Sunday, January 28, 2007

Raw Apple Chowder

Recipe assignment for Joe Morse's class. There are no instructions, I omitted them because it's very simple to make! All the ingredients are shown in the illustration... pretty much... I think.
In a blender, blend following:
1/2 cup cashew butter
1 tbsp maple syrup
water to thin (add till the mixture is creamy consistency)

Then chop an apple or two. Pour the cashew cream mixture on top. Chop peacans and walnuts and toss them in to the mixture. Sprinkle raisins (I prefer dried blueberrries myself), and sprinkle all spice, cinnamon and mace.

It's so very good. *drool*
Oh, I learned to make this from Freshtopia video blog.

The Night of Frozen Bunena

An invitation I made for the night of frozen bunena, watching Arrested Development.
I want bunenas! Properly ripen bunenas have freckles. Soft, creamy, very nice.

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Young Bride

My only remaining highschool friend, Yulian (okay, I didn't have any friend in highschool, but nonetheless) told me she's getting married. *sniff* I can't believe Yulian's getting married... Time really flies by. She made me a maid of honour which made me panic in fear (I do not know anything about marriage ceremonies. Must research!) but also very honoured. We had a dinner together, chatting and brought her home to do this painting tonight. Painting to celebrate her marriage announcement.

Yulian's favourite colour is pink, thus I tried to use it everywhere I can. The painting took three hours, which she patiently sit still for me. I like the way it turned out, but wished there were more negative space. I think I should've gotten a bigger canvas. It would've been really nice with huge vast vertical space (with patterns) on top. I also didn't explore the full potential of 'wooden' canvas. I wanted to carve and scratch and sand more... but didn't have enough time. I mean, it's mean to make her sit all night. D:
Mixed media on wooden canvas.

Thursday, January 18, 2007


On my way to meet my old friend, I got to draw very interesting looking person. Drawing makes subway riding so much fun and fast.

My New Years

My mom fell and broke three bones. On the New Years Eve, I had to stay in the hospital with her from morning till night. What a dreadful experience... Although I was thankful & impressed with Canadian hospital system, this added more reason for me to despise the holiday season. This is a quick sketch of my mom in the dingy hospital room.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Bunnies & Xocolat!

I just really really like this painting because bunnies are always nice. They are fluffy and so (oh-so) nice. This was suppose to be rough for the infamous flipbook assignment. I went to the final with these small rough paintings. It was not a very good idea to paint the whole 60 something page flipbook. After many nights of missed sleep, I started hallucinating, seeing creepy dust bunnies everywhere.

The flip book was on Dagoba Organic Hot Chocolate crystals. Fair trade and vegan! Hallelujah!
This beautiful hot chocolate crystal has these little chocolate nuggets that stay solid in the hot solvent (preferably soymilk), and they softly melt in your mouth. It's fun to fish them out during drinking hot chocolate or eat sunk ones after drinking. I think this hot chocolate has chili powder in it. Yum.
Even though it's organic with no artificial fillers or anything, I still think it's negative on health. It is a sugar bomb.

Owly Wrath

This was done in second year. Let's make it clear that I have WAY more owl dolls than what's presented in the painting. My lack of painting ability limited to two owls. Such is sad reality.

Magazine Subscription Cards

Giant Robot subscription card slash finger puppets. The white circles are dye cuts and you can put your finger through them to play with!

Top image is rough and the bottom is final. The bottom right robot, the red evil spider one is my least favourite but couldn't think of anything. It's suppose to be an 'evil' robot, but wasn't resolved very well. Even the background for that one is too muddy. Other than that, I'm happy with the rest.

Bubble Bubble

A small portrait of my friend done for his birthday last month. I better practice more as this doesn't quite look like him. The material and the composition is a bit boring. This acrylic crackle medium actually worked this time. However, they were quite strange crackles, almost like wrinkles in most parts. I wish I put more textures in the background and be more loose with paintings (more creative).

But I shan't be such a moody little fish as some might say. Moody fish are often green and green is such a awful ugly colour.

Who doesn't love Sea Monsters!?!

The objective was to illustrate stranger's strange conversation (Stranger in a Strange Land...). Top is the rough and the bottom is the final. Composition is very scattered and viewer cannot stay in the picture. But I really like the sea monster and the letterings on the left.

Self Portrait

A quick self portrait with left over acrylic paints late at night after doing a project. I have mirrors all over my room to do self portraits all the time. At the time of the mirror installations, I completely forgot that I am very afraid of mirrors late at night. Irrational, one might assume. But let's say you are putting your right hand up and your reflection puts its left hand up. I'm very afraid. At night, my room is a portal for potentially evil owl twins.

Jet Fuel Super Hero

This is a coffee cup sleeve illustration for interpretive illustration class with Joe Morse. It is for the coffee shop in Pearson Airport. I actually went to the airport to research like any good behaving owl should. The coffee I chose was 'Jet Fuel'. Jet Fuel gives you energy (and RedBull gives you wings! Kids, I'm kidding. Caffeine is downright evil. No matter what they say about the benefits of coffee - the studies were probably funded by serious coffee zombies) like a super hero.
Joe Morse mentioned:
But I couldn't resist the opportunity of making Atomic Boy sort of illustration....

I like the character, but the background city bothers me. I haven't got a clue what to do with it. If there is any suggestion with the city, drop me a line please.