Modeling Baba Yaga’s Lair no. 2

This is the final model I submitted for my environmental modeling class with Joshua Tsukamoto. Shout out to him for his instruction and guidance!


If anyone needs practice in set dressing and prop modeling, this would be the project! Through the process, I learned how to use MASH and ncloth in Maya, and got some extra practice in XGen and Arnold lighting and rendering. I’m glad Joshua pushed me to add as much props in it as my time would possibly allow. I had just planned to make as many props as possible up until a week before it was due, and then concentrate on the presentation part, like cleaning up my outliner to hand off the file, and lighting and rendering the scene. Instead, I ended up making more props (such as everything on that wall with the dried flowers and dead birds) up until a day before submission, and then spent the last day to light and render the scene.

This model is still a work in progress. If you compare it to the wonderful concept art, this scene is still missing many items. See for yourself:

I do plan to finish it some day, but for now, a break is in order (following the advice of the previous instructor, Juan Pablo Chen). Plus my computer is in shambles at the moment.  So… to be continued!


2017 Inktober – First half


My 2017 Inktobers for the first half of the month:

Day 1 – Swift:


Day 2 – Divided:


Day 3 – Poison:3_poison-72

Day 4 and 5 combined because I missed day 4 – Underwater and Long:4-5_underwater-long-72

Day 6 – Sword:6_sword-72Day 7-14 – FAIL! I didn’t draw anything… 😦 😦

Day 15 – Mysterious:


Post-inktober Inktober, aka Inkvember

Aw. I completely forgot about Inktober and Drawlloween and all that fun stuff last month. I only remembered on the last day of October and managed to look up the day’s prompt, which was ‘friend.’

Dinosaurs are popular Halloween costumes. And I like chickens. So this is what I came up with in the last few minutes of October 2016:


Perhaps I should work on polishing my drawings. I’m such a fan of messy drawings. They’re just exciting to look at! But I should learn to polish my drawings too. Perhaps that should be my goal via… Inkvember! There’s no reason that Inktober as a concept should only be done in October. Jake Parker is my new drawing hero.

Containers going to school…

Woohoo, Monday sketch time!


So I ruined the prompt again. Apologies to the promptist, Razzleberries. “Container school” would be more apt. You know, in the spirit of all those architectural projects using modular shipping containers…

But if you are curious about actual containers going to school, BlendoGames will show you how it’s done!


Painting a chicken

I feel like 90% of my posts have been a lot of unrefined sketchy sketches so far. What can I say? It’s quick and easy work to produce. Hense my go-to method when I need blog material STAT (if you think I made a typo, then it was actually a failed pun). By the way, I resist the temptation to post old artwork  just have something to post when I have nothing to post (does that make sense?). Only current stuff! Wouldn’t want my productivity to slack off. And ruin a progressing record of my development.

But now my blog is starting to look monotonous. So today I present… a colorful chicken painting!! It’s based off of a chicken I sketched on my badge while standing and waiting in super long lines at CTN. Here’s the original sketch:


Ba GOK! Then I started throwing color over it. Like this:


Horrible. I was randomly guessing at the values and shades. The more I painted this way, the more ugly it got. Uh uh. Stop now. Start over. This time, first figure out what the local colors are going to be. And while you’re at it, decide on a light source. In fact, just use Peanut as reference:


Oh my, there’s a little more to chicken face anatomy than waddles and a beak. Figure out contours and do some development:

Designate some local colors, think about shading, and what do we get? A chicken in progress!


Well, still far from done. However I already feel better about this one than that first attempt. And I assume the more I do, the faster I’ll get. Or at least, better? I hope.

To be continued!!!