Tuesday, December 20, 2011

So finally...

It's done! I may fix it or something but... I think it's alright for now.

The story of a cockroach running away from a fly swatter.

So many things have happened during the making of this that I don't really want to say anything about it =_=. No actually, I will. Somewhat. Like sleepless nights. And kicking myself many many times. And raging. And many more raging. Mainly the compositing part because After Effects hate me.

And, I'd like to talk about stress levels. You know how when people get stressed you'd eat more? Stuff yourself with ice cream? Then there's that level BEYOND that. The level where you're so stressed you don't even WANT to eat. Yeah.

The part I liked the most? The layout and the dust animation. The rest? Eh....

Anyways, here's the layout. I really wish I can paint details but... for some reason I can't let go of that large brush. And, it looks rather desaturated on my laptop, but it's supposed to be nice and brightly colored.

Who doesn't like rainbows?

Monday, December 5, 2011

Thought I'd...

Update something else about the group film, hehe :D These are monster poses and concepts.

I remember that night I had an ultra rage-fest. I was so angry I couldn't do anything but draw the monster raging. Seriously though, I was sincerely furious.

How silly of me...

To forget putting up my Italy trip drawings, haha. Consider it a drastically late update. My sketchbooks are still hanging around with my teacher, so I can't scan anything from there :(

I love Italy. I love how artsy it is. It's like a magical fantasy land. I love the Tuscany country side (Vinci, San Gimignano, Pienza), I really, really, love Florence. I love Bologna. Strangely enough, I don't like Rome. Too similar to North America and too many thieves in the subway, I guess. Or maybe I just forgot to bring my camera.

I remember how we first saw a shady gelato store just right where we live that we never went until the last quarter of the trip, and it turned out to be the most amazingly cheap and delicious gelato store. I remember how I'd be so happy in Florenece I was literally flailing my arms around and skipping down the streets in the middle of the night (and no, I was not drunk). I remember how I wanted to explore every part of Tuscany whenever the weekend comes (and took the train whenever we could). I remember how my and my roommates would try out a new Italian dish whenever we got inspired by the food we ate at the restaurants.

Also, I remember how much money I spent during my trip (and almost went over budget)

Florence, there was an opera beside the tower, that's why it has all this cool red lighting. I remember squatting on the pavement with a bunch of other people around. Acrylics on Bristol.

Vinci, watercolor on Bristol. Most memorable moment: A pigeon poop landed squarely on my copics, which was luckily inside a plastic case.

Ah, Venice. I wasn't too fond of this place. Ultra classy rich people with too many Asian tourists from cruises trying to look high class O_e The smell of the sea is nice though. I was talking out loud to the sea and people thought I was crazy. I admit it.

There was also this master glass artist who makes beautiful dainty glass birds and insects (His name is Vittorio Costantini, by the way, look him up!). He doesn't speak much English, and he has this odd secret look at him. The kind that looks like he knows that he's really good at what he does and he was unfazed by our showers of compliments.

Heck, his works are so insanely expensive. I still bought it though, and left me basically broke, hahaha. But I thought if I wanted to buy Murano glass, why not get the most memorable, impressive ones than those that you would find in souvenir shops?

Anyways, in the end, I was so obsessed with Italian cuisine, on the last few days I stuffed a bunch of Italian ingredients in my luggage. I flew back to Toronto and cooked a full 4-course Italian meal for my parents, and served them some Chianti wine.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Trying out different styles

For our upcoming group film :D

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Just a Reminder....

EDIT: Because someone can do math better than me. Thanks Aric!

Because animators can't do math, and I've gone through the trouble twice reworking the equation.... Because I'm very forgetful.

You know how BPM (beats per minute) is related with FPB (frames per beat)?

You know how some people don't bother and just use a darn chart for this? But you don't know how to calculate some specific beats and it's not on the chart?

And our teacher just gave us a ridiculously large equation if we wanted to give it a go?

Here's the actual equation:

FPS = FPB x BPM / 60

(frame/second) = (frame/beat) x (beat/minute) / (60 second/minute)

I'm not putting an example. Since it's changed But still.

My old equation was 1440 = FPB x BPM because that was tailored to my 24 FPS animations.

I have a feeling some animator out there isn't understanding this.

Monday, October 31, 2011


For this year's 24 hour film our characters went clubbing to the song "Cartoon Heroes" by Aqua. We split the song into sections and proceeded to animate our bits. It's really fun even though it was ridiculously challenging for me. Because I was the only one out of my mind trying to animate a so-called hip hop dancer. That in the end never danced hip hop.

I really want to clean this up and fix the bunch of mistakes you would expect from a 24 hour animation. I'll totally show you the finished product once everyone's pieces get together.

My section:

I spent pretty much 4-5 hours watching videos of dancers. Partially because it was addictive watching them glide to the rhythm and partially because I was very confused by their steps and body movement.

I'm still confused.

Monday, October 24, 2011

New banner!

YES! I finally did it! :D

The story behind this... Well, I guess this one is officially the first completed drawing I did that's about my dreams. I had a dream that nasty bugs and gross slugs with too many hairs were attacking me, so I countered the attacks with clockwork toys. Including a large toucan.

Well of course this doesn't look like the story that I'm telling. It's just an inspiration. XD

Friday, October 14, 2011

Oh my desk, my desk

When just my mom thinks my desk can't get messier, there's no better way than amplifying that messy desk 10 times in your imagination. And draw it out.

I got some help for this one! Ahaha.

This is the real me-coloring. *headdesks*

Color keys, yay!


Friday, September 9, 2011

24 hour film!

Yeah it was good. It was good.

Thank you for all my lovely and wonderful friends for this fantastic moment of my life. It was a highlight of fun and madness and screaming and crying and sticky fingers and.. oh I mean, nothing, nothing, hahaha...

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Friday, March 25, 2011

Friday, March 18, 2011

Muzzle Synch

Sound on! (please)

Yay first animation I've posted! Yay yay yay. I sort of feel accomplished for once with this one but it's still rather icky. Good thing I'm now more comfortable with huge snaps and dramatic pops on accents (instead of blatantly smearing everything I go).

... Okay, maybe a bit too much. I still need to animate better!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Pan BG

Very crudely done.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

New Leica

Yet another song is permanently stuck in my head. I still run up and down the studio aisles singing the song, which much to my fellow friends' dismay I have mostly memorized.

Anyways, this is the segment (sequence, that's the proper term) that I did for my part in storyboard. The song is "When The Dairy Farm Caught Fire" by Marc Gunn. I have to say I do love his Celtic Songs XD

Tuesday, February 8, 2011


It's been too long since I post anything up. So there, a sewing machine that robbed half of my brain cells. And took too many polygons. There must have been hundreds.