Thursday, April 30, 2009

Red Riding Hood

Here's a painting I did for a contest I'll be conducting on in the near future. Stay tuned!

It's a twisted version of Little Red Riding Hood. In my version, little Red Riding Hood is actually an alien and the wolf is her obedient alien servant.

You can make up the rest of the story... :)


Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Half Minute Horrors

Here's a collaboration Bobby and I did for Harper Collins Publishing. This is a sneak peek of the cover for a book called "Half Minute Horrors" by Susan Rich. It's full of short stories meant to send chills up the spine :)
Hope you like it!


Schoolism News
DIGITAL PAINTING with Bobby Chiu - BEGINS JUNE 22, 2009


Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Vinyl News: Assassin by Kei Acedera

MINDstyle's ASSASSIN By Kei Acedera
Version: Based on Her Original Artwork
Size: 8 Inches Tall
Color: Green Dress
Edition Size: 250 Pieces Worldwide
Material: Vinyl
SRP: USD $79.99 Per Figure

Release Date: Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Stay tuned people!



Thursday, April 23, 2009

Calgary Expo and Jab, Strong, Fierce Show this weekend

Title: Street Fighter Kids
Artist: Kei Acedera
Material: Gouache on Arches watercolour paper
Size: 22 1/8 '' x 28 '' Framed

Title: Chun Li and Blanka
Artist: Bobby Chiu
Material: Watercolour on Arches watercolour paper
Size: 22 1/8 '' x 28 '' Framed

On Saturday April 25th, 2009 the original artwork shown below will be in the "Jab Strong Fierce" (Street Fighter Tribute Show) at Nucleus Art Gallery on 210 East Main St, Alhambra, California.

If you are interested in these pieces, please contact Nucleus Art Gallery.-

These original paintings come with a Certificate of Authenticity that is signed and dated by the artist.


Also this weekend is the Calgary Expo! Kei and I (Bobby) will be there so come say HI if you're going!

Here's a painting Kei did for the Calgary Expo Artbook.

Title: A Little Break
Artist: Kei Acedera
Material: Gouache on Arches watercolour paper
Size: 12 1/8 '' x 16 ''

Awesome link Aaron Hartline

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Baby Alien

Did a fun 24hr poll yesterday on our Deviantart page which one I should do a "Cute Version" of: Predator, Alien or Pinhead.

Honestly when I was posting the poll I was thinking I would love to do a little baby Predator with big round eyes or a Pinhead as a cute 3d anime-ish version but the crowd has spoken and "Alien" won it by a landslide.

But once I started painting little baby Alien, I really enjoyed it! So thanks everyone that participated!


Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Poison Heart Bear

I had a 24 hr poll yesterday on about which character to paint as an "Evil Version". The choices were:
- Pikachu from Pokemon
- Care Bears
- Slimer from the Ghostbusters
- Momo from Avatar

It was a closer one but Care Bears ended up beating Pikachu in the end.

So here's my "Poison Heart Bear". Don't know what went wrong with this bear but none of the other Care Bears want to play with him.


I also have a new 24hr poll going on right now. Which one should I do as a "cute version"? Predator, Aliens or Pin Head from Hell Raiser? vote here -->

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Digital Painting Video of Princess Mononoke

I've been getting a lot of emails about this so I figured I'd share my thoughts on creating financial security for today's artist.
The painting is of Princess Mononoke and has been sped up to match the audio.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Little Demon

Did a little concept this morning of a baby demon. I gave him a little ball to play with to keep him out of trouble.


Digital Painting Course starting soon at Sheridan College (Oakville, Ontario)

Teacher: Thierry Lafontaine
Term : Summer 2009
Location : Trafalgar Campus (Oakville)
Sessions : 09
Days : Tuesdays 07:00 PM to 10:00 PM
StartDate : May 05, 2009

Sign up HERE

Building a Powerful Comic Book Portfolio with Alvin Lee
Start Date: April 24, 2009
Sign up at


A couple of great people to check out
Jason Chan
Denis Zilber

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

His name is Char

Drawn by the talented SHAZ LYM!
Painted by yours truly.

Part of a pet project we've been working on....
Hope you like it!


Monday, April 06, 2009

Phil Mickelson for GOLF Magazine

I can finally share the art that I did for GOLF Magazine! It's out on stands now, page 87. This was a fun piece to work on. Since the article I was illustrating for was mostly about the crazy golf course "Whisper Rock", I chose to make the background just as important a character as Phil Mickelson.

The fun that I have while creating these pieces is in creating something that didn't exist before. I used references of Phil Mickelson, but created the expression by shooting photo references of myself as well as spending a good amount of time making faces in a mirror. The background is fictional as well. For the background, I read up a bit on the course and found out what makes it unique and different from other courses. I then gathered up some visual references of the course and then created my own version . . . a "caricature" of the course.

*Fun Fact* The golfer in the very back is my little brother Jeremy.

To see more of my process in creating this piece, please visit my blog.

Cat bus, Imaginism news and new schoolism info

Here's a little sketch of the Cat Bus from Totoro :)

and some news...

- FREE SHIPPING on our books again! After many requests we're now selling our books on our site as well as Brand Studios.
If you don't mind waiting a bit longer so you get free shipping you can buy the books from our STORE.
If you buy from Brand Studio then you'd probably get your books quicker but might have to pay for shipping.

- 8 more originals for sale in our STORE

- The workshop was amazing. If you ever have the opportunity, definitely make the trip. It's so inspiring and fun. Thanks to everyone that came! It was great to meet and speak with many influential people in the industry and feel honored to have been a part of something so pure and wonderful.

- It looks like the Pet Monsters book is going to be a bit delayed... we just want to make it perfect and it's been taking much longer than we anticipated. The good news is that at the same time we've been working on our Life Drawing book and that's been going much better since we do life drawing so regularly. So it looks like the Life Drawing book is going to come out before the Pet Monsters book.


- Digital Painting with Bobby Chiu is now registering for class starting on June 22, 2009.

- Building a Powerful Comic Book Portfolio with Alvin Lee is now registering for class starting April 24, 2009.

- Character Design by Silver is now registering for class starting on June 8, 2009.

- The Art of Caricature with Jason Seiler is now registering for class starting April 10, 2009.

- Storyboarding with Kris Pearn is now available as SELF STUDY course.

More info at SCHOOLISM.COM

Friday, April 03, 2009

Elvis Costello

With this painting my goal was to paint loose, blocking in with shape and color. To some viewers of this blog "hyper-realism" is impressive, but to me it can be lifeless and boring, and it's not as challenging to me as brushy painting seems to be. To quote my friend Jan Op De Beeck . . . "You can train a monkey to render".

I'm more interested in creating art and I prefer paintings that hold life within the brushwork. I love that through the mess of brush strokes and overlapping color, an image can appear . . . that's why I paint, to understand and experience more.

On another note, I'm happy to announce that my painting of George Lucas was accepted in Comminication Arts Annual 2009!

Thursday, April 02, 2009

Stitch and Digital Painting Video

Earlier last week I had a little 5 minute poll on Deviantart to see what people wanted me to paint more... Stitch or Momo?

Stitch won by with 57 votes to Momo's 33. Then I checked it a few hours later and Stitch was leading with 800 something votes! Jeez... well since so many people wanted to see this, here you go. This time I basically kept to the same design simply because I love Chris Sanders' original design. Perhaps next time I'll go crazier with...... MOMO?? :)

Here's a new VIDEO of me talking while painting Stitch! Hope you like it.