Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Thesis #1


Here's a piece from my thesis project. ... Since I've yet to write what my thesis is on here, I will do so now. The following is what I wrote way back in the beginning of the year... I don't feel like rewording it in a more laid back blog way so here it is in its original form:

My idea is to create seven handmade books, each of which represent a dream from one day in a week. The dreams will belong to a character I made up, named Ashlyn. Within each book will be one detailed illustration meant to show viewers what Ashlyn’s dream looked like, as well as provide a loose narrative. Because dreams’ imagery and emotions are often influenced by what happened during the day, I’m hoping each illustration will reflect what it is that Ashlyn experienced and felt while awake, but through use of more surreal imagery. In the end, I’m hoping to have a “visual documentation” of one week of Ashlyn’s dreams. The books, since they are a set, will be placed together in a box I will make.

I plan to have 8 illustrations in all: one for each of the seven books, and one for the top of the box.

During the second semester I'm also going to do another realistic drawing of my mom, just on the side, since I plan on having my illustrations done early.

This piece is the dream Ashlyn had on Wednesday. I eventually want to color it, but for right now I'm just trying to get the black and whites done. These pieces take a while, so I'm only going to be able to finish three or four this semester! Kind of sad, but I'm glad to have finally gotten the first one done!

Also, I'll eventually title this to something that will help imply what the narrative behind the piece is. Since all the pieces are kind of ambiguous in meaning, I'm thinking the title could help lead viewers in a certain direction towards a certain meaning.

Okay, well that is all I have for now... Soon I will post another thesis piece, as I have one that is starting to get close to finished. Other than that, yeah, I have nothing. Good bye!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Foods and a Poster

"Baby Bok Choy"

For Illustrating the Edible I had to design a seed packet for a food I was given. I wound up getting the baby bok choy. During class, I took a part the baby bok choy and set it in different kinds of positions, just to see what kind of shapes I could get. I then took a photograph of the set of shapes I liked most, and used that photo as my reference for a watercolor painting. Hmm, yep, this has yet to get critiqued so I might make changes later!

Edit (Oct. 27, 2011): Removed the text and decided to move it to the other side of the seed packet!

"Mexican Chopped Salad with Honey-Lime Dressing (Ingredients)"

I also had to illustrate the ingredients of a recipe I was given for my Illustrating the Edible class. Kind of unhappy with parts of this, but I'm glad I was able to get out of my comfort zone and draw some things I don't normally draw.

"Young Playwrights Festival Poster"
Pencil, colored and designed in photoshop

For Professional Development I had to make a poster for the Young Playwrights Festival. I really wanted to draw a weird character, so that is what I did.

All I have for now... but I should have a thesis piece finished soon. Yep, goodbye!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Illustrating the Edible - Homemade Recipe

"Lynn's Wonderfully Delicious Homemade Pancakes"
Pencil, colored in photoshop

This is an illustration to a pancake recipe my best friend's mom makes. It was an assignment for a class I'm taking, called "Illustrating the Edible." I had to illustrate a homemade recipe that I have fond memories of making and/or tasting. When I was little Lynn would always make my friend and I these pancakes, and I remember they were so delicious we would try to see how many we could eat in one sitting. I think the most I managed to eat was 5... but I don't exactly remember.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Illustration and Doodle

"Horror Stories"

This is an illustration I did to a poem written by Shane Cotier. He asked me if I could illustrate this poem he wrote, and I agreed to. I illustrated a few of his poems a couple years ago, and really enjoyed the process, so I figured this would be fun... and turns out it really was!


"Five Bunnies"
Ball point pen, pencil, and masking tape

This is a drawing I did for fun.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011


Finished this one drawing I started way back in August of last year. So glad for it to be done with... I was so close to ruining it many times over the months. At one point I actually spilled watercolors on it, and another time Mr. Pibb. Thankfully my x-acto knife got most of it out, but there's still some small subtle spots. It also had a number of spiders crawl over it, and during a string of really windy days in Baltimore, was repeatedly blown off my wall. I'm surprised it's still in tact... But anyway, it is done (For the most part... There's still places that bother me and I'll probably rework them, but not anytime soon because I have no scanner.)


Felt like posting a close up...

