Wednesday, April 6, 2011

CD Cover

This project is a CD Cover for...
... Frederic Chopin (Greatest Hits)! Illustration done in watercolor and Photoshop.
This is a full color illustration for the CD cover art, advertising classical music with the subject as Frederic Chopin. Intentionally, the abstract piano keys that are "cropped off" will wrap around the sides of the actual CD case.
(On a side note, there are a couple of works before this that I've finished that still needs uploading - meaning: more to come later!)

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Map Illustration

This project is a map illustration for...
... Old Sacramento, California! Illustration done on InDesign (with some Ps and Ai).
This map illustration is one of the first illustrations I've done just digitally. I think it's a pretty interesting style and it was exciting to experiment with. There are six points of interest for the area and a simple idea of where there are on the map.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Online Portfolio


I've been busy with school, work, and looking for internships! (By the way, wish me luck on the one I really, really want!!) But anyway, here's an online portfolio I've got going! :)
(oh, and there's a quick and easy link to the right for it as well)

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Follow Through

I finished the projects earlier, but am working on my next projects.
Here are some uploads (FINALLY!) though!

This project is a book cover for...
... K. Shellhouse (a classmate). Graphic Design Exercise.

Book Summary: Born in a small Ohio town, K. Shellhouse still can't help but to dream big. With a Science teacher dad, a Guidance Counselor mom, and a History major brother, K. somehow becomes the odd one out as the lover of graphic design. On his trip to England, K. finds himself bonding with the famous London Underground. This rapid transit system can go anywhere. Where will he find himself going though? As Kevin journeys to new and exciting places, he struggles to find his place in life while staying true to who he is underneath it all.

(these are just some photos of it in printed form). The medium is watercolor with added elements and text from Indesign.
The underground pathways/tunnels are actually drawn the way the actual Underground paths are represented on its map. I also tinted the iconic red circle and blue bar of the Underground sign on the book title. The back shows the silhouette of some stair rails leading underground and the Underground sign next to it. When I interviewed K., he seemed most interested in his recent trip to London and Paris and was particularly interested in the London Underground. Of course I took the metaphorical approach of comparing the Underground's ability to take one "everywhere" to K.'s life able to go to so many different paths and how he needs to "find himself" while staying true to who he is on the inside (or "underneath it all).

This project is an illustration for...
... They Draw and Cook. An illustration for a Twisted Shirley Temple recipe. The medium is watercolor with a bit of color manipulation on Photoshop.
The illustration didn't come out quite as I had hoped. The color changed a bit when I uploaded it onto the computer, so I had to manipulate it a bit. I also had a struggle wanting to add more detail to the umbrellas and drink, but at the same time did not want the text to be too hard to read. Also, I debated on doing hand written text verses text from the computer, but I had more votes on the handwritten so that's what I went with (but am still unsure whether I "agree" with how it came out). I love the girl's curls though and wish I could've incorporated that detail more on the right side of the illustration. This shirley temple is "twisted" because my recipe adds a nice ginger syrup that adds a bit of a kick to it.

Monday, January 17, 2011

MLK Jr Weekend

Sorry I'm a tad late, but I will indeed upload my projects as I finish them. :)

Thursday, January 13, 2011


SO! I'm working on a few things at the moment, including... drum roll please... a recipe! I promise to update soon with some works! Either... the re-do of my Illustration 1 piece or the new one I'm working on in my Illustration 2 class (whichever has been worked on the most).

Wish me luck! Expect something soon!

Monday, January 10, 2011

Jr Yr (Fall semester) Piece

This project is a feature illustration for the article...
...Grackles Raise Hackles (by Christine Ennulat)! The medium is watercolor.
This article is about flocks of grackles that sound like "rusty hinge[s]". The point of the project is to portray sounds (specifically unpleasant ones in this case). I'm pretty happy with it overall. I think the colors are a bit clearer in person, or that could be just me seeing things (I'm not sure).

