Illustration Update

 

 

Once again I haven’t been on a for a while. I created this blog during a time in my life where I was extremely stressed, and I felt the need to share my frustrations and general life to an anonymous population on the off chance someone might like to read it. Lately, my life has actually been pretty good and stress free. I’ve been keeping to myself for the most part and have actually been writing rambling gibberish in a journal I acquired about a month ago. It appears I mainly use this blog to put my artwork out there, and I have to say I am very appreciative of everyone who likes the posts. They always bring a smile to my face.

Anyway, this semester I might be posting more on here since I will be taking five classes (18 credits) and my best friend Ryn won’t be returning for a semester. Good news is I’m still going out with the boy I wrote about in a previous post. We reached three months yesterday, and he sent me roses. Below are some illustrations I did over the winter break that I wanted to share. 

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Concept illustration for the Virgo zodiac with liquid acrylic paint on marker paper and outlined with pen. 

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A much lighter concept art for the Virgo zodiac. I wanted to contrast the two concepts. Prisma markers in my sketchbook. 

 

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Little Red Riding Hood concept art done with Prisma markers in my sketchbook. 

 

Infected

This is a drawing in my sketchbook from after the whole shenanigans happened whenthe guy I was going out with dumped me for his platoon leader. I think it pretty much speaks for itself, but all is just dandy now. 

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Best of Figure Drawing Sketches

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Community Service T-shirt Design

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Hello, again. 

I work at as a graphic design assistant at the Public Relations Office at my school, and I was requested to do a t-shirt design for an annual community service day that the university organizes. I wanted to share one of the designs I created. Unfortunately, this was not the design chosen because the Director thought it was too young for university students. Instead, she requested a peace sign made out of the information. I told her my concerns of the information actually being legible with the warping and whatnot. In my head, I also added how tacky, overused, uncreative, and plain dumb I thought it was, but I took the idea and mocked it up while also giving her an alternative design where I presented the information in a square format and then overlaid a peace sign on top but deleted everywhere the peace sign didn’t touch the text. I hope that makes sense. I’m only not posting it because it is the design they are going to use, and it has a lot of information in it that I don’t want to share on a public blog.

Experimenting with Style

I’ve been experimenting with my artistic style over the summer because I’ve been in “artists block mode” when in comes to producing anything beyond a sketch. Below are two sketches with two different styles I’m attempting.

The first is heavily inspired by fashion design sketches, which is why her legs are so disproportionately long and she has a thin, elongated figure. I also used this sketch to experiment with water-soluble oil pastels and see how well they blend when water is applied. They don’t mix as well as the watercolor pencils, but I do like the interesting texture created.

The second’s inspiration is derived from when artists use bright colors in shadowed areas instead of using the typical mixture of complimentary colors or black. I used red in this case; however, I couldn’t just leave the red along and had to go and trace it with purple and then the purple with black. Dark, bold graphic lines are my kryptonite. Or strength in the cases where it works in my favor.

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Squid

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Another drawing in my sketchbook. I wanted to brush up on my watercolor pencils skills since I haven’t utilized them in a while. The paper wasn’t made for wet material which is what caused all of the puckered texture in the image, but I actually sort of like it since it kind of adds another dimensions to the drawing. I had some difficulty with the composition of the tentacles since I honestly only planned the left side before delving right in and is something I will definitely not ever do again when dealing with an illustration like this again. I purposely left the shoulders out because I think it makes the design more versatile if I decided to put it on a t-shirt, bag, etc and is also why I cut the neck off by having the two tentacles touch. I’ve seen this successfully used before this different designs for clothing products.

 I feel like I should also note here that I have never actually drawn a squid before or even seen a live one in person (though I do love calamari…I suppose it doesn’t count). I don’t think I have even really sat down and actually observed and studied a picture of a squid before, so basically what I’m trying to say is that this “squid” I’ve drawn is very, very, very much drawn from imagination. In fact, I’m just assuming that it looks even relatively like a squid. It might just look like some freaky tentacled monster. Anyway, I’m rambling now and am digressing to extreme levels (I blame lack of sleep). Wow, I really did write a lot about this. If you’re reading this right now, then let me be the first to congratulate you on actually having enough willpower to read this far!

Hallmark Visit

A couple months ago I interviewed a retired Art Director from the company for a project in one of classes, and he offered to give me a contact in the illustration department so that I could interview them as well and possibly get shown around the office. Today I finally got to Kansas City where Hallmark is headquartered and received a lovely tour from one of the traditional themed illustrators, and I have to say I could definitely see myself working the company. From the impression I got today, Hallmark gives their creative employees an abundance of avenues to explore various artistic methods and to stimulate innovation and inspiration. Everyone I met was extremely friendly, and it appeared that employees extensively collaborate with other departments since the lady giving the me the tour seemed to know EVERYONE we ran into in every section of the building. By the way, the Hallmark building is huge! I entered on the seventh floor, and there were two more floors above me (the below floors go underground), and one of the floors connects to other Hallmark buildings separate from the main corporate building, and that doesn’t even include the buildings NOT connected and located elsewhere in the city. It’s mind boggling! On a related side note, my Digital Arts professor told me that Hallmark is different than Disney because Disney wants their employees to be concentrated in one area and only focus on that concentration and perfecting it where as Hallmark wants their employees to have a breadth of skills. 

