Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

She's up to no good.

For digital painting, we had to design a character conveying an emotion and express it through their hand gesture and facial expression. To be honest, I wish I had used my time better as I would've liked to properly colour her.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Conte Portrait

We had to draw a 30 minute portrait of the model in Life Drawing class yesterday. That time passed by so quickly that I was surprised and disappointed at how much I managed to put on paper.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Gretal, so far

So! For the past 4 weeks, I have been working on this girl for my character design project. She is the product of two other character I had fused together. One was a girl with a story but no face and the other was a gas mask and a dress with no story. It's been a smooth process so far and I'm content with how much she's grown. Funny enough, I just redesigned her dress. I'll post that up soon.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Bloody Reefroots -Pirate Crew 77-

Drawn at 3am in a fit of delirious insomnia, this was inspired by a twitter post from a man that I deeply respect. I was thrown off-kilter by the random and drew this, creepily giggling to myself throughout the whole process.

Then I sent it to him and went to bed.
Couple weeks later, I decide to post this here on my blog because, why not?

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

The Room

LinkDrawn by Omar Dogan
Shaded by My Nguyen

Spent about 8 hours on this number. 2 hours planning/mapping and 6 painting on Photoshop. Although there are mistakes, I'm happy with it.

More Life Drawingering

Lately, I've been really timid with my life drawing. So for today's class, I decided to study the torsos.

Friday, September 16, 2011

T-Shirt Design

Here it is. This was actually inspired by a sketch I had done a while ago of two kids flying on a pencil. Which in turn was inspired by the sheer energy of a movie called Tekkonkinkreet. If my design were to win, I'd love to see the smoke travel up the shoulder. I love playing around with the space a t-shirt gives.

One of the biggest challenges I has with this was the 3 colour limit which includes black and white.

Wish me luck! Fingers crossed.

Monday, September 12, 2011

New Header

Decided to pretty up my blog with this number. The picture was drawn on the bus. Pretty much wanted to draw myself in a cool way. Think this it too cool to be me now though.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

First Week of Life Drawing (Day 2)

I was supposed to add my first drawings of the semester yesterday but then I forgot.

But yeah! I admit that I haven't got to life drawing for four months. I've decided to document the painful journey of getting back up to speed.

From Yesterday

From Today

Back home.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Bus Drawings 2

These were all sketched, inked and coloured while I was out and about. Either in buses or while I was waiting for one. I know I sketched the first one during the Sketch Jam in April.

Music to work by

Music is a really important part of my life. It has always been my first love with drawing as a very close second. Some of you may ask, "If you love music so much, why not a career in it?" Well, the very simple reason is that I can't make music. So there!

Anyways, listening to music fuels my drawings. It's like drinking and smoking. Bad analogy, I know, but it works. Here are some songs that I listen to when drawing.

Apparat - Limelight

The Bloody Beetroots - Domino

Keiichi Okabe - Song of the Ancients ~Devola~

The Glitch Mob - A Dream Within a Dream

My playlist constantly shifts so I'll probably write another music post whenever I feel the need.

Also! When I'm feeling rather indecisive, I tend to tune into for Rinseout Radio and the Liquid DnB stuff they have.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Semester 2 Life Drawing Part 1

I suppose I should do a pre-kick off the semester with a bunch of life drawing I had previously done. I considered myself to be a competent life drawer but after a 4 month break, I know that I'll be aiming to return to my former glory.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

OMG it's Overdue!

It's been a while! As I count down the weeks to the next semester, I've noticed that I've been really out of practice. So, I decided to brush the dust off my markers and play around for a bit.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Flowers in London

These were drawn when I was in London, Ontario for the day. I went there to see a show and ended up arriving 7 hours early. So, I decided to walk around and sketch the many flowers they had in the area.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Bus Drawings - First Contact

First Contact by My Nguyen

Lately because of work and school, I've barely had enough time to just sit at a table and draw. So! I've been drawing a lot on buses nowadays. This is one example of my bus drawings. I basically tote around water brushes filled with inks and watercolours so that I can avoid using pots and ruining my traditional brushes.

Oh yes. And this person? Skrillex. Listen to his music. It's very fun.
This was inspired by one of his tweets saying he wants to chill with aliens and have a space rave.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Demo Reel

So! This is basically what I did in first year animation at Seneca. Yes yes, I know. This was waaaaay overdue.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Animate Your World

So after how many months of radio silence, here's a little thing I've done! Every year, the Seneca Animation program puts together an artbook to showcase the students' work. Also, there's a little contest to see who can get onto the cover. The lineart is done by David Quilao while I did the colouring. Part of me is happy with the result while the other is a little iffy. Felt a little rusty when I was colouring this thing.

When I first saw the lineart, I planned to shade it with simplistic cel cuts. As you can see, I sort of slid back into my usual feathery shading style. Admittedly, I had lots of fun playing with the reflected light off of the kitchen floors and the rim lighting.

