Tuesday, October 18, 2016

LA Plein Air Festival Exhibit, Artwalk, and Man vs. Snake

The LA Plein Air Exhibit was last Thursday, during LA Artwalk. LA is pretty happening during this time. I didn't get to look at all the Artwalk happenings there, but I did stop by the Plein Air Exhibit to check out the exhibit, and to pick up my paintings after it was over.

My paintings are now hanging on my wall at my apartment.  The exhibit was pretty fun. They don't give out free wine at the Artwalk in downtown LA, I noticed, compared to the ones in OC.  Perhaps it could be because there is more of a homeless issue here and maybe they want to avoid public drunkenness.

Well, here are some photos from the exhibit:

My paintings are the two small ones on the bottom

My painting is the middle bottom one.


I recently just got my Blu-Ray player on Amazon and it's now plugged in to my TV.  I don't technically have a smart tv, but my Blu-Ray player has the internet capability, which pretty much means I can more freely watch Netflix on TV instead of transferring from my computer monitor.

I watched some good movies on Netflix recently. One of the recent one was a documentary called "Man vs. Snake", which like "King of Kong", was about an 80's video game competitive player who reached the highest score ever...for a time.  This was about a guy who reached 8 billion points on a game called "Nibbler", which is a snake game where you play as a snake that gets longer as you feed yourself through a maze without hitting your own tail.  It takes approximately 72 hours to reach a billion points, so the player in this case would go through some serious mental and physical stress trying to stay awake and not go to the bathroom too much.  Pretty intense.  As I told my coworkers, this film is both "sad and funny."  I found it rather inspiring. There are probably many things, like entertainment, some may categorize as "wasting your time."  However, entertainment is art...and art is communication.  People connect through them.  Relationships are built around them.  Relationships are what's important, but these outlets are what allows that to flourish.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Los Angeles Plein Air Festival 2016

This past weekend was the Los Angeles Plein Air Festival  which I heard about from a friend from Meetup. It is a five day festival (Oct.5-9) of outdoor painting and urban sketching, with Los Angeles as its muse.

Here's a definition on Wikipedia on what "Plein Air" means:

En plein air (French pronunciation: [ɑ̃ plɛn ɛːʁ]), or plein air painting, is a phrase borrowed from the French equivalent meaning "open (in full) air". It is particularly used to describe the act of painting outdoors, also called Frenchpeinture sur le motif ("painting of the object(s) or what the eye actually sees"), where a painter reproduces the actual visual conditions seen at the time of the painting. This method contrasts with studio painting or academic rules; those might create a predetermined look. En plein air can also be used to describe other activities where a person partakes in an outdoor environment

In progress..

Piece #1

I was able to attend on Saturday and Sunday afternoon.  Most of the artists gathered around at the Historical Spring Arcade in LA, which has a nice shade and some nifty restaurants. I drank some Novellum Chardonnay from Crepes Sans Frontieres, ate crepe, and sketch-painted.

Ultimately, artists would then submit their drawings for the Thursday Exhibit and Awards Presentation held at Rowan Lofts (157 W. 5th Street) during the Downtown Artwalk.  The art pieces are also sold there.  I submitted three pieces (with various prices, mostly to test how visitors are willing to spend their money on an art piece).

In Progress...

Piece #2

Piece #3 

Just sketching on my journal...

A nice full weekend. It should be fun to walking around in LA on Thursday and look at all the art pieces... I haven't been to an art exhibit that I've participated in in a long time, given that I usually do digital work. This could be fun... might have wine there.

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Photo Entry: Historic Spring Arcade #sketchbook #pleinairfestival #losangeles #Twitter #ninjasonmotorcycles #reference

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Saturday, October 8, 2016

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Creating Junkrat head on Zbrush - part 3

More of the video of me sculpting Junkrat on Zbrush.  This time, I'm starting to add a bit of color.  I don't go too far here, but for a head, it gets the job done.  Normally, for something like this, I would sculpt the body as well... but a head is not bad.  There's still sound problems on the video, but hey, it's more about the visuals anyway.

The link to the video is here: https://www.twitch.tv/d_art_twitch/v/92494157

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Painting "Mercy" from "Overwatch" on Photoshop video.

More "Overwatch" fan art video!

This time on Twitch, I streamed myself creating a fan art of Mercy from "Overwatch."  I use Photoshop to create her on the video.  Here, I mostly just work on the head.  I will likely finish the rest of this art up later, but for now, you can get a good idea of how I paint Mercy's head.

You can see my video at: https://www.twitch.tv/d_art_twitch/v/91994551

Monday, September 26, 2016

Creating Junkrat head on Zbrush - part 2

So, I've been trying to publish on Twitch this time, for this Zbrush video. This one is part 2 of my sculpting of Junkrat. The sound is working now, at least a little better.  I don't use a headphone at the moment, so it's hard to hear.  It's all streamed live, so there's no editing here.

The video can be found at: https://www.twitch.tv/d_art_twitch/v/91615682

Monday, September 19, 2016

Creating Junkrat head on Zbrush - part 1

So I've been trying to get into Zbrush once again.  Here's me sculpting away for about an hour or so on Junkrat.  I didn't get to quite finish it but I made pretty good progress, I think.  It's the first time I've streamed my Zbrush process on Youtube. I haven't quite gotten the sound to work yet.  It could be a problem with my microphone, or it could be a setting issue.  Anyways, take a look:

I also recently reached over level 100 on "Overwatch." Nice, eh?  XD

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

I now have a Twitch.Tv account and learning to stream live. :]

I downloaded the free OBS Studio, which helps me record and/or stream videos of my screen.  Given that I've been playing "Overwatch" a lot lately, I've decided to stream my games while at it.  So if you want to see me play my game (which I tend to do after work), you can now watch it at https://www.twitch.tv/d_art_twitch

I've also figured out how to stream live on YouTube.  I do have a Youtube channel.  You can see one of my game plays below.  This is an "archived" live stream.

On YouTube, however, I'm thinking of streaming my art processes.  So, if I were to make something, perhaps a fan art, on Photoshop, Illustrator, or Zbrush, I would stream it on YouTube.  I think it'll keep me drawing/creating more if I feel somewhat obligated to work on it.

I'll see how it goes. I'm still new at live feeds and such.  The feeds do get archived, which is great.

Friday, September 2, 2016

D.Va... with all the trimmins!

Alrighty! Here it is. It is at least to a level I am happy with.  Since D.Va is a Korean character, gotta add some Korean snacks.  I could've added ChocoPie, Shrimp Chips, or Ddukbokki.. but Kimbap seemed like a nice, specifically Korean comfort food that most of people of my ilk would recognize quite easily. I'll probably add some text behind her so I can turn it into a poster or a T-shirt design or whatnot.



Wednesday, August 31, 2016

D.Va Meka Refueling!

So, I decided to flip D.Va around again so she is facing left.  It just looked less lopsided. I've been adding more detail afterwards.  There may be some indication of her drinking something that may resemble certain drinks and foods, that is, without me specifying it...this is a parody of D.Va, after all. 

Progress 1

Progress 2

Progress 2 Close Up

As you can see, she is drinking "Mom Dad" soda and some triangular chips... and err... "Red Dragon" ramen. Cornerstone of every gamer's arsenal. 

I may turn this into a poster or a T-shirt. I may add couple more snacks in there and few more details, but this has turned out relatively as I expected.  I will probably add some lettering behind the image as well. Maybe it'll say "Meka Refueling!"