Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Class Assignment- The State of the Union: Post 6

What sort of Illustrator are you?
I am an Illustrator that enjoys working with simple elements while still creating a sense of realism. I enjoy graphite and watercolors among traditional art tools, but overall I prefer digital media. I enjoy working on scenes from real life, especially human and animal figures.

What sort of career do you want to have?
I'm still a little unsure completely on this, but I know I want a career I can enjoy always at least a bit. I want a career that helps me expand my work and help me grow not just as an artist, but as a person. Whether through children's books or magazines, I want to deal with real life issues and scenery in my work.

Does your present body of work reflect your aspirations? Could it do so more strongly?
Some images do, while others seem to stray a bit, as I either was going according to an assignment or I was testing a medium I'm not too familiar with. I would just need practice in media I really enjoy.

List ten images/themes/techniques/subjects/formats that your portfolio needs in order to become more in line with your aspirations.
1. More textures in my work
2. Practice on traditional media, mainly watercolors and graphite
3. Combine more mediums
4. Have more dynamic images
5. Create more scenes from daily life
6. Explore more concepts and metaphors
7. Practice in general
8. Working more with humorous or cartoon styles
9. Creating more of a style that is solid and less varied
10. Spending more time on drawings

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Class Assignment- The State of the Union: Post 5

If you had to spend the rest of your life illustrating one book, what would it be? Why?
It most likely would be a graphic novel, dealing with everyday life and touch on psychological and philisophical issues in the world. I really enjoy reading books dealing with these in general; Working on a project like this would be useful in dealing with issues I've faced as well as issues I've seen others face, particularily youth issues that always seem to not be dealt with as much. I would also really hope the that the book still had humor in it, as not taking everything too seriously is something I would really hope the book would keep as a theme.

If you could go apprentice with any two artists in the history of the world, who would they be? Why?
Most likely Salvador Dali, to see how he incorporates psychological aspects into art, and Rembrandt, to learn more about painting and how he handles his style.

If you were banned from the art world, but could have any career you wanted that wasn't in art, what would it be? Why?
I actually was considering becoming a psychologist a few years back, but I'll go with what I wanted to be as a kid: a veterinarian.

Describe the project you would propose under the following circumstances:
1. You have one month and one thousand dollars
I'd make a short children's book; the money would be spent on publishing, editing, and art supplies. I'd have to work quickly, and would make it for younger children. It would be a small hardbound book.
2. Six months and ten thousand dollars
I'd make a short graphic novel series, with a few editors and art supplies for the line art, and I would shade it digitally. They would be published seperately as well as in a hardbound collection of the issues combined.
3. One year and one hundred thousand dollars
I'd probably paint all the walls of my house, with details of landscapes and designs, and I'd have themes in each room. I'd spend the money on hiring painters to help and the supplies.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Class Assignment- The State of the Union: Post 4

List ten illustrators whose work you admire, or whose career you would like to emulate.

1. Dan Sipple

2. Charlene Chua

3. Eric Larson

4. Colleen O'Hara

5. Elliott Golden

6. Beppe Giacobbe

7. Annie Bissett

8. Neryl Walker

9. Shawn Finley

10. Leon Mussche
Who are their clients? What sort of work do those clients look for?
Their clients have been McDonald's, Sony, Women's Fitness, Dove, New York Times, Time Warner, Microsoft, Virgin Mobile, Toyota, Chicago Tribune, Time, Wall Street Journal, Motorola, Coca Cola, Target, Seventeen, Hasbro, Random House, and Delta Airlines.
Most of these clients seem to look for simple, graphic, and mainly digital work. They focus on human figures, and usually have design or cutout elements.
Bookstore- Finding at least ten magazines that you could work for.

1. Seed
Art Director: Mike Pick
Senior Editor: Greg Boustead
Associate Editor: Elizabeth Cline
2. The American Interest
Advertising, Syndication, and Cover Artist: Damir Marusic
3. Psychology Today
Associate Art Director: Katherine Bigelow
4. Money
Art Director: Davia Smith
Associate Art Director: April Bell
Money, Time and Life Building
Rockefeller Center
New York, NY 10020
5. Good
Design Director: Scott Stowell
6. Cat Fancy
Art Director: Jerome Callens
Headquarters- 2401 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90057-0900
7. Dance Spirit
Senior Art Director: Josephine Dano
8. American Songwriter
Art Director: Rachel Briggs
9. The Believer
Editor: Heidi Julavits
Art Director: Mark Reddy

If you were starting you own magazine and your livelihood depended on it selling well and your sanity depended on it being something you wanted to spend all your time on, what would it be? What sorts of writers and artists would you hire? What subject matter would it deal with? How would you want it to look?

A magazine that deals with psychology or daily life would probably be the most appealling. I would hire writers and artists that had dealt with different life experiences and created a range of ideas. I would like it to have a strong design element to it, as well as keep the focus on the figure and the mind.

List ten non-magazine clients that you would like to work with. Why are these dream clients? Find and record their contact information.

