Wednesday, December 30, 2009

The end of a decade, the beginning of something new

Well it's here again, an end of year post right on the grace period! Well this years been good in an interesting way but before I get into my novel long shpeal about how the year, how about some pics! The first pic is Jarrett, Bianca and I when we went to the beach. (We decided to do some goofy pose) Anyway, good time.. I think that will forever remain a good memory for me as apart of 2009 as a whole. Now on to the rest!

OK so with news of new SF characters comes fan art. Oh yeah. Anyway, heres the new character Juri, she's got a mechanical eye (from what I read on the capcom site) and thats why it's glowing. it looks like she's got a pretty sadistic way of fighting so I wanted to make an intimidating pose for her. So this is the first run.

Second is more of a if she just kicked someones ass and then turned around to you and was going to kick your ass. Truth be told I should have put a weird tilt on her head to get the effect, but I think it turned out.. ok

the second run is playing with angles and anyone who knows me knows that I love screwing around with messed up force perspective. So I was playing around with how I wanted a flying knee to look like if it was charging the viewer. As you can see I failed many a time trying to get the angle right, but of all the poses I liked the middle one best. I'll probably try and sit down and push the pose more to get a better sillouette out of it later.

the next one is suppose to be Juri doing a drop kick on Chun li whilest she's doing a high kick. It's suppose to be in the same vein as the Ken vs Ryu one, but the fun element was going to be that I want to throw in BG characters from SF in the background either cheering or booing the event. Sakura cheering on Chun li for revenge, and Ken cheering while his wife stands over head disapproving of the situation. Another thing if you follow my blog you might notice that I like telling a story in a picture but cramming it with... stuff. Eitherway, this and many more will end up as spill over work in to 2010.

Lastly I was working in Photoshop for the car piece.. and as you can see I barely scratched the surface. This is about a day and 1/2 of work and since working on it (mid nov) I haven't gotten a chance to get back at it. and also I suck at photoshop.

Anyway.. that about ties up pictures for my final year post. Now on to the novel! So if your not interested I suggest you stop reading now. But hey comments and critiques are welcome as always.

The end of year post.

2009... what can I say about the year? From my view all I saw was that I was out of a job for most of the year. Not all a bad thing, but not a great thing on the career front. Here's the highlights (I apologized if I missed anything)

- Had 2 family members pass away, one I wasn't that close with and one that I was. Saw my dads side of the family form a rift that will never be rectified... probably within my lifetime..
- Jarrett and Bianca moved back to the east coast (not too sad considering they're doing better out east, but I miss them)
- didn't have a job, probably black listed from a studio
- the most trying year for balancing my budget I've ever had due to unemployment.
- unaccomplished goals (3D and finishing pieces)
- miss opportunities (applies to all aspects of life, love life is one)
- falling out of touch with people (it's just the way it is I guess.. when your a bum that is)
- Embaressing moments involving alcohol
- the risk of remaining in the west and passing opportunities out east. A decision that came down to the wire and kept me up late at night lost in thoughts and anxiety.

on the flip side..

- a year which I feel I've improved as an artist
- setup a book with friends and put out 2 within our first year!
- the books been really successful in my mind in terms of exposure and how much we've been able to keep on top of things.
- my boy Dan Carter
- Jarrett going back to school
- trip to Tofino
- meeting new people
- my old roommate Shayne and Tarna doing well for themselves.
- new roommate
- one of the best relaxed summers I've had in a long time.
- throwing nice parties (mostly loud and obnoxious)
- losing 20+ pounds of weight from being outdoors and having an excercise routine
- the opportunity of a new year

thats a basic summary, I'll probably update as I go. But eitherway a year of ups and down.

Like a track and field runner ready to take off. Who knows what problems will he come across. Will he have a bad start? Trip on his footing? be completely defeated? Or walk away the victor? This sort of thing can be applied to any way of life or living, but I like using a runner.

I remember at the beginning of the year I was at my grandma's place in Toronto. My mom was reading an Chinese Zodiac book for the years predictions. And depending who you are, and how vague as this may sound... my mom told me, " 2009 will be a year of drastic changes." And at first I wasn't really thinking about it much, I knew I'd rise to the challange just like every previous year. But this year was different. If you sat back and took a moment to reflect on what a year it was.. it's amazing how different the dynamic of this year was. A lot of things on a global scale like the recession.

I just remember the first part of the year for me was like everything was crashing down, no job, no roommate, full rent cost on my back, EI stretched to it's limit. Middle year, book in full swing, summer, working out, partying every now and again, but still an excellent summer. fall, embaressing moments, friends moving away, collecting myself to find a job again, pressure of holding out. Then the now.. can't wait for 2010 to start.

It's been a spectacular year of ups and down... but for all this years mess ups and victories.. I think this year I'll remember not as the year that the recession happened, it'll be a year I remember how I felt alive in life.. and while I can sit back and think of how fast this year was ripped from the calender.. I can only think of the things which bring a smile to my face about the year.. And now it remains how anxious I am about what there is to come in the new year.

And like a runner I'll keep running forward. Everytime I feel I've lost my way this year, I always ask myself if I've done what I set out to do. and while I didn't meet the goals I was looking for in certain aspects, I think my destination has come more into focus.

2010, the end of the first decade of the 21st century of the 3rd millenium. To me, another year to look forward too. Brimming with opportunity.

For my end of year shout outs, To my family, my mom, my sister and everyone part of my extended list of family. To my friends, All my east coast boys, the one brother in the florida keys, To all my friends out west who have help me make Vancouver a second home. To people I have met this year, and aquaintances.

You all have helped shape who I am, and help me grow, and for that I am truly thankful.

- Chan

note: this probably came off really corny, I should have composed it better instead of drinking before making a rush end of year post... Anywho...

2010, bring it on.