Friday, December 25, 2009

This was an exciting find! My cousin asked me to look up "Brian Tong" on Google, and aside from the popular TV host Brian Tong, I actually found myself on a few random pages! This was all thanks to for posting my log lunch kit, and I shall share the sites that I got randomly featured in.

saaaaaaay whaaat? I was appalled and really excited when I clicked through these sites, especially those Spanish blogs. Thanks, Jeff, I never saw this coming.

music post!

i looove downloading music from the net. frankly, i dont think its too morally bad for people to download music for free, just because you are still supporting the band in some way. just go out to their shows and whatnot, buy some shirts, but cd's are a thing of the past. anywho, i'd like to share some sites that i usually download music from.

the uploads aren't very frequent, but the music selection is full of sweet indie bands i have never heard of.

this is my favorite site at the moment, just because the uploads are frequent and the it stays pretty up to date with new albums.

this site is really good for underground hip hop, and that's all i gotta say.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

alright! couldn't not share this stuff.

i tried to refrain from posting more stuff, but there is simply too much random and funny stuff on the net! this will be a quick entry for some videos worth watching.

learn how to rock out with THIS guy! His accent makes him so much cooler.

I wish that more people animate in that pixelated, 8-bit style. My inner geek gets extremely excited from watching this video because it reminds me of Metal Slug and of classic video arcade games.

I could go on forever posting this stuff. Who could forget the video for Remind Me by Royksopp?

I don't like writing about myself.

Writing strictly about my artwork makes me feel narcissistic. But then again, that is what a blog is all about anyway! I'd like to share with you guys some sites I've come across lately and bookmarked. I'll share only the coooool ones that inspire or interest me. In no particular order:

-this site is packed full of super clean fonts and are all way too expensive to ever purchase. Worth checking out if you are in a typographic rut.

-graphic design work of Muiz Anwar. I forget how I came across him, but I love what he is doing with Arabic typography. I know that modern Arabic type is all going in this blocky and clean direction, but I really enjoy his take on it. Arabic calligraphy is exciting!

-I simply love love looooove Rebecca Sugar's style! wooooowee if only I had even half her skills. She may not upload stuff all too often, but everything she uploads is like raw gold. yea, "RAW gold" whatever the hell that means.

and to end off this entry, this raaaaad video entitled "Story from North America" by Garrett Davis and Kirsten Lepore. super tripppppppy.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Computer science, in progress.

One thing I love about the computer science class is that everybody is really geeky in it, especially the teacher. For this project we have to animate a bitmapped object. I was struggling to find something cool to animate, but I decided to use the scene from Gremlins when Gizmo is splashed by water and multiplies. It's a perfect scene to animate because his ears wiggle and arms move, etc, and when the water droplet his him he goes berserk! Then those furballs pop out of his back and grow into bigger Mogwai. I am looking forward to making his eyes and mouth get really big when he freaks out.

Once again this took forever, because this program is not made for complex animation and 3D renditions. I wish we had just used animation programs instead to this, but we had to learn how to do things the hard way. Many hours of extruding certain points in the z-axis to flesh his body out..

comp sci, fml!

For the past couple of days, computer science has been eating up my hours. The class is an intro course to C++ programming, which I had no previous experience with whatsoever! So far, it has been very, very tedious and also time consuming. The end results are not always impressive, but the forms are created out of individual triangles!

I took elements from Starfox SNES and we got to animate their movements using code with sine waves and whatnot. In the end, Andross wobbles and bobs up and down and spits out his little squares; the arwings fly away from side to side and appear randomly again once they reach a certain point; and the arches move towards you and once again randomly generate themselves after a certain point. Whoooowee.

I combined the SNES arwing with the N64 version, because the old version was too plain.

I had to plot out each point on Andross' face on the x, y, z axis. Thank goodness for grid paper.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Potential new logo?

I've recently been struggling with coming up with a new identity, and I have tried many variations of writing out "B", "BT", "Tong", and combinations of the like. Then I thought about what my defines me, and it was my Asian heritage. The Tong dynasty traces back quite far, but I had no clue how to depict that, so I just played with my last name. It looks so damned clean! I was so stoked at the final outcome.