A more diverse portfolio

When I want to show people my artwork, I usually point them to my pixiv or deviantart account. But those portfolios give the impression that I only do moe anime style illustration, when I actually have more range than that.


My one and only stint as a professional artist was drawing backgrounds for the Game Boy Color game, Magi-Nation (2001), which was a creature collecting game, like Pokemon. All the backgrounds shown above were drawn by me, although the character and monster were drawn by other members of the team.


I once did a small commission for a former college classmate of mine. This was concept art for an imaginary Halo-like FPS where the enemies were giant bugs.

Commissioned by two of my friends who were getting married.

When I was a physics minor, I did sketches of lab equipment. Shown above is a Cavendish balance, which measures the universal constant of gravitation. See also:
Device that measures the photoelectric effect
Device that measures the speed of light
Simple pendulum

Low-Resolution Portraits

My experience working on Magi-Nation gave me a great appreciation of low-resolution artwork, and I have kept up my skills using MS Paint and oekaki applications.

Magic the Gathering: Elf of Deep Shadow
Star Wars: Boba Fett
Star Wars: Gilad Pellaeon
Street Fighter: Akuma
DC Comics: Superman
The Spoils: Lightning Pig (not used in game)

User Interface Design

Alivery was a class project where we pretended to start an online store for interactive books on the iPad. See also:
Alivery landing page
Alternate landing page

LUNASA (Limited Use Note Accuracy Sensing Application) was a class project in which we tried to use the Android phone’s microphone to detect whether a musical note was played correctly. See also:
LUNASA title screen
LUNASA keyboard
LUNASA song selection screen

Kitchen Alliance was from a masters-level UI design class. We designed an iPhone application that would find cooking recipes. Try out the HTML mockup here.

Animation Capstone

For my final undergraduate project, I worked on the animated short 2 Old Chicks, which was created in Maya. I was the lead of set design, and I also helped with the storyboards, concept art, and character animation. See also:
Detail of the pop-up birdhouse used in the animated short
Item modeling exercise


Portrait of virtuoso electric guitarist, Eric Johnson.

Tribute art for classic Magic the Gathering webcomic, UG Madness.

I hope you’ve seen something today that you haven’t seen before, and I hope you like it.

4 Responses to “A more diverse portfolio”

  1. GoldenSunfreak says:

    Dude, you did the backgrounds for Magi-Nation?! Man, my respect for you just increased by 300%! I loved that game (although I actually never played it), and when I saw that there was an “anime” for it, I just flipped out (although the “anime” is more for kids haha). Looking through all of the things that you posted, it shows that you really have a lot of talent and variety of skills. I know you will be able to get another job, since you clearly have experience in multiple fields. If you are interested, wizards.com just posted two articles about working for them. I really think you should check them out. Good luck with your job hunting; I know everything will work out for you!

  2. Falkonus says:

    How goes the job hunt?

  3. Sixten says:

    @GoldenSunfreak: How do you love a game you haven’t played? Is it “The art is AWESOME” like Yosuga no Sora or Your Diary? Or were you into the card game?

    @Falkonus: It’s all there in the comments of the previous post. I’m still sending out applications as fast as I can.

  4. GoldenSunfreak says:

    Well, I first heard about Magi-Nation when I was a kid through Nintendo Power Magazine. I remember reading the story, character info, and system and thought that it was a really cool game. I mainly liked the concept of the game, where a young boy was pulled from his world into a new one filled with monsters and new lands to discover. Although highly unrealistic, it was something that I wished could actually happen, and I really liked the idea. Nowadays, Magi-Nation is something nostalgic for me because it reminds me of my childhood and my love for games as well as fantasies like traveling to a new world. I know it sounds really silly, but I was a kid back then, and Magi-Nation really caught my interest. Hope that answers your question. Also, good luck with job hunting!

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