Tuesday, November 27, 2012

"A Fairy Tale", The Big Update

Extremely happy to announce that (almost 6 months later) I have updated my "A Fairy Tale" page on this blog to include work from my final thesis book. There are almost 30 of the 92 pages available to view online, including my favorite part to share with you- the cinematic moments with story!

I still cant thank my teachers and mentors at the Academy of Art University enough for their guidance and support on this project. Sherrie Sinclair, Nicolas Villarreal, Michael Buffington, and John Heebink- you guys are simply the best. 

I truly hope everyone enjoys this story as it begins to fill out, and be sure to check back as there will definitely be new material soon! Thank you!

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Nouveau Art Nouveau

Art Nouveau is one of my favorite genres when it comes to art and illustration. Through the years I've dabbled in trying to copy, or recreate the style when inspiration strikes, Heres a small gallery of how it's been progressing through the years.

This is a (slightly belated) thank you to everyone who helped me succeed at and celebrate earning my Masters Degree. Thank you for helping me reach the moon and the stars… 

My self assigned avatar

For my beautiful cousin who makes her own.

The baby steps of trying to understand Art Nouveau.

 I dont just want to understand it, I really want to find a way to incorporate it into my own unique interpretation of it. I think I'll get there, practice, practice, practice!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

APE 2012

I'm lucky to be surrounded by two lovely and talented ladies at APE this weekend. Please come by and see what we love to do for a living! 

Old Movies, New Style

So, I have had some pretty awesome teachers at the Academy of Art University, and even though I've graduated they still continue to help direct me and give me feedback on my art. One in particular has always pushed me to try new and different styles. During my last semester that notion was daunting and terrifying and I fought against it like a feral cat. But now that I'm out from under the security blanket of my thesis I've been tip toeing around and playing with some new ideas.

I chose a few of my favorite movies and characters to start off with the experimentation.

"You remind me of the babe..."

"The harmony of the Universe depends upon an eternal balance. Out of the struggle to maintain this balance comes the birth of Legends."

 Ok, this one may not be an old movie, in fact its really quite new... But I saw it and thought it was super cute and was inspired to draw something about those two crazy love birds in the film.

"You're my zing!"

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Branching out~~~

Just a quick update to let you know that I've created myself a tumblr and a Society6 space!

Tumble with me and you can see much frequent posts of my artwork, things in progress, sketches, doodles, the process as it happens instead of like here on my blog where its one lump posting. 

As for Society6, its a great place to buy some beautiful prints and Ipod/Iphone skins and cases! I'll be updating this regularly as well, so please check back, and let me know if you want to see anything in particular!


Tuesday, August 21, 2012

The Making Of ~ A Pirate Pa-rrRrr-ty

My family is a big fan of playing dress up and make believe, we love the Renaissance Faire, Edwardian Ball, Halloween, and any other occasion to glam it up. We also have a lot of summer babies, so theres always an annual birthday bash with a theme to encompass them all, and this year we chose Pirates!

Hats off to Mr Marc Davis, whose creative brilliance has inspired me my whole life. 
I hope I've done him proud with my rendition of his Saucy Red Headed Wench. 

Its amazing what you can do with some house paint and left over card board boxes!
Release the Kraken!

Print some pirate sayings on parchment and attach a popsicle stick et voila, you have instant photo booth fun! Also works wonders with mustaches.

Spruced up a few of my mermaid and pirate chalk drawings and printed them on parchment paper for decorative motifs around the house.

My cousin created a Mediterranean feast!

House paint also works wonders on sheets to create pirate flags!

A sign to welcome you to the Tavern, aka, the laundry room.

Now to set it all up. Could I put this in my resume as set and prop design?

Last thing you need at these sorts of things to make them successful are a bunch of AWESOME people to help you celebrate in style!

 Drink up me hearties, yo-ho!

Monday, August 6, 2012

Flash you say?

Why yes. Yes I do.

Ok, ok, one of those is PS. My bad.

"A Fairy Tale Babies, we make our dreams come true..."

From my glory days on Gaia. I also had an Avatar Edit shop, Avatar Portrait, and Goomie shop.

Yeah I guess I play with Flash sometimes. :P

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Instructing the Younglings

We just finished the summer session of the Art Experience program at the Academy, and I was very honored to be able to teach Character Design! It was an amazing experience for me, to come from the student side of the spectrum right into the teaching side. I loved being able to take everything I learned from my favorite teachers and pass it on to the next generation. And I mean really, these kids were young and up and coming, most of them only Sophomores or Juniors in high school. Plus it was a great way to reinforce all those drawing skills in myself, as I repeated them over and over and over and over to the younglings! It was a huge program for these kids, some of them coming from across the country, or even another country to do this. They took four different classes and we met for about 7 weeks, thats a lot of work on your summer vacation! I had a lot of fun with my kids, they are so talented already, and I hope that they ALL keep drawing!

I think the word of the semester was "STRUCTURE" so just remember that. :P

A few examples and in class demos made for the students. Also the "Draw it Again" challenge for myself, and for the kids I offered the movie project as a bonus, and they did really well with it!

At the end we set up a big presentation so that friends and family could come and see all the hard work these kids have put into their summer! In my class they had to focus on character line ups, character expressions, action poses, and at least a 4 point turn around- which is not the easiest thing to do! Im so proud of them. :}

A look at a few other classes work.

Some of my kids were extra super special awesome and started drawing me fan art of my Fairy Tale characters! Its heartwarming, and somewhat disturbing at the same time hahaha. All of that "shipping" going on. Kids these days. 

They ever started to draw their own characters that they created in class for each other, which is, in my opinion, pretty damn cool when you can make drawing friends like that.

This last image is not so much art from one of my students, but from our very own Renee. She refused to be upstaged by high school kids and went on a fan art shipping frenzy! Behold.

Thanks everyone involved in this summer experience who made it awesome- from my old teachers who helped me figure things out, to the students who worked so hard, and friends who were t.a.'s hahaha. Hope to see you in the fall!