Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Spot Illustrations

First assignment for Computer Illustration: three spot illustrations done in illustrator. I have a lot to say about Illustrator at this point, and not all of it good. But I am still just beginning to understand vector programs and how everything is supposed to work, so I'm not going to go as far as to say I dislike it. Because I don't.  It's just...weird.

Anyways, for my spot illustrations I wanted to do something that would work well in Illustrator. So I chose flat tribal/totem inspired animals. A bear, a porcupine, and a wolf. Everyone agrees that the wolf looks more like a fox though. So I guess it's a folf. Or a wox. Hmm.

I'm iffy on the bear. And I think, out of all of them, the porcupine is my favorite. 

Semester Two Has Begun!

And here is my first assignment from my Illustration class with Brooke Olivares.

The prompt was capturing the spirit/essence of Barnum and Bailey's Greatest Show on Earth (had to be 8.5x11). I'm not a fan of the circus, but I decided to do a more "behind the scenes" daily morning routine thing.

This was my first time working with my own photo reference. Dani, Garrett, and Megan did a fantastic job posing. It took a few shots but I finally got decent reference to work from. I chose digital mostly because I was worried about the time it would take to do traditional. Digital is kind of my fallback but I don't want to get stuck in that since I am far from experienced with it and I generally try to do a painterly style anyways. I think I learned a lot about light and color in this one and I'm really happy with the way it turned out, for what it was.

I think what I learned the most from this is that I have to give myself at least two or three more hours than I think I'm going to need. And that photo reference can be a life savor.

Process Work:

Reference photo.

Value Rough. Changed a bit, but I stayed fairly close.