Okay, good bye.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Two Landscape Studies

Here are just more paintings from the watercolor class I'm taking. Probably the last ones I'll post since the class will be over tomorrow!

I'll probably make some changes to the second one... feels like it needs more darker leaves in the top left corner, but here it is for now.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Watercolor Studies

Over the summer I've been taking a watercolor class in order to fulfill a studio credit at MICA. I've never used watercolor before, and thought this class would be a good opportunity to learn about it without all the insane pressure that comes with being at MICA. So far I've had a ton of fun and have learned a lot... It's definitely reminded me how much I love painting.

Anyway here are some studies done from life. I might update with more stuff (still have a few assignments left to do) if they're not terrible looking.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Angel Dogs BW + Color

"Angel Dogs"

"Angel Dogs"
Pencil, colored in photoshop

Friday, May 6, 2011

Painterly Final


For my painterly class, we got to do whatever we wanted for the last 4 weeks. I decided to do another drawing of my mom.

UPDATE (MAY 9, 2011): Was asked to post close ups so here is one of the girl and the bird. :D

Also, I did a sumi ink drawing on the side, which is the following...

Sumi ink

Have mixed feelings about it, but thought I'd post it anyway.

Monday, May 2, 2011

More Artwork Stuff

"Arnie and Abby"
Pencil, colored in photoshop

For Book Illustration, I had to do a pagespread combining a character I made up and a character someone else in the class made up. The fuzz cat, named Arnie, and the pink bird, named Abby, are the two characters I made up. Dasher the puppet is the character I drew with them.

After reading my critiques of the piece, I might make some small changes to this in the future, but here it is for now.

To see a less washed out version of this you can click here.


The following image is an in class drawing I did in Painterly. I posted it before, but then deleted it because I felt alittle unsure about whether I liked it enough to post. Today, I decided I do like it enough to post.

"Two Cats"
Charcoal, ballpoint pen, transfers of gray using a blender marker, cropped and grayscaled in photoshop


This next one is another in class drawing from Painterly. We were told to experiment with abstract mark making and this is what came of that. I thought the piece kind of looked like a bird sitting in a nest, so I decided to title it "Bird."... Yeah.

Ball point pen and masking tape


This last image is a drawing I did for Concepts. The assignment was to do a portrait of a musician/artist inspired by one of their albums. I decided to do Bjork and her album Vespertine.

To see the reference I used for Bjork you can click here.

"Bjork - Vespertine"

Also, I was wondering if anyone would like to have this drawing? I was thinking about giving it away, particularly to someone who super loves Bjork, but I wasn't sure if there was anyone who wanted it!

Okay this is all I have for now, good bye! :D

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Wind In March

"Wind in March"
Pencil, colored in photoshop

For book illustration I had to do a book cover to a fake story written by a fake author. Of the list of fake titles and authors, I decided to illustrate Ray Parker's "Wind of March." My idea was that one day in March a powerful gust of wind and animals blows a girl away from her family.

For some reason the colors are a little washed out here on blogger. To see a better version of this you can click here.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

More Works

Hellooo. It's 2:00, and I am not tired, and the last thing I want to do is my homework, so I thought I'd update this blog to pass the time. I don't have anything I'm really excited about showing, but yeah, I do have some works from my painterly class I am partially happy with. Plus, I have some drawings in progress I'd like to show. Okay, here they are:

"Untitled" (for now)

This is a drawing of my mom I've been working on and off for the last... I don't even know. I started it in August. Thought I'd post how far I am on it since I am pretty sure I won't find any time to finish it before summer. Evil 18 credit semesters... >:\

"Little Teddy"

For my painterly class, I had to do a drawing of a plush toy (not quite sure why). I wound up doing a charcoal drawing of this random teddy in my room. I feel like I could have done more with it. The whole piece just seems... unresolved, but I did have a ton of fun drawing the teddy's little fluffy face.

"Untitled" (for now and probably forever)
Photos I took of my window in Baltimore and at home

I also had to make a pastiche in my painterly class, which turned out to be surprisingly fun. I'm not completely happy with this piece - feel like the top needs something, like maybe some pencil details or something - but it was really, really refreshing and fun to make something without planning ahead. It was all just making decisions on the spot, something I haven't done in a long time.

