Tuesday, 1 December 2015
Sunday, 1 November 2015
As a self-claimed landscape drawer, I had to admit figure drawing is much harder than I imagined. My pen just refuses to curve! (especially my first attempt, first one on the left page)
The event was organized by SF Models' Guild...and man were the rooms crowded!
At first I was just practising drawing skies (and clouds) on the new watercolour paper...but every white space under the sky is tempting me to add something there...and what inevitably happens is...Concorde! Of course :P
Monday, 12 October 2015
One good thing about biking with sketching gear is that I could stop at any location when I find something interesting. Which is the case here when I just stopped dead in the bike lane on Miramonte Avenue when I came across this interesting building. Since there was no non-trespassing signs on the gate, I just walked straight in. The courtyard was quaint and quiet and nicely shaded, a direct contrast with the rushing traffic outside. I further googling, I found that this complex has been serving as a senior care community for over 50 years, funded by a Christian society. A staff came and said hi when I was sketching (didn't surprise her at all, I'm probably not the first one to sketch here) According to her, the buildings themselves are actually over 88 years old. Impressive for Mountain View!
Just time to catch the sun setting behind Washington Park when biking back through Sunnyvale!
Sunday, 4 October 2015
A PG&E walkin van stopped right in front me when I was just starting to put in the colours. I was mildly annoyed at first, but one of the drivers promptly greeted me as he got off the van and had a very nice attitude. So I decided to draw their van in as well (I couldn't really remember the details of the car...but the blue stood out!) Lots of tourists coming and going, but I found an empty spot in front of a garage door to spread out my supplies.
Final thank goes to my employee badge, which stood in for my bulldog clips that I forgot at home.
Monday, 21 September 2015
Drawn to be sent as a postcard. I actually got lost on my way to my original sketching destination, but thought that this place looked pretty good already! (and the tall palm tree was perfect for the postcard) I can feel the heat that noon coming straight out of the drawing... almost got a heat stroke on my ride back lol
Saturday, 12 September 2015
Drawn at the Sunnyvale Baylands section of the SF Bay trail. I only ran into...one lady and her dog the entire time I drew this. Couldn't really blame the south bay-ers of ignoring this trail though...there is a water treatment plant right next to it...and most of the waters are stale because access to open sea is blocked off by salt and water treatment ponds... A much different view of the Bay...but man do I wish I'm back at the Berkeley marina
Tuesday, 8 September 2015
Finally visited the salmon hatchery at Cleveland dam at the right time! The salmons are just swarming into the ladder at this time of year. So much energy and perseverance...which leaves me a bit inspired...but in the end, I'm just getting hungrier staring at my favourite seafood lol
Wednesday, 2 September 2015
Trees at UC Berkeley (North gate) When I was there... to return an overdue book ;A;
It took me 3 hrs on Bart / bus to get back to Cupertino
Trees in West Sunnyvale at sunset, right across from my office. Friday is always the best time to do some drawings while waiting for the shuttle~ I thought I lost my drawing kit after this, but it turns out I dumped my palette in an open suitcase after I got home, and then proceeded to put more clothes on top. After I found my drawing kit, I found out that my pen was missing. I was almost ready to give up and order a new one, when it just fell out of the blue when I unfolded a pair of pants while getting ready for work on Monday. Such drama :P
Friday, 28 August 2015
The exact view out of my hotel window. Drawn between early morning conference call, breakfast, and running for the shuttle, in the span of two mornings! Just by looking at the drawing reminds me of the rush...thankfully I'm not going back anytime soon
Thursday, 27 August 2015
The most interesting part of the building was the relief on the main entrance, it is of completely Japanese motifs.
Monday, 20 July 2015
Finally, North America's most Easterly point! Important enough to be on one of the pages of the Canadian passport. There are actually two lighthouses, the one with the strange hat (above) is the original one (with bits and pieces borrowed from Scotland)
Saturday, 13 June 2015
Cape Breton National Park, Nova Scotia
The winding Cabot Trail is said to resemble Scottish highlands.
