Saturday, December 30, 2006

Lostateminor.com





Lost At E Minor is a website and weekly email newsletter that sources out and features the best new illustration, photography, art and music from Australia and around the world. It is the product of a collaboration between brothers Zac and Zolton Zavos who come from backgrounds in IT and magazine editing respectively and who wanted to work together on a project which tapped into their interests in various mediums of creative expression.

They have always operated with an agenda of giving props to artists and musicians that they respect and think deserve more recognition. Lost At E Minor has also established media partnerships with websites such as
Cool Hunting and Design is Kinky to provide other avenues through which to promote the work that they like. Lost At E Minor is editorially independent and they only plug something if they like it.

The Lost At E Minor logo was designed by Melbourne-based company,
Urchin Associates. Submissions from illustrators, artists, photographers, and musicians are always encouraged. They also welcome banner submissions and advertising
enquiries
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Lost At E Minor welcomes submissions from illustrators, artists, photographers, t-shirt designers, musicians, writers, figurine creators, and other talented people from around the world who are working within the broad realm of pop culture and would like to showcase their work through the newsletter and the website so click on to find out more about Lost At E Minor .

Thanks Roger for giving me the link and Zolton for posting my submission onto the site.

Friday, December 29, 2006

Happy New Year 賀正 2007

Happy 2007

Happy 2007 V2
(version 2)

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2007!!! 賀正2007!
An advance greeting to you, wherever you are and whoever you are. May all your dreams and wishes come true (I hope mine come true as well, hash) May the force be with you, always!
(^ ^) 7 *salute

Thanks with love and peace, Xiaobaosg

Potrait done for *Masakii 老姐
www.flickr.com/photos/52223761@N00/33852638/ (the references)

*Using the background from "hanami", i'm too lazy ....

Saturday, December 23, 2006

Tee-Design

Tee Design

My designs on tee-shirt . I got a couple of it from my cilent today.
Check here for the illo http://mi50.blogspot.com/2006/12/licensed-design.html

Hopefully, more commission or licensing on Tee-designs will come in ...
Email to me, yeah. :D


Model : My sister-in-law and me :P
*She got free tees for modelling for me k : )

*******
Press "F5" on your keyboard and a different banner should appear.

Thanks Daniel wang and credit to Gabriel Lau for the guide. Click below :
http://freeyasoul.blogspot.com/2006/10/random-rotating-banner-hack.html

Friday, December 22, 2006

IF- Peace

wars

WAR

Sometime I really wonder, do we really need to go for war to have peace? Why do those that killed people’s enemy still be worshipped as a Hero? This is really a very subjective question with no definite answer. Anyway these are just some of my thoughts on the war...Peace to the world!!

(*Strange i did this sometime ago , and when i go through my blog , it have not been posted before???)

DreamSeeker 梦寻者

Dreamseeker

i've been a Dreamseeker in Lioncity and design society since 2004 . Almost 2 years had gone and i'm still seeking......

Someone asked me what sort of dream am i seeking? I told her , "I wanted to be better and be a full time illustrator whereby i can survive with the little knowledge and the amateur skill i have." Some wet wild dream isn't it ....

Like what i mentioned in my previous blog

"Dream(s) are meant to be non-reality,are imaginary,or artificial and it happened only when you sleep but i believe if you dare to dream(s) on (as mention in the jap caption) and catch it. Anything can be brought to reality! Anything can be possible. May all your dreams come true! 祝你有个好梦"

~Dreamseeker 梦寻者 , xbsg



* I've been wanting to make a illustration for/of Dreamseeker, so here i presented to you " Your Dream girl!" :P

*I had also submitted this illo as a design into threadless.com , do remember to drop by again and vote for me/her. Viva la Dreams .

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Merry Christmas



Merry Christmas


Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year To You~!!
May all your dreams and wishes come true.

~ xiaobaosg

Monday, December 18, 2006

Red Dragon 赤龙

Red Dragon

XbsgXSloth ( 4playz present)
Red Dragon 赤龙
the female warrior samurai of the East ( based on our own creation for our first batch merchanise ). 巾帼不让须眉......

