Posted 11 months ago

Nausicaa hat WIP for the little one.  This is definitely better than my prototype.

Posted 11 months ago
Dear Studio Cyen,Very happy to find 顏水龍's photos in here. His paintings, advertisements and craft designs have brought extraordinary influence in Taiwan. He is one of my favourite Taiwanese artists, and also my research subject for MA degree. In which I focus on his works, especially the advertisement illustrations, during the 1920-30s. Just want to show my respect to your grandfather's achievement and thank you for the sharing! ~ Kai-Wei Wang
kaiweiwang asked

Hi Kai-Wei Wang,

Apologies for my belated reply.  I haven’t logged in to tumblr for ages so I didn’t see your message until now.  I’m very happy to hear that my grandfather is one of your favorite Taiwanese artists.  There are a lot of brilliant artists in his generation, but I like to think that he’s unique because of his interests in craft and education instead of just pure art.  I think he was ahead of the curve, and I believe Taiwanese people benefit his contribution even to these days.

It would be a great honor for us if my family and I can check out your finished MA thesis.  If you help with research material gathering, please contact me and I’ll try to see if I can be of assistant. 

Thanks again for your note and your interest in my grandfather’s work.  :)

Cyen

Posted 1 year ago
O!
vickysticky asked

Man, that was a tough one, but I’m going to say onion! I love the onion family (scallion, shallots, red onion, white onion, kutsai, etc.) in all sorts of dishes.  My favorite soup is French onion soup with big chunk of crusty French bread and Gruyère cheese.  Yum.

Posted 1 year ago
Posted 1 year ago
第八回台灣美術展覽會審查員(前排右起松林桂月、陳進、藤島武二,後排右起顏水龍、鹽月桃甫、木下靜涯、廖繼春、鄉原古統)
1927. Grandpa’s on the right, back row.

第八回台灣美術展覽會審查員(前排右起松林桂月、陳進、藤島武二,後排右起顏水龍、鹽月桃甫、木下靜涯、廖繼春、鄉原古統)

1927. Grandpa’s on the right, back row.

(Source: blog.roodo.com)

Posted 1 year ago
Found this googling images.  I don’t think I’ve seen this particular photo of my grandfather before. Looks like from his time in France (~1929-1932).

Found this googling images.  I don’t think I’ve seen this particular photo of my grandfather before. Looks like from his time in France (~1929-1932).

(Source: taiwanpedia.culture.tw)

Posted 1 year ago

Reading Reiko Shimizu’s Top Secret (and her other various works) always makes me want to draw pretty boys surrounded by flowers, but now I’m thinking about drawing David and Vickers surrounded by flowers instead.  XD 

or I’ll just draw flowers.  Easier/lazier that way. Always terrible at drawing people anyway.  Flowers… way easier and faster.

Anyway, Reiko Shimizu’s human proportion is wonky and her fashion sense seems to be stuck in the 80’s, but her art style’s actually pretty unique and her art is certainly beautiful.  Not to mention her stories are thought provoking.  I’m a bit sad that the series ended already, but it’s better that way. (Note: I haven’t finished the series.  Taiwanese publisher only got to vol. 9 so far) Kaguyahima went on for far too long, and I could tell that the author got lost or lost interest in the middle of the series.

After watching Prometheus two nights ago makes me want to watch Lawrence of Arabia again even though I watched that movie like twice in three weeks already.  Also trying to find a block of time to watch the making of Prometheus documentary since ‘Day highly recommended it.  I rather enjoyed the making of Alien and Aliens documentaries so I’m sure the making of Prometheus should be good.

Eh, going to go do some reading and photo editing.

Posted 1 year ago

Picture of my grandfather Shui-Long Yen (顏水龍) with Kees van Dongen at Cannes (July, 1932). They met in Cannes when Grandpa was recovering from liver problem. My grandfather learned from van Dongen how to paint white. Many years later, he still greatly admire van Dongen.  My aunt told me that every time he visited the Brooklyn Museum, he would seek out specifically van Dongen’s work.

Posted 1 year ago

Happy New Year!

