Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Illustration Friday: Nest

For this week's topic, I figured I should look up what does a squirrel nest look like. Well, it turns out it varies. Some look like some bird nests, made of twigs, branches, and leaves. Others are padded holes in the tree. Again, just like some birds'. So the obvious conclusion would be that squirrels are a type of bird :)

In fact, I made up a little silly poem in this spirit:
A silly bird is the squirrel
Its song sounds just like a twirl
It builds nests in the trees
And enjoys mac 'n cheese
And it holds its tail in a curl

Friday, September 23, 2016

Color Collective: Orange

Earlier this week I worked on this #3yroldscribble, and it had orange in it, so when I found out the #colour_collective theme for this week is orange, I wanted to do another one of those confused hens, this time with colored pencils on a colored card stock. I don't think it worked as well for the hen, but at least it is clearer what's the orange thing underneath her.  

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Illustration Friday: Rain

Oh, gosh, it's been a while!
I decided to do a quick little corny penguin dancing in the rain for this week's topic, and to do it with pen and pencils, because I'm a little tired of working on the computer. Yep, that's the way it goes :)

By the way, this is totally not how I feel when it rains. I normally get really upset if I get wet, as if a bit of rain would cause me to dissolve into the puddles.

It's not that I don't like the rain. I love how it refreshes everything, brings out the smell of soil bacteria, and gives everything a nice, deep color. Plus, I also like rainbows.

But I prefer it doesn't rain when I'm out and about.

That's all I ask.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

The End of the First Quarter

Well, it's been wild ride so far. I started school just about 2 months ago, and I was 2 weeks late, because of my travels. So the first couple of weeks after I got back were crazy! Anyway, now that the quarter is over, and I've had my first critique, I finally have some time to share some of my projects.

Our first project for Introduction to Craft was to create a die-cut box:

 We had to make a few telescope boxes and bind a number of books. Here's my hard-cover book:
  For our final project we had to create a book in a box, whichever way we interpreted it. I decided to make a box whose lid serves as an additional box, and inside the lid there'd be an accordion book called "Don't Let the Snake Out of the Box". The book is a sort of rip-off of Mo Willems' books, such as "Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus."

And inside the box there'd be a snake:

It was a fun project to work on, but I had to make the snake and the book (20 pages of it) during the last 24 hours before critique. This is because I had all these other classes to prepare for, such as Introduction to Design, where we had to use cut paper to create a 24"x36" poster for an amusement park ride and two sets of icons that are based on an animal we were given and a civilization we chose. My animal was the Indian Rhinoceros and I chose the Inca civilization. We had to come up with a story and base the ride on that story. My story involves a little girl everyone makes fun of because she's so weak. She's told that Raju, a large and strong animal that lives on the top of the tallest tree in the forest, could help her.

We also had to come up with three related packaging items, bags and boxes, that have an additional use to that of carrying items.
Here's my bag/hat:

And each one of them had to have a tag with two sides that was made out of cut paper.

For our Typography 1 class we had to create a brewery concept with beer labels, coasters, a menu, and a booklet, given a typeface and a target audience. Mine was Bodoni and women in the 20s and 30s living in the quaint neighborhood of Virginia Highlands in Atlanta.

For semiotics, one of our projects was to create a poster for a Kubrick or Scorsese film:

I took the photo myself, with my point-and-shoot camera, but I got a bunch of help from my Photoshop 2 teacher with the setting, and lighting, and fake ice cubes.

So, yes, it's been crazy, and I'm enjoying it now that I can do whatever I want with my time (such as doodling #3yroldscribbles) and that I can catch up on sleep and clean the house from all the mess created by all this cut paper! We'll see how the 2nd quarter goes in a few weeks.