A gift to my family, wishing everyone an epic holiday season!
Monday, December 22, 2014
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Monday, December 15, 2014
I'm just sketching nonsense on my tablet rather than doing what I was suppose to be doing. Actually the first image is in reference to the scientific theory that pigeons and other birds can sense Earth's magnetic field and use it for navigating. It's the reason why birds can migrate and specifically why pigeons can always find their way back home, even if you have taken them far away, blind-folded. Simply amazing... The second image refers to me mooching off rides from friends lately... I'm one of those "likes to stare out the window" kinda guys.
Also... Why is blogger changing the white backgrounds of my images to a light grey?
Posted by Chris Lam at 12:30 AM
Friday, December 12, 2014
Thursday, November 20, 2014
Friday, October 31, 2014
Thursday, October 30, 2014
The eve of Halloween is upon us, let's get into the spirit! Let's see what happens to this little tyke tomorrow...
Also, I'd like to give my impression of inktober a day early so that my last post tomorrow isn't too long. Overall, it was a worthwhile experience to participate in and I'm glad it'll finally be over. I've definitely become more confident with the medium and it really challenged me to take inspiration from the smallest things to generate new ideas. Plus, an inked drawing looks so nice when it's done, something about the contrast of the black and white in inking makes every drawing look very appealing. However, the problem with me and these daily projects is that there were many occasions when I felt pressed for time, and would often find myself at the eleventh hour scrambling to finish a piece to "turn in" for the night, and had absolutely no time to work on any other projects. I thought I'd have more time on the weekends, but that notion actually turned out to be the complete opposite. Maybe it was just this month or just bad time management, but seriously, at this point, I am dubbing this my first and last inktober, at least the full daily experience. Perhaps next year I will do one a week or something smaller, but I'd encourage any aspiring and growing artist to try the full 31-day challenge at least once! Everyone, have a great last day!
Posted by Chris Lam at 11:00 AM
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
I posted this to my tumblr earlier, but forgot to post here right after. Anyways, my brother gave me the soundtrack to the new Smash Brothers so of course I had that on my mind today. Here's a tribute to one of my favorite characters, glad he's coming back!
Posted by Chris Lam at 12:39 AM
Sunday, October 26, 2014
Friday, October 24, 2014
Today's piece is inspired by the documentary Twin Sisters which is online to watch HERE!
I heard about this documentary last year when it was released in European film festivals, and I was so thrilled to finally get to see it! It's about twin girls from China who were adopted by two sets of parents from separate countries - one lives in America, the other in Norway! What's interesting about this story is that they both knew of each other, but they live in such different environments and speak different languages. One actually lives in my hometown, so it was fun drawing some iconic structures from my city. Also, Fresvik, Norway is freaking GORGEOUS!
If you have an hour, watch it! You'll get so many feels when they finally meet!
Posted by Chris Lam at 12:47 AM
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Monday, October 20, 2014
Saturday, October 18, 2014
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
I've been working on a comic this pass summer, concepts and story are still in progress. While I'm not sure exactly when I'll want to post any actual comic panels, this drawing is of one of the characters. Well, he actually looks different, but this is a moment piece with the same character in a different situation.
Posted by Chris Lam at 11:02 PM
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Monday, October 13, 2014
It's going to rain tomorrow. Not sure how hard, but any would be nice right now. Anyway, I'm trying to be a bit loser with my ink, but imply hard edges with thin lines of white paper between black ink. The contrast of ink on paper is both its challenge and its beauty. Inktober is definitely making me more confident with inking; my technique can still use a lot of learning.
Posted by Chris Lam at 11:37 PM
Sunday, October 12, 2014
Got home super late, but I've gone too far with inktober that I can't skip a day, haha! I must keep going, good thing it's the weekend. Anyway, today my friend said I should draw a Demon DJ, so I tried... It didn't quite turn out how I wanted, but that's what happens when it's late and rushed.
Posted by Chris Lam at 1:11 AM
Friday, October 10, 2014
It's always hard to think of what to draw after a long day, so I find the best thing to do in those situations is to create a piece based on something from your day. Tonight after work, I had an awesome time volunteering some time at a shelter for homeless or those living below the poverty line, and in San Francisco, that's a tough spot to be in the city. The residents and other volunteers are super nice and interesting people, so I've been going back over the pass two weeks. Please everyone, let us not forget to take some time out of your busy, scheduled lives, and do our part here and there to make this world a wonderful one to live on. At the end of the day, you'll feel ten times better!
