Calendar (Passion Project V3 Weekly Update #3)

^This is my calendar for the upcoming couple of weeks. Because of this new idea for the semester, I’m heading into uncharted territory. Now, my philosophy is not create an entire plan for something that I have no expertise in, but rather plan out one step, fulfill it, then see/plan what I can do in the future (i.e. step 2). So for my step one, I decided that I should work on the PTA aspect of the project. So this Wednesday, Sep 17, I’ll have a meeting with the PTA Head Manager about selling student products, new layout, and generally a bigger student aspect on the store.

Here’s a general list of my questions:

– What’s the possibility of selling student products?
– If so, can we have a designated area with display?
– If students are willing to create school merchandise, can there be some sort of way to allow them to be official additions to the Booster Club? (Might need to ask Booster Club)
– Can we change the layout of the PTA store, so that to maximize transparency?
– (Talk about profit and stock specifications)
– If at all possible, money can be donated?
– Students within the design team will create their own limited stock, then give to the PTA store to sell until out of stock or pulled
– Expanding the store? Stock cabinets near the stairwell.

That’s just about it for the plan for this week. Hopefully, the manager says yes and we’re authorized to sell products in the store. If not, maybe I can talk to some teacher or someone to designate an area around somewhere else to sell student designs.

On a side note, I drew a picture with someone wearing one of my merch hoodies 😉

Examples (Passion Project V3 Weekly Update #2)

Hey hey! This week I did some snooping around online and through my past, and I’ve got some examples or formats for clubs or mini-shops that Ms. Lemley gave or I found that I’d like to share:

ShopSCAD: ShopSCAD is from the Savannah College of Art & Design, where students themselves are able to apply and send their designs and products to the shop to sell. There are over 100 artists selling their own products, ranging from apparel, clothing, art pieces, and little gifts/trinkets. However, these usually range around the $600-$800 range, but apparently they’re still up there meaning some people are willing to purchase them.

Miniso: Miniso is a Japan-based dollar-store chain that is run very tight-shippedly. Normally Miniso stores are very cramped –however, they are able to make an effective system of shelving, storage, and pricing– and they attract customers. One thing that they’re known for is their low prices, which is also their main selling point. Also, their products match a common thing which is bright, pastel, soft, and other similar terms.

I was talking with Jonathan Yu, another fellow designer, earlier this week about how this club should work (more details next week), and one idea that I absolutely loved when it was brought up was that when the new section of the school is built (I’m talking about the Design section), we could have a little bit or room dedicated to selling new student products! However, it could be too late in the planning progress of the school.

 

 

 

Expansion (Passion Project V3 Weekly Update #1)

Hey there everybody! Season 3 of Passion Project is finally here, and I’m ready to dive right in to my project for this year. Last year, both semesters were mainly based upon design and drawing for online; however, this year I’m ready to branch out and start something new. Without further ado, here’s the plan:

This year I was thinking about setting up a club (currently named Dragon Designers) that allows students to collaborate together and create designs//products. If at all possible, we could also team up with the PTA and have a section within the PTA store where we could sell these products. On top of that, we could also have something that’s similar to Sententiae’s system where people don’t need to join the club, and just send their designs to the Designers for feedback.

Right now, I haven’t discussed with Ms. Lemley or any of the PTA team so far, but I have talked to a couple students and they seem interested, including Jonathan, whom I worked with during last year’s Spring Fair.

Can’t wait to work out the first details about it this coming week!

Ordering (Passion Project V2 Weekly Update #9)

Heyo! Lotta stuff happening and a lot of stuff in the works!

Here’s the gallery as always:

The top two doodles were just small things that I did for fun, and I posted them onto my WeChat and instagram. Well, I didn’t really post the purple hair girl one, but that’s because I’d like to work more on that in the future. As for the bottom two, they are preparations for the upcoming Spring Fair where I’ll be accumulating part of my semester work into selling them as t-shirts and hoodies. Here are the designs:

So yea there are more designs this time around, and I’m certainly banking on the fact that people will buy the t-shirts more than the hoodies due to the high temperatures of summer 🙂

I’ve ordered all the sets (list below)

白色虫子套头(85)
3M
5L
2XL
(850)

小人白套头(85)
1S
3M
3L
(595)

小人黑套头(85)
2M
2L
(340)

蛋T恤(35)
6S
6M
10L
10XL
(1120)

白杠T恤 (35)
6S
6M
10L
10XL
(1120)

So far, the pink hoodies have arrived, but the rest should all arrive by Thursday, May 17. Anyways, my plan for this Saturday is to sell out all that I have, and then try to have orders all set by the 20th, then get them out and have my Spring/Summer Catagory of clothing officially kickstarted.

 

Spring Break (Passion Project V2 Weekly Update #8)

Hey there reader! Let me be frank with you: I haven’t been very active in my drawings and whatnot compared to previous weeks and months. Here’s a gallery of what I’ve drawn these past days:

I had to remake my first comic due to… unforeseen reasons, but anyways, my 4th comic has been submitted to The Break for their next edition. The hoodies are officially arriving next Wednesday, so I’m pretty excited for that. Otherwise, I’ve been doodling a lot, not really committing to a lot of drawings

In regards to my final goal, I’ve slimmed it down to either expanding and running my business of clothing design, or I could try to create my own little animation/animatic which is a big step from just drawing simple cartoons.

