Nena the Aviator

She is a war veteran who got drafted at a tender age. With such misfortune, the war has left her a permanent scar, yet despite the limitations she is still on duty, a calling of responsibility to spread red balloons as homage to the victims of war. She carries on to fly for peace. Her name is Nena.

My first entry for Character Design Challenge for August 2016



Darna is an iconic Filipina Superhero.

She is often compared to Wonder Woman because of her "official" and identical design
as portrayed and the over sexualization by the Philippine entertainment industry.

Needless to say, here is my own interpretation of Darna with influence from the Mandaya Tribe.



May all your Fridays be payday and your Mondays be Fridays.
Have a great weekend!


Yakult : The Tale of Tommy Chan (Visual Development)

In late 2012, I was working with a creative team, Watusi Manila for their client Yakult to promote good bacteria and proper digestive awareness for schools, children and families. The film was about an energetic boy who loves martial arts and has a massive appetite for street foods that got out of control. 


We’ve come up many exciting ideas such as comics, webisodes and other online approach to make the campaign viral. As expected, a lot of ideas were scrapped from the boards as the client would prefer mass-appropriate contents. The video above is the unpublished version of the film, the music was borrowed from Patrick Rondat “Vivaldi Tribute” treated as a dummy music for the arranger to compose before the animation was shelved. Here are the design studies that I have worked with the team.

Early Sketches & Studies

Final Output
 Only a portion of the animation was included in the final render of the video. 
Tommy Tiyan: Ogie Escanilla
Kuya Kiko:  Earl Ignacio

Director: Dan Gil
Creative Director and Head Writer: Geri Gil
Writer: Marian Hernandez
Art Director: Brian Sergio
Animation and Visual Development: Kenny Tai
Music: Mikey Amistoso and Jazz Nicolas of Liquidpost

Designs © Kenny Tai.
All Rights Reserved.


Anak : The Confrontation - Studies & Breakdown

This short clip is a self-study project that I've come up applying the basic knowledge of Character Animation from what I have been taught in Gobelins Summer School of 2013.

This on and off project took me exactly a year to finish while juggling in between client and personal works. Nevertheless, it is quite a satisfaction that I was still able to finish this clip and I hope you enjoy.

Reference: The audio of this clip was taken from a Filipino film in year 2000, "Anak" (The Child) directed by Rory B. Quintos, starring Vilma Santos.

Animation Breakdown & Character Head Studies

© Kenny Tai 2014 / 2016.
All Rights Reserved.


Madmoiselle Pomme

French manicure, French Apple Girl.
Salut à tous!



Philippine Tourism

A typical Filipino habit where they pout their lips when pointing a direction.
It's a quirky trait that I hope is going to stick around while embracing globalization.



You will know when you see the movie ;)


Chinese New Year : The Monkey

"Be smart and flexible like the Monkey."




Eleven Bottles of Love

I have been commissioned to make an animation for a marriage proposal.

The story is about writing a love letter for the future partner for eleven years while waiting for the right one. This short film represents one's patience and dedication for his search to find true love. Congratulations to Kellon and Jovy!

Directed and Animation by © Kenny Tai 2015
Music by David Torn, "At the Mall" (Lars and the Real Girl OST)