Friday, April 30, 2010

Some Old Drawings I Found

I was looking for some old artwork and came across these figures. I thought they were quite nice, so I thought I'd add them! Both are done in charcoal on newsprint. Unfortunately, they are both folded awkwardly so nothing will come of them, but i salvaged as much of the image as i could and added it to my website.


Toned Figure

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Art Prints: Tree Towns

For as long as I could remember, I have been going to Tree Towns Reprographics in Elmhurst, IL for my art prints. They are by far the best print shop around here for artists using inks, watercolors, colored pencils, well....really any medium.

This is long overdue, but I thought i'd give a little shout out!

So if you are an artist looking for a place to make inexpensive prints (under $3 a print), I highly recommend contacting Tree Towns at (630) 832 - 0209. They have consistently phenomenal service, and they are very prompt in reproducing your work.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Summer Projects


The year is almost out. Two and a half more hours tomorrow and summer begins. What to do? Well, I begin working at Maddock Douglas on the 24th of that leaves exactly a month of constant free time. Thus, I must create projects for myself so that I remain on top of my game.

Things I might like to do:

1. Ink Drawings: more hybrids, perhaps photorealism, editorials
2. Watercolors: figure painting, master copy, editorial (full color)
3. Photography: idea, but perhaps a thought will come to me in an "a-ha" moment

I think this could cover it for a month. Id prolly only do one a week......maybe one and a half.

oh! I NEED business cards. asap. So i'll work on that, too.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Nuns and Such

Well....I suppose this is new. It's an illustration for an editorial about Ken Jennings. Don't ask.... But the assignment called for combining a short list of words together to produce a general overview of the article. Mine combined "nuns," "worms," and "barrels." Interesting, no?

This might be my second favorite piece I painted this semester. Chloe and the Octopus is down to third, and my fruit is number 1!

What? You didn't see my fruit?

Yeah....this was a lot of fun to paint.

Oh, Bother......

Ugh!!!! I lost my sunglasses at the train station. I think I have bad Karma.

Also, my dog ate my brand new Tom's Shoes that I hadn't even WORN YET! I am so pissed.

Why me? I ask. What did I do to deserve this? Did I act too cocky with my art? Give a bad critique? Not give my all to the last projects of the year and now I'm paying the price?

I believe everything happens for a reason so I must convince myself I did not deserve those things because they could have resulted in my death or something tragic. Maybe someone more needy than I am needed a nice pair of sunglasses because they cannot afford them. I want to think that happened, but I really wish I still had them.

New art work? Not yet.....I have to scan it at school tomorrow so I'll be working on this during the afternoon.

Monday, April 12, 2010


For an Illustration assignment, Mr. Goro, aka Misha, had us all individually pick a children's book to re-illustrate the front cover and inside spread. I chose Stellaluna.

Since I could not find my copy, Patrick-my boyfriend of 4 years- loaned me his copy to study. This is what I came up with:

What do you think?

Misha loved it. My dad, not so much. I, personally, am very surprised with the results. I had such low expectations for this project from the get-go. (This is the inside cover spread, by the way. I refuse to post my cover i did because it is just hideous.)

My cover spread turned out terribly. It was originally supposed to be inked with light wash of paint. But because i used illustration board, i found the paint just soaked right into the paper, leaving little pigment behind. AND what was left of the paint was dingy and washed out. I became very frustrated with it so i just pilled paint after paint coat to try and saturate the paper....but nothing worked.

Aside from this problem, my color scheme sucked. it was every color of the rainbow. it looked like a clown smeared his make-up across my drawing-which also sucked. ugh. what a nightmare.

Thankfully, the torture is over, and we begin a new class project: illustrate a movie poster, but this time, everyone must illustrate the same movie!!!!! this should be very interesting....