Some of my Sketches at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

On April 27th, I headed down to the Metropolitan Museum of Art by myself.  As much as I love exploring art with my friends, it’s nice to go explore a museum or a gallery by myself.

I spent most of my time in Arms and Armor and the American Wing.

Here are my sketches:

Armor for a member of the Barberini Family


A detail of the statue, The Struggle of the Two Natures in man by George Gray Bernard
Hiawatha by Augustus Saint-Gaudens

Bonus pic!


Detail of Group of Bears by Paul Manship

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Products featuring my Artwork available at Society6!

I am pleased to announce the opening of my new shop at Society6!  Most of the artwork featured are from my sketchbooks since unlike my Etsy Shop (which you can enjoy Free Shipping until December 2nd, 2012 with coupon code CYBERMONDAY), I cannot sell the original copies of those.  You can order my art as a framed print, stretched canvas, tote bag, shirt (in men’s and women’s sizes), hoodies, cards (men’s and women’s), iPhone and iPod case and skin, laptop and iPad skin, and throw pillow.  These products make great presents for the upcoming holidays.  There is also a lot of talent in this website so if you make a purchase, you are supporting independent artists.

I am very excited about this.  One of my early New Years’ resolutions was to be more active in art making and in selling my art.  This is only the beginning.

Clicking on each picture below will lead you straight to the store.  Also, I will be posting a link that goes straight to my Society6 store on the menu bar.

Sun and Hills Landscape Print starting at $19.97.

Hype! iPad Skin $25.00

Poppies iPhone case $35.00

Watercolor and Pen Circles Throw Pillow starting at $20.00

Flowers and Swirls Abstract Scratchboard Drawing available on Etsy

One of the things I am grateful for is being blessed with artistic talent and finding the time do pursue my art while building up my freelance and Etsy business.

Here’s my latest listing which is an ode to everything I love to doodle on the margins of my notebooks.


Click on Etsy Shop on the menu bar to check it out!

For Thanksgiving week (Until Saturday November 24th, 2012) enjoy a 10% discount with coupon code: THANKSGIVING2012

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Grown Up Artists’ Interpretations of Children’s Art.

It’s common knowledge that children are creative, imaginative, and free-spirited.  They’re not burdened by self-defeat and doubt unlike most adults.  So it’s no wonder that three very different, very talented adult artists turn to children’s artwork for inspiration for their own work.

The Monster Engine

The Monster Engine is run by Dave Devries, an artist and graphic designer.  His idea for The Monster Engine started when his 6 year old niece was drawing in his sketchbook.  The  idea for the project is simple, “How would a child’s drawing look like if painted realistically?”  Devries turns children’s drawings into realistic creations. It’s common knowledge that most children don’t have the skills and experience of grown up artists.  The project doesn’t mean that we don’t view children’s drawings as good enough or valuable.  In fact, after watching a couple videos in the website, I saw how enthusiastic the children were when they were collaborating on a painting.  It’s always an honor when someone (especially one who you think is greater than you in skill and knowledge) finds inspiration in something you do, no matter how old you are.  Devries’ paintings have a wonderful, weird and creepy quality to them that is reminiscent of both comic books and Tim Burton.

The Monster Engine is a book, website, and lecture series.  Find out more here.

Bonus:  Check out this lesson plan inspired by The Monster Engine!

Yeondoo Jung

Yeondoo Jung is an artist based in Seoul, South Korea.  His beautiful photographs have a sense of fantasy and storytelling.  The colors are vivid and the compositions are dynamic.  In his  Wonderland (2005) series, he reinterprets children’s drawings with photography using costumes, props, and set design.

Child’s Own Studio

Child’s Own Studio is run by Wendy Tsao.  It is based on the idea of making a child’s drawing come to life by crafting a soft, plush, toy based on the drawing.  I can only imagine how happy the children are when they see a stuffed version of their own drawing :).  Child’s Own Studio takes custom orders and works with the customer personally by finding the right fabrics and techniques in reinterpreting the child’s drawings.  I imagine that the process takes a long time but it’s all worth it for a happy child.  Right now, Tsao is working through her orders but there are other craftspeople she recommends for the same time of project:

I hope you enjoyed the beautiful artwork of both the adult and children artists!