Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Skyland Citadel- Rose's Post-battle Repairs

A different rendition of Rose in a more of a battle-ready look. This was the result of my experimentation with using only three flat tones. I quite enjoyed how this came out.

Skyland Citadel- Riyo and Rose

These are finished character designs I did for Skyland Citadels, a story based upon a vivid dream I had of floating skyscrapers that were chained to the ocean. Their names are Riyo and Rose, a couple of orphans who live in a shanty town area of the Skylands known as the Chain Slums.

Monday, December 2, 2013

WIP- Rose

She's not a zombie anymore, but she's still missing an eye and an arm (as well as other limbs now), and still as beautiful as ever.

Work in progress of course. Feels damn good to be painting again.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Thursday, October 24, 2013

ANI114- Animation Walk Cycles (and a brick drop test)

I figured I would update my blog with something, so here are a couple of walk cycles I did for my animation class. Neither of these are perfect, but it was definitely a lot of fun to animate these compared to the tests were doing earlier on.

First a mechanical walk cycle. There is a bit of an issue with the dragon the front hand among a couple other things I could fix, but I think for the most part this walk came out pretty successfully.

First pass for a personality walk. It's rough and has some issues that need to be fixed, but this was definitely a lot of fun to animate. The character is a young adult who hates his job and never wants to go to work.

This last test isn't a walk cycle, but I figured that I would share it since it is my favorite of the drop tests I did earlier this semester. Dave Chai seemed to like this test quite a bit. Though there were some rough edges, he was especially happy with the background's design, and he also liked the texture of the motion.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Master Study- Shishkin (WIP)

This is what I have so far with my Shishkin master study regarding this painting. I figured that I would show you guys what I had going so far.

Don’t get me started on the number of mistakes I’ve been making. This study is totally kicking my ass, but I’m learning a good amount of knowledge from this.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Summer Sketch Dump- Taiwan, Figure Drawings, Legion of Honor, and Sunol Park

 These are a collection of drawing studies I've done over the course of the summer so far that I felt are worthy enough of sharing here.

Couple of pages from Taiwan. Funny story with the Axolotl drawing on the first page: as I was drawing this in the Taipei Zoo, I managed to get quite a large crowd observing my process. It was a bit of a daunting experience, but cool as well to see people of your original culture appreciating your work.

The only two good drawings that came out of my first week of figure drawing. I was having a really rough time since it was the first figure drawing session I've been to in a very long time...not a good idea to let the rust accumulate. Fortunately, after I figured these two drawings out, I started getting my groove back.
The two best drawings from week two, albeit somewhat unfinished. Loosening up with calligraphy pen gestures really helped these. I was presented with the challenge of drawing a very masculine man whose poses spoke of structure and force without making the drawings too rigid. The answer? Back to the old Sheldon fallback--muscle rhythms that is. I learned a lot from that figure drawing session and it was actually quite fun drawing a macho-man model for a change.

Figure drawings from online practice. Mostly quick drawings except for the one rendered one. The "finished" figure was inspired from a bust sculpture study I did in the Legion of Honor, as I wanted to test how I could work tonally with a mere ballpoint pen.

A couple of pages from the Legion of Honor, as well as a couple studies of a creek in Sunol Park. The composition master studies were done from paintings in the Impressionists on Water exhibit at the Legion, which I must say was an excellent exhibition; never before have I been most tempted by such mastery of the crafts to stay a full 8 hours at a museum. I will say, I am pretty happy with how the bust sculpture study came out. My friend Thierry allowed me to borrow her white gel pen and I have to say, it's actually pretty cool...kind of like working with carbothellos, except more permanent and line-based.

A note about the top study: one museum visitor said that he could really "feel the wind" in the original painting. There was a particular boat in the image that really proved that point, so I did a quick study of how it seemed to be blowing a certain way due to the wind. Note to self: proof of showing rather than telling.

As for the Sunol studies, I found myself intrigued with the reflections in the water, especially with how the light cut through the trees onto the water's reflections. I found my mind constantly switching back and fourth between the light shapes from the reflections and the underwater forms that are atmospherically blurred by water and algae particles within the moving stream. I felt that I was unprepared, being only armed with that same ballpoint pen for the study (though that gel pen probably would have came in very handy, haha), but it left me even more fascinated. It is a challenge that I want to study a bit closer later on, possibly with paints.

Friday, July 19, 2013

WIP- Character redesign 1

In lieu of trying to update this blog a bit more frequently from here on out, here's a bit of a WIP I am working on. Will post more progress soon.

