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?

Sophie & Rinn Children’s book

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.

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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John William Waterhouse’s Mermaid Cyborgified.

Here is another of my Color Theory Class projects. We had to redo a masterpiece, and I have always loved John William Waterhouse’s Mermaid painting, so I made a cyborg version. At least, cyborg was what I was going for… it’s more of cyborg-mixed-with-elvish-armor-style it seems.

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Meet Frederick

For my Illustration class us right-handers had to draw with our left hand really quick, and produced all these scribbles which we threw into a pile. We then had to pick 3 that weren’t our own, and combine them into one illustration. I made this… a dragon disguised as a flower? Is he about to eat that butterfly, or just have a happy moment? Hmmm….. But, for some reason, his name is Frederick and I love him.IMG_3321

City Dragon

This is a watercolor illustration I did the last part of last semester for my Alternative Mediums class. I love dragons… and this is a city dragon/dragon city? In space?

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Edwin my Mouse at Home

 

He is a character that I thought of a few years ago, and who has made a few appearances in my art since then. I love him, and I’ve always been surprised by the almost affection people have shown him.

I have plans for after graduation this summer. One of them is a webcomic for Edwin. I have fought with ideas of stories and books, but the comic idea is the current favorite, and where it seems that I want to start.

I think Edwin is something significant. I wonder what he’ll be up to next.

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