Friday, December 16, 2011

Little Red Color Keys

These are color keys that I created based on the story Little Red Riding Hood.  I really wanted to explore color and create mood.  It was really frightening initially making the trees purple/blue, but I just kept going and it turned out better than I thought.  I really think I am starting to understand color and color relationships better.

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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Let's Paint Some Fruit

These paintings are from a few months back and I finally scanned them.  I have improved my color sense since then, but I was really proud of them at the time.  I was playing around with the idea of complementary colored fruit and backgrounds.  The pomegranate is painted in acrylics.  I used an interesting technique on the apple painting where you start with a red ground of watercolor and then erase the highlights using a bristle brush.  Then I went into the shadows with watercolor in order to keep the shadow areas transparent.  After that I put acrylic gloss medium over the painting so I could paint opaquely in the highlighted areas using acrylics.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Koi Comic Part 2

Here is the second page of my Koi comic titled "I Wish".  For the first page click here.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

New Website

My new website is up and running.  I designed and coded it (and created the artwork too!).  You can visit it by clicking here.

The front page on my new website.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Comics- Color!

Here is my latest comic, it is ligne claire style and using color.  Earlier this week I sketched koi fish and thought it would be fun to include koi in my comic this week.  For the second page click here.

Click to see a larger version.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Comics- Winsor McCay

This is a comic inspired by Winsor McCay, one of the fathers of comics and animation.  His work is so fun and whimsical such as his Little Nemo comic.  Here is one of his famous animations.  McCay's brillance later inspired others such as Walt Disney and comic book artists.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Surface Design Exploration: Cowboy Wallpaper

One of my teachers recently suggested that I try some surface design.  I decided to give it a go and made some cowboy themed wallpaper for boys.  It took me a while to figure out how to make a repeat pattern, but I found a great video on youtube here. I had a lot of fun making this and hope to make more mock designs soon on other things such as pajamas, bed spreads, and more.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Illustration Department Triennial

This past Thursday was the opening reception for RISD's Illustration Department Triennial show at Woods-Gerry Gallery.  I was very pleased to see that one of my watercolors was chosen as part of the show.  It is a self portrait of me in my lacrosse goalie gear.

Woods-Gerry Gallery

Friday, October 21, 2011

Internship Video #3- Hungry Rip van Wrinkle

Here is another animation I made for my summer internship with Rip van Wafels.  This is the only one that is made out of cut paper.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Comics- Ligne Claire

For my comics class assignment we had to create a comic in ligne claire style.  'Ligne claire' means 'clean line' in French and was made popular by Hergé, creator of Tintin.  In this style only line is used to show the story with no hatching, value, or color.

Here are a few panels from my comic.  Enjoy!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Internship Video #2- Ice Cream

Here is another video I made this summer for my internship with Rip van Wafels.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Internship Video

Here is a video I worked on during my internship with Rip van Wafels, a Dutch cookie company.  More videos coming soon!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Back to School

School started again and is in full swing.  I'm really excited for my classes this fall.  I'm taking a color theory class, a comics class, and a web design class (which will make this blog look even better!).

Here is my first assignment for my comics class.  We had to make the best comic we could.  I did my best considering I don't know much about comics.  I know there are some things I need to work on, but I'm excited about improving over the semester.

Monday, August 29, 2011

RISD Big Book of Dragons Submission

This past summer my friend Leo had an idea to have our friends create a picture of a dragon and make a book.  It would be a great opportunity to see everyone's talent and interpretation as well as be a fun activity because most of us are starting our senior year.  Here is my submission to the RISD Big Book of Dragons.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Summer Reading

Summertime is great time to do some reading that usually gets set aside during the frantic school year.  This summer I have been reading a few books and I'll share some short thoughts.

Walt Disney Imagineering: A Behind the Dreams Look at Making More Magic Real by the Imagineers

This is my favorite book in my summer reading group.  It shows all the behind the scenes, creative, and innovative work the Disney Imagineers have made around the world.  There are stories, wonderful images, and information about creating the Disney parks around the world as well as the cruise line.  It's such an inspiring book for me because I would love to become an Imagineer someday (although I'm open to many other possibilites as well).  

