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I got an e-mail yesterday. It was written in French by David FullMetalArt  so I had it translated! The internet is an amazing thing! :D

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:new: Two weeks ago, I was sent an invitation by DeviantArt HQ to visit them so they could interview me.  We set the date and time for yesterday afternoon. They gave me a tour of the whole place. The place is beautiful, colorful, fun, and exciting space to be in.  The view of Hollywood and Los Angeles from the office windows is spectacular. I didn't take photos of the insides because there are things they are developing that I promised not to reveal until they happen. Just as a precaution, I left my phone inside my bag, but you can see the photos I did take below. 

They asked me about how I use their website. By showing them how I use it, I ended up talking about my education and work background because the site is very useful for holding and sharing my artwork, projects, drawing lessons, and student artwork. I told them how I got into blogging about art, art education, jobs and careers. After that they wanted my opinion about the new stuff they are working on. At the end of the interview they gave me a box of goodies to take with me. 

Being invited to DeviantArt is a wonderful rare privilege that I didn't mind doing at all. DeviantArt has been and still is the best social media platform for me. Learning and making art can be a very introverted and isolating thing. We all need isolation to get work done, but what happens when the art piece is done?  Developing artists need both real physical spaces and digital online spaces to build their professional identities and connect with real people they could not on their own.   It is through this site that I made all kinds of connections to real people who do all kinds of cool things.

Los Angeles is where I went to college and university. I made a lot of friends here.  To become a professional working artist, I knew I had to be here in order to grow.
Art as a career is a journey that doesn't end once you start it,  and so will my connection to this social media platform.

 Just do your best everyone, who knows, you might be invited to HQ someday too! :D


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Best of Spring 2018

Journal Entry: Tue May 22, 2018, 12:03 PM
:new: :bulletblue: Go here to check out their work! --> :spotlight-left: :icondh-students-gallery: :spotlight-right:


Great job everyone!

Have a great summer and I will see all of you again in the fall! :D

About The Intrepids Novel

Journal Entry: Mon Mar 26, 2018, 7:12 PM

This is something I want to share with my students:


Forword, Biography, & Introduction

This story has its own story that began 18 years ago.

Back in the summer of 2000, I was interning at Nickelodeon Animation Studios in Burbank. I was making copies of some drawings I completed for a Hey Arnold! project on a copy machine in the hallway. Brian Mark, the background layout supervisor who guided and supervised my work, was on his way to something.

We said a quick hello as he passed by, but then he paused in his tracks. He turned around and said to me “You are one of those people who are going to have their own tv show someday.” He then turned and continued on his way.

It blew my mind that he saw that in me. Before that moment, I was content to the idea of quietly drawing in a little cubicle until the day I die. What he said gave me so much to think about. He planted a seed in my mind. In times of hardship it would not die but continued to grow. It kept me going by giving me something to work on.

After graduating from University of Southern California, I worked at a caricature drawing stand at the Los Angeles Zoo. During the slow quiet times the guys who worked with me would talk about and draw their own comic books. “I should make one too! Why not?” was what I thought. So I started to really think about a story I wanted to tell. Carrying around a plastic clipboard that stored paper, I started to write down and doodle ideas. The girl was at first a representation of my younger self and Zeba was the older self I wanted to become.

When I left that caricature job, I was offered work as a cartoon drawing teacher's assistant every Sunday at Irvine Chinese School. I began building long term relationships with many of the students who liked hanging out with me. Zeba and Katie evolved to represent the relationship with my students.

My writing ability wasn’t that great at the time. I wrote 14 pages on a computer and drew several comic book pages but I did not feel brave enough to write the first chapter or know how to end it.

Then I was enrolled in the Digital Media program at Otis College of Art and Design.     

It was there I developed the story a little bit further and made a pre-vis 3D video of a couple of comic book pages for the thesis project. fter graduating in 2007, I put the whole project aside and forgot about it as I became busy with working and living a little.

Late 2017, I decided to dust off the old word document file and have a crack at it again after sitting in on weekly OC Writers meetings. Listening to other people talk about writing projects encouraged me to write again. Thank you to everyone who has tagged along on this long long unending journey with me. I hope you have as much fun reading this as I had living, learning and writing this story out.



