Saturday, December 24, 2011

First Paper Sculpt inspired by Brittney Lee

I've been talking about doing a paper sculpt for a looong time now, and finally I had both time and a reason to do one! This is about 8x8 inches square and took about 15 hours--5 planning and 10 cutting and pasting.

A good friend just returned from a trip to India, and I made this piece to commemorate her experiences there. The sari in the piece is based on one she wore in India.

You all know about Brittney Lee, of course...right? Well if not, please go check out her amazing art!

She is one of my favorite artists--possibly THE favorite artist, and her fresh, fun, and beautiful art never ceases to amaze me. Her paper sculpting pieces are the sole reason I'm interested in this medium! I feel so blessed to have gotten to meet her and see her do a live paper-sculpting demo at CTN, and I definitely intend to do more pieces, and soon! A whole new world...

Here are two different lighting situations, so you can see the dimensionality of it: (OR mostly because I couldn't decide which lighting I liked best...hahaha!)

Some detail shots:

And finally, the Photoshop sketch I made in order to test out different combinations of color, saturation, and value before launching into the final. I had the most trouble choosing the border and background colors--I wanted a border for depth, but I didn't want it to draw attention away from the figure. I ended up using all similar greens (more so than I intended--the selection of green cardstock at the craft store was not up to par!) to allow the eye to go right to the figure.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

More fun with Sage Brush

You can see the actual drawing is getting futher along :) I'm just having fun before it's finished.

A Merry Christmas Comic

For a dear friend :)

Monday, December 19, 2011

Starting on Sage Brush

Here's a sneak peek at what I'm working on right now...a character design for Snow White's younger sister, Sage Brush!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Fairy Encounter!!!

Experimenting with different ways to paint a sketch in PS...time-consuming!!!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

LAX Sketchbook

Several drawings/sketches done while waiting for my flight and on my flight back to Seattle.

...You can see the sketchbook crease on this one!


These are sketches of the outfits I've worn over the past 3 days (Not the blue guy though...that's not me!)

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Snow White

"Skin as white as snow? Not really. Sure, she was pale. I'd go so far as to say pasty.
But the real reason they called her Snow White...was because of all the dandruff!"

There's actually a bit of a story to this character. Let's just say I've been tossing around an idea for a revisionist history of the tale of Snow White. As told by her younger sister, Sage Brush. Heehee.

Then, thanks to my dear friend Haley, I stumbled upon the amazing art of Claire Hummel, who makes me want to drool and cry at the same time (it can get pretty sticky in my room sometimes...).
Hummel has this amazing series of historically accurate Disney Princess portraits, and her style seemed like just the right fit to explore my character in. I tried to stick as closely to her style as I could, to learn from her, but of course it's not perfect.

The white sparkles aren't ACTUALLY dandruff...I noticed Hummel does this neat touch of sparkles or pearls or I put a few in. Although maybe it is dandruff...

Remember the original concept sketch?

Thursday, December 8, 2011

A Truck in the Mirror

This one takes some explaining.

I keep a whiteboard marker near my mirror so I can write down to do list items. Every now and then, I'll draw on the mirror. Usually it's some kind of Chris Sanders-esque character.

But today I was sitting in the living room and I had this RANDOM image of a truck driving over a cliff pop into my head... I got up, went over to the mirror, and drew it.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

20 Minute Well Doodle

So I'm writing a paper right now...but this was my 20 minute break. I just needed to get it out of my system. Plus I've been wanting to play around with brushes a bit more. Meh. Back to work!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

CTN-X Inspired

Some sketches done while sitting in on some amazing panels at CTN-Expo.
Simply being in such close proximity to so many amazing artists makes you want to draw until the cows come home! If you didn't go, be sure to be there next year!

Zoo Sketches

Went to the LA Zoo with my good friend Haley, sketched some (fidgety) animals:

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Attic Discovery

Just a quick preview of what I'm working on...

