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01 January 2007, 11:02 PM
Hi all,

Hope everyone had some great winter holidays! For my new year's resolution I've decided to start one thread that I'm going to be posting all my stuff on. And here it is! Enjoy and come back and visit.

I'll be updating regularly.


Random head sketches

Hiro from the tv show "Heroes"

Keith Richards


Video Painting of Borat (

Owl Sketch

Some creatures

01 January 2007, 11:55 PM
very nice additions to an allready impressive collection... sure would like to see more of them in color though... mad skillz man...

01 January 2007, 07:05 PM
Hey thanks for stopping by Neverman

Here's some more mindless doodlings....

01 January 2007, 07:09 PM
awesome drawings/paintings. I always loved your work and the HIRO made me laugh so hard, cause it's totally him! haha Keep on rocking.

01 January 2007, 07:11 PM
Hey thanks Teun! Can't wait till the show comes back on air!

01 January 2007, 07:12 PM
Yes, even as Prison Break - menhunt
(oh btw, srry, i know you hear this a lot. But maybe you got some good tips on my latest work, cause i need them (Serena is also giving my good tips tho)(link = in my signature))

01 January 2007, 03:28 PM
zng-Y - things have been extremely busy at work... I honestly don't have time. I apologize.

Here's some new sketches to start off the week! By the way, CBC Radio is doing an interview about subway sketching so if you're in the Toronto area come out and sketch with me this Sunday! FOR MORE INFO (

01 January 2007, 03:43 PM
great work mr chiu :)

i especially like the last 2 sketches. I have never been a fan of that classic carricature style, but your work is just too cool :D

01 January 2007, 03:54 PM
Hey Bobby! I love ur style really! these aren't sketche for me man, anymore! these are just some finished master piece! just how hell would be when you finish them up! :eek:
can't wait to see more! OMG! :scream: allways like ur works :thumbsup:
best, mim

01 January 2007, 03:53 AM
Vahn - thank you. I'm glad you made an exception for me ;)

mim-Armand - thanks for the kind words my friend.

Here's some new stuff!

Here's some studies of a few 70s hairstyles for a new project my studio is doing
And this is a sketch I did this morning as I was drinking my morning coffee and thinking about one of my favorite shows "Prison Break"! Based off a photo I found on the net. It's a bit loose but it ended up being a nice warm up before I got down to work.

01 January 2007, 04:02 AM
yes!!more bobby's goodies:Dlovely as always sir~:thumbsup:

01 January 2007, 04:48 AM
Huahahahahahaaa.... I loved Hiro! He's cool!

And the Keith Richard one reminds me of the artist that drew celeb's caricatures... Klugger/Krugger? Anyone? I was looking for his book on the weekend with no luck.....

Awesome style!!!


01 January 2007, 11:43 AM
hey bobby,

your work is the bomb! i really appreciate your video tutorial thread as well, very inspirational and motivating. i'll be watching ;)

thanks for sharing,


01 January 2007, 01:00 PM
hey bobby!

-if you could put your talent on bottles and sell it, you would be billionare.
love looking at your work (really like the little critter in post #10).


01 January 2007, 01:10 PM
Haha, that afro is hilarious! And the stop at mcdonalds for lunch tattoo ... gold!

Really enjoying this thread! :thumbsup:

01 January 2007, 11:35 PM
omg! again you with cool stuffs!
Damn! that 70s hairstyles make me laught! lol :D
I'm really intresting to know how many time you spend on each sketche, btw they are all really cool n lovely ;) keep em coming plz! :D

01 January 2007, 05:12 PM
You post great inspirative things

01 January 2007, 08:12 PM
Very cool stuff, Bobby.
A pleasure to look at and distinctly humorous as well. Will definitely be revisiting this thread.
Great work!

