Monday, April 28, 2008

IN: Winthrop VCOM Senior Portfolio Show

Our portfolio show was a success! Adrian Shaughnessy, author of How to be a Graphic Designer Without Losing your Soul, was our guest speaker. He spoke about three important qualities a young designer must cultivate: Cultural Awareness, Communication, and Integrity. Our program, Visual Communication, includes design and illustration, and in past years the speaker has not been as relevant to illustration as to graphic design, but Shaughnessy's words were applicable to many fields, even those not in the arts. Several parents were heard after the show saying how much they got out of the event. Many parents who didn't 'get' graphic design and weren't entirely convinced of the validity of their child's degree were feeling much better about it.
As far as feedback on our portfolios, I received a lot of positive feedback from mothers, grandmothers, and people who knew something about children's books, or at least appreciated them. I think my portfolio will change a good deal in the next year or so, but I'd certainly like for children's book illustration to be... something I do.

I'll post some portfolio pieces later. Right now Blogger is having an upload problem.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

two down

Page 2 (second illustration, I guess it would be page 4)

Page 6? (third illustration)

All will be watercolor with minor digital cleanup.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

elephants on parade


Second page of The Elephant's Child

Third page

Sunday, April 6, 2008

From my portfolio

A not-quite-finished piece from Illustration II.

And oh my, how Blogger messed with my colors. Anyway, this was a cover for a children's book about reading. I don't quite remember the title, so that whole area- image behind title and type itself- is unfinished. I have to dig up the assigment sheet.

My process: develop sketch on plain paper, transfer to gessoed gatorboard (amazing, get some gatorboard and gesso it); watercolor (it naturally does that pattern/texture); scan and fidget with levels digitally; type on top.