Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Lately...

Hi hi, here's what's been happening to me lately. Been crazy busy trying to wrap up production on a series at work whilst at the same time been assigned to churn out dev art for another title I've been pitching. So aside from being swamped with work,have also been trying to make good my promises to visit and spend time with friends and family. Which brings to the reason for 2 upcoming trips this month. One happening this Wednesday. Going up north to Penang Island for a couple of days to hand out with my relatives and friends before getting back to a bit of work,...trying to feverishly wrap up what I can before my big blow out holiday with my pals, Mickey and Ksoosh,to their hometown in Omsk,Russia. Have been promising Ksoosh's parents I'd visit one day. So yea,am making good my promises.
In other news, the animator voice in me has been begging to come out. So I must obey. Just a desperate attempt to animate,even thought I only have photoshop to use at the moment.
And rough attempts to try and churn out an art request for my League Summoner friend,Benjamin R aka Alphalion. He's requested for a fan art of his fave character,Lux. So here's my take on her,with a touch of Masai Warrior'esque flair. I wanted to experiment in grey shades but have decided that as part of the Masai Tribe,it really needed a red dress. But I was already quite content with the greys on her dress,so have decided to give a spalsh of red in the backdrop. Hope you guys like the rough result.

And finally, let's end with some kitten news. Well to make a long story short, I've rescued a wee lil' kitten about 2 months ago. Found it at the carpark basement in my apmt block,seeking shelter from the rain. It was clearly hunger so I fed it my leftover butterscotch bread which it readily wolfed down. Finding it very approachable and amiable,I've decided to take it home with me and find it a good home. But back at my bedroom (sheltering from the wrath of Kameko),I've discovered that it has had a fishing line embedded near its paw. Taking it to the vet the next day soon sort it out a.o.k. I've decided to call it Tyrion there and then,it being a lil imp with all the charm in the world. I did eventually manage to find it a home with my colleague. But unfortunately he had to give it up after almost a month due to his daughter suffering from symptoms of asthma. Taking it home a few days later, I was very fortunate and blessed enought to be able to find it another home ,thanks to the awesome help of family and friends,particularly Sumeitra,who got the wheels turning to hook me up with a newly settled couple who was looking to adopt a kitten. Upon seeing Tyrion's pics,they've decided to adopt her and last Saturday,Elsie ,the new owner,came and took her home.

No one was happier than the reigning queen,Kameko. Till now she is singing "Sweet,sweet Victory!~"

Good Night and Sleep Tight,folks! Cheers!

Monday, May 26, 2014

Busy Busy bee

     Well I'm still alive. Been really busy focusing on the job. Have now been helping to oversee production and script editing. As well as going for recordings,churning out art for both the studio and if there's any energy left,try to churn art out for friends/self,pick out on my puppeteering classes and trying to learn a new language on the side. Will need to see about taking up music lessons professionally if I want to be able to show any solid results of it. I told my friend recently I think it's a mid-life crisis I'm going through. Taking on too many things,wanting to take them on,more than I can handle. I do make time for a social life now,allocating time for shopping or outings with friends,eating,gaming etc....as well as hitting out my subjects of interests if they happen to be within reach. Like yesterday's stake out for Jeremy Wade at Sunway Pyramid as Discovery's River Monsters is doing a promo for his new season show,and the 3 day National Achievers 2014 Congress at the Mines Exhibition Centre. It's all been awesome. Great folks and speakers,and even managed to make time to rush back home to have a pre-celebration of one of many birthday celebration for mum's 70th. Needless to say,the past 2 weeks,my bdosy has been yelling for time out. I'll give it some real time out soon. Cos among the things I've been hustling,is to also get my Russian visa ready for next month's  escapade with my Russian pals back to their home town. I can hardly wait! But enough rambling...here are some pics from my outings. Should bring my cam out more..dunno what I'll catch.

 A very young J.W. at his 20s as a backdrop,as he tells us about the show and what his job entails as the adventure goes on.




 Jeremy checking out a scn of his getting sucked by a lamprey.
 Mr. Wade showcasing his Thos's Hammer  of Fishing Rods and testing its endurance for BIG catches.


