This was a requested piece by Megan, a geisha under a cherry blossom tree. I have never drawn or painted a geisha before, so this was new for me. This is acrylic 16x20, I wanted her to stand out so the colors are bright, and I also wanted to keep somewhat of a nature tone with the background. This was fun to do, and I think I will try some more geisha inspired themes.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Hello there, I have been busy these past few days visiting the Orient. In my Design and Technology class, we had to design CD packaging. I made up a client called, Crystal Visions, which was a video game software company. One of the first things I did was create a logo, I used the font Endor, and a crystal formation as the V. The logo is one of my favorites, I think it looks crystalline and gamer worthy. I then came up with the idea of making a demo package for two upcoming games, Dark Journey and Legends. I have always thought about being a designer for games and things, so it was a lot of fun working on this. I took elements from various games I have played like Tomb Raider and The Elder Scrolls series, for my made up games. We had to make a Jewel Case, a CD sleeve, CD label, and a panel insert.
Monday, February 23, 2009
We got quite a bit of snow last night, and we're supposed to get even more tonight. Gotta love Vermont! I had a pretty good weekend, we had two house parties for Tim's campaign, and our friend Julie was gracious enough to hold them both at her house. This campaign thing is pretty fun. Also Saturday night we went to a Fish and Game dinner, that was interesting, a lot of flannel and mystery meat. I did this illustration just for fun again, oh how nice it would be to have lots of money!
Friday, February 20, 2009
It was a cold and snowy day, made me wish I was somewhere warm, like California. I've never been, but one day I want to go. I made this today, to try and get that warm summer feeling back again. And can you guess who it is in the picture? I think I am getting addicted to drawing in Illustrator, I find it relaxing and fun.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Hey there, today was my last day in my Corporate Identity class. Tomorrow I will start advanced computer graphics, I am pretty excited for it and hope that I will learn some new things. Since I had some free time tonight I did this picture of Cher. I'm liking Illustrator more and more every time I play around in it. I remember when I got her Believe album, way back when, those were good times. It was the start of a love affair that will stay with me forever! And its snowing outside, winter still has some teeth!
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Howdy! Just got back from doing the Penguin Plunge, it wasn't as bad as I thought it would. It was a lot of fun and I got a nice hat from it! I've been working on my final project for my Corporate Identity class. We had to find a local small business and design a new logo for them. I asked Tim's dad, who owns Ray's Electric. It took a while to come up with one that wasn't your typical electrical logo. I used the electrical symbol for power in the R, and then mirrored the outlet shape in the middle. We also had to make illustrations demonstrating how the logo may be used in various products.
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Monday, February 9, 2009
Introducing the new logo and slogan for Tim's campaign. I really wanted to use an eagle, I drew the shape in Illustrator, and made a gradient of red, white, and blue to fill it. Then I made some stars, and added the slogan that he picked out. I am really happy with the way it turned out, and it looks great on his new website. We also put this on the t-shirts we'll be wearing for the Penguin Plunge this Saturday.
Can you guess what this is? Five points to who ever guesses first! Another example of color vs black and white. In this case I think I prefer the black and white, though its a close toss up. If I were to use this image in a portfolio I would choose either the color, or the none color. The reason I think the b&w may work better as a piece is that it allows a broader range for presentation. The lack of color can make it more universally appealing and could be framed and hung in pretty much any color room. The colored one I think narrows that down... let me know what you think! I'm sure it varies from person to person.
Sunday, February 8, 2009
I like this picture because of the way the light and shadows play across the fabric. And the curtain holder has that great highlight which adds some nice texture. I have to go to the store and buy film for my SLR camera, it has a really good macro lens on it that I hope to get some nice HQ pictures from it.
Friday, February 6, 2009
Wandering around the house with the camera, it can be tricky to find something interesting to shoot. And things only look good when there is a contrast of light and shadow, so I followed the sunlight around as it went through the various windows. Luckily I was able to catch this rare beast on camera while he was hunting for something innocent and cute to eat. Very few of these creatures have been seen, and we should all feel privileged that he allowed us this rare glimpse into his hunt.
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
"Spiritual realization is to see clearly that what I perceive, experience, think, or feel is ultimately not who I am, that I cannot find myself in all those things that continually pass away. What remains is the light of consciousness in which perception, experiences, thoughts, and feelings come and go. That is Being, that is the deeper, true I."
In the next few days I will be playing around with my digital camera, I haven't taken many pictures lately for artistic purposes, and I feel like I should get back into the game. It is always fun to see what a shot looks like when placed into frame, the separation from context makes it something entirely new. I think I will also put up pictures that I did in photography class at Saint Mike's,
working in the darkroom was one of my favorite things to do.
One day when I have money I want to have my own darkroom....
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Sunday, February 1, 2009
Hello there! Hope everyone is having a great Superbowl Sunday, though I only watch for the commercials, lol. One of the projects we worked on in my Design Principles class, was to create a postcard of pamphlet for an event. I decided to make up a promotional concert for Anggun, since she was coming out with a new album soon, (and the new CD is pretty good!). Anggun is one of my favorites, her CD Snow on the Sahara was one of the first CD's I ever bought for myself. The key element in making any kind of postcard or brochure is to have really high quality images. So no matter how much you shrink or enlarge the image, it will look clear and crisp. The dark background is the front, and the lighter is the back. I wanted to keep it consistent by having the same background textures, and the change from dark to light helps divide, and at the same time unify. I love doing projects like this, in fact today I designed some t-shirts for a certain someone's mayorial campaign...
Alright I am off to watch the game whoo hoooo!