that on my friend who kept texting me… >_> Momentary distractions. I really can’t help my attention span sometimes. But overall, I’m glad I decided to go outside today, the weather was mostly awesome in the morning and afternoon time.

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Saturday 25 January 2014 · 20:00

Top Favorite Artists: John Singer Sargent

I feel that for some reason, I’m always forgetting who my favorite artists are. Especially, the classic/master artists, so I’m just gonna start posting them… Just haven’t really produced any art lately though, sort of happens when you get in a sort of funk and life gets in the way and a ton of other silly things to worry about that I wish didn’t even have to think about.

John Singer Sargent

is an American artist but has actually spent more time in Europe in his entire life. He’d studied art in Paris, and was a prolific portrait painter of his time. However, he practiced a lot of landscape and other subject matters as well as his portraits and worked en plein air, which literally means “in the open air.” It is a French phrase that means painting outdoors.

One of the great things that I love about his style is that it is very loose and yet, very realistic. He has an almost “tight” but “loose” kind of style, that most art students envy. I mean, other than saying he’s just fantastic and I wish I could paint like him, it is worth it in my opinion to study almost his works since he has such good control over his technique. He is a master of both oil paint and watercolor, which I think is pretty amazing simply because these two mediums are complete opposites of each other. I think this style is very similar to Velasquez who also paints with loose brush strokes. It is because the works are actually quite large, however, if one were to zoom into the picture, one can see the individual brushstrokes.

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Self-portrait

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The Daughters of Edward Darley Bolt

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Gassed

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Carnation Lily Lily Rose

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Karer See, watercolor

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Spanish Dancer

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Empress WIP 2

So I think this is the longest I have been without updating and stressful things keep popping up. But, I’m finally working on painting my Empress because 1) I have time now that it is winter break (ohmygah its my last one…), and 2) she was look at me so beguilingly, how can you refuse?

I’d say another 4 or 5 hours of painting.

And, an artsy photo:

I don’t know why there is a check box in WordPress that says, “This post is super-awesome” but I always check it when I remember. 😀 hehehehe….

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Humor me

Dog Bite

I think that my comic instructor is predjudice against anime/comic style.  Doesn’t like reducing people’s features to exaggerated shapes, likes squares and circles. Even the module said that it’s okay to have to go toward that style. Ugh… I’m a little iffy now, standard is what everyone goes for, but eccentric styling is not. I now realize, that I could be at odds with what that means…. I find it a little disconcerting that my pencil has to match exactly what a pen is suppose to do. If you’re going to erase the pencils, then the style should be how it is drawn. I kind of regret taking this class, but if I hadn’t taken it, I would not have been made to see things this way before. How disappointing.

Some of my watecolor labs from the past weeks. Illustration 2 is so hectic.. it sucks. :[ Work is neverending!

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2 projects down, 5 more to go!

  1. Illustration 1: editorial for video game addiction
  2. Illustsration 1: editorial for liv tyler
  3. Illustration 1: Eragon picture redo
  4. Head and Hands 1: Exercise 14 open media
  5. Head and hands 1: Self-portrait, charcoal
  6. Intro to Painting, figure: Final 1
  7. Intro to Painting, figure: Final 2

And then some discussions for History of illustration. I’m suppose to be done with all essays for that. Phew… thank god. My instructor was smart to do it a week earlier.

The self portrait won’t be due till the 12th, the second part of my figure painting final is due the 14th, and  everything else is due on the 11th.

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Some girl, I tried to do exaggerated color. Her body is a good example of an S shape, very curvy. I like it, and also the fact that it seemed really easy to paint her for some reason. Her face, needs work though. It was weird because you’re looking up, so its this weird angle… need to fix. I forgot to add credit that this model can be found on characterdesigns.com.

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I don’t know this model’s name even though I draw him so often. I tried my hands at watercolor. I did a drawing in watercolor pencils and then I painted over it. Need to work on some edges though. I always though I sucked with watercolor, but if you actually buy it from the real tubes and not the crappy palette ones they sell to kids, it is possible to add layer. I found that incredibly amazing. I always thought you should work fast because when watercolor goes on, its hard to take off on paper. Could be a different for canvas, haven’t tried, but maybe I should. Most mediums, there should be thought and care put into your picture. I’m always finding this. With this medium it’s watery, you kind of lose some colors, or brilliance. I don’t think that it is possible to make incredibly saturated colors.

Not feeling very talky about the usual games and other non-related geeky things I like, but I just visted my old xanga. I think, I sense my self-conscious and insecure self in the way I wrote. It’s …uh… very pessimistic sometimes, and very sad-sounding. I was such a melancholy person in high school. I’m debating whether I should delete it completely. I changed my real name and everything. So employers shouldn’t find me. 😀 I also felt very bored while reading it too. For some entries, it was funny, then others, it’s like, I’m just talking about my day to day and some self-bashing, and some random garble. God, I’m sorry to myself and to my old readers. Haha….

I’m not feeling well at the moment because in my desperation to munch on something today, I made tea….. with milk. Why do I do that even though I’m intolerant? I was bored I guess… needed a break. I’ve been painting for 2 days anyways. Yes, the painting up there exceeds 6 hours, its more like… 10 – 12 hours? I could have imagined one more hour to fix her face though.

But I’m so proud of myself! I feel like I have so much time even though it’s finals. I’ve been a good girl and doing work and it feels good to not scramble to get something done for once. I have 5 projects left, but 3 aren’t too bad and are due in 2 days, and the others are a little after. Should be plenty of time. Pheww……….

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