Friday, November 5, 2010

Illustration Friday

This weeks illustration Friday is "afterwards". I chose the book cover I did last week because this is after the "the misfit" kills the entire family. 

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

They ded.

first off, this is my second assignment for portfolio class. the assignment was "inventor and invention" so I did Theobald Boehm who  didn't invent the flute but perfected the modern flute and the modern fingering system. The flute is supposed to be a bone flute, but I didn't really push that enough. It's not really close enough in for me to really make it look boney. He is also surrounded by animals because flutes were originally made from animal bones. well anywho, here it is. it came out okay i think.

Next, my book cover for the Flannery O'Connor short story "A Good Man is Hard to Find". The type is hand done also, but I'm not happy with it. One day type and I will be friends, I just have to figure it out. 

Here is an in class assignment we had 20 minutes to complete.

And here is my halloween card for Bob Byrd's class! It folds up and the two outer monsters become one. I also drew the type myself on this one, but I actually like the type on this one. It ain't so bad!

Folded, it looks like this:
It doesn't meet up exactly, boo. But it was really hard to plan out. I'll know better for next time to even check during the painting stage and not just the drawing stage. 


Friday, October 15, 2010

Sketchbook pages and an experiment

First, a couple sketchbook pages:

now an experiment I did after Sterling Hundley came and did a demo and a lecture. It was amazing and really inspiring. I wanted to try using the unbleached titanium white that he uses. Also, he said he uses FW ink which is acrylic so it is waterproof. I can never find waterproof sepia ink so I wanted to see if FW had sepia and they did! So I tested it out with some calligraphy pens. It was okay, it is too messy for me to use on a finish unless I get a lot better at it. I also tried to paint a little looser and rougher. Well, here it is:

Meh. there we go. I'm tired so im gonna nap.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Children's book spread

This is for my Ely class. The last project before the Ely, gulp.  I drew this little creature in my sketchbook:

So I knew I wanted to do something with that, babies, and a city. So I made up a children's book spread. They're supposed to be like stork creatures fetching the babies out of the water and bringing them to the city. It's not a real story, but Ralph didn't mind. Here is the finish:

I also plan on scanning a bunch and doing a major scan dump soon. It's just hard because we don't have a large format scanner in our studio and I have to go to one of the other ones. 

Tuesday, September 28, 2010


Here is the final piece for ralph. this is what i did instead of the opera poster for the cunning little vixen. its a band poster for yeasayer, but i didn't post the version with the text because i am not happy with the text. one day i will understand you, type.

enjoy that nip. 

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Brain Milk

Here is a page from my sketchbook. Alexi Fisk did the brain raining into the pot and the woodgrain and the hearts. Yay for doodlessss.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010


Today I had sketches due for my illustration class. I did sketches of an opera poster for "the cunning little vixen". My teacher told me to do a Mucha like poster so I did a sketch of it. Here it is:

Yeah. Rejected. He said it was boring compared to my other stuff I've done in the past. He told me just to do thumbnails of whatever the heck I wanted and then he'll pick one and I have to do a new sketch and then the final is due next Tuesday. This sounds easy enough, but I have lots of other work for other classes. I should just get over it I guess because everyone else is in a similar boat. So now I'm doing a band poster for Yeasayer. I basically just did a doodle of a girl with two creatures wrapped around her and Ralph liked it. I will like it because I get to draw scales and creature faces. 

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Switzerland pieces

So here are the scans of the pieces I did in Switzerland. I also wanted to post my first assignments, but one of them is currently in the conference room which is locked. whoopsie. Oh well, here they are.

First, Winty.

Next, Lavin.

And now Zurich.

Here is a painting of the castle in Bellinzona.

This next one is the view from the house I stayed in in Ronco. It came out pretty bad because it was kinda a frisket experiment. I never really use frisket because I find it difficult to use. But if you squint at this it kinda looks right, haha.

In other news, this school week was very difficult. I slept a full night on Tuesday night and then Wednesday and Thursday I went to bed at 4:30am and woke up at 7:30 to go to class. Weeeee. As a result, I fell asleep at 11:30pm last night, woke up at 11:30am and fell back asleep from 1pm until like 3pm. Now I feel like a lazy jerk. Back to work I go! 

Monday, July 19, 2010

2 paintings down

Sorry, I'm bad at updating this thing. So far, we've hung out in Winterthur and for a few days we went to the Peer's house in Lavin. I've only done two complete paintings but I started a new one in Zurich today. I've been sketching a lot, it just takes me so long to do paintings. I'm going to do more though, plus some more when I get home based on memory and pictures. Here are the two paintings I've done so far. They're just crappy photos, I'll scan them when I return home. 

This is the view of Winterthur from the Rose Garden. This doesn't make me too happy because the pen I used was new, and I didn't realize it wasn't water proof because I thought that if it was Copic proof it had to be waterproof. But it ended up smearing a bit. I learned from my mistake though.

This is behind the Peer's house in Lavin. It's the Rhine going under the wooden bridge. This one took a while, but I think it came out okay. 

Today I started a painting of the Lake of Zurich. Here are a few pictures, but not nearly as many as I have taken throughout the entire trip. 

Carla and I
Winterthur and Carla

First Kabob!
On the way to Lavin


The stars were unbelievable, this picture does not capture them.

Bros. Zach and Max
30- Love, heh heh heh.

And of course, my new swatch watch! It's a guys watch, but I love it.  I feel like a sea captain. 

This is just a sneak preview. I will post more pictures on facebook, it takes wayyyyy to long to upload on here. Hope this post holds you over for a bit!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Day 2!

I didn't write anything yesterday because I was pretty busy all day. Here's the basic break down of the day:

11:00am Carla woke us up. I think we could've slept alllll day if she hadn't. Then we got ready, ate a lovely breakfast set out by Carla, and decided to go paint in the rose garden at the top of the hill that the Peer house is on.

noon-about 3? Carla, Zach, and I painted and drew while Laura studied. Then Carla had to go record a radio show and the rest of us got kabops for lunch. yummmmm:). then after that i went back up to draw until about 8 and zach stayed up for about an hour until about 5 or 6.

after i came down, we decided to go get a cappuccino in town so Carla, Zach, and I went and had cappuccino and then after that some beer and played cards. Laura and her friend Max joined us later. then we came back to the house about midnight and played ping pong.

here is a crappy photobooth picture of my illustration so far

I forgot how slow i am because my pen drawing takes foreverrrrrrr. but im going up now to finish. I'll post the finish later on. Bye bye!

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Good Ol' Switzerland

So Zach and I are finally here in Switzerland! Yesterday was just a lot of packing and last minute things and then Alexi drove us to the airport. The night before the trip, we didn't sleep. We only slept two hours so that we could sleep on the plane because the flight was at 6:10pm and arrived in Switzerland at 2:30am our time but it was 8:30am here in Switzerland. We didn't really sleep on the plane, it was kind of awful. the flight was packed and we just couldn't get comfortable. Anyway, we're here now. So tired. When we got here Claudia, Laura, and Carla picked us up and we got breakfast on the way back to their house. Then we ate and decided we were tired so Laura, Carla, Zach and I took a nap for a couple hours. Then we woke up, got burgers, played some videogames and showered. I haven't done much artwork except I sketched the airport. I'm just toooo tired. But I have been thinking about all I want to do. Jet lag is blehahahahoeirhaosuehfsdfjhaoushdow. Hopefully tomorrow I will be feeling better.