02 February 2007, 04:43 AM
what can I say that haven't been said. You've got a great hand:)

02 February 2007, 02:14 AM
Thanks everybody! mim-Armand - I don't remember exactly how fast these sketches were done but it was done quite loosely and quick. About 5 min for the owl and the other one... don't know. Here's a couple more drawings

This one was for a demo for my digital painting class 2. It was all about heads... people, birds, monkeys, whatever. Took about 5 min and then I painted in the eyes a bit when I got home.

And here's a nonsensicle page I sketched out while warming up in the morning. Sketched then scanned and added touches in PS

02 February 2007, 02:18 PM
I love your sketches, they are out of the ordinary mixed with a sense of humor and each face tells a story. Amazing work and of course I will have to keep checking your updates :)

02 February 2007, 03:13 PM
Nice man. Like your style. cool stuff.

02 February 2007, 08:57 PM
I just posted over in the subway sketch thread. I hadn't seen that you were using this thread as your new depository. I'm fairly new to this forum and I think you're fantastic! What inspiring work.

02 February 2007, 12:35 AM
Ha ha ha, they are soo funny, I wished the world was crowded with your creatures! They come to life under your hands, amazing.

02 February 2007, 07:08 PM
Thanks so much you guys.

Incase anyone was wondering about the Toronto Subway Sketchgroup, it's still going on strong! But this Sunday Feb 18 will be the last one for about a month because Kei Acedera and I will be out of town.
Winter is definitely here. We're expecting high amounts of snow fall for the Toronto area today. I hope this will stop soon because we'll be travelling to NYC next week for the NYComicon.

Kei and I can't wait to go to California in March and get away from the freezing cold for a while.

Just a reminder to all those in my Digital Painting class tomorrow to keep your ears on your radios if it keeps snowing like it has last night. My Tuesday class was cancelled by Sheridan College due to weather and the same might happen on Thursday. As for anyone in my Tuesday class, there will be an additional class on March 13 (week 10) to make up for yesterday's class.

Here's a couple of bundled up Canadians from the subway last Sunday. And yes subway sketching is still on for this Sunday unless otherwise noted. I think it'd be a great day to sketch people. They'll all look extra funny with all the additional layers they'll be wearing.


Also here's a videocast of this little flying creature. I hope you'll like it.

02 February 2007, 12:25 PM
Cheer, I like much your style, your work on various papers of colors. Very expressive and drawn well! :-)

02 February 2007, 04:10 PM
THanks Ishtar

Here's a little sketch I did as a quick demo for one of my digital painting classes

03 March 2007, 06:00 PM
Hi everyone,

For anyone in the LA area, Kei Acedera and I will be at the LA Wizard World Comicon on March 16-18 so come and visit our booth if you have the time

Here's some more recent pieces....

Here's a little quick sketch Kei and I did together

03 March 2007, 06:18 PM
your images are always so fun and entertaining - your make it look so easy (as all masters do)


03 March 2007, 03:22 PM
Thanks Gord!

I just got back from a lovely vacation in California. Had a beautiful time. Hung out in SF at the Wondercon and then cruised the coast down to LA for the LA Wizard con. Thanks to all those that came to visit Kei Acedera and I at our Imaginism Studios booth! Next stop Calgary Comicon end of April

Here's a little sketch that I loosely colored this morning. The drawing was done for an up coming issue of ImagineFX

03 March 2007, 12:57 AM
haha I like the last illustration, such a great concept, it's funny.

03 March 2007, 08:32 AM
Hey Bobby, man you certainly are a teacher. The way you talk, talk, talk and talk a little bit more about your adventures in your walk through movies :scream: . Haha keep up the good work man!

03 March 2007, 04:19 PM
Hahah so much personality in every sketch. I really love your work, man!

03 March 2007, 06:23 PM
very cool stuff, it'll keep me coming back :)

03 March 2007, 07:54 AM
Thanks very much everyone!

Just a reminder that Kei and I are back for the Toronto Subway Sketch Group, so come out if you can! Thanks to all those that came out this Sunday. It was great to see everyone again and the new people as well.

