Sunday, August 26, 2012

Last assignment from the New York trip class. This one was a lot of fun, we got to illustrate a New York character that we had seen on our travels through the city. The Pride Parade happened to be on the day we arrived in New York, so I went to check it out. Needless to say, lots of colourful characters to be seen there! I was pretty amazed at some of the costumes people wore, very extravagant. 

I decided to continue the playing card theme with this illustration (I'm thinking of expanding these pieces into a series, possibly a whole deck, we'll see). This character is based on a photo I took at the Pride Parade. This individual struck a pose and had a lot of attitude in their pose, so I tried to capture that in my illustration. 

linocut and digital

Black and white print from the linocut I carved.
linocut print

Colored in Photoshop.
linocut and digital

Look who I spied in the parade!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

scratchboard & digital
Most recent New York class assignment. For this illustration the theme was New York as a city. I decided to do the illustration as  a  playing card, which was fun. I'm continuing the playing card idea with my next assignment as well. Would like to extend it into a series, as I have a few ideas for characters for the cards.

The top half of the card shows the Statue of Liberty as it is today, with the green patina of the weathered copper. The background is based on a photo I took while in New York. The bottom half of the card shows Liberty under construction, with the original copper colour intact. The statue was constructed with an inner framework, and copper plates attached on top. The buildings in the background are based on a photo I found of Longacre Square (now Times Square) in 1900. I chose to make the card suit hearts to play off the "I love NYC" touristy t-shirts. 

I tried scratchboard instead of linocut for this one. Not sure what I think of it yet, but would like to experiment more with it. 

Pencil drawing for Liberty.



Scratchboard drawing after it's been cleaned up digitally.