Thursday, June 24, 2010


So, I leave in 9 days for Switzerland. Yay! I'm nervous and excited and anxious. The only thing making me nervous is the flight. I'm not scared of flying, but it is a longggg longggg uncomfortable flight. It will be fine, just not very fun. Anyway, I have been preparing. I got all of my art supplies, except I need to get last minute tape, and I have even packed already. I need to go through all of my clothes again and ween some stuff out. I packed for hot and cold weather because the weather in Switzerland is iffy right now, but I think I have too much stuff. I'm a "better to be safe then sorry" kind of packer. Oh well. Anyway, here are some pictures of all my packed up supplies. Observe the beauty. 

Here are my tubes of paint individually wrapped in saran wrap. My paints are always organized by color and are probably the most organized area of my life. I wrapped them because I heard that in checked baggage things can freeze, but I also heard that they explode from cabin pressure when you carry them on. I don't know what I will do yet, but at least they're wrapped and won't explode on each other or any of my other stuff. I'm worried about bringing them in my carry on because they will all have to fit into one one quart baggie, and I just don't know if that's possible. Anyone know what the best idea is? 

Also in the picture is my new expandable... thing. I don't know what its proper name is, but it expands to hold water and then squishes down for easy carrying. Next to it is my pencil case! 

Inside my pencil case are all of my exciting new pens and then my two mechanical pencils, which aren't new but have new lead in them. 

On the other side of my case there are a few pens, including my new fancy gold paint pen, and some erasers and a sharpener and some lead for my pencils. 

Here are my two lovely new palettes. Well, I actually got 3 but Zach is using one for his gouache. I don't need three anyway, that would be silly. But here they are with all of my paint colors squeezed out so that I have some with me just in case I feel like painting on the plane and decide not to carry on my tubes of paint. 

Here is my new moleskin sketchbook especially for the trip. I probably won't completely fill it, but I would like to. 

Anyway, that's all my loot for now. I didn't take a picture of all of my watercolor blocks I bought, but there are multiple sizes. It's very exciting. I probably won't take a picture of my suitcase just yet. I'll wait until it's really packed and ready to go. 

Friday, May 14, 2010

Officially a senior. Woah.

So I'm officially a senior. Boo:(. That's too close to having to grow up and enter the real world for me:(. But I can handle it, I believe I can! So to close out the junior year, here is some of my work from this semester in the order I did them. The scans of them aren't spectacular, sorry.

First, a band poster assignment. I chose the Temper Trap because their music is be-a-utiful. 
Next, the Free Library Festival poster for my design methods class. 

Now, a book cover for "The Hobbit" for my book cover assignment for Illustration Methods class. The right side would be the front, and the left side the back, so it would fold around the book.

This is my CD cover for one of my favorite bands, Detektivbyran, for the CD cover assignment for design methods. The right side would be the front of the CD and the left side would be the back where the track list would go. 

This is a piece for figure utilization.

and another for figure utilization. The assignment was "african soldier boy".

The next two are for my target market assignment, I chose children's book illustration and I chose the story Hansel and Gretel. The first would be a spot illustration of the candy house and the second would either be a page in the book or the cover. I hate the boy in the second one. I wish I could do him over. Perhaps I will now that it's summer! 

Lastly, this assignment was to do whatever I want in figure utilization. I had been watching a lot of Miazaki and Studio Gibly movies lately so I think that's what inspired this piece, hence the animals playing.

Looking at these I see a million things wrong, but whatevs. It's all family and friends looking at this stuff mostly. 

Steal these images without permission and I kick your butt!

Monday, May 10, 2010

My class.

I figured a good first "real" post would be a photo of my junior classmates. Well actually my friend Miguel suggested it. This picture was taken on a day when we had to start and finish an assignment all in one day. When we were all done, our teacher, Mark, gave us these sweet shirts. 

Friday, May 7, 2010

Nothing here yet!

This blog will mostly be summer artwork and then a way to keep my family updated while I'm in Europe. I will upload some of this semesters artwork once I finish my final pieces and get to a scanner. I need to think of a better name for this blog though. Any suggestions? I'd also like a better layout, but I may just make one. I don't know how though. Hm....