they are not real and do not exist
shannon kao.
i draw things sometimes and post them here sometimes.

asks and such are always welcome!

process for that last drawing! i did color keys for this one i’m so proud. anyway i just really like seeing how a pretty awful sketch can turn into a not-so-terrible final piece!

Reblog This Post To Receive Critique on Your Art Blog


This is a new iteration, the list has been scrapped for the old ‘reblog and’ post.

Reblog this post to your art blog, and I will give you feedback on the content of your blog. I’ll tell you what works, what needs improvement, and how you might go about making those improvements. I will not discriminate based on genre, media, or aesthetic, everyone will be evaluated on their own terms.

Selection will be based on the order that people reblogged the post in, and the post will be tagged with the artist’s url for their convenience. PLEASE make sure you reblog TO YOUR ART BLOG. Reblog the ORIGINAL POST from Starving Artist’s Sage Advice, this makes things less complicated for me! DO NOT LIKE THE POST IN ORDER TO BE CRITIQUED, THIS WILL NOT PUT YOU IN LINE TO BE CRITIQUED. THANK YOU. The critique will cover the body of your work. If you’d rather I critique a specific piece, please submit it to the blog with what you’d like to have feedback on as an image file.

oh man, i’m last in a huge queue, i’m sure, but this would be so great.  (also if anyone sees this and just wants to… throw critique at me, i’d love it! anon is on also!)



i have a night vale drawing i really want to do but i think i’m currently just not good enough to pull it off, boo. SO my fallback frustration-drawing is, of course, trees.

this was fun though! i’m probably gonna put together a process gif because i really love process gifs. 

at one point in time, the brick facade must have been filled with bankers, or lawyers, or insurance men, but now it looks empty to all but a few. this little one stops here every day on the way home from school. on the days her mom can greet her halfway, she’s pulled away with “come on” and “hurry up” and “what are you looking at, anyway?” but even without her tugging mother, she eventually walks past.

after all, she has homework, little brothers, and responsibilities to go home to.

until one day in early spring when the rain is too cold and the wind is too hard, and the kids at school were a little too mean, and the zipper on her backpack broke besides, so that the red and blue-green trees with their constant rain of light seemed warm and welcoming instead of strange.

and so she walked up the steps, and into the woods, and when she turned back the city was gone.

hello this is perfect everyone should read this.

Anonymous :  I love your art !! ^u^ hope you have a wonderful day :3

ah, thank you! <3 that is super sweet. 

i hope YOU have a wonderful day. :D

this is for a contest on another site where you had to humanize one of these guys

i, uh, took some liberties. a lot of liberties. but also in my defense i really really wanted to draw a punk artist.

(also i’m really happy with the texturing on those jeans. look!!!)

a cloth simulation with verlet integration! entirely javascript. ugh i’m so so happy with this though, you have no idea. features: movable cloth, cloth-object collision, coefficient of friction per object, the capability to do an essentially ARBITRARILY sized cloth how exciting is that

next step: convert to webgl and three dimensions!

what have i been doing lately you ask? WRITING SHADERS BOOYAH. yeah that’s right. i wrote code to make those teapots look like that. (to be fair the moss and the spots in the top two are outside images.) i really think the outline/cartoony one is cool though. it’s sneaky. :D 

quickk doodle of littledigits' girl andi. uh. i sort of?? trawled tumblr for OCs that looked fun, since i figure while i am on this style-adventure-journey i might as well draw things FOR people. but yes. 

when in doubt—trees! these were originally not done to be a set which is why their colors do not go together, but i am too lazy to go back and recolor them.

(my favorites are the nest on the middle tree and the leaf bits of the third tree)

Anonymous :  Hey Shannon, can you share how you make those paint-like drawings in Photoshop? We'd love it if you would make a tutorial. Your art is too fantastic!! :o

hi! oh man, tutorials—i feel like i’ve made the big leagues or something. (translation: i’m super super flattered and also sorry this took so long!) so, i assumed by “paint-like drawings” you meant these guys, but if i’m wrong feel free to let me know |D 

RIGHT so basically the trick to these is lots of overlay layers.

i did the next letter (c is for cottonmouth!) as a demo:

steps below!

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