Friday, May 7, 2010

[Weekly Illustration: The End]

The End. Heavy!
For this weeks illustration I drew inspiration from images of Kali, the Hindu goddess of death. What I found so interesting about these images was the juxtaposition of decoration, suppleness and even serenity with gore and violence. Most of the depictions of Kali show her with multiple arms wielding cleavers and donned with jewelry made of infant pieces. (How metal is that?! I guarantee Mastadon never used that one...) The vintage poster image below was my main reference for this illustration.

Friday, April 23, 2010

[Weekly Illustration: Dust]

For this week's illustration I was thinking about moon dust, or cosmic dust and about being dust and returning to dust. I googled some pictures of microscopic views of meteor dust and used them as reference guides to create the patterns for the watercolor painting

Thursday, April 15, 2010

[Advice In Progress]

"Trust Yer Guts" has fleshed out from its initial scribblings. It became sort of quiet and contemplative. I think the addition of the figure helps communicate the message: those rumblings? listen to them.

My unicorn underwent changes as well. I wanted to convey that offers, opportunities or people that just look too good and sound too great are usually full of shit--or in this case, bugs and gooey yellowish gunk. I'm still playing around with the grunge on the edges, not totally satisfied with that yet. I'm really struggling with the text. I wanted it to feel caterwompus, but at this point I feel like it's difficult to read. Any suggestions?

Thursday, April 8, 2010

[Advice Brainstorming]

After my initial list-making-adventure, I doodled some initial thumbnails that ended up in the idea graveyard. I thought they were kind of boring or done-to-death. Next! After a second round of doodling and a little more research I came to the two ideas that made the cut: "TRUST YER GUTS" and "IF IT'S TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE--IT IS."

I had thought about a lot of wordy quotes while standing at the bus stop this week, but decided that this is a postcard, not a novel, so I would keep the wording spare. I plan to use watercolor in concert with Illustrator--my Illustrator skills are limited, so this is the perfect opportunity to brush up and learn something. I'm clear on the pallet and placement of words on the unicorn doodle (which will be hand drawn) , but am still mulling on the use of text in the guts image. I'm leaning towards broad all-caps hand drawn text in a slightly lighter color than the dominating background so that it acts more like wallpaper, or a paper cut out.

[Weekly Illustration: Liability]

This word was hard!! I was stumped. I looked up several thesaurus listings and googled images in hopes of inspiration and found a lot of briefcases. Ick! After letting it sink in a bit I decided to focus on the burden or inconvenient connotations of the word"liability"and how I personally feel when I think about legal jargon or a disadvantage. Thusly, we have a pile of pointy angry cats.