Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Summer Days

So since summer started I've been extremely busy.  Luckily, I was able to fit in a few fun stuff.  My boyfriend had his commencement at UCI and my sister also graduated high school.  I went to Universal Studios with my boyfriend and his family for his birthday, which was really fun.  I really like the new tram ride and the King Kong experience.  I also celebrated my high school friend's 23rd birthday.  We made jello shots in fruit cups! It was really cool.  We poured the jello into carved out oranges, so that when it sets, we can cut it into slices and eat the jello that way.  Yum. Then for fourth of July, I attended a BBQ, went to Wild Rivers, and watched fireworks from the Huntington Beach pier!  But beside those things, I've been pretty busy working.

I was able to get the art internship at Neopets, so that's been taking up a lot of my time. I can't go into the details or show what I've done, but so far I've been designing and executing different items that the pets can wear.  The art team is very fun and nice.  I had some little issues when I first started with the paperwork, but it's resolved now so it's all good. :D

I've also been taking those classes at Concept Design Academy.  That pretty much takes up all my time.  So usually my day would be as follows: go to work at Neopets, then to classes at CDA, come home and do homework until way hours of the night, pass out, and  then wake up and start all over again.  I'm learning SOOOOO much though.  There's so much knowledge that the different teachers have and such great tips on making things easier.  I'll post what I've done in the first five weeks below! I only have the homework to show.  I haven't recorded anything I've done in class yet.

So first up is my Figure Invention for Animators class with Rad Sechrist.  The first week we focused on  breaking down the construction of the head, so for homework we had to do studies.

Then we moved onto the torso.

And then we started on our personal projects.  I'm doing character designs based off of a Vietnamese fairy tale.  So far I've only gotten the ideation sketches done but you can check them out anyway.

Then onto the next class, Analytical Figure Drawing. Kevin Chen knows SOOO much, it's incredible. If you have the time or money to take this class, TAKE IT! It's definitely worth it. I just wish I can execute all the great things he taught. I've been also attending Laguna's Saturday workshop every week to get my homework done for this class. So been busy doing that as well. So here's my homework.

My last class is Environment Design with James Paick. My Environment Design teacher from LCAD, Jason Schieir, is sitting in the classes so I get to see him there. :) I feel as if I'm struggling a little still, but I'm learning a lot. So far these are just thumbnails.

For our first design assignment, we have to design a Magic the Gathering card! From the description it sounded like a swamp card to me. This was challenging because I usually like pretty stuff, so the decay was something new. Still really enjoy working on it!

So sorry for the long absence, but at least you get a HUGE update.  I'll try to find more time to update more when I can.


  1. i quite enjoyed this post, alex! looks like you're accomplishing a lot in so little time :o) (tu)

  2. Thanks so much for the support Tu <3

  3. These are awesome, I especially like the environment ones!

  4. Thanks! I can't wait to see everyone's final projects for Rad's class. :)