New painting to start the New Year

2nd January 2016

Dear Chibi,

Happy New Year everyone :) I spent my New Years day doing a portrait painting of Liu Yifei (Yes, it’s her again!) Click on the image below for a slightly larger view :D

Liu Yifei digital painting

I don’t like to think about how long it takes me to do a painting, because it always makes me feel inadequate ^^” I DO THIS FOR FUN OKAY, PLS DON’T JUDGE. XD I find painting hard, even when using a reference image.

Anyway, I’m really happy with how this one turned out! :D My favourite part is the left eye (her right eye). Funnest part to draw was the hair.

Work in progress


I kind of slacked off toward the end, with the shoulders and lower half of the painting ^^” Too tired. Please forgive me 8D I hope you like it too!

Liu Yi Fei Portrait Complete

29th June 2012

Today I finally finished a “new” painting of Chinese actress Liu Yi Fei! Technically it’s not a new drawing since I reworked an existing piece I did four years ago. It looks pretty different though :) You can see the older versions here: Part 1, Part 2.

Liu Yi Fei Painting - Click for larger view

I’m really happy with how this turned out :) I had a lot of fun painting her face and skin. Blending skin tones used to be what I feared the most, but now that I’ve grasped the basic technique, it’s not as scary. It just requires a lot of patience and lots of brushing!

Her hair, accessories and dress do still look a little rough… I probably should have cleaned it up more but after spending so many hours on the face, it wasn’t too exciting XD (That net was pain to draw…it’s still actually my first rough line art..) Hopefully it doesn’t bring down the picture too much :)


Work In Progress:

(First frame is where I got up to four years ago)

Liu Yi Fei Painting Work-in-progress

Final version close up


Little Sparrow (The Forbidden Kingdom)

2nd May 2008

Dear Chibi,


Another chibi work. I’ve always been particularly fond of drawing chibi characters. Here is another picture of Liu Yi Fei, who plays the role of The Golden Sparrow from the recent movie [The Forbidden Kingdom]

Originally I was going to turn this image into vectors using Illustrator, thus we have simple lines without too much detail. However, I wasn’t sure I still wanted to and got pretty tired towards the end of it and decided to paint it instead. Someone told me her eyes looked scary… but I personally think nothing is wrong with it- that’s my style, so I’m leaving it as is. I think it looks a lot like LYF so I’m happy with the outcome.

Anticipating: The Forbidden Kingdom

6th March 2008

Dear Chibi,

It feels like forever since I first heard about this film! I’m really anticipating it though… Jackie Chan and Jet Li in a film together, not forgetting to mention pretty Liu Yi Fei XD I hope it’ll be good..the trailers looked good at least.




Liu Yi Fei continue…

23rd December 2007

Dear Chibi,


I’ve worked more on the face taking feedback into consideration. Thanks to all those who took the time to comment =) It really does help me.
Well.. here we have (hopefully) an improvement. I’ve fixed up the nose, changed her right eye and worked a bit more on the skin. The face is a funny thing.. changing anything slightly can change the overall appearance of a person. Hopefully Yifei looks a bit more skinny now. Not sure if the right eye is still okay but it’s getting there.


(They look like different people every time I change anything XD)



I added more detail to her hair, ears and necklace. I like playing with the strands of hair that just comes out at the ends..hehe.. A natural kind of messiness.

The Face of Liu Yi Fei

20th December 2007

Dear Chibi,

Digital Painting
Reference: Liu Yi Fei

I’ve mainly concentrated on the face, in particular the eyes. I’ve also played around with (for quite a few hours) the skin tone and trying to mix/blend the colours better together. I think I’m somewhat getting there but I can still see patches on her face :/ Hair and clothing is quite rough and at this stage, may finish it some other time (currently 2.30am!)

I don’t have a line-art version of this because, well.. I didn’t draw it out ^_^; I started just painting the eye by itself and gradually drew everything around it. It’s probably a reason why I found it difficult to get the overall image looking right since I hadn’t sketched out what the whole piece would look like. After painting the eyes, I would realise one is too high, but then already painted the skin behind it. I also end up painting on wrong layers etc. At times like this it’s difficult to make changes.


Last night I had a friend look at the previous drawing posted above and was told there was a lot of problem with the anatomy. This morning I opened my psd file and tried to fix it up.



A picture of Liu Yi Fei

Any better? Feedback is welcome =)

Serious combat with the spotty-handed

24th February 2007

Dear Chibi,

Sadly, my condition has gone worse since last blog entry, which meant the day was spent trying to recover, and not getting very far. Been down with the fever, which caused the icepack to melt too >.>” The tissue box is almost empty due to obvious reasons. Thank goodness I don’t have to go out today, I’d rather stay at home. It would have been terrible if I had to go to Uni today… where will I get that many tissues? XD

When in such a condition, Chibi decides there’s not much to do except watch something for entertainment. I finished Shen Diao Xia Lu (Return of Condor Heroes 06) the other night, and I must say I was rather pleased with this production and enjoyed it very much. The only thing that bugs me is that a duration of 16 years has passed, yet why doesn’t ANYONE age one bit, except for the main character guy, who grew a bit too much?? Seriously, everyone looks the same and he’s suppose to look around 30, but already has white hair..looking like late 40s/50s..errr.. oh wells, he still looks hot XD

Today I started watching Fate Stay Night, currently up to episode 5 and it’s alright so far. It has some interesting ideas which I’m curious to see where it leads. Lemme go find a pic and plug it in here..

hehe..Saber, stolen from Jacky’s site ^.^

Return of Condor Heroes

2nd February 2007

Dear Chibi,

While my Uni buddies have been working on various projects this break, Chibi has been enjoying [Return of Condor Heroes 06] starring Liu Yi Fei. We can clearly see who has been productive this break, can’t we?

After putting it off for months, I’ve decided to resume watching this Chinese production. It’s actually quite good… so even though it’s in Mandarin, I’m still willing to watch it with Chinese subtitles. I haven’t actually watched other versions of ROCH (despite being written by famous Jin Yong), except some scenes from TVB starring Louis Koo and Carmen Lee in 1995.

Liu Yi Fei’s (Xiao Long Nu) acting skills has improved a lot, and the fighting scenes just look fabulous. I haven’t seen Huang Xiao Ming (Yang Guo) act before.. but don’t be surprised as I’ve only started watching China productions. He makes a really good looking Yang Guo! I love it when his hair is all messed up (laughs). Yi Fei is stunning too. Can’t wait to see more =)