Saturday, December 26, 2009

What I know about life thus far...

Most of my life, I always thought of ‘art’ as a side occupation while working a regular office job. I would grow up, have a family, go to the office, come home and work on art for a hour or two. But it wasn’t till recently I realized that ‘art’ is my ‘office’ job. And it is something I will do for the rest of my life.

Looking upon life as a young 23 year old, I find we all have wants and needs.

The most basic of need is food. We all need food to survive and we will do what ever it takes to find that means of survival. We all need oxygen, sleep, love.

And we all want many things; a plasma screen tv, a Ferrari, a house on the lake. But we don’t need these things.

Now, think about dreams. We all want our dreams to happen. But do we all need our dreams to happen? The truth for most people is no. We make the compromise. We get lost in the comfort of a day job.

But we can convince ourselves quite easily that we need something. Such as, I need that shirt or that pair of shoes to go to that dance... Or I need that particular stylus to do work. And we find a way to get what we need.


I’ve realized that I personally need to tell stories visually through art. I can’t survive without it and will do what ever it takes to keep telling stories! I will spend the rest of my life making that dream a reality due to the very fact that it is something I love doing, it is the only way I'll ever be happy. Therefore this is something I need!

Once something is a need, we tend to find a way.
We as humans have amazing capabilities and potential. Especially many of us fortunate in this day and age to have a roof over our heads, have money to spend on wine and Christmas presents, or watch a film in 3D... Now obviously we have regular jobs that allow for all these comforts but don’t make the mistake of turning that into an excuse.

There are no rules stopping us from making what we love into reality, the only rules are the ones we restrain upon ourselves. Never let anyone tell you that you can't do something! Whether it be your loved one or your parents. I know the discouragement that gives you first hand and it hurts.

I’ve seen a few people who get discouraged by others. They tell themselves that they’ll never be able to paint, or play like that person. But why not tell themselves that they can do just as well? Why not use that as motivation or inspiration?

I’m fortunate enough to have friends as passionate as I am. Friends who are constantly working on a dozen different projects because they love doing it.
And truthfully my friends motivate and inspire me from the work they do, the support they provide, or their involvement on my projects.

And if you think you're not 'talented' at what you love doing, I say that's bullshit. If you love something, that's talent enough.

Set your goals high. Never settle for anything less.

Dreams are life and like the great Ian Malcolm said, “life finds a way.” :)

Hope you all have a great new years! 2010 is the year! Make it happen!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Sparky update!

After over a years work on the Sparky Story arch, I've finally gotten down to the perfect timeline!
I've already completed most of the production on the final chapter of the Sparky Graphic Novel - which, originally was meant to be one of the first chapters to the book.

Anyways, I'm tired and do not feel for typing so... I'll leave you all with this art piece. Enjoy. =)

Monday, November 2, 2009

Thursday, October 15, 2009

passion for creativity

I have the utmost respect for anyone who will constantly work at what they love – whether it be sports, art, or music.

No matter how terrible you are at something, you will keep going due to the very fact that you are in love with that particular something.

Because I am a filmmaker, I am going to be referring to film as an example.

I recently went to a film screening involving student films for a University film class. I am not one to judge due to the fact that I, like everyone else, am just a young student of the art. However, I will say without exaggeration, many of the films that night sucked.

Now I can list a number of reasons for this comment such as, editing techniques that did not work, sound problems, camera angles, and acting.

Although the films were terrible, I gladly, without hesitation, stood and applauded. Even through terrible editing techniques and awful sound, one can usually tell whether or not the creators enjoyed making that film.

One can usually see that particular spark within a work of art. It was not only clear to see but refreshing as well.

There are three types of people. Claim to fame, The Fearful, and the Passionate. Only one of these three has a chance at accomplishment.

Claim to fame.

I’ve had personal experiences with many people who claim titles.

Many are merely in love with a title rather than the art form behind it.

They want to be called an actor, or director, or producer. But they however, will never move a foot in the direction of that title.

I’ve had the unfortunate experiences of working with such people. They want their opinions to be heard due to their ‘titles.’ They force themselves into a work environment that just creates stress and unwanted anger.

Rule of thumb, if you want to be respected for what you advise, you have to have the experience behind your words.

The Fearful.

There are many artists who are too afraid to produce work. They use excuses like “I’m waiting till I have the resources to make my project, it has to be perfect!”

Bad news mate… it’s not going to be perfect.

If you want to do something, GO DO IT! And no matter how bad the end product is, keep creating because you love creating! Improvement is guaranteed to follow!

The Passionate.

The passionate will constantly create no matter what. They are not in love with a title, or fearful of their end product, but they love the whole process. They love the art of filmmaking, or the art of illustration, or the art of storytelling, or the art of acting. These are the types of people who will do whatever it takes to create and be creative no matter how bad situations get. They do not use excuses like “I don’t have time.”

If you want to do something, you make time!

These are the people I respect the most. They inspire and motivate.

If you are one of these people, no matter who you are, no matter how bad your work is, you have my utmost respects.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Inez commercial work

Past commercial I did for local popstar Inez.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Another Amulet 2 post!

Hey

So Amulet 2 reaches bookstores and comic retailers in two days!
I was very fortunate to be on the crew for this book!
Since I was in grade 10, I was a huge fan of Kazu Kibuishi (creator of the amulet series).
I've always looked to him for inspiration and would have never thought to be working under him! I've learnt a lot from helping out on this production and had a good time working with all the talented crew - Amy Kim Kibuishi, Anthony Go Wu, Jason Caffoe, Kean Soo, Stuart Livingston, Ryan Hoffman, Michael Regina, Tim During, Catherine Yoo, Alan Beadle, Patrick Race, Cayleigh Allen, and Felix Lim (You guys are all awesome!)

