Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Poster Illustration

What was I thinking?

I don't know.

I started off by doing a watercolor too tightly, then I tried to loosen it up with some scribbly line work, and finally topped it off with a boring layout. And I need to throw some green and pink in there somewhere, I suppose. But props to my friend Kellie for taking the reference picture especially for me!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Self Portraits

I know I didn't have to do more than one of these, but I didn't like any of them, so I just kept going. Some of them were kind of cool but were rejected because they don't look like me.

The one I used. I was really excited to do some tape resists.

This one's ok.

I like the colors, but who IS that?

Octopus shirt.

Friday, September 17, 2010


I wish I had done more of these, because I feel like I was really close to getting one that I liked. Unfortunately, I didn't make it all the way there, so these are all sort of halfway okay. They're all pictures of a hipster in fantastic red boots smashing a pinata at the St. Louis Contemporary Art Museum. It was one of the most whimsical art exhibits I've been to - the pinata was shaped like a Klein bottle, which is supposed to represent four dimensions, and it was filled with candy and bouncy balls and tangerines. There was a mariachi band and plastic maracas and tacos too!

This is my favorite, I think, because I like the blend of colors and the
interaction with the line art. I think the line art could be lots better, but I
think I am happy with it because I used some paper left over
from printmaking class instead of the Canson watercolor paper I hate.

Same paper, awkward brown splotch.

Splatter! But bad line art, not enough color variation, etc.

Mud. I really do like the guy in the background though.

Why did I make that green so bright?!?

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Computer Watercolors

These are awful. I wish I had spent less time on them.

Gabe packed and ready for boy scout camp

Some wood

My candy jar

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

5x7 Watercolor/Line

These were not so fun, mainly because of my issues with the new paper. I wish I had been more expressive, but I was busy being disappointed that my colors didn't look as cool as before.

My dad playing guitar with some friends - I'll see them this weekend when I go
camping with the Pink Flamingo camping crew in Carlinville, IL

Tugboat in Savannah, GA

Julie "interacting" with a Niki sculpture at the botanical gardens

Gabe at the beach

Sam playing hockey - "Heshootshescores BRETT HULL!"

Dave with Emily

Mercer House in Savannah

Me painting a bench with awful, awful colors.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Paper Angst

Oh my goodness. I ran out of watercolor paper, so I bought a new pad at Walmart and started work on the next assignment. I had no idea how much I owed to my Strathmore watercolor paper! This Canson stuff is so different!

5x7 Watercolor - Architecture

These were fun, again, but I didn't get a large percentage of good ones.

Creepy house in La Plata - It might look cute in the illustration,
but in reality I think Boo Radley lives there.

My house in Kirksville - The Jukebox

Disney Concert Hall in LA

Castle keep in Cardiff

A skyscraper in Minneapolis at night

Hut at Heifer International's global village in Arkansas

Friday, September 10, 2010

5x7 Watercolors

Ten of them! These were really fun, actually. I've probably got a long way to go to get things to look realistic, but for now I just like making cool watercolor-y effects.

This is my favorite, I think - a view from my dorm room
window freshman year. The light was actually that color!

Uhh, that was one of the first ones.

California sunset

Clouds over Creve Coeur Lake, viewed from the bike trail

These are my fluffy clouds!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

8x10 Line Drawings

Here are my two final drawings. I have a feeling we're about to put watercolor washes on them.....

Pen Tablet Drawings

In which I learn to use my Bamboo Fun tablet without having installed it correctly (or something).

A fountain at the Missouri Botanical Gardens

This was from an old photo my parents took in Colorado.

My uncle and Dave lighting fireworks out of a champagne bottle, I think.

An old photo of my older brother throwing a cowboy hat

Sam and I when we were little, playing on our neon zebra-striped beanbags.