Saturday, May 30, 2015


Here's a new batch of sketches from Disneyland.  Love that place! :)  I focused on one area, but tried different approaches and materials.  If you become comfortable in a particular style or technique and keep doing the same stuff, at some point the learning stops.  It's like going to the gym and doing the same exercise with the same weights all the time, after a while you're not going to get stronger unless you do something different like increase your weights, or better yet, do an entirely different exercise you've never done before!  I try to mix things up so my art brain is always challenged.

The first image was done with a black prismacolor pencil as a way to study value and practice rendering.  Some of the details in the buildings really caught my eye so in the line drawing above, I focused on the details and design work.  In the sketch below, I focused more on the contrast of light and dark, along with shapes they formed.

Many of my field sketches aren't very large.  The biggest ones are roughly 5"x7" and can go as small as 2"x3".  You get more drawing done if you keep them small. ;)

Saturday, March 21, 2015

St. Patrick's Day

A painting I did for St. Patrick's Day. :)  I thought it would be interesting to merge two separate worlds together, yet still have it make sense in a funny way.  For many of my paintings, I usually start in black and white and add color later.  You can see my process for this particular painting in the series of images below.

After I came up with the idea of Mario jumping out of a Leprechaun's pot of gold, I did a quick n' dirty thumbnail to work out composition and value.  Usually I would do more thumbnails to explore different compositions, but in this particular case I knew what direction I wanted to take this painting early on, so stuck with just one to save time.

I then sketched over the thumbnail to create a line art.  During this phase I begin to work out details and designs.  Even though I'm detailing things out, I still try to keep it loose, but I'm still mindful of each line that I put down.  Keeping your drawing 'loose' doesn't mean putting marks down randomly without any thought.  There should always be thought and intention with each mark or stroke placed.

After I'm done with the line drawing, I work on the values.  Your values and shapes should be readable and support the overall composition.  I also developed the background a bit more, being mindful to add character to the environment so that it isn't just an after thought.  I used swirls, spirals and clovers to give it a celtic feel.  You'll notice that I expanded the composition too as I felt the original comp was too cramped.  The line art and value stage took the most time, and it should!  Because you want to get these right or else the whole painting will fall apart.


If you get your values right, adding color is pretty easy and fun!  I set my brush to 'color' mode in Photoshop and paint over the black and white.  Setting the brush to color mode will not affect the values, so if you don't like the colors you've put down, just desaturate and add new colors!
And here is the final painting again.  I added some textures to the pot and trees, along with some flowers  I also added bugs to give the forest more life, and some wisps to add a fantasy element.  Hope this was helpful and stay tuned for future posts of my process.  Cheers y'all!

All images ©Jimmy Lo

Saturday, March 7, 2015


A bunch of field sketches at Disneyland over the past 3 months.  Trying different approaches with each sketch by using different rendering techniques, drawing materials, etc.  Above are a few composition studies from Cars Land.  See if you can spot the locations of the sketches below. :)

The image above was done with watercolor crayons on black paper.  Prismacolor pencils works too.  I use white oil pastels for some of the brighter highlights.  Stay tuned for more updates!  :)

All images ©Jimmy Lo

Sunday, February 22, 2015


Life gets busy but I still try to find time to draw outside work.  Above is a sketch I did a few weeks ago while getting an oil change.  This particular building is an old but still functioning fire station right next to the car shop.

These two sketches were done during two separate lunch breaks at Old Town Irvine.  The large building above was used to store beans and grain during the early 20th century.  Today it's being used for commercial office space.  On that same lot were a few old craftsman style houses left standing which are no longer residential but also used for business purposes.  The house I sketched is being used as a dentist office.  While sketching, I tried to capture the way it may have looked like many moons ago.  That's what's cool about drawing, you can edit out or edit in whatever you like. :)

All images ©Jimmy Lo

Monday, February 16, 2015


Me and several friends put together a collaborative sketchbook called 'Crab Cakes' which you may have seen if you attended CTN 2014. :)  It was a fun group project and we meet a lot of cool people at the show.  You can find the book at Stuart Ng.  

Thursday, January 22, 2015


More Arakkoa concepts!  We were lucky to have Armand Serrano do some freelance work for us.  He did an amazing piece which you can find on the Warlords page.  Below are concepts I did for Arakkoa Spires Dungeon using Armand's concept as the initial inspiration.  It was a fun collaboration!

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Saturday, January 10, 2015

WARLORDS OF DRAENOR: Arakkoa concepts

A few early concepts I did for the Arakkoa.  We didn't know what direction to go with for their structures, so during this stage it was fun to just explore ideas.

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