Animation: Basics

After watching an interview with Kobe Bryant about his animated short, Dear Basketball, and a bit of the animation, I suddenly became inspired to do animation myself. I taught myself over the course of last semester, and I wanted to show you what I’ve done so far.

For some background information, I used OpenToonz to create my animations. It’s free (yay!) and, from what I’ve seen, seems decently similar to Adobe Flash. Apparently Studio Ghibli uses a version of it! And did I say that it’s free? There is quite a learning curve, but some digging on the internet should answer some, if not most, of your questions.

I heavily relied on Alan Becker’s videos to learn the basics of animation. I particularly liked his series on the 12 principles of animation, which I (tried to) incorporate into my animations.

Finally, I followed the recommended beginner exercises from Animator Island.

I hope you enjoy these!








Mount Baldy

I go to Pomona College in Claremont, California, and we have the more or less “famous” Mount Baldy. It snows there in the winter, which, from below, looks like powdered sugar.  The church that I go to has a nice view of the mountain, so I took a picture of it after finishing Mass. I had been wondering what to draw with my Copics on my new Copic sketchbook after my renewed interest in that medium, and I thought that the mountains would make a nice subject.

I am posting it here today. This is also the piece that was shown slightly in my post about Copics. To be honest, I am quite unhappy with it. I am very displeased with the trees, and I think that the blue shadows on the foreground mountain (which I did first) do not go well with the rest of the brownish hues. It looked nice when it only had the shadows. Oh well. At least it’s done with.


Here’s a photo before I “ruined it”, although you can start to see that I was filling it out in the bottom-right corner.


Looking at the photo of the finished piece, I suppose it’s not too bad. And practice makes perfect!

Also, I’ve scheduled my posts to go live on Wednesdays every other week at 6am PST. I read that Wednesdays are a good time to post to get traffic and that 9am EST is also a good time. So look forward to that!


Backyard Shed

I posted recently that I’d gotten back into Copic markers and gave a sneak peek of my Copic drawing. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to work on that drawing for a while because I was waiting for the delivery of a new gray marker that I had bought. I will finish it though (eventually)!

I thus finished the one below first. It’s from a photo of a shed in my backyard. I used this website to turn the photo into line art that I could use to color in. I’m pretty happy with the way it turned out!


Also, this is the first of a series of scheduled posts that I’ve written. What with the semester starting next month, I wanted to pace myself so that this blog wouldn’t be abandoned yet again. You can expect posts every two weeks for a while. I hope this will help my efforts to resuscitate my blog!


Copic Markers

I wanted to post my collection of Copic Markers on this blog. I’ve gotten back into using this medium, and I’m enjoying it! I used to be frustrated with the outcomes because I was using printing paper, but I recently bought a Copic sketchbook, and I am much more satisfied with the final results. I can actually blend decently with this paper!


If I could go back in time, I would have bought different colors. With my budget, I should have gone for a wider variety, but some colors, like RV29, R17, and R29 or BG45 and BG53 are too similar. But I guess you live and you learn.

Look out for my later posts on my drawings with Copics! (You can see a sneak peek in the background).


Blog Revamp

If you’re a regular visitor to my blog or you’ve seen it before, you may have noticed that something has changed… practically the whole website! I decided to change the theme, because I felt like my old theme was too traditional for me, what with the serifs and monotone palette. Not that the theme itself is bad, but I guess my tastes have changed.

I do feel somewhat conflicted about not having my header picture with the logo. I tried adding it, but it felt sloppy and wasn’t well aligned with the rest of the features. I guess I get quite sentimental and attached to these things and that it’s time to let go.

I’ve also spent quite a while categorizing my posts, because for the past ten years that I’ve been blogging, I haven’t used categories! When I learned about them, I thought it was too late to add them to all of my posts, but I decided to undertake the task and just do it. And I have succeeded!

I hope you like the new updates. Let me know what you think!


I Like Affinity Designer!

I only realized a while ago that Adobe’s creative products had moved to a subscription-based payment system, even though this change happened years ago. I’m not a full-time artist, and I use Illustrator and Photoshop only once in a while. I thus did not want to pay the monthly or yearly subscription for my casual use. After some research on the internet about good alternatives to Illustrator, I came upon a review about Affinity Designer. And I want to say that this is a great alternative!

I’m not going to give an in-depth and full review, partly because others have reviewed this program already (like this one or this one). But today I wanted to show something that I’ve done with the program. As a fun project, I wanted to redesign the book cover of J.D Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye. I haven’t finished the whole thing, but I have done the typewriter – one part of my design – using Affinity Designer. And here it is!



I used the image from this website to create the typewriter.


Huntington Library Tea Cafe

Because it’s summer break, I had plenty of time to do a real, full-on painting. I had wanted to draw this view from a window in the Huntington Library tea cafe for a while, so I thought it would be a good time to do so.

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I personally don’t enjoy drawing manmade objects because I’m pretty bad at drawing straight lines and perfect curves, so this was quite a challenge for me. However, I think it turned out pretty well!