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TAKOYAKI FOR ONE: Little Hero is my personal art project. And Takoyaki for One is a piece of this series. I was inspired by Japanese traditional food, Takoyaki, which is Japanese Squid Balls. I want to describe the playful characteristic of my original character, Little Hero. This artwork was also inspire by the woodblock print artwork called The Great Wave off Kanagawa by Japanese artist, Katsushika Hokusai. By combining one of the most famous Japanese artwork too my artwork it describe my art interest in Japanese Culture. Time: Noncontinuous 48 hours Paper: Illustration Board Medium: Black tea, Prisma color pencil, Winsor Newton Watercolor Brush: Silver Crystal 00, 000, 0000
THE FIRST SIN: An Introduction illustration for my original character Kou (The character on the left) in my Little Hero series. Kou (康) - Light is very full of himself but everyone love hanging around him because he is funny. He is clumsy and always mess things up but always have luck comes to him and to other. *Kou was inspired my my old childhood friend. The painting show Little Hero was stealing something from the temple. Inspired by my shameful past, I stole something from my parents and "Kou" helped me kept the secret. By created this painting, it marked the day when I faced parents and I admit what I did. ----------------------- Time: Noncontinuous 48 hours Paper: Illustration Board Medium: Black tea, Winsor Newton Watercolor and Ink Brush: Silver Crystal 00, 000, 0000
WARMING UP THE SECRET: Also from Little Hero Series: An Introduction Illustration for my original character Kiyoshi Kiyoshi was also base on my characteristic but after I attended highschool. My personality and looked had changed. I was not as joyful like the character Little Hero. The painting show the time when my art career was not supported by my family. I hide all my artist activity from my family. At this phrase, my personality was more negative and depress, I was surrounded by negative people (demons in the painting). Who I am was not what my family always expected (the kimono contrast with the outfit the character was wearing. ----------------------- Time: Noncontinuous 48 hours Paper: Illustration Board Medium: Black tea, Winsor Newton Watercolor and Ink Brush: Silver Crystal 00, 000, 0000
EVIL REVERSED: An Introduction illustration for my original character Souma (The character wearing blue)) in my Little Hero series. Souma's characteristic is he really love eating, so whenever he appear where will be the appearance of food. Souma was inspired by my old highschool friend. We used to be really good friend but there was a time when he betrayed me he became an "evil" character in my Little series. The red mark on his face was inspired by Japanese Evil Kabuki characters. "Evil Reverse" describe our friendship after what happened, Souma is trying to build his trust in Kiyoshi again. However, his characteristic is selfish, no matter how nice he tried to treat Kiyoshi, he had not apologize for what he did, the mark on his face can not disappear. ----------------------- Time: Noncontinuous 50 hours Paper: Illustration Board Medium: Black tea, Winsor Newton Watercolor and Ink Brush: Silver Crystal 00, 000, 0000
THE ARRIVAL OF HAPPINESS This is an Introduction illustration for my original character Aki (The blonde hair character) in my little hero series. Aki (昭) is really smart and generous. He is good at everything he do. When he was younger, he was naughty but everyone loved him because he spent time helping his friends when they need help. He is a charm of Success because his characteristic is a knowledgeable and smart, he spent time learning and seeking for adventure. *Aki was inspired my my old childhood friend. -------------------------------------------- Time: Noncontinuous 45 hours Paper: Illustration Board Medium: Black tea, Winsor Newton Watercolor and Ink Brush: Silver Crystal 00, 000, 0000
INVISIBLE KINDNESS: An Introduction illustration for my original character Rouichi (The male character) in my Little Hero series. Rouichi's characteristic is cheerful and respectful. Even though he is not a funny person, but he has kind personality. With the negativity environment that Kiyoshi was in, the appearance of Rouichi has make Kiyoshi felt much better. His kindness was the medication that help Kiyoshi walked through her negativity phrase. Rouichi was also inspired by one of my highschool friend. He is not very well recognize by everyone around him, most of his action are invisible to others. He loves festival and fun activity. Hanging out with him is fun and peaceful. ----------------------- Time: Noncontinuous 50 hours Paper: Illustration Board Medium: Black tea, Winsor Newton Watercolor and Ink Brush: Silver Crystal 00, 000, 0000
LIKE FIREFLIES: The character in the painting is called Little Hero is the main female character in my Personal Little Hero Painting Series. Little Hero was inspired my characteristic when before my high school time. In this painting it show her being carefree and enjoy her life. I created this series when I was going through my artist depression phrase. I was seeking for those moments and friends that had helped me in my life, to remind myself that I am and I will be alright. ------------------------------------ Time: Noncontinuous 48 hours Paper: Illustration Board Medium: Black tea, Winsor Newton Watercolor and Ink Brush: Silver Crystal 00, 000, 0000
TANCHO DOITSU KOI
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Part of Nature (Hayao Miyazaki's portrait): It has been a year and a half since the first and second times I ever do dgital painting (Kiyoshi & Paradise for You and I). My traditional skill went bad immediately after working on those two pieces, so I took a break. I was afraid that it will happened again. However, Hayao Miyazaki and his works will always be the best motivation to me. So here it is is my first digital fanart of Miyazaki and some spot elements in his movies. Painting digitally again makes me feel like this is the first time actually. Working on my latest Miyazaki fanart. I saw that there are many of his fanarts present mainly the characters in his movie but to me there are more than the characters that is matters... for example NATURE! Not only that his movie shows the good and bad characters and there stories, he educated children theme about nature, animals, environments, pollution, child behavior, etc. Every single movie that he directed and wrote has a very deep meaning inside and behind it. Some meaning are so deep and dark that are used to educated adult as well.
