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injury - tennis elbow

Journal Entry: Wed Apr 30, 2014, 9:15 AM

i posted a poll last month about drawing injuries and the comments on that poll totally exploded! since i don't have the time to reply to each one individually, i just wanted to let you guys know that i read them and really appreciate the input. it was very comforting for me to know i'm not alone! i myself had tennis elbow last february and it has slowly improved, with what i would guess is a 95% recovery at the moment. my arm feels normal in my daily life and after short drawing sessions, but after a day of drawing, it flares up. i have to take on a new approach to drawing that requires lots of breaks, rest, stretching and a more relaxed approach, which is harder than it sounds! more about that here.

anyways, i just wanted to share those two links with you guys. they might be a comfort to anyone who is struggling with an injury, as well as a warning to anyone who is at risk of developing one! if you have the tendency to draw for hours on end, without breaks, and gets easily stressed or carried away with your work, then please take the time to learn about the risks now before it's too late!




Improvement meme by loish
Improvement meme
edit - updated to include years up until 2014! changed the layout and added some different art pieces for previous years. /edit

Saw this meme and had to do it! People have been asking to see a sort of timeline of my work, and also, it's just lots of fun to look through old artwork.

for those who don't know what oekaki is, it's a kind of online applet with which you can draw. more info here:

blank version of meme here:…

and if you have any questions (about programs, techniques, etc), check out my f.a.q:…
Cat and Flu by loish
Cat and Flu
A rough piece I made a while back while I was sick! My inspiration should be obvious, haha. More sketches at

drawn in photoshop cs5 with an intuos4. for more info on my artwork please visit…

blush by loish
a therapeutic digital painting drawn in the hours after work, bit by tiny bit!

drawn in photoshop cs5 with an intuos4. for more info on my artwork please visit…

2015 Calendar by loish
2015 Calendar
Hey guys, here's my 2015 calendar! I was very worried, starting out this year, that I wouldn't have enough work to fill up a calendar. It was a rough year, with an arm injury that set me back for about two months, plus a lot of top-secret client work that I can't share with you guys for a long time to come, but I'm happy to say that it was a very productive and creative year for my personal artwork! I not only managed to create enough work but also really enjoyed creating many of the pieces I made. I hope you enjoy this calendar! 

To buy one, just click on the 'buy this print' button in the right column, or visit this link and choose 'add to cart'. 

For an overview of the artwork for each month, click here!

If you prefer a calendar with work from previous years, check out the selection of past calendars here. They are now being printed for 2015 :]

For any questions about me and my artwork, please check out my FAQ! 
Influence map - new! by loish
Influence map - new!
so, i posted an influence map in 2010, but i've since felt the need to update it. i wanted to reference more specific pieces that inspired me as well as create a better idea of how my style came to be. i often get asked how i found my style, what my inspirations are and what my style is called (i have no idea - does anyone know??). i'm hoping this will help answer those questions!

here are links/explanations for each image:

1. rose besch / bara-chan - her work influenced me a lot when i was drawing intensively at the age of 17 and 18.
main influences: her approach to proportions and creating dynamic illustrations full of life and personality.

2. Jana Schirmer / janaschi: i've been following her work since she was generally known as the 14-year-old oekaki prodigy back in 2003. her work still inspires me enormously.
main influences: the thick, painterly coloring style + overall style of drawing characters. 

3. lostfish: when i discovered her art, she was known as "rusty" on an oekaki board called 'oekaki circle'. her style has evolved enormously since then.
main influences: she drew a lot of fish in her art, as well as adding gothic/punky touches to the characters she drew, inspiring me to do the same.

4. klar : a fantastic artist who drew a lot of neat anthro characters when i discovered her work as a teenager. it always made me think of contemporary takes on 70's illustrations.
main influences: the proportions, 'chunky' aesthetic and faded brown colors/textures.

5. saka a.k.a sukinahito - i've been following her artwork since 2002, so it really inspired my early artwork.
main influences: the thick painting style, especially for the facial features and skin tones. the highlights on the faces she draws.

6. Paul Davey / mattahan - i discovered his work in college and was captivated by the poetic atmosphere he creates in his work.
main influences: the piece pictured above inspired a whole phase of ribbon-y artwork for me. 

7. Eric Fortune: discovering his work also contributed to a surreal ribbony-phase.
main influences: the surreal, dream-like atmosphere and flowing forms.

8. Hyung Tae-Kim: his work made me want to completely change my painting style. before discovering it, i used relatively flat coloring techniques.
main influences: the creamy skintones, pronounced highlights and painterly feel.

9. Norman Rockwell: what's not to love about this fantastic artist?
main influences: the limited palette, skin tones and style of drawing faces in profile view.

6. Gil Elvgren + pinup art: definitely an inspiration for almost all of my artwork.
main influences: the flirty attitude and pinup format in general, as well as the painted style that Gil Elvgren has in his work. 

11. Padmé concept art by Iain McCraig: when i first saw Star Wars: Episode II as a teenager, i was totally blown away by how beautiful padmé was. the outfits still blow my mind, even though i recently discovered that i no longer like the movie at ALL. :[
main influences: the style of designing surreal, futuristic costumes and feminine, art nouveau-like style.

12. zain7: this is what i aspire to be able to convey someday in my environment drawings.
main influences: the approach to color, the detail in the environments.

