Posts in the ‘Sketches & Projects’ Category

Needle Felting at the Urban Craft Center

Felted goldfish! What a fun, crafty morning.

Today, Anna and I took a needle felting class at the Urban Craft Center in Santa Monica, and we made these adorable little goldfish in jars. This was my first try at the craft and I was amazed at how we were able to turn fluffy pieces of wool into dense felt creatures with defined shapes and details. I’m looking forward to heading back to the Urban Craft Center to test out other classes — it was a relaxing way to spend the morning, and we made something fun.

Any thoughts on names for the little guy?

An Elephant Takes Flight

Stain Drawing - Elephant

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One of the more fun and fanciful assignments in my drawing class was an exercise where we took a stain (in my case some wine I spilled on some paper), and drew what we saw in it. My stain had this funny little outcropping that I thought looked like an elephant head, so I started there and just let my imagination go — and I ended up with an elephant flying through the clouds!

Black and White Drawings

Black and White Drawing Study

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During my drawing class one interesting exercise we did was drawing a white and black object. We looked at the range of values in each object and really looked at how a black object isn’t fully black — or at least one black — and a white object isn’t fully white. I think my black object turned out better than my white one. I also found out that I really like drawing with charcoal pencils.

6 Views of a Little Zsolnay Sculpture

Zsolnay sculpture drawing study

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Here’s something I did recently for a drawing class I was taking — a 6-part study of the Zsolnay sculpture Evan gave me for my 25th birthday in Hungary. The assignment was to try 6 different styles. I used pen, pencil, charcoal and pastels. The middle two are my favorites.

Finding a Sense of Interspace

I’m taking a couple more UCLA Extension classes this quarter — Color Methodologies and Drawing for Communications. I haven’t done too much yet that I’ve wanted to post up here, but I feel like my positive/negative space composition turned out well, so I thought I’d share it.

The idea was to create a sense of “interspace,” a balance between positive and negative space, by creating a photomontage and deciding which areas to use as positive space, and which as negative. I had a lot of trouble at first, not liking my compositions and not feeling inspired — I was also really short on time. So I turned to a past photomontage project I’d done — decoupage chairs, and decided to use them as inspiration.

Here’s what I came up with:

positive and negative space composition

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Here’s the original photo I took of the chair so you can see what I was working from.

Decoupage Chair - Photomontage

New Illustration: Pigeonholing

pigeonhole illustration

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I created this quick little illustration yesterday for a blog post Evan wrote ranting against pigeonholing editors. Check it out. It’s a good read. The post: ”Opinion: The Absurdity of Pigeonholing Across Mediums.”

Final Illustrator Project: Creating a Realistic Watch

Jelly Watch Sell Sheet - Illustration

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For my final Illustrator class project, I had to create a sell sheet for a watch that included a realistic-looking watch as well as a box for that watch. I decided not to design an entirely new watch, but rather to recreate a fun watch that I found. And believe me, this was not a shorcut — it took an immense amount of work to get the watch looking real, especially when it came to the subtle shading I had to do on the monochromatic watch style I chose.

I recreated a Jelly Watch, since I think it’s a really fun style, and though I took the pink from a real version of the watch, the other colors I used were ones I chose myself.

This project really brought together a lot of what we’d learned during this class, from advanced coloring and shading techniques to replication techniques (think of all those little minute marks and other repeated elements). It’s not terrible interesting to discuss, but the point is that everything on the page I made is an illustration. For those interested, the “outline” view of the file is below so you can see it’s components.

Jelly Watch Illustration Outline Version

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