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.”)
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.