 A nice selfie as requested by JW for the crowd that didnt get a chance to get up on stage to get personal selfies and one on one chat with him. And in other news below, Mr. Nick Vujicic was in da house to really wrap things up with a bang for the Annual Achievers Congress at the MINES.
 He is definitely one truly amazing individual and a real inspiration for all. It's been a good conference overall,to the speakers I've had the chance to sit through. Mr .JT Foxx,Mr Brandon Burchard,Mr. Gerry Robert...all have been good and insightful to the challenges and achievements they've made.
Makes me look at myself and recall a lot of things I want to get done,to the people I've promised to work on projects together and so forth and haven't been able to get it off the ground. I hope I won't have to continue making excuses for them and keep on trudging no matter how crazy things can get. It's up to me to make it happen. Let's see how things play along the way. Cheers for now ,folks!

Friday, April 25, 2014

League Mascot


A quickie favor I did for League Summoner Bojangletail aka Shawn Kulas who wanted a mascot that will represent his callsign well. Since I do recall that he did play Champion Wukong well,I've opted to draw a 'bojangle-tail' type of monkey and opted for the Grey Langur. Hope you all dig it! Cheers!

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Thundercats Time

Taking some time out with a bit of Thundercats Doodle in-between churning out design concepts at the studio. I can't get enough of the intro! It's just too awesome.

Good times ...good times....

Monday, February 10, 2014

Wolf!

Finally managed to clean up my wolf sketch studies yesterday evening while being bombarded with inspiration after inspiration from the Bande Dessinee circuit. *le sigh*

Sunday, February 02, 2014

Happy Birthday Mr Brent Spiner!!!

First and foremost! A grand Happy Brithday wish to Lt Comm Data!!! Was so awesome to be able to meet and greet with a whole bunch of awesome talents and folks that day at SDCC 2010 alongside my long time friend and bro,Eric Searles. I really should see about uploading my pic library regularly,especially in my Flickr site which has sorely been neglected. Anyhoo....here's what else I've been busy trying to get creative with again.

 I seem to have a thing for paisley.
 Drawing Mr J is a given. I never get tired of drawing him.
 I quickie farce of a scene that's been discuss with my bro Eric and his pal,Matt Dulemba, while we were collaborating creatively over a new comic project. Yes, I seriously want to be the Ewok. Everyone else can don the cliche'.

And finally,where I  was yesterday evening thanks to my twinnie having a spare ticket to Japan's Beat Bumper troupe for a one night performance this CNY hols. Brill brill brill! Thank you sis! Had a grand time hanging out with your pals too,Gabriel & Shahnim.
Nice way to keep my mind off my flu recovery during this festive season.

Cheers and have a wonderful productive week ahead everyone!

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Holiday Comic

Hopefully this will be the first of many comic panels of my recent adventures while on holiday last month. Hope you will enjoy!  It's meant to be a separate individual panel of a particular scenario happening in different places but I kinda like the look of the entire page as a whole. So here ya go!
Panel 01/top left : Experiencing Air Asia Flight regularities at Tawau Airport in Sabah,heading home back to KL. Lewat (in Malays) means Delay. Panel 02 : Peter did not know how to shower Village/Kampung style. Panel 03 : I shared a bed with my pal,Viv, on the left side of the room while Pete,unfortunately,had to share a bed with our taxi driver on the right side. We were both snoring so hard ,it vibrated our friend's entire farm house in Cambodia. Poor Viv couldn't sleep a wink while Pete is cringing and shivering from the progressively chilly air at night. First time I got to sleep with mosquito netting too! It's been an awesome holiday overall.

Happy New Year,Folks!

Monday, December 30, 2013

Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year 2014


Have been MIA for a good deal of November and December basically because have been away for the annual Company Trip to Bali this time around where we dug deep at Kuta Beach going through the Company Dinner and Team Building event before we're let loose around Bali. Here's a tiny snippet of where I've been and what I've experienced. I should really see about uploading all of my stuff into Flickr to share with whoever is interested in checking out my whereabouts. But mostly,if we know each other and add links to FB,you can basically go through all of my folders and check out all of the pics I've been sharing through the years. I wish I can afford membership to Flickr which allows the subscriber to share all of their pics from beginning to current without any limitations to the amount that can be shared. But till I can earn a bit more, this is what I have to cope with.
It's been a momentous and learning curve year for me. Thing are finally looking a lot brighter to say the least,but that doesn't mean that the year hasn't had it's struggles and heart aches.  I've been very blessed and fortunate enough to be working with an awesome creative team in a supportive studio environment and it's nice that the pace never stops and we just find the enthusiasm and strength to just carry on each day with whatever life throws at you.
 This trip coupled with utilizing the remains of my annual leave on November because I was hosting a friend's stay at my place for 2 weeks,allowed me the time to get away from the compy and just check out how life is faring on the other side and to finally get a chance to see and enjoy exploring what I won't normally get to check out if I were left to my own devices. This Company Trip and my friend's visit from the States proved to be the catalyst that propelled me to get off my arse and start taking a look around once more.

