Playing Cards

Happy New Year everyone!

Recently I was home in LA for the holidays. Each time I go back, I make an attempt to clean up my room, whether it’s just dusting up or clearing out childhood sentiments that I’m no longer attached to. My room’s fairly big, which means more space to store junk.

The portion I cleaned out most of this visit was my walk in closet… I normally throw in unused/unwanted gifts and leave clothes I grew out of, fashion-consciously speaking. While rummaging through all the old backpacks and other random items, I found this lovely project I completely forgot about. It was a deck of cards I made for a graphic design project. I believe the assignment was to product graphic design product of printed medium.. I chose to make a deck of cards. Thanks mom and dad for owning a printing shop. Flipping through all the hand written then scanned numbers and letters, I was most excited to see that I had included friends and classmates into the Jacks, Queens, and Kings of the decks. I kind wish the whole deck was 54 different people, but then again the time frame was short. Nonetheless I’m really glad I have about 6 decks left and so I decided to give it to my friends as a thanks for being part of my project. Requests were made and then began a project sequel..

I went to the container store hoping to find a simple container (hopefully cheap in $$$) to put the cards in and mail it to my friends who wanted a deck. Of course the plastic containers were out of budget but I did find some small linen gift bags within budget, keeping in mind that I have left over ink-cloth transfer paper at home. I’m glad the bags can look somewhat like a decent package for the cards. Mini night project FTW.

Drink and Draw!

Every Wednesday night @ the 3rd Ward in East Williamsburg.

These drawings are produced by my lover, an engineer and businessman, who has never had the figure drawing experience in his life ever, and Moi.

Figure Drawings

Straight lines don’t exist in nature, our bodies are proof of that.

5 minute gestures 2004
Loosen the grip, loosen the mind.


20 min. Still Figures 2003-2004
Left to right: Teacher Assistant when the model cancelled for an acting gig. Slender and muscular, but lovely and elegant lady model. Short and stalky, out-of-proportion and not-so-pleasant older woman.

My Friend Elan is a personified Gorilla 2004
He use to be a theatre student, hence the black attire, and it was cool to hang out by the parking lot when school was over.

My little cousins 2005
When there’s no summer school, draw family members. Maybe you’ll capture their bored essence, or maybe they were reflecting back my boredom and need for productivity.

Paintings

Old paintings, nothing too recent.. except for the last one. Painting time diminished drastically after enrollment in 5 years of architecture school. BOO.

Texture study 2003
Fun.

Black and White tone study 2004
Man vs. Nature, what-a typical theme.

Water Pattern Study 2005
Intricate study of moving and flowing water patterns.

Quick Portrait Studies 2005
Inspired by Lucian Freud strokes. And I needed to learn to stop taking my dam time with oil paint.

Sky Patterns Study 2006
Intricate study of the cosmic movements, light but powerful.

Forgot-what-this-is Patterns Study 2007
I just wanted to work with this palette of monochromatic blue hues and a pinch yellow ocre.

Rome- Vatican Dome 2009
I missed Rome. And I was testing to see if I still have any painting skills left after architecture school.