My Graduation Invites

I’m finally graduating college! I am very much ready for it to be over so I can transition to the next chapter in my life.

The first round of printing didn’t go well, so I’ll be reprinting them after graduation. I decided to make postcards. The front is a photograph of an illustration to achieve the illusion of being 3D. The back lists the details of the event in a hand drawn font I created. This is the actual photo and not the photo of the print (which doesn’t look so well). I hope that makes sense….

I used tape instead of glue to adhere it to the paper. I wanted it to “pop” up and have great shadow.


A Work in Progress

I working on a new illustration featuring the same little children that you may have seen here. Here’s what I have so far.

What I’ve been working on…

Here’s a peek at what I’ve been working on. This is the first of a set of illustrations of two children. I want to call the girl Janie, but I don’t have a name for the boy yet. I’m working on another of the two, from a different angle and enlarged a little.

colored pencil, pen


I’ll take some more photos, plus I’ll take some of the art I painted on a canvas bag over the summer. I’ve been using it to carry my class stuff during summer school and I’ve washed it a few times, so hopefully the work looks as awesome as the day I painted it.

What I’m Working on Now

I’m working on coming into to my own style, one day at a time. This was a drawing for one of the doodle projects from GOOD (I have yet to finish, so it was never  submitted). My dream is to vacation in the Texas hill country.

Here’s a close up of my favorite part of the drawing. I love how the layers turned out.

Finally, here a close up of the text I’m still working on.

I’m also working on a couple illustration for class. The illustration will be the visuals for accompanying audio.

I enlarged and colored the drawings.

Hand Lettering

I made some fonts a couple of weeks ago using gouache and watercolor. These are the best of the bunch. I’m thinking about submitting some to the TypeGallery 2010 typeface design competition. I would refine and clean them up, of course.

I name this one The Intellectual. I was going for scholarly, traditional, but with a modern easy, handmade feel. I didn’t really care to be precise. I want to mix typeface with handwriting. Maybe I will on a next variation.

I did a simplified version in hunter green. The original version would have been hunter green with navy shading. I was feeling very preppy and or ivy league about this color scheme.

I thought about the late 1970s, summer, Florida, racing cars and their graphics when making these letters. This also made me think of vintage vacation souvenir t-shirts.

The final font has a more personal touch. I wanted to look at it as someone signature, some that has qualities to be big and epic. This reminded of the director Cecil B. DeMille…maybe because the name Emile rhymes with his last name. Anyway, I wanted to still channel old Hollywood. I would like to think that Emile is a young man with antiquated charm; he wears oxfords and vintage Pendleton blazers.

vintage souvenir tees

vintage vacation tees

new Pendleton

Birthday Card Drafts

I’ve been working on and off on a contest to design the front cover for a greeting card. My first thought was to make a birthday card; festive, colorful, exciting, and fun were the first things to come to mind. I was inspired by my cupcake baking friend Gerard to put a cupcake instead of a cake on the cover.

I wanted to do something hand done, I felt it would stand out and show me, my personality and trademark or style. I ended up cutting these images out of the paper I drew them on because I messed up everything else around them. Then I saw the potential to do stereographics. I’ve done a few projects using a similar method (See Rich Mind Map + Project Photos and the last photo in New T-shirt Graphics). I love the making and the shadows created when the images are in 3-D. The shadows in this photo got me thinking. I’m wondering what the background could be.

When I was trying to come up with a font, I thought of cake icing. I started playing with some “caramel” syrup. The result was this:

My favorite shot (below). I love the little, golden sparkles of light trapped inside.

The key to achieving my icing font was to mimic the overlapping that happens when people write on cakes with icing. Please ignore the misspelling of birthday.

Finally, I decided to just do me. I love making little swirls and I’ve done well with circles before. I was drawn to do something sugary and sweet. I thought of candy and the swirls in the round peppermint candies. Many types of sweet treats are circular, it’s the perfect combination!

I extended lines out from the cupcake to the over side to reference the lines of music scores on sheets of music. My mind went to the “Happy Birthday” song. The wave shape reminds me of rainbows. I don’t know how or if I’ll color them in. I might just opt for black lines instead. I think this final composition will like good if done in Adobe Illustrator, but I like the idea of doing it my hand also. It might be more challenging trying to pick a medium (or mediums) that works best and trying work with the choices if I decide to do it by hand. So…what do you think?

Project Redo Day

Sorry about the hiatus. School has started and I am back to work. Thursdays this semester will be dedicated to redoing projects from last semester. Today I’ll be working on my Naked Mole Rat wheel chart and the poster. Each piece contains information (some repeated and some not repeated on the wheel and vice versa) about the Naked Mole Rat. Anything that was put on the wheel  was edited to simply because of space constraints as well as to retain the attention of the reader.

The wheel chart:

The poster 12″x17″

The sketchbook for this project will also be redone. It contained initial sketches for the mole rates and the wheel chart plus research found on the animals.