Cavendish Beach, Prince Edward Island
Distinctive red soil, even the beaches have a red hue. Apparently the sand dunes (to the right) are important breeding ground for some animals
Gros Morne National Park (along the Tablelands), NFLD
Muskoka Wharf, Gravenhurst, ON
The ship on the left is the oldest operating steamship in North America, RMS Segwun. But sadly under repair because it's still a full month before the sightseeing season ;A;
According to the nice lady selling handmade soap next door, this place will be crazy crowded once the summer season starts...
Lake of Two Rivers, Algonquin Provincial Park. (The red thing in the background is the canoe assigned to our cabin~)
Tuesday, 19 May 2015
No longer a university student from today onwards. It's been a good 5-year!!
Saturday, 9 May 2015
Finally found the motivation to hike up to campus just around sunset to draw the central library (the sun never shines there during the day...orz) Plenty groups of students taking graduation photos in front of the library and on the glade, guess this is my way of commemorating my graduation.
One week left!
Sunday, 3 May 2015
Right next to bustling downtown Berkeley, the walkway to central campus is quiet and shady with overhanging branches and shadows. A very enjoyable walk, that is, after you get used to the occasional smell of marijuana in the background and stop distressing over the ever-so-weak flow of Strawberry Creek under the bridge...
Le Conte / Birge Hall (Physics building) Loved the glass walkway here since 1st year college!
Thursday, 30 April 2015
The student organization I originally belonged to held its annual robotics competition over the weekend. Since I had no duties anymore, I just stood and sketched staff / students busy at work!
MC, photographers, and onlookers. I love sketching photographers in events, because they never show up in their own photos!
Judges (easily spotted from their distinctive uniform) + students + audience (mostly parents eagerly watching their kids compete)
Field Control table
I was squeezed against one aisle because there were so much traffic in and out of the auditorium (where the competition was held) There were constantly teams getting in and out, audience members moving down the rows when it was their team's turn on the stage. Plus my fellow club members running up and down the aisle with errands. It was my first and last time watching the competition properly, since my duties mostly lead until the beginning of the event. Glad I get to document it one last time.
Sunday, 19 April 2015
Since this is going to be my last CalDay (university-wide open house for prospective students, communities, visitors alike) as a student, I went around campus sketching people!
First off, North Gate. There was a small info tent. And the enthusiastic girl was busy answering questions while munching on her lunch sandwich in between. That's some work ethics right there!
Next I went up to my own department's building. No matter what the events are, we always have the competition vehicles (SAE, solar vehicle) up front to attract the visitors. The labs downstairs were also filled with people, reminding me how I spent my entire afternoon in the basement too last year.
Lastly, the iconic Sather Gate. The flow of people just never stopped during the day! Had a quick chat with a pair of passer-bys when I was almost done with this painting. And one of them left me with, "Never stop drawing like that!" Much gratefulness for the kind encouragement!
Saturday, 11 April 2015
Quaint little house a few blocks uphill from my apartment. Glad to find flowers in full bloom when the campus is already shifting into (all-green) summer gear. According to Yelp, this house belongs to a reputable local dentist.
Tuesday, 7 April 2015
Hopped over to Seattle over the weekend to attend my first anime convention! So many people, so much talent, so much positive energy! No wonder conventions can get addictive! I managed to squeeze in a few sketches between listening to panel discussions and strolling around artists' alley.
Mr. Asai was busy working on Z-brush on the left, while Max-san (middle) chats with the audience through his interpreter (right), apparently also a regular at the conference.
The sculpting skill on display was quite phenomenal.
Ikebana demonstration! Great to see that the convention included many cultural panels
Art Gallery of Ontario
The part that I found most captivating in Rubens' Massacre of the the Innocents. Since it is on a large canvas, the painting is much more powerful than reproductions in print. Clever lighting also make the painting take on a 3D effect when viewed from the right angle.
Royal Ontario Museum
Bird specimens on display. I found the Secretary Bird on the right especially amusing~