I'm not going to lie, I feel a little awkward posting on a blog.
Come to think of it, I don't think I ever saw myself creating something remotely blog-like (mostly because my feeble attempts at keeping journals in my younger days, while in part a great excuse to buy an assortment of colorful notebooks, usually ended up in some closet, under my bed, or tucked away deep into the depths of my room with a few letters and/or scribbles), but here I am, joining the masses on the interwebs. Madness!
I guess this is the part where I put up some recent artwork:
This was our second assignment in my Intro to Illustration class (which, by the way, is absolutely PHENOMENAL in regards the subjects being covered, the approach, and the professor especially), in which we were given a BW photograph by Maxwell Parrish and were instructed to copy and insert the figure into a background/setting of our choosing. The only restrictions were that the light source must remain the same as it is present on the figure and that the piece must be done in a greyscale gouache wash. The fact that we had so my freedom with the background made it really hard to settle on something, but after browsing through some books for inspiration, luck woud have it that I stumbled across Aladdin layout sketches...so I kind of took it and ran with it. Naturally, this background ain't worth anything versus the images that were the inspiration. Gotta keep working on them backgrounds!
These two pieces were the most recent of the bunch in which we were given the assignment of illustrating two Grimm Fairy Tales, one using a gouache wash (and for the record, I love any excuse to use "gouache wash" in a sentence just because it sounds RAD) and the other, ink cross hatching.
The funny part about this assignment is that the ink hatch was completed in a 4 hour time period the morning before class, and, as luck would have it, it got a better critique. That pretty much goes to show (and proves everyone who knows my work ethic right) that I spent too much time over thinking/planning/sketching as opposed to doing the actual artwork. Who knew it would such a bad thing?
Well, I suppose it can only get better from here.
(Stay tuned for a color piece next week!)