Sunday, December 28, 2008

I get the strange feeling...

...that more people than I assume check this blog with some degree of regularity. How would I know, after all? I've decided to post up older work, this being break, and I doing little personal projects rather than things I want to put on the blog, to keep the information stream somewhat more consistent.

Here's an assignment from Illustration 2 in which we had to place our assigned little finger-puppet monster into a recognizable photograph/painting.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Phantom Character Designs

For the summer, I'm planning to do a graphic novel.
These are just some initial experiments into style and character design.

Dunnnnn, dun dun dun dun dun.... dundun! Phantom of the Opera <3

Shadow Puppets

Made for Comics 1 for a specific comic assignment. Locke Frothington (with the hat and tentacles) meets Ashley (with the skates) by a strange set of coincidences involving some thin ice and a dimensional portal.. She's still at this point a bit weirded out.

These earlier shadow puppets are cut out of construction paper with a blade, then hinged at the joints using knotted thread. Later I figured out that mini-brads, the sort you use in scrapbooking, worked wonders.

Here are the twins being slick, with a unedited photo so the brads/joints show. In stage 2 of this process, I'd adjust the levels in photoshop until I got a flat black/white then fill in the spots of white in the forms.

Older Poster Design: Peabody Hotel

The Peabody is an upscale hotel downtown Memphis. We all went there as a class (Illustration) and did some sketches, then went back as was necessary to fill them in, and came up with a final poster design. This isn't the final version of mine, but close to it.

Monday, December 22, 2008

NPDA Poster

In the words of my colleague/poster-partner Jessica Biggs:

A poster that was an assignment for my design 3 class.

One day a year, art colleges and universities all over the country set aside a day in which high school students are encouraged to bring their portfolios to be reviewed by college-level teachers, artists and faculty and discuss the transition from high school to art college.
The National Portfolio Day Association is a committee which overseas this event. Every year the NPDA chooses a double-sided broadside to be sent out to all the high schools in the country advertising this event.
The candidate posters are made by design students from art schools across the country.

This was a collaborative work between illustrator [Danielle Bertocci] and [Jessica Biggs] as a designer.
While our piece was not chosen to continue to the NPDA committee, I feel it is still worthy of showing off as we both worked very hard for nearly an entire semester on it.


Yep! Enjoy some squids.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Friday, November 28, 2008

Wardrobe Project Part I

Striped cravat-collar and red corset, sewn by me. Next on the list: spats and lacy wrist cuffs. Possibly some sort of jacket, and a bustle skirt.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Cosmicomics II


Italo Calvino
pg 52-53

I went into a sandy wasteland: I proceeded, sinking down among dunes which were always somehow different and yet almost the same. Depending on the point from which you looked at them, the crests of the dunes seemed the outlines of reclining bodies. There you could almost make out the form of an arm folded over a tender breast, with the palm open under a resting cheek; farther on, a young foot with a slender big toe seemed to emerge.

We ran along the crest of the volcanoes. In the noon grayness, Ayl's flying hair and the tongues of flame that rose from the craters were mingled in a wan, identical fluttering of wings.
"Fire. Hair," I said to her. "Fire same hair."

Friday, November 21, 2008

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Thursday, November 13, 2008

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Tuesday, October 7, 2008


Fate and Siren

This second one here will eventually have 6 tentacles and two arms. These are loosely inspired by mythology, one is a variant on the siren, the other, one of the three furies. My siren is a bit more blue-green than shows up in this photo...