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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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. 🙂

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.

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!

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.

My First Finished 3D Model

This past semester I took 3D modeling 1. This is my final for that class done with Modo. Modo killed one computer during that class… I hope the new used one I got now will survive 3D modeling 2.

Anyway, 3D modeling was totally new to me, so I enjoyed start to dabble in this field of illustration last semester.  I liked modeling the wax and adding the point light in the flame.

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