Friday, December 26, 2008

Review - Cremerie Chocolat San Diego

On a fairly quiet night, where there were little guests, my wife and I had to wait over 20 minutes for two crepes to go. The restaurant messed up several orders and didn't apologize for their delay. To think I even signed for a 20% tip before receiving the order. They are unorganized, had a chaotic workflow, and are pretentious. Additionally, they are overpriced especially when crepes take no time to make. It actually got me thinking about opening an authentic Quebec style joint next door. Hmm. And here's one last tip for y'all, DO NOT sign any credit card receipt until your order is ready. That's one mistake I'll never do again.

So... Do not go to:
Cremerie Chocolat
509 5th Ave.,
San Diego, California 92101

Monday, November 17, 2008

The Power of Wing Chun

Title: My Wing Chun Diary

Size: 18"x24"
Year: 2007

The below image demonstrates how the Wing Chun structure really works. A good Wing Chun fighter can only be effective if the practitioner has a solid understanding of the science behind the Wing Chun body structure. Unlike other Martial-Arts which use torque or kenetic energy to engage the opponent, Wing chun uses the entire body weight and structure (legs, hip, and elbow) to deflect, redirect, and attack the opponent. This image of the Forearm Forklift, illustrates the power the elbow joints.

Vehicle Rendering

Here's something I did for a vehicle lesson demo. I didn't have time to add the hood scoop, spoilers, and other neat things to supe it up. But nonetheless, it was a fun little exercise. FYI, The design was inspired by the Ford Mustang.

- John

Friday, October 17, 2008

My Class Blogs

Hey folks,

Here are the links to my class blogs. The environment classes were taught with Brian on Mondays, and by myself on Thursdays. Granted, Kevin was always around to lend a hand.

Last Summer Monday/Thursday classes:

This Fall's Vehicles & Mech Class:

Monday, September 22, 2008

Concept Design Academy - Fall 08

Hi All,

The Concept Design Academy is starting its new 2008 fall term real soon! This time, I'll be teaching a vehicle and mech class that'll be focusing on functionality, design, and oodles of fun - hopefully continuing the great work of my predecessors Darren Quach and Carlo Arellano. Those guys are SICK!

Also, much PROPS goes to Brian Yam for being a great teaching buddy, to Kevin Chen for giving me this great opportunity, and Ben Zhu/Gallery Nucleus for letting us use his space and art books.

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Digital Art Masters: Volume 3

I've been featured in the latest Digital Art Masters. The book is filled with inspiring works from artists all over the world. It certainly gets me pumped, motivated, and inspired. Funny thing is, I signed a few books while I was at Siggraph '08. Hurray, I'm a superstar!... right.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Quick little update...

Game's I'm currently working on... FYI, I have little involvement with them... only art crits/support here and there...

- Fat Princess

Didn't do much on this one... just sat in the meetings every now and then.

- flOwer

Currently doing some concept work for them.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

LOL Hulk...

I haven't seen the Hulk 2 yet, but I find the resemblance between Gen. Thaddeus Ross, played by William Hurt, and Scott Thompson from "The Kids in the Hall", to be hilariously funny. Maybe it's just me.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Some Blade Designs for Warhawk

These will be prizes for a Warhawk tourney. Great for Kali training as well:). To find out more, go here:

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Teaching Time

I'll be co-teaching an Environment Concept class this summer with my buddy, Brian Yam. The courses will be held at the Concept Design Academy, in Pasadena. Check out their website for more details: T'will be lots of fun!

Monday, March 03, 2008

Dropship Design for "Warhawk: Omega Dawn"

Here's a Warhawk vid with my dropship design. Mind you I only did the concept work and animatics for it. The final version was done by another studio... Dunno which one though.

Friday, February 08, 2008

My Wing Chun Diary (Collage)

"My Wing Chun Diary" is a collage of some of my notes and sketches taken from Sifu Gary Lam's Wing Chun classes. Most of its content illustrates various upper body mechanics, such as positioning, angles, timing, power points, and a few Wing Chun maxims. Granted, the original piece was sold at Gallery Nucleus, but I did manage to save a digital version to share a glimpse of Gary Lam's knowledge with my Wing Chun brothers and sisters.

Print Description:
- Title: My Wing Chun Diary
- Size: 18"x24"
- Year: 2007