Saturday, December 28, 2013

Fall Semester 2013

Okay, I know it's been months since I've posted, I've just been extra occupied with classes and I had to focus on a portfolio review for the Interior Design Program at my university (which I passed, thankfully). Anyway, quite a bit of stuff happened, and I do not know where to start, so I guess I will just present my final projects and whatnot.
Hopefully you all can view google docs... so this link is for one of my classes where we learned how to draft and create construction documents. For this, we were given a floor plan of an office where we had to first arrange the rooms and spaces according to our program description. After going through the schematic design phase and the design development phase (where we had to work in groups of 5 or 6), we each individually had to create a partition plan, an openings schedule, a reflected ceiling plan, a finish plan, a mill work/detail elevations, and a cover sheet. I ended up doing pretty well with the whole project, though there's still room for improvement.
This next link is my portfolio (because it is a huge file, I needed to lower the resolution so the quality of the file is not the best). For this we mainly just had to collect various projects we have done in the program and organize them all into a book format. We also needed to customize our cover with special paper and make our own book binding. This is technically still a work in progress so there will be changes...
To add on to making a portfolio, we also had design the interior space in a hotel based on our concept designs and curtain walls made earlier. This project we had to work in groups of 2, so the work was kind of divided up. Because the original pdf file is humongous, I plan to just show the work I did for the hotel project. Because my partner had a bit of a struggle doing the rendering work with modo (long story of computer problems and whatnot), I was in charge of doing all the renderings for various rooms in the hotel in both modo and adobe photoshop.

 So these two are renderings of two hotel rooms (one being orange with a purple line drawing wallpaper and the other being purple with an orange line drawing wallpaper), each with a king size bed and our curtain wall shaped like a coral reef.
This is the interior entrance of the hotel (what it would look like if you entered into the hotel), we wanted to do a bridge where you can cross to get to the main lobby and would feel like you are entering into a coral reef and could see the pool located below the bridge. For this, the lobby, and the basement, we struggled finding a color scheme that would work with the colors of the coral wall, so in the end we had to settle with this purple color...
This is the main lobby area where there's a reception, seating along the wall, and a bar where you can get wine or coffee.
This is the basement area/pool (here you are view out in the water), it is hard to see, but we shaped the water area to be like a horse shoe to add on to the curvature of the hotel interior.
These two are the facade renderings of the hotel (one elevation, and one perspective).
This link is for an isometric line drawing of the whole hotel that I did (just to give you all an idea on how the whole building should look like).
This is a quick photo of what is suppose to be part of the curtain wall in life size. They were crochet and sewed together.
There was a lot more previous work done before all of this... though I feel like it may be a bit too much to show on a blog. I also did some work on the plans and sections for the hotel, my partner just did the touch ups and final editing for our final presentation. Personally, I felt like I did a better job on my portfolio than the hotel project (maybe because it was individual).
That's pretty much it for now, overall a busy semester with a lot of work/projects (but I ended up with really good grades in the end). I'm hoping to be able to draw/sketch a bit more though that will depend on how busy I get next semester with classes and possibly an internship if I can find one.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Closing the summer of 2013

Okay, so before I go back to studying and working my butt off in college work, I wanted to do a post of stuff I managed to sketch out for the remaining of my summer vacation.

This one is a drawing of one of the hanging lights one can find in Japantown San Francisco, did this while waiting for a friend:
These are sketches I did while waiting for a friend's birthday party:
One of the girls I was waiting with asked me to draw out a person, I ended up picking a picture of a girl on one of the photo machines we saw. Record shows figure drawing is not my thing...
These I drew just yesterday in Caffe Frascati with some A/I friends:

That's pretty much it in matters of art for now, I managed to work on my portfolio a bit; such as reorganizing the format, replacing the photos, and adding in a little more hand drawings/concept, though I do not feel like sharing it yet. I am going to take a special portfolio class for my major so hopefully I will learn something in making a professional portfolio.
I am also having a handful of classes this semester that could determine what will happen to me for the rest of my college career, so I may not have much time to do sketches for fun and whatnot. Though I hardly think it matters to many of you (lots of you readers managed to live without me posting for months). I do plan to inform you all how things go this semester, most likely at the very end when I know the results/grades. And to all my art friends: best of luck to you all for your classes and any other obstacle you plan to conquer this semester.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

July 4th Vacation Weekend

Okay, I know this is a little late, I had to wait on my brother for some photos he took over the weekend, plus I got a stomach ache yesterday and was unable to do anything other than sleep it off. So I'm going to try to document my family vacation in Grand Lake, Colorado as best as I can for those of you who do not know (though technically the only people who will know are my relatives from my dad's side of the family.

