Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Wish You Were Here

Schoolism news - My Digital Painting Techniques class for November is now FULL. I will set up a new class for registration as soon as I figure out my schedule. I'm thinking of having it start in January sometime. I'll update you within the next couple of days.

Here's a collaboration piece I did with a talented painter named Peter Chan this summer.

It's the cover art for Creative Engine's next catalog - volume 41.

And yes, it's also in our Dragon Sketches book :)

I hope you like it!

Drawing by Bobby Chiu
Painting by Peter Chan
Title: Wish you were here

Here's some more lovely links
Shane Prigmore
Dice Tsutsumi
Early Bird Painters
Noah Klocek
Mike Dutton
Jennifer Chang
Peter Emslie
Scott Caple
Samuel Michlap

Friday, October 26, 2007

Dragon Song

Here's another painting from our Dragon Sketches book!

People that know me, know I LOVE music. It's so inspiring sometimes. I was planning on going salsa while I was painting this one. :)

The story is about a dragon that rescues the princess from her horrible prince and the two become the best of friends and live happily ever after....hahahaha...

Title: Dragon Song
Medium: Gouache on recycled sketchbook paper

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Dragon Art Book

Hi all,

Here's one of my dragons from the book! Every new book we make is like counting down the days till Christmas. Can't wait for it to arrive from our printer.

I like this guy. He was pretty fun to draw. It all started from the little sketch I painted in the bottom corner and from that came the pen drawing.


Title: Big Mouth
Materials: ball point pen on watercolor paper, (smaller image - india ink wash on recycled sketchbook paper)

Click the image below for more info or preordering

Monday, October 22, 2007

Seneca Classes are on for tomorrow! Fifa Street 3 concepts

For those in my Seneca College digital painting class, reading week does not effect us. Class resumes as usual. See you this Tuesday.

EA Games - Fifa Street 3
Last year we did some concepts for EA's Fifa Street 3. It's always interesting to see how the end results look from the initial concepts.
I'll try to find more of these but here's a quick character sketch from that project.

Here's a still from the game. I think the skinny guy in the back is derived from the concept above.

Animal sketches

Here's a warm up sketch I did recently. Drawn traditionally then splashed on a little color in Photoshop.

Drawn with Black Col-erase on plain white paper.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Schoolism's Jason Seiler wins 3 CGChoice awards in a month!

Recently I convinced our buddy Jason Seiler to start posting his work on CGTalk.com.

We'd like to congratulate him on winning 3 CGChoice awards in one month! Way to go Jason!

3 CGChoice awards in a month is virtually unheard of. I couldn't be prouder to have him teaching on Schoolism.

For those interested, his class - The Art of Caricature with Jason Seiler - starts on January 16, 2008. For more info please visit http://www.schoolism.com

Friday, October 19, 2007

Robo Dragons!!

Hi all,

Keeping to the whole dragon theme, here's another preview from our Dragon Sketches book! Thanks for all the nice emails everyone!!


Click the book for more info or preordering

Title: Robot Dragons
Materials: Gouache on black construction paper

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Dragon Painting WIP

Next Digital Painting class on Schoolism starts Nov.2
Register on SCHOOLISM.com

Here's update on the Dragon Painting work in progress...

This painting is NOT in the Dragon Sketches book but if you like to see more art on the topic of dragons, you can pre-order your copy of Dragon Sketches HERE.

Or click on the little book

So here's the WIP shots of the painting I'm working on right now.

Some superb links!
Sam Nielson
Dennis Jones
Ismael Roldan
Tom Richmond
Paul Lasaine

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Blog Rush

So I was checking out the fabulous Todd Harris' blog and saw this post about BLOGRUSH.

Here's what it's about... in Todd's words (more or less).
Well, here is the jest of it. If you want a lot of people viewing your art, you may want to check it out. It takes like 2 seconds to put on your blog. Here's the details.

BR has become the new thing of the Blogging world!

Why, because…

You can add relevant content to your blog and each time you do so, you get to advertise your blog on someone else’s blog… Cool, especially for artists. We can tailor it so that your site only shows other artists blogs

So what is BR…?

