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Astrid costume variation.

Channeling my inner Alexander Mc. Queen with all the fur and skulls.  Had too much fun with these.  I love designing costumes.  It makes me feel like a little girl playing doll but in a much cooler way.   

I’m writing tomorrow’s tuesday tips of my process on costume design.  Stay tuned.

-Griz

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“Hi….!!!” is my happy Toothless piece for the Children Hospital, and it’s finally being auction on eBay for a limited time.  

It’s an original gouache painting on paper with the final image of 5"x7".  I attached some of my sketches and color comp.  I did both drawings and color comp on CS.  Then painted the final piece with Winsor&Newton gouache – titanium white, ivory black, spectrum yellow, flame red, and permanent green medium; on sage Tiziano paper.   

The inspirations for Toothless personality on this painting is my cat, Junior. The first sketch is Jr being sweet like an angel, and so I added angel wings around him.  Second sketch is Jr playing catch with butterflies.  The third one, is Jr having a hard time to clean himself, hehe.  The last one is him being super sweet whenever I come home and always greeting me happily.  I pick the last one, because that’s one of my favorite moment of coming home everyday.  Then I changed the writing to “Hi” instead of “hello”, because I like things better when it’s a simpler design.

For the color, I have 3 Tiziano paper that I was considering; blue-gray, sage, or cream.  I know I want to use black and white, with yellow and red.  So, I need another color to complement them.  I like both blue and green bg; but I like the green more, because the palette is more controlled and limited.  The cream bg is nice, because the palette is very limited, so it’s super stylized; However, it is to light for the white bubble.  So, I choose the green one.

Hope you like my happy little Toothless.  And if you’d like to place a bid, please click on this eBay link.

XO,
Griz

Lupita Nyong'o is my latest celebrity crush.  She is so beautiful and graceful.  I saw her speech on beauty that made me sob like a little girl.  Growing up, I also hated the color of my skin.  In a Chinese descendants family, it is very important to have a light color skin.  I’m the darkest among my sisters and mother; in fact the running joke was that I’m “item goreng/geseng” which losely translated to ‘burnt and crispy’; and not until I’m an adult that I start loving my skin color.  If you have a chance, please watch her speech, I gotta warn you, you may cry.

http://www.upworthy.com/oscar-winner-lupita-nyongos-speech-on-beauty-that-left-an-entire-audience-speechless?g=2&c=ufb1

Happy Ganesha Chaturthi

I had the pleasure of getting to know Satish Ruia when we went to India.  He is the most graceful host.  And Ganesha is his favorite god.  He is the elephant-headed, remover of obstacles and the god of beginnings and wisdom.  

There are some important symbolism in Ganesha stature.  His large head symbolize thinking big, while his small eyes symbolize concentration.  The rope on his left hand removes obstacle.  The sweets on his lower left hand is the reward of a wise life.  His large ears means he listen more.  The ax on his right hand cut unhealthy attachments.  He only have one tusk, because he sacrifice one for a good cause.  And he bless those in the right path with his lower right hand.  His large belly means contentement, for the good and the bad.  The banana symbolize material wealth when you pursue the right path and the whole world is at your feet for your asking.  The mouse symbolize desire that can cause havoc if you don’t keep it under control.

Hope your having a great Ganesha Chaturthi!

Griz

I’ve dreaming of ice cream lately.  I’m going to have an afternoon ice-cream date with sweet Elizabeth at Carmela’s ice cream in Pasadena.  I have not gone there yet, but Cundo is always raving about it.  They have very interesting flavor such as lavender-honey, earl gray, and cucumber sorbet.  I soooo can’t wait for this weekend.

http://www.carmelaicecream.com/

xoxo,
Griz

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Flashback Friday on Tuesday tips – character design

Character design is a very unique and very hard department to get into.  Cause it’s all about design, there’s no fancy painting technique to cover it up.  Most of the best Character Designer knows how to animate and a great observer of people and personality.  

I’m very lucky to have been given character design assignment at DWA.  I learned everything I know from Tony Siruno.  He is one of the best character designer I know.  His design is cool, refreshing, and effortless; which is a really hard thing to master.  And he is also a really good teacher, very patient and very generous with his knowledge. 

This is one of the way Tony taught me to approach character.  I’m using Grug as an example, (a character from the Croods). 1.  Start with reference/inspiration page – look for something unique, ie: mask, sculpture, costumes, … etc. 2.  Do shillouette, as many as you can and different from one to another. 3.  Pick one (or two) and paint them up. -Griz