Saturday, January 10, 2015

2015 Manifestations

So my first mistake was rushing into 2015 and getting sick. Too many rushed blogposts in a short period of time. Note to self - slow down and take the time you need. :)

The difference betweens goals and manifestations

Detailed plan, steps
To-do format
Think about it all the time
Limit the number of goals.

Act as if it already happened
Think about it once, and let it go out to the universe
You can have as many as you can imagine

2015 Manifestations

- Work Related -

Engaging: I love what I do for work. It's fun and engaging. I am passionate able my work and the service I provide to my customers and clients. I bring family and friends closer together in the most positive ways.

Expertise: I excel at what I do.  I am the best at what I do and I create very quality work and provide a high level of customer service. I am important and in high demand.  Doing my job is easy and relaxing. It is easy.  I easily complete my projects early and exceed the customers expectations. Everything is smooth, simple and easy.

Ease: Because I have systematically trained my skill, doing my work feels easy. I am relaxed. My clients are very happy and satisfied by my work.

People: I love the people I work with. My clients, customers, coworkers, employers and employees are a joy to work with. I attract and work with people who respect my boundaries behave in a very professional manner which I find delightful.

Schedule: I set the work lifestyle for me that I'm very happy with. I have able to have a stable and predictable schedule when I would like. I can also have a schedule that allows for freedom, spontaneity and creativity!

My Own Rules: I am able to work by own rules. I set boundaries that I'm very happy with. I am an authority in my business. I am able to set up my rules, service agreements, contracts in a manner that I am happy with. My rules are fair and just to both me and my clients. People respect and abide by the rules that I set for myself.

Easy Money: Getting paid is simple and easy. My customers always pay at least a 50% deposit or pay in full before I start the work. They pay me quickly and respect me.

Lots of Money: I get paid extremely well for what I do. I am able to earn a lot of money in a very short amount of time and effort.  I am grateful for the work I receive. I am grateful for my clients. I'm grateful to my employers, employees, all the people who have, are, and will help me. I'm grateful to myself and my efforts. I'm grateful to the abundant universe. I am able to complete my work, satisfy my customers and clients, and complete my projects quickly, efficiently, and effortlessly.  I always have plenty of free time to spend with family, friends, and take care of myself.

Flow of Money:  I am able to support myself and my family. I use my money for philanthropic and meaningful causes. I give back to the community and allow the money to flow healthily and freely.  I always have more than enough money.  Everything is well in my abundant world. I allow myself to relax and have peace of mind.

Focus: I am able to automate most of my tasks so I can grow my business and focus on what is the most important and what I enjoy doing the most. I am able to stay focused on my values and the reason why I do this, which is "bringing family and friends closer together in the most positive ways."

Lifestyle: I have a great work environment where I am able to get plenty of sunshine, exercise 2 hours a day, meditate, eat good food, get plenty of time to rest and recharge, take vacations etc...

- Personal Development -

Health: I place self care, exercise, sleep, nutrition, spending time with family and friends as a TOP priority in my life. I spend at least 2 hours exercising a day. I have a very active, healthy, fun and relaxed lifestyle. I go to sleep early and go to bed early - I have a natural and healthy energy rhythm. I have lots of energy all day long. I am able to fully engage when I'm working and I able to fully relax and release when I'm resting and recovering.

Time: I always have time and energy to take care of myself, do things that I want to do, and do things that mean the most to me. Time is abundant in my life. I allow myself to finish things early. I am punctual, on time or early to events. All my tasks flow naturally and I'm always at peace.

Love and Approval:  I fully accept and approve of myself. I allow myself to have strengths and weaknesses. I acknowledge my flaws and love myself whole-heartedly. I can improve upon which I wish to improve without judging myself, and without being too harsh or critical. I am habitually gentle, kind and loving to my own weakness. I also habitually gentle, kind and loving to others as well.

Kind: I am thoughtful, kind, caring and considerate of other people's needs and desires.

Humility: I am humble. I respect everyone - no matter who they are. Everyone has their own unique gifts. It is possible to learn from my experience or any person.

Gratitude: I am constantly thinking about all the things I'm grateful for. Being grateful is easy for me. I constantly feel gratitude from deep within and show my appreciation exuberantly.

Positivity: I am happy and easy going. Negative thoughts and emotions easily slide off of me and I'm able to always see the positive side of things. I can make light of things and find humor in all sorts of situations. I allow myself to take things light-heartedly and be easy going.

Authenticity:  I allow myself to truly be myself and do what my heart is telling me. I am beyond group beliefs. I do what I think I should do and when I should do them.  I allow myself to be free of influence and what other people think.  I make an effort to be the type of person that I truly want to be. I make an effort to be the type of person I would truly like to be around. I live with a sense of integrity and authenticity. I allow myself to be vulnerable and take risks that are in alignment with my higher self.

