Sunday, December 31, 2006

Creature concepts

Another late night. Here's a couple creature concepts I did just now.

Here's a few more fantastic blogs!
Jason Seiler
Jose Lopez
Erik Tiemens

Friday, December 29, 2006

Whoops! Lost our links!

Whoooops! In an attempt to update the blog, somehow our links got wiped out! Sorry about that to all those we were linked to. I'll start some new links soon!
Checkout some of these amazing blogs if you haven't already...

Alberto Ruiz
Ben Balistreri
Character Design
Justin Ridge
Kevin Dart
Robin Mitchell
Shaz Lym
Stephen Silver
Tod Harris
Ryan Wood

Friday, December 22, 2006

HAPPY HOLIDAYS EVERYONE!! (Subway Sketching cancelled on the 24th and 31th)

Hi All!
Here's a little sketch I did recently

Just a reminder that Subway sketching will be cancelled on Christmas Eve, Dec.24 and New Year's Eve, Dec. 30--so we can all stuff ourselves merrily and relax!!

Have a safe and happy holiday everyone!!
Best wishes to you all in the next year!


Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Heroes TV show - Hiro

I want my tv show back!! I'm so addicted to "Heroes" I'm getting withdrawl symptoms. Why do they have to split up the seasons? They did the same thing with my other two favorite shows - Lost and Prison Break. Now all I have to watch is "Flava of Love." What have I been reduced to...

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Head Sketches

Been working some late nights lately. I thought I'd take a brake and doodle a bit. Hope you like it!

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Sign up for January Digital Painting Classes!

Sign up and more info can be found HERE

All those interested in learning digital painting living in the Toronto/Oakville area, you can sign up for Digital Painting classes with me for the January term.

I have two classes starting in January at Sheridan College Trafalgar.
-Digital Painting with Bobby Chiu
-Digital Painting with Bobby Chiu 2 NEW!!

Digital Painting with Bobby Chiu - Course Outline
Session 1: Visualizing through Darkness.
Session 2: Colorizing from grey scale image
Session 3: Applying Textures
Session 4: Smudge technique
Session 5: Sketching with color
Session 6: Finishing a painting
Session 7: Custom Brushes
Session 8: Vector art
Session 9: Guest star: Jordan Nieuwland - Intro to Matte Painting

Digital Painting with Bobby Chiu 2 - Course Outline
Session 1: Simplifying what you see.
Session 2: Color Theories
Session 3: Rocks, Trees, Foliage
Session 4: Lighting. Night Lighting, Day Lighting, mood lighting.
Session 5: Specularity and texture
Session 6: Body & Face
Session 7: Hair & Drapery
Session 8: Guest star: Jordan Nieuwland - Matte Painting part 1 of 2
Session 9: Guest star: Jordan Nieuwland - Matte Painting part 2 of 2

Sign up and more info can be found HERE

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Digital Painting Video: Borat!

2 weeks left with the 3rd year animation students at Sheridan college, I thought I'd talk a bit about my experiences there.

I've been having a really great time teaching them lifedrawing for the past 3 weeks and I'm going to miss my time with them when winter vacation comes.

Part 1




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Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Continuing the caricature theme: Borat!

A little warming up sketch in the morning. I'm thinking of doing a podcast painting of this sketch tomorrow. I'll try to wake up a bit earlier.

Monday, December 04, 2006

Keith Richards

Here's a funny little caricature of Keith Richards I did last week for a friend of mine.

Friday, December 01, 2006

Little Geisha Print on Ebay

Hi everyone!

Every month we select one of our limited edition giclee prints to put up for auction on Ebay.

We start all bids at $20 so everyone has an opportunity to own a print.

For December, it's "Little Geisha." This is a piece that Kei did for the back cover of our book "Ancient Japan Sketches."
The prints are limited to 100. Size 13x19 inches.
Signed and numbered by Kei Acedera

Good luck to all bidders!

Thursday, November 30, 2006

Ancient Japan Sketches Book

2 days left to pre-order for a signed copy.

It's here! Our newest book Ancient Japan Sketches!
Fairy Sketches and Illustrations Sketchbook by Bobby Chiu and Kei Acedera

It's 72 pages soft cover 7x10 inches

The book includes tutorials on the making of the "Mayan Samurai"

Making Custom Brushes

and another tutorial on fog and atmosphere.

And 5 AWESOME guest artists!

Here's some of the many pics


Sunday, November 26, 2006

Photoshop Painting Video from Bobby

It's been a while but I finally found some time this morning to do a new video podcast! It's about how I start off my day by putting myself in the right state of mind.


Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Teaching Life Drawing at Sheridan College

I've recently accepted the challenge of teaching lifedrawing to the 3rd year animators at Sheridan College and it's been a fantastic ride.

