School’s out!

I have been in hiding apparently–though really I’ve just been working…hard. Just finished my second-to-last semester for an illustration certificate at Orange Coast College. The last four months have stretched, pushed, and prodded my creative process. I’m happy with the end result, though. Here are some of the highlights:

Natural Habitat

Natural Habitat, graphite on drawing paper

1. This self portrait from my advanced drawing class gave me the chance to play with surrealism.  I enjoy looking at naturalistic/scientific drawings and paintings and wanted to blend that style with activities that construct “my world.”

The Sorcerer's Apprentice, Spread 1

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Spread 1, watercolor, ink, conté crayon on watercolor paper

2. I started work on a book dummy. I chose the original text from Wanda Gág’s The Sorcerer’s Apprentice. I’ll definitely post more on this project because this was (and continues to be) quite a process! It started with character and setting studies. It also required thumbnails and compostion sketches (and more sketches), value studies, color studies, style studies…and on and on. My ultimate goal with this is to have a full 32-page book dummy with pencil sketches and three completed, painted, and inked spreads.

The sorcerer's room

The sorcerer’s room, watercolor, ink on illustration board

3. In my perspective class, my final project involved creating a scene with two- or three-point perspective. I chose to do an interior scene of the sorcerer’s room so that I could practice drawing an interior as well as solidify the sorcerer’s personality in my book dummy (from above). I found the greatest challenge to be pushing the detail, since I normally produce simplistic scenes and vignettes. It was exciting to see that I could do it! And work it into perspective!