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.