Friday, November 12, 2010

Article metaphor illustrations

Hey folks!!! ...... okay. hi shane.

For those of you not familiar with the assignment, we were to take three articles from a website and create thumbnail sketches from those articles using metaphors to describe the stories. The first illustration was on how they are planning on sending robots to the moon because it would be much cheaper and safer to do so. The second illustration was on a story about young college voters feeling that Obama has abandoned them after he has been elected president. The third article metaphor illustration deals with the issue of puppy mills and whether they are humane or not. Please fire any with your great insights and comments!!

moon robot

the obama tree

puppy farm

After the class critique there were a couple of elements that could have improved them a little bit. Adding the arm and other foot to the moon robot and having the puppies interact with the farm land in the other. Here's the reworks.

though the changes aren't major, they do correct minor visual distractions.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Spot Metaphors

This assignment dealt with metaphors. We were given a list of 8 subjects to cross with 8 other subjects to create 8 spot metaphor illustrations using black, white, and only one spot color (same color for all illustations). Starting from the top moving left to right (1. aging with juxtapostions 2. Leadership with sequence. 3. Fear with hands. 4. Isolation with Interior. 5. Greed with Cityscape. 6. Divine with Animal. 7. Revolution with shadow. 8 Love with still life.

Here's my rework on the bottom left illustration. I thought by adding an actual element that would be devoured, then maybe the metaphor would be clearer. Plus all the extra debris looked cool.

Monday, September 20, 2010


We began this project by getting familiar with the tesselation process. Here are three methods we studied. Sliced, Flipped Sliced, and Linear.

Sunday, September 5, 2010


Hey folks! We began this project by pen and inking 40 immediately recognizable silhouettes. After choosing 15 favorites, we took those, traced them in pencil and re-drew different objects over them conforming to the original shapes. These were the original 40 silhouettes.

Here's a composite of all 40 silhouettes

added a background to the werewolf silhouette. awwwwoooo!

Later we selected three silhouette images to draw interior objects inside of them to add some sort of commentary (example: a frog inside of a fly shape). These are the three finished pencil sketches followed by the pen and inked versions.

nun gun (now we're all screwed)

only you can prevent forest fires

here's the finished illustrations

I got pretty good grades for the assignment but was given the opportunity to rework the scubadude and nungun trying to push the texture a little more and also using colors other than black and white for shadows and highlights. Here's the two reworks.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Generating Topics

The purpose of this exercise was to practice cognitive thinking when dealing with artistic subject matter. We were asked to list ten topics for seven different subjects. The subjects included: ten current events, ten ongoing debates, ten personal interests, ten things going on in the world right now that you hate, ten things going on in the world right now that you love, ten things that may happen which you are looking forward to, ten subjects that are important to people you know, but which you don't care or know much about.

After compiling these lists we were told to widdle them down to six topics we would like to make imagery about. Here are my top six.

1. PC (windows) computers - grrr

PC computer encompass all computers running any kind of windows operating system.  Some brand names include; Dell, Hewlett Packard and Compact. There has been some debate as to whether the Mac or the PC is the better operating system.

I have used Mac's my whole life. nuff said.

2. syringes (don't love, duh!)

A medical instrument used to inject fluids into the body or draw them from it.

I, along with many many others, am not a great fan of shots. Being diabetic, I have run-ins with this pointy headed bastard on a daily basis.

3. books

A set of written, printed, or blank pages fastened along one side and encased between protective covers.

I believe books to be a catalyst for inspiration and creative ideas. Throughout history books have influenced art and it's direction.
4. fossil vs. solar energy

Knowing that the natural resource of oil is finite, we are always looking for different avenues for producing energy. Solar is but one of those alternatives we look into to provide clean and unending power.

I think any type of energy other than oil is a huge bonus. Oil the cause for many environmental disasters and health related illnesses.

5. stem cell research

At what price does wellness and cures come about?  The question stands on whether the fetus is considered alive or just tissue. The other side of the argument is the research that has been made with stem cells. The possibility of curing blindness and paralysis make a heavy argument against many morale grounds.

I don't have a solid opinion on this topic. I can see reasons on both ends of the argument.

6. Evolution vs. Creationism

This argument has inspired books and movies.  Was man derived by apes or created exactly as we are now? Scientists and theologists continue to debate the issue.

My belief is a hybrid of the two. I believe we come from some form of natural selection, albeit by the hand of god.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Illustration_3 color circles project

Hey peeps! The object of this exercise was to paint 100 (yes, one hundred) different colored circles and then add linear elements to create recognizable objects. You could conform the shape to the circle or even draw outside the circle using the circle as only an element. Here are 25 of my favorites.