Monday, April 22, 2013

ANI51A- Flaregun Geometry

I'll admit, even though Maya gives me pain sometimes, modeling is definitely a lot of fun.
The modeling portion of the flare gun should be about done. Next is UVs and texturing...oh boy.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

ANI113B- Hero Tree Forest (Color)

Here is my color pass for my hero tree layout. I wish I could keep working on this forever, but at a certain point you do have to move on. Especially since I'll be repainting this in acrylic soon.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

ANI51A- Flare gun WIP

Here's a little screenshot of what I've been working on in my modeling class. It's not quite finished yet, but I figured it would be a nice change of pace to post something a bit different.

I do enjoy modeling quite a lot. Sure, Maya can be pretty frustrating at times, but when the program cooperates with you, it's like the best feeling ever.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

ANI113B- Forest Layout Third Pass

This is the third pass for my hero tree/forest layout painting. I got some really good tips from my friend Jonathan Chu (check his stuff out here!) on how to really punch up the atmosphere with overlays and really hi-key highlights in the foreground. There are some fixes I still need to do, but Bunny liked it a lot for the atmospheric perspective.

Next up are color comps and then the final painting!

Monday, March 18, 2013

ANI113B- Pinecone from Hell

Yeah, it's pretty ridiculous how hard this painting was. It took me many passes before I finally got this painting looking clean. Few more for me to figure out the color movement. And then forever to get the cast shadow.

Learned a lot from this though. But boy am I glad to be done with it.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

113B- Trees from Week 2 and 3

Trees for Bunny's class!
Top one is from week 2, and the ones after are from this past week. I think I got a bit ballsy on the more recent ones, but it was fun!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Winter Sketchbook Compilation

As the days of winter break draw to a close, so does my experience with the winter sketchbook. This was an amazing experience, one that would say with certainty that it has changed my life. The approach I had with my sketchbook wasn't to make the most detailed drawings of all time but to simply have my sketchbook with me wherever I went. I found that in doing so, the sketchbook became something of a documentation of my own life's experiences, a visual journal of the places I have been during this break. And looking through this sketchbook, I can say that I remember every single moment for all of the drawings I've done. Contrary to my sketchbook from my illustration class, I felt very stress-free and consistent with this one in terms of content. Granted, there are drawings that I don't like here, but every bad drawing is a learning experience, no?

This is a compilation of as much of the sketchbook I could scan. Some pages haven't been scanned due to time limitations, but I grabbed almost everything before I had to turn it in.

Anyhow, enjoy! I'll have some short notes on a few of them.

First page. On the way to SF!

Academy of science stuff. That dried piranha specimen looked stressed out as all the kids fondled it and stuck their fingers in all kinds of crevices. Poor thing. The jellyfish was originally a pen drawing that I didn't really like. Several weeks later I decided to go back and revisit it. It was my first time painting in color with gouache, and for a first time I'm pretty happy with how it came out.

Example of a page I didn't like too much. I ended up starting a drawing that had to be stopped a couple minutes later due to the bus arriving. After that, I learned that sometimes it is better to wait for the next opportunity to draw if there really is little time to actually sit down and observe.

Ah yes, the jigsaw dolphin.

This seems to be most people's favorite painting in my sketchbook. It was definitely a lot of fun to do, and I do think it is the strongest painting (ironically also the first one I did). After this painting, however, my painting process got a lot faster; instead of spending some 5-6 hours like I did with this one, my later painting studies were reduced to 2-3 hours.

I definitely did a lot more paintings during the beginning of the sketchbook. I am very much a tonal/color person so I really do like playing with such. However, I eventually realized that only doing still life studies would not only hamper on my ability to produce more pages, but would also limit the experiences of being able to go outside and draw. So you will notice a shift to more in-the-moment sketches, especially once I start going to the zoo.

I probably should have rescanned the page as there was a drawing beneath it, but I think this is definitely my personal favorite out of all of my paintings. I'm very happy with how the red strings and ribbon came out, and having the red sweep out of the image frame was something that I thought was cool.

Yeah, the line for Les Miserables was insanely long. This drawing doesn't do it justice. Great movie, by the way.

This one is an example of a case where, while I don't like the end product too much, there are aspects of it that I like because of what I learned from it. While the lighting is a little bit wonky in areas here, I really like what I was able to do with color movement here.

This is the point where I started shifting my focus towards sketching outside. Most of my sketches beforehand were done with ball-point pen. The main advantage of that was that it allowed me to work more "lightly" so I would have more wiggle-room for error. I had one rule for myself with this sketchbook: no pencils. I really wanted to nail down confidence and precision, thus the luxury of an eraser had to be given up. The lighter ball-point pens were a good beginner's way to sort of wean me off of erasers while allowing room for error, but you will notice a change in that as the sketchbook progresses.

