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This is a belated Christmas present for my lovely friend. I tried to capture her adoration for origami, cherry blossoms, and Audrey Hepburn (I used the actress’ famous Breakfast at Tiffany’s photo as reference) — as well as her favorite colors mint green, pale pink, and dark hues. I had a ton of fun drawing her hair and experimenting with light and shadow.

Not sure why WordPress isn’t allowing a full size version of the portrait on my page but here’s a hair detail.

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I customized some tongue-in-cheek business cards for my screenwriter boyfriend as a V-Day gift. I know screenwriters don’t usually have them or pass them out but these are more for fun than anything else.

I created them on Photoshop and then ordered them on Vistaprint. The image sizes are standard business card size of 3.5″x2″ (the sample below has been resized for my blog), 300dpi, and I used Courier 10 for the front image text. Courier 12 is more accurate of Final Draft’s automated font size but 12 didn’t fit so I had to make due.

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PROFILE PICS

I get bored with my default images so I try to switch it up every other week by coloring in my selfies. To reduce the amount of work, I resized each image to a 200 x 200 pixel square. I pressed on the I-key and hovered the cursor over a specific patch of color, which matched it to the “Set foreground color” swatch on my Toolbar. Then filled it in with my Brush Tool, flattening out the pixelated details to one color. This technique gave the drawing a stained glass window effect of colors.

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HALLOWEEN-THEMED

I did these back in October with a similar technique but I didn’t use a photo as reference. I borrowed another drawing (a much more cartoony portrait of myself), cropped it to a slightly bigger square, and drew myself in two other costumes. I really adore the pumpkin one.

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A GIFT

I drew this as a present for Mike’s parents when we went to visit them in Florida for Thanksgiving and to express my gratitude for their hospitality. Their house is full of family pictures because his parents love photographing themselves in different locales (and in matching outfits!) so I decided to make a fun, adorable caricature of each family member, including Mike.

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It’s been almost two months since Arun‘s birthday and I finally got around to drawing something for him. :^D

I’ve been taking a Photoshop class and my teacher recommended that I practice drawing and coloring using pictures with a digitizing tablet. I really like how the sketch and colored version turned out.

#omg #so #intense

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I’m currently visiting my family and hometown so I haven’t been drawing as much since I didn’t pack my scanner. I brought along my sketchbook but I’ve been mainly focused on writing.

I did, however, send out hand-drawn postcards out to some friends right before I left and doodled a bit for two nice peeps that I’ll share below:

For Sharde with her two 'sons.' The postcards were sketched out with a mechanical pencil, traced over with a Sharpie pen, filled in with colored pencils, then painted over with a matte glaze.

For Sharde with her two ‘sons.’ The postcards were sketched out with a mechanical pencil, traced over with a Sharpie pen, filled in with colored pencils, then painted over with a matte glaze.

For Liam.

For Liam.

For Christina M., a huuuugggggeeeee Pusheen the Cat lover/frequent user.

For Christina M., a huuuugggggeeeee Pusheen the Cat lover/frequent user.

For Rome (left) and Chunli. Doodled at their request during their farewell party. Christina M. kindly lent me her mechanical pencil and pen.

For Rome (left) and Chunli. Doodled at their request during their farewell party. Christina M. kindly lent me her mechanical pencil and pen.


Congratulations to my incredibly smart, hardworking, and brilliant cousin Alyssa for graduating earlier today. She was in the top 5% of her class, how exciting!

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I drew this card during the ceremony, then fixed up the details when I got home. I unfortunately left most of my art supplies back in LA so I used any available highlighters, Sharpie pens, and some strewn stubby colored pencils for the color. Will have everyone sign it during tonight’s family dinner.

Here’s the initial sketch of it. And if you’re wondering, yes! I did have a lot of fun making the hair curls.

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