First Tea, Then Adventure

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.”)

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I’ve Been Discovering ZBrush

And I love it.

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.

Yeah, I’m gushing about this y’all. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Skull study
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Face muscle study
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Creature bust project- or, I call him Fishboy…
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A experimental take on Zuko from Avatar:LAB, and first attempt at clothes and posing. Man. So many things I’ll do differently next time.
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Closer shot of Zuko- before paint.

My First Book Dummy is Finished!

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.

I wrote about this before here, back when I was working on the pencil renderings.

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.

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Thumbnails for the book
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Cover for the book dummy

Here is a pencil and a finished painting of one of the spreads:

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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?

Editorial Illustration: The Art of War

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.

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My One Ok Rock Gift

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.

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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. ๐Ÿ™‚

I haven’t seen them since October. It’s about time for another concert.

 

Second Modo Class Project

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.

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The project was to recreate Trident Gum Layers in 3D

I start Zbrush next semester. I’m pretty excited about that actually.

In Other News, an Internship in Tokyo

As I said in the previous postย I talked about how I want to travel/live abroad for a while in Japan or South Korea after I graduate in about a year (Summer 2016). In recent efforts to reach out to people and mingle a bit, I am now writing/interning for Design Made in Japan based in Tokyo. It’s a non-paying lil gig, but I like it and it helps me connect with people and learn.

Here’s the first post I wrote for them.ย 

It’s related to STAR WARS. Ye-yah! I’m not sure what I’m expecting, but I am at least excited for the new movie this Christmas.

Hello World!

Hello, my name is Mary Sullivan. I’m an art student in the Nashville, TN area. I’m majoring in commercial illustration. Please contact me with any inquiries you may have.

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