Figure & Portrait

Wedding Anniversary Gift – Couple Painting

I've recreated quite a few romantic scenes from movies in watercolor, so it's no surprise that couple paintings are one of the popular demands for commission work. I've been privileged to paint beautiful couples from around the world. I'd like to thank everyone who gave...

Colored Pencil Portrait Series

I recently finished an interesting project -- a portrait series of great thinkers and philosophers, which I have zero knowledge in. The client works at a psychology and sociology research institute, and these will be displayed in the living room area. I felt such an...

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Dark Fairies on Black Pastel Paper

While I was experimenting with different types of art paper and medium, I had this black paper in my hands. Right off the bat, I thought it'd be great to create a dark night image on, without having to cover the majority of the background...

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  • Watercolor baby portrait
Watercolor Baby Portraits

I love painting portraits of children. Babies? Even more. Their innocent eyes and beaming smiles are inspirational. I think watercolor is a perfect medium to bring their pure skin tones and clear eyes into life. Above are a couple images of portrait commissions. I'm grateful to...

Precautions for pastels and spray fixatives

I love the look and feel I can get from pastels, but now I'm firmly determined that I will stop using soft pastels, and further reduce the use of dry media, which includes Charcoal and pencils. Any dry medium requires spray fixative application. I thought...

Charcoal Portrait Drawing

Just finished a commission work. It took me about one week from sketching the initial outline to spraying final fixative.  For any artwork no matter how simple it is, I need extra time to sit on it. Even if I’m happy with what I’ve drawn...

Child Portrait – Watercolor Illustration

One of my recent commissioned work. Isn't she sweet? I love painting children, since their eyes are so clear and innocent. The client will be using this art as the main branding image for her hair accessory business;  her website, brochures and store decoration. This is...

Happy Family Portrait

Recently I was commissioned by a friend for his family portrait. It was fun but challenging at the same time. Drawing three faces in one artwork is much more difficult than three faces in separate pieces.  Because if I screw on the third face, the...

Ballerina – Soft pastel drawing

Ballerinas were the favorite theme of the French impressionist artist, Edgar Degas. If that's not an accurate statement, at least he's famous for painting and drawing a lot of them. His works definitely inspired me to try a ballerina. I wanted to get a very...

Summer Beach Dress and Hat

Summer is here! It is finally warm and sunny. We had the usual June Gloom until about a week ago. June Gloom  is a Southern California term for a weather pattern that results in overcast skies with cool temperatures during the late spring and early...

Classic Glamour – Pastel Drawing

I love the fashion from 1940's and 50's. It is so feminine and elegant. Everyone looked pretty. Many people may not recognize this image as Judy Garland, because she is known for the little girl, Dorothy in Wizard of Oz. I myself haven't seen her adult...

Figure drawing on toned paper

I really enjoy drawing on toned paper since I can achieve dramatic contrast between highlight and shade on a pre-set mood. This series of quick figure drawings uses Conte pencils and deep pumpkin colored paper. I chose this particular toned paper to get a warm and...