First paper cutout project complete!!

I finally finished my first paper cut out project and I find the process soothing!! 

I will continue to try out paper as a medium to see if this is something worth pursuing in a long run!  

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I especially really like the flowers I did here. I was pleasantly surprise by how they turned for I literally had no experience making them!

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I am trying out paper cut out for the first time to see if this is a medium I would like to use for the future. There are so many amazing artists who use this medium to add more depth and variety to their creation.

To make sure I dont waste my papers I did a draft first in photoshop

In memory of one of my favorite places on earth! Scotland, isle of skye, Old man of Storr!

I absolutley adore the scenery and the hike! I cannot wait to go back again. 

我決定嘗試用卡片紙創作出一些作品, 看紙張是不是適合我的風格。為了見少浪費紙張的機會,我現用Photoshop打了草稿 然後照草搞去著色紙。

為了紀念我世界上最喜歡的蘇格蘭我照著我的記憶畫出我當時去的地方

我非常喜歡當下爬山見到的風景,我期待能再回去的一天!

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As you can see, it is absolutely not done but I am looking forward to the end product!!!

雖然還未完成, 但我等不及看完成品!

New Gig!

Hello guys, Stephanie here.


As some of you might know…I GOT A GIG with a Japanese company!

I will be the illustrator of this Japanese company, called Beauty Upgrade, that produces online magazines for Taiwanese young adults!

Below is the link to their beautiful website.  I will to be one of the contributors to its elegance.

https://beauty-upgrade.tw

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The online magazine mainly talks about beauty products, fashion food and entertainment. My job is to do illustrations for one of their writers, Alice, who writes about “Imperfect Ladies”.

As I was reading through her proposal, I realized her description of an “Imperfect Lady” is very relatable to me. It will be like drawing my own day-to-day life!

A few days ago I gave Alice a few sketches of what I have drawn based on her proposal, and her feedback made me happy:

“your concept is really entertaining, especially the characters who look very happy. My original imagery of these “Imperfect Ladies” would be a bit more lonely, etc. but I really like your concepts!”


This is all I can tell you for now, but more info to come in the future!

Crocodilie the Desperate Actress4 絕望的女演員可口蒂莉

有幾隻小貓咪決定不管如何都要學游泳. 但是他們一直連漂浮也學不好. 你能幫忙嗎?

有幾隻小貓咪決定不管如何都要學游泳. 但是他們一直連漂浮也學不好. 你能幫忙嗎?

可口蒂莉:好啊好啊,我可以幫忙  小女孩:太好了!快跟我來!

可口蒂莉:好啊好啊,我可以幫忙

小女孩:太好了!快跟我來!

真的超開心你可以幫忙

真的超開心你可以幫忙

我們試了很久但是這些小貓咪們就是學不會!

我們試了很久但是這些小貓咪們就是學不會!

奇怪的是這些小貓咪們無論如何都想學游泳.即使他們漂浮不起來.所以我們真的很想幫助這些小貓咪們

奇怪的是這些小貓咪們無論如何都想學游泳.即使他們漂浮不起來.所以我們真的很想幫助這些小貓咪們

我們真的很開心你…

我們真的很開心你…

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你在幹嘛?

你在幹嘛?

可口蒂莉的精神病到底會如合發展呢?請期待!

The little frustrated boy 自信受挫折的男孩

As many of you may have known that I am currently working as a live-in nanny to pay my bills. There are three kids I take care of and the middle kid is a boy.

不少人知道我目前為了養活自己以一個三個孩子的保母賺錢

Some mornings ago he was practicing on the piano I could hear the method he used was not productive. After 15 mins of practicing in an unproductive manner he ended up in frustration and tears.
前陣子家中的老二獨自練習鋼琴時一邊沒耐心又沒效率的在鋼琴上敲打。想當然要不了多久他便受了挫折,一邊哭一邊說會趕不上學校的表演會

When I walked out of my room I saw the boy was sobbing and his dad was comforting him. The boy was crying over not having enough time to prepare for the talent show at school. Then the family was comforting him by telling him that they don’t expect him to play extraordinarily good but to do his best.  Then, due to the time constraint I had to bring the sobbing boy to school.

