Monday, September 18, 2017

Illustration Friday: Jazz

For some reason, I am a little obsessed lately with fish. Not sure why, but my little sketchbook already has 5 of them. Anyway, what would be better to play the saxophone than a fish?

Friday, September 15, 2017

End of Fifth Quarter

This quarter was so much fun! I really enjoyed all my teachers and learned a bunch. I feel like I'm finally getting what design is. Especially with type, which is where I've been struggling.

First, my favorite project from Content Creation class, Pan-Galactic Gargle Blaster: a campaign for a fictional brand (from the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy) that is used to promote Barnes & Noble's NOOK and latest, 40th anniversary edition of the book. The drink, though alcoholic in the book, is made out of non-alcoholic ingredients and can be purchased at the Barnes & Noble's Starbucks stores in either cans or as Gargle Blasterccino.

The Beverage

The Starbucks poster
The poster in its environment

The new book cover

The Gargle Blaster ad on Barnes & Noble's webpage

What you get when you click on the ad

Next project is the one for Systems Design, where I revisited a project from first quarter, which not many people do... It is very different now, though: Raju's Tree. This is a branding system for a Disney Adventureland drop-tower ride. But it's more than just a ride, it's a whole experience that aims to empower tween girls to try new things and find new capabilities within themselves.

Cut-paper ride poster, this time in color and done digitally

t-shirt you can get at the gift shop

Ride webpage on Disney's website

Second photo in the slideshow on the webpage

When you scroll down you get the details

A pamphlet you get at the entrance to the ride

with a map of activities while you wait

more merch - learn to play the flute

Bullet-journal type book you can also get at the gift shop - front cover

One of the inside spreads

For Type 3 we had to create a campaign to promote some underrepresented/misrepresented group of our choice. I chose Down syndrome, particularly addressing parents (or parents-to-be) to children who have just been diagnosed with the syndrome. The purpose of the campaign is to show these parents the brighter sides of having a child with Down syndrome, as explained by families with Down syndrome members.


Finally, in Video Storytelling I learned how to create and edit videos in Premier Pro, which is very useful. Here's a link to a playlist of some of the videos I created:

I'm not all that pleased with the videos and animations, but I see it as a learning process. One cannot create great things without starting with crappy ones.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Monday, September 4, 2017

Illustration Friday: Samurai

Of course, a samurai would be a cat, right?

Monday, August 21, 2017

Illustration Friday: Mail

This week's topic made me think about how most mail used to be letters, but now, in the days of email and Amazon, most of the mail one gets is either junk or packages. This must be much harder for the carrier pigeon.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Illustration Friday: Pizza

I recently got some Kyle brushes (the gouache set) and today I started experimenting with it. As I was layering colors on the canvas, with different layer modes, it sort of reminded me of pizza, so I tried to make it more deliberately pizza like.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Illustration Friday: Hair III

This week's topic just keeps me going...

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Illustration Friday: Hair II

Trying a new style with ballpoint pens.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Live drawing portrait

Drawing people's faces, especially from life, is interesting. You start out by following shapes, and even though each shape is right, it doesn't look at all like the person in front of you. But you have to keep going, because at some point, like magic, it happens! I love it when it happens.
Sometime it doesn't happen, and then I have to start over again. I'm guessing that with practice it will get easier to make the magic happen more often.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Magical Animal Alphabet: Yacumama

This is the last of the Magical Animal Alphabet series! If you're wondering what about Z, then Z is here.
Yacumama is a giant snake-like creature that lives in the mouth of the Amazon River and is the mother of all water creatures.

Magical Animal Alphabet: Xecotcovach

Xecotcovach is a mythological Mayan bird, one of several enemies of humans. It was sent, along with the others, to destroy humans before they could gain control of the Earth. Unfortunately they failed, and look where we are now...

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Magical Animal Alphabet: Wumpus

The Wumpus is a mysterious monster that lurks deep inside a network of rooms. It was originally developed as a text-based game written in BASIC! Magical indeed!

