Thursday, February 6, 2014

Apology, and looking forward

I am so very sorry for neglecting this blog for this long The last post was almost a year ago!
No, I have not died. Still alive, and still drawing.

I've moved onto other platforms to post my works- and truth is the past couple of years I've shifted my focus on commercial freelance works. This blog is mainly filled with personal works- and sadly too few have been created since the last time I have posted here. I hope to get back to it in the future, but at this moment I choose to focus on "commercial-er" illustration. Whether or not this is a good decision I do not know, but when I was in doubt for a very long time- shifting back and forth between thinking of myself as an "artist" or an "illustrator for hire" I found that it didn't help at all. Jump with both feet in, they say.

Freelancing is a whole new animal for me to learn; I suspect I will spend some years on understanding how I can contribute to the world with my images, while receiving also financial appreciation. Maybe I'm too egoistic, maybe I'm just too scared but creating truly personal works and selling them at exhibitions as my bread and butter doesn't seem right for me right now. I think some time need to pass, and perhaps when I will create personal works again I will do so as a more mature artist- that remains to be seen, but I sure hope that will happen.

Oh, I actually I didn't plan on pouring my heart out, just wanted to leave you some links on where to find me with new works. I promise that just because they're "for-hire" illustrations, doesn't mean they're not fun to look at. So do find me here:

https://www.behance.net/tuannini
https://www.facebook.com/TuanNini

But pouring my heart out sure feels good.
Thanks for reading!

Love,
kiyaa / nini

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Diam Ubi


You're loud only because others have the decency to be quiet. 

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Bury & Cover

I can't remember but it might be the first time I'm colouring in my ink drawings- and it's a lot trickier than I thought, but it's a hell lotta fun. And I think it's only gonna get more fun from here.  These are my precious girls- blindfold and paperbag girl.






Friday, April 26, 2013

Buc inked



Since I've got this spankin' new scanner that's totally awesome I dug through some old stuff I never got around digitising. Here's something I made in earlier this year- They're drawn from photos I took last summer of Bucharest. Particularly like the second one.

Potted Bulbous Plant


Inked this potted bulbous plant (never got to ask the name) yesterday on the beautiful garden terrace at the Lillemarks. I think I blinked half the spring away, it's really summer now!


Spotted yesterday on the way to the art store under the bridge- look ma, I drew that! (Will try and take a better picture next time- taking photos under a dodgy bridge wasn't something to be done at a leisurely pace)

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Sartorial People in Ink



Straight from the my uber new scanner! Itching for ink again, and this time I went for a binge on the Sartorialist for references of uber cool looking people in their awesome clothes. This is also one of the few times I roughed in a pencil sketch for the forms before going in with ink- as I felt like working on a tight drawing. (Like how I explained it to my boyfriend- it's like discipline training with weight-lifting.)
You can see how from the first man on the top left I was still timid and made inefficient lines- but progressively (at least I hope so) it gets better. But the bottom number 2 and 3 are reverse in order my inking. 

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Scoala Discovery Poster


This is an illustration for a dino-design contest poster from Discovery Romania, creative directed by Gologan. While the illustration looks all sweet and innocent, I had an incredibly bad curse on electronic appliances that week- from my laptop charger kaputting out of the blue, to persistent software crashes, to the psd file going inexplicably missing from the computer AND my thumbdrive after being at the 80% completion stage (So I pretty much did this illustration twice, I still have picture proof of the "first born" on my phone). What electronic deity did I forget to present offerings to, I wonder.


Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Rose-tinted glasses


Finally had the time to squeeze in some time for a personal work since I got myself this huge new monitor! 

Friday, March 8, 2013

Gazeta


Was digging up old psd files I can delete to make space in my tiny D. Found this that I made for Gazeta Sporturilor almost 2 years ago.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Acne Doggy

Soooo I finally got myself that new huge ass monitor.
There is one unanticipated kink: with the new giant dimensions of my monitor, my hand-screen coordination with the wacom is thrown off to feeling as if I've never used a wacom before. (The size of my previous laptop screen is a very similar size to my wacom surface, a happy fact I did not quite observe till now)


With all the happiness of a new monitor owner, I do still have to practise this new "home" I will make as an extension of myself- so I drew these dogs from a nice photo I came across on Acne website.


Oh, and screen callibration-program associations is such a headache.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Winter and Tuna


This was my get up this winter. It will very soon be spring though, so here's to remembering Gluhwein. 

What's funny is that only after I've finished this drawing did I realise that my first name is an anagram of "tuna". 