Make sure to pick up your copy this Tuesday at any local bookstore or comic book retailer!

Friday, August 21, 2009

Amulet 2!

Sorry about the lack of updates. Life has been pretty busy and I know things won't be slowing down for atleast another month. Tons of projects have been completed since I've blogged and I will update on those asap. But for now... Amulet 2!

Amulet 2 will reach bookstores and comic retailers next month! Both books read like a film. I found that I could not put it down till the very end - it would be like pausing a movie and coming back to it the next day... that just doesn't work. The first book was great and the second is even better! I highly recommend this series!

It's creator, Kazu Kibuishi, is one of my great inspirations along side with the Miyazaki! Kazu's works always seem to inspire me and I find myself filled with great motivation when working on a project.
Another one of my inspirations is the Flight series. This graphic novel is an anthology by many talented artists! It's essentially a base where artists allow their imaginations to thrive and spark.

If you have not read either Amulet or Flight, I recommend you pick those up! Get inspired and create!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Dincus Commercial

Last night, there was a short screening for a clothing line commercial I had the honor of directing and doing the visual effects for. The clothing line is Dincus. I'll have detailed info on it when I am allowed to post this ad up on the internets.
But for now, here is a shot breakdown!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Student films

I've just spent the better part of the last 2 hours watching remarkable student films!
I can't express how inspired I am from these few pieces.
I wish I was nearly as talented as these young student filmmakers!





Thursday, May 7, 2009

Battle of Heaven screenshots



Second animated segment I'm working on.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Asuang and Gugurang!

I have just completed final renderings on one out of four animated segments for a documentary on Philippine mythology.
The documentary is by Jordan Clark, known for 'Bangkok girl.'
If any of you get a chance, watch it.
http://www.highbanks.ca/
(possible review to come later...)
The past week has been nothing but endless hours of drawing and animating.
Now that I have the style established, I think it'll go a lot smoother for the next three!If any of you are interested in process,
here are storyboard comparisons for the first shot.
Enjoy and have a good day!

Friday, April 17, 2009

website up!

well almost... the projects section is still under construction... but check it out anyways!

http://djaxxstudio.com/

Monday, April 6, 2009

Astra's Melody cover art.


Here's the final cover design for Astra's Melody; a 30 page, fully illustrated, storybook that I've recently completed.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Sparky test pages


Let me know what you all think please!

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Recent Happenings

I've recently been extremely busy with almost five different film productions.
One of which was a commercial competition for Doritos.
Task was to create a 30 second commercial for the new Doritos flavor.
Heres the link: Doritos ad!
If you can, please rate and comment! much appreciated!

Filmed at Industrial Island Fx. http://www.islandfx.ca/
Thanks to Simon Norton Game and Brook Hewlett.
Producer:Michael Dutson

Director:Denver Jackson/Dani Zaviceanu
Special Effects Director:Denver Jackson
DOP:Dani Zaviceanu
Animation: Denver Jackson

I was recently asked to do Storyboards for a short film title "Near Silence." This was the first time I have done boards for another production besides my own. It was a great learning opportunity and in the end, after the long hours of the day, I had a good time doing them!

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Mount Doug first annual Film Festival!

I was recently asked to be a judge for a high school film festival.
Grade 11's through 12's would make their own little films and submit them to finally be screened on a projector in their library.
After an evening of high school film making, I was quite impressed!
From experience, I know how much effort, work, and time film making requires. It's always refreshing to see young high school kids motivated to film and just having fun.
Anyways, I'd just like to congratulate all those kids who told their own little visual stories.

Other news.
I've just completed a short animated segment for a documentary.
The documentary is to be filmed over the period of a weekend and submitted on Sunday.
I was given the job two days ago and with the strict time restraints, I had to illustrate and animate six short shots. I chose to go with a storybook look and not focus on actual animation(drawn frames, etc). Instead I focused on detailed illustrations to convey the information needed for each shot. At this current point in time, the compositions are rendering and I am about to get some rest! Video soon to be posted!

Here are some character scans for another animated segment I did a while back. Enjoy.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Strip Comics

Strip Comics Logo animated.

video

Strip Comics is a nonprofit magazine that I've been an editor and creative director on.
It will be out end April/beginning of May.

http://stripcomics.blogspot.com/

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Sparky Preview!

Heres a preview of a few pages from both stories!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Sparky Update!


So... I've just completed two out of the ten comic stories in the Sparky graphic novel! yey!
Ones fully illustrated and colored and the other has been penciled and inked. All I have to do is scan those 35 pages and color them...
At the moment, I'm working on the outline for the origins story but I tend to jump between stories depending which one I feel for doing next...

This is gonna take a while but hopefully it'll be worth while!

Here are some studio photos if you're interested...



Sunday, February 15, 2009

Cover art

This is cover art for a rough draft storybook I recently completed.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Birthday card

for Ciao Law. Happy Birthday mate.Ah street fighter...

Monday, January 26, 2009

Portrait of a girl

This was done a while back and I just figured I'd upload it...

Friday, January 23, 2009

Cthulhu


A quick illustration done for a shirt graphic.
This illustration is inspired by comic artist Mike Mignola; creator of Hellboy.
Learn more about Cthulhu here.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Saturday, January 3, 2009