Hello there!I'm a freelance artist by night and a computer scientist by day. Always hoping to expand and improve my work, I want to attend as many conventions as possible this year.I really hope you enjoy my art!
meet the artist
There's not much to see here. I'm currently a student and I really like to draw.Please go check out my work!
The image to the right was taken at Katsucon 2023 by a good friend who enticed me to buy a mushroom bucket hat. The photo features the artist (me) in said mushroom bucket hat which I later gifted to my mother. She enjoys it very much.
Artwork is available in multiple sizes including postcard (4"x6"), print (11"x17"), and poster (13"x19") forms. The pieces are inspired by various anime, games, and cultural works.In addition to physical art prints, stickers, keychains, and wooden pin designs are also available. The keychain and phone charms also have customized ring and chain designs.
Stickers & Charms
Attending conventions is very fun and it's a personal goal to attend as many as possible!Here is a list of previous conventions that we have attended complete with table setup pictures.
After attending Katsucon as a local fan, I had the opportunity to have my first double table here! Katsucon is one of the best conventions for cosplay which my friends and I took full advantage of, running a Genshin Impact Yae Miko Publish House themed table in full cosplay.
Katsucon 2023 was my first double table spread and I wanted to take full advantage.Art prints and posters were displayed on photoshoot curtains in the back. In the front, one table was reserved for postcards, stickers, and flipbooks. The other table displayed keychains and wooden pins. This made it easier for customer transactions since we could take customers on both sides.The Ms Hina carboard cutout was absolutely mandatory of course.
New addition: keychains & pins
At this convention, I was able to add a new type of product: acrylic keychain charms and wooden pins. Both were sourced from Vograce and I was quite happy with the result. We sold out of nearly half the keychain designs and a good amount of the wooden pins.In the future, I want to bolster my stock and look into getting wooden keychains due to the vibrancy of the color and light weight of the material.
The first image displays my friend gracefully bowing in supplication. She was glad sales that day were good. Her mother and younger sister came by that day to marvel at us. I am not sure what her mother thought about the degeneracy of the convention, but I made sure to impress her little sister.
The second image displays another friend trying to bow but failing. It would have been even worse if she was wearing her tail.She is like a clumsy cute anime girl. Would she be considered a genki girl or dojikko? I contemplated sending the video to her father, but decided not to since she is also a violent girl.
FanExpo Chicago 2023
FanExpo Chicago at the Donald E Stephens Convention center was the first convention I had to fly to! It was super fun meeting new artists and fellow nerds in the Midwest.What was less fun was dragging my two gigantic suitcases (weighing exactly 50 lbs each to get through the airport!) in full cosplay through public transport.
new Wooden charms
A new product I debuted at this convention were my mini wooden charms! Compared to my 3" acrylic keychains and 3" wooden pins, these charms offered a more subtle touch of weebery. Perfect to add to the house keys!That's what my mother did with her Lao Gan Ma charm at least. It was very validating and only slightly offset by the fact that my dad lost his not five minutes after I gifted it to him.
Anime usa 2022
Anime USA 2022 was my very first convention. It was quite the learning experience and also great fun.
At the convention, I printed all my own prints which I quickly learned was not very sustainable.
Since it was my first convention, I neglected to take good table setup photos. However, the general table layout can still be seen thanks to the plethora of cosplay photos! Lots of Genshin Impact cosplayers stopped by (due to us being in Yae MIko and Ms Hina cosplay) to take photos. Thus, the fact we have a table setup photo at all is courtesy of this wonderful Venti cosplayer.We have a standard photoshoot poster setup in the back with postcards on wiregrids in the front.
Featured Works & Process
I try to take inspiration from as many sources as possible outside of current media and animation. This includes various classical works and artists. Since I often draw with a documentary playing in the background, this bleeds into my work.*The piece to the right is heavily inspired by the artist Francis Bacon and his seminal triptych "Three Studies for a Crucifixion". I thought the body horror and reproductive imagery the piece evokes are very similar to themes found in Made in Abyss. Thus comes about the distorted bodies of our three protagonists, Riko, Reg, and Nanachi accordingly. The reduction of humanity in the descent into an all-knowing nothingness were very resonant. *
Three Studies for Figures at the Base of the Abyss (Made in Abyss x Francis Bacon)
Lofi Alchemist - beats to relax and crystallize to (Albedo, Genshin Impact)
In my opinion, there are two ways to have a piece resonate with the viewer: composition or concept. Either the viewer can be overwhelmed by technical skill and artistic beauty (composition) or they can be touched by something they find relateable to their own lives (concept). A mixture of both would be ideal.*Listening to the "lofi hip hop radio - beats to relax/study to" on YouTube while doing homework is a unifying experience for students everywhere. I wanted to combine the bright mugginess of studying on a beautiful day with a more fantastical feel. As a fan of Victorian fairy painter Richard Dadd, I tried to evoke a slightly otherworldly atmosphere through small detailing in the otherwise familiar setting of a study room. *
Image 1: A video recap of the drawing process. This was created via the Procreate timelapse function.
