Sunday, December 16, 2012

Subject No. 1 sampler

NanoRover Log 24

It always surprises me what objects SubNo is willing to chew on. First it was the poisonous roots, then it was every single rock we passed in the forest, and now his most prized possession, the "Tremblem". I mean, cmon! That could've cut his mouth!! Blood spewing everywhere! Is he just too unaware of the potential consequences that could follow wrapping one's mouth around a diamond so sharp?? I know I shouldn't yell at the fellow, he didn't know any better, it's just frustrating always keeping track of him.

This lack of knowledge for inherent danger is just another one of his traits also seen in babies. That's it. SubNo is just a load of baby-traits. I hope there aren't anymore - I am not cleaning up a thing.
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ANNOUNCEMENT!!: I am making a webcomic.

This is old news for some, but new news for exactly 4 people. (You just might be one of those 4!) Here is the premise of my comic Subject No. 1:
Subject No. 1 is a webcomic by Kevin Lam schedule for release early next year. The story follows a microscopic organism known as Subject No. 1. He is accompanied by a microscopic nanorobot, remotely controlled by a scientist named Daniel Planck. The two go on adventures exploring an artificial brain, and Daniel Planck's observations of SubNo1 are recorded in a log book that is displayed in conjunction with the comic.
So basically, my comic is a regular adventure/comedy-filled comic, but to get the most out of it, you gotta read the journal log too (as shown above).

Subject No. 1 will launch near the end of January 2013.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

CTN-xcellent

(Emotion study blatantly referenced from Calvin and Hobbes)
Been working on a teaser for my upcoming webcomic called... drumroll... "Subject No. 1"!! I'll give more details on the story later. As for now, I can tell you I'm planning to launch it early January.

CTN-x was this past weekend, and it was nothing short of awesome. It's not so much the great talks and amazing people I met, but it's the complete immersion in such creative individuals that really gets me excited about the art industry. Every where I turn there's a mind-blowing creative talent who inadvertently pushes me to strive to be the best that I can be, so that maybe one day I can be as inspirational as them.

:')

Here's a list of artists I saw that you should definitely check out, some of them I had a chance to talk to (probably should have posted this before CTN haha):

Chris Oatley - http://chrisoatley.com/
Stephen Silver - http://www.silvertoons.com/
Kazu Kibuishi, Jason Caffoe - http://boltcity.com/
Brett Bean - http://2dbean.blogspot.com/
J. Scott Campbell - http://j-scott-campbell.deviantart.com/
Brittney Lee - http://britsketch.blogspot.com/
Ryan Woodward  - http://ryanwoodwardart.com/
Michel Gagne - http://www.gagneint.com/
Coran "Kizer" Stone - http://kizer180.deviantart.com/
Lackadaisy Cats - http://lackadaisycats.com/
Blacksad - http://www.amazon.com/Blacksad-Juan-Diaz-Canales/dp/159582393X

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Telly Update No. 3

HEY. I just realized, this is the only place I talk about Telly online in my own voice - everything else is in Telly's little voice on his FB page. That little guy! So adorable!! (Disclaimer: Contrary to a multitude of digital presentations, I am not schizophrenic.)

So here's Telly update #3!
  • Telly screened at the CSU Media Arts Festival this past Saturday!! It was awesome. People enjoyed it. My friends came out to support. It was a great night. Plus, Telly won second place in the animation category!! Maybe if I had put Telly in the holocaust the film could've gotten first. Next time.
  • Telly was accepted in the My Hero International Film Festival! (If you're keeping count at home, that's festival number four.) It will screen online on "myhero.com/films", and they might play it at an official screening thing at USC in December. So potentially, that would be great.
  • I'm looking to get funding help to submit Telly to even MORE festivals!!  \(($-$)/ beep bop cha ching
  • Every Telly Update I'll add one or two screenshots from the film. So here ya go.





Man I talk almost as much as Telly.

Like Telly on FB!! Read what he has to say in his little robot voice \((O-o)/
https://www.facebook.com/tellyfilm

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

My Current Project


This is a turn around for my upcoming short short film entitled [insert title name here]... I don't know the name yet actually, but the name of this character is Current! (Hence the incredibly fantasic, pun-filled blog title.)

