Saturday, September 27, 2008

Subway Sketching tomorrow!

Answer to the last post: Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

Hi everyone,

Just a reminder that Kei and I will be meeting up with the Toronto subway sketchgroup tomorrow!

Also for those of you interested, Udon Comics is having a Street Fighter Tribute signing at the Beguiling tomorrow starting at 6pm. Kei and I might not make it to this one but we're going to try.... depends how much work we get done today.
For more info:

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

More Warm up Sketches...

Answer to the previous post: Aviator

Here's some more warm up sketches...
Can you guess the movie? Hint: these aren't the main characters.


Saturday, September 20, 2008

Warm up sketches

Here's some warm up sketches from this morning...
Can you guess the movie? I wasn't concentrating on caricaturing but more about simplifying my brush strokes so it might be hard to guess.


Thursday, September 18, 2008

Life drawing, Schoolism and Subway Sketching

Hi everyone,

Subway Sketching
For those of you that have been to subway sketching these last two weeks, I'm sorry Kei and I missed all of you!

September 7th we were in San Fran and September 14th I was hit with the allergies BIG TIME!!... This Sunday Sept 21st Kei and I are attending an important wedding so we won't be subway sketching again!!... jeez I'm going through subway sketching withdraw symptoms!! We'll be subway sketching regularly again starting Sept 28th.

Schoolism Class Info
Digital Painting Techniques with Bobby Chiu - Starting October 6th
The Art of Caricature with Jason Seiler - Starting October 31st
Character Design by Silver - Starting January 5th
Storyboarding with Kris Pearn - Starting November 25th
Go to for more info.

Life Drawing
Here's a life drawing sketch I did for class. We tend to look at things through our eyes and the info then goes into our brain and then our brain tells us an interpretation of what we saw. We want to interpret what we see but also be able to see things as they are (before we analyze the heck out of it).
It was a fun class. I really enjoyed it. It's a great feeling when you see that the students are working hard and improving! Go 4th years go! It was supposed to be a 5 minute pose but I'm pretty sure it was 7 minutes.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Schoolism and Joe Biden Sketch!

This is a quick photoshop sketch I did this morning of Joe Biden. I'm working on a new color technique which I hope will allow for me to make tight deadlines while maintaining the quality that I aim for in my work. I will be adding color to this and will share when finished. I feel it's always good to experiment and try new things with your art, and it's also refreshing!

I need to also let everyone know that my next class at is filling up. My next class starts on October 31rst. The classes have been going very well and the work that my students are creating is very exciting to see. For those of you out there who do not know what it is that I do, My course at is an Online Art Class on The Art of Caricature. It's a one on one correspondence course. That means that every week my students watch a two hour video filled with demos and lecture followed by homework assignments. Each week I spend 15 to 30 minutes per student critiquing their work. What that means is that I record myself drawing and painting over the students work while sharing my thoughts and techniques. As a student you also have access to watch the critiques of your fellow students as well as the critiques of past semesters.
To learn more about Schoolism click here. There are limited seats available for each class.

I saved my Biden sketch in stages for you to check out. This is a study in values, so it was painted in grayscale using blacks, grays, and white!

Monday, September 08, 2008

Totoro Forest Auction Recap & new interviews with Side Bar Nation and

We're back from the auction and it was amazing... here's a little recap of our trip.

So on Friday Kei and I flew out to San Francisco to attend the Totoro Forest Auction the next day. Bill Presing picked us up and had a lovely dinner with him and his beautiful fiancee Ikumi. Nice, quiet and relaxing. Just looked through his book collection and talked about art all night.

Saturday we had breakfast in the park and for lunch we met up with Lorne Lanning and he told us about some of his crazy adventures back in the day. Mind blowing stuff. Unfortunately those are not my stories to tell so I wouldn't feel right going into any details.

Later at around 5pm we all went to the auction at Pixar. Kei and I spent most of our time meeting the fabulous artists that contributed to the show and getting them to sign our Totoro Forest book. It felt like I was back in high school and it was year book time or something but we didn't care. This was a once in a life time opportunity and I will cherish that book forever :)

In the beginning of the night, Kei and I tried to bid on a bunch of pieces in the silent auction like Peter DeSeve's, Herman Mejia's but were always out bid.

In the live auction we had a little bidding war for Luc Desmarchelier's painting, Enrico Casarosa's, Dice's, Luis Grane's and a bunch of others but each time we were out bid. We did however end up coming home with Lou Romano's piece "BB & Me"! Well, actually we only came home with a certificate saying that we bought it. The real painting will be displayed in a museum for a few months before coming to it's new home in Canada. We'll take good care of it Lou! What a nice guy. He came over to talk to us after the live auction.

But the highlight of the night was when my friends came up to me and told me that John Lasseter bought my "Twins" print! When I was 16, my first real job was designing Pixar toys in Canada and ever since then John Lasseter has been a hero of mine so it was a true honor to have him purchase my painting and a dream come true to talk with him and shake his hand.

Bobby Chiu and John Lasseter :)

Thank you to everyone we met at the auction for making this weekend one of the most memorable nights of our lives. A special thanks to Dice, Ronnie, Enrico and everyone else involved in the show. Also a special thanks to Bill & Ikumi, Lorne & Sherry for letting us stay with them. It was amazing and the book turned out incredible. A must have.


On a side note here's a couple of new interviews:

Side Bar ( has done an MP3 audio interview with me so check it out HERE

For all my Russian speaking friends out there, has put up an interview I did with them. You can read it HERE