Monday, March 21, 2011


Poster project for Iconography. Decided to try pastels for the medium and switch it up from printmaking. Discovered I kinda like working with pastels, especially with bigger paper. They're really fast too, which is handy if you're a procrastinator. :)

This is the final image.

chalk pastels

Drawing that I worked from. Taped on chicken head is there because I changed the position of the head.

Cheap starter set of pastels that I am working with. Oh and tea. Very important.

Messed up the background on the first go, so I did another background separately and then cut out the chickens and put them on top. Which got mixed reviews at crit.

More self-portraits.... these first two are self-portraits as a children's book character.

goache and watercolor


First foray into the world of pastels (other than playing around on my own not knowing what I'm doing). Switched up my self-portrait expression cuz I was getting bored.
chalk pastels

Saturday, March 12, 2011


Latest projects from Iconography. Assignment was to illustrate an aspect of a culture. I chose Japanese mythology, researched some creatures and decided to illustrate the Tengu. From the research I did, the tengu's purpose or behavior seems to have changed over the years. I focused on an older Buddhist belief that the tengu was thought to cause war and conflict. They were also thought to be able to possess people.

I played around with linocut for this one, and then painted the background separately with watercolor. I blended the background and figures digitally, because the watercolor paint didn't go so well on the rice paper I was printing on. Ended up with a mess. Hooray for computers! (sometimes). :)

linocut, watercolor, digital

linocut, watercolor, digital collage

Linocut print on rice paper. This print is what I scanned in to use with the final image. I wasn't sure how the overlapping colors would print, but they printed with nice transparency.

Lino blocks. Discovered this nice rubbery stuff. Nice for cutting, its inbetween the safety-cut blocks (little too soft for my liking) and the regular grey lino.


Watercolor self-portrait from Illustration Essentials class. I enjoyed the layering process of the watercolors, and that you can do some cool effects with it.

In process pic.