Thursday, July 22, 2010

Some Summer Assignments

Hello! Sorry it's been about a month. I would have posted, but I didn't have anything scanned in to show you! One of the frustrations of being away from school and all it's conveniences-- you have to go to Office Max and pay for scans. Anywho, this is what I've been up to:

"GK Chesterton" Gouache, 2010.

I made this piece pretty quickly after getting home from New York. I was feeling really inspired and wanted to add some more hand-lettering to my portfolio. It's something that I have been so interested in lately, but never really had a chance to explore much. Thanks to my wonderful friend Shelley, I actually got to take this piece and my little portfolio booklet to ad agency GSD&M here in Austin. Shelley's aunt Liz works there as a hand-letterer, and she gave us a tour of the office. It seems to be a really fun place to work, and the interior of the building is indicative of that! I ended up leaving behind a few booklets and postcards. The staff there really seemed to like my work. If I want to juggle an in-house job like that while working on my freelance career, I just need to make more pieces that are applicable to advertising. So that's why I switched from Humorous Illustration to Advertising Illustration for the fall! I'll also be taking Introduction to Psychology and Intermediate Lithography.
Speaking of printmaking, here's a lino relief with chine-colle I did for our New York Harper's Magazine assignment. My previously-published article was called "Life on Broadway." There was a specific portion of the article describing bees, but more appropriately, the article begins with a quote comparing the city to a beehive. That's where I drew inspiration for this piece. Unfortunately, when the very nice Office Max man scanned this in for me, he cropped off a portion of the left-hand side. If I get a better one, I'll post it. What's missing is a bee or two, and some buildings like the right side. The work was pretty symmetrical. Ironically, when printing this at the wonderful and amazing Slugfest Studio in Austin (where I plan on having a membership after school! It's just lovely-- they even have cats) I went to brush something off my leg, and low-and-behold- it was a bee, which proceeded to inject it's entire rear end into my thumb. Two days later it's still pregnant with poison. I found it pretty amusing that the subject of my own illustration ended up hurting me!

"Life on Broadway" II. 1/3 Relief Print with Chine-Colle, 2010.

Here it is without the chine colle:

"Life on Broadway" I. 1/4 Relief Print, 2010.

And last, but not least, is my final New York assignment: an additional portfolio piece that takes the constructive feedback from one of the people we visited. I decided to use this as an opportunity to make another children's book example, and made a point to have my character in action, creating more of a narrative. This was based off some advice given to us by Claire Counihan, Holiday House's Director of Art and Design. I had a lot of fun making this, and I think I'm getting into a bit of a good groove here.

"A Very Large Cookie Jar" Gouache and Collage, 2010.

More art on the way! I am currently working on a travel-poster-ish image for Austin, Texas (because I just love this place!) and hopefully I'll get it scanned in soon. Also, keep an eye out for a post about my new little screen print business. If you love cats, you'll love this stuff!
Until next time!


Daniel Woodling said...

That couch and fridge are absolutely killer! Great job!

Caitlin said...

Thanks Dan! =)