Thursday, December 17, 2009

Horse Walk Cycle

I really enjoyed drawing horses!

Friday, October 30, 2009

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Maya-Room Assignment

The assignment is to create a room.
I started up with a dark and cold concrete cellar, which somehow turned into a weird Tibetan style bed room with my dorm-room desk in it by the end...

I didn't do the fish image on the wall. It was done by an artist that inspires me a lot.
Check out Robin Joseph's website, and here is the original post where the image was from. I really like that picture, so I borrowed it just for this class assignment.

Friday, October 23, 2009

I Luv Boston Terriers

In addition, I'm here to present ---
a Boston Territoad

It's a toad dog : )

I Luv Frogs

We were analyzing Charlotte's Web in children's literature class while I drew those frogs over my notes.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Animated Short (2nd year)

This is a short about a little monk who can turn his writing into living beings.

Concept art and some sketches:

Here is the first half of the storyboards from my original plan
I guess I will just show these for now and keep the ending in secret XD

Digital Compositing Reel 2008-2009

Works from digital compositing class:

The music in this reel is “Attack of Butterflies” by Joe Hisaishi.
It is from a Korean movie named Welcome to Dongmakgol Village.

The first two assignments can be found in my older posts:

"Animating Puppet in After Effect"

"6-legged Walk Cycle"

Here are the rest of the assignments in their complete versions:

In this assignment, the instructor gave us a live action footage of a pan of a street scene and asked us to add any kinds of animation of effect to it. I decided to turn the original footage into an image with outline only, and added an illustration of a kid with a turtle, and animated all the strokes.

The music is from the soundtrack of The Sky Crawlers.

Later on, we got another assignment with another footage of a street. This time we had to animate an animal crossing the street. I decided to do that a little differently…

The last one in the reel was actually a pretty early work.

It was a lip-sync assignment in which we changed the mouth shapes with After Effect.
I got the audio from an anime short named “KAKURENBO”
and designed my own characters for it.

This demon uses a puppet of a little girl as bait,
and seizes children once they approach it.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Tribeca Film Festival opening

An assignment for the submission of Tribeca Film Festival opening

Animation final project- test

Friday, January 30, 2009

What Happens When a Fly Falls into a Coffee Cup?

Digital compositing Assignment:
Do a short animation from any post we find in the personal ads section on Craig's list. The animation has to be at least 40 seconds and full-colored.

I happened to find a joke among those ads, and I had fun animating it.

the original post on website is already expired
but here is the original joke that was on the post :
(I only did it for class work, the joke does not represents my point of view)

What happens when a fly falls into a coffee cup?

The Italian - throws the cup and walks away in a fit of rage.

The Frenchman - takes out the fly, and drinks the coffee.

The Chinese - eats the fly and throws away the coffee.

The Russian - drinks the coffee with the fly, since it was extra with no charge.

The Israeli - sells the coffee to the Frenchman, the fly to the Chinese, Buys himself a new cup of coffee and uses the extra money to invent a device that prevents flies from falling into coffee.

The Palestinian - blames the Israeli for the fly falling in his coffee, protests the act of aggression to the UN, takes a loan from the European Union to buy a new cup of coffee, uses the money to purchase explosives and then blows up the coffee house where the Italian, the Frenchman, the Chinese, and the Russian are all trying to explain to the Israeli that he should give away his cup of coffee to the Palestinian.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Anatomy-Hand drawing assignment


-Final drawing
30"x30" (roughly), charcoal, Nov. 01, 2008

2nd Year Anatomy-Fall semester

Now I can move on to my present works.
My Anatomy class~~~
During the class, students practice figure drawing and learn the structures of human bones and muscles. Every class we have a model, and the instructor will put a skeleton posed the same as the model. We learned the bones first, then move on to muscles, and we will still be learning muscles during the next semester.
For homework each week, we draw the parts we will be learning from the suggested text book---"Artistic Anatomy" by Dr. Paul Richer. It's a really useful book, I like it.

The following are the homeworks in this semester. All the drawings are on 18"x24" papers.
(Please bare with the dark and weird lighting in my dorm...=_=

Friday, January 9, 2009

The Cat Circus

Another 1st year work~
After the black and white drawing assignment,
we got a color one also for 20"x30".

As I struggled with idea for the color drawing,
I made these 2 characters in my animation class:

Sorry if it doesn't look clear.
It is a little clown holding a long~long~cat.

It was an sound effect exercise.
Students matched their animation with the sound effect they were assigned.
That was the sound I got (owo)
And that was where I got the idea for my color drawing from XD

Final drawing: 20"x30", Acrylic

The last one was just a random picture I did in Photoshop for fun~

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Illustration- The Fish Night Market

This was the assignment we got during the 1st year Drawing class when we started to learn composition. Students were asked to do a 20”x30” black and white illustration with any medium.

Since it was a black and white piece, I wanted to make it a powerful picture with strong contrast of light and shadow. Before I knew what I was going to draw, I decided I want my character to stand against the light. Then I found out a night market would be an ideal scene for the atmosphere I wanted to create.
Therefore, I created a floating fish night market.
All the booths in the market floated on sea, and people shopped on boats.
And my 3 characters in the drawing were:
A boy and 2 kappas (Japanese water spirits)
The illustration would be one of the events from their adventure in the market.

I came out with 3 sketches in the upper left picture
and decided to do the top one.

The final drawing was done with watercolor and charcoal

After coming out this scene and the characters, I had fun developing the idea even though the drawing assignment was over.
I really like the fish vending machine idea actually haha

Hope I can make it another illustration piece one day~

There is one thing I have to point out
Some people might find out my boy character looks almost the same as Kuro in Tekkon_Kinkreet
Yes, you are right. (I admit my guilt …orz)
I love that character tooo much!!! and Shiro tooXD
But I tried to make change on my character design during the process (but still looks like him…orz…
My inspiration can be found in one scene in which Kuro wares a pair of pants with the fish character (魚) on it.

Anyway, Tekkon-Kinkreet is definitely one of my favorite animated films.
I admire STUDIO4℃ & Taiyo Matsumoto!!!

In the end, I actually made a story out of that illustration.
At the end of the 2nd semester, I realized it could be my animation final.
And use the black and white drawing as the opening of the short XDD

I borrowed the music from Hayao Miyazaki's Spirited Away and edited it a little bit. I had been thinking about doing something with that soundtrack since the first time I heard it. Spirited Away is also one of my favorite animated films.

Miyazaki is one of the two important figures that inspires me into making animation (the other one being Walt Disney ^^)
And Joe Hisaishi is the famous composer who does the film scores for Miyazaki's animations.
I'm a big fan of Joe Hisaishi.
His music always touch my heart.
I often use his music for my animation excersices.
In fact, the music for the bird elevator animation short from the previous post is also done by him.
It was "A Waltz of Sleigh" from a Korean film named
Welcome to Dongmakgol Village.


Friend: So the 1st semester you freed bird (see the last post),
_____the 2nd semester you freed fish.
_____What animal are you going to free next? XD
Wolfy: Um…(just realized the similarity of that 2 stories…)