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  :)

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Quick Projects

This semester I took a new Vis Dev course - quick projects done in a frenzy.. [[of inspiration]] :D

Here are a few:

Grimm's Fairy Tale: "The Turnip"
(I love folk illustration... Carson Ellis is a particular inspiration..go check out her work!)

Urban Legend: "The Screaming Tunnel"
..legend has it that a tunnel along Niagara Falls is haunted and the spirit of a girl burned alive there will appear when you strike a match...

News Illustration:
We pretty much just chose anything that appealed to us in the news

Friday, February 20, 2015

Figure Modeling

I took a figure modeling class last semester that I believe really helped improve my digital modeling and design skills as well. I got inspired to start sculpting when I did the figure drawing marathon a year ago and had the pleasure of meeting the incredibly talented Eric Michael Wilson. Here's a picture of the sketch model I made during the workshop and also some sculpts from the class: