Pose Experimentation and Spock!

May 12, 2009 at 6:21 pm | Posted in doodles | 1 Comment
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Recent pages from my sketchbook.

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A possible character for a promotional t-shirt. I wanted to play with a superhero concept while adhering to the heart motif of “Kokoro Graphix.” Obviously unfinished!

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Frames from Disney’s Hunchback of Notre Dame. I sat down and paused the “Out There” segment to practice expressions.

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References from Character Design.

By the way, saw Star Trek over the weekend, TWICE. 🙂 Loved it! Especially Spock! He was so cute.

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I also got Illustrator over the weekend. 😉 Live long and prosper!

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Thrive America: The Graphic Journey

February 10, 2009 at 8:37 pm | Posted in process, projects, Uncategorized | 5 Comments
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I’m thrilled to announce that one of my clients has released installments of his interview series, Thrive America. Brent was such a pleasure to work for and I learned so much from him just in the past two months. I wanted to exhibit the development of the Thrive America logo from the very first sketches to its debut on the Thrive America homepage.

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I drew these during the shooting of the Chris Heuser interview. Before then, I admit I had a difficult time coming up with ideas. To be immersed in the Thrive America process injected me with a geyser of ideas! I loved it.

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Brent and his team reached a consensus and shrunk the sketches down to three contestants, mixing and matching their favorite elements.

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One thing I learned while making this logo is that fonts are damn hard to match up! I made the mistake of committing to the font I had used in my sketches so I ended up frustrating myself in the end. I decided that this font was the closest I could find and that I would have to just revise my design around it.

Still, There are something lacking in this copy. it mirrored the sketch decently but the elements seemed too detached …

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It was during this project that I also learned the value of a mentor. I met Michael Harper (Head Writer of Blank Stage but he has such an extensive resume that I don’t think any one title can contain him) and though our relationship has been short, he has given me incredible advice on freelancing. He suggested the fade in graph and I must say, it vastly improved the design.

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Big jump. The faded intersection of the rays and the graph created a novel resemblance of the US flag. Michael and I both felt that “America” was too light in the former revisions so here, I tried to add more weight. But…

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… we ultimately decided on this one. It’s simple and classic enough to capture “America” and a good contrast to the “Thrive” font.

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You can see the logo here on the Thrive America homepage. I strongly suggest both budding and seasoned entrepreneurs to check out these interviews and pick up a few tips on growing your business!

Blank Stage Productions and Green Syence

January 5, 2009 at 6:23 pm | Posted in process, projects | 2 Comments
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All the holidays are done and over with and now we must all return to work.

So what have I been working on?

I’ve just finished a flyer for Blank Stage Productions:

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School starts on Thursday for me so this week, I’ll be rushing to finish other parts of the site, including a page listing my services and a page for my clients with helpful links.

I am particularly excited about school coming up; I’ll be finally working towards my new major! The only thing is that I have the dreaded …

Macroeconomics.

I’m feeling pretty optimistic about this semester, though. With my schedule, I’ll have plenty of time to study, work on my graphic work, and maintain a social life.

I want you guys to check out a banner I’ve been doing for Green Syence in collaboration with Rob Chen:

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I’m not done with it yet but here’s the mock-up thus far.

Rob is such a pleasure to work with. I’ve been taking a lot of advice from him and it’s already paying off so well! I highly advise my clients to check out his blog.

Business Card: Early Concepts & Final Copy

January 2, 2009 at 8:26 pm | Posted in process, projects | Leave a comment
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I am a little bummed out.

I wanted to register HavanaGraphics or Havana Designs or something similar but they’re already taken. It’s really gotten me down but I’m trying to do my best with what I have. Can’t let anything in the way, can we?

I seem to do my best work when I’m drawing or designing for someone but when it comes to working for myself, it becomes so frustrating. It plagues every artist, writer, designer, performer, musician: it’s just never good enough. I suppose I’m being much too hard on myself, but I really want to finish a business card design for myself so I can get them printed!

Here are a few designs I whipped up the past few weeks.

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But I’ve finally decided on a design and I just ordered them from Club Flyers an hour ago! 🙂

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The texture came from some scrapbook paper I bought from Michaels and the brushes are from Smashing Magazine. I am quite pleased with it and can’t wait ’til they come in! 🙂

Man, I’ve been watching nothing on Youtube except Disney musical numbers the past two days. Gotta love em.

Doodles from the Weekend: Graffiti Experimentation

December 9, 2008 at 3:59 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments
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I study tip I wish I was aware of before the end of the semester:

Making flashcards -before- you read the chapter.

I don’t know why, but it’s a lot more helpful. Guess I have an attack plan for next semester.

It’s been so nice to just stay in and draw and do crafts. I wanted to share some of my recent doodles from the weekend:

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I love the graffiti look. Whenever I get the chance to browse through graffiti galleries, I am just stunned. There is so much creativity in reinventing the shapes of letters and playing with colors and using bold, dynamic lines to convey statements or imagery. I’m in love with the style but I’ve never been able to dabble in it; the range of styles was just too overwhelming.

I came across this incredibly simple lettering tutorial one day and just ran with it. I’ve been trying out new ways to write my name and initials ever since. 🙂

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I liked the little singer in the lower right so much that I drew her again:

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I drew a little chibi version of myself~! In the upper right corner is a little character I created some time ago, Heart-chan, and the rest are random little doodles.

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I usually draw a lot of anime but I’ve been trying out a new, more cartoony and caricature-esque style lately. It’s nice to step out of my usual zone and test out a new style. I like that I have a wider range of shapes to play with. I named this one “bikini contest.” I was experimenting with different body shapes.

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More doodles I did while watching Will & Grace. By the way, the little figure towards the lower left is the beginnings of a squid before I decided I didn’t want to draw the tentacles, nothing else. LOL Don’t ask me why I randomly drew a US Government logo …

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More chibi-me. 🙂 And there I am wielding my color medium of choice: the Prismamarker!

That’s all I have for today. 🙂 I love all this free time, though. I’m going to have to make sure it’s being put to good use!

By the way, I found a really useful web tool today: Remindr. So glad someone came up with this! ❤

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