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Materials used: kraft paper, pencil, coffe, red wine

Tools used: Adobe Photoshop

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I used to live in one of the bad parts of San Francisco: Sixth and Mission, where sometimes I would get greeted by prostitutes with their clients doing their business on my apartment building’s staircase. The weird thing is, as the number of crack deals increase, more and more new “trendy” bars and clubs start popping out from nowhere trying to allure the hipster crowd. So it got me thinking, what will this area look like in 20 years?

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Materials used: Charcoal, guache, gel medium on canvas

Size: 9″ X 9″each

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These paintings were done for a baby girl’s nursery room and each painting is a cartoon version of the family’s real dogs. Initially, the request was for paintings in retro mod style with bold graphics and shapes. The problem was that the whole nursery room was already on mod overload and I suggested that having a more sketchy, simple style for the paintings would balance the room out.

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Appeared on: The 1UP Show

Tools used: Adobe Photoshop, Pencil, Paper, Scanner

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With every new season, comes a new intro. That’s when I usually become the honorary video team member for a week and help out.   Cesar came up with the great idea of spoofing game covers. Naturally, with brainstorming, hard work, and a gazillion number of takes, the little idea became a fully fleshed-out intro.

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Materials: Pencil on Bristol

Size: 14″ x 11″

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This was a commissioned drawing for a children’s book. The theme I was given was “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Funny story is, they ended up not using it because the editor assumed I would draw something more feminine…like princesses or something.

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Tools used: Holga GN film camera, 120 (medium format) film

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I recently started playing with the Holga and entered the crazy world of medium format. It’s strange…I feel like I have to relearn photography and the art of composition due to the cute but classy square shape. More Holga photographs here, scanned into my flickr.

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Materials used: Pencil on Bristol

Size: 24″ X 36″

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Edit Update 10/22/07:

So from my wordpress blog stats, I see that this post has been getting quite a lot of traffic. I can only assume that it’s Coat, Desk, Chair time at good ol’ Berkeley. If you are currently a Environmental Design 11A student, I feel sorry for you. ED11A really teaches you how to shit diamonds. But fret not, after 11A, you will have all the fundamentals down (more like branded into your brain with a hot poker) and trust me, it will come in handy and save your asses numerous times down the road. If your instructor is Katie Hawkinson, tell her I said hi. She may be the most influential teacher I had at Cal. Here are some tips on Coat, Desk, Chair:

-Unless you have amazing furniture, don’t use your dorm room or your sad apartment. I had crappy plastic chair in my apartment from Walgreens. It’s as interesting as dirt…unless you’re going for the destitute college theme, and I have seen some amazing drawings of the like. You just have to make sure your set-up carries a theme. Dorm rooms and apartments can convey really mixy-matchy confusing notes. Opt for your own studio. Or a library. Or even a window display at Urban Outfitters on Bancroft (if it’s still there).

-Use your time wisely. Does the light source keep on changing? Well then, during your “good light time” mark your shadows and highlights, then fill it in later.

– Don’t be scared of backing up clear decisions you made during the drawing process. And express them diplomatically at your critiques. This doesn’t mean you should provide excuses either. If your instructor thinks your drawing is lame, don’t get down-trodden. Talk about it and find out why it’s lame.

Good luck!

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The infamous “Coat, Desk, Chair” assignment was something that every Berkeley Architecture student would still have nightmares about years later. The mission, if you choose to accept, is to compose and complete a drawing featuring a coat, a desk, and a chair in one weekend using nothing but a gigantic piece of paper, pencils, and one eraser without the use of a camera. I can see that it doesn’t sound that hard but consider this:

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Appeared in: ACC Chinese New Year Gallery Show, Taipei, February 2004

Materials: Acrylic, pen & ink on composite wood

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This painting wasn’t some angst-y statement about my struggles of being an Asian American or a Third Culture Kid, I painted it because Dragons Are Neat.

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Materials used: Charcoal, pen & ink

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Freehand drawing is oddly liberating. No scale, no rulers, no rules. Hooray for anarchy!

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Tools used: Adobe Photoshop, Final Cut Pro

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I couldn’t fall asleep one night so I played with Final Cut for the first time.

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