Monday, November 13, 2006

been gone for some time

just got back from the czech republic and was able to visit the mucha museum. it was very humbling to say the least but unfortunately, i was not able to visit moravsky krumlov. this is where mucha's slav epic is displayed. the architecture and artwork was extremely inspiring and now it's back to work. will post some new sketches and progress on current work as well. thank you to everyone for your very kind comments. cheers. tnv

Monday, September 11, 2006

promotional materialism.

i finally got around to print 2 promos and a business card (sort of). if anyone is interested, just drop me a line with a address and i will send them out to you as long as i still have them available. i think the die cut adds pretty well to the images.

also finally got around to test print my first few archival prints on a friend's wide format printer. they came out quite beautiful but others still need alot of tweaking. will post them as soon as they are fully resolved.

she's long over due!!!

so i haven't posted for a month!!! well, at least i finally resolved her dress and decided to just indicate and loosely define the dress as it flows down. now i have a new problem which is just to finish the rest of the drawing. as you can see on the upper left, i have started the archway above her. i guess the architectural elements of the archway has decided to define it's art nouveau details. will be actually be taking a break for the next 3 weeks. in any case, i want to step away from this for awhile and get a breather. all you artists know what i mean, right? i would like to sincerely thank all who have given me suggestions. cheers.

Saturday, August 05, 2006

too much rendering!!!

just a close detail of the drapery on this current project. i told myself that i wouldn't be working so tight but somehow i have drifted back into the ultra rendering mode ... something that i am not too pleased with. i know i have to loosen her up gradually towards the bottom of the dress (no pun intended .. ha ha). we'll just have to wait and see how i am going to resolve this.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

heat vs heart.

so i started this smaller (4' x 5') drawing hoping i can finish it considerably faster than the last. i can honestly say that i really enjoy doing drapery which is ironic because i wasn't so good at it in school. unfortunately the heat in california is not so great to draw in. oh well, the show must go on.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

the complete picture

i finally got around to trying to capture a complete image but i still had to play around with it in photoshop. thanks to dex mission for his advice but unfortunately, the workspace does not allow for more than 10 feet from the original piece. regardless, i am content with its ultimate result and am now working on a new drawing a little smaller (4' x 5') ... back to work.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

idiosyncratic details

so she's finally done. i can't believe it has taken so long to finish but with it being the size it is, i don't feel so bad. i will post it up on my site soon ... i just have to figure how to shoot the whole image without any distortion ... but for now, here are some particular details that i do like. :)

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

gone but not forgotten

wow ... i can't believe it's been 5 years since i produced this drawing. it was probably the beginning of my obsession with large scale charcoal/graphite drawings. although, it is comparitively small (4.5' x 2.5') to what i am doing now. in any case, i sold it and unfortunately do not have any high res pics of this anymore. i really like the composition although now i question the gothy dark floating structure ... thinking about re-doing this even larger someday without the dark undertones. well, at least my drawing skills have improved ... i think?

Monday, June 05, 2006

website to launch soon

been basically trying to work out the glitches in my site. i actually have the old one up right now but i designed a new practical banner and also will soon remove the movie from the splash page. nobody wants to sit and wait for a 22mb file to download before entering a site ... not me anyways. i hope my peers will approve of the design. trying to make everything more simplistic is harder said than done because in the end, "less is always more".

Thursday, May 11, 2006

an aging picture

i've been putting this off because of some personal engagements. now if i finish this then i am home free. let's just say this drawing which is 4' x 7' has the most detail i have ever done ... now back to work.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

the search is almost over ....

well the temporary splash page is up. any comments would be appreciated. now, i am just really kicking it into overdrive for the website.

Monday, April 17, 2006

lights, camera, .... action

just trying to capture something interesting and hoping it comes out decent ... we'll just have to see. thanks to ralph the camera man.

Sunday, April 16, 2006

not lazy just busy

haven't posted anything lately but been working intensely with ralph on website. editing is a lot more intensive than i thought. will put some more sneak peaks this week as time permits.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Saturday, April 01, 2006


so as a teaser i have ran a test print of four poster comps. i really like how they all came out. some more than others of course. i will post hi-res images as soon as the site is up. can't give everything away, right? ... i need to work on some more poster comps but lately, been feeling drained mentally from designing.

Saturday, March 25, 2006

art nouveau on the brains

i am currently working on a poster of this sketch i did and it is coming out pretty nice. i thought the sketch came out okay ... except it looks more like a finished piece than a comp. her drappery is definitely my favorite part and the art nouveau influence is quite obvious.

Monday, March 20, 2006

poster comp ii.

been cracking my head open for the past couple of days trying to finish this poster. i think it came out alright. i also added the sepia filter just for that vintage look.

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

poster comp

so after fiddling around with photoshop for two days ... i finally came up with this poster comp. i am very happy with it ... i think.
( just added revised image with sepia filter).

another paris sketch

just another sketch i did after coming back from paris.

Sunday, March 12, 2006


went to paris for the first time and did this study when i came back home. pencil on paper.