Illustrator Journal #17: Working on a Request and other things…

I have a request from a friend to design a logo and facebook wall piece for her new shop, “Shrinking Violet” and while I’m working hard on designing sketches, it’s taking longer than I though and I shall upload the final pieces (and all the photos of the design stages) in a later post.

Shrinking Violet

Notes: Girl holding violet-like umbrella standing next to a toadstool with surrounding violets while it’s raining.

Sorry the post is relatively short, but I’ll see you tomorrow :3

Illustrator Journal #14: Word Play Project

After a LONG long time, they’re finally finished and I’m quite pleased with the result. I had a hard time choosing between two different sets of the pieces, mostly because of lighting, but I decided on the darker ones since they’re more clarified.

Before I show, I probably should explain:

This was a college project where the class was given two words each and instructed to create a final piece based on our interpretations of those two words. Mine were “Effervescent Scale.” After a time spent researching and brainstorming (to myself), I had the notion to draw/paint people of a “rotund” size using bubble/circular shapes as their fatty deposits were vanishing in an effervescent manner. The bubbles draw from effervescence and overweight people is my interpretation and association with scale. It took me roughly a day for the two smaller pieces and another full day for the bigger piece. I saved the best for last and as much as I hope they look great as a set of artwork, that the main piece (in the middle) stands out from the others.

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I would also like to note, that even though I’m tippy-toeing around the weight subject, I do not care if any person of a certain size is offended by this. This is an art project and I merely made an interpretation of the criteria given to me. Regardless of that, I do enjoy taking in other people’s opinions/views on this kind of subject, comical or serious. I tend to be quite sensitive around touchy subjects and that’s just me being nice really, but sometimes I have to realise that someone is always going to be offended by SOMETHING I do and I can’t please everyone. I’ve decided that the priority for all my work, is personal satisfaction and then the aim to please others.

I hope you enjoy them and as always, I’m still learning, so any and all critique is gladly accepted.

Illustrator Journal #13: Visual Research and some more Studying

Being able to interpret and capture the surrounding environment in any kind of media is a crucial skill to have for an artist/illustrator. Since I’ll be referencing objects and places in the real world for my inspiration, recording any peculiar detail will be helpful as a guide and refine my technical drawing skills, no matter how rough or neat. Here’s some pen drawings I did of objects in and around my surroundings:

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Also, I happened upon a book called Gray’s Anatomy by Henry Gray and as it says, GA is one of the best reference books for students, doctors and artists. This will also be helpful towards my aspirations in terms of being able to study anatomy and get a better insight into how each body part, nerve, muscle and gland works so I can draw the best figures possible.

It’s a huge book, but as mentioned earlier, it’s for reference when I need to look something up. This kind of book will be essential for when I head off to University in September and it’ll be a great learning tool.