Saturday, May 20, 2017

Fiddling With Animation

I recently started playing around with animation, first in Photoshop (you can find an old Chick-fil-A logo animation I made a few months ago here), and now in After Effects. Here's the result of my first actual attempt in AE.

If you're interested in using After Effects, you might find this guy's tutorials useful. And if you want to export your animation as a .gif, this tutorial explains it well.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Tarot Cards

Recently I participated in a workshop, led by Josh LaFayette, for which we had to come up for ideas for tarot cards that would promote an album or a product. I decided to go with Morrissey's latest album, World Peace Is None Of Your Business.
I really enjoyed this creative process that ended up with some fun illustrations:

For the title song
for The Bullfighter Dies

The backside of the cards
For Kiss Me A Lot


Below are some sketches I made before the workshop, where Josh was very helpful deciding which to focus on and what kind of things would the ideas stronger.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Watercolor Bird #whoscounting: Black-Billed Magpie

Magpie came up as the prompt for #pinchpunchpost this month, so what could be a better excuse for watercolor bird?
Magpies are relative of jays and crows, and this species lives in Western US, though I didn't see much of it, because its southern range is northern Arizona. Shame. Seems like it's a fun bird.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Live Drawing

I've been going to live drawing sessions at school, where there's a group of artists gathering around a model. The model stays in one pose for a particular length of time, starting with a few 2 minutes sessions for gesture drawings, then 5 and 10 minute sessions, and finally 3 20-minute sessions. It's wonderful to see how the artists in the group work. They each have their style and what they like to focus on, which can change from session to session depending on the model and how she or he poses.

The models do their best to stay in one position for the time period, and it isn't easy. This cannot be said of zoo animals. They would pose sometimes, but only for a brief second. You'd start drawing them in profile, and before you're done with the first line, you see them completely facing you. Or showing off their butts.

 Which is what happened with this elephant at Zoo Atlanta.

 And the rhino.

 The Laughing Kookabara was pretty good.

 The Wattled Crane constantly dug in the ground.

This Wreathed Hornbill is my favorite, even though he wasn't standing still either, and kept hiding behind a post.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Illustration Friday: Umbrella

What do you think happened here?

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Monday, March 20, 2017

Third Quarter Recap

Boy, what a whirlwind this quarter has been! I felt like I was back in first quarter with the amount of work to be done. Or maybe it only felt like that because this time I tried to maintain some residue of normal life, such as eating, sleeping, and going to the gym. Also, there was the 48-Hour Repack, an event organized by AIGA where teams in different schools compete on repackaging one of a few designated items during a single weekend. No wonder this quarter was exhausting!
This quarter the most demanding courses were Packaging 1 and Publications & Editorial Design. For Packaging, we had to repackage 3 sets of products: a trio, a duo, and a single. Each one had to feature a certain design language, which we could assign as we chose: graphic, color, and type.
For all of my packaging sets I wanted to go with sustainability, so they're all about reducing impact on the environment.
For my trio, I used graphic design language for repacking individual Clif Bars, where the wraps can turn into a postcard that you might send to your friends, to tell them about your adventures:

The artboard shows how the wrap can turn into a postcard, and the inner wrap (to protect the postcard) can be easily dissolved in water.

The wraps represent activities associated with certain parks: rock-climbing in Joshua Tree NP, canoeing in the Grand Canyon, and hiking the Appalachian Trail.

For my duo, I used color design language to design new bottles for Nature's Gate body lotions that you can re-fill by buying refill packs:
For my labels, I used a technique I learned from Hannah Guthrie, where you photograph flowers and food die that swirl in water-filled bathtub. Theo helped with painting Kambucha bottles and making their caps smooth and integrated with pumps.

For my single, the remaining design language was type, and I decided that King Arthur Flour want to reveal a secret that would convince their customers that they do not need to buy more self-rising flour:
For Publications & Editorial Design we had to design a magazine and book covers for a trilogy. My chosen trilogy was Ferrol Sams'. I absolutely adore these books! I am still enjoying them, as they are 1500 pages long all together, and I didn't really have much time to dedicate to reading. They are written so well, and are entertaining as they are enlightening. The books follow the life of Porter Osborne, Jr. from childhood in a Georgia farm during the Great Depression through his college years in Macon, GA, and into his days in med school and as a medical corps serviceman in World War II.

For our book cover designs we had to use Swiss (or International) design, which means lots of grids and geometric shapes, and a very clean and simple typeface.

For my magazine, I decided to feature a dream of mine: making Sandy Springs, GA, where I live, into a pedestrian-friendly town. The city decides (in my dreams) to turn strip-mall parking lots into parks.