Character Lineart by Sloth
Colour and layout by me
(http://www.4playz.net)

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Licensed Design

Licensed design 1

Licensed design 2

Some illustration licensed for Tee in U.S.A

Top left: Got bamboo , Make love not war , kungfu chick and have fun ( first batch on top)
Top left:: Chicks with gun , Mosaic Monkey 1 , chicky and mosaic monkey 2 (Bottom batch)



Poor scholar 穷书生

Yet another potrait. She been wanting me to potrait her as a poor scholar for quite sometimes so here it is. Did some rendering with Photoshop (3-4days on and off) but not in good condition. Need more practise on rendering.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Member Zoom in Amateurillustrator

Since i was asked to intro myself in amateurillustrator.com , i think i might as well post it here for you guys to know more about me.


Henshin_XB_by_xiaobaosg
(Self potrait of myself doing Kamen Rider henshin)

Xiaobaosg (
xiao= small , bao=treasure in chinese)
is an intensly skilled craftsman and his work is instantly recognizable aswell as being vibrant in color and chock full of energy and has a great style to boot. His work ranges from graphic novel style panels and original characters to excellent interpretations of people and situations. He is also the creator of the single most popular thread in our forums to date, check it out here and get a taste of his signature visual style. But lets hear what he has to say:

Tell us abit about yourself:
I believe in creating something out of nothing as an artist. I see myself as a kidult, young at heart and am known as xiaobaosg to my friends. I am an amateur illustrator in every sense of the word (as I started to learn art about 2 years ago) working freelance in Singapore. Beside that I’m also doing some personal commission work on the side, via
4playz, a collaboration of two illustrators and a comic artist.

What inspires you in terms of creating art:
I’m much influenced by the Japanese and Chinese cultures, and I got most of my inspiration from movies, movie posters, comics, from the music I enjoy listening to and generally things that happen around me.

Tell us more about your work:
My work mainly ranges from poster design to T-shirt design. But I do have lots of things going on, here’s a list:

Tee design:
Starting my freelance as designing t-shirts for company and forums. Currently I’m working out a project with 4playz to come out with a series of merchandise.

Vintage design:
As i am much influenced by Japanese and Chinese culture, vintage or retro design naturally become one of my favourites topic for my works. I tried to follow, explore and catch the raw and old styles feel of old poster using their colour palettes and textures.


Mosaic Monkey:

Derived from the most popular Chinese myths “Journey to the west”, experimenting with different styles to illustrates the scenes. I tried to re-tell/ recreate the story and characters in a modern way and a more funny ways as much of the illustration was actually spoof from a certain movie (poster or scene).


Fetish Series:

A personal series of illustrations of provocative females of different roles, much inspired by Tokidoki (Simone Legno, one of my favourite designer).

- by X, Zeroe

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

RED 红

Tomoe_gozen

"The mighty female warrior of times"

Tomoe Gozen (巴 御前, Tomoe Gozen) (1161–1184) was one of the few examples of a true female warrior samurai in all of Japanese history. She was a samurai during the time of the Genpei War (1180–1185). Her name is pronounced /to.mo.e/. More at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tomoe_Gozen

Merchanise:





*4playz*
-First Wave -
Limited edition tees (40 pcs per design only to be sold locally and worldwide)

*RED*
The colour of 4playz logo. It is often used to indicate danger or emergency.In Chinese symbolism, red is the color of good luck and it’s also the color of the passion , romance and sex.RED also represents the female menstrual cylce and therefore maturity and sexuality. Paradoxically, it also denotes anger.

This is our first theme , RED (红) , and so all our designs will be printed on a RED colour tee only. So it's very auspicious to wear this tee during Chinese New Year .

*Characters*

On the top row :
Tomoe Gozen , a very famous female samurai in Japan during the time of the Genpei War (1180–1185) . Click above or [link] to find out more about her.

And on the bottom row is based on our own creation of Chinese female warrior.


*Prices*

Locally (SG) : 20 SGD per tee
Worldwide : 15 USD per tee

*Shipping To USA
7 USD per tee


*Sizes*
Male
Medium : 40" (M), Large : 42" (L)

We are now taking in pre-order so please email to us at contact@4playz.net.

Once , we had settled the tees pre-order and stuffs, sloth and me will do a collab illustration for it. So stayed tune....