BR is BlogRush.com

* It gets you traffic to you blog* It adds relevant content to your Blog* It ads new and constantly changing content* It makes your visitors happy

* It is 100% Free* It is easy to use (all you need is a blog or website)* There is NO up-sell or after sign up offer

But, there is MASSIVE traffic potential if you get in now and add this to your site and refer people with your link.

Why, it has a 10 level generation where you get Ads shown for all people in your network down all Ten levels for their impressions.

#1 - Go to site (see link below)
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Monday, October 15, 2007

Dragon Sketches available for pre-order!

by Bobby Chiu & Kei Acedera

Limited to 1000 copies. Signed & numbered.

PRE-ORDER HERE. Ships November 17.

7”x10” 72 full color pages
Guest Artists - Jose Lopez, Thierry Lafontaine, Louie del Carmen, Jason Seiler, Pascal Campion, Martin Hsu, Andrew Hou, Kris Pearn, Octavio Rodriguez, David Colman, Robin Mitchell, Patrick Morgan and John Nevarez.


Here's a little sneak peek from the book.
title: The Neighbours by KEI ACEDERA
8x5 inches - ink & gouache on recycled paper

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Subway Sketching is still on but Kei and I will not be there.

Hi everyone,

Sorry for the short notice but Subway Sketching is still on today but Kei and I will not be there. Our buddy Fez will be organizing things for us this weekend. Thanks Fez!
We'll be at Gerald Zeldin's Art Show. Usually we wouldn't miss out on subway sketching for any reason but it's important to show your respect for the people that have greatly influenced our (Kei and I) lives. Gerry is one of them.


Here's some subway sketches!

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Digital Painting Resources - Imagine FX

One of the more common emails we receive are asking about what good resources are out there for digital painting?

We always tell them the same thing.... ImagineFX.

This is a fantastic digital painting fantasy art magazine out of the UK and has been spreading fast through North America and the rest of the world.

What makes it so good?
- Each issue is full of amazing award winning digital painters and illustrators
- Articles about techniques, tricks, philosophies, opinions and tutorials all about digital painting fantasy art.
- Each magazine comes with DVDs containing many of the raw files from the tutorials and articles as well as sample software and other goodies.
- ...and your buddy Bobby writes for them too :)

I plan on posting about my favorite sections in each issue.

The pic I have up is from the November issue that just came out but I also wanted to mention that the October issue #22 has my buddy Cole Eastburn featured in there. (I've mentioned him in my podcasts a couple of times)

Usually I write for the artist Q&A section so if you have any questions please feel free to leave them in the comments section or you can email them to me.

In November's issue the question was "How do you come up with funny ideas? Is humour in your art something that you can work on?" from Matt Wicks, England.

For more info about ImagineFX click HERE

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Dragon Sketches coming out November 17th !

I'm very excited about this book! Not just about the art Bobby and I have created for everyone inside but also because of our all star cast of artists friends that took the time out of their extremely busy schedules to contribute to our guest artist section!

Guest artists:
Andrew Hou
David Colman
Jason Seiler
John Nevarez
Jose Lopez
Kris Pearn
Louie del Carmen
Martin Hsu
Octavio Rodriguez
Pascal Campion
Patrick Morgan
Robin Mitchell

Colaboration pieces
Thierry Lafontaine & Bobby Chiu
Peter Chan & Bobby Chiu

Here's one of the many sketches I did for the book. It's of a mama dragon and baby dragon taking a bath :) I'm currently painting it so look forward to updates soon!

Pre-orders will be available in the next few days.


Saturday, October 06, 2007

Kei's Subway Sketches dump

Hey guys,

Its been a while! I hope to post more in the future, in the mean time--here are some of my subway sketches from the past week..


Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Subway Sketching is on for this Sunday!

Sunday is Canadian Thanksgiving. It doesn't matter... We're still going subway sketching :)

Hope to see you there!

Here's a little sketch from our last session