My trip wouldn't be complete without the coaxing of my colleague and good friend,Meng Yee,to take up surf lessons...and enjoying a swim and relaxing evening at the beach to watch the sunset on a deck chair with a refreshing fresh coconut handy. I will see about sharing some of my other trips with my good friend ,Pete, to Cambodia and around Borneo when I can get to it. Am still busily getting all of the pics together to share online. It's a ton of work in itself.

In other news, we've just wrapped up Christmas celebration 2013 with an impromptu invasion of the MnU gang to the apartment along with friendly faces from Mother Russia, my good pals, Mickey & Ksoosh. My twin came through for us with 2 turkeys beautifully roasted thanks to the helping hands from her friend and colleague,Alex. While I round it up with a new pasta recipe,potatoes,broccoli & cauliflower,sausages,salad and what not. Mum (not surprising) had gone out and got us roast duck as a side dish. She could never resist a good duck. The guys handled the drinks while Mickey & Ksoosh surprised us all with a lovely green tea cake. Next party stop...Russian style New Year Celebration at Mickey & Ksoosh's place! Can't wait! 

I finally got to complete a special art gift request for my friend,Bob,but have also dedicated this piece to William Blake for obvious reasons. Hope you like it!

And finally,here's something Bob shared to me recently. What an awesome way to get the public to be aware of fine art once again!
http://dailyrevolution.com/2013/06/06/rembrandt-flashmob-guards-of-the-night/

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2014 to everyone! Here's to a solid and prolific year ahead in spite of terrible rumours of inflation and rising costs and absurd new govt rulings...here's to hoping for a better future with better days. *click*

Saturday, December 07, 2013

Finally!

Am back from my long haul and hols and is able to come back to some form of normalcy to recoup, Body has shut down on me since yesterday but have enough in my tank to just about get chores down and scan some recent sketches to share. Will be sharing loads of pics from my M.I.A. stint with y'all just as soon as I can get them resized.

Cheers all!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Today at the studio....

Wanted to kick start today by introducing to my fellow team mates Orson Welle's War of the Worlds live radio broadcast back in 1938.

75 years ago,today, Orson Welles broadcast live on radio a series of Alien Invasion coverage that to many of his listeners,seemed so startlingly real, it brought about widespread panic and fear. Let's re-live that special moment in history today and was prob one of the vehicles that propelled the sci-fi movement & intrigue into a branch culture long after HG Wells did.
"We interrupt this program to bring you a special news bulletin"
Wallie dropped me another nice surprise package today. Another issue of P@per # 23 vol 1 with my lil strip contributed innit. WOO! Today is a gonna be a long but good day!

Friday, October 18, 2013

Animation Job Openings in Cyberjaya,M'sia

Yes,that's correct folks! Giggle Garage here has new job openings for 3D animators (senior & junior positions) and we're also welcoming applicants for modelling,texture artists and 2D artists as well! Please feel free to give us a holler or help to spread the word if you can!
Here's the job link here : https://my.zartis.com/gigglegarage/jobs/679/3d-animators-senior-and-junior-cyberjaya?source=Facebook

and our company website : http://gigglegarage.com/

Cheers folks!

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Lately...

