Here's another girl I made. Shes wearing a lace top, but when I scanned it in she developed stripes. It works...
Saturday, December 31, 2011
The Ladybug, watercolor and gouache, 2011
Just playing around. I was having issues with the background because I used so much color. I was very tempted to just keep it white...Instead, I ended up with yellow snow covered mountains....or the great pyramids!
Thursday, December 29, 2011
Untitled , Graphite, Ink and Watercolor on Paper
"There was a time when monsters co-existed with the land and animals. In order to survive, the monsters would journey out each day to kill the land and animals for their meat. At the same time they believed them to be their ancestors. Because of this belief they only killed what they needed to survive.
Over time, the monsters grew in numbers and invented tools to effortlessly kill the land and animals. These tools distanced them from their ancestral bonds. The land and animals watched this in fear and wept, but the monsters ignored their suffering and continued the massacre."
A lot of the work I have done in the past two years were somehow related to the ambiguous relationships between human and animals. My work as early as the Leslie series (1, 2, 3, and 4) focused on the connection that can be formed. This work came out of the number of pets that my family has owned and loved since my childhood. I started dabbling in the darker aspects of humans relationship with animals when I had a very vivid nightmare. After that I decided to become a vegetarian and then a pescetarian...which didn't last very long. I started producing work such as Gyu-kaku and the piece above. It is currently Untitled, and was the final product for my BFA capstone class and part of the TRANSFORM exhibition at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. I took a fairytale approach on the subject of animals in slaughterhouses- as many people (including myself) are ignorant or simply ignore their sufferings.
Thoughts and feedback are welcome!
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Monday, December 26, 2011
The Sketchbook Project: Hope: Page 1
This year I am taking part in The Sketchbook Project 2011! I love the idea of sketchbooks being exhibited across the states. The deadline is fast approaching, so I have to be very diligent! This is the first page of my sketchbook- it’s the first time I experimented with gouache!
Sunday, December 25, 2011
I don't have anything Christmas related scanned in at the moment! But I did use recycled paper from my wrappings, previous projects and other scrap papers I had lying around for these girls! That counts...right? ;3
Hope you are having a great Christmas!!
Saturday, December 24, 2011
Friday, December 23, 2011
Smokey and Baby
Thursday, December 22, 2011
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Hei: Hawaiian String Figures
By Keith Kalani Akana
Illustrations by Kimberlie Wong
Last year I did a total of 15 illustrations for Keith Akana who is doing an article on Hei or Hawaiian string figures. I was informed earlier this week that the article was accepted for the Hulili Journal of Education and they will possibly be publishing the work by 2012! That's next year people! I'm going to be published! I'm so excited!!!
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Monday, December 19, 2011
Gyu-Kaku, graphite and marbling, 2010
This year one of my pieces, Gyu-kaku was chosen to be featured in Jacket2. I was really excited when I found out that my work was featured twice- with my BFA classmates and for an article by Haunani-Kay Trask. I remember learning about Trask in my English class! Crazy!
Gyu-kaku came out of a lot of work that I have been doing about the human and animal relationship. I was walking around when I saw a guy dressed up in a cow costume advertising the restaurant, Gyu-kaku, a Japanese yakiniku restaurant. Interesting, yeah? Gyu-kaku is one of the first pieces where I ever used the marbling technique and I liked it so much I ended up using it for my work while I was in the BFA program earlier this year.
Check out Pacific rim and basin art here!
Check out the article here!
Sunday, December 18, 2011
This is one of the four works from my series "Leslie" that I did last year. The series was inspired by my sister who has a love for animals and nature.
Leslie: Koi (1/4), graphite, 2010
Leslie: Koi (1/4), graphite, 2010
More to come!