Just want to wish my followers and friends a happy New Year!  I hope 2013 will be a good year for all.

I don’t have any resolution (I never make resolutions because I don’t ever keep them), but as always I do want to draw more and read more.  I still got a couple of ideas for my Avengers crack comic, and other than that, I’ll be working on my archaeology comic. 

I’ve been doing a lot of reading about woman archaeologists, 30’s fashion, history of woman education (I didn’t know my alma mater was very progressive concerning woman education), etc.  I also need to get back to my old archaeology text books as well as digging up my journals that I kept when I worked as a field archaeologist. Most of that stuff I’ve been reading won’t make it into the comic, but it’s a fun read. It’s good to exercise one’s decrepit brain. XD

Posted 1 year ago

Looking through my folders, I found these scans.  They are Mad Magazine’s parody of Lawrence of Arabia.  I think you can find the reprint in Mad about the 60s.  I first learned about this parody from my copy of Lawrence of Arabia: The 30th Anniversary Pictorial History by L. Robert Morris and Lawrence Raskin (dang, I had this book for 18 years already?!), but I didn’t get to see the entire parody until late 2004.  I’m pretty sure I got these from an old Peter O’Toole user group that I belonged to. Unfortunately, I don’t have larger scans of these pages because I don’t have the original.  Anyway…

Enjoy~

(Source: studiocyen.net)

Posted 1 year ago

Who are you?

The peeps in my tumblr keep changing user name so I’m so confused who’s who now.  D:

Posted 1 year ago

I need a Hot Toy Agent Coulson to fanboy my Hot Toy Captain America(s). Oooooh yeeeeaaaah. :D

Posted 1 year ago

I need this blu-ray NOW.  I have the dvd, but the blu-ray is so going to blow the dvd out of the water. I preordered the Collector’s Edition from DD yesterday instead of amazon to save money, but it’s going to be shipped to my parents’ house. At least with the money saved, I can buy a regular copy from amazon uk and have it shipped here.  XD I’m also planning to get Doctor Zhivago to take advantage of the 3 discs for 17 pounds deal.  Totally doing a David Lean marathon soon since I already have on blu Bridge on the River Kwai and A Passage to India and Great Expectations on dvd.

Posted 1 year ago

Sorry I haven’t been posting much lately.  I took a mini break from drawing to make the little one’s Halloween costume.  I haven’t gotten back to drawing yet, but I must get back to it very soon considering I’m still playing to enter historyofhyrule's contest. I'm also planning to finish up those Avengers comic though I've been rather distracted by other stuff lately (watching a lot of movies!). 

After that, gotta get serious with my archaeology comic as well as finishing off some miscellaneous stuff.  Been doing a lot of brain storming for that story lately, mostly character backgrounds.  I feel like I’m getting a better idea of who my characters are after developing more of their background.  Doubt any of their back stories will show up in the actual comic, but it helps me figure out these characters and their motivations.

We finally got our blu-ray of The Avengers (and since Amazon was selling Iron Man 1 and 2 for cheap, we upgraded those movies as well) and Indiana Jones.  Indy movies look awesome in hi-def though I think I could have do without the fourth one.  Planning to watch The Avengers this weekend. 

We also managed to watch Skyfall in the new theatre last Sunday.  OMG, definitely one of the best Bond movies.  I still can’t decide if I like it more than Casino Royale, but it’s certainly the prettiest Bond movie.  This was totally Judi Dench’s movie.  She was brilliant and so was Javier Bardem. I also like the story was so uncomplicated this time as well as some references to previous movies.  I think Wid and I were the only ones got some of the jokes and references during the showing we were at (eh, what do you expect, we are in Indo). I don’t get why parents bring babies and 7-8 year olds to James Bond movie though.  Anyway, I need to find a copy of Casino Royale.  Heck, I’m tempted to get Bond 50 and do a marathon, but I’m so getting Lawrence of Arabia first (3 days!!).

Wreck-it-Ralph is playing here now so hopefully we can catch that movie soon.

Posted 1 year ago

The Naughty One as Kiki from Kiki’s Delivery Service.