Sunday, October 24, 2010

More Mazu characters sketches

I am doing further development on my Mazu project ~
(you can read about Mazu's story here )
have revised the characters a bit and did a lot of sketches on gestures and facial expressions.
Here are some of the sketches :P Plan not to show them all since this project is gonna be shown at my grad show on Dec 18th.

Mazu - she is a quiet character, that's also her Chinese name "mo-niang"(silent girl) came from. So I tend not to show a lot of opened mouth expressions.

Big eye demon (Thousand Miles Eye 千里眼) - he is a naughty guardian, loves to laugh and trick people.

Ear demon (With-the-wind Ear 順風耳) - He is always sleepy and pissed but he does his best to be Mazu's guardian.

Monday, October 11, 2010


I am taking a zbrush class with Bryan Wynia at Concept Design Academy.
Because my previous Character Design teacher Neville Page (he is the creature designer of Avatar, Watchman, and Startrek...) told me in class that I got the talent of doing sculpture with tiny details! (so glad to hear it) He said maybe I should keep working with clay or learn zbrush.

Plus ~ I am into character design and toy design stuff and I saw some 3D printing companies and services presentations at SIGGRAPH this year. It seems like the 3D printing machines and services are getting cheaper :D (check out this site: you can upload your zbrush model and select the materials, they will print it for you and you can even sell it on their website.)
So I think it's time to learn zbrush :) !!

The program is really amazing~ It makes 3D modeling a LOT easier (I have learned basic Maya and 3D max before). It's just like working with clay!!!

My 1st project is to do a serpent man model and then do 10 sketches in photoshop.
To be honest~ I am totally not a scary monster/creature person XD I love to do cute stuff.

So my sketches turn out to be a "serpent woman" not a man~ hahahaa
My teacher Bryan said this is looking feminine but it's ok... serpent man needs a serpent woman ~ lol.

Anyway I am here to learn the program so please don't mind that I might make everything girly. XD
Here are my 10 sketches using the zbrush model I made.

and these are my references (ewwww)
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