Saturday, June 30, 2007

Little Creatures - Free Digital Painting Video

Hi all,

Here's a new podcast just before our art show at the Labyrinth Store in Toronto.

Part 1 of 3

Part 2 of 3

Part 3 of3

By the way thanks for always emailing me encouraging me to keep putting up new podcasts...


As always for instructional online digital painting classes with me please visit

Monday, June 25, 2007

Subway Sketches Art Exhibition this Saturday June 30, 7-10pm at the Labyrinth Store

Hi Everyone,

Kei and I are having our very first art show this Saturday June 30th, 7pm-10pm at the Labyrinth Store on Bloor St W just west of Spadina Avenue.

We'll be exhibiting a collection of sketches done in the subways of our beloved city of Toronto. These are original subway sketches taken straight out of our sketchbooks. You will also have the opportunity to purchase original sketches, prints and books as well as meet us in person and ask us questions.

It's going to be very exciting and fun for us so I hope you can come make it. We're also going to be premiering Imaginism Studios' 7th book - Subway Sketches. I hear the Globe and Mail (Canada's national newspaper) is going to be there as well.

Our Subway Sketches book is full of observational drawings, tips and tutorials as well as some killer guest artists!

Guest Artists
Louie del Carmen
Thierry Lafontaine <-- Thierry will also be there to sign books on Saturday
Jason Seiler
Stephen Silver
Dean Yeagle

The Subway Sketches book is a special limited edition out of the Imaginism collection. It's 72 full color pages, signed and numbered (limited to 500 copies).

All of the Subway Sketches books bought at the show or ordered online from now until the end of August will also come with an sketch from both Kei Acedera and I (Bobby Chiu). You can here.

I look forward to meeting and talking with everyone this Saturday!

Please click on the image below for directions to the Labyrinth store.

Friday, June 22, 2007

just a reminder, Subway Sketching is back on..and we have an Art Show!

We will be premiering our new book "Subway Sketches" along with original work @ the Labyrinthh Book Store. If you're in the area, come and check it out!

Book Signing:
with Bobby Chiu
myself Kei Acedera
and Thierry Lafontaine (guest artist)

JUNE 30th

7:30 pm - 10:00pm
386 Bloor Street West
Toronto, ON
(2 Blocks West of Spadina Subway)

The bookstore also carries a ton of yummy books from amazing artists and studios around the world!

Hope to see you there!

Monday, June 18, 2007

Philadelphia Wizard World ..and talk about huge!

One of the oldest cities in the US, Philadelphia is rich with so much history and art. Almost everywhere you looked, there was a wall or building covered with beautiful murals! It was the perfect city to visit and showcase our art. We'd like to thank everyone who came by to our booth --we really appreciate your encouraging words and kind purchases :P Sorry we didn't bring enough books and prints for everyone, we'll be more prepared next time!

We arrived at Philadelphia passed our bedtime, but were very lucky to see the Beachhouse Row at night--but unlucky coz my camera was out of batteries! So here's a picture courtesy of another site of the beautiful view we saw:

A view of our 32 foot table!

And this...This person wins the weirdest (funniest) costume getup ever! HE was just so odd I HAD to draw him. Bobby couldn't even look at him.

..It was a very sucessful con and we had a ton of fun!

Monday, June 11, 2007

Philadelphia Wizard Con June 15-17

Hi everyone!

Paradise Comicon in Toronto is over now. Thanks to all those that came by our booth.
The few people that were there were very friendly so it made up for the lousy attendance.

This weekend we'll be in Philadelphia for the Wizard Convention at the Pennsylvania Convention Center June 15-17. So if you're in the area, come on by and say hello!

This also means that Subway Sketching will be cancelled this Sunday and will resume the following Sunday.

Art show: Our Imaginism art show will be on June 30th at the Labyrinth in Toronto. We'll be signing books and answering questions as well as displaying tons of original art. Come on down because it's going to be a great event.

Here are some more beautiful links...
Jason Groh
Labyrinth Store - our favorite bookstore in Toronto
Jeff Astolfo

I thought I'd end off this post with some lifedrawing scraps. I'm always interested in seeing people's initial sketches so I thought I'd post some of my own. Here's a page of unfinished lifedrawings I did last week.

See you in Philly!

Friday, June 08, 2007

Digital Painting Classes, Comicon, Subway Sketches Book and Links

Hi Everyone,

Lots going on so here's a bunch of updates.

Registration OPEN on for Digital Painting Classes with Bobby Chiu
Classes Start August 07, 2007.
There are 12 seats avalible. Sign up HERE

Today is the first day of the Paradise Toronto Comicon. The convention will be at the Direct Energy Centre @ Exhibition Place, Hall C
Open this
Friday 3-8pm
Saturday 10am-6:30pm
Sunday 11am-5pm

OUR BOOTH #CA34 (We should be just by Artist Alley)
If you're in the area, come on by and say hi! Kei Acedera and I will both be there.

Sheridan College Digital Painting Classes - CANCELED.
Unfortunately I've had to cancel my digi painting classes at Sheridan College. I will not be starting anymore classes at Sheridan. It's too far of a drive and I just don't have enough time in my schedule to drive out there every week. Thanks for the great time Sheridan! I'll miss all you Oakvillians.

Last bit of news: Subway Sketches Book coming June 30th. We'll be having an art show for the release of our book at Spadina & Bloor. More info coming soon.

Now for some killer links:
Sebastian Kruger
Scott Morse
Ted Mathot
Nick Sung
Aurelie Blard-Quintard
Alex Woo

Monday, June 04, 2007

June 26 Online Digital Painting Classes FULL

Hi everyone,

The June 26 Class on is now full.

You will be able to sign up for the August class this Friday June 8, 2007.

There will be 15 spots avalible.

Please leave your questions in the comments or email me at
bobby at


Subway Sketching cancelled. We'll be at the Paradise Toronto Comicon

Hi everyone!

Subway sketching is canceled this Sunday 10th because we'll be at the Paradise Toronto Comicon June 8-10, 2007 Direct Energy Centre @ Exhibition Place, Hall C Toronto, Canada FRIDAY - 03:00-8:00 SATURDAY - 10:00-06:30 SUNDAY - 11:00-05:00

Here's a couple of great links and a page of subway sketches. Sometimes I'll redraw the same design over and over. The pic below is an example of this.
Alex Cote
Marko Djurdjevic

Friday, June 01, 2007

Lifedrawing at TSA

One of the things I love to do and teach is lifedrawing.

Here's a 15min drawing I did last night at TSA in Toronto.

It was done with a Col-erase pencil. Paper is 9x12inches. Then I dropped it into PS to spice it up a bit but the drawing was unaltered.


Here's some more must see blogs that I should have linked long ago.

It's great to see more talented studios in Toronto.
Check out House of Cool

Life drawing junkie and one of the best blogs
to find news and other random stuff about
the animation industry Alan Cook

A friend of mine I haven't talked to
for much too long. Robin Joseph

Amazing animal designer! Andrew Shek

Super talent - Bill Presing