當我走出房間準備送孩子們上學時看到全家人為在喪氣的小弟弟身邊鼓勵和安撫他:我們沒有要你出類拔萃,我們只要你盡你得所能



While his older sister was trying to comfort him in the car…as much as I wanted to stay uninvolved due to his negative experience practicing piano with me..…I realized I had to say something to encourage him…not only because his sister just said something really unhelpful unintentionally..but most importantly…what the little boy was going through at that moment was what I have been experiencing for the past 5+ years.

再送小孩子們去上學的路上小弟弟還是在抽泣。於是他的姊姊持續安慰,但最終無心說出本末倒置的話。害得原本不想插手管的我只好趕快打斷姊姊。(之前還有陪小孩練鋼琴時太過嚴厲。造成小弟弟對我在鋼琴上有點反感,所以才不想插手)又不可否認的是小弟弟當下經歷的情緒跟我過去五年多的人生很相像


He expected himself to be better but the outcome showed other-wise

他的實際能力並不如他所想象得

 

So here is the essence of what I said to him.

” I understand you expected yourself to be a better pianist then where you are now. It is okay that you are not where you want to be but it is most important that you keep practicing…then eventually you will be better before you know it!”
於是我誠心地告訴小弟弟:我了解你期盼自己鋼琴彈得好,但是事實不如想像的。但是沒有關係,重要的是你持續努力的練習,總有一天你會發現你進步比想像的多



Of course I did elaborate more than a couple of sentences and let him know what I said to him is from personal experiences. The kid sees me draw every single day so I told him I have drawn past 10,000 hrs and I am still not where I want to be, in fact I am quite frustrated. Everyday I expect myself to be better but I fail too. But that’s okay, because every line I put down counts.

我又繼續說:你看我每天畫畫,我已經花了超過一萬個小時的時間畫畫,但事實上我還沒到達我想要的目的,事實上我相當受挫。我跟你一樣對自己期盼的與事實不符,但沒有關係,因為所有的一筆一畫都很重要。

What the boy went through that day hit closer to home then he knew…

小弟弟也許不知道當下所經歷跟我目前的人生呼應比他目前所能理解的深。老實說表演會早就過了,他恐怕早就把哭得稀哩嘩啦的早上拋到腦後彷彿從未發生,但我還是每天都在跟自己的能力跟自信心搏鬥呢!

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絕望的女演員小鱷鱷

下星期待續。。。

Watercolor with a hint of Chinese 這麼一點點的中國風味

My oldest uncle saw that I have been experimenting with watercolor so he told me that his children were taught to do watercolor with Chinese influence. Of course I immediately asked to see their works. Because my cousins are much older then me and live in a different country growing up I have no idea about their up bringing. So for the first time I got a glimpse of their talent!

below are two paintings done by them when they were 12 and 13 years old, which in my opinion are much more skillfully done and poetic then my current skill level.  
發現我正在學習使用水彩後, 我的大舅舅跟我分享他兩個孩子小時候畫的帶有中國韻味的水彩畫.下面的照片是我表姐表哥十二,三歲時畫的.不僅技術比我現在的能力好又充滿詩意. 我相當佩服!

 

These remind me of one of the greatest artists Disney Studios ever had, Tyrus Wong
這兩幅美麗的中國風水彩畫讓我想起迪士尼動畫公司其中一名傳奇大師, 黃齊耀

 

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Of course Tyrus Wong is a legendary artist that my cousins cannot compare, but the combination of Chinese and Western art instantly grabs my attention. 

below are some of the few pieces done by Tyrus Wong, whom, you may have guessed, was the concept artist for Bambi. 

當然我的表姐表哥的成度不能跟傳奇大師相比,但是中西合並的藝術繞我心弦 下面幾幅畫出自黃齊燿大師. 也許光看這幾幅畫讓你想起小鹿斑比….你猜對啦!黃齊耀大師就是經典動畫小鹿斑比的概念藝術家!

