Saturday, December 20, 2014

My My Maya

Intermediate Modeling was my favorite class this semester!  I really enjoyed seeing Belle become 3-d all while learning so much!  I also got much more comfortable with ZBrush!

Character Model:


Zbrush Sketchbook:


Friday, December 19, 2014

117B: Advanced Visual Development

Our final Advanced Visual Development Project was to create inspirational story beats for a short story from a list of authors.  I chose Ray Bradbury's "The Toynbee Convector"!  Great read!  Special thanks to John and Kevin for being models!






Monday, November 3, 2014

Distance Learning Program with Nathan Fox!

Hi! Last month I finished working on a comic I did for a Distance Learning Program with Nathan Fox! We had to make a 4+ page comic with a limited palette and "mystery" and "discovery" themes surrounding a possession of an unspecified "Stormy Dorris."

Here it is! It's a bit sad, but that's where your imagination comes in :-)




Saturday, November 1, 2014

Inktober

This month I participated in Inktober!  I've been posting my pieces on my Instagram, and so here they are in one post on Blogger!:



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Quick #inktober drawing for day 1! Drawn on the back of a quiz today. ✒️πŸ“œπŸŽƒ #pen #ink #drawing #art #instaart #KuretakeInktober #sketch #sketchbook #design #doodle #girl #hair #October #fall #green #blue #day1 #artistoninstagram #illustration #character


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#Inktober day 2! "Chicken Noodle sOops" πŸ”πŸ£πŸ² I was really excited to discover another can of chicken noodle soup the other day, but the lid was stuck. And when it became unstuck it sprayed all across the room. And then I did not have much of a soup. This piece depicts that sad evening. #sketch #sketchbook #KuretakeInktober #pigmainktober #kuretake #pen #ink #drawibg #art #artist #instaart #instadaily #illustration #oops #life #daily #soup #doodle #chicken #October


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#Inktober day 3! "Tequila Mockingbird"! I'm sure someone's done something like this before, but here's my take! #October #tequila #mockingbird #bird #glass #pun #punny #admarker #marker #color #colour #drawing #art #sketch #sketchbook #green #instaart #design #illustration #painting #watercolor #pen #ink #KuretakeInktober #kuretake #pigmainktober


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Sketches from APE Con! There was a pole in the water that kept hitting the deck and seemed frustrated so I drew it that way. I also drew two attendees. #art #illustration #pen #brushpen #ink #Inktober #instaart #draw #sketch #sketchbook #design #fortmason #sf #california #APECon #doodle #character #stripes #fashion #fashionillustration #bangs #cartoon #weird #October #kuretake #KuretakeInktober #pigmainktober


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Benihana sketches for #inktober day 5! #Benihana #birthday #sketch #sketchbook #drawing #art #instaart #design #glasses #red #marker #brushpen #pen #ink #pigmainktober #kuretake #KuretakeInktober #doodle #beard #illustragram #illustration


Ping Pong!
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#inktober day 6! Ping pong class. #ink #sketch #sketchbook #drawing #art #instaart #instadaily #daily #pingpong #marker #pen #KuretakeInktober #kuretake #pigmainktober #gellyroll30 #sports #green #design #pe #october #doodle


My birthday!:
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"Why are you such a small human?" #brushpen #ink #inktober #pigmainktober #kuretake #kuretakeinktober #sketch #art #instaart #doodle #dog #pants #dogpants #goldenretriever #drawing #illustration #giant #pets #character #latergram #yodeling


2 Parter!:
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Day 8! First post after birthday! #illustration #art #inktober #instaart #ink #gtech #pigmainktober #kuretake #kuretakeinktober #gellyroll30 #drawing #sketch #sketching #sketchbook #doodle #cartoon #caricature #hair #october #pen #fun #wednesday #hi


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#inktober 8 part 2! Working on fitting shapes together more. #illustration #caricature #cartoon #drawing #art #instaart #ink #kuretake #kuretakeinktober #pigmainktober #hair #sketch #sketching #sketchbook #daily #october #8 #brushpen #trio #wednesday #doodle #design #Imeatimgmacaroni #pen


Also a Sketch Dailies topic!:
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#WednesdayAddams for #inktober #9!


