Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Senior Show

Well, here it is: a series of illustrations designed as book covers for children and young adults. Some are for books which have long been favorites of mine, some are newer versions of very old stories, and some are just plain wacky ideas come to life. As most of these need some sort of touching-up before going on my permanent website, some real honest, nit-picky critique would be most welcome!

The Really Ugly Duckling

The Cricket in Times Square
I'm surprised by how many people haven't read this charming book. Granted, it is a little dated, but its appeal as a celebration of friendship, of finding one's place in the world, and of the power of music is universal.


What if a young Leonardo da Vinci were to do some time travelling and end up in a present day grade school? Would he be able to save the art program? Would he get beat up for wearing that silly hat? We may never know. . .

The Secret Garden

"Please Sir, I mean Ma'am" & Other Stories

The Hobbit

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Overdue Announcement

So I've already posted this painting, but I do so again with the addition of good news: it got in the Society of Illustrators annual student show and is currently on display in New York City! (I'm pretty stoked about it).

More Perspectives

Whew! Sorry these aren't so clean and beautiful. (I've learned my lesson, and next time I'll take the pains to scan and piece them together). Anyway, just some more drawings from Creative Perspective class. (The last one is a 'villain's lair'). Did I mention how much fun this class was? When I was little, I always wanted to create whole worlds through drawing, but never thought I had the skills to do much with environments. Now, at least I have somewhere to start from.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Figure Drawing

I'm a little embarrassed by my figure drawings, so maybe submitting them to 'public' scrutiny will motivate me to improve my skills. The last is a rare glimpse of a pirate who makes occasional appearances in our apartment (usually to warn the occupants to wash their dirty dishes). This time, he wanted to wish my roommate a happy birthday.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Just a few sketches

The freezing girl was in part inspired by the brutality of this winter and by the poem by Gerard Manley Hopkins that starts "See how spring opens with disabling cold" . . .

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Creative Perspective

These were an absolute blast to draw (as in staying up all night to finish them was almost preferable to sleep). The assignments were, respectively, a one-point exterior demonstrating scale, and a one-point interior 'dream studio.' For the top one I used Prismacolor (black and cool greys) on Mylar, which was awesome because it was a lot easier to keep clean than good old graphite.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Cat Lady

It's been a while since my last attempt at digital painting (not to mention my last attempt at drawing a mangy cat) and I really should have been working on actual projects, but . . . I couldn't resist.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

BFA Show

The first two 'bookcover' illustrations for my senior project, 'Medusa' and 'Rapunzel.' Number three was a total bomb, and I don't know what's next exactly, but I'd better get on it because my show goes up at the end of the summer semester!

While I should have been taking notes. . .

Here are a few of my favorite in-class doodles from last semester. There's just something about drawing on lined paper that makes me totally free. . .to mess up? to just have fun? Anyway, I'm kind of sad I don't have any lecture classes this semester. Less doodle time. *Sigh*