Saturday, January 30, 2010

Quit dreaming, quit thinking.

Start acting, start doing.

I found this on tumblr and just ahd to put it up here, as a reminder to myself and others who constantly struggle with motivation.

Courage is about doing what you’re afraid to do. There can be no courage unless you’re scared before you do it.

It is your attitude of a task that determines success or failure.

Don’t wait until people are dead to give them flowers.

Don’t let your pride or lack of courage stand in the way of saying you’re sorry.

Never stop doing your best just because someone doesn’t give you credit.

It doesn’t take strength to hold a grudge; it takes strength to let go of one.

I would rather make my name than inherit it.

Measure your days by how the corners of your mouth turn.

The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up.

Friday, January 29, 2010

This Tiger ain't a Cheetah

Because I didn't trace, I used a reference image ;P

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Girl in Class

Similar to what Jenny was doing in her posts, I decided to draw a girl in one of my classes. She was dressed in such a peculiar way that I just had to: hugely giant oversized sweater with a smiley face on it, dark grey leggings and tan Uggs. To be honest it was kind of annoying, because I rather hate Uggs and she shuffled her feet when she walked as if she were trying to be cute.

But hey, I'm not judging :P

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Sad Astronaut


Monday, January 25, 2010

No / More weapons?

I was getting ready to post a little ditty I sketched up in class today when I read a comment from Jenny stating that my characters so far are all wielding dangerous weapons.

This is the sketch I did today.

I'm totally not thinking about Left4Dead2 or anything, no... no. Maybe a little.
Maybe I like chainsaws?

But anyway, I realized the error of my ways and promptly drew this considerably tamer character just for Jenny:

Blah anatomy blah perspective blah shading. And hey, for all we know he could be immersing himself in a story about fighting off zombies with chainsaws!

So the first day of school was all right, rather tiring but just all right. I have 3 studio art classes and it's pretty much a 12 hour day. Yikes, I know. Due to budget cuts, classes and sections and teachers around the school are being cut so I have less chances of getting the classes I want. Because of that, I nabbed all the classes I could and gave a big F U to a comfortable schedule. At least I'm out at 12:15 on Tuesdays, teehee.

This semester I'm taking Beginning Illustration, Intermediate Typography and Intermediate Graphic Design. And those are just the art classes. The others are General Biology and Introduction to Management. The reason why all my studio arts are squished into one day is because I have a biology lab on Thursday and Thursday alone, which is long and overlaps all the times I could take other art classes. Labs are so retarded and they mess up your schedule. But I'll tough it out, I'll find a way to keep myself energized on those long Mondays and Wednesdays.

And still have time for daily sketchin's!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Bad Jordan Part 2

Once again, I have failed to blog on not one, but two days of National Blog Posting Month. What've I missed, like 5 days now? I guess a part of me doesn't care since I extended my sketch challenge to a year.

Oh yeah, I didn't even sketch on the past 2 days. I feel bad :(

I did sketch up this character for Jenny:

Somehow the phrase "corporate lumberjack" popped into mind and I just ran with it. This is one of those "is it even worth posting?" sketches.

This month has been a struggle, and rightly so: sketching every day is harder than I had thought. I don't say this with the idea the sketching every day in and of itself is difficult, but rather I should be better than this. It's just sketching. I should be able to do it every day. But on Friday I was doing stuff, and on Saturday I was doing stuff as well.

I felt like the month has been, for the most part, fairly productive. I tied up my teddy bear commission, got through Jason's business card design, am making progress on the comic and G's logo and have two prospective clients just over the horizon. I'm thinking of setting up a single page portfolio so that I have something to show prospective clients, instead of sending a zipped folder over through email. I've wanted a portfolio site for a long time, but only now do I know what I truly want out of it, and I figure a simple one-page site would do for me right now. That way I could slap that on a business card of my own and really get the ball rolling on this freelancing business.

School starts tomorrow, which may or may not bode well for my daily sketching. On one hand I may just be way too busy to sketch, on the other hand I could just submit sketches I did for any one of my 3(!!) art classes, or perhaps being in school will stimulate me. I know it does that to José, probably because our brains are being forced to work and that makes our brains secrete creativity? Does that make any sense? Makes sense that you have to work for your ideas.