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Finally went to figure drawing this year! Tried several mediums for one pose which was quite fun! #figuredrawing #carbothello #pen #brushpen #kuretake #kuretakeinktober #inktober #ink #october #drawing #sketch #sketchbook #daily #art #instaart #design #illustration #trumpet #drawing #thursday #hyperlapse


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Llama for #inktober 11! There were llamas at school for very vague reasons the other day. #art #artist #kuretake #kuretakeinktober #drawing #sketch #sketching #sketchbook #daily #illustration #llama #canmelbak #october #ink #instaart #design #pets #pen #blackandwhite #11 #pigmainktober #gellyroll30 #groovy


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#Inktober day #13! This is a picture of what my dog Koa does when you scratch her chin. 🐺 #kuretake #kuretakeinktober #sketch #sketching #sketchbook #ink #pen #brushpen #dog #goldenretriever #pets #cute #weird #blackandwhite #pigmainktober #petstagram #illustration #character #cartoon #animal #art #instaart #design


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#Inktober day #14! This is a drawing of me being frustrated when I have a loose sock and it slides off my heel. I don't like that. πŸ‘Ÿ #art #drawing #instaart #ink #brushpen #life #socks #kuretake #kuretakeinktober #pigmainktober #design #illustration #comic #cartoon #selfie #doodle #sketch #sketching #sketchbook #pen #xray #petpeeve #october #ImplayingNancyDrewnow #todayImtreatingmyself #tuesday #walking






































Friday, October 17, 2014

5th Element Reboot Project

This week we finished our 5th Element Reboot Project!

We started with pages of sketches and ideations.  I painted a 5th Element guitar store.  Here are a few of my concept drawings:

We gathered reference, and mostly focused on a Moebius-styled scene:

And put it all together!:

I made a gif of my progress!:

I plan to fix this up more later, so I can include it in my portfolio!

Playlist: Jenny Lewis, Feist, Broken Bells, Doug Paisley, Weezer (new album! CourtesyTim!), Elizabeth & the Catapult, The Weather Station, Little Joy, Santana, Keane, Michael Johns

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

In Maya 'Pinion...Modeling is Challenging and Also Fun

I'm taking Intermediate Modeling this semester, and I put it off for quite a while as I was having quite the struggle in Beginning Modeling and I didn't like going to work at school so much.  However, Intermediate Modeling is my favorite class right now!  And it's very fun to work at school and have classmates to help me as soon as I have a technical difficulty!

We started with modeling our own heads:
We worked with Maya and ZBrush. 

This week we finished modeling a character head!  I chose to model Belle (I like that she reads a lot, and the Disney style has been really interesting to me recently):
I'm like the Bellerophon of Maya, instead of Greek beasts!  (ZBrush I'm still figuring out.)

I'm learning so much!  

Playlist: Jenny Lewis, Feist, Broken Bells, Doug Paisley, Weezer (new album! Courtesy Tim!), Elizabeth & the Catapult, The Weather Station, Little Joy, Santana, Keane, Michael Johns

Monday, August 25, 2014

Jules Jammal Scholarship and Art Auction

The Jules Jammal Superhero Art Auction opened bidding yesterday!  Jules Jammal was a San JosΓ© State University animation professor, and he passed away in February this year.  I took his Beginning 3D Animation class in 2013 and not once did he complain of his battle with pulmonary hypertension, but instead taught his class.  That in itself is quite humbling.  In fact, most of his students, including myself, had absolutely no idea Jammal was fighting the pulmonary hypertension in his superhero fashion.  It was like he had his own secret identity and "nemesis," in a way.  Jules was also an SJSU Animation/Illustration graduate and was even a Shrunkenheadman President as a student, too, and he did quite a lot for the club.

The Jules Jammal Superhero Art Auction is not only a beautiful tribute to Jules' superhero qualities, but also a great legacy of Jules through funding The Jules Jammal Scholarship, which recognizes SJSU Animation/Illustration students who illustrate Jules' superhero qualities.

Here's the link to the auction site, but some pieces can only be bid on at the live auction, which is September 6 (6pm-10pm) in the SJSU (new!) Student Union Ballroom.  Also at this live auction is a chance to get your Jules Jammal Superhero Art Gallery Art Book signed by the artists, each of whom are SJSU A/I alumni!

