Monday, March 10, 2008

Update: WonderCon, ArtWars, Gift Sketches

Sorry about the lack of updates. I've been so busy in these past two months, mostly on side projects and my portfolio. This Thursday is my birthday, and I'll be going out to dinner with a few friends from Shaba, then having dinner with all my Drawing Meats buddies this following Friday! On Saturday, I'll be flying off to Japan with my mom. I've been anticipating this day for a long time as it's one of the places I've always dreamed of traveling! I'll be sure to take plenty of photos to share when I return. ^__^

This is definitely long overdue, but at one of our drawing jams my friend Alex Ahad and I did a sketch trade. I asked for Yoko and he drew me this amazingly kick-ass pic just from memory! He's a pro at drawing Yoko and I especially love this because it's in his awesome style. He's one of the most talented artists I know!
Yoko by Alex Ahad
Alex is the creator of the Skullgirls game and all its characters. If you haven't yet, check out more of Alex's incredible art on Error 404 and especially his Livejournal. I love the way he does such dynamic poses and intense compositions, and he's amazing with color to boot! XD My half of the trade (thanks for scanning that, Alex) was my interpretation of his characters, Squigly and Filia, but my sketch doesn't hold a candle to his art. T^^T

I went to WonderCon in February. One of my favorite things to do at conventions like these is to collect sketches in my sketchbook from the awesome artists I meet. Here's a few I'd like to share this year!

Blanka by Long Vo of Udon Entertainment
Miguel by Bobby Rubio, creator of Alcatraz High

An adorable dragon from Kei Acedera of Imaginism Studios
A dragon by Bobby Chiu from Imaginism Studios

Debbie Huey, creator of Bumper Boy
At the Game Developer's Conference last month I also entered ArtWars, and from event 7 I got into the final round! (I liked the art I did on the finals better, though.) Though I wasn't a winner in the finals, several people, Emiley Flowers, Lynda Miller, Tom Murray, Matt Olch, and Mike Ratto--all talented animation students from DigiPen--kindly came up to me later and gave me some generous compliments. This might sound cheesy, but seriously, their simple act of doing that made me so happy, I felt like a true winner after that! Thanks guys!! ^___^