Friday, October 29, 2010

Freezer Pets!

Here's a revised sketch for my next piece. I added more animal shapes to the pets and made the figures very vague.

I'm not really 100% on this sketch, so your thoughts would be very helpful.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Yams finished

Whoops, forgot to post this



Anansi and his friend, Klieg klieg bird, were playing cards, and the winner was to receive a part of flesh from the looser. Anansi kept loosing, and he told Bird that he refused to give up till he won. Klieg klieg bird finally lost a game, but refused to give Anansi his prize. Before Anansi could stop him, Bird flew away

Just the sketch for right now, I am still wokring on colors

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Yams reworked

A new sketch for the yams story I told in class today

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Wizard's First Rule

Here is a link to the summary of the book:
Wizard's First Rule--Wikipedia
It also has two of the covers done previously. The top-most one (with the dragon) is the first cover, and the second is the mass-production cover. There is a third cover, which features the actors from the television show based on this book series.

As for the thesis targets, here is the list of what I'm doing:
• Advertising
• Book Jacket ~> Mixed, 16—30 (Wizard's First Rule)
• Children’s Book Interior ~> Mixed, 4—8 (Aesop's Fable)
• Magazine ~> Women, 20—60
• Product Design (Coffee sleeve)
• Natural Science
• PSA Poster ~> Women, 14—30
• Stamp

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Freezepop poster

Final pencils and rough black-spotting. I feel like the headphones may be a bit too big, and I'm going to play with those. The concept overall is more of a loveletter from Freezepop, especially since this upcoming concert of theirs is the last one to be held at Harpers Ferry, where most bands in the Boston area first start playing, which will close down this month. I also plan to toss in a bunch of awesome neon-goodness colors into this for the final, since it's a motif they've kept forever.

Elric cover

Hey Gang, Here is a revised study I did of my next cover, I'm going with a heavy snowy atmosphere. I made the dragon a bit less obvious covered in snow and left more space at the top for the title.

Uncle Time

Re-cap on Story;

Uncle Time never worked, did not have a house, and never asked for anything. He was a strange being, who seemed to hold a magical sense about himself. He rarely spoke, but would offer strange help to those who needed it. A rumor is that he himself is Anansi the Spider, owner of all stories.
Once, a young man was trying to get into college, but kept failing the entrance exam. He was very distraught, and went into the forest to kill himself. As he walked, he noticed Uncle Time sitting in a tall tree. The young man climbed the tree to sit with him, and Uncle Time offered him some bananas. As they ate, they dropped the banana peals on the ground. A homeless man was walking passed, and after catching a glance at the banana peals dived for them, devouring them. The boy saw he was not so unfortunate, for he was not poor and starving like this unfortunate soul, and decided to live.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

New sketches

So here's the next story i'm illustrating =) its short so i scanned the pages in for your viewing pleasure:

And here are my sketches!

This one i have her essentially dancing off into the distance while the three victims lay on the ground
Similar idea for this one, but i have the "building" included. its stylistic and abstract, the walls being transparent and such.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Elric Book Cover

Hey everyone!

Her are some of my rough sketches of my next book Elric. I did two designs based off the two views we talked about in class. The 4th one was Marks vision of Elric seen from a birds eye view making his way through the snow. The first 3 were an idea from Rin which was Elric on top a defeated beasty now covered in snow with a black glowing blade I like #3 best out of those. My final sketches are due Tuesday so I plan on working on this over the weekend, so any input will help me get this sorted out by then :)

On a Pale Horse touch ups

Hey Gang,

So after the class I went back into the painting and made the suggested corrections. I changed all of the white highlights in the reapers cloak yellow, added layers to the blue sky to smooth out the tone with gouache, and added warmer colors to the clouds as well as smoothed out the tones. I also made the blade behind his head darker, which seemed to fit the lighting and push it back more. I hope it looks better now.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Monday, October 11, 2010

This is a WIP of what i have so far. any obvious issues i should deal with before i keep going?

the blue was a last minute change, personally i like the pink flowers c:

Saturday, October 9, 2010


I was thinking of textures, and trying to figure out how I could mix it in with my very flat black and colors
How is this working for people? In general I like the mix, any suggestions?

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Revised Sketches

Hey guys! Here are some revised sketches. Any thoughts and opinions are greatly appreciated.

