Oct 28, 2008

Oct 22, 2008

Which wheels!!

Ray Lexion

StockSF winning
GT 7

Now that I got a disease called "modding madness" after I bought a new car, I've been thinking about upgrading my wheels to one of these..but still...can't make up my mind. So this is just for me to see them all back to back.

Oct 9, 2008

Sep 24, 2008

F.I.S.H. volume 1 is out!!!

Finally, my sweat and tear is paid off when I look at my first self-publish comic book, which is also on sale at www.maimalai.com. I'd like to take this opportunity to thank a lot of people who involved in making this book comes to reality.

First of all, Chuladid, a friend of mine whom took care of most the ordering and shipping the book to me. It was completely new to both of us to ship something oversea and even to go through all the custom paperworks just to get them out safely. Second, Itemstudio forum, where I found my co-artist on the book. Originally, out of simplification, I wanted to do this book by myself as a whole, but after I went to the board and found a lot of talents are being developed there, I decide to hand them over. It would be my first time to hand my baby oversea to get them done at first but after a few testing, I was very comfortable at the artworks that were made for me. So thank you Itemstudio forum for being a nurture land for a lot of new artists.

The forum community over there is very small--I sometimes think they all know each other..lol. I believe in the future more of them will realise that there are bigger markets outside their country and join me to produce more comics for Western/European market. Lastly, the co-artist herself, Paeng Thitaya, I'd say she did at least 95% of all the final works. She has the best attitude to work with and always want to push her own limit, which I believe that's the best quality any artist would want to have.

We worked on this project for over 18 months (the whole process took over 2 years) and she has never complained once...well maybe I wasn't listening to her. Anyway, I can't thank her enough for her contribution and the opportunity to work with her. She is so inspired to push her own limit that she came to San Francisco to pursue further education.

F.I.S.H. is an accronyme for Furtive Intelligent System of Havoc. The story of F.I.S.H. is about a lost robot in a jungle where he encounters other species on a daily basis in order to find out more about himself. The comic has no dialogs at all (well...only on the first page)...thus you dont need to know a written language to understand our story. We have a way of telling its story via actions and camera angles. In fact, you dont even need to know the first page to understand the whole story. We never know if this book will succeed or fail until we try and give out our best. However, we'll continue to make the 2nd book, 3rd, 4th and so on as long as we have enough support to move forward...that's its up to you to continue the story. We are looking forward to get your feedback so please feel free to stop by our forum or leave your comment on the blog. Anything type of feedbacks are appreciated!! Let us know how we can improve!!

Jeep Naarkom
F.I.S.H. creator.

May 28, 2008

Let go

I was given a cd a while back and never actually took a look until recently I found the cd in the car (somehow it wasn hidden away from the driver's point of view.) Anyway I really like this song and think it has a good melody/rhythm over all not mentioning the meaning of the song (I looked up..I did!!) Anyway, enjoy M-flo!! sore de wa mata!

Apr 16, 2008

The old interview

I have had an interview for this magazine not so long after we finished the Ice Age: The Meltdown and I took a month off for my Euro trip (back in 2006, it was one of the best trip so far, by the way). So I am still not sure how they know about me. Anyway, I think a lot of stuff on that page is very helpful if anyone want to know what it was like back at BlueSky or any major studios in general. I remembered talking a lot about the animation industry so feel free to check it out. They seem to have more issues now. Dont feel bad when you open up the magazine pages and see a lot of obscene stuff...this was made in Europe, you know :) Austria to be specific.


Let me know what you think...


more WIP on the ATR dragon..

So these are the two steps I manage to squeeze between my crazy schedule. I finally finished with the wing topology and added some more fatty neck rings. I might have to enlarge his head a bit later since his head is quite small when I mirror geometry to see the overall size. The top image is to show how I use lattice along with the duplicate geo (with -1 scale in x, to make it visible on the other half) Its quite useful when you need to tweak model at the very end (or early..whatever makes you happy) instead of tweaking each individual points. I am hoping someone would tell me if there's a faster way but this is seem to be fast enough for me since I have no one to troubleshoot my stuff with (when I modeled at home). Until next time... See ya all....

