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New Layout!

In case you haven’t noticed, but Maria Leung Illustration has a new layout! Not only that, but a new gallery featuring some rotoscope frames has been added! Take your time to really look around.

It took about a month to complete; my coding skills were a little rusty, so a little re-learning happened concurrently to dismantling and rebuilding the site. Also, I found out my contact form had a syntax error in it ever since I created it- whoops. But that’s all fixed now, so I can receive feedback properly once more.

While I’ve wanted to update my site for a while (the old layout was a bit plain and very clunky without any Javascript image galleries), the main impetus for choosing to finally do it was because I got some new mailers to send art directors, and I wanted them to come see a simple but professional portfolio with easy to use image galleries.

Do you like the new layout? Have some suggestions for improvement? Go ahead and leave comments and suggestions!

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DIY Watercolor Block Tutorial

For the binder clips, the bigger the better. For the C-Clamps, smaller ones (the ones pictured are 2″) are easier to work with.

Recently I saw online that it’s possible to create your own watercolor blocks. I gave it a try myself, and found that it was indeed possible! So here is an easy to follow tutorial (with photos) so you can make your own!

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Rotoscope

A frame from the rotoscope.

Hello everyone! After a long absence from this website/blog, I am back! Why was I gone so long? It’s a long story…

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Awoken: Twilight with Cthulu

If you follow Lindsay Ellis/Nostalgia Chick on the website That Guy With the Glasses, you will see that she’s working on a project called 50 Shades of Green. Recently she put a call out for cover art, and this was my submission.

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Cherry Blossom Festival

It’s been a while, but here is another comic diary from a day in my life.

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Carnations

At my graduation ceremony in May, my boyfriend gave me a bouquet of carnations. It was the first time I got a bouquet, so it was very special to me.

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Doodle Page

I made an interesting doodle/practice page today, so I thought I would share it with the world.

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Asian Stereotypes: The Other Possible Thesis

Last summer, as I was thinking about what to do for my upcoming Thesis, I came up with two ideas that I felt passionate would work. One was about the history of vampires, which I had originally submitted to Bob in the spring and got an approval. The other idea I had was about stereotypes of Asian Americans. In the end, I went with the vampires because I thought it would give me a good variety of images, and because I didn’t know if the stereotypes would do that for me.

While I am happy about my choice (I got to do some interesting pieces like Robert Pattinson being fawned over by females), I still want to address the Asian American stereotypes. I think it’s important to bring attention to them, because they’re still persistent today, often through sheer ignorance. Take this fine gentleman for instance, Samuel Hendrickson of Indiana:

He posted this March 6, 2013 to his Facebook as a joke, entitled “Why I’d Hate to Be Asian”. It quickly became apparent that no one found it funny, and he has since taken the original post down (actually, he has taken down his entire Facebook account, due to all the criticism he has been receiving). However, it was copied to Youtube several times, and has become somewhat viral since then.

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A Special Christmas Post, AKA What I Learned From Thesis

Merry Christmas! This is the only Christmas-y photo of myself I had lying around…

A few days late for this, but Merry Christmas, everyone!

I have a special present to all of my dear readers. Now that Thesis is over, I have learned some important lessons. So my gift to all of you, especially future Illustration Thesis students, is sharing what I’ve learned. As a foreword- do as I say, not as I do.

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