Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Licking wounds

Here's a color sketch of a dragon licking it's arm in a small cave, which might be wounded? I wanted to imply a membrane-like wing like a bat, so I put a translucent effect on it. The super simple sketch is below:

Monday, December 7, 2009

Dome hall

...my never-ending quest to learn to paint good lighting...

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Mommy's Home II

Here I tried to paint a Giganotosaurus feeding it's young hatchling. The young one is jumping up excitedly as if to say "mommy's home...yummy!"

Monday, November 30, 2009


Here's my imaginary animal Timutamus, a distant prehistoric cousin of the hipopotamus. This guy's pretty ugly to look at. I started from a tiny sketch I made a while back, created from some doodling while waiting for the train to come. I wanted a sort of underwater swampy look, but still clear enough to permit some caustic effect to appear on the body of the creature. While finishing this art, it reminded me of a dinosaur sticker book I collected when I was still a kid, and it featured some really nice paintings from Charles R. Knight. I used to look at those stickers everyday and imagine the dinosaur world inside. Come to think of it, it is probably his art that inspired me to become an artist. Anyway, the original Timutamus sketch is here:

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Don's first flight

I've done a color sketch of a juvenile Pteranodon standing on a cliff, about to have it's first flight. I wanted to portray a somewhat cloudy day, where the view of the cliff overlooks the blue sea below. Happy!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Glowing cave and Mountain bridge

This small color sketch is special for me because I did not use the color picker at all when painting it in Photoshop. I think I'm getting lazy when I always sample the color from the art, and not create my colors manually, as in painting traditionally. I wanted to paint in a strong sunlight shining into the cave and reflecting a strong bounce light onto the ceiling of the cave.

This is another color sketch, this time it's outside of a cave. Lots of pine trees outside the cave. In painting this, it's fun and tricky at the same time for me because I did not use any references but just kinda imagined how it would be. Its not so realistic, but what the heck...lots of room for improvement.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

An early morning drink

Today I am quite happy to have painted a small painting of a Spinosaurus taking a drink from a lake, in the morning. The idea came from a quick sketch below, drawn while wating for the MRT. Done using photoshop, of course.

In my mind, I wanted an early morning look with a cool atmosphere without the sun shining too harshly. So I laid down some colors beneath the sketch layer (which was in Multiply mode). I immediately felt that the perspective in the sketch was a little off, because the horizon would be too high to be seen in that angle which I've drawn the dino drinking in the lake. So, I decided to omit the horizon and background landscape, and replace them with some water plants to maintain some visual interest at the top area of the painting.

After awhile, I was not satisfied with the colors because the water looked too green, and it didn't imply sunlight coming in at all. As if the whole scene was on a cloudy day. However, I liked the colors on the dino as it has a nice contrast of Blue and yellow, like a crocodile.

So, I decided to scrap the whole painting and start anew, while googling at some reference images along the way. My new colors are much less colorful, and retains a large white-ish area for the water, which works pretty well to allow me to paint some reflection of the blue sky and imaginary foliage somewhere nearby. I detailed out some areas near the dino with some rocks and pebbles that can be seen through the water beneath the dino's shadow. Happy!

Monday, April 6, 2009

Temiri Deer (Temirious Areardeus)

Just had a discussion with Dr. Loonie, and he suggested me to flesh out this creature (from my many sketches). I think he is now busy at his lab trying to create this creature into real life. He also named it Temiri Deer (Temirious Areardeus). What a crazy biologist. I'm glad I met him :)

Monday, March 30, 2009

Imaginary Animals and my Studio

What can I say?
There's a lot of sketches, some done a few months back, and some, just yesterday.
My recent interest is to draw imaginary animal species, kind of like combining part of different animals in my mind. I think some animal creations look better and more believable when their anatomy makes sense, such as having a head long enough for it to graze, or say, a leg with thick enough muscles to support a large and heavy body. It's logical art. FUN!

I've got to introduce an interesting bird that I always see in the small man-made pond near my company studio.
It's a Little Heron (
Butorides striatus), and this little fella is ever hungry, always hunting for fish, sneakily standing on a rock, hoping to snap some unfortunate fish swimming by. It was this fine morning that I saw it caught a rather big tilapia. It certainly looks too big to swallow, but I guessed wrong, because the Heron slowly swallowed it head-first into it's throat. I didn't imagine that little fella had such a wide and expandable throat! Way to go!

This one is the usual sort of thumbnails explorations. In the immediate piece below, if you really notice, the small vertical drawing on the lower right corner was the sketch that sparked my idea for my Chinese Rooster painting, which was the present that I gave my dad. Great things starts small huh!

Here's my y usual sneaky sketches of people in the MRT(train),
when they don't notice me observing them :)

This is a small sketch of where I work, showing the huge hi-tech office building, in which my company studio is on the 5th floor. I'm glad that my boss asked me to sketch it, or else i would have never done it on my own. I'm not exactly the landscape-person as my interest is not in painting or drawing actual landscapes. Now that I've done it, I kinda like it and I'm proud of it ;)

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Parasaurolophus in the evening

Just did another quick color sketch of a pair of Parasaurolophus, basking in the late evening light. I followed the lighting effect in this image below (copyrighted to its owner). I'm really having lots of fun in making these quick sketches, in trying to follow the lighting, I also analyze how the light creates and influences the scene. It's my quick glimpse into a bygone world of dinosaurs...

(copyrighted to its owner)

Monday, February 16, 2009

Sunset Allosaurs

It's been a while since I last painted any dinosaurs, and so this is my painting of a pair of Allosaurs basking in the sunset and looking of into the distance, probably at some commotion created by a herd of Diplodocus nearby. It's still a work in progress but I think I got off to a good start. However, I somewhat "cheated" because the colors and lighting of the evening setting is based on an image that I saw from the net.

The sketch below was the initial idea.

Here's the image that I referred to; my lighting and colors are heavily influenced by it. I got that image from the net, so it is copyrighted to whoever owns it.

Friday, February 6, 2009


A long thought to be extinct Moogie has been spotted and photographed in the deep jungles of Sarawak, Malaysia. This cute-but-huge mammal was last sighted in January, 1980, and was commonly believed to be extinct due to massive habitat loss and extensively hunted for its beautiful fluffy fur which fetches high prices in the fur trade. Biologists are now actively studying the remaining population level of Moogies in that area, and keeping fingers crossed to find a sustainable breeding population there.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

How My Mind Works

Earlier last year in November, my company held a Stick-fighting martial arts demonstration, in which the arts originated from Philippines. The demonstration was primarily meant for animators to study and get real references to the complex and fast movements happening in martial arts. It was an eye opener for me as I had not seen in-person any stick fighting before. This art uses a rather short bamboo stick and has very fast movements. As I am not an animator, all I could do was to crazily sketch down gestures of the movements that was demonstrated. Very fun!

Most of the time, I like to fill up my sketchbook with small, really rough drawings similar to thumbnails. I often start by doodling some shapes and lines and playing around with composition until I see some sort of idea emerging from the doodles, or if the doodles resemble some creature or environment.
Sometimes, the composition is dictated by the available space I have on the paper, for example I usually end up with a long vertical images when I get squeezed to the edges of my paper. Anything goes!Inevitably, there will be some images that stands out from all the small rectangle doodles, and I'll select those to color them up eventually.
Below are some of the sketches: