Posts tagged ‘Illustrator’

Five Year Old Kimchi: Part 3 – How Art Thou?

Then and now comparison of my Soy Happy design which was one of my first designs.

Then and now comparison of my Soy Happy design which was one of my first designs. I did a v. 2.0 in 2012.

Soy Happy Together was one of the first designs I ever did for Kimchi Kawaii. Originally, it was to serve as my logo and a stand alone piece, but that all had to change when I had to change the business name from Soy Happy to the current name. Anyway, I’ve been drawing kawaii designs now for 5 years. I use Illustrator because I love the way you can scale vector pieces and not lose resolution as happens with rasterized artwork. It’s gotten to the point where I’m so familiar with it that I know the keyboard shortcuts, but can’t find the stuff in the menus, lol! And yet, I’m still learning a lot about the program.

In 2012, I decided to revisit the Soy Happy design just to have a comparison on how much I’ve improved on my Illustrator artwork. It was a really fun little experiment. I’ve since uploaded the new one to the shops and have been working on slowly phasing out the old (and I must say, rather embarrassing) design. I’m trying to hold back the perfectionist in me who wants to go back and revamp some of my other older designs that still remain popular.


August 20, 2013 at 2:27 am Leave a comment

My M.O.

Things have been so busy lately as I focus on updating my shops that I haven’t had time to do new artwork. Adminy stuff – bleh. Anyway, all updating and no art makes me a dull girl. As I was sitting here Saturday with my butt going numb on the chair and my brain turning to mush, I decided that I was long overdue for a break and deserved an all art day.

Got up Sunday and did one design update cause old habits die hard. Then it was just art – ALL DAY. It was awesome. Felt like a mini vacation. I know to some people the thought of sitting in a hard chair staring at a computer for hours on end working on vectors sounds about as fun as a trip to the DMV. I really can do it all day. I actually skipped cooking food for my work week like I normally do cause I didn’t want to take time away from art!

I started off with something simple – a pancake design to get the skills warmed up. I was a bit rusty. Then I moved on to something more complex – the computer nerd piece that is pictured with this entry. I posted the before and after because I really like to look at the original sketch and see where it ended up. Sometimes, it can be really different or sometimes pretty true to the original.

Even though I’ve been working with Illustrator for years now, I still can’t seem to quite wrap my mind around vectors. Maybe it’s still too mathematical to me or something, even though I’m not figuring out the actual equation. I draw out all my designs old skool style – pen and paper. Paper? You mean people still use that stuff?? I just find that ideas flow so much easier for me when sketching. Pen and paper are old friends, we are quite comfortable with each other.

I then take a digital picture or scan it into my computer and save it in my sketches folder. Since I can’t do full art days all the time, but am always coming up with lots of ideas, I have quite a back stock. I actually lost the whole Sketches folder when my computer crashed so had to reload all artwork in there (see, doing stuff on paper DOES have its merits). When I’m ready to do a piece as a final, I will put it in its own layer and lock it with a transparency (makes it easier to see my vector work) and then just trace along with the pen tool. And then a few hours later, I have my finished design.

So that’s just a little summary into how I work on my Kimchi artwork. I really like seeing how artists create their stuff. Maybe there are people out there who also find it interesting. If you like the Computer Nerd design, it’s for sale in my Zazzle shop along with all the other Kimchi Kawaii designs that I talk about in this blog.

September 19, 2012 at 4:53 am Leave a comment

Art Throw Down!

Friday, on my deviantART site I put up a poll asking what the next Kimchi Kawaii design should be. I listed off some that I already had sketched out and just needed to be done up in Illustrator. Then, as kind of a joke, I put ‘All of them (you don’t have any plans this weekend, right?)’ and put the poll up live. Well, nearly everyone who responded said ‘all of them’. Eek! That’ll teach me 🙂

Anyway, even though it was a bit of a joke, I thought it would be fun to see if in fact I COULD get all these done so have hit the Illustrator hardcore this weekend and am busy churning out designs and uploading them to the shops. They have to at least be in my Zazzle shop so I have a link to put up in deviantART. The one in this entry is one of them, Ikura sushi (it’s the one with salmon roe which I’m not sure about eating, but it was lots of fun to draw).

Here’s the list. Crossed out ones are the ones done already.

  • Ikura sushi
  • Peanut butter and Jelly
  • Perfect Match
  • Hot Dog
  • Baby Seal
  • French Toast
  • Stacked Marshmallows
  • Peanut Butter and Jellyfish

Wonder how many I’ll actually get done by Monday?

March 5, 2011 at 10:51 pm Leave a comment

Back in the Game

My posts started getting a bit spare here. I was walloped up side the head with a lovely bug that’s going around my home town. It’s a nasty one that lingers for what seems like forever. I would almost rather have the flu, at least that just hits you like a truck and then keeps on going. I’ve heard this thing can take about 3 weeks to fully get over. All I know is that I missed nearly a week of work and had no energy to do anything other than lay on the couch and watch cheesy chick flicks and ‘The Office’. I didn’t even have energy to do any art. Today is the first day that I actually feel 90% human again. I still have this nasty lingering cough, but that always takes the longest to get rid of. It’s mostly just a waiting game at this point and hoping I don’t hack up any vital organs in the meantime.

I’ve been itching to get back to art again and so tonight, cut off the DVD (even though it’s the finale of Project Runway) and jumped onto Illustrator and this is what I came up with – Happy Flan! I’ve noticed that flan is a frequent subject in kawaii art. I really have no idea why. I decided I wanted to give it a go – mostly cause I wanted to experiment with some effects to make the flan sauce look authentic. It was pretty fun to do and I’m really happy with the way it came out. This is the first completed design that I did purely on the computer. Usually, I sketch out my stuff first old skool style with pen and paper and then scan it in to use as a template in Illustrator. Sometimes, I just can’t wrap my mind around the whole vectors thing. It’s been uploaded to both shops already if you are curious to check it out.

February 10, 2011 at 11:24 am Leave a comment

Who Said Anything About Fall???

Well normally, creamsicles are associated with summer and being that it’s almost October, I would be a bit late posting about them here. But man, it’s sure been hot! This has been such a weird year weather-wise. I heard that in the beginning of the week, Los Angeles was up to 113 or something insane like that. Pass the popsicles people, summer’s not going away yet!

This was a design that I had in my sketchbook. I wasn’t planning on using it for anything final, it was just a doodle I did when trying to come up with ‘real’ Kimchi Kawaii art. Then, I joined deviantART and saw what people could do with Illustrator and I wanted to challenge myself. I know that compared to some of the photo realistic stuff out there, this is pretty primary, but I’ve got to start somewhere right? Mostly the appeal of this one was to practice drawing shiny objects. I am pretty happy with the way it came out.

I’ve always loved orange creamsicles or dream bars as I’ve also heard them called. The cold, crunchy, citrusy outside is perfect for the soft, creamy soft serve inside. It just screams summer to me. I purposely do not stock them in my freezer so I am not tempted to eat them for dinner. Hey, it does have some of the food groups in there – dairy (ice cream), fruit (the uh, fake orange ice part) and I guess if you really want fiber, you could eat the stick….

September 30, 2010 at 11:00 am Leave a comment


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