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So I'm still down here at the Illustration Academy working my ass off, and it's been an incredible time so far.  Here is a small update of what I've been up to, work wise.  Sorry for the crappy photos.  I'll try and get these scanned soon.

This assignment, given by Jon Foster, was a portrait of a fictional literary character.  I chose to do one of Hester Prynne from Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter.  (acrylic and oil on board, 11x16.5")

and the drawing

This assignment, which was given by Gary Kelley, was to have us illustrate anything of our choosing that dealt with a given color.  We each picked a random color out of a bag, and whatever color we got would be our next assignment for that week.  I, unfortunately, picked the color orange, which was the one I wanted the least.  I had so many images in my head for the other colors, and absolutely none for orange.  Needless to say, I had some trouble coming up with a concept for this one, but I guess I'm happy with where it ended up.  I love koi fish.  (acrylic and oil on board, 12x18")

This one was given by C.F. Payne.  The assignment was a conversation of some kind between two people.  It had to be from the sternum up (I sorta tip-toed around that one), and the conversation had to be pretty easily understood through the narrative.  (watercolor, acrylic, and colored pencil on board, 13x13").

This is an exceptionally awful photo of the piece.

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life drawing

So I'm down here at the Illustration Academy in Sarasota Florida right now and I've been here for a week now.  I'm here with Sterling Hundley, Jon Foster, and some amazingly talented artists.  Might post some photos of it at some point, but for now, here are a couple of life drawings.


experimental (WIP)

Last assignment for my fashion class.  This one was given by the amazing Frank Stockton.  He brought in a bag full of fortune cookies to class, and as we were all munching them down, he told us that our next assignment would be to make an illustration dealing with the fortunes we got.  Mine was literally "you will be blessed with long life."  Kinda cool, but kinda dry compared to some fortunes I've gotten in the past.  So I sorta just went crazy with it.  It's meant to be like a family portrait style image in which the concept revolves around the accumulation of family members as the generations progress. 

This one still needs a lot of work.  When I have some time, I'll be changing around the composition as well as some of the stylizations of the smaller figures, trying to get a good balance between the rendered and graphic areas.


A little different today

You may have already seen these on my site recently, but I thought I'd post them here anyway.  These were small watercolors done for Fashion illustration.  The assignment was to redesign the three face cards (King, Queen, and Jack) however you wanted.  I chose to have them as bums.  Really tried to push the attitude and props of each individual character.  These were super fun to do.

The King

The Queen

The Jack

A Midsummer Night's Dream

This week, for our fashion illustration class, Sam Weber wanted us to illustrate a poster for a Shakespeare play of our choosing.  I picked A Midsummer Night's Dream because of the interesting imagery throughout the play.  This started out as an acrylic and pastel painting on Rives BFK, and I took it into photoshop to finish it off.  Original size is 16 x 24".


This is a watercolor piece I did for my thesis class.  I'm illustrating short stories and folk lore from around the world.  This one is an Icelandic tale about changelings.  Click on the picture for a larger version.

This one is a work in progress.  It's a Russian tale called The Water Snake.  Click on the picture for a larger version.

I will try and get better shots of the work soon.

life drawings

Man, this thing hasn't been updated in ages.  Sorry about that.  To get the ball rolling again, I thought I'd start with something simple.  Here are a few life drawings from my sketch book.