The masthead

Here I pretend the contributors are the people in the picture, and you can identify them by what they're wearing, which is mentioned in parentheses in their short bios

Besides these very demanding classes, we also had Logos, Metaphors & Symbols. Here are the 8 logos I designed:
For Running of the Bulls

Bauhaus Toys

Love Symbol

RoostersRise Beer

Cattle Baron's Ball (an American Cancer Society charity event held in Texas)

Thistle Farm (a research farm for genetic engineering in animals)

Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport

Lucullian Ristorante, a slow-food restaurant in Northern Italy

We also had to design a poster based on Marshal McLuhan's book The Medium Is the Massage:

Here I wanted to show the fear previous generations have of and for Millennials and the effect that technology and social media has on them. Basically, it's not all bad, and the fear is actually from the fact that Millennials are more open-minded and liberal. This scares the sh*t out of people who equate success with fancy houses and expensive cars.

Well, now I am on a two-week break, and I am so ready to relax. But before I go, I must share this video I helped make as part of our 48-Hour Repack team, headed by Caroline Skarupa, with 3 additional students:

Monday, January 9, 2017

Watercolor Rodents #5: Agouti

As I mentioned in a previous post, for a long time I thought I had once seen a capybara, but turns out it was actually an agouti. Agoutis are similar, but actually quite smaller than the largest rodents. Also, they tend to live in forested areas (where I saw the one I had mistaken for a capybara), while capybaras tend to be found in open areas near bodies of water.

One thing they have in common: they are both adorable!

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Watercolor Rodents #4: Gundi

Gundis, according to Wikipedia, are small, stocky rodents that live in Africa. To me, they look like short-eared rabbits. Very unusual short ears. Cool fact: rabbits are no longer considered rodents, and actually are placed in a completely different order, Lagomorpha, which also includes pikas. What they all have in common, though, is that their incisor teeth grow continuously. But rodents only have enamel on the front of their incisors, while rabbits and their kin have enamel both on the front and back of theirs. Also, rabbits are strictly vegetarians, while many rodent species are not.
Gundis are vegetarian, and their incisors lack the enamel found in other rodents. For some reason, their hind feet have comb-like bristles, which is why they are also called comb rats.

I'm not sure why, when I scan these paintings I get these weird peach-colored streaks. You can see them in the chin area and between the hind leg and body. Perhaps the scanner doesn't process these type of colors the same way as it does bird colors, and I need to find a way to fix this.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Watercolor Rodents #3: Capybara

From my travel journal, chronicling my trip to La Tigra National Park in Honduras, December 10, 2005:
̏The park, supposedly a dry cloud forest, behaved like a rain forest and was very wet. In the second part, mostly, I felt how non waterproof my shoes were. I was soaked from the knees down. And it was dark and foggy at times. The birds, also, didn't like it, so I haven't seen many. Actually, I probably saw more birds outside the park. I saw woodpeckers, a blackbird the size of a jay, with bright blue wings, a black bird with yellow back, his wife, and black birds with shiny wings that seemed blue when they were flying. At first, I was dissapointed - I heard many sounds of wildlife, but saw nothing but some small gray songbirds and some pigeons (!!) 
"But then I saw this cute creature! I think it's called capibara [sic]. He was standing on the path for a while and then ran away. That was worth the whole 5-hour hike! It really made my day!"
Turns out I actually didn't see a capybara. Capybaras are only found naturally in South America, not Central America. What I saw was probably an agouti, which is a distant relative. Capybaras are the largest rodents and they are more closely related to guinea pigs than to agoutis. Live and learn!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Watercolor Rodents #2: Kangaroo Rat

Isn't this the most adorable thing?
Kangaroo rats are native to Western North America. There are similar rodents in Australia, but they are, unfortunately, deprived of having "kangaroo" in their name, and are simply called hopping mice.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Watercolor Rodents: North American Porcupine

Me: I think I'm going to watercolor rodents next.
Myself: Sounds like a good idea. I mean, you've experimented with drawing feathers, fur should be next.
Me: Right? [searching Wikipedia for "rodents"] Whoa! Porcupines are rodents! I should start with them.
Myself: Why not? It's not like they're the most difficult rodent to paint, with all the quills, or spines, or whatever... [sighs]

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Pinch Punch Post: Pygmy Hippo

There's a new (to me) Twitter challenge, which I actually started last month. It's only once a month, on the 1st, and the topic is an animal. So I can I resist, right?
This month the animal is Pygmy Hippopotamus!

In watercolors

Last month's was a fox:

In colored pencils