Best of Fall 2017 Student Artwork

Journal Entry: Mon Feb 19, 2018, 9:13 PM
:new: :bulletblue: Go here to check out their work! --> :spotlight-left: :icondh-students-gallery: :spotlight-right:

We will have more to post at the end of this school year.

Great job everyone! 

Back in November, I signed up to participate to be a book reviewer for the Multicultural Chidren’s Book Day celebration. I received The Underground Railroad: Navigate the Journey from Slavery to Freedom by Judy Dodge Cummings, Published in 2017 by Nomad Press.

This is actually designed to be a classroom textbook for students ages 9-12. The book is 122 pages long. It contains 20 content related activities along with glossary and index. Many of the pages have a list of important vocabulary words to know in order to understand the text. Within the history text are pictures, charts, maps and QR code internet links to additional related content. 

This book points out important details about the practice of slavery in its many different forms in other countries. It talks about how much more oppressive it was compared to those other forms of slavery. In the opening chapter it talked about how the concept of racism against black skinned people was created by rich plantation owners so that they could hold onto a permanent work force. The things they put in place to make slavery possible is laid out in this book. Also the first chapter said that as slavery was dying all around the Atlantic, it increased in the United States because of Eli Whitney's cotton gin invention. It made the south's cotton industry incredibly lucrative for the plantation owners.

Important tiny details like that are things I had never heard of. This book is very eye opening and I recommend it for everyone who wants to know more about this time in United States history.

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Multicultural Children’s Book Day
2017 (1/27/18) is in its 5th year and was founded by Valarie Budayr from Jump Into A Book and Mia Wenjen from PragmaticMom. Our mission is to raise awareness of the ongoing need to include kids’ books that celebrate diversity in home and school bookshelves while also working diligently to get more of these types of books into the hands of young readers, parents and educators.  

Current Sponsors:  MCBD 2018 is honored to have some amazing Sponsors on board. 

2018 MCBD Medallion Sponsors

HONORARY: Children’s Book Council, Junior Library Guild 

PLATINUM:Scholastic Book Clubs

GOLD:Audrey Press, Candlewick Press, Loving Lion Books, Second Story Press, Star Bright Books, Worldwide Buddies

SILVER:Capstone Publishing, Author Charlotte Riggle, Child’s Play USA, KidLit TV, Pack-n-Go Girls, Plum Street Press

BRONZE: Barefoot Books, Carole P. Roman, Charlesbridge Publishing, Dr. Crystal BoweGokul! World, Green Kids Club, Gwen Jackson, Jacqueline Woodson, Juan J. Guerra, Language Lizard, Lee & Low Books, RhymeTime Storybooks, Sanya Whittaker Gragg, TimTimTom Books, WaterBrook & Multnomah, Wisdom Tales Press


2018 Author Sponsors

Honorary Author Sponsors: Author/Illustrator Aram Kim and Author/Illustrator Juana Medina

Author Janet Balletta, Author Susan BernardoAuthor Carmen Bernier-Grand, Author Tasheba Berry-McLaren and Space2Launch, Bollywood Groove Books, Author Anne BroylesAuthor Kathleen Burkinshaw, Author Eugenia Chu, Author Lesa Cline-Ransome, Author Medeia Cohan and Shade 7 Publishing, Desi Babies, Author Dani Dixon and Tumble Creek Press, Author Judy Dodge Cummings, Author D.G. Driver, Author Nicole Fenner and Sister Girl Publishing, Debbi Michiko Florence, Author Josh Funk, Author Maria Gianferrari, Author Daphnie Glenn, Globe Smart Kids, Author Kimberly Gordon Biddle, Author Quentin Holmes, Author Esther Iverem, Jennifer Joseph: Alphabet Oddities, Author Kizzie Jones, Author Faith L Justice , Author P.J. LaRue and MysticPrincesses.com, Author Karen Leggett Abouraya, Author Sylvia Liu, Author Sherri Maret, Author Melissa Martin Ph.D., Author Lesli Mitchell, Pinky Mukhi and We Are One, Author Miranda Paul, Author Carlotta Penn, Real Dads Read, Greg Ransom, Author Sandra L. Richards, RealMVPKids Author Andrea Scott, Alva Sachs and Three Wishes Publishing, Shelly Bean the Sports QueenAuthor Sarah Stevenson, Author Gayle H. Swift Author Elsa Takaoka, Author Christine Taylor-Butler, Nicholette Thomas and  MFL Publishing  Author Andrea Y. Wang, Author Jane Whittingham  Author Natasha Yim

