Friday, December 23, 2011

Christmas Sketches




Messing around on my old tablet while watching a Nutcracker ballet marathon...XD

Monday, December 12, 2011

What If Chivalry Was Dead?


My piece for the What If show at Gallery Nucleus!

I think I'd like to do more pieces with the chivalrous skeleton and his lady. It'll be interesting to explore all of the adorably macabre dates they would go on together. Perhaps a picnic in a graveyard? Or would they be more apt to play hide and seek amongst the fossils at a local museum? <3

Saturday, December 3, 2011

That's Just....Nasty!



...Was a reaction (and direct quote) from a portfolio review at CTN.

Can I just state the obvious? Portfolio reviews are stressful! I actually spent the first two days avoiding recruiting tables because I was so nervous! BUT (As some of my friends pointed out.) One of the great things about these types of conventions is that you get the opportunity to get feedback from different companies and artists you admire. In person. So it was high time to buck up and get some reviews. And boy did I get it!

Let the record show, that I took my little booklet to anyone patient enough to take a look. Big companies, smaller companies, independent and professional artists. I even went to a few interviews with this line up. The following is pretty much how the reviews went down:

Things started out normal enough. People would flip through several pages of broken dolls, walking libraries, and all sorts of girlish whimsy while I hovered nearby, trying not to hyperventilate. The reviewer would comment on something every now and then, pointing out what they liked or disliked and I would make frantic mental notes of all of it. Then, at long last, they would get to the Nightmare Parade. Suddenly, there were pages upon pages of goblins and ghouls cackling up at them... and one particular page dedicated to a boy with a freakishly disfigured face. (You know the one.)

They'd stop for a moment and look at the page.

Then up at me.

Then back at the page.

Then back at me.

All this time, I'm standing there with the goofiest grin on my face, staring straight into their horrified ones...and all I can think to do is giggle and shrug my shoulders in a "I don't know where it comes from!" type fashion.

A moment of silence passes between us that feels like hours.

"Well,you certainly have an active...imagination..."

*More awkward giggling*

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I can honestly say, those were the best reviews I've ever had. Not only did I get a great story out of it, but I got some really helpful feedback as well. I'm completely inspired! Who knew that creeping recruiters out with creepy drawings could leave a person with a false sense of power and a sudden urge to indulge in a lifelong dream of super villainy?

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Prince in the Forest


Originally was going to use this as a leave behind for CTN...but quickly abandoned the idea. Still, it was fun getting back into digital painting. Huzzah!

Friday, November 11, 2011

The Prince

Here are a few sketches of the little monster boy from my previous post. He calls himself "The Prince of a Thousand Faces". Can you guess why?

So far, I've just been calling him "The Prince"...but I think I should give him a proper name. Any ideas?

It feels so good to be working on The Nightmare Parade again. Things have been pretty hectic lately. Now that I'm settled into my new apartment, I can begin updating work more frequently.

Stay tuned!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

My Compliments...


Wow, it's been awhile. Let's put a stop to that right now, shall we?
Still chugging away at Nightmare concepts. The creepy cook was a potential plot point that I'm still playing with, while the masked boy could possibly be one of our main protagonists. Though nameless, I've found myself doodling him over and over in my sketchbook. Perhaps I'll upload more after the dust has settled.

Did I mention I was moving by the by? EXTREMELY EXCITED!


Friday, July 15, 2011

The End of an Era




Went to the midnight showing of Deathly Hallows Pt. 2 last night. I'm feeling too emotionally drained to paint anything new, so I thought I'd upload some nightmare sketches. Perhaps I'll smother my sorrows with a gallon of ice cream. ;___;

Monday, June 27, 2011

Another Parade


I suppose this is the product of an over active imagination and a big creaky house. Enjoy.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Bits and Pieces


Once there was a toy maker who wasn't very good at making toys. No matter how hard he tried, they came out twisted and broken like loose lumps of clay...


James Octavien was the last doll he ever made. A wooden jester with a crooked smile...
Long ago, a man decided to leave his home and travel the world. But the bookshelves soon grew lonely for there was no one to turn their pages. So one bright day, they all decided to sprout legs and follow him.
Three daughters of the sky set out to live a brief life on earth. "The only thing of value are those stars in your eyes, my dear," said the merchant, "Pluck them out for me and I'll pay you handsomely."


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A batch of random sketches deserve some random stories. I'll hash out the details later, I'm sure.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Wind Maiden

Just an idea that popped into mind in the midst of all this crazy weather. I really miss writing fairy tales...perhaps I'll start up again? The stories in my head are getting a little crowded.

Friday, April 8, 2011

You're Beautiful

Though it's spring, working on Broken Dolls has forever made it Christmas in my mind. Especially when it's overcast. Sometimes I like to pretend that it could snow outside at any moment! Maybe I should decorate my room in old holiday ornaments...

One of my favorite holiday traditions is going to see the Trans Siberian Orchestra in concert! They are such an amazing band...I'm always inspired whenever I hear their music. It's magic and energy and lights all rolled into one! I wish I could keep that kind of feeling with me all year round.

