Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Some League of Legends Fanart to Start the New Year!

Happy New Year's, everyone!

I am very excited to share some projects I've been working on in the past year. I have had the immense honor of working on some Riot-sponsored fanart for the game "League of Legends." I was asked to depict the Champions in my own style, but more importantly, the illustrations would take a different approach to introducing the Champions than their current splash screens by having the characters interact and show more of their back story and personality. I had a ton of fun working on these!

Warwick and Soraka
I wanted to show a lighthearted take on the relationship between the celestial Soraka and Warwick, who devised an elaborate scheme to deceive and cut out her heart, in order to obtain a formula that would grant him incredible strength. (Technically, he wasn't a werewolf at the time he was carrying out his plan, but I thought it'd be more fun to draw him in this form.)

Twitch's Pool Party
Twitch was one of the first Champions I played and I always thought he was funny. In my early sketches I wanted to do a scene with Twitch bathing in the sewers, or the horrified reaction of his friends as he's about to jump into a pool with them.

Vi and Caitlyn
After trying out a few humorous images that involved the ex-criminal Vi and her now crime fighting comrade, Caitlyn, I settled on a simple arm-wrestling scene on a barrel of Gragas’s ale, throwing in her personal taunt to Caitlyn, using the teacup: “Care for a spot of tea? Or maybe a spot of punch in the face!

Rumble, Teemo and Tristy
I titled this "Love and War" as I wanted to play on the (sort of) love triangle between Rumble, Tristy and Teemo; Teemo had given Tristy a personalized cupcake (Yordles can’t resist cupcakes…) while Rumble had carved their names into a tree... the two fight for Tristy's love while she looks on.

Renekton and Nasus
Nasus was another one of my favorite Champions. Although I didn't end up finalizing these, I played with a number of lighthearted ideas involving Nasus's early days putting up with his brother, Renekton, in the Great Library.

Ziggs & Heimerdinger
Here I wanted to tell Ziggs' backstory on how he used his Hexplosives to blow up the prison cell and free the professors of the Yordle Academy of Science & Progress. Heimerdinger, one of the captives, was eternally grateful and finally gave Ziggs the recognition he deserved and craved.

Blitzcrank and the Yordles
Someday I want to finish this one... I really liked Blitzcrank's alternate skin, Piltover Blitzcrank, and wanted to draw Heimerdinger and Corky modding Blitzcrank in their Piltover Customs shop.
Hope you guys enjoy! I’ll be updating with more images tomorrow. ^__^ See you next year!!

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Motivarti Mentorship

Hey Guys!

In the past 10 weeks I've had the great honor of working with my mentor, the amazing Scott Watanabe, from Walt Disney Animation Studios. Scott has worked as a Visual Development Artist on beautiful films like Tangled, Wreck It Ralph, and Paperman. The mentorship program is called Motivarti Mentorship, and I highly recommend applying; it is one of the greatest learning experiences I've ever had in my career!!

I can't express enough how grateful I am to be working with Scott; I've been a huge fan of his work for years, and I feel so fortunate he chose to mentor me. He's an incredible teacher, guiding me with specific, honest and valuable feedback on my portfolio (taking time and care to give me page-by-page feedback, and even sharing his own!) as well as helping me improve my character designs; he would take time to draw over my sketches to show where I can improve my form, solidify or push the character in ways I hadn't thought of. He's given me constructive critiques which helped me gain a deeper understanding of the depths of better, more effective design. It made me realize the incredible amount of deliberate thought, design reasoning, and iteration involved with the process--which was more than I could ever have gathered from studying hundreds of making-of books and all of my favorite artists' works! He also shared his thoughts on the philosophy behind good composition, color, style and other essential foundations. Scott is so, SO kind and patient to work with, and I am still amazed at how extremely generous he is when it comes to sharing his process! I always felt so inspired after a session with him!

I deeply appreciate all he's done to help me grow; the mentorship is truly a humbling, motivating, and enormously valuable experience that may come just once-in-a-lifetime!

Thank you, Scott and Motivarti Mentorship, for everything!!

See you at CTN,

Below I wanted to share some process work and the final illustration I did, based on the Beatles song, "Octopus's Garden." Enjoy! ^__^

Thursday, November 07, 2013

Free Birds!

Hi Guys!

I am so excited I can FINALLY post this! It was an enormous honor to have worked with the Reel FX team as an independent contractor, doing some character designs for the animated movie, "Free Birds" (previously known as "Turkeys"). I did some designs for the main female heroine, Jenny, as well as some generic pilgrims. Hope you guys like 'em! ^__^

And check out the movie if you haven't seen it yet! 


Monday, October 14, 2013

Thank you for a great APE 2013!

Hey Everyone!

To all of you who visited me at APE this year: THANK YOU!! ^__^ You guys really made this an exciting and memorable one and I'm truly grateful for all the incredible support you've given me. It made me so happy to see everyone who stopped by, old friends and new, to say hello. I only wish I had more time to walk around to see everything and visit everyone--there were so many amazing folks boothing this year. APE keeps getting better!

I am still working full-time and have many, many freelance and personal projects going on the side. There's lots of things I can't wait to share with you all, and I hope I can soon!

I'm hoping to have more updates later this week. Until then, here is a long overdue sketchtrade I did for my friend Norm, who loves dinos!


Thursday, August 22, 2013

"Skullgirls" PC Release Today on Steam! (& Other Updates)

Hey Guys!

Here is some fan art of Minette and Ms. Fortune I had the pleasure of creating for my buddy Alex Ahad, Creator of the awesome fighting game, Skullgirls! Being a HUGE fan of Alex's work, and a Skullgirls fan from the very beginning, I was honored that he'd asked me to do a piece and I had a ton of fun working on it! ^__^

This will be in the Gallery Section of Skullgirls shortly after the PC release (via patch update), which releases today, August 22nd, 2013! If you haven't played it yet, GO OUT AND GET IT!! The art and animation in this game is absolutely MIND-BLOWINGLY AWESOME! @__@

Hope you guys like! ^__^

Check out more on Alex's incredible work and Skullgirls!
ALEX AHAD ON TUMBLRhttp://o-8.tumblr.com/
TWITTER: https://twitter.com/Skullgirls
FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/skullgirls

A few new 'For the Love of Lines' doodles!

A couple of old Kayli commisions!


So I did this a while back for March MODOK Madness, but I was late! T__T I imagined a random crossover with Dr. Doofenshmirtz and M.O.D.O.K. doing a silly song and dance number... anyway I later find out about "Phineas & Ferb: Mission Marvel" and I was super blown away by the coincidence!! Well, it premiered on August 16th on Disney XD, and unfortunately a Dr. Doof and M.O.D.O.K. duet never happened, but here you go! And yes, Hulk took the cheese bait from the... Mousetrap-inator?

On a side note, I got to meet the cast of Phineas & Ferb at San Diego Comic Con 2013, and in this goofy pic you can see how incredibly happy I was to meet Dan Povenmire, co-creator of the show and voice of Dr. Doofenshmirtz! Hehehe! XD
Till Next Time! ^___^