Sunday, 13 November 2011

Modelling, Lighting and Rendering Excercise

I wanted to make a 3D Pokeball, so here it is! Experimenting with glow, modelling, reflection and shadow. 

Saturday, 5 November 2011

Layouts, Lighting and Motivational Speaking

   I have a few layouts here from our group film called A Gritty Western. The 3rd and 4th image includes the layout with rough sketches of the characters to check lighting and harmony of the character in the setting.

   So for those of you who don't know: a couple months now, I've been part of a group film called A Gritty Western. It started when Mike Valiquette, who was my business professor at Algonquin College, set up "The 30 second Challenge". 10 of us from the Class of '11 from the Algonquin College Animation Program decided to enter this Challenge. The deadline was 2 months. By now we are a far cry from the deadline that had past. Most of us have studio jobs or part-time jobs now. Schedules conflict and the films we started in the summer is no longer a priority. However, as this group of 10, we decided to see these films to the end. Our prof found work in Toronto, so he's no longer here to egg us one. But we still meet once a week to keep the ball rolling and to see that we stick to our self-made schedules.

   As a group of 3, it's challenging with conflicting schedules and a slow-down in our productivity, but with the schedule we set with ourselves, and with the determination, we will see to it that our film is finished before this year ends.

Thursday, 27 October 2011

Modelling Excercise

A quick modelling exercise... well..sorta quick.. in making ceramic look ceramic.

Plant Model Project

Process of a modelling project I did very recently using Maya 2011. From thumbnails and concept to the final product. The first thing I realized when I started creating the tree in 3D space, was the challenge of creating something that would look good in all angles at the same time, if that makes sense. It's slightly harder to cheat than in 2D. It took a lot of time rendering and making a plant look like a plant, with the settings and such. But it's pretty fun. I liked how it turned out for the first go at modelling.

Narrowing down and simplifying.

 Figuring colour combinations

Before composition, shadow and light adjustment.

Flower close-up before adjusting light and shadow.

 Final Composition

Friday, 22 July 2011

Watercolour Sketchie

A couple of watercolour sketches from the "Secret of Kells" Film and referencing trees from Marie-Louis Gay. And some more sketches studying colour.

Thursday, 30 June 2011

Character expressions

Practicing keeping character on model while exploring different expressions.

Saturday, 4 June 2011

Tilt-shift Technique

So yesterday, I went to my old highschool's Art Show featuring work from Photography, Graphic Design, Visual Arts, Communication Technology and Construction Technology. There were a lot of really cool photography stuff showcased. Some of them included this technique called the Tilt-shift Technique, basically using blurs and increased saturation to make a photo that was taken from a distance look like a scale model. When I found out how it was done, I went all crazy and took a bunch of my photographs and tilt-shifted them! Which is fun, in the weirdest way. A bunch of these photos were taken in Ottawa. Some are photos taken by my Dad in Hong Kong.

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Character Concept

Character concept for a group concept jam I'm currently working on with Tabitha and Brittany.

Thursday, 21 April 2011

Waiting for you Concept

Early concept art of a film idea about a girl who holds onto happiness in the darkess times. Exploring environmental mood and atmosphere

Monday, 18 April 2011

Interior Cover

Interior Cover of our Grad year's Fine Tooning Pages.

Monday, 11 April 2011

Colour Sketchie 01

Film Concept

Concept painting for a another film idea. The story is about a boy who enjoys the beauty of his home. I took the colour palette from my other fine tooning cover design concept, so you may see a similar atmosphere in it when I add it here!


Concept of a cover idea for our Grad Book.

Saturday, 19 March 2011

Experimental Farm

Some Experimental Farm Photos from November. Beautiful place to sketch farm animals and nature! Admission for students is $6. It's closed in the winter, but the barns are still open so the animals can be fed. So admission is free then. Visit to know more.

Friday, 18 March 2011


Morning sunlight in the house is just too beautiful not to notice! The warmth of the sun makes the shadows look cooler with the ambient light, so there's this richness of colour. I also love how the reflective light of the sun bounces off the wood panel floors. The whole room just glows!

Har har har hhhhaarrmmooonnnyyyy.

Nupastels and semi-hard pastels

Nupastel on construction paper. 20 minutes

Semi-hard pastels on newsprint. 1.5 hours.

Nupastel on newsprint. 3 minutes

Monday, 7 March 2011