What? – The Longer Version

What is all this?

This is where I’ll post my personal drawings. I will draw and post as long as my camera, computer, internet, and website does not crap out on me.

Graphics may contain sex, violence, and profanity bears, rainbow, and hearts; if you’re offended… well sorry, but not really. 😀 Please kindly go away and laugh it off.

All graphics are drawn by me unless otherwise noted. You may download images for your own personal pleasure. Reblogging or reposting without alterations is fine as long as you give credit to me and no cash flow is involved. If you plan to rip me off please kindly e-mail me.

For commissions, complaints, compliments, cookies, candy… e-mail me -> karen@karen-chin.com




What, why?


20140720 4:41AM  Yay~ midnight creative juices flowin’


I am a very low-key person (99% with a 1% “screw low-key, I’m awesome” attitude) so sharing my work is really hard. Sharing myself and what I write is even harder. Considering blogs and such are for stalkers, I tend to not post at all when things get personal, which is, like, almost everything when it comes to my work. As a poor starving artist, I shall make a better effort to avoid occasions like, “I draw too, here’s my sketchbook, oh wait… nope, didn’t bring it.” So, yeah, lookie here.



About a month or so ago, Mattias Adolfsson posted a picture of his newly (translated) published book. Yes, we’re Facebook friends, along with 4999 others which I’ll choose to ignore. I ordered my copy and found out first editions comes with a blank sketchbook. Neat! Although it’s not super high-quality watercolor cotton sheets, it’s a passable sketchbook considering it’s FREE. I didn’t like it at first but after buying a Moleskine Plain, I thought about throwing the Moleskine out… but caved since it cost about 4~5 grande frapps. Horrible. What a waste of money, do not buy. EVER. (Moleskine Plains, not the frapps. Go buy a frapp.)

Meanwhile, I came across Phil McAndrew’s “Super Obvious Secrets That I Wish They’d Teach In Art School” post (philintheblanks.com/blog/?p=546) , Mitografia (mitografia.tumblr.com) , and an interview transcript with Attack on Titan‘s (進撃の巨人) author Hajime Isayama (諫山創) (stating that he uses posemaniacs.com for titan references).

What really pushed me over the edge to start this was Mitografia’s 1½ years and counting daily drawings. Unbelievable. Even as a professional, it takes a certain amount of dedication to continue any kind of a (verb)-per-day act.

So. I bought myself new watercolors (holy crap 28 more colors!) and started watercoloring and sketching meat people every day since. Watercolor and human figures are pretty much out of my comfort zone. Wee~ 10,000 hours of practice.

It’s been over a month now. Yay. I can get my one month badge for ART THERAPY ANONYMOUS if there is one. I hope I don’t jinx myself by starting this site. My previous streak of daily drawings lasted about 4 months.

That’s it for now. Go look at some drawings. GO!