Soo Kim - Artist, Painter, Illustrator

The Louvre – Take as many pictures as you’d like

The Louvre is immense. From outside, the size is so overwhelming that you would think you would never walk through a small piece of it. I recommend  you spend a half day to a full day at the museum. Besides the size, there were a few...

Comic book style marker illustration

There is a big party going on in San Diego from  July 21st through 24th. It is called Comic-Con 2011. Originally showcasing comic books, science fiction/fantasy and film/television, and related popular arts, the convention has expanded over the years to include a larger range of pop...

Lady Gaga vintage style illustration

Out of all the outrageous and amusing styles Lady Gaga has tried in the past 5 years or so, I have to say that my favorite is the vintage style. Very famine, elegant, glamorous and mysterious...

Marilyn Monroe in Chanel No 5

One of the good things about doing art as hobby is I can create whatever I'd like. I could draw Marilyn Monroe forever. She looks amazing in all of her pictures. So, here I go again. This time, my rendering style is different than my...

Acrylic painting - trees 2011 Soo Kim
Acrylic or Oil Paints?

I prefer acrylics due to its convenience: easy to clean and no toxicity. But all the famous paintings are done in oils, and they really shine under good lighting. While there’s a certain prestige commonly associated with oil paintings, I don't think it does really...

British Museum

One of the world’s oldest and finest museums, the British Museum now has seven million items through judicious acquisition and the controversial plundering of empire. It’s an exhaustive and exhilarating stampede through world cultures, with galleries devoted to Egypt, Western Asia, Greece, the Orient, Africa,...

Another fashion illustration – Chanel

I started off drawing and rendering this gorgeous Chanel sunglasses model. It looked good as it was, but I wanted to somehow incorporate the famous Chanel branding into the image more boldly, not subtly. I ended up throwing a backdrop of Chanel's classic quilted panel...

Fashion Illustration – Gucci

This illustration is the second one I did as part of my favorite fashion brand series. I stumbled upon a picture of this cool model in a 60's style wig and funky glasses. I colored her hair with red instead of blonde, which was the...

Top 10 art blogs

I got curious what the most popular art blogs were.  From BlogRank, here is the top 10. Drawn! The Illustration and Cartooning Blog Wooster Collective Doodlers Anonymous FFFFOUND! / EVERYONE Art Fag City BOOOOOOOM! Illustration Friday lines and colors :: a blog about drawing, painting, illustration, comics, concept art and other visu CR Blog Motion...

Fashion Illustration – Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton is one of the the most beloved high fashion brands. Whether they can afford real expensive items or just knock-off purses, most women in the world are crazy about the timeless classic LV monogram canvas.  Crazy enough to wrap their bodies with LV...

Art Deco inspired handmade brooches

A cute Etsy shops I found today. Yalipaz shop sells handmade embroidered brooches, hair clips, magnets, and wall art.  Her detailed craft work is vintage inspired.  I love the facial expressions of her brooches, various textures and patterns of different materials she is using, color...

Lady Gaga, the most influential artist

Lady Gaga managed to beat Oprah Winfrey by becoming the most popular and influential artist in the world, according to the latest top created by the famous Forbes magazine. The eccentric Lady Gaga came in first in the Top 100 Most Popular and influential artists in...

Scarlet O’hara Fashion

Lately, I've been thinking what my favorite movies of all times are. I've mentioned that in a previous post that Breakfast at Tiffany's is one of the top 10. Gone with the Wind has to be another one. I still can't believe the film was made...

Inspiration – Sophie Griotto

Sophie Griotto is one of my favorite illustrators.  Her work is really vivid, col­or­ful, soft, fem­i­nine, dynamic and very inven­tive. Born in Alès, France, Sophie Gri­otto is inspired by the con­tem­po­rary urban woman. Using pencils and pastel crayons, and some digital techniques, she creates beautifully feminine images...

Top 10 photography blogs

Most artists also have a great deal of interest in photography. I'm not an exception.  I  just wish days were longer so I could do more things. Digital Photography School Strobist DIYPhotography.net -DIY Photography and Studio Lighting Chase Jarvis Blog Joe McNallys Blog The Luminous Landscape - Whats New PopPhoto: Tests &...

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...

Cheap art supplies?

In my previous post, I’ve mentioned Michael’ arts and crafts store and their value brand, Artist's Loft, just briefly. It is like Kirkland at Costco and Up&Up at Target -- Quality value brand. From what I experienced, I'm hesitant to say that Artist's Loft's products...