Tuesday, March 22, 2011

First Semester Update

Hello friends!

So, I'm seven weeks into my MFA Illustration program! It's been pretty tough so far, a lot of work and a good amount of stress, but not too much to handle. I've been wanting to post some pictures of the projects I've been working on in class, but haven't made the time.. and now it's Spring break, so here they are!

First, my class in the Fine Arts department: Chiaroscuro. Since a few people have asked me, I'll include a definition: 

chi·a·ro·scu·ro [kee-ahr-uh-skyoor-oh]: the interplay of light and shadow on or as if on a surface. 

We're working in charcoal all semester, and so far it's been a lot of fun and I'm learning a lot. Here are a few of my projects so far. They are all ~18x24in.

So far we've done all of our drawings from physical set-ups, like the plaster head or actual apples and fabric - nothing from photos yet.  Still trying to get a handle on really turning the objects (a term my teacher uses a lot), like making them appear three-dimensional. It takes a lot of practice.

My other class is in the Illustration department, called Concept, Technique and Illustration. Here is the result of a project we did a few weeks ago (I'm not posting much from that class because so far I haven't produced anything I really like):


I won't tell you what the project was about, because in the end I don't think my concept worked out very well, but each window is supposed to represent a different time of day. They are all pen and ink and watercolor/ink wash.

Here are a few sketches/doodles/ideas from a sketchbook we are also supposed to be filling up for this illustration class:

These are both the product of messing around with watercolor techniques and trying to get the hang of pen and ink. The apples are borrowed from Jay Ryan (I'm a big fan).

Sketches for a wine label and ice cream label.

Practicing faces, quick sketches. If you recognize yourself, hurray! Sorry if I made you look bad, I'm terrible at drawing people. That one on the bottom right is me when I was 15 months old, and I don't think my cheek actually jutted out at such a weird angle..

That's all for now, thanks for checking in!

Happy Birthday Mom!!

ink & watercolor on watercolor paper