March 5, 2019

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

More of a personal update this time.

Hoping to manage making merchandise on throughout the next few months allowing as I've committed to artist alley at LightBox Expo (my first!). I'm thinking sticky notes next 😏😏.

I've drawn a ridiculous amount of food throughout the past few years and it was surprising how difficult it was to draw something so simple keeping in mind that the result had to be flatly lit enough that writing could easily be seen while remaining recognizable. Embarrassingly enough, it took me a few tries.

Everything I make merchandise-wise is secretly inspired by the packaging I want to make. Still a few more ideas I want to test out and have several more breads I want to include, but drew up an initial backing card:

Also dedicating the next 3 months to intensively learning programming :)...

February 26, 2019

Thursday, February 26, 2019

Initially started as an idea for a public anthology, I've recently stumbled into designing potential merchandise based off the zodiac. Starting off with a prospective plushie design based off boars in the shape of steamed buns for the Year of the Boar- literal pork buns ;)

I planned on having 8 different color options as I wanted to create super indulgent hypothetical packaging in the form of a paper bamboo steamer. Color variations were thus based off other known steamed bun fillings.

Ultimately I cut down to 4 colors to start as production costs were higher than I expected and would have been unwise to invest in an idea that might not sell. I held an incredibly rudimentary vote via social media to see which colors were most popular and went with top 3 in addition to the original color.

Unfortunately due to the limitations of Pantone swatches, final colors differed slightly from initial design.

Sent off final color design sheets today, so I'm currently holding out for a prototype :).

As for packaging, did I say hypothetical?

I spent 2 days that I probably shouldn't have creating a proof of concept prototype :'). Constructed entirely out of chipboard and paper, I wanted to use the idea behind soda cup lids to create packaging that didn't rely on plastic molding and so was entirely recyclable. Albeit, being handmade and relying purely on layering to keep a solid structure, the box was a lot heavier and bulkier than ideal.

February 4, 2019

Monday, February 4, 2019

Left my job at the end of last year when I realized I was both intensely unhappy and no longer learning anything at my position.

Keeping busy while looking into other positions with some continued freelance work for Aspire Education-

as well as playing with making merchandise-

and planning a larger project.

I'll also be at Lightbox Expo this September <3.

November 27, 2018

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Spent most of November traveling in Japan/Korea and only managed to create assets + play with a rough website for a short hackathon. Hustling to make up some work 💦💦.

October 27, 2018

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Spent the rest of October helping with a website/print rebranding for a local education nonprofit, Aspire Education, with Lisa Fischer and Kiersta Wild as a part of Make a Mark San Francisco.

Here's a snippet of the resulting collaboration draft with Lisa (visual identity, logo), Kiersta (web design, ux), and myself (iconography, illustration):

For the illustrations, I wanted to incorporate an overarching theme to keep all the images cohesive and suggested 3 possible routes:

  • Plants: to symbolize growth, with hard work yielding into a future harvest of opportunities.
  • Dreams: reflecting the endless possibilities of a career by using otherworldly/ nontraditional representations
  • Space: ability to reach great heights with no limit to potential
The team at Aspire were drawn towards the idea of space, supplementing that space could further represent expansion and how students can make new discoveries and take different paths to success. As the final redesign focused on 3 pages, I decided to have the narrative focus on home -> training -> space.

The landing/ home page was therefore based on the idea of community and cyclic nature bringing people together and giving back and so depicts a neighborhood. The image also not only reflected Aspire's roots in Oakland (the bay area via San Francisco's hills) but the nonprofit's dedication to students regardless of income levels through the use of layering.

As the page providing resources for learning + preparation, the tutoring page depicts people in training.

And for the page containing success stories + routes for continuing education, the third design depicts the result to the overarching story with an image of the reader having reached space. The multiple planets were to signify the different paths that can be taken while showing those who've come before, depicting a continued community of people striving and helping to reach their respective goals.

Icons followed the same principles of the illustrations, following Lisa's guides for color and use of line, to remain cohesive.

October 16 2018

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Halfway through October and I've been dabbling in a mix of freelance, volunteering, and looking to practice new skills. Have yet to find an ideal balance, but I've been trying out a bit of everything including hackathons, online bootcamps (not for me..), a blend of local events and talks, and online courses (would recommend in particular; wonderful mix of informative videos of technical techniques with additional engaging practical assignments. Absolutely love it!).

Here's my favorite illustration of the month so far, made to help promote Klasse14 watches. I wanted to capture the feeling the design gave me: a mysterious, otherworldly yet familiar object, combined with the colors that reminded me of the moon; a bright light in a seemingly empty space.

Continuing on with practicing motion graphics, I spent the last few weeks focusing on animating in aftereffects with walkcycles while creating concepts for a larger, more narrative driven project on the backburner. Had to completely change the way I approached illustration, relying more heavily on basic shapes and reducing extraneous unique details, keeping in mind that vector shapes were far more organically animated in the program.


Thursday, September 27, 2018

Been exploring using motion graphic techniques to make more dynamic illustrations + decided to start on a project where I could practice both! Will be working on/off this project, but planning on studying a new technique with each isometric block based off the routes in the Pokemon games.