Wednesday, October 2, 2013


 There will be class time shift due to my company schedule and Thanksgiving break.

- Oct 11th sketching class time will be moved to

                               Oct 8th. (Tues) 7pm to 10 pm

- Nov 29th sketching class time will be moved to

                               Nov.26 (Tues)   7 pm to 10 pm.

I'll remind you guys again this Fri.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Chrestomanci Castle

These drawings are based on the Chrestomanci Castle in the The Lives of Christopher Chant (Chrestomanci Series).

Saturday, August 24, 2013

movie screen capture

Do full value studies of these 4 images. Same size as the one you did in the class. 
Then apply these lighting to your own thumbnails. You guys will start building designs next week.
Have Fun.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Welcome Summer 2013

Thank you for joining us for 2013 Summer Term.

Please use this blog to ask question regarding homework, any great link to share, most importantly to post your HOMEWORK.

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[1wk]Your name_description(such as homework, revision, useful link)
This way instructor gets to see your progress through out 10 week course and stay within our set curriculum.

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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Week 8: Building Interior Final

I cleaned up one of the previous thumbnails to arrive at this drawing.  The setting is inside the large central building in my exterior callouts.  It's a hallway inside the Beast's castle.  Done in Photoshop.

Friday, April 5, 2013


Week 7: Exterior Building Color

I applied a wash of colors to the Beast's Castle.  This is mainly an indication of local color, materials and texture; not a lighting pass...yet.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Week 6: Building Interior Thumbnails

These are explorations of the interior of the central building within the Beast's Castle.  Settings range from cavernous cathedral-like spaces to single room dens.  I tried to infuse narrative elements.  The wider spaces could be ominous.  The smaller ones could appear like cozy hideaways with collections and treasures of the reclusive Beast.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Week 5: Large Exterior Building Callout

I defined and refined the Beast's Castle.  Since exploring both Gothic and Gaudi architectural styles, I introduced some Art Deco and Sci-Fi elements.  Some forms in this drawing are unresolved and the overall design uneven, but I pleasantly surprised myself with the results of this exercise.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Week 4: Exterior Callouts

process work

process work

These are 3/4 aerial views of castles I am designing.  Departing from illustration and composition studies, these aim to describe more of the form and function of these locations.  I attempted to use lines to define form and space rather than pattern, which serves only aesthetic purpose here.

Stylistically, I infused more fanciful references such as Antoni Gaudi architecture and Final Fantasy XIV concepts, while maintaining gothic elements for dark realism.  I am pleased that it feels more unique than previous attempts.

Kirby Leem enviro value sketch

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Week 3: Exterior Details

Castle of The Beast

Castle exploration drawings

Merchant's family country residence
The goal of these drawings was to define the details of individual buildings within my established locations.  These could afford more description of the architecture.  However, I produced some unexpected environments around the buildings.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Week 2: Thumbnail Marker Rendering

I pushed the compositions of this European setting toward more original and fanciful landscapes.  I tried to emphasize more terrain variation.  Also I explored different perspectives and ranges of shots, from low to aerial; long shots to panoramic layouts.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Week 1: Basic Composition Thumbnails

I chose the French fairy tale Beauty & The Beast
The setting is Eastern Europe in the Middle Ages.  This is a classic fantasy genre with a realistic art style.  I am focusing on three distinct locations in the story: a city where the Merchant visits, a modest country farm where the his family lives, and a hidden palace where The Beast lives.