July 4th: First thing in the morning, we (me, my mom, and my dad) find out there's something wrong with the water heater, but because  we had to leave for a flight at around 11:30am we had to arrange an appointment to get it fixed on Tuesday morning (since we were coming back Monday evening). Getting through security, I forgot to take out my laptop out from my backpack, and was scolded by security for the mistake (though it was my first time bringing my laptop to an airport). Flight was on time, and we made it to Denver, Colorado in 2 hours, but the last bit where we had to land and fight against turbulence almost made me vomit. I was really hungry after the flight, but too sick from the motion sickness to be able to eat. My mom was sick as well from the flight, though my dad was fine
At the airport, we met up with my brother (who was also fine) and began our 3 hour car ride up to the Grand Lake Lodge. I was unsure whether it was motion sickness from the winding roads, increase in altitude, or a combination of everything that could make me sick, but I was not feeling well on the car trip as we climbed the mountains. We did stop on the way over to pick up food for breakfast at Safeway, and stopped for dinner at a place called Mavericks. There we got a little taste of Colorado food service (slow service, big portions).
We finally made it to the Grand Lake Lodge, which is a series of cabins up on a hill, where at the bottom is the Grand Lake Village along with the Grand Lake. Since it was my cousin Erin's 13th birthday, we celebrated that with a few games (though we were mostly siting around talking, drinking, and eventually eating red velvet cake), we also got to see the fireworks that night from the lake. After that, we all returned to our cabins and went to bed (at least some of us did).

July 5th: I was feeling better from the sickness the other day, though my mom got really sick so she had to rest that morning. Since a majority of the family was going swimming, me and my brother joined in for the fun. We played marco pollo for a bit, I made it through the whole game without getting caught. Afterwards, a few of us (me, my brother, my two cousins, my uncle, and one of my cousin's girlfriend) took a trail down to the Grand Lake Village just to get a look around the place. We saw plenty of ice cream shops, I noticed a quilt shop (which I thought about telling my mom since she is into quilting), we even went down to the lake to see a couple of interesting boats (one was a van on top of the bottom part of a boat, though I did not get a picture of it... sorry).
By the time we came back up to the cabins (which many of us dreaded doing), it was time for lunch, so my family went to the main lodge to have lunch (where service was a bit slow, and did not have good onion soup). After that, we thought about staying in the cabin since one of my cousins mentioned something about rain in the afternoon. Though I was concerned about my mom and suggested we find some medicine for her headaches. So we drove down to the village (just me, my dad, and my mom; my brother stayed behind and hung out with the others) and got some advil. I showed them both the village while down there, my mom stayed at the quilt shop where she found some nice patterns for her new quilt project, while I walked around with my dad to explore the area a bit more (my dad thought the place reminded him of Dr Seuss: where everybody looked the same and white). There we got rained on and had to run back to the car trying to avoid getting wet as much as possible.
For dinner, the four of us just drove down past the Grand Lake to find a place to eat. We stopped at a place called Bar & Grill, the food was good, but service was also slow in getting the food and giving us the check.
When we came back, my dad, my brother and I went to the main cabin to meet up with everybody. There I tried to do some actual sketching. Here's a failed attempt of my drawing my three aunts and cousin playing wisp, by the time I starting drawing, they were finished with their game so I had to try to draw from memory:
Finally giving up, I decided to drawing random items I found around me. First I did a book sitting on some pile of fire wood:
Next I noticed a beer bottom on a window sill, and drew that out like this:
After the beer bottle, below was the remaining pieces of the birthday cake on the floor, so I attempted to draw that out as well before joining the family in their crazy card games (I say this because there was a ton of screaming and threatening from the people playing them):
Though I did not actually play any of the games, I did get to chat a bit with one my cousins on our current situations, along with some of my relatives.
Much later that night, we were told about a satellite becoming visible in the night sky, so we journeyed out in the dark to try and find it. At first we thought we would not be able to see it because of some clouds and multiple sirens from the police cars in the distance, but it ended up shining bright enough for us to tell it was not just some airplane (I sadly did not get any pictures, though it would have probably would have done no good, you'd just have to try to find one yourselves and see in real life).