" Today, I had been sick all day, so to cheer me up my dad drove me to get ice cream. On our way back, we hit a puppy. FML"

"Today, my town is experiencing a flood. I was thankful last night when I saw on the news that it wasn't supposed to affect the part of town that I live in. I woke up this morning and walked out my back door. There was someone canoeing in my back yard. FML"

Final sketttchh

Okay heerreees my final sketch. i pulled him out a little and added lots more lilypads, but i really wanted to focus on him, so i chose closer rather than farther out. if hes still too far, i can make him smaller but i'd still like the emotion on his face to be visible. :) what do you guys think? any obvious anatomy errors i should consider?
I should note im not going for utter realism, there are some things (like his eyes) i would like to exaggerate. but in terms of relative proportion i am open for critique :)

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Mumford & Sons poster?

Decided to ditch the nautical theme, and focus more on the land with these sketches. They're kind of technically the same concept, just different layouts?

Decided to go for a folkart-inspired landscape, with the text following the curves of the land. Planning on using a fall-inspired color palette for these, and tinting the linework sepia. Going to stay away from any large chunks of grass/emerald greens, though.

Kind of favoring this composition more than the other one though, mostly because I like the arrangement of the text better. I kind of miss the mess of instruments wrapped up in the roots with the skeletons, but that might just make it far too busy.

Duke of Luck


There were two brothers, Tony and Duke. Tony always seemed down on his luck, while his brother was always lucky. Tony's wife left him, he contently lost jobs, and could not hold onto money for long. Duke on the other hand had a lovely wife and beautiful daughter, and always had money for his family.
One day Duke passed away. Tony had promised long ago to take care of his daughter if anything happened. But with no money, it seemed impossible.
Then one late night, while strolling on the beach contemplating how to earn money, Tony felt a slight nudge toward the water. He made his way closer to the waves, and he felt the push again. Tony looked around, but no one was there. He got on his knees next to the water. "What shall I do?" He thought.
Suddenly he looked down, and underneath the water were hundreds of pearls! He began to scoop them up quickly, and no matter how many he took there seemed to be hundreds more. Tony was so grateful, now he could take care of his niece!
But Tony looked again, and it was not his hands grabbing the pearls, but a pair of floating hands in front of his! Tony smiled, his heart filled with joy. His brother had used his luck one last time to help Tony.

I don't know if the extra pair of hands clutter the piece too much or not

NOTE; Only the sketch will be completely digital. The final will be the same as the rest of my thesis :)

Sunday, October 3, 2010

sorry paul!

I know you just posted, so im sorry for bumping you down like this :c

anyway! here are my preliminary sketches for the new story i am illustrating:

Quick Synopsis:

Title: Flowers of Illusion

"A Taoist priest becomes popular after doing a series of tricks and incantations he performs in public. The high ranking local mandarins take notice of him, and invite him to his home. to return the favor, he invites them out to a lake for tea. In the story, it is in the middle of winter and one commissioner says out loud how he wished to enjoy the lake when it is in full bloom. no sooner does he say it than the priest fills the lake with flowers. The commissioner then orders his men to take boats out onto the lake to collect the flowers. Do their dismay, the flowers continually disappear whenever they get too close, thus they come back empty handed. Later on, after the tea party is over, a commissioner invites him to his home. One day, while the commissioner is serving guests, they ask for wine. the commissioner lies and tells them he has nothing, when the priest steps in and offers to make some for them. they drink to their hearts content. The commissioner, being weary of the priest, checks his own wine supply later that day, and finds the barrels completely empty. He becomes angry at the priest, and orders him to be arrested and beaten. he is, but he transfers the pain to the commissioner who at once orders it to stop, after realizing what happened. After that, the priest left, and people rarely heard of him again."

For these im focusing on the relationship between the priest, and the commissioners greed towards his wine and the flowers. I wanted to give it a sense of mystery, as the priest looks down onto the illusionistic flowers and smiles. my plan is to have a misty/fog-ish background, with the flower glowing as the light source. i'm also planning on tinting the water purple, to represent the wine. (he is in the lake, by the way.)

the one with the hand is taking a more literal approach. It illustrates the people on the boats as they attempt to grasp the lotus's in the water.

On A Pale Horse Book Cover

Hey all,

I wanted to get some input on my sketches for the next book cover. I reworked On A Pale Horse from my thumbnails. I went with the James Dean cool kid loner type smoker. The bottom one I have him looking off and the second one up he is looking right at the viewer. I also have included some quick color studies.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Twin girl Spirits

A quick refresher of the story;

Late one night, a bus driver finds twin young girls waiting on the side of the road. He offers a ride back to their home, which they show it at the top of a long hill. As he drove the girls, he tried a few times to make conversation, but the girls continued to stay silent, staring forward. As the bus driver stopped in front of the house, the front porch door opened, and an elderly woman stepped out. The girls ran to her, and they slipped quietly into the house shutting the door behind them.
The bus driver found out the next day, that no one had lived in that house for over 50 years. He had brought home two good spirits that had been waiting to return