Fall Holiday Designs

Fall Holiday Designs

At the University of Florida, I have been tasked to create some themed marketing designs for the Halloween and Thanksgiving holidays for a tv information hub display on a college campus and an alternate layout for use as a website slider on it.ufl.edu. I have hand illustrated  Frankenstein, a turkey, and a pilgrim/indian theme and digitally colored each utilizing Adobe Photoshop. I then designed original layouts and typography for each illustration also using Adobe Photoshop. See the work featured in my galleries:

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My Friend Rabbit

My Friend Rabbit

This is a sketch request for deviantart member ~CyberFox [link]. This was fun, it is fan art for the cute cartoon My Friend Rabbit. It was requested that I illustrate Rabbit at the same size as the mouse. My idea is that they are playing hide and seek, maybe I should add a speech bubble to the digital version? I really enjoyed illustrating this in Adobe Illustrator, the variety of shapes really lend itself to vector art. I also utilized a textured brush and drop shadows to create a cut and paste look to the objects. I have attached the original sketch drawn with traditional mediums and the final vector version I illustrated in Adobe Illustrator. [postgallery_grid content="image" lightbox="yes" attached_id="1962" id="0" imageeffect="shadowreflection" imgheight="120" imgwidth="200" /]

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Gorilla-Man Illustration

Gorilla-Man Illustration

A quick hand drawn sketch I  colored utilizing Adobe Photoshop. Sketch Request for ~Pyomega-Therapy of his original character Taz Amuro. Reference Photo: http://pyomega-therapy.deviantart.com/art/Taz-Amuro-interactive-character-reference-350507457 Photoshop Layers: [postgallery_grid content="image" lightbox="yes" attached_id="1942" id="0" imageeffect="shadowreflection" imgheight="120" imgwidth="200" /]

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People Are Offended By Fashion Drawings

People Are Offended By Fashion Drawings

I just read a post on the Huffpost Lifestyle titled "Beyoncé's Photoshopped Cavalli Pics Prompts Outrage." This is getting out of control, people are so obsessed with weight! Many artist have a stylized way of drawing people and anatomy, including fashion artist. As an artist and graphic designer, I want to discuss some differences between doctored images and art. Doctored images that are edited for a cover of a magazine or an advertisement may be controversial when passed off as un-altered or supposedly portraying the "real" person. People feel brain-washed or betrayed, however, the lesson of not believing everything you see in the media is a different topic. Doctored images are not the same as an illustration or photoshop manipulation made for artistic purposes. Cavalli did not create the image in effort to fool anyone or to depict an improved version of Beyonce's body, if that were the case, why would  press release include actual real-life pictures of the singer as well? This is just a fashion drawing and a good one at that, kudos to the artist.

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Always Room for Improvement

Always Room for Improvement

I have been feeling a little depressed about my abilities lately, there are so many amazing artist! But after reading some really inspirational posts from fellow artist about how they progressed through practice and study, I have decided to do something about it. I want to get more projects and work as a illustrator but I need to feel confidant in my ability. So, in a quest to draw more and really improve, I drew my first sketch request this month (http://beachrain.deviantart.com/art/oc-bryan-kissing-oc-miyuki-373018227?q=gallery%3Abeachrain&qo=2). I have a hard time motivating myself to try new challenges and so far this is helping. So far I have had to study some kissing poses, anime, and cartoon animals. I am also practicing with traditional mediums as well as digital color in Photoshop. The above illustration is my most recent endeavor. Though it was a sketch request, it really ended up being a lot more than that. I drew it with pencil but got pretty into it and decided to add color in Photoshop. This was another good learning experience for me. First I did all of the line work in black but then decided I wanted color lines. I then merged the line layer with the flat color layer and painted all new lines on top - this was not the most efficient way to work, I must improve my planning process because it took forever! Anyway, I'm not sure I have ever drawn any anime in the past but in any case, when I draw fan art I usually copy the exact style. For example, if I want to draw Sailormoon it is easier because I study images of her and memorize how she looks before I draw her. But in this case I had to make everything up (aside from the character details from the reference image). I also jumped on Google and studied several different anime styles for inspiration. I drew the pose without a model reference so I apologize that the anatomy is a little wonky. I could keep working on this forever but I am pretty happy with it, especially the eyes, I tried coloring them several different ways before getting it right. The character details, like the outfit, aren't exact but I already spent to much time on it. I have to concentrate on my work (slacker!). :) Sketch Request for ~HarumiLove4 of her Original Character Malene. Reference Photo: http://harumilove4.deviantart.com/art/Malene-And-Fuzzy-362174572  Process Screen Shots: [postgallery_grid content="image" lightbox="yes" attached_id="1882" id="0" imageeffect="shadowreflection" imgheight="120" imgwidth="200" /]

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