Thursday, December 30, 2010
This is kind of a new way of coloring for me. Yuko Shimizu recently visited my school and said some things about the way I worked, so I'm trying to pull back on the rendering with photoshop gradations and concentrate on showing form through pattern and line.
It's has taken me for-freaking-ever to come up with a composition and point of view that I'm happy with, but I'm starting to realize that it's probably going to be a typical thing for my work in the future. If only I could pump out sketches that I am always happy with.....
Now to get some reference for the figure!
Monday, November 29, 2010
Took me a long time before I was satisfied with the composition and design of the animals, but I finally feel like this piece is getting somewhere.
Here is the first version of the final. I'm sure it will undergo some changes, but for now here it is.
Friday, November 19, 2010
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Sunday, November 7, 2010
Sunday, October 24, 2010
So the word for illustrationfriday.com this week is "afterwards". This is a book cover (front and back). The story is about a family that is murdered by a criminal on the loose. I wanted to hide as many things in this piece as I could (the butterfly, which is found in the back cover instead of the front, the hand, the arm, and the idea). This scene on the cover is at the end, where the (spoiler!) grandmother dies.
My concept is "something good that can come out of something bad". In the story, the grandmother is portraiyed as a terrible person, but right before she is shot she demonstrates some goodness in her, so I chose to show that concept through color and the way I composed things. The hat is supposed to look like a halo, and the cropping of the arm is symbolic of the crucifixion pose. Dead leaves are well... pretty self explanatory. I decided to hide the arm by making the front a road and flattening it out (suggested by Alexi Fisk). I thought it was a great idea so I ran with it.
Sunday, October 17, 2010
Sunday, October 10, 2010
White shapes-not part of the poster
Saturday, October 2, 2010
Saturday, September 25, 2010
An Eagle was soaring through the air when suddenly it heard the whizz of an Arrow, and felt itself wounded to death. Slowly it fluttered down to the earth, with its life-blood pouring out of it. Looking down upon the Arrow with which it had been pierced, it found that the shaft of the Arrow had been feathered with one of its own plumes. "Alas!" it cried, as it died,
"We often give our enemies the means for our own destruction."
For Ralph Giguere
Thursday, September 16, 2010
this was the original color sketch:
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Monday, August 23, 2010
Illustration Friday: Atmosphere was the word
A sister piece (or I guess in this case, a brother, to the previous piece for "Trail")
This is actually another recycled sketch from Tim O'brien that was, ironically, for the same assignment.
Saturday, August 7, 2010
This is another piece I did for Tom Leonard. It is related to the other piece I've done. There is not written part of the story, but Tom described it as a progression from no color to full color. The story is about a girl in a boring monochromatic world, and her fish is the only thing colored. As the story goes on, more and more things become colored and weird plants and animals start coming out of objects. This is the middle illustration, so there is a balance between colored/painted and monochromatic/drawn. I thought that it would fit "Caged" because of how the little girl was breaking out of her world and into a new one.
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Been awhile since I've posted anything new. This was due to the children's book that I'm currently illustrating.
I guess it was about time I tried making something for myself again. This week's word was pretty hard for me, or at least... I made it hard for me hahaha. I was thinking about how music was something that was created by man, so I attempted to illustrate some guy who has been waiting for his someone or something (which is why I put a watch there) and I guess it/they never show up. I don't really know why I put a trumpet-rose on his hand, but I guess that was my way of incorporating the word into the piece... It is not a well thought-out piece since I kind of rushed it.
Saturday, July 10, 2010
Here is the very first illustration to the unnamed children's book I did for Tom Leonard.
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Sunday, June 13, 2010
gasp i used some reference!
Saturday, June 5, 2010
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Sunday, May 30, 2010
Friday, May 28, 2010
In other news... I've been working on a final for a children's book I've been asked to do. I just hope the client likes what I end up making!
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
So I finally had time to do some experimenting with acrylic paints. I heard about using glue to make the paint "crack" in random areas, and I was really intrigued by the idea. I'm still trying to find out how to control it, but hopefully I'll be doing a piece with the technique soon.
I was washing my hands in the bathroom at work today when I looked at the mirror and wow... I was much darker than I remembered. I guess I've been out in the sun for awhile the past few days.
Saturday, May 15, 2010
Up over yonder ^^ is a pic taken by Holly Maguire. It's Tom Leonard with group of acrylic minions (aka the winners of the Tom Leonard Acrylic Award for the past 3 years). From left to right is Dayoung Kim (idk if I spelled that right), Tom Leonard, Stephanie Engel with her sparkle shirt, and myself.
I will be uploading my independent study pieces as a group soon, but right now I need me some volleyball!
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Here's a piece for Tim Gough. We had to do a spread (Title page and spot illustration) for this article about guns, drugs, and money. No sex (surprisingly). I'm pretty sure 99 percent of my class (Jon Laing being the 1%) had such a rough time coming up with ideas for this project since we all thought our work would not fit. In the end (after 209384203943 sketches) me and my classmates found solutions that were unique to us and made the illustrations work. It was a good feeling for me, and I'm glad Tim pushed us to do this assignment.
Thursday, May 6, 2010
Another Wizard of Oz piece, but for Tim O'brien. This is the first time I tried digitally collaging a bunch of drawings so that it is easier to play around with the design. I can say that I'm finally DONE with doing Wizard of Oz illustrations hahahahah. How many total is that? 3? If you count the redone ones then its 5.
This is also for Tim O'brien. The assignment was "Shadow". He's a big fan of one-word assignments that leave lots of room for open-endedness (yes I know thats not a word). He has taught me much more than I thought. After first semester I felt like I had learned nothing and just got worse in terms of picture-making, but I have been beginning to realize how much of what he has taught is seeping into the way I think about a piece. It's really odd, yet exciting.
On the right: Tarzan for Tim O'brien. I really like how everything came out, EXCEPT Tarzan. I wish I could just take him out and put "TARZAN" in big hand-done type right above the elephant. Can you find the little birdie?
I posted these two together for a reason (besides the fact that they are on the same page because I set it up that way to print); they are a deviation (did I use that word correctly?) from my usual color-scheme, which is blue.. and.... blue.... and more blue.... as seen below VV
Here is an in-class assignment we had to do for Mark Tochett. We had been given several assignments to choose from and illustrate, so I picked the one about unhealthy relationships. It was funny how this project probably took the least time for me to do, yet Mark said it was probably the strongest piece I did for him all year.
So today was quite the day... I sure hope the rest of the week is the same.
I will start off with an album cover I did this semester for my Design class. It was taught by Tim Gough (who is awesome, by the way... The sophomores who are taking section 1 are lucky to be taking his class 2nd semester next year). This version of the art does not have any of the text in it, except for the hand done text.Back