My last painting for art school, at least this time around for my Bachelor’s in Illustration.
Who knows what will happen in the future now, right?
And that is the point- a little tea, a little catching up on my breath, then adventure.
With #edwinthemouse from start to finish.
(Don’t roll your eyes, but I totally have “The Breaking of the Fellowship” Lord of the Rings OST track going in my head. I am refraining from saying “there and back again yet” because I want a lot more of going “there” to come before it is time for “back again.”)
The theme is samurai/geisha. The Challenge always intimidates me a little because of the incredible artists making incredible art each month! But at the same time it’s cool to be able to participate, learn, and practice with them. 🙂
Here are some of my first projects. They are my first attempts, my first mistakes, and I have to say I’m pretty happy with the results. Not to mention I just like it. I am watching tutorials and practicing more. While I am happy with these I know I have a long way to go. Assuming my computer can take it- sometimes I was limited in my details and subdivision because of my computer. Oh well. I am trying to learn some methods around this for efficient geometry and models.
It’s also helped me realize how far I have to go in anatomy study (that it’s basically a lifetime of learning) and it has helped me progress with anatomy, even with the little I have done so far.
I wrote and illustrated and completed my first book dummy, Sophie and Rinn. I loved this project. I learned a lot from it, and I plan to make more. I will be sending it out to publishers just to see what happens, and to add that the experience of this whole ordeal.
Phew. This was one of those projects that I truly did my best on the entire way, but of course learned from as I progressed, and so want to improve on next time.
Here is a pencil and a finished painting of one of the spreads:
I worked hard on each spread to make each an interesting piece itself, with or without the text. It is a short story written in a picture book format, but I wanted it to be a complete narrative and visual experience that could be enjoyed by really any age of reader.
Anyway, I thought the story was sweet. I love my girl and my mer-boy. I want to make a webcomic for them eventually after I graduate. I am working on writing up more of their story- probably when they are older and with an older audience in mind.
Yes, Edwin my mouse is in the spread. Can you find him?
For editorial illustration last semester we took a field trip to the bookstore and had to pick and have approved an article to illustrate. I found an article in The Optimist magazine about the relevance of the Art of War today and chose it.
This is a different illustration style and technique for me. I’ve done pen and ink, and I’ve colored digitally, but I’ve not really put them together like this. I really enjoyed it and want to experiment further.
Pretty much everyone in my life knows I love music and concerts, and that my favorite band is One Ok Rock, a Japanese rock band.
So… I’ve seen them 4 times, met them approximately 2.65 times, have autographs, pictures, and have given them 2 pieces of mine. I’m oddly thorough at times, what can I say? I’m not sorry for any of it and I’d do it all again.
Anyway. This is what I made- I gave it to them at a meet and greet.
It’s based off their song/music video “Deeper Deeper” and it’s made with Micron pens on a piece of canvas-like stuff that I found.
It was cool because we were at the end of the meet and greet line, they had hugged and smiled for a lot of people, but they still reacted to this so genuinely, which was lovely. 🙂
I haven’t seen them since October. It’s about time for another concert.
I haven’t decided if I hate Modo or if I’m just experiencing a sharp learning curve in 3D art. My feedback from teachers has been very hopeful- however my 3D classes have been really the only ones that make me worry if I’ll get a project finished, despite how much effort I put into it. Hours and hours can = nothing to show for it… I’m not used to that.
Still. I can’t decide what I think of this field.
I start Zbrush next semester. I’m pretty excited about that actually.
I recently found the Character Design Challenge! group on Facebook and wanted to submit this little character study of the current challenge, which is generally a “Shaolin monk.” I used it to help me practice using line work in my illustration… I love line work but I haven’t quite polished how I like to use it, especially when working digitally.
Once in a while you sell your soul to a project. This children’s book project for my Book Publishing class may be my favorite project up to this point. As in, ever, in or out of school. I hope I write well, because creating the entirety of this story and designing the visuals made me so happy.
These are pencil comps for a book dummy that we will complete in my next class.
Meet Sophie and Rinn (the mer-boy). Edwin my mouse is hiding somewhere, as usual.
The world of Story-dom is one I will definitely explore more. I already knew that, but it was nice to have that solidified for me through this class project.