Posts Tagged ‘Francine’s art’

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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Updating the Owl Calendar in Illustrator

For my Illustrator class, we had a calendar project and I thought it would be the perfect time to start updating my Owl Calendar. I created another yearly version with the tree with pretty much the same layout but completely revamped images and colors. I’m still considering some changes, so I’m not posting an image fit for download yet, but you should be able to get a good view.

Owl Calendar 2011

I also started creating some individual calendar months — here are January and July. More to come soon! Let me know what you think…

Owl Calendar JanuaryOwl Calendar July

Brushes Portraits of my Grandparents

I was in Florida visiting my grandparents over the weekend, and I started playing with my newest iPhone app, Brushes, creating a picture of my sister singing karaoke. I showed my grandmother my little finger painting and she liked it so much she wanted me to do one of her and my grandfather.

grandparents brushes iphone painting

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How to Create a Late Night Disaster

For my first Illustrator II class assignment, we had to create a how-to illustration. I decided to go timely with How to Cause a Late Night Disaster based on all the hoopla going on at NBC with Jay Leno, Conan O’Brien and the Tonight Show.

How to Create a Late Night Disaster per NBC, Jay Leno and Conan O'Brien

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