From My Sketchbook: OC adoptable

Yeah, I'm turning my head towards making adoptable OC's for the Deviantart community, and even got myself a spot as a contributor/admin in a group there, Adopt-a-OC. She still has no name though, and her original design (sea goddess) can NOT be seen at ALL. Hahah. I always can't follow my original ideas. Wonder why?

Traditional, 30-45 mins.
Touch-up in Photoshop CS5.

Done during English class, while my other classmates were shooting their heads off debating.

3D Character: In-a-Pose

:D Updates to my previous 3D Character pose. Still have no name for her though!

I'll be placing lights on this character soon, and improving the anatomy and dress design. :D

Late Post #2: Purity Ceremony

Everyone knows that "true love waits".

When the opportunity came for me to be held accountable to my commitment to purity, I grabbed at it. I remember personally declaring this to myself last September 2009, but in order for people to remind me if ever I forget to live purely, I had to make a public commitment. Thank God our church held one last August of 2012.

That night was amazing. I finally made a clear stand on purity (not only in physical acts but also in my thoughts and heart's desires), and my dad (on vacation at the time) was there to cheer me on! :)

Pastor Chris Tayoto (right) 

The purity rings  

Dinner at Red Platter. Hello daddy!

Maya: 3D Character Model

Hooray! I finally finished a project for school today - and passed with high marks! I got an awesome 97! I guess my sleepless nights were TOTALLY worth it! Even though my eyes are stinging while I'm typing these words, I don't really care. This is an achievement! I never knew I could do this properly. Hahaha.

I took some screen shots of my model, namely an unnamed princess [from Russia]. I have no idea how accurate my model is though. :) So, I'm sharing my achievement with all of you guys!

The reason for her rigid pose is that we were instructed to model a character in a "T-pose". :) I made another scene with her posing a little, but that'll be submitted on Thursday. I'm really proud of the hair though. Ehehe. What do you think of my first-ever fully-textured Maya model? =^-^=

Late Post #1: ADAAF 2012

Found these pictures I took in our recent Ateneo Digital Arts and Animation Festival (ADAAF) with friends and some of the most awesome animators in the country. Late post, but a post, nonetheless. :)

My fellow to-be animators:

The speakers:

My thoughts after seeing the pictures:  Crap, I look hideous. 

Hahaha! The speakers/animators are a glimpse of the future "us", and I now know why there are stereotypes for animators. As grown-up as they were, they still moved like us, almost child-like, always happy - even the choice of clothes and gadgets are the same! 

The convention was full of visitors from other schools, and you can easily distinguish those who were taking up Animation and those who were there because they simply liked animation. Every time the speaker showed reels of their previous work and videos of their upcoming projects, the common-folk would stare blankly at the screen or some would exclaim how wonderful everything was. Us, on the other hand, saw shapes, had visions of how to model them in Maya, the dynamics used, the type of material used whether it was a Blinn or a Lambert (Maya jargon, FYI) and so on. While the rest of the hall was smiling, we were crying. We were thinking: "Gaaah! Too much modeling! Too hard to do!"

Everything was fun though. Hahaha. (I didn't get the chance to try out the 27" Wacom Cintiq the Wacom Singapore representative brought with him! There were too many people trying to get an experience. Besides, my friends and I were starving. LOL.

A lot more awesome things happened that day, but they're for my memory alone. :P

Can't wait for the next one!

Goals and Targets.

Haven't updated much again, darnit. Hahaha. I don't know why I keep on procrastinating! I log on to Blogger, look at the updated blogs I follow, then totally forget to update my blog! Sheesh. -_-  And there I thought the new year would be a more active one! XD


This week is examination (Midterm) week, and like most of us Animation students, I'm finding it hard to "feel" the moment. We've got a gazillion projects and exercises to pass by this week, and our course is strict on deadlines, as is the industry. Thank God I have someone  (a blessing!) who bought me a high-end desktop PC for my Maya models! T___T Such a tear-jerk-er!

About my goals, I've signed myself up for a reading challenge, which you can keep track of from the sidebar of this blog. Usually, 50 is very little, but given my hectic school schedule, I had to keep it to 50 (and I haven't even started yet). So, to make myself more accountable to you guys, I'll be sharing with you the first book I'm going to read:

(image from Google)

I've never heard of her until the day I saw this at Booksale and became attracted to the cover and the presentation of the book, but seeing as there are quite a lot of reviews from other users, I think this would be awesome. I'm also planning on making reviews about books I've read, which is another goal. I've got a lot of unread books on my shelf (yeah, I keep buying books but never have the time to read them) and I want to finish even a quarter of them by December of this year. :)

Another target I've been thinking about is to get better at 2D illustrations. My sketches look great (at least, in my opinion haha) but when I finish them up, they look very, very childish! I don't know if it's a style, or if I really need practice! T___T Here's a sample:

See what I'm talking about? The sketch looked great, but when I color it in... it looks like this. I'm never satisfied with the way I do things! Anyone out there who could give me a hand?

Other goals:

1. Get started on a one-shot experimental Manga collaboration with a friend from school. (We're having a hard time deciding on a story though, as we both have a bunch of ideas we want on paper.)

2. Create a visual novel using Ren'py. (Yes, as if Autodesk Maya and Photoshop aren't enough things to do, I've included Ren'py. I have a brief story line, but I'm still looking for the perfect time to start things. I've finished going through the tutorial for the coding, all that's left is the time.)

3. Create a Flash Comic/Animation. (Another "heavy" goal, but I think with enough time, it's possible. I might be able to do this during summer, even if I have summer classes. -_-)

4. Learn at least 3 more songs on the keyboard and guitar. (I've gotten a bit rusty due to no practice, so I want to oil my joints this year and get back on track. I'm falling in love with guitars and have learned 3 songs this month already, by the way. I've always been loyal to pianos though.)

I've got a few more goals, but I worry I won't be able to live up to them. The four goals above have a greater chance of being done though. :)

Findings #1

Yeah, so in case you guys don't know, I sometimes read posts on 9gag, and even though most posts there are nonsense crap, I find a few posts which are actually nice.

Here is one of my finds today:

I've found another interesting thing on that site, but I'll save that for tomorrow.

Happy New Year!

Today marks the first day of the year 2013, and I have decided to (again) change the feel of my laptop's visual style. :) I took a screenie! (Yay!)

Hope you guys have a great start of the year!