Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Lettering Studies- Exercise 1

Form 1: Bread
For this form, we had to spell out our name and the words, "bread" and "dough" with bread.

Form 2: Blind Contour
This form involved creating blind contours that imitated a page given to us of various words and fonts.

Form 3: Negative Space
This form used the previous words, only the negative space of the words was the focus.

Form 4: Sticks
For this form, we used brushes attached to long sticks in which we wrote the words, "Sticks," "Distance," and "Scribble."

Form 5: Bugs
For this form, we had to create a word with bug images: I used the word "Thorax."

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Illustrator Research #45- Liz Grace

After attending the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston where she earned her BFA from Tufts University, Liz Grace began doing editorial work for a number of newspapers and magazines. In 1985 she studied printmaking in Valdotavo, Italy with Luis Camnitzer through Pratt University. Upon returning to the United States she relocated to New York City and broadened her client. Liz has done product illustrations for Lancome, as well as product design illustrations for Avon and Stemlit Orchards. After almost ten years in New York, Liz moved to Connecticut where she continues to draw and practice.

Some of her clients include Lancome, East West Journal, The Hartford Courant, Avon, Parenting Magazine, Scholastic Inc., The Chicago Tribune, Elle, Baby Talk Magazine, Ladie's Home Journal, Mademoiselle, Lawrence Teacher Books, Rodale Press, Stemlit Orchards, and Clarkson Potter.

Her working method involves creating digital work overall.

I like the whimsical movement of her work, as she can create a full figure with only a few lines. Her coloring style also adds to the dynamics of her pieces, as they usually are soft and mix into the linework.

Illustrator Research #44- Ken Perkins

Ken Perkins grew up in Alaska and later received an art degree from Colorado Institute of Art in Denver. He specializes in Scratchboard and Pen & Ink Illustration, and has worked in the commercial art field as an Illustrator for more than 25 years. Ken's home and studio are located in Broomfield, Colorado.

Some of his clients have been American Express, Compaq, Gateway, Honda, Houston Opera, L.L. Bean, Maxwell House Coffee, Outback Steakhouse, Pizza Hut, Psychology Today Magazine, Sears, Shell Oil, Toyota, Union Pacific, and United Technologies.

His work focuses on pen and ink and scratchboard, and this also mixes in woodcuts and etching with these.

His work is very interesting through its style of markmaking; his coloring technique also creates soft colors among highly contrasting marks.

Illustrator Research #43- Chris Sharp

Chris Sharp is a New York City based illustrator specializing in images for advertising, design, publishing and editorial clients. He works in several different styles including animation. His work is featured in American Illustration and Lurzer's Archive.

His clients have included American Express, Ann Taylor, Bloomberg, Businessweek, CIO, Coca Cola, Esquire, Fast Company, Forbes, GQ, Harper's, Ink Magazine, Kiplinger's Personal Finance, Newsweek, Norwegian Olympic Committee, The Pennsylvania Gazette, Reader's Digest, Shape, Time, United Nations, The Washington Post, West Surfing.

His working method varies in his pieces, and he tends to create collages and work with gouache and watercolor, occasionally with woodcuts.

I enjoy his graphic work along with his concepts. His visual metaphors emphasize simple ideas, yet they seem to do it in a simple, yet complicated way.

Illustrator Research #42- Thodoris Tibilis

Thodoris Tibilis is a freelancer illustrator based in Athens Greece. He is specialized in cartoon and mascot design and he also creates funny, cute and humorous illustrations - mostly for kids and teenagers. He has worked in the cartoon animation field and has also created illustrations for magazines, fairytales, educational books, greeting cards, multimedia applications, posters, stickers, CD covers, T-shirts and merchandising for toys. He has won numerous awards for his work including Astrid, Ermis and EVGE awards.

His working techniques include mainly computer generated art bitmap and vector but also watercolors, pencils, acrylics, oils, pastels, and sculpture.

Some of his clients have been McCann Erickson, Saatchi & Saatchi, Ogilvy & Mather, Magnet, Leo Burnett, Coca Cola, WRC, Oxford University Press, Athens 2004 Olympic games, Friesland, McMillan, Glenfiddich, Heinz, and Popeye magazine.

I really enjoy the contrast he creates with his colors in his digital work. His style somewhat varies, but overall I like the digital work in his particular style.

Illustrator Research #41- Larry Jones

Larry Jones graduated with honors from Virginia Commonwealth University. He returned to his hometown of Baltimore to begin his illustration career in 1987. His work has appeared in Print's Regional Design Annual and The Society of Illustrator's West.

Some of his clients include AMF Bowling, Baltimore Aquarium, Color Clings, Coca-Cola, Forbes, Harcourt Brace, Marie's Dressings and Dips, Marriott Hotels, MD Preakness Celebration, Metro Food Markets, Microprose, Newsday, Northrop Grumman, Precision Tune, Scholastic Books, Smilemakers, T. Rowe Price, Zurich Insurance, National Geographic World, e-bay, and Target.

His work method seems to consist mainly of digital work, although he also has created a few paintings.

His style seems to vary a bit, and I really enjoy his retro style; it seems to me he works the best with this style with the way he uses his colors and lineart.