July 6th: This was a day one of my uncles planned a long hiking trip in the mountains. The deal was it was an hour long drive to get to the hiking path, and three hours total to reach the top of the mountain. Fearing of getting altitude sickness from the hike and motion sickness from the drive I stayed behind with my parents and two aunts (one of my cousins and her boyfriend stayed behind because of injuries, but I didn't get to spend much time with them). That morning I also made arrangements to do horseback riding in the afternoon (at was literally my first time riding a horse, but I have wanted to do horseback riding for a long time).
Before the big event of my day, I went walking around a bit with my two aunts, we got to see some arrangements for a wedding reception that day. Then my mom and dad met up with us and we all went down to the village for a little shopping and for lunch. We ate at a place called Miyauchi's Homemade Ice Cream and Snack Bar, the service was good as well as the food. After that, we stopped by Dairy King for some ice cream (yeah that's right, there's a real "Dairy King" out there that's not a Dairy Queen).
Finally it was time for horseback riding, and a part of me was happy it was not raining that part of the afternoon I was planning to ride for an hour and a half. Now these picture was actually taken after my horseback riding trip by my dad, but I felt like bring some live evidence of my adventure:
From left to right: Our guide for the trail riding was Tabitha, who knows her way around horses and is currently majoring in Animal studies; me on my horse Chip; Tabitha's father; and Tabitha's mother. So a fun small group, they were all nice people to go horseback riding with (Tabitha mentioned having a sister named Hannah, though she was not there on the trip).
 This just a close up picture of me with Chip
And here's a better picture of Chip being taken away by Tabitha. To summarize, it was an awesome experience that I hope I will never forget (it does a number on your butt if you are not used to it, but it is still worth it).
After my fun worthwhile riding trip, I found out the big group going hiking just made it to the top at 2pm (when my horseback riding trip started). The funny thing was the hiking trip took five hours to get through the whole thing, so instead of coming back around 1pm like planned, they managed to get back at around 5:30pm. Though they all seemed to have fun, so it must have been worth it.
When my brother finally got back from the long hiking trip, we left to Mustachio's for dinner, though it was the worst food service we ever had on this whole trip. Plus I was not really hungry for my vegetarian lasagna, just to pass the time I attempted to sketch out the pile of cheese:
I probably would have drawn it out a bit more, but my brother asked if he could try some, so without thinking, I grabbed the whole plate and placed it on top of his empty plate. He did give it back and just scooped a bite, but it was hard to tell how to draw it out in the current state it was in. Beforehand, my brother mentioned stuff about a mountain silhouette of Abraham Lincoln laying down. I was able to notice it firsthand, but it took a while for the others to see it and take a picture:
Sorry that it's a little hard to see, it was taken with an Ipod Touch camera my brother had, but if you look closely you can see Abe Lincoln laying down with his head and body in profile.
The rest of the night I spent at the cabin with my mom watching TV. Almost forgot the mention that earlier on before my brother came back, we saw the news about the 214 plan crashing in SFO, which was big news for us since a crash like that could easily cause delays on our trip home.

July 7th: Technically our last full day staying at the Grand Lake Lodge. In the morning, I went swimming with my two cousins, two aunts, and one of my cousin's girlfriend. My brother joined in later on, but accidentally got his cell phone in the hot tub, because of that I had to spend a bit of my time trying to dry out his phone and find a tiny screw driver to open up his phone (but since I could not find a small enough screw driver, there was no luck).
After swimming a little longer, I stopped by the main lodge to talk a little to a painter named Thomas Halt, mostly just to compliment on his painting. To all my art friends, look this guy up, he has awesome paintings.
Later that morning, a majority of us went to a place called Adams Falls, where we got to see a water fall and do a couple of random photo shots around the area.
Here's a picture of part of the falls taken by my dad.
After the hike, we went to the go kart track where six of raced in go karts. Sadly I came in dead last after sliding on water thrown on the track purposely by staff, bumping into one or two karts close to me, and crashing into the side of the track unable to turn around or back up because the karts had no reverse gear.
Having only my pride in racing hurt, we headed out for lunch, my family just stopped by Dairy King for sandwiches, while everyone else, from what I've heard, went to have ice cream for lunch. We had ice cream as well, just at Dairy King since my brother did not get a chance to try it the other day. While eating, we saw a little chipmunk coming in and out nibbling on any food crumbs it could eat. Here's a picture my brother took of it eating part of my ice cream cone I tour off for it to eat:
One almost ate a part of my ice cream, which I offered, but it ran off before my brother or my dad could get a picture.
Sadly afterwards, I began developing a headache on the right side of my head (I assumed it was a migraine headache). I spent the rest of the day trying to rest my head, in the middle I was called out to get a picture taken with all of my cousins. Before the picture, I had to wait, with my head throbbing, while listening to my cousins play a card game called quarters, which did not help me out since everybody was shouting and screaming. After the long photo shot, I dragged myself back to bed with a worser headache, I even felt like crying from the pain.
Because of the headache, I had no appetite to go to dinner with my dad and brother at the main lodge, my mom stayed behind with me to have slices of warm bread with cream cheese for dinner. My mom finally convinced me into taking advil to ease the pain, which led me to going outside for a little fresh air (though you can't expect much air from over 8,000 feet in altitude). While out, I ran into my dad and brother (who told me that dinner service was a lot faster and better due to less people being there), so we went for a little walk together and I showed them the art gallery done by Thomas Halt. While there, Thomas Halt came by and we managed to talk a bit more then. I learned that he spent his life painting for over 40 years and started as a drafts man in architecture in the 1960s. Today he mainly paints for entertain around the lodge, but anyone can buy his works for a good price. He told us that his paintings with windmills are the ones that get sold often. If any of you get the chance, you should try to look him up, I really recommend his work.
The rest of the night I stayed at the cabin again, still tired with a little headache, ready to go home as soon as possible.