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After seeing my cousins artworks they did when they were little, and re-familier myself with Tyrus Wong’s art I was reminded my desire of combining two cultures again.  
看到親戚的畫作跟回顧黃齊耀大師的作品後讓我再次被提醒我真正的期望. 把我成長環境的台灣(中國)文化跟美國(西方)文融合在一起

In my expereince with Chinese paintings, or rather I should say the ones I love, usually are more of an imagery of a subject then a photorealism.
我欣賞的中國水墨畫通常不是講求真實感但卻充滿詩意跟境意的描繪,

Imagery is what I desire to produce.充滿夢境跟非真實的藝術就是我想創作的

Like Tyrus Wong, I am Taiwanese(Chinese)-American. I have two cultures in me that I respect and are equality important to me. And somehow along of my life in the States for 10 years I often forgot the other half of me, that I am of Chinese decent and did grew up in Taiwan up until I was 18.


我是名擁有雙重文化的美國台灣人 但不知為何在過去十年成長的道路上我常遺忘掉我台灣(中國)的那一半  可能害怕不被接受吧? 但事實是我成長在台灣到十八歲那一年.我不能也無法遺忘我台灣的文化….所以是時候不斷提醒自己要為我的雙重文化感到驕傲跟喜愛

Art is a continus process of exploring, practicing and finding myself. 藝術是個讓藝術家不斷成長而且找到自我的工具

 

This is where I am now with watercolor, it is a bit too controlled and careful. This might be a reflection of who I am underneath my free-spirited exterior. And I pray as I grow in my experience with watercolor, my arts will reflects who I want to be…a proud Taiwanese(Chinese)-American who is genuinely free spirited, sensitive and full of raw emotions.. as I don’t dare to be in real life. (Adulthood requires a lot of responsibilities after all)

我目前的能力跟畫作方式非常的刻意跟拘束. 也許在我放當不羈的表面上我其實是個比想像中還要警慎的人. 我祈禱,在我水彩進步的同時我能夠顯現我想要成為的人. 一位對自己中西文化同時感到驕傲的藝術家 並展現出真正開懷, 敏感又不修邊幅的情感

 

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Do you come from a background with multiple cultures? if you are, let me know what they are!

Flower and Dew

Once again I have been slight more busy the past half week and will be for the continual week to come do to some changes of schedule as a live-in nanny. Everything will be back to normal soon enough :D

However, let’s not allow business stop me from drawing on a regular basis.

Even though I have fewer time and generally a bit more stressed through out the day…Some how these make my free time a lot more precious! So I made sure I focus better when I was drawing. I have been working on a personal project that I started while I was traveling during the summer. My goal is to finished a series of illustrations base on the two characters, Flower and Dew, in watercolors. And hopefully I’ll be able to finished them by December in time for a Raw Artist event that will be held in Sacramento.

In the beginning I wanted Flower to be more handsome like the actor of Superman, Henry Cavill. Ah, Henry, even the name sounds wonderfully traditional and classy. (Chill, Steph, it’s not about how handsome Henry Cavill is…)….And of course let’s not forget about Chris Hemsworth’s Thor…(coughing embarassedly)

Then I gave some thought to the story I have in mind and realized …it is really not about having handsome characters but the story of how the Flower and Dew meet. Any how,  as much as I like me some handsome bloke staying true to the story is slightly more important…just slight though, lol.

After some trial on error I finally came to this  sketch of the slight less conventionally pretty couple .

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Yes, they are naked… I just realized I forgot to draw his pi-pi …..I’ll make sure I do that in the future. It is only fair that I draw his thing when I already drew her boobies. Equality, right? lol, I thought it is more funny to show everything then pretend they don’t exist…as if babies grow from cabbages or delivered by storks…

Have a great rest of the week, friends :D

Artist show in Sacramento!

