Sunday, January 27, 2008

Erni and Edwin

Oh Erni and Edwin... these little owls are for my children's book illustration class. We get the choice of writing a book and illustrating it or choosing and existing one and re-doing the layout and illustrations. I choose to write my own and did so in about 3 days... since we only had a week to write it. Over the course of the semester we will be story boarding (ha, I'm already done with that part!) then I'll put it together in a dummy and have 2 illustrations plus the cover in full color! I think I will end up doing more finished pages because we have this class for 6 hours on I get a lot of work done since I'm not being interrupted. The story is a bit long but maybe one day I'll post it, in summary it's about to little owls who are the bestest friends in the whole wide world but one has to move away, they figure out they can be pen pals and all is happy and well. At the end of the story, Erni receives his first pen pal letter and I actually want to have a letter you physical open that attached to the page. Kinda folded in 3 ways... pretty sweet.

Archibald Ore

One of the classes I have this semester is an Indepent Study with my computer illustration teacher Octavio Perez. Idep. studies are awesome because I get to pick to chose what I'm studying, my assignments and how frequently we meet. I chose Children's Charater development because I felt that was my weakest area... facial expressions and just designing somehting that would fit well in that market. Since I would love to do children's books or work at Hallmark/american greetings I feel this will really help me... and since Perez worked at hallmark he can help me with my portfolio! :P He's been workin me hard but I really love it.

For my first assignment I had to write a descripton of my character... Archibald then figure out what he looked like.. I kinda deviated from cute to something..uh.. eccentric. I have pages and pages of sketches for him but I only put a few on this little page and the color one is justa quick local color study. Here's his description:

Archibald Ore loved unusual shoes. His favorites were shoes with buckles and bells. He liked ones with big buttons and oversized tongues. He had a vast collection in every color. If he had to pick a favorite color it would be a happy mix between magenta and purple, Purmenta he called it. One would think Archibald would have some outlandish clothes to go with his shoes, but this is not the case. Archibald wears plain clothing of the Victorian period but he loves this particularly purple coat. Archibald has a pet that follows him everywhere. This little bird is called Iota. Archibald in his spare time (which is all the time, since he is unemployed) likes to read instruction manuals for complex machinery and he likes books about electrical circuits and wiring. He tries many odd jobs but none seem to like it when he wears his peculiar shoes to work.

Pip and Obi final. Finally.

Um, so here it is for crit tomorrow. The scan is a tad on the warm side.... I like it, My illustration teacher (Patrick Fiore) says I'm really close to nailing my "style" ... I really like using the black lines as a rhythm line and letting the color help define the shape of the object/character. Oi. American Greetings comes on Feb 5 to pick people for internships.... EEEEEEEK!!!!

Saturday, January 26, 2008

final illo in progress

Hm, this has about 3 hours of work on it. I am not sure where to go from here..... any suggestions??

Friday, January 25, 2008

model sheets with color studies.

the little color studies were done with watercolor and a micron. I really like using watercolor paper now instead of wc board. I can get some nice texture happening and I like the way the color looks on the paper. The wc board seemed to grey out my colors. Weird.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

back to puppies

ink on the final illo... when will this project ever end??!

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

business cards- final





teehee, I did two versions of my business cards and I sent both to be printed!!

Monday, January 14, 2008

turn arounds....Fiore style



Pip and Obi's turn around sheets. Fiore wanted us to do poses that reflected/showed depth of the character.


model sheets



Sunday, January 13, 2008

business cards~!

I have no idea what made me sit down and do these...possibly the fact that I finally figured out what I want to do and what style I want to work on. They don't have text yet, cause I'm too sleepy to put it there at the moment.



the back of another design for the card, I haven't decided on the front yet...possibly just some watercolor splashes of joy.


Here's a quick pile up of sketches for illustration class. We are doing character development and this Obi...who I based off my real dog...Obi. Haha. I still need to do Pip, his buddy... Thursday the turnaround and model sheets are due then the following week a final illustration with the character (in my case both characters) in their environment. We also had to write a story to go with our characters. I think I said all of this backwards because we had to write the story before we drew anything.

the bottom picture is a just a page from sketchbook. I drew these during crit of our characters... good times.

color fun

inked this sketch I did last semester then I played with hue/saturation and screen in photoshop. Kinda nifty I think.

Tuesday, January 8, 2008


It's a new year, new semester and new beginnings. I am so excited about this semester and I feel really positive and pumped about it. I am confidant in me, my abilities and my relationship with the most wonderful and loving man I could possibly ever have. I can't wait to keep learning about illustration and all that surrounds it.


Saturday, January 5, 2008

i love family

So my aunt likes to go camping and she wanted me to do this sign for her and her husband mike. She asked me to do it in like June and I kept putting it off. I did it christmas eve.... haha. She really liked it, but what family member doesn't like their nieces art?

end of semester illustration stuffs

Ha, I finally got around to scanning stuff 2 days before the new semester starts....