17 December 2010

Dandelion Leaves?

For my Illustrating the Edible class, we were tasked with the objective of designing seed packets for various vegetables and herbs. I had a different one first, I think it was chard or something, but then I traded for dandelion leaves. And well, to be perfectly honest, I didn't even think you could EAT dandelion leaves, but Allan Comport proved me wrong. So, instead of drawing dandelion leaves I took my adorable little roller and inked it up black ink and generously rolled ink on top of the dandelion leaves and then pressed them on paper. It was kind of gross. Here's some of the results. The more I did it, the more the details of the leaves began to show.

Dandelion Print

Dandelion Print

Dandelion Print

I scanned these prints in and on photoshop I played with the composition, changed the levels and colors to create the finished product below.

Dandelion Leaves Seed Packet

15 December 2010

09 December 2010

Printing Coasters in Styleeeeeeee.

And they said you can't letterpress coasters on Vandercooks. Okay, well that isn't exactly true. If you were to use the Vandercook as it was made, no you cannot letterpress on Vandercooks because the grippers are too short and it wouldn't make it to the image on the press bed. However, you can place the coaster on top of your image and remove all the packing (because coaster stock is thick) and then print it. Well, I sort of did. I made lino cuts of my images and linos are only .875 inches tall (approx) I buffed it up a tad to maybe .89 or .9 just before type high (.918) and like that, I had coasters with some impression. Not a lot, but some.
It's kind of nifty. And they are at Art Market Illustration table. For 5 dollars. Check them out.

Expect an etsy in the very near future.


Letterpress Coasters!

Candy Cane Coasters

29 September 2010

Where in the World is Thesis?

Oh, it is here. I just haven't posted yet. I'm hoping by Thursday I will have some loverly photos to share of some devious things I've been up to.

In the meantime, I have some Illustrating the Edible! For our first assignment, we had to create a piece illustrating a recipe for the blog turning book They Draw and Cook but, it also had to emphasize memories. So, here it is!

14 September 2010

Find Your World Class Match!

This semester I am taking Graphic Design and I have to say, I'm having a ball so far.

Our project was to create a speed dating name tag that just showed more than simply one's name. For mine, I went under this idea of traveling.

And here are some shots of the actual nametag and my wonderful sister who posed for it.




Here's a pattern I completed mid August for Thesis. I will post more details for thesis as they come together.

Here's to a new school year, cheers!

16 August 2010

Playing with Illustrator

I want to do more with illustrator. I like it. These are just screenshots of what I was playing with. I'm liking the colors though.

27 July 2010

Where in the world...

...Did I go?

It seems that I just fell off the face of the planet and in a way, I totally did. Alas, I haven't been doing as much drawing and illustrating as I had hoped for this summer. And I'm stuck on Senior Thesis.

But, I did take some wicked pictures. And I think I shall share a few of those. This past June I went and experienced a different country for the first time ever. I flew to Italy and it was quite brilliant.

(I'll get back to the drawing thing soon.)

A view from Rome...

From the Roman Colosseum:

The Roman Colosseum:

Atop St. Peter's Basilica:

03 May 2010

The Man in the Black Suit Contd.

Here are the first two images of the series thus far. 

The Man in the Black Suit

Concepts Final(s), but it is no where near completed for me. I have more tricks up my sleeves yet and some major re-finishing to do on them in terms of value and proportion. These are illustrations based off the opera my friend Bill wrote.

Loretta's Morning Song

The Devil's Scene.

I have two other images but photoshop is not playing nicely. The colors seem a little off here.

25 April 2010

The Tarot WIP

Oh Fantasy Art, how I love thee. This is some of my work in progress for my tarot card of death (dundundun) which really isn't a bad card. It just symbolizes change.

I have to take a major editing eye in this piece right now. The waves are too close in value and are getting lost in each other. The thorns are in competition with the waves and death could be a lot cooler, but for all purposes, it turned out fairly well as an experimentation with collage and digital. So, yay for me.

There will be a ton more to show as finals approach. Stay tuned!


19 April 2010

Blogging About Homework

So taking some of Kristin's advice; I really don't like doing my homework at the desk, so I am going to update my blog. As you can see I changed the colors and they look happier.


For Allan's class we are doing a "mini thesis" where we developed a concept and are illustrating it in the form a certain amount of images to serve a purpose.

When I have a few of them completed, I will make light of what is happening.

It started off like the image above, but have since inverted it. It is majorly in the works right now.

In collage, we were doing clay and this is a piece that came out of it. Right now I am in the process of building the set with a bit more detail so that the t.v. will glow.

13 March 2010

Some Collage Work

I love Alain's class. I like that way of working. Here's a snippet of some of the work I've been doing in there.

This was my first collage for the class. I need to do some major adjustments, but as a first try I am really pleased with how this turned out. the ghosts need to be more interesting though.

This is a much better scan of the Canada piece.

Bird in a cage. He's quite happy about it though.

Still kind of in the cute phase.

Alain said I was too cute with my magazine drawings so I drew this instead. We got a good laugh out of it.

I have a ton more things to do.