1. Target- I've always really enjoyed the modern design elements they have in their illustrations.
2. DeltaAirlines- I've often noticed they use a soft, simple style that I would enjoy working with.
3. Microsoft- They work often with illustrations in digital media and would focus more on this.
4. Coca Cola- Although they keep their traditional Santa design, they work with designs that I would be interested in making.
5. Hasbro- Their designs would be fun to work with, and I could play with more cartoony elements.
6. Random House- They would be interesting to work with with mixed media of traditional and nontraditional.
7. Iams- I've liked drawing animals, mainly cats, since I can remember, and I could work with cartoons as well.
8. Houghton Mifflin- Many of their icons have a simple style to them.
9. Hallmark- A lot of their cards and designs have a cutout feel to them.
10. Mattel- Some of their designs have the crisp, colorful element I like working with.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Class Assignment- The State of the Union: Post 3

Describe your typical creative process, from getting an assignment to finished piece.
Research on the topic is the first step, and I look for imagery that apply to any people, objects, or scenery I'll need reference of. Thumbnails are made, and these are according to the assignment. I usually then create a basic sketch in my sketchbook of the thumbnail I choose. I may sketch a few quick sketches of it to alter some things. Then, if I'm painting, I'll use either my sketchbook or illustration board for the final image, depending on the size. For digital work, I use my sketchbook for the sketch, scan it, then redraw and color it in Photoshop or Illustrator. After finishing, I'll usually go back and check for any messes or perspective problems I might have made.

Describe what you think your creative process should be like.
I really need to focus on making more thumbnails and finding more than just one of them that I like. For my digital work, I really should work more on creating the final drawing beforehand, as I often will leave the drawing a bit sketchy when scanning, and I'll usually mark a few things I will go back and fix digitally rather than fix them manually. This usually results in creating awkward moments, as once it's on the computer screen, it's a lot more difficult to see the overall image and be close to it at the same time.

Research and describe a professional creator's creative process.
Susan Wenz-Denise is a contemporary oil painter, and she begins her process with writing in a journal to help get through anything that may be blocking the creative process. She then proceeds to sketching several sketches. When she begins painting, she paints at least three paintings at a time, so that she spends the entire day painting to keep focus on creativity and also the oil paints don't dry quickly. She has several underpaintings, that this process continues her creative flow.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Class Assignment- The State of the Union: Post 2

Of the artwork that you have done, what is your personal favorite piece? Why do you like it?
Of my recent pieces, I've really liked my celebrity piece of Ricky Gervais. Working with more dynamic perspectives and expressions was really fun for me.

What piece do other people like most? Do you agree? Why do you think they like it?
There's been a few people who have liked my 100 monster piece. I wasn't sure it came out ok myself, but it really was fun to make. The people that like it usually like the concept the project worked on with inner demons, as well as the whimsical-ness.

What piece surprised you the most?
Probably the Peabody piece was surprising, as it was another piece a few people liked that I wasn't sure about. I also did like how the building came out, because I'm never too good at buildings.

Choose five doodles or sketches that you like as much as any of your finished pieces.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Class Assignment- The State of the Union: Post 1

What media do you like working in?
I mainly enjoy working digitally, but I also like watercolors for softer effects and textures; I also like using graphite and sometimes ink.

What media do you hate working in?
I'm not too good with acrylics, and I could possibly enjoy them more if I practiced; I don't really like charcoal mainly because I'm not great with blending or handling smearing.

What media would you like to try, but haven't?
I haven't really tried much 3-d focused media used for sculpture. I've made sculptures, but I've never been very active in general with any of the mediums involved.

List three non-Illustration classes that have influenced you and/or your work positively.
Life Drawing really helped with working with the figure and expanding my sketchbook. Design Systems was really helpful in my craftsmanship, seeing as I often smudge, smear, and make messes on everything including digital prints. My Animation Techniques class was also helpful in playing with movement and 3-d aspects of a figure.

How has the work of your peers influenced you and your work?
They've really helped me see really interesting new styles and concepts I'd never even considered before. One thing I really noticed is incorporating texture more and how paint and other drawing mediums have been played with stroke and style-wise.

What sort of subject matter do you like to create work about?
I enjoy slice of life moments a lot of the time, with bits of fantasy and magic occasionally and sometimes like to draw simple scenes of people and animals in daily life. I really would like to work more with bits of humor in my work, lately.

What sort of subject matter do you like to read about?
I read a lot of short stories usually set in modern times, and I'll read advice columns in the paper as well as a couple philosophy books; I've been reading Descartes' ideas recently.

What kind of music do you like?
My music tastes are pretty random; I'll listen to a lot of trance and techno as well as Frank Sinatra. I'm open to most music; the only music I honestly don't listen to is country.

What non-art related interest/hobbies/skills do you have?
I don't really have many, but I do like baking different dessert recipes.

What is something that you like that nobody else likes?
I like the game Bioshock a lot.

If you had run of the world's museums, what three works of original art would you like own?
Any piece done by Charles Schultz, M.C. Escher, and Salvador Dali.