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.