13. Aurore Demilly / auroreblackcat: her work was my number one inspiration from 2003-2004. i loved her mix of manga + french comic style and the sweetness of her female characters.
main influences: her overall drawing style, especially how she drew faces.

14. YiLee: a korean concept artist whose work i've been following since 2004. 
main influences: the textured look of his painting style, the colors (earthy shades with bright reds and blues), the overall sense of style.

15. MichaelShapcott: the decorative elements in his work and melancholic feel really inspired me when i discovered his work in college.
main influences: the colors, textures and circular decorative elements.

16. Benjamin Zhang Bin: i discovered his comics through a friend of mine in 2005. the style is striking and very unique.
main influences: the approach to color, the painterly style, and warm lighting.

17. disney / the little mermaid - an obvious one for people who have been following my work since 2003 or so. i still have all my disney fanart up at for those who are interested!
main influences: the flowy, cartoony style and the exaggerated girlyness.

18. Koji Morimoto: His use of contrasting colors, especially blue and red, and the gritty, dystopian style really appealed to me when i discovered it in the 'animatrix' in 2004.
main influences: bright colors, cool shapes, edgy punky style.

19. underwater imagery + sea creatures: another obvious one :]
main influences: the creepy but beautiful appearance of the sea creatures and the floaty, dreamy atmosphere of underwater settings, as well as the colors.

20. retro colors: i've always been drawn to color combinations that have a 60's feel, or anything that feels old and faded, because of the nostalgic feeling it creates. the record player is a print by artist Jack Hughes.
main influences: palette and design elements.

21. Francisco Perez / pacman23: he posted a coloring tutorial in 2004 when i was trying to develop a painting style with more depth. this was the first time it had ever occurred to me that i could layer lighter colors over a darker base layer, which has become a really crucial defining element of how i paint now!
main influences: approach to shadows and creating depth.

22. Alfonse Mucha: my number one inspiration, from when i started drawing more in 2001 to now. 
main influences: everything - the overall style, the compositions, poses, color schemes, approach to detail, etc.

23. James  Jean: i researched his work for my master's thesis in 2009 and it had a pretty big impact on my artwork at that time.
main influences: the surreal style, striking colors and flowing forms.

24. Gustav Klimt: art nouveau in general is a huge inspiration to me but klimt is one of my particular favorites.
main influences: the soft, impressionistic painting style combined with bright decorative circles + shapes, as well as the earthy colors.

25. Les Triplettes de Belleville: seeing this movie triggered me to draw in more earthy tones, and step away from only bright candy colors for a while.
main influences: the textured, faded feel.

26. Wallpaper patterns: i used these quite intensively for a long time.
main influences: the overall look of 70's and damask wallpaper patterns as background elements in my work.

27. J.C Leyendecker: another great painter that never ceases to inspire. i especially love his saturday evening post covers.
main influences: thick, painterly brushstroke and skintones. the overall 'creamy' look.

28. Cityscapes and urban settings: this type of imagery has always inspired me, especially the combination of something run-down and sad, but still beautiful and tranquil somehow. i was born and spent the first four years of my life living in an apartment block so i guess this is a form of nostalgia for me.
main influences: the faded colors and gritty feeling. 

29. beautiful and fashionable girls on the internet: the list wouldn't be complete without this! the girls pictured are Kaylah from The Dainty Squid and Otiliah from, but there are of course many more awesome ladies whose blogs i follow on tumblr.
main influences: their unique style and beauty!

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Jooksiklane Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your art is mesmerizing!
echic10 Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Professional Photographer
Been loving your art for awhile, I was like a kid in a candy store looking at what you have in your storefronts.  Then I was totally amazed when I found Retro Yearbook Photo #1!  Honestly it really looks like I did back in high school!  I will have to get a print of that for my wall as soon as I can!!!  :heart:
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brb crying this art is too good
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Fae-Belle Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014  New member
Your style is so unique and amazing! If it reflects your personality, you must be a lovable woman! Even if that sounds creepy... WHATEVER. 

I am a dummy! 
mikialea Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2014  New member
oh my.. I LOVE your art, like everything in it! Awesome <3
ruffingtontuffington Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love your art <3 It's amazing >o<
imGuss Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014   Digital Artist
gorgeous! love your style.
Miss-dragons Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014
J'aime trop ! Les couleurs sont magnifiques **
good-b Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014
awesome! speechless bravo :)
ButterFlyQueenGirl Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
do you do art trades or requests?
loish Featured By Owner 2 days ago
sorry, i don't!
randell98 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
check out my gallery :D
deer-rat Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ahh i love your art! you're definitely one of my idols! *v*

keep it up!!!
Samwiseg02 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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Phil-G-Ramsay Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Loish... You're Awesome !!! :D
Lluuckyy Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2014
You are my favourite artist! Yeah,no kidding your drawings are indescribable!! soooo pretty. I love everything about your art, the coloring the style the ideas the characters the everyything!! You are on the top of my list ( THE MOST INSPIRING PEOPLE )
You are veryy talanted and I wish you the best.
And you wish be 2besome like you someday :P <3
loish Featured By Owner 2 days ago
thanks so much!
NamiAnArt Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Your art is so beautiful!!La la la la 
HeatherInBlue Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful artwork.  I cannot wait to show my daughter.  She's 12, and is in the just learning phase and is doing well.  I think you work would be an inspiration for her!
oddment-animation Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014
You've just gained another follower.
Bastion73 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014
I saw your work from someone on Tumblr and -had- to come and watch you! Simply. Beautiful!
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