Oh! The deadline for the cover contest has been extended so I might submit my original idea. The idea has two kids riding a flying pencil that's drawing their world. I really want to bring it to life since my original sketch emulates the quirky yet simplistic style of Tekkonkinkreet and Gorillaz.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Quick Fix

I admit it. The historical pan was a rough job. For both layout class and digital painting.
Painted this monster in one night or about 10 hours. Nothing spectacular but hopefully alright with the time allotted. I'm not even going to upload line art because it was just so terrible.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Rant, Links and Concept Art of Tron: Legacy

I'm just here taking a break from my digital painting assignment and writing down why I've been in such a Tron craze for the past while. A random rant if you will.

The two reasons of my Tron fever? The fans and what it has inspired.

It's obvious that the story falls flat and is ridden with plot holes. Not a big contender there but somehow, it's gathered a very dedicated and intelligent fan base. They've picked up the mess that the writers left and added more. I admit that I read fan-made stories based off the movie before watching it and I think that's why I enjoyed it a lot more than expected. They drew my attention to the viral campaigns like Flynn Lives and wrote heaps studies diving into characters personalities. From there, I watched Tron: Legacy with waves of back stories, speculations and connections to plot points that the film failed to address.
Some fans have even written "sequels" that are so thrilling, emotional and clever that they blow the original material out of the water.
A great example would be Nan00k's Outer Limits (If anyone's up for a little read) which took Sam's comment on wifi in the film and just ran with it. Miles and miles with it. And it's not even done yet.
tl:dr? Fans do more homework than the film's writers. 'Nuff said.

It also inspired so many people ranging from artists, architects, engineers, designers and etc, etc.
The fan-made art for Tron is great. People have "Tron-ified" existing characters, original characters, themselves, and just plain awesome fanart.
Also, it's inspired an interactive skateboard ramp, a board game, fashion, costumes, a hotel room, skatecycle, Nerf gun mods and more.

Well, its visual style is minimalism with a side order of glowing lines but I believe it's become an icon by publicizing the marriage of technology and art. Also, it's sleek, modern and shiny. Who doesn't like sleek, modern and shiny?

Other random shiny things:
Vera Wang's Deep Blue
Projection Mapping with Shoes

Also, the concept art of Tron:
Layout Concept by David Levy and Thierry Doizon
Character Concept by Steve Jung
Storyboards by Jerry Bingham

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Game Grid Baseball

Well this is a first.
Anyways, here's an animation that I had a lot of fun with. The assignment originally wanted to have a pitch and bat but I decided to go a little further with it and feed my current obsession with Tron: Legacy. Doing all the flips and smearing the lights was so time consuming but I enjoyed it all.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Extra Life - Reading Week Edition

I didn't go to extra life as much as I wanted during our reading week but I really like what came out when I did.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Skulls Galore

A week ago, I went on a little school trip to University of Guelph's Gross Anatomy. At that wondrous and magical place, there lies rooms full of bones and cadavers.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Derp Nation

This little number was a sketch that went a little overboard. It's mostly a piece I drew when I was venting.

Back story of this drawing would be that I decided to take a page from my younger self and draw whatever you felt to feel better. Whenever I remember the things I used to think, it frightens me of what I might have done. I'm not exaggerating when I say that art had saved my life. I still have some of the sketches from when I was sorting out issues and whenever I flip through them, I just want to give her a hug.

Anyways, I know that people don't give a damn about feelings when there are deadlines so I tried to cure this funk with some old medicine.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Elemental Magic

At 9:30am today, I was trudging in the cold to the NFB building for a Special FX Animation Workshop by Joseph Gilland. Admittedly, I had decided to go to the "workshop" on a whim since it was only $15 and the guest is an ex-Disney animator. Although I had expected it to be more of a "How-to" workshop in a room with chairs arranged in a circle instead of a lecture in a theatre room, it ended up being very entertaining and informative.

We started off with drawing our preconceptions of fire, water and explosions. The three drawings in the middle are what I started with. The doodles around them were hastily copied during the first half of the lecture.
The next picture was drawn when Gilland demoed his thought process. Gesture, then detail. Hmm, that sounds familiar...
Of course, I wasn't really happy with the pictures above, but I think something clicked when he decided to show some animations by his past students. Especially after he showed Onni Pohl's Frequency Morphogenesis. I drew the top picture after seeing the video and if you scrutinize, you may notice that my image was inspired by the "Water Woman" in Onni Pohl's video.
After that, I began sketching multiple splashes and fires that I liked.

In the end, I was quite happy with the lecture and what I learned. I'll be sure to put it to good use!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

He's not amused

That this isn't a caricature. This was supposed to be one but I'm not that strong at caricaturing and I was getting frustrated so I ended up saying, "Fuck it" and decided on making a pretty picture. Honestly, I'm surprised at the outcome. I managed to bust this out in about 4 - 5 hours with it looking pretty decent. But oh man it's so obvious that I can't paint hair.

Oh and guess who it is! Gordon Ramsay.