04 April 2007, 12:26 PM
Here's a page of doodles I did a little while ago. Splashed some tones on there this morning and figured I'd post it. Usually if I have a hard time getting down to work, I'd start sketching mindlessly just to get the juices flowing. Sometimes these doodles go a little overboard and I spend more time then I should on them but hey as long as I had fun right?

Here's a piece I did for ImagineFX magazine about 6 months back (in the Oct 2006 issue). I wasn't allowed to show it until half a year after publication. I've done my time so I figured I'd post it now.
The piece is called "Big Bad Bunny Eater." Another humorous creature piece.

I submitted this for the new Expose 5 and it's now on the short list so wish me luck.

Hope you like it!


04 April 2007, 02:17 PM
wow, dat's some great sketching in the latest.. u met all those people on a subway trip?


cool job with the bunny eater too


04 April 2007, 01:37 PM
no no... the sketch you're refering to are just some fun sketches before getting down to work

04 April 2007, 04:10 PM
yea i was wondering cuz u hardly ever see more than one ape at the same time
in a subway


04 April 2007, 04:14 PM
So here's a bunch of new stuff...

a digital lifedrawing I sketched while teaching class in Sheridan. The great thing about digi lifedrawings are that you can peel away the layers to see all the steps! Everything is usually drawn according to importance so initially the face of the man was sketched in super quick just to get the direction of the face down and not necessarily the exact likeness of head.

Here's some subway sketches from April 1st, 2007

And here's my new videocast. In this video I'm talking about my experiences in California and my new online school where I'll be conducting a digital painting techniques class. ( . *shameless plug** :roll:

Here's what the sketch from the video looks like. It was inspired by an old man I saw on the subway the other day.


04 April 2007, 01:20 PM
wonderful new sketches! your subway sketches blow me away!

04 April 2007, 01:37 PM
Your sketch work is impressive as always, but the rabbit-eater is hilarious. It's so original and creative, and the rendering has incredible fullness and light. I don't know how you do it, but just keep doing it :)

04 April 2007, 07:54 AM
Hey Bobby, lately im getting more into the traditional art again (pencil/paper) , but which pencil(s) are you using ? I want to buy some fine pencils.

04 April 2007, 02:47 AM
Hey thanks guys.

zng-Y - I usually use a col-erase pencil (black). They're a little harder to erase but they don't smudge as easily.

04 April 2007, 12:57 AM
I just want to say (even if it's not a scoop!) that it's always exciting to see in the same time : curved, sensitive, precise, nervous lines. Funny and useful!

04 April 2007, 01:29 PM
Thanks Arnocob. I appreciate the kind comment

I'm heading off to Calgary Alberta tomorrow for the Calgary Expo on Sunday! This is my first time in Calgary and I'm one of the invited guest artist so I'm pretty excited.

Here's a pic I did for the back cover of the Calgary Expo Artbook. I think everyone that attends will receive one so come on by the Imaginism Booth #908, 909. I'll be happy to sign the back cover.

05 May 2007, 02:15 PM
Here's a new painting I did for Alberto Ruiz's Eye Candy book. He drew it (from his Pistolas book) and I painted it. I wanted to keep it creative and incorporate his lines in the painting as well. This was very much experimental for me


Watch video of initial Sketch Pt1 (

Watch video of initial Sketch Pt2 (

05 May 2007, 03:33 PM
well, you threads ( sketches/paintings) always makes me speechless Bobby Chiu, what should i say ... there is only one word from my point of view which can discribe your works ... excellent !!! ... thx for sharing your stuff with us, this is very inspiring and entertaining ... :thumbsup:

05 May 2007, 03:57 PM
Your stuff is just awesome, Bobby. Hilarious, beautiful, stylish, everything... your skills are fantastic. That's all I can say.

05 May 2007, 04:12 PM
Great work :)

I have to say, that I got my first book from you "Ancient Japan Sketches" and it's fantastic. I'm anxious for the others to arrive.

