Saturday, December 1, 2012

Long Time No Write

I realize I have neglected this blog for quite a while—it's been a busy few months! This past quarter I was fortunate enough to intern at Primal Screen, a really cool design studio in Atlanta that specializes in children's broadcast. In addition to illustration work, I got to do some Flash animation for a nationally-aired Wal-Mart commercial, which is currently showing during children's Christmas specials on ABC. I had very little Flash experience before I started, so I took about a week to ramp up enough skills to be responsible for animating a group of elves fidgeting on a couch. I can't tell you how much I enjoyed working on this! I also got to work on designing an environment for an isometric game for a major brand's Facebook page; I'll post details once it goes live.

It seems I'm getting a tad more traffic here from both Behance and my portfolio website, where there are several projects I completed earlier this year before I started this blog. I will be sure to blog about those projects soon while I'm still on break between school quarters.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Music Midtown Poster

Atlanta hosts its own outdoor annual music festival each year called Music Midtown.This year's band roster includes some major names like Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters, Garbage, the Avett Brothers, Joan Jett, and Ludacris, to name a few. Keeping in mind the sort of audience that would be attending, and that the festival takes place outdoors at the start of autumn on the meadow in Piedmont Park, I made several sketches with various nature themes:

I decided to go with this idea featuring meadow flora and fauna with a silhouette of the Atlanta skyline in the background:

I started building up the background in Photoshop by overlaying various textures I had painted and scanned. I added some decorative Victorian graphics around the edges and sought out a hand drawn typeface that also had a Victorian feel. Since I was still working out details of the composition, I drew the flowers quickly with a marker on tracing paper and scanned in to use for determining final placement; the flower colors were made using scanned-in handmade papers. I tried a few color combinations and settled on an autumn palette with orange and subdued green hues:

Ready for the final, I drew the linework in pen & ink on bristol:

Once I had completed the final design, I decided to try out a few more color combinations by changing the blending modes in Photoshop:

However, I decided the autumn palette I had already chosen was best for the mood I was aiming for. The finished design:

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Born To Be Vile

The summer quarter kicked off with a design competition at for a T-shirt featuring one (or several) of select Disney villains. Bad guys in books and movies often have more personality and panache than the heroes, so this was bound to be fun.

At the start, I had no idea which one(s) I wanted to depict, so I started doodling and quickly ended up with a few messy pages of chaotic little sketches to get (re)acquainted with some of the characters:

In looking at this soup of doodles, I knew I wanted some sort of twist to the idea, so I decided to focus on depicting some of the villains as kids and made a few more small sketches of young Cruella, Facilier, and Ursula:

I liked little Cruella with her cigarette, and Dr. Facilier with a missing baby-teeth gap, but I really went for the bug-eyed infant Ursula, the sea witch from Little Mermaid. At first I put her in a walker, with all those tentacles sticking out, but decided later to put her in a baby pool, complete with trident rattle and seashell pacifier—the evil-queen-of-the-sea-in-training.

I enlarged my little pencil sketch, cleaned it up, and imported it into Photoshop as a template to paint over:

As the painting progressed, I decided to add Ursula's eel minions, Flotsam and Jetsam (also as babies), sketching them first:

The basic shapes were drawn and filled in with solid colors (following the character's colors in the movie), then shaded with a digital airbrush effect. Here is the final design, as submitted to Threadless:

Monday, July 9, 2012


Greetings! I've decided to set up a little blog to post about my process for various illustration projects while in grad school. Hope you enjoy.