Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Very first 3D animation!!

My "Intro to Maya" final. Could go for some cleanup, but no time, so... here ya go:

I lied this is not my very first 3D animation. I had animated a ball bounce and a lame walk cycle in Maya before, but really, this is my first 3D ANIMATION animation. And technically it IS the first one on my blog, so maybe I didn't totally lie? I just didn't complete the description? Yeah?

Verdict: 3D animation is super fun. Can't wait to do more!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Animated Gift

My final for my 2D Traditional Animation class!

The assignment was to have a character in one emotional state, receive a gift and change emotional states, then open the gift and change emotional states again. Naturally, I had him barf out his own heart.


Twas for a card for my grandfather's birthday. He used to paint birds a lot, so I thought I'd draw him one in my own style.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Had a portfolio review for class yesterday for Don Lagerberg's life studies class at CSUF. I think this was my very first official review! Why did it have to be 7 hours long...

Sunday, November 27, 2011


It's the Tonight Show, with Jay Leno!! This actually only took a almost 3 hours, which is fast in Kevin time.

Turkey Break is finally over... I had a to-do list for the week, and I don't think I really got to any of it except that calendar pic up there. At least now I can finally cross it off my--... waaaiiit THIS WASN'T EVEN ON MY TO-DO LIST!? WHAT....... Do you realize how unproductive I feel if I can't check this off my todo list!? Where is my sense of accomplishment?? What work, can I say, has been yielded, without the comfort of poking it grey on my iPhone??? IT'S LIKE I DID NOTHING TODAY.

Oh well, 3 more weeks of school before I completely check out! BRING IT AAHHHN

Friday, November 25, 2011

Happy _________ Day!

Possible blank fill ins:

Black Fri

For example, happy birthday Christina! (My big sis.) I drew that caricature of her, and while I don't think I really nailed the likeness, or really pushed it as far as I could've, this is way better than anything I could've done like a month ago.

Thanks to...

The Mad Art of Caricature, by Tom Richmond (I guess this would be a good time to plug it...)

It's a great book! Nigh, AMAZING in terms of what you can learn from it for caricature. It taught me exactly what I wish I knew, which was how to recognize features of the face. I'm only half way done with the book but I already highly recommend it - not just for caricature artists, but for those who want to learn how to draw great looking faces.

And no, Tom Richmond didn't pay me to type this up (but if he's reading this right now, I decline the declination of any offer.) The personalization in the book didn't sway my opinion at all.

And that is totally authentic! It's not like I requested he put "a super cool person" as part of my name when I was ordering the book online. That would be absurd. And I am anything BUT absurd! In a manner that Young Justice Dick Grayson would butcher words, I am totally bsurd.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Walker + CTN

Quick sketch of this dude walking!! I was wearing this today, so this guy is pretty much me, albeit more badass than my current badassary. I just liked how my shoulders looked.

In other news, the CTN Animation Expo this past weekend was awesooome! Met lotsa people, talked to lotsa people, bought a couple awesome things, shamelessly handed out loads of business cards... Twas great!

I wanted to give a shout out to everyone I saw / talked to...
Cool pros (not to imply everyone else isn't pro): Kevin Dart, Mike Yamada, Jason Brubaker, Pascal Campion, Stephen Silver, Jake ParkerTyler Carter
CSUF alumni I never knew about: Robert Tsai, Trey Hodges, Mike Collins, Durrell Odom
Familiar faces: Rad Sechrist, Carrie Liao, Megan Nicole Dong, Stu Livingston, Fawn Veerasunthorn, Ryan Green
Artist friends: Lauren Chew, Steffi Wong, Margaret... something... (sorry), Alex Vo
Not to mention all the CSUFers I went with!!: Jasmine Tanner, Mike Pacheco, James Lien, Whitney Tang, Garrett Eves, Sarah Diekmann, Jasmine Goggins, Tung Nguyen, Brett Fremd, Christina Mijares, Christine Macasieb, Diego, Chris Ybarra, Breann Johnson

Tung did a great report of CTN at the Pencil Mileage Club website:

Yeah. Alright. Tired of shouting out. You better check out all their blogs! (Because I spent time finding and linking to all of them!!) SEE YOU NEXT YEAR, CTN!!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Body of proof "fan" art

I was gonna post a 3D model from my Maya class, but I thought... "nah".

I dunno if I consider this fan art, since I've never seen the show. (It's for my parents.) Maybe I'll call it "funart". Yeah alright sure.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

People people


Not naked:

I've been trying to draw faces more because I need to draw faces more.

Another thought: I think my favorite medium to cafe sketch in is ball point pen. It's permanent like a sharpie, sensitive like a pencil, and I can easily obtain a free one at almost every school event.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

"Upside Down Smile" sneak preview!

A few months ago I began working on a mini-mini-comic. It started off being 10 pages, but has extended to a MIND-BLOWING 13 PAGES!.. I'd been working on it on and off, and finally I have something to show!

It's called The Boy With The Upside Down Smile. Here are the first 3 pages penciled in.

All the pages will be inked and colored, and hopefully I can distribute it during the CTN Animation Expo next month. EXCITING.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

White collar

More TV-based "fan art"..!

Sometimes I accidentally refer to this show as "Blue Collar"... Why is their color scheme blue!? For the sole purpose of confusing me?? Because if so, USA really oughta reconsider their priorities. Honestly.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Engine diver

These pieces are really fun for so many reasons (well, 3):

  • The subject matter is super fly. (Pun.) For this one I mixed Da Vinci wings with some modern plane and car parts, so it's like steampunk without the steam. Plus, fantasy is the greatest!
  • It requires a good amount of improvisation, so I really don't know what I'm gonna have by the end. I only decided to put Da Vinci wings near the end of drawing this. I'm also constantly thinking of what to add and where to put it. 
  • I get a lot out of it in terms of "studying" - I'm more familiar with engine parts, and I (think I) learn more about the human figure, specifically how the cloth reacts to the body (albeit there isn't much cloth stuff going on here).

And that's what I think about that.

Dino walk cycle

Getting ready for Day 2 of my Adobe Flash Workshop at CSUF on Tuesday... I finished this dino's walk cycle, although I didn't really bother to finish rendering it.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Clothes, Yet So Far

This one's my favorite.

Art to upload! REJOICEMENT COMMENCE!! I tried out my grease pencil.

I feel like I'm at a point in my artistic abilities where I'm just SO CLOSE to getting something good. I feel like I've been climbing out of a deep, dark muddy hole of mediocrity... and once I'm in the clear, maybe I can churn out some good work that I can really be proud of. But just not yet. I think I'm close, albeit this definition of "close" could mean I still have a couple years left, BUT I'M JUST ABOUT THERE...

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Adobe Flash Workshop coming up!

Hey dudes and dudettes and dudeonians, I'll be teaching an Adobe Flash workshop on the CSUF campus this Tuesday (Sept. 20th) and next Tuesday (Sept 27th). It'll be in VA 185 from 7-9pm.

You'll learn everything you wanted to know about Flash! (Except Actionscript) (Well maybe I'll teach a LITTLE bit) (We'll see) If you can't go to the Cal State Fullerton campus, there's an 80% chance we'll be streaming it online for free. Find out more at the Pencil Mileage Club website!

(Btw, pronounced "doo-day-oh-nee-anz")

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

New Life Goal...

Goal: To have at least one adventure every month.

By adventure, I mean go somewhere I've never been to, or do something I've never done before. And if I go with other people, they cannot have already been there or done that.

It's such a simple idea but I'm SO PSYCHED to do it. This month I already have plans to go on a treasure hunt  in Long Beach, which should be pretty kickin, so right now sounds like a good time to start! Hopefully I can actually find something to do every month... yknow what, I should make a list. Yeah a list sounds good.


Monday, September 5, 2011

Chuck + Mini coloring tut

Chuck fanart!

The piece up there took about 2 weeks of procrastination until I could finish it (albeit I wouldn't tout it as one of my better pieces, but it's bloggable). I think sometimes I try too hard to get the likeness of real people that it ends up looking less like the person than if I didn't try so hard.

I gotta practice not practicing then? Wait that's not right.

Anyway, I wanted to talk about a new coloring style I used for this piece. I always wondered how animation industry artists colored their pieces, ie. the quick character pieces without outlines except in choice places. And, uh, I guess technically I could ask... but I haven't gotten around to that. SO, I've been experimenting. And I've come up with this one method. So here is Kevin's coloring method at this moment in time that could change, like, tomorrow:

Step 1: Sketch out whatever.
Step 2: Add lineart to whatever. Avoid inking large spaces of black.
Step 3: Color it like normal. Normal, as in lineart on one layer, color beneath it, use magic wand if necessary.
Step 4: Add another layer above the lineart and have it mask the lineart layer. (To mask: Alt+Click between layers)
Step 5: Color the mask layer, thereby coloring just the lines. Use the same colors as the color layer to color the lines, UNLESS it is NOT on the outer edge of the figure. In that case, color it a few shades darker for clarity.
Step 6: Clean it up blah blah and you're done!

