Friday, December 27, 2013

edgar payne

this took 45 minutes.
I've been wanting to do an edgar payne study for awhile. i need to do some original work of my own soon though. I've been looking at the warmth of lights and shadows of different rooms on my spare time also. Reading the James Gurney light and color book helps a lot :)

Monday, December 23, 2013

Winter Break is starting..

The semester just ended, and after a few days of rest I finally recovered from the craziness of finals and some post final sickness. Definitely had one of the craziest and most amazing semester of my life.

1. I had the opportunity to work in a small project with my teacher and 4 other students to create a small commercial for a good cause. (Brandon's Goal - video here)
2. Had the chance to go to Ottawa for the Ottawa International Film Festival and had such an amazing and inspiring time. 
3. Went to CTN and volunteered - meet so many amazing artist that terrified and inspired me at the same time. 
4. Had the opportunity to work with Dave Yee on his thesis project called Jimmy Loves Juice! ( here's the trailer!)
5. Taking my first Illustration class ever since 113b a year ago. (and learned so much!)
6. Taking a class with the amazing Barron Storey
7. Experimented with stop motion animation for our Physics of animation class (footsteps!)
8. My first semi - interview for an internship.
9. Visiting Pixar and becoming a WIA member.

Really, I couldn't believe that it was only 4 months ago that Summer break just ended and fall semester started. So many things have happened and everything felt like it was so long ago. I look back and realized how much I learned and experienced and just feel really grateful. I am really excited for the next semester and also this break. Hoping I can learn and grow even more before school comes back around. 

Here are my final paintings for the Gary Soto Tree House project. Definitely not perfect or 100% correct but I learned so much from painting these paintings.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

persimmon season

Fall and winter are persimmon season! My sister's boyfriend gave us loads of yummy persimmons so it's today's practice painting! Finals week is here. I have to finish off the Treehouse color paintings by Tuesday.

Monday, December 9, 2013

zine project - Pants Off Dance Off

"Greetings fair maiden, will you doth dance with me perchance?" 
I don't think that's the right language for the era but.. here's the piece i did for Barron Storey's conceptual illustration class. We are making a zine with the theme "Pants Off Dance Off" so everyone in class is making a piece interpreting the theme. I have to say, everyone's piece looks amazing! Can't wait till the zine is finished and I bring home my own. Along with the zine there will be a collection of songs that we each put in. Really really excited to hear everyone's music!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

updates 11/26/2013

Our line layouts and value comps are due today. I modeled stuff out on maya and brought the images to photoshop to draw on top of. It's turning out pretty well in the sense that i like how things are turning out. That said, there are a lot of things i have to work on and i need to spend more time fixing values and refining them. But I'm so glad thanksgiving is here! need some quality time with the family :)

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

new updates! 11/19/13

some practice paintings and treehouse stuff for school. also, CTN was awesome! met so many great artist and definitely was inspired and feel so much better about finishing the school year. My library of art books is expanded now.. time to save up money.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013


Been working on a new project these last few weeks for our intermediate illustration class. Still in the Gary Soto 1950s Fresno universe but now it is a treehouse design project.Up top are a couple paintings i did for photoshop practice using Dice Tsutumi's digital painting method. The three under are practice paintings for the treehouse project. The last few are ideations, prop studies and some exploration for exterior shot for the treehouse. It's getting to the last couple months before finals, gotta fire it up!

Saturday, November 2, 2013


even though it took me so long.. i finally finished doing my 30 day challenge. Here is day #30, something you want to tell your friends. I guess what I realized is that, as i grew older i lost a lot of imagination. Sometimes it comes out, but working in this industry i feel like we as artist need to be imaginative every day, with everything that we do. Also we must look at things we see in a different way than how others might see it. I borrowed the colors from a Leyendecker piece, just wanted to make something simple. There are a lot of things that i want to learn, i hope i have enough time to learn all of them. 
here's a stop motion that i did yesterday with a couple of friends

Thursday, October 24, 2013

getting back into things.

First of all, Happy Birthday to my sister!
In other news, I have a little bit more free time nowadays after finishing my kitchen project. 
So I'm trying to cram some fun paintings while i still can. 

just trying to get better at this painting thing. thank god i learned how to use masks.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

kitchens kitchens kitchens

Just finished the Gary Soto project for my intermediate illustration class today. We worked on these paintings for a long time and I'm glad that it's over. I definitely feel like I learnt a lot from this project and I'm really glad that I actually like the paintings I ended up with at the end. While I realize that there's a lot I have to fix with how I paint using layers, it was a great learning experience and I can't wait for the next one.