Monday, October 10, 2016

"Mags" - Character Design Personal Project

I've been working on this design project of a little punk girl named Mags - it is very close to my heart and pre-teen interests. Will keep posting as I complete more, but I might skip over to more of my projects based on my recent trip to Europe for a little break from the purple :P

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Dieting at Disneyland

I love going to theme parks and getting inspiration from people's personalities or mood they are in while there. This one was after having a discussion with friends about dieting at Disneyland.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

LA Zoo Brush Pen Sketches

Went to the LA Zoo this morning to get in some animal sketching.  Ended up with a few brush pen drawings I liked enough to scan for Inktober :)

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Music Tastes Good

Today I went to a music + food festival.  Here are some doodles that managed to stay clean :P

Friday, September 23, 2016

Europe Trip!

I just got back from traveling around parts of Europe on my own for the last month!  Here are some doodles I made as gifts for people I stayed with. More to come from my sketchbook!

And check out my Instagram for more frequent posts!  @amandajanesharpe

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Mina and Mehran

This semester I also got to do a group project for the last couple of weeks where we took a Grimm's Fairy tale and retold it as a visual development book. I worked with Laura Qualls, Timothy Thelin and Jessica Schwoob to come up with a retelling of the story,
"Jorinda and Joringel".

Here is a link the digital version of the book:

I was responsible for all of the layout design and for these pieces:

here's a bit of my artistic inspiration, what I was referencing, and photo reference I took:

Sunday, February 22, 2015

2015 Disney Imaginations Design Competition

Last semester was incredibly busy for me. I was a full-time student, working part-time, TA-ing for a Vis Dev class, and working on projects for 2 separate competitions. The Intel competition that I talked about in my previous post took place 2 days before I left for Glendale, CA for one of the most amazing experiences of my life: the Disney Imaginations Design Competition.  My team was selected as one of the top 6 teams in the nation to be finalists in the competition; this meant receiving an all-expenses paid trip to LA for a week, where we got to tour Imagineering, present our projects to Imagineers, interview for internships, and, of course, go to Disneyland!  My team consisted of Zaid Karajeh (Aerospace Engineering), Dondel Briones (Aerospace Engineering), Simone Getty (Mechanical Engineering), and myself, the artist!  Our team didn't place in the top 3 on the final day of the competition, but I am proud to say that I will be going back to Glendale this summer to do an internship in Visual Effects Design with Walt Disney Imagineering! So stay tuned for more Disney posts!

Here is some of the work I did that was featured in our project presentation. I'll do my best to give you a short description.. The objective was to develop a Disney transportation experience that is energy-friendly and reflects the diversity of its city.  What we came up with was Aether a breathtaking journey that lifts passengers above the city to transport them to commuter and tourist destinations, all while immersed in the imaginative realm known as Steampunk. The steam-powered railway was an inflection point for the city of Toronto. In fact, the first train in Canada was named The Toronto.  Built in 1853 by James Good, it brought trade and wealth to the city. Currently Toronto is facing a major debate over the practicality vs. the historical significance of its railway system.  So Aether was intended to be the new inflection point in transportation while paying homage to the history of Toronto.  That's already a lot of writing, so if you have any more questions, feel free to ask!  

The project was conceived by the San Jose State University Team and created for the 2015 Walt Disney Imagineering’s Imaginations Design Competition.
This project is the sole property of Walt Disney Imagineering and all rights to use these ideas are exclusive to Walt Disney Imagineering.
The competition is a way for students and recent graduates to showcase their talents and for Walt Disney Imagineering to identify new talent.

Intel Rapid-Prototyping Competition

Last semester my friend Karl Saclolo asked me to be on his team for a competition held by Intel.  The guidelines were to solve a problem using the Intel Galileo on a team comprised of both art and engineering students.  Along with Andrew Hernandez, our awesome Tech Specialist, we took 1st place with our project K8 (pronounced Kate): a robot toy that couples with an interactive game app intended to teach and engage young girls in programming. Part of the way through the competition I enlisted Kevin Maier, Nick Marshall, and Steven Celiceo to help work on an animated example of gameplay for our final presentation. The work those guys did out of pure belief in our project was astounding, and I'm so grateful that they're continuing to be a part of the team!
Coming from a family of mostly engineers, the scarcity of women in technical jobs has always been an issue near to my heart.  Our project was funded by Intel for the duration of the competition, and for winning we each received scholarships (some of which we've saved to build another prototype!) 
Here is some of the design/modeling/casting/failing/re-casting work I did  :)