Haven’t posted anything here in a while, so here’s what I’ve been up to lately.
- Made a Millennium Falcon painting for a friend:
I drew it in pencil on a black canvas first and then painted it whith white oil paint. It took quite a long time because of all the details, but it was lots of fun. Here are some in-progress photos:
- Also I’ve been painting some watercolor sketches:
- And apart from that I also joined an illustration marathon by Ellina Ellis (it’s on Instagram #денькрокодила). So far I’ve done two of the topics, the first one was kings and queens and the second was little bird.
I finished this painting about a month ago, but didn’t have time to photograph it properly until now.
A three-legged crow (三足乌) or Golden crow (金乌) is the Sun spirit in Chinese mythology. It lives in the Fusang tree (扶桑), which is a giant mulberry tree in the Eastern Seas, and travels the sky in a carriage every day. Originally there were ten crows and ten suns in the world, but they bothered people by coming out all at once and making the world burn, so some archer shot nine of them down, making the species nearly extinct. Now there’s only one left.
While preparing to a Classical Chinese class today, I came upon a popular chapter from Mencius (4th century BC) that mentions a hard choice between two of his most favorite delicacies, fish and bear paw, when he can’t have both. The choice is supposed to be a really hard one (and he chooses bear paw, which is supposed to sound really logical to the guy he’s talking to). This chapter is included in all the Classical Chinese textbooks, so I’ve read it many times, but each time I see it I still find it very funny, because I have this picture of the great philosopher standing in a supermarket and choosing between some fish and a packaged bear paw.
So this time I just couldn’t help it and made an illustration.
The bubble reads “I can have both an once! Isn’t it wonderful!!” in Ancient Chinese. And the sign on the shelf is a typical Chinese supermarket sign that says “buy one get one free”.
I got a beautiful pumpkin for my birthday a couple days ago, so today I made a sketch of it, and I like how it turned out.
I might try a watercolor later to capture the color too.
Here are some spreads brom my sketchbook. I’ve been really into drawing on black paper with white pens lately.
Painted these two watercolors the other day. It was hard to photograph them both without getting the colors wrong, so here are separate photos of each one:
I’ve been playing around with Adobe Illustrator lately, so I used it to make these leaves into a pattern. I’ve never done this before, so it took me a couple hours to get everything right, but I think it turned out pretty cool. Here’s a photo of how it looks on leggings and pillows in my Society6 shop:
I also like the phone cases:
The paint is finally dry, so I was able to take a photo:
I also took a couple pictures of the painting process:
It’s not the first painting in this series, so here are some of the older paintings and sketches:
white forest (dragon city #2)| oil on canvas
dragon city #1 | oil on canvas
Dragon City sketch
My obsession with dragons is still as strong as ever. I have a special sketchbook dedicated to dragons (not to say that I can actually keep from drawing them everywhere else as well). Here are two of the latest sketches, made with a Micron pen and white ink:
The second one is a dragon city. For some reason I can’t stop drawing (and painting) these cities with tall bridges and arches, and I keep thinking of them as cities dragons could live in. I know they probably don’t even look like cities that much, but that’s what they are in my head.
I’m actually working on another oil painting of one of these dragon cities right now – I guess it’s already turning into a series, as I don’t think this will be the last one.