I wish I could teach them for the whole school year but unfortunately I'll only have them for 4 1/2 weeks. Next semester they will be taught by one of my former teachers Gerry Zeldin. It's ok though because I know they'll be in good hands and also 2007 I'll be doing a lot of travelling around North America (Calgary, LA, SF, SD, Chicago, Detroit, Philly) so I wouldn't have time anyways.

Still though... I wish I could have had these students from the beginning of the semester because there's just so much I want to tell them and so little time. Not just about teaching them to draw but how to present themselves as artists.

I feel it's going good though. I feel like I'm really starting to reach a lot of them and I can already start to see improvements in their work. It's weird though because that's just not enough for me. I want to see everybody noticably improve, not just the majority of the students. It's tough because I can see the potential in everyone of these students but many of them don't. I wish I could just take them back into the past when I was a student and show them that all it takes is some passion for learning and some hard work. I still have a few weeks left with them so I still have time. It's been a blast so far! Can't wait to see all their portfolios in two weeks.

Here's some demos I did in class yesterday. I added a bit of tone in photoshop.

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Robin Mitchell - Ancient Japan Sketches Guest Artist

The last guest star but certainly not least, we have our very good friend Robin Mitchell in Ancient Japan Sketches!!

Little known fact: Robin and I went to school together back in the day. He was a year ahead of me and the star of his class. Lots of people in my year really looked up to him, including myself. We later on became friends and have remained friends.

It's been a pleasure to have this talented artist in every one of our books! I should have got him to sign some last time I saw him.

Definitely check out his BLOG

Only 9 more days to PREORDER your autographed copy of "Ancient Japan Sketches"

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Justin Ridge - Ancient Japan Sketches Guest Artist

We've been very blessed with 5 extremely talented guest artist for Ancient Japan Sketches.(coming out December 1st)

One of these guests is Justin Ridge.

His style is refreshing and fun. I'm also happy to say that he's a very nice and friendly person as well. So when Kei and I met Justin for the first time, we had to ask him to be a guest artist. And of course being the friendly guy he is, he said yes. It turns out that we were fans of each other's work and didn't know it!

Only 9 more days to PREORDER your autographed copy of "Ancient Japan Sketches"

Here's some of Justin Ridge's work. Check out more of his works on Justin's BLOG

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Mayan Samurai by Alberto Ruiz & Bobby Chiu. Ancient Japan Sketches

This is a collaborative piece drawn by Alberto Ruiz and painted by me, Bobby Chiu. (I've waited MONTHS to write that sentence!)

Now, you might be thinking that Mayan and Japanese are worlds apart. Believe me, I thought so too at first, but then decided that "Ancient Japan Sketches" needn't be taken so literally. The Japanese elements were present, so we included her. I wouldn't want to tell this Mayan samurai woman that she's not getting into the book, would you?

I've been a fan of Alberto's for a while now. I've always admired his unique "Alberto Ruiz style" of designing women. And at the 2006 Toronto Fan Expo, I had the opportunity to tell him this in person. Ironically, he came over to our booth before I had a chance to find HIM. He introduced himself and said he was a fan of our work! This just goes to show: the internet is an incredible networking tool.

I wasted no time in asking him to be a guest artist for this book. Then he came up with the idea for a collaborative piece, and just like that, "Mayan Samurai" was born.

To see more of Alberto's girls,


Imaginism's next book "ANCIENT JAPAN SKETCHES" coming out December 1st. For more on Imaginism books click on the book cover below.

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Stephen Silver - Ancient Japan Sketches Guest Artist

There's lots of BIG reasons why I'm excited about our book coming out... and this is one of them: Stephen Silver. He's one of our friends we've invited to be in our Ancient Japan Sketches. Every book we have guest artists that contribute a pic or two to our pages. They are all personally invited so you know they have our seal of approval :)

If you don't know him, you should definitely check out his SITE and his BLOG

The videocasts that I do, I got the idea from Stephen. He does Podcasts that are informative, inspirational, honest, and motivational. Definitely something you should check out.

Little known fact: he was one of the few people that really encouraged me to persue being independent and to put out my own books when I was first starting off. Now look at us... 6 books later and still going strong! He is not only a very talented artist but a genuinely good person as well.

Only 12 more days to PREORDER your autographed copy of "Ancient Japan Sketches"

Stephen Silver also has sketchbooks. His newest one I highly recommend. It's an exact duplicate of his real sketchbook! Same size, paper... everything.
Here's some pics from Stephen Silver's latest sketchbook.

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Shaz Lym - Ancient Japan Sketches Guest Artist

Here's an artist I need to mention: the Chinese-Jamaican-Canadian Shaz Lym. He's one of 5 guest artists in our upcoming book: Ancient Japan Sketches (coming out December 1st)

His style is well refined, super fresh and appealling. I'm glad to be the first to publish his works. (First publication was in "Guy Sketches." Second in "Ancient Japan Sketches.")

Only 13 more days to PREORDER your autographed copy of "Ancient Japan Sketches"

Here's some pics from Shaz. Check out the mad genius at his BLOG