Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Model Session- ヌードモデル

So today in my drawing and illustration class, we had a model session.  Part of the time, the model was clothed, and the other part, she was nude.  I don't like to post nude art on the internet, so I censored parts of the images.  The first set of pen drawings were 1 minute each.  After that, they were in graphite and colored pencil, about 15 minutes each.  Sorry for the poor pictures!


Monday, November 22, 2010

Birthday Card- バスデー・カード

So I screen printed some birthday cards for my mom's birthday.  I was originally just going to make one for her, but it seemed like a waste of screen, so I ended up making 12 total.  I'll keep one in my portfolio, but the rest will be sent out for friend's birthdays.  Can you read the hidden message?


Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Finding Common Ground

So here's my next illustration project.
Topic:  An illustration for a magazine article about finding common ground with people of differing opinions.
Specifications: 9x12", limited color, unique style.

So I attempted a more organic, gesture-like style for this piece.  I hate using illustrator, but I used it nonetheless, because it's the one software that has really great line smoothing capabilities.  The way I interpreted the theme was that "finding common ground is like completely opposite people enjoying the same food." Pretty basic, but it gets the point across :)


このイラストのために、もっとオーガニックな感じしてみたかった。やっぱりアドベイラストレータで書くのが大嫌いやけど、イラストレータでめっちゃスムーズなラインが描けるね。テーマを読んで、思ったのは、「全然違う人は同じ食べ物が好き」という事。そんなに複雑じゃないけど、みんな分かるやろう :)

Monday, November 8, 2010

Silk Screen Print- Taboo

Well, the print isn't complete yet, but here's the design for my 5 color silk-screen poster.  I'm printing 12 copies on various colors of paper, as well as one copy on a large piece of plywood.  The dimensions are roughly 9x16.

We are doing a print trade with other members of our class.  Basically, 10 of us have to create prints under the theme "Taboo," and give a print to each member of the exchange.  I did some Wikipedia research and found this interesting Taboo from the Maasai tribe in Africa.

The original sketch was drawn with pencil, and the colors were added with Photoshop.  I'm expecting a much more interesting texture once I screenprint this.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Photoshop Manipulation- Tightrope

For my computer applications class, we had to create a "believable but unreal" image in photoshop using a photo of ourselves plus stock photos.  I really should have worked on it longer, but I got lazy and figured it was good enough.  I figured that since this wasn't going to be used for a portfolio or anything, I might as well leave it where it is.

Here is my final project.  It is a combination of 10 images.  Can you see all ten (including background)?

Kind of design-ey.... Welcome to my bedroom!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Running Late- Self Portrait Sketch

So for my illustration class, our final project is a self portrait.  The theme had to be at least one of the three following: time, movement, or mood.  I'm focusing on time and movement, and last night, I drew up a rough.  I plan to digitally paint this, but the project required some "real" drawing in the process.  There are definitely things I'm going to change.  I need the watch on my arm to be more noticeable, and I'm going to try variations on the leg poses.  I used a variety of images together as reference.  My legs hurt from weird running positions.  I think I combined and edited about 5 different photos?  Here's the first rough, though.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Repeat Pattern

So for my "Color and Surface Design Class," we had a project where we had to make a 6 inch repeat pattern of anything we wanted.  We were given a white fabric, and had to dye it two ways, and then screen print the pattern.  I dyed my fabric this dusty rose color, then splattered it with bleach.  Afterwards, I printed it with this hand pattern.  It was a lot of work, and it isn't very consistently printed, but it was my first time, so I'm relatively pleased.  I want to make this into a pillow once I get it back from my teacher.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010


Just a little study I did while sitting in the computer lab here.  Definitely not accurate, but I haven't really worked on still life with a digital medium.  Maybe about 45 minutes of work?  More than that, but I started all over about 30 minutes into my first attempt, so 45 minutes on this attempt.

Monday, October 25, 2010

It's My Dad's Birthday Today.

Actually, we celebrated it yesterday, since my sister is gone until 9pm or so on Mondays.  Whatever the case, I made him a card and wrapped his present with grocery bags and newspaper.  He is 50 today.

Six Cat Illustrations

For my illustration class, I had to create six illustrations that successfully formed a "group" but could be used as stand alone illustrations as well.  We could use only one color, and the focus needed to be on shape more than on line.  I drew cats :)

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Emotion Quickie

So... hey all!

This is my first entry, so I thought I'd explain what's going up here.  Basically, I have a Deviantart account, but on my account I only upload my top-notch, commonly themed illustration pieces.  For some time, I've wanted somewhere to post my other work (sketches, graphic design, homework related pieces), and I figured a blog may be the place to do it.

I have the tendency to be perfectionistic.  Thus, by posting all my work, I hope to break out of my box and grow as an artist.  I appreciate comments and critiques, as well as suggestions for other artists pages (especially on blogger, since I'd like to follow graphic design or illustration related blogs).

This being said, I might as well upload my first piece.  Last night, I bought an awesome book from Borders (with a discount, to be sure).  Here's a link to the book.  It's basically a compilation of peoples "emotional portraits."  I don't like working from pictures because I feel like people assume the credit isn't all mine.  Haha, I like to take credit for my work.  This being said, I don't have a variety of models on hand, and I need some practice.  The photos are all black and white, so the colors at least are completely my own.  It probably took me between an hour and an hour and a half total.  Somehow, it reminds me of Jessie Ventura.