Friday, October 13, 2017

"I wanted to kiss you goodnight"

It's crazy to think that it's already been 2 months since Grandma left and so much has happened too. I've actually had this animation drawn out a month ago, but September was pretty hectic and I never finished scanning or coloring them. Aside from that, my family and I have been doing well. It's still surreal to me knowing she's not here anymore though.

This is what it looks like in my sketchbook:

The saying "I wanted to kiss you goodnight" is from a Meg & Dia song that I was listening to, my inspiration for this animation. It's based on my most fond memory of my Grandma.

On August 12th, the day before she died, I just came back from my bible study's camping trip and I went to visit her. It was pretty late, maybe around 6 or 7pm, when I saw her. Although, I could tell she wasn't getting better and she looked more tired than how she was the past two days. I got to tell her about my camping trip and told her I thought of her every day, but her eyes were very droopy and it looked like she wanted to sleep. "Are you tired, Grandma?" No answer. "Grandma, do you want to go to sleep?" No answer. "Grandma, do you want me to leave?" "No" she replied quickly. After that, I stayed with her and held her hand until she started coughing and I had to get my mom and my aunt. That was my last conversation with her, but her response back to me meant the world to me—and that, I will always treasure.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Grandma Betsy

Back in June, I went to Kaiser to pick up my grandma after her blood transfusion was done. She had her sunglasses on and I asked her if she could take them off because she wasn’t outside. When she did, a lot of the nurses kept complimenting how pretty her eyes were and that she shouldn’t hide them. This is what this image is based on.

My Grandma has been suffering from congestive heart failure, in addition to all her other ailments. On August 1st, she collapsed and the medics took her to Kaiser, where she was admitted for several days. My auntie was told by the doctors that two of her heart valves were leaking and her heart was functioning at only 30%. The doctors strongly advised against any surgeries due to her age and existing health condition. After much discussion, they recommended hospice and my mom, uncle, and aunt decided to bring her home. She was kept comfortable with family always by her side.

On August 13th before 7pm, our Lord took her home. It’s still surreal knowing she’s not here, but I praise God that she’s given her life to Christ and that she’s with Him and not suffering anymore. We love and miss you, Grandma. ❤️

“For if He causes grief, then He will have compassion according to His abundant lovingkindness.” Lamentations 3:32

Monday, July 24, 2017

Summer Camp 2017

For this year's Summer Camp, the theme was "sword" that is based on Hebrews 4:12, emphasizing the importance of sola Scriptura. Compared to the last four years I've attended as staff, this year was much different—I've had the privilege of designing the team name tags this year! All of it was done in Adobe Illustrator.

This camp was also different as we were short on staff and I got to put together the slideshow. Personally, the week was very exhausting as the emotions were out of control and I wasn't getting a lot of rest, but God was (and still is) faithful to help me get through the week as well as minister to the girls I was able to talk to. The nights were rough as I worked on the Summer Camp slideshow, but it also reminded me what a joy it is to serve Him as I thought of what Paul said in 2 Corinthians 12:15: I will most gladly spend and be spent for your souls.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Happy 4th of July & Happy Tsum Tsum Tuesday!

In 2011 for Halloween, I wanted to be the house from Up and asked my mom to help me make this costume. I saw a picture of a girl who did this idea, and I thought it was really cute how she attached the balloons to her head and wore the house as a necklace—and props to my mom making the house.

Since I've been collecting tsum tsums, they FINALLY came out with tsums from Up! I've been wanting to do a stop motion with them because I still kept the house my mom made 6 years ago. The animation is kinda sloppy because I literally took the pictures, photoshopped, and edit everything today. But it was still fun to do, I apologize for the messy bits.


Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Happy Tsum Tsum Tuesday!

For my Physics of Animation class, we had an assignment on creating a stop-motion character animation. Like my last stop-motion, I wanted to use my Tsum Tsums. However, for this animation I wanted to make to create my own story. I also wanted to challenge myself on not having any dialogue and try to have the Tsums communicate with their bodies and add sound effects to it. I had an idea of the Tsum Tsums wanting a snack, but they couldn't get it because of a bigger Tsum Tsum. They then devise a successful plan in distracting the bigger Tsum Tsum, yet there's a twist at the end. The Tsums I decided to use were Mickey Mouse and his pals, along with a bigger Pluto Tsum. I even added "mean eyebrows" on the big Pluto Tsum to show that it's not only his size the mini Tsum Tsums are afraid of him.


In creating this, I used a DSLR camera to take the pictures, used Adobe Photoshop to edit them, and Adobe Premiere to make the video. Compared to the last stop-motion, I had a harder time working on this due to the number of characters I had—which lead to more movement—and the weather conditions that was happening during the weekend. Other than that, I enjoyed making this!!


(some storyboards)

(before I photoshopped myself out)