Friday, December 01, 2006

Mosaic Monkey Returns

Mosaic Monkey Return

Promotional poster 1
"Unfold your destiny" (The japanese caption)

Spoof From the movie poster " King Arthur"
[Practising on rendering and blending with Photoshop]


Mosaic Monkey  Return 2

Promotional poster 2
"What Was Trapped. Will Soon Be Unleashed" (The japanese caption)

Spoof from the movie poster "The Grudge 2" :P

Mosaic Monkey Return 3

Promotional poster 3
Can Mosaic monkey and his team save humanity? Does humanity have faith with them?

Spoof from the movie poster "Superman Returns"
A perspective drawing but guess it didn't turned out well, look kinda of weird.

[Practising on rendering and blending with Photoshop]

Mosaic Monkey Return Sketches

The Sketches of Mosaic Monkey Returns
Normally for me , before i make a illustration , i will roughly planned out the layout and do some sketches on my sketchbook first , i will then redraw everything again in Marcomedia Flash (as Flash can produce a better linesweight for drawing) .After that , i will export the "drawing" to Photoshop to add in effect and texture .

The journey of Mighty monkey , MM , will return soon..........

<xbsg> Currently, we are preparing to launch the first merchanise for 4playz, our first wave will be limited edition tee-shirts . There will be a total of 4 designs (not more than 40 pieces per design) selling worldwide, so watch this space and blog for more updates.

Saturday, November 25, 2006

.: XBSG 玩 具 區 :.

myroom

宝垒
This collab photo was taken around 1/2 yrs ago. My collection mainly concentrated on Kamen Rider ( S.I.C , Armour Trans , 30cm soft vinyl and random Kamen rider related stuffs)


两个月之后 (下图).......
More invasion of Garo toys .... 牙狼

DSC00834


DSC00835

Gouten ( the horse)
( ^ ^)b
and Berserk Garo,
one of the biggest figure in my collection ,
the size of the toy was around 20 inch!! Wooooo...holy chiwawa!

HG kurohige kikiippa

HG HARDO GAY
Wooooooooooooooo~


前两天。。。。。
(下图).......


Kamen Rider Swing


Kamen Rider Swing
:D~~~~


S.I.C VOL 14

S.I.C Vol 14 (reissue)
Finally got my hand on this volume.
Vrooooooooooommmmmmmmmmmm.....Go Rider!!!

Life as a artist for me is already hard. Life as a Toy collector more hard.

Today , finally i realised this "用有限换无限。"
Toys是无限的,金钱却是有限~~~ ~哭
Need to earn more money to get more toys~ (kidding)
中毒太深 ( ~ ~!)

Friday, November 24, 2006

Final Rumble

Final Rumble

Final Rumble 2

( Below: Cged and drawn with flash , ready to transfer to Photoshop for modification)

School Rumble characters

School Rumble 霸: The Final Rumble
War in school breakoff , who will be the last survival.
*The battle of survival in school *

Poster 1 : I've merged the 3 newly drawn characters (same character but new hairstyle ) with the Collab's characters into one. I wanted to give it a movie poster feel.

Poster 2 : A before (bottom bar) and After (Top bar) look of characters . Beside the 2 characters in gray.

A3 size , done with Flash and PS ( 2 days)
Done with references from the net on schoolgirl

School_Rumble_2

School_Rumble_2_another_ver

School Rumble 2

Rika akiyama, another character created for School Rumble . Ahhh i've forgotten to add in the dragon tattoo for the "Final Rumble Poster." Another version of School Rumble 2 happened on : Days 2 ,Rika akiyama eliminated/killed. Not much different , just more bloody. :P


School_Rumble_3

School Rumble 3

Kaoru Sakura , a third character created for School Rumble .Trying to draw some perspective drawing but it didn't turned out well. Alot of mistakes.


School_Rumble_4

School Rumble 4

New character Midori enter the battle.

<xbsg> The last 4 illustrations of School Rumble was created between dec 24 2005 to Jan 25 2006. After that, i got tired of drawing schoolgirls and i stopped the series for Mosaic monkey.

The Sad things about this 4 illos was that long ago, i have this habit of saving my files at 72 dpi and a low resolution until i realised , it was already too late. Damaged had been done. End of the day, i got all the 4 files eliminated ( ^ ^!) . These 4 files was saved from my DA account because i'm too lazy to redo everything again *ha! .