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

The Architect's Sketchbook

This semester I'm taking an architectural sketching class...and haven't gotten around to uploading any of the sketches until tonight. So here we have just a few of the multitude...

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Christmas designs already!

I know, I know. Actually, no I DON'T know why it's too early to start with I'm starting! Haha anyways, in my egregious amounts of spare time, I'm working on a Christmas card design. Here's one small part... :D

Monday, September 19, 2011

A Quick Character

Soooo I'm supposed to be writing a paper right now. So WHY do all these new ideas keep flooding my brain and begging to be sketched? It's just not fair. (Maybe I should stop perusing Francisco Herrera and Chris Sanders art during my breaks? Nah...)

Anyways, here's a new character. Just for fun:

Monday, August 29, 2011

Finally, art again!

I haven't posted anything in a while, but it's definitely NOT because I haven't been working...
I recently got two illustration jobs for two books. One is a children's book, one is a young adult book. They're super fun and I'm really excited to be working on them, but of course I can't post most of what I do here, since it belongs to my employers.

The other consequence of doing art for hire is that I haven't had any time lately to do any art for myself. School has just started up for the year this last week, and so has the activity with my campus fellowship. All this together means I've almost forgotten what it's like just to DO art.
I've been coming up with all kinds of ideas for projects, paintings, drawings, layouts, etc, but all the thumbnails and sketches just get shoved into the "to do later" pile.

I was thinking about that the other day, and it made me really, really sad. Today is my sabbath, so I set aside a big chunk of time to just do art...for the sake of doing it.

Today I fished an old sketch out of that pile and developed it. It felt GREAT!

Monday, August 8, 2011

Business Card

My first business cards are finally here! I just needed something to hand out to people who were asking until I get a final version printed. I'm hoping to color the cavern layout and make that into a nice card, but I chose the chef in the meantime!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Wedding Dress

A friend of mine wanted me to do a sketch of her sister in a wedding dress (yes, she's getting married!). I did 2 sketches--one princess style and one more modern. She chose the modern look and then I drew it in Photoshop. Fun fun fun!

...I was looking a lot at Brittney Lee and Elsa Chang for inspiration.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Phone doodle...dianoga!

A friend asked me if I was going to draw a dianoga after those tentacles...(if you don't know what a dianoga is...go watch Star Wars again!)
Then when I was on the phone with the 'rents, I started doodling, know.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Sketchbook: Church and fashion!

This morning during church I got inspired. I've actually been sewing a caftan similar to the ones below out of old bedsheets I got for free a year or two ago. Free clothes, Woo!
Anyways, these are just some of the ideas bouncing around in my head. Enjoy!

Brother Bear and Man v. Nature!

Will likes to use layouts and paintings from Brother Bear often, since they're just darned good. I was looking through his packet of art and was thoroughly inspired by the epic looking man v. nature themes.

SO I drew a group of thumbnail ideas for snowscapes--with a lonely snowshoed traveler. Of course, when I showed them to Will he pointed out the egregious even spacing that was littered throughout most of them, but hopefully I'll be able to correct some of the proportions on these and (maybe?) bring them a couple to paint.

Something Slimy

I drew a couple tentacles yesterday.

...Will would be pleased, and vindicated.

Speed Still Life!

Last week in Nicole's class we ended early, so we only had 2 hours. Since painting faster or limiting my amount of time has seemed to produce more fresh-looking paintings for me, I decided to try to paint a large chunk of the set-up as fully as I could.
I was actually surprised at how much I got done. Then again, there's not too much detail. Ah well, I did learn a lot with this one.

I like to think that this is a courtroom scene taking place among the objects. The vase is the judge, the plate of fruit the jury, and the lone peach in the blue bowl is the witness on the stand. The yellow vase and the white jar are the lawyers, and the red apple is the defendant. They're all arguing fiercely as the three lemon up in the audience are gossiping about whether or not he's guilty.

I ended up using only a corner of the huge canvas, and I kind of like the way nothing blends into something:

Tuesday, July 26, 2011