Friday, December 31, 2010

Grandma's Secret Weapon

Nothing says "Happy New Year" like Little Red Riding Hood going on a wolf massacre with blood spewing everywhere.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Creepy Santa 2010

I'm making creepy Santa a tradition for me...

Merry Christmas, everyone!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Expression Change

Time to send this to Disney and get hired immediately!

Hills like White Elephants

A rather risky interpretation, for English class, of Ernest Hemingway's Hills like White Elephants done in 2-3 hours on Photoshop. I wanted to avoid illustrating the story literally as I realized how incredibly boring the illustration might be if all the physical details were depicted accurately.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010


Poor people in Asia fight pandas. True story.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

The Adventures of Xiao Long

I've been dying to recreate a comic I made in grade 6.

Then I saw what is on the cover and the content inside and decided to tone the concept down...

Maybe I'll revisit this at a later time and be truer to what was actually in it.


And just for kicks...

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Random Character Designs 2

Trying out Richard Anderson's method of character idealization. It feels like I'm carving things out of random shapes which is pretty darn fun.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Subway Sketching Blog Group

It's been recently redesigned and revived by Peter Chan and the rest of Imaginism Studios after a long hiatus. I have just posted in it. Check it out!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Blazblue 2

Here's another Blazblue fanart piece. Balancing violets in a composition is one of my pet peeves...

Here are the original characters:

Will do more original stuff for the last month of summer.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Monday, May 31, 2010


I haven't polished shit in a while. I think it's that time again.

Fanart is harder than I thought. I cannot arbitarily change the character to make a composition work better; I have to work with it. Of course, the hardest part of this one was telling my mom why I was zoomed in on a pair of painted breasts...

This is fanart from the fighting game "Blazblue". Here are the original characters (more to come if I feel like it):

And I'll actually start to use my Deviantart now, starting with this piece. (psst... I still like Conceptart more...)

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Old Lady: One Hour Sketchoholic Piece

Just finished with the Sketchoholic session which challenges artists to do a fresh topic in an hour. Haven't done speed paintings in a long time but this kind of got me started again. Hopefully it wouldn't happen at 2 am again...

It didn't win but it really forced me to think economically and forces artists to avoid long winded thinking processes. Excellent practice. Try it out!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Merlin's Forest

Top: BG without characters
Mid: BG with the characters

Both painted with Gouache on 9.5x19" cold-pressed watercolour paper. Characters were painted on acetate.

Bottom: Digital sketch

2 Sacks, 1 Cup

Flour Sack from Alexander Chow on Vimeo.

Lots of size fluctuations but I needed to show at least SOME animation this semester.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Diagonal Pan: Escaping the Cloister

Haven't been studying lighting for awhile so I've used this assignment for that purpose. Worked hard on this one to make up for my horrendous novel interior painting assignment (Gouache speed paintings are not a good idea!)

I treated this as if this painting and this layout are from the same story. Does her hair change colour through magic, or are they two different people? Why is she walking on the ledge, risking her life, and not the floor? What other wacky shit will happen in this cathedral?!

Hopefully I did this assignment correctly. It was kind of confusing to understand from the Power Point presentation alone.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Ashitaka's Journey to the West + Process

AKA Why I'm not in Studio Ghibli.

8x14" Gouache on Cold-pressed Watercolour paper

Master Copy from Miyazaki's Princess Mononoke:

Colours based on a screenshot in the movie (I missed that mark by a mile):

Drawing and value scale based on the unmodified version (concept art?) of the above image:
...since the screenshot was too blurry.


EDIT 03/20/10: The foreground values of the grass annoyed me to no end. Fixed.

EDIT 03/24/10: Clouds were a little blocky. Fixed, though the rendering still doesn't come close to the original.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Still Life Paintings + Process

Top: 6x8"
Bottom: 10x15"
Gouache on Cold-Press Watercolour paper

Wanted to avoid high saturation in these paintings as contrast with my other paintings, so I tried to make a setup mostly with "muddy" colours (resulted in really bad brush work just because I kept tweaking subtle colours). I got the structure and proportion of the beer bottle completely wrong so I hope Maureen isn't a beer drinker.




Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Ficto Planet + Process

Wanted to avoid the classic yellow->red + blue combination but the 50/50 warm/cool stipulation put me in a bad spot trying to think of more interesting combos. I have to watch out for oversaturated colours when painting on Gouache in the future.

8x14" Gouache on Cold-Pressed Watercolour Paper



Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Scale and Proportions Assignment: Buddhist Temple

Maybe I can finally start my Pink Panther panned BG...

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Friday, January 22, 2010

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Friday, January 8, 2010

Forbidden Studies

She's doing what I wasn't doing during the holidays; study for the bone test.

Testing to see how many details I can place without destroying the initial composition.

EDIT: Fixed many issues, thanks to