Mother knows best

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I made this card for my mom the other night after my vacation just in time for mothers day. I had tried a new fountain pen that I received from one of my good SpentPencil friends.  It was definitely a fun drawing to do as I haven’t done anything more than a few lines with the pens before so i’m still pretty new at the whole process. I finished it up with some orange, red and blue water colour which i’m also getting familiar with as well. It’s always great to try new media as it opens up my eyes in the different textures, feeling, colour, etc.

I can’t write enough about how much my mother means to me. She has truly been such an inspirational figure in my life and is honestly the most ‘chill’ mother one can ever wish for. I’m so lucky to have someone like her in my life to teach me great lessons and being there for me when I don’t even realize I needed it. She has gone through so much in her life and really deserves the best. She’s someone I can truly proudly look up to and learn from.. I only wish for the best for her and hope her journeys will inspire others as well as I know it has.

SO, here’s to all the wonderful mothers out there that look out for their kids and believe in them no matter what they choose to do. Stay happy and keep fit mates 🙂

Copyright © 2013 by Joanne Seto

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Here’s a caricature of a stranger I did today. He was quite the distance away so I couldn’t see the fine details but I was quite happy with how it turned out! I don’t often do cartoon style in my drawings as it shows in my previous posts but, I felt this man had a good character to build off of. I decided to give him the drawing when I finished, I haven’t done this before so my hand was shaking from the thought of it (hence the blurry photo) But I knew it would hopefully make someone’s day happy.


I sat down beside him and said ‘Hi, I drew you. Can I take a photo?’ Haha but he was very at ease with it and seemed quite happy that he could keep the drawing so that’s good. My stop was coming up, so Bill and I had a quick friendly conversation.

Sometimes, seeing someone else’s smile will just make your day.

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Fly me to the moon

JoanneSetoEarly December an old friend of mine messaged me up asking if I could do a sketch in pencil of a plane for her bf’s father. It was her Christmas gift idea for him, apparently the man loves them and even has a Cessna 172. So this drawing was based off various photos I found online. Her idea was to frame the sketch for him which I thought was an amazing idea as a gift.

I was hesitant at first, since at the time I was bombarded at the studio and the gym not to mention my travel time home. Not only that but, it was also a pencil drawing. Most of you who keep updated on my drawings might have noticed I haven’t posted a pencil drawing in forever and that’s because I simply haven’t picked it up since getting comfortable with pen. You could say I was doubtful on myself for perhaps being rusty. I just didn’t want the man to receive a horrible attempt at my plane drawing.

So, that night I decided i’ll try it out and see where it goes. I sat there with my pencil in hand and a 11×14 bristle board paper in front of me ready to go. I drew a few rough boxes and when the details started to come everything started to flow. The way the pencil tilts while I shade in dark areas, being able to erase my mistakes and the freedom of it all.

This is a photo she sent me a few days after Christmas of the man himself with his adorable dog and the framed sketch. She told me he loved it! Which of course couldn’t make me happier.


Overall, I can say that it took me a while to get into it, more in the beginning than the end of it. But in the short amount of time I had, I think I did a pretty decent job. Of course I can see flaws in the drawing, as all my drawings but, I don’t think one can be perfect. There is always another level you can reach or the goal. It’s not all about getting to your ‘end point’ but the experiences you had from the journey you took that really matters.

Copyright © 2013 by Joanne Seto

Shut it kid

Recently a lot of my drawings have been coming out more and more gruesome. I don’t blame myself; since drawing people on the subway can get boring and a tad frustrating. So instead, I’ll get these images that come into my head and soon after ill begin to debate whether or not to whip out my sketch book and sketch it. Sometime’s ill let the moment pass, but when I do decide to attempt the idea; I’ll surprise myself at how easy my pen flows. I think it’s because I let my mind take over and just let go of everything, not caring who see’s or what they think.

Just like in drawing, the things you do and choices you make shouldn’t be forced or it’ll become obvious and most of the time you wont be happy.  It’s like what they say about career choices and jobs. If you do what you love doing, you’ll never have to work a day in your life.

Copyright © 2012 by Joanne Seto


It’s always a mystery of how much time you have to draw somebody before they reach their subway stop. Sometimes, i’ll start a great drawing and they’ll stand up and walk off. In this case, I started drawing this man and it went great. I took my time and really tried to get his proportions right until, I looked up and he walked on off. I looked down at my drawing, an outline of his hat and  face. I shut my book and didn’t look back at it.

Later on my way home I was skimming through my sketch book and saw this one. I decided to finish it with what I remember him looking like. And it turned out okay, I think..Although he might look completely different from what I drew him as. But I guess that’s the whole process of art, looking at things differently.

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Own world

I always thought the face we make when we sleep is the most peaceful. Dreaming away in another universe, visiting lost friends, loved ones and having an adventure of your own all in your one mind.  It’s when we’re truly relaxed and ourselves.

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Although it doesn’t really look it, this is a somewhat self portrait I did of myself by looking at my reflection in the subway windows. It’s not exactly completed and more so a rough drawing. Hope you like it!

Copyright © 2012 by Joanne Seto