2012.October.7, 6:59pm
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Here are sketches I drew while spending time with my brother (who is cooking “three-cup chicken” above) in Huntington Beach.

2012.October.5, 7:24am
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This is a sketch for the drawing below. I’m trying out my new box of Prismacolor Premier Cool Grey markers. From a distance some of my scooter and pedestrian drawings just look like fields of little blips. Though I’ve nothing against little-blip fields, I thought I’d up the neat-grid-minimalist-versus-sloppy-sketch ante by giving them an Op Art look.

The outer ring of 364 Fading Pedestrians, which I drew with Sakura Pigma pens. Love those nibs.

The inner section of 364 Fading Pedestrians, probably around 50% Cool Grey with the Prismacolors.

A broader detail from 364 Fading Pedestrians, showing the fade from black to 90%, 80%, etc etc down to 10% Prismacolor Cool Grey. My brother says it looks like I spilled a glass of water on my drawing.

And at last, 364 Fading Pedestrians, leaned against a car in front of the house, before I erased the penciled grids I used to plan the work.


2012.October.4, 12:00am
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Just received these pictures courtesy of John Borland, who commissioned me to make this piece (489 Scooters, 2012) a couple of months ago. We planned the work for a wall space at the top of a staircase in the back of the house, but after receiving it he decided to hang it at the end of the entry hall — first thing you see when you come in the front door! He even hired a child model for the unveiling.  Great to see my artwork find a good home.

2012.September.29, 1:07am
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Somewhere down the line I’m going to want to increase the size of my pedestrian drawings, and it’ll be messy. I drew this one with India ink on butcher paper that was laid out on the lawn. Problem was I used both hands and had shut the front door, but I think I got in without leaving a trail. The result reminds me of some of the early scroll drawings of Huang Chih-yang, a Taiwanese artist I interviewed a few years ago. Read the interview in the Taipei Times here.

2012.September.13, 2:42am
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I’ve been experimenting with different surfaces and tools for my Pedestrian Series. The above drawings are both on cold-pressed watercolor paper, which holds up to a lot more than the Arches Cover paper I used for a recent commission, 489 Scooters. The top drawing was made with my now-usual Sakura Pigma pens, and the bottom with India ink and a tortillon (a rolled-up paper smudging tool).

2012.September.11, 5:55pm
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These drawings of pedestrians are kind of a spin-off from my Scooter Series. As you might expect, there aren’t nearly as many scooters here in California as there were in Taiwan, where I used to live. I posted some early attempts at pedestrians (here and here), but I’ve refined my style since then. I’ve done these drawings from park benches, inside my girlfriend’s car, or just sitting on the curb.  That works well for these small pieces, but I’d like to work larger, so starting Friday I’m going to be drawing from inside the window of a gallery in downtown Berkeley. Check back soon for updates.

2012.September.6, 4:31am
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I’ve gone back and forth on the Chinese name chops for my scooter drawings, and now they’re back. I’d worried that it might seem a little hokey or make the allusion to Chinese calligraphy too obvious, but in the end I decided the bit of red amid all that black and white looks so good that it was worth it. Unfortunately I lost my chops in the move from Taiwan, but a friend of mine sent a couple new ones along and here they are. (Thank you Mr. Wheeler.)

When I compared the new image with the old, I realized my old chops printed my Chinese nickname backwards — “Bu-a” (布阿) instead of “A-bu” (阿布). It wasn’t really backwards as vertical Chinese text usually reads right to left, but with just the two characters you can’t tell whether you’re reading two single-character columns vertically or one two-character row horizontally. I like it better the new way. No doubt this will horrify the first Chinese person who notices, and I’ll be informed that I’ve ruined all the scooter drawings before/since I started using the new chops.