Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Yetis in a Zoo

Here is an image I painted for the homepage of my website. The photoshop profiles on the lab monitors are messed up so this image came out very saturated :( So if you are painting in the labs, make sure in photoshop go to Edit-->Color Settings--> Change the RGB to Monitor RGB to get the exact colors being displayed.

Oh well, happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

I await the day I can capture light and color effectively...

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Friday, October 02, 2009

Some Sketches

Drawing is fun!
Our layout crit is in a week and a half. Scary! Thesis is really underway.
In other news, Ash Brannon, director and Writer of Surf's Up is giving us a rundown on his film making process next week. Yay, presentations like these excite me...plus it makes us go outside the labs. Woo!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Pictures at an Exhibition

The Ringling trustee scholars and nominees were invited to participate in a commission for the Sarasota Orchestra. We were to create artwork based Pictures at an Exhibition, a suite of ten movements composed by Modest Mussorgsky in 1874. Me and the fine arts trustee scholar, Jenny Vu were assigned the five Promenade pieces. Anyway, this is one of them.

And here's the music, uh except for picture the orchestral version:

Now to catch up with regular work!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

A Looong Post of Characters

In portfolio class today we took a look at the work of the seniors before us. I was surprised by how much some of the work still affected me even though I have seen them so many times. At Ringling, I have been so privileged in the sense that I am surrounded by some very talented young artists. Most of students are a few years younger and nonetheless their maturity, imagination, and work ethic put me to shame. Some of the thesis from last year are so innovative, moving, and just beautiful. In my eyes those seniors have made it but to think it is only the beginning of their artistic career. Just think about the possibilities!

I have grown so much since I arrived here; artistically and as a person. I think about the people that have supported me and those that helped me grow. I'm not sure what I want to take away from this year but I know I want to be proud of what I have achieved.

Mainwhile, some characters:

Friday, September 18, 2009

This Guy is Funny Looking

Lots to do but going to see Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs tonight anyway. Happy Friday!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Senior Year

Well Senior has entered full swing. This week we just had our first full faculty crit with Steve Hickner, director from Dreamworks. We talked about our animatics and models. The next crit is in five weeks on layout and rig.

It's exciting and also intimidating to be working on thesis but I think it'll be a fun and memorable year.

Nilah is the first transfer student I contacted before coming to Ringling and we've pretty much had all of our classes together until now. This year we are roommates instead. Well Nilah's mom took a photo of us when we first met and it's become a tradition ever since. This year we just hit the ground running so we haven't had time to go out for a meal together until today. We are already three weeks into the semester, this year is going to go by so fast!

Sophomore Year,

Junior Yr,

and finally Senior Yr!

Monday, July 06, 2009


I didn't realize horses were in walking distance of my house!

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Some Sketches About Town

After been cooked up in the house the whole day, I took a little drive around Shakopee (the suburb town I live in). You don't really have to drive far to have a change of scenery from convenient stores and strip malls to corn fields and cows. It was really nice just driving and listening to music.

Lately I've been thinking about after graduation a lot: what company I want to work for, what kind of job I'd like to do, and what kind of lifestyle I'd prefer. I still don't know. It seemed so much easier back when I was looking for schools. The goal was simple: build a nice portfolio, get into school. Perhaps it's still the same this time around: build a nice portfolio, get a job. But there just seems to be so much more pressure and competition. It seems that this last stretch is what determines whether you have failed or accomplished. I know art is a life-long endeavor but I can't help but feel what happens after graduation is what separates the goods from the greats, the amateurs from the professionals.

I hope I'm wrong; I hope a humble beginning doesn't mean you can't still be great in the future.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Tuesday, June 09, 2009


Yay coffee for keeping me up until 3am (and beyond?).
Here's Kathy the art director, inspired from a certain someone that offers wine and great food whenever I visit.

Thursday, June 04, 2009


So many choices! I can't decide whether to have my house on top of a mountain or have it propped up on stilts.

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Good 'o Barns and Noble

Some Thesis Stuff

I need to start modeling but I still can't settle on a design! Anyway, any crits or preferences are more than welcome!

Friday, May 29, 2009

Character Design Bi-Weekly: Assignment 1: Cowboys with Alternate Modes of Transportation

Just got back from SD yesterday, good timing for this round of Character Design Bi-Weekly!

Saturday, May 23, 2009

South Dakota Tomorow.

I'm leaving for SD on a five day family roadtrip tomorrow. My family loves to travel; considering the current economic situation my parents decided to go somewhere nearby. We'll be visiting Mt. Rushmore, the badlands, Walldrug (for those who don't know what it is, no worries, I don't think you are suppose to), and other places along the way.

Still no clear direction where to take the thesis. Here are some sketches.

Monday, May 18, 2009

The Transformation of 3D Yezi!

3D Yezi was once a courageous and confident little character...

whom enjoyed joking around with strangers during meal times,

...until her heart was torn to pieces by somebody she truly loved.

Now bitter with sorrow, she has resorted to a life of violence.

Special thanks to my talented classmates for using my model in their animations. You guys are awesome!

Thesis Time!

I can't believe I'm a senior already! Time flies! I made a production schedule for thesis and all the other stuff I want to accomplish over the summer and it sure seems like busy times ahead!

It's so nice to be back at home visiting old friends and chilling with the parents though. I'll have to make sure to balance out my time so that I'm productive and also having tons of fun. After all, it's this is the last summer!

Soooo! I figure it's time for a thesis dump. These here are initial designs for my story. I'm in the process of exploring with new designs this week. I want my thesis to be a bit more stylized and unique looking. We'll see where I end up. I'd love to hear feedback or any opinions!