Friday, February 25, 2011

ABC color comps

In my Portfolio Class, we are able to write up our own assignments. So, I and my friend (the Lady Guinevere ^_^) decided to take the opportunity to work on our alphabet book. We are each doing six letters.
These are JUST the color comps, so they're kind of weak, but they show the general idea. Stay tuned for the FINALS in the next week or so. ^_^


Deer and drum

Hummingbird and hat


Lobster and lantern


Porcupine and popsicle


Red panda and radio


Zebra and zeppelin

Have a GREAT weekend!

Saturday, February 19, 2011

What animal is it that i do i see? Can you help me solve the mystery?

Can you tell me what animal this is that i do see?

No, well what about now?

Still nothing? What about with some flesh on?

Really, STILL nothing? What about if it had some skin on it?

You guys are hopeless! HERE! i hope you can guess what it is NOW:

I'm taking a 3D Illustration class this semester (just for fun). We have to turn in three 3D pieces in to my teacher at the end of the semester, of whatever we want. So i decided to sculpt some of my letters from my ABCs, can you tell which one this is?

I used sculpey, armature wire, aluminum foil, acrylic paint, beads, and beading wire. He's about 5 inches high (i think) on a 7 inch wood plaque. I'm going to guess-timate about 5-6 hours from start to finish.

Well, that's what i did with my Saturday, what did you do with yours? ^_^

Have a GREAT Sunday!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Old Maid

One of my first assignments for this semester was to design a children's card game, the box it comes in and at least three cards.

I chose to do Old Maid, where you have to match the different colored cats.

I like the layout of the three cards, but i'm still struggling with the box design . . . . . I've got until Wednesday to figure it out.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Illustrator cats . . . . .

something i worked on earlier this afternoon . . . . . cats using Illustrator . . . . .
have a GREAT weekend everybody! ^_^

Sunday, February 6, 2011


o.k. dear friends, here is the first finished assignment of my LAST semester at CCAD. eek, scary stuff, huh?
Anyways, this is for my Humorous Illustration class. We had to design a bus ad for the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.

so . . . what is my favorite animal (that the zoo just so happens to have TWO of?)
A RED PANDA! that's where i started, because of course i want a reason to draw something so gosh darn adorable. ^_^

Here is my COLOR COMP:

and now the beginning of the FINAL:

starting off by laying down some color . . .

now add some blue . . .

BAM! all the watercolor is done.

and PRESTO! the final is finished after colored pencil is applied. ^_^

have a GREAT day!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Storyboarding . . . as far as i know

Alright, I'm going to show you how I storyboard for a Children's book:


I write a story I want to illustrate and then a break up the text into little groups and assign it a number. I assign each group of text to a double page spread of my book. That way, I'll know what to include in my picture when I start to layout my pages.


I then print out a bunch of thumbnail sized squares/rectangles to represent what the book page layout will be when the book is open.

The line in the middle of the rectangle represents the page break due to the binding so that I can be wary of it when I start to draw out what the illustrations will be like.


I start to sketch out thumbnails. I take the numbered sections of my story's text and start to illustrate what's indicated in the text. I also make sure to indicate where the text might be located in the page.

For example, the lower thumbnail on the image above (the one with the girl, dog, and cloud) has a box that says "TEXT 7" so that I know that this page layout is for the number 7 group of text, which was:

After lunch they went outside and found Cynthia’s dog, he was all dirty from rolling around in the grass.“I think my dog is going to need a bath,” Cynthia said.“I can help with that,” Clive volunteered. So she gathered some soap and towels and washed her dog while Clive wet him down with his raindrops.

I also write the page number under each individual rectangle, seen above in the lower thumbnail. The left was assigned page 13 and the one on the right page 14. With that, I'll know the order of the thumbnails and how many pages this book will end up having.

And that's how I storyboard my book. ^_^

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

The Letters Xx and Vv

This is Xx for X-ray fish and xylophone.

This is Vv for Vulture and valentine.

Both were done in watercolor, colored pencil, and Photoshop.