I have better computer skills than I do painting skills. I've only been painting for a year now (2020-2021) but have been computer literate, because of work, for 40 years and accumulated a lot of good computer graphics skills. I've spent many years learning to draw with a mouse and keyboard using Photoshop and Illustrator as a technical publications specialist. I do consider myself a professional user of Photoshop and Illustrator, as well as engineering CAD programs. Being a user for so long you develop a personal skill unique to yourself as a user. You never forget these professional skills as you move on to retirement and use them now for pleasure. I could be a consultant but I want to dedicate my skills to the arts.
Go to my Pinterest page to view samples of my work.
When I was in elementary school I doodled on just about everything. My books, the school desktop, on bathroom walls. Not to mention how much trouble I got into. So it was natural for me to develop my eye to hand coordination and try to draw what I could see. I didn't see any future in doodling after high school so I joined the US Navy to become a jet mechanic. Turns out I was a terrible mechanic but somewhat book smart so I did well on the advancement tests and made it to the rank of E5 in three years. Nonetheless I was still a terrible mechanic. It was in the Navy where I saw a jet engine assembly book filled with illustrated parts breakdowns. I thought to myself, I'd like to draw like that, since I was already thinking about what to do after the Navy. So I took some drafting classes and landed a job as a drafter in the Silicon Valley. This was in the early 80s. Tried to be artistic and learned quickly that there ain't nothing artistic about mechanical engineering drawings. My thoughts of creative grandeur were squashed like a bug getting the slipper. If I wanted to stay employed I had to throw my artistic shit out the window.
It was a mental shift to change my perspective to look at engineering drawings as documents of graphic communications. Creativity came in the form of logic diagrams, schematics and assembly drawings. But all was not lost, the art became a science in creating efficient drawings of communication. That in itself is an artform. What a geeky thing to say. Makes you wonder why they call us techies, "geeks". CAD was the beginning of my digital design experience. There was a bit of a learning curve, and the transition from eye to hand drawing, to ,mouse and keyboard drawing, took some getting use to. Think about this, if you look at everything around you that was fabricated, more than likely a drawing was used to show someone how to make that thing."So with every fabricated thing I see, I imagine drawings morphically emerging from them."
I'm an experienced CAD designer with 3D printing experience. I've used this technology at work to develop prototype parts for projects. As soon as it was affordable to purchase a personal-use unit I went out and bought one. I've spent countless hours playing with it creating models for fun. Of course the setback is the home-use 3D printer was not as accurate as the 3D printers I used at work. Being spoiled on the accuracy and clean prints produced at work, the limited quality from the home-use printer was unacceptable. So I found a 3D printing service online and downloaded my CAD Art models there. The only problem is it take weeks sometimes a month or more to get parts in. As an artist it's frustrating having to wait to see results. It may take a few revisions to actually get the right effect I want This can get expensive out of pocket and I don't have an arts grant to fall back on to absorb the costs.
So I just created this 1st draft model that's some kind of Hawaiian warrior shaka-bot made from a medium grade polymer (plastic). It would cost thousands of dollars to have one printed out of steel or aluminum. Don't even want to imagine how much it would cost in gold or platinum, oh yes, you can have models printed in precious metals too. That would be ridiculous. So I stopped right here at this model until I can find some kind of funding for my art projects.
Maybe the next step in my Hawaiian inspired art may be in creating jewelry. Even for that I would need to find funding. In any event, the skill and the option is there if needed. When I'm rich and famous I'll be able to pursue such an endeavor, until then, I'll just keep the faith.
I created artwork of Hawaiian royalty in a deck of cards. I even have a copyright on the artwork.
to be continued.....
The wild mustard plants grew rampant out in the open fields of the Silicon Valley’s Golden Triangle. The fields I used to play in as a kid. This area is between highways 101, 880, and Interstate 237. The area is now occupied by tech companies and hotels.
Back in the early 60s before all those tech companies were built, these plants thrived everywhere. I remember there were Italian people picking these plants, there's a similar plant that grew wild in the countryside back home. The harvesting of these mustard greens was introduced by the Italians who in turn showed the Asians how to pick and cook these plants.
You might still see a few mustard plants growing around the Silicon Valley if you're lucky. They could be popping out of cracks in a sidewalk or sprouting in an unkept lot between buildings. These plants are more indigenous to the Silicon Valley than all those tech companies.
Calrose is the name used originally for the medium-grain japonica rice that was experimentally cultivated in California. Calrose was developed at the Rice Experiment Station near the city of Biggs, and released to California growers in 1948.
In Hawaii, they call this rice the sticky rice, preferred by Hawaiian locals. The sticky characteristics of this rice make it easier to shape foods, like musubi and different types of sushi.
I prefer this rice over other brands just for its taste. I was raised on Calrose rice, and it was the only rice my parents bought.
As homemakers back in the ’50s and ’60s, my mom and aunties were very resourceful—not wasting anything that can be reused as something else. The rice sack was one of those items.
My mom would cut the sack into squares or rectangles, overlap the edges, and sew them together to make kitchen towels. Back then, those rice sacks were made from 100 percent cotton and were pretty soft after a few washings.
When visiting Filipino friends and relatives, I would see these rice sack towels hanging from the drawer cabinets in the kitchen. I wish I had saved one of them. I would’ve framed it and hung it on the wall as a novelty item to remind me of our mother’s resourcefulness.
My dad loved ladybugs and let them be. These were natural predators of the aphids—a bug that would infest the rose bushes my dad grew for my mom. My dad said these bugs are good luck, and not to kill them. I thought they were unique, like something out of a Transformers movie with a double set of wings. At flight the red-and-black dotted cover would lift up and long wings would sprout out. I was amazed at how well the wings were concealed.
Ladybugs lay their eggs directly in aphid colonies in order to ensure their larvae have an immediate food source; how cool is that! They’re like transformers and body snatchers rolled up in one.
At our home in the Silicon Valley, my dad used to grow vegetables in the backyard. I believe he must have loved to grow vegetables and fruit trees from working as a farmhand in Hawaii and California. He would grow bitter melon, string beans, eggplants, tomatoes, tabungaw and upo squash, and other varieties every year. Back then, they didn’t have all the Asian supermarkets. Many of the vegetables for Filipino dishes were not available, so they grew their own and traded with other friends and relatives.
The Tomato Monster
I have fond memories of these tomato hornworms. They were the baddest creatures in the backyard garden; no one messed with them. I would collect them and save them in a jar for caterpillar gladiator fights. I would put a black hairy caterpillar in the jar and the hornworm would always win. These tomato monsters can grow to a massive four inches long before they turn into a boring big brown moth.
Artwork overlap layering is the best technique used in digital arts, as far as I'm concerned. After teaching myself to paint and using layering in a permanent sequential method, I've come to appreciate the layering capability in almost all digital arts and CAD programs.
Shaping pieces and and lapping them together gives you more freedom to create quickly rather than just trying to draw your digital art on one layer. I encourage the use of many layers to categorize pieces in logical order.
As you can see in the example in the layer column, each art piece created has it's own layer. The beauty of this system is that you can position each art piece before or after any other art piece while making modifications.
Warning: I rewrite this website daily like a journal and constantly revise what I write, So what you might read today, or art you see, may change tomorrow in my attempt to perfect this website. Look at it as if I'm in the process of writing a book cause in a way I am. I love to write and I love to paint.
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