Sunday, 27 December 2009

Scenes from the Imaginary Movie #5

This is the last batch of these particular 'imaginary movie stills' for now. I didn't draw the pictures in the whole 17-picture spanning series in their published order (that's why you can see some inconsistencies in the 'make-up' and clothing), in part because I work so much on an instinct and in part because I didn't want to give the story an ending as such - as I may return to it some day - so it was more logical to just jump between the scenes and only then arrange them. In doing this series I hope I have made at least some justice to late Daul Kim's beauty and unique personality. And this won't be the last of Daul you'll see in these pages as she left an everlasting impression on me.

Tuesday, 22 December 2009

The Snow Queen

Winter theme continues with The Snow Queen. The likeness of Shu Pei is fashioned after different sources, all drawn to a common theme to make a 'fashion editorial' of my own. I kept the backdrops to very minimum, giving only just enough detail to create an appropriately sterile sci-fi feel fitting for the image of a girl dressed in all white.

Merry Christmas!

Fresh from the drawing board, with this image of ever-so-happy Shu Pei I wish you all Merry Christmas! I like working with traditional media so much. You get your hands dirty and if you make a mistake, correcting it is not as easy as pressing undo or loading up a backup. Those things don't exist in the real world. Instead you have to be inventive. Like in this drawing. After inking and coloring I didn't like how the nose turned out. It looked too bulky, nothing like Shu Pei's. I was happy with the other features so I really didn't want to re-draw from the scratch. So after covering up the nose shape with a layer of white acrylic paint, re-applying colors with cartoon markers onto it and softening them with a touch of white oil pastel smudged with fingertip, the nose came just about right. This is why I like working with traditional media; you mess up and you have to work your way out of it.

Saturday, 19 December 2009

Scenes from the Imaginary Movie #4

I love drawing on A3-sized Canford 150g/m2 China white paper. It gives warmth to the tones and nice texture for surfaces. With toned paper I can also emphasize highlights better which I do with either white oil pastel (smoothed with finger) or acrylic color. But boy do cartoon markers (or 'manga pens' as they are most often advertised) run out fast when treated to this kind of paper...

Monday, 14 December 2009

Raiders of the Nose Arch

I want you to focus on model Tao Okamoto's nose in these drawings. In September issue of i-D magazine it was described as a 'button nose'. "She's Japanese so she has a button nose, like all Japanese girls!", they must have thought. Right... In fact her nose profile is amazing, it archs beautifully through the bump in the bridge. See? All three drawings are part of a bigger, still unfinished storyline, which I will feature in the future in parts (so these are not portraits as such, here Tao is more like an actress in a role). I just wanted to give you a sample in good time and I had a good excuse. Did I mention her nose? I did? Oh well. Some might notice inspiration for the backdrops which can give some idea of the frame and the timeline the pictures take part in.

Friday, 11 December 2009

Scenes from the Imaginary Movie #3

The imaginary movie stills, crafted as homage to Daul Kim, lingers in and out of the motel located in the middle of nowhere with another flashback thrown in. See the previous entries for further information.

Sunday, 6 December 2009

Scenes from the Imaginary Movie #2

My imaginary movie stills in the style of Wong-Kar Wai which started more or less unintentionally has built up speed and moved on to a desolated motel. I know it's a cliché to have a flashback or dream in b&w but tell me what's not already a cliché in storytelling in this time and age!  With images shifting from a serene lakeside memory back to inside dank walls, I try to evoke a feeling of fleeting moments strung together like pearls in a necklace. The imaginary movie will continue in the upcoming entries.

Thursday, 3 December 2009

Fine China

One way for me to find subjects to draw is when I see pictures in a magazine (or in web) I like, I get an urge to draw my versions of them. These Shu Pei drawings were based on her editorial in the November issue of Vogue China. I really do enjoy drawing her so expect to see more of her in these pages!

Tuesday, 1 December 2009

Scenes from an Imaginary Movie #1

While these three drawings are for the most part portraits of Daul Kim, together they almost seem to form a scene out of a movie, a movie someone like Wong-Kar Wai could be imagined to make. Here Daul can be seen as a drifter kind of character so typical to the aforementioned writer/director, pausing during her journey in a small-town diner. The scene could linger for minutes, camera and lights loving Daul's face, with no hurry and spoken dialogue. Hmm, I think I must draw more scenes out of this imaginary movie...!

The first picture took several attempts to get it right, to be both a bit intimidating and whimsical. Seen here is the 5th and hopefully the best version of the same picture. I hope no one gets offended by the added cigarette instead of a French fry in the second picture but the scene the way I imagined it called for it.

In Memoriam Daul Kim (1989-2009)

A collection of sketches I drew to show my love for model and artist Daul Kim who departed us on 19th November. I hope you have found your peace and a place of happiness you longed for, sweet Daul.