Oasis Resort: 2019 Finalist for the Walt Disney Imaginations Competition 

A design project I worked on with teammates Juan Felipe Suarez Padilla, Nicole Bariuan, and Scia Verma for the 2019 Imaginations Competition. The prompt was to design a resort of theme park based on one of the wonders of the world so we chose the hanging gardens of Babylon for our inspiration.

"Inspired by the rich stories surrounding the existence of the Hanging Gardens amidst Babylonian Culture, Oasis: A Disney Resort and Spa serves as a relaxing and immersive retreat for families and friends alike. With a towering central garden and wildlife spread throughout, Oasis brings the wonder of the Hanging Gardens to then country of Qatar. The resort mirrors a living oasis – epitomizing the vision of a completely sustainable ecosystem in the midst of an arid climate. Whether it’s strolling along the sparking blue path or gazing up at the constellations from the observatory, Guests will be treated to an enchanting experience drawing from both contemporary Arabic and ancient Mesopotamian culture."

Overview of the resort
Overview of the resort

The main building is in the center and is surrounded by pools, gardens and many small villas for guests. The main building is called Kirimahu, an old Mesopotamian word describing a pleasure garden as the umbilical chord between heaven and earth.

Daytime activities
Daytime activities

This piece shows multiple activities that can be done at the resort during the daytime such as garden excursions, fun in the pool, and exploring cultural artifact replicas.

Surprise at the end of the secret pathway
Surprise at the end of the secret pathway

At the end, the guest finds themselves in a cave resembling a town in the open outdoors. They find themselves transported to a town from long ago. Here we emphasize ancient building methods and excite the explorer within.

Overview of the resort
Overview of the resort

The main building is in the center and is surrounded by pools, gardens and many small villas for guests. The main building is called Kirimahu, an old Mesopotamian word describing a pleasure garden as the umbilical chord between heaven and earth.

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Maxine

A series of illustrations and character designs soon to be compiled into a look book. These images accompany the written work of recently graduated script writer Ike McIntosh. The story is intended to be an animated pilot for a television show about Maxine, an 11 year old girl who simultaneously battles aliens to save earth with her karate skills while trying to pass her classes. 

Maxine's Friends and Family
Maxine's Friends and Family

Bold friend Laura, brilliant pal Eugene, silly robot and hardworking mom

Quads
Quads

Quadruplet little brothers of Maxine that get into serious mayhem when no one is watching

Maxine ready for school
Maxine ready for school

Maxine's Friends and Family
Maxine's Friends and Family

Bold friend Laura, brilliant pal Eugene, silly robot and hardworking mom

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Patrick the Magical Girl

 

This piece was designed as a commission for a dear friend of mine with a particular affinity for magical girls which is a sub-genre of Japanese anime that  features girls who use magical powers. Patrick told me that they imagined themselves with long flowing curls, a cute hat and large bow. From there we took a look at costumes from some of their favorite characters and identified the similarities between them and combined various elements until finally settling on this one.

Patrick Magical girl
Patrick Magical girl

Acrylic paint on 9inx12in canvas

Ideation
Ideation

Sketches of some initial outfit ideas

Refining the outfit
Refining the outfit

We knew we wanted to include earthy greens and hot pinks but these could be combined in a variety of ways.

Patrick Magical girl
Patrick Magical girl

Acrylic paint on 9inx12in canvas

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