For class we had to interpret our take on Success VS Failure and I decided on the story of Icarus.
Watercolor and ink.
Draft of a project I’m working on.
Can anyone get an idea what the subject is?
Working on a children’s book character design :) My friend is writing the story and her name might not stay “Kit” for long, but we shall see! These are just some mock ups for class today.
It’s nice to use dip pen and ink again.
For my final in my Advertising Illustration class, we were assigned into groups to create an advertisement inspired by randomly created “sexy haikus” from a book my professor had. There wasn’t any real criteria except that we had to use the haikus as inspiration and take the ideas as far as we could go. From selected words in the haikus we were given, we were inspired to create a surf brand and make a double-page advertisement that could be found in a magazine. We developed the brand, a logo, decided on what product we would be trying to sell, and researched a concept for the illustration itself.
After finally figuring out everything about the brand and the surf board, I was appointed to create the illustration for the advertisement. Reina produced the logos after we decided on the brand name and also put together a professional presentation. Brian painted the surf board and Lena helped me figure out the composition for the piece itself after we decided what materials would be used. We all were able to figure out a tag line that would represent the brand and also some copy that described the product to the target customer.
This made me realize how difficult it is to work as a design team when we’re all students seeking Illustration degrees, especially when illustration is relatively a solo job. But we all collaborated really well and were able to present everything with confidence.
This weekend my Constructive Dinosaur Anatomy class drove out to the Critter Farm for photographic and empirical research for our own dinosaur drawings and sculptures. With this we get to look at actual lizards and other reptiles (I’ve been allowed to hold a baby alligator several times) as well as birds and armadillos.
Of course, they don’t just have the animals mentioned. The owner had dozens of tea cup pigs (one of which I fell in love with and wanted to take him home; she even offered to give him to me because she had so many pigs and is expecting two more litters) and several bunnies and tortoises.
I was able to hold a baby bunny that was only a few days old and their eyes hadn’t even opened yet. The mother bunny let me reach in and take him from the nest, while she attacked other students. :3
Being around such small animals had me fondly remember my flying squirrel, Puck, who was in my life a few years ago. I miss him a lot and it’ll be almost a year since he’s been gone.
First project for my Advertising Illustration class. We could choose any social or political topic that affects everyday American people and we had to incorporate the American flag as the motif in an informative poster. I obviously chose cocaine abuse ┐(‘～`；)┌
I also used my friend, James, as reference! Ink, gouache, graphite, and Photoshop!
I’ve also been in a rush with self-promotion stuff with help from Mark because one of my Illustration professors recommended me for an interview with BCBG for a potential internship!
I’ve also started a Behance for those who wanted a site with just my artwork. I needed a temporary website for my portfolio and when I get the chance this weekend, I’ll add the link to it on my sidebar, but for now just click the Behance button. Right now, it’s all work you’ve seen before because it’s all on my Tumblr.
Character designs for a friend’s Advertising project. I’ll unveil what the project is when this is completely finished. I’m really excited with how it’s turning out and the feedback he has received, so I couldn’t wait to post the sketches that we’ve been working on.
He brought the concept to me, and all I have to do is illustrate it! It’s playing on the notion of almost lovers. I’m anxious to continue working on it, and the bottom sketches are the two faces that the class and professor liked the most and felt worked well. I finished their full body poses and outfits tonight.
I’m itching to post some of my classwork too, but I’m practicing self restraint and waiting until those are finished! ヽ(´▽`)/
Meet my baby sculpture of my Saltasaurus for Constructive Dinosaur Anatomy. I’ve yet to name him. I was either going to work on the Shunosaurus or the Saltasaurus, and I chose the latter. We had to sculpt a maquette of our chosen dinosaur out of modeling clay, not only to work out issues before we continued on to our large sculpture, but also to work them into dynamic poses to draw. He’s not completely anatomically correct yet since he’s only a maquette but I still love him. This will be an intense class, since I’m not much of a sculptor, but I’m excited. What should I name this little guy?
Test prints of the triptych to see how they will look at actual size :) I still have work to do on each panel, but I’m anxious for to see the final product, even more so than the previous project I did.
It’s intriguing to look at most of my work and realize how much my style has evolved within the past seven months. It compels me to keep working to see where my work will continue to take me.
Here’s a preview of my current work in progress :) I’m pretty excited for this one and this is the first panel of a triptych.
Listen to “Pumped Up Kicks” by Foster the People if you want an idea of what I’m basing this around. I’m trying to focus on the music in my headphones because I’m freezing in this computer lab but I just have to keep going. Got to keep my hands warm o__o
Scanned before I start painting. Completed the woodburning this afternoon. I’ll begin painting tomorrow. The bottom looks busy but it’s because it’s not painted yet so it’s all line art right now.
Time to dive head first and lose myself in my work. Los Campesinos! and a drive to get these projects done will save me.
Concept sketch for another class project. Both of these projects I’m excited to work on and have some cool plans with how I will execute them. :) Please excuse the roughness in certain areas. I only did enough so my class could understand what’s going on in the image.
Concept sketch for a class project. I guess knitting is my thing lately?
Hopefully coloring the Miyazaki piece tomorrow as well. :)
My completed project for class. It’s a photo of it. I can scan it later, but probably not until I get it back. It’s 18”x24”, but without the one inch border, it’s only 16”x20” (which is what I cropped it to be, since the background is to be white anyway). It’s a self portrait project which covers composition and how a figure in a blank space interacts with negative space. We were allowed to use any medium we wanted and could only use one prop if we chose to. I stylized it a bit, and decided to use one of my jar plants, basil (which in actual reality, just began sprouting!). And that pink thing on my left arm is my tattoo; it’s a koi fish with lotus blossoms!
Acrylic paint (mainly in washes; people kept asking if I used watercolor), colored pencil, and marker. I listened to a lot of Los Campesinos! while I painted it, and even some of my vinyl records. And back to my indoor garden, everything is growing except for my rosemary, parsley, chives, and cilantro because they take longer to germinate and sprout. I want to move on to planting some strawberries…because I have many interests and many things that I want to be good at.
A work in progress for one of my classes.