The lady I met with gave me a website to check out called Odosketch which I got an account on: http://sketch.odopod.com/users/131077

On a final note, I have started to experiment with my art style a bit more, and I’m now trying to take a more comic book influenced approach to my work. I also want to mess around a bit with my subject matter and make it a bit edgier with more a more obscure dark sense of humor so that the message or point of the joke isn’t clear. Below is my first sketch attempting this. My mom just rolled her eyes when she saw this and asked me what the hell I was drawing now and why. She likes me art…sort of. When it has a happier, less bizarre (and possibly twisted in her opinion) subject matter. Unfortunately, my mind doesn’t roll that way. She keeps telling me if I want to illustrate for children’s books or Hallmark that I need to create lighter subject matter which I can, but this is personal work, so I don’t want to. But try telling her that. It gets a bit irritating at times. I enjoy using bright colors with quirky characters to the dark humor isn’t first realized by the viewer. Not exactly a play of irony but close. Image

Aliens, Apocalyptic Movies, and a Dash of Sketchbook

I just saw the movie Alien for the first time last week, and I just have to say I hate alien movies. I hate them. With a burning passion. I wished they would go away. And not come back. No more alien movies. Obviously, based on that fact alone, the movie was not my choice. A couple friends picked it out, and I just sort of decided to go along for the ride. It’s not the concept of aliens that I hate (I’m actually quite fascinated by it), and it is most certainly not the gorgeous 1980s gore in the case of Alien. It’s just that the aliens ALWAYS turn out to be evil and then proceed to attempt or successfully kill off everyone. How incrediblly depressing to think that apprently every single other life form out there feels the need to exterminate the human race. And a bit dull. Let’s stop being predictable Mr. Aliens, please. However, I suppose the director or producer is more to blame than the aliens themselves. Do these people get some sort of perverse pleasure from it? Are they living vicarioulsy through the aliens that kill off the population’s masses? What pleasant people. I just should invite them for tea sometime. Actually, I dislike tea so never mind. Maybe some coffee instead. With cake. That sounds nice. Maybe I would like alien movies then. It’s a theory. Anyway, alien movies come second to apocalyptic movies. I don’t really get any joy from watching Earth get destroyed in various manners.You could almost call it a pet peeve. I think I’ll stick to the reality of the planet currently remaining intact. It’s just a personal preference of mine.

 

So, on a completely different note, I wanted to draw a fairy today in my sketchbook and accidentally ended up drawing Tinkerbell. Woops. It honestly wasn’t my intention. Originally I imagined a more war-like fairy in armor and whatnot. That obviously did not happen. I don’t know why. Apparently, I don’t have control of my hand. It’s something I probably need to look into. Might need to take a trip to the doctors. Anyway, I posted it below, so enjoy

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Hipster Day

I had what I am declaring a “Hipster Day” yesterday. I woke up around eleven, showered, and dressed up in a black knit hat (even though it was 80 degrees out), a grey v-neck shirt tucked into a 1950s knee-length  forest green wool skirt (still 80 degrees out), and striped grey flats. I topped it off with wing tipped eyeliner and blue nail polish. Then I stuffed my crocheting and sketchbook into my black hole of a bag and drove to the coffee shop by my house with my brother where I proceeded to order a vanilla Northern Light Latte with soy milk and a vegetarian sandwich. I sketched a bit and then played checkers and chess against my brother on his iPod until 3:30pm. Unfortunately, my “Hipster Day” came to an end then because my friend and I had scheduled to work out together (two miles, lifting weights, and a 20 minutes abs workout). Overall, it was a very satisfying day. Hooray for reinforcing stereotypes! Below is just another sketch my sketchbook (not the one from yesterday). 

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Second Sketch

Oh my goodness. I sort of feel like a posting fiend since I think this is the third time this week I’ve posted something. However, I doubt I even hold a candle to half the people maintaining blogs on here. Anyway, just thought I would go ahead and post my second little doodle in my sketchbook. The coloring was done with Copic markers and the black outline with a Prisma marker. I think I’m going to mess around with printmaking again tomorrow. Most likely I will create a print of the girl with the umbrella in my sketchbook outtakes post. Other than that, not much to report between yesterday and today. I finished a scarf and took a four mile jog, so I guess I’ve been productive. Hooray! 

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