Monday, May 24, 2010

Death wears a white robe...

...and armor.

The final product wasn't as dark as I intended it to be and the earlier phases caught more of the mood I was aiming for. The initial idea had that Lord of the Rings/Ring wraith look going on, so I'm glad that I was able to stray a little from that look and have the final product look less deathly and more divine.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Summer Reading

I did the initial sketch for my illustration class, but scrapped it because it didn't meet the criteria of the given assignment. The original sketch had a bunch of summer related imagery (like beaches, ocean waves, sail boats, animals, and flower fields) coming out of the book. When I redid the whole thing, I took most of the summer related imagery out and added fantasy elements to make it look like the reader was reading a fantasy book. I kept some elements that were in my original drawing, like the field of flowers and sail boats, because they still looked cool.

On a slightly related note, I am finally done with school this semester! SUMMER IS HERE!!! Time to do some........ summer reading!


Thursday, May 13, 2010

Sing Everyday

Assignment: Illustrate a fortune from a fortune cookie.

For the assignment, each student was given a fortune cookie and had to illustrate the fortune that was inside their cookie. My fortune read "Sing everyday and chase the mean blues away."

I had a couple different concepts I wanted to work with. One involved a person crouching in a circle of light while being surrounded by shadow creatures that were being torn to bits because of the light. I decided to go with the concept with a bird chasing the "mean blues" away.

I got the original idea from staying up all night late enough to watch the sun rise on a number of occasions. I noticed that birds would always sing when dawn was just around the corner, so I came up with the idea that the birds sing in order to chase away the darkness, or the "mean blues." Instead of having the sun rising in the background behind the birds, I decided to have the birds be portrayed as the actual light of dawn.

The "mean blues" were depicted as darkness. From the beginning, I knew I wanted to portray the "mean blues" as shadowy monsters, so I threw in some hands and drew skulls and faces in the fog surrounding the shadows. I added in the stars to drive the point home that the shadowy monsters are the embodiment of the night that is being chased away by the coming dawn.

I was going for a fantasy type illustration, and I'm glad that it read that way when my instructor was critiquing it. I got excited when he said that it had a Dungeons & Dragons-esque fantasy feel to it because that's exactly the type of work I want to get into, and hearing that meant that I was traveling in the right direction.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

The Struggle

I haven't used traditional mediums in a looooong time. This was a nice break from working digitally.