Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day!

Sona & Gangplank ... and a Poro! :3

And some previous ideas...

Here's a piece I did for my friend, Gina, who wanted to surprise her boyfriend with a pic of their favorite characters, Sona and Gangplank (specifically the Arcade and Special Forces skins), from League of Legends. She and Cooper share a little inside joke about feeding Poros and she even made this super adorable Poro-themed bento box
!! (See if you can spot the little easter egg that leads to the illustration above!) XD

I also wanted to share some exciting news! I was invited to be a part of the incredible
Masters of Anatomy book! Now, I honestly wouldn't ever consider myself in any way a "master" of anything, much less anatomy, so I was really surprised and flattered when Suny asked me to join. The book is packed with TONS of crazy-phenomenal artists, many of whom I look up to and I go around buying their books and art at conventions and I just admire all their talent! (Seriously, I just feel like bowing and repeating, "I'M NOT WORTHY!") Hahaha! Anyway, I just wanna say that I'm all at once humbled and grateful and super excited to be invited to participate!! ^___^ 
Please check out the Masters of Anatomy site and Facebook page!

Last but not least, I haven't posted any
Love of Lines doodles in a while, so here are a few new ones!

Also, I wanted to say THANK YOU SO MUCH for all your support—I read and appreciate all your messages you send me on Tumblr, Facebook and Blogspot, and I PROMISE I will get to all of you, it’s just been super hectic with work on my side and I hope you understand! @_@ Thank you again for being so awesome, you guys, I will try to make it up to you somehow!


Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Beverly Hills Chihuahua

So I’ve been a long-time fan of the Disney Afternoon ‘toons... I’ve seen (and dare I say, used to memorize?) every episode of DuckTales, Chip N’ Dale Rescue Rangers, Gummi Bears, TaleSpin… and my all-time favorite, Darkwing Duck!! (Needless to say, I filled my sketchbooks with tons of fanart. ^_^) When I was younger, I bought a book called The Wonderful World of Disney Television: A Complete History and read through all the summaries and credits of each episode. Tad Stones’ name popped up on all my favorite ones; he was the creator, producer and writer for Darkwing Duck, and producer and writer on Chip & Dale Rescue Rangers and Gummi Bears. Ever since then, I’ve remembered his name!

Fast forward to San Diego Comic Con 2010: I am rushing over to BOOM! Studios’ booth to meet the great Tad Stones in person, who signed my brand new Issue #1 of ‘Darkwing Duck: The Duck Knight Returns’ that just released! Needless to say, I was absolutely star struck! XD

But I had never dreamed I would have ever gotten to work with Tad personally! Near the end of 2012, I had the great pleasure of working with him on a pitch he created while at Bento Box: a Beverly Hills Chihuahua animated series for Disney Jr.! Tad was fun and an absolute joy to work with; being an artist/animator himself with years of experience, he had the great creativity and vision I could trust, and I learned SO much from his feedback. I loved the script, too; his stories are filled with lively and humorous characters whose dialogues are brimming with attitude and personality; I could easily hear the voice acting and see them animated in my head! And although in the end, the series unfortunately fell through due to timing, I totally treasured this invaluable experience!

Hope your guys' 2014 is off to a great start!! ^_^

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Some League of Legends Fanart to Start the New Year!

Happy New Year's, everyone!

I am very excited to share some projects I've been working on in the past year. I have had the immense honor of working on some Riot-sponsored fanart for the game "League of Legends." I was asked to depict the Champions in my own style, but more importantly, the illustrations would take a different approach to introducing the Champions than their current splash screens by having the characters interact and show more of their back story and personality. I had a ton of fun working on these!

Warwick and Soraka
I wanted to show a lighthearted take on the relationship between the celestial Soraka and Warwick, who devised an elaborate scheme to deceive and cut out her heart, in order to obtain a formula that would grant him incredible strength. (Technically, he wasn't a werewolf at the time he was carrying out his plan, but I thought it'd be more fun to draw him in this form.)

Twitch's Pool Party
Twitch was one of the first Champions I played and I always thought he was funny. In my early sketches I wanted to do a scene with Twitch bathing in the sewers, or the horrified reaction of his friends as he's about to jump into a pool with them.

Vi and Caitlyn
After trying out a few humorous images that involved the ex-criminal Vi and her now crime fighting comrade, Caitlyn, I settled on a simple arm-wrestling scene on a barrel of Gragas’s ale, throwing in her personal taunt to Caitlyn, using the teacup: “Care for a spot of tea? Or maybe a spot of punch in the face!

Rumble, Teemo and Tristy
I titled this "Love and War" as I wanted to play on the (sort of) love triangle between Rumble, Tristy and Teemo; Teemo had given Tristy a personalized cupcake (Yordles can’t resist cupcakes…) while Rumble had carved their names into a tree... the two fight for Tristy's love while she looks on.

Renekton and Nasus
Nasus was another one of my favorite Champions. Although I didn't end up finalizing these, I played with a number of lighthearted ideas involving Nasus's early days putting up with his brother, Renekton, in the Great Library.

Ziggs & Heimerdinger
Here I wanted to tell Ziggs' backstory on how he used his Hexplosives to blow up the prison cell and free the professors of the Yordle Academy of Science & Progress. Heimerdinger, one of the captives, was eternally grateful and finally gave Ziggs the recognition he deserved and craved.

Blitzcrank and the Yordles
Someday I want to finish this one... I really liked Blitzcrank's alternate skin, Piltover Blitzcrank, and wanted to draw Heimerdinger and Corky modding Blitzcrank in their Piltover Customs shop.
Hope you guys enjoy! I’ll be updating with more images tomorrow. ^__^ See you next year!!

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Motivarti Mentorship

Hey Guys!

In the past 10 weeks I've had the great honor of working with my mentor, the amazing Scott Watanabe, from Walt Disney Animation Studios. Scott has worked as a Visual Development Artist on beautiful films like Tangled, Wreck It Ralph, and Paperman. The mentorship program is called Motivarti Mentorship, and I highly recommend applying; it is one of the greatest learning experiences I've ever had in my career!!

I can't express enough how grateful I am to be working with Scott; I've been a huge fan of his work for years, and I feel so fortunate he chose to mentor me. He's an incredible teacher, guiding me with specific, honest and valuable feedback on my portfolio (taking time and care to give me page-by-page feedback, and even sharing his own!) as well as helping me improve my character designs; he would take time to draw over my sketches to show where I can improve my form, solidify or push the character in ways I hadn't thought of. He's given me constructive critiques which helped me gain a deeper understanding of the depths of better, more effective design. It made me realize the incredible amount of deliberate thought, design reasoning, and iteration involved with the process--which was more than I could ever have gathered from studying hundreds of making-of books and all of my favorite artists' works! He also shared his thoughts on the philosophy behind good composition, color, style and other essential foundations. Scott is so, SO kind and patient to work with, and I am still amazed at how extremely generous he is when it comes to sharing his process! I always felt so inspired after a session with him!

I deeply appreciate all he's done to help me grow; the mentorship is truly a humbling, motivating, and enormously valuable experience that may come just once-in-a-lifetime!

Thank you, Scott and Motivarti Mentorship, for everything!!

See you at CTN,

Below I wanted to share some process work and the final illustration I did, based on the Beatles song, "Octopus's Garden." Enjoy! ^__^