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. 🙂

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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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Shaolin Monk Character Study

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. MSullivan_ShaolinMonk

Hope everyone has had a lovely Christmas so far!

Creature and Texture Study

This is a project I did for my photoshop painting class. I forgot how many textures we had to combine… but the focus was on using a variety of animals and textures for the sake of creativity and practice with realism.

I made a red panda dragon. Sort of. It was actually based on a photo of a baby I used to babysit. I can see the resemblance actually.

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Don’t Worry It’s Safe

For my last photoshop project we had to pick a song and make a painting based off it. I chose “The Beginning” by One Ok Rock. This is a song that was kind of my soundtrack to a summer about 3 years ago, when I decided things had to happen, despite money or health issues. Funny how things come when you need them eh?

I was also looking to the Dutch still-lifes for influence. They are still-life, which some people complain about as boring, and yet somehow the detail and creatures and life happening in these paintings make them look vibrantly alive.

I am so happy that I am getting a grip on the world of digital. Kind of. I am sure I will ALWAYS be learning, but to make something look like I had planned more or less makes me so happy.

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Digital Kenshin!

This post is special to me. I’ve been struggling for, well, enjoyment in my long journey to digital art. It’s been so difficult that so far, it’s not been really fun. Until now. Granted, it’s still difficult and I have much to learn. I always will. But this! I had a moment here! It somewhat worked, and I surprised myself for the first time. These paintings represent so much to me.

1) They are my first digital paintings I LIKE.  That look ok. That I am proud of.

2) They are Rurouni Kenshin related. I didn’t grow up with anime and I don’t know much about most of them, but I know enough to know Kenshin is amazing and one of my favorite characters.

3) I’m starting to like digital art and I want to learn more. Things are coming together.

Enough of my gushing, here you go. Judge for yourself. 🙂 I would love any ideas or suggestions in regards to these paintings, and really about anything related in general.

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Rurouni Kenshin live action Japanese film digital photoshop painting.

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These were made as a set for a commemorative stamp project for photoshop class.