Professional Works

 
ideamachine studio

Character designs for a motion graphics video, completed for Anthem Health Insurance during my internship at ideaMACHINE Studio, to introduce their Medicare plans. The clients provided their style preferences and I created three groups of characters: one as the insurance agent and the other two as individuals from different age groups.

Software: Photoshop

scifi design
 

Quin was one of the characters I worked on for a 3D animation short. A member of a scavenger crew who experiences numerous adventures within a wasteland. Quin wears simple outfits, because he only carries what he needs. He uses his goggles to search for minerals, while his waist bag carries tools and keeps his collections. The film Mad Max and other sci-fi character designs were my sources of inspiration. 

Software: Photoshop

superwoman
superwoman
 
superwoman
superwoman

5 vector art designs for prints.

Software: Adobe Illustrator

Personal Project 1 - Sylafez

 
fantasy desin

Langster Moonfire is a character with whom I first brought to creative fruition many years ago, based in a fantasy world I created called Sylafez. Langster is a swordsman who uses two swords named “Light Chaser” and “Dark Devourer”. He is warmhearted, courageous, and a little bit reckless. Although his appearance changes over time, red remains his primary color. Red hair with even redder eyes underneath, Langster was born to be the leader for his team. His outfits are fashioned in a medieval-style because of the world setting. For research, I visited museums and studied medieval paintings, examined medieval clothing and other fantasy arts and games. His outfit has many decorative parts, thoughtfully placed to create a complicated and elaborate outfit design. To set apart different elements on his outfits, I painted the rough design with grayscale colors. Research fed my creativity: reference photos were - and always are - helpful when creating better and more precise character designs, especially when modeling them within a specific period of time, such as this one. 

Software: Photoshop

Personal Project 2 - Tree City Cecile

 
Tree City Cecile

A good way to reveal a character’s personality is through the use of color. For Hades, I made blue his main color because blue represents his nature of being imperturbable and even apathetic. Given my story’s world setting and his identity as a secret agent, his outfits have a modern and futuristic look. The first step in my design process is to conduct research that helps generate the desired look and feel. For Hades, I investigated cyberpunk and steampunk designs. Based on the reference images, I developed a series of designs in Photoshop and chose the preferred one. Then I created expression sheets. 

 

Hades is 20 years old; arrogant, edgy and a “lone wolf” character. He is a “ya pear”, or Chinese white pear: a representation of my homeland. Hades’ main weapons are guns, but he also uses double swords sometimes. He first appeared in my third year individual film, Double-Cross. According to the storyline, Double-Cross happens two years later than my thesis film, The Pearfect Team, so Hades appears slightly older in the third-year design. Although all characters are anthropomorphic, they still have fruit-like characteristics. For example, Hades’ fruit stalk conveys his emotions, while Selene’s tears are sour because she is a lemon (and so forth). Because of my interest in Greek mythology, characters were named after gods and goddesses. The complete story is still being expanded and refined: more needs to be developed about their back-stories, the organization they are working for, and the operation of the Tree City Cecile. It is an ongoing project.

Software: Photoshop

Tree City Cecile
Tree City Cecile

Cyclops is the antagonist in my independent film, Double-Cross. He appears to be charming with the most elegant manners, but in reality, he is aggressive, crafty, wary, and sophisticated. He wears a mask to cover the scar around his mouth. Influenced by the other scar across his left eye, I called him Cyclops from Greek mythology. Cyclops is a strawberry because I enjoy developing characters with very opposite qualities. When people think about strawberries, they probably relate them to words such as sweet, lovely, or cute. But Cyclops is nothing like that. My main goal for Cyclops’ character design is to create contrast. He is seemingly friendly, but he is violent inside. Although he is a villain, he wears a red jacket - and red is often depicted as a heroic color. This creates a direct contrast with Hades, whose main color is blue. 

Software: Photoshop

Selene is a 12-year-old female. As a secret agent trainee, her outfits are similar to Hades’ - modern and simple. I used contrast colors when designing Selene - green and pink - as she has a lively, delightful, and boisterous persona. She can cause trouble, but that does not make her an antihero or villain. To emphasize her naughty ambivalence, she wears two different stockings, one short and the other one long, and uses a whip as her weapon. Selene is a lime because green distinguishes her better from Hades. My inspiration came mostly from League of Legends character K/DA Akali.

Software: Photoshop

 
Tree City Cecile
Tree City Cecile

Here we meet Hermes, Hades’ sidekick. In the story, Hades is a secret agent, and Hermes is his quartermaster and a technical field agent. His name is Hermes because in Greek mythology, Hermes is the herald and messenger of Mount Olympus, which is similar to Hermes’ job of providing technical and informational support to Hades. Hermes is in office wear because he works in the facility the majority of the time. He has his sleeves rolled up because I did not want him to look overly formal. Hermes is among 25 years old and is the opposite of Hades. He is amiable, warmhearted, humorous, and carefree. Benjamin “Benji” Dunn from the Mission: Impossible film series was the prototype of this character.

Software: Photoshop

Yolanda is a 21-year-old peach model, who first appears in my third-year film, Double-Cross. She is a fashion vanguard and always dresses in style. While her chic appearance might fool some, she is strong-minded and can be stubborn. Yolanda’s outfits are based on the design of business casual attire, as she appears informal but also smart (well-dressed). She wears a black blazer with wide cuffs and a light-yellow bubble dress. The shape of her dress is like the petal’s shape to imply her connection to plants. 

Software: Photoshop

 
water bear

Water Bear is a monster creature in the Tree City Cecile, first appears in my thesis film, The Pearfect Team. It was based on the idea of real Water Bears (near-microscopic animals with plump bodies and scrunched-up heads called tardigrades). I started researching and watching videos about Water Bears’ habitats, life cycles, anatomy, and particularly their locomotion. The idea was then formulated that Water Bear can actually fly as it swims in documentaries. In my film, Water Bear goes through three stages of transformation, starting as small and cute and ending as giant and scary, after swallowing many different objects. It looks similar to the real Water Bear, with eight stubby legs in the beginning. After several transformations, Water Bear becomes more monster-like, its legs merge into four, and its toes, ears, and tail grow out. Its eyes become dark and evil-looking, and sharp teeth emerge from its mouth. However, its basic shape is still circular. It also has plant-like characteristics such as leafy ears and tail, and green as its main color. 

Software: Photoshop

 
Tree City Cecile
 
Water Bear