EDIT:

So apparently I’m one blog post ahead, so I might as well add on to what I accomplished the week after what happened above:

After my comic was published, I received multiple comments on it from friends, as usual. I might as write some of the things I remember:

1. I remember my friend Jonathan telling me that this edition’s comic was his favorite. This is because of the humor/punchline being more relatable.

2. Someone said that the comic was a bit too pixelated; however, this is because of the formatting problems of the newspaper.

3. This comic was different from previous comics due to character design. In this new comic, the MC looks more realistic, which adds onto the humor of the punchline. This follows the same formula as a popular digital cartoonist, Randowis.

Practice Practice Practice (Passion Project V2 Weekly Update #7)

This week was a nice typical week. During class today, I practiced different animation techniques with different animation softwares. First I tried using Sketchbook Flipbook, which I had used previously in my other animatics. There’s nothing special about this software as it’s just an easier method of animating transparent panels. As for the other technique, I’ve used Adobe Photoshop CS6 to have a more complex and more layered panel animation. However, this way is more time-consuming and required a lot of organization. I did discover a little cheat way of animating a still photo by using puppet warp, which uses anchors and web links to alter and warp an object. Here’s an image of how it works:

As for the sketchbook flipbook, here’s another screenshot:

 

Even more stuff (Passion Project V2 Weekly Update #6)

Hey hey! So here’s the gist of what happened this week:

I worked closely with my vendor and most likely the hoodies/t-shirts will arrive either next week the week after that. I have around 10 orders so I think it’ll turn out great (updates in the neat future).

As for my animation and drawing, I’ve been dabbling again like usual. I’ve officially started working on my 2nd animatic, which is basically a 30 second rant based on how people say my art looks a lot like TheOdd1sOut, WHICH IT DOES NOT.

Anyways, besides the animatic, I’ve worked on the digital storyboard for my romance animatic/animation to work on in the future. I’ve thought about dropping the whole romance animatic, but then again, I’d be dropping a whole lot of work. I’ll need to think about this further. For the time being, I’m pretty content with practicing with animatics and generally working up my skills in animation and such.

In addition, I had a creative block this week so I drew whatever popped in my mind. For the doodle of the week, it’s basically a subconscious mash-up of two of my friends in my classic drawing style, with a new body-shape style. I really like it and I hope I can do more of this in the future. Commissions have been really fun to do as well; however they do take some time and dedication.

Here are some of the visual things that I did this week:

 

 

 

Other (Passion Project V2 Weekly Update #5)

Ok ok. I admit it. Maybe I could’ve used my time more effectively this week and all in terms on my animation and such, but I did make advancements in other areas.

The above image was something that I drew out of boredom, and it’s a hip and fresh doodle of my good buddy Will, who sits next to me every class. But the most important and notable thing that I did this week was to organize, pre-order, and purchase my next line of hoodies, this time being “Fashion-Bug”. I’m especially excited for the next couple of weeks.

YouTube tutorial from last week:

Work? (Passion Project V2 Weekly Update #4)

Hey hey hey! This week was especially special to me because my whole “style” could change due to a change of software. During the break before the week, I got very bored and drawing with Sketchbook seemed unappealing at the time. I did have Photoshop CS6 and CC 2017 installed on my laptop; however, I barely used to for anything other than editing the lighting of some photos.

Anyways, to the point: I took a 20-minute lesson from YouTube and learned how to draw on Photoshop, which actually taught me a lot. Using my newfound knowledge I drew a couple cartoon characters and such, switching up my style. Here are the results:

Schedule (Passion Project V2 Weekly Update #3)

Ok. Maybe my plan for the entire semester is a bit crowded with all three of my goals, but here’s my foolproof plan on how to divvy up my time to maximize my focus on each “side-project”.

For my animated short, the more that I thought about it, the more I realized how much work I’d have to put in. When I worked on my first (well, technically second) animatic, I realized the amount of time it takes to just draw AND sync frames with audio. Thus, my mindset for the animation is… low priority. However, I am keen to continue with drawing my classic comics and work on comedic animatic shorts, which works hand in hand with updating my clothing line.

So now we get into what’s going to be new for this semester. The previous goals all worked smoothly together, so I feel like I can take on more responsibilities and such, especially when they don’t require a constant eye on. To create a more professional sense, I’d like to spend probably a week early on in the semester designing my own website (probably with Wix), and with the help of the school, link it to a purchased domain. If not, then I’ll try do it at home during my spare time, which shouldn’t require too much time.

As for the Product Creation club situation, preparations and conversations are needed with multiple people before I can actually apply to kick-start for it next year, so it shouldn’t interfere much with my main animatic goals for this semester. Speaking of animatics, to end this update off, here’s the animatic I spent a collective 7 hours working on: