Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Big blue wave.

For Illustration Friday this week, the word was 'fluid'. A few days ago I heard this song for the first time, and immediately knew that it would be my musical inspiration for this design. Take a listen to 'Big Blue Wave' by Hey Ocean! below:

I think waves are the perfect interpretation for the word fluid. So with that in mind I began searching for an artist inspiration. I found this illustration by Susan Perl, for American Artist Magazine 1968. I love the simplicity of the black and white and her use of line quality.

I then began sketching some thumbnail ideas for my t shirt design. Here they are below:

For my final design, I decided to go with the bottom middle sketch, using the images of waves and a sailboat. I modified it for my final, to incorporate some hand written text along with the ink drawing. I really liked how it turned out, and how the lines add texture and interest to the design. 

I decided to keep it simple, using just the black image on a white t shirt for my final design. And here it is! Feel free to leave comments, they are always appreciated.

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

One person's craziness is another person's reality.

Director, producer, artist, writer...the all-talented Tim Burton is one of my most favourite artists. His movies, as well as his paintings and drawings, are so inspirational to me. I love his obscure, and sometimes eerie style. It is very unique, unlike any other illustrator I know. Below is just a sampling of his artwork. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do! To see more of his work, go to http://www.moma.org/interactives/exhibitions/2009/timburton/ 

Stain Boy 

Of all the super heroes,
the strangest one by far,
doesn't have a special power,
or drive a fancy car.

next to Superman and batman, I guess he must seem tame.
But to me he is quite special,
and Stain Boy is his name.

He can't fly around tall buildings,
or outrun a speeding train,
the only talent he seems to have
is to leave a nasty stain.

Sometimes I know it bothers him,
that he can't run or swim or fly,
and because of this one ability,
his dry cleaning bill is sky-high.

From Tim Burton's book of poems, The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy

Monday, 20 February 2012

'We do not need magic to transform our world. We carry all of the power we need inside ourselves already.' J.K. Rowling

J.K. Rowling has inspired me, as well as millions of people around the world. I am so happy to have been able to feature her on the International Women's Day poster I created for 2012. So here is one final post, to show the last few steps I took to finish my poster.

A couple more images of my painting in progress...


To complete this poster for print, I brought it into InDesign, but I decided not to edit it at all in Photoshop. I love how the colours complement each other, and the way the handwritten text turned out, so I thought any computer generated touches unnecessary. 

I hope that anyone who has a dream or goal, pursues it. Do not fear failure. I think this quote from J.K. Rowling really sums it up.
'It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all - in which case, you fail by default.'

Monday, 13 February 2012

We used to wait.

Another week, another IllustrationFriday! This week, the word is suspense. I began by sketching out some rough ideas. When I was thinking about the word suspense, a couple of things came to mind: horror movies, and waiting for something exciting to happen. [Thumbnails below]

The idea I decided to go with for this week's design, has to do with waiting in anticipation for something to come in the mail. There are a lot of things that come in the mail that could cause someone suspense, such as an acceptance letter, a gift, a love note, a postcard from a travelling friend... Continuing on, I began searching for song lyrics that could go with this theme. And I found the perfect song. 'We Used to Wait' by Arcade Fire

'it seems strange
how we used to wait 
for letters to arrive
but what's stranger still
is how something so small
can keep you alive'

For my artist inspiration, I chose this illustration by Rossi. I love the simplification of the characters, and his use of bright colours and pattern. I hope to use some of this style in my own design for this week. 
I began by drawing some rough sketches for my concept.    

After I had drawn up some of these roughs though, I decided I didn't really want to include a person in it anymore. So my new concept just included a mailbox along with the lyrics. first I drew the mailbox in marker, and added a red flag with paper. Next, I created the background using brightly coloured paper, and also some texture, to give it some more interest. Finally I brought it into photoshop, added text and mocked it up on a blue tee. Hope you enjoy it! 

Saturday, 4 February 2012

'It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.'

Some words of wisdom from J.K. Rowling via Professor Dumbledore in the Philosopher's Stone. And time for a brief update on my International Women's Day poster! I was able to work on it some more this week, and I am happy with the progress I have made so far. Below are some photos on the development of my painting this week.

I worked on the whole piece overall, adding more blues and greens to the background, while keeping my foreground in yellow tones. I really like the contrast that it is creating so far. I also added more shadow areas, especially on J.K. Rowling, for more emphasis and excitement. This coming week, I hope to continue by adding more details in the facial features, and working on the text. Come back and see my progress next week!