I had intended to write something better, perhaps about my discoveries in art and design, but I'm not feeling very eloquent right now so instead of stumbling through it I'll save it for another day. Thank you for your patience.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

A Character a Day

So my good friend Jenny and I are participating in churning out something creative for every day of the year. For me, it's visual art, and for Jenny it's writing. While I post my art on my blog (for now), she's posting her writings over at her FictionPress account, 365 Scribbles.

I was happy to see her take on this challenge, as I believe that any person who practices an art should practice it every day. In order to stimulate our creativity so we don't get lost for ideas, we decided that we're going to take turns choosing a theme for every week.

We will create our works based on these themes, and once a week we will choose one work from the other and interpret it. For example, I'll pick a writing of hers and illustrate it, or she'll take a drawing of mine and bring it to life somehow.

For the next week, the theme is characters.

This should challenge me to create a new and interesting character every day in hopes she'd pick them to write about... after all, I gotta give her somebody interesting to write about, right? Today's an easy one, but remember, she may not pick it! Either way I get a good exercise in character design.

So here she is, our character for today~

I apologize for the lack of balance and proportion. I didn't really do many guidelines for her at all, heh.Hope you still enjoy her!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Fancy Typography

As a tribute to the trend concerning fancy script typography with lots of loops, curves and swashes, I've sketched this up! It's true, I don't really understand it. They're so pretty and balanced, but they aren't entirely symmetrical. But they're so pretty...!

Jessica Hische pulls it off beautifully.

As does Doyald Young.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Let sleeping dogs lie

I can't help but draw Cooper whenever he's sprawled across my lap.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Sunday, January 17, 2010

I use antlers in all of my DECORATING

The thing at the bottom is how Cooper looks when he's all curled up on my lap :)

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Friday, January 15, 2010

Comic Project on the Horizon

I'm not sure if I've mentioned it before, but I am currently working on a comic with my boyfriend José and out friend G. They are doing the writing while I do the art (pencilling, inking and coloring). We formally started this last summer, but the idea for the comic was birthed during the summer before that. Back then it involved different people: other writers, other artists. Now it's down to us three, and we're gettin' things done.

I met up with both of them (plus Jason, our website guy) after a 2-month long hiatus and we came back hitting the ground running. While they revised the script and cut out a lot of fat, I was doing thumbnail sketches of the panels as they cleared which ones were "finalized" or not. So far I have a few finalized sketches.

Before I used to be really stressed out about how I should go about drawing... while they were making progress in the script, I did no storyboarding at all. Now I know what's going on. While they write and work on the script together (with minimal feedback from me), the three of us will get together to lay out comic pages and decide how it should flow. This part is a mostly 50/50 split when it comes to who decides what, but they tend to listen to me because I've got the design eye, hee. Then once we're satisfied with a layout, I go in and ink and color it. Right now I haven't inked or colored anything, but I'm thinking of doing it entirely on the computer. Hey, I've got that tablet, why let it go to waste? :D

Here are what the thumbnail sketches look like for the first few pages:

I'm not too worred about posting it right now because nobody knows what the hell is going on lol. I basically won't say too much about it until we have our website live and the comics up, and I can tell you that that won't be happening for a while. Once my hectic-ass schedule kicks in, you bet that there are gonna be some setbacks and drawing it all takes a long time for me, not to mention inking and coloring digitally, gah!

It's a challenge, but I hope I and still go through with it, because feeling the project come together today made me pretty excited.

We aren't planning on putting the website live until we at least have a chapter done.
Again, won't be happening for a while but when it does happen, you'll all be the first to know!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

A Realization

As most of you (all 2 of my readers) have noticed, most of my posts are usually posted very near the end of the day. I have a lot of near-misses, and about 3 missed days, and 4 without sketches. The whole "sketch-a-day" stint was supposed to help me, but instead it has become a chore, a burden, an obligation, you get what I'm saying. I'll end each day remember the sketch, rolling my eyes and quickly trying to whip something up.

And I hate myself for it.

, however, I came across a few design articles that really hit home in regards to my feelings about design, this whole sketching thing, and my art in general.

The first article, from whence the other inspirational articles came, is Principles of Great Design: Craftsmanship. It goes through the concept of craftsmanship and honing your skill, and the first part of that is to PRACTICE!

Sketching every day for me is a practice. If I hope to at least maintain my level of skill I need to be drawing and designing every single day. If yesterday's post is any proof, my skill has already gone down—I didn't even draw gesture lines while doing that exercise, arguably the most important part of, uh, gesture drawing. Seeing that decline in skill both scared and motivated me to do more for my art, and to keep on truckin' with the daily sketching.

That section linked to this next article: Design Something Every Day! Talk about relevant! The topic is as the title says, and reading it reeeally motivated me to keep going, and even gave me fresh new ideas. The author interviewed some people who challenged themselves to design every singe day for an entire year(!) and they talked about some of the difficulties and rewards of doing such a challenge. I agreed to all of the difficulties, like finding time between other projects, figuring out what to draw every day, second-guessing my art, and wondering if it's worth showing.

Then they shared their techniques.
The one I found most helpful is to design with a theme in mind. Now, I came into this thinking that my creativity had to magically crap out an idea out of nowhere every day! Would limits help me? They most certainly would. For you've heard the phrase, "to think outside the box" meaning to think creatively, right? Well, apparently you can't think outside the box if there is no box. That's the point of a theme. If I tell myself I'm only going to draw animals for a week, I'd get all that done so much faster! Not to mention I'd buff up my animal-drawing skills (of which there isn't much to mention) and give you guys something better than gesture drawings to look at every day.

Second of all, posting is a good idea. It keeps me accountable for all my drawings so I can't cheat out a few days or weeks and just drop it all together. It's an easy way to track my progress. And I suppose you guys enjoy my drawings, right?

That basically covers all of it, but the other articles I looked at are 6 Reasons to Why You Should Do Personal Design Projects and How to design for your worst client: You. They all made me feel a lot better about myself, knowing that other designers are experiencing the same thing I am. Other designers sometimes lack creativity and don't want to do personal projects because it's easier just being told what to do. It's easy for other designers to lose sight of why they became artists in the first place... just like me. Knowing that I'm not alone is comforting, and what's even better is knowing that people can make it out of those ruts to tell about them. If they can do it, I can too.

So I've decided to do a sketch every day for the entire year.

I don't know if I'll post every single one of them here... maybe I'll start a flickr account for that or something... but I'm going to do this, and it's going to be damn fun.

And of course, making a post like this would be entirely fruitless if I didn't provide a sketch! So here's one: didn't take much effort, as it should be, and it just hopped out of my brain. I like it for that.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Losing my touch

I used the 30 Second Gesture thing on and here are the results...

I'm losing it :( I need naked people, STAT!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

200th Post!

Yeah nothin' to see here.

So today I went to the Torrance Artist's Guild meeting, which is free even for non-members. As I mentioned in an earlier post, José's uncle was to demonstrate his amazingtastic watercolor skills, and he did! José didn't come with me, so I found another friend from the studio I used to work/paint at, and she introduced me to him. He's so nice and sweet!

I swear, the way he paints is just magical. First you think he's just laying down random brushstrokes willy-nilly, and before you know it, BAM it's a picture! Holy crap! I was blown away. I asked him if he still taught classes, and he said no, but if I rounded up like 5 people he'd be willing to teach us.

I also found out that he actually served as an art director for many ad agencies(!!) and started the Philippine Watercolor Association or something. Right now he currently works as a caricature artist at Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure. Next time you're there, look for a short Filipino man with white hair named Magoo Valencia!

While I was there I was taking notes and drawin' peoples lol.

Also here is a copy of a man naked from the waist. For some reason every time I draw a man's torso it ends up looking fatty fat fat :|

Monday, January 11, 2010

Ironically enough,

this whole sketch-a-day thing is not doing wonders to my artistic self-esteem like I wanted it to.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Bad, BAD Jordan!

Aiyaaaahhh, I have officially failed NaBloPoMo. I've been hanging out with friends for the past few days, and also got to thinking that my sketches aren't really good enough to post. But as per request of Jenny, I am still going to post, even if it hurts me ;-;

I actually sketched this one yesterday while at an okonomiyagi restaurant with buddies.

Drew my friends in Star Trek (see the lens flares? see them?!), Benny the elephant with added Nike Dunks and a track jacket (keepin' it real), and a crazy rabbit thing. Brendel drew his character StopCat (with the hexagonal head), and the madrabbit on the left. Oh! And there is longcat :3

Yeah, nonsense.

And THIS ONE I drew just now, because I saw Black Dynamite on Friday which very well could be one of my most favorite movies EVER.

It's a blaxploitation homage/parody film released in October 2009. It was even filmed using old 1970's equipment instead of digitally adding 'retro' effects (like what Tarantino's Grindhouse did). It's ridiculous in the best way possible, and I highly recommend it!

