Latest Project: Valentine's Day Cards

Added on by Nathan Hoang.

A couple years ago, my work partner asked our coworker who was walking by if she would hypothetically go out on a date with me. She laughed and said no. Then I asked her if she'd just gerrymander me out of the friend zone and into her heart. She just kept laughing as she walked towards the kitchen to fill her up water bottle.

Undeterred by a hypothetical rejection to a hypothetical question, yet still hurting from the rejection and harboring the feelings inside, I finally got around to making the Valentine's Day card I'd been meaning to make since that day two years later.

Click to download

Click to download

Anyway, she's dating another coworker now, so this card is for any elected official who's fighting voter suppression.

Latest Project: Ghost of Lincoln

Added on by Nathan Hoang.

Sometimes I wonder what Abraham Lincoln would think about American today. Like, whenever he haunts the White House, will he look around and be like, "LOOO! WHOSE MAN IS THIS???"

I think yes. So here's a painting of the Ghost of Lincoln to be inserted in times whenever we go and embarrass ourselves.

Ghost of Lincoln.PNG

Ghost of Lincoln.PNG

"Lo! Whose man is this??" – Ghost of Lincoln

"Lo! Whose man is this??"
– Ghost of Lincoln

Latest Project: Project Notebooks

Added on by Nathan Hoang.

I make a lot of loose projects for whatever stupid reason and sometimes, I need to go back into this stupid projects and make adjustments but when I open it up, there's all these tiny details that I forget about or adjustments like fonts and whatnots and I can't keep track because these projects are stupid and meaningless but damn it, I still care about them, so I made a project notebook to keep track of things like versions, layers, location it was saved and other stuff.

And whenever I've made enough dumb projects, I'll probably make more and print them out professionally instead of printing them at Kinko's and cutting them out myself at home.

These are those covers recycled from previous paintings that served no purpose.

See? Sometimes I need to go back to old projects and that's why I need a notebook for them.

Latest Project: Skyline Paintings

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The evenings out on our deck have been nice, laying slow and working slow and all. But after taking, like, 20 pictures of the thing, I needed to change things up while getting back in the habit of working on the iPad and Procreate app. Daily schedules and habits have changed after the move.

So I'm keeping a diary of sorts, chronicling the skyline and things that happen around it.

To see the every deck dream, visit the Instagram or full gallery.

Latest Project: Lay Low, Work Slow

Added on by Nathan Hoang.

It's summer in the city. I just moved to Brooklyn. And there's a deck just for Ego to lay out on. Every day should be Summer Friday, but sometimes the account team likes putting a 4:00 meeting on your calendar. On said Summer Friday. In said city.

So I painted this in between said meetings so everyone'll know what Summer 2016 is all about.

Lay Low, Work Slow, 2016. Digital

Lay Low, Work Slow, 2016. Digital

Lay Low, Work Slow, digital process on Photoshop

Lay Low, Work Slow, digital process on Photoshop

My dear friend Valerie loves sloths, so I made an iPhone background for her. Grab it if you'd like.

Latest Project: Ballerinas

Added on by Nathan Hoang.

Last year, I watched An American in Paris with my friend Valerie. There was a scene in there that I thought was so beautiful. No photography is allowed during a show, of course, so I committed the scene to memory and randomly accessed that part of the brain last week and decided to put it down on digital paper.

The show is about humans, but to keep with my recent theme of painting animals doing stuff while I watch tv shows about humans doing unrelated stuff, I decided to go with alpacas and llamas while my roommate had a friend over to watch The Bachelor finale.

South American Ballet, 2016. Digital

A thing I enjoy about painting animals is that I learn some things along the way. For instance, farmers often keep a llama around to protect their herd of alpacas because they're independent and alpacas are timid herd animals.

That's why the principal dancer is a llama and her supporting dancers are alpacas.

Process: I felt weird building this gif and seeing a nude (tutu-less) female llama, guys.

After I finished this piece, something I forgot I had in my brain since 2015 while watching a show with Valerie, who got me the tools to finish this piece to begin with, I feel like I'm ready to finally tackle my next big project that I've been planning since 2014: Noah in Space (Name WIP).


Latest Project: Chameleons

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My quest to better understand animal anatomy as well as the Apple Pencil while catching up on television shows continues.

When I'm on Photoshop, I often cycle through blend options, not quite understanding what each thing means. I mean…hard light versus soft light? So I made this chart, to wrap up my Friday night with chameleons blending in, while watching Girls.

Chameleons Blending Options, 2016. Digital

I started with a chameleon and copied it 17 more times.

Chameleon layers ≠ Chamillionaire

Chameleon layers ≠ Chamillionaire

And not one to pass up a rainbow opportunity, I made this as well.

Chameleons Hue Adjustments

Latest Project: Lone Star

Added on by Nathan Hoang.

In the past, I've made things to commemorate Texas' Independence Day. And as the organizer of Grey's Texas Meet-Ups, I made another thing for Texas Independence Day.

Happy 180th! 

Happy 180th! 

I took this picture when I was in El Paso for my Home project, and I'm beginning to wonder if that entire 50-state trip was to take a bunch of stock photos for my other projects.