Sunday, March 29, 2015

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Ode to Skottie Young's Fortunately the Milk Illustrations


A good way to practice different styles is to copy others. I am figuring out some pirate figures so I copied Skottie Young's pirate sketches from Neil Gaiman's FORTUNATELY THE MILK. Figures A, B, and C are copies. D is my own creation channeling the same vibe.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Kraken Sketches

© Sylvia Liu
I have been sketching just not scanning them. So I'm back dating these and adding them...

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Friday, March 20, 2015

Black Vortex of Productivity

© Sylvia Liu
There once was a black hole
That swallowed a week
That swallowed a day
That swallowed all my productivity.

Ha. I didn't even try to make that rhyme or scan. I've tried hard to keep up with a post a day but sometimes life just gets in the way.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Penguin Hug

© Sylvia Liu
A big penguin hug to my good friends who need one.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Nail Art



One of the few activities Sammi can do without worsening her post-concussion headache is nail polish, so she's gotten creative over the last month. This is today's creation.

Here is a previous one done on her sister:



These swirls are done by first making a pattern of nail polish in a cup of water, and the dipping your fingers into the pattern:



Friday, March 13, 2015

Our Pottery Fired



We got the pottery that we painted mailed to us. These two pieces were ones that Sammi made, and here's my fish plate:


Thursday, March 12, 2015

Sarah's Poster on Order of Operations

© Sarah Jacobs
On some days, I cheat and post my daughters' creations. Since I helped create my daughters, their creations are sort of mine, right? This was Sarah's math assignment, to come up with a mnemonic device to remember the order of operations in formulas (parentheses, exponents, multiplication, division, addition, subtraction).

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

My First 20 Kraken for Design 100 Krakens

© Sylvia Liu
I'm about 85% happy with my kraken character for my story, but I am still exploring possibilities. I've probably doodled 100 krakens already, but I'm going to start again now. First 20.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Monday, March 9, 2015

Imaginary H Friends (Doodle Day)

© Sylvia Liu
A lot of Doodle Day sketches turn into elaborate illustrations, so I decided to really just doodle, not spending more than a minute per doodle. My imaginary H friends.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Golem and Wall Breaker Sketch

© Sylvia Liu
For Doodle Day's Imaginary Friends G for Golem. This is my fan art for Clash of Clans, a way too addictive game that seems to be played mostly by teenaged boys. (My teenaged nephew introduced me to the game and I'm in his clan with a bunch of other teenaged boys).

I also just remembered to use my PS Express app to clean up my photo of my sketch while I've been traveling. This was my untouched sketch:


Saturday, March 7, 2015

Another 20 Penguins in Ink

© Sylvia Liu
This is almost the last batch. I think I'm up to 82 penguins, give or take a few.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Paint Your Own Fish



I took Sammi to a Paint Your Own Pottery place and we had a great time. This was my fish plate that I did, while Sammi painted this cookie jar:



I can't wait to see how it turns out fired.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Fun Dance

 © Sylvia Liu
Happy penguin time! When good things happen to good people, it's time to celebrate. Penguins #59 and #60 of my Design 100 Somethings

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

20 Penguins, including Miki, Kiki, and Zukiki


© Sylvia Liu


Kiki, Miki, and Zukiki are creations of my daughters, Sammi & Sarah and their good friend Sarah. They are writing a picture book story that I'm to illustrate, inspired in part by some of these 20 penguins.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Penguins on a Ski Vacation

© Sylvia Liu


I am on vacation now, so I don't have access to a scanner. Am posting these up with my phone camera.