July 8th: At around 8:30am, we said our good byes to the remaining people at the cabins (some already left last night or earlier in the morning). The trip down was easy since there was hardly any traffic, we even stopped by a mall on the way over to the airport (similar to the Great Mall in San Jose for those of you who have gone). We got our tickets and through security fine (though I step to side because they thought I had some piece of metal in my hair, which was really nothing). We had lunch at Wolfgang Pucks and ice cream at Ben and Jerry's. My brother's flight back to LA was on time, though our flight to SF was an hour and half delayed because of air traffic control (we were just happy it was not canceled or delayed even further). Thankfully I managed to get through the whole trip without getting sick at all, and we made it home without any further problems.
Funny thing, both me and my mom felt okay coming back home, but my dad got a headache from the trip, and my brother called telling us he got sick as well. For those of you who were following along, it's like the tables have turned.

Anyway, that concludes my story on my family vacation, so unless there's a plan to go to Orange County to see the Counting Crows Concert, I'm going to be in SF for probably the rest of the summer. I do still hope to get more drawings/updates in, so, yeah, expect something from me sometime...

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Happy 4th of July

Hey again, it's going to be fourth of July weekend, hope you all have plans or plan to give yourself something fun to do over the four day weekend. I plan to go to a family reunion in Denver, Colorado up in the mountains, so we'll see whether it will be a worthwhile weekend with relatives and cousins, though something usually goes wrong on big events like this (or at least they do when I think nothing can go wrong), so all I can do is hope for the best.
Anyway, before that, I wanted to show some stuff I've been doing about a week ago. They are also concept designs for a summer film, but I do not plan on revealing anything about them just yet, so just use your imagination:

These are clothes designs I came up with at first using a person to model the the clothes. 

 Afterwards, I was asked to do the designs separate from the models, so I just did flat front and back views of the designs I thought up of. 
That's sadly pretty much it for now, I did do a quick drawing of a column today at the mall while waiting for my mom to try on some tops, though I'm personally not too happy with the rushed/messy turnout. Hopefully, if I get a chance, I can get a chance to do some sketches during the family reunion. So to all reading this, Happy 4th of July (and Happy Birthday cousin Erin).

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Summer drawings continued...

So far, I've been a bit lazy in doing independent work...

These were drawings done a few weeks ago, I've just been too lazy to post them up (plus they are pretty rough and sloppy).
Here is my friend getting her hair styled by an employer and friend of a store in SF Japantown. Because it took a while, I had to pass time drawing random stuff hoping no one would force me to put away my sketchbook.
These were decorations in the shop I tried to draw, though I wished I did a little better.
Bored and frustrated out of my mind because of my crude sketching, I traced over my left hand and attempted to draw out the details. By then, my friend was done with her styling, and we spent the rest of the day walking around and talking.

This is something I did at a mall, when I decided to actually stop and "smell the roses," or in this case ice cream.
I tried drawing out the ice cream cup I had before eating it all and before it was slowly melting away. In front of me was a random guy on his iphone, which I attempt to drawing on the bottom right corner. there was also a guy at a Verizon Wireless stand who often stood up straight with his arms crossed, so I attempted to draw him out as well.

Other than buying my time, golfing with my dad, and other random stuff, I've been working as a concept artist for a summer film. I do not want to give away too many details, so just use your imaginations.

That's pretty much it for now, I am still hoping to get a few other things done, so if another post comes up, you'll know I was actually working on something

Friday, June 7, 2013

Spring Projects and Summer Drawings

Sorry for not updating my blog for so long, I've been occupied with classes and whatnot... Plus I've been having a hard time figuring out how to put pdf files online. Anyway (I hope these are view able) here are the two major projects I had for my building codes class:

Here's also my current portfolio, which I hope to work on this summer and get better by the end of Fall semester. Sadly, it's not view able online, if anyone wants to view it, you'll have to download it. Sorry.

Other than those, I managed to do some animal drawings with at the Oakland zoo with my A/I friends (you all know who you are). Here are some I did while waiting at the Oakland zoo entrance:

And here are the drawings I did while in the zoo, record shows that I have not drawn/practiced in a long time...

Well, that's pretty much it for now, I do hope to keep this blog alive somehow this summer. I will try to continue doing drawings on my own as well as improve the layout of my portfolio.