Creating cartoon characters isn’t as simple as some may think. I’ve recently been interested and picked up some skills in creating a cartoon image from a real photograph. Let me tell you, it is very involved and time-consuming. This is a cartoon image is one that involved a 25-step process which took 3 hours to complete. I crafted the image using Adobe Photoshop – shows how powerful Photoshop can be.
So I’m not all about just charts, reports and data. Those things make-up the my useful side but do little for my creative streak… and new creative tools. My new Canon t2i DSLR has allowed me to explore the world of photography and image editing. After many hours spent editing and reworking photos, I now have a much better understanding of Adobe Photoshop and feel any image is possible.
I’ve acquired skills and techniques that are usually restricted to professional photographers. For example. I’ve taken photos in HDR(High Dynamic Range) – where the colors are so vibrant it seems like a scene out of an animated movie; Infrared – where trees and grass appear like snow; and even used Chroma Key Compositing (aka Greenscreen) – where a picture of you can be layered with another pic and make it seem like you are in a variety of other settings and locations. To visit some of my work, see slide show below.
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My love of sports motivated me to make the first multi-player online baseball game. It was an ambitious dream but a good way to learn and master Java. Although the user had to install a Java Applet Player, this game – in theory – could be played on any platform.
This game is a multi-threaded game with several panels on the main screen. The main screen has the game action; the pitcher vs batter. The game uses real MLB player names and statistics. The other panels includes real-time, play-by-play, current game stats of batters and pitchers. An additional panel for the chat session is available when playing online against another player.
A user has the option to play with game with the mouse or the keyboard. Two players can play at the same time using the same keyboard. However, playing against another player online was deemed difficult as the latency time to transfer the actions of one player to another player over an internet connection was too slow for a fast-paced action game. The most difficult aspect of coding this game was displaying the baseball’s projection (curves and bounces). A lot of math equations were used. 😉
A high school buddy and I decided to dabble in eCommerce. He is somewhat a medical expert and I am somewhat a technical expert so I took on the task of creating an eCommerce website for us. Our website allows consumers to buy Metabolife and other supplements through an online store.
This was my first time using ASP to create an entire website. With ASP I was able to construct a shopping cart feature and use SQL to store our orders in a database. The orders are processed through a 3rd party merchant.
We launched the website a couple weeks after my college graduation and called it SynergyCommerce.
*update: SynergyCommerce was short-lived but was great for my continuing self-education.
The Vietnamese Student Association’s president asked members if any of us would like to volunteer to create a website for the club. Excited to show off my new HTML skills, I quickly volunteered. I wanted to make the first ever VSA website at the University of California at Irvine! The specs were quite simple – make a website to let viewers see the calendar of events, the name list of club officers, and the club’s mission statement.
VSAUCI.com *update: The VSA-UCI website has seen many new students and changes since it’s original creation.