Friday, May 09, 2014

Biking

Now I bike to work everyday. I haven't bike since I was 7-8 years old, so basically I know nothing about bicycle maintenance. 
I always think I am just a slow biker... I get exhausted from even just a small uphill slope. 
   
Until one day I went to tune up my bike! With the tires pump up and everything, I feel like I can fly (with the wind)! Well, it just I can bike a bit easier and smoother in general. 
Yay, always learning something new everyday. (at least not being too dumb)
 


By the way, these two gif are done in TVPaint, another software which I am slowly learning along side with my first macbook.  TVP is very different from FLASH, photoshop or Maya. I do have some animation test ideas that I want to do. I figure it would be better if I begin with something very simple, get familiar with the software and interface before jumping into the deep ocean. 
I am slowly going my way (at least I am moving forward!! hopefully)  

Though I can't promise when to post it though, as a crazy crunch storm is just around the corner!!

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Monday, December 23, 2013

Happy Holidays 2013

Toronto is getting a crazy ice storm this year!! (Elsa hits Canada!!)
I guess in a way I am lucky to be out of it.

Though it also means I'm not able to spend winter holidays with my family and old friends this year, I am glad to have these "girls" with me. 

Work is definitely challenging in this new place, but it made me realized how much I love animation.

I wish everyone in Toronto a fantastic and SAFE Christmas!
So is everyone else, no matter where you are, hope you all a wonderful holiday season!

Friday, December 20, 2013

I have been disappeared from the blog for quite some time. I recently just moved to California to Walt Disney Animation Studio for their talent development training as an animator.
It was like a dream, it took me a looking time to believe it. I don't know how I got in, but I am glad that all the work. I put in in all these years finally start to pay off just a bit. The work in the studio are tough and painful, but seeing the final result really give me a lot of satisfaction (which usually only last for one month, then they look like sh*t again.). I really love animation.
 

I am also glad that I finally have free time again after work, which I can draw my own things again. It also took me as while to get as tablet/laptop to put anything online. And I have to say, "I am sorry..." I HATE Windows8!!! I am still searching for a laptop but I am leaning towards a mac now... It is definitely waaaay more expensive, I will see if I really need laptop after all... Though I would love to do some digital hand drawn animation...

My new year goal next year will be doing more personal work, but probably not during the crunch time of the production.

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This is for my new roommate's black cat - Spatz, who I just met two months ago, but unfortunately passed away due to heart problem. I don't have much experience living with a cat before, I still haven't "develop" my patience to play with her yet. I really enjoyed the short time with her on weekends.
RIP Spatz.


Thursday, July 18, 2013

Busy July: need to learn how to hold the brake

This is how my days are like in the month of July.




(or every month?)


I read a lot of high ranking people saying that they regret on worked too hard and missed their time with their beloved family. I know I'm pretty much doing the same thing. My brain says there is a chance that I would be regretting the same thing in the future; but my heart says I should not slow down from running towards my dream. 
I guess it becomes something like a drug?  (workaholic?)


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I was planning to post this early this week, before I heard the news of my grandmother passed away.

She hasn't been well for quite some time. 
Last month I went back to Hong Kong to visit her, I already knew it would be my last time seeing her.  Though I did spend some time sitting with her chatting for a bit, I knew it was not long enough as her granddaughter to express my love. 
Yes, I do regret on how I should have talk with her more often.  At my cousin's wedding, the day that she has long awaited for, I didn't even go up to take photos of just me and her.  (We did take group photos.)  Most of the time, I was busy drawing my cousin at my seat (we sat at different tables).  The afternoon before I left, we went for dim sum one last time.  Instead of chatting with her, again, I had my head down on my sketchbook finishing up three drawings for my friends...

Though I did hold her hands gently and said goodbye to her when I left to the airport.

I knew I should have spend more time with my family, however, I often use "working towards my dream" as an excuse.  Despite all these sacrifices, I still have not get my first step in the door (of my dream) yet. 
I used to be proud to be a workaholic, but now I started to think are all these work worth it?
In a lot of movies, the main character leaves home to go for his/her dream, then later finds out his/her true dream/happiness is back home (family or loved ones). 
So what was the point of going out in the first place? 
Is the end result, or the journey of realization that is more important?

I realized this situation, yet it is going to take a while for my brain/body to step out of this "workaholic mode".  (I've even said this for over a year now)





I still have a lot of work to do...

Friday, June 14, 2013

toons on tap session 29: Wizard of Oz

After reading an article with Glen Keane talking that we should respect every drawings you did. Treating each drawing (including gesture) as a piece of art, they should have their individual page in the sketchbook, instead of cramming together in a collage form.
In doing that, this blog is going to be super long, so I just set up an account on pinterest for my life drawing/gesture drawings.  I'm super new to these pinterest, instagram thing, so the update would be sloooow... :P







Toons on Tap session 28: Life on Mars











Monday, May 06, 2013

I miss drawing

Sorry for the lack of update. I was doing iAnimate in the past three months, have been working with maya day and night, 7 days/wk. I missed drawing badly!!
I often have to fight in head either to ANIMATE or DRAW after work/on weekends.  They are definitely the two areas I would like to work on the most.
I have been reading a lot lately, I really need to stop posting too much random sketches, but really dig deeper on what I would like to create for myself as an artist. Writing it out in words here can remind me on what I need to work on to make it to the next level.
(but the rest of this post is still random life drawings :P )

First of all, great news!! Toronto School of Arts is BACK on again!!
Just found out about it last week on Facebook, and I went to their very first open life drawing as my way to support. Though it is even further away from my place (Dufferin / Bloor), I have to go downtown that evening anyways, so it worked out perfectly. At least it is right beside the subway station so I don't have to get frustrated with the streetcars.
 Though they only do nudes, but I love to listen to my own music while life drawing. It was my time which I can really relax and enjoy myself :D


Secondly, Toons on Tap is another thing I missed while doing iAnimate.
The sessions had switched to Tuesday night which overlapped with my class time, so there was no way I could make it for 14 weeks. Costumes are FUN to draw!
This session was Venom, which I am not familiar of. Just did a quick google before the session, only know that he is a villain from Spiderman. Annnd, by the amount of drawings I posted, you can see that I'm not good at drawing guys/monster. ('cause the rest are crap :P)

Plus four colored versions of toons on tap sketches I did for their art show earlier.
Animation School
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