Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Character concepts for children's story

I have been working on the above characters for my Illustration for Publication class. I first designed the characters, based on descriptions given in a children's story manuscript, and then did drawings of what they would look like from various angles. The characters themselves are four girls, two older than the others, and they are supposed to be racially diverse (I don't want to give away too much, but that is the gist).

We had to do one drawing of each character fully rendered in the medium we would do full black and white (no color :-( illustrations in, if we were chosen to fully illustrate the manuscript. I would have done the illustrations in a digital medium, but given the story's sort of outdoorsy nature, I wanted to stick to a media that was more organic. Not that this can't be achieved digitally, maybe i just wanted the additional challenge of something non-digital. I dunno.

I decided to render the characters in graphite first, to get a feel for how i would render them in gray tones. Then I chose to do one character each in Payne's Gray watercolor. (The characters with the shadows underneath them have been rendered in watercolor, with some blacks added in Micron pen.) I used a surface that was new to me, Aquaboard, which is a clayboard meant for watercolors. I actually really liked it. I got relatively clean gradations, and was able to work with the brush in a way similar to my Prismacolor colored pencils.

Let me know what you think!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

ArRrRRrr-tist Statement writing

For the beginning of my Directed Projects class I needed to write an artist statement. This is something I have had to do for other classes, maybe about two times prior, but I always felt like they were terrible attempts at trying to encapsulate who I am and what I do. I drew the above doodle to give me some inspiration and motivation. I taped it to my wall, and whenever i was having a hard time writing, it was nice to know my little fictional character was rooting for me. I ended up coloring it in Photoshop after I was done with the writing process. I feel like I owed the doodle that, and a little spot on my blog :-) As for the artist statement, it was my best attempt yet. Hopefully, I will be able to polish it up for posting on my (coming Summer 2009!) website.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Art Cards

I have been sending out holiday cards to friends and family for some of the last few holidays. They are a lot of fun to make and it's something I want to do more of both to show off the art I am proud of and also keep in touch. I have plans to add more images, but I wanted to include some pictures of my cards on my blog, just in case you didn't receive one or want a second look!