Monday, December 16, 2013

Visual Communications 3 - Final

My two final renderings for my Visual Communications class. We had to show our understanding of rendering the materials that we covered during the term.

Visual Communications 3 - Fall 2013

For my Visual Communications 3 class we were taught how to render various materials in photoshop and each week we had to render that material as photorealistically as possible. This was one of the hardest classes I took this term because I’ve always been so used to painting in 2D flat colors, but I see a lot of improvement in my work since taking this class and I definitely have a better understanding of the 3D form.
Here are some of my favorite renderings that I did for this class


Rusted Metal



Organic Materials


Painted Metal

Advanced Perspective - Fall 2013

Here are 3 main assignments I completed for my Advanced Perspective class during my 3rd term at Art Center. During the course of the class we had to have a common theme for all of our environments, and mine was The Haunted Mansion.
For the first image we had to create the interior of a train. I drew a lounge area of the train with Madame Leota at the bar as both bar tender and fortune teller for the passengers on the train.
For the second image we had to create an interior so I transformed the stretching portrait room in Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion, into a sitting room/seance room.
For the third image we had to create an exterior environment so I brought us into the graveyard of the Haunted Mansion.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Little Red Riding Hood

Here is my main portfolio project that I did over my summer break, redesigning Little Red Riding Hood.
I placed the story within the culture of the Hopi Indian tribe and their villages in the Arizona desert. My design inspiration came from the tribe’s art, in particular their Kachina dolls which are the spirits that rule over various aspects of the tribe’s life. This can be seen particularly in the designs for the Wolf and Huntsman.
I had a lot of fun with this project especially in the research phase, learning about the Hopi Indians and their culture.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Re-Imagined Modern Day Monsters

One of my side projects these past few months has been to revamp some of my Modern Day Monsters from last summer. It was fun to re-look at them after a year and see what new things I could do to them!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Some Characters

Character Traits:
Body: Tall/Medium
Clothes: Street Clothes
Face: Demonic
Weapon: Thin sword

Character Traits: 
Body: Tall/medium
Clothes: Crystal Armor
Face: Cat-like
Accessory: Tattoo

Character Traits:
Body: Short/Built
Clothes: Hakama
Head: Dog-like
Weapon: Broadsword 

Character Traits: 
Body: Medium/Built
Clothes: Royal 
Head: Human Female/old
Accessory: Crown
This old queen has a habit of pinching the butts of all the cute male courtiers in her palace, and tends to walk around barefoot because shoes are just too uncomfortable.

Found a cool character generator site that gives you character attributes to use in character designs. Check it out! (

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Character Design Alphabet

One of my summer projects was this character design exercise I created. Each day I went through the alphabet and picked a boy and girl's name beginning with that day's letter and designed two characters based on those names. It was really fun and I definitely learned a lot!

A is for Ace and Alberta 

B is for Birdie and Bruno

C is for Cliff and Cecile

D is for Demetrius and Dolce (from the Gabbana family)

E is for Ezra and Edwina

F is for Felix and Flavia

G is for Gia and Giuseppe

H is for Hugo and Harmony

I is for Ike and Imelda

J is for Jules and Jetta

K is for Kirby and Kazzi

L is for Lezaro and Lottie

M is for Milton and Margorie (I was in a super hero mood so I drew some elderly super heroes. Despite growing older, they still haven’t lost their powers. Milton has the power over nature and earth, and Margorie can shoot lasers out of her eyes and hands)

N is for Nicky and Naomi

O is for Otto, his son Otis, and Olivia

P is for Pubert (1970s boy genius) and Penelope

Q is for Quincy (the eccentric pirate AKA the Mad Hatter of the Seas) and Queenie (who lives up to her name)

R is for Robin and Ruby

S is for Sylvester (Jazz player extraordinaire) and Shizuko (Japanese Pop Idol)

T is for Tristan and Tabatha

U is for Uri and Uma

V is for Vincenzo and Veronica

W is for Wiley and Wilhelmina 

X is for Xavier (Edwardian vampire playboy) and Xenia (Arabian sword fighter)

Y is for Yoshie (major gamer and possibly Nintendo’s biggest fanboy) and Yvette (a lounge singer who ends up getting ridiculously drunk by the end of her performances. Her final songs always end up being performed with her sprawled on the piano)

 Z is for Zander (a Scottish warrior whose flowing locks are the envy of every woman in his village) and Zora (a voodoo witch doctor).