Yu Gwan-Sun

Yu Gwan Sun

I just learned about this girl yesterday and I think she is so cool! I’m such a sucker for revolutionary resistance youth. She was a Korean girl in the early 20th century during the time of Japanese colonial rule in Chungcheong, Korea. As a 15 year old girl she began to rally her community against the Japanese occupation and she planned a demonstration for independence. During the demonstration both of her parents were killed and she was taken to prison where she was tortured until she died as well. She was quoted to say, “Even if my fingernails are torn out, my nose and ears are ripped apart, and my legs and arms are crushed, this physical pain does not compare to the pain of losing my nation. My only remorse is not being able to do more than dedicating my life to my country.”


Provo Comic Draw Night

I love my little drawing group here in Provo. I have to say, Provo has grown on me because the people are so awesome! We get together periodically and look through comics, have drawing exercises, eat yummy vegan food, and geek out. It’s the best!

These are my two favorite drawings from the weekend:

I call this one a tribute to Hana Lee. My favorite Asian lady in the illustration program here at BYU!

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I can’t wait to turn these into paintings! Check out more sketches on the sketchbook page.

Contemporary Art Monday: Patrick Dougherty


Patrick Dougherty studied English for his undergrad and then received another degree in Health and administration and then he studied art. This guy is one smart cookie.


His art bio states, “Combining his carpentry skills with his love of nature, Patrick began to learn more about primitive techniques of building and to experiment with tree saplings as construction material”.

Easy Does It by Patrick Dougherty

His website also talks about how his process is inspired by wood working and nature and he is also interested in studying and implementing primitive building techniques, which I think is really awesome.


I love these whoville style structures! He is able to make something as stiff as wood, become so fluid and whimsical and he integrates his style with surrounding elements. Blows my mind!


Normandie Illustration News

Hey! I’m putting together a little newsletter to send out. This will not only keep you updated on my ambitious adventures, but will also be a chance for you to win coupons and free stuff!

This time the newsletter offer is a chance to win a free customized Deep Peep shirt, so you better sign up!


Twirling Playlist

I have a request! I’m trying to cook up some script ideas for the Crayonbox Quip Series. I’m hoping to turn ‘I Like Twirling’ into a book and I need some groovy inspiration! ┬áIf you have any songs that make you want to ‘get up offa that thang’ then facebook me or e-mail (normandie.lu@gmail.com) me your favorite tunes! Thanks peeps!


‘cat dance’

Contemporary Monday: Andrew Ballstaedt


So I know that most of you are probably familiar with Andrew Ballstaedt since he’s a BYU guy, but I’ve just really been digging his stuff recently. Andrew and I are collaborating on a project right now with a big group of people and so I’ve been looking through his portfolio.

Yesterday in one of my classes, we were talking about the different stages of development and how important the stage of scribbling is and how students will often draw these rudimentary sketches but then emphasize what is important to them by making it the largest object.

As I was looking at Andrew’s work, I realized that he has incorporated some of these tendencies and by doing so he has turned them into his technique! Isn’t that so cool!



I just love his colors, and it is very reminiscent of children’s art and pull towards the bright and shiny.


This is a quote from his artist statement:
“I use painting as a form of ritual and meditation where I often spend lots of time painting and repeating simple marks over and over again. On occasion, I am able to make quick paintings that are successful but most of the time I am compelled to spend repetitive hours making marks in order to reach my state of personal mediation through the ritual of painting.”