Thursday, July 31, 2008

Another Girl

A little doodle while using Storyboard Pro. What exactly she's doing, I don't know...
I should stop drawing girls.

Friday, July 25, 2008

KING redesigned

Every week, would have this character redesign battle, and this week's challenge is CAPCOM VS. SNK. The creative folks of Saladin Team got together, and my contribution is King of King of Fighters. She was previously a club bouncer under Howard Geese, and her fighting style is Muay Thai.

Her original design is just a maroon tux with a yellow waist band, and I redesigned her to some 1920's-1930'2 mob bodyguard after remembering Michael Jackson's Smooth Criminal and Blacksad.

(Pardon the horrible anatomy and pasty colours. It was put together in 1 and a half hours just before coming to work, so I wasn't able to give it enough love :(

Desert Tales

While under the influence of Middle East... and after work. No, it's not Prince of Persia nor Saladin (the current project I'm working on).

Tuesday, July 22, 2008


Here is another one of my old freelance jobs, Critter Chorus, rightfully by BigWig Media (dated November 2007). I just basically provide the digital key frames of the characters and the background for the flash animation (original key frames were provided by none other than the talented miss Sandra herself). Unfortunately, most of the higher resolution/detailed stuffs were casualties of technological errors, but I'm happy that I was able to salvage some from my emails.

The original designs of the critters by Sandra

Character lineup done within Adobe Illustrator

These are the backgrounds pitched and polished for the project. They are done in Photoshop.

...and FINALLY:
The final look. Play it today! :D

Street Smart Sketch pre-production

Like any production, it takes a lot into creating an animated short, even if it is only 1 minute long. Plus, I worked on the project away from my family during most of the time, so I had to clarify a lot of things through emails (storyboard for the general flow and look, conceptualizing the looks, animatics/block animation for timing, and the final animation).

Sadly, I lost most of my works when my PC was reformatted by accident, including the final model for the mammoth and some backgrounds. It's a good thing I had a small backup which I found almost a year later.

Ribut's initial design by my mom. They don't have a tablet at home. Dunno why his head refuses to show:

Here is the storyboard that was pitched to my mom.


The star of the show, the potato man in action! Modeled in Desktop Maya, textured with Adobe Photoshop. I think I'm quite satisfied with the final look. It was supposed to be a simple short with minimal animation anyway.


Modeled it after my little brother's toy car which was used for the play (I didn't think that old thing could still work). Again, I'm happy with how this turned out. Low ploy models always make my day easier.

The few repetitive stuffs that was thrown into the background and foreground. Done with Photoshop and lots of alpha maps.

Street Smart Sketch

This short animation was done in October 2007 for my mother's school play/sketch, mainly about being street smart. It was about a scientist's son, Johan, who accidentally time traveled into the stone age in his father's 4wd and causing a slight havoc when he ran into a few cavemen.

This clip shows the leader's imagination after the boy explained what the car is, and its functions. It was supposed to explain friction, momentum, and stuffs like that, and especially about safety while being on the road (like always look left and right etc.).

She only gave me a month to work on it, and it took 2 weeks to get across what she wanted and another 2 weeks to model characters & props, (rigging was done by my fiance), texture, animate, and put together in time for her play. Thus, the horrible sound editing and weird out of place glitches. Mom's students got 2nd place for the play.

Background music was "Jessica", made famous by The Allman Brothers Band, and sound effects were ganked off various free audio site.

This was purely made for non-profit, I assure you.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Misery Loves Company

Watched The Dark Knight last Thursday, and I gotta say it's the best Joker interpretation I've ever watched, and possibly one of the best super hero movies I've watched so far (aside from Iron Man this year). The story itself was very well told (from plots to characters), and it leaves you with some feeling of depression.

Rest in Peace, Heath Ledger.

Thursday, July 10, 2008


Back in the old days, Srikandi is a title given to female warriors who are well versed in the craft of Pencak Silat, a form of martial arts that is popular among Malay folks (originating from Indonesia, which then spread into neighbouring islands). It is more on the offensive side, since it was developed for war. It ranges from hand-to-hand combat, to an assortment of exotic weapons. The most popular choice of course is the keris.

In fact, there are many disciplines to Silat, and I recall a few that is especially designed for women (I remember my brother telling me the story of a princess/a woman who created the craft, and challenged that no man shall marry her unless if he could take her down. No man could).

As far as I can say, it is a serious art, especially if mixed with black magic, mainly Dabus. Nothing good can come from that (My cousin had this experience once - he got thrown across the ring by a single punch, and some of his ribs were broken during a Silat competition while sparring with a very peculiar opponent).

As for the deer creature, well... before religion, there was animism.

Monday, July 7, 2008

Now and Then

I did this a while ago for a friend's interview earlier this year. I don't know if it's up at all since I had a hard time accessing her website. She asked me to draw how I was during my uni days and my working life.

Ink on paper, coloured in Adobe Photoshop.
BG texture is from ro-stock
Custom Photoshop brush splatter patterns are from Brusheezy

This is how I spent my days as an animation student in Multimedia University. It wasn't that bad, until I entered final year. Aah... the long nights of technological horror, strict lecturers, and adrenaline rush...

My days as a production artist may sometimes be cramped with office or freelance jobs, but I still enjoy them anyway