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Here we go

Currently in the middle of packing up my things for the upcoming Spring semester. Around this time in general, I'm working on completely re-doing one of my projects from Fall semester. The project is based on a location (Cleveland's West Side Market). It must be a collage even though I somewhat loathe (yes I used "loathe") collages. Though I recently found an inspiring collage artist so maybe it'll turn out with some promise. I can only hope.
It'll be posted once I'm finished with it (hopefully soon, but one never knows with classes about to begin). After the Location Project, I'm going to set my goal to fixing up my previous works for Junior Review and (somehow) find the time to work on a personal project. I just need to figure out what that personal project will be. Decisions decisions...


Thursday, January 6, 2011

Some things from 1st Semester Jr Year

This project was to portray a word through illustration. The word is...
...fragile! The medium is ink wash (with pen and ink).
The three stronger chicks are literally crushing the weaker, fragile one as they step over it to clamor for more food for themselves. Their necks stretch out to reach with all of their strength for the sustenance denied the dying chick. The three chicks' large body masses and more active gaping mouths are to represent their endurance in contrast to the prostrate chick's fragility.
I'm intending to work on this one a bit more to thicken the three chicks' necks for further emphasis of muscle equaling strength and vitality. The scoop at the bottom was to reference a nest, but I'm planning on possibly going in digitally to super-impose actual nesting twigs/branches for texture and clarity.

This project was to develop a cover for a tea bag. The holiday tea flavor is...

...pumpkin spice! The medium includes acrylic and watercolor (collage).
I'm planning on going in to promote more value contrast. I will also add in the text of the actual flavor name, most likely through curving the pumpkin vines into letters. The image of the pumpkin girl content in her pouffy clothes and wrapped up vines was to signify warmth against a chilly seasonal night (implying the tea to be warm and comforting), but the cold blue background seems to offset the feeling of warmth too much. I might want to clarify the pumpkin vines as well as they might be too difficult to read.

This project was to provide a feature illustration to an article. The short story title is...
... The Praying Mantis (by Deborah Corey)! The medium includes watercolor and pen and ink.
The story is about Laura the waitress to the Hinky Dinky Diner. She has been described as disgusting ugly (with a face comparative to a camel). There is one scene in the story where one customer, an older man with a fake eye, who appears to have romantic affections for Laura comes in and she takes his remarks as sarcastic and therefore mean. She ends up chopping up her prized praying mantis into his cheeseburger. He eats it all despite his apparent knowledge of his food being tampered with. When she cleans up his plate after he leaves, she finds his fake eye among the crumbs.
The illustration I made for this was to portray her decision making in sacrificing her mantis. She goes off to the dingy bathroom of the rundown diner to contemplate using her only form of companionship to ruin the possibility of having a more meaningful kind of companionship. The killing of her mantis to get back at this man is to symbolize her rejection of companionship. The backdrop of the years of slanderous graffiti on the bathroom stall walls confines her and restricts her in trusting others.
I'll most likely put darker shadows against the toilet bowl and add a messier complication of graffiti to the stall walls.

Testing 1, 2, 3...?

HERE'S TO A START! Bear with me on this as I try to upload my work while keeping up with it in school!
In the mean time, here are some old works from my college sophomore year (2009-2010).
Hopefully, I'll be able to post more interesting works at a later date!

Some old works from Illustration Techniques 1

Branches and string. Medium: Pencil.

Perspective. Medium: Ink.

Perspective. Medium: Ink.

Cloth Folds. Medium: Ink.

Some old works from Illustration Techniques 2

Fruit Spot. Medium: Ink.

Collage (ChromaticGray_Narrow). Medium: Watercolor.

Collage (Muted_Narrow). Medium: Watercolor.

Collage (CombinedSaturation_Broad). Medium: Watercolor.

Bug Spot (scorpion_YG-RO-BV). Medium: Watercolor.

Greeting Card (garden & friendship theme_RO-R-RV). Medium: Watercolor.

Bird Spot (barnowl_YO-BG-RV). Medium: Watercolor (collage).