Friday, November 27, 2009

Quaint Savannah

These were my final assignment in my Watercolor Techniques class. We had to illustrate what we thought best represented Savannah, GA in a full page and spot illustration. I chose to emphasis the quaint feel of Savannah streets and the small, privately owned stores. I finally nailed the technique that my professor had been striving to teach me, particularly in the full page illustration. I have never done foliage before, and clearly need some work in that area, but for a first attempt at painting a "landscape" of Savannah in this style I am rather pleased.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Twisted Abe

This was my final for Editorial Illustration. Our assignment was to illustrate an article in Atlantic Monthly about honesty versus integrity. I thought the idea of "honest Abe" (Abraham Lincoln), an icon for honesty, being completely twisted was a creative interpretation of the article and would give the idea that honesty is not always enough or can have twisted intentions and lack of integrity. Done completely in photoshop with my own brushes in an attempt to digitally create the feel of watercolors or chalk pastels.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Pumpkin Doughnuts in Autumn

This was a part of the same illustration assignment, but to do a spot illustration for an article about autumn activities, specifically playing football in Central Park of going to the Cupcake Cafe in NYC to get delicious Pumpkin Doughnuts- I chose to illustrate the latter, as I love pumpkin-anything. I chose a similar color palette to One Thousand Frogs, the other illustration in this assignment, because I felt it reflected the atmosphere of autumn. This was also done completely digitally with Photoshop CS4 in an attempt to mirror the style of watercolor.
My search for reference images for this illustration has also inspired me to bake something with pumpkin in it.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

One Thousand Frogs, One Prince

This was an assignment for my Editorial class to do a quarter page illustration for an article about the dating scene in New York and how one has to "kiss one thousand frogs before one finds the prince." This is a new color palette for me and I really like it- it reminds me of fall, which is my favorite season. I wanted to try working with a limited pallet, since I often use very bright, vivid colors, and this was surprisingly not too challenging to narrow my pallet down. This was also done completely digitally in Photoshop CS4.