Friday, July 7, 2017

Magical Animal Alphabet: Vucub-Caquix

Vucub-Caquix is a Mayan bird demon. He was powerful and pretended to be the sun and the moon of the twilight world. Some evil twins managed to somehow defeat him and became the true sun and moon of the present world. Thankfully, not before he fathered Zipanca, an underworld demon deity, and Cabrakan, the Earthquake God.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Magical Animal Alphabet: Ushi-Oni

Ushi-Oni is a Japanese bull demon that exists in various versions. Some are menacing and some are beneficial.
The most famous one is thought to ward off evil spirits. This is the kind I made for U.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Magical Animal Alphabet: Tanngnjostr

Tanngnjostr, teeth grinder, was one of two magical goats (his companion was Tanngrisnir, teeth barer) that were cooked and eaten every night by Thor, only to be resurrected the next day. Magical indeed.

But of course, all goats are magical, in my opinion.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Magical Animal Alphabet: Sarimanok

Sarimanok is a colorful rooster bringing good fortune. He was originated in the major island of the Philippines, Mindanao, by the Maranao people.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Magical Animal Alphabet: Raiju

Raiju is the lightning bringer in Japanese mythology. He can take the form of a dog, cat, or weasel and his roar is thunder.

When you sleep outdoors, he will crawl onto your navel, where he will peacefully sleep, only to be woken up by an arrow of lightning sent by the lightning god, Raijin.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

More Experimentation: Biro Gothic Style

I've been watching this guy's videos, and one of them introduced me to Chris Mould, who uses cheap ballpoint pens to make wonderful drawings. I thought it was great he can create such detailed drawings with just scribbling away, not having patience to hatch and crosshatch properly. It fits my character perfectly. Also fits my character - the use of cheap pens. Another proof that it's not the tools that make the artist.

So I started again by copycatting the character he was demoing in the video (below), and then created my own:

I call him "Oh dear, what's this?"

Here's my fanart piece:

More Pencil Drawings of Pretty Little Girls

Continuing with my acquiring and sharpening skills, here are two more pretty little girls I drew: Little Astronaut and Little Cowgirl. I would like to try something other than pretty little girls, though. Or maybe give them other types of expressions. Or at the very least not have them run into the gutter of the sketchbook. We'll see how it goes...

Magical Animal Alphabet: Qilin

Qilin is pretty much the only magical animal I could find for Q, but it's a great one nonetheless.
It is a dragon that is a chimera of an antlered and hooved animal, like a deer, with a fish, and the whole thing was inspired by giraffes. It is a calm, peaceful and vegetarian dragon who's appearance represents the arrival or passing of a sage. My favorite!

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Magical Animal Alphabet: Pamola

Pamola is a bird spirit that causes cold weather, according to Abenaki mythology. (The Abenaki people are indigenous to northeastern US and Eastern Canada.)
Pamola has the head of a moose, the body of a man, and the wings and feet of an eagle. He lives on Katahdin, the highest mountain in Maine, and dislikes mortals trying to climb it.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Magical Animal Alphabet: Onikuma

It would make a lot of sense to make O as Ouroboros, which is a serpent or a dragon that eats its own tail. It's nice and round and symbolizes introspection and cyclicality. But where would the challenge be in that?

So I went with Onikuma, a Japanese bear-like creature that walks upright into villages at night and carries off livestock.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Skill Building

At my critique, one of the panel members (who is a great illustrator herself) suggested I look into what other illustrators are doing, and learn from them.
So I found this illustrator, Chris Riddell, and decided to copy a beautiful illustration of his, just so I can see what he does and how he does it. Looking is not enough for me, I need to actually do it in order to really "see" it. So after copying that illustration (you can see the copy below), I made this one:

 I call her "Unicorn Rider". Very original.

Here's my Chris Riddel fanart:
I still have ways to go, but it's a start.