Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween!


my old illustration of Mad Hatter.
Hope you get a lot of treats! :)

Saturday, October 24, 2009

doodles










I sketch random things from my head, thinking that one day I'll make them into finished illustrations or use the character designs for my comics in the future. But they just pile up and I never get around to use them. so I decided to post them here and free my guilt of not being able to do anything with them yet. Here are a few of those drawings. 

Figure drawing




Drawing from my head can be pretty daunting. I prefer drawing from life. Fortunately there are many places in New York that offer figure drawing sessions. I've been to a few of them and the craziest one that I've been to was the DRAW-A-THON last year. Brooklyn based artist, Michael Alan had various models posing in every corner of  his  apartment. The apartment was packed with artists and models that I had to crouch in a tight ball to draw. Some of the models were cooking in the kitchen, some were making out in the bedroom, some were fighting in the living room. I felt like I was stuck in some independent Felini-esque movie. The climax was when they decided to move up to the roof of the apartment building and use the natural light. A couple of musicians, also naked, started playing their folk guitar and sing. The models moved slowly to the music like ghosts. When the sun set, they turned on the spot lights and continued until it was too cold for the models to stay outside. I must have stayed there for about 10 hours, and I've never drawn so many sketches in my life. I was exhausted by the end but it felt awesome.  There's no greater feeling than after you've lost yourself in drawing for hours. Like everything that is good for oneself , i.e. going to the gym or eating healthy, I should draw from life more often. 

Monday, October 12, 2009

Helmut Newton










His photographs are just sinfully delicious. They have a great atmosphere of chilly gloom of autumn like today. His fashion photography reminds me of old crime movies with more sinister, sexy twist. If Helmut Newton extended his talent into film, and directed something like  Eyes Wide Shut or The Ninth Gate, wouldn't that be an amazing film to watch? Not that Kubrick and Polanski didn't do a  great job already, I love these films. I mean stories like these would have suited Newton very well. Just a thought.   

Friday, October 9, 2009

evening dresses



I was bored at work and made some evening dress designs for fun.
Maybe Charlize Theron can wear the white one and Karen Elson the green? : )

Thursday, October 8, 2009

H.G Clouzot's Inferno






L’enfer d’Henri-Georges Clouzot is a documentary about Clouzot's film, L'enfer which was never completed or released for almost half a century. Hundreds and hundreds yards of film had been sitting at a vault collecting dust until Serge Bromberg convinced Mrs. Clouzot to give him the permission to release it. And I'm glad he did. What an amazing and valuable footage this was! I've never heard of Clouzot or this movie, I'm not a big fan of old french films, until the guys at Film spotting mentioned it. The clip I manage to find at youtube looked very interesting so I decide to watch it at New York Film Festival this weekend.
Basically Clouzot, after many successful films was given almost unlimited funds and crew to make this movie, and drove himself and everyone nuts by endless experiments and re-shooting until his main actor leaves the set and Clouzot get a heart attach. It was a very fascinating to watch what happens to real people collaboratively making art without limitation. It is every artist's dream to have unlimited resources and not having to make a forced decision when they aren't happy with their work. I certainly day dream about one day to be able to have the backing as Clouzot did when I make my art. But after watching this film I realized to complete a project, especially if it is huge and involves lots of people, you need someone or something to put a stop on you, forcing you to make a decision, to change things if it doesn't work,  to compromise. Otherwise it will never be done. I'm sure Clouzot wasn't the easiest person to work with, but any ambitious artists would go through the same turmoil as Clouzot did in the same situation. Even though L'enfer was a failure, it still produced an admirable footage of crazy visual experiments. Most of these footage of experiments would have been  lost if the film was actually completed and released because Clouzot was only going to used a few seconds of it, so in a way I'm glad that this film never got completed. How else will the public see this kind of film works of big name directors? The story of L'enfer didn't seem that special to me, the basic plot is about a man who is extremely jealous of his wife, goes crazy and kills (or doesn't kill?) his wife. We've seen a movie like this before. We have no idea if this movie would have been special if it was actually completed. But watching this documentary was a definitely a special experience for me.