Saturday, January 29, 2011

Surely you can't be serious.

I am serious. And don't call me Shirley.

Our first assignment for John's class was to do a 'portrait' of a person who died in 2010. I picked Leslie Nielsen, and decided to illustrate a classic scene from Airplane!. What a ridiculous movie.

This illustration was colored in Photoshop. Not the best digital coloring I've done, but we only had a week for the finish, so I didn't have a ton of time to work on it.

"I just want to tell you both good luck. We're all counting on you."


Thursday, January 20, 2011

The Pacific

Over winter break I watched the HBO miniseries The Pacific. It was amazing, and I really recommend watching it. The characters are incredible (and were real people)... Here are my two favorites, Eugene Sledge and Robert Leckie.
I was struck by the intensity of Sledgehammer's eyes... you could really tell how haunted he was by the war. Joe Mazzello did an incredible job. (And he played the little kid in Jurassic Park! haha)
Leckie was probably my favorite from the beginning. He's a great character. He was the first one I really wanted to draw because James Badge Dale (the actor) has such a unique face.


Gaga for Yearbook

One of my roommates works on the yearbook here at Syracuse, and she asked if I would do an illustration of Lady Gaga for the 2011 yearbook.
I'm not a huge fan of Lady Gaga... She talks like she's going to revolutionize the industry, when she is pretty much as mainstream as you can possibly get. I thought I'd subtly try to put my views of her into the drawing... as if the mic is the industry/selling out, and she tries to hold it away from her but really she's all wrapped up in it.


Friday, January 14, 2011

Jayne Hat

How's it sit? Pretty cunning, don't you think?

I've been wanting to get back into knitting for a while, and thought winter break would be the perfect opportunity. I also figured I should start with something awesome!

Firefly is one of my favorite shows. In one of the last episodes, the character Jayne receives a knitted hat from his mother that he wears throughout the entire episode- until someone finally tells him that it looks ridiculous.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Digital Love

I think Daft Punk's work on the Tron soundtrack was great. And I mean, honestly... who doesn't love French robots?

Seriously. They're just too freaking adorable. I mean, look at them in this GAP commercial. It doesn't get much more adorable than that.


Sunday, January 9, 2011

Junior Year: Fall PartTHREE

And my last installment of stuff I've done up to this point...
I'll start with my Sci Fi illustration. We spent the entire semester on it, and I think it's one of my favorite pieces. Here's the sketch, a few of digital color comps, and finally the finish.

My first idea was to have it be dark and mysterious, with lots of glowing balls of light. Very fantasyish...but the more I tried it, the less it worked, so I abandoned that color scheme for something brighter and more colorful.

I decided to stick with lots of greens, blues, and yellows. It was more promising.

And my final color scheme. To the finish! (Acrylic on Illustration Board)

Next! Just a bunch of in class figure studies and drawings I did for fun.

So, I play Alto Sax in the Syracuse University Marching Band, and I absolutely love it. It keeps me sane a lot of the time. A little over a week ago I was at the Pinstripe Bowl in Yankee Stadium to support the football team with the SUMB, and we WON!! It was fantastic. The next two illustrations are things I did for fun. The first is just a little self-portrait I did, and it's a little influenced by Scott Pilgrim. The next is a drawing I did for our 'Section Shirt'. I do it every year for the altos. It's kind of cool to see how much I improve each year I do it. Plus, it's just good practice doing caricatures of people. I think most of them are pretty good!

Junior Year: Fall PartTWO

Some assignments and sketches for John's class.

Person wearing a hat. I chose to draw my friend Morgan wearing a pirate hat and embracing her inner 'Captain'. Photo ref, sketch, color comp, and finish.

Next is the 'Occupation' assignment. I picked a cowboy, because I wanted to draw a horse (big surprise there). Sketch, color comp, finish.

Next is 'Two People Interacting'. I decided to go with 'Awkward couple on first date get stuck under umbrella together during a rainstorm'... that's a trope, right?? Anyway, a lot of this was cut out/collage. I decided to experiment a little with it.

Our final assignment was 'Inside/Outside'. I chose to do a little girl looking into a fish tank! The photo doesn't do the colors justice (for this one or for the ones up above). It's much darker and flatter. I tried to tweak it a little on Photoshop to make it look more like the original.

Junior Year: Fall PartONE

Here's some work I did for Yvonne's class.

"Digital Self-Portrait"

We had to make an animal look like a letter of the alphabet... Our class ran out of letters, so I got an exclamation point. !!!!


"Love in New York"

"Crash" (and digital color comp)

"Cinderella: Part 1"- we had to take the Cinderella story and put it in a completely different time period/culture. I picked America in the 1920s.

"Cinderella: Part 2"

Our final assignment was to make a comic/children's book spread of a Japanese fairy tale about a fisherman named Urashima who rescues a turtle who ends up being the Princess of some underwater Kingdom. I'd been doing a lot of children's book type of work, so I thought a comic might be fun. The dialogue is kinda silly, but for me this was just a chance to experiment with digital coloring. All coloring done in Photoshop.