I hope this helps someone out there, even if that "someone" is just me in the future. And if this seems like simple, common sense stuff to you, then, uh... TOO BAD! YOU READ IT ANYWAY!!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Sorta steampunky

(click for higher-res)

This is either the best or the worst thing I've drawn in a while.

I swear, this started off just as caricature practice. I wanted to work on drawing faces, but once I was done with the head, I started on the collar... and I really like drawing clothing now so I started on the vest... then I made an awesomely big arm and was gonna cut off his lower body, but legs can be kinda fun to draw... and I thought, I oughta start adding backgrounds to my pieces (Rad's suggestion)... so I went ahead and did this whole thing.

I tried copying multiple artists for this piece. The body proportions I got from the wonderful characters of Team Fortress 2, I love how their arms don't taper into tiny hands (which I see far too often). The line quality and coloring style I got from Sonny Liew whose work I discovered from the Flight series. And finally, the city in the background was inspired by... well anyone who has drawn neat cities, really. Artists like Kazu Kibuishi and Juanjo Guarnido do amazing jobs, but I referred mainly to Jake Parker and Rad Sechrist (also Shorby's awesome pictures). Note that this was an ATTEMPT to imitate their styles, but, uh, can't say it was completely fruitful.

At least I can add this to my completed pieces!


Thursday, August 25, 2011

First 5 seconds


Unfortunately that means I won't be able to work as much on my personal projects, since I'll be busy with school work. But I got pretty neat classes, including my INTRO TO 2D ANIMATION CLASS YEAHH!! I'm pretty psyched to animate all semester.

I actually just finished my FIRST EVER hand-drawn ANIMATION!! (It's only 5 seconds.)

I'll post the results once I compile everything, but I really like what I got so far. I mean it LOOKS like it could move well...

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Hi-ho steel

Everyone needs a horse with a bionic head.


Picture references can be found on my Flickr.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Time To Refuel

Quick sketch! 

(Does 45 minutes count as "quick"?)

I should probably link my reference material.

DUDE YOU, did you know today was my last day of summer?! BECAUSE I DIDN'T until I remembered like an hour ago.

This summer was... awesome! Letsee if I did everything I wanted to do (according to my Summer Resolutions post, which I haven't looked at since I typed it...)

  • Red Bull Soap Box Race - Yes
  • Renaissance Fair - Yes
  • Road Trip - Yes
  • New website design - Uhhh yes, and detour'd yes.
  • Make business cards - Yes (they turned out awesome)
  • Two comics - Um... 10% yes? I started working on my first one but only got a few pages thumbnailed. It takes a lot longer than I thought it would (and I thought it would take a long time), even with the simple characters I got.
  • Retrobud - Nope
  • Machine of Death submission - Nope
  • Vacuum my room - AH I'll try to do that today.
  • Animated short - Nope. I halted production about a few days after I announced I was going to do it. I think I'll take Intro to 2D this semester first...
  • Other random drawings - Yeap! Not too many, but some is better than none.
  • Read some HP Lovecraft - Oh yeah... nope.
  • Movie nights - Had a couple, YEAH!!
  • Concept Design Academy - Yes (took up a lot of my summer I think)
  • XC Retreat - Yes
  • SD Comic-Con - Yes

Out of the 16 bullets on that list, I completed about 10 - and with a vacuuming today, that number may very well turn into 11. Granted I did do a bunch of other stuff other than just those on the list (I didn't even mention work), but of the things I posted at the beginning of summer, I think I did a good amount.

I done good.


Must... prepare... brain... for... classrooms...

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Propeller Guy

I've been trying to do more studies this summer.

I want to learn how to draw people and clothing better... and I also want to learn how to draw cool enginey stuff. So why not combine the two!? (This was fun, I think I'll do more like this later.)

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Original header

This was my initial idea for the header, but I think it was too unnecessarily gruesome.

But if it's any consolation, the lam is NOT eating the arm. The backstory was that the lam just appeared wherever horrible things happened, and people always assumed it was the lam's doing. He's pictured here eating a chicken drum stick, even though the visuals imply that he's eating a person...

The concept would take too long to explain so I just changed the header to what it is now.


After having a ridiculous amount of websites over the years, I've decided to keep the blog portion of my site on this here blogspot. There are a lot of advantages of having a non-stand-alone blog, and my website was looking like a blogspot anyway.

So my former hub,, will now be turned into a portfolio website. I think I'll make it a little more professional too. (I think.) (Maybe not.) My old posts will remain on Kevin Lam Draws for a lil bit.

So here's to new beginnings! For like the 5th time!