Apr 14, 2008

more WIP on the ATR dragon..

I'm now spending time cleaning up the original topology of the wing. It helps a lot putting a new geo on a different layer so I could toggle between the two version. This process has been great so far, but there are a lot of areas to clean up (spikes, mouth, eyes, fingers...) Will post more when I have something new.

Apr 11, 2008

Getting back on drumming skill..

After countless playblasts at work, I did spend some time follow my animator friend (who is also a drummer, an awesome one) to a link on youtube. It was about practicing some rudiments and the guy made so many patterns (over 40!). It was awesome to see the whole thing...well listen to most of the part while working. The best thing is, now I want to get back to playing drums even more. I'll start getting a drum practice pad to begin with and we'll see if that'll get me back into buying a set in the future. I used to have a set when I lived in Sunset area, and it made so much noise (real set, not electronic type) I might end up have to get an electronic drum set in the future though since I dont have as much space and I dont want to disturb my neighbors.

Dragon ATR WIP con't

This one is a bit different than the previous one on the topology layout. I did spend a lot of time on this version. Its quite annoying trying to get them to look and feel right without putting too much or too little in some part. However, I'm still working my way to get it finish and have been happy with the WIP (work in progress) so far. I still can't find someone to model the hi-res and texture, so I can focus more on the animation and the story... Oh well..we'll see..

Apr 8, 2008

True origin of Hip-Hop music

Goodness, I love the cow milking pose!!!! yo yo..

Apr 5, 2008

the real SUMO fighting

It makes me feel like watching someone play Street Fighter with multiple E-honda...lol. I really like how they hold each frame and cut out some frames to make it even more dramatic...

Apr 3, 2008

Picasso de Elephanto

Today I feel so embarrassed and somewhat proud to see this being passed around from one of my coworkers. I mean the whole think is awesome...who would have thought an elephant would be able to do that?? But Its from Thailand, and I'd never heard of such thing before. (its the voice in the background that I realized its in thailand) so I was stoked to see the video. Now I wonder how much they make from those paintings..hahaha. But seriously, dont use the elephant to reproduced the prints...just sell duplicates. (though they aren't as authentic but you'd be able to promote and more tourist would be able to carry home a version of the painting, which in turn will make more people come to see the show...get it?? Nonetheless, I have to give two thumbs up for training such hugh animals to do something extraordinary such that... Great work!!

F.I.S.H. banner

This is what the banner will look like when we go open our booth at different conventions. Please look for us in the future comic related conventions!!! By the way, we also have our mailing list (www.maimalai.com/comics.html) if anyone would like to get updated on our upcoming prjects/products. /cheers!

Apr 2, 2008

AAU BBQ Extravaganza

So the first AAU BBQ at Golden Gate went really well. I couldn't wait for all the people to share their photos, so I will just go ahead and share what I have so far... We had roughly 30 people at the event!! Thanks to everyone who contributed to the party!!! We'll definitely have the 2nd one soon....(I'm thinking around end of Spring semester).

Apr 1, 2008

Become a Virgil pioneer!!


I stumbled upon this link and I think its awesome!! First I couldn't believe Google would do such a thing but hey is Google!! I really like their non-so-techie language to describe their plans, etc. I'd recommend anyone who read this go apply ASAP since they only take 20 people as a initial start up!!! (wink wink)....

Direct-study at AAU

So i'm teaching direct-study this semester at AAU (Acedemy of Art University.) and its been really fun so far. I just wish we have more students to learn from each others so the learning curve would go higher. That's how I learn most of the time back when I took Pixar class, so I thought I should do the same for my student. The good thing is he can ask me all the questions that he's afraid to ask in a group class..which can be very helpful and can go a lot more in depth. Its also interesting to see new generation of animators at school work so hard on their stuff, reminds me of back in the day when I went to school. A friend of mine is also teaching (a class, dont know how can you manage the time JD!) and it was good to visit his class too. Usually I dont like to interrupt a class room though but its so hard to get a hold of him during the break just to catch up with things.

Mar 26, 2008

more ATR stuff

Doing some silhouette sketches to help me identify the shape and bring the dragon to life more easier...