Thursday, December 1, 2011

Album cover for school

First assignment for my Raster Graphics class (Photoshop). We had to create a digital album cover and tracklist for a real band. The lyrics page is extra because I had some extra time (and it's only song 1 and 5 because the album only just came out and they aren't available online). It actually isn't due until this Monday. Once again I had a lot of fun exploiting for my photos. It is a class assignment so it is unofficial. I am not selling these or anything so that's why the band's photo is being used.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

The Legend of Zelda Art Exhibit

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Zelda series, my school (Platt College) hosted The Legend of Zelda Art Exhibit at the Industry Showroom in downtown San Diego this past Friday (11/18/11)!

I got there at 8pm and stayed until around 10pm. Hundreds of people from school came but also the public and even associates of Nintendo showed up. There were raffles and snacks throughout the night as well as live music, which was pretty cool because the band played a lot of the game music (like Termina Field from OoT or the theme song). The building was completely packed shoulder to shoulder, I could hardly move an inch and look at the artwork the first hour I was there! Around 9:45 it started to clear out enough so I was able to walk around and spend some time looking at each piece clearly.

It took me a while to decided what I wanted to do a piece about considering how many awesome things there are about the Zelda games. I knew for sure I was going to do something from Link's Awakening, Ocarina of Time or Majora's Mask, but I didn't know what exactly. I decided to stick to old school Zelda and honor the Gameboy Color revamp of the original Link's Awakening game. That game's ending was so emotional and I remember loving it every time I played through it.

This is a gouache painting on illustration board that I cut out and the school mounted on the wall. The Wind Fish is so cool yet so underrated but I feel satisfied knowing that the hardcore Zelda fans or old school gamers knew and appreciated my painting!

I wish I had more time to do more pieces for the gallery but I am so glad I decided to participate and I hope I get to do more events like this in the future!

Friday, November 18, 2011

bear journey

Something I did unprompted/on a whim today and yesterday after finishing some classwork. each one took about 10 minutes in Photoshop.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

"Sleepy Dragon Designs"

For my Typography class at Platt we had an assignment to create a logo design and business package (logo, business card, letterhead + envelope) for our "company". I would have done "Mollified", my general 'brand name' but I really wanted to draw my dragon guy so I came up with "Sleepy Dragon Designs". I may keep this name for the future.

Sunday, October 30, 2011


Happy Halloween everyone! Man I love this holiday. Well, here's my Halloween sketch from last year with slight revamps of them on Photoshop for this year.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

spotted self portraits

..also known as "how to abuse the same texture from" seriously, they're brilliant, free, and great for those of us just now being introduced to the world of overlay textures in photoshop.

Anyway! Just some funky self-portraits I find myself doodling, most likely inspired by starting to dye my hair different colors two-ish months ago. :)

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

good life

Life's been really great lately. I keep finding myself smiling and thinking happy. I've been freeing myself of things that, well, have been holding me down. Everything seems to be unfolding just the way I've always wanted it.

Next week I start my third class at Platt! Typography, I think? First class was Digital Production 101, learned InDesign and some vector stuff on Illustrator. Almost done with Oral Communication 105 aka 'speech class'. It really opened me up, as I'm normally so shy! The professor's enthusiasm and encouragement was really inspiring to me.

I promise I'll post things soon! Most likely old work from last year, some self portraits and some teasers for the graphic novel I'm finally working on. I'm doing my CalArts application since they opened up beginning of October, so after I get through the paperwork part I will post the portfolio. A lot of it will be life drawings from Otis 10-11, so there's no point posting it now and again later. :)

I found a really cool playlist on Adult Swim's music section! I never have been a huge follower of their network, not that I don't enjoy certain things about it. Something about late summer nights brings me back, I guess.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Cactus Project

(see the drawn panel clearly here!:

First art submission, yeah! One of my favorite assignments from this past year at Otis. Done mostly in December 2010 for my Principles of Design class with Kiki.
Goal: to analyze the form of a natural object.
-chosen object: succulent/cactus plant.
Requirements: 1 realistically rendered graphite drawing. 1 gouache painting (b&w) using a single repeating shape to describe form. 1 gouache painting in either Aboriginal, Baroque, or Nouveau in b&w with tiniest hint of 1 color. 1 gouache painting of object with geometric shapes in b&w with hints of two complimentary colors.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Life one year later

I haven't updated this thing in over a year. Wow. I always have the best of intentions to get personal projects like this up and running, but life gets in the way. But that's okay! I've had a pretty awesome year. Last time I posted, I spoke of high school and APs and the 80 moves I went through.

That summer I spent most of my time prepping for college, getting rid of unnecessary personal belongings, a few freelance projects and self-employment (cleaning houses, babysitting etc), and finally moving up to Los Angeles at the end of August. I studied at Otis College of Art & Design for a year. Foundation year was oh so very helpful, in more than one way. I learned a lot about art and education, but also about myself and people, which was something I needed. However, a good education is not cheap, so I will not be returning this upcoming year. Not that I can't afford the tuition (thank you very much FAFSA government money!!) but the cost of housing is the straw that breaks the bank account. I will be studying this year at Platt College in San Diego, which is very conveniently close to my family's apartment (by the way I had spent my winter break moving AGAIN). I had originally intended to go to CalArts for character animation this year, but there was a mail issue and basically my portfolio was lost in transit despite the application, letters of rec, transcripts etc. No worries, will apply again as soon as possible.

Looking forward to hopefully another productive and joyful year!!

p.s: since 2009, I have lived in 6 different places!!