Portrait + Process

Thanks as always to AD Dian Holton for hiring diverse range of women to do portraits for The Girlfriend Letter by AARP! These are particularly fun to do and I thought I'd share one so you can see my process. Enjoy :)

First: Research, research! Compile as many photo references of the subject as much as possible! Fun fact, Elaine Welteroth was born in Fremont, CA! (Hey there neighbor!) She's not only got an exceptional eye and taste for an editor, she's also the first African American woman to serve as Beauty Editor in Teen Vogue in 2012. To quote Wikipedia: "In 2017, Welteroth was named editor-in-chief of Teen Vogue, making her the second African-American in Condé Nast's 107-year history to hold such a title." How cool is that! I'm glad that a lot of companies and institutions are striving to be more diverse in terms of gender and race. 

Final version of Welteroth, gouache on hot pressed watercolor paper.

Above: Time lapse of the portrait. I definitely need to get a tripod for my time-lapses, but for now, oatmeal tub does the trick (sort of).

Pass 1 & 2 of Welteroth portrait. Went for straight shot as requested. My sketches are usually colored as close to the final as possible, to avoid errors, because repainting is a pain in the behind.

Pass 1 & 2 of Welteroth portrait. Went for straight shot as requested. My sketches are usually colored as close to the final as possible, to avoid errors, because repainting is a pain in the behind.

Procrastination

I love to draw and paint, but I also love to eat and experimenting with recipes! It wasn't until this year that I realized that the way for me to avoid deadlines and basically procrastinate is by cooking. It brings me to a space where I am still creative, loose -- and maybe unconsciously satisfies my physical reaction to stress -- by eating! I think a dream assignment for me would be doing a cookbook. While that has not happened to me yet, I think I will start with my own adventures with creating food! 

A marriage of my 2 passions. Hope it inspires you to make some, because it's delicious!

This was a super easy one, and definitely a must-have at home. Yes, you guessed it: Chili Sauce! Growing up in Southeast Asia, food never feels complete if they're not accompanied by some sort of chili sauces. Chili oil is made with a combination (and not limited to): Sichuan peppercorns, chili flakes, star anise, cinnamon, bay leaves, and salt! Even though this sauce uses a lot of spices, does not overpower any dish. And because of the oil, it can be kept for at least a couple of weeks, if not, months! 

I don't take credit though, this recipe was directly taken from http://thewoksoflife.com/2015/08/how-to-make-chili-oil/ with my own modification when it comes to taste. Anyways, this was as much fun as cooking the chili itself! 

BLARG?

It's been a while since I've done any blogging, but I've decided to give it another try. I mainly post on IG, but I always feel like I'm so limited and feel bad about posting too much at one time. Let's see how long I can keep this up. I will also be posting stuff I won't necessarily put on my website gallery, and perhaps I'll post sketches, since it's always fun to see work-in-progress!

Something fun, a little thank you card. 

Something fun, a little thank you card. 

It's been a while since I made one of these, but it was super fun to be loose and experimental. Is it too late to make these for the holidays? 

Another fun exercise. This is an idea that's been floating in my head for a while, about weird/funky vehicles. This might be far fetched --- but it might've been inspired by one of those cheese nights. Workin' on my night cheese, am I right?

Another fun exercise. This is an idea that's been floating in my head for a while, about weird/funky vehicles. This might be far fetched --- but it might've been inspired by one of those cheese nights. Workin' on my night cheese, am I right?

And with this GIF I bid you good night!