Dinner! Dinner! Dinner! Dinner! Dinner! Dinner! Dinner! Dinner! Dinner!

The title refers to a family joke.  So, if you don't know it then we're probably not related. Anywho, I recently helped my friend, Lucas, founder of Bay Area Hero, by doing some photo editing!  It was a surprisingly fun commission to work on!

Post by Bay Area Hero.

Playlist: Doug Paisley, The Weather Report, Dr. Jim Berg sermons

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

A Job, Well Done

This is my final animation for ANI 115!  Enjoy!

Description: A local career ladder-climber (pun intended) pursues his constant antagonist: fire.  A man who, like Gatsby, searches for the green light, is a character viewers can almost effortlessly to relate to.  This heart-wrenching story of physical barriers, the dangers of loose change, and career demands and incompetence, will hopefully keep you engrossed for its full 1:17 duration.

Animated in Adobe Flash, scored with Garageband.  Please do not post without permission. Thanks!

Sunday, May 18, 2014

117A - Visual Development

Finished 117A (Advanced Illustration) last week!  It was a really tough class, but I really learned a lot, especially in regards to color!  This semester, we focused mostly on visual development for a fantastic book, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.

I designed the character Ilsa Hermann's library.  

We started with exploratory sketches, like this:
The book described Ilsa's library as a wonderful place, but only ever mentioned her desk in regards to furniture.  Liesel read on the floor.  I kept in mind that Ilsa, though more wealthy than Liesel, might not have been what modern society considers extravagantly wealthy.  

We moved on to isometrics and line drawings next:
After that were tonal drawings.  

I didn't want Ilsa's library to feel warm and cozy.  I wanted it to feel cold, but to still be a wonderful place for Liesel.  Ilsa's son died in Russia from the low temperatures, and I imagined that the reason Ilsa kept her window open was to feel that coldness as well.  Her austere library also reflects the emptiness Liesel now seems to help fill.

Day:
Night:
Color:

Our last assignment was to design Liesel Meminger (the protagonist), and Death (the storyteller).  I learned a lot through research for Liesel's costume.  The League of German Girls' dress code was strict and loose at the same time.  They were required to essentially dress the same, though clothing costs limited exact uniforms.
For Death, I made a man with four arms, because he has to collect so many souls.  My version of Death's cloak is odd with an atypical line of buttons, and his outfit and person is colorless.  He mentions having pockets in "The Book Thief," so I put other sentimentals like Liesel's autobiography that Death's got in other pockets.  My version of Death has a pipe through which he inhales the colors around him and from souls.  The only color on him is from the world, and none is from himself.
Our final was to take someone else's final scene layout and to make it better as we saw fit.  I got my classmate Kevin Si's library layout.  Here's two hours of work:
It was fascinating how quickly I could paint this when I didn't "care" as much because it wasn't a layout I was very attached to.  On my own layouts I was much more careful, but on Kevin's I was far more loose.  I'll definitely remember this for my future paintings.

Although summer is starting soon, it's not going to be a break.  I'm going to be studying and hopefully improving a bit throughout!

Semester Playlist: Black Keys, Feist, Mr. Little Jeans, Broken Bells, Young the Giant, Wake Owl, Pharell Williams' "Happy," Hillsong UNITED's "Oceans," "Treading Water" by Alex Clare, "Blue Moon" by Beck, and "Epic Last Song" by Does It Offend You, Yeah?

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Walking Left

I drew and watercolored some people recently:





Playlist: Mr. Little Jeans

Monday, March 31, 2014

Disneyland Doodles

Went to Disneyland this Spring Break! We stopped at Chapman on the way:


Some people watched me draw :-)


Here are some of my Disneyland sketches:












Check out my Monday/Friday comics, too!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Character Design

Characters for my 115 animation!  We're halfway through the semester now and stuff is really getting intense now, so I don't know how much I'll post here for a bit.  I do post fairly frequently on Instagram, though!  Also, check out my Monday/Friday comics!
Playlist: Feist, Sia, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Veils, Jenny Lewis, Beck

Monday, March 3, 2014

Monument Valley

Watched a great deal of House of Cards while working on this.

My painting:

Original: