Skylander Character Creator I-Wei Huang

Skylander Character Creator I-Wei Huang

Postby Orion's Islands » Wed Nov 05, 2014 1:20 am

I-Wei Huang works for Toys For Bob. He was and is the primary character designer for the franchise. Beyond that, he seems
to be a genuine guy in all the interviews I've seen with him. He also likes to design and build
steam-powered contraptions (A separate hobby of his I've seen documented--Really interesting and fun!
Not to mention, potentially explosive as any steam engine has to have a boiler!)

Anyway...I was researching on the internet and ran across this drawing...

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I thought it was really well done. I was tempted to use it in a separate project but I don't like to randomly use art so
I tried to hunt down who drew it, potentially to shoot them an e-mail to ask permission to use it.
Low and behold...I find that this (above) is someone's excellent attempt at coloring the original (below)....
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http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Fgaq96Q95gU/TqJGjVZpDDI/AAAAAAAAAwQ/8PrvKOhQWzY/s200/Skylanders_all_logo.jpg
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In addition, I found not only the original pic but identified the artist who drew it: none other than I-Wei Huang!
Adding to the cool factor...He posted a time-lapse you tube video of him DRAWING THIS EXACT PICTURE!!!
Here it is as the stand alone Youtube video...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JK4JTBV ... A8BB81790F

And here it is as it was put up on his blog.
The original and each of the element groups by themselves as printable PDF's for kids to color...
http://crabfuartworks.blogspot.com/2011 ... awing.html

Here are the PDF's:
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Fgaq96Q95gU/T ... l_logo.jpg
http://www.crabfu.com/skylanders/skylanders_undead.pdf
http://www.crabfu.com/skylanders/skylanders_life.pdf
http://www.crabfu.com/skylanders/skylanders_fire.pdf
http://www.crabfu.com/skylanders/skylanders_water.pdf
http://www.crabfu.com/skylanders/skylanders_air.pdf
http://www.crabfu.com/skylanders/skylanders_earth.pdf
http://www.crabfu.com/skylanders/skylanders_tech.pdf
http://www.crabfu.com/skylanders/skylanders_magic.pdf

But potentially the best find:

http://www.crabfu.com/

This is the link to CrabFu ! His web page!
You can choose to look at some of his steamwork efforts, older animations he made (On called...Give me a job!...
which seems to me, may have been his resume of sorts) and CrabFu BLOG , which documents his Skylander work!!.
Here is an example of the info on his blog...
(Without the cool pictures...)
Kript King

Kript King started out as the very first Giant.
I was thinking of what it means to be a Giant in Skylands, what a Gaint should feel like. So I took Chop Chop,
and made a ultra version of him, a Chop Chop Daddy, I kept calling him. I
n the end, we didn't use him as the Undead Giant (Eye Brawl took that spot), but I wanted some way to bring him back in Trap Team.
He went through some changes, mostly in color and proportions, but largely retained his look and feel.
I am very happy with the way that he eventually turned out, and glad to see as a Trap Master Skylander.

Original "Chop Chop Daddy" Giant, next to Chop Chop

ok...one picture...
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I just thought you all might find it an interesting look at the other side of the Skylanders experience.

Imagehttp://2.bp.blogspot.com/-epfqA39mWJ0/TqJHbnxAsKI/AAAAAAAAAxQ/-4C3EGww9oE/s1600/Skylanders_all_dark_desktop1280b.jpg

http://crabfuartworks.blogspot.com.au/
http://crabfuartworks.blogspot.com/2011 ... awing.html

http://crabfuartworks.blogspot.com.au/2 ... awing.html
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Re: Skylander Character Creator I-Wei Huang

Postby 1ofWiisdom » Fri Nov 07, 2014 3:49 pm

Great stuff...I'll check the links out later...

Got a new project in mind too :D
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Re: Skylander Character Creator I-Wei Huang

Postby Orion's Islands » Sat Nov 08, 2014 12:34 pm

Hunting it down made it more fun…! Il like Huang's concept artwork.
I haven't even had a chance to really look over his website either…Now that I posted it, I won't lose or forget the website. This Forum thing works for me too.. A win, Win!

AHhhhhh!! This new project….
Optimistic response…Excellent!
Pessimistic response….more work.
Lol…Can't wait to hear the details!
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Re: Skylander Character Creator I-Wei Huang

Postby Orion's Islands » Mon Nov 17, 2014 6:19 am

Here is an interview with Huang about getting started on the Skylanders project and some interesting concept art. I'll put some of the art up and the link to the interview.


http://blog.sketchbook.com/news/skylanders.html#.VGnOIog8KK0

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A Concept and figure sketch for Camo

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A Concept and figure sketch for Dino Rang

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Concept Sketch for the Pushblock Turtles

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Molds and Hand Painted Prototypes-Some of the first

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Apparently Arbo was considered as a Skylander!…wow.

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Drobot Evolution!

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Re: Skylander Character Creator I-Wei Huang

Postby Orion's Islands » Tue Nov 18, 2014 7:09 am

How Skylanders figures are prototyped...3d printing...as shown and explained by I-Wei Huang

An article and 5 minute video on the use of 3d printers to speed up the production of and visualize the prototype Skylanders. prices fir Skylanders figures

http://www.engadget.com/2014/11/06/3d-p ... kylanders/

Here is the direct link to the YouTube video, "How a Skylander Is Born"
http://youtu.be/BJ9YqhXwofQ


A Second interview/article that has a different style than the ones above:
http://www.engadget.com/2014/11/06/3d-p ... kylanders/
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Re: Skylander Character Creator I-Wei Huang

Postby Orion's Islands » Tue Dec 09, 2014 9:25 am

I posted this up on I-Wei Huang's CrabFu page when I found his drawing. I figured I couldn't realistically expect a reply.Apparently I surprised him by being polite on the internet. He surprised me right back by responding...

OrionsislandsNovember 5, 2014 at 12:45 AM
I ran across the drawing/picture on the internet and was interested in using it for background art on the Skylanders Blog I am in. I don't like using artwork I haven't made myself without attempting to get in touch with the artist first. So I tried to hunt down where it came from....lol!
Lo and Behold-it was you!!! (Below is the post I put up about it on our blog)
viewtopic.php?f=11&t=175

Now I don't know what to do!..lol. Well,,gulp...May we use your art on our blog?!


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I-Wei HuangNovember 5, 2014 at 6:42 AM
Wow, no one asks for permission on the Internet! Are you trying to break it? Once on the Internet, it's out there. My only hope is that at least a few people like you would want to pass it around, and actually give me credit and link backs. So thanks! I haven't seen that colored version, where did you find it? It is brilliant, very well done!


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Lol!...Happy to surprise you in good way!
I found the colored version posted up on deviantart. It was named Skylanders V3.0.
Colored by a Student Digital Artist: Altaeyyr.

Here is the link to the page:
http://altaeyyr.deviantart.com/art/Skyl ... -293800351

Altaeyyr provided a link back to this site (yours) as the source. (So that's two people who are giving you credit!)
He/She put up these comments about coloring your picture:
"Thank you. It took a long time. :D
I did not draw this image, I just coloured it in. I saw someone else had coloured in parts of it (I don't remember who) and I thought I would too. I got the full picture from here: [link]"
Jun 7, 2013

I agree with you, by the way: The colored version looks great. It caught the eye as a standout when I was browsing.
Well, Thank you for responding. We will certainly give you credit and link back to you here on the blog!
And I'll formally extend an invitation to you! Swing by Skylanderclub.com if you'd like. I recently posted up pictures of "Duelist Gearshift". You might get a kick out of it. She's a custom figure, splitting her gear into the two hands pose. The site itself was recently started up by 1ofWiisdom (great name!..lol) He's been making really enjoyable YouTube video's about Skylanders since SSA started. We would be honored if you ever wanted to post anything up.
In any case, thanks again for your time. My family and I really enjoy your work.
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Re: Skylander Character Creator I-Wei Huang

Postby wantGhostroaster2 » Tue Dec 09, 2014 1:54 pm

That's awesome that he replied
Hi I am Chris. I'm closer to 60 than I am 20 and got addicted to this game series through my son
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Re: Skylander Character Creator I-Wei Huang

Postby 1ofWiisdom » Wed Dec 10, 2014 4:39 pm

Very cool!
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