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.

 

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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Dali Inspired Painting

… from last semester in Color Theory class. We were able to use 3 colors for this, I believe, and not use black. We also had to pick a master painting and make our own rendition of it. Interestingly enough, I was attracted to the drawers paintings of Salvador Dali. I rediscovered my growing love of surrealism as well. Who knows, maybe I will produce more such paintings…

Anyway, this painting is probably one of my favorites I’ve done so far. I really enjoyed it.

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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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Dragons, Korean Actors, and Color.

Here is a finished project and a sketchbook assignment for my Color Theory class.

I seem to love dragons lately. I made 3 separate little paintings in “frames,” then attached them to my “wall” with tape.

And sometimes it seems I watch and know more Korean celebrities than my own countries’. Hey, I love Asian film.

Watercolor Dragon Color Theory Painting

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Timed Lee Joon Ki Colorpencil Homework.