Image 2: An illustrated diagram of "Falling Leaves" where important story points are numerically listed out.
To create an interesting art piece, there must be a story. I find it a unique challenge to incorporate as many details about a character and their journey into an art piece as possible. Making the work interesting from both a composition and conceptual standpoint allows for more lasting enjoyment.The story of Kaedehara Kazuha is illustrated in roughly chronological order starting from the rising sun in the top background to the falling maple leaves at bottom foreground. I try to sweep the viewer's eyes in a clockwise motion as is natural when watching the passage of time on a clock.
Image 3: A video recap of the drawing process. This was created via the Procreate timelapse function.
Image 4: Kamisato Ayaka at Komore Teahouse
The illustration of Kamisato Ayaka is another example of the integration attempted with subject and scenery. The main subject is Kamisato Ayaka but, as the viewer's eye goes down the portrait, her form becomes Komore teahouse. At the very bottom are the many iterations of her growing up along the flat of her sword.I really like to hide little details in the drawing. Scattered around in the teahouse include Thoma (behind Taroumaru), Ayato (silhouette in the pavilion), Taroumaru (near the entrance of the teahouse), and a tanuki (base of the cherry blossom tree).
I like to think I speak both English and Chinese decently well (English I am sure of though the Mandarin is a bit debatable). As a child of Chinese immigrants who grew up speaking the language at home, the culture is something important that I want to keep close as I go into adulthood.Naturally, there is no better way than doing that through art, puns, and art-puns. I also enjoy digging up old textbook passages from Chinese school to incorporate into my work. Very nostalgic and very wistful - though I do not ever want to go back to Chinese school again.
My favorite character in the Chinese game Genshin Impact is Tartaglia. His name is "达达利亚" when written in Chinese。 Since "亚" is a homophone for "鸭“ or "duck" in English, the character is often depicted as a duck or goose in the community. Taken gratuitously further, "达达利亚" can also be heard as "打打力鸭" which translates to "fight fight power duck". The character's canonically bloodthirsty personality finds a kindred spirit in a bloodthirsty mean-spirited goose.The poem ”Ode to Goose" is a Chinese Tang poem written by Luo Binwang that every Mandarin speaking preschooler knows. When given some creative license, its peaceful verses can be misconstrued as something else entirely.*Even with no knowledge of Chinese, the pun still works in English. Tartaglia's boss battle in the game involves a transformation into something known as "Foul Legacy". Tweak a single letter and he becomes something much more avian. *A "Fowl Legacy" indeed. Truly, a goose's temperament is something to be feared.
Goose Goose Goosetaglia (Childe/Tartaglia, Genshin Impact x Luo Binwang)
Having grown up reading cultivation novels (e.g. wuxia, xianxia, xianhuan, etc), I cannot express how happy I am that they are receiving international and overseas attention. I am even happier with the numerous adaptations, including c-dramas, donghuas, and official translations (New York Times Bestsellers even!), that they are getting.
Remnant Lotus Listens to the Rain (Jiang Cheng, Mo Dao Zu Shi)
“Leave the remnant lotus to listen to the rain.”
- Lin DaiyuThe quote comes from the poem “Suluo's Pavilion Sending Love to Cui Yong and Cui Yong” by Li Shangyin. There are famously two versions of this line: *“留得残荷听雨声” - leave the remnant lotus to listen to rain“留得枯荷听雨声“ - leave the withered lotus to listen to rain“Withered lotus” is the original, but “remnant lotus” came into being when the poem was misquoted by Lin Daiyu, one of the principle characters of “Dream of the Red Chamber” or 紅樓夢 (one of the four great Chinese classics). The meaning behind this discrepancy is to reflect hope in love (an interpretation). A withered lotus is swept away but, despite the uncertainties in her relationship, Lin Daiyu’s love still has hope. It is waiting for reciprocation but has not withered. Hence the misquote.* When applied to the story of MDZS, the line is reflective of Jiang Cheng being left alone at Lotus Pier, not withered but waiting. For what, who knows?
SKETch & WIP Gallery (UNDER CONSTRUCTION)
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