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Petbush


Yeeehhh sometimes I wanna draw pointless sultry girls too.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Swimming WIP


WIP Tummy Ache Lass



It is super rare that I remember to take WIP shots throughout drawing, I usually capture a few when starting and jump 12 steps to the final. So this time that I captured pretty much consistently, I'm posting it!












Sapphire


A poster for a film set to be filmed in spring-summer this year. Titled "Sapphire", it's a story about three misguided characters implicated in a bank robbery love triangle, which goes horribly wrong.

The text on top isn't the official tagline though, it's just something I threw in to see and get the feel of a movie poster.

Can't trust my screen very well, I wonder if it's too dark?

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Another illustration for Ziarul Financiar, accompanying an interview article with Romanian dancer-coreographer Gigi Caciuleanu.  I liked very much how he speaks of the travel between Paris and Bucharest being like a beautiful yoyo (He's mainly residing in Paris).

Monday, February 11, 2013

Whisky princess


Illustration for Ziarul Financiar's article on whisky being the new champagne.
(I have now learnt that there are more kinds of snifters than one, the proper one for whisky's not to be mistaken for the one for cognac!)

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Two Old Strangers


This is an illustration I did for my friend Alina to accompany her script. It's titled "LES VIEUX CACHES DE PARIS", a story about two old lonely strangers who re-create imaginary lives where they were together.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Tummy Ache


Tummy Ache Lass? The Revenge of the Mussel? Intense Intestine Symphony?
I give up titling things.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Sale


Yes, it's still fun!

Fashionpeople


Fashioney sketch. 
Men clothes can be so purdy.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Virgin Three




Drew this after watching Virgin (2012). Wasn't really thinking of what I was drawing, I was just thinking about the 3 main characters in the movie. Hence this is not really a portrait drawing from any reference, rather more of a dwelling-on-character-drawing.- if that makes any more sense.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Worldly stare


Please don't take my titles seriously. :D


Celebrate


Lines, lines. I still like lines!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Goalie

My man said that me finding Neuer hot is like him finding Lucy Liu hot. (I'm Asian, he's Caucasian)
Like, in the sense that we're going for the uber(mensch? tee-hee) stereotype.

Eh, I just needed some practice with my people drawing. Likeness, skin color, you know, it's all academic really.

.......plus he's nice to look as reference.

goalie 2

goalie3

There's no goalie 1 because it was such an epic fail I ain't postin' that shit.

.....Yeah I need to draw a loooot more. 

Monday, January 14, 2013

Merry belated everything!

A Christmas/New Year/End of the World greeting all wrapped up in one, I mean two illustration cards. Commisioned by ad agency for the Christmas of 2012. It's a pretty cool greeting card, because one says
"Open this on the 21st Dec if the end of the world came", which is this:

 
 (It's the agency blown up in pieces with the staff blissfully ignorant of the apocalypse.)

 And "Open this on the 21st if the end of the world didn't come" which opens up to this:
  

 (There should be a speech bubble on the bottom saying that the apocalypse has been cancelled due to budge cuts.)

 Will post pictures of the cards in a bit.
 I'm only taking credit for the illustration, as the marvellous ideas came from Golo and Serban.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Sweater



 Ooookay super long winter inactivity. Yes I would kick myself in the butt if I could. Since I can't, I end up slapping it instead. But then it's not really..the same. Anyhow here's a post-long break warming up again. It seems like the long winter holiday not only froze my ass off but also my hands. (Excuse me for such so many mentions of ma behind.)

Monday, November 5, 2012

Model Kit drawings

Something I drew for an agency pitch recently.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Bury and Cover

Still my favourite girls.

WIP of norwegian wood

Ink thingies

An abandoned caravan from this summer's trip to Bulgaria. Right after crossing the border at Dalboka. 2 awesome seafood restaurants close by, and a mussel farm. Inked after a frame from Norwegian Wood the movie. Beautiful, beautiful film. Was reluctant to watch it at first, fearing the usual let-down after the book. But enough time passed between the film watching and the book reading that I was able to treat the film as its own entity. And affecting, indeed it was.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Bali Boy

Bali Boy- my bestest friend, neighbour, uni mate, mamak mate, driving in circles partner, rambling-on-issues-we-can't-change companion, and many more. Oh he is many, many things, and he will not, hopefully, ever let go of the Bali in him!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Brancusi

Photoshop cs5 This time, something I did this week: a painting after a famous studio photo of Brancusi, a Romanian sculptor, for someone's birthday.