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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Out On The West Coast

Big Joe and Phantom 309

Here's an illustration I did based on the Red Sovine song Big Joe and Phantom 309 (later covered by my favorite devil-in-disguise, Tom Waits), which takes place in a time when boys could hitchhike across the ol' United States, a cup of coffee cost a dime and songs were bard's tales. This all makes me wax romantic about dusty summer nights driving through the desert.

Also, I've been heavily influenced by the fantastic M. Sasek this term, and I hope to be paying even a modicum of respect to his incredible work.

And since (I think) the process was good to put up with my last couple illustrations, here's the sketch for the piece. Oh, and the final was done in gouache on illustration board.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Puppies & Kittens

A Rude Surprise
7" x 9", gouache on illustration board

Here's another gouache illustration I did this term - the assignment was a child's bedroom with certain requirements. Loved setting up the composition for this one since I haven't often painted animals and I would love to more.

And here's the process:

Okay one more class to go!

Monday, April 18, 2011

A Bug's House

a bug's house

A Bug's House
8" x 10", gouache on illustration board

As you may have deduced from the lack of updates in the last couple weeks, things have gotten pretty busy. I was getting my ducks in a row for the summer (and now I have a nice row of ducks), and trying to sneak in moments of doing what I love doing best - eating. At new restaurants that are even better than I hope. But more about that in another post.

So this is the last week of school, and I'm putting together all I've done this term - so there will be lots of illustrations to share. This piece is from the amazing gouache techniques class I took this term. The assignment was to design a bug or bird's home, made up of organic objects.

And here's something I don't normally put up: my process from sketch to color study to final! Thought it'd be fun to share since I love seeing other people's processes.

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