We’d like to also give a shout-out to MCBD’s impressive CoHost Team who not only hosts the book review link-up on celebration day, but who also works tirelessly to spread the word of this event. View our CoHosts HERE.

TWITTER PARTY Sponsored by Scholastic Book Clubs: MCBD’s super-popular (and crazy-fun) annual Twitter Party will be held 1/27/18 at 9:00pm.

Join the conversation and win one of 12-5 book bundles and one Grand Prize Book Bundle (12 books) that will be given away at the party! multiculturalchildrensbookday.…

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Cassini Grand Finale

Journal Entry: Sat Sep 16, 2017, 6:52 PM
:bulletblue: The Cassini spacecraft vaporized in the upper atmosphere of Saturn early Friday morning. I think it is important to mark its passing here. I stood close to the towering golden spacecraft, with the massive parabolic antennae dish, when I was in high school during a JPL Open House. It launched October 1997, right when I started college. All these years I have been getting glimpses of the new images and discoveries found. Having that small personal connection makes me proud, excited and sad. Space, aviation, curiosity and exploration is in our blood. We are engaged in the scientific process when we ask questions and look for the answers ourselves.

This was their goodbye video. It is so pretty and sad at the same time! 



Here is the 1 hour PBS NOVA show about the Cassini mission and all its discoveries:
www.pbs.org/video/death-dive-t…

Seth Macfarlane

Journal Entry: Fri Sep 8, 2017, 9:47 AM
:bulletblue: I talk about him all the time to my classroom students because he is one of the most prominent people working in animation, tv and film in the US. He, like me, started out drawing cartoons and went on to attend art school to study animation. Its pretty wild to see all the work he has done and is doing now. If you don't know who he is by now, you should. He has done a lot of interviews. He gives insightful panel talks at industry conventions. May this be the first of many internet videos you watch about him(if you haven't already).

:new: New Yorker Interview -> www.newyorker.com/tech/element…


Current project he's working on airs this Sunday. If you can't work on the real Star Trek, then you make a Star Trek of your own, dammit! :XD:





Saul Bass

Journal Entry: Fri Aug 25, 2017, 9:10 AM
:bulletblue: Today is a good day for everyone to learn about Saul Bass:





History of Modern Art

Journal Entry: Thu Aug 24, 2017, 8:54 AM
:bulletblue: Posting the 44 minute video here. 



Best of 2017 Student Work

Journal Entry: Wed Jan 11, 2017, 2:21 PM
:bulletblue: Go here to check out their work! --> :spotlight-left: :icondh-students-gallery: :spotlight-right:

I have posted all of the finished student work from Sunday. January 28 & 29 is the Chinese New Year festival. We will have a booth and I will display as many finished pieces as possible there as well. 

Bold lines, shading and colors is best when it comes to catching the attention of a busy crowd. I am going for variety of styles and subject matter to display.  Thanks for all the hard work students! Hopefully I will see you all at the festival!  

:D 

Elemental Horses Books info

Journal Entry: Thu Dec 22, 2016, 9:58 AM
:new: :bulletblue: I am updating a lot of things about my books from the feedback I have been getting from readers and buyers. I also need to number the books now that I have four to reduce confusion. I'm posting this here for storage and easy access when I update the online pages.

This targets the Star Wars, Harry Potter and Comic book superhero crowd. For kids who are too young to read, it is to be treated like a picture book with the parents describing the artwork to them. The reading level of all 4 books is 3-4 grade and up.   When kids reach 3-4 grade, the stories they read have less and less artwork as they are supposed to be able to have strong imaginations. That is a problem for those with weak vocabulary. People who struggle with language rely on visuals to help them understand what words mean. It is also to get kids who do not like to read, to read about the interesting artwork they are looking at. 

1) 12 Things to Remember book introduces the 12 horses.  Each horse has a real Chinese word for a name. If a kid learns the horses name and personality they have learned a Chinese word. It is for both Chinese and non-Chinese children. 

2) Cohesion   Each horse has magical powers and this book shows off their powers as they each interact with a different child rider.  It is to encourage self reflection as each reader thinks about the relationships they can have with each horse.

3) Flight   The themes get more serious as the horse and rider pairs goes out into the world to try to fix all kinds of real world problems like the superheroes that they are. This is for older kids who have been exposed to current events like the things they see on the news. It is to help them reflect on ideas such as good and evil, confronting fears and other emotions.

4) Axis Mundi  Introduces a whole new set of 12 animals that have real Chinese words for their names. The two carousels combine their powers as they take on the big challenges facing our world with courage and intelligence. 


Making Movies

Journal Entry: Sat Dec 17, 2016, 9:55 AM
:new: :bulletblue: These are really interesting and informative videos I want you to see.

Making Movies, Stunts, Green Screens, Wires & Flying Harnesses



Akira Kurosawa's great advice to aspiring filmmakers




Radio Garden

Journal Entry: Tue Dec 13, 2016, 9:15 AM
:new: :bulletblue: Once in a while the internet gives us some really really cool things. This website lets us listen to radio stations from all over the world just by rotating a round map of the world.  

It starts at Uganda and you can move out from there --> radio.garden/live/kampala/conn…

Earth is a pretty neat planet. :)

What is Design

Journal Entry: Wed Nov 2, 2016, 1:19 PM
:bulletblue:  I found this wonderful article talking about what design is.  Read the full article HERE

"This confusion is not just a matter of semantics. In businesses, schools, offices, even newspapers, design is often associated with the art department. That’s a fundamental misunderstanding of the aim of design. When art and design are confused, the designers’ domain becomes limited to style and appearance.

In truth, good designers are primarily problem solvers. They seek to understand the purpose, audience, technical parameters, and strategic nuances of an assignment before reaching for their Moleskine sketchpads or going to town in Photoshop. Next time you work with a designer, start with an overview of your goals, before diving into a discussion about colors, fonts or materials."

Film Meets Art

Journal Entry: Thu Sep 29, 2016, 11:02 PM
:bulletblue:  In the age of all kinds of technology, what is there left for the contemporary artist?  I think the role remains the same. To continue to find, discover and create new imagery.  The wellspring of ideas is as deep as what the artists knows. Who knows who is looking over our shoulders, a good idea travels quickly and finds its way into all kinds of mediums, including film.  






Free Online Whiteboard Lessons

Journal Entry: Wed Sep 21, 2016, 6:58 PM
:bulletblue: I have a whiteboard started here --> www.webwhiteboard.com/board/gp…;

I am starting with a how to for drawing a horse from the front.
Let me know if you are interested in seeing a drawing demonstration of anything else.  

Hot Metal Typesetting at the New York Times

Journal Entry: Thu Sep 8, 2016, 9:53 AM
:new: :bulletblue: Here is a fascinating 29 minute film about a printmaking process that was long gone before many of us were even born. It is a very interesting process. Sad in the missed nostalgia but also grateful for the advancements in computers to allow people to create and publish our own works very quickly on our own timetables.

 Link to original article here.



Industrial Design in Entertainment

Journal Entry: Mon Aug 29, 2016, 8:18 AM
:bulletblue: This is a 57 minute video. Set aside some time to watch this because it has very interesting and useful things to think about when it comes to designing both fictional and non-fiction worlds for movies and games. Link to article



Buster Keaton Film Comedy

Journal Entry: Mon Aug 15, 2016, 8:42 AM
:bulletblue: It's one of those questions to ask about yourself. Are you smart? I think so, but are you funny?

To be funny requires skills and other practices working together to build up to one big joke that is universally funny without need for language or understanding of a particular culture. Actually we learn about cultures and social behavior by watching other people do their thing.