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This portfolio is divided into three sections: Artwork, School Projects, and Personal Projects.



ARTWORK

These are what I currently consider to be my nine best pieces. For each image, I describe the inspiration behind the work, as well as my conscious design choices for the image:


1. Celestial

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"Looking upon my broken home from the outside, I finally saw how meaningless my grievances were. I saw what they had led to, and what could have been ... and wept."

        Celestial is meant to be a mysterious piece. I wanted to incorporate themes of humanity and the cosmos, while inciting questions about the painting. Feel free to come up with your own interpretations! Also: The lack of eyebrows on the central figure is intentional. It makes it appear more distant and strange.

        Dark purple hues have a mysterious vibe to them. Thus, purple was a natural choice for Celestial's background. Bright yellow, on the other hand, offers a warm contrast, and complements the dark purple. Together, I feel that the two colors make for a balanced final image. Composition wise, the humanoid figure is placed in the center, with its head surrounded by a halo of light from a distant planet. This setup immediately draws attention to it as the image's subject. I also tried to arrange the planets surrounding the figure in a balanced manner.


2. Frontline Soldier


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"Pawns and generals alike fall in battle; war does not discriminate. I can only hope that I am not its next victim."

        Frontline Soldier started out as one of my weekly speedpaints. One day, when a friend and I were looking over my speedpaints, my friend began to suggest additions to the painting. We then began excitedly rattling off ideas for improving it. The final scene that I chose to depict was of a solitary yet defiant warrior, standing over a fog - laden battlefield.

        In order to make the soldier more prominent, the background is rendered with large, loose brush strokes. This creates a depth of field effect within the painting, drawing attention to the sharper details on the solider. For colors, I mainly used low - saturation blues and reds. These two colors complimented each other, and their low saturation contributed to the moodiness of the final image. In this painting, I also experimented with different materials, such as the specular helmet versus the soldier's more diffuse scarf.


3. Token of Thanks


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"Thanks for everything, dad. You inspired me in more ways than you could have imagined."

        Drawn from a photograph. I chose this particular image because it captures my dad's personality so well.

        One of the challenges of this particular image was the rendering of a great variety of materials. In particular, rendering these materials while making sure they all blended into the image as a whole was difficult. I am happy with the end result, however, and I hope that it accurately portrays my dad's warm and humorous personality.

4. Downcast


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"There's no waking up from this."

        Sometimes art is the best medicine.

        One of the benefits of painting in black and white is that it forces you to focus of values. I utilized contrasting values to give the painting a somewhat hopeful mood, via the sunlit clouds in the top left corner. I find that the light sky and the dark background compliment each other well.

5. Reaching


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"In that moment, I saw a hand, and I heard a voice. It was not the usual voice of flaying doubts and belittling whispers, but rather a kind, encouraging voice. A voice urging me to go on."

        The inspiration for Reaching came from a place of profound depression. The day I started on the piece, I was lying in bed, asking myself why I should get out. Through all of my dark thoughts, however, I remembered my friends, my family, and my aspirations for the future, far though they may be. In my mind’s eye, I saw these as a white hand, reaching to help me up.

        I wanted the colors of the image to reflect the contrast of my thoughts versus the hopeful, reaching hand. So, I chose dark blues and purples to represent my thoughts, and a brighter yellow – orange for the hand. My agitated state is further represented by the skeletal figure, trapped between two stark, jagged rock faces. The hand, however, floats freely above the barren ground. The hand and figure are centered, and are the brightest things in the image, drawing attention to them as its subjects.


6. Ascendance


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"Let go now. Let go, and the earth itself cannot hold you down."

       Made using pencils. I wanted to create a mystical, uplifting piece when I began creating Ascendance. Designing the ascending woman's regalia was incredibly satisfying. In the beginning, I had planned to give her a more demonic look (Hence the horns), but I actually quite like the softer look that I ended up with. It makes the character feel somewhat like a greek goddess, in my mind.

        Since the central focus of the image is the ascending woman, I put her in the center of the image. I also made most of the top of the image sky rather than land, in order to make the painting feel as though it were rising. Even the jagged rock faces on the ground are pointing to the skies, their frail stature outshined by the clouds above. Said clouds are arranged in a fashion that implies horizontal motion, to offset the upward motion implied by the rest of the image.

7. Land of Twisted Dreams


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"I have imagined all manner of chaos. But thinking upon such madness as I have, versus seeing it firsthand ... those are two entirely different experiences."

        Made using pencils. I absolutely love strange creatures and twisted, unearthly landscapes. Land of Twisted Dreams was the result of me just having fun with my impulses, and seeing where they would lead.

        Each segment of the painting is divided by values. For example, the fibrous lake is contrasted by a dark, stony runway. The runway itself was designed to imply motion, as was the fiendish entity traversing it. Everything in the image, in fact, is meant to imply motion and chaos. Sweet dreams!

8. Assorted Items Still Life


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"Clear out my stuff? But it's part of an art project!"

        This charcoal drawing was a still - life that I drew for a college art class. The goal was to capture a variety of shapes and materials in a realistic manner. The light bulb in particular was an interesting challenge.

9. Architectural Study


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"There's nothing quite so relaxing as drawing outdoors. Until it starts raining, that is."

        In my college art class, I was tasked with drawing an area of campus with two point perspective. This is the resulting image. One of the interesting things about drawing a scene like this is that it takes so long, the shadows move! Due to this phenomenon, I had to draw it in segments over a few days.




SCHOOL PROJECTS

As the name suggests, these are projects completed as a part of my studies at the University of Central Florida:


1. Excavation:

Excavation is a full game level developed within Unity. All assets (excluding foliage and water) were modeled and textured by me. Click on the screenshot below to play the game inside your browser.

Special thanks to: SoundBible.com and Incompetech.com, for royalty - free sounds and music, respectively.

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PERSONAL PROJECTS

These are non - artwork passion projects that I have worked on in my own time. Click on the links in the project descriptions to see the design process that went into making them:


1. Sap Zapper - 2015

While this project is an old one, I still consider it worth putting in my portfolio. It was the making of this project that got me started on my path as a digital artist and game designer. The project began with a friend's concept sketch, and ended with two fully realized assets for the game "Team Fortress 2." Overall, it lasted for about four months from 2014 - 2015.

Click here for more insight into the creation of the shocking "Sap Zapper" and "Split Personality."


2. This Website

I created this website in a program called "KompoZer," which is a WYSIWYG editor similar to Dreamweaver. Thanks to the flexibility of building the site from scratch (rather than using a template), I was able to achieve exactly the look and feel I wanted. I hope that you like the end result!



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