Remind me to never use gel pens for drawing ever again. Also, this is my friend Charles. He is not actually a rocket scientist but an aerospace major at USC. During our coffee meeting at the new Suju's in Fremont, he taught me the basics of laminar/turbulent flow, and I now know why golf balls have little holes in them. I think I now understand the dynamic between John Clapp and Alejandro Garcia. It's really cool to have a friend who closely studies the physics of things.

Model tortoise drawing. Was a lot of fun to do.


Happy Hollows! Also, to quote an adorable kid there, "THAT IS NOT A KITTY!" Shows that this kid is more mature than I am, haha. One of the joys of drawing in public areas like zoos and museums is the kids and/or their parents occasionally giving you their attention. I used to be someone who hated being around little children, but I think the sketchbook has changed that part of me.

Meercats. Hence the title.


That was my favorite tree in the whole zoo.

Secret agent capybara!

While I was doing the drawing on the top left, an elderly lady said words that could never be more true: "The good ones always get off before you finish." She subsequently suggested I try painting with cold coffee as I would with watercolor. I've found that public transportation is one of my favorite places to draw people, especially on the seats right after the ones reserved for the elderly, physically handicapped, or pregnant women. The front of the bus is always a good source of finding people with such interesting faces, ones with personality that have come through age or experience. It definitely beats drawing young people all the time.

These two pages also mark the beginning of my snow trip to Mammoth Lakes, which was definitely the most fun I've had in a very, very long time. During this time, my drawings began taking more of a fun approach. I found myself drawing to my own moods, and since I was having fun, I think my drawings became more playful as a result.

Rachel's favorite drink, a crazy game of Taboo, a DVD player that was in a terrible angle to receive the signal from the remote, and yes that post-it note on Brandon's head says "John Clapp." We were playing a game of "guess the word on your forehead," and Brittany wrote that as a response to Brandon saying he "didn't know any people." We thought it was pretty appropriate for him, haha.

I wasn't nearly wearing enough layers while I was doing the drawing on the left. By the time I was done, I think I was feeling pretty numb. 

 The left page was my very last documentation of the snow trip. We were watching Iron Giant then, and everyone was sort of on "cool-down" mode. I was a little bit sad to leave that place.

The study on the left was of some plants that Clayton clipped from outside. One was from some shrub, and the other was from a germanium flower, which if I may add are the SMELLIEST flowers in all existence. As much as I hate the smell however, it did make for a pretty fun study. During that time Clayton and I got into some pretty deep discussion. Again I made the discovery that my drawings reflected the mood I was in. Because I was thinking a lot, I started looking for all the details in the beauty of those plants, thus creating more of a thoughtful drawing.

I bet you can tell who that is just by looking at the clothes he is wearing, hahahahaha!

Various drawings in San Jose. Also wanted to work with gouache more, so I took the plants from a couple nights ago and did a simple set-up. 

I just want to say real quick that the skewed label is NOT a mistake I made in my drawing but is the actual arrangement of the label itself. Guess someone got lazy and just slapped it on. Painting a glass container with a liquid inside it is a difficult feat as the shapes will change even when you change your angle slightly. But man, it really was fun to do.

Also, the university is cutting down a lot of its trees. What a travesty.

Some more successful sketches and one that I'll admit is really bad. I switched to a Daiso fountain pen. I found myself really liking it as it is sort of between Uniball and crow quill pens in terms of handling. An interesting note: the location on the right is the same place I did my first drawing for John's class.

More public transportation drawings. The guy on the top right is Andrew. We had a pretty cool discussion after I did the drawing. Turns out, his roommate is an art major so he is pretty used to being drawn.

Also the guy on the bottom right reminded me of Gandalf. Couldn't resist, haha.

This is the only page from my Oakland Zoo trip that I am including for now. That zoo gives the animals a lot of space, so the inhabitants there are notably happier than most other zoos. However, these animals NEVER  STAY STILL (except for the crocodile), so if you're a beginner to animal drawing like me, it can be pretty difficult.

This is the final page of my sketchbook. I spent the last day before the sketchbook was due in my home town. My mom and I visited Lake Elizabeth before I left for San Jose again, where I did one final study of a tree-filled island in the lake reserved for wild birds. If only I had my paints on me at the time...the colors were remarkable. I feel satisfied with the drawing however; using the fountain pen has really helped improve my precision, and it is just one step closer for me to progress back to using true pen and ink.

Anyhow, that is about it for my sketchbook! I might upload the missing pages one I get my sketchbook back, but that won't be for a while. I will say that in the end, this was quite an experience, and it feels weird not to have that sketchbook with me at this time. This is definitely something I want to keep up for as long as I can.