05 May 2007, 04:36 PM
Hey thanks very much you guys! I thank you for the kind words.

So I've been asked by my friend Patrick Morgan to do my own version of his character "Whale Boy" so I wanted to do a little wip of my progress.

Here's what Patrick Morgan's "Whale Boy" character looks like:

Here's my version. Updates will come fast and furious...

05 May 2007, 04:46 PM
slop on some blues to start

05 May 2007, 05:25 PM
Here's some more....

05 May 2007, 06:17 PM
Here's quick update

05 May 2007, 06:31 PM

05 May 2007, 08:50 PM
Great Progress! and everything else looks great,like always :thumbsup:

05 May 2007, 08:55 PM

05 May 2007, 09:16 PM
Now to put in some sky

05 May 2007, 09:30 PM
bobby, the last two podcasts were really great.

great paintings , both whaleboy and the girl in the vid. :thumbsup:

05 May 2007, 09:48 PM
thanks Jpedro! much appreciated.
here's a quick update

05 May 2007, 09:55 PM
Just amazing portfolio Bobby!Love,love and love that whale boy!!!

05 May 2007, 11:50 PM
thanks OKMER

roughing in some water

05 May 2007, 01:41 AM
some more waves

05 May 2007, 03:57 AM
details in the sand

05 May 2007, 04:32 AM
AAAaaand here's the final! Whaleboy!!

05 May 2007, 04:37 AM
Awesome work, Bobby. I really envy the volume and lighting you are able to create. Your character designs, visual puns, etc., are superb as well. :thumbsup:

05 May 2007, 08:45 AM
everything is good, also slightly decayed! ;)

06 June 2007, 05:06 AM
thanks for the comments guys.

Here's some more stuff

Here's a demo from my digital painting class on Schoolism --> (

Here's a 15 min lifedrawing from TSA in Toronto.

06 June 2007, 05:24 AM
Awesome, you've a doodle-dump! Love your sketches... and the eyes and all!

air tiger
06 June 2007, 12:36 PM
masterful work!!

06 June 2007, 01:35 PM
thx guys.

I'm always interested in seeing people's initial sketches so I thought I'd post some of my own. Here's a page of unfinished lifedrawings I did last week.

06 June 2007, 02:18 PM
im not sure anyone have ask you this, but where does you idea come?

06 June 2007, 01:17 AM
Where do I get my ideas from? Usually it just from constantly thinking about things that would make me laugh :)
Hi Everyone,

Kei and I are having our very first art show this Saturday June 30th, 7pm-10pm at the Labyrinth Store on Bloor St W just west of Spadina Avenue.

We'll be exhibiting a collection of sketches done in the subways of our beloved city of Toronto. These are original subway sketches taken straight out of our sketchbooks. You will also have the opportunity to purchase original sketches, prints and books as well as meet us in person and ask us questions.

It's going to be very exciting and fun for us so I hope you can come make it. We're also going to be premiering Imaginism Studios' 7th book - Subway Sketches. I hear the Globe and Mail (Canada's national newspaper) is going to be there as well.

Our Subway Sketches book is full of observational drawings, tips and tutorials as well as some killer guest artists!

Guest Artists
Louie del Carmen
Thierry Lafontaine <-- Thierry will also be there to sign books on Saturday
Jason Seiler
Stephen Silver
Dean Yeagle

The Subway Sketches book is a special limited edition out of the Imaginism collection. It's 72 full color pages, signed and numbered (limited to 500 copies).

All of the Subway Sketches books bought at the show or ordered online from now until the end of August will also come with an sketch from both Kei Acedera and I. You can order the new book HERE (
On another note, I was doing a thing for TOPPS trading cards - Hollywood Zombies collection a few months ago and now the cards are out so I figured I'd post my contribution...