"Untitled" (for now)

This is a mom drawing I just started for my painterly class. Our last assignment is to do whatever we want, so I decided to do one mom drawing and some sumi ink drawings. I still haven't started the sumi ink drawings, but am pretty excited to do them since it will be much different than what I usually do! I doubt I'll post them, though, because, well, I suck at sumi ink... but I am improving!

By the way, I am sorry if this drawing seems confusing. It's in a pretty early stage, so none of it makes all that much sense. Hopefully things will start to come together as I keep going... Hm, yeah.

All right that's all I have! Good bye.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

More Stuff from Book Illustration and Concepts 2...

"Under The Rug: Two Weeks Passed and It Happened Again" (color version)
Pencil, colored in photoshop

"Under The Rug: Two Weeks Passed and It Happened Again" (BW version)

For book illustration I had to do a black and white illustration (wound up coloring it for fun) to the phrase "Under the rug: two weeks passed and it happened again." This is what I came up with.

The phrase originally belongs to an illustration by the illustrator Chris Van Allsburg. You can view it by clicking here.

And if you can view more of his work because he's an amazing illustrator!

"Balloon Field"

For Concepts I had to do a small black and white illustration to an article about the Haiti earthquake. In the article, there was a detail about how thousands of white balloons were let go in the sky to symbolize the people who died in the quake. I decided to base my drawing on that, yep...

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Some Dogs

"Slight Stir, She Shivers"

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Just Some Drawings

Here are three drawings I felt like posting... Yeah.

"Mom Portrait"

This is a 5.5 by 7 inch drawing of my mom I did for fun over break.

"102 Foxes and 1 Wheaten Terrier"

This was my final for my sumi ink class. The assignment was to do 100 drawings of anything... I decided to do a giant drawing of 100 foxes (wound up being 102). I don't remember the exact dimensions of the piece, but I do know it's 5 feet wide, which is pretty darn big for me. I think this might just be the biggest drawing I've ever done!

I currently don't think it's finished... I definitely need to rework the values and make some of the foxes look less dumb. I had issues with time (as I always do) and had to rush a lot of this drawing. Either way I had a ton of fun making it. Around 6 A.M. (about two hours before the piece was due) I was drawing one of the foxes and for some reason, the more I worked on it the more it looked like a wheaten terrier. I ultimately decided that it would be a wheaten terrier. Can anyone spot where it is? P.S. There's also one that looks a lot like a cat... I'm probably going to change that one in the future, but feel free to look for that one too!

"Blob Flies"

This is a piece I made for concepts. It was supposed to be a spot illustration to an article I read, but it wound up being a piece of utter nonsense, featuring what looks to be a bowtie/spider/ant hybrid and little blob flies. I post it because I really did enjoy making it, and I'm happy with my blob flies. Conceptually, though, yeah... It's a mess.

Well yeah, that's all I have to show for now. So long!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Sad Girl Book...

I managed to get some documentation of the book/zine I made called "8 Sad Girls." I plan to keep making these books, so if anyone by any chance would like one, please feel free to ask!! I originally sold them for 8 dollars, and am pretty sure I will keep selling them for that price. I plan to bind the future ones with bookboard so they are a little more sturdy and book-like than the originals (unless the bookboard for some reason doesn't work with the binding... haven't tried it yet). Also I might consider adding a black paper to the spine rather than the white rice paper... Not sure. Need to experiment. Either way, here's what the ones I sold at the Art Market looked like...

(NOTE: photo quality isn't really the greatest, sorry about that... Wasn't shooting in very good light. Also my front/back cover photo is kind of blurry...)

Here's the front and back cover:

Here are some examples of what the inside pages look like:

Here's what the book is like opened up:

Also, I sold 8 inch by 10 inch prints of each individual sad girl illustration. Here are some examples of what the prints looked like:

I wound up printing them on this archival paper called "Somerset Enhanced Velvet 225." It's a gorgeous printing paper and I recommend it to anyone doing prints! It's a little pricey, though... As a note, too, I still have some sad girl prints left and wouldn't mind selling them to anyone who wants one.

Okay, well I think this will be my last post about sad girls for a while. They've pretty much taken over my entire blog, ha! I had a ton of fun with this project, though, and definitely want to continue drawing sad girls in the future. Thanks to everyone who bought a book and/or print... I really super appreciate it. :D

All right, good bye for now.