Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Friday, February 20, 2009

Old Ghosts

...Was the subject of an email I received a couple weeks ago. I almost deleted it, thinking it was spam, but the name attached to it seemed somewhat familiar. To my surprise, as I began reading it, I realized it was a teacher I had in high school some 15/16 years ago....wow had that much time gone by already? (I'm dating myself aren't I!!)
I hope he wouldn't mind that I share this excerpt:

"So here's the deal,

I get this new kid in class today. Her name is Nicolette. So I go to type her name in my gradebook and I put Davenport for her last name. But it is actually Jimenez...I know that, I have her brother in class too. So where did "Davenport" come from? I sat there staring at the screen trying to get my aging brain to figure out the mystery. Finally it hit me. After 17 years of teaching and some 2000 students, I had come across the second girl named Nicolette. You were the first.

Now that the neurons were firing full throttle I could remember that classroom and a few of the students. It was a marine science class out in I building by the water in beautiful Waianae. We had a bunch of fish tanks in the room, went fishing with bamboo rods out back on the reef, and we did a lot of drawings of marine species...."

Not only was it was so nice to be remembered and contacted out of the blue, but his descriptions of what he remembered from my class stirred many things I hadn't thought about in a long time. Being out on the reef behind the high school, smelling the salt and sea life in the air, and hearing the waves crash on the rocks so loudly in some classes it was almost distracting. The way the dusty tiled floors felt under spongey slippers. The sharpness of the reef, and attempting to walk it with slippers sliding out from under you....

-For Mr. Wilson, if you read this, thank you for making my day and bringing back more of my Wai'anae childhood that I hadn't thought of in years.
This reconfirms how overdue I am for a visit back home. *off to expedia*

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

L.A. Myth 2009 - @ Meltdown Comics

I'm late in posting this, as the opening already passed, but here is the piece I submitted for the show. It's currently up in the gallery until the 24th, and Meltdown even placed all the pieces online here. The title is "Exhibit 254: Career Outfits of Hollywood Fairies, cir. 2009" (it's incorrect on the site though). Each outfit is roughly 5 inches in height, and made from fairy magic. Many thanks to Dee Chavez for all her hard work in pulling the show together! (and to the fairies that let me showcase their outfits).

Here are each fairy's write-up for your reading pleasure, from left to right:

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy Valentines

Here's a lil lunch sketch I didn't get to color yet, but thought it appropriate for Valentines. Have a lovely love-day today and every day.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Fairy 1

UPDATE: I looked at it earlier today and it didn't seem quite right. I tinkered with the contrasts but just don't know. Are my hues off? Would the shadows be more blue? What is wrong here? Sigh. Any feedback is greatly appreciated. I hadn't realized how long it's been since I've tried to paint semi-realistically. It's addicting. I'm addicted.

Lately I've been drawing a lot of pin-up style fairies, and decided to have some fun with digital painting. I'm not sure the values are very correct and it could be a lot cleaner, but I think I like it so far.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Winter Doodle

I had been daydreaming about winter in a foreign city.

Monday, February 09, 2009

Robotic Pin Up

Why? Why not!
This was just a quick exercise.

Green Alien Girl


Cruella Deville

Hello, blogland. Weeks into the new year and I'm finally making my first post of 2009 (hooray for sleepless nights!)..These are some ink drawings I did weeks ago at the Drawing Club. It was a rough night to start because Daniella was wrapped in so much amazing costume detail and shapes, I was too nervous and careful, but finally by the last few poses I just went for it straight-on with ink.