It's Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson from the Wedding Crashers
Here's the original sketch

Here's the pic

07 July 2007, 03:36 AM
that wedding crashes one is my favourite! - you are an inspiring.... crazy man.

07 July 2007, 07:47 AM
Fantastic work man! I can't wait to see more! =)

07 July 2007, 06:49 AM
Hi all,
Here's a piece I did call "Big Foot 's New Friend" but now that I think about it... shouldn't it be called "Yeti 's New Friend"? It's just that I like the words - Big Foot. It just sounds funnier.
I did this initially as a demo for my digital painting class on SCHOOLISM ( (Shameless plug.. sorry about that) but after looking at it for a while I thought Big Foot looked lonely so I put in a little buddy for him.

Anyhow it's a painting about love and friendship :)

I also submitted this to Exotique 3 so wish me luck guys!

By the way, anyone interested in the next Digital Painting Techniques class... the September 20th class is now open for registration.

Also San Diego Comic-Con is quickly approaching so I've been taking apart my sketchbooks and preparing a little collection to sell at Comic-Con. Kei and I will be at Table A5 so if you're coming to the show, come on by and say hi!

Here's some of the sketches that I'll be bringing. The dragon sketches are the originals for the next Imaginism book.


07 July 2007, 12:16 AM
Woot! Comicon baby!

I live in San Diego, so i'd be hard pressed to pass it up. I'll see you there.

Oh, and fantastic work as always.

07 July 2007, 04:17 PM
See you there Kyle!

Hi All,

It's that time of year again, where artists from all over travel from all over to go to the San Diego Comic Con.

For those that have never been there, this comic convention is so BIG that we just call it "Comic-Con."

It's sooo big that if you are standing in the middle of Comicon, you can't see any walls! Only the ceiling.

It's sooooo big that you NEED more then one day to see the whole convention.

It's sooooooo big that you'll probably get lost just wandering around the place. Not to worry though... all you need to do is remember one important letter and one important number.

A5 - We'll be happy to give you directions :)

Can't wait to see everyone again!
So where's everyone else sitting? Leave your info in the comments so we all know!

List of "must see"!!
Alberto Ruiz H3
Bill, Jeff Pidgeon, Scott Morse booth 4800
Cheeks - E2
David Colman - H5
John Nevarez - H9
Jose Lopez - H somewhere I believe...
Justin Ridge - 1035
Louie del Carmen - ??
Kevin Dart - E4
Patrick Morgan - H somewhere I think...
Octavio Rodriguez - ?? with Louie del Carmen I think...
Robin Mitchell - E9
Stephen Silver - H6
Imaginism Studios (Bobby & Kei) A5

Here's some more pics for our next book "Dragon Sketches"
These original sketches will also be available for purchase at the con starting from $65.

07 July 2007, 05:22 PM
very impressive work digital-bobert :thumbsup:

I like your style

07 July 2007, 07:32 PM
haha Lovely sketches, man. They all overflow with personality. [:

07 July 2007, 07:56 AM
hi Bobby!
as usually your stuffs always motivate me to keep on working :D thanks for sharing your stuffs to us ! :) they are great!

i have one random question :p . i was watching all the youtube tutorials that u have, and i saw that you have this 2nd window duplicated and it's instance what you do to the bigger one, goes to the small one. and vise versa. i found that very usefull. But how did you get that working?

thanks :)

or any one knows how, can please share ? thanks alot.. appreciate it.

07 July 2007, 08:04 AM
oh my god! :D
im actually watching the youtube's tutorial, and after i post the previous question, then u were showing how to duplicate another window ;) cool. so you've answered my question right afer i post it :P . great!


love your concepts!

08 August 2007, 05:20 AM
Hi all.

Kei, T and I will be absent from subway sketching for the next 3 weekends. We will resume on Sept. 2nd. We're going to be in Chicago Aug 9-12 for the Wizard Convention. ( Then it's TCAF in Toronto the weekend after and then it's the BIG Toronto con, the FAN EXPO. Can't wait for that one!! Sorry about this... but don't worry. Comicon season is coming to a halt end of this month.

