Friday, June 27, 2008

Life Drawing Dump.... >P~~~~~~~

*pats self on the back*

So I finally went out and baught a new digital camera! Woohoo! and a bonus I got a new scanner/printer with it as well!

*double pat*

So I resnapped some old life drawing and some new ones. You can actually see the attention I gave to line quiality, and tone. Unfortunately I do life drawing with animators. No disrespect to them but for $%^& sake can we do some longer poses pleeeeeaaaase!? So the max I can get is 15minutes for a pose, which sucks, because I'm trying to study more in depth than just quick line work and gesture. As you can see I started rendering the hair, in my earlier drawings. but as I become more accustomed to my time constraints I begin to make larger broader strokes to show hair, and leaving some areas untouched to show highlights. Optimally I'd like to do atleast one hour studies, but with 3 hour classes animators get fussy when they have to draw longer than 15mins. No complaints here though, coz I'm not exactly paying for all my sessions. I'm just glad to be allowed to sit in. Anyway, I've posted my drawing chronologically(left to right - earlier to latest). Fellow artists please C&C!!

Once I get my scanner setup I'll scan some creative/illustrative pieces I've finished. I'm horrified the scanner will deteriorate the drawing with it's crappy quality so I'm holding off. As well I've noticed my blogs getting a little cafe/life heavy. So more fun stuff to come soon. Stay Tuned!

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Living on coffee and bagels.

Some cafe studies I've been doing. I've been doing a lot of life drawing, and been getting some great results with the new techniques I've been using. But my camera takes horrible pictures so I'm looking into a buying a new digital camera. But at the same time I want something to do photography with. So I'm leaning towards picking up a digital SLR camera. Any suggestions would be great! Enjoy.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Life... Drawing....

Some Life drawing I did at TSA. Trying something new. I was fairly happy with the results I got from this. Working a little with tone, and line weight. I picked these techniques from Henry Yan's Life drawing. I really need to invest in a proper digital camera the one I have is absoloute garbage. I apologize about the poor quality.

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Weekend Cafe Drawing...

A small selection of work I did this weekend. My digital camera is just garbage so the life drawing piece looks all crooked and the colour..... well you can see... But I wanted to post it because the lines are still there. I really enjoyed the results of the big lady I drew on the second page (sitting, near the middle of the page), I think I was really able to capture the pose right. Anyhoo..... Enjoy, hope everyone in toronto enjoyed the excellent weather, I know I did.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Bandits BACK!

Who's bandit!? He's the silly raccoon that keeps me awake at night. My bedroom unfortunately overlooks the garbage area in my apartment. Luckily there is no smell. But this giant raccoon comes byt every night to rummage through the garbage. I would imagine he's the happiest raccoon on the planet. He has buffet on his plate every night!

The rest are just some cafe drawings.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Hulk SMASH!!!!!

Hey guys here is a quicky I did of the hulk. Just trying to switch up proportions a bit. Hahah I have nothing else to say. Enjoy!

Sunday, May 18, 2008


I usually start each day by warming up with some quick loose drawings. It usually takes me about an hour before I'm ready to tackle the more refined stuff. Some days I spend just doing these little drawings. They're are super fun because you get to see results almost immediately, as well it alleviates the pressure of making "pretty" pictures. I usually use spiderman as my subject for warmups. His rubber limbs let me twist, and bend, and put him in pretty much any pose I think of. Another great reason Spiderman is fun is that his body does most of the communicating, since he's wearing a mask I'm forced to use gesture to communicate emotion.

The piece on the bottom is the finished version of the poster for my brother's birthday. You can see the pencil work in the previous post. I'm really happy with the results. I asked my buddy Qiqo to drop some colours in, and his final colours are AMAZING! THANKS A BUNCH QIQO! You can see his work here.

Thursday, May 15, 2008


This is a drawing for my brother's birthday. I didn't do much rendering in this one because I'm hoping to add some colour to it. I've had this idea in my head for quite some time, just never been able to pull it off. She is missing a tattoo of my brother's DJ logo on her butt. I'll add that later in photoshop.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Friday Night Lights...

Thanks to the writer's strike I'm stuck drawing the actors from my favorite TV shows. But on the the plus side drawing from magazines is loads of fun. This is Taylor Kitsch From 'Friday Night Lights', he was on the cover of one of my Mens Health magz. Like the last post I approached this sketch with style in mind. I'm a little unhappy about he abs, the shadows look more like those tattoos of black fire and not forms/planes turning away from light or under cast shadow. The face has a nice quality to it, although the eyes feel a little rigid. I think the overall sketch has a nice asthetic quality to it, and the proportions also feel right.

Friday, May 9, 2008

Sexy Sexy!


This is my first post. I figure I can use this blog as a sort of journal to track my proegression. There is a significant difference in my work and what is scanned. I guess that's what happends when you cheap out and buy a 40$ scanner. You always get what you pay for. But this will be fixed soon.

Since this is my first post I'll share a little info about myself. For those who already know me, thanks for stopping by!

My name is Curtis Hsiung, I've been working in Toronto, ON. the past 2 years as an animator. At this point in time, I'm taking a break from work to persue my drawing/painting full time. In a nutshell, I love to animate but I don't find it as creatively satisfying as illustration/design. And I keep going back to pencil and paper so I figure it was about time I put in some 'real' time.

Anyway, a little about what I'm posting. I've been searching for my artistic voice or my "style" as some would call it. So I'm doing a lot of drawing that explores a more styalized approach. Most of the drawing I do is from life, or just straight out of the head, but I ocasionally dip into magazines or even go as far as completely recreating artwork that already exists. Of course any time I recreate another artist's work it is for education only, and gets filed in my "it was bitten" book, in other words you'll never see it here. I was studying heads yesterday and I was using a Maxim cover with Jessical Alba as my reference. I liked the results of the sketch. Of course I look at it today and there are many things I would change, but, that's the beauty of the learning process.