I thought I had more to say but nope. ON TO THE STORYBOARDS

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Wild animals rawr






These drawings were done during two of my field trips for my CSUF wildlife drawing class with TI√ĎA SCHMIIIDT - The Natural History Museum, and Centennial Farms. No, I didn't draw kids, kids are not animals, but yes, I wanted to, because kids are crazy, and just as wild as animals, especially the leashed ones, but there were no kid cages, so I was stuck with non-human animals.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

5 concepts

I rarely do concept paintings, but when I do, I prefer Photoshop with textured brushes.

Below are 5 different concepts I was assigned to create for my PreProduction class at CSUF. I included a description under each one, some of them more, uh, developed, than others.

1.
 
Robots in jungles. I'm thinking the robots have to blend into their environment, almost like Transformers + Predator + ...Samurai Jack. Or something. This was inspired by the comic Atomic Robo.

2.


This is a character-animation driven piece in the style of a Gobelins Annecy 1-minute short. It follows a guy who wakeboards atop the clouds, dragged by a giant whale-like creature. (There's a story in there I'll probably disclose later.)

3.

Fat dude traveling in the desert on spider legs. That's all I got.

4.

This story is about a guy going to work, but instead of the elevator taking him up to the floor of his mundane job, it takes him down. And down. And down. With no signs of stopping. There's only one other mysterious figure standing in the elevator as our main character loses his sanity from the unknown.

5.


Space is awesome! So this concept is about a fight scene atop of a spaceship.


We have to choose one concept for the class, and I'm pretty sure I'm choosing my second concept with the cloud wakeboarder. Although I love to see any of my ideas brought to life, so feel free to steal any of these for your own creative expression. Just not the second one. Or else I will crush your jugular.

Note to self, end every blog post with a threat. Yeah.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

The Scarlet Speedster


I consider myself an animator, but I love illustration too. Well I love all kinds of art, but illustration is like second place! And I feel like I don't do half as many completed illustrations as I should, so I did this over the span of a few days.

Considering how much I like The Flash, I'm surprised I don't draw him too often, but my friends have been so much fanart I finally gave in. Brownie points to whoever can name which Flash this is!!

Saturday, August 25, 2012

BOOM! CAFE SKETCHES!!!

YEAH EXCITING TITLES!!!!

Cafe sketching is fun. I've been tweeting some of the ones I've drawn over the summer, but seeing as how the crossover between my Twitter followers and blog followers is about 5%, I've decided to put some of them here on my blog.










In other news, I'm still developing my webcomic. It'll be launched a little later than expected, but it's on its way! Check out occasional previews via my Twitter, @keviokevio!

TIME TO START THE SCHOOL YEAR!!

YYEEAAAHHHHHHHH EXCITING CONCLUDING SENTENCE!!!!!

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Telly Update #...2?

I don't really update my blog with Telly stuff too much nowadays, so, well, now you get this post.

Film Festivals

I've submitted to the following SO FAR:

  • Ottawa Animation Film Fest*
  • Aesthetica Shorts Fest*
  • SoDak Animation Film Fest
  • Sundance Film Fest
  • My Hero Short Film Fest

The asterisks mean Telly did not make it into those festivals, no asterisks means I'm still waiting to hear back. One of these days maybe I'll have a symbol for Telly being accepted :') More festivals to come!! (Not too many more.)

3 screenshots!! 

This is exciting if you have not yet seen the film.





ooOOOoohh mysteries abound!! What's going on!! Where is Telly going?!?! (Again, exciting if you have not yet seen the film.) (Although I'm sure you can get excited about these pics even if you have seen the film.) (That would just be, uh, kinda weird.) (Or maybe not! I don't mean to offend!)

Graphic Telly

I turned Telly's head into a graphic symbol soI can... put it on random stuff. If anyone was an extra blank rubber stamp pad let me know haha. As of right now I'm not sure what I'm gonna do with it. It's like a logo for an imaginary Telly brand. But I think it looks nice. So here.

"Yeah!!!!"

Ask Telly

Finally, Telly has his open Tumblr where you can ask him questions. Or if you're lazy, just read the questions he's already answered!! They're fun to write-- I MEAN fun to watch Telly write.

http://asktelly.tumblr.com/

Go ask a question now! DO IT. Click here and do it.

Credit!

