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!

Happy for Growth!

December 16, 2008 at 4:56 pm | Posted in doodles, social | 2 Comments
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I am so pleased with how many people are coming to this blog. 🙂 It’s a modest number but it’s growing! And I’ve already gotten a couple project offers from this blog! Thanks to those who are passing the link on!

I decided to spice up my doodles with some color in Photoshop this time. Tell me if I should do this for future doodles or if I should keep them black and white.

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I started this page sketching a guy in this new style and ended up drawing a couple. I would love to do a couple commission this way.

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My good friend Jared and I were at the local Starbucks, chatting and drawing. For artists who are extremely busy and needing to stop being a hermit, do a doodle jam with a friend. It’s great to be able to just draw without obligation and it’s good creative aerobics. 😉

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Again, from our coffeehouse drawing jam. I even drew a barista! Off to the right, I was trying to do Jared’s name in cool graffiti lettering.

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Vanity Girl, Emo Whale, and Freedom Bird. LOL. This will not be the last of Emo Whale! Look how sad he is. 😦

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These are my characters, Heart-chan and Liz. Liz doesn’t look too happy …

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Incredibly random doodles from a night of sitting my my brother’s room and watching anime clips. And why yes …

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… those most certainly are Madison, Jefferson, and Hamilton! I started drawing Lincoln but didn’t like how he turned out. I will have to try again in the future!

I wish I could show you some of the crafts I’ve been working on lately but alas, they are all Christmas gifts. 😦 I’ll have a showcase blog afterwards, I guess!

Statuses on Current Projects and More Doodles!

December 12, 2008 at 1:37 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 5 Comments
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I am really pleased with my sudden explosion of projects. 🙂 It’ll give me something to do the next few weeks. My status on current projects at the moment:

1. Poster design for Elite Body Fitness: Some preliminary sketches, gathered a few stock photos to play with, now deciding on color scheme
2. Poster design for Blank Stage Productions: Waiting for images
3. Flyer design for Diva Extensions: Started preliminary sketches
4. Banner artwork for a health & beauty blog: N/A
5. Otter’s commission: Sketch is 90% done, will start inking soon
6. Silverkun’s commission: N/A
7. Maddy’s commission: Sketch is done, needs to be inked
8. India’s badge: N/A
9. Mom’s book cover: Needs a bit revamping

On to some more doodles from the sketchbook …

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LOL I like my Crazy Love Guy. Just silly doodles I did in class.

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Weird hairstyle sketches.

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Lacy is a Maxim model, perhaps? I drew a lot of influence from Chris Sanders here.

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Haven’t come up with a name for her yet but she’s a devil-may-care, crazy schizophrenic crook. I came up with her trying to create a character the complete opposite of myself.

My blog and I were mentioned on my friend Rob’s blog! 🙂 His blog documents his journey and lessons learned as an entrepreneur; go check it out! You may get something from it. I definitely do.

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