Process post for this Illustration project due Monday. The top is the line-work, the middle is the value study - and the bottom is the start to the watercolor/colored pencil piece! This is unlike anything I've ever done before, but I am glad to be doing it. It was extremely tempting to add more subjects, but I tried to stray away from my 'comfort zone' of characters.
Here is my post with the thumbnails/initial concept of this piece:
Last monday not only marked the first day of Junior year, but also the first day of me taking an Illustration elective-class that I promised myself I'd take after I switched my major from Illustration to Animation at the end of Freshman year. Above are a few of my thumbnails, below is a bigger/more rendered thumbnail - the assignment is to create an exterior environment. The final will be done in watercolors. Currently, I'm completing line-work and doing a value study on a much larger scale. Jungle madness!
I am in fear that I was drawing to loosely for this assignment, but I learned a lot from it. We were instructed to watch a Mickey/Donald cartoon and do at least 10 sketches that deconstructed the forms into construction lines, taking note of the flexible and solid areas.
I must say - watching this and doing this study reminded me of my childhood love for this bipolar sailor-duck. He was always my favorite out of all the classic Disney characters.
It feels great to be back at CCAD for the year! I am really stoked on all of my classes, especially Animation II - our first assignment was to create a main-character for our 20-30 second short that we will be working on throughout the year (something that is fairly new to the curriculum... and I couldn't be more excited about). We were told to play with shape variations and think about how different shapes translate to personality. I chose this hard-cow character I've been playing with this summer, since I think she would be hugely fun to animate. The next assignment is to create a rough, first-pass storyboard - expect an updated post about all of that jazz in the near future!
Also, below are a few things I was working on even though I should really just be committing to homework. On the left piece: I saw a poster for a call for "Riot-Girl"-type artwork, that will published in some publication - I thought, "Why not?" so I started a quick piece that quotes the Sonic Youth song, "Kissability". On the right, I have a piece I'd been working on in a handful of iterations before school started - a quick little advertisement that I thought might be a little plug that could maybe help keep my design/commission skills sharp while I'm in school. That being said, I have had many people contacting me about lyric-videos: things I really wish I could dedicate the time to, but unfortunately, school really has to come first. I am taking on one of those projects at a time, and am limiting myself to working on them an hour a day.
"Baby shoes: for sale, never worn." -Ernest Hemingway
One of my teachers told us about this short-story Hemingway wrote. The words are simple words someone in grade school easily could write, yet they have such an impact and tell such a complex story. I've been really thinking of it, and definitely think I'll be applying it to life a handful of times this semester. Also - this week, never have I ever seen the CCAD Auditorium so jam-packed as it was the night we all were listening to Stefan Sagmeister talking. It was incredibly inspiring, and I look forward to "The Happy Film".