Monday, February 25, 2013

Senior Thesis

Hey! Long time no post! I generally post everything over on my tumblr, but for longevity purposes it's probably best to keep posting here. So, without further ado I present to you my senior thesis! I created A fictitious advertising campaign for a novelty tea company (Nightshade: Poison Tea) where each flavour of tea is named after a poisonous herb. For example, a black darjeerling tea is instead branded as Foxglove.

Here are all the pieces sans the final logo/text: 

 and of course a sample of the logo:

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

New school updates!

First finishes of the year for two separate classes!

first up was an open assignment where the only prompt was the word “apple,” size and theme were up to the students. 

Some prelimnary sketches: 

That being as it was, I made myself some apple warriors fighting off apple monsters in the middle of apple trees! 

AND I also have a class assignment where the prompt was to insert an author into a story of their own writing. The sketches below were for Charles Dodgson (Lewis Carroll) on the right and F. Scott Fitzgerald on the left.

and the finish below~ Here you have F. Scott Fitzgerald as Jay Gatsby ooh la la! (plus a Zelda/Daisy however you want to take it) I also imagine Fitzgerald as being sort of sad and detached much like the models you see in vogue magazine birthing what we have here. I wanted to try something different with my style that had more texture and simplified shapes. Not sure how much I like it, but it was fun to try!

I should update before I forget this blog exists

So I was able to be apart of two shows over this summer! Exciting stuff! 

One was a piece put up in Philly with a bunch of alum from my school and some classmates of mine as well and what better theme than Pokemon, am I right? 

I was also lucky enough to snag a spot in the Light Grey Art Lab's Tarot, Mystics, and Occult show that will be hanging in October for Halloween, but it gets better; the whole show's a tarot deck. Seventy-eight artists each randomly assigned a card from the deck, PLUS pre-orders for decks are open now! LGAL will be selling prints soon, but not yet~ Here's my ten of pentacles while we wait:

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Number ONE!

Okay. Okay. I'm going to start actually composing posts and keeping track of my work. Never thought I'd see the day where I'd submit to organization but let's give it a try. Right.

Since it's mid-summer now and I'm pretty much just lazy 25 hours of the day I'll go back and re-cap what I've done all year being a junior at UArts. It's going to be a long post, so shall we? (I'll try to be brief)

Starting with first semester projects for Mark Tocchet:

the one on the left is the final image for our heaven/hell assignment. I tried to depict an icon usually associated with heaven and make her look hell-ish same with the demon seen below for the heaven image. I'm partial to the green/blue color study so I figured I might as well show that one too. 

this is just the color study, but I'm not happy with the final image for this one. Maybe another time.

self- portrait assignment based on a word of our choosing. I went with "curious" and twisted it into a fairy tale / alice in wonderland theme.

one week assignment where the image theme could be anything we want, so naturally I went with luchadores. Who wouldn't?
this is probably my favorite image from the whole semester. I am really happy with how it turned out since it started as a mess of a traditional painting in acrylics and I salvaged it as best I could in photoshop. We were given a quote and made the image based off of that. Mine was "Why is it so hard to be like the rest of the flock, Jon?" from Jonathan Livingston Seagull.

Next, Semester One with Tim O'brien: 

 anthropomorphic assignment (graphite, watercolors, and digital)
vintage photograph assignment. Creating something unexpected. (graphite and digital)

HANDS! assignment. Hades and Persephone in the underworld (ink and digital)

Aaannd this assignment, which is a little special. We were given the task of creating an image that would have the title "The Secret" which had to contain an element somewhere in the image (fire and smoke, for mine). I wanted to create a scene where this girl is investigating through a haunted house and the painting of a boy, long since dead, comes to life and helps her solve the mystery, but I digress. This one is special because not only was it accepted into the society of illustrator's 2012 student show but it also won a very large scholarship. I think I'm still a little speechless from the whole thing but pleasantly surprised nonetheless!

First Semester Children's book illustration:

I did at least five more images for this class but I don't want to flood this post with too many images. As always, to see more go here

Second semester with Mark Tocchet:

CD Cover design (self-explanatory)

Book Cover assignment (graphite and digital)

One day assignment where we were only given the class period to complete a piece. I explain the whole thing in detail here if you're interested in knowing about more!

"Junior Thesis" time! Target market project which entailed each student going out and studying the market they would like to enter when they graduate (this includes finding artists with a similar style to their own and finding name, numbers, addresses, facebooks of art directors for the same market) I diiiid, you guessed it, BOOK COVERS! (YA specifically) I made a post about the process of the Coraline cover here.

Second semester with Tim O'brien:
Assignment prompts were to use either "white" or "transparent" 

prompt was zebra. "But there are no zebra's in this!" You declare. Well, no, not exactly, but you know those white, striped crosswalks that adorn the streets? Yeah, those are called "zebra-crossings." 

Picture prompt was "city." Los Angeles anyone? No?

Final assignment was different for each student. My personal assignment was to create some sort of book cover that had 12-year-olds on it. I tried to encapsulate two characters from The Night Circus (the book was kind of disappointing, but I digress)

And that's it. Junior year is over and I'm already anxious about senior year! Aw yes! Let's see if I can finally find a style next year! But before I stretch my cramped typing fingers I just need to thank anyone that waded through this entire post. You're awesome!