Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Pumpkin Decorating Contest Entry

This was my entry to a mini pumpkin decorating contest for my job as a lifeguard at SJSU. It's made of clay and acrylic paint (with exposed pumpkin) and was intended to be an autumn goddess/Thumbelina. I did a few preliminary sketches before I went into sculpting, but there wasn't too much time for completion.  There were 5 categories and mine won the title of patron favorite!  I also made a second one of a vampire for one of my supervisors :)

Saturday, October 18, 2014

"Behind my Behind"

This summer I was given the opportunity to work on David Chai's short film, "Behind my Behind" with about 40 other people!  It was an awesome experience.  I did some matte painting, background design, stop-motion animation, and cleanup.

Watch the film here!: House of Chai - "Behind My Behind"

Here's a bit of my work:

Tuesday, September 30, 2014


as the invasion persists, Swiffer continues to be my weapon of choice

Friday, July 11, 2014

Teaching Demo at Camp EdTech

I've been working for Edventure More teaching stop motion animation to 5th-8th graders for two summers now. It's been a really great experience.  I usually find time in the curriculum to do a demo that can double as an announcement for the following week's theme (which applies to the younger camp's projects). I haven't posted any of them yet, but here's last week's theme announcement for "Incredible Edibles" (vegetables and such..).  I designed the characters and then made them out of armature wire and modeling clay. I made the Sebastian puppet for a previous week's demo.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Victorian House Plein Air

This painting took a while and so the lighting changed a bunch during the process of painting it. And of course acrylics dry out way too quickly for plein air, but I'm a student, so I use what I've got.  Nevertheless, I had a lot of fun; I'm a sucker for old, almost whimsical architecture.

3D Character Modeling

In case you haven't seen enough design related to the film I made last semester for Ani 115, here's a character model I made based on my design for "Guilbeau".  I modeled him in Maya and textured him in ZBrush, and he's ready for rigging! (which I may or may not attempt haha).  I had so much fun this semester and I'm very grateful to my teacher, Tom Austin, for helping me model my own design instead of from a pre-existing 2D model sheet.  It definitely motivated me to work extra hard on the project and even go as far as to research and make a tutorial for the class on ZSphere rigging (so that we could pose the models efficiently and dynamically after modeling them in a T-Pose).  I learned so much about modeling, texturing, lighting, and navigating in Maya and ZBrush, but I think the most valuable thing I learned was about designing for 3D.  I feel have a much better understanding about how designs translate, but I know I still have much more to learn :)

The Crystal Ball

This project revolved around the Grimm's Fairy Tale, "The Crystal Ball".  It's an odd story about the son of an enchantress who escapes his mother's wrath and goes to look for a cursed princess.  Okay well, it's less of a story and more of a series of events that had all sorts of potential to tie in together, but failed to do so.  On the bright side, there was a ton of description and action - too much for a 2 page fairy tale but wonderful for a quick Viz Dev project.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Animal/Truck Racing Project

This project was so fun.  The idea was to come up with a racing team of 2 animals: a gunner and a driver, and their lifted racing truck that included suspension and a bed for the gunner to post up in.

1980's NY Flower Shop

For this project, the goal was to develop an inviting flower shop within a dirty, grimy, 1980's New York neighborhood. It was pretty challenging, but I think I got a lot out of the process - especially in painting flowers..so many flowers...

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Birthday Card

This is a card I made of the group of my best friends for Daniel (center). Sorry if you're someone who should have been included; there are a couple.  My bad. I still love you.

Wushu Figure Drawing

The Shrunkenheadman Club has an annual outdoor figure drawing session where the San Jose State Wushu team pose for us. Their traditional outfits and lion costume were awesome and it was really interesting to see their incredible routines broken down into 30 second poses!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Word(s) of the Week(s)

In addition to the digital projects we've been working on in my visual development class, we're also assigned a "word of the week" to be illustrated in any traditional medium. There's no other guidelines, they're just supposed to be small, quick sketches/paintings.  I've been having fun with them so I thought I'd start posting some.

                                     "Infinite (power!)"


                                     "Tractor Pull"


                                          "Promise" - (first week)

Friday, February 28, 2014

El Dorado Zipa Project

This was a project for my visual development class in which we had to design a Muisca Zipa - the ruler of a Colombian people who performed a ritual in Lake Guatavita that sparked the myth of the city of gold.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Figure Painting

This is a figure painting from the 2014 Winter Drawing Marathon.  It was a lot of fun and a great way to spend my birthday!