Saturday, May 1, 2010
Sunday, April 18, 2010
This is an illustration for my digital painting class, for a story about a writer/journalist that becomes infatuated with a modest and lovely young woman, but the feelings are not mutual. "She was like one of the characters in his novels..." He asks her to marry him and she declines.
I wanted to use some of the physical elements associated with writing, and play on their romantic qualities, old-fashioned handwritten notes, pen and ink etc. The girl in the story is quite a few years younger, still a teenager actually, so there is an underlying tone in there, so the masculine symbol of the pen I thought was fitting. I scanned in some crumpled paper to add texture and sketched out different poses for the girl until I felt she looked demure enough. The most fun was painting the ink-in-water :)
Monday, April 12, 2010
This is my attempt at a cover illustration for a University magazine that was featuring an article on the diversity of their students, and the tremendous ambition shown by all to take on the world and its social issues. (I attempted to represent all nationalities with their flag colors as the leaves)
Watercolor 18x24 (layout by Eson Chan)
This next article was about the enormous task we have to implement the necessary measures to reduce the global climate change. I decided to play with watercolors for this one... since I've been doing so much acrylic lately, it was a welcome change.
Here's the final... which I just found out (4/14/10) was chosen to be published in next month's Brandeis University Magazine!
Saturday, February 27, 2010
Woohoo! Just found out this piece for Sky and Telescope got chosen to be printed in their July Issue!! Thanks Pat and Casey!
The good thing about digital work is that its relatively easy to add and subtract things. They asked me to add reading glasses to show more of the age of the man. ..aand voila :) I think I like it better with the glasses. It was a good call.
Here's the finished piece.
This is another digital project I'm working on for an editorial piece in the Sky & Telescope Magazine.
Friday, February 12, 2010
Image 1 of 7, Acrylic 12x16
Image 2 of 7, Acrylic 9x12
Image 3 of 7, Acrylic 12x9
Image 4 of 7, Acrylic 9x12
First Flight, Acrylic on artboard, 12x16
(just found out 2/12/10 that this piece got into the Society of Illustrators Student Competition!!)
Image 6 of 7, Acrylic 12x14
Image 7 of 7, Acrylic 12x16
These 7 images I created as part of my thesis project at Massart. I adapted a story from Plato, the Allegory of the Cave, using birds instead of humans in a more modern setting. All these images I transferred into a hand bound book, where I also showed my sketches and process work. The book itself was bound in dark cloth, sewn together with japanese stab binding using copper-toned thread, the pages made of off-white printmaking paper, and the cover I embellished with twisted copper wires mimicking the bars of the birdcage.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Playing Dressup, Acrylic
I was delighted to find that our first project in Freelance class was for the Pet Gazette, a free newspaper that has about 50,000 readers on the South Shore, and always features great artwork on the front cover. The art is prominently featured without type or teasers over it. The inspiration for this piece came from thinking about what our pets are doing at home while we are away.
Fancy-pants Andy Samberg, 12x16 Acrylic on board
I really admire artists like CF Payne, Dale Stephanos, Anita Kunz, Tom Richmond, Steve Brodner (& many more) that have the ability to capture the look and character of a person in their portraitures. I enjoy the slight exaggerations that are a bit more subtle and intriguing than the extreme caricatures in political cartoons. Although Steve Brodner's work is more along those lines, I saw his work at an exhibit at the Norman Rockwell museum and I was really impressed.
Some of the first memories I have of trying to be an "artist" as a teenager typically involved me attempting to draw the faces of my siblings or friends. Occasionally I will hear from an old friend and they'll tell me, "Oh I still have that drawing you did of me from way back when!" I seemed to always give my art away since I maybe have 3 or 4 drawings in my possession that I did before I started going to art school. I guess I'm learning to get more attached to my art, although I still go through phases where I can't stand to see my own work. (You'll never see a piece of mine hanging in my house, I would probably stare and obsess over it waaaay too much if I had it sitting in front of my nose all day.)
All that to say, I attempted to do my own caricature of comedian Andy Samberg last semester for a hypothetical conceptual celebrity portrait for a Rolling Stone article. I quite enjoyed the process and also the reaction I got from people. I think I will try it again soon.
Friday, February 5, 2010
Here's the finished piece (almost). I could probably spend another hour or so on it, but I didn't really know what I was getting into with this piece. It took long than I thought, and staring at a computer screen for hours on end gives me a new respect for graphic designers!
I just found out 3/1/10 that the little orange neighbor cat from my painting is gone missing :(
So I added like 20 more layers, worked on the background features, tire, and ground, trying to keep it relatively loose, (although I did spend quite awhile on that tire detail)
I'm still a few hours away from being done.
So I've been laying down some underpainting layers, working mostly on the background, the fence proved to be more intricate than I first anticipated.
The key to making a digital painting work is making it look like it's not a digital painting. ..Easier said than done. But I was feeling particularly adventurous.
My neighbor's dog Elliot is the most adorable little old-man kinda dog, scraggly hair and wears knit sweaters. I decided to put him in my painting. As I shot photos of him in the back yard, some neighborhood cat, all orange and playful decided to get in on the fun and pranced around us. He actually let me place him in a strategic spot and I shot some more pics. He added a nice touch of color. I wanted to relay the sense I had of that crisp winter morning, the sun shining bright with not a cloud in the sky, animals enjoying the sunlight, without having to show the entire scene. I sketched out versions from various images I had and scanned it in to photoshop to start the tedious task of applying layers and layers of color.