4 November 2013
Last class, Lisa gave us 20 minutes to make a 3D character out of a variety of materials stuck together with a good ol' glue gun. This was my character made from cardboard, tissue, buttons, pipe cleaners, and an acorn cap:
Over the next half hour, we had to draw this character in different poses, from different angles, while varying our medium. Here are four images from that exercise:
The main point of this exercise was to create a model that we would be able to adjust and pose for a sequence, be able to model shadows and realistic angles, as well as be able to extrapolate into a usable character for a story. I really like Figure 3. It is the same pose as Figure 1, but the expression of Figure 3 works somehow. She looks like a spunky character. Let's call her Hazel.
Sketches are pen and graphite, or just graphite.
2 November 2013
The latest assignment was to illustrate the nursery rhyme, "Three Blind Mice." I decided to set the verse to 1930s Chicago Blues. This first illustration is the title for the rhyme. The mouse thinking about cheese alludes to a possible motive for the mice mixing with the farmer's wife.
Three Blind Mice
Three blind mice, three blind mice.
See how they run, see how they run.
They all ran after the farmer's wife,
who cut their tails with a carving knife.
Did you ever see such a thing in your life
as three blind mice.
I started with the third illustration when figuring out what the three mice would look like. The second illustration is a silhouette, but still captures the individual characters of the mice.
Detail from second illustration.
Pen and ink on Stonehenge, plus some collage in the first illustration.
15 October 2013
9 October 2013
"Except on the back of my tortoise"
Below is the initial sketch. One thing I was advised not to do is put text directly on the image. It could be a trace overlay to show intended placement. Oops, next time.
WiP - pencil sketch
Meet Sebastian and Eliza
Before all this, I had to develop a character. I decided to bring Sebastian back into the fray. So, who is Sebastian? Hmmm... he is an architect who wears turtlenecks and drives a Saab. His home looks like an advert for an interior design magazine -- Eames chairs placed just so next to an overstated lamp. He has an exuberant young granddaughter, Eliza, who visits occasionally. They are about to go on adventures, even though Sebastian declares, "I don't want to travel."
None of this is in the text. It is all stuff made up in my head and jotted down as notes, but really informs the illustrations throughout because now I am thinking about their interactions and expressions, knowing what I know about them.
WiP - Sebastian & Eliza - pencil and collage
In addition to, "Except on the back of my tortoise," I also liked these three pencil roughs...
WiP - "Except in the jaws of a wolf"
WiP - "Except in a bottle of raspberry syrup"
WiP - "Except with my catfish"
(see Caillebotte's painting here)
Least Favourite Rough
There have to be some duds among the 10 illustrations. This was probably the most time intensive and least effective. Probably because Sebastian and Eliza are no where to be seen.
WiP - "Except on a witch's broomstick"
Phew! This is a long blog post. Thanks for your patience if you made it to here.
7 October 2013
These drawings are a commission from Brent Ackerman for Black Sheep Acupuncture. I was given seven symptoms, asked to incorporate the Black Sheep character from the logo, then create individual images to be used on seven different postcards. Can you guess the symptoms?
Pen and ink on bristol.