Monday, March 26, 2012


Alexandra Vo Wk 9 HW...Last Day of Class D:

I can't believe it's the last day of class already.  It was a pleasure being in it and I learned a lot!  Hope everyone will still be in contact after. :)

I really wish I had time to update the other ones, but unfortunately I didn't before the last day of class. :( I will certainly work on them for my portfolio though. :)

Thanks again for such an awesome class!

Alex's painting notes

Went a little crazy with the color; just followed my gut. Great work, Alex!

Monday, March 19, 2012

Alexandra Vo HW Wk 8

Hope everyone had a good week! Here's more progress on our second painting as well as a redrawn for the third. I tried some colors but not sure if I like it yet.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Monday, March 12, 2012

Alexandra Vo HW Wk 6/7

Long post to make up for the absence the previous week. :x

I didn't have chance to do the color keys for the third piece yet, but at least I guess I can get feedback on which is the preferred lighting. 

Here's also what I've been working in my other class for the same project. It's the interior of the tree house. :)

 See you guys in class. :)

Can't make it :\

I've run into a bit of an emergency at work this week, and I don't think I will be able to make it to class tonight. I will try to post whatever I have done by tonight, but it won't be until later.

Will see you next week though!


HW due this week: Piece #2 Color Painting, Piece #3 Tonals/Color Keys/Final Line Drawing
Can't wait!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Monday, March 5, 2012

Sick :(

I caught the Flu and won't be able to make it in class today.  I'll post my work when I start feeling better.  So sorry, and I hope everyone have a good time in class. :)

See you next week.


HW due this week: Piece #2 Tonals / Color Keys, Piece #3 Thumbnails

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Week 6 Demo: Digital Color Painting

original shot

1. lighting study

2. block in FG, MG, BG + characters

3. add minimal details, accent values

4. color shifts with Blending Modes, Adjustment Layers

breakdown of working layers

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Week 6 Lecture: Color in Film

Examples of filmmakers using hue, value & saturation to tell stories
The Shawshank Redemption

Meet The Robinsons


Monday, February 27, 2012

Alexandra Vo: HW Wk 5

I know the final painting for the first piece is due today, but I don't feel mine is polished enough yet. Any feedback would be great.  Thanks!

Here's my work in progress for the Peter Pan tree house as well.
And then my drawing for the Mermaid Lagoon.
HW due this week: Piece #1 Color (Final), Piece #2 Line Drawing

Monday, February 20, 2012

Alexandra Vo: HW Wk4

Hey everyone!

This week was super busy, but I tried to do as much as I can. The painting is still a work in progress. Tell me what you think. :)

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Week 4/5 Homework

My printer was jammed so I had to take a photo from my phone, so sorry ^^"

Its almost midnight and I finished a final line drawing of my organic landscape picture. I don't know if there is anytime for criticism or improvement, but I liked how it came out a bit.

I have done my thumbnails, but I want to detail them a bit more to paint a better picture, so yeah.

See you Monday, and send some feedback if you want :]

Film Lighting Studies

Dr. Zhivago lighting studies (marker)

Studying cinematography is a great way to learn composition, lighting, color, and staging for stories.
Some good sources:

Dr. Zhivago, 1965
Lawrence of Arabia, 1962
Touch of Evil, 1958
Citizen Kane, 1941
The Grapes of Wrath, 1940

Contemporary Cinematographers
Roger Deakins - True Grit, No Country for Old Men, The Shawshank Redemption
Wally Pfister - The Dark Knight, Batman Begins
Dariusz Wolski - The Pirates of the Caribbean
Janusz Kaminski - Catch Me If You Can, Amistad, Schindler's List

Drawing Grids

Lady and the Tramp study