Well, that's it for today, hopefully I keep up this sketching thing.

By the way, if anybody wants me to sketch anything, just leave it in the comments and I'll try to get to it! :D I welcome suggestions.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

No sketch today

I do not have a sketch for you today, sadly -_- Is any sketch worth posting if it isn't even that good? I dunno. But I'm still posting for the day because it's NaBloPoMo and I do that. Perhaps I'll have two sketches tomorrow or the next day to make up for today's lack of sketch.

I usually like to blog about things that are neat and cool and relevant. Somehow I feel like NaBloPoMo, with the obligation of blogging daily, leads me to blog just the opposite. When I tried it last year I banged out a whole bunch of neat topics though! Ugh. I dunno.

I still need to paint something before the month is over.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Aaauuugh fruits

asdlkfjsd I was so busy cooking up pizza and tiramisu and business cards with my buddy Jason Lo that I neglected to sketch for today (I could have posted business card sketches, but you can't even tell what they are unless I was there discussing it with you). So here's a bunch of bananas and an apple, you can't really tell it's an apple, that's how crap it is and man I wasn't creative today ENJOY YOUR FRUIT

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Clouds and mountains

So for a change of pace, I decided to render some clouds and mountains. I didn't finish the mountains though.

Composition is crap, but hey, this was just a study, I suppose.

I didn't actually finish the mountains, so here's a screencap of what I have so far. I may finish it, I may not. It's hard work painting in Photoshop.

I thought that since I had taken an oil painting class and have proved to be a decent painter, that I would succeed at digital painting.

It's a totally different animal! I can tell you what color I want to mix but I can't find that specific color on the palette. Blending is lost in me and I'm like a chicken running around with its head cut off. I wanted to do digital painting because it's a great alternative to regular oil painting, which I pretty much can't do in my own home: carpet is everywhere, the rooms are little, I'm worried about ventilation, nowhere to toss out medium, etc. I could always paint back at the studio where I did all my painting homework, but I might as well learn this. It's a great learning experience.

I'm also planning on doing some plein air painting, probably up by the cliffs at the beach or something. I want to learn watercolor, too. The city I live in has a guild for artists, so I'm going to attend their next meeting to see a demo given by... surprise! José's uncle, Magoo Valencia! He's a waterolor artist and I've seen his work, it's pretty amazing. I want to paint watercolors like it. Here are some of his paintings:

How does he do that!?

I love the definition where lines are hard, and the softness of the areas that are blended. Look at that layering! There's so much sensitivity to shape and color here that I want to achieve in my own artwork, so I'm very excited to see his demonstration with José! :D

Again, the artwork is not mine, it was made and belongs to Magoo Valencia. I just yoinked the images from his Facebook and hoped that it was okay. He doesn't have any other website, but if he did I'd like ya'll there.

In the meantime, stay tuned for more~

Monday, January 4, 2010

A Lesson in Relativity

It's disturbing how I can go by my day without sketching. To be able to post a sketch every day actually takes a conscious effort on my part, so I feel very obligated to do it. Better than nothing, right?

José wanted Einstein in boxing attire, so there he is :P
Sorry it's another shoddy sketch/color work, I promise I'll put out something really good at least by the end of the month @_@

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Not a Way and not a Butler

All right, so last night's stint was a close one—posted literally a minute before too late! This time I actually got up off my ass and made something just for the day. Oy.

Meet Gerard!

He's the main character from a comic I'm working on with G and José. He's supposed to be 15 here. I really need to work on the tablet more @_@

Oh, and you may critique this one. Normally I wouldn't want critiques on just sketches, but I'd like some on this one if you've got it. How's his face? Hair? Does he look 15? Stuff like that.

Tune in tomorrow for something different!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Crappy sketch/scan of Nico Minoru from the Marvel series Runaways.

First day of NaBloPoMo '10

and I ALREADY dropped the ball lol!
Forgive me.

Meet Benny.

You'll be seeing him around a lot, since I tend to draw him when I either have nothing else to draw, or what I was previously drawing was going way out of whack. In this case, it was the latter.

Benny likes paisley scarves, bill caps, aviator shades, earrings (piercing not shown) and kickin' it old school.

Also, yes I was serious about posting a sketch every day!
However I did not promise you a GOOD sketch every day, so HA! There's aaalways a chance I'll post some CRAP up!

But I hope you enjoy it anyway pleaseloveme.