Posted by Chris Lam at 12:16 AM
Thursday, October 9, 2014
It's one of these nights that makes these daily sketches challenging to keep up with. I literally got home 20 mins before this post and I'm pretty tired. I was very tempted to skip a day and do two tomorrow, but I decided to just do a really simple sketch for #8. This time I just went for it, no pencil underlay and I was way more timid to even start!
Posted by Chris Lam at 12:07 AM
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
The game I worked on for about half this year is finally out on PC/Mac/Linux (Console release soon)! I had the pleasure of working on a lot of the animations and the team did a tremendous job tearing through this project to ship it in time for Halloween! Please check out the trailer/details HERE.
Posted by Chris Lam at 12:51 AM
Monday, October 6, 2014
Sunday, October 5, 2014
Today, I spent half my day helping out at a farm, uprooting plants and churning the garden bed soil in preparation to plant new crops... and in doing so.. murdered hundreds of bugs and destroying their homes. Poor guys... they chose the wrong place to live.
Posted by Chris Lam at 9:51 PM
Saturday, October 4, 2014
Friday, October 3, 2014
Thursday, October 2, 2014
Technically it's the second day of Inkotber, but I got home late and still wanted to participate for the first day. And of course my brushpen ran dry after being neglected for months. For those of you wondering, Inktober is an event more or less started by artist, Jake Parker, in which participating artist create drawings made with ink mediums throughout the month of October and post them online. It's a chance for amateur inkers, like me, to learn and develop as well as have some artistic, communal fun!
Posted by Chris Lam at 1:37 AM
Sunday, September 14, 2014
This was originally suppose to be my morning sketch last week, but I soon got carried away and it turned into a mini-painting. I wanted to test some new brushes I made in Photoshop, and also decided to test my skills with painting underwater scenery. It was pretty challenging and I'm happy with my first attempt.
Life update: The last few weekends were filled with miscellaneous events. Labor Day weekend was spent back in Seattle for PAX Prime where I worked behind the Double Fine booth, met lots of fans, and it reminded me how grateful I am to work at such a special company. There's a level of respect and love people in the game community seem to have for them, probably due to the endearing content produced in their games and principles the company is built upon. Last weekend, the ShrunkenHeadMan club hosted the Superhero Gallery auction in honor of its late faculty and club member Jules Jammal. It was great seeing everyone come together in a mini-reunion and the gallery seemed to raise a generous amount of scholarship funds (don't know the exact figure). You can see all the pieces still, including my 'Kick-Ass' piece (haha) HERE. Also, a few weeks ago, I had an amazing opportunity to volunteer some time working with kids with disabilities through a local non-profit organization and teach them some basics of basketball. It was very fulfilling and a nice change of pace to the constant work schedule. I hope to participate again when I have more free time.
As for that project I'm working on in my spare time, I have a lot of concepts done. However, I'm figuring out parts of the story, reworking certain elements, and may have to redesign one of the characters because it ended looking like one of the new Disney movie characters. So, just a bit longer, I want to get it started soon, so that way I can stay committed. Though I hope to also do some miscellaneous 2D animation on the side (of this side project), just for fun.
Posted by Chris Lam at 12:20 PM
Monday, August 18, 2014
Saturday, August 9, 2014
Thursday, August 7, 2014
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
I haven't posted for a while. I got swamped with some small freelance projects and gallery pieces this pass month. I'll post one for now, and then promise to update with some more later.
Kick-Ass (and Hit Girl) - Jules Jammal Superhero Gallery
All gallery submissions will be auctioned off to raise for a scholarship fund in honor of our fellow ShrunkenHeadMan comrade and faculty, Jules Jammal, who passed earlier this year. All the pieces turned out amazing, and it was pleasing to see devotion of the Animation/Illustration club at SJSU to pay tribute to one of its members.
I'll update with details of the auction and gallery in the coming month.
Posted by Chris Lam at 11:13 AM
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Here's another drawing of a familiar character I like to draw. Some of you may recognize him from my very first Flash project I did in school. He's a snow lizard that lives in the Arctic and must wear the appropriate attire since he's cold-blooded. He uses his giant magnifying glass to melt and crush ice.
Oh yeah, and remember that piece I did of Koopa Kid a few months ago for the SHM charity? Well, teh gallery is live and the auction begins soon! Check it out HERE and participate!
Posted by Chris Lam at 12:00 PM