April 18th, 2013 § 1 comment § permalink

Lately I’ve been inspired by plants and gardens. Here are some botanical sketches I’ve done in the past few weeks! I’m always experimenting in my sketchbook and digitally when I can.

Mosey’s Mid Riff

March 29th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

I was fortunate to be asked to join my friends from Mosey at an event in San Francisco called the microhood Mid Riff party (hosted by The Bold Italic and Blick’s). From what I understand it’s a celebration of local businesses in the certain areas in San Francisco featuring restaurants, small shops, and galleries! This year the microhood Mid Riff party set up shop on Market Street. I had a blast and I hope I can show more of my work at one of these parties! Mosey situated themselves in a cute little gallery called Satellite 66. I had the pleasure of helping Audrey Ma and her team beautify the space. Here are some photos courtesy of Audrey of the event. Super fun!

White American Bulldog

January 20th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

I’m working on another commission of my friend’s dog and her daughter. Here I did some quick sketches of her dog which I spent roughly 2-5 minutes each just to get a feel of how this dog moves and how it’ll look in the final piece! I like sketching, super fun!

Experimenting with digital media.

January 16th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

So I was given the advice to do more experimentation with the traditional ways of working. I found a lot of fun manipulating my work through a kaleidoscope tool. Here are some interesting images I made with old and recent art.

Circus Portrait

January 3rd, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

First of all, happy new year! I hope everyone had a great holiday season. I’ve been missing for some time now only because I was finishing up my last semester at California College of the Arts working on my thesis project. Now that I am officially done I get to start all over again and make new work.

A week before Xmas a friend of mine called me up for some commissioned work for a Xmas gift to his girlfriend. I couldn’t pass up a fun and rad project so I agreed to do it. (The scale of this thing is outside my comfort zone so it was kind of nice to work huge for the first time in a long time! The final product is 24″x30.”

I am sharing my process just so you can get an idea of how I work.

Here is a collage of the final sketch. I started drawing one thing on a piece of paper but it didn't work out. So, I took some scissors cut out a few things and arranged the objects until I was satisfied.

I started to paint one subject, detailing it to completion and moved on to another subject

Some detailing up close. I lay down a warm wash before adding other colors in, just to unify everything together.

TAH DAH! Complete.

Bruiser the Pup

July 6th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Hi guys, so I’ve been doing a few sketches of this little guy while his owner goes to work. He is such a sweetheart, his name is Bruiser! He is about 3 months old now and is getting bigger everyday! I’ll document his growth by drawing him. I love this baby pit bull!

Lake Chabot Painting

July 3rd, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Hi guys, so I’ve been missing for two weeks. I promise to update more this month. I’ve been enjoying my summer and also working out a lot (physical fitness) that there was an imbalance with art making. Gotta find that balance! Anyway a few days ago I had a twelve year old student who pretty much mastered earth tones in just three hours! We were close to finishing however didn’t get to add in the final touches. I encouraged my student to finish the painting when she got home. I’m so proud of her. We painted the beautiful Lake Chabot located here in the Bay Area, Hayward. I took some photographs of the place and will update you with the ones I took! Keep an eye out for many more updates! Paintings in order:

1. Anna Lorraine
2. Simran (age 12)

Many Faces of Mt. Fuji

June 17th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

So last Friday I taught my students how to paint Japan’s majestic Mt. Fuji in acrylics. I had a lot of fun and so did they. It shows too! I’m a bit bummed out that Cathy won’t be able to paint with me for the rest of the summer. I hope that she’ll return someday.  Here are our paintings in order:

1. Me
2. Quain
3. Cathy
4. Nhung


Forest Acrylic painting + my students’ work

June 10th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

I make art every week since I teach a workshop every Friday of the month. This forest painting was a joy to do so I decided it should be a lesson plan for my beginning Landscape workshop. It turned out that everyone was pretty content with their painting that I took a photo of my students’ finished pieces. These were done under three hours, so I am really happy how far each one of them got!

1. By Anna Lorraine (me)!
2. Lydia
3. Ernna
4. Debbie
5. Cathy

You guys done good, I’m so proud of you all :)

Robert Duck, I mean Hunt.

June 1st, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Hello guys! So I’ve been busy going out to lots of antique stores and most recently to an antique gun shop. I saw two ducks hanging up on the ceiling. Why was I reminded of the great illustrator, Robert Hunt? This inside joke about him being afraid of ducks compelled me to do a portrait of him alongside…well, a mallard duck! Just brushing up on my watercolors sans microns and I am pretty happy with the turnout. My friend Afu Chan also did a portrait of Robert Hunt. Enjoy!

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