Consumerism is a small series I made after reading Garbology written by Humes in my freshman year at the university (2013). The series means 1st: You consume product, use them then throw them away and the overwhelming trash get in the environment (spread the toxic) 2nd: Then the animal eat the trash or the chemical from the trash and the market happened to catch them 3rd: You then buy these animal from the market and end up eating the chemical (toxic) that you spread.
Editorial Article is the 3rd illustration Project in my ART322B class, which we choose 1 of the articles given to illustrate a cover. And I chose to illustrate for an article called AN ARMY OF CAT LOVERS IS FEEDING L.A.'S FERAL FELINES. SHOULD THEY BE? BY HAYLEY FOXTUESDAY, MARCH 31, 2015
My book cover illustration for The Jungle Book, written by Rudyard Kipling
You Made Me Make You (Holbein Vietnam contest: Back to Basic) Tác phẫm khi sử dụng màu nước Holbein Artists' của mình luôn đi kèm với truyền thống Nhật Bản nên mình vẽ ra những vật truyền thống của Nhật Bản như đồ chơi, đồ ăn, linh vật may mắn,...những món đồ truyền thống này cũng chỉ sử dụng những màu basic (xanh đỏ vàng). Hành trình của mình và màu nước Holbein cũng giống như màu nước Holbein đã đồng hành cùng đạo diễn/hoạ sĩ người Nhật mà Kiv quý trọng nhất, Hayao Miyazaki. Còn về chủ đề Back to Basic, Mặc dù BTC chỉ yêu cầu 2 trong 3 màu (Quinacridone Scalet, Ultramarine Deep và Permanent Yellow Light) và cũng cho phép sử dụng các màu khác ngoài 3 màu này hay Basic không có nghĩa là ám chỉ phải them màu cơ bản, nhưng riêng mình cảm thấy việc chỉ sử dụng đúng 3 màu căn bản để tạo nên các màu khác nhau lại rất ý nghĩa và cũng là một thử thách; không có màu khác không ngăn được mình tạo ra một tác phẩm. Cũng như Back to Basic, trước khi có những tuýpt màu có sẳn các hoạ sĩ thường tự pha màu từ những màu căn bản này. Primary, Secondary rồi đến Tertiary. Chính vì vậy mình chỉ sử dụng đúng ba màu mà BTC nhắc đến.
The Abnormal Quilin is an on going project I made since 2014. I was inspired by my own love story back in high school year 2012-2013. The moment which I captured in the 1st piece was when me and my partner dance together wearing the same custom. The concept is Luna New Year. We were celebrate the festival together with other international students. "Tết" í what we called Luna New Year in Vietnam. During Tết day, there will be dragon dance, qilin dance, traditional food, fireworks and lucky money, so we did the same for our school festival even though we were in a different country. And that night when my partner danced with me. He was wearing a white Tshirt with jeans but a Qilin head, to dance the Qilin dance while our crew member dance the Dragon dance. I was wearing a Hmong traditional clothes. I represent a part of my country and dance a Hmong song. Therefore, until now, during the time I am living in America, I draw a new piece for The Abnormal Qilin every Tết. I drew Qilin 1 and 2 in the same year 2013. However to match with the concept, I will wait until 2017's Tết to continue the series.
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