These weren't from this Sunday's subway sketching. They were from today but we were on a bus at the "African Lion Safari" in Hamilton Ontario. We had a pretty fun time. I haven't been there for over 20 years...

Here's some sketches of a lion, baboons picking each others butts and other beautiful wildlife :)

08 August 2007, 06:20 AM
You remind me "Norman Rockwell"! Really great style. Above all, It's so funny. I can't stop laughing when I was viewing your thread.

08 August 2007, 03:11 PM
Moondogla - geez... that's very nice of you to say. Thank you.

08 August 2007, 02:49 AM
wow. That's some beautiful work. Do you do the character sketches from life? OUt of your head, or from reference? The balance of photorealism and cartoony character is perfect. You don't work for Mad do you?

08 August 2007, 03:56 PM
Hi Caulfield, No I don't work for MAD but I loved their magazines for years now. Most of everything is out of my head

Hi everyone,

Here's new painting video I did 2 days ago.
Click Here for digital painting video (


08 August 2007, 07:35 AM
aaaaah are you kidding? :D your works are insane! and you're really fast, I wish that I can give you 6* hehe

keep posting your master pieces

09 September 2007, 01:28 PM
Thanks Washek!

Online art classes at SCHOOLISM (

Here's an update of some random sketches...

This is a little WIP I've been working on in my spare time.

Is the Kangamole Bunny going to become a collectible vinyl toy? Looks like it!
Here's some turn arounds

Random assassin sketch

Some subway sketches

10 October 2007, 12:38 PM
Here's a quick update. Subway sketching is meeting up this Sunday again!

10 October 2007, 01:51 PM
hi bobby!
i became i great fan of your work!
this thread you made is amazing ....... inspiring!

i'll be always here waiting for something new =)

11 November 2007, 02:40 AM
thanks for the comments guys.

Here's a 15 min lifedrawing from TSA in Toronto.

whoa - what a totally breathtaking drawing!

11 November 2007, 02:52 AM
Hey Bobby,

Like many others, your work has inspired me and influenced my own work greatly. I aspire to your seemingly effortless ability to create such amazing life in my artwork as you do. All of you drawings and paintings have such great appeal, and I love the when people blur the line between stylization and realism (or exaggerated realism) the way that you do. Thank you for sharing so much of your work; I have really been inspired by your podcasts as well! You're the man!


01 January 2008, 03:10 AM
Thanks everyone!
First Videocast for 2008! Happy New Year everyone! I wish you much success this 2008.

Digital Painting Video (

03 March 2008, 10:55 AM
Hello Bobby! Dude!! Those drawings! Onde word > MASTER!! Realy...:bowdown:

You ask me why? Because.... Imagination, expressions, colors, atmosphere, those funky sketches wich makes me laugh!

Take care!


03 March 2008, 11:56 PM
Wow is all I can say man!

Thanks for making those podcasts too, they're really inspiring!

Keep being the best artist out there! :thumbsup:

03 March 2008, 07:40 PM
Where would one go online to find the off white, or grey sketchbooks? The molted, colored recycled paper sketchbooks look nice, where to find one? I have tried at Dick Blick and Amazon and I can't find anything. Also, what do most of you use if you have greay paper, I draw the lows and mid-lows with a Prisma Marker, the mids are taken care of with the paper, but the highs? I have been using Prisma Pencils for the whites, any other suggestions?

Thank You

12 December 2008, 05:01 PM
Hey there Bobby,
I just had to drop by to say your artwork is very cool aswell as inspiring. After browsing this thread i just had to get my sketchbook out.
Great stuff, keep it coming.


PS: ever thought of looking into zBrush? Im sure with you'd absolutly rock in that 3D app.

edit: sorry for the massive thread revival, didnt see it was so old... anyway, it deserves being revived just because of its awesomeness. : )

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