About mouth ago I was contacted by Raw Artist I was surpriced to be invted to be part of the show in Sacramento. They particularly liked my Plump Disney Princesses; Due to limited time to put on a show and sell 22 tickets…I turned down the opportuinity this time around… Apprently they have a show every 3 months. Tthey did gave me two free tickets to check out this event. So I went with my friend last week! Here are some pictures of it

 

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As you can see there were variety of artists in in the show. The venue was loud but really fun. I think I shall try to get in for the next show!

 

Last but not least, a picture of what I have been up to

 

  

I really enjoy oil painting! 

I really enjoy oil painting! 

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I had been slightly more busy last week since it was my BIRTHDAY WEEK!  Yup, now it is over, it is another year of looking forward and improve oneself to become a better person.

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I was slightly more busy then usual but none the less, slaking off too much is not good for myself-esteem.  

I have been processing through a story the last couple months. The story is not complete..I doubt I would complete the story actually. More often when I read a story I enjoy parts of it instead of the whole story itself. So I think, similarly, when I illustrate, I often enjoy capturing little moments. They can absolutely do nothing to effect the whole plot of a story… they can be meaning less but a simple expression of a character would give or body language could spark my interest.

Here is a picture of experimenting with watercolor and color pencil. This is only on a sketch book but the goal is to do excerices and discovering methods that eventually I can present in a finished illustration. Most importantly, developing patient. Rome is not build in one day and I cannot expect myself to instantly create a fully rendered watercolor painting with out equire skills first. Each stroke that was and will be put down on this page is a learning experience.


What do you do daily or often to become better at what you do (in any field)? Do you enjoy it? Leave a comment!

Have a great rest of the week, friends!

Steph

Favorite Sketches I did in Europe

While I was traveling in Europe I figured out a new method to sketch people that I really enjoyed. 

Sketch with red pencil first and make everything as simple as possible but keep the subject interesting. Then use ink brush to make them more lively by the variety of strokes and the shape of lines. 

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I was traveling in Europe over the summer with one of my girlfriends. I already know she is a completely different person from me both in characters and life style prior to the trip. What make this understanding even more solid was during my two weeks traveling with her.

There was a lot of down time on the trains to attractions and often I would be sleeping, sketching or reading. I was always doing something that I would feel productive. Then there was my friend, she couldn't fall asleep as easy as I could and she doesn't draw, so she just sit  most of the time. 

To be fair, I did sit and enjoyed the view as well, but just not for hours like she did. 

I finally asked her "why do you just sit there?"

She replied, "It looks like I am just doing nothing, right?"

"Hell yeah!" thought I,  but then I had to make peace in my mind for she is the type of person who is always thinking and pondering something up in her head... and I think that is doing something.

 

It has been six weeks since I traveled with her and I still cannot get over how slow the pace of her life was during the trip. And I discussed it with our mutual friends and also herself, and this time she said to me: " I was just resting." 


" I AM peaceful and rested when I am drawing and painting", I responded

"Maybe that's the only resting you know." , she replied.



In my own defense...There are plenty of artists in the industry who draw continuously...even during red light while driving!
And I once heard

"it is not a talent to draw it is an illness to need to keep drawing no matter what." 

 

I am not that sick and I do think it is a God given talent to want to draw.

It is a journey to figure out what is the right thing to do to live a healthier life. I don't draw endlessly as some but I probably do work harder then some others; and rely too much on my own skill then God's plan. I do however, need to remind myself that as long as I am healthy both phsycially and mentally I might be on the right path closer to God. 

 

 

To accept myself as an Artist

"there is always going to be some 17 year-old out there that's so much more talented than me" 

I heard this being said by another artist not too long ago. He is a brilliant artist who now works at Dreamworks TV... He does not know me well nor does he know that I am in awe looking at his art progressing over the years, and I have always looked up to him, secretly. 

 

I am not a 17 year-old genius that creates miraculous art works. In fact, I am quite the opposite. It is my 5th year out of college and I am not where I want to be. I am only one month shy to become a 28 year-old live-in nanny, and still barely have my foot in the door in the entertainment industry. I even had nightmares about being a live-in nanny upon the last few days of my summer vacation. The nightmares were so horrible I was sleep-sobbing at one point!

