Thursday, February 25, 2010

Illustrations for Rick Court

Rick Court: Main

A main illustration I drew in Ink and Marker for Rick Court's deanery introduction article on his blog. After scanning my image in, I added the sky background and the green fill for the grass. I didn't think trying to render fills in marker would have ended well.

Rick Court: SpotRick Court: Spot

2 spot illustrations I drew in Ink and Marker for Rick Court's deanery introduction article on his blog. "I’ve been playing pick-up basketball with the same group of guys for over 30 years and can still drop the occasional 3 pointer." and "I joined CIBC at the princely annual salary of $7,500 - exactly $500 less than I made during my last summer at Dofasco."

Read Rick's full article here.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Illustration Friday: Propagate

Illustration Friday: Propagate

After looking up the meaning of Propagate - To multiply sexually, I was quickly filled with images of parents and kids... This seemed too obvious, and something more subtle was in order. I thought "When multiplying, it really comes down to 2 reproductive organs" and the above image was born. It was executed solely in coloured pencils, as I have been trying to work with a new medium every week. As with every illustration, please let me know what you think.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Illustration Friday: Adrift

As with previous Illustration Friday's, I began this week by researching. Before I could start my illustration, I needed a clear definition of the word "adrift". I did a quick google search and found this example, "If someone is adrift, they feel alone with no clear idea of what they should do". This left me with plenty ideas, but I felt like experimenting with something new.

For some reason or another, I have a small collection of old books that I purchase from reuse centres for a dollar or two. I took a quick look through one of my books, and came across a page that instantly gave me an idea.

I started with a light pencil sketch, then stippled in the details with ink. To finish it off, I added some red marker to the berry.

I'm sure this bird is feeling "adrift" from the other birds, who are enjoying their comfortable branches, and plethora of fruit.

Illustration Friday: Adrift 1

Illustration Friday: Adrift 2

Illustration Friday: Adrift 3

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Assignment 2: Cereal Commercial

Trinkets Storyboard

This is an 8 frame storyboard sketch which roughly equates to a 30sec. stop-motion cereal commercial.

Trinkets Story

This is the 8 frame story, corresponding with my storyboard. I am considering adding a 9th frame, which would include the cereal eater from frame 1, to help tie the commercial together.

When creating this, I wanted to relate to my print ad. I thought the best way to achieve a similar look would be through stop-motion photography/ cinematography. Given the opportunity I would enjoy building multiple diorama sets, and creating a real 30sec. commercial.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Illustration Friday: Muddy

At first, illustrating "Muddy" seemed to strain my creative juices. I thought that a loose ink drawing of footprints with some watercolour could be fun, but after a quick sketch, it seemed too simple. I then did a google search of Muddy, where I came across Muddy Waters. I've never heard of him, but a quick look into his career told me I should know more. I spent some time doing my research, and thought an illustration would put me on an intimate level with The King of Chicago Blues.

Illustration Friday: Muddy
(Ink & Watercolour)

Born McKinley Morganfield, "Muddy Waters" was ranked the 17th greatest musician of all time in Rolling Stone Magazine. Muddy was very musical at a young age, and never left home without his harmonica. At age 17 he moved on to the guitar, which he played at his wedding - causing his guests to dance, dance, dance, leading to the collapse of the dance floor. From that night on, he played his guitar wherever and whenever he could, and never looked back.


Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Trinkets Cereal: Feed Your Imagination

Hey all,

Trinkets: Sketch
(Initial Idea - Sketch)

I started this project with a quick sketch of my diorama layout.

Trinkets Comp
(Digital Comp)

I then created a digital comp in Photoshop. When I started working with colours and textures, I was able to refine the look.

When it came to building this project I used cardboard, acrylics, dried moss and pebbles. I chose to work with a medium I have no experience in, because I feel school projects are my best opportunity to experiment.

Trinkets Character
(cartoon character)

My cartoon character I had designed for this cereal box was a fox, so I decided to use a fox figurine which (I think) targets a more mature audience. After completing the diorama, I photographed it with a Canon 5D Mark II, with a 24mm Tilt Shift lens @ f/ 3.5, .60sec. With the 24mm lens at f/ 3.5, I was able to give the image a deceiving element of depth. I attempted to target young adults who have a keen interest in alternative/ experimental design.

Trinkets Print Ad

Thanks for checking out my work, feedback is much appreciated.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Illustration Friday: Focused

When given the task to illustrate "focused", the only image in my mind was a camera. I first drew the lens in my sketchbook, and from that came the winding telescope tube. I stopped and looked at, and thought: 
"The only person who could possibly sit behind 
such a feat of engineering is Galileo himself". 
So came an aged astronomer with a strong background in Philosophy, seated on a posh velvet throne. 

original ink drawing