Sunday, April 15, 2012

And so concludes an era.

Hi all,

So sorry to say that this will be my last entry in Blogspot. It's been a wonderful 65 entries, and I thank anyone who has been following! Please be sure to switch over to Tumblr, or at least bookmark my blog there. Thank you and....


2011 Graduates

Hi all!
I decided to do an illustration for an article, because my portfolio is really lacking concept right now. Pretty much immediately after sitting down to think of ideas, I remembered an article I’d seen someone post on Facebook. The New York Times interviewed a good portion of the class of 2011 at Drew University (and then did research about the rest of us). It’s overwhelming how many 2011 grads are either still unemployed, or not working in a job related to their degree. It definitely hit home for me, because I’ve been doing pretty random stuff since school, and it’s been hard to swallow at times. Anyway, here were two of my better ideas:

On the left is a wall of portraits, with a banner at the top reading “class of 2011.” Instead of the portraits being of success stories, it shows the graduates doing jobs like dog grooming, pizza delivery, nannying, sub shop, etc, with a plaque reading their degree or honors. The one on the left is a tiny graduate overlooked and overwhelmed by a sea of giant professionals who are ignoring him. I decided to go with this idea because it read much more quickly for a lot of people, and also because I didn't have much time.

"2011 Graduates," Gouache and Digital, 2012.

I honestly did struggle with this piece a bit, and I'm still not sure it's at the point of becoming a portfolio piece. This is after much careful surgery in Photoshop, and I think it's looking much better, but for some reason I just feel that the sketch is the best. Hate it when that happens.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

What I Wore Today!

Hello all!
New Square Carousel challenge! This one is for the website “What I Wore Today” by Gemma Correll. We are also collaborating with The Pen Pals!

My process for this piece was much different than my usual method. I actually did sketches every day, during one of the most fantastic weeks I’ve had in a long time. South By Southwest was providing tons of entertainment (and free shows, which I was able to see 5 of!), my best friend was in town doing interviews, the weather was lovely, and I was able to enjoy Austin probably more than I ever have. Usually I don’t sketch much, but I felt that the week needed to be documented in as many ways as possible. This also gave me options to choose from for my final piece.

Keep in mind that these are pretty rough (and goofy!) sketches!

And here's my final! I'm pretty pleased with it:

"What I Wore on a Very Good Day," Gouache, 2012.

That's all I have for now!