Is my life really that terrible, you ask? No, on the surface I am a really well loved person who is surrounded by family and friends. Often you would hear other artists' families don't support what they want to do...but not me, my mother supports me all the way. In fact, when I told other people I am a live-in nanny my mother would confront me not to do so. She would keep on talking until I had enough and lied to her: "All right, I am an artist. I won't introduce myself as a live-in nanny anymore!" 

So it comes down to me reconcile with myself.....to believe that I am an artist. 

 

 I had been freelancing for a start up company for few months prior to my summer vacation. When I first began the job my mother voiced to me many uncomfortanle things like “How much do they pay you? Did you ask for copy right? You are an artist, you need to ask them to pay you more then minimum wage! ” 

I was so unconfortable of what she was saying I often just tried to shut her down by telling her to go to bed, and hung up the phone as polite as I could; and believe me, I was so glad she lives on the other side of the ocean so I could just avoid her face to face nagging. However, I cannot deny what she was telling me was true and just. So I was preparing myself for a negotiation once the trial period was over. 

 

Due to lack of expereince as a freelance artist I asked my mentor for guidance. He then pointed me to a book called  The Graphic Artists Guild .

The first thing that really blew my mind was this section in the book

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I needed to know my worth as an artist!

Since the beinging of my life I always know I love to draw, however,  I dare not to call myself an “artist”; I am not even willing to call what I produce...art. 

Instead of proclaiming “I am an artist” I say “I draw and paint” 

Prior to reading this book no matter how many times people called me and ARTIST and refer to my works as ART, I always just shrugged them off and ignored what they said. I was incapable of accepting the term because I didn't feel worthy of the name. Then, something clicked when I first began reading the book. The mind blowing experience was unexpected. 

I am an artist and I am worthy to be paid better than minimum wage, and worthy to asked for a contract.  

So I began my negotiation with the company believing what I was asking of them was just. If they deny my request and decide to not work with me any more I have gained expreiences in negotiation anyway. 

 

 

Not too long after, I asked another artist about being a freelance. He was a freelance artist prior to working at Disney TV. And he pointed me t a book called  Art Inc .

It was another eye opening expereince.  

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I need to find works that my style already fits and improve upon that. If I do the other way around, which is follow the crowd and do whatever people want me to do...my art will look really uninteresting. 

I had always been drawing and painting for people pleasing. I draw stuff that would make me more popular. Since I began to take my drawing career serious I often asked, “what do people like?”

There is nothing wrong in giving what people want, especially working for clients or art directors. However, I lost myself in the process of people pleasing that I don’t really know what is my voice as an artist even in my own personal art. 



So here I am, I have a better sense of who I am and where I am heading after reading these books.  At this moment in life, soon to be 28 years old, I am finally began to accept my journey is and always will look different then I wanted.  If I get to choose, I want to be a brilliant 17 year-old artist who does miraculous arts and being appreciated by millions, but I am not. 

Art is a process... I have got to accept where I am and improve upon that. And the good thing about not knowing who am I as an artist...I get to start out blank like a brand new canvas. 

 

 

May there be light!

Below shows the process of how I paint in photoshop when it comes to prop design. This process allows me to separate each light into different layers, which would make life easy later on. For example...I can change the color of the sunset light to green without painting all over the entire painting. All I need to to so to change some button in photoshop and it will only takes a few minutes instead of hours. It does take time to set up but I think it is worth it at the end :D

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Dracula!!!!

A record of what happened when kids go trick or treating at Dracula's. 
I like to imagine that Dracula yelled "go away you little imbeciles!" as he scared the kids away

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Church face

I was sitting at church yesterday doing some life drawing will listening to sermon. By the end of the sermon I realized every single face I drew was grumpy or sad... So I realized...maybe, just maybe, I put my own very tired face on everyone I drew