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.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Neato Exhibit -->"A Torrent of Words"

"Can You Fix It So My Stuff Looks Good?" by Wayne White

Hey guys! My mum cut out an article for me about a neat show that's going down at The Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, "A Torrent of Words". It's 25 artists who use text as image, lists and language to make work. I thought it tied in nicely with the work we're doing in class and that some of you cats might be interested. Here's a link to the online article. If you've never made it to the Kohler Center...the rest of the museum never fails to impress. It's one of my personal favorites. Oh--and it's Free! :)

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Weekly Illustration: Habit

Since my past illustrations have revolved around my habits and daily ritual: cigarettes and coffee, I decided this week's illustration would highlight my other great addiction to complete the Trifecta of Vices--cake.