That's why nowsday , i kept all my files at 300dpi A4 or A3 sizes just in case someone might want to use it or buy it from me . Futhermore i can use it for my personal porfolio. ( ^ ^)\/

That's all for School Rumble.

END of School Rumble....... ( *a lame story by me )

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Thursday, November 23, 2006

Hanami

Hanami

Hanami (花見, Hanami lit. flower viewing) is the Japanese traditional custom of enjoying the beauty of flowers, "flower" in this case might means cherry blossoms (桜 or 櫻, sakura ), or ume blossoms (梅, ume ) .

> More info at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hanami

Hanami V2
Hanami Version 2

Related Series:
>> ShangHai Bun

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Before Legend 3 End

Before Legend 3 END

野猴启示录:传说 (read from right to left)

After the explosion , MM landed on a mountain nearby. This is the story of MM & the Scarf ...

Rise of the monkey 改

Rise of the monkey
*New version of Mosaic Monkey Chapter one

At the top of the mountain, the monkey pointed his finger toward the clear sky , his telling the world , i am going to be no . 1 . (上天下底,唯我独尊) This is where it all begin. (* I'm not good in doing short comic scripts and i know the story is not that flow and understandable. )

Rise of the monkey <--old version if you noticed ;
*At first , MM's hair look like beckham [link] . The change of the hairstyle and the add-on of the scarf was given to MM, to give him a more mature (haha) and heroic look perhaps.

*The blue colour represent the sea as MM was standing on the mountain just beside the sea.

*I revamped the "Rise of monkey " as MM was not wearing scarf and he look different in the old version.

I have submitted Baby Mosaic Monkey to MOJIZU : http://www.mojizu.com/Pages/mojiviewbyname.aspx?moji=Mosaic+Monkey.

未完成......
May continue.....



Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Before Legend 2

Before Legend 2

野猴启示录:传说

From the beginning of time, a stone had been absorbing the" KI " from the Heaven and earth (天地之气) . One day , there's was a sudden change of the heaven and earth ( 风云变色 ) , a white light blasted from the heaven shot directly to the stone ,causing the stone to explode and then from it hatched a monkey.

The MONKEY was high-spirited, egotistical , full of mischievous pranks and of course, he was naked ( haha ). Thus , the name Mosaic Monkey or MM in short.

Monday, November 06, 2006

Mosaic Monkey: Before Legend

Mosaic Monkey: Before Legend

[ Every hero has a first cry. Every journey has a first step. Every tales has a beginning ]

野猴启示录:传说

This is the "before legend" tales of Mosaic Monkey, his first cry.
Before smoke start coming out from the Dragon's nostrils .
Do not disturb the sleeping dragon. :P

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Momotaro 桃太郎

Momotaro 桃太郎

"Let the wind take us to the Megi-jima Island"

Momotarō (桃太郎) , a hero from Japanese folklore. Literally meaning Peach Tarō, as Tarō is a common Japanese boy's name, it is often translated as Peach Boy. Read more at en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Momotarou

A quick practise with no reference.


Other version make for my porfoilo :

*added mountain

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Panda Aku 鬼熊

Panda Aku

Cult illustration: School Rumble

Character: Aku (aka as ghost or demon in japan), the pet panda of Masaki


School Rumble

Battle for the survival in school.....they had to kill to live.....( *a lame story by me )

Illustration influenced by Tenjo Tenge and Kill Bill~

Monday, October 23, 2006

The Year Two

Friends

Potraits of friends


*ramblings, some thought and complaint*

It had been 2 years since the day i started doing arts as a hobby ( or career) . That's really very fast!!!I'm still the same old amateur artist. I have to label myself as a amateur artist as i'm the least popular among my group (4playz). I don't get much commission works neither was my works ever got published in magazine before .
For the past 2 years, i always been wanting to quit doing arts (as a career or even as a hobby)because it's really hard to survive just as a full-time illustrator here (in Singapore). Especially with the kind of character i had, as i always tend to wait for people to approach me instead which i know is not a very "wise choice." Beside that ,I alway feel that i cannot accomplish the tasking given by the customers , i have negative thought and have no confidence with myself and my skill.