Artistic Anatomy by Dr. Paul Richer
This book was part of my 3D Kinetic Anatomy class I took this summer and helped me make my écorché.  It has great pictures of bones, muscles, tendons and more.   This book has given me a greater understanding of human anatomy and I will definitely reference it in the future when I am drawing figures.

The Art of Ratatouille by Karen Paik
I love everything about Pixar so I decided to check out this book.  I really enjoy it because I can see and learn about the processes that went into making the movie.  Such decisions that were made in character design were really insightful (such as how Remy's nose points down so he can smell the food better and is more friendly looking).  The research that went into the movie was also really inspiring.  The crew got to visit Paris and see the sewers as well as go into kitchens of the finest restaurants. 

The Art of Toy Story 3 by Charles Solomon
Again another Pixar "Art of" book. This book has a few pages of art from the previous Toy Story movies so that the rest of the book within the right context.  My favorite parts of this book are the color studies by Dice Tsutsumi and Robert Kondo as well as the color keys.  There are also a few places in the book where they show a setting and arrows with the order of events that happen during the scene, such as the canyon opening scene in Toy Story 3. 

Dracula by Bram Stoker
I haven't started this book yet, but am very excited to at least start it before summer ends.  I have heard a few great reviews from people lately that it's a great book.  This book was never part of my reading curriculum and thought it would be great to catch up on a classic because as an illustrator it is always important to know about stories.

The Imagineering Way by the Imagineers
This book is filled with short 1-4 page stories and insights about the Imagineers creative process.  While it doesn't talk too much about specific attractions it does say important things to say about the creative process.  Some of these things I had already learned, but didn't know how to put them into words, others I had never thought about.  One of the many things I took away from this book is to never make anything just "good enough" because everything should be great.  This book is also written towards the non-creative non-artistic person and is very welcoming.

The Imagineering Workout by the Imagineers
I haven't started this book yet either but it is the sequel to the Imagineering Way.  This book is interactive and has exercises to get the reader to think creatively.  It covers how to create and execute ideas as well as making concepts better.  I'm excited to use this book and see where my creativity takes me.

The Pixar Touch: The Making of a Company by David A. Price
I'm almost halfway though this book and am enjoying it very much.  I already knew a basic history of Pixar though various readings and videos, but this book gives much more depth and insight into how this company became what it is today.  For example, I never knew that basically all the geniuses who invented computer graphics were interested in being animators at one point in their lives and saw the potential computers had for creating animation in the future.  It's inspiring to hear about how people were so inventive and adamant about trying a new medium while they were struggling to get funded for their projects. 

That's all for my reading reviews for now. I should also mention that my RA T-shirt design won the competition!  I'll share photos of the shirts once they are made. 

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Final Week of 3D Kinetic Anatomy

I finished my 3D kinetic anatomy class this week.  I learned so much from both my completed écorché and model.  I'm going to spend some time during August making some figure drawings based on what I learned in this class.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

RA T-Shirt Design Contest Entry

My school had a t-shirt design contest for the RA (Resident Assistant) t-shirts for the staff to wear on move in day this fall.  The theme of this year is Harry Potter.  I decided to mix RISD ideas and Harry Potter ideas since going to RISD sometimes feels like a magical world.  Here is my entry for the contest.

This is the front design I made.  
It is based off of the Hogwarts crest, but with the symbols that represent the four areas of the freshman quad: the Homer shield, the Nickerson narwhal, the South squirrel, and the East beast.

This is the back design I made.  
My friend suggested something really bold so I decided to fill in a lightning bolt with imagery.  I chose Carr Haus (our student run café that also has important school offices) on top of college hill, which sometimes feels like a cliff.  I added an owl because receiving the acceptance letter to RISD was magical (which is what I think it would feel like to be accepted into Hogwarts).

Below are the ideas I submitted for placement and color choices. 

I hope they pick my design!  I worked really hard on it! 

Friday, July 29, 2011

Écorché Rib Cage to Humerus Bone and 3D Kinetic Anatomy Week 5

For homework we worked on the muscles from the rib cage to the humerus.  I know I have the trapezius muscle on top of the lattisimus dorsi in these photos, but since then I have changed it.   I also added more to the pectoral muscles so it doesn't look so dead.

 Here is my progress of my sculpture of the model in class day seven

Day eight

Hand detail

One more week of class to go.  It's going to be really exciting to see both pieces completed!