Friday, May 18, 2012

Final Semester Illustration

Our final illustration was probably one of the most taxing ones not only because of the time spent on it, but the number of times we would need to redraw the same picture. The project took about 4 weeks to completely with many progressive steps along the way. It started out from a small thumbnail sketch based on a nursery rhyme to an 11x14 inked illustration. The inking process was done with a Crowquill pen over the course of about 40+ hours (2 days straight).

During the project, we had to figure out the importance of the compositional layout, how it reads and tells the story, and how it leads our eye. Overall, I actually think its a very successful illustration.

The subject is Icarrus fighting a serpent to help protect a city in the mountains (in short). In this shot, he is slightly dodging a fire blast coming from the serpent while a part of the city below is on fire. If you want to know the rhyme I chose, I'll provide it below the illustration.

Thumbnail Ideas w/ Sperpent

Final Thumbnail Chosen

Final Pencil Rendering

Final Inked Rendering

"Jack be Nimble"
"Jack be quick"
"Jack Jumped over a Candle Stick"

Tuesday, May 15, 2012


So Semesters finally over and now I have the chance to catch up on posting some projects I completed.
Also sorry for the earlier posts, didn't realize they were getting scanned at a high resolution (Should be viewable now)

First I'll post the infamous Reversal Project we completed shortly after Spring Break. The requirements of the assignment was to find an old photograph in a book and make a photo realistic copy of it on an 18x24 illustration board. We covered the board completely in charcoal initially, then "erased" the positive shapes out of the picture (hence "Reversal").

I must have started over about 8 times and overall spent about 72 hours + on the project. But I'm very pleased with the result and felt like I really improved since I felt like I couldn't do photo realistic. Hopefully I can find a copy of the photo online so there is a comparison.

(Note: when I took the picture the board was a little tilted on the ground + warped from being propped up against the wall for a month)

Farrah Fawcett in a Telephone Booth