Other than that , is selling my works overseas. I had rejected a number of requests due to some unpleasant encounter i had before .It was really a very bad experience as the project was dragged for almost 7 months , my designs was printed , sold and i was not even informed. It was only lately ,after i complaint to them ,then i get a contract from them which says " Please sign here and sent back to me!"
So far , i have not get any things from them yet. I mean ain't i supposed to get pay on the royality and a 4 monthly report on the sale of my design? The chinese have a good say " The mountain is high and the emperor is far 山高,皇帝远 ", i would not know anythings about everythings ( the design, the sales , the company).The way i see professional people handle things in a unprofessional ways , it just make me feel so scared and sick. It is a must, to earn from taking risk, i wonder?It is really about no risk , no gain?


I'm just an artist, an amateur one , i do need to survive . If we could be more co-operative, be thoughtful and considerate for others. That will definitely make the industry , the world , a better and a happy one. I think.... ( i always wanted to blog about this bad experience, really :D)


Mistake learns
a) Get your works paid and get a contract signed before sending out your works
b) Always consult the "old birds" ( experience's people) if in doubts

I guess that about all i have to say. I still love arts , love to do illustration that is why i'm still around. :D


May Picasso be with you , always!

Thursday, October 12, 2006

School Rumble 霸

School Rumble 2





<-(old version)



Cult illustration: SCHOOL RUMBLE
Character: Rika Akiyama ~(revamped)

*The trouble with school (富田私立高校)is students had to battle for the survival in school and battle for the glory to be the NO. 1.....To kill or be killed. ( *a lame story by me )

Illustration influenced by Tenjo Tenge and Kill Bill~


* Practise on rendering and blending with Photoshop :D


















School Rumble Collab

This is a collaboration between four artists (SG) , merging different drawing styles and techniques into one . We are 4Play Club (now called 4playz)!As school rumble was created by me , naturally i became the lead and cg artist of this collab :P .

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Project Garo 暗黑騎士篇. 终

PROJECT-GARO 2

Poster B
Different layout and added Garo in this poster

Ougon Kishi GARO

Ougon Kishi GARO
This is the last "Garo" fanart I'm going to do.

Garo's fanart was done as a tribute to the series , and also a practice for me on trying out different type of CG style (not much different actually, hehe). Okie, i will reverted back on doing more fetish series and mosaic monkey part 2 after this.



GARO 牙狼 - 暗黑騎士篇
製作‧著作:ProjectGARO
原作‧総監督:雨宮慶太
制作:東北新社クリエイツ‧ディープサイド‧オムニバスジャパン
イラスト入り: Xiaobaosg

Monday, October 09, 2006

Project Garo

PROJECT-GARO

Project_Garo_V2
(Version 2)

"Where there is light, shadows lurk and fear reigns... yet by the blade of Knights, mankind was given hope..."

Garo focuses on the life of Makai Knight Saejima Kouga, who protects humanity against dark demonic manifestations called "Horrors." In his quest to purge them, he encounters a young girl named Kaoru whom he saved from a Horror, but was stained with its demonic blood. As a rule, those that been stained by the blood of a Horror shall be cut down, or else they will die painfully in approximately 100 days. Kouga had planned to use her as a bait at the beginning to save his trouble on locating the horror individually , but when they lived together, he started to have mercy upon her and afterwards, he tries to find a way to purify her before her remaining time expires.

*Garo Poster 1
Took me on and off 2 weeks to complete this poster. Different styles was tried out for this poster .(*Done with references)


Suzumura Rei

Suzumura Rei/Zero
aka ZERO is the Silver Makai Knight of the West.

Saejima Taiga

Saejima Taiga
Father of Kouga and the previous Garo who was killed by his own student, Kiba (below)

KIBA the Dark Knight

KIBA the Dark Knight
He's the spirit of the Dark Knight and even though his appearance was near the end of the series, he influeneced everything since the beginning. KIBA's spirit resides inside a unknown place that's filled with the dark side knowledge of the Makai.

『牙狼<GARO>』 第二十四話「少女」。

『牙狼<GARO>』 第二十四話「少女」。
Character adapted from Eps 24 of Garo
from bottom to top: Meshia the Ultimate Horror (*She's an ancient Horror and existed since the beginning of the conflict between Makai and Horror) and KERBEROS (*the hound of Hades)

Sketch and trial on Saint Seiya's CG style:

三神官融合体・鎧モードGouten W.I.P