Is there a holiday tradition you would like to keep throughout the year? Hot cocoa, roast duck, or maybe the sudden increase in coat and toy donations? Let me know! XD

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

The Thump in the Attic


Porcelain dolls were always given to me as gifts when I was younger. Little did my relatives know that the figurines kind of freaked me out at night. Perhaps it was all those stories about dolls chopping up their owners in their sleep. It seems fitting that I post this before going to bed.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Like Kurosawa I Make Mad Films...

Oh darling blog, how I've missed you! Here are the remaining four paintings I finished for the independent film I mentioned earlier. There's nothing like watching your favorite samurai films and clips over and over again...all in the name of research!

Do you enjoy watching martial arts films? If so, which one is your favorite? I personally, love Ip Man. (Cannot wait to get my hands on the sequel!) If we're sticking strictly to samurai flicks, Seven Samurai will always be one of the greats.

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Edit: Though these images are strictly work related and created prior to the earthquake...it didn't sit right with me to ignore the catastrophic events that have taken place recently. I'm sure many of you have already seen this link to the American Red Cross donation page. Feel free to do whatever sits right with you.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Broken Doll Sketches


More "Broken Doll" sketches! Now that I'm finishing up the last of my freelance work, I'll have more time to commit to personal projects. I'm very excited to explore this whimsically lopsided world.

In the meantime, tell me about a project that you've always wanted to work on! I'm sure there are some great ideas out there just waiting to be developed. XD

Friday, February 11, 2011

Toy Ships!


Just some sketches I've been working on in between projects.

Monday, January 31, 2011

BAICFF!

This weekend I was able to attend the Bay Area International Children's Film Festival in Alameda! My short, Mon Monde, had a screening there alongside a lot of really amazing animated and live action films. Some of which included, Franziska Buch's Here Comes Lola, Carlos Baena's Play By Play, Studd and Patterson's tiniest stop-mo heroine, Dot, and of course, Leonardo by Jim Capobianco. (Who also happened to be running the event!)

The theater was so bright, colorful, and filled with children! They were running around and playing between breaks, but let me tell you, once the films started...they were all so quiet and attentive. I was very impressed. That feeling was soon replaced with nervous panic, however, once I realized that children can be some of the bluntest critics out there! As the films played, I sat in petrified silence as the kids around me exclaimed loudly to their respective guardians whether or not they approved of the shorts. I became horrified at the thought of Mon Monde not being received well. Not only that, I was expected to do a short Q&A session afterward! Would anyone even ask questions? Or worse, what if the children couldn't even remember the film amongst the array of fantastical shorts?

Just as I had convinced myself that the knot in my stomach was an overactive ulcer...a miracle happened.

The film did not play. Only music on a black screen.

THANK GOD FOR TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES!

It was just the moment I needed to collect myself and remember that the most important critic is and will always be...yourself. Sure, there is always room for improvement and it is important to be able to expand your horizons by taking critique... but in the very end, I want to make films that will make me happy. And I had an absolute blast working on Mon Monde! If other audiences see what my team and I worked so hard on and enjoy it too, well then, that's wonderful. And if they don't? Then that's fine too. I still have hands to draw with. No negative opinion can crush my artistic voice.

So with that after-school-special-speech out of the way...all of the glitches were resolved and Mon Monde eventually played. The final result? Both children and adults generally liked it! The Q&A session went over well, too. I may have rambled on a little longer than necessary...coupled with a few fits of nervous giggles, but other than that I think I handled it very well! Ha ha ha!

If I had to choose...The most perfect moment of that festival happened when I was waiting in line for the restroom. A little girl and her mother were ahead of me, and the girl kept looking at me and then whispering to her mother. I made funny faces at her in the meantime. (What else can you do in line with a bunch of children?) I didn't really think anything of it, until after we came out, and the mother was ushering her child away.

"I really liked your film!" the girl said as she passed by.

She must have been no more than 5 or 6.

That was the highest compliment I received that day.


Sunday, January 16, 2011

Dance and Swordplay


Just thought I'd show everyone what I've been working on for the last couple of weeks! These conceptual pieces are for an upcoming independent film that will be shot in Los Angeles.

I can't discuss much more than that, other than the fact I am having a blast working on this project!

Oh, and in case you were wondering...the "soundtrack" for this was mainly Genki Sudo and Tiesto and Sneaky Sound System's "I Will Be Here". Give them a listen and let me know what you think!


Thursday, January 13, 2011

Round Up the Usual Suspects

Remember the girls with the sunglasses I drew awhile back? This is what spawned from that. It's a suspenseful murder mystery that takes place inside of a "hip" roller diner called Yao Yao Burger.
And the following is what you could call "my process"...in all of it's messy glory.


Whenever I work on a certain project, I tend to make a "soundtrack" for it. For me, a matching genre of music helps get me into the mood of that particular world. Whenever I work on Yao Yao Burger, I like to listen to a mix of "Robots in Disguise", "Hadouken", and the soundtrack from my favorite video game "Bust a Groove".

However, this particular song by GD&TOP recently made it onto my Yao Yao soundtrack. Mostly because the video is rocking! That's the world I want to live in.

Does anyone else make "soundtracks"? What do you like to listen to when you draw?