Friday, January 7, 2011

Advertising Week

A project I did my last semester of school for the Advertising Week conference in New York.

I got to work with students from the VCU Brandcenter who had been assigned to create the promotional and informational material for Ad Week 2010 in New York. The tagline for the conference was "Get Out of Your Head". Essentially the idea was to show the feeling during the moment inspiration strikes.

The colors used matched the colors of the logo for the event. Unfortunately my (and my coworkers') work was never used for the actual event. I was reluctant to release my illustration as I didn't know if the project would be killed or not, but the conference has already taken place so I don't see why it would be an issue now.

I was pretty satisfied with the final product as an abstract concept being represented visually.

Apologies for not updating. I graduated the past Spring and have been re-evaluating, well, my life. I've sort of taken a hiatus from illustration since graduation and hopefully will be updating more often from now on.

Happy New Years everyone!


Tuesday, April 13, 2010

The Final Stretch

Hello friends.

Once again, apologies for the lack of updates. I've been producing work aplenty, it's just hard to find time to get on here and post.

I'll start with some process work for a series I'm finishing up for my Honors Studio class this semester. The "theme" of the work revolves around the father-son relationship and its universality. The topics are drawn from experiences of my own relationship with my father. However, the series is by no means an autobiographical one, just personally influenced. Hopefully there will be four parts to the series, each dealing with some type of emotion found within the paternal relationship as a whole. This first work is titled Isolation and Transference of Values.

Obviously first comes the thumbnail.

I've been partial to distorting perspective lately, and I thought for this particular piece it would greatly assist in conveying the idea/feeling of this topic. I especially like the tension it creates in a scene that is so still. After I settled on the composition I shot some reference and penciled the drawing.

I was (for the most part) satisfied with it. There are a couple places that I retouched the linework in photoshop after I scanned in the drawing. And last comes the fun part, coloring!

I went through a couple different color schemes and settled on a green/red compliment. Also I've been trying to implement more painted texture into my digital pieces so they don't come off as flat as alot of digital work does nowadays (not to mention I just flat out miss painting). I was really satisfied with the effect here, but I'm still working to see how far I can push the idea.

On a lighter note, I'm taking a Science-Fiction/Fantasy Illustration course this semester and it is so fun to draw things that don't necessarily have to have these deep-seeded meanings. I told my friend the other day, BJ, it's like I'm back in middle school doodling the things I used to doodle, except now I'm just way better at drawing then I used to be haha. This one's called Space Zombies from Hell.

I had a good idea for incorporating text into the illustration (the assignment was to design a book cover), but alas I ran out of time before the critique (and it wasn't required). Once all this crazyness slows down with school I'll definitely go back and drop the text in.

Again, here you can see my attempts at incorporating hand-painted elements in my digital work. I think it's relatively successful here too.

I have so many projects either in the works or finished, but I suppose that's for another time. I'll keep this updated over the next few weeks and post more process work again. As always, comments and criticism are welcome.


Tuesday, February 16, 2010


Hello all, terribly sorry I haven't posted on here for OVER A MONTH. I can honestly say this semester is by far the most hectic semester I've ever experienced. I haven't even had time to fill my sketchbook with anything but thumbnails for current and upcoming projects (so lame). Here's a couple sketches from the beginning of the semester, before I was buried with so much schoolwork.

A couple projects will be done within the next two weeks, hopefully, so I'll definitely be posting those and my process work for them. I'm going to attempt to bring more traditional media back into my work, as I feel I've begun to slip over to the dark side (purely digital). Cue the Emperor Palpatine's imperial march song.

And lastly, a video me and my roommates made before the semester started.

Night kiddos!

Thursday, December 31, 2009

More Pigs

Here's a piece I just entered in a contest over at Superpunch. I'm not sure it's finished yet, but the deadline is up. Enjoy. AND HAPPY NEW YEARS!!

Sunday, December 27, 2009

I can't believe I'm drawing pigs. AGAIN. Post soon.
In the meantime, here's a Christmas gift I made for my sister. I'm not satisfied with it, but she liked it, and I guess that's all that matters.

Merry Late Christmas!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

End of the Semester

A few pieces from the end of the semester. The first two are screenprints, the last is digital. More to come.

Saturday, November 28, 2009