Take Advice: I also allow myself to listen, understand, and take-in other people's opinions and suggestions. It's okay for other people to be right. It's okay for me to be wrong. I know good advice when I see it - and good advice can come from anybody. I can an eye out for it. I am humble, and am easily able to take in other people's advice and implement their suggestions.

Communication and Respect: I am able to communicate diplomatically with my friends, family, girlfriend, wife, co-workers, employers, employees without feeling tense or a feeling like I am fighting. I am able to cultivate a sense of mutual respect for anyone and communicate in a way in which they feel respected and understood. People are also able to communicate with me in a diplomatic way that makes me feel respected and understood as well.

Generosity: I'm very generous when it comes to giving.  I feel a sense of abundance and prosperity. It is okay if I get less than another person - I always have enough and there is always more than enough. The world is plentiful. I'm always grateful for all the good things that people have done for me and the world has given me. I cultivate a continuous attitude of gratitude, and I continue to receive gifts from the world.

Patience: I am patient and calm. I am okay if it takes a little bit longer to do things. I embody tolerance, patience and compassion. Things will get done in their proper time. I believe in Divine Timing.

Asking for Help: I am able to easily ask for help. I allow myself to ask for help and admit that I need help. When I ask for help people graciously offer to help me. I graciously receive their help in the most positive ways. When people ask me for help, I graciously help them as well in the most positive ways. I embody a very respectful attitude, and make people feel respected when I am both asking for help and/or administering help.

- Relationships -




Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Mastercopies - Theme Park Studies

A lot of my art teachers say that if you are to do studies - you should only do old masters like "Sargent, Rembrant" etc... and avoid doing copies of other concept artists. I think that is absolutely ridiculous! That's like a football coach telling his football players to practice swimming to get good at football. There may be some supplemental benefits - but overall it doesn't really make sense. C'mon. 

So here I wanted to practice doing a birdseye view. So I took the original image, put a gaussian blur on it, and repainted the image on top of the original while color picking and toggling the layers on/off. It took me 9 hours. Good workout. Without this photoshop technique - it probably would've taken me 2-3 times as long!

done. this was a Fox theme park - dunno which one. 

Chris Turner study 1.5 hrs - love this guy's work. 

another study - not sure who this is... 2 hrs

Joey Chou Study - 3 hrs

And after the studies, what I do is another piece is similar in style and subject to the original master copy. Just to synthesis the information and see what I learned...

"Swamp Town" - 30 minutes. inspired by Joey Chou style.

red moon spaceship - spit paint

Sketchbook 2014 - Mostly Pretty Asian Girls/ Cosplay/ Disney Elsa, Rapunzel Edits + Little Bruce Wayne (Gotham)

So I haven't been posted many sketches on my blog because I mostly post my sketches on Instagram now. You can follow me here @legendbrush - although to be honest - it's mostly for my name paintings, and I only rarely post sketches. I hope to post more sketches - cuz it's really fun and it seems to be really popular among my followers. lol

Ahran Cho + Flamis


Pretty Girl Studies - Tracing and Color Picking

So these studies were done in a method that most artists would be afraid to do. Usually art teachers will teachers you 1) to draw from life, 2) if you copy a photo, don't copy it exactly - make sure to edit and design the shapes 3) don't color pick in photoshop. 

I friggen traced photos in photoshop, and color picked the heck out of those photos!! They were done super quick in like 30 minutes to 2 hrs.  There were a lot of benefits from doing this.

1) You learn a lot from tracing. I really like artists like J. Scott Campbell and Bruce Timm - but all their girls and poses look the same cuz of their habits and muscle memory. Tracing teaches you new habits because you aren't really drawing with your own "hand."

2) It's quick and pleasurable! It's really exhilarating to finish up a nice painting in 30 minutes. It makes me want to continue and be persistent in the studies. If I were to do it traditionally, I know it would take me at least 4 hrs for a nice full color study. If I were to do a traditional 30 minute gouache painting - I wouldn't capture any of the detail.  But I think the detail is the best part! The detail expresses the fashion and style of the model. 

3) Subtleties. I layer the reference on top of my "painting" and I toggle it on and off. It trains my eye to be very discerning and recognize the subtleties and nuances of the photo. When I'm free painting it - I think everyone kind of goes back to their habits and tricks to make it look good. But when you are copying the photo dead on - there is a rigidity there that really trains you and makes you stronger. 

I draw in my sketchbook and paint on traditionally as well. I just think this Photoshop tracing technique is a great way to compliment traditional studies. 

Jenn Im - Youtube Celeb

Youtube study - left is painting. right is reference.

left is painting, right is reference

Jeni Suk

Victoria Park