All artworks posted on this blog are created by Tina N. unless otherwise stated by the artist herself.

About Me

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Los Angeles, California, United States
This is Tina. I am an artist, an animator, a joker, and a laugher. I am not the best but I am not the worst either. And my goal is to be on top. These blogs are bringing you my greatest passion in life, which I hope you will enjoy. Nothing is as entertaining as images, both still and moving. So please, forget the real world and welcome to the world of imagination~

"When you really draw something, never fear to be BOLD, otherwise, it won't be that amazing~" Tina N.

P.S. Did I not tell you that I am also a writer? At some point it dawned on me that I do enjoy putting my imagination in texts, not just images. Oh joy!

Monday, May 21, 2012

Daily No. 1 - Grandma goes to the Ball

I decided to start my daily sketches/drawings yesterday, so please welcome my first daily sketch: Grandma Nguyen~!!! (Oh yes, she is Vietnamese, a chubby old Vietnamese lady.)

Grandma Nguyen

Friday, May 18, 2012

Last day interning at Titmouse...

I don't know if I should be happy or sad today. Happy, it's because this means I have completed my internship successfully, had a wonderful time there, met and made a lot of friends, learned a lot from everyone, and gained more experience. This is a newer me, a better me, a more mature and experienced me. This is another important turning point in my life, also another reason for my success in the future. Sad, it's because it is the last day, I don't know when I will be back. Although we think and would like to know that we will see each other again, but the problem is... when? I had such a great time there, it's become one of the best memories in my life. Well, perhaps it is just a temporary goodbye, let's be positive and know that we will see again! I will do my best! Always~!

Thank you Titmouse Inc. :)

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Life Drawings hidden from the deep

"Hidden from the deep", why? It is simply because I have left it in my big portfolio bag which was placed there in the corner behind the bed for many centuries. Okay, not centuries but about 2 years straight, I completely forgot about these due to my constant focus on animation just right after I transferred. I had fun speed-sketching~ it was a great experience and it was one big step higher on my skill development.

Sunday, May 13, 2012


Today is Sunday May 13th, 2012. It's Mother's Day! :)

My friends and I have created an Animation group called KOLOR KLASH and we have worked on this music video for the song "Mamá te quiero mucho" written and composed by Sara Quintanar, also especially made for this wonderful occasion - Mother's Day!

The basic concept for the video is simplicity and cuteness. There might be some flaws in it but we have worked very hard and finally completed it in less than 3 months among other loads of work from school, internship, and jobs etc. This was an incredibly fun experience that we all will never forget. It is a start for us with our career and the group's future.My main job was designing the Mom concepts so you can see that all of the mothers/grandmothers in this video were completely designed by me. I designed them based on the original Kid designs by my friend Raquel Martinez, the producer/director of this short. I also did the animation of the bedtime scene and rocking chair with baby scene, cleaned up and rigged all of the characters in Flash to be ready for animation (except the first scene with the shoes and the butterfly). All backgrounds were designed by Raquel Martinez. Storyboards and concepts were also by her, supervised by Sara Quintanar, and other members also gave our little suggestions. Jessica Bauer did a wonderful job animating the first and the second scene with the butterfly, the feet walking in, the little girl giving her mother the flower, and the cute sweet hug. Each of us actually helped each other with the animation. Stephanie Pecina is so talented with the special effects, without her, this video would never be completed. And last but not least, the creator behind this video, the talented kids' musician - Sara Quintanar, wrote such beautiful, cute, simple but extremely sweet lyrics with helps from the little children from her music class, going perfectly with the happy, cheerful tune. The video has lyrics shown on it (edited by Stephanie Pecina) so you, your kids, and the whole family can sing along! :)

We dedicate this video to all Mothers out there and hope that you will enjoy this as much as we did working on it.

So here you go! Have fun and feel the love! :)

For more information about the musician Sara Quintanar and Kolor Klash please visit these links:

KOLOR KLASH team consisting of 4 lovely and talented ladies (please click on names to go straight to their websites/blogs): 

Tina Nguyen (me :D)

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Memoirs of the highschool time in Vietnam

As you see I originally came from Vietnam. I spent half of my highschool year in Vietnam, then half of it in the US. I did not completely enjoy highschool in Vietnam but surely I did like some elements of it. Two of them would be "cá viên chiên" and the traditional Vietnamese "áo dài" (although it is incredibly hot in Vietnam and this dress could kill me in that weather). So I suddenly doodled out this little sketch with a not-so-typical Vietnamese highschool girl (usually people, especially Western people, like to think of highschool Vietnamese girls with a nice long black hair in a white dress) when I was at Titmouse at a very late hour of the day. The idea just came and my hand just doodled it out so although it is very sketchy, I had a lot of fun and am very happy with it. Perhaps, this is one of the most beautiful wonders in Vietnam - young school girls in pretty and pure white dresses going to school, which you can find in nowhere else in this world. In this sketch, however, instead of appearing as a sweet innocent school girl in a white dress, I gave her the "true" side of Vietnamese highschool girls, the one that I and many of my friends used to be - playful, cheerful, love snacks and vendors food, and carefree. Enjoy!

Monday, May 7, 2012

The cartoon version of me

So I was trying to come up with a character concept of myself. Obviously it should not look exactly like me but rather its look somewhat demonstrates my personality. So can you guess what kind of person I am through this drawing? I really hope it is not something too bad :P

The orange bag in the drawing is actually my current favorite bag which I have carried around a lot this year. You might have already noticed that I have posted a sketch/outline of this drawing a while ago. Just want to remind you guys:
As you can see I did some changes - the girl's feet~   Do they look better smaller or bigger?