Sunday, November 21, 2010

the insanity is over... temporarily....

This past week was a crazy blur, I had a paper and two projects due, and crazily did silkscreen for both projects. How to Stress Oneself Out: 101. BUT - both my projects turned out pretty well. I'm really really happy with my illustration. I'm seriously thinking about working silkscreen into my illustration career when it comes to that time.

Our illustration project was to illustrate a magazine article or story that we had written. I don't consider myself a writer, so I picked an article from "Elle" magazine. The article was about Facebook and how it creates more jealously within romantic relationships, because you can snoop your significant other's facebook page and easily blow things out of proportion.

silkscreen print on stonehenge paper

I was also playing with different colors of paper. I would like to try printing on other surfaces too, like old books, or other printed material. Menus? Signs? The possibilities are endless. Gary Taxali is an illustrator that my illustration teacher pointed out to me, and he works with a silkscreen method in his work. He prints on old books, and other stuff in his illustrations. Very cool!

silkscreen print on stonehenge paper

oh, if anyone is curious, this is a 3 layer print. Light blue, a peach-ish color, and cyan.


Latest silkscreen project. We were to design a poster that "said something"; topic was our choice. My poster was "anti-hummer"; I tried to approach it from an environmental point of view, however during crit someone mentioned that a lot of older cars on the road probably do more damage than a Hummer. Which was a good point. I guess this poster was more of an emotional response to seeing a Hummer drive by one morning when I was walking to school. And I tried some new things, like an ink splatter stencil, which I was very happy with how it printed. I also cut out the text by hand from rubylith, and am happy with how that turned out too.

I took some process pics again. This first one is with Yellow, Magenta and Cyan printed. Part of this project was to print a CMYK photo. CMYK is printer-speak for Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black. I found this project interesting because I've been exposed to CMYK process in the digital world of pre-press from my previous work experience, but this time I was doing it all manually, so that was kinda neat.


Y, M, C and two spot colors. "Spot" colors are solid pre-mixed colors (not colors made by the overlapping of CMYK). I don't know if that made sense?


Black layer added! This layer was scary and exciting to print.


Finished print (well, except for trimming off the edges). All those X's you see around the image are registration marks. They help to line up the layers properly during printing.

silkscreen print on stonehenge paper

This was a 7 layer print, most layers we have done so far.

indiana jones

watercolor and acrylic on illustration board

This is the latest method we learned in illustration class. Start off by creating a drippy texture in the background with watercolors, then paint your illustration overtop with acrylics. Very cool technique, I will definitely be playing with this one when I have more free time. Ah, free time, how I miss you.

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

dr. sketchy sketches

a few sketches from Dr. Sketchy on sunday night. Breaking in a new (and larger!) sketchbook, woot!

5 minute pose.

10 mins.

charcoal pencil
10 minute pose.

charcoal pencil
10 mins? I don't remember.

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

coming soon to a mailbox near you

hello! I finally feel slightly relaxed, I'm getting a bit of a breather this week from the slog of homework. whew! Relishing the slow pace and gearing up for the next flurry of projects in a couple weeks. What a life... at least it's fun stress.

These are trading cards that I made for silkscreen class. The subject matter was wide open so we could do whatever we wanted, which was nice. We got to trade cards with everyone in class, so I now have a handful of mini original prints! so exciting! I printed a whole whack of mine, and plan to send them out to family and a few friends, so you may be getting a set in the mail, whether you want one or not. haha. And providing I have your correct address....



Oh, and our class's trading cards are being submitted to the Richmond Art Gallery for an upcoming exhibit, so if you are in the Richmond or Vancouver area anytime soon, check it out! The exhibit opens at the end of November, and runs till January. Check the link for exact dates.