A quick round up of whats been happening towards the end of last month of my schedule....
A sad farewell to our colleague,Bee Yen, fellow animator who sat beside my workstation. We all wanted to make sure she's loved and is always welcome back if she decides to.
Attended a story Workshop by Clare Madsen from Australia hosted by Ideate Media in Technology Park in Bukit Jalil. It was great fun and very enlightening. Gave me a good inside to how a writer works and how to go about it and what to expect. I'll certain want up my end when producing my own paterial for personal projects after this.
In other news,have completed our Puppeteer Training classes last week with Brian Zimmerman and friends at his new studio, Lil Critter Worshop at Damansara Perdana. It's definitely been the funnest class I've ever participated in so far and the laughter hasn't stopped since. es,it's definitely serious business to pratice and get the artform right,but once you've nailed it, you can expect a non-stop humorous and fulfilling career into this venture.  http://www.lilcritterworkshop.tv/ Here's a sneak peek at what we've been up to....

This has got to be the hardest test we had to to yet. 4 minutes non-stop lip sync and body gestures to the tune of Billy Joel's We Didn't Start the Fire.

Another fun exercise we did in pairs. One puppeteer in charge of the character's lip sync and handling the Alphabet while the assistant helps to wrangle the hands of the character.

 There's Brian with wrangler Debs helping him with the lip syncing skit.
 My puppet. I calls him Bob. :D
 Adrian's Stevie Wonder puppet having a go onstage.
 Brian showing us how heavy Zorg is.
 Mr Hootie and his friends.
 The stage set up.
Debs & Steven working out their skit with the puppets of their choice.
Adrian and his friend in shades.
 Thanks to fellow twinning for the awesome shots and capturing the great fun we've had during our first night of the Puppeteering class. We're now looking into getting a puppet of our very own to practice with.
Need to up my game in voice acting and acting in general like these chaps to be able to lip sync my characters well.

Elsewhere...been inspired by all of these awesome artists listed online in this feed here :
http://www.buzzfeed.com/kevintang/painfully-talented-illustrators-on-pixiv
Made me want to get back in the groove and up my game further and further.

My now fellow Summoner friend,Eric Tan, shared this awesome new music vid clip of the latest character created for our League of Legends Online game. She definitely reminds me of an edgier Harley Quinn and definitely an overall likable character. Check out the awesome clip,mixing 3D and 2D elements in a very catchy music beat and lyrics below. LoL has definitely come very far from their humble beginnings.


Have recently checked out the trailer for Disney's Frozen ...

And have to confess,it's not really grabbing me as much as I'd like. Most probably because have been pretty put off by the style of the fake/shallow Disney Child-star chatter that doesn't really suit the time period and area the theme is covering. I appreciated that Belle didn't talk like that for Beauty and the Beast. Ariel had a bit of that teenage whine,but it was forgivable because she was so well drawn and animated in 2D,it worked. But I'll hope for the best and give it a shot before passing on further comments. Maybe it'll blow me away like Tangle and How to Train Your Dragon did. Astrid was the only character that put me off in How to Train your Dragon,but thankfully I think the producers/directors noticed that and toned down her character a lot to make her more likable now.
Here's something else that's been making waves online. A behind the scenes look at the making of Kon-Tiki last year. Am very happy to see grand works flourishing elsewhere around the world when other notable biggies have been struggling hard or is shut down due to bad management, budget cuts and so forth.

Another innovative take at the Horror movie fest I'm keen to participate in. Now there's one exception to acceptance of handphone usages in a movie screening. Brilliant!

I'll round up today's post with a link to an inspiring look into a troubled individual's artwork portfolio. No training. He just did it for his personal pleasure. And man is it looking spiffy!
http://en.rocketnews24.com/2013/09/27/japanese-bad-boy-wows-foreign-audiences-with-his-beautiful-ghibli-fanart-%E3%80%90photos%E3%80%91/
Have a wonderful creative week ahead,folks. And enjoy the upcoming horror fests this month! Woo!

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Zombie clips and inspirations :)

Enjoying some zombie clips from Key & Peele. Thank you Chi Ren for sharing this gem. :D

A touching take on the Zombie Apocalypse.


And am inspired by these cool kids. Wish I had the know-how and insight that they have when I was their age to take my dreams and aspirations to where I want to go and be.
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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Take On Me....

...Take Me On....


Thanks to my colleague,Joe, for sharing with me this nice commercial clip by Volkswagen. Nice little tribute back to the 80s with the exact idea laid out in the short clip. But dangit, it reminded me of how old I am as well. Oh well, the 80s was still the coolest year to grow up in. Cheers to A-HA and the 80s!

Friday, September 13, 2013