I'd like to give a shout out to the awesome crew who made Telly possible. It was composed of students from CSUF and BEYOND!!! (in no particular order)

Rachel Buecheler: http://rbuecheler.blogspot.com/
Jasmine Goggins: http://jogginsblog.blogspot.com/
Jasmine Tanner: http://jasminetanner.blogspot.com/
Eddie Mendoza: http://eddiemendoza8.blogspot.com/
Mike Pacheco: http://mikepachecoart.blogspot.com/
Whitney Tang: http://whitangart.blogspot.com/
James Lien: http://jamesalien.blogspot.com/
Patricia Pham: http://patriciapham.blogspot.com/
Samantha Gray: http://samustrations.blogspot.com/
Eric Lee: http://jongbom.blogspot.com/
Tyler Gregory: http://www.youtube.com/user/GeneticSpartan
...and Vincent Chang and Alan Tsim

Good thing most of them have sites I can link to. All this talent combined, it's like The Avengers :') but not really at all.


Yeaup!! Telly pride. Represent. That's all for now. Eat your vegetables. Don't do drugs. Long live Telly.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Drawing life with Kevin

I've been doing a lot of life drawing since I started attending Kevin Chen's Analytically Figure Drawing class at CDA a few weeks ago. Needless to say, 90% of it is a scribble crap, but that other 10% IS INCREDIBLY actually decent. Here are a few highlights from the last few weeks.







I'm kinda proud of the last one there. I don't usually draw that well!!! Hopefully I'll have more cool life drawings to show later. Maybe 11% will be decent :')

Check out a few more life drawings at my newly prettied website http://www.kevinlamdraws.com/drawings/life-drawing

Okay off to watch THE DARK KNIGHT RISES MIDNIGHT PREMIERE NOW YEAH

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Website complete!


I feel your pain. You've been waiting countless years for my website to return (despite it only being gone for only a year). You've cried yourself to sleep and I apologize for those tears. I too have felt said sad sorrow swell upon my cheeks in turn of slumber. But alas! Pain no more!! For my website, named kevinlamdraws.com, has once again reached a state of completion!!!

I have nearly all my artwork and projects up there, including some NEVER BEFORE SEEN artwork!! It's technically finished but there's still a few things I want to add to it (like more pretty pictures). It's like I released a complete game but there's still a bunch of unreleased DLC. This new DLC lets you ride a firey horse.

http://www.kevinlamdraws.com

Check it out!

That is all.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Chuggin' along

Talk: "YEAH SUMMER TIME. TO MAKE LOTS OF ART!!"

Walk: "Why am I so busy I STILL DON'T HAVE TIME TO WORK ON MY PROJECTS..."

That's the jist of my summer so far. I'm adjusting to my new apartment, hanging out with some important people, working nearly full time, taking a summer art class, and STILL trying to squeeze in some time to draw. I have been sketching occasionally (you can check out some of my sketchbook stuff on my twitter @keviokevio), and I have been able to draw (almost) every day, but it's really difficult to keep to a schedule that doesn't really factor in... life.

Luckily I got a random spurt (is spurt a word) of inspiration a couple laaate nights ago and made a few quick sketches for my animated short. It's in the pre-alpha stage right now so I'm just experimenting with different stuff. Hopefully I'll have time to show you guys more later!



P.S. You can probably tell in my drawings that my CDA class has only covered the upper torso so far HAH.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Cloud surfing animation test


(Looped 3 times.) (BECAUSE ONCE IS NOT ENOUGH.)

This is what my next 1-2min film will involve - cloud surfing! It's like wakeboarding+clouds. This was a quick animation test made last night, and I think it turned out alright. There are so many elements to this I'm not sure what the final product will look like (which I'll poop out next Spring), but this is just a taste of what could be.

WHAT

COULD

BE.

In other news, I've been sticking rather, uhh, loosely to my schedule. I made a few tweaks to it, so I do plan to work on a majority of the projects I listed. CURRENTLY IN THE WORKS LIKE RIGHT THIS SECOND: Groovy new portfolio website that I hope to get up maybe next week.

In secondary other news, I'm moving out for the first time in my life. I'm getting an apartment right next to Cal State Fullerton with a few awesome friends. EXCITING TIMES, MAN. I grow up so quickly :')

Monday, May 28, 2012

Buttssessor - A work not in progress

I've always been a classy guy.

So it should be no surprise that the last assignment for my cartooning class involved a butt as a main character.

Synopsis:
The class assignment was to create three different characters for a story, and I've had this idea for a comic about a clumsy, narcoleptic secret agent named Barry whose butt "awakens" every time he falls asleep. The soul that resides in his butt is his dead father, a (once) perfect spy, who now has the ability to controls his son's lower body when his son is asleep. I think that's the simplest way to put it. How this happened... well I'm still working out the details.

In short, Barry's butt is possessed by his late father, thus the tentative named "Buttssessor".

So here's what I turned in for the final! Some of these were drawn during finals week after days of fatigue, so some of this admittedly is not my best. But I think they're worth posting here!!

Main 3 characters:
 Barry:
 Rick:

Uh... Dad:

Maybe one day I can make this comic a reality. MAYBE... If anyone wants to develop this story with, me I'd be happy to collaborate or something. But unless I get help, I won't be able to work on it years from now, just because it's not really at the top of my project queue. BUT, if I do actually make a complete story out of this, you will have seen this idea when it was just in fetus form! Because you read my blog. Because you are awesome.

#complimentfinale

Monday, May 21, 2012

CREATE CREATE CREATE CREATE


I... have a dream. That one day. It would be summer.

And HOLY MOLY COW MY DREAM HAS ARRIVED!!!

Okay sometimes my dreams aren't very ambitious. But the amount of work I aim to accomplish *is*!! I gave a list last year of what I plan to work on over the summer, and this year I will do the same. For you. Because you want to read to this. You want to know what I'm doing. #supliminalmessages

But before I get into that, I plan to do what's called the

14 WEEK SUPER FLY DRAWING CHALLENGE

It's simple: Starting tomorrow (Monday), my summer break is 14 weeks (till last week of August). For EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THOSE DAYS, I will draw something. Something cool, possibly crappy, but something I can put online. I'll put that drawing on my Twitter, or if it's *super fly*, I'll post it here.

I know drawing something every day isn't that big of a woop for some awesome artists, but I am not yet one of those "awesome artists", so this is, indeed, a very big woop for me. I really hope to get into the habit of drawing every single (freakin) day of my life until I die, or until my hand falls off. I'm can just be really bad at keeping good habits, AND THAT CHANGES NOW. I encourage you guys to follow this challenge too, or do your own.

My drawings will be posted daily on my twitter account, @keviokevioFollow me, yo. I'll give you a box of chocolates, an awesome corvette, and/or just gratitude.


And now, to help me complete the 14 week SUPER FLY DRAWING CHALLENGE, I have a multitude of projects I aim to work on. The theme of this summer is "CREATE CREATE CREATE CREATE". Normally it would just be three "CREATES", but I gotta create more than that.

List of stuff I gotta do this summer:

Make things!!:

  • Begin development for an animated short I'll make in the Fall (script, animation tests, concept art, research)
  • Start working on a webcomic I also plan to release in the Fall (including making the website?)
  • Make ONE T-Shirt design
  • Muggies (a tentative name for a entrepreneurial project I want to develop)
  • Use Maya to: A) model a lil remora chracter, B) animate at least one thing, C) rig gun I modeled, D) model monster for animated short... maybe.
  • Make a trailer for Telly
  • Do studies from my favorite artists
  • Update portfolio website and resume
  • Make a collaboration writing blog?

Aritsts Imma study from:

  • Rob Guillory
  • Nick Carver
  • Jen Wang
  • Cory Loftis
  • Steven Silver
  • Glen Keane
  • David Colman

Oh snap, 7 artists... One artist a day?!.. yeah... I'd suggest you check all of them out because they draw exactly how I want to draw. Hopefully I'll spend at least an hour or two for each day I study these artists, I can use it as warm up.

Learn:

  • After Effects for animation? If I have time??
  • The human figure via Concept Design Academy classes - Analyticial Figure Drawing with Kevin Chen YEAH!!

Non-art stuff (BECAUSE NON-ART GOALS FOR ARTISTS ARE IMPORTANT)

  • Move out (get my very first apartment :) )
  • Learn stick shift (to use my dad's truck to move things to my apartment...)
  • Play videogames I've been meaning to to play for a long time (I'm looking at you, Uncharted 3.)
  • Do something aerial - skydive? hot air balloon? Something.
  • Do cool stuff like go-karting or paintballing or bush mazing or go to a shooting range
  • Uhhh renew my passport...
  • Read a book - Ender's Game? Or Outliers?
  • Learn more words
  • Watch as many movies as I can (DARK KNIGHT WHAT)


To avoid my failure of last summer of not completing everything, I HAVE A SCHEDULE THIS TIME that I am making up on the spot. Hopefully my days of work will last between 8 and 12 hours. And just to be clear, below is just a reorganization of the lists above. So....... here it is (subject to change):

Monday
  • Study: Rob Guillory
  • Project: New animated short
  • Project 2: Portfolio website

Tuesday
  • Study: Nick Carver
  • Project: Review CDA stuff

Wednesday
  • Study: Jen Wang
  • Project: Webcomic

Thursday
  • Study: Cory Loftis
  • Project: Maya stuff
  • Project 2: Portfolio website

Friday - Miscellaneous day 1
  • Study: Steven Silver
  • Possible projects: Muggies, promote Telly, shirt design - just preferably anything NOT worked on Mon-Thurs.
  • Or: Catch up on work
  • Attend CDA class

Saturday - Miscellaneous day 2
  • Study: Glen Keane
  • Work on anything! Mainly stuff I didn't get to earlier that week, or other stuff I really wanna work on. Just work all day.

Sunday - Rest day
  • Study: David Colman
  • Update my blog with my art this week.
  • Work on stuff if you want, but try not to work more than 5 hours.
  • Today would be a good day to binge on videogames or movies :)

Better to have too much stuff to do rather than too little!! (Well maybe not, but I just keep telling myself this.) (Also note that doesn't include a joke: this schedule is separate from the 14 week challenge.)

This... is why I've been so psyched for summer :')

Now I challenge you to beat me in the amount of stuff YOU'RE doing this summer!! HUHAH!!... but really, it would be awesome if you did more than me. Be more productive. I want to be outdone. The great part about not being the best is knowing that there's someone better than you. Yeah, sounds a little backwards, but knowing that I have so much more left to work toward makes me feel good. Being the best in a class does nothing but boost your ego. Being the worst makes you work harder. To be frank, I think I can be pretty awesome, but if I know I can be even MORE awesome, I'm reassured that all my efforts toward becoming a better person/artist can be met with reward. I can appreciate how far I've gone, but knowing that countless other people have gone further than me proves how much am capable of growing.

Yeah. That last paragraph was good. Imma read it again cuz this is one of those times where actually I like my writing.

Now where's the pencil in YOUR hand? Why aren't you typing away at your epic novel right now?? How come your brain isn't barfing ideas into your sketchbook?!?! Stop reading my blog! Make your own weekly schedule!! Make your own list of aspirations!! CREATE CREATE CREATE CREATE.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Telly's completion and first screening!!


My upcoming animated short Telly is... COMPLETE. I just want to hug someone.

If you've been sleeping under a rock (or just haven't been around me for the past few months), I've spent the last half year collaborating with a group of artists at CSUF, working on this animated short named Telly. We worked all of our butts off to complete this 5 minute short inbetween our classes, and now it's done!

Here's the synopsis I've been copy and pasting everywhere:
What if instead of the telephone, Alexander Graham Bell invented the very first messenger robot? This animated short follows the story of a late 19th century robot named Telly, traveling through town to deliver a message. But with his back magnetically charged, this robot might attract more attention in this new world than he had originally intended.

You can catch the official screening of Telly at this year's LA Asian Pacific Film Festival, screening on Sunday, May 13th.

Buy tickets here:

Here's a low-res version of the postcard as proof that this is too legit to quit.


But you want to watch it right now, you say? TOO BAD, SUCKA!! Just kidding. But not really. It'll go publicly online some time in the future (probably a few months from now), but not while it's making it's festival run. But that's exciting though! Never had a finished film run through any kinds of festivals - this is a first!



This past semester has been pretty crazy so I haven't been able to spend time on my blog, but the school year will be over in just a couple weeks. And when summer comes, oh ho ho, I have a butt load of projects ready to poop on your face. And when I say "poop on", I mean "dazzle you with"!! But when I say "dazzle you with", I unfortunately still mean "poop on" :(

That's all the news I have for now! Go watch Telly, screening at a festival near you*!!

* - Only near if you're in LA.